The alarm sounded, ringing through the tower. The constant sound rang through Steve's ears, making his head pound. It was 2am, so everyone was shocked to be woken up by the sudden sound. Steve shot up in bed, rubbing his eyes.
"Jarvis? Jarvis what happened?" he asked, pulling on some clothes. The alarm got quiet for a moment as the AI spoke.
"Sir Has disappeared from his workshop Captain." Jarvis replied. Steve's eyes went wide as he ran out the door, sprinting down the stair and into the common room, down more stairs, and finally into Tony's workshop. He gasped at the sight.
Around him, papers littered the floor, along with some tools. A light flickered and some black spots on the floor smoked. Steve looked around for the billionaire, hoping and praying the AI was wrong. Of course he wasn't.
The soldier looked around some more, lifting papers off of desks until he found something odd. He picked up a small device and moved it over, revealing a disc in a clear case. Steve picked up the disc and turned to go find his team mates, only to see them standing at the door in their PJ's.
"What happened in here?" Bruce asked, rubbing his eyes.
"Did Stark blow something up?" Clint asked.
Steve motioned for them to go upstairs and he followed them. As they made their way into the living room, Steve showed them the disc.
"I found this in the workshop. And Jarvis said that Tony's not in the tower." he said, everyone immediately waking up. Steve nodded and ave them a moment to process that as he slipped the Disc in the player. He pressed play and stepped back, watching as static filled the TV.
"Weird." Clint said, watching the screen.
"If I may interupt sir." Jarvis said, as the signal was adjusted, a high-pitched noise filling the room.
"What the-" Natasha was cut off by the video becoming clear, as the team snapped to attention to watch. On the screen, a man wearing black sunglasses and a bandana that covered his nose and mouth appeared. He chuckled, removing his glasses to show blazing red eyes.
"Hello...heroes." the man said with disgust. "You may be wondering where your precious billionaire had gone off to hmm?" he asked, his voice disguised with a deep vocalizer.
"What did you do to him!?" Steve yelled.
"Oh Nothing, yet. You see, my boss has plans for him." The man replied with a smirk.
"What." Natasha ordered.
"Oh, Expose his secrets, making him relive through the trauma he's faced, get revenge." The man replied sickeningly happy.
"And how are you going to do that?" Clint asked, his voice cold.
"Easy. Archer. My agents and I have already hacked into that AI you call Jarvis. Too bad we couldn't stop him from alerting you." he said, as the lights went out in the pent house, leaving only the TV to cast light into the room.
"Much better. Now. Down to business." the man said slowly, venom dripping from his words. The team heard a hissing sound as gas filled the air. "Have fun Avengers..." The voice faded as the heroes lost consciousness.
Tony was thrown into a dark room, his hands chained and his mouth gagged. He looked around and could barely make out the dimensions of the room.
In the corner was a wooden chair, the wood old and splintered. On the steel door was a slot, more than likely for food. It was cold and damp in the room, and Tony could smell the faintest hints of mildew. Other than him and the chair, the room was empty.
Tony sat on the ground, pulling his knees up to his chest and tried to stay calm. He took a deep breath and released. He felt a trickle of blood run down from his forehead where a guard hit him, and the large gash was beginning to ache.
Suddenly, there was a high pitched noise as a voice came in through the speakers. "Hello Anthony." the voice said. Tony glared at the wall, not knowing where the voice was coming from.
"What do you want." he spat.
"You'll see soon enough." the voice replied, as Tony felt a sharp pain in his neck, looking back to see a device being hooked up to the back on his neck by a large guard. He smirked as the needle made the billionaire flinch, and his body soon went numb.
Tony tried to fight the urge to fall asleep, but the force pulling on him was too strong. He fell to the floor as everything went black.
Steve and the heroes woke up in a solid white room, with no doors or windows. They slowly stood up and looked around, finding their weapons missing.
"Where the hell are we?" Clint asked, rubbing his head as he stood. The archer helped Natasha up and they looked around.
