A.N. Hey Everyone! This is my first Avengers fic that I've ever posted (not the only one I've ever written). I plan on writing a romance fic for each Avenger, so here's Cap/OC. My main character somehow turned into my friend, so though it's not EXACTLY like her, it is her. :P so i hope she likes it and i hope you do too. enjoy! :D
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Sitting At A Coffee Shop With Captain America - Steve/OC
Captain America was a legend... is a legend. People look up to him; except one girl: Tania. Tania didn't fan girl over the exceedingly handsome (she'll give him that) superhero that almost every female was squealing over. What good would it do? Captain America was too good good for just any girl, all of their hopes and dreams and unrealistic fantasies would be crushed. So Tania didn't even bother thinking about him, not even about the time he'd saved her from impending doom and then ran away to help someone else who was being attacked by aliens.
Captain America's mask, suit, shield, image, and merchandise were seen everywhere Tania went. They cluttered up the window displays at the malls, clips of the Avengers' amazing triumph played at every commercial break, his photo was on billboards, magazines covers, she even saw him painted on a car once. Honestly? She was tired of all the attention he was getting, and it was all her friends could talk about.
"Captain America is the hottest Avenger..."
"I swear he looked right at me..."
"He's so heroic..."
Gosh! Tania didn't want to HEAR it anymore! She would bet one hundred dollars that none of them had ever actually met the famed Captain America they loved so much. She herself hadn't even met him, not properly and yet, she couldn't rid herself of the assumptions she had swimming around her head.
But she learned the hard way that she was wrong – for the most part – but still, she had never been so happy to be corrected. It was about a month after Loki's invasion when she saw him again – sans uniform. It was in person too, and up close.
Tania had just exited a cab and into the bright sunny, cloudless day of June twenty fifth. The star of our solar system shone harshly on her pale skin, slowly burning her. She slammed the door of the car and took one step after another on the pavement; her heels clacking against the cement with each step.
Tania quickly began to dig around her red leather purse for her cell phone to assure herself that she wasn't late for work (she never was) when something rammed into her at full force. At first, she thought it was a car, but when strong arms wrapped around her when her face was an inch from the ground, she realized it was a person.
"Oh! I'm sorry ma'am. Are you alright?" Tania had never heard that voice before, but it sent shivers down her spine. The strong man (with very nice arms) held her in a firm grip and helped her back to her feet. That's when she turned to face her savior/attacker and gasped.
Captain America – though it felt weird to call him that seeing as he wasn't in uniform – didn't even let her say anything before interrupting. "Ma'am, are you hurt?" He asked again. Tania blinked.
"No, I'm fine." She answered. Captain Rogers(?)' facial features visibly relaxed.
"I'm terribly sorry Miss, I wasn't watching where I was going. Is there any way I could make it up to you?" His sparkly eyes bored into hers and she was taken aback by his behavior. It was almost totally opposite to what she had originally thought. He wasn't shy, not really, and he cared one hundred percent, he... okay, she didn't know him well enough to totally judge his character... but maybe she could get to know him... you know, just to prove (or dis-prove... if that's a word) her theory. Yup, only reason.
"You can take me to Avengers Tower?" Why did she just say that? Well... if she got to meet Tony Stark and introduce him to some of her business ideas, then it could be her big break! And Captain (?) over here could get her that chance. It wasn't technically abusing him if he offered right? Steve(?) looked shocked at first, but then smiled and Tania couldn't help but smile back.
"I'm on my way there now. I kind of live there." He jutted his thumb towards the semi-repaired Tower. "Would you care to join me in my walk there?" It was quite a distance away... oh well, more time to get to know Steve. Her heart sped up a bit and she nodded, sending a fleeting glance at her office building before deciding that this was more important. Steve gestured for her to go first, so she did. He's quite the gentleman. Or is it all an act? "So what's your name?" he asked.
"Steve." Tania had to bite her tongue to stop herself from replying, 'I know'.
"So Steve," she thought she saw him grin with the most adorable dimples she'd ever seen, "tell me about yourself." He seemed surprised at her question and responded with one of his own.
"Would you mind telling me why you want to go to Stark Tower first?"
