The Legendary Mechanic in Marvel Universe - Chapter 64
Chapter 64 Chance That Everyone Covets
America, Washington, D.C., Headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Triskelion.
On behalf of Nick Fury, half of the people were in the midst of excitement and joy while on behalf of Alexander Pierce, another half was in the midst of confusion and fear.
Dok, dok, dok…
The door of the director’s office was knocked and Pierce impassively uttered, “Enter.”
Fury entered the room and headed towards Pierce with slight weariness.
Recently, he was occupied with coordinating with the military to eradicate H.Y.D.R.A. bases. Moreover, he was responsible for capturing and interrogating H.Y.D.R.A. agents, thus it had been a while for him to have any wink of sleep.
Due to his dark-toned skin, his panda eyes were unrecognizable.
“Director Pierce, is there anything I can help with?”
“I do have a few things to trouble you. But there’s no hurry, have a seat first.”
Pierce stood up and prepared a chair for Fury before smiling, “Agent Fury, you’ve done well recently, it must be hard for you. Looks like I didn’t misjudge you, no matter how laborious the task is, you will swiftly and efficiently complete it once it’s in your hands.”
“It’s nothing much, sir. These are the things I should do, it’s part of my responsibilities.”
“Hahaha! You’re too humble. If it’s someone else handling it, I’m sure they won’t do it as well as you. This proves your capability and you deserve the credits.”
Fury remained silent while smiling. Pierce continued in a joking tone, “The bureau had decided on your reward. Congratulations, Agent Fury, you’ll be promoted. Since your ranking already was high enough, I feel the director’s position should be left to you when I’m retiring.”
Fury kept remaining silent while humbly chuckling in embarrassment.
Pierce retracted his joking tone and let out a cough. He continued sternly, “Today I call you over because of two matters. The council’s president called in just now and informed us of the request from other countries. They wanted us to provide the information obtained from H.Y.D.R.A. agents, especially on matters that are related to H.Y.D.R.A. overseas bases. I’ve promised her that later you will organize the relevant information and send it to her.”
“It’s not a problem, sir. The information was readily available, it can be handed out anytime.”
Fury nodded indicating his agreement and added, “What’s the other matter, sir?”
Pierce faked an overjoyed expression and answered, “The other matter is much simpler! Agent Fury, do you know Henry Pym?”
Fury obviously knew Henry Pym since he had secretly used his authority to browse through S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s secret files in the database.
However, Fury refused to express it thus replying, “Do you mean Dr. Pym? I know him but not much. I know he is one of the S.H.I.E.L.D.’s founders. However, he left due to unknown reasons.”
“That’s right, Dr. Pym left S.H.I.E.L.D. three years ago. During that time, you were still serving in the military, so I’m sure you’re unaware of this matter. At that time, he suspected someone in S.H.I.E.L.D. had tried to replicate his life research, Pym Particles, in the shadows. Thus, he left S.H.I.E.L.D. in a fury and founded Pym Technologies in San Francisco.”
“Was it true that someone is trying to steal his research in secret?”
“There’s no such thing. The misunderstanding happened due to his paranoia.” Pierce denied it and casually gave an excuse to gloss over it.
“In these few years, we’re suspecting Pym is creating dangerous weapons that could threaten the safety of our country. Since we can’t find any concrete evidence, we can only dispatch someone to secretly monitor him and his company. However, Pym isn’t an ordinary person as he knows ins and outs of the bureau. Thus, the bureau opts to form a new group of agents to carry out this mission. This mission is harmless because Pym dares not to break off with S.H.I.E.L.D. But once it’s completed, it will be a great feat. Since you made a huge contribution, I’ll give you this chance that everyone covets. You will lead a team to carry out the mission in San Francisco. Fury, I have high hopes for you. You must conduct this mission with utmost seriousness and complete it with flying colors.”
Then, Pierce told Fury he had another meeting soon and sent Fury out.
Fury accepted the arrangement and left the office without any fuss. However, countless skepticism appeared in his heart.
Pierce gave this mission to Fury seemingly for his sake, but he understood S.H.I.E.L.D. had not uncovered any evidence in these three years. This meant even if he went to San Francisco, it was impossible for him to complete this mission.
Therefore, it was obvious that Pierce was ousting him of Triskelion to prevent him from contacting S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s core mission.
But what were the reasons for Pierce doing so?!
An unimaginable suspicion popped into his mind. Even if his suspicion turned out to be true, there was nothing he could do.
Fury powerlessly shook his head and went back to his dorm to pack his luggage.
All of this required a long-term plan and it was a story for next time.
Three months later, in New York City, in El Tech Company’s basement, Leo’s laboratory.
Leo was covered in bulky metal armor. He struggled to maneuver the armor and shoot a pose to a one-meter-tall spherical object on the wall.
“Steam, how do I look?”
“Buzz! Ugly, master! This pose is horrendous!”
Steam was an auxiliary artificial intelligence created by Leo based on Dr. Zola’s ‘Multi-functional Self-aware Robot’. The computing chip installed in it was El Gen-0, a similar chip to Dr. Zola’s robotic body.
However, Leo emasculated its emotional modules and most of its memory storage. Thus, Steam was able to speak and process like Dr. Zola, but it lacked Dr. Zola’s emotions and memory storage.
“It’s because of your gigantic size that this armor is horrendous. I can’t install you into the armor causing me to manually control it!”
Leo was rendered speechless by Steam’s roasting and shifted the blame back to it.
According to Leo’s plan, he was preparing to develop the Mark Series Armor from Iron Man.
The kind of armor that was capable of flight, releasing beams, and breathtaking!
When he began developing it, he realized it was not as simple as the movie made out.
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