Steve sighed and looked at her seriously, “Well I do care and I don’t want you getting hurt. Please just listen to me this once. Stay home tonight.”
"Papa," she exhaled switching her glance for a bit to the floor then back at him, "I can basically do the things you can… Well…not as good as you, but I am working on that…!" Not realizing that she accidentally said something not meant for her father’s ears, the blonde continued at the same low volume and tone of voice, calm. "… Fine, I will. So long as you tell me why?"
"—Don’t tell me it’s because you think this…"New World" is dangerous for someone who knows so little about guys of this century?"
Steve raised his brows and looked at her seriously, “Working on- You are not seriously training are you?! Olivia no… I don’t want you getting hurt…. Please just stay in… you don’t need to work on doing things I can. You aren’t ready to go out on your own yet!” And here it was. The way he was brought up was coming out in the way he was trying to raise Olivia. He was never allowed out because of his health.
Problem is, Olivia is already raised but he was mentally justifying his actions because she was his baby girl and he had seen the guys out there in this day and age. “The guys out there are not appropriate for you… They want things… things that shouldn’t happen until after marriage…” The more he spoke the darker his blush became. He never expected in a million years that he would ever have this conversation. “Just no and that’s final.”
Steve had been spending his time going on missions out of the country and a few local ones to keep himself busy. He had to keep his mind preoccupied. When he had time to himself he found himself missing her more and more.
When she walked away he didn’t know what to do. He didn’t understand what had happened. What he had done wrong. He just knew she was gone, out of his life. He heard rumors through headquarters but didn’t quite believe them.
When she finally did come back, she managed to catch him home which was a very rare thing for him. His head shot up from the gun he was cleaning. He quickly reassembled it and went to the door. “Who is it?” He said harshly without opening it. He had to be very very cautious these days. The more missions he went on, the number of people that wanted him dead grew.
The sound of Steve’s voice made her jump. Made her momentarily consider just leaving. Anna swallowed hard. She opened her mind. Let it reach out, touch his. The change in him made her shiver. But, of course he had changed. Who hadn’t?
S.H.I.E.L.D. changed everyone. Everything it touched. Still, she immediately wondered if staying might have made a difference. For them both. Not that it mattered. She couldn’t go back. No one could. She could only try her best to explain. To make him understand why she’d left.
"Steve, it’s me," she called as she pulled back from his mind, "It’s Anna."
Steve blinked hearing her voice. He didn’t believe it at first but he lowered his gun and opened the door, stepping aside to let her in, “Anna…? Wha- What are you doing here?” He honestly hadn’t expected her to come back, “What happened to you?” He moved back again, blinking more than normal since he was not quite sure what to do, “Uh.. come in.” He sat the gun down and shoved his hands in his pockets awkwardly, “So uh… what brings you here? I figured you were kind of flying solo…” That was the impression he had gotten anyway. They hadn’t really broken up… well they weren’t really officially dating anyway.
He shut the door behind her and moved deeper into the apartment desperate for something to do so she wouldn’t notice how jarring it was for him to see her again, “Would you like a drink?”
"I’m.. Human now..?" Cortana looked up in amazement, confused, noticing someone there. "Oh.. Um.. This isn’t the best moment right now.."
"Are you not normally human?" He asked confused looking the woman over carefully. "Do you need some help? You look a bit distressed…" He said approaching her, hoping she was alright.
"No, no, normally not," She shook her head, sighing, looking at her hands. "I was an AI. UNSC Smart Artificial Intelligence.. Now I’m just some human with intelligence, huh.."
"Well there’s nothing wrong with being human… I’m human and I think I’m doing just fine." He said with a chuckle but saw she wasn’t laughing, "Hey if this is a permanent thing maybe I could help you out… and if its not maybe I could help you get back to being an AI. Not sure how to go about doing that but I could try." He said hopefully. "Being human can’t be all that bad right?"
