I don't believe in heroes

Chapter 29

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The clock on the wall was obnoxiously loud as it ticked quietly as Phil registered the information just given to him. Ellie and Steve watched him as he processed what they told him and he was taking it particularly well.

"Phil-"

He interrupted Ellie by raising a finger and she stopped talking, biting the insides of her cheeks to keep from talking. Neither of them were prepared for when Phil stood, crossed the small distance between them and punched Steve square in the jaw. "You were supposed to be the good guy!"

"I know, Phil and I'm so sorry. We're both sorry that it ever happened." Steve didn't even seem like the punch hurt, despite the fact that Phil's knuckles were already bruising. Ellie retrieved some ice wrapped in a towel and Phil took it reluctantly, but was thankful for it when he applied it to his knuckles.

"It was a mistake." Ellie pleaded with him as he paced the length of the apartment. "I'm sorry."

"You said that before." Phil said. Hesitantly he continued, "I'm on the verge of something big here and I have to go."

"We need to talk about this." Ellie followed him into the hall and chased him to the elevator, barely making it through the doors before they closed. "We can talk. Just us."

"I can't talk to you right now." Phil swallowed the lump in his throat and kept his eyes forward. "I have work to do."

"When can we talk?" Ellie asked as the doors opened and Phil stepped off.

"I don't know." Phil tossed the towel on the floor of the elevator and walked away.

"How'd it go?" Steve asked Ellie as she came back into the apartment. If her red and puffy eyes were any indication, it didn't go well.

"He's gone." Ellie sniffled. "And I don't know if he's going to forgive me."

Steve didn't know what else to do as she burst into tears so he pulled her close to his chest and left her sob.

-0-

"What do you want?" Ellie grumbled to Tony when she opened the door. She had hoped it was Phil but wasn't surprised when it wasn't.

"You are one ugly crier, you know that?" Tony stepped into the apartment and looked around. "You two gave up places in Stark Tower for this?"

"What do you want, Stark?" Steve asked. "We're kind of in the middle of something here."

"Wouldn't want to intrude." Tony said as he plopped down in the armchair opposite the coffee table. "I heard about your little...incident."

"How?"

"I would really call it an experiment in human nature rather than an incident." Tony muttered to himself.

"Tony!" Ellie snapped him out of his thoughts.

"Oh, you two didn't sleep together. Well, I mean technically you slept but you didn't have sex." Tony said, smiling sarcastically.

"What?" Steve and Ellie asked together.

"Well, after we all got drunk we thought it'd be a good idea to go swimming. We broke into some fuddy duddy's house and commandered the pool. Ellie jumped right in, fully clothed but you took your shirt off, Cap. Props to the muscles, by the way." Tony gestured vaguely to Steve's chest.

"Get to the point, Tony!" Ellie barked.

"Well, you two were tired after so I took you back to your place. Steve had given you his shirt since your dress was soaked. We got back to your place and you crashed in your bed and Steve dropped on the couch. I was impressed that couch could hold him to be honest." Tony shrugged. "I had to bribe like five guys to move you, Cap. Seriously, you may want to look into a diet."

"So...we never had sex?" Ellie clarified.

"Nope."

Ellie nodded then placed a hand on Tony's shoulder. Using her powers, she made good on her word a few months back and Tased him. Steve carried him outside and left him drooling on the sidewalk.

A/N: I apologize for the short chapter but now you all know what happened! Please feel free to leave a review on your way out.

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