Chapter 2: First Night Out
"Hehehe...of course~" she cooed. She may have been older, but she was probably only slightly more mature than the younger sisters. She quickly geared up, making sure her mask was in place. "Ready!"
Juli slid her uniform on. She pulled her hair back into a ponytail and slid on her mask, making sure it was in place. She also made sure to grab a few knives in case of any one interfering with them tonight. "Alright, remember only one store tonight," she said opening the window in their bedroom and looking for any watchful eyes, "Let's get a move on."
"Yeah yeah, no need to draw the attention of unwanted people" she rolled her eyes and followed her twin, hooking her own weapons to the strap along her chest, "especially those.....other ones like us"
"Exactly," she said dropping out the window and landing gracefully, "I saw a few of them but couldn't hack the S.H.I.E.L.D. database without causing them to know it was us. I'll try at school tomorrow or something."
"Hmmm....good to know, think they're working with them?" She asked, hopping down herself.
"Why else would they show up after every little encounter and repair the damages," Juli said sliding into the shadows, "J. Jonah Jameson isn't just some crazy reporter. He's onto something."
"Hmmm.....why should we care anyways?" She questioned, sticking to the rooftops. They had installed radios into their suits after they got separated once.
"Well it just seems odd you know?" Juli said hopping from a roof to another, "Why would S.H.I.E.L.D. want 5 teenagers? That's what's odd to-"
She paused and froze a moment. Watching the area and spying the group of young vigilantes. "Speak of the devils," she said to her sister, "They aren't supposed to be in this area yet."
"Oh great just what we- do you smell that?" She asked sniffing the air, "of course you don't, it smells familiar. ....we’re in a new city....nothing should smell familiar. ....let alone one person.....so that narrows it down....." she squinted in their direction, "it smells like.....nerd"
"That would explain the weird vibe and his body build," she said making her way over towards the edge for a better look, "they're looking for someone or something. Just not sure what yet."
Juli noticed the boy in a green outfit and smiled a little. 'Nice build, blonde hair, fights crime,' she thought to herself, 'I'd tap that.'
Andy cringed inwardly, "uhg....just what we need....stupid nosey nerd....." she growled low in her throat, " if he comes near me........itsy bitsy spider is gonna have bigger issues than falling down the waterspout"
"No worries," Juli said moving back towards another part of the city, "we'll just have to start at the end and make our way back. We'll hit a store close to home."
Andy nodded, backing away, "for once I agree with you"
Juli nodded and began to head in the other direction when the building they were on started to rumble. "What was that?!" she asked as the roof started to crumble in spots, "the buildings coming down!"
"Oh crap!!" She said, "Well we only have one choice, we'll never make it to the other side, so jump it is!" She took a deep breath, shoving her sister over the side of the building, "Aim for the bushes!" she yelled, jumping after her.
"God damn it!" She yelled as she fell and thankfully landed in a pile of trash, "A little warning next time!!!!"
Juli's anger at her sister soon faded as the group of teen vigilantes came around the corner to them. "Shit," she said quietly so only her sister could hear, "remember the code names."
Andy grunted as she landed on something that was not the ground, “what the hell did I land on?" She growled and looked at the boy who broke her fall, "you're not the ground, Night? You ok?"
Juli looked at the group of 5 and her sister sitting on top of one. She held in a giggle and eyed the group. They had a S.H.I.E.L.D. vibe to them. "I'm fine Wolf," she said standing up and brushing off some of the trash, "Who are you people?
The group consisted of the boy in green Juli had eyed earlier, a muscular black boy in gold and black, a tall girl dressed as a white tiger, one that had a red and blue outfit that had a spider on the chest, and one who was wearing a NOVA core uniform with what seemed like a bucket on his head that her sister happened to be sitting on.
Andy continued to sit on the boy, perfectly content where she was. However, the one in blue and red answered the other's question. "Well, we're us, who are you?" He replied snarkily. The others sighed, and the boy in green shook his head a bit.
Juli scoffed at the boy. "Well we're us and we don't have to tell you anything," she said sticking out a hand for her sister so they could get a move on with their plan, "But I can already tell you're with S.H.I.E.L.D."
