Brother and Sister
During breakfast, I noticed that the twins were watching me with sympathy, wanting to talk to me.
After I finished eating, I excused myself from the table that had my brother and husband and went to their table.
"We're sorry," Wanda said right away.
"For what?" I asked.
"We should've tried to do more to help you," Pietro said. "Stopped the experiments, protected you."
"You didn't want to get attached in case I didn't make it," I replied. "Pietro, Wanda, I hold nothing against you two. It wasn't your fault HYDRA came to my school, picked me, and the experiments worked on me. Maybe it was a bad thing they worked, maybe it's not. That I don't know, but we can't change the past."
"Do you remember what I told you the first time I talked to you?" Pietro said.
"If I survive, then you'd protect me," I said.
Pietro nodded. "And I still stand by that," he said. "We would've helped you out with Ultron, but it was obvious your memory was still gone, and we didn't want to make you remember. That would've been worse than anything Ultron could've done. But a promise is a promise, and you did survive." He paused and smiled. "Sister."
I smiled and looked at Wanda, who was also smiling. "I've never had a sister before," I said with a chuckle, causing her and her brother to laugh.
"Well, now you do," Wanda said.
For most of the day, I was just relaxing with Vision, quickly getting use to the base again as compared to the cell.
As a silent agreement, we didn't tell anyone what had happened, at least for today.
Instead, the others told us what had happened while we were gone, which wasn't a lot outside of training, missions, and the search besides the arguing that had started to grow out of control.
The party that night was really surprising: Tony had toned down his usual pizzazz for celebration, making it smaller than usual.
It was something that I could enjoy as well as everyone who wanted something amazing.
After the party, when everyone was drifting off to sleep, Vision and I went to the roof to talk, like our usual schedule.
Though we mostly didn't talk: it was just us laying down on the roof, me curled up at his side, staring up at the cloudy sky. Even if we couldn't see the stars, the clouds were still a sight for sore eyes. My head was resting on his chest, my arms under my head like a pillow. One of Vision's arms was curled around me and his other was resting across his stomach.
Vision kissed the top of my head. "How did you like your birthday?" he asked.
"It was one of the best I've ever had," I replied.
"I'm glad you enjoyed it," Vision said. "I talked about it to Clint before the wedding started. It was I who was able to get Tony to tone down the party. Took some work, but he agreed to it finally."
"Thanks," I said, lifting my head up and giving him a kiss on the cheek.
Vision smiled. "You're welcome," he said.
I sighed as I looked up at the stars again. "I know I've said this before, but it's great to be home," I said.
"I completely agree," Vision said.
I gasped as I saw a shooting star. "Make a wish, Vision," I said.
"Why?" Vision asked as he pulled me into his arms, hugging me. "All my dreams have came true."
I smiled as he kissed me gently, warmth spreading through my body.
Our kiss was rudely interrupted as it thundered and started to rain.
"I bet Thor's laughing up in Asgard," I mumbled as we quickly got to our feet and ran inside.
"Maybe that's his way of sending birthday wishes?" Vision suggested, smiling as I laughed.
"Maybe," I agreed as we walked to our room, the only place we knew we could be without disturbing anyone else.
We sat on the edge of the bed together, watching the raging storm outside the window.
"I use to be not so fond of storms," I commented. "It always made it difficult to get rest. It only was good for when I had to run from something and needed my footprints to be hidden. But now, I really don't mind it. It's a...simple beauty, meant to bring out the best things in nature: blooming flowers, ripening fruit. It doesn't matter how bad the storm is. There's a good turnout afterwards."
"I'm rubbing off on you, more than you think," Vision said. "I was thinking the same thing."
"A simple mindset I've always had," I said. "You're the only one I feel really comfortable to say it around. When you've lived with nothing, you really appreciate the things you have."
"Only around me?" Vision asked, surprised.
I nodded. "Even Clint hasn't experienced what I have," I said. "When you have everything, it's so easy to overthink things. But when it comes down to it, the answer can always be found easily. We both have a simple mind, but the reasons we have them are different."
"Well, sometimes the answer isn't so simple," Vision said. He seemed to have planned that line, as if hoping to get the chance to use it. He saw I sensed this and when I turned to him, he took my hands in his and said, "I understand if you are not ready, but I would like to see if we are able to have a child. Do you want to?"
"Vision," I whispered. I looked down, thinking about everything, the pros and the cons. After a moment, I looked up at him. "Yes."
I was sent out on a mission with Pietro and Wanda a few days later. We had to investigate an "abandoned" HYDRA base, though none of us really thought that was truly the case. Vision had tried to come along with us, but I had been able to persuade him to remain on backup.
