I'm sort of afraid of what will happen after this is posted. I was actually shaking and trembling while writing this chapter, guys... I'll just leave it at that for now. There will be some new faces appearing in this chapter but it will be a cameo appearance so be on the lookout.
Sketchbookpianist: Sketch... I'm sorry if I hurt you with a whole lot of feels with how Chapter 4 ended but I hope that I make amends with Chapter 5. And... why on earth would I follow in Mac's footsteps? She does things to her characters that are plain cruel and they scar people for life, man!
My mind went blank when I realized that Peter placed his lips onto my own. For a minute, I had no idea what Oxygen was . And you know something? I actually liked it. When he pulled away, his face had turned a whole new shade of red and I began to giggle.
"I'm sorry," he said with an apologetic look on his face.
"For what? Dude, that was awesome!" I heard something that sounded like glass fall and smash into a million pieces and when I turned around, I saw Tony standing there with shattered glass on the floor and a shocked look on his face. "Earth to Tony Stark!" I yelled and Tony shook his head before looking at Peter with a smirk on his face.
"Nice job, Parker." was all he could say which started to scare me. I thought he was going to say something that would probably scare the living daylights out of Peter or scar him for life but he didn't.
"Where are you going?"
"Pepper asked me to come visit her while she's on break. My question is where are you two going right now?"
"Training Center. Fury put me and Clint in charge of training him in case we get sent on any missions and I want him to be prepared to handle whatever is thrown at him." He nodded his head and with a waggle of his eyebrows, we parted ways once he said,
"Well, don't do anything I wouldn't do." I rolled my eyes at what he said. Sometimes he reminded me so much of Wade but then again... Wade was a bit more annoying than Tony was. I remember meeting him for the first time when I went on my very first mission with Dad and the guy wouldn't stop hitting on me. Of course, he was addressed as Deadpool at the time but I heard that his real name was Wade Wilson. Luckily, Dad stepped in as the protective father he was and threatened to use his taser on him because he didn't like the way Wade was hitting on me. I was 16 when I first met him and I told myself that if I ever saw him again, I would probably punch him in the face.
When Peter and I made our way into the Training Center, I began searching for Clint in the hopes that he would help me out a little since he did train me to become the Agent that I am today. With Natasha's help as well. While searching for the archer, I saw that Steve was in the gym hitting a punching bag.
"Hey Steve!" Peter followed behind me and I saw that Steve was still in the zone when it came to his training. "Steve!" He looked up and saw that both Peter and I were standing in the doorway and stopped training.
"Hey Kendall, hi Peter! What's up?" I looked around the gym for a minute and Steve raised an eyebrow. "It's just me in here. Were you looking for someone?"
"Have you seen Clint anywhere? I thought he would be able to help me train Peter for a little bit today since he and I were assigned to make sure he was trained so that he wasn't too reckless when he was on missions."
"He and Natasha left a few minutes ago because Fury said he had something he wanted them to take care of. But if you guys want, I can help you out and practice fight with you for a little bit." I turned to Peter who looked excited at the very thought of fighting Captain America in a friendly fight with me by his side.
"Sure, why not? Peter, did you bring your web shooters?" He nodded his head and I could see that they were already strapped onto his wrists which could mean only one thing. "Where's your suit?" He began to rip open his shirt and there, I could see the spider symbol on his chest and I knew that he was wearing his costume underneath his street clothes. He reminded me of a younger Clark Kent when he did that. Of course, I only heard about him through Bruce Wayne when I met him at my Sweet Sixteen that Tony threw for me. Tony needed a wingman that night and since no one else volunteered, he placed a call to Gotham and had Bruce here in seconds. Of course, I felt bad for Mr. Wayne on account of the fact that he had to deal with a drunk Tony Stark and that he really didn't want to handle such a situation. Still, the idea that he remains friends with Tony is a question I think I will never know the answer to. "Wow." was all I could say at the moment since looking at the suit again still amazed me.
