Disclaimer: The disclaimer stating that I don't own X-Men Evolution and aren't making any money with this writing would be here, but it disappeared in the confusion surrounding the Brotherhood's escape, disappearing into the Los Angeles underground.
"Sons of Liberty"
By J.T. Magnus, 'Turbo'
Fort Wadsworth Army Base
Staten Island, New York
When the intruder alarms sounded, the remaining guards on the surface turned their attentions to the underground facility, an action that would be a mistake. While he was only unmovable and not truely unstoppable, and certainly not as skilled in science as teammates Shadowcat and Toad, Fredrick J. 'The Blob' Dukes had a good grasp of the concept of force equaling mass times acceleration and he knew that when he got up to speed he had plenty of mass to use and while he could be stopped, it took a lot to do it.
It took more than a chain-link fence had.
The sound of metal wires snapping and posts being torn from the ground by the impact force caused nearby guards to turn to face the intruder on the surface just in time to be sent flying by Blob slamming into them and shouldering them out of his path in a way that any professional quarterback would be proud of. Behind him, Boom-Boom generated handfuls of time bombs as she ran and was tossing them out to the sides at guard towers, seachlights, light-posts, anything that caught her eye as a target to cause disruption and distraction.
"Any idea where they're coming out?" Boom-Boom shouted the question as Blob stopped.
"Nope!" Blob answered with his own shout to be heard over the chaos, "We just trash everything, I guess!"
Boom-Boom readied more time bombs, "My kind of plan! Hey, Blob, give me a toss up, willya?"
Blob's head tilted to the side in confusion, "Huh?"
Boom-Boom jerked her head upward.
Blob lowered his hand for her to step onto and then tossed Boom-Boom into the air. Twisting her body in midair, the blonde began to spin around and threw her time bombs out to the sides, scattering them across the ground and rooftops of the base's buildings before they exploded, causing roofs and walls to cave in, several jeeps to explode and a small-scale dust storm from the rubble and particulates that had been blown into the air. As gravity took hold again and began pulling her down, Boom-Boom tucked her arms and legs in to keep from landing on them wrong and closed her eyes. When her landing came too soft and too early, she peeked an eye open and glanced around to find herself having been caught by her teammate.
"Hey," the large mutant shrugged, "What're friends for?"
The crack of a bullet being fired was the first sign that the defenders of Fort Wadsworth were beginning to regroup. Blob's skin was unbreakable but not unfeeling and as the bullet impacted on his back, he winced from the pain and knew that he'd have a definate bruise there.
A series of rapid cracks indicated more shots fired, but the dust and confusion meant that none of them hit the two mutants.
"They're really trying to kill us," Blob remarked.
"What did you expect? Wine and roses?" Boom-Boom asked sarcastically before raising up to look over Blob's shoulder, "Hey, Blob, I've got an idea - toss me!"
Blob glanced up, "Again?"
"No, at them!" Boom-Boom answered in exasperation.
Blob gave a quick glance behind him, "You sure, Boom-Boom?"
The big mutant took a deep breath, "Okay..."
Blob spun in place a couple time to pick up speed before he tossed his teammate through the air for a second time. As she tumbled through the air, a quick thought of whether this was what flying might feel like passed unbidden through the blonde's mind. She was pulled from those thoughts as a bullet flew past her, grazing her hair.
'Girly-girl, I'm not,' she mentally fumed, 'But no-one messes with my hair!'
Toad had once learned that the hard way after a failed prank involving his slime and her shampoo bottle that resulted in the younger mutant being duct-taped to a chair and forced to watch videos of science class frog dissections.
When the impact came, Boom-Boom was ready and rolled to absorb it, starting at her shoulder and across her back to her opposite hip before bringing herself up onto one knee.
'Who knew watching that 'Parker' guy would come in handy?' She thought with a grin as as the soldiers that she had just passed over turned to look at her.
"Hello, having a blast? No? Here, have some of mine," Boom-Boom remarked with a smirk before she created time bombs between her fingers and threw them at the surprised soldiers and then rolled backwards out of the blast range as they detonated.
