Disclaimer: I don't own Agent Carter which belongs to Marvel and Disney nor the Lord of the Rings and anything related to that universe which belongs to Warner Brothers/New Line as well as the Tolkien estate. This story is strictly being done for pure fun and in no way is an attempt to profit of the properties involved
Author's Note: Hey everyone. So now that some time has passed I feel it is time for the next phase in my Agent Carter/Tolkien stories. I'll admit I wasn't sure for awhile whether I would go straight to the LOTR or I would create something that works as an in between. At first I decided on the latter and I did initially awhile ago post a chapter but ultimately I retracted my idea because after I saw Black Panther which it was going to draw elements from I felt the timeline and idea for the story didn't quite work even if this does sort of work as a slightly alterted take on the MCU. Another reason was unless I come up with more ideas for stories I decided on a trilogy of stories the Hobbit crossover being the first, the LOTR followup now the sequel and an original story for the last one that hopefully I'll make work. In terms of timeline this story is set 2 years after Agent Carter Season 2 and of course in the timeline of LOTR beginning with Bilbo's party. I'll honestly admit I haven't read the books in years and whatever I follow is mostly the film continuity and if I need additional information I just go to the LOTR wiki. Again because we haven't got a third Season of Agent Carter some stuff is speculation on my part from pieces of interviews with the creaters and actors discussing what would have been and also of course what happened in my previous story where I changed some things that could have been there for Season 3 and also there's unexplored history bar a few mentions here and there before we see Peggy in Ant-Man. Anyway I think that's all I can say for now and I hope you enjoy the story.
The climate in the Shire was mild. Not too cold or hot either. A good day for walk or ride through the roads. A perfect time for reading as a young hobbit was doing just that, reading beneath a tree as he suddenly heard a male voice singing. He quickly proceeded to close his book and stood there, listening. Recognizing the voice, he smiled as he then ran to the road, eventually finding an old man, wearing a gray cloak and a pointy hat, driving a horse-drawn cart filled with fireworks and such.
The old man named Gandalf was singing a tune before being interrupted by the hobbit "The road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can…"
"You're late!" The Hobbit named Frodo exclaimed.
Gandalf didn't at Frodo at first, as he then turned slowly, with an emphatic expression on his face that began to twitch "A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."
Both he and Frodo slowly began to grin and crack up into laughter as Frodo suddenly leapt onto cart and hugged Gandalf "Its wonderful to see you Gandalf!"
"Ooh! You didn't think I'd miss your Uncle Bilbo's birthday?" Gandalf asked him.
"What news of the outside world? Tell me everything." Frodo asked in return.
"Everything? Far too eager and curious for a hobbit, most unnatural. Well what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as it has this past age, full of its own comings and goings. Scarcely aware of the existence of hobbits... which I am very thankful." Gandalf responded.
All the various Hobbit folk knowing his name and how famous he was began to cry out to him as he and Frodo drove past "Look it's Gandalf! Its Gandalf!"
Gandalf grinned and tipped his hat slightly "Ooh! The long expected party!"
The Hobbits then proceeded to raise a banner by the Party Tree that read "Happy Birthday Bilbo Baggins." A hobbitess clasped her hands with pleasure and anticipation, looking at the sign.
"So how is the old rascal? I hear it's got to be a party of special magnificence." Gandalf asked enquiring about his old friend.
"You know Bilbo, he's got the whole place in an uproar." Frodo responded.
"Hmm, well now that should please him, hmmm." Gandalf responded knowing what he was like.
"Half the Shire's been invited." Frodo revealed.
"Good gracious me!" Gandalf exclaimed in shock.
"He is up to something." Frodo said feeling a party this big even if it was a milestone for his Uncle still felt like there was something bigger afoot.
"Oh really…" Gandalf said trailing off in his thoughts. Part of him wondered if Bilbo would reveal what he suspected that day. Something he felt another old friend from a far away land might know more then she knew about.
"All right then keep your secrets." Frodo responded feeling the wizard as Gandalf laughed in response "Before you came along we Bagginses were very well thought of."
"Indeed?" Gandalf responded feeling that was true.
