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𝟑𝟒.| 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐄 𝐓𝐎 𝐌𝐄, 𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓?

𝐉𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐒 𝐊𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐁𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐀𝐒 𝐆𝐎𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐎 𝐖𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐀𝐋𝐊 𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐈𝐌 𝐒𝐎𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐑 𝐎𝐑 𝐋𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑, 𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐇𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈𝐓 𝐖𝐎𝐔𝐋𝐃'𝐕𝐄 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐋𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑. As the older Stark brother made his way through the Avengers facility, it was easy for Tony to know where it was that his brother was. All he had to do was take a glimpse inside of the training facility in order to see that he was inside of the room, holding his bow in his hand as he fired it at the various targets in front of him; watching as he would press a simple button and it would transform the arrow into something different, whether it was on fire or not. 

Tony pressed his lips together before he stepped into the training facility to find his brother sweating and breathing heavily as he watched as his brother continued to do his regular training regime. He knew that he was going to have to talk to his brother about what it was that he had missed when he had skipped the meeting and he knew that there was something going on with his brother. James didn't know that his brother was there until he lowered his bow and glanced over his shoulder to see him there. 

     "Tony, what're you doing?" James questioned his brother as he returned the bow to a rack, and watched as the rack slipped back into the wall. He rested his hands on his hips as he glanced around himself before his eyes met with his brother's again. "I thought you had some important business to do." 

     "I do, but I also have obligations as the older brother to make sure that his little brother isn't doing anything stupid," Tony replied to him as he crossed his arms over his chest as he shook his head. "What do you think you're doing? You knew that it was important that you went to that meeting today, and you think that you can just skip it? James, I thought you knew better than that."

     "I do," James replied to his brother sharply, narrowing his eyes at him. "I'm sorry that I'm not about to sit in a meeting where someone is about to tell me that I need to either conform or retire," Tony stared at his brother for a few seconds before James continued. "Look, I'm sorry that I missed the meeting, but there are things that I'm currently going on in my life and I didn't really want to have to sit in that meeting." 

Tony stared at his brother for a few seconds, furrowing his brows as he stared at him. James knew that Tony wanted to ask him what it was that was going on and he wanted to make sure that his little brother wasn't in any danger. But he couldn't tell Tony what it was that was going on and he didn't want to include his brother in anything that was going on. He didn't want his brother to become a target of HYDRA like he had been so many times before. James loved his brother more than anything and he didn't want anything to happen to him, which was why he was going to do whatever it was that he could help him. 

     "James, if you're in any trouble, you know that you can come to me, right?" Tony spoke to his little brother, and James could only wish that that was the truth. 

     "Tony, I only wish that that was the truth," James replied to him and that was enough to make his brother furrow his brothers. James made his way over to him and closed a little bit of space between the two of them, giving his brother a small smile. James wanted to tell his brother everything that was going on in his life, but with everything that was going on, the pressure that was on the superhero team. "I love you, big brother, but there are things that I have to keep this from you." 

     "Whatever it is, you don't have to be afraid to tell me what it is that's going on," Tony replied to his brother, and James knew that. 

He knew that he could tell his brother anything, and he was tempted to. But he knew that if HYDRA had ever gotten any idea that James had told his brother what was going on, they were going to hunt Tony down and make him pay for what James had done. And James couldn't have it on his conscience that his brother would get harmed because of him. Tony was his only family left and he didn't want to lose him to anyone because of something that he had done. 

The two Stark brothers continued to talk for a few moments before Tony had to go back and do things regarding the Sokovia Accords. Once Tony was gone, James let out a heavy sigh as he rested his hands on his hips as he glanced around himself. There were so many things that he wanted to do, and there were so many things that he wanted to tell all of the people that he cared about, but he couldn't. He couldn't say anything in order to protect all of the people that he loved and cared about. 

But that wasn't going to stop him from what he was going to do to leave his brother a heads up about what it was that was going on. 

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