'Let's do this!" I heard him with an excited tone. I grabbed my black fingerless gloves, tied my hair into a ponytail, and thought that this was going to be a lot of fun
"How do you guys want to do this? All against each other, two against one, or should we make it where if you fall out of the arena, you lose?" I looked at Steve with a confused look and then he replied, "Clint told me about a few games you could play when practice fighting in the arena."
"I think it would be best if Peter and I teamed up while you're on your own." Steve nodded his head and that's when I saw from the corner of my eye that Peter had put on the mask and I was once again struck at how amazing he looked in his suit with the mask on. Peter and I took a stance and watched as Steve threw the first punch and we both dodged it. He ran towards me and I began to do back flips and on the last flip, my foot met Steve's face while Peter shot enough web that would trap him in his place. He then shot another round of webbing towards Steve's feet, causing the super soldier to fall.
"That was awesome!" Peter yelled. Clearly he didn't realize that there was a reason why they called Steve the Super Soldier. He turned to look at Steve to see that he was fighting his way out of the webbing and when he finally managed to do so, he ripped off the webbing that had covered his feet. "Oh crap." I let out a small chuckle from under my breath and watched as Steve went after Peter who would do these moves that resembled stunts from a circus act. He was like an acrobat.
"You've got some slick moves, Peter, but then again, you just left yourself wide open."
"What are you talking about?" When he turned to look back at me, I managed to sweep in and knock Steve onto the ground the way that Natasha had taught me, saving Peter from getting punched in the face.
"That," I began, "I just saved you from getting punched in the face. Keep your eyes peeled when you're on the battlefield or when you're out there on your own." He slowly began to remove his mask and when he finally took it off, I saw his eyes had a wide and shocked look to them. "Sorry about that, Steve. Are you okay?" The Captain got up and slowly grunted as he did so. Wiping his face once and rubbing the back of his neck.
"Yeah, I'll be fine, Kendall. No worries since this is what I actually wanted to see during a training session. You were so, oh what's that word Stark likes to use a lot, badass?" I looked over at Peter and then the two of us began to laugh. It was really funny whenever I watched Steve try to use terms from this century but it meant that he was learning and I had to give him credit because if I were in his place, I would probably still freak out when I use the toaster or use my phone.
When Steve was done with training, we decided to leave the training center and relax for a little while before Peter would have to return home for the night. While in the elevator, he looked at me and said,
"That was fun. You were like a ninja when you tripped Steve out of nowhere like that. You know, only a ninja who is really pretty and... I said that out loud didn't I?" I nodded my head as I laughed at how embarrassed he looked.
"It's okay. But that was really fun. See? This is what you can do when you're not on missions. Just hang out and have fun before Fury gets back because, I swear, that man knows how to suck the fun out of everything sometimes."
Back at the suite, I threw Peter a towel so that he could wipe off his sweat and when he asked where the bathroom was, I pointed it out to him. I turned on the T.V. to see what was going on in the news before I changed it to BBC America to watch Doctor Who. My eyes were drawn to an image on the screen during an interview with a witness who claimed they were saved by the hero known as Daredevil. Wait a second... What?! I paused the screen when I saw the image of Daredevil on the screen and I knew this had to be a lie. There was no way I was seeing my ex-boyfriend on the screen. It's been two years since I last heard anything from Matt Murdock and this is how I find out what's he up to? Seeing him after all this time, I'm not surprised since he told me his secret when we were dating. Sure, he's two years older than me but it didn't matter to Dad at the time since he actually approved of Matt. He liked what he stood for when it came to being a hero since it reminded him of Captain America and the fact that he respected him and me. He was a gentleman, yes, but there came a turning point in our relationship that lead us to go our separate ways. He was afraid for me because he was being targeted by Kingpin. I knew that Matt didn't want anything to happen to me and it was through a mutual understanding that we ended our relationship with the prospect of still keeping in touch and remaining friends. If I saw him again after all this time, I'd probably punch him for not keeping his promise and then ask him how the hell was he able to take down Kingpin on his own.
