Pt. 39 Meds& Messaging Don’t Mix…..
[SHIELD IN HOUSE SURVEILLANCE FILES: 03082017 2100hrs]
Loc: Medbay, NYC SAFEHOUSE Madison/59th
<As the pain meds from Simmons slowly start to work their way through Peg’s system, she opens her messages, finding one from Grant earlier in the day>
Grant: Hi Maggie, you probably won’t see this until later, but be safe today, let me know how the milk run went when you get back! (THIS MESSAGE RECEIVED 10HRS AGO)
Peggy: <brow furrows, she growls which sends her into a painful coughing fit, takes a drink& starts typing one handed> I SWEAR, Grant, if I ever hear the term ‘milk run’ again, I’ll shoot someone! TWICE!
Steve: <answers immediately> OUCH! Sorry Maggie! That bad?
Peggy: A man of metal nearly killed Maria and I! We’re stuck in medbay recovering. If it hadn’t been for the watch Anthony gave me, we’d most likely both be dead.
Steve: <thinking first of Ultron> Metal Man?! What did it look like?!
Peggy: Apparently before I blasted half his face off, he looked much like he did before HYDRA robotomized him. Maria recognized him. Mid-height, dark hair, rude, crude, and I’m sure he was altogether unpleasant BEFORE he became he became HYDRA’s killing machine.
Steve: <breathes a sigh of relief> Ok, so not Ultron. HYDRA is bad enough, every time I think we’ve wiped them off the map, they just worm their way back. You said Maria recognized him? Did she say a name?
Peggy: <the effects of the medication starting to fog her brain just a bit> Ah, Brick? Rick? I’m sorry Grant, it seems the meds that lovely doctor gave me are making details fuzzy.
Steve: <seriously concerned> Just HOW BAD were you hurt, Maggie?!
Peggy: <trying to downplay> Microfractures are already healed. Larynx is bruised, not crushed, so I’ll be singing off-key again in no time. The dislocated shoulder is my own fault for not practicing with that watch from Anthony before firing it. I didn’t realize the repulsor would have such a kickback!
Steve: <surprised> If you’re not used to firing them, I guess they would. I didn’t realize Tony had started handing those out to SHIELD agents as standard issue!
Peggy: Oh, no, no, mine was a gift. I guess you could say I’m ah, um, a friend of the family.
Steve: <feeling a twinge of jealousy> So…. you and Stark….. do you two….. ah are you two….. together?
Peggy: <laugh hysterically, tears running down her cheeks, sending her into another coughing fit> Oh heavens no! That would be quite awkward, and disturbing to say the least!
Steve: <relaxes> Sorry, just curious, I know Tony. He can be a real playboy.
Peggy: Yes, it tends to run in his family. But once a Stark man finds his right partner, he seems to settle down.
Steve: So does that mean he and Pepper are working things out?
Peggy: It seems so, he was very concerned when she was disposing of the nitramine bomb today.
Steve: Nitramine! That’s nasty stuff, HYDRA doesn’t play around.
Peggy: <the meds relaxing her more> No, extreme measures, advanced technology, and a complete disregard for human life seems to be part of their methodology in any time period. You’re right about them always resurfacing, it’s immensely frustrating to have to keep taking them out, only to find they’ve slithered out from another bloody damn rock.
Steve: <looks at the screen, confused> time period? Maggie….. if you’re not from around here, how do you know so much about HYDRA?
Peggy: <saddened> When I said I was an ‘out of towner’ what I really meant was that I’m a time traveler. I’ve fought them before, and we thought we had won. Which made our sacrifices and loses bearable despite the pain. Until they came back. When I was given an opportunity to join this fight, there was no hesitation.
Steve: <stares at the screen> A TIME traveler? <thinking to himself, every time I think this world can’t get any weirder.> How far back did you travel?
Peggy: <not noticing his misunderstanding> About 70yrs. It’s been quite an adjustment.
Steve: <amazed and sympathetic> WOW, Maggie! No wonder you seem like a fish out of water. Must be hard adjusting to all the differences from your own time. I kinda know a bit what it’s like, walking around in a world you don’t recognize.
Peggy: The technology certainly took some getting used to. That was to be expected. What I didn’t expect was the loneliness. Not a single soul I knew exists in this time.
Steve: <thinking of all the friends he’d lost> Yeah. It’s hard being alone like that. Even when you make new friends, it’s odd, because you really can’t find anyone with similar life experiences.
Peggy: Exactly! You DO seem to understand quite a bit what it’s like, Grant.
Steve: Well, I’m not a time traveler like you, but I spent a long time….. asleep, and woke to a different world.
Peggy: Oh dear! You poor thing!
Steve: Yeah, I lost a lot of time, and the world moved on without me. So I can kinda relate.
Peggy: <the meds really kicking in now> We certainly are quite a pair, aren’t we?
Steve: Hahaha, I guess we are.
Peggy: Oh my! These painkillers they gave me are fabulous! I feel like I could go dancing!
Steve: <laughing and grabbing his chest> Oh no, no dancing for you Miss Maggie! You need to stay in bed and recover first!
Peggy: You can’t give me orders! I do what I bloody well please!
Steve: Fine, fine! You’re right, but don’t over do things, please?
Peggy: <pouts> Very well, though dancing sounds like such fun right now. I quite enjoy some of the music of this time.
Steve: <still laughing> Ok, this is the deal. You promise me you’ll take it easy, rest and heal up, and I promise to take you dancing when I get home.
Peggy: <smiles> Deal! But when are you coming home?
Steve: <sighs, thinking, I guess I should explain at least a bit. starts typing> Well, if we’re telling truths, I’m waiting for the Accords to be rescinded. I refused to sign. If I come home before that, I’ll be arrested.
Peggy: OH! No wonder you’ve been so dodgy about it! I understand. Many of the agents I’ve meet here are enhanced who DID sign, and are taking great risks working for the Resistance. Nick has done his best to keep their involvement as quiet as possible.
Steve: <pondering> Really? Huh, I knew he had Nat and a few other friends of mine from the list on deep cover investigations. Didn’t realize he’d mobilized others. Maybe I could come home sooner than I thought.
Peggy: It’s a big risk, Grant. I don’t want you taking chances of getting caught if you don’t have to.
Steve: I’ve got no right to stand by and hide, when others are taking risks I should be taking too.
Peggy: Just don’t make any rash decisions, please? You do more to help where you are than you would in a jail cell.
Steve: Still, it’s something to consider. If I had been there with you today, you might not have gotten hurt.
Peggy: <scowling, tired and cranky> I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself! I’m no damsel in distress needing a hero to swoop in and save me!
Steve: Woah, I, I didn’t mean it like that Maggie! I just meant that I could have helped. We always say the Resistance is Stronger Together. Every person who steps up and joins this fight brings us one step closer to our goals.
Peggy: <softens> I’m sorry, Grant, I guess I’m getting tired, it’s been a VERY long day. You’re absolutely right though. Sometimes you sound so much like my Steve.
Steve: You NEED to rest, Maggie. I’m not keeping you up any longer. Go. To. Sleep.
Peggy: Fine, I’ll talk to you tomorrow. G’night, Grant. <closes laptop, closes eyes, drifts off almost instantly>
Steve: <staring at computer, wondering aloud, Her Steve? Huh, like things aren’t weird enough. yawns, shutting down computer>