Disclaimer and AN: I don't own any of the Marvel characters – but Emma and Audrey are mine. Whew! Sorry for not updating in a longggg time! I really wanted to focus on getting Lady Hawk finished, which it almost is! So I thought that I would write a little chapter for ya'll just so you would know that I haven't forgotten about you. Anyways, feed back is always welcomed!


Chapter 26:

"So you're gonna use these little robot thingys to attack to the neurotransmitters and basically kill them?" Steve asked trying to get the entire idea of what Tony had just explained to him as he looked at the tiny ball of metal in his hand that was no bigger than a grain of sand.

"In layman's terms, yes." Tony said sarcastically, as he pulled up as simulation in the middle of the table for the team, who was sitting around it. "But for those of us who weren't born when dinosaurs walked the Earth, the nanobots are going to upload a virus to the neurotransmitters that will allow us the ability to override the control of the neurotransmitters and hopefully frying their control on Bucky's central nervous system without causing too much damage."

The team watched the simulation run as Tony talked. Everything seemed to

"But the problem lies in that we don't know if it will work or not." Bruce added. "And we don't know exactly how much damage it will cause."

"Then why do it?" Natasha asked.

"This is the only thing that we have been able to come up with," Tony said. "But if it doesn't work, then his body should heal itself."

"The key word is should." Emma said. "You might have the ability to use technology to keep metal from crawling into your heart, Tony. But some people just don't handle medical procedures well."

Tony looked at his sister. There had to be something that she wasn't telling him. He'd bug her later about that. "We've taken that into consideration. That's why if he cannot be put into a medically induced coma, then the procedure isn't going to be done. Plus we'll have the big guy on standby."

"Isn't Bruce assisting?" Clint asked.

"The other big guy," Bruce said pointing at Thor who was busy eating his third pack of Pop tarts in a single sitting. Emma and Clint had reintroduced him to the breakfast food one day last week and since then Thor had been in heaven!

"When are you going to attempt this?" Steve asked.

"Tomorrow." Tony answered.

Emma glared at her brother before standing up from the table and making an excuse that she had to go check on Audrey and Elvis downstairs. That glare intrigued Tony even more. Now he had to find out what was bugging his sister.


Soon after Emma had excused herself from the Avengers meeting, everyone else had followed suit with their daily activities. Tony made his way to his personal lab.

"Jarvis, pull up Emma's SH.I.E.L.D. medical files and tell me what you can get out of them." Tony told his AI as soon as they were alone. He sat down in front of his bank of computers and started typing away, trying to dig up anything he could on his sister.

"Sir, it seems as if her files are still sealed, even though you both know that you are siblings." Jarvis responded.

"And that's the way they will stay," Emma said standing in the doorway to the lab. Tony had been so lost in his thoughts about what was bugging her, that he hadn't even heard her come in. "If you wanted to know something, then you should have simply asked."

"Would you have told me?"

"In this setting, when it was just you and I, yes." Emma said sitting down on a nearby stool. "Now you obviously want to know why I said what I did earlier."

"Yeah. What happened to you besides the car accident and the thing with your hands?"

"Let's see, besides being used as a human guinea pig, I've been in a medically induced coma at least 3 times since being with S.H.E.I.L.D., I don't have my gall bladder or my spleen, part of my liver is gone too. Oh several bones have been broken including my Humerus, which had to be rehabbed. And to top it all off I suffered a miscarriage from being shot with an arrow through the stomach."

"Who shot you?"

"Clint's fucking brother."

"So just because you don't like going under the knife, you don't want us to try to on Bucky?"

"No that's not what I am saying," she said getting in her brother's face. "What I am saying is that are you 100% perfect sure that this is the only way to get the neurotransmitters out of Bucky? Or is this is a ploy of yours to do some more testing on the system of yours that you have been modifying."

Tony pulled back and eyed her. "How do you know about that? Pepper doesn't even know."

"First off, I am your sister. Secondly, I work for Nick Fury. If I wanted to hack the Pentagon, I could. Jarvis is a breeze. But that isn't the point."

"Then what is?"

"If I find out that this procedure on Bucky was a means of testing for you, I will just let it slip to Steve that you used his best friend for a human guinea pig. Because Steve and hell, even Bruce, both know how that feels like."

"Bruce did it to himself."

"I don't care, it was an accident."

Tony tried to but it, but Emma was having it. "And I'm pretty sure that Steve won't appreciate it either way. So you better think twice before using the nanobots on Bucky."

"But this is…"

"I don't care if it is even in the developmental stage. I'm not an idiot. I can read design plans. Just think about it."

Emma turned and walked out of the lab, leaving tony with his thoughts. And he had quite a few at the moment. The main was that he had was how could he justify the nanobots to Emma.


Clint gently rubbed the knots out of Emma's neck then moved his way down her shoulders before moving towards her back. He hadn't felt her muscles this knotted up in a long time. "Em?"

"Hmm?" she asked as she savored this random back massage from her husband. She lay stretched out on their bed, curled up with a pillow.

"What's got you all stressed out?" he asked, pressing harder on her back. "We're all moved into our new place. Kaleigh is moving in soon to be Audrey's nanny. All our missions for work are fine. So what is wrong?"

"Tony."

"What do you mean?"

Emma sat up and explained to Clint about the file that she had found during her recent 'exploring' of Jarvis' files along with her confrontation with Tony earlier. "I just don't want him to make Bucky some human guinea pig. I know the feeling all too well."

"I know you do." Clint said pulling her close. She curled up against him and sighed.

"I just hope he does this for the right reasons and not the wrong ones."

"I'm sure he will."


"Right now the procedure looks like it's been a success." Tony said coming out of the operating room, where Emma, Clint, Steve and Natasha sat waiting for news. "Thor is helping Bruce secure Bucky once again to move back to recovery then we shall just wait and see what happens."

"That didn't take long," Natasha said.

"Nope," Tony said. "Just had to make sure that the nanobots got into his system and knew what to do and were doing it. So far, so good!"

Emma looked at Tony and smiled. "I hope so."


"Give him enough time to recovery under their watch." Fury said remotely monitoring the Avengers team.

"Then what?" Coulson asked.

"He's moved to the Vault. He'll become too much of a flight risk."