Title: When the Ash Settles
Summary: They survived the Chitauri and all that came after that bringing the team closer than ever, but now friendships will be tested and boundaries pushed. But When the Ash Settles and all there is left is chaos, things need to change. Sequel to THoaFG
Author Note: I hope you don’t mind that I write this one in third point of view as I can’t really write first pov anymore LOL Either way, there were major things I hated about the A:AOA so there will be changes.
For those of you tuning in, this is a sequel to The Heart of a Fallen Goddess, you need to read that first. Mentions of Thor 2 and IM3, there will be changes to that as well.
Disclaimer/Warning: I don’t own any right to Twilight or Marvel so that’s a bit sad. Anyways there will be graphic use of Violence and Language.
Third Point of View
Clint was in hell, he was pretty sure he was in a hell that was just ice and snow with a whole lot of firepower. It didn’t ease his anxiety or his blood pressure to be standing on the back of a jeep driven by Nat with only a bow and arrow.
“I cannot come with you my warrior; my visit for Asgard has come.” Isibel whispered a soft smile on her lips as she clutched at the cloth in her arms while holding out Ichaival. “But take this so I know you will be protected all the more.”
“You know I won’t use it until I have to.” Clint replied fondly while taking the bow and pressing a kiss to her brow. “Be good my sweet deadly wife, give your mother my regards.”
“Please for the love of mercy don’t get hurt.” Clint exclaimed as Thor flew past and impacted with a hunter’s tower, taking out a few more of the enemies. “Isibel will have out hides when she gets back.”
Nat let out a laugh as she kicks open the door with her left foot before connecting it with the soldier before righting herself once more, swerving over another that was thrown into her path. Clint groaned as his side impacted with the bar and he shot Nat a displeased look as he fired off another two arrows that were on Cap’s ass.
‘And where is Katniss? I thought she would join you on this task seeing as it’s the top lead for the sceptre.’ Tony asked as he weaved in and out of the trees, taking in the tanks and every electronic that the soldiers had.
“I too wonder where my sister is, it has been a year since the Convergence and the attack on Asgard. She did not stay to celebrate nor speak with our father or I.” Thor replied as pushed up, a grin tugging at his lips as he thrived in the rush of battle before slamming down into the front of the large metal carrier flipping it.
Nat weaved violently to the left as she swerved when her head snapped around to Clint. She knew the answer to that question, the only one out of the Avengers to do so but she did not know the lie they had planned.
“She’s in Asgard at the moment visiting Frigga.” Clint explained as he swing his bow around his shoulders and pulled up Ichaival and drew back three arrows before letting them fly. “When you were off fighting the dark elf we were looking after the twins while Alex and Lauren were away with the others, they were sick so she came home.”
He was not going to mention the fact that they were having trouble conceiving and she didn’t wish to see anyone. Not even Nat knew that.
The second Clint’s feet touched the ground he tucked down into a roll before pushing up and firing off another arrow. He needed to stay in focus, if it wasn’t because of his training and years of mastering his reflexes that surprise toss off the jeep would have broken something.
Tony grinned as they breached the really horrible barrier before zooming forward, scanning the building a head for what they were looking for all the while dodging the plasma lasers they shot at him.
The impact he wasn’t suspecting. “Shit!”
‘Language!’ Steve’s voice filtered over the coms. ‘JARVIS, what’s the view from upstairs?’
Clint and Nat shared a look, one that shared a whole conversation but no words needed to be said. With a nod he slung Ichaival to his back once more while knocking an arrow to cover her back, he could see several men trying to blend with the nature around them but it was impossible to do so even if he didn’t have the skill sets he had been taught.
The glowing pale purple of whatever they were using to fly was a dead giveaway.
‘The central building is protected by some kind of energy shield. Strucker’s technology is well beyond any other Hydra base we’ve taken.’ JARVIS’s soft british voice filtered through the coms.
Thor grinned at the news as he ducked, weaved and swung, taking down many of the men before and around him. “Loki’s sceptre must be here. Strucker couldn’t mount this defence without it. At long last.”
