AN and Disclaimer: I don't own the Avengers….just borrowing them for a bit. Anyways, this is set a few days after the end of the Avengers movie – so enjoy and feedback is always welcome.

Chapter One:

There was very little that Tony Stark kept to himself. Basically his life was an open book – given that he was a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and he was an Avenger. Being such a public figure had its ups and downs, but after his latest near death experience at the hands of the Chitauri, there was very little that Tony Stark wanted to do besides spend time with Pepper Potts and begin rebuilding Stark Tower into a new home base for the Avengers, if they ever needed one.

Yet there was one other thing that was bugging him.

When he had been on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and had downloaded the encrypted files for Phase 2, he had noticed that there was another encrypted file tied to his name. It had not downloaded completely before Fury had cut him off, but the part that he had managed to download only revealed a name - Emma Kate Stark.

What business did S.H.I.E.L.D. have with his deceased little sister? She died over twenty years ago with his parents in the car crash. She was rarely mentioned in any of the obituaries about his parents and very few people had known that Howard and Maria Stark had a second child. Emma had been the miracle child in his parent's eyes, born after trying for that second child for so long. She was only seven when the car crash happened.

He couldn't wait to have this little talk with Fury. So until then, he would keep the secret of his little sister from everyone for just a while longer.

Nick Fury was making his way towards the bridge of the helicarrier when Clint Barton, who had returned from seeing Thor and Loki off in New York City a few days ago, stopped him. "Sir, is it true that we can take time off if we would like?"

"Yes, the last group is leaving in a few hours."

"Can I join them, sir?"

"Without a doubt. In fact, I don't want to see you back on this helicarrier until two weeks have gone by. Have I made myself clear?"

For the first time in a long time, Clint Barton could almost smile. "Yes sir," he said turning and hurrying back to his quarters to back so that he could head back to the mainland. There wasn't anywhere else that he wanted to be at that time.