"Never had any adventures or did anything unexpected." Frodo explained
"If you're referring to the incident with the dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door." Gandalf said dismissing slightly those events.
"Whatever you did, you've been officially labeled a disturber of the peace." Frodo said knowing he wasn't telling the whole truth.
"Oh really?" Gandalf asked as he noticed Frodo's face turn to one of sadness. "Frodo is there something the matter?"
"Even though he's been making a fuss about it Bilbo has expressed regret one person can't come to the party. He says he's unsure how to contact her. A Miss Peggy Carter. Do you know her? He says she helped him on the journey with the dragon" Frodo answered trying to enquire more about this individual who his Uncle had told him of before.
"Agent Margaret Carter. Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time. Long time." Gandalf responded as he thought back to her "She was one of the bravest women I've ever known. And a good friend to your Uncle Bilbo."
Frodo smiled as he continued "Bilbo said she held off the Trolls long enough before the sun came down. Said she was doing her best impression of you with your chants and spell proclamations. Are they that dramatic?"
"You may one day see so for yourself." Gandalf responded as he thought back to Peggy Carter who he was secretly planning to retrieve as a guest for the party. Bilbo would no doubt be happy to see her again.
Their cart then proceeded to drive past grumpy old hobbit with a grim look as the various Hobbit children noticing Gandalf began to cry out to him "Gandalf! Gandalf! Fireworks? Gandalf?"
Gandalf pretended to ignore the children as they responded with a dissapointed "Awwww."
Fireworks suddenly began go off from the cart as the Hobbit children cheered in response while Gandalf laughed. Even grumpy old hobbit began to chuckle as suddenly the grumpy old hobbit's wife came out, giving a nagging look to the grumpy old hobbit as he restored his grumpy look.
"Gandalf, I'm glad you're back." Frodo responded with true sincerity as he proceeded to jump off the cart "So am I, dear boy! So am I."
After dropping Frodo, Gandalf then proceeded to pull up to Bilbo's house at Bag End. He then proceeded to go through a gate with a sign on it saying: "No admittance except on party business. He then proceeded to knock on the door with his staff as from within Bilbo called out to him "No thank you! We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers or distant relations!"
"And what about very old friends?" Gandalf asked him
Bilbo suddenly opened the door "Gandalf?"
"Bilbo Baggins!" Gandalf exclaimed with fondness.
"My dear Gandalf!" Bilbo cried with happiness as he proceeeded to give him a hug as Frodo did.
"Good to see you! One hundred and eleven years old -who would believe it?" Gandalf asked as he looked at Bilbo in astonishment "You haven't aged a day."
Bilbo and Gandalf shared a laugh as Bilbo gestured him to come inside "Come on, come in! Welcome, welcome!" He then proceeded to close door and then enquire about what to offer for refreshment "There we are. Well now. Tea? Or maybe something a little stronger? I've got a few bottles of the Old Winyard left. 1296 -very good year. Almost as old as I am! Hahaha! It was laid down by my father. What say we open one, eh?"
"Just tea, thank you." Gandalf responded as he suddenly backed into the chandelier as he then steadied it but then proceeded to bump his head onto the beam. Nursing the pain he then entered Bilbo's study, noticing the map of the Lonely Mountain mounted on a frame as he proceeded to pick it up to examine it.
Meanwhile, Bilbo was puttering around in the kitchen as he continued talking about recent events "I was expecting you here last week! Not that it matters, you come and go as you please. Always have done and always will. You caught me a bit unprepared, I'm afraid. We have some cold chicken and pickles... Here's some cheese here- oh no it won't do. There we got raspberry jam and apple tart... Not much for afterlunch - oh no! We're all right. I have some cake."
He suddenly entered the study "I can make you some eggs if you like-" Noticing him looking at the map his expression changed. "Oh. Gandalf?"
"Just tea, thank you." Gandalf responded again declining his offers. Bilbo always knew how to make people feel welcome in that regard.
"Alright!" Bilbo with mouthful of cake in his mouth "You don't mind if I eat, do you?"
"Oh no, not at all." Gandalf responded.
