E.G.G Episode 33: Revenge
AND THERE CAME A DAY, A DAY UNLIKE ANY OTHER. WHEN THREE FRIENDS ROSE FROM THEIR DOOM TO FIGHT ON, VOWING NEVER AGAIN TO GIVE IN TO THE FORCES OF EVIL. ON THAT DAY, E.G.G WAS REBORN.
Previously, on E.G.G...
A week after Hawkeye and his West Coast Avengers moved into E.G.G Base, things were not getting any better, and everyone was on everyone else's last nerve! Luckily a distraction came in the form of Titanium Man terrorizing the Chandler Center for the Arts. The West Coast Avengers and E.G.G went to subdue the problem, but before he left, Ant-Man pulled Josh aside and granted him a gift: A fully functional suit of armor Josh names the Joshinator Armor. Armed with his new suit, Lightstream, and the West Coast Avengers, they all put their differences aside and worked together to beat Titanium Man. In the end, they all parted on good terms. Well, almost, as Josh discovered that Hawkeye could have left on day one!
Click here to read E.G.G Episode 32: Clash of Titanium
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“Yeah, it was pretty awesome.” Josh said to Lightstream, who was sitting next to him on the roof of the Santan Mall. “I basically saved the world from alien invaders. Single handedly.”
“Did you?” She replied, pretending to be oblivious to what actually happened.
“Yeah, queen Skrull-face never stood a chance.”
“I’ll bet she didn’t.” She looked down at a group of freshly beaten Syndicate soldiers being hauled off by the police. “They’re off their game. This time around was significantly easier.”
“Well that’s because Acacia took down their leader.” Josh answered. “And without any super villain lieutenants left, they’re calling their own shots now, and they kinda suck at it.”
“I guess. They’re still dangerous though.”
“Yep, yep. So let’s talk about you.”
“Yeah, you.” Josh said, scooting closer. Lightstream uneasily cleared her throat.
“What’s your costume made of?”
“Oh. Is it hard to get on?”
“Hm. I’ll bet that means it’s easier to get off.”
“Ew. Creep.” Lightstream said, as she stood up and quickly flew away. Josh suddenly realized what he had just said.
“Wait, no!” He shouted. “I mean it’s just easier to take things off when… oh never mind, she can’t hear me.”
* * *
Josh made his way to the ground and walked into Dairy Queen, where he found Acacia sipping an Orange Julius.
“Where’ve you been?” She asked, continuing to sip her drink.
“I got held up by some Syndicate trying to rob Best Buy.” Josh answered. Acacia laughed.
“Robbing a Best Buy? Boy, they really don’t know what to do without their leader, do they?”
“Not at all.” Josh said. Eileen walked in. “What’s up Wuthrich!”
“You’re disgusting.” Eileen snapped. Josh looked at her in surprise.
“What? I just said what’s up.” Josh defended. Eileen froze.
“Uh, yeah…” She started thinking. “I meant… This morning.”
“What’d I do?”
“You… uh… didn’t flush the toilet. And you had Acacia’s tacos last night too. It was nasty.” Acacia slid her drink away.
“Thank you for the visual.” She said.
“Whatever Eileen, you know I forget!” Josh said, grabbing Acacia’s Orange Julius and continuing to drink it.
“Yeah, well, don’t let it happen again!” She said with a sigh of relief as she walked over to the counter.
“No promises.” Josh responded. He looked to see Acacia glaring at him.
“Give it back.” She said.
“It’s mine!” Josh shouted, holding the Orange Julius away from her as Acacia attacked him from across the table. Suddenly Josh’s cell phone rang. “What the? Nobody ever calls me.” He said, giving Acacia back her drink and answering the phone. “Hello? No way, Kristen? Kristen Schroder! Hey, hi, uh, how are you?” Josh got up and walked to the corner of the restaurant as Eileen sat next to Acacia with a bowl of chocolate ice cream.
“Who’s Kristen?” Acacia asked.
“One of Josh’s old flames from high school.” Eileen said.
“Were they a thing?”
“No, but Josh was crushing on her big time. They’re just friends now. Weird though, I don’t know why she’d call after all these years.”
“No, it’s no problem at all!” Josh said, walking back to the table. “We’ll be there in ten minutes. Okay, okay you too. Bye!” He hung up. “That was Kristen!”
“So we heard.” Eileen said, biting her ice cream.
“Where are we going to be in ten minutes?” Acacia asked, sipping her drink. “I don’t like being obligated to things without prior knowledge.”
“Mercy Gilbert.” Josh said.
“The hospital?” Eileen asked. “Is she alright?”
“Yeah, she’s fine. She’s a nurse there, and, she kinda knows about E.G.G…”
“You mean you told her about E.G.G?” Acacia deduced.