Tania blushed. Right. She cleared her throat. "Right, well, if I could just show Mr. Stark some of my ideas for his marketing and advertising segment, then I'd have a once in a lifetime chance of working with THE biggest company in the world! Well... one of them, anyway." Was it a trick of the light, or did Steve's face fall for a second?
"Oh, alright, that's fine. And to answer your earlier question, I enjoy swing music, cannot dance for my life, and I used to go to bars every other weekend but I haven't been drunk in years. What about you?"
"Oh! Well..." she bit her lip. Anything to help conduct and experiment... sort of. She really did want to get to know him, even if she never saw him again. "I hate swearing, I'm kind of a perfectionist, I love to draw, I suck at cooking, and I have a tendency to wear pencil skirts." Steve laughed.
"I like to draw too. When we get to the tower I can show you some of my... uh, works, if you want. You know, after you're done with Tony." He stuffed his hands in his pockets and looked straight ahead, avoiding her gaze. Tania smiled bright at him.
I'd like that." huh, who knew they had something in common? "I also took ten years of dance lessons, so if you want... I could teach you." She was hesitant to say that last part because it would imply that they were going to see each other again, and why would they? They'd only just met... gosh, she felt like a creeper now.
"Sure, sounds like fun." He smiled and Tania relaxed. "I'm warning you now though, I may cause severe injuries." Tania laughed and waved it away as they crossed the street.
"Don't worry about it. You've already saved my life, I'm due for some bad luck."
"Saved your life? I almost ran you over..." He doesn't remember me. Great. Of course, typical man. Unless... he rescued too many people to count, in which case... typical superhero. She rolled her eyes.
"During the alien invasion. I was getting mauled by one of the aliens and you wrestled it off me, then ran to go help someone else. I'm not surprised you don't remember me, it was a very brief encounter." She began to walk faster, anxious to get to the Tower. Steve matched her strides easily.
"I'm sorry." He apologized sincerely. Tania shook her head.
"Don't be. You saved my life, and I'm eternally grateful." She brushed her bangs away from her eyes – a telltale sign that she liked someone. Of course, there was no way Steve could know that.
"Great! No hard feelings then?"
"Of course not. I wouldn't expect you to keep track of every girl you save. Unless you have photographic memory, in which case I'd have to slap you for not remembering me." The two chuckled together.
"Well don't worry, now that I have a name to a face, there's no way I could forget you." Tania blushed scarlet, completely flattered.
"Thanks. You must get this a lot huh? I mean, girls running up to you and claiming that you looked at them or brushed their arm or something and just squealing at the mere sight of you. In fact, I'm surprised we're not being swarmed by fans at this very moment." She quickly looked left then right in search of oncoming screaming girls. All clear.
"Actually, I don't get out all that much. This is probably the third time I've left the Tower since the attack." Steve admitted, shrugging his shoulders. Tania gaped at him.
"But... how did... that would explain... oh. You know what? I don't have much of a social life either." Steve chuckled as something warm began to creep into Tania's heart and slowly spread throughout her entire being.
"Some of the other Avengers practically forced me to go to this coffee shop last week and I quote, 'mingle'. One good thing came out of it though, the food there is AMAZING. In fact, it's coming up here." he pointed to the little restaurant across the street. The reminder of food made Tania's stomach grumble.
"Skip breakfast?" He asked, the corners of his mouth twitching upwards.
"Yeah, I kinda blew it up in the microwave this morning." Steve chuckled.
"Sounds like me." Tania furrowed her eyebrows.
"Do you do that often?" It was his turn to feel embarrassed. HA!
"Yeah, I still can't figure out how all this technology works. It's very confusing." What?
"What do you mean?"
"We didn't have any of this stuff where I'm from, or should I saw when?" He tried to smile, but it didn't get very far before falling off his face completely. Tania had no idea what he was talking about.
"Excuse me?" Steve looked at her. Her brown eyes were clouded with confusion. His jaw dropped.
"You mean you don't know?" He asked incredulously. She shook her head. He had never met someone who at least didn't know about him being from a different time. Did she think he got his super human strength from weight lifting?
Her stomach rumbled once again and Steve shook his head, laughing quietly. He gestured to the coffee shop. "Come on, I'll explain over brunch." He held the door open for her and and she hesitated, biting her lip before thinking screw it! And entering the restaurant.