A sudden, incessant knock on the door and a woman shouting "Bilbo! Bilbo Baggins! then proceeded to come through much to Bilbo's frustration.
"I'm not at home!" Bilbo proceeded to whisper.
"I've got to get away from these confounded relatives hanging on the bell-they never give me a moment's peace!" Bilbo expressed with frustration "I want to see mountains again, mountains Gandalf! And then find somewhere quiet where I can finish my book. Oh, tea!"
"So, you mean to go through with your plan, then." Gandalf responded as Bilbo had told him this plan earlier.
"Yes, yes. It's all in hand. All the arrangements are made." Bilbo responded as he then started to pour water into the tea pot, as Gandalf opened the lid "Oh, thank you."
"Frodo suspects something." Gandalf revealed
"Course he does. He's a Baggins! Not some block-headed Bracegirdle from Hardbottle." Bilbo responded knowing he couldn't entirely deceive him.
"You will tell him, won't you?" Gandalf asked.
"Yes, yes." Bilbo responded.
"He's very fond of you." Gandalf responded knowing full well he wouldn't take it lightly.
"I know. He'd probably come with me if I asked him" Bilbo responded with a chuckle "I think in his heart Frodo is still in love with the Shire: the woods, the fields…little rivers. I'm old Gandalf. I know I don't look it, but I'm beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel thin -sort of stretched like butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday, a very long holiday, and I don't expect I shall return. In fact, I mean not to!"
Changing the subject Gandalf proceeded to bring up another part of his conversation with Frodo "He says that you regret the fact that Peggy Carter cannot come to your party."
Bilbo gave a fond smile as he remembered her "Yes. I thought I might see her again someday. Thought that portal would open again or maybe something would bring her over even if it was for a short while. But I fear now it may be too late. I'm old now and we don't know what happened to her."
"Don't count on her being out yet old friend." Gandalf responded knowing she was alive thanks to his ability to watch over the other side given to him by the Valar.
Gandalf then proceeded to get up as Bilbo became confused "Where are you off too now? You just sat down for tea."
"This visit has been about visiting an old friend. But now I must visit another" Gandalf said as he carefully got up and walked out the door "I shall be returning with a visitor. Only one this time."
"Well let us hope you keep true to that promise." Bilbo called out.
Over on Earth things had certainly changed. Two years had passed since Peggy, Jarvis and Sousa had gone to Middle Earth and with that came a new sense of purpose. Vernon Masters had been somewhat right that the Strategic Science Reserve was on it's way out but it was actually to be replaced by a new organisation entirely. One that would protect the world in secret against many threats both from their world and of course beyond as Middle Earth showed them they were part of a bigger universe that they had no idea of. It would be called S.H.I.E.L.D. Peggy could still remember the look on Jack's face of surprise and shock when Howard called him to say the Strategic Science Reserve would be closing down fully and become S.H.I.E.L.D.'s scientific division and it's areas and safehouses would become S.H.I.E.L.D safehouses. He was grateful though that he would be allowed to work for the organisation except it meant Peggy being named a founder alongside Howard and Colonel Chester Phillips was made his boss.
Currently Peggy was sitting at her desk overlooking paperwork for a project she wasn't fully on board with because of the possible reprecussions. Following the war many Nazi scientists were recruited to work for the United States mostly for their strategic value and knowledge. Some though were passed over due to their many war crimes one of which being Werner Reinhardt whom Peggy successfully managed to sentence to life imprisonment. Now however one was being looked at whose crimes were even more worse and shouldn't even have been considered at all and yet Howard feels he has value because he was HYDRA's chief scientist. Arnim Zola.
A knock on the door broke her out of her thoughts "Come in."
When the door opened she wasted no time in greeting who walked in "Jack."
"Hey if you get to still call me that can I still call you Marge?" Jack asked her.
Peggy didn't acknowledge that comment as she got down to business "What do you want Agent Thompson?"
"They want you in the office. They say it's urgent" Jack answered knowing now by this point there was no point in arguing even if they still did squabble from time to time.
"If it's about these forms tell Howard I'm still making my way through them" Peggy answered.
"It's about something else. They found Underwood" Jack answered his tone sounding serious.