“Whatever! Anyway, she has a patient that’s sick in ways she can’t explain. She thinks it’s super power related, and that’s right up our alley!”
“No, that’s right up Mr. Fantastic’s alley.” Eileen replied. “We’re inventors, not doctors.”
“Well, we’re going to be doctors today! Now hurry up, we gotta go!”
“Uh, you don’t rush the orange,” Acacia said. “The orange must flow naturally.” Josh snatched her Orange Julius and rushed out the door. “Hey! Give it back!” Acacia shouted, rushing after him, Eileen soon following.
* * *
The three friends walked into Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.
“Excuse me,” a receptionist called to Acacia. “No food or drink past this point.” Acacia glared angrily, and dropped her Orange Julius in the garbage.
“You’re buying me another one.” She said to Josh.
“Whatever.” He said, approaching the desk. “Um, nurse Schroder is expecting us?”
“Oh yes. Second floor, she’s in room 516.”
“Thank you.” They got in the elevator and rode up to the second floor and approached room 516. They found a nurse with long brown curly hair sitting next to a bed, reading the Goldilocks and the Three Bears to a little girl.
“‘Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, and she’s still here!’ Baby bear shouted.” She read. “And the bears chased Goldilocks out of the house forever. The End.”
“Thank you- cof, cof- Nurse Schroder.” The little girl replied. “You’re so- cof, cof- nice.”
“No problem Candice.” She replied, closing the book. “Now get some sleep.” She rubbed her hair, then got up to leave. She turned and saw Josh, Eileen and Acacia waiting. “Josh! You made it!” She exclaimed, hugging him.
“You know me!” He replied. “I see you haven’t changed a bit. Still sweet on kids I see.”
“Yeah,” Kristen said. “That’s Candice. She, um, she’s been diagnosed with poliomyelitis, a permanent paralysis disease.”
“Oh no,” Acacia said. “Is she going to be okay?”
“She’s being treated, but nothing’s helping. It’s spread throughout her body, and it’s already been determined she’ll never walk again. Her parents are beginning to lose hope. I’m just trying to make every day a good one for her.”
“That’s so sweet.” Eileen replied.
“Thank you. But on to other matters, I need you down the hall.” Kristen began to walk, and they all followed. “Now, this guy showed up a few months ago. He was sent to us because word spread of our physician, Donald Blake. He was the best there was. But even he couldn’t figure out what’s happening to this man. Anyway, Blake’s gone now, and now we’re even farther away from figuring out what this is. His symptoms are… strange to say the least. And he’s only been getting worse. He’s nearly flat lined twice, and he’s hooked up to intense life support. He’s going to die unless we can help him, but first we’ve got to figure out what’s wrong.”
“Leave it to us!” Josh exclaimed, as they walked down to room 556.
“I really hope you can help.” Kristen said. “Because we’re out of options.” She opened the door to reveal Tanner Powell, lying on a hospital bed, hooked up to a life support system. He slowly turned his head.
“Well… well…” He weakly managed. “Look who it is… the shellheads. You guys gonna save my life?” Eileen’s eyes flashed red and her hair flared up.
“YOU!” She growled, her voice split into two.
“Whoa!” Kristen shouted, jumping back.
“Grab her!” Josh ordered, him and Acacia each grabbing one of Eileen’s arms. Eileen wildly trashed this way and that, Josh and Acacia were losing their grip.
“You’ll die for what you did!” Eileen yelled. “You hear me! You will perish by my hands!”
“Say…” Tanner said. “I thought… I killed you…” Eileen broke free and charged at Tanner. Acacia quickly put up a force field. Eileen began pounding at it.
“I’ll kill you!” She screamed. “I’ll kill you!” Josh bear hugged Eileen from behind and started dragging her out of the room. She fought him the whole way.
“POWELL!!!!” She screamed, breathing fire from her mouth. Josh dragged her out and slammed the door. Acacia dropped the force field, weakened.
“What was that?” Kristen asked.
“Tanner, um, did some things to Eileen.” Acacia explained. “Excuse me.” Acacia walked out to see Eileen sitting against the wall, Josh kneeling in front of her.
“Breathe.” He said. She inhaled deeply through her nose and exhaled from her mouth. “Slowly… calm you mind…” Eileen took one more deep breath, then stood up. Her eyes returned to their natural green and blue.
“I’m fine.” She said.
“You’re not going back in there.” Josh ordered.
“Why are you protecting him?” Eileen asked. “He murdered me in cold blood.”
“I know.” Josh said. “I’m not protecting him, I’m just not gonna let you kill him. You’d be no better that way Eileen.”
