Chapter 18

"How could this happen. We had it contained." I say to Maria.

"I know Scarlett, I know. We need the team now."

"Where are Tasha , Phil and Nick?"

"Romanoff when to get Doctor Banner. Phil went to talk with Stark and Furry."

"Is going to get Steve."

"Steve?" She asks me with curious look but I ignore it.

No One P.O.V.

"Agent Romanoff this is Captain Rogers."

"We already meet before." The red hair says.


"Hi. They need you on the bridge." She says to Furry and he nods leaving.

They talked a little as they walked like they never had meet each other and once no one was paying attention to them Natasha turned to him with a seriously look.

"They got Clint. He's been possessed our something."


"She is in Lima. I haven't called her yet."

"Doctor Banner." Steve says out loud as the man approaches them and Natasha and Steve drop the theme.

Steve and Natasha walked in the main room and saw immediately a familiar face.

"Scar." They both say and some people look at them as she comes close.

"When were any of you thinking of calling me?" She asks as a whisper so that she was the no one could head them.

"I was going to call you." The agent tried to say.

"Before or after you vanished in the air." She says and turns to Steve trying to be angry but really falling since she was starting to smile. "The smile doesn't mean I am not angry."

"I know." He tells me as he comes close to her but she stops him making him confused.

"People don't know about us and I don't need them to focus on the Captain America relationship status right now."

"Yes Ma'am." He says and she smiles.

"Stop making me smile."

"Gentleman." Fury says coming in our direction and I see Steve giving him money and I looked confused I looked around and I saw another familiar face.

"Doctor Banner." I tell him and he turns to me.


"Scarlett Christine." I tell him as we shake hands.

"Also know was the brain of SHIELD."

"The brain?" Bruce asks Steve.

"Name the science, the girl knows it."

"So you are were to help us." The doctor says and she smiles as Steve looked concern but she gave him a look treating him to not speak.

"You should be safe." Steve whispers at his girlfriend hear but still not touching her.

"You think I could stay in Lima of course not. Besides you know I can fight."

"That won't be necessary didn't you heard Fury, you're the brain." Steve says and she was starting to get pissed but at that moment she listen to the director speak about the testarect so she turn to them.

"Where are you with that?" she asks getting the attention of Fury and Banner.

"We're sweeping every wirelessly accessible camera on the planet. Cell phones, laptops. If it's connected to a satellite, it's eyes and ears for us." Coulson says and she nods.

"That's still not gonna find them in time." Natasha spoke and they turns to her as Scarlett heat tight when she saw a picture of her father on the computer screen.

"You have to narrow the field. How many spectrometers do you have access to?"

"How many are there?" The director asks two the brunette.

"Call every lab you know, tell them to put the spectrometers on the roof and calibrate them for gamma rays. I'll rough out a tracking algorithm based on cluster recognition."

"We could rule out a few places." Scarlett says and the doctor nods. "It's a start."

"Do you have somewhere for me to work?"

"Agent Scarlett, would you show Dr. Banner his lab, please."

"Follow me Doctor you are going to love it we have an amazing system prepared."

As she walked away with the doctor Steve and Natasha turned to Fury.

"Agent?" Natasha asked.

"Yes agent. We both know she is very capable. If she is need on the field she will go."

"Let's hope she is not." Steve says leaving.

"What is going on?" Fury asks and Natasha gives him the look. "How close they are?"

"To close."

"Do you mind if I asks something?"

"Sure doctor."

"How old are you?"

"21." I tell him and he looks at me surprised. "My IQ it's 184." She says and he looks at her surprised.

"He really grows on you, doesn't he?" Doctor Banner says as we all looked at the video of Loki and Fury.

"Loki's gonna drag this out. So, Thor, what's his play?"

"He has an army called the Chitauri. They're not of Asgard or any world known. He means to lead them against your people. They will win him the earth. In return, I suspect, for the Tesseract."

"An army? From outer space." The Captain says seriously.

"So he's building another portal."

"That's what he needs Erik Selvig for." Scarlett says concluding the doctor's sentence.