Peggy's expression suddenly changed to one of determination as she got up from her desk and left the room as Jack proceeded to follow her.
A few moments later Peggy and Jack were gathered in a room with Colonel Phillips, Howard Stark, Dum Dum Dugan and other S.H.I.E.L.D agents both lower and of higher rank. Howard was at a monitor explaining how they had found the elusive Dottie Underwood at long last. "We managed to get a lock on her when she resurfaced a few months after we wrapped up the case involving Jack's would be murderers but everytime we got close she somehow managed to evade us again."
"She's obviously caught on. Do you have a plan to catch her this time before she makes another move or am I going to have to make one?" Peggy asked hoping there was already a plan in motion so that they could move in quickly and finally put her behind bars once and for all.
Colonel Phillips stepped up, now carrying a cane for his right leg since the war's end as the monitor changed to an image of an old man in a wheelchair "Meet Boris Bullski. Former Colonel in the KGB and a proud veteran of WWII. Served in navy and earned many military accolades for his country against Germany. But he had some complications. In one of his last battles he was one of the survivors of his fleet but he lost the ability to walk. After that they deemed him obsolete and put him on leave for early retirement."
"But he's not exactly ready for that?" Jack asked
"Seems like it." Phillips answered as he put on another slide "He's been hiding out in self imposed exile in Switzerland like he was Lenin or something. Despite the country's neutrality intelligence reports he's been gathering other exiles in secret and has a base with his own weapons ready to strike back one day against the Soviets for revenge. Naturally someone with Underwood's skills that we're still not entirely sure of in terms of how and when she acquired them would be welcome to a guy hellbent on getting back at his country."
"So what's the plan?" Jack asked now confused "Do we just take them both and hand them over to Russia or what? Seems like we're doing them a favour?"
"We are at the very least planning a capture for Miss Underwood to quietly slip away with while they deal with their mess themselves." Phillips answered as he turned to Peggy. "You clear Carter?"
"Crystal sir." Peggy answered as she turned to Jack and Dugan "I suppose you two are planning on coming along?"
"Wouldn't miss it" Dugan responded as he began to leave "I'll gather some of the boys."
"While I enjoy these missions of ours Marge I'm still sort on the fence of entering territory where we have one mission planned but then something else happens." Jack said remembering how they learned more about Underwood in the first place.
"Because when we encountered Doctor Fenhoff and he fooled us and nearly succeeded in his plan for revenge?" Peggy asked "I remember. We'll be prepared this time." Peggy had noticed Jack's attitude had changed over the past two years. While they still bickered from time to time he wasn't as annoyingly condescending as he was before. Even though while he was surprised she was picked for her position by Phillips he quickly came to respect it more than he would have before. "You're still afraid aren't you?"
"When you're left there lying on the floor bleeding out. You think you're done for. Not to mention your whole world was changing. Those you thought were allies were now you're enemies and your left unsure what to do." Jack responded still feeling bitter by the betrayal of Vernon.
"It's not as black and white as before. All we can do is trust our instincts" Peggy said knowing his point extended far beyond their own problem "I told you that you were a good man Jack and I still believe that. It's time you started to do so too."
Time passed by as Peggy, Jack and the Howling Commandos had now left the base and made their way into Bullski's territory. Dugan had gathered Gabe Jones again for the team following the team's shakeup after the Battle of the Five Armies and the loss of some members leading for Dino Manelli a former actor turned soldier and a mechanic and efficient explosives expert Isabel "Izzy" Cohen to join the team based on Peggy's suggestion and also her lack of desire to become a full time member. Falsworth had since transferred back to the UK and remained there in their service but still collaborates from time to time on missions with the Commandos. Checking out the area on the left Peggy looked over to Dugan on the right as they signalled the coast was clear.
After making their way through with little enemy fire Izzy went up to the gate as she prepared to take it down "Put your fingers to your ears!"
The door successfully blew open with no sound heard from the other side. "Nice job Izzy"
"I told you she was good but the little response we've heard is what worries me. Why do I get the feeling when we get in there we will have already sprung a trap?" Peggy asked feeling this was too easy.
"Seems like I influenced you. My apologies" Jack responded feeling his paranoia had transferred to Peggy.
