And One Time Steve Tended to Natasha.

She was surrounded by them. A group of gangbangers who followed her into an alley while she was returning to Stark Tower. It was key to keep her alias and her abilities hidden so she couldn't attack them with her black belt jujitsu.

"Now why did you think running from us was a good idea?" one asked, pulling her towards him.

"Because I find people like you to be incredibly stupid, therefore I ad no intention of further socializing with you." she replied, spitting in his face.

The guy wiped it off and backhanded her to the ground.

"What's going on here?" a voice echoed from the foot of the alley. The gang and Natasha turned to see Steve walking towards them. He spotted her on the ground and crouched down next to her.

"What happened?" he asked, as she hid the red mark on her face with her hand. He gently pulled it down to reveal it. He looked up and glared at the guy who hit her.

"Think you're tough ganging up on one woman?"

"And what are you gonna do about it?" the gangster replied, pulling out a knife, only for his arm to be twisted around and punched in the throat. Natasha watched as Steve proceeded to knock all 14 of the gangbangers to the ground, groans of pain polluted the air. Steve turned his attention back to the guy with the knife and stepped on his twisted arm, causing him to howl in pain.

"What's your name?" Steve asked.

"Terrance." he painfully replied.

"Terrance, if I see you hitting ANYONE ever again, I won't hesitate to rip off your other arm. You understand?"

Terrance shook his head rapidly. Steve removed his foot and walked back to Natasha, picking her up and cradling her in his arms.

"Why didn't you fight back?" he asked.

"I'm not allowed to. SHIELD protocol."

"I see."

As they walked, he looked down into her eyes.

"If you ever conceal your injuries from me again, there'll be a price to pay."

Natasha smiled at the nostalgia that comment brought. "What type of price?"

"How bout a kiss?"

"I think I can pay that." and she leaned up to kiss him.

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