Chapter 4- Where the Fault Lies

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Steve's POV

I sit at the bar, drinking whiskey by the bottle.

I wish I could get drunk, to leave my worries at least for a few hours.

The barman watches me, glancing my way everytime I down a drink and ask for another.

"You better take it easy, sir." He says, "You won't be able to make it home to your girl."

I shake my head and sip my drink.

"She's not there anymore." I say.

"Oh, I'm sorry." He pats my shoulder, "Did she leave you?"

"She was taken." I mutter.

"Some things happen for a reason." He tell me wisely.

I hang my head, wishing for the trillionth time that we can find her.

But it's been three months, and we've got nothing.

It's like she never existed.

I leave a tip on the bar, heaving out of my seat and walking out of the bar.

As I walk back to the apartment, I hear someone's voice.

"Excuse me?" A young girl is standing behind me.

She has long blonde hair, and wide blue eyes, looking up at me.

"Yes?" I ask her.

"Are you Captain America?" She asks timidly.

"Yeah." I nod, bending down.

"Where's the Redbird?" She asks curiously, looking around.

"She's-" I swallow, pausing. "She's gone to save more people overseas."

"Really?" She asks and I nod.

"Really."

"You two look like a prince and a princess." She giggles, before running off to her mother.

I straighten up and watch her leave, shoving my hands in my pockets and heading back down the street.

I go into the apartment, mess strewn across the floor that I have to wade through.

Dirty dishes cover the sink, the cupboards wide open.

I lie on the couch, pressing my face against the cool leather.

The sound of my phone ringing wakes me up, but I don't get off the couch.

I listen as mine and Zoey's voices on our message bank sound around the apartment.

"You've called Zoey and Steve." My voice says.

"We can't answer the phone right now, so just leave us a message and we'll try to get back to you." Zoey's voice finishes.

I shut my eyes as the beep sounds, and Fury's voice now fills the room.

"Rogers." He says, "You'll never believe this."

"We've found her."

My eyes blink open and I getting up, running to the phone and taking it off the reciever.

"What?" I ask straight away.

"We've located Zoey." He tells me, "Some agents have gone to get her. They'll be returning soon."

"I'm on my way."

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"Where is she?" I ask, running into the lobby of the SHIELD building.

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