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Kitty Pryde-Barton ([personal profile] throughaphase) wrote2014-07-24 08:25 am

Tokyo tower- Thursday morning

This morning Kitty had gotten a call from Ryoko's assistant to meet her at the Special Observatory at the Tokyo Tower, so with Lockheed disguised and grumbling about having to be carried around in a backpack, Kitty and Clint set out to meet her.

Of course, when they got there, they were told that the Special Observatory was closed today, so naturally Kitty phased them up there anyway. "No one around? That's not good," she said, and reached to pull off her backpack and let Lockheed out. "I think it's time to let the cat out of the bag."




Clint

There might be a day where Clint wouldn't find phasing with Kitty to be entertaining, but it wasn't today. He was less impressed when they found the observatory empty though. "I don't think Lockheed is nearly as lazy as a cat," he said, looking around. "There should be people here, right?"



Kitty

"Ryoko at least, yeah," she said, struggling to let Lockheed out of the bag because he was too busy trying to get out of the bag. You wouldn't think that would make it harder, and yet. Pulling him free and hitting the image inducer so he could be himself again, she said, "At least the view's good."

She was only half paying attention to the view because she had a bad feeling about this, but details.



Clint

"It is a nice view," Clint said, although he wasn't really appreciating it, focusing more on making sure Kitty and Lockheed were doing okay. "But I'm getting the feeling we're not really supposed to be up here."



Kitty

"I'm getting the feeling we're exactly where they want us to be," Kitty said in a low voice, reaching to remove the chain on Lockheed's collar and wrapping it around her hands like a weapon.



Clint

"The question is, who's 'they?'" Clint asked quietly, tapping his wrists to make sure the daggers he'd snuck in were still there.



Kitty

"Them," Kitty said, turning around to see a small group of purple-clad ninjas rushing towards them. It was hard to say whether the ninjas attacked because they saw her turning or not, but either way the timing was sort of amazing.

Kitty charged at the closest one to her, wrapping the chain around its weapon, while Lockheed flew at another couple. He was obviously going to have too much fun with this.



Clint

One thing Clint had learned over the course of their relationship was that he really could trust Kitty to take care of herself, especially with Lockheed at her side. That let Clint focus on turning on the ninja who'd tried to sneak up behind him. He was still pissed off about Kitty getting jumped, so he had a lot of therapeutic punching to get out.



Kitty

Kitty wasn't worried about Clint for the same reason, which was also kind of good because she was maybe having a little fun fighting some ninjas. She needed the catharsis, maybe, and things like knocking out the lens on a ninja's mask with the little clip part of her pet's chain? Come on, that was fun.

Then when a couple of them tried to rush her with her back to the window, she simply stepped outside, hovering in midair outside the building. And maturely sticking her tongue out at them.



Clint

The sound of ninjas vs. windows was pretty awesome, but Clint was also fond of the noise the ninjas made when he managed to get contact with one of his daggers. He wasn't hitting anywhere vital, he was just trying to cause enough pain to get them out of here. "Having fun?" he called to Kitty.



Kitty

"Yes!" she called, and if her voice was muffled, well, she was outside. "I wonder if ninjas have learned how to fly yet!"

Taking that as their cue, a couple of the ninjas fell towards her, apparently from whatever was above the tower. Of course, since Kitty was phasing, they fell right through her. "What part of 'intangible' don't you understand?" she called after them.

Then she saw that the ones that had fallen were opening parachutes and drifting safely towards the ground. Uh, that was new. "Turning tail and running?" Kitty called, actually a little offended. "What kind of ninjas are you?"



Clint

"Pretty crappy ones," Clint yelled, as the ninjas he was fighting started to retreat. He hesitated for a moment, trying to figure out which one to grab, and that was just enough time for them to start to get away. "No no no, get back here!"



Kitty

Hearing that, Kitty stopped wondering why the hell ninjas attacking them would be equipped with parachutes, and stepped back inside, onto solid ground.

And she stepped in just in time to see Lockheed breathing fire at one of the ninjas that was left. "Lockheed, no! We need one alive!"

And preferably not charred.



Clint

Clint grabbed at one that scurried into the elevator shaft, but there was no way to get him without falling down himself. "Damn it. They planned this, they had to," he said, sighing and catching his breath.



Kitty

Kitty's little noise of frustration was cut off when she looked for Lockheed and saw that he had one last ninja cornered. Almost automatically she grabbed a sword from one of the downed ninjas and held it on this one while he was slumping against a railing. "You better start talking, Hand bozo."

