I don't believe in heroes

Chapter 11

Clint was the one who piloted the jet they stole from the Helicarrier, with Natasha as his co pilot. Ellie sat on the edge of her seat, eyes closed and taking slow, deep breaths. She could feel the energy buzzing over her skin and felt the Tesseract energy just below the surface of her skin. She wasn't in control of herself and this was one time that she desperately needed to be.

"Find a happy place." She could hear Phil's voice coaching her in her head. "Do you remember our senior prom?"

"You had food poisoning." Ellie said softly, not aware that she was speaking out loud. "Halfway through the prom, you puked on my dress."

"You were the most beautiful girl there."

"You have to say that." Ellie whispered, her eyes still closed.

"Only because it's true." She could almost hear him sigh. "I wish I could come with you."

"Me too."

"I love you."

"I love you too."

Steve watched the exchange she had with herself, not sure if she was in the right mental capacity to go into this fight. But when she opened her eyes, he could see she was focused. "You okay?"

"Yeah." Ellie nodded once, fingering the bracelet that Phil had given her. "Do we have a plan?"

"Find the Tesseract and close the portal if it's open." Steve said. "Keep the people safe."

"You make it sound so easy." Ellie said and Steve chuckled.

"Probably easier said than done." Steve admitted.

"Oh my God." Ellie said as she saw out the front window. There were already dozens, quickly turning into hundreds, of Chitauri coming through the portal.

"Stark, we're on your three." Natasha alerted Tony.

"What did you stop for drive thru?" Tony snapped. "Swing up Park. I'm gonna lay them out for you."

Natasha followed his words and Tony brought several Chitauri into their path. She fired the jet's gun at them, taking out almost all of them. When they saw Loki and Thor fighting their own battle on Stark Tower, Natasha aimed for Loki. Loki pushed Thor away and fired a blast at the jet, knocking out the side engine and causing the jet to crash. Ellie and Steve clung to the railing inside of the jet, trying not to get tossed around the cockpit as they crashed.

The civilians were in a panic, screaming and running, as the four Avengers ran out of the now crashed jet.

"We gotta get up there." Steve said.

"Tony said there was an energy barrier surrounding the Tesseract." Ellie said, thinking quickly. "If I can get up there, maybe I can absorb it and shut it down."

"Have you ever done that before?" Clint asked.

"No. But the Tesseract is part of me and I don't have a better plan." Ellie said.

"That could kill you." Steve said.

"It could also not kill me." Ellie countered. She stopped talked when she saw a Chitauri worm (for lack of a better phrase) coming out of the portal. It was a behemoth of an alien and dozens of Chitauri warriors launched themselves off it, attacking the occupants of the surrounding buildings. "How do we take that out?"

"Stark, are you seeing this?" Steve asked.

"Seeing." Tony confirmed. "Still working on believing. Has Banner shown up yet?"

"Banner?" Steve asked, confused.

"Just keep me posted." Tony said.

Ellie saw another Chitauri battalion headed their way, firing their weapons and causing cars to explode. The citizens running weren't paying attention to where they were going, heading right into the blast. Ellie threw a energy field around them, protecting them from the Chitauri but also simultaneously causing the Chitauri to explode if they hit the field, which several of them did. "Guys, if I'm going to get up there, I need to do it now. I can't take care of the barrier and keep these fields up."

"Go." Natasha shouted to be heard over the chaos. "We've got this."

Ellie nodded once and put up an energy field around her as she ran toward Stark tower. She had to stop when she was cornered by a Chitauri group and sent out an energy blast that took out any Chitauri in a ten block radius, the aliens dissolving into nothingness in a blast of blue energy. "Stark, can I get a lift?"

"You got it." Tony said. "Heading your way."

A second later, Tony had the back of Ellie's armor in his grasp and she was rising up to the top of Stark Tower. Selvig was standing guard of the Tesseract.

"Erik, we can stop this." Ellie said once Tony had released her.

"There's no stopping this." Selvig said, a smile on his face. "She wants to show up something. She wants to show us a new world."

"There are people down there being killed." Ellie shouted. "Innocent people."

Natasha had told Ellie how she released Clint from Loki's spell: hitting his head really hard. So that's what she did. Ellie sprinted at Selvig and punched him hard enough that he flew back several feet, smacking his head on the ground.

"That takes care of that." Ellie said, turning her attention to the barrier. She took a several quick deep breaths, bracing herself, as she placed her hands against the barrier. "This is, undoubtedly, the worst idea I've ever had."

