A New City to Explore
[SHIELD IN HOUSE SURVEILLANCE FILES: 03032017]
Loc: NYC SAFEHOUSE Madison/59th
<news cast plays on a tv in Peg’s office>
Christine Everhart: Orlando Acosa, a flying Inhuman firefighter, veteran Army medic based in Port Devron, FL was shot out of the air on his way home after assisting victims of a multi-car crash.
Robert Goss admitted to the shooting, claiming self defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Goss claimed he felt threatened by Acosa’s bloodied appearance. Prosecutors say Goss’s actions were premeditated. They uncovered multiple links between Goss and the anti-Inhuman group, the Watchdogs. The Watchdogs are known for their attacks on Inhumans, with one branch of the group going as far as to attack and destroy an ATCU facility in Indiana last April.
Local law enforcement fear this impending trial is a powderkeg situation with protestors from both sides in attendance. More tonight from the courthouse by WHiH correspondent, Madeline Schaffer.
<Maria enters the office, turning off the tv>
Peggy: <looks up from the computer in excitement> Not to sound ungrateful, but it’s about bloody damn time! Fieldwork?
Maria: I wasn’t able to talk Fury into clearing you for the field -yet. I did, however, convince him that keeping you cooped up in here was detrimental to your mental health. Also, I reminded him that you came here with nothing but the clothes on your back. Even though I was able to find some spare uniforms and things, you still are in dire need of a shopping trip.
Peggy: <Realizing> Good Lord! It’s been more than a month since I arrived, hasn’t it? I didn’t realize when I left my time that this would be a long term operation. I’d have grabbed my go-bag from the office. <laughing> Of course, I’m sure my tactical gear would be as outdated as my shoes.
Maria: <They start walking through the building> We’ll get you tac gear later. I’m still working on Nick about fieldwork, because as great as you’ve been on data, strategy, and training the newbies -you belong out there. He’s still worried about you being recognized on the street, but he knows I’m capable of protecting you.
Peggy: <sighing> No offence, but I’m capable of taking care of myself. Nevertheless, I do appreciate you speaking to him on my behalf. So, where are we headed for my first outing? I’m not even sure which borough we’re in.
Maria: Well we’re in Manhattan, Madison and 59th st to be exact.
Peggy: Oh! My! I was living just a few blocks away. Well, and a few decades. I’m sure the Griffith is no longer there.
Maria: Yeah, I’m afraid that there’s not much left you’ll recognize. Even your old SSR offices are gone.
Peggy: <sighs> The world has changed so much. <Perks up> But there’s no time to be maudlin, I want to see it all! Well, except the tourist traps, there are always those in any time, I’m sure.
Maria: <opening the door> Well, welcome to 2017, Peggy.
Peggy: <steps out in wonder> The buildings are so much taller! And all the lights! During the daytime! <is almost knocked down by a passerby> So many people! I thought the sidewalks were crowded before!
Maria: <smiles, pointing east> Shall we get to it? I thought we’d stick close to home for your first time out. We’ll hit a few stores, and maybe some food after.
Peggy: <laughs> Well, you know I’ll never turn down a good meal!
<They stroll a few blocks, Peggy stopping often to comment on some new sight or marvel. Finally stopping before another large building covered in lights, flags, and massive display windows.>
Maria: I figured we’d try to outfit you with most of what you’ll need in one stop, you don’t strike me as the ‘shop till you drop’ type.
Peggy: <quizzical look> ‘Shop till you drop’ sounds like a perverse endurance race. No thank you. I think I’d rather run obstacle courses back at Camp Lehigh.
Maria: <snickers> If you ever get caught in here on Black Friday, you’ll be glad for your combat training.
Peggy: Bloomingdale’s was around during my time, but it feels like even that’s gotten bigger!
[Bloomingdale’s Security Footage 03022017]
Loc: Lexington& 59th, Manhattan, NY
<a few hours and many outfits later>
Maria: I TOLD you not to look at the price tags!
Peggy: Good Lord! Do I dare ask how much a simple cup of coffee would cost?
Maria: <laughs> Depends, do you have any heart conditions I should know about?
Peggy: Had I known, I would have chosen much less. <looks over at the stack of outfits> How am I going to pay for all of this?
Maria: <grins, pulling out a black card, blank except for a circular blue logo> I’ve still got an expense account with a former employer. Besides, you were actually having FUN trying on everything!
Peggy: <grins, nodding her head> Oh all right, I admit it! I suppose shopping can be more fun with a friend. I do so love these new fabrics. Especially the undergarments!
Maria: So I noticed. <pointing at a separate stack of assorted bras& panties> I suppose those aren’t what you’re used to either.
Peggy: I wish I’d had things like that to wear under my uniform back in the war. It would have made undressing so much easier when Steve and I would sneak off from the rest of the commandos.
Maria: Wait, what?! Are you saying that you and Captain America…..
Maria: But what about those ‘old time values’ about waiting for marriage and all that stuff?