I shook my head and changed the channel to BBC America to see that Doctor Who wasn't on which pissed me off. Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares was on instead and it wasn't that bad since I did watch this show from time to time. When Peter came back, I saw that he had splashed water on his face and on his ran his fingers through his hair to give it that wet and messy look.
"What's wrong? Is Doctor Who on?" I shook my head and pointed to the screen to show an angry Gordon Ramsey who was yelling at practically everyone in the room. I began to laugh as he joined me on the couch and he also began to laugh at the antics that were on the screen. "When is this guy never angry? It seems like he's always angry for no apparent reason."
"That's the main reason why I watch this. He's always yelling and when he does, the look on the faces of the people in the room is priceless." I could feel the intensity of his stare and from the corner of my eye I saw that he was staring at me.
"Kendall, is there open space in the training center that we could use? Like a rock wall or just open space where I could try to do some tricks with my web-slinging?" I thought of the room that we were in yesterday when he showed off his powers to the rest of the team.
"I think I got just the right place."
The room was empty and I was glad because I had no idea what Peter was planning on doing. He wasn't in the suit and I was surprised that he was going to do some tricks in his regular clothes. "JARVIS? Can you generate some walls for Mr. Parker?" The AI responded by creating walls tall enough to make you feel like you were going to be trapped within the next five minutes. "Peter, what on earth are you going to do?" There was a smile on his face and I didn't know if this was a good thing or a bad thing.
"You'll see." He started web slinging and it looked like he was flying through the sky. He landed and then began to move from wall to wall and it was the most thrilling thing I've ever seen. He knew what he was doing and I trusted him to not hurt himself while doing this. But I started to get nervous when he looked at me when he stopped right in the middle of his performance. "Stand still and don't be scared, okay?"
"Peter, what the hell is going-" I was interrupted when he came down and literally lifted me off the ground. I screamed out of the initial shock and surprise when he did that. I was flying and he made it seem like it was the easiest thing in the world. He laughed at the way I looked so scared at first but then joined me when I was yelling in excitement at the thought of being in the air and in the arms of Peter Parker. "Don't let me go!" I held onto him since I sort of had a fear of heights.
"Never!" I heard him say. While flying in the air, I couldn't help but let myself stare into his eyes when he wasn't looking and he did the same when I looked away. When we landed, I was still reeling from the adrenaline that had attacked me during the flight and it was in a good way. While leaving the arena, he held my hand and I could tell that this was going to become something that I would get used to.
"That was a lot of fun today, Peter, I'm glad you came by." He looked at his phone briefly and saw that he was needed at home with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. "So are we still on for our date tomorrow night?"
"What kind of question is that? Of course!" He opened his arms and pulled me into a hug and I didn't want to let him go but I knew that his Aunt and Uncle would be scared and worried out of their minds if Peter went home really, really late. He grabbed his skateboard from the living room and then used it to ride through the hallways which made me run after him in a playful manner. And when I did manage to catch up to him, it was because he stopped randomly and I had to turn around to face him. When I did, I knew he was gonna' kiss me and I was prepared for it when he did. Or not. The same intensity that was in the very first kiss he placed upon my lips was still there and I let it take over me since this was one feeling that will hit me like a hurricane every time. In a good way, obviously.
"Peter and Kenny, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!" I heard Tony say and this time he was accompanied by Clint, who stood there shaking his head with a smirk on his face.
"How was your mission, Clint?" He shrugged his shoulders like it was nothing.
"It was okay but having Tasha there made it even better. But I see that you had an even better day than I did."
"Kendall, it was a lot of fun today and I can't wait for our date tomorrow. Until then." Peter took my hand and gently placed his lips on them, smiled at me, and got onto his skateboard as he headed home. I watched him leave with a smile on his face as one started to appear on my own.
"And you've got a date with him too?! Kendall, can I ask you something?" I was afraid of what the archer might ask because of the way he stood there next to Tony of all people.
"What, Clint?" His smile faded and I saw that he was going to get serious in the next five seconds.
"Since you're going on this date with Parker, does that mean you've moved on from Matt Murdock?" Just like the way Stephen reacted to Tony bringing up his ex, I wished I could do to Clint what he did to Tony. "Kendall?" But then I thought about the way I felt when I watched the news earlier today.
