Earth-717: X-Men Vol 1 Chapter 8: Cape Citadel The night sky was as calm as it could e!
The air had a sense o" stillness to it# as i" nothing in the atmosphere could distur its tran$uillity! The "eeling o" silence caused Erik%s reathing to slow to a methodical# stilted pace! &is eyes shut# Erik%s mind dri"ted ack to that time! The time he had long ago attempted to shut out! 'ith nothing to reak his "lowing stream o" memory# Erik allowed it to slip ack into the "ore"ront o" his mind! ()ill them* )ill the +ewish scum*, Erik%s head -erked slightly to the right as he heard the sounds again! E.plosions! /creams! 0ullets! Tears! (They must not e allowed to escape*, Erik shook his head ack and "orth as he entered the area! The houses were a la1e# and the sound o" hea2y com at oots crashing against the ground echoed through the town! The images were 2i rant# ut they were incomplete# as i" the memory was damaged! Certain sections had grey static! 3eople were scattered a out# running in all directions! (/top* 4et away*, (Erik# $uick# get her out o" here*, The 2oice was "aint! Erik winced as he closed his hands! There was nothing in them now# ut they had once held her arms in his! ('hat am 5 supposed to do6, (4et her away "rom here* 5%ll try to stop them*, The 2oice was more distinct now! The in"lections were uni$ue! The pattern started to ecome recollection rather than e.perience! 5t all sounded so "amiliar# yet it was like it was happening "or the "irst time! More grey! 7nother e.plosion! 7nother scream! 7nother li"e gone! (8o*,
7n image "lashed o" a soldier in green gar with an electri"ied aton strapped to his "orearm! The soldier ran up to a man holding a a y in his arms# who had "allen to the ground! (&ail &ydra*, The soldier struck down with his arm# and the aton collided with the man%s chest! The man%s entire ody sei1ed as lood spurted "rom his mouth and ri cage! The a y "ell out o" his arms# "alling into the mud! The a y%s mouth opened# ut no cries were heard! /tatic! (&elp*, &yper2entilated reaths massaged Erik%s neck! &er sweat started to seep into his skin! The thin cloth acting as a arrier etween her ody and his trem led as her ones shook! (&ail &ydra*, Erik knew it was time to run# ut he didn%t mo2e! 5nstead# he looked "orward# and saw do1ens o" green gar ed soldiers! /ome o" the soldiers were male with the electric atons# others were "emale with "lamethrowers strapped to their acks! 9ne o" the "emale soldiers let out a stream o" "lame "rom her weapon# setting a la1e se2eral ci2ilians who were desperately trying to escape! The entire time# she was laughing! 7nother soldier walked past the screaming a y# and looking down at it# pulled his pistol "rom its holster! 7s Erik continued to stare# another man emerged into 2iew! &e was wearing similar gar to the soldiers# ut he had no "ace-mask or helmet! &is ald head and monocle caught Erik%s eye# ut his most distinguishing "eature was his right arm# or lack o" one! 5nstead# there was a sil2er plated metallic lim hooked into his right shoulder! 7t the end o" the lim was a metal o -ect simulating a hand# which glowed with reddish electric energy! Erik didn%t mo2e as the man approached him! :ro1en in "ear# he watched as the man reached out with his metal arm# and gra ed his "ace! The smell o" rotting "lesh "illed the air! (8o*, Erik opened his eyes! &e was ack in the "orest! 7ll the sights and sounds o" that time had
2anished! /ighing# he "elt a tinge o" pain in his chest! The memory was not $uite the same anymore! The details were di""erent! /ome pieces were in other places; some missing and some completely new! /trucker had ne2er gra ed his "ace e"ore! Erik looked "orward as he saw his target! <i"ting himsel" into the air# he allowed all the elements o" his repressed memories to "ade away as his ga1e "i.ated on the task at hand! :lying high a o2e the "orest "loor# Erik "loated o2er the gate o" the military comple.! &e $uickly glanced at the sign attached to the gate as he "lew past! Cape Citadel Military 0ase! The alarm was almost immediately sounded! Erik continued to "ly "orward! 