Immediately she was attacked by the intense smells of coffee beans and baked goods; it was like heaven. She took a deep breath and plopped down in one of the chairs at a table for two, tossing her purse onto the back of her chair. Steve sat down across from her and linked his hands together on top of the table.
"What do you want to eat?"
Tania shrugged and opened her menu. Steve did the same. They sat in comfortable silence for several minutes, browsing their choices. Tania had chosen her food long ago, now she was just trying to organize her thoughts.
She was sitting at a coffee shop with Captain America.
Not something you can say every day. But I might. Her subconscious was right, she could do this every day. She could get to know him better, see him every day, drink lots of coffee (bonus!) and be closer to Stark (also bonus!). How could she bring that up though? 'Hey, I know we just me but would you mind hanging out with me for no other reason other than to see if you're a douche or not to disprove my theory?' yeah, no.
But something was telling her to get to know him, like a gut feeling. Tania always followed her instincts, and right now they were telling her that Steve was someone she shouldn't just let walk out of her life.
"You ready to order?" She asked, closing her menu and setting it aside. He nodded just as a waiter passed their table dressed in jeans and a uniform shirt with a name tag that read Randy.
"What can I get you?" Steve gestured for Tania to go first.
"I'll have the almond croissant and a strawberry tart please." She handed Randy the menu and Steve copied her.
"And I'll take the hot cross buns."
"Perfect, and how would you like your coffees?"
"Black." They chorused. They both looked to each other, surprised. The waiter disappeared as they laughed at each others' shocked expressions.
"I've never met someone else who liked their coffee black." Tania gushed, excited that she was finally able to find someone who did.
"Me neither." They smiled cutely at each other. After a few seconds of content silence, Tania crossed her legs and set her hands in her lap.
"So what were you going to explain to me?" And just like that, they were off. Steve told the story of how he became Captain America. And for once, he didn't mind. Tania hung on his every word, nodding enthusiastically at appropriate intervals and smiling sympathetically at the sad parts. Their food was long since eaten and their cups refilled twice. There had already been a couple bathroom breaks too. Even still, they kept at it, talking amicably like they'd known each other for years. Before they knew it, it was getting late.
Both Tania and Steve got out their wallets, but Steve reached across the table and put his hand on top of hers. Did someone say fireworks?
"I've got this." He smiled. And who was she to refuse free coffee and food? She smiled back and put her wallet away. Together, they got up and stepped out into the cloudy day just as a rain drop fell on Tania's eyes lashes. She fluttered them frantically and it disappeared.
"It's gonna rain!" She exclaimed, excited. Steve didn't seem to like the rain as much as she did, seeing as he scowled. Noticing this, Tania took his hand and began to pull him in the direction of Avengers Tower.
"Come on Cap! Live a little! Let's run!" She dragged him behind her until he gave in and began running too. The rain fell down harder and soon it was pouring. Tania laughed as they bolted for cover that was still a few blocks away. Their hands were still linked when they dove inside Stark's lobby several minutes later, completely drenched from head to toe. Steve was grinning like a maniac and Tania was giggling uncontrollably. It was quite the sight to see.
"Well, here we are."
Awkward silence. Steve scratched the back of his neck and blushed.
"I... I'd like to see you again. Would you like to meet up again tomorrow?" Tania's smile widened.
At that moment, Tony Stark, closely followed by Pepper Potts, entered the lobby. "Well, well, what do we have here? Cap'n virgin getting wet with a girl in my humble abode?" He clucked his tongue. "Tsk, tsk. I thought the oh so wonderful Captain of our nation would know better than that."
Steve and Pepper rolled their eyes. Tania walked up to Tony and stuck out her hand. "Tania Banks, manager of Marketing and Advertising at Potter Inc. I would like to speak to you about the way you are presenting the world of the greatness that is Iron Man." Everyone raised an eyebrow at this, but no one questioned it. It was an effective method.
"Well," Tony threw an arm around Tania's soaked shoulders and began to lead her away from Steve and Pepper, who was trying to convince him to get into some dry clothes. Steve caught Tania's eye and she winked at him, then went right back to listening to her potential new boss ramble about himself. "... but I could just fire him. If you wanted, we could probably arrange something..."