Coming Around - You Have To Trust Me CH.5
Slowly but surely Holly started to form her own little niche in the tower and it didn’t take her much time at all to learn the different Avengers habits and tastes and use them to her advantage. Whether she was in the gym with Steve, or cooking for the entire “family” it felt like she was beginning to belong. Of course, Tony was still actively trying to catch her doing something fire-worthy but even he was slowly being won over by her fetching of donuts and coffee that were left places he would find them. Natasha hadn’t let on at all that she was warming up to Holly and, though he put on a good façade, Holly knew that Clint at least knew she was trustworthy. While doing laundry one day she had found his hearing aids and made sure they were alone when she returned them to him. Clint had been visibly shaken that she had found them but she waived his worries away and promised him she wouldn’t say anything. She kept her word and she always would. She’d betrayed enough trusts in the past.
Holly was immersed in her book one night when a swift knock on her bedroom door pulled her from the plot. She set the book aside and opened the door cautiously. Standing on the other side was her favorite red head and she was wearing a huge grin on her face.
“Holly! Come watch a movie with us!” Pepper demanded and waived her arm towards the living room. Clint, Natasha, Tony, and Steve were all arranging themselves on the various living room furniture with blankets and pillows. Holly smiled.
“Sure. Let me get a blanket.” Holly dashed back to her room quickly and grabbed her black, fuzzy, throw blanket from the foot of her bed. She shut her bedroom door behind her and looked around for a comfortable spot to sit in. She set her blanket on the couch and was about to sit when she realized they were missing someone.
“Where’s Banner?” she asked.
“In his room. He wasn’t having such a great day so he turned in early.” Tony said as he sipped his drink. He was wearing a loose pair of Iron Man pajama pants that Holly raised an eyebrow at. He was so vain.
“Did anyone ask him if he wanted to watch the movie?” she asked and Tony just rolled his eyes. Holly placed her hands on her hips and walked towards Bruce’s room.
“He wants to be left alone!” Tony called after her with that ‘I know everything’ voice that got under her skin. She ignored him of course and made sure to knock lightly on the doctor’s door just in case he had a serious migraine.
At first there was no reaction to her knocking but after a minute of peace she heard muffled movement. She chewed on her bottom lip suddenly apprehensive of what she might have unleashed on herself. The way the others talked about Bruce’s bad days made him sound like a force to be reckoned with but she had never seen him give more than scathing glares when he was upset.
“Dr. Banner?” Holly spoke quietly when she heard muffled footsteps approach the door but nothing happened. Suddenly the knob turned and the door opened just enough for Holly to see Bruce’s face.
“Yes?” he responded in a gravely voice. His hair showed signs of being restlessly raked through and there were dark circles under his eyes. There was a short mess of stubble across his jaw and something about the darkness of his eyes made her swallow before speaking.
“I just wanted to let you know that we’re having a movie night-“
“I already told her you were having a bad day!” Tony yelled in their direction over his shoulder. Holly’s nose curled up in distaste and the rest of her comment came out with an air of annoyance.
“…and I wanted to invite you regardless of your bad day.”
“I see.” said Bruce whose lips had quirked into a small smile at Holly’s reaction to Tony. He drummed his fingers on the back of his door and looked towards the living room where everyone was assembled. He looked down at Holly and sighed.
“I guess I could join you all.” Bruce said leaving his door open as he stepped away to grab a blanket. Holly was extremely surprised and took a few steps back to allow him more personal walking space. She couldn’t help but grin as Bruce emerged from his dark room and walked with her to the couch. Tony looked completely taken aback when he saw Bruce follow her into the circle of comfy armchairs. Pepper, who was sitting beside Tony on a loveseat, smiled at Bruce.
“How nice of you to join us Bruce.” Tony looked at Pepper then cleared his throat and smiled at his friend.
“Thanks. So what are we watching?” Bruce asked looking at Clint who was fiddling with the electronics.
“Anyone have a problem with Eurotrip?” Clint asked.
“I thought we were watching Bruce Almighty?” Steve asked from the kitchen.
