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Buffy's New Job - In Between

By BuffyL

Adventure / Action

Cap's POV - First Meeting

Steve stood in his apartment and sighed. Nick Fury had finally come calling. He had a mission for him that Steve was sure he couldn't turn down. Didn't mean he didn't want to. As usual, the little apartment started to feel cramped. He walked over to the window and climbed out onto the fire escape, heading for the rooftop.

As his head made it over the edge, he noticed a petite blonde woman sitting on the opposite ledge looking out over the city. "Oh, sorry. I didn't know anyone else ever came up here." Steve said before he could stop himself.

The woman turned around and gave him a smile. "I like having a view to think to sometimes." He had never seen her before. Maybe she was new to the building. "I'll leave you to it, then."

"It's ok. You might as well join me, Steve."

That stopped him in his tracks. It wouldn't be the first time that a beautiful woman had been sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick him. "How do you know my name?"

"Besides the fact that you're pretty famous? You know, being Captain America and all." She held up a file that looked identical to the one he was holding. "I got kidnapped tonight, offered a job, given a swanky new apartment, and…. If I choose to accept it…. A mission to go with you to retrieve this Tesseract thingy from Loki."

Steve hopped off the ledge and walked across the roof towards her. Nick Fury had been busy tonight. "Who are you?"

The woman turned and hopped off the ledge with a grace reserved for dancers. She was short. About as short as he'd once been, but the way she carried herself…. It was like she had the confidence to take on any opponent that came against her. "Buffy Summers." She held up a cell phone. "And if I hit 1 on this cell phone, then I'm the newest member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and your partner."

Up close, she was even more gorgeous. He had to concentrate on not turning into a bumbling idiot in the presence of a beautiful woman. Wait? Partner? Steve looked her up and down. There was no way this tiny thing could keep up with him. "No offense, ma'am, but you don't look like you could hurt a fly."

"I only take offense to the ma'am thing. Makes me feel old."

His automatic response kicked in and he said, "I'm sorry for offending you."

"Manners. Refreshing. Thank you. And just for the record, I'm a lot stronger than I look." Her eyes raked over him, but instead of feeling like a piece of meat, Steve felt like she was actually sizing him up. She didn't comment on that, though. She gestured at the file in his hand where her eyes had come to rest. "Come up here for the same reason I did?"

Steve nodded. "It gets stuffy in my apartment after a while and I like the view up here."

Buffy turned and headed back to her previous perch. He watched her toss her legs over the edge and lean back slightly for balance. She didn't show an ounce of fear at toppling off the ledge. Steve finally decided to walk over and join her. He mimicked her position, taking a deep breath as he looked out over the city. He decided to stare at Stark Tower looming over them instead of at her like he wanted.

"It's a bit gaudy, isn't it?" She asked, gesturing at the tower.

"A bit, yes." Steve looked over at her. They were quiet for a long moment and he suddenly remembered something she'd said a few minutes ago. "You said you were kidnapped tonight?"

Buffy nodded. "I was taking down a couple of Hytarga demons that were trying to break into the Natural History Museum. They needed some crystal for some ritual to try and end the world." She shrugged. "I stopped listening when Giles got all rambly."

"Giles?""He's my Watcher…. Mentor. Well, not anymore. Mostly he's just my friend now who sometimes gives me orders. Not that I always listen to them…." She shook her head as if to clear her thoughts. "Anyway…. So, I was just about to snap the neck on the first demon when these commando creeps came out of the woodwork. They shot the demons and came after me. Next thing I know, I'm being handcuffed, tossed in an SUV, and driven to some headquarters where this guy with an eyepatch is telling me that my ex-boyfriend recommended me and they've been trying to locate me for a while to bring me on their team."

Why would they handcuff her? She was so small they could've just overpowered her if there were so many of them. "They handcuffed you?"

"Well…. I did kind of take out six of their guys." She just shrugged at his expression. He honestly didn't mean to look so shocked. Stranger things had happened. Like a skinny, short, weakling getting injected with a serum to make him into a muscular, tall, powerful weapon. "I don't take it well when guns are pointed at me."

Steve couldn't help himself from smiling. "I don't either." He set his face forward, but kept his peripheral vision trained on her. They weren't sitting right next to each other, but she smelled wonderful. Like sunshine and vanilla.

"Wanna trade?"

"Hmm?" He looked over at her and she was looking down at the file he'd set down on his lap.

"Files. Wanna trade? I'll show you mine if you show me yours?"

"I haven't looked it over."

"Why not?"

He decided to be honest with her. "I'm not sure I want to accept this mission."

Buffy nodded as if she completely understood. "You know what's sad?" Steve waited patiently for her to answer the question. "I don't think we have much of a choice." She held up her envelope. "This Tesseract thing sounds bad and in the hands of this Loki guy? It sounds like it's even worse."

She was obviously pretty smart if she got that from just the file. The smaller one that Fury had given him at the gym had contained basic information on the Tesseract. There actually wasn't that much on it. So what was in that small file was probably the same file she had. "The Tesseract should never have been pulled from the ocean. It should've stayed hidden."

Buffy nodded. "That's what I thought." She looked him up and down again and this time Steve felt like she was assessing him again, but not physically this time. "My friend Xander is a big fan of yours. He made me read the comics and I actually paid attention in history class when they mentioned you. And from what I know, you don't strike me as the type of person who can just sit by and watch the world be destroyed by the bad guys. I think you're like me. I think we're the type of people who get in there and fight to save the world even when we don't want to…. Because it's the right thing to do. And I think that's why this Fury guy wants to make us partners in this." She really was smart with an incredibly keen eye. He stared at her for a long time, trying to decide what to say. "Well, Steve…. Can I call you Steve or do you prefer Captain? "

He smiled at her, actually chuckling slightly. "Steve is fine."

"Well, Steve, at least we won't be in this alone." Buffy looked out at the night sky. "I usually am in these kinds of deals."

Steve stayed silent for a long time. He tried not to stare at her outright, so he stared at her out of the corner of his eyes. Was she a ploy thought up by Fury to get him to take this mission on? Or was she really the same as him? A much stronger than average human with a good heart who just wanted to do the right thing. Finally he turned his head to look at her. "Who are you, Buffy Summers?"

Buffy hit one on the cell phone and Steve could hear a voice on the line say. "Happy to have you on board. There will be a car waiting to pick you and the Captain up tomorrow morning. I look forward to working with you."

Whoever it was on the other end hung up and Buffy turned her full attention on Steve. "I'm your partner, Steve Rogers." She smiled at him and it lit up her whole face.

He looked down at his envelope, mostly so she wouldn't see the blush he knew was creeping up his face. He still wasn't good with the ladies. He couldn't think of anything to say to her. So he grabbed the envelope and held it out to her. "Wanna trade?"

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