The Great Escape Ch6 bit – Happenstance

When you looked at it from HYDRA’s point of view, it was actually kind of funny how little SHIELD knew about alien invasions. Apparently if you didn’t tear an interdimensional hole over Manhattan and swarm whole robot-whales through, the so-called World Security Council didn’t even notice.

HYDRA noticed. That was how they would rule; how they would conquer! They had informants, tendrils in a vast web, spread across the world to detect the minutest signs of the extraordinary, the impossible. They would find it, and contain it, and use it to their advantage!

…If the SF fans didn’t beat them there first.

For a bunch of loser geeks who supposedly lived in people’s basements, any group of fans always seemed to turn up a couple owl-blinking types in glasses who just happened to get the menace to disperse. Somehow.

“Mardi Gras beads,” Mullen was groaning, brown hair knocked out of her neat bun.

George cringed despite himself. “Mull, snap out of it, you’re having a nightmare.” As well she might. The alien zombie swarm through the French Quarter had barely made the local news; Zed Team had found that out later, at the time they’d been too busy trying to escape the slavering hordes with their lives and one of the mini-stasis pods intact. Who would have thought tawdry green and purple beads that’d been jiggled on – um, areas they pixilated in primetime – would constitute being blessed by a true priestess of Damballah and stop the mechanical undead in their tracks?

HYDRA hadn’t been exactly happy when Zed turned up without the stasis pod. Huge honkin’ big snake did not, to the upper levels, constitute a good excuse. Though the voodoo doll made out of Chinese fortune cookies had apparently been a big hit in Research.


A/N: I suspect Zed Team is still alive because they’ve unknowingly gathered multiple blessings from whatever mess they happened to stumble into. Also so HYDRA has a team they can point to for incoming agents and say, “See those guys? Don’t be those guys.”

…Which is why HYDRA has not, yet, taken over the world.

34 thoughts on “The Great Escape Ch6 bit – Happenstance

      1. They are the cockroaches of Hydra. When the entire organization is nuked they will crawl out of the wreckage, merely soot stained. Like holding a cartoon bomb when it explodes.

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      1. >There’s a reason that features in Zed Team’s nightmares….>
        Of course Zed team started retreating even faster when the nearby voodoo dolls and fake shrunken heads all started singing a particular song with instrumentals coming from somewhere.

        Sure the movie isn’t the most representative of how the Loa might do business but Kalfu and/or Samedi might feel like like getting in on the fun of screwing with these punks.

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      2. > If they hear that, I guarantee you they’d find an elsewhere to be. Evil does not mean stupid….

        Tell that to all the rest of HYDRA…

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  1. Huge honkin’ big snake did not, to the upper levels, constitute a good excuse.

    Probably enough to make them mutter, at least in their heads, “If you think it is so easy, then why don’t you give it a go and we’ll stay back and make sarcastic comments while watching the footage?”

    Of course, if this the team they consider incompetent – okay, they do keep accidentally saving the world instead of taking over / dooming it but they have survived suicide missions which should tell you something – something tells that the competent teams would probably get eaten or something. Arrogance can a rather fatal disease after all.

    I’m kinda of hoping our heroes end up recruiting these guys like “Join our side of the Force, we have bigger, better, and more cookies than those losers.”

    When you looked at it from HYDRA’s point of view, it was actually kind of funny how little SHIELD knew about alien invasions.

    While I’m willing to be believe that the World Security Council cannot locate their backside without both hands and atlas, I wouldn’t entirely bet on SHIELD being nearly as oblivious as HYDRA thinks they are.

    I’m not saying that SHIELD hasn’t missed some things that they really should have caught but they haven’t been entirely incompetent so it seems a little out that they would be totally out of the loop about the aliens save for stuff like the Chituari . . .

    Also SHIELD might give more a fig about their agents’ well-being – HYDRA doesn’t really care if their minions die during a mission. Sometimes, they are even counting on them dying in a mission. Zed Team has just managed annoyingly survive all of those attempts.

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    1. >I’m kinda of hoping our heroes end up recruiting these guys like “Join our side of the Force, we have bigger, better, and more cookies than those losers.”> …same *sheepish grin*

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  2. That, and they’re probably just Not-Evil enough, that some of the more… Let’s call it “Evil-targeting” punishments, have a hard time locking onto them, even with all of the myriad blessings.

    Can’t smite Evil if you can’t find said Evil in order to smite it.

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  3. I’m getting a resemblance to Hawkeye’s Merry Men…and it’s Good! HMM is about the commandos in Avengers. Apparently Hawkeye has a GIFT for potential. Also SHIELD has Zombie Menace protocols.

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  4. LMAO, poor Zed Team. Maybe they should have looked at that failing grade in their Villainy 101 class and taken the hint. ;P RAOTFL at the Mardi Gras beads bit. Yes, fear the SF fans! For we are mighty and have world-saving skills once we adjust to light! *Ba-dum tish* XD Best of luck on your writing!

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  5. The sad thing is that Zed Team is obviously really good at:

    1) Finding out what is there.

    2) Running away fast enough!

    Obviously they are gifted at reconnaissance, or at being bait that bad things will snap at. They just need a competent kill or capture team to partner with them.

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