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Characters Appearing: Kaine, Peter, and Doc Ock Location (s): Central Park Previous Thread Name: None Plot Summary: Animals have been acting odd again from a mysterious shard. Kaine and Otto were 'enjoying' a day at the zoo until the animals went nuts.
Central Park in the afternoon. It was a partly cloudy day, with a busy day at the zoo. Kaine had wanted to go to the zoo. However, it was rejected. It led to more of Kaine's seclusion of being left in the lab for years. Not being allowed a decent childhood, or growing up only expected to be a clone or a lab experiment. Of course, there were more important things, and that was there was his obsession with trying to please Jackal. There were other things like trying to kill Peter, and the agonizing pain he felt when he had been suffering from the cellular degeneration. Kaine’s grumpy side was still there, but the younger hero had started to show other sides of his personality. While he had been spending on and off time with Otto.
Things had been fine visiting some of the main areas like the lions, tigers, bears, oh my! But that was when things started to be off. The people screaming and running away. As he heard a loud crash noise, of the ‘stable’ gates, and exhibits holding back animals. They were not even sure what was going on as the animals started getting angry. Kaine could sense from some of the spiders held in captivity like the wolf spider and tarantula were going to go crazy as they scurried and hid in their burrows. The tension had been so high now.
“Go to the zoo they said! It would be fun, they said!” Kaine moaned, as he was standing on one of the nearby walkways. He quickly ran into one of the public bathrooms to change as it was now empty and put his mask on while his clothes were concealed in his backpack, as he donned the black and red Scarlet Spider suit.
“Otto, some of the big cats and elephants got loose. I suppose we better go round them up. Animal control has a poor job here.” Kaine said. “Or we go looking for what is causing this,” Kaine said as he stood on one of the nearby pools that were holding onto the gorilla enclosure even, they were mad as they banged their chests with their fists. Kaine saw one of them come forward, and ready to pound the life out of the ground and their exhibit. Kaine felt the strength as the pole snapped in half forcing him to jump to the side. Using his webbing, he managed to stick the gorilla to the remaining fence that was up. He would not be move.
Once the gorilla was webbed up, by Kaine’s webbing. He went to meet back up with Otto, as they had been separated, in the process. He used climbing parts of the exhibits as the creatures that were in them were no longer being taken were now free to roam around. Most of the humans had gotten out, and leaving Kaine and Otto free to work. The ones that stayed behind were cowards. He just hoped none of them got eaten by the lions or the tigers. Speaking of which, Kaine walked across one of the fences finding himself faced to face with the king of the beasts himself. “Oh, brother.” He said as the lion looked very unhappy as his eyes were glowing deep red. “You want to try and eat me? I heard spiders taste bad!” He said as he got his stingers, and like the saber-tooth cat, the two were locked in a fight as he could feel the hot breath of the feline and drool dripping from his maw.
Post by Doctor Octopus on Jun 4, 2021 5:18:37 GMT 1
Otto had no idea how he let Kaine talk him into going to the zoo of all places. He hasn’t been to the zoo since he was eight. It was a terrible outing, while his mother took ages and wanted to take pictures of him with every single “cute” animal, all his father did was complain and yell the entire time. It was miserable. But here he was walking along the small fake sidewalks of the animal paddocks while Kaine strolled ahead of him. Since New York was on the brink of summer and his normal layered trenchcoat was going to be too hot, Otto opted for a dark green sweater and jeans and his normal sunglasses. Normally his actuators would be covered by his jacket but this time he had his holo emitter around his wrist to cover their appearance. So at least he can sort of enjoy the afternoon in peace…
Walking behind Kaine quite a few paces back Otto kept his hands in his pockets as he looked up at the occasional animal. As he paused looking at one of the exhibits he arched a brow hearing screaming coming from up ahead. As a group of people sped past him he saw Kaine sneak off to the bathroom and emerge in his Scarlet Spider costume.
“Kaine…Just because a few animals have gotten loose does not mean you need to swing in to save the day! Honestly you Spiders and your incessant hero instincts! Let the authorities handle whatever it is that has happened. Neither of us is trained in the handling of large animals. Of course, the last large cat I dealt with in the jungle would beg to differ…” Otto huffed as he folded his arms.
