Fighting and Engines

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Chapter 12 - Rachel Stark

When I get back to the lab, I see Tony and Bruce just sitting around.

"Um, guys? Don't we have a job to do?" I ask.

"Well yeah, but the program is running itself just fine. But JARVIS is having one hell of a time trying to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secure network." Tony says. I hear someone walk in right behind me.

"What are you doing Mr. Stark?" Fury asks, clearly angry that his top two scientists are doing nothing productive.

"Uh... kind of been wondering the same thing about you." Tony says, sass turned up to ten.

"You're supposed to be locating the Tesseract." Fury states bluntly.

"We are." Bruce says, standing up and walking over to Tony. "The model's locked and we're sweeping for the signature now. When we get a hit, we'll have the location within half a mile." Bruce says pointing towards the tracking device.

"And we'll have your cube back no muss no fuss." Tony says and then sits in front of the computer screen. "Hey by the way, what IS Phase 2?" he asks.

Something drops onto the metal cart behind me. "Phase 2 is SH.I.E.L.D. uses the cube to make weapons." Steve says. "Sorry the computer was moving a little slow for me."

"Rogers, we gathered everything related to the Tesseract. This does not mean that we're...."

"I'm sorry Nick," Tony cuts Fury off, "What were you lying?" Tony turns the computer screen towards the rest of us. "Rach, did you know about this?" Tony asks.

"FURY?!?! Why are you using my weapons designs? I never signed the authorization papers, heck, I never even GAVE you the designs!?! Why Nick?" I am furious now.

"I was wrong director. The world hasn't changed a bit." Steve says, I can hear the disappointment in his voice.

"Did you know about this?" Bruce points to Natasha. Clearly she did by that look on her face. I didn't even know about Phase 2 and I have the same clearance as Natasha. Does Clint know?

"You wanna think about removing yourself from this environment, doctor?" It was with that response that we all knew Natasha knew.

"I was in Calcutta, I was pretty well removed." He says sarcasm seething from his voice.

"Loki's manipulating you." Nat says in a warning tone.

"And you've been doing what exactly?"

"You didn't come here because I bat my eyelashes at you."

"Yes, and I'm not leaving because suddenly you get a little twitchy. I'd like to know why S.H.I.E.L.D. is using the Tesseract to build weapons of mass destruction." Bruce finishes. The room is silent. Finally, Fury speaks up.

"Because of him." He says pointing at Thor.

"Me?" Here we go with the blame game.

"Last year, earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge match that leveled a small town. We learned that not only are we not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously out gunned."

"So that's why you wanted my weapons designs. But why do you need the cube?" I ask.

"My people want nothing but peace with your planet." Thor says. Can I just get one word through to them?

"But you're not the only people out there, are you? And, you're not the only threat. The world is filling up with people who can't be matched, they can't be controlled." Fury concluded.

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