7s do1ens o" soldiers trained their weapons on him# Erik slowed to a halt and crossed his arms! &e calmly watched as multiple -eeps and tanks arri2ed! E2entually# the sound died down to a single 2oice! (This is Captain Thomas 0owman o" the Cape Citadel Military 0ase! =ou ha2e trespassed upon go2ernment property! =ou are immediately ordered to ! ! ! ! land ! ! ! ! on the ground# and surrender yoursel"# or we will use lethal "orce!, Erik narrowed his eyes# ut did not respond! (This is your "inal warning*, Erik didn%t mo2e! (Tanks* 9pen "ire*, The two near y tanks "ired shells at Erik# who threw up his arm as his energy shield "ormed around him! The rounds e.ploded on the shield# and the smoke cleared to show Erik unscathed! /ome o" the soldiers on the ground gasped in surprise! (<ethal "orce# indeed#, said Erik! (:ire at will*, Erik threw up his arms as the ri"les and shotguns wielded y the soldiers were ripped "rom their hands! The guns then turned around to "ace their owners# and started to "ire! /creams were heard as the
soldiers were cut down y their own weapons! 0owman leaped "rom his -eep as the sur2i2ing soldiers ran away# shouting! The soldier on the -eep with the machine gun turret opened "ire on Erik# ut he "licked his wrist# causing the -eep to "ly into the air! The soldier "ell out and landed on the ground as Erik sent the -eep crashing down on top o" him! The two tanks "ired again# ut Erik held his hands "orward# and the shells stopped in midair! &e then sent them "lying towards the near y uildings# setting them a la1e! ('hat the hell is this guy6, More soldiers arri2ed with guns# ut Erik continued to dispatch them with ease! Energy lasts "ired "rom his hands incinerated the tanks# and he used the shrapnel "rom them as pro-ectiles against the soldiers# shredding their "lesh and tearing them apart! Turning his ga1e to another line o" soldiers# Erik "licked his other wrist# and the pins on the grenades attached to their elts all "lew into the air! The soldiers scram led to rip o"" their elts# ut within seconds were reduced to puddles o" roasting meat! Turning around# Erik looked to a near y landing pad with a helicopter on it! <i"ting his arm# he caused the helicopter to le2itate into the air! &olding it in place "or a moment# Erik then turned to the main watch tower on the ase# and motioned his arm towards it! The helicopter was hea2ed# and crashed directly into the tower# causing a massi2e e.plosion! /e2eral "laming corpses "ell out o" the tower as it urned down! Erik then turned "orward# and he saw 0owman acking away! 0owman pulled out his pistol and opened "ire on Erik while walking ackwards! &e de"lected all o" the ullets and then closed his "ist# causing 0owman%s gun to crumple up and "all on the "loor! Erik landed and walked towards 0owman! ('hat# you going to kill me too6, (8o#, Erik replied! (8ot you!, Erik gra ed 0owman y the neck and held him o"" the ground! 0owman coughed and sputtered as he spoke! ('hat ! ! ! ! do you ! ! ! ! want6,
(=ou can create a 2ideo communication with the 'hite &ouse "rom this ase# correct6, (=es!, (Then that is what you%re going to do!, >>>> ('hat do you mean# you can%t "ind anything6, &enry sighed! (4yrich# that was a shipment o" "our nuclear missiles! 8uclear! ?o you know what that means6 7ny ody out there might ha2e these armaments!, (Mr! 3resident# without the launch codes ! ! ! !, Ellis wa2ed his hand! (?on%t gi2e me that! =ou know as well as 5 do that there are groups out there with oth the resources and moti2ations to put those weapons to use ! ! ! ! and gi2en the state o" the street where it took place# 5%d say someone along those lines pulled this o""!, ('ell# my team hasn%t een a le to e.plain it# Mr! 3resident! 'e don%t ha2e any leads!, (5 need answers# and soon# &enry#, said Ellis! (/ince one o" his agents was in-ured in the attack# :ury%s een reathing down my neck# wondering what the hell happened! That agent was there as a courtesy to the secret ser2ice# and now he%s in a goddamn coma!, Ellis sat down at his desk! 5n the chair ne.t to him was /enator )elly! ('hat is our contingency plan since the nukes were taken6, asked )elly! (5 mean# they were in my state! 5 want to know what%s going to e done a out this!, ('e%re taking this 2ery seriously# /enator#, said &enry! (4o ack to work# 4yrich#, ordered Ellis! (=es# Mr! 3resident#, replied &enry! ('e%ll continue looking!, &enry turned to walk away when a light on Ellis% desk "lickered on! 7 eeping noise was heard! (That%s an emergency channel#, said &enry!
