The Right Partner

By rockofmarduk

Epilogue: The First Avenger

(The song is Forever by Red)

000

"I had a date."

That was what Steven had said to Colonel Nick Fury, leader of SHIELD, after he had been told that he had been asleep for over seventy years. It was the promise he had made to Peggy before he had crashed. Thinking about it now it was a stupid thing for them both to promise to each other, but at the time it felt right. He did and still did have feelings for Peggy, but he knew they would never be like the ones he felt for Schmidt. He felt bad lying to her, not only about them meeting again, but the idea that they may have had a future together.

(I'm sorry Peggy,) Steve thought to himself as he laid back on his bed in his room inside SHIELD headquarters. (Sorry for lying to you, for leading you on, for not telling you and Bucky the truth...ah Bucky.)

The death of his best friend still hung heavy on his conscience even after seventy years. Peggy had told him it wasn't his fault, but he was Captain America dammit, the guy who protected his comrades from the bad guys not the other way around. He lost Bucky because of a moment of weakness, Zola had surprised them on the train carrying him to an unknown destination. Armored troops had attacked them and Steven had taken a blow meant for Bucky. Bucky then tried to defend Steven using his shield but was knocked out of the train and left clinging to the train's side. Steve tried to grab Bucky's hand, but before they could touch the steel bar Bucky was holding onto finally broke and he fell, he plunged to his death into the icy riven below. And there was nothing he could do to stop it.

(Some hero I turned out to be.) Steven thought sarcastically. (Can't even save my best friend.)

And what about the others? Howard, Colonel Philips, the rest of the Howling Commandos. Was there anyone left still alive that even remembered him and everything he did for his country? He doubt it, everything and everyone he had ever know was gone.

(What am I going to do now? I doubt that the world still needs Captain America.)

Sighing Steven got up off his bed and left his room. Fury had told him earlier that there was a gym on the fourth floor he could use if he wanted to and at that moment he needed to get his mind off the past and work his frustrations on something else.

Arriving at the gym Steven looked around and spotted an old fashioned punching bag near a wrestling ring. He desperately needed to hit something. As he started working the bag over, Steven's mind wandered to another person he had cared for deeply, just one more person he wasn't able to save. Just one more guilt trip on an already guilty conscience.

"Johann."

Just saying that name brought back Steven's last memory of Schmidt before he crashed. And just remembering hurt more than any of his other memories.

000

Steven ducked as a plasma shot rang out over his head and hit the glass of the planes window shattering it bringing in the cold wind from outside. Steven turned around to see Schmidt standing there with his gun aimed right at him.

"You don't give up do you?" Schmidt said over the roar of the wind.

"Nope." Was Steven's only answer as he charged at Schmidt. The Red Skull got off a few more shots off his plasma gun before Steven knocked it out of his hands. The two began fighting, both of them landing blows that would have knocked a normal man into a coma or could have killed him. But these two were not normal men. They were super soldiers.

"Bucky's dead!" Steven managed to shout in the course of the fight.

"Of coarse he is," the Skull said matter-of-factly, "That was the plan. I didn't want competition for your heart Steven, your mine and only mine. That's why Bucky had to go, that's why I told Zola to leak information about his whereabouts so you could find him and make it easier for Arnim to kill Bucky. That was his mission."

"You what!" Steven shouted as he slammed Schmidt against the wall of the plane. "How could you? You knew how important my friendship was with Bucky, that I have never thought about him in that way."

"You may not have but what about him. I saw the way he looked at you, I couldn't risk it. And besides it won't matter for much longer." Schmidt used his foot to kick Steven off him. Pulling his gun out of it's holster he started firing at the American. "You could have had the power of gods, yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you battle for nations. I have seen the future Steven and no flags."

"Not in my future!" Steven shouted as he hurled his shield at Schmidt and knocked him off his feet and onto the machine that controlled the power source. A strange blue cube fell out and landed on the ground next to Schmidt's feet.

"What have you done?" Schmidt shouted as he reached down and picked up the cube. Suddenly the cube began to pulsate and a shot of blue energy hit the roof of the plane and showed a portal and what looked almost like outer space above their heads. That's when Schmidt started screaming. The power emanating from the cube began to absorb Schmidt until he himself was pulsating with light.

"Johann!" Steven shouted and started to run to him, but it was too late. What was left of Schmidt shot up towards the portal and disappeared inside space before the light disappeared and the cube landed back on the ground and burned a hole into the floor before it fell into the ocean below. Steven just stood there in shock as he realized he had just lost another important person in his life that he wasn't able to save.