“I for one am not about to get harmed dealing in what is most likely the result of someone's child getting into the tiger paddock because they wanted a selfie..” Shaking his head he was about to turn right around and leave as his actuators suddenly broke the holo illusion! The four actuators appeared in a bright flash of blue as they writhed around letting off metallic screeching! What few people were still in the area screamed as they too fled! Octavius sneered and looked up at them all!
“What?! What is it now?” He growled as the upper left coiled down in front of him and spoke in the strange language only Otto seemed to understand.
“Signal? What signal? I didn’t pick up on any…” He paused as the actuator opened showing him a topological map of the zoo with a faint but familiar signal of….
“…A shard!?” Otto sighed and then pinched the bridge of his nose. “Of course it’s a shard…”
Post by Kaine Parker on Jun 4, 2021 16:42:53 GMT 1
They both had terrible fathers. The neglect that Kaine had from the Jackal was obvious. Denying him of any kind of decent childhood had affected him heavily. Kaine had been an 18-year-old when he was ‘born’ never once getting a birthday or congratulations on his work. Not even a chance for a normal couple of days, where he could try and be a real human for once, and he was trying to make up for it even a tiny bit. But Kaine knew that this wasn’t going to be the best way, and Otto had been rather grumpy. Well, that wasn’t too big of a surprise. He wasn’t going to let that ruin him. He almost felt Otto had taken him in or summed that up. The lost clone would probably still be looking for something to do. “Seriously? I’m certain you had a favorite animal when you were growing up. Probably an octopus?” He assumed that as the obvious. Apart from him wanted to chuckle at that one.
“Incessant? What does that mean?" Kaine asked not aware of such big words. "You try telling that to the wolf spider and tarantula just now they were panicking, and I felt it over here. I'd rather be safe than sorry.” Kaine said. He knew his spider alignment had its good and bad sides. Spiders were a bit more complicated than some people realized. They had all felt fear, and other emotions, just like humans. They usually were mistreated by humans, calling them ‘scary’ and ‘spooky’ as they often went and hid in your basement looking for bugs. If it were not for spiders, some of the peskier insects would try and wreak havoc on crops or other areas. Kaine felt for them. Though Otto did have a point that wrestling with a lion wasn’t going to be good for him either as he fought the creature until he put it in a chokehold before it finally gave up on him. Frankly, he had thought that might be the better idea. “We can focus on finding the shard then. The spiders told me they felt strange energy, and it was affecting everyone else… I wonder where it was?” Kaine said as he stood in a crouched position near where Otto was. The roar of other large cats and the elephants trumpeting sounded pretty, obvious that something was very wrong here.
“Well, where is it? Your machine might be able to locate it for us. We’ll get it out of here and let the humans deal with the animals.” Kaine asked. Now feeling a bit of guilt that he let Otto in with him to the zoo.
“I’m sorry I dragged you out here… A part of me was trying to make up for what happened earlier in the past. It didn’t work this time. This day got ruined.” Kaine felt like he needed to apologize towards Otto since it had been his idea, at least. Owning up to his own mistakes and try to make, the better. At least they could locate the shard, grab it, and get out of there.
Whirling sounds, cutting through the wind, rapidly got louder, sharply heading toward one of the wild cats...
...and bat-shaped shurikens, connected to each other by wire, swiftly wrapped around the legs of a lion, squeezing them together, and tripping the cat onto the ground.
Swinging from a grapple gun from a tree, a red-haired girl in a bat-themed superhero suit, arrived, rolled onto the ground upon landing, and got on her feet. "So what? Gorilla Grodd's around or what?" She glanced at Kaine, the man she worked with just yesterday. Gaining the shard they found helped her studies on the rifts...or she could've study them, but she had some tests to study and then she dropped to sleep. She just has so much in her busy life.
But she did gained some data to triangulate her tracker app on her phone to track shards better, and her phone detected a shard causing quite a disturbance on the animal like. "Yeah, I was kidding. Defiantly a shard disturbing the animals."
