Chapter 30: “Tame Canada! Tame Canada!”
U.S. Agent’s shield pushed Wolverine right out of the room Ken and Omega Red still resided in. The X-Man went about 10 feet back and landed on his rear. His six adamantium laced claws held the shield off from pushing deeper into his throat than it did. He pushed the shield away with his claws tossing it off to the side. The slit in his throat was about half an inch deep. If it wasn’t for his healing factor he would probably bleed to death. Even so it was quite a blow and he bleed out, slowly. He wasn’t able to talk just yet thanks to this injury. The Mutant snarled in anger with small bubbles of blood forming in his mouth.
Not giving him much time to recover, the U.S. Agent who looked exactly like Captain America except for the fact that his suit was gray instead of blue ran up to Wolverine and gave him a strong jab to the face!
Normally it would hurt someone’s fist more than it would harm Wolverine punching him like this, thanks to his metallic skeleton. The U.S. Agent however was given superhuman strength thanks to a mutagenic augmentation process, making him physically stronger than Captain America himself! The devastating punch was even enough for Logan to feel it in his skull and it made his teeth rattle to boot!
Laying on his back the now muted Mutant rose up to perform his Berserker Barrage! He still wasn’t able to talk but a trail of small blood bubbles escaped from his mouth while he charged at the West Coast Avenger. So he didn’t yell out the name of the move he performed the way he usually does this time.
The former Captain America dodged each one of these claw slashes with several timely back flips! The split second he saw an opening between the space of Wolverine’s swinging arms U.S. Agent rammed his foot into his chest! Since this was the first part of his Double Kick maneuver, with the same right leg he quickly followed up with a kick to Logan’s stomach!
A bit winded after these strikes since it was already tough for the Canadian hero to breath given his slashed throat, Wolverine wanted to separate himself from his opponent right now. So he executed his High Kick Aerial Launcher. Forcing his claws halfway into the floor and positioning himself upside down he kicked U.S. Agent in the chin and sent him soaring away! Wolverine didn’t follow up with an Aerial Rave because he just wanted to distance himself from the Dark Rider. And that may have been a huge mistake on his part.
U.S. Agent back flipped high in the air and landed on his feet. White Ki surrounded him as he rushed Logan with his Charging Star Move! As you may recall U.S. Agent did not have his shield in hand so he came at his opponent solely with his crossed arms! Unlike Cap, the red white and gray soldier was not one to yell out the names of moves while he performed them so he remained as silent as Logan. The charging move knocked Wolverine square in the chest and he felt like he’d just been hit by a speeding bus! Blood started to gush out of his mouth instantly! U.S. Agent didn’t let him get too far away after the impact so he grabbed his right hand immediately after striking him. Even more white Ki encircled around the Agent who nabbed the Mutant with his Hyper Stars & Stripes Super Art! He still had no shield in hand as he crossed his arms and caught the super-hero with three Shoryuken styled uppercut blows! The last time his rising crossed forearms struck the X-Men he connected eight times and set Wolverine ablaze with his white aura! Down came tumbling Logan!
Even after these two attacks the U.S. Agent still wasn’t letting up! He picked up the motionless Wolverine of the floor with one hand and with his throw move slammed him back down hard! So hard in fact that Wolverine’s spine not only cracked the metallic floor but he bounced and went five feet back!
Wolverine slowly started to rise. U.S. Agent took this opportunity to go pick up his shield. He removed the blood stain from it caused by Logan’s neck wound with a quick jerk. This left a straight red line on the floor.
The rather quiet man finally spoke.
“So this is the great Wolverine? So not impressed. What can you expect from a guy that was trained on a Canadian team. Everyone knows that Canada isn’t even a real country!”
Poking fun at his home country is a good way to get Wolverine all riled up. He snarled while still trying to get back on his feet.
“How dare you say I’m not the real Captain America? I WAS THE GREATEST CAPTAIN AMERICA THAT EVER LIVED! Boo hoo, the public couldn’t take it because I murdered a few people. A few people WHO KILLED MY FREAKING PARENTS! What did they think that other Captain America was doing World War II? Giving Nazis time outs? He’s killed ten times more people than I have and they want to bitch about me going after a few dorks called the Watchdogs. Give me a break!”
