A slightly bruised Lizard and Spiderman finished attaching the mind control parasites into Daredevil and Gambit for Ivy/Man-Thing.
As Daredevil started to come back to consciousness a voice went out through his head along with the other members of the group. “What have you done?” Ivy screeched. “All I see is what appear to be vague pictures from one of you. Release your hold from him.”
The three quickly reacted disconnecting Daredevil from the group. With him disconnected from the parasite they quickly leave him unconscious on the ground.
Meanwhile Beast, Nightcrawler and Cyclops were sharing a drink.
“So Nightcrawler.” Beast says. “Another year of Mardi Gras for us?”
“Yah,” Nightcrawler responds. “I blend in so easily there this time of year. What about it Cyclops? You want to join us as well?”
“You know normally I’m against drinking around Beast, but this might be just what I need to relax,” Cyclops says. “Why don’t we go down and see our flaming Cajun while we’re down there. It’s been a while since we’ve last seen him.
“Ah yes mein friend.” Nightcrawler says. “I think it would be a nice thing to have a local there with us.”
“I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who said ‘An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools’.” Beast smiling quotes.
The three decided to go down to New Orleans.
Arriving in New Orleans the three immediately begin to look for their Cajun friend. After trying his favorite bar they heard that he got in a fight back in the alleyway. Going around back they discover Daredevil unconscious on the ground.
“Nightcrawler, teleport to the top of that building to see if you see anything that’s unusual.” Cyclops orders quickly. “Beast, keep an eye out for trouble as I see what’s wrong with Daredevil.”
Daredevil quickly regains consciousness and tells them what happened. As soon as he finishes his story Nightcrawler appears out of his cloud of smoke.
“I saw Spiderman, Lizard, and Gambit quickly walking away.” Nightcrawler says.
“I’m not sure what they were up to, but it looked like Gambit was with them.”
“I am going to return home and tell the avengers what took place here,” Daredevil stated urgently. “They must know what’s happening.”
As Daredevil walked away, Cyclops turned and looked at Beast and Nightcrawler.
“I think that we need to try to find Gambit. I think we owe at least that much to Gambit."
“I’m not sure if that’s such a great idea.” Beast replies. “We don’t know too much about the entire ordeal, and are not well prepped to deal with our enemy."
“True.” Cyclops says. “I know our condition, but if we leave now we might not be able to find them again. Gambit is one of our own. We owe it to him to help him. I’ll understand if you don’t want to come.”
“Mein Friend.” Nightcrawler says. “I’d follow you through the gates of hell if necessary.”
“Well it might not be our best plan, but given the circumstances I will come with you.” Agreed Beast reluctantly.
“Nightcrawler, I want you to teleport up to the rooftops and see if you can find them. As soon as you’ve got a bead let us know. Beast, come with me. We’ll head in the direction we last saw them going.”
After some quick teleports Nightcrawler spots Spiderman, Lizard and Gambit walking just a few blocks away. After telling Cyclops where they were, he teleports back to where he last saw the three of them.
“Mein friend,” Nightcraweler says. “What is going on?”
“I’d leave quickly,” Gambit responds. “There’s a lot of trouble that you don’t need here.”
“How about you tell us all about it?” Asks Beast as he rounds the corner. “I quite love a good story.”
“Oh look at those nice sunglasses.” Spiderman says. “I think we could use someone like you Cyclops.”
“Watch out!!” Screams Nightcrawler as the Lizard smashes into Beast with his tail.
The crowd of people around them begin to run frantically as the battle begins.