"Johann.."

000

Steven shook himself out of the memory and tried to concentrate on the punching bag. But all he could think of was Johann and what he had asked him all those years ago.

"Steven I want you to stay with me forever. Not for a few more days, not another week, but the rest of your life. I won't force you to stay this time Steven, I'm leaving this decision up to you. You can stay here with me or you can say no and I'll release you and we can go back to fighting and killing each other again. It's all up to you."

"(I would have stayed,) Steven thought to himself as he started punching the bag, (if the others hadn't come for me, if Zemo hadn't interrupted, my answer to you would have been yes.) Steven started punching the bag even harder. (But it's too late now. Everything's changed. Bucky's gone, my friends are gone,..your gone. God dammit it's not fair!)

As his anger finally reached it's boiling point, Steven hit the punching bag way too hard and sent it flying across the room and against the wall, it's insides spilling everywhere from the impact. Steven looked shocked at first, then annoyed with himself at letting his anger get the best of him.

(Ah crap.)

"Having trouble sleeping?"

Steven looked up to see Colonel Fury standing in the doorway of the gym. He suddenly felt embarrassed at letting the Colonel see him slashing out in anger like that.

"I've been asleep for seventy years. I think I've had enough rest." Steven sighed as he sat down in a chair nearby. "You came here with a mission, sir, trying to get me back into the world?"

"No, trying to save it."

Steven looked at Fury with confusion and curiosity. What exactly did he want from him?

"I'm putting together a team and I'd like you to be a part of it."

"With all do respect Colonel, I don't think you need me..'

"The hell I do." Fury interrupted him. "We need you and your talents. See, unlike some people I still believe in hero's and right now in this day and age we need them more then ever. We have a special group to fight the battles that normal people are unable to handle, special people like you and they need a leader." Nick Fury lend in closer to Steven. "What are you prepared to do Cap?"

Steven looked up at Fury with renewed vigor in his eyes. They both already knew what his answer would be. His country, his world still needed him. Despite everyone he knew was gone he still had a future to look forward to and protect.

And he would answer the call.

000

I try to run, I try to hide from a voice I couldn't satisfy

That was me, Always needing more

And letting go of all I had before

Cause it feels like the end

A wound that I can't mend

I just can't fight any longer

You waited 'til I sobered

You came when You knew that the game was over

I didn't even want to be found

But you chased me down and broke in just when

I was done believing

Spun me 'round so close now

I can feel you breathing

Sunlight burns inside and

I feel so alive and

Help me now, tell me how

How can this last forever, forever

I ignored the signs, opened every door

But I couldn't find what I searched for

I try to fight but I turn and run

Every move I make is the wrong one

You patiently waited for my next mistake

I know it won't be much longer

You waited 'til I sobered

You came when You knew that the game was over

I didn't even want to be found

But you chased me down and broke in just when

I was done believing

Spun me 'round so close now

I can feel you breathing

Sunlight burns inside and

I feel so alive and

Help me now, tell me how

How can this last forever

You gave me so much more

Than I could ever ask for

But I turned and followed

A Road that left me hollow

And still you waited for me to come back home

You brought me home...

But you chased me down and broke in just when

I was done believing

Spun me 'round so close now

I can feel you breathing

Sunlight burns inside and

I feel so alive and

Help me now, tell me how

How can this last forever, forever

000

Much later and elsewhere...

A dark figure made his way through Odin's trophy room, striding with purpose and unchallenged by any guards all of whom were watching and waiting for the trial of the once proud prince of Asgard Loki.

(What a fool he is.) the figure mussed to himself, (he had all that power in his hands and he lost it. A god lost it to mere humans!) The figure shook his head in disgust as he finally arrived at his destination. (Still, he did go up against my super soldier, so I shouldn't be all that surprised that he lost.) Grinning the figure reached out and picked up a shinning blue cube that had just been replaced on it's proper pedestal after centuries of being lost.

The Tesseract!

The man continued to grin as an image of a blond haired, blue eyed man sitting in a restaurant with a group of people eating quietly appeared in the Tesseract. A man that the figure had been wanting to see for over seventy years.

"I'm coming for you my eagle, just like I promised."

FIN

Author's Note: I did it! I finished my story! Thanks for all your reviews and help with my bad spelling (I suck). Without your help I don't think I'd been able to finish it. I might do a sequel in the near future so look out for it. Also the song Forever reminded me of Cap's and Skull's relationship, you guys should give it a listen and tell me what you think. See yea later!