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14.| ROGERS.

WHEN THE TWO OF THEM RETURNED TO THE S.H.I.E.L.D. HEADQUARTERS, NATASHA WAS ALREADY BUSY ON THE PHONE. James sat in the living room of his apartment and watched as Natasha stood there in front of him. Her one hand was rested on her hip as she held the phone to her ear. He didn't know who she was talking to until she dropped the name 'Steele'. James pressed his lips together as he leaned back on his couch, waiting for Natasha to get off the phone. Once she did, she turned to the redhead and gave him a sigh.

"Turns out the two Rogers siblings are more difficult to locate than we think," Natasha explained to the younger Stark and he sighed heavily. "Grayson had found one of their usual training grounds since they were thawed out of the ice, but it turns out Charlotte Rogers figured out we were coming after them to recruit them for another mission."

"Why would Charlotte Rogers want to hide her and her brother from S.H.I.E.L.D?" James questioned her with a raise of his eyebrow. "I mean, we were the ones who found the two siblings and thawed them out. Brought them back to the land of the living."

"You've read Charlotte's file, right?" Natasha asked him, and James nodded his head. "So, you know what HYDRA did to her back in the forties. They experimented on her with the power of the Tesseract, something that S.H.I.E.L.D current has in their grasp and is working with. If one of the siblings wanted to stay away from S.H.I.E.L.D, Charlotte is the one with the right reasons. She doesn't want to go near the Tesseract after what it did to her."

"She does know that we wouldn't let the Tesseract harm her, right?" James asked, which made Natasha shrug her shoulders. He pressed his lips together, before pushing himself to his feet and walking to Natasha. The two of them stared at each other as he rested his hands on her shoulders. Natasha stared up at him for a few seconds, and neither of them did anything until James parted his lips and spoke again. "Who's the next person you are gonna be sent out to locate?"

"Another redhead from a rival school than my own," Natasha answered him in a soft tone, something she didn't speak in very often. James nodded his head and watched as she tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. "Her name is Scarlett Rowan, trained and raised in the Smertel'nyy Nomer (The Killing Room). Very deadly, still works for her organization. She does still work for her bosses, so it'll be rather difficult to locate her. I have some research to do before I go out and bring her in; Fury wants to bring her in as quickly and quietly as possible. We can talk later."

"Yeah," James replied to her. Natasha gave him a small smile, before leaving the apartment and James alone.

The younger Stark ran his hands together, before walking over toward the coffee table, picking up the file for the Rogers siblings. He narrowed his eyes at the images of the two siblings, before picking up his phone. He was quick to call Fury and request to change assignments for the Avengers Initiative, and, surprisingly, he allowed it.

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