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Ice Giant Encampment.
"Why don't you cool down the barrel in the ice?" Natasha pointed her chin at the red hot muzzle.
"Don't wanna chance it." he put the machine pistol away and brought up an auto combat shotgun with an extra long banana clip.
"What's to chance? A little dip and you're good to go."
"Anyone else Nat, maybe? But mojo and the Xan-Man are unmixy things." he braced himself and fired full auto. The devastation left behind was nothing short of awesome.
"That may have been a bit over-much, not overkill..."
"...As there's no such thing as overkill." they said together in unison.
They smiled at each other. "That reminds me here you go..." he reached inside his jacket and came out with a plate-mail that would cover her upper half, "Here. Put this on while I cover you..." another spray of explosive spread at the ground tripped up the rest of the Ice Giants and sent a message to be more cautious.
"Thanks, but I'm already wearing armor." she put it on anyway. Xander always knew what he was doing. She could argue later. "Hey!?!"
"Thought you'd like it. Black Mithril Plate-Mail. With a full life-support environmental package. Nice and toasty." he smiled.
She smiled back. It was as advertised 'Nice and toasty. No loss of movement or flexibility.'
They reached the first barrier and they jumped over it, she with a back flip somersault combination move that left her facing the enemy.
"Neat. Should get you to teach the kids a class in combat acrobatics. Faith and Bobbi barely add those kinds of moves. They could come in handy."
"I'll think about it. Now why is it that you and magic have incompatibility issues?" she shot a wide beam to make a trench forty feet from their position. She made it harder for the enemy to rush them, by breaking up the ground.
"I have a touch of chaos energy clinging to me. Mostly since I was possessed by a soldier spirit cast by a chaos mage as a Halloween prank. It's been a part of my soul ever since. So magic works, just not like it's supposed to. I have to concentrate and put four to five times the effort to cast a spell that anyone can do with ease. It's not just energy expenditure, it control."
"That makes more sense. But why would you have a problem with just dousing the red hot muzzle in he ice?"
"Magic rich environment. Mostly water and wind elementals, but there are a lot of old magics floating about. I can taste them. After spending twenty one years trying to break through, you start to get a feel for it."
"Alright I can see..."
"Not good!" Clint exclaimed, "Is that a head the size of a city bus, coming out of the ground?"
"Yeah, but it's not serious until it roars."
"SHUT UP XANDER!" everyone shouted.