"It's the only one you have right now." Phil's voice echoed in her mind.

"Here goes nothing." Ellie opened her mind and the energy barrier jolted through her. She clenched her teeth, trying not to scream and focusing on distributing the energy throughout her body.

"You have to hold on."

Ellie felt like her body was burning from the inside out. This was worse than when she was first injected with the serum and it didn't seem to be making any difference in the strength of the barrier. Even though she had taken out Selvig, she hadn't noticed Loki heading her way as she was preoccupied with the barrier.

"Move away." Loki commanded. Ellie barely heard him through the fog of pain, focus, and power coursing through her.

"A little bit longer, El."

"I can't do this, Phil." Ellie grunted. "It's too much."

"You have to. I know you can."

"How are you doin' up there, Ellie?" Steve asked her through their comms.

"Could use a little help." Ellie groaned through clenched teeth. She barely finished talking when she felt a large crash behind her.

"Enough!" Loki shouted. She didn't know if it was to her but she didn't respond. "You are, all of you, beneath me. I am a god..."

He was silenced by several loud smashes in a row then silence.

"Puny god." Ellie heard the Hulk growl.

She couldn't take anymore of the energy and Ellie dropped her hands, panting for breath. Steve had been right, this was going to kill her.

"The scepter." Selvig said weakly.

"Erik?" Ellie asked, still trying to catch her breath.

"Loki's scepter." Selvig said. "The energy. The Tesseract can't fight, you can't protect against yourself. You can't take anymore of that energy. You'll kill yourself."

"What does the scepter have to do with it?" Ellie asked.

"I built in a safety to cut their power source." Selvig admitted. "It may be able to close the portal."

"Where's his scepter?"

"Down there." Selvig pointed and Ellie dragged herself to the edge of the Tower, spying the scepter on the balcony.

It had taken a lot of strength that Ellie hadn't known she had to climb down to the balcony, then back up to the roof.

"Come on. You're almost there."

Ellie was distracted by a behemoth worm heading toward the Tower, crashing into several buildings on the way. She used the energy she had absorbed and made an energy barrier inside the creature's stomach, expanding it until the thing blew up from the inside out.

"Close the portal, Ellie. You're running out of time."

Selvig told her to aim the scepter at the crown and she did, slowly pushing the scepter through what was left of the energy barrier. "Guys, I can close the portal."

"Do it!" Steve said.

"No. Wait." Tony said.

"These things are still coming in." Steve said quickly.

"I got a nuke coming in. It's gonna blow in less than a minute." Tony said.

"Send it my way." Ellie said. "I can contain the blast."

"I know where to put it." Tony said. "Just don't close the portal until I get there."

"Stark, you know that's a one way trip." Steve said somberly.

Ellie's arms were shaking and she was having trouble standing but kept the scepter pointed at the base of the Tesseract, waiting for Tony's signal. He sped past her, guiding the missile up through the portal, disappearing for what felt like hours but was really only a few minutes.

"Come on, Stark." Ellie muttered.

All over the city, the Chitauri started powering down. Tony must have hit his target with the missile because they heard an explosion.

"Close it." Steve said.

Ellie pushed the scepter and hit the base, disrupting the energy beam and causing it to stop. The portal closed and at the last moment, Tony fell through.

"You did it. I'm proud of you."

"Couldn't have done it without you." Ellie said softly.

The shock and exhaustion of the last twenty four hours started to hit her as she left Stark Tower. She wasn't sure exactly how she made it to her and Phil's apartment, or how her building was unscathed, but she unlocked the door and went inside. She didn't care that she was covered in dirt and sweat or that her body had energy burns in several places.

"We won, Phil." Ellie said, going into their bedroom and laying down on the bed. They hadn't made it from the last time they used it. She could still smell him on the sheets and she just lay there, staring at where he should be laying. If she could cry anymore, she would have but her mind and body couldn't handle what had happened. She could feel herself shutting down and she didn't care.

A/N: You guys are awesome. I've had a ton of views on this story since I've started it and a wonderful response to it. Thanks to everybody who reviews/reads/follows/favorites this story. I know I didn't really focus on the Battle of New York, but I'm rubbish at writing battle scenes. Anywho, please leave a review on your way out. They're always appreciated and like I've mentioned before, I don't bruise easily. Be brutal if you'd like. xo

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