Tessa slowly stood up and admired her handiwork. Steve Rogers sat up and stared at her.
"I didn't know you were…" he whispered.
"And now you do," she cut him off and smiled down at him as she offered a hand to help him up. Just as he took it, she fell onto him. An arrow stuck out of the back of her neck and silver liquid began to flow from the wound. Steve yelped and jumped up, her body rolling off of him. He didn't know how he knew, but he knew that her blood was abnormal. Not allowing any of the sticky substance to touch his flesh he looked up at the top of the nearby building. A very angry-looking Hawkeye lowered his bow and stared at Captain America. Steve's eyes still glowed blue despite Tessa's immediate loss of power.
"Did everyone see that? Because I will not be doing that again," Ironman landed nearby after just performing his 'Jonah and the Whale' strategy. His suit was extremely low on power. He stopped short as he saw the silver-clad woman laying on the ground.
Black Widow came over as well, sweat dripping off her face. Thor flew in from above and landed with a thud. However he didn't shake the ground nearly as much as the Hulk who swooped down with Hawkeye in his arms. All near enemies seemed to shrink away from the group and the rest of the aliend were frantically flying back to their base on the other side of space.
"In case you forgot, birdbrain," Tony jabbed a metal finger at Hawkeye, "She's on our side."
"No," said Steve and Clint at the same time.
"She was controlling Steve. I saw it happen. She did exactly the same Loki was doing to me," argued the assassin as he shuddered at the memory.
"She wasn't controlling me she was saving my life. She was showing me the truth. I know now, what we've done. She wasn't on our side…"
Barton opened his mouth to let out an I knew it, but Thor threw Hawkeye to the ground, scattering all of his remaining arrows. Captain America continued.
"She wasn't on our side. We were on hers."
"What?" Tony spoke, asking the only question that came to mind.
"The Tesseract is the main source of power for all Nine Realms. With the Tesseract gone, the portal will collapse upon itself and the entire universe is going to be ripped apart into stardust," Thor explained.
"So you knew?" Asked Natasha, with a look that could take down any amount of men. Thor stood his ground.
"As a child, we were told stories, much the like the children here in Midgard, I suppose. But my brother and I had always been told the tale of how our father, Odin Allfather, had slayed the FrostGiants and stole the power source from Jotunheim. And I thought that was the whole story, but once we discovered my brother's true heritage, well, I started doubting the fantastic tale."
"What does this have to do with the Tesseract?" Natasha asked. Just then the ground started to shake. The Hulk looked around and growled.
"If we don't do something soon, a lot of people are going to die," Steve Rogers piped in. And it was his concern that left everyone silent. He wasn't 'enlightened' in the way Loki meant. He was truly reflecting the power of the Tesseract. As if to emphasize his words, the rumbling of the ground increased.
Tony was the first to move. He nodded his head and scooped Tessa up, pulling the arrow out of her neck. Silver liquid dripped onto his Ironman suit and the circuits of her jumpsuit rubbed against his armor with bright sparks.
"Power levels up six-hundred percent. Seven-hundred percent," The voice of JARVIS rang inside the metal suit. The blood from Tessa's wound pumped energy through his suit.
"Meet me on the roof of Stark Tower. It's time to end this once and for all," Tony ordered the rest of the team as he flew into the air. He struggled to balance with the extra-weight of the girl, but he quickly regained and flew over to the skyscraper with his name.