The days had been getting shorter, that was one of the many things Amanda had always loved about the fall no matter where she was. It had always been calming to her even though lately the news broadcasts and papers could tell a different story. People had gone missing around her neighborhood. Her coworkers had been worried but she had brushed the warnings off saying that she would be alright and not to worry so much. However it felt different tonight. Like her senses had been heightened and when she heard the noise in the alley she startled and tried to pinpoint where the noise was coming from. That’s when she saw him. “Steve?” She asked. Amanda was used to seeing him gone on lengthy missions. It was his job but this last one was a little too long for comfort. When she realized it was him she sighed in relief “Welcome Home.”
Amanda was about to come closer to him when she stopped. He looked different, just subtle changes but enough to put her at unease. His eyes looked different, more animalistic than what it should have been and his skin was paler too. “Is everything alright?”
Steve had been on the mission to figure out what had happened to the missing people. Well he found out and became the monster that he had been hunting. So far he had refrained from killing anyone but it was getting harder and harder.
He was in the alley eating a rat when he heard someone approach. He dropped the rat and wiped a hand over his mouth. “Amanda. What are you doing here.” He said taking a step back to stay in the dark. “I’m fine… just… on a mission. I’m fine.” She was so beautiful. Her skin was so perfect. He had to sink his teeth into her. “Why don’t you come to my place tonight… and we’ll talk about it.” He wanted her to come over and never leave. He would force her if he had to.“I’m just heading home..” Amanda knew she’d never hear the end of it and would find a way to apologize later. Even though she felt her curiosity rising. It felt like it was too long that she had last seen Steve. It was tempting but if he was still on a mission she didn’t want to get in the way.”Maybe later..after you aren’t busy.” She said declining his offer. “Please be safe..”
Steve stepped forward desperate to take her home, “NO! I’m free! I’m free now. I just finished up.” His eyes flared dangerously when she said she wasn’t going to come over, “Just come over! I need you… come on…” He said starting to calm down so he wouldn’t scare her. “I’ll make us dinner…” He licked his lips and stepped toward her glancing down at the vein on her neck. “I know you want to…” He whispered as he approached her coming out from the darkness. “Come home with me… share my bed…” He murmured as he stepped closer to her.
Stephanie smiled as she looked around her living room. Everything was set for a night spending quality time with her brother. Now all she had to do was wait for Steve to show up with the beer and burgers.
It wasn’t long before Steve knocked on her door with his foot since his hands were full of the food and drink. Once he was let inside he smiled and kissed his sister’s cheek and sat the food down on the coffee table. “So Frankenstein. Which version?”
She smiled when he walked in and followed him to the couch. “1931, same version that Bucky dragged us too,” she stated as she grabbed herself a beer and a burger. “I’m hoping that this time I won’t be scared out of my mind.”
Steve chuckled and nodded, “I remember. You jumped so high you spilled popcorn over all of us in the middle of the movie and Bucky started eating it!” He laughed and grabbed his own burger and beer. “Surely it won’t be so bad the second time around.”
"What are you doing in Asgard!? Did Thor send for you?"
"I’m actually not sure how I got here. One minute I’m having a beer with your brother the next he says he has to go and we’re both sucked up in some beam of light. I think I lost him somewhere in the process…" He looked up at Loki and frowned, "Shouldn’t you be detained somewhere…" Perhaps Loki was the reason why Thor was called away and here he was in street clothes with no shield in sight.
Yes. Yes it is.
"Ah—hello, uh, Captain Rogers. I’m—a fan of yours."
Steve smiled at the boy’s greeting, “Hey there! Its nice to meet a fan. I don’t usually get a lot of those!” Tony was the one all the kids liked. His fans seemed to be on the older side, “Whats your name kid?” Steve asked with a crooked smile.
"Anything i can do for you, Captain.”
Steve looked up at the girl and gave her a small smile, “I don’t believe we’ve officially met. I’m Steve. I take it you’re a special agent?” He’d seen the woman in headquarters a couple of times but had never had the chance to speak with her.