He seemed more protective of me since we had gotten out, and finding out that we both were infertile made him want to keep me safe even more.
Wanda and I flew in the air as Pietro ran below us, though he often complained that we were going to slow because he'd get ahead of us and then need to wait.
"Oh calm down hare," I said at a certain point. "Even if you're fast, if you're not careful the tortoises will beat you to the finish line."
Pietro just rolled his eyes as Wanda chuckled. "Whatever," he said. "By the time you two get to this base, I'll have everything investigated."
"You really wouldn't go ahead, would you?" Wanda asked. "I mean, you'd be leaving your poor, defenseless sisters behind!"
"Defenseless my-" Pietro began.
"Language!" Steve and I said at the same time.
"Hey old man, you're rubbing off of me," I commented.
"Oh shut up," Steve mumbled. "You're five minutes out."
"I could be there in five seconds," Pietro muttered.
"We heard that!" me and Wanda said. We chuckled as he rolled his eyes.
When we reached the HYDRA base, Wanda and I touched down on either side of Pietro.
"Ladies first," Pietro said.
"Leader first," Wanda added.
I sighed. "You guys," I said. I walked up to the door, casting a spell to see if there's any traps.
Seeing none, I opened the door up and stepped inside, the twins following a few steps behind.
"I don't have a good feeling about this," Pietro whispered as we looked around.
"It's so dark," Wanda commented.
I raised a hand up and a ball of light appeared above us, following us as we went deeper into the base. "Cap, we're in," I said. "Requesting next step."
"At the center of the base, there's a lab," Steve said. "Get in there and I'll give you further instruction."
"Roger, over and out," I said.
The door suddenly slammed shut behind us.
We spun around and Pietro tried the door, but it was locked.
"We're worry about that when we need to get out," I said. "Right now, we have our objective."
"Right," the twins said and we walked forward.
I always had a spell going to let me know if there was any traps that were going to go off, but one didn't warn me until the last second.
"Move!" I suddenly cried, shoving the twins back before I dived forward.
There was a small explosion that went off, Pietro quickly pulling his sister into a protective embrace while I pulled my cape over me to shield myself.
"Pietro! Wanda!" I called as the dust began to settle. "Are you two ok!?" When I didn't hear a reply, I began to worry.
"Help," I heard Pietro whisper, his voice shaking.
I flew through the debris to the two and saw Wanda lying unconscious in Pietro's arms. She looked like she took a good hit on her side, wounds gushing blood.
"I-I wasn't quick enough," Pietro mumbled, shocked and pale.
"No talking like that," I said as I went to Wanda's other side, hovering a hand over her wounds to see the damage done. "Get some pressure on those wounds! I'll call for medical assistance and then do what I can." When Pietro did that, I said to Steve, "Medical assistance required. Scarlet Witch is down."
"What happened?" Steve asked.
"There was a bomb my magic didn't warn me of until almost too late," I said. "Pietro and I are fine, but Wanda's pretty banged up."
"Medical personnel are advancing with Vision, Sam, and Rhodey," Steve said. "Remain in your area until they arrive. Once she's brought back, Vision will take her place. Sam and Rhodey will escort her back."
"Understood," I said. "The door locked behind us, so one of them are going to have to force it open."
"I will relay that to them," Steve said. "Over and out."
I turned my attention to Wanda, seeing Pietro covering her wounds as much as possible, but seeing her blood on his hands making him become more and more distressed.
"Help is coming," I said as I took his spot, using magic to partly heal her.
"Why aren't you healing it all the way?" Pietro asked.
"There foreign particles in her body," I said. "I don't want to take them out because I'm not a medical personnel. They know what to do, I'm just keeping the bleeding down."
"She's lost a lot already," Pietro whispered, looking at his hands in blank shock.
"She's not going to die, Pietro!" I said. "I saved you from death, and I will do the same for her!"
Pietro nodded slowly, trying to tear his gaze away from his sister's figure.
I placed a hand on the side of Wanda's head. "Wanda, can you hear me?" I asked gently, leaning in close so I could see her eyes if she opened them.
"R-Rose," Wanda breathed, slowly opening her eyes.
I saw fear in them: she was scared to die.
"Wanda I want you to listen closely," I said. "The medics are on the way. They'll take care of you. Sam and Rhodey will stay with you."
Wanda nodded slightly. "Pietro," she whispered, looking over at where he stood a few feet behind me. She held out a hand to him.
"Wanda," Pietro said shakily, grabbing her hand and going to his knees. "I'm sorry. I-I wasn't quick enough. I don't know how, but I wasn't."