The boy that Andrea happened to be sitting on was getting sick of her on top of him. "How 'bout you get off of me?!" he yelled squirming about underneath her.
Andy huffed and crossed her legs on his back. "I think not. I'm rather comfy, and you should never take away a wolfs prey" she growled a bit, baring her teeth, "so shut it tin man.”
Juli relaxed her hand and put it back to her side. She wanted to stick to the plan but these yahoos were ruining it. "I'm Nightingale and this is Wolfsbane," Juli finally sighed giving up the staring contest with the spider, "You?"
"I'm Spiderman," the one in red and blue said placing a hand on his chest; he then motioned for the rest of the team to introduce themselves.
"I'm Power Man," the muscular one in gold and black said stepping forward a bit.
"White Tiger," the only girl said standing to the back, eyeing the two other girls up and down, "and you partner is sitting on Nova."
"Nova? Psshhh more like squishy meat sack" she cooed poking the boy in the side, "hes till soft!"
Juli sighed once more and face palmed. "Stop playing with him!" she yelled, "We have a plan we're supposed to be sticking to but NO THANKS TO YOU ALL! Noooooo, just had to mess with The Wrecking Crew and let them bring down that building. God you guys are amateurs."
The boy in green smiled and Power Man laughed at the girl's explosion. "You may delay," the boy in green said as he crossed his arms over his chest, "but time will not.”
"Ummm...wat?" Andy responded, "who the hell let Ghandi be a superhero?"
"THAT WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN!!!" Juli yelled, still apparently on her rant since her OCD was kicking in, "We need to go now."
PowerMan stepped forward and crossed his arms. "His name is Iron Fist," he said as he looked to SpiderMan, "Crazy bird over there is right, we have to find the Wrecking Crew."
Andy quickly hopped up, “yes ma'am!!" She saluted her sister, but prodded the boy in the ribs, "peace out bucket for brains"
Juli took in a deep breath and recollected herself. "Nice to meet you all but we need to be moving on," she said walking away as she could hear the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier approaching, "Tell Nick Fury Hi for us."
Iron Fist watched as the girl walked away. He could feel something in his chest but he shook his head and centered his thoughts. It would never work out. So he turned and started to walk towards the street to see how much damage they had caused.
The others followed and ignored the other two. Leaving Nova to scramble to his feet. "IT'S NOVA!" He yelled after the girls.
"Whatever water bucket" she waved, walking after her sister, "just so you know, you won't be able to follow us now.”
"Or find us," Juli said turning back towards the group, "If we need you, we'll find you."
"Pshh who says we'll need you?" Spiderman scoffed a little.
Iron fist held his hand up, "thy enemy of my enemy is my friend, they could be helpful someday"
Andy laughed a bit, “whatever green bean."
Juli stopped in her tracks. "You'd be surprised at what we're capable of Peter," she said with a smirk before turning around, "one day we'll be of use to each other! Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. Till then I bid you adieu."
"Hue hue" Andy chuckled, taking off after her sister.
Spiderman just stared after them. "How did they know your name?" Nova asked, "its like they know you or something....and how did they know we were working with S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
Juli ran off and into the shadows. "Well that was easy," she said to her sister as they scaled another building, "just gotta get to that store and then home."
Peter stood shocked and opened his mouth but no sound came out of it.
White Tiger scoffed. "They probably did their research and he isn't the most secretive person ever," she said turning to report to the helicarrier, "Let’s go before Fury gets mad."
Andy giggled, "I could use them as target practice"
"No, if they had done their research then why didn't they address us by our names?" Iron Fist said shaking his head and and bringing his hand up to his chin.
Juli shook her head. "No we might need them at some point and time," she said closing her eyes and thinking about the blond boy in green, "plus one is kinda cute."
"Exactly," White Tiger said turning to the boys and eyeing the helicarrier, "so they must know him outside of here."
"It’s so not cute!! hes a bucket for brains landing pad!" She defended as her face became as red as a tomato.
Spiderman thought for a moment to himself. “It couldn't be...I mean the scary one maybe....but...no it’s not possible, my spidey senses woulda hinted me,” he said arguing with his thoughts about the new family that had moved into his neighborhood.
Juli smiled at her sister. "You like the bucket head!" she said laughing, "I was talking about Iron Fist."