"Oh don't worry about it Jack it wasn't you. I thought this would be standard procedure even if it was neutral territory. Phillips said he had been gathering some allies but it seemed not many" Peggy answered
"All the more reason we can deal with this quick and leave our little away signal for Russia to pick up the pieces and deal with it as we just get who we came for" Gabe responded as he made his way through the door while everyone else did the same.
What they found however to their surprise was a man strapped to a chair with a bag on his head. Walking over the group had weapons ready as Dugan pulled off the hood. Needless to say he was shocked at who was underneath "Robby 'Rebel' Ralston?"
"Dugan. Why am I not surprised they sent you?" Ralston asked
"Actually we weren't intending to find you." Dugan answered somewhat apologetically.
Peggy suddenly recalled where she had heard his name before. "Senator Ralston you've been an ambassador on missions of peace. What were you doing in neutral territory?"
"I was only here on routine visit when a woman and some Russians jumped me. They're attempting to use me as a warning sign and hostage." Ralston answered as he tried to recall her face "You know my name but don't think I've met you formally Miss...?"
"Peggy Carter one of the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D." Peggy answered
"It's an honour Miss Carter" Ralston responded
"Ralston was a soldier who fought by our side during the war. Tell her how you and your boys were pinned down by those troops outside Stalingrad during the difficult winter of 45?" Dugan asked recalling the event.
"You were there?" Peggy asked as she remembered it "Captain Rogers saved over a thousand men that day"
"And I was one of the lucky ones." Ralston answered "But I couldn't fight another battle after the war's end. My boys said I was always good as a motivator so I moved into politics."
"Well this is a nice catch up and history lesson but Senator do you know where the woman who captured you is? A Dottie Underwood?" Jack asked getting things back on track.
"She's right here" Dottie answered suddenly coming out from the shadows with some soldiers as Bullski followed behind them rolling up in his chair.
"Welcome comrades. We've been observing you" Bullski said
"So you deliberately held back?" Peggy asked feeling it was as she suspected "So what are you planning?"
"Straight to the point Agent Carter. You truly don't kid around as Miss Underwood said?" Bullski asked as he continued "You will be my captives as I make my demands to America and Russia."
"You wish for them to surrender their powers so you can take over?" Peggy guessed.
"I wish for America to stay out of my way but Russia I seek redemption." Bullski answered
"So this isn't about revenge?" Jack asked him.
"It was at first. But I realised that my exile was a result of carelessness and under estimating my opponent. I shall not make that mistake again. I intend to prove my loyalty by taking care of Russia's enemies until I regain their favour." Bullski answered
"Or they could kill you for starting a private war and bringing unnecessary attention. Stalin is known for not wanting things to get too out of control" Peggy added
"I give you one chance. Surrender or perish." Bullski said giving them a choice.
"We'll take our chances with perish." Dugan answered as he opened fire on the soldiers, killing one as a fight broke out between them.
Managing to break from the fight Gabe and Izzy had helped Ralston escape as he turned to them "I know I said I didn't want to fight another war but doesn't mean I won't help if I'm left with no choice. Give me a gun."
Gabe complied as he handed him one as Ralston then opened fire on the soldiers fighting back.
Dottie and Peggy were engaged in a fight like always "You must really miss me Peg. But you pick the worst times to find me I always have to disconnect because I'm busy."
"The only reason I'm here to find you is to bring you to justice." Peggy said as she gave Dottie a kick to the stomach and then a punch to the face knocking her to the floor.
Seeing the battle wasn't going in his favour Bullski attemped to escape before suddenly Dugan got in his way "You're already in a chair do you really want that to remain permanent?"
Getting to her feet Dottie looked upset and a little betrayed "You know I'm glad I got away that day because you never really trusted me did you? Always keeping tabs watching my every move? And there's a part of you that thinks like a part of me did? That we could be friends."
"I've thought nothing of the sort only to bring you to justice." Peggy answered
"Oh come on you know you imagined it once?" Dottie asked trying to goad her "Not even when we kissed?"
