Pt. 14 Flashbacks: Post Civil War, Steve…..
[Palace Security Footage 07022016]
Loc: Palace of King T’Challa, Wakanda
Nat: You’re still a terrible liar, Steve.
Steve: <sighs> What do you want me to say, Natasha? That I’m lost? That every time I feel like I’ve found something- a home, a family, a purpose, it all comes crashing down?
Nat: I know it seems like that right now, but once the dust settles,
Steve: <interrupts> when the dust settles, the Accords will still be there, Bucky will still be on ice, I’ll still be a fugitive, and Tony will still be angry and hurt.
Nat: Things change. The Accords can be re-written, amended. King T’Challa’s already saying that perhaps it was put into action too soon. If that happens, recent events will be re-evaluated. You’ll most likely be exonerated for your part in uncovering the rest of Hydra’s Winter Soldiers and bringing Zemo to justice. Plus, some of the best neurologists and psychologists are studying how to help Bucky. He won’t be on ice forever.
Steve: And Tony?
Nat: <sighs> That’s gonna take more time. He was almost ready to come to his senses and put away his ego when he realised you were right about Bucky being framed. After seeing that video, though…..
Steve: <shaking his head, angry with himself> I should have told him when Zola showed me the files.
Nat: Showed US the files. I was there too. I knew as well as you did, telling him wouldn’t do anything to change what had happened, it would only hurt him. We had no idea it was Bucky they sent after Howard.
Steve: I SHOULD have known. Who else would they have sent? I’m surprised they didn’t send him after Peggy too.
Nat: <laughs> She’d have scowled and ordered him to ‘Stop this bloody nonsense and stand down, Soldier.’
Steve: <laughing sadly> Yeah, that’d be my Pegs. Even with the programming, Bucky probably would have listened.
Nat: <softly> He’ll be ok, Steve. The question is, will you?
Steve: I don’t know. I’ve spent the last few years trying to adjust to the times. Trying to find a place I fit in. Sometimes I think I never will.
Nat: <sadly> Well, at least you’re honest. Just because you feel like a misfit toy, doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you.
Steve: <smiles nostalgically> That first Christmas with everyone, when you guys made me watch all those cartoons. You and Tony drunkenly singing that song about the misfit toys.
Nat: <singing softly> What’s the matter with misfits? That’s where we fit in.
Steve: What about the rest of our misfit fugitives?
Nat: We managed to sneak back into the States, got Scott and Clint back to their families. You’d be amazed how handy it is to have Wanda do her little Jedi mind trick at customs.
Steve: <snickers> Jedi mind trick. You’re such a geek deep down, Romanoff.
Nat: And if you tell anyone, I will kick your ass, Rogers!
Steve: <still snickering> Language. <pauses> What about the rest of you?
Nat: Fury’s got us covered. He offered Sam, Wanda and I an off-the-books recon project. He’s got this idea that Hydra’s gonna pop up again in some new form and want’s us gathering intel. We’re off the radar, and we’re together, so we’ve got that going for us. Always room for one more.
Steve: Spycraft is your game, Nat. I don’t think I’m ready to get back out into the world. At least not until I know what for.
Nat: Take some time, figure things out. When you’re ready, we’ll be here.