Post by Doctor Octopus on Jun 9, 2021 20:23:08 GMT 1
“Do not feel bad about it Kaine. The day was already ruined because we went to the zoo…” Otto said sarcastically as he looked at the readings in his mind from the scans. Yes, another shard. Why is it he can’t go anywhere without one of these things showing up? Weren't they supposed to be rare? Otto then blanched at Kaine’s comment.
“No, I did not have a pet octopus! Who does that? I do not have a favorite animal.” He paused. “I had a goldfish once when I was six but mother didn’t approve of me building an all-terrain vehicle for it so that I may take it on walks…It wasn’t my fault it needed her car battery to function…” He muttered. When Kaine spoke that the spiders were talking to him Otto just stared.
“Tell me, Kaine. When the spiders talk to you is it a feeling or do you hear actual words? Because I can’t seem to picture something that complex on a spider's mind other than catching their next meal and sucking it dry…” He asked half curious and half cynical. Hearing a sudden voice Otto turned and watched as yet another costumed hero joined their little party. Was he the only one here to dressed casually today? Lucky for them he hasn’t worn his green and yellow radiation suit in years…Arching a brow he noticed the bat symbol on her uniform and huffed.
“You wouldn’t happen to be from Gotham, would you? Miss Quinn has told me about the rash of bat-people there. Almost as bad as the Spiders.” Otto then paused as his actuators seem to all tilt their heads at the same time along with him.
Post by Kaine Parker on Jun 9, 2021 21:47:39 GMT 1
“Yeah, I suppose you are right… One of the many things the Jackal never allowed me to do… Not even having a birthday celebration. Just more and more tests,” Kaine said with a sigh. The clone had accepted the idea that he was never going to be normal. However, Kaine remembered that day that the Jackal gave him life all too well. It had been a hot summer day when it had happened, and he was sweating to death upon his first time into the world. He had no idea what month it was. It could have been any one of them of August, June, July when he was born, and it was anyone's guess. Kaine did not consider any day on his birthday, but he knew his age at least.
Kaine could hear the roar of the animals and the trumpet of the elephants. Something was very wrong here as he had no idea what or who was causing this. For all he knew, the shard was the source of everything. Or the animals were just temperamental, and even were annoyed at the humans… Gee that sounded like a movie in Jurassic Park except with dinosaurs.
“It is more like they send me pictures of what is going on like what they are seeing… I try to translate for them, and it is a hit or a miss. On occasions, they do say human speech like ‘run,’ or ‘hello.’ It is very broken though. The tarantula and wolf spider both were cowering in their ‘dens’.” Kaine did his best to try and explain how it worked. It made some sense. Mental images or pictures to locate things. If Kaine had trouble finding someone right off the bat, he'd ask the nearest spider.
He looked disappointed, and surely it would have made sense that Otto would’ve had a companion octopus. Kaine would have loved to see that as he was only partially teasing him about it. Apart of him wanted to see it, and a part of him did not. But then again, it sounded like they both had terrible lives growing up. “Aw, come on, I thought you would have had an octopus one time or another… Maybe an alternate dimension you did.” Kaine said. “Oddly enough, I liked tarantulas…” He trailed off as another bat caped person came over to help join in on the Frey and the search for shards. Kaine had recognized this girl before as they managed to take a shard off of Oscop labs, and that had not been fun one bit as Kaine knew he would be in for it later if those guards attacked them. Luckily if it were not for Batgirl’s hacking techniques, they would still be there.
“Yes, I know this woman, we met once already, and she is named Batgirl.”
“I think we can do something along the lines of ‘the more, the merrier.’ Batgirl can help us locate the shard if you want to, and you can come to join us? We already found a space shard the other day.” Kaine suggested. “Do you have anything that can help us with the situation of finding the shard? I know Otto has that weird scanner thing.” Kaine said, knowing that they could use this to their advantage. "I'm afraid I don't know who Gorilla Godd is either..." He admitted as he had been to Gotham before but he had no idea who that was.
Right, Doctor Otto Octavius. She read about him. A scientist who went insane when safety arms harness infused to his spine from an accident. He's been Spider-Man's arch foe ever since when the doctor committed a number of crimes and destruction. What is he doing here, she wondered, getting involved with wild animals...besides the shard? Well, maybe she answered her own question, but not wise to attack him.