Ellis looked o2er at )elly "or a moment e"ore tapping the utton! 7 monitor screen "olded out o" the desk and turned on! 9n the screen was the "ace o" 0owman! &e was leeding "rom the nose! (Mr! 3resident6, (Thomas6 My 4od# what happened to you6, (/ir# 5%m sorry ! ! ! !, (That%s good enough!, 0owman stepped out o" the screen%s 2iew as Erik stepped in! Ellis% eyes widened! (4reetings# Mr! 3resident!, ('ho are you6 'hat ha2e you done ! ! ! !6, (Calm yoursel"# 3resident Ellis! =ou%re no longer in charge here! 5 am!, ('ho are you6, Ellis repeated! (My name is Erik <ehnsherr! 5 "igure you%re pro a ly wondering right now who stole your nuclear missiles! 7llow me to spare you the grie" and admit that 5 did it! 5 ha2e also taken o2er the Cape Citadel ase in :lorida# which# as you%re pro a ly aware# contains acti2e missile silos!, The colour "rom Ellis% "ace "lushed out! (&ow could you possi ly ha2e done that all y yoursel"6, demanded Ellis! (?o you ha2e some sort o" underground army6, (8o#, answered Erik! (5 am a mutant!, )elly%s eyes widened! (5 want three things# Mr! 3resident#, e.plained Erik! (:irst# the Mutant @egistration 7ct is to e cancelled! /econd# all mutants are to e li erated "rom all attempts at prosecution# and third ! ! ! ! 5 want /enator @o ert )elly to e killed# and the ody to e deli2ered to me!, )elly held in his reath! (5" you do not comply with my demands within se2enty-two hours# 5 will "ire one o" my missiles at a randomly chosen A/ city! The choice is yours# Mr! 3resident!,
The screen turned o""! Ellis sat ack in his chair! (4yrich# call up all the military "orces you can! 'e need to stop this maniac e"ore ! ! ! !, ('ait# sir#, interrupted )elly! ('hat6, (5 ha2e a etter idea!, >>>> (&ow many do you ha2e6, (/ince we went into "ull production# around thirty! 7ll Mark 9nes#, answered Macken! (<aunch them#, ordered )elly! (5%ll send the co-ordinates to your 3?7! This is an order "rom the 3resident himsel"# 'alter! 4et it done!, (=es sir!, Macken hung up the phone and looked at the status screen! 'ithin a "ew seconds# the coordinates message appeared on his screen! 3unching the co-ordinates into the console# Macken turned the master control key and triggered the launch se$uence! The ceiling o" the "actory opened# and the eyes on the /entinels lit up! (5nitiating start-up se$uence#, said the /entinel 2oice! (Co-ordinates recei2ed! Target ! ! ! ! Mutant! 9rders ! ! ! ! Eliminate!, The /entinel%s rocket oots acti2ated# and they started to "ly upwards! Macken watched as the /entinels launched into the sky and "lew o"" into the night!