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Manhattan, New York.
The Stark Tower.
Happy Hogan and Colonel James Rhodes had come up in the elevator together. Happy wanted to tell Pepper that everything was put away. He wanted to know if she needed anything before he turned in, and Rhodey wanted to talk to Tony about what went down today. His bosses had put him on the fastest transport available. They made sure he left the War Machine Power Armor behind. They were not paranoid. Not at all.
Tony looked at Pepper and she nodded her head. She agreed with Tony. Happy and Rhodey were family. It wouldn't feel right if they didn't stay a part of their family. They both communicated with each other using their eyes and facial expressions. Faith had seen them from the other side of the penthouse suite and she was having a tough time holding in her laughter. Julie saw her holding her sides and was curious enough to ask, "What's up?"
Faith pointed at Stark and Pepper. Julie followed her finger and saw the two making faces at each other.
"..." Julie was about to make a comment, but something caught her eye. "Huh..."
"Huh, what?" Faith had managed to get herself under control. 'All these Avengers people are hilarious.' she thought.
"Does that look like a crude form of the code to you, or what?" Julie was studying the pair more closely.
Faith joined her, and after a few minutes she had to agree. Bruce was still hugging the Betty chick, and Dawn, Willow and Xander were explaining to all parties what they should expect. Bobbi was keeping Clint distracted, or he, her. Whichever. Natasha and Phil were still talking to their boss. They never raised their voices, but the intensity got pretty heavy several times. Usually it was associated with a name, like the Rhino, The Beetle, Electro and Sandman. She wasn't sure what kind of code names those were, but every time one was mentioned, either Phil, or Natasha got really intense with their replies. A couple of times when she heard Electro, both of them got pissy. She wasn't sure who, or what these code names meant, she just didn't have to deal with the fallout when anyone of them became a problem. Specially that Electro dude. If it was enough to piss off both Phil and Tasha, he had to be pretty bad. Maybe Julie would know. She was a New Yorker after all. "Say Julie, do you know anything about Rhino, Beetle, Electro and the Sandman?"
"You're kidding, right?"
"Do you know them, or not?" Faith showed a bit of her temper, just enough to let Julie know that she wasn't kidding.
"Okay. Jeez ask a silly question..."
"Jules..." the growl was unmistaken this time.
Julie raised her hands to show her surrender.
Faith made with the 'Gimme' sign.
"We'll start with the Rhino. He's some kind of ex-east block spy or something. He was part of their super soldier program. Very strong, very fast and extremely stupid. I'm not if that was a result of the experiments he went through or if he started out that way. He's mostly one of Spidey's regular sparing partners, but he went against your new Boytoy a time or two. Got his butt kicked, but ya gotta give him credit, he keeps trying."
"What about this Electro dude?" Faith asked.
"Again, he's another one of my Spidey's bad guys. This one is a real nut job though. Used to be a line man for Con Ed. There was some kind of accident, but instead of frying like the Colonel's best he got turned into some kinda of Electrical Elemental. Think Thor, but without the Hammer, and not as Strong."
"So we got a Hulk wanna be, and a guy that throws lightning around. Why am I not liking where this's going?" she waved for Julie to continue, "The Beetle."
"Abe Jenkins. A jack of all trades pretty handy with the tech. Again not a favorite of Spidey's. Keeps trying to kill him for all the times my guy sent him to Rykers. He built himself a suit of power armor, not as good as Stark's but not bad either. Could have made millions if sold the design to someone like Justin Hammer, but the problem with the guy is that he thinks like a small time hood."
"Three for three. The Sandman..."
"The closest I'd categorize the guy is an Earth Elemental, only with sand. He was trying to escape from prison and got caught in this radiation experiment/accident that tore him apart molecule by molecule I'm not sure where the sand comes in, but if you ask Spidey he'll tell you all you need to know."
"You really know this stuff. Is something any New Yorker would know?" Faith was impressed by the younger slayer.
"Nah. I'm a Spidey fan-girl. Long before I became a Slayer. Did you know my guy got his powers at thirteen?"
"He tell you that?"
"Nope. Figured it out on my own." she looked at him and Mary Jane, "I'm one lucky girl." she sighed.
Faith smiled, "How do you figure?"
"Well, just look at him..."
Faith looked. She saw a very well built man in spandex. His outfit left nothing for the imagination. "I see what you mean. The 'Spandex Set' really don't have anything to hide."
"Like Mary Jane's models panties and bras. Let's just say she knows how to use what god has gifted her with. As for Spidey's grandfather, he's like over a century old and look at him. He's still a hottie."
Faith couldn't argue with that. She just smiled at the younger slayer and gave the little horn dog the thumbs up. She was gonna need them.