HYDRA and Sash Whips

Summary:
February 22, 2015: Zee meets with Jericho to talk about the HYDRA abduction attempt.

New York City


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Zee has been told she's on a HYDRA hitlist. She witnessed Jericho taking out someone just the other day and last night… HYDRA had attempted to abduct her from a charity gala she was performing at. The latter was foiled by members of the Titans (namely Changeling and Vorpal) and Booster Gold. Zee had been hit by a sleeping dart and had been effectively neutralised… not a thought the raven haired magician particularly relishes.

She's sent a message to Jericho asking him to meet her at this out of the way cafe in Brooklyn. The young magician is dressed in her usual sweater dress, leggings, knee high boots and is /still/ wearing the diamond encrusted collar (despite Stranges warning). She's sitting in a corner, back to the wall, watching the door with a cup of coffee on the table. She's far too trained to look overtly nervous, but to those who know they'll pick the telltale signs of a young woman worried about something.

***

Jericho only knows that Zee wants to talk about HYDRA and that being the case he thinks it's high time that the young mage meets the only person in SHIELD he thinks worth trusting for a damn. So, he contacted Melinda May and asked her to come with him to the coffee shop. He arrives as per usual. Unobtrusive, casual, working joe kind of getup. Boots. Long Sleeve. Jacket. It's getting a bit chilly outside after all. There's surely a small imp about somewhere but it's nowhere in evidence just at the moment.

***

Melinda May arrives just a bit after Jericho, looking tired and even more annoyed than usual, but otherwise entirely the same as always. She's dressed in her usual 'trying to be subtle' attire which consists of dark jeans, dark shirt, dark jacket, and … a metallicky silver-grey hand knitted scarf.

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Zee looks as Jericho enters the coffee shop and her eyes widen slightly as May enters behind him. "Fabulous" the young magician mutters "The only person who doesn't actually speak with me." Zee speaks to herself as she eyes Mays metallicky silver-grey scarf gets… oh yes! She has something to ask the rather tactiturn agent.

Reluctantly, the teen mage raises a hand in greeting to Jericho and May… they can order coffee or just join her, she's not fussy.

***

Jericho does rather quietly get a bit of coffee, nodding to May as she comes in. Once it's served he makes his way over to Zee and has a seat, but doesn't say anything until May comes on over. By this point he's gotten enough coffee into him that he's warmed up.

"So…" He says rather quietly. "Your message sounded a tad on the urgent side. Have you met Agent May of SHIELD?"

***

Melinda May looks at the shop's choices and decides to skip any sort of beverage at all, following Jericho to Zatara's table. Seeing as Trent has opted to start the introductions, she lets him have at and merely nods to the young woman.

***

Zee looks to the dour agent and nods back. "Does she speak at all?" Zee asks Jerich "Agent May. We've met at least once." Zee doesn't show that normally bright smile of hers as she considers Jericho. "You know that you told me I was on a HYDRA hit list?" Raising an eyebrow, she waits for his answer.

***

"Mmmmmhmmm." Jericho draws the sound out. "And yes, she does speak. Sometimes." The hacker had first told Zee of the threat to her whilst standing outside an alley in which he'd just killed a hired hitman. Possibly kidnapper. He wasn't sure and hadn't been in a frame of mind to ask questions.

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Just for that comment, May is very likely to say nothing at all during this entire meeting. She just looks at Zee for a moment, then Jericho. She doesn't even bother to cross her arms in offense or anything like that.

***

Eyeing Agent May, Zee grimaces a little "Not to me…" the words are muttered before she turns her attention back to Jericho, her coffee forgotten for now "I was attacked last night, at a fundraising gala… I think they were trying to take me."

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Jericho blows out a sigh. He hadn't heard the news but then he'd been rather busy. Now he glances over to May. "Seems like HYDRA's moving from magical rituals to out and out kidnapping." The hacker has a decent idea of the kinds of magic that might have been applied to Zee if they'd succeeded. It's a fairly horrific train of thought.

"Since you're still with us I take it they failed. But they're sure to try again at some point. Possibly for Rain also."

***

Okay, that's serious business, and May's annoyance at various and sundry needs to be set aside for now. "Do you need a safehouse?" She then looks at Jericho. "This alongside the news you brought me just the other day, SHIELD resources can't be trusted." Well, not past Fury.

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Zee blinks at Mays conversation and then shakes her head "No, I think I'm o.k for the time being." as she raises a questioning eyebrow at Jericho. "I'm safe because I had Titans and Booster Gold there, if they hadn't been it might have been very different." Zee looks far from impressed with the whole situation.

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"No doubt. The Titan HQ is probably safe enough. I know you guys relocated after the Tower was destroyed." Jericho doesn't know where exactly but the fact is they don't live at that office, so logically they must have relocated somewhere. "I won't tell you how to handle this but you are in a rather significant amount of danger." He glances over to May and nods. "The more so now that SHIELD's assets are potentially compromised. Well, anything with a GPS hooked up to it. We don't know the extent of the damage yet." Or at least Jericho doesn't. He's not heard whether or not SHIELD has followed up on that but he assumes May would have told him.