Peggy: We were on the front lines, in the middle of a war. It was a dark time, <eyes saddened just a bit> and one never knew if they’d see the next dawn. Steve and I stole as many moments of happiness as we could. I know if he’d lived, we would probably have married and settled down with a home and a family. In the midst of a war, we cherished what we had.
Maria: Wow, I never thought of it like that. <ponders, remembering> No wonder Cap was so upset <catches herself> so upsetting for you to lose.
Peggy: <takes a deep breath> Yes, he was. But oh the memories! <smiles again>
Maria: <trying to distract> So, what do you feel like eating after we’re done?
Peggy: Hmm, all this shopping has left me starving! I really have no idea, there’s so much variety now!
Maria: <flags down a rather snooty sales person> We’ll take all of it, can you have it delivered? <flashes the Stark card, the man’s eyes widen& he nods as she gives him the address>
Peggy: <watches> That little card turned that snobby wanker into a groveling monkey, what is it?
Maria: Money still rules the world, it’s just not always in paper form anymore. I’ll explain over dinner, but THEN, I want to hear more war stories.
Peggy: <shakes her head> Always with the war stories, I’d have expected by now you’d have grown tired of them.
Maria: <heading towards the exit> After hearing about you and Cap? Are you kidding?
[Avengers Tower Security Footage 03022017]
Loc: Avengers Tower, Penthouse, Broadway& W 58th St, Manhattan, New York
Tony: <looks at the invoice, eyes widen, dials phone, syrupy snarky voice> Hi Maria! Long time no talk. What’s new? <listens> Do you perhaps just happen to still have that Stark expense card Pepper gave you? You didn’t lose it or have it get stolen? <listens, blushes slightly> Ok, ok, fine, but over five grand on new clothes? <Looks back at invoice again> Outfitting a new operative? With the amount of lingerie you just bought? <snark returns to voice> Iiii’m gonna need to see the surveillance videos from this operation.
Happy: <points to watch, whispers> Tick Tock Boss, can’t be late.
Tony: <wrapping up> Ok, yeah. We can talk about it tomorrow, late meeting, gotta run. No more shopping sprees until I see that video, k? <hangs up the phone, turns back to Happy, anxiously> So, outfit aside, how do you think I’m doing?
Happy: Well, You’ve quit drinking, again. You’re not up all night tinkering in the workshop for days anymore. You’re using that therapy simulator to work through issues, and this is the first anxiety attack you’ve had in a long time.
Tony: <nervously> So I’m doing pretty good, right?
Happy: <noncommittal> You’ve made improvements.
Tony: Do you think the flowers I sent were too much?
Happy: I think the new jet you bought her to hold them all may have been a bit over the top.
Tony: Hey! At least I didn’t send strawberries, I’m learning!
[Traffic Cam Footage 03022017]
Loc: Serafina Osteria, E 58th St, Manhattan, New York
Peggy: <laughing> So there I was, sitting on the edge of the desk. BURSTING out of my blouse, skirt hiked up to FOREVER, Steve’s biting my neck and distracting me as I fumble with his belt. The door bursts open, Steve grabs his shield to cover me, and Barnes goes ‘Dugan sent me to find, oh crap, I saw nothing!’ turns and bolts from the room, leaving the door WIDE OPEN! I think that was the only time I ever saw him blush. Steve and I were furious, because we both knew Dugan did it on purpose as a joke.
Maria: <crying with laughter> Oh My God! Oh My God! Oh My God!
Peggy: <still laughing hysterically> I can ONLY get away with telling that story because neither of them are alive to be embarrassed by it! <Maria’s phone buzzes, interrupting their laughter>
Maria: <looks at it> Shit.
Maria: <answers, falsely cheery> Hi Tony! <listens> Um, nothing much, what’s up? <listens, voice turns a bit snarky> Well, technically, I’m still a Security Consultant for SI. Pepper told me to keep it as 12% of my fee. <grins> Well I’ve got a new operative that needed gear, she came to us with nothing and only the best would do, you understand. <frowns> Yeah, not gonna happen Stark. <rolls eyes> Uh huh, yeah right, still no.
Peggy: Tony Stark? Would that be?
Maria: <sigh> Howard’s kid? Yeah. The less you know, the better. Fury will kill me if he finds out I even told you Tony exists.
Peggy: <sighing> Yes, yes, I know. <twirls hand> Round trip, timelines, too much knowledge. You’ve already told me he exists. At least tell me one thing. Is he a good man?
Maria: From what I’ve heard, he’s a lot like his dad.
Peggy: <smiles, laughing> Well, that’s a mixed bag of kippers, right there.
<the women continue to chat, the remains of their meals now replaced with dessert and more coffee, minutes later, a limo stops in traffic nearby, window rolls down>
Tony: Uh, Happy? I know I’ve had some concussions in the past, but why does it look like Hill is on a date with what looks like my dead aunt? <Happy’s eyebrows raise, Tony takes a picture before the limo continues> Fury and I are so having a talk in the morning. Well, the afternoon if tonight goes well.
Happy: <mumbling under his breath> I swear to God if he fucks things up tonight, I’m quitting. Maybe Jon Favreau needs a driver.