"Yeah, why? Matt and I broke up through a mutual understanding and we decided to become friends. But I know that the next time I see him, I'll probably punch him in the face. Don't worry about me guys, I'm excited about this date anyways. Peter's different and in a good way since he's so full of life and Matt was sometimes a total downer. Besides, Matt didn't like Doctor Who and Peter does." Before I turned away, I turned my attention towards Tony. "What's up with your wingman, Bruce Wayne, Tony? It's like he disappeared off of the face of the earth after Bane came to Gotham."
"Oh, he's taking along needed vacation with a girl that he totally has the hots for. Selina Kyle was her name or something like that. I don't know if he's going to even make it to your party and be my wingman so I might have to go looking for a new guy." Clint's eyes widened at the thought of being Tony's wingman.
"I'll do it! You don't even have to ask me and I request that you only pay me in alcohol."
"I'll leave you to on your own and wait for the party to find out who's the wingman."
"Hey, Kenny, wait a minute! I have to ask you what theme do you want for your birthday party?" Did he really just ask me that right now? "I was thinking of going with this whole Romeo and Juliet thing seeing as how you and Parker are now going to become an item or maybe some sort of Murder Mystery party where Barton is the one who is dead and in the end we find out that it was no one because he died of alcohol poisoning." Tony had figured that when Clint asked me about Matt, he was going to have to change subjects but they clearly don't understand that I was over Matt Murdock and am moving on from him.
"Whatever you want, Tony, just run it by Pepper before you finalize anything. And I mean it this time!"
After a much needed shower, I got dressed in some comfortable clothes and I decided to look up that word Dad told me about before he left for his mission. Watchmen. And when I said I looked it up, I meant I had JARVIS run a search on it.
"Agent Coulson, I found some files on the Watchmen and their members. They are linked with a fellow by the name of Hollis Mason as he was an original member when the group had called themselves the Minutemen before 1962 when he and the original team had decided to hang up their capes. Then a new team had formed with a few of the old members still part of it. This time they had called themselves the Crimebusters but later on they were associated as the Watchmen. This new team had members like Dan Dreiberg as the second Nite Owl, following the footsteps of Hollis Mason, Laurie Jupiter as the second Silk Spectre after her mother Sally Jupiter had passed the torch to her, with returning members such as Walter Kovacs as the masked vigilante Rorschach, Edward Blake as the Comedian, Doctor Jon Osterman as Doctor Manhattan, and business man Adrian Veidt who was known as Ozymandias. Although, it appears as if Mr. Veidt has officially retired from the superhero occupation to maintain his business. However, the role that the Watchmen play in terms of being heroes has remained a mystery since after the death of Edward Blake/ The Comedian, the rest of the team have gone into retirement and have sworn off their roles as heroes although Rorschach still maintains his duties as a vigilante. That is all I can find on the Watchmen, Agent Coulson. Was this information sufficient for you?"
"Yes, thank you, JARVIS." So that's who they were. These people in my dreams were real people who were actually a team of superheroes much similar to the Avengers. So part of the puzzle was solved but there was still more that needed to be solved and I felt as if I needed to know more. However, that was going to have to wait for another day. "JARVIS, can you download all of the Doctor Who episodes from Series 6 onto the DVR so I can watch them later."
"Or for your date tomorrow with Mr. Parker? Right away, Agent Coulson." I was so scared for a moment because of the fact that JARVIS knew about how Peter and I had planned our first date to revolve around Doctor Who. He was starting to remind me of David, the android in Prometheus.
I checked my phone and saw that I had gotten a text from Pepper saying that she, Tony, and I were going out for dinner. Well, I just saw Tony with Clint not too long ago and that's when I saw him enter the suite.
"Hey, Kenny, let's get going. We're going to dinner and Pepper's coming with us. It's Italian night and I get to have noodles!' He waggled his eyebrows at the thought of enjoying Italian pasta.
Sometimes, I swear that man is like an overgrown child. And that went double for Clint Barton.