One thing I've never done since arriving here was explore the city. Sure Steve showed me some of the best cafes and museums. But for the most part I've stayed either in my apartment or on the Grid. I guess training to become a SHIELD agent had something to do with my lack of exploration.
So while I had some free time, and the fact that it was finally nice out, I decided to take the opportunity. Fury had given me a few weeks off after the whole Mandarin incident.
Basically some maniac wanted to kill the President during Christmas Eve. He was using something called Extremis to heal wounds, even grow back body parts. But he was also out for revenge. In the end Iron Man managed to take him down.
Now that the world was at peace again, for the most part, I was left with nothing to do. Beck and Tron were busy trying to figure out what was going on with the Grid. And of course I was left in the dark. They were hiding something from me, and I wasn't too fond of that.
"What are you up to?" I had to laugh as Rinzler pounced on what looked like a speck of dust. He was always getting into trouble now that I was back from my mission.
While I was away Natasha had left him in the care of Steve. And from what I've gathered Steve just announced that he'd never own a cat if given the chance. Something tells me that Rinzler was up to know good, yet again.
He just gave me a look with large orange eyes, like he usually did, and mewled in response. Shaking my head in disapproval, I picked him up and placed him on the sofa. "You be good, I'll be back soon," I told him. Hey, he may not understand me, but it worked for the most part.
Once I made sure I was ready, I headed for the door. For the most part I always had my hands, arms and legs covered. It wasn't because I was afraid of the way I looked. I usually kept my hands covered because of the scars. Most people had learned to ignore them, but there were still those strangers that would stare at me in shock.
Back when I was younger, I'd been stuck on the Grid. The Grid is a digital utopia, where programs who are like people live. And while I was stuck on the Grid, I'd been captured by a program known as Rinzler. He was Clu's puppet, forced to derezz, or kill, programs for 'breaking the law'. Basically Clu was the ruler of the Grid until Sam Flynn and his father had taken him down.
Now there was no ruler. So far peace had been keeping it's hold on the Grid. But I've learned in my short time here that peace would never last.
So while my Rinzler was curling up to sleep on the couch, I took the chance to get outside.
People who were passing by shot me curious looks as I avoided their gazes. I still find it hard to believe I was actually here in the User world. A few months ago I was still on the Grid, trying to figure out a way to bring Clu down. In that short amount of time I'd found out who my real parents were, and found quite a few more secrets SHIELD was keeping from them.
Between all of my training and field work, I'm surprised I haven't passed out from exhaustion yet. Back when I was still 'keeping an eye' on Tony, I'd gone for several days with little to no sleep at all. To top things off I now had the Tesseract infecting my body in some strange way.
I still don't know much about it, aside from the fact that it protected me from those guards a few days ago. Now every month I needed to have a checkup with Bruce Banner to make sure that nothing serious was happening. I'm guessing that this was set up by my oh so wonderful parents.
By now I've gotten pretty familiar with my surroundings. Sure the city was a bit overwhelming at first. But when you've grown up on the Grid, this is pretty easy in comparison.
Buildings towered above me, along with a few skyscrapers. In the mix of it all was Stark Tower, looming ahead. After spending a few days there, I was more than happy to have a place of my own. I'm sure the rest of the Avengers felt the same way. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but after a while I'm sure everyone got sick of seeing one another.
Part of me wondered if joining SHIELD was a good thing. I missed spending time on the Grid. I missed being around familiar faces all the time, and I especially missed Beck. I like to think I joined SHIELD to keep an eye on Cyrus. But some part of me thought otherwise.
Something caught my attention shortly after mulling over the thoughts. I heard the sound of chanting, and I turned slightly to see a group of kids gathered around in what looked like a school yard. Picking up something like 'eat it', I gathered my courage and cautiously approached to see what was going on.
A ring of students were gathered around one of their own. Most of them were teenagers, high school students. The majority of them had the sense to avoid the fight that was breaking out. And it took me a few seconds to realize that these kids were bullying a fellow student.
"Put him down." A young girl with long blond hair had approached them, seeming all too aware of what was going on. It took me a few minutes to recognize her. I've seen her before, especially since Fury keeps files on just about anyone deemed important to SHIELD. "Eugene."
A few of the students made an 'oohing' noise, followed by the kid that I guessed got hit during the fight. I really wished I could go in and break them apart, show them what it was like to be in a real fight. But something held me back. Shouldn't there be teachers keeping an eye on things?
I'm not too familiar with the way school works here. I've never had the chance to go to school. So I wasn't exactly sure what to do with this whole scenerio. If I'm lucky I wouldn't have to do anything. These students should be smart enough to know better.
"Get up!" snapped another voice – I'm guessing it was one of the bullies.
The blond pushed her way through the crowd, eyes narrowed with annoyance as she joined the ring of students. The shouting finally died down to their normal voices as she pushed them apart. I'm guessing the fight had come to an end, so I took the moment to leave.
Yet for some reason I couldn't help but stay. The kid seemed oddly familiar, but I couldn't quite place where I had seen him before. Considering the fact I've only been in the User world for a few months, this was beginning to annoy me. The bell rang, signaling it was time for class to start. One of the boys walking past kicked what looked like a camera, smirking as he walked past. As he picked it up to check on it, a gust of wind suddenly stirred up the papers he had been holding on to. He managed to grab most of the papers, but one flew just out of reach, right towards me.
Taking a quick look at the paper I just caught, I noticed that formulas were written all over. Somehow I was reminded of the scientific notes Bruce was always jotting down when he got the chance. This guy looked like he was almost on the same level intelligence-wise.
"Thanks, that was lucky," he said after noticing I'd caught it.
"Are you okay? That looks pretty nasty." I nodded towards the bruise on his jaw.
"I've been through worse," he replied with the slightest grins. "Were you watching that whole thing?"
"Uh... yeah," I murmured sheepishly. "I was about to take them on... I'm not a big fan of bullies." I added the last part with a shrug.
"You're more than welcome to." Glancing over his shoulders, he must have just realized that he was already running late. "I uh... should probably go," he stammered.
"Yeah, you probably should." Grinning back, I waved goodbye as he headed for class.
Okay, now I really wish I knew who that was. For some reason he looked oddly familiar. The blond I recognized from the police force. Her father was the deputy, and she was known as Gwen Stacey. I've seen them a few times thanks to SHIELD, but that was about it.
With a shrug of my shoulders, I decided it was better not to think about it. I probably wasn't going to see him again, and truthfully, I'm sure he wouldn't want to see me again. So for now, I would let it go.
AN: Okay, so this is the beginning of a new story and adventure for Mira. So excited about this one, mostly because it's Spiderman. I just couldn't resist writing this one ;) The other one I was planning will still be posted, but it won't be started for another couple of days. Please let me know what you thought of it! And the title is based off of a song from Everfound. If you haven't heard it, than go and check it out :)