"Gorilla who wants to turn all people into gorillas! Nuff said!" Whipping out her phone, she tried to triangulate the source of the disturbance. The shard just can't be far from here. Though what caused the shard to react like this, Batgirl wondered. The shard she found, it did nothing, so what made this one shock to life?
"Scratch that; I'm gonna be busy!" Batgirl shouted through the noise, spotting a small stampede of zebras chasing after some frightened civilians. Running after them as best she could, she hurled another batarang bolas, catching one of their legs, and bringing it down. But she doesn't have enough for everyone of those zebras. By the time she even do subdue them, they'll either hurt people, or escape into the streets. They have to contain the threat in this area at all costs...well, maybe not all costs. Can't hurt and especially kill these creatures, after all.
Rapid shots of webs splattered on each of the zebras' legs, tripping them to the floor.
More thwiping sounds were heard, as the original spider swung into the park by the trees, landing neatly on a rock. "This looks like a job for Doctor Dolittle! But since he's not in town, you get me!" Seeing Doc Ock here just raises some questions. Why would he be interested in animals when he's worried about the dimensional rifts. And he recalled Kaine hanging with Octavius...which didn't give Peter any confidence in him. For all he knew, he could be one of those clones who's angry at their original because they're their clones. "Hey doc, if you're switching to aggressive animal rights activist, don't quit your day job!"
And then he heard an elephant screaming, wildly bouncing its front legs in front of a frightened horse carriage with a newly wed couple in it. Yeah, people who just got married...getting killed is right up the 'two days till retirement' clique. So he shot onto the elephant then shot webs on its tusk, then pulled them to try to force the elephant away from the people. "Easy there, Dumbo! Let the newly weds...newly wed in peace!"
And here he was, after spending a night at his...'daughter's' apartment (and that still felt awkward), heading to find anyone from his world, and this happens. So typical.
Post by Doctor Octopus on Jun 11, 2021 22:45:00 GMT 1
“For the final time, I do not nor have I ever had a pet octopus!” He yelled back at Kaine. As the bat-woman joined them, Otto heard what she said about this Grodd fellow and his desire to turn humans into gorillas. Now that sounded familiar.
“Hmm. Odd, I know a pteranodon that sounds just like that..” Feeling the ground shake a small herd of angry zebras was running through the zoo destroying all in their way, chasing a few stray civilians! The caped girl then running off to help them! The two lower actuators slammed into the ground hoisting him upward to avoid the dangerous hooves before he heard a rather irritating voice. Looking up he frowned seeing the same Spider from Madison Square Garden.
“You again? What did you come here to visit the petting zoo….” Hearing a loud trumpet the Spider was called away after a giant enraged African elephant as Otto smirked. Looking back at Kaine he motioned him to follow!
“Swiftly! While the heroes take on the beasts! We will get the prize! This way!” Turning Otto began to climb over a nearby fence heading for the signal as something very big began to shake the ground!
“What on Earth…?” He paused a massive white rhino busted through a nearby wall, snorting steam from its nostrils! Its eyes were glowing an odd yellow as it shook its head as if trying to get some sort of pain out! It slowly turned its head toward the intruder and pawed at the ground with its front leg!
“..Not..quite the Rhino I was hoping for…” Otto said as he backed away slowly as the massive two thousand pound animal slowly backed up. Letting out a loud snort it took off running right for him!
Post by Kaine Parker on Jun 12, 2021 0:13:52 GMT 1
Kaine was surprised to not only see a Spider-Man, the one that he had run into earlier who had been running late to the Daily Bugle? How did he have time to fit everything in like School, work, and then be a hero? He had no idea. Kaine had only ever been homeschooled and never had to face those real-life worries as he lived in a lab. He shrugged seeing that Otto had been irritated by Spider-Man’s presence. He knew that would happen anywhere.
