Three uploads in one night. This is a new record for me. Next chapter will showcase Becky's fighting skills. Stay tuned.
DISCLAIMER: Marvel owns the Avengers and its affiliates. Despite how much I wish I own the rest, I only own Becky and the plot.
After 5 minutes, Becky had enough strength to pull herself off the ground and walked to the bathroom. She hadn't been expecting to need it so soon, and she turned the taps to a suitable temperature before cautiously stepping in, washing the paint off her body and out of her hair, tears still streaming down her cheeks.
Becky stayed there until she was certain that the paint was gone and her tears had stopped. She pulled herself out, changing into a pair of track pants and a plain black tee. Becky put the towel through her hair, not bothering to use the hair dryer. She pulled it up into a bun and walked back to her abandoned cupcake.
Becky hunted through the cupboards until she found the plates. Taking a small one, Becky took the cupcake out of the box. She opened the candle packet, and put a blue one on the cupcake. She lit a match and put the flame up to the wick. It caught immediately and began to burn.
"Happy Birthday Becky." she whispered to herself, then closed her eyes and blew out the candle.
At the same moment in the living room, Tony had gathered everyone together in the lounge.
"J.A.R.V.I.S, bring up the live security footage from Agent Barnes' apartment."
"Yes sir." The metallic British voice of Tony's AI rang in the room. A black and white image was brought up of Becky entering her apartment, and throwing a pillow at a wall before ending up on her knees in tears right. Bruce was the only member of the team to show remorse at the image of Becky where she thought no one could see her. They watched as Becky made her way into her bathroom.
A few minutes later Becky emerged from the bathroom, to hunt around her room for some suitable clothing before she settled on track pants and a black tee. As she walked into the kitchen, the camera followed her, before the image on the television switched feeds to the camera in the kitchen.
They watched as Becky prepared her cupcake for herself.
"Happy birthday Becky." they heard her whisper, before she closed her eyes and blew out the candle. There was a long silence as everyone took in the new information.
"Well I feel horrible." Bruce spoke up.
"Feel horrible about what?" a furious commanding voice asked. Tony tensed and the group turned to face an angry looking Pepper Potts.
"Hey, Pep." Tony greeted innocently. "How long have you been standing there?"
"Long enough. Why is there blue paint all over my floor?" Pepper inquired.
"My floor." Tony corrected.
"Fine, our floor." Pepper amended. Her glare was the most frightening thing anyone had seen.
"We may or may not have put paint in a bucket and set up a trap wire for our new handler to activate when she got back from her trip to who knows where –"
"A bakery" Bruce interrupted Tony's sheepish explanation.
"and it may or may not have worked perfectly, but spilled a little bit on the floor, and we may or may not have had enough time to clean up the mess."
The entire team looked anywhere but into Pepper's eyes.
"I take it the girl you're watching is the new handler." Pepper nodded towards the screen.
"Yes." Clint confirmed. Suddenly sobs were heard through the speaker system. Everyone turned to the television to see Becky crying once more. Pepper frowned.
"And of all the days you could have chosen to do this, you chose her birthday? That is a new kind of low, even for you." Pepper directed the second half of her statement at her childish boyfriend.
"Pep – "
"Save it Tony." Pepper hissed. She turned on her heel and headed for the elevator.
"Which floor is she on?" Pepper called behind her.
"104." Tony answered. Pepper pressed the corresponding button in the lift, and disappeared to the next floor.
Becky began crying as she realized that this was her first birthday without her parents around to help her celebrate. She began to shake as the sobs overwhelmed her. Becky stayed like that for a full minute before a knock at the door jilted her. She wiped her tears, and called "coming!" before answering the door. On the other side was a woman Becky immediately recognised as Pepper Potts, CEO of Stark Industries and Tony's girlfriend.
"Miss Potts. My name's Becky Barnes. I was going to find you myself, but apparently you've beaten me to it."
Pepper smiled, her eyes filled with sympathy.
"It's nice to meet you Becky. I'm sorry for what they did to you, on today of all days." She said. "and please," she continued, "Call me Pepper."
Becky invited Pepper in and they sat on the couch. Becky found herself explaining everything from the very beginning, admitting things to Pepper she wouldn't have even told Art. Her body began to shake again, as tear threatened to take over. Pepper saw this and pulled her into a hug, letting Becky cry into her shoulder.
"I want to be strong but I can't. I especially don't want to leave here. It will make me look weak and pathetic. I don't need that added to my rap sheet back at S.H.I.E.L.D. The other agents already think I'm incompetent simply because I'm a teenager." Becky told Pepper.
"Don't worry. I'll make sure you won't go anywhere. And Tony will be punished for what he did." Pepper assured Becky.
"Actually," Becky pulled herself from Pepper's embrace, "if you don't mind, I'd like to extract my own revenge."
Pepper smiled knowingly.