Peggy scowled in frustration as she pointed her gun at Dottie who could only grin devilishly in response. Before she could do anymore however she suddenly felt someone tap her shoulder. Turning around she found herself beaten over the head and knocked down before being knocked unconcious fully.
"If you were a true spy you wouldn't need to taunt your adversary with words. You need outthink them in movement." Gandalf said having been the one who knocked her out.
Peggy couldn't believe her eyes. "Gandalf?"
"It seems everyone is surprised to see me today" Gandalf responded as he took in Peggy who embraced him for a hug as everyone else watched with Ralston, Izzy and Dino confused.
"Who's the old man?" Dino asked Dugan who was equally surprised to see the grey wizard again.
"Long story. It gets longer everytime she tells it." Dugan answered.
"Forgive me for coming at this time as you seem to be busy" Gandalf said surveying the battle.
"You are always welcome here. Take Underwood into custody and secure Bullski so that he can explain to his Russian superiors what he explained to us" Peggy said as she and Gandalf walked outside the room "So. How is Bilbo?"
Having taken a plane over Peggy allowed Gandalf to arrive with them on their way back as he explained everything as to why he was here. Naturally she couldn't believe it. 60 years had passed on Middle Earth and it had only been 2 years here on Earth. Bilbo was 111 years old and was preparing for retirement. Part of her was sad but glad he'd be allowed to live out his days in peace. Gandalf had explained the Valar had granted him the ability to cast a spell that allowed him to gain access to their world and that he popped in from time to time to see how things were even if he never came to them directly.
Peggy was surprised how he could appear undetected to them and was considering maybe asking Phillips to make him an honourary S.H.I.E.L.D member "I'll admit Gandalf your ability to appear without us knowing was impressive. I'm almost considering recommending you to be an honourary spy."
"Oh no Peggy I'm not someone who would fit in with that line of work" Gandalf responded.
The two had arrived now with everyone else who were now around the base doing other things as she was giving Gandalf a tour of the base "So you say Mr. Stark wanted you personally for this role?"
"Yes. Vernon Masters may have had a point that the SSR was on it's way out and that we needed a more global secret peace keeping force that could tackle threats we couldn't even begin to understand. The journey to Middle Earth was the proof of that. Colonel Phillips and Howard got on phone with the President and he approved it. The SSR was dissolved into S.H.I.E.L.D sometime after my next mission after I returned home that dealt with Agent Thompson's attempted assassination. I would rather not discuss it. I oversaw construction of this base which Howard has been thinking of a name for. He's thinking 'The Playground'" Peggy explained giving Gandalf the rundown of what happened since he last saw her which to her was not too long ago "I'm sorry we didn't return. If I had known I would have..."
"The important thing is that you are coming to see him off on his birthday. He'll be very happy to see you and Mr. Jarvis" Gandalf said with a smile.
"Yes he was surprised as I was when I made the call. Almost burned dinner and then all I heard was yelp before he cut off." Peggy responded as she and Gandalf then entered the main conference room where Phillips and Stark were.
"Carter. Mind if you explain how the wizard Merlin has been showing up here undetected by us for so long?" Phillips asked having been briefed about his unexpected visit.
"The nature of that I'm afraid I can't tell you Colonel Phillips. As I spy you must understand I must keep some secrets" Gandalf said knowing it would be best not to share more about the Valar's power but basically the spell also had an invisibility over it so that he remained undetected. But the spell also was powerful and required energy hence him not using it often and only if he needed to like now "And it is an honour to meet you. Peggy has told me much about your world and organisation."
"Well the honour should be yours. If it weren't for Carter's one way trip to your house I don't think we would have realised how alone we truly were" Phillips said as he turned to Peggy "So you want a vacation?"
"It's only until the party ends we'll return as soon as we can." Peggy said hoping that would be the case and that there wouldn't be another conflict "I trust Jack to handle Dottie's interrogation."
"You didn't trust him with it two years ago" Phillips pointed out "And how do we know that things won't have changed to where you come back to us now old or worse?"
"The time difference I have learned Colonel is quite difference. What may pass for a few months in my world is only a few days in your time possibly a week. Even I do not know however how 2 years compares to 60 years" Gandalf added trying to make sense of everything.