“We decided to save that for when Thor comes back. We figure he’ll get a real kick out of it.” Natasha called back to him. As the movie started playing through previews Clint joined Natasha on the sectional part that was big enough for 2 people to sleep on. Steve distributed big bowls of popcorn to Tony, Clint, Bruce, and kept one for himself. He took a seat next to Clint and Tasha leaving only 2 available seats: one next to him and one next to the arm rest. Holly took the seat next to Steve, leaving the other for Bruce since that seat had a footrest and reclining capabilities. Steve’s seat was able to do that to and he instantly offered Holly his seat but she declined. He then offered her some popcorn which she did take him up on. As the movie started everyone got comfortable under their blankets and the talking died down signaling a good start to the first Avengers movie night.
Apparently everyone had had a long day because when the movie finally ended Holly found she was the only one awake. She silently got up from the couch and turned off the TV before making her way around the sleeping bodies to collect the popcorn bowls. She threw her blanket over her shoulder and paused to admire the scene. Clint and Natasha were snuggled close together on the sectional- Natasha snuggling up to him for once. Pepper had fallen asleep in the crook of Tony’s arm, her head resting beside the arc reactor which gave her face an eerie glow. Both Bruce and Steve had their chairs fully reclined and they looked comfy enough but Steve’s blanket was actively trying to escape him. Holly knelt to spread the blanket back over him, making sure to tuck it under his ankles before moving away from the couch towards the kitchen. She set the bowls on the counter. She could do them tomorrow- she didn’t want to wake any of them. Holly turned to move to her room when a sound made her turn back around. It was a sound she knew all too well- the whimper of someone in pain.
Holly crept back into the circle of furniture and looked for the source of the tortured sound. Steve was peaceful as were the two assassins. Tony stirred a little in his sleep but he merely held Pepper closer to him and grumbled in his sleep. Holly looked down at Bruce as his face contorted in pain- a look that tightened Holly’s chest. She had once found comfort in that look- triumph. Now it only brought her shame. Bruce groaned again and grabbed at the couch in his restlessness. Something was obviously tormenting his rest.
‘Must be a nightmare. He’ll be fine.’ Holly thought as she turned to walk away. Then he gasped for air and Holly cursed under her breath. She couldn’t leave him this way- it was against her better judgment. She swallowed hard and moved back to her seat beside Bruce who appeared to be fighting on unseen foe. She placed her hand on one of his arms lightly and sighed.
“Dr. Banner? Can you hear me?” the Avenger turned towards her when their skins met and for a second he seemed at peace but, a few moments later he was groaning again. His skin was hot under her hand as she started to stroke up and down his arm in a soothing manner.
“Bruce, it’s okay. Everything is okay. You aren’t in any danger.” Bruce grumbled under his breath and turned his body towards her.
“No more running?” came his low gravelly voice. Holly’s heart jumped into her throat and she fought to beat it back down. What would he know about running?
“No more running.” she assured him. The man smiled in his sleep and sighed in relief. Holly lingered on the couch beside him until she was sure the nightmare had passed. Her mind raced as she watched the rise and fall of his chest.
He had been running? For how long? What from? Who was after him? Why was he here now if he was running from someone…or something? Holly chewed on her lip and stared at his face. Was it possible that someone might know just what she had been through the past couple of years. She hadn’t had anyone to talk to since she had gone off the grid and escaped him. Not even her sisters had made contact with her and that pained her more than anything. Their escapes had been a group “project”, why shouldn’t they keep in contact? Holly’s training silenced that train of thought instantly. They would ignore her to protect her just in case one of them got caught. You can’t be used as a bartering chip if no one knows where you actually are. Holly ran a hand through her hair then and touched Bruce’s arm again before getting up and heading to her room.
“Goodnight guys….Sweet dreams Bruce…” she whispered from her doorway before she closed the door and climbed into her own bed.
She’ll Come Around - You Have To Trust Me Ch. 4
Holly was waiting for them with her arms full when the elevator reached their floor minus Tony who had gone straight upstairs. As they walked past her she handed them a colored, lidded cup and a clean towel. She couldn’t help but feel bad for them- they all looked dreadfully tired, especially Bruce who looked ready to just hit the pillow.