"Show-off," Quicksilver remarked to Boom-Boom as she stood up.
"Look who's talking, Quickie," Boom-Boom noticed the other mutant slung across her teammate's shoulders, "Well, he picked a hell of a time to take a nap."
"I knocked him out, Boom-Boom," Cannonball told her as the rest of the escapees exited the building in front of her.
"And let him miss all the fun?" Boom-Boom asked sarcastically.
Banshee set Jubilee from a fireman's carry onto her own feet and shook his head, "We'll be needin' ta do something about yer idea o' fun, lass."
"My idea of fun..." Boom-Boom paused as she took the opportunity to throw several smaller time bombs through the door that the others had just come out of, "...is just fine."
"Yes," Quicksilver replied simply to Jubilee's 'is she nuts' look, "So, do you want to help us right now or would you prefer your former accomodations? I'd just like to know since I didn't care for them and if you're planning on standing around looking funny until they capture you again, I'll just be leaving now."
"What kind of rescue is this?" Jubilee asked with wide eyes.
"Th' kind o' rescue where we be doin' it by th' seat o' our pants," Banshee took the liberty of informing her, "Detailed plans nae exactly bein' this lot's forte an' all..."
"Hey, the less of a plan you have, the less things can go against it, old man," Boom-Boom retorted, then paused, "Where's Blob?"
A dark green jeep suddenly landed upside down on the ground near them, causing the group to look in the direction it had come from.
"I think that's him," Cannonball observed as the larger mutant lifted one of his feet and dropped it on the front of another jeep, caving it in and forcing the soldier driving it to run for safety.
Reaching down, Blob grabbed the jeep's winch cable and gave it a series of hard pulls until it came out and he had some length of cable. Fixing a quick loop in the cable, Blob gave it a hard jerk to get it moving before he began to spin around, the jeep being pulled along like an Olympic throwing hammer.
"What is he doing?" Jubilee whispered in confusion.
Another couple of revolutions and Blob released the jeep and sent it flying towards the main gate of the base.
At that moment, a retrieval team was returning from a sweep of New York City with new prisoners; none of the truck's occupants knew for certain what was going on, but they were ready for just about anything to be happening - they had been forced to hit one of their prisoners with tranquilizers to keep them from being able to teleport away, that wasn't in any of the standard field manuals. The one thing that the Corporal driving the truck wasn't prepared for was for a jeep to come flying through the air at them. The Corporal spun the wheel hard to the right in an attempt to avoid the projectile, but the truck failed to move fast enough; as it turned, the jeep slammed into the truck's side and the combined inertia of turn and impact turned the truck over.
One of the prisoners was the first person to recover from being stunned after getting tossed around when the truck flipped and took the opportunity of the soldiers being stunned by the wreck to make an escape.
"Come on, Ty," the girl remarked as she half-lifted her unconscious friend onto her shoulder, "Time to go."
As steady as possible, but with speed born of urgency, she dragged him along into the night.
"Watch it, here comes more'a them!" Cannonball pointed at a pair of approaching shapes.
"An' 'ere I go!" Banshee countered, taking a deep breath and as soon as one of the shapes came close enough to be identified as a military jeep, the Irish-born mutant cut loose with an unearthly wail that made his teammates and their rescuees cringe and cover their ears. They were the lucky ones. Sound, even the sonic waves of Banshee's mutant power, is produced by vibration. Vibrate something long enough, hard enough, or at just the right frequency and it will destroy it.
On the biological level, that can consist of vertigo and nausea, soft-tissue damage, eardrums bursting, eventually loss of consciousness and even death. The military personnel from Trask's operation that were in the jeep didn't survive long enough to reach that point. As the waves reached the jeep and began affecting it, being weaker than the metal of the vehicle, the rubber belts in the engine compartment snapped and the tires blew first, stopping the vehicle in its tracks. At the front of the vehicle, the radiator was next to go, the vibrations exciting the metal and causing the radiator cap to loosen enough that the pressure of the heated radiator fluid blew it free as it boiled over and burst upward in a cloud of steam and scalding liquid. As the vibrations continued backwards through the jeep, bolts and screws began shaking free and the pieces they were holding together began coming apart. Finally, the vibrations reached the gas tank and as they bombarded the metal, it began to heat up from the increased friction until the fumes inside caught fire and combusted, incinerating jeep and occupants in a ball of fire.