"What are you talking about webhead?" Powerman asked pausing to turn back to Spiderman.
"I-i do not!!! So do not!!!! Nope nuh-uh nooooo!!" She turned more red and mumbled under her breath, "even if he does smell amazing"
Spiderman sighed and rubbed the nape of his neck before answering. "A new family moved in a few houses down from me, pretty normal except for the older if the twins she’s.....scary to say the least,” he said shivering at the thought of her, “But it can’t be them.”
"You totally do!" She said laughing some more and holding her ribs from laughing so hard.
Powerman thought for a moment and nodded. "Maybe, " he said walking towards the helicarrier as well, "We'll have to look into them."
"Ewwwieee no way!! He’s...squishy!!" She huffed as she tried to control the out of control blush on her face, the cold air on the roof did help.
"I dont think its them though, despite the scary one they're pretty normal, they got a mom and two little sisters," Spiderman said tapping his chin as they entered the helicarrier, “There’s no way they could and get away with it. Plus my spider sense never went off with them.”
"Hahaha all humans are squishy, "she said to her sister as they arrived at the store they were going to rob, "now let's focus. "
"Can't rule anyone out webhead," Nova said turning towards the director for a mission debriefing.
"I guess but you won't find anything, weird I guess,” Spiderman said demasking and sitting in the chair in the room.
The rest of the team shrugged not knowing what they might find. Cause who knows. They all took their seats at the table while they waited to discuss their failed mission. The Wrecking Crew had gotten away and well, they caused a lot of damage.
Andy hummed her agreement, grabbing a couple of smoke bombs from her belt. "Let’s get this done," she said dropping them into the vacant store.
Juli nodded and pulled up a face piece to protect from the smoke. "In and out," she said dropping into the building through a vent.
Andy took a deep breath, pulling her own face mask up over her nose and dropping herself into the store, following her sister. As the smoke filled the room Juli looked around checking for anyone who might be there. No one in sight so she made her way over towards the back office. She opened the door and found it also empty. "All clear," she said as she entered the office to look for the safe full of money, "I've got the safe. You get the register."
"Yes ma’am!" She called back, heading for said register, stuffing the majority of it into her bag.
Quickly she figured the combination out and grabbed the money in it, stuffing it into a bag. "Now we have about 5-10 minutes till the cops get here," she said walking out of the office and towards the back door of the shop, "we gotta get headed so we aren't suspects."
Andy had just finished d stuffing the last of the cash into her bag and saluted her sister once more. " yes ma’am,” she said following her and tossing one more smoke bomb for concealment, didn’t need the authorities knowing they were behind this.
“Stop calling me ma’am,” Juli hissed at her sister as she opened the door and peered through to the alley.
When the coast was clear she slid into the shadows and waited for her sister. She could hear the sirens from roughly 5 blocks away and cursed inwardly, they weren't supposed to be that quick. "Hurry up," she whispered to her sister, “they apparently were on high alert from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mishap earlier.”
Andy was already running out the door "I am hurrying!" She retorted, taking to the rooftops once again, “those amateurs are gonna get us busted!”
Juli ran down a few blocks away and dropped off the fire escape. "Good," she said wiping her brow and peeking into her bag to count the money, "mom should be set for a few months. What do you have?"
"About 300" she replied dropping next to her, "not counting the change"
"Perfect," she said recounting up her bounty just to double check, "I've got about $500. Should get the girls some new clothes and pay the heat."
"Yes! I’m pretty sure most of their clothes are on their last threads" Andy said sitting against the wall near her sister, “That was fun.”
"Definitely!" Juli said as they approached their new home, "I hope mom won't mind."
"Meh, as far as she knows, we are selling my paintings and your bracelets and stuff online, she won't mind" Andy giggled and winced as she realized how sore she was, "tomorrow is generally gonna suck though"
Juli took a deep breath and felt the bruises forming. "Ohhhh yes it is," she said as they came up on the house, "but for now. I'm starving."
“Agreed, let’s get home," Andy said tossing the bag up into the open window before trying to climb up it herself.
Juli sighed as they climbed up to their window and slid inside. "I'll go get the pizza," she said stripping out of costume and into some shorts and a tank top, "be right back."
