Payton Collins sat next to Tony Stark on the roof of Avengers Tower early on a Monday morning. She was preparing herself for her next assignment, recruit the masked hero Spider-Man for the Avengers. S.H.I.E.L.D's intel told them he attended Midtown Science. He sure did an amazing job of covering up his identity.
Payton was the newest addition to the Avengers as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. She had been recruited when S.H.I.E.L.D when they had gotten wind of her abilities to control weather and lighting. Thor wasn't all that thrilled about not being the only one to control lightning so she tended to keep that part on the down low. She lived with the Avengers in the newly renovated Avengers Tower. In the distance she could see Oscorp Tower. The sun was beginning to peak through the early morning clouds. The morning rush was just starting as businessmen and women in fancy suits hurried to their jobs trying not to spill their coffee.
"Are you ready for today?" Tony asked her handing her a donut out of a box he had gotten from a store around the corner.
"Yeah." She let out a breath that she had been holding in. "I have been homeschooled ever since eighth grade. I'm going into 11th. That's four years. It may not sound like much, but it is."
"You're gonna do great." Tony punched her arm lightly in a way of reassurance.
"Thanks." She gave him a half smile. She and Tony had become friends instantly when she joined. They shared many things in common, including a sense of sarcasm.
"It's a shame it's such a cloudy morning." Tony said sarcastically knowing that she could do something about it.
"You know. Today feels like a cloudy kind of day." She smirked.
"You ready to go?" Tony asked standing up and walking towards the door.
"Yeah. I just have to grab my back pack." She tried to cover up how nervous she really was. Her palms were starting to sweat and her heart was racing. She didn't know why she was so nervous for this. She had been on dozens of life threatening missions, so why was this one such a big deal?
She met Tony in the garage and chose the most discreet car. She didn't want to make that much of a dramatic entrance on her first day of school. It was the middle of the semester so she assumed that everyone would have their cliques and groups of friends that they don't want to expand so she would be that one new kid that sits alone at the lunch table and keeps to themselves. She knew that she was going of the stereotypical coming of age teenage movies that Tony made her watch because he thought that it would help. It was the only thing she had to go off of though.
The drive to Midtown Science was relatively short, filled with Tony giving her reminders of what procedures there were and how to use some of the Stark Tech that he had given her to communicate with S.H.I.E.L.D, JARVIS, and the rest of the Avengers.
"You're gonna have to be really careful around water." He reminded her yet again.
"Tony. I remember. I'm the one that has to deal with it. Calm down, I'm gonna be okay." She reassured him. Tony had been kind of like a father figure to her in her absence from her home.
Payton couldn't come in contact with LARGE amounts for very long or else she would get slightly electrocuted due to her ability to control lighting. It had only happened a couple times before, but each time it was… unpleasant.
They pulled up outside of Midtown Science fifteen minutes later and there was a large group of students sitting outside the doors. Each donned a pair of large glasses and a computer. She didn't want to be rude or generalize but if those stupid teenage movie taught her anything it was that this would be the group of students that were called 'nerds.' Unfortunatley, all of Tony's cars weren't all that discreet. Who wouldn't turn their head to see who pulled up to high school in a silver sports car? She could hear a few squeals of excitement from the group of kids once they saw that Tony Stark was the one who pulled up in front of the school.
"What's going on?" Tony asked seemingly oblivious to the fact that he was Tony Stark.
Payton raised a brow at him. "Really? You can't figure it out?"
He looked at her with a puzzled look.
"You're Tony Stark. Iron Man. Who wouldn't recognize you."
"Oh. I guess we should have rode with the top up. Good luck with your first day of school. Spidey shouldn't be too hard to find. I'll see you after school." He signaled for her to exit the car.
"This wasn't exactly the way I though my first day of school would start." She sighed when Tony drove away.
She turned towards the school, took a deep breath and started to walk. She saw the students' lips set into a straight line but their eyes were filled with excitement and questions.
"You know Tony Stark?" a girl with a French braid and a pair of wire framed glasses asked her as she passed them.
"Um… yeah. I guess." She answered in a quite tone and hurried through the doors.
Payton walked into the office with shaking hands. "Hi, my name's Payton Collins. I'm new here. I came to get my class schedule and my locker assignment."
The bored looking secretary that sat behind a large desk gave her a look and groaned as if retrieving the papers was the hardest task she had ever been asked to perform. She grabbed a folder off of the desk and pushed it towards her.
"There you go. Welcome to MidTown Science." She put on an excruciatingly fake smile.
Payton could feel her eyes like lasers on her of back. Was this how everyone's first day of school was? She shook if off and started to look for her locker. She could feel several people look at her. Some were, some were not so good.
"I heard she's the one that pulled up to school this morning with Tony Stark." She heard someone whisper to a person standing next to them. She couldn't believe that got around so quickly.
She finally located her locker and tried putting in her combo but the lock was stuck.
"Gosh dammit." She muttered under her breathe. She hadn't even been there for ten minutes and her locker was already broken and word was starting to spread about her knowing Tony. This was not how she envisioned this day going.
"You need some help with your locker?" A tall guy with close cut blonde hair wearing a letter jacket leaned against the lockers next to her.
"Um, sure." She took a step back and watched as the boy hit her locker and swung open. "Uh, thanks…" she trailed off not knowing his name.
"Flash, Flash Thompson."
"You know Payton, you're really pretty." He flashed her a smile.
"Th-" she started but was cut off.
"Come on Flash. Can't you at least wait until after homeroom to hit on the new girl?" Another tall boy stepped in front of Flash, ending the potentially awkward situation.
"Fine. See you after home room." He winked thinking that it would look cute.
"Thank you so…" she cut off her sentence when the boy turned around and she realized who it was.
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