They were interrupted however as Jarvis burst through the door carrying a few bags "Gandalf! How lovely to see you again"
"Mr. Jarvis" Gandalf said with a smile noticing the bags "I would recommend travelling lighter."
"I told you we're going to see Bilbo on his birthday and coming home. We're not going on holiday for a week." Peggy pointed out as Jarvis gave her a bag.
"Always plan for other possibilities Agent Carter" Jarvis said as he looked at his employer "I believe sir this might be my first and only request for a holiday so I would appreciate it if you..."
"Jarvis I've been nagging you to take one for years. Go on have fun." Howard said nudging him forward as Gandalf prepared to transport them away.
"With any luck there will be no sudden surprises" Peggy said even if a part of her felt she was jinxing it as the trio vanished.
Author's Note: So yeah that's that chapter done. Admitedly there is a bit of clunky set up in my eyes but as an intro chapter it had to lay the ground work for things. I will say though while I'm planning out ideas on where I think the story will go I am open to your suggestions on where this story could and may go. If another person feels they could contribute the story even more to the point that they would like to write with me I'm also open to that collaboration.
As I said above a lot of this has to be speculation on my part which is probably the main factor that will make it a challenge in writing compared to if Season 3 had been made but I think I've pieced something together for the most part. The MCU wiki says S.H.I.E.L.D was founded in 1949 with Peggy leaving the S.S.R the same year as it was then folded into S.H.I.E.L.D. Peggy was said to have oversaw construction of the Playground which comes from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson's line about how "There are many stories unrecorded" felt like to me their way of acknowledging the show's unfortunate end and again I hope someday for it to return.
1949 is also the year Zola was said to be released and recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D as part of Operation Paperclip and also when he found Bucky so I felt I had to give a brief reference to that. Don't expect much more from it though. Mainly I wanted to try and write what I believe Peggy's initial reaction would have been when she first heard of such a proposal being she'd be conflicted. Considering Whitehall AKA Reinhardt was sentenced by her for war crimes and Zola would probably be charged with the same crimes if not even more worse charges I personally felt she'd not be saying "Yes" to having him on board initially even if he was HYDRA's chief scientist and knew their secrets because that also makes him dangerous which of course we know he will be. It's a difficult thing to write because you know the outcome at the end of the day but that's just my personal take on how I think it would go obviously the film/TV universe had something else in mind eventually if we saw that scene.
When I wrote the chapter for my original story the initial set up was different but I still plan to bring in elements of it later on such as following on from that cliffhanger from the last story. Boris Bullski is an enemy in the comics of Iron Man one of several to have his own suit of armour codenamed Titanium Man. As Agent Carter introduced Captain America and Iron Man villains we more than likely wouldn't be seeing in the films I felt I had to continue that with this brief appearance. He won't be back in the future. Three Howling Commandos from the comics are introduced here although I changed the gender for one because I felt the name "Isadore" could easily change to "Isabel" because I thought it'd be cool to have a female Commando. Robert Ralston was a Howling Commandos member who went onto become a Senator in the Marvel Comics and if you've seen the deleted scene with Peggy's full interview in the museum in Winter Soldier it explains what happened and how her husband is rescued. Again I'm not saying this guy could be her husband in canon and as I mentioned last time in my decision to kill Sousa off they said during the making of the show they would play around with who her husband could be had they continued the show so rather than breakup them up unnecessarily I had a heroic sacrifice. Go read that story if you stumbled onto this one first.
And if you want to make your own Agent Carter/Tolkien crossover if this inspires you go ahead and write one. I'd be happy to read it. Certainly will probably be better than what I've got. I'm my own worst critic.
Titles haven't been my strong suit. I may change this title later if anyone has suggetions.
So yeah I think I've covered everything for now but knowing me I've forgotten some stuff. I'm excited but also a bit nervous with this story but I hope you enjoy it and again any feedback you leave is appreciated.
In loving memory of my mother Rita Murphy (1970-2018) who died on the 13th of February this year. I had mentioned it in my last story before deleting it and also in my current other on going story. I will probably do this for awhile as a tribute.
I miss you mom.