"Ok, i'll stash the cash" she relied, storing her costume under her bed and pulling out a small safe box the girls kept their contraband in.
Juli walked down the stairs as quietly as possible. She snuck around the corner and into the kitchen. She was about to grab the pizza when the dog they had barked at her, scaring her. "Ahhhhh!" Juli yelled dropping the box and holding her chest, "I hate you so much."
"Pfffftttt!!! Scaredy cat!!!" Andy cackled from the top of the stairs.
"I hate this dog!!!!!" She yelled picking up the pizza and storming her way back upstairs, "when are we going to get a normal pet and not that hairless wonder."
Yes, their dog was a hairless dog. A chinese crested to be exact, Juli hated that dog so much. Never cared for her. But the little girls and mom loved it so she dealt with it. Andrea loved that dog too so she had to deal with it though. “So creepy,” she mumbled to herself as she reached the top of the stairs.
"Does a pug count?" Andrea questioned as she hopped into the shower to wash up.
"Yes because it has hair," she said grabbing a piece of pizza and laying in her bed, "I love pizza. Thank you mom for knowing where to get pie."
"Agreed!!" She said around a mouthful of food as she grabbed a slice after getting out of the shower.
Juli finished her first slice and sighed as she grabbed her second. "You’ve got the right idea, I need a shower big time," she said making a disgusted face at herself as she remembered landing in a pile of trash, "that and count the bruises."
"Once again I agree, though I landed on something. ..squishy" she said softly as she looked at her arms for bruises, zoning out a bit, "do you think he hangs out with Parker outside of the whole "saving people" thing?"
"They have to," Juli said from in the bathroom, thinking about the group, "they are to use to each other to not. You don’t get that descent of comradery without knowing each other more personally.”
"Hmm.....wonder if he's as cute as he sounds...." she mumbled to herself, sort of forgetting about her sister.
Juli poked her head out of the doorway and smirked at her sister. "You totally have feelings for the bucket head," she said laughing and hopping in the shower
"I DO NOT!!!!" She yelled, blushing brightly, "I'm just curious is all!!"
Juli smiled as she quickly washed up in the shower, taking note of bruises and if anything hurt particularly bad. "Oh there's nothing wrong with having a crush," she said getting out and redressed.
" I do not have a crush on him!!! If anything my fat butt was doing the crushing!” she said burying her face in a pillow to hide her blush, “Besides he’s......squishy"
Juli rolled her eyes and laid back down, eating one more piece of pizza. "Well regardless of who's doing the crushing," she said finishing the slice and curling up in bed, "I'm exhausted. don't forget we have school in the morning."
"I'll make sure I puke" she started to retort, but then her tone grew grim, "so.....do you....ugh never mind."
Juli sat up and looked over to her sister noticing her tone change. "What's up?" She asked picking up her phone to set the alarm, as she became concerned.
"Really. ....it’s nothing" Andy said turning to look out the window and fade into her own thoughts.
"Come on Andy," Juli said getting up and sitting on her sisters bed, "tell me what's on your mind."
"Just.....I miss dad...." she said trying to fight the tears that were building up in her eyes, and avoiding eye contact with her sister.
Juli went quiet. "I do too Andy," she said hugging her sister tightly, "but this might be the new start we need after that kind of tragedy."
"Yeah right, same shit different school," she mumbled, huffing slightly as she pushed her sister away from her, "it’s literally all the same but different people."
"Remember what dad used to always say. ‘Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough’," Juli said sighing and looking into her gray eyes, "just remember that and ignore the other kids. We have a chance to start a new life here. No one needs to know what happened, or even know us as those kids that lost their dad."
"Fine, but I’m still not gonna like it," She sighed, chewing on her lip a bit, trying not to smile at her sister who was so much like their dad.
"I love that it just takes old proverbs to get you to comply," Juli said with a chuckle as she hopped back into her bed, "but now we need to go to bed."
"Mmmm agreed, " she said softly, yawning a bit as she snuggled down into her piles of blankets.
Juli smiled to herself as she fell back into her pillows. "Night Andy," she said yawning and curling up into a ball to fall asleep.
"Mmm" she hummed, falling asleep as well.