“Ugh,” Eileen angrily sighed, and stormed off. Josh looked at Acacia.
“She needs time alone.” Acacia said. She folded her arms and looked down.
“Acacia? What’s wrong?” Josh asked.
“I shouldn’t have stopped her.”
“Well, you know what he did to her. Eileen gives him what he’s got coming, oh well.”
“Let’s just go see if we can’t figure out what’s wrong.”
“Wait, are you seriously still trying to help him!”
“Yes, Acacia, I am.”
“Well, you can do that on your own.” Acacia began to walk away.
“Acacia, please. I need your help.” Josh begged. Acacia sighed deeply. She turned back.
“Come on.” She said, walking into the room. Kristen rushed up.
“Is everything okay now?” She asked.
“Golden,” Josh replied. “So long as Eileen stays away…”
“Aw, that’s… too bad…” Tanner said. “I was hoping I… could kill her again… It was so fun… the first time…”
“Sedate him please.” Acacia demanded. “If I’m gonna do this I’m not gonna listen to his crap.”
“Hey, I think I’m… pretty charming…” Tanner smiled. Acacia rolled her eyes as Kristen injected him and put him under.
“You know anything else that might help us Kristen?” Josh asked. Kristen thought for bit.
“Well, he’s constantly complaining about a missing piece.” She said. “He’s always babbling about how he needs his ‘other’. We looked at his records, no wife, no girlfriend… we don’t know what it means.”
“Other, other…” Josh thought. Then he looked up. “Wait, do you have a blood sample?” He asked.
“Yeah, right here.” Kristen said, handing him a vial. Josh grabbed a microscope and poured the sample onto the glass. “We’ve observed it already, and that’s strange too. There are some strands of black tissue that seem interwoven in his DNA…”
“The symbiote.” Josh said. “Acacia, come look at this.” Acacia looked into the microscope.
“That explains it!” She said. “The symbiote forms a bond with its host. If it’s kept on too long, it becomes permanent…”
“Like Eddie Brock’s case!” Josh exclaimed. “He’s been Venom for years, and Fury told me that they need to keep the symbiote grafted to him, or he could die without it!”
“Is that what’s happening here?” Kristen asked. “Without this symbiote thing, he’s going to die?”
“Looks that way.” Acacia said.
“Where can we find it?” Kristen asked. Josh shook his head.
“Certainly not at your local Walgreens.” He replied. “It’s an alien, and really, after it separated from Tanner, if it couldn’t find a new host, it probably died.”
“What about that Eddie Brock guy you were talking about?” Kristen asked. “Don’t suppose he has any to spare?”
“He’s on the Helicarrier, in New York.” Acacia said. “And we’d have to go through a whole process with Commander Hill.”
“Well he doesn’t have much time.” Kristen said.
“Well, without the symbiote we don’t have many options.” Josh said. “Unless we can find a way to counteract or destroy the symbiote that’s attached itself to his blood stream.”
“So what are we talking about here?” Kristen asked. “Some kind of… anti-venom?”
“Right…” Josh said. Then he jumped up. “Right! An anti-venom! Like the stuff made to negate Viper’s kiss! Remember?”
“Oh yeah!” Acacia said. “Well, there’s no guarantee it’ll work.”
“Anything’s worth a try!” Kristen said. “Do you have any on you?”
“I can get some from the Hall of E.G.G!” Josh replied. “I’ll be back in a jiff!” He rushed into the hall, but Acacia grabbed his arm.
“Whoa, slow down.” She said. “Don’t you think we should consult Eileen about this?”
“Not necessarily.” Josh answered.
“It’s her call!” Acacia defended.
“Whether someone lives or dies?” Josh asked. “Sorry, but no one deserves that power. Not even Eileen.” He began to leave but Acacia tightened her grip.
“He killed her Josh.” She growled. “If it weren’t for the Extremis, she wouldn’t be here right now.”
“Look, I know how you feel, I feel the same way. But I’m not gonna sit by and let somebody die. Even Tanner Powell.” He rushed off. “And don’t say word to Eileen! I mean it!” He ran down the hall and disappeared around the corner. Acacia folded her arms.
“Like shell I won’t.” She said.
* * *
Josh rushed back into the hospital, anti-venom in hand. He took the elevator to the second floor and rushed to room 556.
“I got it!” He shouted, bursting into the room. He found all the lights turned off. “Kristen?”
“Mmmhhmm!” He heard from inside a supply cabinet. He walked over slowly and opened it to find Kristen tied up and gagged.
“Oh no! Kristen! Are you alright?” He pulled the cloth out of her mouth.
“Look out! It’s a trap!” She shouted, but just as she did, Josh was electrocuted from behind.
