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Chapter 3

Marie

The incident was far from my mind on my day off the next day. I stayed in my apartment minus getting the mail and walking Hobbs in the morning for his daily walk around the block. I was only dressed in sweatpants and a tank top. The TV is playing in the background as some reality show is on. It was only mid to late afternoon and I don't know why but I feel like I didn't accomplish enough today.

I got off the phone with one of my suppliers about the vases for the centerpieces. I told them to order a little bit more than a hundred until I know how many tables are going to be at the event.

Sometimes I wonder what I'm getting myself into. I wanted to go call Pepper and tell her to get someone else. But I realized that backing out now wouldn't be right. I'm going to do the best that I can with this event. I've never backed out of one now and I wasn't going to start.

My hand reached over for the phone but I stopped short. I haven't spoken to my mother in two months. The last time we talked it didn't end too well. I don't remember much of the conversation since I was too angry at her and I left. I sighed heavily as I remember the last visit. I talk to my dad occasionally and he told me that she was her same old self.

So much for trying to reconcile.

But I did move on. I got over the argument but who knows if she did. I just grabbed my papers filled with designs and key notes and started to go over again what I got written down so far.

My phone started to ring. I got up from the couch, groaning a bit as I went over to answer it.

"Hello?" I answered.

"Hi this is Marie, right?"

"Um yeah look if it's telemarketing I'm not interested," I said, ready to hang up.

"No it's not it's me; Pepper."

"Oh hi, how did you…"

"I looked up your number in the phone book," she replied.

"I see," I said. "Is there anything I can do for you?"

"I was wondering if you aren't doing anything next week then maybe we should meet up and see what you got," she said.

"Um okay," I said, reaching over for my iPad and scrolled through my calendar. "I only have to be at the store for a few hours on Tuesday if that's fine by you."

"Perfect I can see you around two?"

"Yep I get out at one so we'll meet up then. I have been working with a few ideas for awhile but I do need to get more people to help deliver to the venue I already got a few employees who are going to help set everything up there," I replied.

"Okay you know how to get to Stark Towers right?"

"Yeah it's not hard to miss," I replied.

Pepper laughed lightly over the phone. "I'll see you next week," she said.

After we hung up, I played around with the tablet making up some floral designs while continuing to change my inventory lists for the arrangements. I was definitely planning a meeting with the staff in a few days and I gave them a heads up yesterday before they left for the day.

I heard whining coming from the couch. I looked up and saw Hobbs sitting on the couch with his leash in his mouth.

"You were out already and I'm not in a mood for you to chase squirrels," I said.

Then I heard a thump and his feet clicking across the floor. He sat down next to me and gave me the begging look. I rolled my eyes as I shut off my iPad. I grabbed my sneakers and tossed them on along with my keys and my flannel shirt and locked the place up. Hobbs went over to the door that held the new neighbor and sniffed it profusely. I tugged on him a bit as we made our way outside.

We walked around the blocks a few times and though Hobbs actually did his business, I knew that something was going to happen tonight. I don't know what it is but it's probably not going to be good or bad. I decided to head back home since it was starting to get dark out.

I turned the corner of my street and past the alleyway when I was grabbed from behind. I tried to see who it was and Hobbs started to bark loudly. The dog went after the other man but was knocked over to the side. I started to go after the second man but I was held back.

"Not so fast missy," a man's voice sneered.

"We're here to get what we needed," another man's voice said.

"I don't have any money," I said, pleading.

"We don't care about that," he said approaching me.

I kicked the guy where the sun doesn't shine and I was let go. I grabbed the leash and we made a run for it. It wasn't until we're almost close to my apartment building is that I lost hold of Hobbs as I was pulled back on the ground. I felt pain in my head as I fell on the sidewalk. Everything started to get blurry as I was surrounded with no way out.

Just before I blacked out, I heard yelling and barking. Then the fighting started and someone's voice assuring me that I would be alright.

"Do you think she'll wake up?"

"She has to. She may have a cut on her forehead but she should come out of it soon."

"I hope that dog is house trained honestly Gramps, why would you bring the dog with you back here?"

"I had no other choice. I couldn't just leave the dog behind he seems attached to her."

"Guys, yelling isn't going to do any good."

"Of course not coming from the guy who turns into the green giant when he's pissed off."

I groaned softly as I was coming too. I was starting to get my vision when I noticed the room. It was an off white with a dresser and I looked over to my right and I could see almost the entire skyline of Manhattan at night. I don't even know what time it is.

Where the hell am I? Where's my dog?

I slowly got up and looked around. I ruled out being in a hospital that's for damn sure. I looked over and I saw the door open slightly ajar. I walked over slowly towards the door and I heard three men's voices.

Oh god I'm kidnapped aren't I?

I pushed the door slightly open and realized that there were three men standing around talking in hushed voices. The first guy was tall, dark haired and had stubble around his chin. His dark brown eyes showed no amusement in them. The second man looked exhausted but he was tall also with dark hair with some grey in it and the third man looked familiar but his back was turned.

Very familiar.

"Oh good you're up but I wished you didn't have to get out of bed," the second man said.

"W-What's going on? Who are you guys and whatever you think I have I don't have it," I said with a shaky voice as I was grasping on to the door.

"Easy there," he said. "We're not going to hurt you."

"How would you know?"

"Told you she would go crazy," the first man mumbled.

"Ma'am I can assure you you're safe here," the third man from my shop said.

I looked up and saw that his blue eyes were sincere. I don't know why but I just feel safe with him. Okay that sounded so random and out of nowhere.

"Why don't I check you over while we explain everything?" the second man suggested.

"Fine but no funny business," I said, looking at them warily.

I could only imagine what they're going to tell me.

A/n: So finally she meets three out of the six Avengers.

She does have a past, who doesn't? It'll be revealed further down the road in the story.

I could only imagine what her reaction will be. I'll try to update next week or the end of the week if I'm not the walking dead with the way my work schedule is set up.

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Until next time,
Spike