XMen The New Age 12
by Eric Christopher Jackson
Not For Sale
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Not For Sale
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EXT. RUSSIA – MILITARY FACILITY - NIGHT
We move to and through the wall to then see a facility in the middle of Russia in the pouring rain.
Piotr is running through trees and bushes towards the place in the distance. Spotlights are rotating back and forth. Security seems tight. He pauses to survey the property taking out a small device showing the facilities layout and his exact position. Looking at the time on the screen, he moves forward.
A group of trucks can be heard and appear over a hill coming towards the rear of the building…
He moves in closer, closer as the trucks go by. As the last one passes, he runs out to its side and grabs onto the bottom of the truck. The door is opened to the facility and the trucks pull in. Russian soldiers exit the trucks and begin unloading material contained in crates, containers, and boxes by hand and with forklifts.
Take these supplies down to the lab.
Carefully! We don't want to waste any of it!
Soldiers escort long floating tables of the supplies unloaded to a huge elevator door. They enter and the elevator descends deep below the surface.
The doors open to a military medical lab, the table floats into the room and settles on the floor next to many other "tables" just like it.
The two men make sure the table is "off" and return to the elevator, heading back up to the surface.
Colossus emerges from the crates having a look around. Very dark, only emergency lights seem to be on, with a few faint glows from containers and monitors here and there. He and Nightcrawler had been in a place like this before. But this room held more advanced technology. He was surprised it was kept basically unguarded.
He took out his computer device to conduct a thermo scan of the area. Everything was cold, save the monitors and electrical equipment.
But something on the little screen seemed to distort slightly for a split second. He looked towards that area, but could not make out anything. He crept over to get a closer look.
His eyes glowed in the darkness, fully encased in his organic metal, the reflections of the dimly lit area shown on his body. He stood up after deciding there were no cameras in the area. We see his metal face up close, glowing eyes showing as he slowly walks passed metal beams from the ceiling.
OMEGA RED (O.S.)
We meet again Piotr.
Colossus turns in various directions, looking, but not seeing anyone.
Omega Red's yellow eyes glow in the darkness. The smoke vapors coming from his body is evidence is how cold he is. Faint light vaguely shows his red armor and pale skin.
I will enjoy destroying you.
The X-Men will defeat you again Arkady.
I will have my revenge…and all of the X-Men will die…starting with you.
With that said, Omega Red's whips shoot out at Colossus who jumps out of the way and they tie around iron beams.
Colossus picks up a monitor station and throws it at Omega Red knocking him backwards. Then he leaps forward punching Omega Red with lefts and rights charging up his strength with as much power as he can muster.
Omega Red grabs his fist and slings him across the room.
Colossus lands on balance, but Omega Red is on top of him immediately punching and kicking in his own combinations.
Then he grabs Colossus with his whip and throws him across the room.
A bit dazed, Colossus gets off his back to his hands and knees.
Omega's whip wraps around his neck and begins to drain his energy.
But apparently, Colossus as gotten stronger since their last encounter. He tries to pull the whip from around his neck, grabs the long end attached to Omega and begins to spin Omega swinging him around in a circle through monitors and glass containers.
Omega Red's whip releasing from around Colossus' neck and he's thrown into crates against the wall.
As Colossus charges in to deliver a finishing blow a huge energy pulse hits him, knocking him off his feet.
The same team of special forces that killed Allan Rosenburg surround Colossus now. "FREEDOM" imprinted on their armor.
Omega Red leaps forward as Colossus is distracted head-butting him. Colossus stumbles backwards, more energy pulses fire at him, he's stunned. Omega's whip wraps around him and begins to drain more energy then throws him into more crates in the lab.
Colossus struggles to his knees, a whip comes, wraps around his neck, and pushes him against a wall, choking him and draining more power.
The FREEDOM leader walks forward, standing in front of Colossus. His suit lights up, he dials the device on his arm to charge his weapon to full power.
A long blade extends out of the hidden sheath, glowing bright lime green. With a pause, the leader draws back and pushes the blade against Colossus stomach.
But at that moment, Colossus charged up his energy and as the blade hit his organic metal core, it broke off from the leader's arm. The leader let out a loud cry…
So…you are human.
Omega Red rushed forward and punched Colossus' head back through the wall. He was out cold.
The lab's elevator doors opened.
Contain him! I want to know exactly what kind of metal this is that can withstand our energy pulse. We need him alive to get useful results.
No! Destroy him now! He's a threat to our…!
I am in charge now Omega Red!
Russian soldiers surround Omega Red with weapons emitting a faint light blue color and vapor…cold air.
You agreed to do this our way this time. Contrary to the past, our technology is advanced enough to send you back to the cold where you stand in a matter of seconds. However…we would rather work with you…to control these mutants. They cannot stop us from reaching our ultimate victory.
Your way. But make no mistake General…I will protect Mother Russia and all her glory.
We're on the same side then…yes?
Come. It is time. Time to take back what is ours and not simply restore Russia, but make her a greater power than she was before.
Colossus was locked down to a smaller floating table. Two units escorted him to another medical lab room, while the General and Omega Red ascended to the surface level of the military base.
In Omega Red's eyes, anger blazed…but in his mind, he knew this "age" was different. His own government could discover a technology powerful enough to kill him. Omega Red followed the General through a small double door…the room was completely dark.
You will see Omega Red…we are on the same side…
Spotlights came on in the foreground first, then more and more to the background.
Omega Red's eyes widen in surprise as he sees massive warheads ready to be fired within hours. The Bay doors open and crews roll out missiles and other ammunition to an open area where they could be loaded onto planes.
(stepping forward, raising his arms)
You were the last piece of the puzzle. If you faithfully cooperate with your government, the government that gave you life…you will be rewarded with great territory to rule over. We will be the greatest superpower to reign in history.
Are you with us?
(a small smile on his face, only lets out a scream)
The General smiles and walks away, nodding to top officers to proceed with the plan.
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