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𝟐𝟗.| 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐎𝐋.

𝐍𝐎 𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐊𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐖𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐇𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐀 𝐇𝐀𝐃 𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐄. After everything that had happened with Atkin, everyone thought that maybe she would've hidden away in her apartment. But when Juniper had made her way to her cousin's home on base, she found that she wasn't there. That Hestia was missing, and she was incredibly worried. She had gone back to the Avengers and told them that Hestia wasn't where they thought that she would be, and that was when everyone began pitching ideas about where she could've gone. 

And while everyone was arguing with each other, Peter Parker stood in the corner of the room with a few others, his arms folded over his chest as he listened in. He had been one of the only people who had seen Hestia before she disappeared, and he didn't know whether or not if he should've said something. Though, with Hestia's powers out of control, it was probably the best idea for him to speak up instead of staying quiet for too long. So, when he spoke up and told them that he had seen her struggling to keep her powers under control, it was easy for Fawn Galloway to figure out where it was that the young Hestia was. 

Fawn, along with Steve, Fayre, Charlotte, and Juniper, made their way down to the holding cells; ones that Fawn knew all too well. And when they got there, they found that one of the cells was locked shut and they assumed that that was where the young girl had hidden away. Fayre was the one to ask everyone to step back as she approached the locked metal door, and when she glimpsed in through the observation window, she found that Hestia was there. 

Seated in the corner of the room, with her legs pulled to her chest and her chin resting against her knees. The dark-haired girl's eyes darted in front of her, in no place in particular, and nothing seemed wrong with her. The heroes on the other side of the door looked over to the vital monitor on the wall beside the room she was in to see that everything about her was stable. There was nothing wrong with her and everything was alright. So, why did she lock herself away inside of the military grade cell? 

Juniper pushed past the others and she punched in the passcode to get into the cell, and before anyone could object to her, she slipped inside and pulled the door shut. Hestia stared up at her cousin and she didn't move. Juniper thought that her cousin would've pushed herself to her feet and demanded answers about what she was doing. But that didn't happen. Hestia only stared up at her relative, before directing her attention into the corner of the walls. The older of the two pressed her lips together as she approached her, taking a seat on the floor in front of her. 

The two of them stayed there in silence and Juniper pressed her lips together as she stared at her. Hestia seemed fine, shaken, but fine. She could only imagine what it was that Hestia was going through with everything that happened, and she couldn't ever hope to understand any of it. A few more moments passed before Juniper was the one to speak up. 

"Hestia," Juniper spoke to her softly, earning Hestia's attention as the girl lifted her chin to meet her gaze. "Why did you lock yourself in here, darling? What's going on?" Hestia stared at her for a few seconds, silent as she had been ever since Juniper joined her. Juniper reached for Hestia's hand and rested her own over it, brushing her thumb against it. "You can talk to me . . . we're family." 

"I'm dangerous," Was all Hestia replied to her with, making Juniper tilt her head to the side. "I deserve to be locked away, I have no control over my powers and I deserve to stay here. There's no way that I'm ever going to be able to learn to control these powers, and because of that, I'm a threat to everyone here. The Avengers don't deserve to be put in danger because of someone like me." 

"Hey, hey, hey," Juniper said to her as she shifted to her knees and rested her hands on Hestia's shoulders, before caressing her face. "You are not a danger, Hestia. You're not. The Avengers have gone against so much and they want to help you learn to control your powers, alright? You have nothing to be afraid of." 

"But I do," Hestia stated, giving her cousin a look. "I have myself to be afraid of. What if something goes wrong and I hurt someone? I was created to be a weapon and what if that happens to me?" 

"It won't," Juniper said as she shook her head. "We are all here for you and we're going to make sure that you learn how to control your powers, alright?" Juniper asked her and Hestia stared at her for a few seconds, before nodding her head. "Alright, now, let's get you out of here and get you back into training."

Juniper stood up from the floor and stared down at her cousin, holding out her hand to her. Hestia eyed her hand for a few seconds, wondering if she truly should've been allowed out of the cell. What if her powers got out of control again and she hurt whoever it was that she was training with? What if she lost control of her emotions and she burned someone again? There were so many things that she thought about regarding her powers, and then she thought about what her cousin said to her. 

She believed that the Avengers wanted to help her through it all, and she trusted them. Hestia trusted all of the heroes in the compound, and that was why she took her cousin's hand. That was why she followed her out of the cell. Because she trusted that they would do whatever it was that they could to help her. 

Because that was who they were as heroes. 






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