Chapter 15- Scars and Burns

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THE ONE WE HAVE ALL WANTED FROM THE VERY START OF THE BOOK

STOEY TALKING SCENE - YOU MAY LIKE HOW IT GOES, AND YOU MAY NOT

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Zoey's POV

I walk over a fallen tree branch, going through the quiet forest.

I don't want to have to go back, but I know I do.

They need me.

I don't need them, though.

I hear a twig snap behind me, rolling my eyes.

"What do you want, Steve?" I ask loudly.

"How did you know it was me?" Steve asks. Hearing his voice makes my stomach quiver ever so slightly.

"Fury can't move, Natasha and Maria wouldn't make a sound, I have no idea who Sam is or how he fights. Besides," I look over my shoulder, finally making eye contact with him. "I knew you'd come after me."

He doesn't reply, so I turn back around and continue walking, knowing that he's following.

"So," He begins casually, "How have you been?"

"Good." I look around at the forest, "I had a normal job, I knew normal people, I lived in a normal apartment in a normal neighbourhood."

"I'm sorry it didn't work out." He says earnestly, always so polite.

"Yes, well." I shrug, "I'm not exactly normal."

"That's not a bad thing." He says surely.

"Isn't it?" I look up at him, "I wasn't hurting anyone; I only wanted peace."

"You won't get that from killing Pierce." He tells me.

"It's a start." I mutter, "He took away everything that ever mattered to me."

"What do you mean?" Steve asks in confusion, "You've never even met him."

"Steve, don't you get it?" I say slowly, looking up at him. "Pierce, he's in charge of HYDRA."

"I know he is." He nods.

"And HYDRA, one of their cover names is ARROW." I tell him, "Pierce, he's the Archer."

"Oh, Zoey." A dawning look sets upon his face, "I'm so sorry."

He goes to take a step towards me, but I take one away from him.

"I'm not asking for your pity. I'm not going to get any peace if Pierce is alive." I shake my head, "But I know I'll definitely sleep easy knowing that he's six feet fucking under."

"What?" Steve is taken aback by my words, and I smile cruelly.

"What, you don't like the new me?" I ask in a condescending tone, "I'm not the innocent girl you fell in love with."

"No, you're still Zoey." He insists, "I still love you."

"Your mistake." I say lightly, looking away.

"No, it wasn't." He protests, "You were there for me when I came out of the ice; I was so alone, you were the only light in my dark life. I trusted you with my life, and you came through."

"Do you still trust me?" I ask him, "If it came down to me saving your life, would you trust me to do it?"

"I would." He says earnestly.

I smile sadly, turning around and walking over to him.

I stand barely inches away from him, looking up at the man who can still give me butterflies against my will with a single glance.

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