Steve shrugged and helped Bruce stand up, flinching as a voice rang through the room.
"I see your awake Avengers." it was the man from before. "The man you know as Tony Stark, the man with an ego the size of Manhattan, the one who is always cracking jokes. The man who is never serious. Well your about to find out why the billionaire doesn't like company." the voice said as a screen appeared on the wall.
"Watch." he commanded as the image appeared on the screen.
Tony was about 3 days old, lying in a crib in the hospital room.
Howard Stark stood outside, talking on his phone. "Yes, yes I know. Listen, it's only for a week. My kid was born so I had to be here. I promise i'll be back on Thursday. Yes I know its time sensitive. YES I KNOW! GOD DAMNIT I WANT TO FIND STEVE AS BADLY AS YOU SO STOP!" he yelled, taking a deep breath and slicking back his hair.
"Ok Peggy. I know, We'll find him." he said, saying good-bye and hanging up. Howard looked to the room his son was in and sighed.
"You. Your the reason i'm here. I should be out looking for my friend, but no, I'm stuck here, watching you." he said, staring at the small boy. He shook his head and walked down the hall, his hands in his pockets.
Tony began to wail, and Howard stopped for a moment, looking back to the room. He shook his head and started walking again, turning around the corner.
The Avengers weren't sure of what they had just saw, but they were shocked none the less.
"That was Howard." Steve said, looking at the screen. "He seemed- different." he said, a confused look on his face.
"Hey guy!" Clint called out.
"What the hell did we just watch?!" he asked, sitting on one of the two white benches in the room.
"That was one of Tony Stark's memories. You see, we have something, a device, that is connected to the part of his brain where memories are stored. Let's just say your going to see a lot more than that." the voice said with an evil chuckle.
Steve sat down on a bench and Bruce sat beside him, patting his shoulder. "I swear if you did anything to hurt him i'll-" Steve was cut off by the voice.
"What are you going to do?" Your in his mind dumb-ass." the voice said.
The Avengers stayed silent. "W-what?" Natasha asked.
"You heard me Romanoff."
Natasha growled at the voice but took her seat. "Whatever." she said.
The screen flickered before another video showed up. "I guess we'll have to watch and see. Bide your time Nat." Steve said, watching the screen.
Tony was about a year old, and was sitting in his mother's lap, chewing on a teething ring. Baby Tony babbled and gurgled, drooling over the toy. "He's such a handsome boy Howard." Maria said as she looked over to Howard, who was standing at his desk, flicking his head between maps.
"Uh-huh. That's nice Maria. I'm trying to work." he said, waving her away. Maria rolled her eyes and looked to Tony, who blinked and gurgled. She smiled and stroked his chestnut brown hair, his gentle curls wrapping around her fingers.
"My beautiful little boy." she said, rocking him back and forth as she sang him a song softly.
"Goodnight my angel, time to close your eyes.
And save these questions for another day.
I think I know what you've been asking me, I think you know what i've been trying to say.
I promised I would never leave you, and you should always know,
Where ever you go, no matter where you are,
I'll never be far away."
As Maria finished the song Tony was sleeping soundly, his fingers curled around her pinkie. "Goodnight my sweet." she said as she began walking upstairs, stopping to look at her husband.
"Oh Howard..." she said as she continued up, putting Tony to bed as she walked back downstairs.
"Maria..." Steve said as the video faded to black, his mouth hanging open slightly.
"Her voice is beautiful." Thor said, sitting down on the floor.
The team nodded in agreement.
"Guys, I think we're gonna be here for a while." Clint said, leaning against the wall.
"Yea." Steve said with a sigh, trying to comprehend what he had seen. Howard had been looking for him, and looked like he was getting a little obsessed.
The soldier was brought back to reality when Bruce snapped his fingers in front of his face, making him shake his head. "What? Oh sorry." he said, his cheeks turning crimson.
"Guys, another one's starting." Natasha said as they turned their attention to the screen.
Yep. They'd be there for a while.