Smithsonian and Shots

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As the lights come up, I look at Steve. There is a tear that is threatening to escape his eye. He blinks and it runs down his face. I quickly take my thumb and sweep it away. He looks at me and I put my hands on either side of his face.

"Steve, this is upsetting you. You need to see her. She is here, in D.C. Let's go see her. Alight?" I ask. He nods and we walk out. After a little drive, we arrive at the home that Peggy's in.

"Hello! May I help you?" the woman at the front desk says.

"Hi, we are here to see Margaret Carter." Steve says.

"Sure." she hands us our passes. "Room 420. Have a nice visit." We walk down the hallway and stop at her door.

"Should I go in first?" I ask. "Since she knows I'm alive." I say with a slight smile. He nods. I turn around and walk into her room.

"Peg?" I say. "Peggy?"

"Hello? who's there?"

"It's me, Rachel Stark." I walk towards her, the light from the sun shining on my face.

"Oh my, it IS you! My how you've grown! How are you my dear! It's been so long." she says with a smile.

"I've been doing well! I work for S.H.I.E.L.D. now. I'm an avenger too." She widens her eyes at that. "I've gotten to work with great people."

"How's your brother?" she asks.

"He's doing pretty well. Cocky as ever, but he is starting to settle down. He's found himself a girl. Her name is Pepper Potts and I really like her." I say.

"Have you found anyone?" Peggy asks, sympathy in her eyes. The last time I saw her, I had just been rescued by S.H.I.E.L.D., so the sympathy is for my experience.

"I think I might have. He just doesn't know it yet, maybe?" I say.

"Spill!" Peggy says. "Just like old times." she finishes with a smile.

"Well, he is really sweet, cares a lot for me, he is protective of me but I like that. He knows everything about me and I like him a lot. But I've recently have an encounter with David that almost cost me my life. And I don't want to get him mixed in with it all."

"What is his name?" she asks.

"Well I actually have him here, to see you. So you can't tell him anything I just told you, okay? He's not like dad okay?" I say with a chuckle.

"Bring him in! I am dying of curiosity!" she exclaims.

"Okay... if you say so." I mumble the last part. I walk to the door, open it and wave Steve in.

"Alright, here he is." I say and step out of her view so that she can see Steve. Her jaw drops.

"St...Steve?" she says. She starts to tear up. "Is it really you?"

"Hey Peg." he says with a sad smile on his face. After a while of catching up, Steve and I sit down.

"You should be proud of yourself, Peggy." Steve says.

"Mmm. I have lived a life. My only regret is that you didn't get to live yours." she pauses. "What is it?"

"For as long as I can remember, I just wanted to do what was right. I guess I'm not quite sure what that is anymore. And I thought I could throw myself back in, and follow orders. Serve." Steve says. Peggy chuckles.

"You're always so dramatic. Look at me Steve. You saved the world. We rather, mucked it up." Peggy tells Steve sternly.

"You didn't. Knowing you helped found S.H.I.E.L.D. is half the reason why we stay." he says pointing at me. Then her eyes flicker between Steve and I.

"Hey, both of you, listen. The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best that we can do is to start over." As she is finishing, she goes into an enormous coughing fit. I jump up to get her some water. I turn around to see her eyes flicker from me to Steve.

"Rachel? Steve?" she asks.

"Yeah?" we ask in unison.

"Steve... You're alive! And Rachel, you've gotten so big! You came back! It's been so long! So long." she exclaims and starts to cry again.

"Well, I couldn't leave my best girl. Not when she owes me a dance." Steve says with a sad smile on his face. I walk up behind him and rub my hands down his arms as he holds her hand. We stay for a little while longer, then we leave and head over to the VA. Why the VA, I don't know. Once we get in, we hear the rest of the lecture. Then a man walks up to Steve and I.

"Look who it is, the running man. And his lady?" he says.

"No, Sam this is Rachel. Rachel, Sam. Sam, Rachel." We exchange greetings and then Steve starts to talk again.

"Caught the last few minutes. It's pretty intense." Steve says.

"Yeah brother, we all got the same problems. Guilt, regret."

"You lose someone?" I ask.

"My wingman, Riley. Flying a night mission. Standard PJ rescue Op. Nothing we hadn't done 1,000 times before. Until and RPG knocked Riley's dumb ass out of the sky. Nothing I could do. It's like I was just up there to watch."

"I'm so sorry Sam." I say.

"After that, I had a really hard time finding a reason to be over there, you know?"

"But you're happy now, back in the world?" Steve asks.

"The number of people giving me orders is down to about zero. So hell yeah. Are you thinking about getting out?" Sam asks.

"No. We don't know. To be honest, we don't know what we would do wit ourselves if we did." Steve says.

"Ultimate fighting?" We chuckle. "Just an idea, off the top of my head. Seriously, you guys could do whatever you want to do. What makes you guys happy?" Sam asks.

"I don't know." I say. Steve looks like he is going to say something, but he didn't say anything. We said our goodbyes to Sam and went out to eat. When we finally finished our meal, it was dark outside, so we decide to head back to the apartment on Steve's bike. When we get up to our floor, we see the nurse who lives across the hall from us is on her phone. She ends the call then looks up to us.

"My aunt, she's kind of an insomniac." she says.

"Yeah." I say with a smile.

"Hey, if you want... If you want, you're welcome to use my machine. Might be cheaper than the one in the basement." Steve says. She looks at me, almost like she is disgusted with me.

"Oh yeah? What's it cost?" she asks, turning her attention towards Steve again. I get that feeling that I had in the Smithsonian. The deep feeling in the pit of my stomach. I also had a bad feeling about this chick.

"A cup of coffee?" Steve asks, with his really attractive flirty smile that, might I add, makes him look really hot.

"Thank you but, I already have a load in downstairs, and you really don't want MY clothes in YOUR machine. I have just finished a rotation in the infectious disease ward." she says.

"Well I'll keep my distance." Steve says with a polite smile.

"Hopefully, not too far." she smiles to Steve and starts to walk away. "Oh, and I think you left your stereo on Steve." She says and then walks away. Once she is out of earshot, I turn to Steve.

"Looks like someone is very jealous." I say.

"Who?" Steve asks.

"Alright, well, apparently YOU left your stereo Steve." I say while batting my eyes and throwing my hair flirtatiously. He chuckles but then turns as he hears the music.

"When we get in, you need to stay behind me okay?" I nod my head and follow him inside. We turn the corner and he grabs his shield. He puts his arm on my side, keeping me behind him. We get to the light switch and turn it on.


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