Chapter 8 - Rachel Stark
"So I see you found the packet?" Steve says as he walks into my apartment. He barely ever goes back to his apartment and to be honest, I love that he doesn't go back. He is great company, especially when I've been alone for all these years.
"Yup, I'm in. What time do you want to leave?" I tell him.
"Well, what does it say in the debriefing packet?" Steve asks.
"The start is basically an introduction to the Tesseract which, neither of us really need since we have both dealt with it before. Then it says that we need to get to the top of our building and send off a beacon through this machine." I hold up what looks like a beeper. "Then a plane is going to come pick us up and take us to a S.H.I.E.L.D base so we can track Loki and find the Tesseract." I say. "I think we should get up at around seven and be on the roof by eight. Just so we can get there before anyone else."
"Okay, Rach. See you tomorrow at 7:30? So we can get up on the roof together?" he asks.
"Yup! See you then!" I say. "Don't forget to pack your bags!" I yell after him.
"Okay, mom." Steve says smiling.
Once Steve leaves, I start to pack my bags. I put guns, knives, and my cat suit in my bag. My case is almost full when I realized I forgot to pack my normal clothes. I pack those and all of my research on the Tesseract. I then get ready for bed. Once I hop into bed, I lay down. I want to get all of the sleep I can because I have a feeling Fury is going to put me on tracking duty, and Steve on defending duty. I can't have him get hurt. I care about him too much to have him suffer through anything if he doesn't have to. I can't watch him get hurt. Not anyone else. He means too much.
I wake up with a start. I had a dream that Loki killed Steve and made me watch. I probably was screaming last night. And since I locked my door, Steve probably couldn't get in. Well then, he will be worried this morning. I love how he cares about the little things so much, it is really cute.
I get dressed and just as I finished, I hear a knock on my door. I already know who it is. I opened my door to a concerned looking Steve.
"Hey" I say shyly.
"Hey. Are you okay? You were screaming last night. I could hear you in my room." he says and I immediately feel terrible.
"Yeah I am fine. I just had a bad dream about... Well never mind. We need to get up to the roof." I say.
"Okay, and hey, if you ever need anyone to talk to, you know where I am at all times," he says smiling.
After that, we started walking up to the roof. We walked up all of the flights of stairs and sent off the beacon signaling that we were ready to be picked up. When the plane finally gets here, the back opens up and I see Phil.
"Phil!" I screech and run up the ramp to give him a hug. Phil was like a father to me after my parents died and Tony went A-WOL.
"Hey Rach. How've you been?" Phil asks. Oh boy do I have a surprise for him.
"I've been good. I've had a lot of company from Captain Rogers over here." I try to introduce Steve so that Phil doesn't just drop.
"Hello, Agent Coulson correct?" Steve asks politely like always.
"Yes, it is an honor to meet you Captain." Phil says, completely star struck.
"Well if you two wouldn't mind, don't we have a world to save?" I ask rather sarcastically.
After I've said that the boys and I get on the Quinjet. Apparently, we are going to the Helicarrier, The S.H.I.E.L.D base in the sky. I love that place. It has the best tech I've ever seen. Inside of the Quinjet, I am on one side and on the other side were the boys. I wasn't really paying attention to their conversation but I was listening.
"So this Doctor Banner was trying to replicate the serum that was used on me?" Steve asks.
"A lot of people were" I say, "You were the world's first superhero. Banner thought gamma radiation might hold the key to unlocking Erskine's original formula."
"Didn't really go his way did it." Steve says, smiling at me.
"Not so much. When he's not that thing though, guy's like a Stephen Hawking." Phil says and I give him a look that says 'really'. Steve doesn't know who that is. I don't like confusing him.
"He's like a smart person." Phil says. "I gotta say, it's an honor to meet you, officially." Steve smiles at that comment. His priceless beautiful smile.
"I sort of met you, I mean I watched you while you were sleeping." Phil says.
"Um Phil..." I try to stop him.
"I mean, I was... present while you were unconscious from the ice. You know, it's really, it's just a... just a huge honor to have you on board." Phil finally spits out.
"Well, I hope I'm the man for the job." Steve says. I smile at him.
"Oh, you are. Absolutely. Uh... we've made some modifications to the uniform. I had a little design input." Phil says. Why does he keep talking?
"The uniform? Aren't the stars and stripes a little... old fashioned?" Steve asks.
""With everything that's happening, the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old fashioned." I tell Steve.
He looks really puzzled by what I just said. He sat down and we waited to get to the Helicarrier.
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