“What’s this?” Steve asked with a raised eyebrow as he looked at his blue bottle.
“It’s an after workout shake that is supposed to jumpstart your recovery. I know that’s not what you guys were doing but I thought it might…help.” the last word was almost inaudible as Holly looked at the two assassins who were looking at her like she was crazy. “If you don’t like it you don’t have to drink it. I just thought…Dinner is on the table. I called that Chinese place that was on the speed dial. Oh and Bruce-” the physicist looked up at her.
“There is a pot of hot water on the stove if you want tea. Jarvis said you usually make some after a mission.” With that Holly retreated to her room as fast as her feet could carry her. The group watched her go before exchanging looks amongst themselves and heading into the common area. They were greeted with the smells of their favorite Chinese dishes from the kitchen but each broke away to change into more comfortable clothes before settling at the table. They exchanged boxes back and forth in an almost continuous rustle of cardboard and while most of them were focused on their food, Steve kept looking over his shoulder at Holly’s closed door. Bruce looked up from his dinner and followed the good Captain’s gaze.
“Should we go get her?” Steve said turning back to the table.
“Hmm?” Bruce murmured.
“I mean, she did all this for us and this is delicious.” he said tapping his empty blue glass against the table. That had been the first thing the black hole of a man had finished. Bruce felt a small twinge of the guilt that Cap was expressing but the assassins rolled their eyes.
“If she wants to be by herself, let her be. No one asked her to leave.” Natasha said and Clint kept his eyes on his food. She had a point too. As Steve was about to rise from his chair Holly walked out of her room with headphones and a laundry basket on her hip. She moved past the group without a passing glance and went about folding laundry in the laundry room and hanging things up.
“See. She’s much too preoccupied with her job to join us.” Nat continued taking another bite of food.
“Leave her be Cap.” Bruce said reassuringly. “She’ll come around.”
It was about 3 p.m. the next day when Bruce finally managed to pull himself from his slumber and crawl out of bed. He had been so exhausted the night before after the fight that he had collapsed onto the bed after eating dinner and passed out as soon as he hit the blankets. He walked out to his kitchen in his tattered pants from the day before and looked into his fridge. It had just been restocked but nothing in there caught his fancy so he closed the fridge with a huff. He rubbed his eyes and ran a hand through his scruffy hair as be looked around his suite. His eyes stopped on the door. Maybe there was something in the fridge out there that would appeal to him more.
Bruce was surprised to find the common area quiet and empty. Usually at least one person was moving about or making noise but the room was pleasantly serene. Bruce padded quietly into the kitchen and was amazed to see a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. He was greeted by even more fruit when he opened the fridge along with some plain yogurt and an assortment of vegetables. He grabbed a thing of grapes and set a kettle of water on the stove so he could make some tea. As soon as it whistled he poured some of the hot water over the tea bag in his cup and replaced it on the stove top. He smiled to himself as he lifted the cup to his lips. Nothing like tea after a post-transformation pass out.
“Dr. Banner?” Bruce spun so fast that he lost his grip on his tea cup and it smashed against the tile floor sending china pieces in all directions. Holly stood a couple of feet from him in black yoga pants and a violet muscle shirt looking guilty as she stared at where the cup had just broken. As she looked up at Bruce, she could swear that his eyes flashed green just before he pinched the bridge of his nose.
“Are you okay?” Holly asked.
“I’m fine” Bruce lied. “Where is everyone?”
“ Natasha and Clint left this morning to report to Fury about yesterday’s mission, Steve is in the gym, and Tony is in the lab…at least that was what Pepper said. I’m not allowed up there as part of Tony’s campaign to get me fired.” Holly chuckled a little to herself. She grabbed a broom and swept the obliterated cup into a little pile before grabbing another cup from him and pouring Bruce another cup. As she handed it to him she deposited the broken pieces into the trash.
“What are you doing?” Bruce asked.
“Just watching the news.” Holly shrugged, inclining her head to the TV set behind her that was muted because of the commercials. “Did you want to join me?”
“I don’t know. I think I might get showered and head up to my lab.” Bruce said taking a drink of his tea.
