One Last Note: I suggest reading the bottom! Also, 10 more reviews and we reach 300! Ahhh! And now, without further delay... here's what lies in the future for Riley and Bucky...
Eight Months Later...
Once a month he had to report to Fury, the man who was supposedly dead. However, it was necessary. At least, they insisted it was. Apparently letting two high profile assassins who were prone to relapses on their own was a red flag. Who knew?
He sat in the living room of the safe house, the laptop connected to a video conference. He stared at the feed of the conference room at the Avengers base, waiting for Fury. Fury entered the room not much after, he was never late. 'He's always so angry looking' Barnes noted. "Sergeant Barnes." He said sternly.
"Director Fury." He returned the tone.
Fury took a seat, eyeing Bucky carefully through the video feed. He wasn't a very trusting man, even with his own people. Then again, Bucky did shoot him that one time. "How are things?"
Bucky sighed; routine inspection. "Can't complain, it's been about eight months. Things are good."
Fury nodded. "Any relapses?"
He shook his head. "She's been pretty good lately. I mean, when we first came to Brazil she was on and off every other day; you remember in our first few meetings." He paused. "She did start sniping again recently, which was surprising. She said it's the only way she can honor her Granddad. Still deadly with the damn thing. Most of her memory is back too, still some things here and there she doesn't really remember but, I'll take what I can."
"How is she coping with the loss of her Granddad?"
He shrugged. "Better than eight months ago, that's for sure. She's still suffering from frequent nightmares but, she's learning to move passed it. She understands it wasn't in her control."
Fury nodded. "And how about you? How are you doing?"
"I'm fine." He said. "My goal is still to help her, like she's helped me."
"And do you think you're doing that?"
"I hope so." He shrugged. "I mean—" He chuckled nervously as he ran his metal hand through his hair. "I think we're on a good path here all things considered."
Fury accepted his answer and went on to the next question at hand. "Is Riley still suffering from morning sickness?"
Fury watched as a small smile tugged on Bucky's lips. "She had it real bad about a few weeks ago. Of course, she went off blaming me for it." He laughed thinking about that moment; Riley was in the bathroom yelling at him 'You did this to me!' she exclaimed. "Doctor said hopefully it should subside soon; she's heading into five months, I think. But she and the baby are doing good otherwise; she's a strong gal. We always knew she'd come out on top."
"It's safe to assume then you two won't be coming back for a while."
Bucky shook his head. "I think this was a good change for us. I know she's itching to get back in the field someday like I am. Right now, that's not in our cards."
"Well, you two are always needed. When you're ready to come back there's a spot for you. I know Rogers would be happy to have you back."
Bucky sighed. "I heard about him and Stark. Think it's serious?"
"Those two never got along to begin with. This feud will end and we'll all go back to normal." Fury said, receiving a nod from Bucky. "Anything else you'd like to share, Barnes?"
Bucky shook his head. "That's all for now."
"Sounds like things are still good. See you next month." Bucky ended the video conference and closed the laptop. He heard movement coming from the other room, someone was finally awake. A small smile appeared on his face at the thought of her. Yes, things were good.
Things were finally really, really good.
Final Thought: Thank you all so very much for sticking with this story and joining me on Riley and Bucky's adventure. It's been a wonderful experience and I can't thank you all enough for your love and support of this story. You all made this story possible!
This may not be the end after all for our characters. I left it open for a few reasons; I plan on starting a tumblr with little excerpts that didn't make it into the story or little scenes of their life together (which, btw, the tumblr page is called redandghost , come find me!). Also, there may or may not be a sequel. Stay tuned! If you're following me as an author, you may see something real soon!