Thirty Two

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"You know, the Eve I remember had a better shot," Dustin joked as he and Eve looked at the target nailed to a tree fifty feet away from them. Eve's lighting bolt sat slightly to the side while Dustin's was right on the middle.

"Oh shut up," Eve said and pushed him over.

"So what about you?" Dustin asked as he turned to Bucky who was sitting in the grass talking to Eve's sisters. Bucky looked up at Dustin while he continued. "You have a power?"

"Yeah. I can't walk through metal detectors," Bucky straight faced, but he saw Eve's face crack a smile while laughing, making his lips perk up a little. Dustin chuckled too before Eve and Dustin went back to shooting.

"So how'd you meet her?" Brooke asked Bucky as they picked their conversation about Eve up again.

"I, uh," Bucky let out a small laugh, "was chasing her down. Me and the Avengers, and she caught me on fire so I shot her in the leg, then she beat me up."

"Sounds like Eve to me," Aidan laughed with him. "She was the shyest kid of us all, but man could she fight. I'm the oldest yet she put me on my ass a couple times."

"I remember teaching her water stuff and she started making castles out of water. Maybe it was just you," Brooke laughed. Aidan rolled her eyes as Anne joined them.

"Picking up right where you guys left off, huh?" Anne asked as she sat with them while watching Eve and Dustin. She enjoyed watching her kids all mess around with their powers again. Aidan, Brooke, and Dustin never felt like it once Eve was gone.

"She has definitely passed us all," Aidan said.

"Thank you, Bucky," Anne said to him, making his head turn to her in interest. "Thank you for bringing her home."

"She found you. I'm just lucky enough that she let me come with her," Bucky explained. Anne just softly smiled at him.

"We all know what happened to her. Without you, she wouldn't be the Eve we have back," Anne said to him.

"What did he say?" Bucky asked through the phone to Steve.

"He knew," Steve sighed. Bucky's jaw clenched because it was all he could do. Eve's family was sitting at the table talking after they had eaten dinner on the other side of the wall.

"What did he have to say?" Bucky then asked.

"That he felt horrible for what happened and he just wanted to make it up to her. Said he knows how much she can do and wanted her on our side."

"That's a load of bullshit," Bucky grumbled.

"Maybe, but I do think he feels for her," Steve answered him.

Later that night, Eve and Bucky sat in their hotel room in town. Bucky laid back on the bed as a movie played while Eve walked out of the bathroom, fresh out of the shower. When he saw her walk towards him, a soft smile formed on his face.

"How are you feeling?" Bucky asked as she laid down next to him, cuddling into his side.

"I'm alright," Eve sighed as she shut her eyes while Bucky leaned his head over to kiss her forehead.

"Is something wrong?" He asked next.

"I don't know," Eve told him and curled towards him more.

"You don't know?" Bucky questioned softly. "Come on, Eve, talk to me."

"It's not Tony's fault," Eve said making Bucky's breathing falter for a moment. "I'm past that it happened to me. I just have to get past what has come of it."

"I'm sorry," Bucky offered.

"I'm not mad, I just don't want you to be anymore. You deserve more," Eve said as she relaxed into him with a yawn.

Her words made his heart lighten. She has been telling him that for awhile, but now he has started believing it himself.

Bucky's phone started ringing on the bedside table, Bucky immediately recognizing it as Steve's ringtone he'd set for Steve. Evan floated his phone over to him so they didn't have to move.

"Steve?" Bucky asked as soon as he answered.

"I'm sorry to do this to you guys, but we need you guys back," Steve told him.

Bucky and Eve walked into the Avengers compound together hours after Steve's call. He held the door open for her and then followed her up the stairs to the common room. The Avengers sat around the room together, but a kid Eve hasn't met before stood facing away from her as they walked in.

Eve turned invisible as she continued her pace next to Bucky to eventually stand next to the new kid while Bucky went to sit by Steve. She looked him up and down, copying his stature by crossing her arms. He couldn't be any older than 16.

"Thank you for flying back," Steve said to the two.

"We wouldn't have done it if it wasn't important," Natasha added.

"Loki has gotten ahold of the mind stone again. I still don't know how it happened–" Thor tried but got cut off.

"No we know how it happened. He's a slick Shakespearean bastard who seems to never be held accountable," Tony scolded Thor.

"He's my brother," Thor fought back.

"Once he comes after Peter like he did, it doesn't matter who he is. He's dead," Tony's voice was full of hatred and anger, so much Thor actually took a step back as Tony approached him.

"Loki may know about Peter now, but he doesn't know about Eve," Dr. Banner commented to break the tension.

"Who is Eve?" Peter asked, full of curiosity. Eve let herself become visible, shocking Peter as he stumbled back. Her head was turned to the side to look at him as her eyebrows raised at him.

"He...hey. I'm Peter," Peter stumbled out as red blushed across his cheeks, obviously flustered while he looked her up and down quickly.

"Easy," Bucky said monotoned as he took a drink from the water bottle on the coffee table as the Avengers laughed to themselves.

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