“Oh…well.” Holly started, a touch of disappointment in her voice. It was another one of those things that made Bruce’s guilt bubble up in his throat. “I hope you have a good day then.”
Holly sighed and turned back towards the living space where the couch was. She climbed onto the suede surface and nuzzled into the pillows to get comfortable. She unmuted the appliance as soon as the commercials were over but that in itself had given Bruce far too long to think to himself. Holly seemed innocent enough and, from what he gathered from other people, she was pretty talkative and extremely understanding. All she seemed to want was a friend in the house, someone to touch base with and bond with. Holly was surprised to see Bruce sit on the other side of the couch she was perching on and relax a little bit.
“I suppose I could stay for a while…if you don’t mind of course.” Bruce joked and Holly cracked a smile. Maybe they were getting somewhere finally.
Who Are You - You Have To Trust Me Ch.3
“Oh my…god-” Bruce stammered. His heart raced in his chest as his hips moved of their own accord. His fingers dug sharply into the counter making dents from his superhuman strength but he ignored the ache in his joints and the way the counter was groaning. His head was swimming deep in a pleasure stricken haze. It was as if every nerve in his body was alive- like every synapse was firing at the same time- and the sensation was causing all of his muscles to tense. A deep moan escaped his lips as he felt the all too familiar ache begin to build between his thighs. One of his hands left his grip on the counter and tangle itself in her hair.
Tonight she looked like his dear Betty except that the colors of her eyes and hair fluctuated from different shades to entirely different colors than they should be. The shape of the eyes and fullness of the lips remained true to his former love. Those lips. Bruce groaned with desire as his peak came into view. His legs shook under her careful touch and her tongue only made the intensity of his moans deepen.
“S-s-stop…”Bruce hummed but she ignored him. His toes curled and he welcomed the sweet embrace of pleasure but it never came. Before he could even think, a massive green blur came into his vision and two giant hands ripped her away from him. All he could hear were her screams as he tried to chase after her.
Bruce jerked upright in his bed, the sound of screaming and his own voice reverberating in his head. His whole form shook and he was drenched in sweat that made the blankets stick to him. He covered his face with a single hand but it wasn’t enough to comfort him. It was just a dream Banner, he thought to himself as he swung his legs over the side of his bed and pushed himself towards his bathroom.
It had been a nice dream before the Hu- the Other Guy suddenly appeared. It was better than his usual nightmares at least. He had never invaded one of those dreams before though. Maybe because I said stop?, Bruce wondered. Maybe the Other Guy had felt threatened? But it was just a dream Bruce told himself. He knew the Other Guy was listening somewhere in the recesses of his mind and he could only hope that the thought would calm him somehow. When glowing green eyes greeted him in the mirror after he splashed water on his face Bruce knew he wasn’t going to be able to rest anymore. He would just have to try again tomorrow.
“What to do at 3:15 in the morning?” Bruce whispered aloud to himself as he sat back on the side of his bed. He sighed and let his head fall into his hands in the darkness
Holly stumbled a little as she exited the elevator with her arms full of groceries. Damn JARVIS and his bulk ordering! She rearranged a few bags on her arms so she could lean down and grab the detergent before the elevator left. She groaned a little but held her breath as she made her way slowly through the common area to the laundry room. Clint and Natasha were there watching news on a huge screen with a tense looking Captain America who was sitting on the edge of his seat. Holly’s exit from the laundry room was enough movement to cause Steve’s eyes to flick over to her momentarily but they quickly returned when he saw the load she was carrying.
“Ma’am.” Steve started up from his chair and crossed the space between them in a few strides. The two assassins lounging on the couch followed Steve across the room with their eyes.
“I’m fine.” Holly said not looking at him.
“Let me help you with that.” Steve insisted moving to grab some of her burdens.
“I’m fine, really. Just go sit down.” It was when he didn’t move that Holly retrieved a bag of chips and pressed them into his chest before his hands could reach her. A deafening silence hung between them as Holly turned her gaze on Steve.
