Digging up the Past

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Chapter 7: Dust to Dust

Crisis and Pulsar, along with the other West Coast Avengers, had returned from their time in the desert. Presently, Monica and Leon were talking privately, and being debriefed by James Rhodes, War Machine. As the two sat down, Leon was a little nervous. He was worried that Monica might chew him out for getting in her face. The red-eyed teen looked on in nervousness as Rhodes reviewed the report.

War Machine looked up and said,

"Is this all?"

Pulsar answered,

"Yes. Crisis was right. There was a zombie there and Nekra revived it."

Simon Williams, Wonder Man, looked at Leon,

"You said this thing picked up an entire cliff side?"

The swordsman nodded,

"Yeah, I saw that it was as strong as the Hulk, but I never thought I'd see something like that first hand."

Rhody looked at the papers,

"Well, everything seems to be in order. Do you two have anything else to add before Fury gets this?"

Leon groaned in his head; he knew it was coming.

Monica shook her head,

"No, nothing."

Leon looked a little surprised by that. Rhody asked,

"Are you sure?"

The light-powered heroine nodded,

"Yep, I'm sure."

Rhody nodded,

"All right, you two can go."

Leon looked a bit bewildered and followed Monica out. Once they were clear into the hallway, he asked,

"Miss Rambrieu, why didn't you tell them about what happened?"

Pulsar took a water bottle and sipped a little from it,

"Honestly, Leon…I think you're still adjusting to your powers. I can understand why."

Leon shook his head,

"You're covering for me?"

Monica smirked,

"Not exactly. I'm gonna overlook that little exchange you and I had…"

Her smirk faded,

"But, if you do something like that again, I promise to chew you out in front of the whole team. Got it?"

The red-eyed hero nodded nervously and quickly,

"Yes, of course."

Pulsar chuckled,

"See you later."

Farrah rounded the corner at that moment and grinned,

"Hey, sexy. How are you doing?"

She nuzzled him, but winced,

"Ew, have you taken a shower yet?"

Leon shook his head,

"I thought I'd debrief with Pulsar before taking care of myself."

Farrah grinned,

"Good. Now, go get cleaned up. I want you to pet me later."

She scampered off, whisking her tail in delight. Leon shook his head, chuckling to himself.

Meanwhile…

Though the spell to revive the dead had been cast, its magic was still to be had in the area. The coyote, who would normally howl at the moon, mysteriously did not, and the animals all seemed to stay silently as the magic swirled around a part of the ground. The haunting glow of dark magic then began concentrating at a point in the desert and seemed to disappear.

Suddenly, a scythe shot out from the ground. A very familiar looking scythe…

End of Digging up the Past