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[ Rhodey has been in Wonderland for a grand total of five minutes.

Five minutes.

The last thing he knew, he'd been in the Air Force base, working on his latest project. Then, suddenly and without warning, he was here, in a hallway he'd never seen before, with no knowledge of where he is or how he got here. The first thing he does is take stock of himself only to come up short -- no weapons, no wallet, no anything aside from a cellphone that was most definitely not his. He decides the best course of action is to scout out his location, because the quicker he finds out where he is, the quicker he can get home.

He'd been in Wonderland for all of of five minutes when he sees it.

Colonel James Rhodes here. I'd like to report a crime.

[ He doesn't know who he's talking to, he doesn't know if anyone can even hear him. He doesn't know there's not a police force in Wonderland, he doesn't know the dead can come back to life, he doesn't know anything about what happened or what this place does to people. But he knows he needs to report this to -- someone. Anyone who will listen. Anyone who can deal with this better than he can becase he just can't.

He's looking at the dead body of his best friend and, of all the things he'd expected to come across, this was the very last thing.

For those of you who know Tony Stark --

[ He trails off there, because he hadn't thought of what to say beyond that point, but also because he used present tense instead of using past. But he doesn't bother to correct himself -- he doesn't want to outright say that Tony's been killed. He doesn't want to cause any widespread panic or mass hysteria. He wants to keep this on the downlow because he doesn't know what will happen if he doesn't.

And so, with a good bit of mental effort, he takes his eyes off of the dead and bloodied body of his best friend to face the feed head on. He's solemn and serious and -- probably in a bit of shock, to be honest. He works past the lump in his throat to force out,

...It's important.

[ Before ending the feed. ]


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