"Worse comes to worse I can take you to Limbo for a bit."

***

Of course May has told Fury about it. How far Fury has shared that information is another matter, considering that anyone else who finds out is a potential leak. But… "Zatara, if you own any devices that are GPS equipped, either disable that function now or get rid of the devices. That could be how you've been tracked so far. No way to know for sure, but don't take any chances."

***

Zee blinks at May as she speaks and is already reaching for her phone. "Well, Agent May, I'm pretty certain they knew how to find me because of the publicity." Social media and advertising and stuff. Still, Zee turns off her phone with a very rueful look. "You know that's kind of my life line…" to the Titans and her business managers.

Looking to Jericho, the young magician frowns "What do you mean, 'potentially compromised' and since when am I a SHIELD asset?"

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"Not you. The US Military GPS system was hacked some time in the last few months. I found out about it yesterday. Whoever hacked it was very subtle and very good and they potentially could have been pulling navigational and positional data on any GPS assets for the last few months. Which measn that all of SHIELDs GPS positioned assets are potentially compromised, but she has a point. No reason they couldn't have culled cell phone data as well."

Jericho looks Zee over speculatively. "You want my advice, get a dumb phone. Be a bit harder to position precisely." Though cell phone towers are still a good way to roughly locate someone. Particularly if you can triangulate.

***

Melinda May nods her agreement with Jericho's suggestion. "At least for now. They've tried once, they'll try to abduct you again, and I'm guessing soon." She takes a moment to remove her scarf, making a point of pressing on the decorative button attached, for anyone who is in the habit of noticing small details.

***

Zee turns her nose in the air "What use is a dumb phone?" and she means that. "No one actually 'calls me' these days. It's all done through email, IM and social media." Mays scarf and the deliberate nature of her actions has Zee frowning in her direction "I've seen you use those whip things of yours Agent May, I thought I might add something similar to my repetoire."

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Jericho chuckles. "Well, I suggest you get someone to set you up a secure line then but even so it's taking a risk. You tell me how much of one you want to take but I can promise you that these people are resourceful and dangerous. They're not unbeatable, you've seen that yourself, but they are not to be underestimated." He glances over to May as if for confirmation. "I mean, these are the people who nearly blew up the Tri."

***

Melinda May nods her agreement with Jericho's words. "Think of them as an evil version of SHIELD. That's their level of resources. And, they don't have any pesky thing like morality or scruples to limit what they're willing to do to achieve their goals." She then pulls what looks like a simple folded wad of black silk fabric from one pocket and offers it to Zee. "You'll want to practice."

***

"That was kind of a joke, Agent May…" Zee accepts the black silk fabric though and grins "I'm sure Jericho will help me practice though and if not…" the grin widens "I know a druid who might…" then she sobers as she tucks the fabric away and looks between the pair "I take them seriously enough… and I'll find out about a secure line." The teen magician sighs deeply "Strange told me I could use his place as a refuge as well… but how do I know where's safe." It seems no one does…

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"I can't say, Zee. And I can help you practice but if you have someone else you trust, that'd be good too." Jericho nods at May's explanation. "Yeah. They're actually better resrouced than SHIELD frankly, but they're fractured and divided so they never bring it all to bear at once. It's a pain to root them out. As for safe… that's up to you. Limbo's safe from HYDRA. Bad for other things though."

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Melinda May then pulls a pair of flat weights that look like they fit with the silk fabric to offer to Zee. "Put soft weights in the ends to start with, like gummy bears or a rubber ball the size of a ping pong ball." She glances at Jericho. "And you're only truly safe with people you implicitly trust." In other words, those Titans that keep being mentioned. Or Jericho. Or maybe May herself.

***

The weights May produces get eyed by Zee before she nods slowly "I will Agent May…" Zee looks at the flat weights May has produced and will put them away. "So Jericho, how do I get to Limbo if needed" Zee touches the tag on her collar with meaning before turning to May "That's a very, very short list Agent May… I know who's on my contact list right now and that's less than a hand full."

***

Jericho nods slowly. "I know the feeling. And if you need to get there…" Well, her collar can do that but instead he says. "There are ways. Contacting me is one and I'll be in touch." Of course if anyone reads that tag… maybe he'll explain it to her one day. "Anyway, I need to get back to work. Zee be safe. May… I may have more intel for you soon. Working on it." Beat. "Don't either of you get shot." And with that he's up and gone.

***

Melinda May can only acknowledge Zee's statement about how few people she can trust with a nod. "Honestly, the shorter that list, the better." She nods after Jericho then takes a moment to put her scarf back on, button-press and all. "If you need to reach me, the easiest way is through Trent."


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