“GYAH!” He shouted, falling to the ground, steaming. Eileen emerged from shadows, eyes red. “Eileen…”
“I’ll take that.” She said, taking the anti-venom from him.
“No… You can’t…” Josh said. “Eileen, you can’t kill him.”
“I have no further use for either of you.” She said. She grabbed Josh and Kristen and threw them out of the room. Then she locked the door and pulled the cabinet in front of it. Josh got up and began push against the door. Acacia approached from down the hall.
“Acacia!” He shouted. “Untie Kristen then help me get this door open!”
“No.” Acacia replied.
“That was an order!” Josh growled.
“Like I said, it’s Eileen’s call. If you trust her, she’ll make the right decision.”
“Acacia, she’s not thinking straight. Help me open this door now!”
“I won’t.” She said, leaning against the wall.
“Gah!” Josh shouted in anger, banging the door. Inside Eileen approached Tanner. She grabbed a glass of water and splashed it on him.
“Ah!” He shouted, jumping up.
“Wake up, you slime.” Eileen growled. Tanner looked at her.
“Oh, you.” He said. Then he smiled. “You know… I normally don’t get feedback… on my killings… how was yours? Did you enjoy… my blade piercing you from behind… or would you have… preferred a swift snap of the neck instead…” Tanner coughed violently. Eileen looked down at him.
“You don’t seem to have that much time left.” She said. Tanner coughed again.
“Luckily, I have the cure.” Eileen said, holding it up. Tanner’s eyes widened. He lashed out and tried to grab it.
“Give it to me!” He shouted.
“Stay down!” Eileen demanded, slamming him back onto the bed with such force it cracked. Tanner’s heart rate sped up. He began wheezing. He coughed heavily. “Look at you, poor Tanner, dying. And I have the only thing that can save you. Your life is in my hands. Oh, the irony.”
“Give… to… cof, cof… me…” He growled, reaching for it. Eileen shook her head.
“How sad.” She said. “You can’t even find it in you to say please.”
“Give… cof, cof… me… cof…p…pl…” Tanner’s lips quivered, and eyes rolled to the back of his head. His hand fell limp, and his monitor flat lined. Eileen smiled.
“Serves you right.” She said. She turned and began to leave. Then she stopped. She looked at the cure. Her eyes turned green and blue again. She walked back over to Tanner, held his head up, and poured the cure down his throat. Tanner gasped and jumped up, breathing heavily. Eileen moved the cabinet and Josh and Kristen burst in.
“Eileen, I promise, if he…” Josh shouted, but then he saw Tanner. “You… you did it?”
“Yeah.” She said. “As much as I wanted to kill him for what he did to me. Revenge just isn’t worth it in the end.”
“Whoa, what’s happening to him?” Kristen asked. They all turned to see Tanner being engulfed by a white substance. His body was soon covered in a reverse Venom suit. He was all white with black eyes and a black spider on his chest.
“What… is this?” He asked.
“Anti-Venom.” Josh said. “It’s a new symbiote. One, I think, that doesn’t poison, but cures.” Tanner looked at Eileen.
“You…” He said. He stood up. “Almost… killed me!” Josh, Acacia, and Kristen began to back up.
“Yeah.” Eileen said. “But I didn’t.” Tanner stopped. He growled, then jumped out of the window and disappeared on the horizon. Eileen turned and began to walk away. “Come on.” She said. “Let’s go home.” Acacia looked at Josh. He smiled.
“Her call.” He said. “I gotta say, I had doubts.”
“I never did.” Acacia said, leaving the room. Josh began to follow, but Kristen stopped him.
“Thank you.” She said. Josh smiled.
“No problem.” He replied. They all left the hospital.
* * *
It was midnight. Candice lie in her hospital bed, coughing. Suddenly she heard a noise. She turned her head.
“Who’s- cof, cof- there?” Anti-Venom came from out of the shadows. She gasped.
“Don’t be afraid…” He said. She took a deep breath.
“I’m not.” She replied.
“Good. Hold still.” He held out his hands and wrapped Candice in white tentacles that emerged from his arms. A few seconds later, he released her. She opened her eyes, then sat up. She put her feet on the ground and stood up.
“I’m, I’m cured!” She said. Anti-Venom turned to leave. “Wait!” He stopped. “Who are you?”
“Just someone else who know what it’s like… to get a second chance.” He jumped out the window, and was gone.
Josh, Eileen, and Acacia walked into the library. Agent Rice kneeled on a nearby roof, watching them from afar.
See you on Thursday!
Tune in on Thursday, April 9, for the Q&A for this episode, and then prepare for Episode 34: Power Trip, on Friday, April 10! Also, Marvel's Daredevil airs on Netflix, so don't miss that either! See you next week!