Chapter 1: Just Darcy
Darcy never believed she was the type of girl who was destined to find love. She never held out hope that one day prince charming would stroll in on his white stallion and sweep her off her feet. She never dreamed that one day she would escape this life, this mundane existence. The same thing day in and day out, barely being happy with the way her life was going. And she certainly never believed that she could draw the attention of some insanely hot guy for anything more than the proportions of her body. Being well endowed had its pitfalls, especially for someone like her who labeled herself a social outcast. She never believed that one day she would go from the middle of nowhere New Mexico, to right in the middle of everything New York all in the short scape of one year. She never thought that she could ever be anything more than what she was because to her, she was always just Darcy. Plain ol'Poli-Sci major Darcy Lewis.
And then she got a phone call….
Is this the real life; is it just fantasy
Caught in a land slide, no escape from reality
Open your eyes, look up to the sky and s…
"Hmloo." Darcy mumbled half asleep into her cell phone.
"Yes, Miss Lewis?" was the reply on the other end. She half nodded before her sleep addled mind realized whoever this was couldn't see her.
"This is she." She replied her voice croaky.
"This is Agent Coulson, I don't know if you remember me or the organization I work for but I was hoping we could meet for lunch one day this week to discuss potential employment opportunities." Coulson said. There was a pause on Darcy's end and Coulson was just beginning to wonder if she was still there when her voice rang out confused.
"Um…what?" she asked, it was evident the direction of this conversation had woken her up rather quickly.
"We were rather impressed with your managing skills and how quickly you picked up on paperwork and other things that you were subjected to during your time with Dr. Foster." Coulson told her clinically.
"Um….ok." she replied slowly as if still determining whether or not she was dreaming.
"Excellent, then how about this afternoon at say 2:00pm?" he continued. "We'll meet at the café on Burch Ave." he added. She answered with a quick ok, before he hung up leaving her slack jawed and fully awake. She starred down at her phone in total disbelief.
She had to have lost her mind, it was the only explanation she could come up with to explain why she would actually consider much less show up to a meeting with a man she had a met for a total of, generously, thirty minutes to discuss what he claimed was a job, but really what kind of job could she, a recent graduate of Political Science possibly get with a secret organization. Sure she graduated from Yale but still, it's not like there was much use for someone with her kind of training in a top secret organization that does god only knows what and where and with who, and really how could anyone think that she could help with stuff like that. The most she could do is work with politicians.
Oh god, what if they wanted her to be a spy or something in the office of a politician. She couldn't be a spy, she could never be a spy. She tried to shop lift once and even though she got away with it she was such a nervous wreck before, during and after that she not only returned to the store to pay for what she took, but she volunteered to work there for however long she had to, to make up for it. The store owner just asked her not to do it again but still she was crazy over it.
Darcy took a deep breath as she neared the café. She looked down at her phone reading the time. 1:54pm, just on time. She entered the café a moment later and looked around finding the somewhat familiar face in the back. She made a beeline for him squelching down the urge to barf. Coulson, noticed her approach and stood as she got closer, offering her his hand. She took it, shaking it, before taking the seat across from him. There was a short silence between them as Coulson took a drink of his coffee. What was only a moment felt like a million as she waited for him to say something.
"You can relax Miss Lewis, you're not in any kind of trouble." Coulson told her noting her tense demeanor. She relaxed only a fraction.
"Honestly, I'm not sure if that's possible. I've been thinking about it all morning and I really can't for the life of me figure out what S.H.E.I.L.D would want with a Poli-Sci graduate." She replied simply.
"Well, it's very simple." He answered. She wouldn't lie; the lack of emotion was a bit unnerving. Like he could shoot her right here, right now in front of all these people and get away with it. "While we were in New Mexico, I took note of all the civilians involved, the town's people, etc. and in doing so I was required to do background checks and the like including on you." He paused to sip his coffee, apparently he took some sick joy in her anxiousness. "I was impressed with what I found." He turned in his seat pulling a file out of a brief case on the floor next to him. He opened it. "Excellent memory, identic it says here, a mostly strong family background, a parent in the military, a wealthy family, so you have a working knowledge of the socialite world, excellent education, grades and test scores, as well as a slew of other things." He looked up at her taking in her shocked expression.
"Um….are you sure you have the right girl?" she asked confused. Coulson smiled lightly, it didn't reach his eyes.
"Very sure Miss Lewis." He replied simply. She hesitated before answering.
"Ok, well, that still doesn't tell me what you guys want with me." She said shakily.
"Simple, I need a new assistant." He replied. His tone changed a bit to relay he was a bit annoyed at what he was about to say. "Apparently I have a reputation as being a difficult boss amongst other agents. That being said, I…" he cleared his throat. "I have to agree with them, I find it a bit difficult to find the right people to keep up with the demands of the job." He told her. He then added quickly. "If you tell anyone I admitted that I will deny it." She nodded in understanding, her eyes wide. "I believe that with your skills, training and personality you will be perfect to fill this empty position." He told her forwardly. He looked her over taking in the way her body relaxed only to tense again as everything he said washed over her.
"Huh?" she finally forced out. Coulson chuckled, amused by her blatant confusion and shock.
"I know this seems sudden." He continued as he brought his coffee mug away from his lips.
