Tony scrambled out of his lap. They hastily took care of pesky fastenings then went to greet the bots. Tony laughed and patiently answered their questions as they moved back and forth, claws waving, their beeps filling the lab.
He blinked when he realized Tony was staring at him. Tony flushed but smiled. He tipped his heads toward the bots. And that we should all do the celebration dance. Eyes narrowed in suspicion, Tony turned back to the bots. Tony blinked in shock when the music filled the lab. Tony started to laugh, and then he was laughing so hard, he wound up on his ass on the floor as the kids kept going.
Dom grinned and ended the call, tossing his cellphone toward the couch. He dropped down to the floor and wrapped his arms around Tony.
He whispered instructions, and they worked together to keep his shields stable even though Tony never stopped laughing long enough to join in the celebratory dance. Tony accepted a firm hug. Since coming online, he disliked touching people more than ever, but now people also shied away from touching him. Rhodey had never avoided Tony, and Tony treasured the rare times he got to see his oldest friend as well as the unchanged affection between them.
Tony flopped on the couch. I had such plans. Rhodey snorted. Rhodey snorted then sobered. He and Pepper had gone their separate ways—the news of him coming online had stunned her in a way that dried up all her anger and left her feeling desolate.
Even bonded as the strongest alpha sentinel on the planet, Dom had been light on the territorial imperative. Or protective anyway. If someone even looked at Tony wrong, Dom got growly—literally. Then Aldrich Killian had changed things. The FBI had been after a domestic terrorist called the Mandarin.
Until the point that Killian had kidnapped Pepper from her home in Los Angeles the day Dom and Tony were supposed to get married and called Tony with a ransom demand. The FBI had already been closing in on Killian, and Tony had barely managed a preliminary discussion with Dom, when Killian had taken Pepper and made a beeline for Stark Tower, right to the landing pad on the 81st floor.
Killian had paid for his trespasses with his head. A sentinel in a feral combat drive, armed with a sword was pretty much a recipe for decapitation. That her job was to run a non-profit not decide where Tony Stark should make an appearance. Rhodey nodded. Rhodey scoffed. Please continue. Just thinking about that moment was enough to make him feel choked up. Jarvis more than the kids, but, yeah. You created people. And the second time…they were. Blair, Kyle, Penelope, and Richard are the only guides who are allowed.
He waved his hand to dismiss the whole sentient bots conversation. No one knew that U was on their floor, which is the 82nd. When Dom relieved Killian of his head we were on the 81st floor. I can connect you if needed. Of course Dom would feel that through the bond. He picked up the thread of what had happened to U. But the head … Well, it went flying and blew a hole in the floor and ceiling. But Dom lost it. His hypervigilance was really difficult to dial down.
In the short term, they stayed in the lab, but we got around it by rearranging several floors in the Tower. Created a full isolation suite on 76 along with training rooms and a gym. We moved my lab down to 78, and the kids now occupy the floor right below this one. Tony nodded, smiling. The other tasks in the building they used to do are handled by stripped down versions of the Iron Legion that Jarvis remote pilots. Dum-E has settled into having two main interests: art and working with me in the lab.
I gave them their first chassis upgrades back in September, giving them two arms. Dum-E was experimenting with music for a while, but settled on those two main focus areas. It was getting to be a problem. Tony nudged Rhodey a few feet closer to the window. It creates a brilliant three-dimensional effect. Rhodey saw it right away and stared for a long time.
Last time I was around, U barely interacted, and Dum-E chased you around with a fire extinguisher and got oil in your coffee. Tony snorted. By the amount, it had to be a blanket. Tony grinned at her. What have you been up to? Like War Machine. She rolled up to him and accepted a quick hug. Uncle Rhodey help U! When he had himself under control, he pulled his sentinel into a kiss.
The Bureau is taking losing me with no grace. At least Pride, Edgerton, and Eppes are staying. They need to just let it go.
Dom shook his head. Besides, some of those sentinels who came online in the wake of the invasion. Dum-E had also decided to keep something closer to the original chassis with two claws rather than receive an upgrade like U. Tony followed Dom into the bedroom, not at all surprised when his sentinel reeled him in for a serious kiss the minute the door was closed. Dom stood by Tony, hand on his back while his guide empathically scanned the crowd waiting out in the press room and around Stark Tower.
No one with ill-intent was getting past him. Tony opened his eyes, blinking a few times to get his bearings. Kyle and Blair picked out the people who were too hostile outside. Everyone involved in the press briefing filed into the room, taking seats at the long table extending from either side of the podium. While everyone was getting seated, a staffer was making sure the press knew that all questions had to be held until the end, giving dire threats about anyone who interrupted the briefing.
Then she introduced the head of the United Nations Security Council, which was currently the representative from Australia. When everyone was in position, a distinguished woman in her late 60s stepped up to the podium. She smiled at the crowd, her expression soft and nostalgic.
