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You'd Better Watch Your Speed; Tag: Dani
Topic Started: Jan 23 2018, 04:02 AM (26 Views)
Ted Kaplan-Altman
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Mutant Skrull Physiology
11:15 am Jan 23 2018

Back when he'd been a student at Xavier's, Ted had made some use of the school's metahuman training facilities at first, like the multi-ton hydraulic weight press and similar equipment. He'd given it up after it had become clear that it didn't actually do him any good... when he adopted his Hulking form, the musculature came right along with it, and it was more or less the same no matter how much weight training he'd done. Which made sense, once he'd started thinking of himself as a shapeshifter; exercise was just a mechanism for forcing the body to grow more and better muscle tissue, and his mutation -- or, well, that's what he'd thought it was at the time -- was a much better mechanism for that.

And once he'd realized he was a full-fledged shapeshifter, it became clear that the same thing was true even in his human form. Which, to be honest, should have been obvious from the start; no way had he been working out enough in high school to build the kind of body he'd had as a teenager. He was kind of embarassed by it in retrospect, honestly, it was such an obvious wish-fulfilment thing.

Regardless, it hadn't been until he'd been promoted to the Legacy Squad while in the Savage Land that he'd begun to understand how he could actually train... reflexes, habits, balance, dexterity, all the stuff that didn't just depend on his musculature. Combat training with Logan had been unpleasant, but he'd learned how to fight, not just trade punches. And when he'd gone up against opponents who matched his weight class, that training had come in handy.

So he'd kept it up after he'd left Xavier's and joined SHIELD. Granted, there wasn't much that could compete with Logan for sheer orneriness, but the Helicarrier gym had an automated battle-machine that Ted had become rather fond of. It couldn't hurt him, of course, but that wasn't the point; the point was to keep the swinging arms from hitting him in the first place. Especially in his Hulkling shape, which is how he spent most of his time these days, it was a challenge.

He'd been evading arms for about fifteen minutes when he heard the gym door open behind him. He didn't turn around to see who'd entered, though; his focus was on the battle-machine.

For all the good it did him. He leapt up to avoid a swing at his knees, and brought both his arms up to block a thrust at his face, but didn't even see the many-jointed tentacle that wrapped around his waist and whipped him around, depositing him unceremoniously against the mat, face-first.
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