Chapter 13- One Beat Per Minute

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Steve's POV

"It was him." I say, still stunned, "He looked right at me and he didn't even know me."

Bucky is the Winter Soldier.

Bucky is working for HYDRA, or being brainwashed by them.

Is he even Bucky anymore? The Bucky I knew wouldn't have done all this.

"How's that even possible?" Sam asks in disbelief, "It was like seventy years ago."

We are sitting in the back of a SHIELD van, the three of us guarded by two armed and covered SHIELD operatives.

"Zola. Bucky's whole unit was captured in '43, Zola experimented on them." I say guiltily, "Whatever he did, it helped Bucky survive the fall. They must have found him."

"None of that's your fault, Steve." Natasha says weakly.

"Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky." I mumble.

"And then you had Zoey." She points out, "She was there for you in a different time."

"And I lost her, too." I say quietly, "Everyone I get close to, they're all taken from me eventually."

"We need to get a doctor here." Sam's words make me look up, seeing the blood on Nat's shoulder. "We don't put pressure on that wound she's gonna bleed out here in the truck."

One of the guards pulls out an electric rod, looking to threaten Sam, but plunges it into the other guard.

We all watch in shock as the guard takes their helmet off, revealing Agent Maria Hill.

"That thing was squeezing my brain." She says in relief, dumping her helmet.

She looks at Sam, then to me.

"Who's this guy?" She asks.

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Maria takes us in her own van to a secret facility in the middle of the forest, quite far away from any roads.

She leads us through a secret underground entrance and down a damp corridor, where a man runs towards us.

He gestures to Natasha, whom I am helping along.

"GSW." Maria tells him, "She's lost at least a pint."

"Maybe two." Sam adds.

"Let me take her!" The doctor says.

"She'll want to see him first." Maria's words confuse me, and she leads us down a corridor.

She pulls back a curtain, revealing a hospital bed, in which lies Nick Fury.

"About damn time." He says.

"What the hell." I mutter under my breath, shocked at the sight of the dead man.

The doctor takes Natasha and sits her down by the bed to treat her gun shot wound, whilst Sam leans against a wall, surveying everyone.

I stand at the foot of the bed, my arms crossed and my expression blank.

"Lacerated spinal column, cracked sternum, shattered collarbone, perforated liver, one hell of a headache." Fury lists his injuries.

"Don't forget your collapsed lung." The doctor points out.

"Oh, let's not forget that." Fury says sarcastically, "Otherwise, I'm good."

"They cut you open, your heart stopped." Natasha speaks up in confusion.

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