“He is not from my dimension… A different Spider-Man.” Kaine said. He was referring to that this Peter was not from his dimension. However, they had already met once, while Peter was late to work. True, Kaine was a bit jerkish to him last time. But it was clear Kaine was still annoyed at his own Peter, and he took it out on the first one he saw. Still jealous of getting all the heroics in and never giving the others credit for it. “Plus, he gets a free pass this round as Madame Webb said I need to work on uhh trust issues, and uh relationships in general,” Kaine said. Kaine was not there to stand around and chat. Or to talk to him. Kaine was not particularly thrilled that Peter was there. He kept it to himself. Kaine was also surprised, that Batgirl was there. He had this feeling he had been followed. While Spider-Man and Batgirl took care of the elephants and other creatures. Kaine and Otto could focus on other things.
“I should've said this earlier, I feel like Batgirl followed me here.” Kaine said he was half wondering if he had a secret admirer or something along those lines. He had wondered if she had any powers, but like Batman, it did not seem to be the case. Kaine followed after Otto to try and dodge the oncoming elephants as Spider-Man was busy taking on an elephant. With all the chaos going on around them they still had to remember from the shard. “Dumbo? You have been watching too many movies? We are getting closer to the shard at least. That is good news for us.” Kaine said as he followed after Otto, this time on the ground. “Aw, fine.” He moaned about the octopus and dismissed it as Otto had not been like that. Surely there was one Otto out there who had a pet, and Kaine just could not think of any off the top of his head. Kaine walked along with one of the fences as he saw the white rhino who looked very much endangered from what he had read in one book, and there were like a handful of them left. “Otto, that is a white rhino from what I read, they are endangered and should not kill it or harm it for that matter,” Kaine said as Kaine took out some webbing, Kaine began to lasso it like at a rodeo. The rhino began to drag Kaine further away as he left deep marks of dirt in the ground.
“Slow down, buddy! You are about ten times worse than the super villain,” Kaine said as he finally managed to get the rhino to stop as he had already caused enough damage with the fence nearby and as well as destroying a lamp or two on the way. He was just lucky that he would not have to clean up the mess later. If they found the shard hopefully, the animals would return to normal, and they would go back to their 'normal' ways without getting mad. But Kaine knew that the other animals were probably on a rampage too. Once the rhino calmed down. Kaine made sure to extra tie him to one of the nearby posts that looked sturdy enough even to try and hold the creature.
Well...actually, she didn't followed him...more like following the signal to the shard. It was about almost a day ago since they met, after all. Although him allying with Dr. Octavius raises some questions, she'll save them for later. Seeing as Spider-Man's handling the elephants, she can concentrate on the source of the disturbance.
"I'll contain the shard!" Shooting her grapple gun onto the top of the gate, it launched her over it, rolling onto the ground behind the fence. When the ground shook, Batgirl gasped when a rhino charged out of a wall. She was not prepared to face that kind of animal. She made a mental note to make some sleeping gas when she gets the chance, but she rather not use the school's supplies. That'll be stealing, unless she can convince them its for a project.
But thankfully, Octavius and Kaine were dealing with the rhino, pinning it down. Sighing in relief, she pulled out her phone to track exactly where the shard is. If she was tight with Star Labs in this world, she'd ask them about these shards. But without Supergirl, heck, even Batman and Wayne Enterprises, she has no connection with them.
Spider-Man quickly webbed the elephant's feet onto the ground, hoping it'll slow it down. With that done, he just heard that girl dressed like a bat shout something about a shard. He'll bet his web-shooters that's what driving the animals wild. So he leaped forth, neatly landing on top of the fence before flipping onto the other side. He can see Ock and Kaine dealing with Rhino...sorry, an ACTUAL rhino. He's been fighting Hirn for so long that he got used to him if seeing an actual rhino...not that he seen one since he was kid, coming to the zoo with his uncle...
...whom Ock somehow knew about. He knew...about his secret identity. Just what in god's name his counterpart, from Ock's world, been doing? Sleeping on the roof without his mask on? Just Octavius talking like he knew his uncle still aggravated him. But that just made the doc more dangerous than even his Octavius. He feared what would happen if both Ocks joined forces.
Shaking his head, he couldn't let that distract him right now. So, flipping over to the Gotham girl, "You can track it?"
"Working on it," she frowned, moving her phone to find the shard.