"You can say that again." Darcy interrupted finally finding the will to speak coherently.
"I assure you that while it may seem sudden to you, I have been considering this since you left New Mexico at the end of your internship." He explained.
"That was nearly a year and half ago, why wait until now?" she blurted out.
"Simple, I wanted you to finish your education and of course there was the incident in New York that I am sure you are aware of." Coulson replied. Darcy couldn't help but notice how casually he said 'Incident in New York' apparently S.H.I.E.L.D wasn't all that impressed with aliens and Gods trying to take over the world or the team of super heroes that prevented it.
"Ok, well, what exactly would I be doing?" she asked. It was a reasonable question of course but somewhere in the back of her mind she couldn't help but wonder if he was even allowed to tell her before she accepted the job.
"I'm not really supposed to tell you before you accept the position." He began. Nailed it. "However, I find it a bit unreasonable to ask you to jump into something with no real knowledge of what you're getting yourself into. I'll put this as simply as I can; this is not a job that you can just walk away from because you're bored. The things you'll be doing and the people you'll be working with are highly sensitive and confidential. There's no posting about this or that on Facebook or Twitter and especially no photos online anywhere. Your family, your friends, anyone you are close to are not allowed to know what it is you do. There will be no going to family dinner on Christmas or Thanksgiving and telling grandma or a cousin what you do for a living, no matter what they may think." He paused. "Now, with that said, your official title will be Chief Assistant Liaison Agent. This means that you will work directly under me and answer only to me, Deputy Director Hill, and/or Director Fury. Your duties will include a wide range of tasks, like administrative work and so on and so forth. If you decide to take the job I will go into farther detail with everything." He paused again, judging her reaction. When he was sure she wouldn't run out screaming he continued. "I realize that you may have some questions about me or the organization, but for security reasons I cannot answer them until I know you will accept the job. I also know that may make you uneasy but if it makes you feel better Dr. Foster and Dr. Selvig, are both working with us now and if you accept the job you will be in almost regular contact with them."
Coulson finished his monologue, then finished off his coffee and waited patiently for Darcy to reply. He had a feeling it would take a few minutes for her mouth to catch up with her brain. He watched as she took a deep breath, contemplation clear as day on her face. After a few moments she looked him the eye, something he was always impressed with since not many people who knew him could actually do that, and said;
"Ok, what the hell." She paused nodding. "You only live once." She continued, earning herself a small smile from Coulson, once again it didn't reach his eyes –she'd have to get him to teach her how he managed that.
"That's the spirit." He turned back to his brief case and pulled out another file. He handed it to her and she took it without hesitation. "This is an information packet that you may find useful. Normally I would tell someone that I don't expect them to memorize everything but given your identic memory you don't really have a choice I suppose." She smiled lightly finding it refreshing that he did at least know how to attempt to joke. "Specifically you will find dress code, rules and regulation and where and when to report for your first day. Our headquarters are in New York so your train ticket is also in there. When you do arrive someone will bring you to the office you'll be working in, that's where I will meet you and go over any questions you have as well as go into the work you'll be doing." She simply nodded, not trusting herself to speak coherently at the moment.
Coulson opened his mouth to speak, only to be cut off when his cell phone rang. He pulled it out, looking slightly annoyed by what he saw on the caller id and answered. His conversation was short and curt but she could tell whoever had called was grating on his nerves utterly and completely. When the conversation was over he hung up by snapping his phone shut rather brutally and replacing it in his inside jacket pocket. "I'm sorry to have to cut this meeting short but duty calls. Just look over what I gave you and I will see soon." He said standing up. He gathered his brief case. Darcy stood along with him and when he turned from retrieving his briefcase she shook his proffered hand. "I'm very much looking forward to working with you Miss Lewis. You are a very open minded young woman and I honestly believe you will do very well with us."
"Thank you." She murmured uncharacteristically bashfully. This time when he smiled at her it was a reassuring kind of smile, one she was sure he wasn't faking. He turned to leave only a moment later leaving Darcy to her thoughts on the short walk back to her studio apartment down the road.
A/N: Yay chapter 1 is complete. I've been sitting on this idea for a while now. I usually watch the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD on Sundays and one day I got to thinking what would happen if it were more like the movies, like Ultimate Spider-man which airs right before. So here is what I got. A little bit of both, you don't have to watch the show to get anything. I promise I won't make it complicated, but I am considering adding characters from the cartoons into the story, mostly for comic relief (i.e. Spider-man, White Tiger, Nova, Iron Fist, Power man-These all being, of course from Ultimate Spiderman meaning there like 16, 17 at most , Black Panther-I like his friendship with Hawkeye in the cartoons very much so I feel like his character would benefit from having that in this story as well, Wasp, Antman- these two are iffy Antman's high and mighty personality gets on my nerves and his new persona yellow jacket need a kick in the nuts) And a few characters to make the plot a little more entertaining (i.e. Kang the Conqueror- it will become more clear in a later chapter why, The Skrulls and The Cree- there may only be mention of these two races there may not it all depends on which direction I take this story, etc.)
Anyway, all feedback is welcome and appreciated as well as any insight you may have on the characters I mentioned (Do you think they should be left out, do like the idea etc. etc.)