Chapter 2

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3rd Person's POV

Lauren's been having really bad nightmares that past few days. She doesn't know why.They get so bad to where she wakes up in the middle of the night, screaming at the top of her lungs and crying her eyes out. She hates waking Steve up like that. It happened. It happened again. She doesn't know how to stop it. It feels like she's being forced to have these nightmares.

She twists and turns in her sleep, her breathing becoming heavier. She tightly closes her eyes, gripping my bed sheets with an iron grip. When she starts whimpering, it catches Steve's attention. He opens his eyes, seeing his love struggling with the nightmares.

He gently tries to shake her awake, saying her name in a soothing manner, but she doesn't hear it. All she can see is all of the Avengers dead, their blood on her hands. Short visions of the Red Room then flash in her mind. Just when she can't take anymore, she sees Steve cheating on her with a younger version of Peggy.

" I never loved you", Steve says, then rips out her heart.

Lauren jolts awake, screaming as loud as she possibly can, tears streaming down her face like a river.

" It's okay, Lauren. It's okay", Steve says, gently rubbing his girlfriend's back.

" I-I-It hurts... s-so much", Lauren whispers, scorch marks forming all over her arms as she screams in agony.

Steve feels so helpless. Not being able to stop the nightmares... or protect her from herself.

" Shh, shh, shh. You're okay. Everything is going to be okay", Steve coos, engulfing her into his warm embrace.

Lauren wraps her small arms around Steve's torso, burying her head into his bare chest, crying her heart out.

"I-I-I'm s-so so-orry", Lauren sobs, slightly digging her nails into his back.

" You didn't do anything, Lo. I'm right here to protect you", He says, kissing her head and resting his chin on top of it.

" P-Promise me... promise me you'll always be mine?", She asks, looking up into his baby blue eyes.

Steve's heart clenches at the sight of her. She looks so helpless. So innocent. So weak. Her eyes are like big green orbs. Her face looks like a beaten puppy. He feels tears form into his eyes.

" Forever and ever. Until death tears us apart", Steve says, causing a smile to form on Lauren's lips.

" I love you", She says.

" I love you, too", He says, crashing his lips down onto hers.

As cliche as it sounds, the two always feel sparks when they kiss. Their lips move in sync as Steve gently places Lauren down on her back. He pulls back, giving her a kiss on her nose, causing it to scrunch up and him to smile.

" Goodnight, Lo", He says,wrapping his large arms around her small, shaky body.

" Night, Stevie", Lauren says, kissing his cheek, before falling into a deep, dark sleep.







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