The forest was calm, nothing was moving. There were no animals around, no wind, no movement. Everything was still and silent.
This made Agent MacKenzie Anderson uneasy. Her sage green eyes flickered from tree to tree, bush to bush, as she scanned her surroundings.
Suddenly, he fell from the trees above her. She started to pull the gun out of the holster on her thigh but the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, slammed her into the nearest tree, holding a knife to her neck.
"Who are you and why are you following me?" The soldier asked, looking into her unbelievably beautiful eyes.
"My name doesn't matter." Mackenzie spoke softly, wearing a warm smile.
"It does when I have people hunting me." Barnes hissed. "What country do you work for? America, Scotland, Ireland, England, Ukraine, Russia, which one?"
"None of them."
"I'm not in the mood for games, kid. Which country and what agency!" Barnes growled. He was trying to get SHIELD and HYDRA off of his trail.
"I work for America, SHIELD. I know you will kill me. But I know I can at least sidetrack you enough to run."
"SHIELD? Are you trying to find me?" Barnes held the knife tighter to her neck.
"You are my assignment, but that doesn't mean I want to hurt you, Bucky." Mackenzie meant what she was saying.
"Bucky?" Barnes repeated, not remembering his name from years before.
"I know your friend, Steve Rogers. He went me, not SHIELD."
"Steve?" Barnes tried to remember who Steve was completely. He knew he had fought Steve only months ago. That's when Barnes decided he was going to quit HYDRA. "He sent you to find me?"
"I have vacation time I took for this, Bucky, so don't you dare think of killing me. SHIELD doesn't give vacation days easily. I had to earn this."
"Why did he send you?" Barnes repeated, letting his grip on her go a little easier.
"Because he seems to trust me, though I don't know why he would. But I helped him against HYDRA when you attacked him." Mackenzie said quietly.
"Tell him I'm sorry." Barnes let her go, taking a step back.
"Bucky. I've seen what HYDRA has done to you, how they wiped you over and over. Its inhumane and you didn't deserve any of it. Captain Rogers said you were a great man of your time." Mackenzie put her hand on the soldiers metal arm, but Barnes pulled back.
"How would you know what HYDRA's done to me?"
"I was one of the SHIELD spies who went undercover as a HYDRA agent." Mackenzie held her hands in front of her.
"How much do you know about me?"
"If you come with me, I can tell you everything you need to know." She murmured.
"How do I know you aren't trying to trick me?" Barnes asked, narrowing his eyes.
"You'll just have to trust me, Mr. Barnes." Mackenzie smiled, her voice was soft and sweet. "And if you don't, I can't go back to DC until you come with me or I have proof I've seen and talked to you. I told Rogers I wasn't going to come back until I found you."
"Why didn't he come to find me?"
"He's still recovering from your fight, Bucky. He's got a broken nose, fractured collarbone, three cracked ribs, and a fractured shoulder. I'm filling in while he is recovering."
"You can follow me all you want, but I'm not going to see him. I don't want to hurt him anymore." Barnes turned to walk away, but Mackenzie stayed up to pace with him.
"You're only hurting him more if you stay away."
"I'll hurt you if you don't stay away, kid."
"I am not a kid, thank you very much! I'm twenty five!"
"And I'm ninety five. Everyone's a kid to me."
"Please just talk to Rogers. He isn't mad at you at all, Mr. Barnes." Mackenzie pressed. Barnes didn't say anything. "I can be the most annoying person in the world, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes-" Barnes stopped and whirled around to Mackenzie.
"Why are you insisting on helping me? Do you had any idea who I am?"
"I made a promise to Captain Rogers that I'd bring you back. And I don't break my promises. And as a matter of fact I know that you are now known as the Winter Soldier, a ghost. But you aren't really that cold hearted assassin everyone says you are. You are James Buchanan Barnes, born in Brooklyn, New York in the 1900's. You took Captain Rogers in when his parents died, you two were the best of friends. You helped him stay out of fights before the serum, after the serum was injected into Steve, you were taken by Germans and that's when HYDRA first started experimenting on you. Steve saved you and thousands of other American soldiers from the hands of HYDRA. You became a part of the Commandoes, with Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Gabriel "Gabe" Jones, James "Monty" Montgomery, Jacques "Frenchie" Dernier, and Jim Morta. You all together, with the leadership of Captain Steve Rogers, saved many lives. Captain Rogers said he was horrified when he saw you fall into the canyon in Germany. He missed you, Bucky. He thought you died and he loves you as a brother." Mackenzie crossed her arms when she was done with the "speech".
Barnes sighed, looking around behind Mackenzie
"Does that prove to you that I know who you are and I know Steve Rogers?" Mackenzie asked, with a bit of sass.
"You know more about me than I know about me. Give me a while to think about it."
"How will I find you if you disappear?" Mackenzie asked as Barnes turned away.
"What's your name?" Barnes asked with a slight grin.
"Anderson. Agent Mackenzie Anderson." She smiled.
"I'll find you. Nobody can find a ghost, remember?"
"I'll see you around, Mr. Barnes. And get back to me soon." Mackenzie smiled and watched as the Winter Soldier disappeared in the fog of the morning air.
Okay so this was an interesting chapter. Thank you all those of you reading this!! It means a lot!! I love making stories to satisfy y'all!! I'm Kacey by the way.
I don't know if I got any of the information of Bucky wrong but don't mind it if I did!!
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