The ninja sounded offended. "Hand? We have nothing to do with those mercenary dogs. We live only to follow the path."

"Not good enough," Kitty said, using the sword to slash his mask off to reveal the face beneath. And if she left a shallow little X over his forehead by doing that, she wasn't going to feel too bad.



Clint

Okay, there were two lessons here: 1) Kitty was pretty badass with a sword, and 2) Kitty was pretty hot with a sword. These were both important things that Clint filed away for later, focusing on the even more important matter at hand. "Your path doesn't sound like such a smart one," he said. "Who are you working for, huh? What were you guys doing here?"



Path Ninja

The ninja spared Clint a glance, but then fixed his focus on Kitty. He was also going to ignore the question. "It's a wonder to behold your skills firsthand. You truly are every bit the master we have been led to believe. I enter the next realm knowing I had the honor of dying before the Daughter of Demon."



Kitty

Kitty didn't see where the capsule came from. She just saw him bite down on something that apparently had already been in his mouth, and a moment later he convulsed and went still, and there wasn't anything anyone could do about it.

Well. That was unhelpful.



Clint

Clint sighed, resisting the urge to grab the ninja's body and shake it. Why was everyone here determined to be so uncooperative? "Are you okay?" he asked Kitty. "What do you think that meant?" He was totally willing to pretend she had no idea, unless told otherwise.



Kitty

Kitty didn't so much drop the sword as much as she tossed it away, feeling the frustration, too. "Daughter of Demon... That's an Ogun thing," she admitted reluctantly. "But Ogun was Hand. If these guys are something totally different, then... I'm lost."



Clint

"Do you think... I mean, he's dead, so it's crazy to even suggest this but do you think it might be Ogun? Maybe working with another group?" Clint asked.



Kitty

"It's possible, I guess. Ever since he died he's been trying to find a new body to possess," she said, a little uncomfortably. Because one time it'd been her, and another time it'd been the guy Kitty had sort of been crushing on, which made it super weird when he kept trying to make out with her by possessed but whatever. "But I don't know that he'd ditch the Hand.



Clint

"So maybe we're dealing with something else entirely. That's great," Clint said, with just a hint of sarcasm. "We should probably get out of here before more of these guys show up." Not that it wasn't fun watching Kitty kick ass, of course.



Kitty

"Yeah," Kitty said, as she bent to get her backpack. "It's time we got some answers."



*****




Kitty

Getting into the JDSS might have taken more effort if it hadn't been for that handy phasing power. Section 83 was pretty well locked down, but the tour they'd taken with Ryoko yesterday meant that Clint and Kitty knew the layout pretty well, and as long as Kitty had some kind of hold on Clint there weren't any barriers that was going to stop them.

And okay, maybe they didn't have to pop up right through Ryoko's desk while she had her back turned filing, but that part was just fun.

"Ryoko? Want to pull the file on the Path of Destiny for me?" Kitty asked.



Clint

Clint gave Ryoko a little wave through her desk. "Also, that might have sounded like a request, but it's really not."



Ryoko

Ryoko never wanted to admit to anyone how much she jumped at that kind of arrival, or how flustered that made her. "You have no right sneaking in and spying on me like that!"



Kitty

"You wanna talk about rights?" Kitty shot back. "How about our right to know what you've dragged us into?"



Clint

"We know you haven't told us everything," Clint said. "That's dangerous for us and for you."



Ryoko

"I have no idea what you're talking about," Ryoko insisted, shaking her head.



Kitty

"Oh, please, enough with the Little Miss Innocent act already," Kitty snapped. "This Path of Destiny is not a sect of the Hand. We fought them today. They're not Hand, trust me. They're less skilled and there's nothing mystic about them. Hand ninja go 'poof' when they die. These Path didn't."



Clint

"And Hand don't speak," Clint added. "One of these guys didn't get away, and right before he offed himself, he said something to Kitty about being the 'Daughter of Demon.'" He almost didn't want to mention that, but he wanted to see if it got a reaction.



Ryoko

It definitely got some surprise, and Ryoko leaned forward to study Kitty with just a little too much interest. "So our theory about the Path is true."



Kitty

That probably wasn't a good sign. "Would you care to explain this theory?"



Clint

Clint glared a little more at Ryoko. "She isn't what these people think she is." That was his story and he was sticking to it.



Ryoko

"I know," Ryoko said, a little distractedly. "We believe the Path of Destiny to be a cult consisting of the followers of Ogun, the ninja demon who you once called master. However, you betrayed and killed Ogun... so we believe the Path now wants to kill you as revenge."