“Captain…If you want to be of help to me go sit back down. This is my job. I can handle a few bags of groceries on my own.” Holly couldn’t help but smile at the conflicted expression on Steve’s face as he moved the bag from one hand to the other. Rather than give him the chance to prove that chivalry was in fact not dead Holly walked away from him and set most of the bags down on the large dinner table that occupied the kitchen part of their common area. She held her hands up in defeat and carried a few bags away from the table to a door located three doors down from her own room. She knocked and cautiously entered when there was no answer.
Holly gave an exasperated sigh when the door shut behind her. Only a few days had passed since the eye incident and Steve and Pepper were the only people speaking to her. Clint and Natasha were suspicious of her to the point that Holly was pretty sure they were spying on her. Tony on the other hand wasn’t being outright mean to her but he wasn’t being pleasant either. If Holly was telling the complete truth, Tony was being unbearably obnoxious and doing everything in his power to try and cause another change in her. He hadn’t gotten her to quit or give in yet so he hadn’t won in her eyes; and it wasn’t like Steve and Pepper weren’t nice to talk to but Holly wished there was less choking tension whenever her door opened. It would make her job a hell of a lot easier. She could only hope that when Thor returned from wherever he was that she would make a better impression on him.
Holly set the bags on the table and cast a quick glance at her surroundings. The suite she was currently in had chocolate colored carpets that matched the shade of the dark wood in the kitchen and, while the walls were white, all the accents were either red or gold. Holly snorted as she wondered if the color scheme was intentional or a product of Tony’s big head. Given the scent of the incense that were burning she decided on the first.
“JARVIS?” Holly inquired.
“Yes?” the AI answered.
“Let me know if anyone is coming or needs me elsewhere. I don’t want to be in the way.”
“Of course.” and with that Holly was alone again. She put the produce into the fridge and rifled through the cabinets to find the destinations for the other products. She was amazed by the amount of green and white tea that she had to stack. ‘I didn’t think people could drink this much tea’ Holly though to herself. She was more of a coffee person herself.
The contents of the last bag led her out of the kitchen towards the back of the suite. She stopped before the closed door and swallowed hard. She felt like she was trespassing but it was part of her job to put things away. Her hand trembled slightly as she turned the knob and pushed the door open.
She found a dark room that was simply furnished and whose bed had been left in complete disarray. She crossed to the bathroom in a few hurried strides and opened the door to the bathroom. She was surprised to find that, after arranging the contents that belonged in the bathroom on the counter, there was something still in the bottom of the bag.
“What the….more tea?” Holly murmured to herself looking at the box incredulously. She let out a small chuckle as she headed towards the kitchen to put the stowaway in it’s rightful place. That was, until a cold voice made her stop dead in her tracks.
“Who are you?” she stopped so abruptly she almost dropped the box in her hands. She looked at the man who stood just outside the kitchen. He was slightly taller than she was with short, brown hair that had a splash of salt at his temples. His eyes were a piercing dark brown that were glued to her form and his hands were balled into fists at his sides. Holly swallowed at a loss for words and simply held up the box for him to see. He raised an eyebrow at her but his demeanor didn’t change.
“Tea?” Holly squeaked.
“I was putting away the groceries and I missed a box of tea. I’m just gonna-” Holly moved slowly and put the single box in the cabinet before turning back to him and gripping the counter behind her.
“Who are you?” he spoke again.
“Holly. Holly Baxter. I was hired by Pepper Potts through S.H.I.E.L.D. to be an assistant to the Avengers.”
“I have all the paperwork if you want to see it.” she said her voice low, gesturing towards the door.
“It’s not that. It’s just…an assistant? For all of us?” the man took the few steps into the kitchen and leaned against the counter across from her.
“So far I’m just a glorified housekeeper. Put away the groceries. Cook dinner. Keep everything clean.”
“I thought JARVIS ordered the groceries?”
“He does but he can’t put them away.” Holly said matter-of-factly, forgetting that a moment ago she had been ready to flee. The man nodded at her and looked away, trying to hide the small smile that pulled at his lips.
“And that’s why you are in my room?”
“The only reason?” he prodded. Holly nodded and swallowed.
“If it makes you feel any better, JARVIS was supposed to let me know when you were on your way here so I could be gone before you got back.”
“That sounds a little shady.”
