Into the New World

Chapter 25

Captain Rogers was standing uncomfortably amid a sea of celebrating people. The music was blaring and there were SHIELD agents and their significant others were dressed to the nines and were dancing to music that Steve wasn't really a fan of. Even Bucky was dancing.

As soon as he'd heard about her promotion, Stark insisted on throwing Amanda a celebratory party. She'd tried to refuse, but then, no one really was ever able to say no to Tony.

Technically, she hadn't even accepted the position yet. That first night on the helicarrier, Amanda had kept Steve so busy doing other things, including changing the subject every time he mentioned the job, that he doubted that she'd even given it a second thought. And honestly, Steve had been having a good time, too, so he didn't press the subject too much with her.

Naturally, Bucky wanted to know if they'd gone all the way that night. As Steve's best friend, he'd known about his lack of experience with women and it would have been his first time.

Steve blushed bright red when Bucky asked him. Steve thought back to that morning. They were back in New York overnight and that morning, Steve and Bucky were in the gym.

"I don't know what that means, Steve," Bucky laughed. "Just tell me if you nailed her or not."

Steve wanted to slug the guy right then and there. "Nail her?" Steve asked. "That is crude, Buck."

Bucky rolled his eyes. "Seriously, dude, you're going to have to get with the times."

"I know I have to adapt to the world now, Bucky, but seriously? I am not ever going to say I nailed someone unless I have actually hit them with a hammer. And that's more of Thor's thing," Steve said, laughing at his own joke.

"That was bad, man," Bucky said, also laughing at Steve's joke. "But you really aren't going to tell me if you slept with her?"

"How is it your business?" Steve replied.

Bucky pretended to be offended. "Seriously, Steve. I'm your best friend. You can tell me."

"All right!" Steve said, swinging hard at the punching bag and causing it to fly off its chains. "No. We didn't…you know…" he finished quietly.

"No wonder. You can't even call it sex," Bucky said.

Steve's face turned bright red again.

"Did you even talk to her about it?" Bucky asked.

"Why are we talking about this again?" Steve asked back as he hung the punching bag again.

"You could tell her that you love her but you couldn't talk to her about having sex with her? Did she say anything?" Bucky asked.

"No, but she'd just put her own stitches in her leg and I didn't really want to push my luck last night."

"Did she at least stay with you last night?" Bucky asked.

"Yes," Steve replied, utterly exasperated.

Bucky smiled an evil grin. "Well, that's a good sign."

"She slept in one of my t-shirts," Steve volunteered.

"Well, that's a really good sign."


"Did you get to see her change?"


"She is gorgeous, Steve. And I'm a man. It can't be helped."

Steve rounded on his friend and backed him up against the wall suddenly. Bucky was taken by surprise and hit the wall with a loud thud.

"Do NOT talk about her like that!" Steve said, holding him against the brick with one arm. "Don't," he warned again.

Bucky put his hands up in a surrendering motion.

"I'm sorry, man," Bucky wheezed.

Steve unexpectedly let go and Bucky fell to the floor.

"You have got to quit doing that, Steve," Bucky said as he rubbed the area on his chest where Steve was holding him.

"Then don't talk about Amanda like that," Steve said, walking away from the man on the floor.

"I'm really am sorry, Steve," Bucky said. "I won't do it again. I just don't want you to waste any more time. You've already lost out on so much by being frozen for so long. The time isn't to be shy. You're effing Captain America, dude."

"I'll keep that in mind," Steve replied dryly. "I have a meeting with Fury."

He picked up his things and was out of the gym without another word.

That's how he'd left things with Bucky. It didn't seem to be affecting the other man. He was dancing with some blond woman that Steve didn't recognize. She looked too young to be an agent. Maybe she worked for Stark.

"What are you doing over here all by yourself?" a voice said to him, breaking him from his thoughts.

Steve smiled when he realized who it was.

"I was just waiting for you," he said to Amanda.