"He's an astrophysicist."

"He's a friend."

"And my mentor." Scarlett says and Thor nods knowing that just because of that she could be trusted.

"Loki has him under some kind of spell, along with one of ours." Natasha says and Steve gives Scarlett a comforting smile.

"I wanna know why Loki let us take him. He's not leading an army from here."

"I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats, you could smell crazy on him."

"I don't care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard, and he's my brother."

"He killed eighty people in two days."

"He's adopted." At this Scarlet chuckles and Steve looks at her with a seriously look but she just gives him a smile.

"Iridium, what did they need the Iridiumfor?" Doctor Banner asks and at that moment Tony enters.

"It's a stabilizing agent."

"Means the portal won't collapse on itself, like it did at SHIELD." The youngest says and Tony looks at her surprised.

"Also, it means the portal can open as wide, and stay open as long, as Loki wants."

"The rest of the raw materials, Agent Barton can get his hands on pretty easily. Only major component he still needs is a power source."

"A high energy density something to kick start the cube."

"When did you two become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?" Maria asks and the brunette just raises her shoulders.

"Last night. The packet, Selvig's notes, the Extraction Theory papers. Am I the only one who did the reading?"

"I wrote half of the notes so I don't think I need to."

"How old are you?"

"Is that really important?"

"Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?" Steve asks interrupting the two genius.

"He got to heat the cube to a hundred and twenty million Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier." This makes Steve because of his girlfriend intelligence.

"Unless, Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunneling effect."

"Well, if he could do that he could achieve Heavy Ion Fusion at any reactor on the planet."

"Finally, someone who speaks English." Tony says to Scarlett and Bruce.

"Is that what just happened?" Steve asks and his girlfriend smiles at him as Tony comes and they both shake hands.

"Tony Stark."

"Scarlett Barton." She says and everyone looks at her shocked expect Natasha and Steve.

"Barton?" Thor asks and Natasha nods at the young women.

"I'm Agent Clint daughter."

"It's good to meet you, Dr. Banner. You're work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster."


"Dr. Banner is only here to track the cube. I was hoping you might join him and Scarlett." Fury says walking in.

"Let's start with that stick of his. It may be magical, but it works an awful lot like a HYDRA weapon."

"I don't know about that, but it is powered by the cube. And I'd like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys."

"Monkeys? I do not understand."

"I do! I understood that reference." Steve says proudly and Tony rolls his eyes but Scarlett looks at the Captain with a smile.

"The gamma readings are definitely consistent with Selvig's reports on the Tesseract. But it's gonna take weeks to process." Scarlett tells both men.

"If we bypass their mainframe and direct a reroute to the Homer cluster, we can clock this around six hundred teraflops."

"All I packed was a tooth brush."

"I didn't even pack." The woman says and Tony smiles.

"You know, you should both come by Stark Towers sometime. Top ten floors, all R&D. You'd love it, it's candy land."

"Thanks, but the last time I was in New York I kind of broke...Harlem."

"Well, I promise a stress free environment. No tension. No surprises." At this Tony pokes him and Steve walks in pissed.

"Hey! Are you nuts?"

"You really have got a lid on it, haven't you? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed."

"Is everything a joke to you?"

"Funny things are."

"Threatening the safety of everyone on this ship isn't funny. No offense, doctor."

"No, it's alright. I wouldn't have come a board if I couldn't handle pointy things."

"You're tiptoeing, big man. You need to strut."

"And you need to focus on the problem, Mr. Stark."

"You think I'm not? Why did Fury call us and why now? Why not before? What isn't he telling us? I can't do the equation unless I have all the variables. And for the look on her face she also doesn't know anything." He points to Scarlett who looks confused but thinking about it.

"You think Fury's hiding something?"

"He's a spy. Captain, he's the spy. His secrets have secrets. It's bugging him too, isn't it? And now it's is also bugging her. Isn't it sweetheart?"

"Uh...I just wanna finish my work hereand..."


"'A warm light for all mankind, Loki's jab at Fury about the cube."