“I just don’t want to be in the way…and this is kind of an awkward way to meet. I would have rather met you out there… in ‘public’.” she smiled, gesturing with air quotes. He crossed his arms over his chest and nodded at her gesture.
“I have other groceries to put away so I’m going to leave now.” she said, pushing off the counter. She walked past him but stopped at the door.
“Excuse me?” he didn’t look at her but he turned his head in her direction. “You are Dr. Banner, right?”
“Yes.” Bruce said evenly.
“I just wanted to be sure. I’ll see you later Dr. Banner.” With that, Holly was gone.
Bruce stayed in the kitchen long after Holly had left. Her scent lingered in the space around him and the smell of cashmere filled his lungs. She didn’t know who he was. Was that even possible? With all the media that New York had gotten, practically everyone knew who he was or could at least put the name to the face. She sounded like she legitimately wasn’t sure of his identity. Bruce covered his face with his hands before the paranoid side of him took over. He swept over everything looking for something out of place. He asked JARVIS about what had happened while Holly had been there but just as she said, all she had done was distribute his groceries and toiletries.
Bruce nervously fidgeted with his hands as he normally did and retreated to his bedroom until he was summoned by JARVIS for a mission. He was thankful for the distraction as he walked out of his bedroom and caught a glance of Holly moving around the common area. She seemed innocent enough but he had learned through experience that even the pretty ones could bite.
As the Avengers minus Tony met up in the Quinjet, Bruce looked around at his fellow Avengers.
“So…” he started getting their attention. “we have an assistant?”
Your Eyes - You Have To Trust Me Ch. 2
‘Well this is going perfectly’ Holly told herself as she tried to adjust herself so her shoulders wouldn’t hurt. She had been in her room reading a file that Pepper had given her about the New York incident with the Tesseract and she was stuck on the way it had affected Clint and Selvig. Somehow Loki had been able to take complete control of their minds by touching his spear to their chests. Their eyes were just so blue while under it’s control. She couldn’t tear her eyes away from the pictures of Clint’s eyes and she probably should have noticed the change. But she hadn’t, and she had walked out of her room and straight into Natasha.
“Hi. You must be Natasha Romanov. I’m-” Natasha punched her so swiftly in the jaw that she didn’t have time to react. Before Holly could respond she was bound to a chair with her hands behind her back and Natasha had summoned Clint and Tony.
“What’s going on? Who is she?” Tony asked as they rushed into the room his eyebrow raising at the sight of Holly on the chair.
“Her eyes…” Clint’s voice sounded tortured and Natasha touched his shoulder.
“What?” Holly looked around and saw her reflection in the TV screen. Her eyes were the same glowing, cyan that Clint’s had been and shut her eyes tight. ‘Shit…Shit…Shit…’ she screamed at herself mentally. She hadn’t been here but a couple of hours and she was already in trouble.
“JARVIS! A little help please!” Holly cried out, fighting against her bonds.
“Right away ma’am.” The AI spoke overhead.
“JARVIS! Ignore that!” Tony growled and turned back to Clint and Natasha. “Loki?” he inquired.
“There’s no way. How would he get away from Thor?” Natasha said, gesturing with her hands but her eyes never breaking away from her partner. Holly stared at Clint as her eyes changed back to their normal darker blue and saw his breath catch in his chest.
“Please let me explain myself. It’s not what you think!”
“Your eyes?” Clint stammered.
“JARVIS! Call Pepper and get her down here!” Holly shrieked.
“IGNORE THAT!” Tony bellowed at her, stalking towards her.
“JARVIS!” Holly cried.
“What is going on here!?” Pepper yelled as the elevator door opened. ‘Oh thank god…’ Holly thought as her head sank onto her shoulders. Pepper crossed the space to where she was bound in a matter of moments but she was stopped by Tony a few feet away.
“What are you guys doing to her!?” Pepper shrieked.
“Who is she?” Tony asked, confused by Pepper’s sense of urgency.
“What does it matter?” she snapped back at Tony. She tried to push past him but he held her back yet again.
“It matters.” Tony said with a dark undertone to his voice.
“Her eyes were the same color as the people who were influenced by Loki a couple of months ago.” Natasha said curtly.
