SPOILER WARNING: If you have not seen The Avengers yet, please do not read this story!

Standard Fanfic Disclaimer that wouldn't last ten seconds in a court of law: These aren't my characters. I'm just borrowing them for, um, er, typing practice. Yeah, that's it, typing practice. Based on characters and situations from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically The Avengers and Captain America: the First Avenger, which in turn were based on characters and situations from Marvel Comics. This is an amateur work of fiction; no profit beyond pleasure has been made from this ficlet. This story is debuting as 'netfic and has not previously been published in any fanzine or APA. SPOILER WARNING: If you have not seen The Avengers movie yet, please do not read this story!

Locker Room

by Susan M. M.

a missing scene from The Avengers movie

Nick Fury wanted to cry. He wanted to scream obscenities at the top of his lungs. He wanted to get stinking drunk. One of his best agents - one of his few friends - was dead. But he didn't have time to mourn, not now. He had to save the world first. Then he could take the time to mourn.

He opened Phil Coulson's locker and took out a brown leather album. Neatly organized in numerical order, each one in its own plastic pocket to keep it safe, was Coulson's Captain America trading card collection. Most of them were in mint condition. Coulson had haunted conventions and e-Bay for years to complete the collection. Fury removed five or six cards of Captain America. He started to close the album, when one of the cards caught his eye.

This page of the album didn't have any cards of Captain America. Instead, these cards were of his team, the Howling Commandoes. Fury removed a card of Gabe Jones and carefully put it in his pocket. Once this was over - assuming they survived - he'd have to take Captain America to Arlington National Cemetery so the two of them could visit his grandfather.

Clutching the cards in his hand, Fury headed for the morgue next to the heli-carrier's sickbay. Phil Coulson had one last service to offer the Avengers Initiative.