Chapter 37 -Steven Rogers
It's been a few weeks since Rachel's returned, and today is the day that she gets out of the hospital. Tony decided to throw her a little Avengers get together as soon as she returned, but Bruce shut him down, saying she was too weak. So Tony pushed it back to tonight. I'm getting ready, buttoning the last button on my blue shirt, when Sharon walks in. I smile at her.
"Hey." I say as she walks over. I give her a quick kiss.
"Hey. So, do we have to go? I find this whole get together pointless. You guys basically see eachother everyday." Sharon says, annoyed. I roll my eyes and smile.
"Of course we have to go. Rachel's my best friend. And I've left her alone for weeks." I say.
"And I appreciate that. You stayed away for me because you know how I feel about her. But I still think this whole thing is pointless." she says as she walks out of the room. "Ready when you are!" she calls.
All the Avengers, even Thor made it for the party. We are sitting around now, waiting for Rachel. We are talking, having a few beers, and then, Rachel emerges from her room, still a little bruised and scratched, but none the less, beautiful. I try to look away, but I can't. I'm so fixated on her that I can't stop looking. Sharon gives me a light slap on the arm and a death stare, clearly upset that I payed too much attention to Rachel. But how could I not? She walks in, with her head down, smiling. Natasha is the first one to greet her. I jump up from the couch and go over to her.
Tony's arranged a little Avengers get together tonight. I'm really excited about it because it will be the first time I'll be able to see Steve, all by himself, no Sharon to get in my way. I know it's stupid to get my hopes up about Steve, but he did tell me he loved me. Even though he said that as he was dying, it still means something... Right? It has to. I should tell him tonight. No wait, that's stupid. I gotta call Sam, he'll know what to do. Plus, he hasn't heard from me since I was kidnapped. Wow, what a friend I am. I quickly pick up my phone and call Sam, putting it on speaker so I can get ready as I talk to Sam.
"Hello?" Sam picks up.
"Hey! It's Rachel." I say.
"Rachel? You're back? Since when? I didn't get a call!" He says. I am taken aback that no one called him. It's been like seven months.
"Good to know that Steve hasn't been a shitty friend just to me." I say. "I'm fine, so don't ask. I just needed to talk to you about Steve. Since when are him and Sharon a thing?" I ask. I hear him sigh.
"After about three months of you being kidnapped, the Avengers stopped focusing on mourning for you and started looking for you even harder than they already were. They even completely stopped looking for Bucky. Steve was extremely depressed. He told me about how much he loved you and missed you but how he couldn't do anything. I told him to start looking with the others. I guess he met her at the tower one day. She works for the CIA and she was there on task or something. He kept calling me, checking in, telling me about this new girl. I only met her a few weeks ago. She was helping him move out your stuff so they could move it to the tower for storage or something. It was weird man. They had already moved in together and everything even though they didn't start dating too long ago. I'm really sorry Rachel." He says.
"It's fine, I don't know what I'm going to do. I guess I need to move on or..."
"Do not move on Rachel, you need to fight for him. You guys have been fighting for each other for so long. The first day I met you and saw the two of you together, there was just something about the way you looked at him. I just knew. You guys would end up together and last. Just promise me you'll at least try." He says, cutting me off. I nod to myself. He's right. I can't give up now, when we got so close.
"Sam, you're right. I'm going to try. Thanks." I say.
"No problem. See you when I can." He says.
"Bye." I hang up and start to do my makeup. I have to try. We would've come all this way for nothing. I quickly tie up my hair and put on my shoes. I can do this. I can do this. I think to myself as I walk out of the room. I walk out with a smile on my face and my head down, watching the ground in front of me, trying not to trip. I hear heels clicking their way over to me. I look up to see Nat walking towards me, arms open for a hug. I look behind her to see Steve walking over to me I smile in relief only to be crushed at the sight of Sharon. Just as Natasha reaches me, I push away.
"I can't do this." I say to Natasha and flee back into my room.
Rachel ducks back into her room. I stop in my tracks, confused. Natasha does the same thing. Natasha turns to look at me. And then she looks at something behind me. Sharon. I knew my moving on had hurt Rachel. But I didn't know it hurt her that bad. Sharon heaves a slight chuckle. Natasha hardens her stare. I turn around to face the rest of the Avengers.
"I don't understand." I say. The Avengers stay silent except for one. Clint.
"What on Earth do you mean, you don't understand? You broke her Steve." Clint says. I look at him confused.
"I know my moving on would hurt her. But she wasn't here anymore! I had no way to deal with her being gone! I needed to move on, to get out. I hit a low point." I say.
"Yeah Steve! We all hit a low point! Tony lost his sister! Nat and I lost the closest thing we've ever had to family! Bruce lost a friend! You are so nïave if you thought you were the only one that lost something! Your 'death' broke her! HYDRA told her for MONTHS that you had died. She didn't know that you were still living until Bruce told her when she woke up! Her feelings toward you never changed. Did you know that you were the only one that she thought of to get you through the day? Did you know that she saw you die everyday? That's how the tortured her. She had faith that you would come for her one day. Did you know that she almost died in there? More than once? You haven't talked to her since she's been back. She delayed her therapy, in the hopes that you would show up and help her." I start to walk into her room, going to apologize. But Tony, Thor and Clint jump up and hold me back. "She needs time Steve. Rachel's tough, but not this tough. She need to heal." Clint says, and walks into Rachel's room, locking me out. Tony and Clint let go of my arms. I turn around, only to see Sharon stand up.
"Well, I see how it is." She says and starts to walk out.
"Save it Steve, I'll have you out in two days." She says, and slams the door.
"Well so much for the party." Tony says. I look to Tony, furious. But then my face softens as I realize one thing. I need a place to stay. "Yeah, I got you." He says, as if he was reading my mind. "Although, I don't know how Rachel's going to feel about that." he finishes. I give him a small smile, sadness and anger still playing on my features. Then Rachel walks out of her room in jeans and an oversized MIT sweatshirt, tear stains on her face.
"I'm going to be on the roof, collecting my thoughts." She says shakily, a stunned look on her face. I watch her walk out. Then I look to her room again. I see Clint walk out. He shrugs, obviously still angry at me.
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