“No they aren’t. Look her eyes are no where near that shade of blue!” Pepper said matter-of-factly.
“But they were.” Hawkeye piped. Pepper sighed exasperatedly.
“She’s been hired by S.H.I.E.L.D-“
“Throw her out!” Tony let slip but Pepper ignored him.
“She’s here to help accommodate your needs. Though JARVIS can order you anything you want and have it delivered he can’t be there physically to do things that a real person can. She has been hired by me personally to give her more freedoms and protection should she need it.” When the three Avengers didn’t appear to be convinced by her explanation Pepper sighed again. “Director Fury has provided an extensive background check and personnel file. Agent Coulson, may he rest in peace, was doing surveillance on her before what happened a few months ago. All of his notes say that she is harmless from what he saw. If Coulson was ready to trust this girl without even knowing her, you should all give her a chance too.”
Silence filled the area where they stood as they all felt the pain of losing Coulson at the mention of his name. It was a low blow, that was true, but Pepper had made her point. Coulson was the one person that was the common denominator to all of their stories so if he had been okay with her she must be okay. Right?
“That still doesn’t explain the eyes.” Clint broke the silence.
“No it doesn’t.” Tony added.
“If you’ll let me go, I’ll explain everything in due time.” Holly spoke softly.
“And if we want an explanation now?” Tony growled.
“All I will tell you is that I have some unique qualities.” Her arms fell to her sides as, to everyone’s surprise, Clint released her from her binds. She moved her shoulders and smiled at Clint but he did not return her kindness. She held her hand out to him and it took him a moment to realize what she was doing. He cautiously mimicked her gesture and Holly shook his hand with a gentle grasp.
“I was brought into this place with no knowledge of you so that I wouldn’t form an opinion of you before I came to know you. Seeing as you don’t know me at all, I would appreciate the same courtesy of getting to know me before you learn things that will make you doubt my intentions.” Holly looked at each of them in turn. Pepper’s eyebrows raised slightly at the tone of her voice. It was different than the bubbly, nervous girl she had met in the elevator.
“I am at your disposal. I will be staying in that room right over there and if you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m not a threat and I hope you will come see me at some point.” Holly said. She turned to Pepper then.
“I am so sorry about this. I hope you won’t try and have me revoked over this.” With that Holly retreated back to her room thoroughly embarrassed. Four pairs of eyes watched her until the door shut- then they looked at each other.
“Can we get a copy of that file?” Tony asked his girlfriend.
“No. They can.” she said gesturing at the assassins.
“I’ll get that from you later.” Natasha replied and walked back to the den where she and Hawkeye had been lounging. He was still visibly shaken and it worried the red headed woman. She pulled him down onto the couch with her and he cuddled up to her chest. Natasha put her arms around him and held him until he drifted off into an afternoon nap.
“Were you going to tell me about her?” Tony asked as he got into the elevator with Pepper. She rolled her eyes at him. He was pouting like a child and she really wasn’t sure why she put up with him sometimes.
“Tony I haven’t seen you since she got here to tell you about her. You’ve been in the lab all day.” she sneered back at him.
“So this is my fault?” Tony asked.
“Stop making this about you Tony.” Pepper said with heat in her voice. “Just give the girl a chance. If she’s as good in real life as on paper things are going to be a hell of a lot easier on everyone.” Pepper moved to exit the elevator on their floor and Tony blocked her just as he had a few minutes before.
“And if she isn’t? If there is some dark secret that Fury missed somehow?” He didn’t mean to be mean but it was a reality they had to consider.
“Then we’ll deal with that as it comes.” she spoke curtly and kissed Tony to get him to relax.
Keep The Peace - You Have To Trust Me Ch. 1
Holly Baxter stood on the sidewalk outside of Stark Tower and stared up at the building silently. The sheer size of the building was enough to make her feel tiny but the added fact that her charges were some of the strongest heroes the world had ever known- yeah she felt inadequate. ‘I really should have taken the Director up on his offer to give me the tour’ Holly thought as she checked her watch. It was now or never.