A grunt escaped from Nat’s lips as she took a hit to the side before viciously taking down the asshole that did it with a twist of her legs and a well-placed jab to his throat. She dove off the body at her feet and latched onto another, her legs around his throat while her arms shot out to grab another before rotating. They didn’t stand a chance.
“‘At long last’ is lasting a little long, boys.” She breathed out before ducking as a phaser beam charged towards her and shot at the soldier on the cropping above.
A curse spilled from Clint’s lips as he ducked out of the way and behind the neighbouring tree to avoid the beam and the splinters. That was close. A growl escaped his lips as he dodged another, pulling an explosive arrow from his quiver Clint took one last look before firing a smirk pulling at his lips at the responding boom. “Yeah. I think we lost the element of surprise.”
Tony snorted as he swerved around the bend, firing off his repulsors at the henchmen on the stairs and hummed. “Wait a second. No one else is going to deal with the fact that Cap just said ‘language?’… are we going to ignore that?”
“I know…” The groan from Steve’s lips was easily heard over the din of battle as he leapt off the bike and tossed it at the oncoming truck. “It just slipped out.”
‘I read at least six more gun bunkers and the body count isn’t changing much. We take down one, two take their place.’ Tony informed the others as he did another loop around the massive structure looking for weaknesses all the while dodging the rapid plasma fire.
“Copy that.” Steve replied as he scanned the forest for the bunkers Tony spotted, wincing when the Hulk tore through several tanks and one bunker in his wake.
Clint scanned the area, catching two bunkers one close to Steve and Thor while another closer to he and Nat. “There’s one to your right Cap, I’ll take out the one close to me. Nat watch my back.”
“Always.” She replied letting the current of her suit to flow to her hands while grappling with the soldiers that followed.
This was a massively stupid idea… Clint berated himself as he half crouched half ran across the open space in the direct line of the Bunker’s view. He could hear his wife’s angry voice yelling at him to watch out as he ducked further nearly toppling over as he dodged another fire.
At least this was just bullets and not plasma charges.
The rat-tat-tat familiar, giving him a good idea where he needed to aim without looking, he would have to remember to thank stark for upgrading his com’s. Taking a deep breath he nocked an explosive arrow, drew, stepped out from the cover of the trees and fired before bracing for the impact.
A second went by and then another with no explosion something was wrong. A sense of dread pooled in the pit of his stomach as he nocked another and drew, gasping as a forced hit him and flung him several times in the air from the force before he landed harshly on his back. It knocked the wind from his lungs and Clint tried to drag in the much needed air as he got to all fours.
Casual footsteps had him jerking his head up, his eyes widening as a young kid, he could have just barely reached the age of 18-19. White hair and a cocky smirk caught Clint’s eyes before the arrow that the kid spun in his hands. “You didn’t see that coming?”
Clint shot to his feet in a blink of an eye, arrow nocked and drawn as the kid vanished. Confusion ws replaced by pain as heat tore at his side and sent him sprawling with a cry. He could hear Nat call his name as pain radiated across his body; he could hear the battle around him fade to a ring as it began to grow too much.
Hands pressed to his side as voices rambled in his ear but he couldn’t… couldn’t focus…
Bluebell’s going to kill me…
Thor raged inside as he took out his anger and fear on the soldiers with more vigour than needed but he needed to reach his brother or his sister would tear the realms down in her grief searching for him. He was torn of course between Barton and the sceptre but oh Thor knew that Isibel would send him to Hel herself for not protecting her husband and he wouldn’t fail more than he already has done.
The sceptre can wait… Barton cannot.
“I will get my brother back to the jet. The sooner we’re gone the better. You and Stark secure the sceptre.” Thor ordered before growling as he saw another squadron crest over the small hill before them. “It looks like they’re lining up.”
Steve cast the soldiers a look, pulled his shield from his back and braced himself. “Well, they’re excited.”
Thor pounds on Steve’s shield with Mjolnir with a loud crack and watched as the force knocks down all the soldiers with a satisfying thrum. “Find the sceptre.” He instructed one last time before pushing up into the air, he needed to reach his brother and get him to the jet where medical supplies awaited.
Isibel was going to kill them.
Author Note: Well here is chapter one, many mishaps writing this but caught *grins and looks at Harley* but enjoy!