Post by Doctor Octopus on Jun 15, 2021 21:39:55 GMT 1
“He is endangered? Never mind the fact that I seem to be his target!” He said as the rhino charged right for him! Thankfully he was webbed up just before running into him as Kaine tied to down. The beasts yellow glowing eyes suggested that it was under the influence of the shards power.
“The shard must be driving the animals here mad….” Otto said as he approached the snorting raging animal. Looking up he saw the girl in the bat outfit make a play for the shard as Octopus sneered. The upper actuators screeched as they clamored over the downed rhino heading in her direction!
“We must not let them capture the shard!” Looking back at Kaine, Otto questioned. “Who is this Webb? Yet another Spider I presume?” He grunted. “Will the ceaseless assembly line of Spiders never end?” Otto said as one of his actuators slammed into the ground near Batgirl!
“Alright, caped teenager! The shard belongs to us!” He said hovering just above her, the upper two actuators snapping their pincers. “We have this situation under control. So why not toddle off to a rave or whatever it is you goth teens do….” As the younger Spider-man joined her his attention was drawn off of her onto one of his most irritating enemies, or at least the closest thing he had to one in this world!
“And then there is you…Why is it I can never go anywhere in any world without you red and blue thorn in my side! This is a warning to both of you! We will be the first ones to that shard, and you two will be left in the dust! HAhah!” He laughed as his upper arms reared up before slamming into the dry ground of the paddock creating a huge dust cloud to block their vision! Striding over them he then headed for the signal that was now coming from the heart of the zoo…were many of the large predators were kept…
“Kaine! This way!” Octavius called to his associate!
Post by Kaine Parker on Jun 16, 2021 21:05:07 GMT 1
The yellow-glowing eyes seem to be enough to clue in that something was very wrong here, and the rampaging animals were alone. While the other Spider-Man had dealt with the elephant and Batgirl had dealt with the zebra, it left Kaine and Otto to look for the shard. The rhino had been tied up previously with webbing. He had no idea how long it would hold it as the webbing had been intertwined a few times for strength, but he had a feeling that the strength of a rhino was probably far greater than webbing from Spider. He was not going to worry too much about it as he would let the zookeepers deal with him later. “There are only like 10 of them left that is enough to be called seriously endangered.” Kaine pointed out. “And I am sure the anger in these creatures will subside once we find the shard,” Kaine admitted. "Madame Webb? She's another Spider-powered person, and I am sure you will encounter her eventually. If you hang around long enough for me."
“And I thought I had issues with Spider-Man, and you seem more annoyed than me with him. We might be able to put our anger aside just this once?” Kaine asked as he followed after Otto. He was hoping by some chance that it might not be in the tiger or lion exhibit as he had found one of them seriously angry earlier. Kaine sighed and stuck to the plan, half ignoring Otto’s moaning with Spider-Man. This Peter from Otto's world had been a thorn in his side if you saw it from his light. This one was young, Kaine had no idea how the two would fare in a fight, but he had a feeling that this would not be Spider-Man’s first Otto.
“Sorry guys, but I was with Otto this time we already set up a truce looks like we are getting to the shard first,” Kaine said with a sigh. Though Otto appeared to not care for Spider-Man he sighed as he heard his laughter. After hanging out with this long, and the laughter seemed more for theatrical purposes than anything else. Otto was not that bad, and Kaine had suffered worse from those like Kraven or even other villains from Spider-Man.
“Otto?” Kaine asked with a shrug. “I am doubtful your laughter will scare them away.” And a sorry not sorry was in it as he felt worse for Batgirl as she was trying extremely hard. For Peter… He tried his hardest not to think of anything bad, and the other hero was already having enough problems as is. "Yes, Sir." Kaine said as he addressed Otto and began to following him.
“Otto, while you are busy taunting Spider-Man, keep your eye on the scanner.” Kaine heard his name as Otto had found the location of the shard. “I guess we found the shard, and it is in a huge mysterious cloud.” Kaine pointed out, “I would not suggest touching the weird cloud, unless you want to go into that same weird trance that the animals went in.” Kaine admitted. This was going to be dangerous.