To her surprise Pepper Potts was waiting for her in the lobby. The blonde woman smiled at her and shook her hand lightly. Holly couldn’t help but smile at her female boss- she had been so nervous at all of her briefings with Fury she hadn’t cracked a smile until she was well away from S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
“Miss Potts.” Holly spoke as she shook the woman’s hand. “It’s so nice to finally meet you in person.”
“Holly Baxter. Don’t be so nervous, I don’t bite.” Pepper smiled devilishly. ‘That’s not what I’ve heard’ Holly swallowed. Pepper instantly led them down a huge hallway towards the elevator and didn’t speak again until the door was closed. She turned to her new employee then and handed her the folder she had been holding.
“Here is your cardkey, all of the access codes and clearances you will need along with a layout of the tower. As of right now you are cleared for every area except for personnel suites which is understandable.” Holly skimmed the paperwork that Pepper had handed her before meeting her eyes.
“Where will I be staying? I didn’t see a room marked for me.”
“No worries. I set up a room for you on the ‘family floor’ which is the first floor under the top R&D labs. I call it the family floor because that just happens to be where we stuck all of them” Pepper chuckled. She grew a little more serious when she mentioned them. “What were you told exactly?” Pepper inquired.
“Nothing.” It was Holly’s turn to hand Pepper a folder. “I wasn’t given any background information on them so that I can go into this job with a clear mind. All I was given was a picture, a name, and a few small pieces of information.”
“What exactly is your assignment from S.H.I.E.L.D.?” Pepper asked looking over Holly’s personnel file and realizing she hadn’t been given an official title or job explanation.
“To be honest, I don’t know why Fury wanted me here so bad. I was told that I’m here to help you and the Avenger’s out. I’m supposed to be a tool to help keep the peace.”
“Isn’t it hard to do that with no background information on who you are going to be living with?”
“My thoughts exactly.” Holly sighed.
“I’m sure JARVIS will be more than willing to help you out.” Pepper squeezed her shoulder reassuringly. They were almost at the “family floor” and Holly felt her stomach turn.
“Just curious…what were you told about Tony?” Pepper asked.
“Mr. Stark? Not much: Iron Man, Doesn’t play well with others, off limits.” Holly giggled.
“It really said he was off limits?” Pepper asked. Holly nodded.
“Not like I needed them to tell me that though. I’ve seen you and Mr. Stark on the television before- there is a lot of chemistry there. I wouldn’t try and damage that. Besides, Fury told me that you needed a babysitter.” her comment made them both laugh until the elevator chimed that they had reached their destination.
“Don’t worry. You will be fine. Here is your Stark Phone. If you need anything just ask JARVIS to patch you through to me, okay? They aren’t a very trusting bunch at first so don’t take it to heart.”
“I won’t. Thank you Miss Potts for everything.” The CEO smiled at the girl as she walked out of the elevator. She could tell in her stride that the girl with the light brown hair was trying to locate her room as fast as possible.
As Pepper headed up to her flat, she glanced at Holly’s file. It was as if Fury had gone and plucked her from under a rock and asked her to care for some of the most dysfunctional people that existed. They had extensively researched her- making sure she didn’t have any relatives in the military aside from her sister’s who also worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. it appeared. Then to not give her any information about the Avengers was a real gamble. But they wanted an “outsider’s perspective” or at least that was what the file said. Pepper sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose. Pepper could do nothing but hope that Holly was still in peace when she saw her again.
You Have To Trust Me - The Basics
Fandom: AvengersRating: Mature for later Chapters
Pairing(s): Bruce Banner/OC (MAIN), Steve Rogers/OC, Loki/OC
Plot: Bruce and the other Avengers have been living at Stark Tower since New York, and though things haven’t exactly been normal the hiring of a new assistant with some interesting abilities stirs the group up. Though Fury promises Holly is nothing more than a tool to make life easier, the Avengers are none too trusting to this seemingly innocent girl. Having no knowledge about her new friends other than their names, can a budding relationship with Bruce survive her discovery of the other guy, the appearance of her sisters Harley and Helena, and a dark past come back to haunt her?
A/N: Using some concepts that might be found in other areas of the Marvel Universe, not just Avengers. Also, this fic focuses on Bruce x Holly but there will be other romance present.