"I forgive you, Pietro," Wanda said. "I know you wouldn't let me get hurt on purpose." She paused, looking at the ceiling. "Another bomb is going to go off. Five seconds, behind you."
Without a response, I pulled Wanda quickly into my protective arms and Pietro hugged both me and Wanda.
There was another explosion farther down the hall, causing us to skid back.
"I'm aborting the mission," I said when Pietro let go of me and I laid Wanda back down. "It's unstable as is. Even if the others, I'm not risking it. Pietro, get Wanda to the door. I'm right behind you."
"Steve won't be happy," Wanda pointed out weakly.
"Better than my whole team dead," I said. "Pietro, take her and go. That's an order."
Pietro nodded and picked Wanda up, running back the way we came.
"Mission abort," I report to Steve, though I knew everyone heard it. "The area's too unstable. I'm not risking it."
"If HYDRA uses the information they have stored here, we're in for a tidal wave of attacks," Steve said.
"Make your choice: the information or the team's death," I said, now feeling a sharp pain in my side and seeing a shard of metal embedded in my skin, just barely scraping the bone. "Wanda's down, at least a week recovery time, Pietro's too shaken up to continue, too worried about Wanda to do much, and there's metal that's embedded in me, touching the bone. I'm not risking the rest of my team. You may be the leader overall, but I've gotta make a call, and my call is no."
"Then get out of there ASAP," Steve said after a pause. "At least make sure there's no one in there."
"Roger," I said, breaking connection. I did a thermal scan of the area and saw two people, kids by the looks of it.
"Rose, come on!" I heard Pietro call at the end of the hallway.
"There's kids here," I said. "I can't leave them." Before he could reply, I raced to where I found the readings, attempting to ignore the scraping feeling.
There was a brother and sister in a cell, huddled together, reminding me of Wanda and Pietro if they were younger.
"Y-you're not going to hurt us, are you?" the girl asked, eyes wide with fear. Both she and her brother were eight, at most.
I shook my head, sadness piercing my heart seeing the terror the two had. "The opposite," I replied, smashing the lock and bringing them out. "Hang on tight." I flew out to the door where Pietro was with Wanda.
"The door's still locked," Pietro said.
There was the sound of two more explosions in the base.
"Stand away from the door," Rhodey said in our communicators.
We moved away, turning our backs to the door to protect the ones in our arms from any possible hits as Rhodey shoots his missiles at it, breaking the door and sending it crashing down.
The first to come in were the medics, going to Wanda, Pietro hesitantly handing her over to them. Vision, Rhodey, and Sam came in after them, checking up on Pietro and I.
"Make sure the kids aren't hurt," I said as Sam and Rhodey got the brother and sister. "I'll come check on them once I finish here."
"Alright," Sam said.
"Hang on, kids," Rhodey added.
Pietro joined them as they raced after the medics and Wanda, leaving just me and Vision.
"Are you alright?" he asked me, gesturing to my side.
"I just need to have it looked at and I'm fine," I said. "Trust me."
Vision nodded and we followed after the others.
When we reached the medical jet, a medic came to me, examining the metal.
"How's Wanda, Pietro, and the two kids?" I asked.
"The two kids have minor injuries, Pietro is watching his sister closely but he's fine, and Wanda's in critical condition, but is expected to make a full recovery," the medic said, guiding me to a table and having me lay down.
Each step brought a flare of pain to me.
"I'm going to remove the metal, repair any broken blood vessels, and then heal the skin," the medic said.
I nodded as I stared at the ceiling of the jet, seeing Vision come to my other side and taking my free hand. He smiled at me and I returned the smile.
When the medic finished his work, I got to my feet and went to go check on the kids, Vision staying a little bit behind.
The young brother and sister ran to me when they saw me, hugging me tightly.
"We were scared you were hurt bad, Miss," the brother said.
"I'm fine," I said. "What are your names?"
"I'm Lucy," the sister said.
"I'm Lucas," the brother said.
"What happened to your parents?" I said. "Where are they?"
"We're orphans," Lucas said, hugging his sister. "We only have each other."
I heard Vision let out a small gasp when he heard that.
I got down to my knees so that I was at eye-level with both of them. "If you'll allow me, I'll be your mother," I said. "I know I can't compare to your real one, but at least it'll be better than nothing."
"And I your father," Vision added, getting to a knee next to me.
Both kids gasped, tears welling up in their eyes.
"We'll have parents again?" Lucas asked.
We both nodded.
Suddenly, they both jumped at us, hugging us.
I tried to hold back tears as they cried on our shoulders, holding onto Lucas tightly as Vision held Lucy in his arms.
We were giving two kids a second chance, and chance to start over early in life.
Lucas and Lucy had a family again.