“So those good for nothing pencil pushers at Washington made me the U.S. Agent and eventually demoted my ass to the West Coast Avengers. A team of misfits, slackers and losers! You know, just like you X-Men freaks!”
Back on his feet, the so called X-Men freak’s neck healed just enough for him to respond.
“I’ve worked with you in the past, U.S. Agent. You’ve always been a jerk but you were also one of the good guys. I’m gonna assume that Shadowloo, Apocalypse or both brainwashed you into joinin’ the other side. Probably honed in on your ever lovin’ bitter streak and multiplied it a thousand fold. So I’m gonna let a lot of your dumb ass comments slide for now.”
“Wrong Wolveroach! Apocalypse and Shadowloo offered me the chance to become the real Captain America once again! No more of that sissy Steve and his due process BS. You break the law under Apocalypse’s rule and I’m judge, jury and executioner! Got that Mr. Mutato Head?”
“Wait, you actually thought that you ever had a chance of permanently takin’ Captain America’s place?” At this point his throat had finished healing up so Wolverine was able to raise his voice. “YOUR NAME IS JOHN WALKER! YOU WERE NAMED AFTER A BOTTLE OF LIQUOR! YOU DIDN’T STAND A CHANCE!”
“YOU BASTARD!” U.S Agent now enraged came at Wolverine with his shield in hand. “DRILL CLAW!” Going right towards him while spinning much like Vega’s Psycho Crusher move, his spinning claws came at the U.S. Agent! The adamantium claws brushed up against the vibranium shield and sent sparks while Wolverine spun around. Quickly spreading his arms during the last spin his claws caught the ends of shield, spun once clockwise and disarmed John Walker yet again! With his Double Claw, perhaps his revenge for the Double Kick he received earlier he slashed the Dark Rider twice, yelling “HA,” each time for both hits! The red slashes he left on the West Coast Avenger’s chest were enough to set his enemy off balance. Leaving him open for a “TORNADO CLAW,” uppercut strike!
Now with nine red claw marks on his chest U.S. Agent was brought down to one knee. Leaving him wide open for Wolverine’s Weapon X Super Art! His vicious claws moved around his opponent for twelve strikes! When he jumped up in the air for the last blow a huge ‘X’ made from U.S. Agent’s blood appeared in the air! The U.S. Agent went down for the count and lost against the man who is the best he is at what he does!
“Held back as much as I could, Johnny boy. None of your wounds are fatal. With your endurance being stronger than most you should heal up fine. Once this is all over S.H.I.E.L.D. will patch you up nice.” Wolverine spoke with his back turned away from his fallen adversary.
“Wolverine… Logan… Sorry. My mind… was being controlled like you said. Looks like your last attack was the shock my system needed to snap out of it.” U.S. Agent spoke with his back to the floor while his body was covered with multiple claw slashes.
“No worries. Gettin’ brainwashed now and then is all part of the super-hero gig. Even happened to Steve a few times.” “You mean the real Capain America…” “Well, one of the Caps anyway.” Wolverine’s words put a smile on John Walker’s face.
“The things I said back there… I don’t think I’m as great as the real Captain America. That’s a tough legend to live up too. And, I don’t really hate Canada. Michael J. Fox is a fine actor.”
“Hah! You got jokes. When this is all over the next bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label is on me!” Wolverine, grinning yet still never turning to face U.S. Agent left him with these words as he ran to help Ken Masters against Omega Red.
U.S. Agent smiled, sat up and started to rip off pieces of his outfit and tied them around his multiple wounds.
Next Up: There were a ton of personal things in my life that got in the way of me updating this as soon as I wanted too, which unfortunately always seems to be the case with me. There are a bunch of other things I put off during that time too so I have to catch up on those things before I come back here for the next entry. So I will try my best to get the next chapter, Omega Red and Ken up in about a month from now. Worst case scenario, I have a week in October off from work but I really want to try to get the next entry up during September. Radioactive Bytes will follow shortly after the next chapter. On the plus side, the two chapters after that require next to little or no research on my part so if all goes everything will be set for the final stage of this story! The final stage of course involves a TON of fights so that will take a while so not out of the woods yet but getting there slowly yet surely. Thanks for reading and see you in thirty for Omega Red vs. Ken!