Chapter 12: Clint stop being a whiny bitch

Shouldn't let you conquer me completely.
Now I can't let go of this dream.
Can't believe that I feel...

Good enough,
I feel good enough.
It's been such a long time coming, but I feel good.

Good Enough – Evanescence

As soon as Tony was done talking to Natasha he went back up to the penthouse to fill Loki in. He was surprised that she had actually agreed to help them, she must really be sick of Barton talking about Coulson all the time. That's what he assumes anyway. Even with the bribe Tony thought that he would still have trouble convincing Nat. She cracked easier then he thought she would.

When Tony walks into the penthouse, he nearly runs into Loki. Loki smiles.

"Watch where you are going Anthony."

Tony smirked. Loki knew exactly what that smirk meant.

"It went well with Agent Romanoff then I take it?"

"Yeah it did Lokes. She told me everything that she has noticed and what Barton has told her. Although the alcohol bribe did help a fair bit."

Loki raises an eyebrow.

"Okay," Tony concedes, "it helped a lot."

"So Anthony what else did she say?"

"She said that she has noticed how Barton acts when he is near Coulson. Apparently he stares a lot and is all twitchy and nervous. He's said to Nat that he is scared of telling Coulson. But from what I saw in the meeting room Agent feels the exact same way. Natasha is more than willing to help us, she is over Barton's shit."

Loki smirks, "Good. If this is going to work her help will be greatly appreciated."

Tony calls Nat and tells her to come upstairs. When she arrives Loki smirks at her. She still doesn't really trust Loki and raises her eyebrows at him.

"Anthony tells me that you are more than willing to help us Agent Romanoff. Is that correct?"

Natasha nods, "For one it will piss Clint off that you both know and two it will stop him whining constantly. So yeah I'm in."

Tony grins at her and fills her in on what he and Loki had already planned.

The next few days are full of little gifts and notes for Clint and Coulson. Both of them are starting to wonder what in the hell is going on.

Each note that they receive tells them that there is going to be a little surprise up on the roof. So they just follow the notes and accept the gifts. Of course Tony, Loki and Natasha are all watching on the side lines to make sure that it is all going according to plan.

When Clint walked into his bedroom on his floor of the Tower he finds another note on his bed. He picks it up 'Its time. Go to the roof.'

Time for what? He has been trying to figure out what these notes and gifts mean. There's only one way to find out he thinks. He quickly jumps into the shower and puts jeans and a nice-ish shirt on.

When he gets up to the roof the first thing he sees is the round table, with two chairs and not only that, fucking flowers and candles were set in the centre of the table, not for the first time Clint has no idea what the fuck is going on. The next thing he sees though is not a thing at all it is in fact Agent Phil Coulson. Coulson looks over at Clint, they both shrug their shoulders at each other.

Clint walks up to the table, "Did you get all those notes and things too?"

Coulson nods, "Yeah, I was starting to think that they were all from you."

Clint's eyebrows go right up into his hairline, "No I didn't send them. I thought you were."

Coulson shakes his head. Clint's eyebrows go even further into his hairline, if that was even possible, then he realised.

"Nat." He growled under his breath. Of course Natasha would rat him out to someone in the Tower. Boy, she better not have ratted him out to Stark and Loki, that could only spell disaster, which is the exact opposite of whatever the hell this is meant to be.

Back down in the lab Natasha flinches, whoops Clint is going to kill her but hopefully they will still be able to get him and Coulson together. She turned back to the cameras to see that Clint had finally sat down at the table with Coulson.

Dinner was brought out to them and they started eating. Clint couldn't believe that he was actually on a date with the man that he has had a crush on for ages. Little did Clint know Coulson was thinking the exact same thing, he kept thinking that this wasn't real, that it was all just a dream, as it turns out both of them had the same thought going through their minds at almost the same time. As they were eating they would look up at each other, smile shyly then look back down at their food. Tony rolls his eyes at the screen, god they are gross.

Natasha raises her eyebrow at him, "You and Loki were the same."

Whoops, he must have said that out loud. Oh well they are still disgusting.

Eventually Coulson and Clint finish their dinner and out comes dessert. Clint tries not to wolf it down like he usually does, come on he has to have some table manners. Coulson just smiles fondly, which somehow goes unnoticed by the archer. Once they had both finished dessert they looked at each other awkwardly, neither of them knew what to say to the other.

The awkward silence dragged on until finally Clint decides to cut the crap and put his worries and fears to the side.

"Look Coulson I don't know how to say this but I think I know why we have both been receiving all of those notes and gifts."

Coulson looks at Clint curiously, "What are you talking about Clint?"

Clint sighs, who knew telling someone that you love them could be so hard. After the silence dragged on for a bit too long Clint finally blurted it out.

"I'm in love with you Coulson!"

Coulson stares at him, shocked. He could see the panic on Clint's face so he reaches across the table for his hand. Clint takes it and stares at their joined hands until Coulson starts talking.

"You didn't have to blurt it out like that Clint."

Clint blushes a bit, "Are you going to put me out of my misery or not?"

Coulson chuckles, "Don't worry Clint, I love you too."

Clint visibly relaxes, "How long?"

"A very long time. A couple of years after we meet."

Clint nods, "About the same."

After they both get over the shock, Clint suggests going down to his floor for some privacy. They get into the elevator and go down. JARVIS turns the screens off to give the two of them even more privacy.

Tony grins at Natasha and Loki, "Well mission accomplished I would say."

Natasha groans in relief and nods at Tony, while Loki just sits there with a big grin on his face.