Last chapter! I'm kinda sad :(. Anyways, this is more of an epilogue than anything. Hope you like it!
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*THREE YEARS LATER*
Ashlyn's P. o. V:
"Momma!" my twin daughters, Emily and Zanna, scream at the same time. I sigh, then get up to go see what's wrong. Steve stops me.
"I'll get them. You go back to bed," Steve says, gently pushing me back down into the mattress. I snuggle into the covers, managing to fall asleep again.
My phone vibrates at about eight o'clock in the morning. It is a text from Natasha. It reads: "Clint and I are taking Johnny to the hospital. He shot himself in the leg messing around with Clint's bow." I quickly send a text back.
"How did Clint react? Did he freak out because a two year old was messing around with his precious bow and arrow?" I kid.
"No, actually. He went all fatherly and panicked over Johnny. I was surprised!"
"I bet! Steve actually let me sleep today and he took care of the twins! It's a miracle!"
"Agreed. Well, I have to go. Johnny is going into surgery now. Talk to you later!"
"Thanks. I'm going to need it." I put my phone on the nightstand, then go to shower. Steve is still in bed, sleeping. I decide not to wake him up. The warm water feels like heaven. Finally, I manage to muster up the motivation to get out of the shower. Steve is up. I go check on the girls. They are sleeping soundly. I go down to the kitchen. Bruce is sitting at the table, sipping at a cup of coffee. I sit down next to him.
"It's awfully quiet around here without Clint, Natasha, or Thor," Bruce observes. I nod.
"Thor couldn't convince Jane to live with us, despite our amazing science equipment. It's a shame, really. She could have brought Darcy with her," I wink at Bruce and nudge him with my elbow. He blushes. "You like her, don't you?" I tease. Bruce ducks his head, blushing furiously. "You do! I knew it!" I crow. Bruce hides his head beneath his arms, embarrassed. "I'm just teasing. Darcy is a very nice girl." Bruce nods.
"She is. I just can't get up the courage to talk to her.
"You can do it, big guy. We all know that you're a softie on the inside," I tease him. Bruce groans and nods.
"Don't remind me." I laugh. Pepper and Tony choose that moment to walk in.
"We have some news to announce," Pepper exclaims happily.
"What is it?" Bruce and I ask at the same time.
"My wife is expecting our first child," Tony says excitedly. Funny, I didn't take him to be a family man.
"Congratulations!" I say, going over to Pepper and giving her a hug. "It seems like just yesterday that you two got married!" I exclaim. Pepper sighs contentedly.
"It's been a good two years," she smiles. Tony agrees, looking lovingly at her. I never thought I'd see the day when Tony, the notorious playboy, finally settled down with a single woman.
"So, what's this I hear about pregnancy?" Steve asks, appearing behind Tony and Pepper.
"We're pregnant," Tony beams. Steve goes over and shakes his hand.
"Congratulations, Stark. I'm sure you'll make a great father." He turns to Pepper. "You're going to be an excellent mother." Pepper beams at him.
"Thanks. I really appreciate the support. Hopefully the child isn't too much like their father," she grins, elbowing Tony playfully.
"Hey! I resent that remark!" Tony exclaims indignantly. Pepper laughs.
"On second thought, I hope the kid is just like you. That way, you can see what I had to put up with for all these years," Pepper teases. Tony groans.
"I really wonder why I married you sometimes," Tony smiles.
"Because you would never be able to take care of yourself without me," Pepper grins. Tony nods.
"True, true. Stark Tower would be in trouble if you weren't the one taking care of it," Tony admits. Emily and Zanna come thundering down the stairs, having grown tired of sleeping. I kneel down and allow both of them to climb on my back.
"Momma!" they squeal happily. Steve looks put out.
"They never do that to me," he pouts. I laugh.
"I'm the one that gave birth to them. I think I have the right to a little favoritism." Steve nods seriously.
"Touché." I put Zanna on the ground.
"Go to your daddy. He's jealous," I whisper in her ear. She giggles, her blue eyes glinting with amusement. Her curly brown hair falls into her face. I pull it back into a ponytail, then send her over to her dad. Emily looks more like me, with her brown eyes and upturned nose, but she has her dad's hair. She clings to my back, hiding from everyone. She's the shy one, the exact opposite of her sister.
Steve scoops Zanna up in his arms, then swings her around the kitchen. She shrieks with amusement. Everyone chuckles at the sight. Suddenly, a puff of green smoke enters the kitchen. Loki and his wife Sygyn appear, towing along Fenrir. His unnatural yellow eyes gaze around the room, assessing his surroundings. At last, he settles down. "We were in the area, so we stopped in for a visit. How are you, Emily and Zanna?" Emily clings to my back, trying to disappear. Zanna rushes out of Steve's arms and goes to hug Loki.
"Uncle Loki!" she shrieks happily. Loki picks her up and puts her on his shoulders.
"Hello Zanna. I hope you are well," he says formally. Zanna nods seriously, then starts squirming. Loki gently places her not be ground, and she runs over to Steve again. "How are Clint, Natasha, and Johnny?" Loki wonders. As if in answer of his question, the three appear. Johnny is on crutches, nursing his wounded leg. Loki walks over to him. "What happened to you?" he asks, laying a hand gently on the bandages. Green sparks wrap around the wound, healing it. Loki unwraps the bandages and takes the crutches. Johnny hops up and down gleefully.
"Tank you!" We all laugh happily. For the moment, all is well. As if in answer to the thought, all of our pagers go off.
"All S. H. I. E. L. D. Agents, assemble!" Fury's voice commands. Everyone in the group sighs. Our work is never done.
Thoughts? Be on the lookout for my new story! It will be called No Limits. Please review! :D