"I heard it."

"Well, I think that was meant for you." She says potting to Tony. "Even if my father didn't tell Loki the tower is still all over the news."

"The Stark Tower? That big ugly… building in New York?"

"It's powered by Stark Reactors, self-sustaining energy source. That building will run itself for what, a year?"

"That's just the prototype. I'm kind of the only name in clean energy right now. How do you know that?"

"So, why didn't SHIELD bring him in on the Tesseract project? I mean, what are they doing in the energy business in the first place? And I study energy business."

"And they didn't brought you either. I should probably look into that once my decryption programmer finishes breaking into all of SHIELD's secure photos."

"I'm sorry, did you say...?"

"Jarvis has been running it since I hit the bridge. In a few hours we'll know every dirty secret SHIELD has ever tried to hide. Blueberry, sweetheart?"

"Yet you're confused about why they didn't want you around."

"An intelligence organization that fears intelligence? Historically, not possible."

"I think Loki's trying to wind us up. This is a man who means to start a war, and if don't stay focused, he'll succeed. We have orders, we should follow them."

"Following is not really my style." He says winking at Scarlett who just rolls her eyes.

"And you're all about style, aren't you?" Rogers says with a smile.

"Of the people in this room, which one is; A. wearing a spangly outfit, and B. not of use?"

"Steve, tell me none of this smells a little funky to you?" Scarlett tells him and he thinks about but shakes it off.

"Just find the cube." He says walking away.

"That's the guy my dad never shut up about? Wondering if they shouldn't have kept him on ice."

"The guy's not wrong about Loki. He does have the jump on us."

"What he's got is an ACME dynamite kit. It's gonna blow up in his face, and I'm gonna be there when it does."

"And I'll read all about it."

"I need some air. Do you mind if I leave for a while?"

"No go we will be fine." Doctor Banner says and she leaves.

"Hi." Scarlett says as she sees Thor coming in her direction

"You knew Selvig, right?" He says sitting next to me.

"Yes. I learn a lot with him. I meet him after you came to Earth."

"I am sorry." He says and she looks at him not understanding. "About your father. It's must be hard."

"Funny you're the first person to ask me about it." She says as a whisper but she knew he heard then she speaks normally. "I believe I will get him out." She says touching her bow necklace.

"A bow? Isn't that the weapon you're father uses?"

"Yes it is." She says smiling as she looks at it. "He knows how to used the arrow since I can remember."

"Did he ever teacher you?"

"Yes he did." She says obviously sad.

"Selvig has a partner. Do you know her?"

"Jane. Yes I meet her a few times."

"I wonder if she is safe."

"I know who might know."

"As soon as Loki took the doctor we moved Jane Foster. We've got an excellent observatory in Traunsee. She was asked to consult there very suddenly yesterday. Handsome fee, private plane, very remote. She'll be safe." Coulson informed the two of them

"Thank you. It's no accident Loki taking Erik Selvig. I dread what he plans for him once he's done. Erik is a good man."

"He talks about you a lot. You changed his life. You changed everything around here." She says to him and Thor smiles.

"They were better as they were. We pretend on Asgard that we're more advanced, but we...we come here battling like Bilchsteim."

"Like what?"

"Bilchsteim? You know; huge, scaly, bigantlers. You don't have those?"

"Don't think so." She says with a smile.

"They are repulsive, and they trample everything in their path… When I first came to earth, Loki's rage followed me here and your people paid the price. And now again. In my youth I courted war."

"War hasn't started yet." The director's voice comes and they all turn to him. "You think you can make Loki tell us what the Tesseract is?"

"I do not know. Loki's mind is far afield, it's not just power he craves, it's vengeance upon me. There's no pain that would prize his need from him."

"A lot of guys think that, until the pain stops."

"What are you asking me to do?"

"I'm asking. What are you prepared to do?"

"Loki is a prisoner."

"Then why do I feel like he's the only person on this boat that wants to be here?"

Scarlett P.O.V.

Suddenly the explosion came and we felt on the ground.