Kitty

Kitty stared at her. She hadn't killed Ogun.

She'd been fourteen, and Wolverine had trained her up to be able to actually fight Ogun. She'd resisted almost the whole time, wanting to run away as far as she could, but he'd always let her continued training be her choice. He gave her that, where Ogun had tried to take it away from her. And on the rooftop that night, Logan had disabled Ogun, put him at Kitty's feet and a sword in her hand... and she couldn't kill him. She chose not to, and that was when she won her soul back.

And then Ogun had picked up the sword and tried to kill her, only to have Logan stab him through Kitty's phased body. If only that had been the end of him.

It was entirely possible she was too busy remembering this to consider that she was in a room with other people at the moment.



Clint

"If that's the Path's plan, I know exactly where they can stick it," Clint said bitterly. He turned to Kitty for confirmation, only to find her staring into space again. "Kitty? Are you okay?"



Ryoko

"You're zoning again," Ryoko said, a little concerned here. They were counting on her for a lot considering she kept spacing out.



Kitty

Kitty glared at her.

"I don't think the Path of Destiny wants me dead," she said finally. "One, they set me up in a public place. Two, they were cautious with their attacks. It's almost as if they didn't want to hurt me. Third, when we had them on the ropes, they did their best to escape. 'Fight to the death' was clearly not part of their plan."

Not to mention the extreme creepiness of someone telling her it was an honor before swallowing cyanide.



Clint

"They didn't seem to mind hurting me," Clint said, but he was pretty used to that so he didn't necessarily see it as a clue. "Still, fleeing ninjas is just a weird concept."



Ryoko

"It really is," Ryoko agreed. "So why would the Path go through all that trouble, then?"



Kitty

"To test me," Kitty said.



Clint

The glare on Clint's face probably made it clear how much he enjoyed that thought.



Ryoko

"To test you?" Ryoko said, highly doubting this. "For what purpose?"



Kitty

"That's what's bugging me... I'm not sure yet," Kitty admitted. "But I intend to find out."



Clint

"Whether you want us to or not," Clint warned.



Ryoko

"Oh, no," Ryoko assured him. "You realize this adds a whole new dimension to our case. I'm so glad we were able to enlist your help in this."



Kitty

"Enlist our help?" Kitty repeated, incredulous. "How about 'use me as bait to draw out your enemies?'"



Clint

"Yeah, it's funny, I don't really remember being asked to help at any point in this," Clint said. "Being dragged in from the moment we arrived, on the other hand..."



Ryoko

"And I'm very sorry things worked out that way," Ryoko said vaguely, standing. "Here, I'll walk you out."

She waited for Clint and Kitty to walk out with her, and said, "Think what you will of the JDSS, but you now have become entwined in this triangle of desires. You want the dragon, we want the Path of Destiny, the Path wants you. You have no choice but to see this through now."



Kitty

Kitty hated so, so much that Ryoko was right.

"That's easy for you to say. You're not the one who could end up dead in this scenario," she retorted.



Clint

"That's not going to happen," Clint said quickly to Kitty. "Nothing bad's going to happen to you." He knew he couldn't guarantee that, but he was saying it anyway.



Ryoko

"You said yourself, the Path doesn't seek your death," Ryoko added.



Kitty

"Yeah, for now. Let's hope they don't change their minds." Because again, even Ogun tried to kill her when he lost. And she was more than a little worried about how they might be reacting to Clint.



Clint

Clint, of course, was only worried about Kitty. "If they do, I know who I'm blaming." Hint, it wasn't Kitty, sorry Ryoko.



Ryoko

Ryoko just nodded, and once they got outside, she waved a car over to take them back to the hotel.

"I'll report back to my superiors and see what they think of these new developments. I'll contact you at your hotel."



Kitty

"Fine," Kitty said, as the driver came around to open the door for them. "But make sure you call me personally, okay? Not your assistant."



Clint

"In fact, your assistant probably shouldn't talk to us for a little while at all," Clint said.



Ryoko

Ryoko looked at them blankly. "But I don't have an assistant."



Kitty

Kitty sighed. "That's what I thought," she said, getting into the car.



Clint

Clint frowned and got into the car beside Kitty. He really hated being played, and that was exactly what this felt like. If anything happened to Kitty out here, he didn't know what he'd do.



[From Shadow and Flame and preplayed with the amazing [livejournal.com profile] so_hawkward. You know the drill by now.]