Fantastical tales of superheroes and supervillains, amazing technology, aliens, gods, monsters, and other worlds. When Hydra sewed dissent, nesting deep in world governments and sparking two world wars, the world rose up and fought them back. Sentinel and guide fought alongside mundanes to protect our way of life and our ideals as a people.
She braced her hands on the podium, expression serious. Some are sentinels and guides, some mundane, some enhanced in ways we do not yet have a name for. In this time of change , there are questions we must ask ourselves, and we must be ruthlessly honest about our biases and our fears as we strive to come up with answers. For most of us, learning that Hydra had not been truly stamped out but had gone deep underground, was a devastating blow.
That Hydra was nestled deep within the organizations tasked with protecting our planet, even though most did not know we needed such, was a terrifying revelation. Many arrests were made and many lives were lost—both Hydra and those who sought to protect the world from them. Like other security organizations, SWORD, by necessity, operates primarily in the realm of sensitive and classified material. The proof of that need and success of the idea occurred just more than a year ago right here in New York when the Chitauri attempted to invade.
Should the Avengers be under an agency whose charter was largely secret? Another secret organization at the helm was not what any of were willing to consider.
Initially, we had thought to form a new Council, similar to the Sentinel and Guide Council, under which to attach our new planetary defense initiative, but we realized that we have two distinct issues to address. While we have precedent with the sentinels and guides, sentinels and guides are also unique in that the scope of their abilities can be easily quantified and their relationship to each other is well known.
Some are enhanced through the technology they use, others through technological intervention such as genetic manipulation or enhancement serums. There are still others that seem to be born with the potential to someday be different from the rest of the populace, with unique gifts and abilities. There are some who are thought to be enhanced by means of alien DNA, or perhaps they simply are from worlds beyond ours, such as Asgard.
To address that, my first announcement is the formation of the Council for the Enhanced. While we foresee this being a sister organization to the Sentinel and Guide Council, in its infancy, it will be nurtured by the Sentinel and Guide Council as a subordinate organization. Unlike the Security Council, with its monthly rotating presidency, the head of this organization will be elected separately by the Security Council. The first elected leader comes to us with a long and distinguished history within the International Criminal Court.
Michel Dorn. And while there was near-unanimous agreement of the need for these changes, it still did not address the issue of a planetary defense force. Guidelines for how they will function in the world and how they will be tasked will be posted on the new website for the Defenders in the days and weeks to come.
The United Nations recognizes that we must be flexible to ensure that we can respond to threats in a manner that is both timely and appropriate. We will make mistakes, but we will learn, and we will adapt. While there are matters of funding and governance that will be discussed and the information soon made available, I know that is not what you all wish to hear, so I will dispense with the bureaucratic portion of this briefing.
There are many who have requested that their real names be kept from the public eye, but know that every member of the Defenders has been carefully vetted. Those who have chosen to protect their identity are known to the GDC, but their real names are hidden behind the best encryption Dr. Tony Stark could provide. Martin grinned at the crowd. They are devoting their lives to the cause of protecting our world and its citizens.
We will go to great lengths to respect their wishes in this matter. Martin before taking his place at the podium. But if it had to be one of them, he thought Tony was the better fit, but Tony had nearly had an allergic reaction when Dom had put that forward.
There will be aides on hand to take every question you have after the briefing. They put me in charge of this thing, so this is what you get. Dom paused while people laughed. We chose to build the teams from a blend of sentinels and guides, military, law enforcement, and other enhanced individuals.
They will operate out of New York and Cascade. He has been seconded from the U. Air Force to the Initiative and the U. Codename: Direwolf. The team locations have been chosen based on a variety of factors including frequency of attacks over the last year as well as travel time to high-value or critical targets.
We anticipate that Team 5 will be formed in either Australia or South Korea. And by external you should infer that I mean aliens headed our way from outer space. Dom rubbed his hands together. Martin for his lack of tact. You will raise your hands if you have a question. You may not yell over each other.
He smirked at one of them. You will not be getting the first question. CNN, go. But my second is definitely Tony. I said no. Also, I was never an official member of the Avengers Initiative. They offered me a consultancy only. I was apparently too unpredictable for them. But, of course, when an alien army tried to drop on New York, I was gonna show up.
Can you speak to the other former Avengers members? Will they be joining the Defenders? Reserve members would only be called upon in catastrophic circumstances. Steve Rogers was really getting his head on straight the last time Dom had talked to him. Steve Rogers gave everything to protect the world from Hydra.
His survival was a surprise to everyone. How much stranger can you get than that? This was a fairly realistic portrait of the underworld, the intrigue, the terrorism, and gave us a scary view of our future. Hopefully, next time a movie like this one comes along, we might be better served by taking it more seriously.
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