A.N: This has been in my head for a really long time... I've been wanting to do a crossover with these two (Kara and Grant) for months (since November). I have always been a big time Skyeward shipper but I find that I enjoy shipping Grant Ward with a lot of my favorite ladies in general and I decided that I liked him with Kara a lot. I especially realized how much I liked him with Kara after watching a fan vid last year. If you're looking for a Skyeward happy ending, this is not for you. I'm not even sure if this could have a happy ending at this point. This was mostly an experimental chapter to see how it goes. Knowing me though, it'll have an ending that will be satisfying... I hope... *nervous*
Remember that this is 100% an AU fic. Ward was never Hydra but that doesn't mean that I won't use some of what happened on the show with his betrayal. I'm just not using Hydra.
If this is something that you think might interest you and if you want more chapters, please comment and let me know. It'd be greatly appreciated.
Here is the link to the super awesome fan vid that turned me onto this new crack!pairing Super Specialist: watch?v=2ajLE4HTVrQ
Hope you guys enjoy this! If not, don't feel bad. I know crossovers aren't for everyone. I just ask that you remember to be kind. =]
The day that S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived in National City was the day that everything went to hell.
After the Battle of New York and the recent Inhuman outbreak, Kara knew that other organizations aside from the DEO would become interested in her. Her coming out party included her carrying a plane full of passengers on her back and gently placing it in the water. Deep down, Kara always knew that they would come. She just didn't think that meeting S.H.I.E.L.D. would be the best and worst thing to ever happen to her….
Kara watched the black SUVs with the eagle symbol on the television monitors at CATCO. They'd arrived earlier that week after her recent battle with Vartox and the Hellgrammite. They'd already tried to make contact with her several times but Kara still had not answered their calls. She still didn't trust them and Alex had asked her to lay low as Supergirl for the time being, just in case.
Kara watched the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the monitors with a frown. Where Hank was kind and docile, Director Phil Coulson gave off a much tougher exterior. She couldn't say she trusted the man. But trust didn't come easy to her so it probably wasn't really his fault.
"What do you think they want with you?" Winn asked gently, his eyes never leaving the screens.
If S.H.I.E.L.D. prided itself on being a secret government organization, their security measures needed work. The world didn't even know about the existence of the DEO but S.H.I.E.L.D. liked to have their eagle on every surface that they owned. Kara found it very amusing.
And that's when she saw him.
It was just a quick flash of black leather and if Kara had been a regular human, she wouldn't have noticed him working with the cleanup crew. S.H.I.E.L.D. liked to come in like a team of white knights to clean up the messes left by any given superhero. Alex said their reasons were less noble than that. They really just wanted to confiscate all that they could, especially if it was alien. Kara tried not to leave messes though. She'd collected Vartox's weapon after defeating him and that was being kept safe at the DEO. As for the Hellgrammite, his weapon was more internal. They didn't have to worry about S.H.I.E.L.D. finding anything but having them there still made her nervous.
She didn't realize she'd been staring at the screens without blinking until Winn called her out.
"What's gotten into you?" he asked with a boyish grin.
Kara didn't want to admit that her Kryptonian eyes were scanning the footage for one specific S.H.I.E.L.D. agent but she couldn't help blushing. Luckily for her, James walked by and her hearing picked up Cat in the elevator.
With a blush and a quick laugh, Kara shook her head. "Nothing… duty calls…"
She picked up Cat's latte and secretly used her heat vision to bring it up to Cat's preferred temperature before the doors to the elevator opened and Kara spun around to greet her boss, except she was stopped short when she found that her boss was not alone.
Cat stepped into the office with the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailing her.
"Kira," Cat greeted her with a smile, taking the latte from Kara's white fingers. "This is Director Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.; please make sure we are not disturbed. We have a lot to discuss."
"Yes, Ms. Grant," Kara swallowed thickly, adjusting her glasses. "Let me know if you need anything."
Phil Coulson eyed her with curiosity before following Cat into her office.
"That was intense," Winn said, standing next to her with his arms crossed.
Kara frowned. "I don't trust him…"
James walked up to them, watching the man inside Cat's office intently. "What the hell is he doing here?"
"You know him?" Kara asked.
"He's shown up in Metropolis," James nodded. "He tried to get Superman indexed or something. Lois threatened to air all his dirty laundry and he backed off."
Kara smirked. "I could use a Lois Lane on my side right now…."
James nodded toward Cat in her office. "You may not have to look too far to get someone on your side after all…"
Cat sat at her desk, watching the man in front of her closely.
She raised her hand to silence him. "I was in Metropolis when you showed up to harass Superman, Mr. Coulson."
"And I remember that you and your agency wanted to force the man of steel to be indexed and tracked."
"Its S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol to-"
"And now here you are, in my city, after his cousin has shown her face. That's not a coincidence, is it?"
Once again, she cut him off. "You thought if Big Blue wouldn't bend to your will then you'd try to get to his cousin to do what? Did you think it'd be easier to go after her because she's a girl?"
Coulson shook his head. "We have to take every precaution…"
"She's not an inhuman, Mr. Coulson." Cat continued. "We know where Supergirl came from because we know where her cousin came from."
"She could be dangerous."
"I respectfully disagree," Cat said with a knowing grin. "Thank you for taking the time to speak to me, Mr. Coulson. My assistant will see you out."
Coulson stood and frowned. "You're protecting her."
Cat put her glasses on and looked up at him, waving Kara into the office. "Even if I was, there's not a damn thing you can do about it. Have a good day, Mr. Coulson. I hope to see you gone soon enough."
Kara tried to hide her proud smile but knew she'd been caught when Coulson turned toward her to leave the office.
