Chapter 12

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Lauren's POV

So, all of us are in the dining room/ kitchen part of the farm house. It's been a couple hours since Steve and I... you know, and I had to use my magic to poof us up some new clothes, since our old ones were, hehe, torn apart. I didn't intend for that part to happen.

My powers are... somewhat under control. I'm trying to avoid large spells and just stick with some simple ones. I don't want to accidentally incinerate someone on the team. That would be bad... unless it was Tony.

I'm not entirely over my dream. The cuts are still on my arm, but I have it hidden with a concealing spell. I've just decided to pretend like I'm over it, even though it's still haunting me. I think it's safe to say I'm off my game.

"Ultron took you folks out of play to buy himself time. My contacts all say he's building something", Nick says as Lila hands Nat a drawing of a butterfly and me and drawing of a rainbow.

"Thank you, sweetie", I whisper to her, bringing her into my embrace as I kiss the top of your head.

" Can you show me that magic trick?", Lila whispers with wide doe eyes.

" Of course. Eructantis", I say, my eyes flashing gold for a second, causing a pure white bunny to appear in her arms, " Now, go play with your brother".

" The amount of vibranium he made off with, I don't think it's just one thing", Nick continues as he makes himself a sandwich.

" What about Ultron himself?", Steve asks, his arms resting on the back of my chair.

" He's easy to track. He's everywhere. The guy is multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit. It still doesn't help us get an angle on any of his plans, though", Nick says.

" Is he still going after launch codes?", Tony asks as he throws darts at the board.

" Yes, he is. But he's not making any headway", Fury says.

" I cracked the Pentagon's firewall in high school on a dare", Tony says.

" Well, I contacted our friends at the Nexus about that", Nick says.

" Nexus?", Steve asks.

" It's the world internet hub in Olso. Every byte of data flows through there. Fastest access on Earth", I explain.

" And how do you know that?", Tony asks.

" Because I haven't been living under a rock for the past 50 years... No offense, Steve", I say, looking up at Steve.

" None taken", Steve says, placing one hand on my shoulder.

" So, what did they say?", Clint asks.

" He's fixated on the missiles. But the codes are constantly being changed", Nick says.

" By whom?", Tony asks as Clint throws two darts at the board, making a bullseye.

"Parties unknown", Nick says.

"Do we have an ally?", Nat asks.

"Ultron's got an enemy. That's not the same thing. Still, I'd pay folding money to know who it is", He says.

" I might need to visit Olso. Find our unknown", Tony says, popping his head out of the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen.

" Well, this is good times, boss, but I was kind of hoping when I saw you, you'd have more than that", Nat says, causing me to smirk.

" I do. I have you", Nick says, causing me to look up at him, " Back in the day, I had eyes everywhere. Ears, everywhere else. You kids had all the tech you could dream of. Here we all are, back on Earth, with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world. Ultron says the Avengers are the only thing between him and his mission. And whether or not he admits it,his mission is golbal destruction. All this, laid in a grave", as I put my hand over Steve's, " So stand. Outwit the platinum bastard".

"Steve doesn't like that kind of talk", Nat teases, causing me to snicker.

" You know what, Romanoff?", Steve asks, in what I hope is a joking manor.

" So what does he want?", Nick asks.

" To become better", I start.

"Better than us", Steve says.

" He keeps building bodies", I say.

" Human bodies", He adds.

'How cute. They finish each others sentences', Tony sarcastically says in his head, causing me to roll my eyes.

"The human form is inefficient. Biologically speaking, we're outmoded. But he keeps coming back to it", He says, in a way where I don't want to punch him in the face.

" When you two programmed him to protect to human race, you amazingly failed", Nat says.

" They don't need to be protected. They need to evolve", Bruce says, looking down at the butterfly painting Lila drew, "Ultron's going to evolve".

" How?", Nick asks.

" Has anyone been in contact with Helen Cho?", Bruce asks, causing me to to shift in my chair.

' I know she's on our side, but there's something about that girl that makes me feel... out of place'.

'You okay?', Steve asks me telepathically, looking down at me with concern in his eyes.

' I'm fine, Stevie. Just a little... sore from earlier', I lie with a smirk on my face.

'Here I go again. Down the spiral of lies'.


"I'll take Natasha and Clint", Steve says to Tony as he puts his shield on his back.

" I'm coming with you", I say as I step in front of him in my catsuit.

" No. You should stay here and rest. You can teleport back to the tower when you're feeling okay", He says.

" Sorry, Cap... but I have to disobey your orders. I'm strong, you know I am and you know I can do this", I say as I cross my arms.

" Are you sure you're good?", Steve asks.

" I am fine, Steve. That kid might of messed with my head... but she is nowhere near as strong as I am. I can fight... it's what I was trained to do", I say, looking into his eyes with a pleading look.

"{sighs} Fine. But if you start getting light headed at all--", He starts, but I cut him off.

" I'll lay down and drink some water", I say, giving his arm a reassuring squeeze.

" If you two are done being all cutesy-wutesy, we have a job to do. Strictly recon. I'll hit the Nexus. I'll join you as soon as I can", Tony says as we walk towards the door.

" If Ultron's really building a body...", Steve trails.

" He'll be more powerful than any of us. Maybe all of us", Tony says.

" Except for me", I pipe in.

" That's debatable. An android designed by a robot", He says.

" You know, I really miss the days when the weirdest thing science ever created was me", Steve says, causing me to let out a soft chuckle.

" I'll drop Banner off at the tower. You mind if I borrow Ms.Hill?", Nick asks as he puts on his blazer.

" She's all yours. Apparently", Tony says.

" What are you gonna do?", Steve asks.

" I don't know. Something dramatic, I hope", Nick says as he walks out of the door.

" Dramatic really does seem to be our style, now", I say with a smirk.

' Even though I love my job, it would be nice if we could just sit back, relax and watch Netflix ever once in a while. Is that too much to ask for?'.







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