He couldn't help the look that he gave her as she stepped into his full view.

Amanda was wearing a party dress that hit just above her knees in a blue that matched that of his Captain America uniform. It matched her eyes perfectly, too. His eyes followed the dress to her knees and down to her feet. She was wearing bright red high heeled shoes. Steve realized that he was still staring at her legs and forced his head back up to meet her eyes.

"You look very…"

"Patriotic?" Amanda answered. "That's what Tony said."

"Don't listen to him. You look beautiful."

Amanda blushed and the low neckline of the dress allowed Steve to watch it spread down her neck on onto her chest.

"You look pretty good yourself," Amanda said, admiring the suit that Steve had dressed himself in.

"Thank you," Steve said. "Stark insisted on having suits made for me."

"I would imagine that it would be difficult to shop off the rack when you're a superhero," Amanda said smirking and playing with the lapel of his suit jacket. "Would you like to dance?" she asked as a slower song came on.

Steve hesitated.

"Steve?" Amanda said.

"This is really familiar, um, I don't know how to dance."

Amanda smiled. "Come on, let's go," she said, putting her hand on his.

It was awkward for a few seconds, as Steve didn't know where he should put his hands after she pulled him out onto the dance floor, but Amanda helped him and his hands found the curves of her hips a very comfortable resting place. The two of them started to sway to the music and Amanda closed the gap between them. She rested her head on his shoulder and for a few minutes, Steve forgot about everything that had happened, both recent and in the past. It felt right and it felt good.

The song was over too quickly.

Amanda looked up into Steve's eyes; normally they were bright blue, like her own, but now they were dark with want. But before either of them could say anything, Tony Stark's voice boomed through the crowd.

"Welcome, welcome, ladies and gentleman," he yelled. He was dressed in a tuxedo and looked very dapper indeed. "Now, I don't normally need a reason to have a party, this time I actually have one. Let's have a round of applause for our little Mandy Ann, excuse me, Amanda, who now is second in command for all of SHIELD!" Tony said. "Where is she? Amanda, come on up here."

A spotlight hit Amanda, who was still wrapped in Steve's arms, and illuminated the both of them.

"Oh, look at the lovebirds!" Tony yelled, embarrassing the both of them. "Come on up here!"

But neither Amanda nor Steve moved.

"Rogers, come on, man, bring her up here."

Steve looked down at Amanda and she shrugged and sighed.

"He's not going to let it go," Amanda said to Steve.

"I'm not going to drag you up there if you don't want to go," he said back to her.

"He's going to come down here if we don't go."

Slowly, Steve escorted Amanda through the parting crowd and he held her arm as she climbed the steps onto the stage.

"Say a few words, my dear," Tony said into the microphone.

"Do I have to?" Amanda asked into Tony's ear.

"Yes, you do," Tony laughed.

"Okay, well," Amanda began. "Tony is full of bull shit and he wanted to have a party," she laughed.

The whole crowd laughed with her and her statement.

"And he says it's for my promotion, but in fact, I know him well enough that this is actually my birthday party, which he promised me that he'd never do again," Amanda said, looking to Tony with an exasperated expression.

Steve's eyes went wide with surprise. It was her birthday?

"I don't really have anything else to say, except, thank you for coming, everyone. And since it's on Tony's tab, eat and drink 'til your heart's content."

Amanda kissed Tony on the cheek and Steve led her back down the stairs.

"It's your birthday?" Steve asked into her ear once they were out of everyone's vision. The sensation sent shivers through her and she turned to look at him.

"It is," Amanda replied. "You know, I'm not that big of a fan of parties. Even if they are for me."

Steve watched her again, his eyes darkening once more as he watched her lips move.

"Let's get out of here, them," Steve replied.

A/N: Okay, it's sort of just a fluffy chapter, but I feel like Steve deserves a good time now and then. More action and an end are coming up. Please let me know what you thought; and leave a review. Thank you everyone!