23. Missing

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Nobodies POV

We see Barton returning to his family on the farm. His wife opening the door for him, allowing him to collapse into her arms, her eyes red, having heard the news about Victoria.

"I'm so sorry baby, I know how much you cared about her." His wife whispers

Clint returns the hug, closing his eyes.

....

Then we see Stark driving to the new Avengers facility in upstate New York. Friday was running something on the screen.

Tony was trying and failing to find Victoria, tapping into her comm, only to hear the same thing he's been hearing for the past few days, static.

Nothing was coming up.

....

Natasha looks at Barton's new baby on her phone. "Say hi to Auntie Nat." Laura says

Natasha sees the baby has been named Nathaniel Pietro Barton. "Fat." Natasha says

"One of our tech boys flagged this, splashed down in the Banda Sea. Could be the Quinjet. But with Stark's stealth tech, we still can't track the damn thing." Fury says

"Right." Natasha says

Her heart was pounding as her singular thought was on Victoria, she's the one who asked her to go after Banner, she felt as if it were her fault Victoria was missing.

"They probably jumped out and swam to Fiji. Banner and Stark will send a postcard." Fury says

"Wish you were here. You sent me to recruit Banner, way back when. Did you know then what was going to happen?" Natasha says, not bringing up Victoria, she didn't know how she'll react.

"You never know. You hope for the best and make do with what you get. I got a great team." Fury says "Nothing lasts forever." Natasha says

"Trouble, Miss Romanoff. No matter who wins or loses, trouble still comes around." Fury says

....

"The rules have changed." Steve says "We're dealing with something new." Tony says "Well, the Vision's artificial intelligence." Steve says

"A machine." Tony says "So it doesn't count." Steve says

"No. It's not like a person lifting the hammer." Tony says "Right. Different rules for us." Steve says "Nice guy, but artificial." Tony says

"Thank you." Steve says

"If he can wield the hammer, he can keep the Mind Stone. It's safe with the Vision and these days, safe is in short supply." Thor says

"But if you put the hammer in an elevator..." Steve says "It would still go up." Tony says

"Elevator's not worthy." Steve says

"I'm going to miss these little talks of ours." Thor says "Well, not if you don't leave." Tony says

"I have no choice. The Mind Stone is the fourth of the Infinity Stones to show up in the last few years. That's not a coincidence. Someone has been playing an intricate game and has made pawns of us. But once all these pieces are in position..." Thor says

"Triple Yahtzee?" Steve ask "You think you can find out what's coming?" Steve ask

"I do. Besides this one, there's nothing that can't be explained." Thor says.

"And Stark, I'll have Heimdall search for Victoria, I worry for her too. She's a good kid. I'm sorry she isn't here." Thor says

"Yeah me too pal." Tony says

Thor nods and he returns to Asgard which burns a circle in the grass he was standing on.

"That man has no regard for lawn maintenance. I'm gonna miss him though. And you're gonna miss me. There's gonna be a lot of manful tears." Tony says

As they walk over towards Stark's car. "I will miss you, Tony." Steve says "Yeah? Well, it's time for me to tap out. Maybe I should take a page out of Barton's book and build Pepper a farm, hope nobody blows it up." Tony says

"The simple life." Steve says

"You'll get there one day." Tony says

"I don't know, family, stability. The guy who wanted all that went in the ice seventy-five years ago. I think someone else came out." Steve says.

Stark turns to get into his car.

"You alright?" Tony ask

"I'm home." Steve says "are you okay." Steve asks "I'll get there, I'm not going to stop searching for Vic, not until I turn every rock.....she's my kid." Tony says, struggling to form the words.

Tony looked vulnerable in that moment, the playboy billionaires mask was torn down at the thought of his missing daughter.

"I do what I can here to find her, I care about her too, despite all her teasing about me being a fossil." Steve says, he pauses to take a deep breath.

"The facility doesn't feel right without her." Steve says, shaking his head, his hands on his hips.

"Victoria Maria Stark is one of a kind." Tony says, softly.

....

Steve finds Natasha standing alone.

"You want to keep staring at the wall, or do you want to go to work? I mean, it's a pretty interesting wall." Steve says

"I thought you and Tony were still gazing into each other's eyes. How do we look?" Natasha ask "Well, we're not the '27 Yankees." Steve says

Steve hands Natasha a tablet. "We've got some hitters." Natasha says

"They're good. They're not a team." Steve says "Let's beat 'em into shape." Natasha says

Steve watches Natasha walk ahead of him, he knows she's putting on a brave face, she was also affected of Victoria's disappearance, he knows she blames herself.

....

They gather Rhodes in his War Machine suit, Vision with his golden cape fluttering, Sam in his Falcon suit, Wanda in a new suit.

And then there's Pietro with his wild silver hair, he blurs to his sisters side, his eyes red rimmed, but he holds a stoic expression as he puffs up his chest.

Steve takes this in with a deep breath.

"Avengers...!" Steve yells

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