She cleared her throat. "Right this way, Mr. Coulson."
He turned to follow her out of the office but glanced over his shoulder at Cat one more time. "You can't protect her forever, Ms. Grant. Even you know that…"
He followed Kara out of the office to the elevator, where she was already holding the doors for him.
"Kira, was it?" he asked as he stepped inside.
"It's Kara actually…"
Kara gave him a tight smile, watching him as the doors closed between them. She let out a breath she didn't realize she'd been holding and hoped she'd never have to see him again.
"How was the meeting?"
Coulson walked into his office without answering, which was usually a sign that she should follow.
"She's definitely hiding something," Coulson answered when she walked in and closed the door. "It's weird but I think her assistant is hiding more. She was skittish."
"Maybe she doesn't like the government," Daisy shrugged at her boss. "I remember how I first reacted around you."
"Maybe…" Coulson frowned. "There's something about her though."
He pulled up surveillance footage of her and crossed his arms.
"What are you thinking, Coulson?"
"We might need to send someone in," he told her. "Undercover to gain her trust… she could be our way into CATCO. She's the best way for us to get to Cat Grant."
"You want me to go in? Befriend her?"
"No," he told her. "I'm going to work a different angle on this one."
Daisy nodded knowingly. "I'll go get him."
Grant Ward was punching the bag with as much strength as he could muster. He'd been working twelve hour shifts with the cleanup crew and it was starting to get to him. They hadn't found anything. Today had been his first day off from cleanup duty and he hadn't even been able to really sleep in. Then again, he hadn't slept in since he was fifteen years old and in military school. After military school, he'd gone straight into the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy and trained as a specialist. Cleanup duty was an intern's job. And he hated it. But Coulson was his S.O. and he would follow whatever orders the man gave him, even if Ward hated it more than anything.
"Hey, Robot…" Daisy walked into the cargo hold with a smile. "Coulson is asking for you… He's sending you undercover."
Ward grinned. That was more like it.
"He's waiting upstairs in his office."
Ward nodded and walked up the stairs, taking two at a time.
Things with Daisy had fizzled a lot over the last year. He'd fallen for her almost immediately. The idealistic hacker they'd picked up in LA had been his own Kryptonite for a long time. And then she transitioned and she'd hardened herself. She was no longer the same girl he'd first met, which was fine. That's how you survived in their world. Naivety got you killed in this line of work. He knew that better than anyone. But sometimes, he would look at her with her shorter hair and darker clothing and he'd miss the girl she used to be. He honestly didn't think he'd ever come across someone as idealistic as she used to be. Again, that was fine with him, because weaknesses also got you killed in this line of work.
He knocked on the door before stepping inside to his S.O.'s office and closed the door behind him. "You wanted to see me, sir?"
Coulson nodded toward the screen behind him. "How do you feel about going undercover to gain the trust of Cat Grant's assistant?"
"Why is she so important?" Ward asked with a confused look.
"She's not but Cat is and she's the closest person to Ms. Grant as far as I can tell." Coulson continued. "She knows every damn thing there is to know about Cat Grant and that kind of intel could become valuable, especially if we want to get to Supergirl."
Ward shrugged. "How do you propose I meet Cat Grant's assistant?"
"I noticed that she handed her boss a latte from a coffee shop close to CATCO," Coulson answered. "My guess is that she's there every morning, probably at around the same time, to pick up her boss's breakfast. A random coffee shop seems like the perfect setting for a meet cute, don't you think Agent Ward?"
Ward nodded. "Understood…. When do I go in?"
"Soon as possible," Coulson told him. "Daisy is pulling up everything she can on Kara Danvers… You'll study her… all her likes… her dislikes… what her favorite foods are… hobbies…. She seems kind of dull but you can probably get more out of her because of that."
"How long will I be undercover?"
"Hopefully not long," Coulson shrugged. "But I don't need to tell you how important this is, do I?"
"What intel do you think Ms. Grant has, Coulson?"
"Supergirl's identity…" Coulson said. "We need to know who she is when she's not flying around with the cape. And if I can find out who she is when she's not in the public eye, then maybe I'll finally find out who her cousin is too."
Ward nodded before taking a step back.
"Get the files from Daisy," Coulson told him. "You have a lot of reading to do in the next couple days. I want you to know everything there is to know about Kara Danvers before you step off this plane."
He stepped outside the office and found that Daisy was already waiting for him with a thin file in her hand.
"There's not much prior to her adoption by the Danvers family," Daisy said. "Just a few school records…. Nothing on her parents…. This felt like déjà vu to be honest."
Ward frowned. Daisy didn't know where she came from for a long time. It wasn't until she met her parents and transitioned a few months ago that she finally found out the truth about her past. He took the file from her and looked through it quickly.
"You sure you're ready for this?"
"Ready to pretend to be someone else?" Ward asked. "It kind of comes with the job description. What's my alias?"
Daisy smirked before handing him another file he'd have to study: his own.
"JT James?" he asked with an eye roll. "James Taylor James? You couldn't even bother to come up with a different last name?"
"I thought she'd enjoy the mystery," Daisy shrugged. "You're probably the most exciting thing that's going to happen to her ever."
"Don't remind me," he mumbled. He wasn't exactly looking forward to romancing some girl scout for the sake of the mission but he'd do whatever Coulson asked of him. "Thanks." He told Daisy with a soft smile.
"Hey," she shrugged with a glint in her eye that he hadn't seen in months. "It was fun getting to hack something again. Just be careful."
"With Mary of Nazareth?" he chuckled holding up Kara's very innocent file. "I think I'll be fine."