In turn illuminated by the light from the fire and obscured by the smoke and dust clouds in the air, the second jeep swerved around the burning remains of the first, slewing around to present the machine gunner with a better firing position. Before the gunner could fire, he was distracted by a sound like thunderous drumbeats cutting through the chaos. As the gunner spun around, he saw Blob bearing down on the jeep with an angry yell, shoving through soldiers and sending them sprawling. Just before he reached the jeep, Blob dropped his shoulder and stuck out his elbow, getting it under the bottom of the military vehicle and in one motion lifting it up and over his shoulder, flipping it over him and through the air, sending the two soldiers inside tumbling out as it landed with a crash. Standing in front of the rest of his team, Blob took a series of deep breaths, unused to running like he had been that night.
"Uh, hey, guys. Am I late?" Blob scratched the back of his head.
"No, Blob, you're right on time," Boom-Boom told him with a smirk.
"Well, that does it for the reinforcements, I guess," Jubilee remarked with a quick look around.
"Nae, Lass, just tha' wave o' them... There'll be more comin'," Banshee countered.
With the chaos settled for a moment, Boom-Boom did a quick headcount, "Where are the others?"
"Secondary objective," Banshee answered shortly.
"What's that again?" Blob asked.
"Blow the place sky high, Blob, remember?" Quicksilver asked sarcastically.
"Aw, I wanted to do that," Boom-Boom complained.
"Ye can 'ave th' next one," Banshee told her.
Jubilee raised an eyebrow, "'Next one?' Just who are you guys working for, anyways?"
"You'll meet him later," Boom-Boom answered.
"Not if they have their way," Quicksilver retorted, pointing in the distance where smoke-obscured figures were beginning to regroup for another attack.
"What's taking them so long?" Boom-Boom complained, as she followed Quicksilver's line-of-sight, "It's starting to get a little crowded here."
"Then we start fallin' back ta th' evacuation point an' hope th' rest get there in time," came the reply.
"I don't think you understand what the lady's sayin', Leprechuan," Blob snarled, "We're not leaving here without our friends."
"Then let's get out of here," Shadowcat shouted as she and the other two ran towards them, "Like, before the place blows?"
"Aw, can't we stay and watch?" Boom-Boom asked, teasingly.
"Sure," Toad added, "If you like prison food, yo."
"Not happening," Blob rumbled, "Which way, 'Cat?"
Shadowcat pointed towards a large object in the distance, "There should be a boat waiting for us under the Narrows Bridge, but we need to move fast, the clock's counting down on this place."
"Well, what're we waitin' for, then?" Cannonball asked, "Hey, big 'un, you wanna see which'a us can clear the way better?"
"Sounds fun," Blob agreed, cracking his knuckles.
The two near-indestructible mutants took off, Blob at a hard run across the ground and Cannonball flying through the air with more control than he realised he had. Behind them, the rest of the mutants followed, on foot, Banshee in the air, tounge-swinging and leaping from object to object in Toad's case, with Iceman still tossed over Quicksilver's shoulder. As they reached the hole in the fence where Blob had made his entrance, the muffled sound of the first explosion caused Shadowcat to half-turn back towards the base before Avalanche's hand on her back and forward motion had her moving again.
Author's Note; Yes, featuring guest appearences by Cloak and Dagger. They're mutants in this, unlike in 616 where Marvel can't seem to make up their minds... No, the Brotherhood doesn't know who Spider-Man is. The 'Parker' guy that Tabby referred to is actually someone doing 'Parkour'.The misspelling was intentional on my part as I didn't think the Brotherhood would care that much about how it's spelt or pronounced.