Let me stay here for just one more night

Build your world around meAnd pull me to the light

Adele-I'll Be Waiting

I woke up with a splitting headache. My phone was ringing and I left my ringtone up on full volume. It was a big band tune that I assigned to Steve.

"Hello?", I said wearily.

"Hey you up yet?", he asked. I could hear the nervousness in his voice. It worried me. Steve was the most honest, nicest person anyone could meet, but he didn't hide his worry well.

"Yeah, I think so. Just trying to open my eyes.", I said in response.

"Come down when you get a chance. I need to talk to you about something.", he said.

I just said okay and hung up. I got worried, I felt like my heart sink into my stomach especially when I noticed Bucky wasn't laying next to me anymore. I texted him quickly. No response. I called and it went straight to voicemail. My heart in my stomach feeling quickly changed to a feeling of needing to vomit continuously.

I threw on my clothes and smoothed my hair. I didn't want to talk to Steve. I wanted to crawl out the window and run. I knew I couldn't, but with Bucky not there, I knew I would either see him and find out he had to leave or not see him at all.

I walked into the big room. Steve was sitting on the couch, Tony was standing at the bar, a few others strewn about. Everyone looking nervous and sad. I felt like I had just walked into a room full of people at a wake. Everyone mourning and I had no idea who they were mourning. I scanned the room, he wasn't there. I knew it. I wouldn't see him again. I didn't even need Steve to tell me. I knew it.

Steve noticed me and waved me over. I sat down.The room got quiet. Tony didn't say a word, not even a sarcastic comment. I knew this was bad and I felt like I was on show, but I felt more like Carrie at the prom right before the bucket of blood came raining down onto her head.

"Steve. What is going on?", I asked him calmly, but sternly.

"Gabe...I need you try to understand.", he said to me as he looked into my eyes.

I looked around and Steve was the only one looking at me

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I looked around and Steve was the only one looking at me. Everyone else had their heads down, looking at the floor or one another.

"Steve, what the hell is going on?!", I said to him more urgently.

"I...okay...I just...um.", he said as he struggled with his words.

There was a very short silence.

"He's gone isn't he?", I asked him with a matter of fact tone, it didn't even sound like I was asking a question.

"Gabe, he had no choice. With everything happening, everything that has..happened, he had to go.", he said to me with a furrowed brow.

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