The Great Escape Ch6 bit – Smile and Mock

Somewhere in the Northern Area is one final bird….

Tony read it through. Twice. And voiced what he figured was probably on everyone’s mind. “You know, normally I don’t approve of assassins. I’ve been shot at. Copiously. Enough said. This guy? First come, first served? If Fury gives our pair the go-ahead, I will smile and mock.”

There was a little bit of green in Bruce’s eyes; the gamma expert took a breath, and threw it off. “Minaka… he had to know what he was about to set off.”

“Indeed,” Jarvis said soberly. “Particularly as he had set off an earlier scramble among the Ashikabi by informing them of Kusano’s location.”

Pepper was unusually pale. “The little girl? He sent adult men after….” She picked up a phone.

“Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,” Tony commented. “Actually, you shouldn’t do a lot of things I would do.  Because if she wasn’t okay, MBI would currently be a pile of smoking rubble.” Dying or not, Jarvis would have told him about a kid in a horrible mess. And he would have done something.

“I do believe Kusano is well, Miss Potts,” Jarvis affirmed. “The video I have of her after she was rescued indicates a very normal child, outside of the tendency to create overnight jungles. For one thing, shortly after she was taken into Minato’s care, the Izumo Inn began regularly ordering children’s schoolbooks.”

Bruce seemed to relax at that. Just a little; horror losing out to plain old-fashioned outrage. “So Minaka encouraged the predators. He made a habit of it.” Fingers clenched and unclenched, never quite fists. “You know, I figured out a while ago that Ross is a single-minded, obsessive bastard. But at least he came after me himself. He didn’t set me up to be a target for every lunatic out there who wanted a super-soldier and then watch the show.”


A/N: When General Ross comes off as marginally more moral than you are, Minaka, you might have a problem….

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19 thoughts on “The Great Escape Ch6 bit – Smile and Mock

  1. Thankfully for both Homura and Kusano, the crazy gene skipped Minato.
    (Never mind Takami, but what did Kazehana ever see in Minaka!? That man practically excludes psycho pheromones!)

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    1. Kazehana grew up around Minaka and under his power. It seems fairly safe to assume that Minaka was a formative influence on most of the single numbers. He probably seems normal to them. Homura realizes that Minaka is evil and nuts. It is not clear how obvious this is to the other single numbers.

      And a lot of the single numbers have issues.

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  2. Worse, that nasty, dangerous, living candidate for friendly fire “accidents” idiot comes off as significantly more moral. He didn’t seem to care about collateral damage, but he didn’t like it.

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  3. Pepper Pots is pissed.

    …which is how I know MBI is going to burn in flames by the end of this. No matter what else happens, Pepper is going to //end them//.

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    1. Yep. While the Avengers and Minato’s flock can punch their lights out, Pepper as CEO of Stark Industries has the money, connections and reach to make it that MBI doesn’t have the money to turn said lights on anymore.

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    2. Its said behind every great man is a great woman. Tony is a great man. The ubfortunate thing for those who cross him badly enough is that Pepper is his great woman. And she is a redhead. With a soul. So she stole someone elses soul just so she could balance out Tony.
      I am not much on popcorn but it is girlscout cookie time of year…

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  4. If Fury gives our pair the go-ahead, I will smile and mock.”

    Me too.

    . . . She picked up a phone.

    I would feel sorry for Minaka but he deserves whatever Pepper does and then some.

    Dying or not, Jarvis would have told him about a kid in a horrible mess. And he would have done something.

    Yes he would.

    That line to tear Minaka to itty, bitty pieces – slowly – and then set him on fire just keeps getting longer and longer.

    A/N: When General Ross comes off as marginally more moral than you are, Minaka, you might have a problem….

    No kidding.

    And isn’t that frightening thought.

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  5. *Devil’s Advocate On* Maybe Minaka needs dangerous Askabi for a Significant Reason? Also maybe some Serekei tech had an adverse effect on Minaka?*DA Off* Minaka makes a Great TYPE-Moon Magus!

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    1. I liked In Flight. May be current focus, but at the moment I don’t see any reason to want to write Minaka as having a sane reason. Like there isn’t much reason to want to write Udo Jin-e as, say, a human rights activist.

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    2. Actually no. Oh ‘proper’ magi can be massively amoral, but they focus on results first, the tournament is pointless watching things that entertain him. Miya’s husband is probably a much better candidate for a magi

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      1. Focus on results for whatever mad project that they have inherited. It isn’t that rare for them to go entirely nuts and switch to something insanely destructive.

        It is almost like they were designed as a source of mad evil wizards who turn themselves into vampires to supply antagonists.

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  6. Read it about 6 months ago. My headcanon of Type-Moon is that Alaya is a fragment of TYPE-Morningstar with a side of ursurpation.Don’t get me started on Stargate’s Tech over magic fetish…

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