Chapter 1 Jane
Agent Hall walked around the tower whenever he could. He enjoyed interacting with the others. He was a friendly guy after all, but the team had learnt that while he had a soft spot, he had a dark side too. Oddly enough, they were for the same things. His heart went out to women, children, and animals, but if he saw them being abused… hell hath no fury.
Perhaps it was his upbringing. Robert’s parents were always strict, but kind and loving. His father never abused him or his mom. It was just one of those things that he couldn’t understand or tolerate. Women were strong people in spirit, mind, and soul. Heck, there was a reason why nature selected women to give birth and not men. Children, well, they were just innocent, end of story. Animals. Now, Robert appreciated hunting, fishing, trapping and all that, but if someone was beating a dog in front of Robert, then that person would pay. If the team was out and about and Agent Hall would notice a woman being abused, he usually would have the asshole in cuffs before anyone else noticed.
Dr. Jane Foster was having a bad day. Darcy was sick with the flu and Thor was on Asgard. The Avengers and SHIELD were in Florida helping with a category four hurricane. Pepper was tending to the standard S.I. business. So Betty and Jane were basically by themselves in the lab, trying to help Agent Hall figure out how to use the Bifrost to transport goods between worlds. She decided to take a break and get some coffee. ‘Darcy would be proud,” she thought.
She walked to the cafeteria. She was waiting in line to eat, because shockingly, she had forgotten to eat all day. She was looking around and happened to noticed two guys that were loudly talking about the game last night, a college basketball game she thought. she heard them. As the two guys got closer, Jane noticed that their badges were marked that they were newly hired employees.
The two guys were laughing loudly and basically yelling about the college basketball game. They were standing behind her, so she just tried to ignore them. Jane had just gotten to the point in the line where she could pick up a tray. As she picked it up, one of the guys grabbed it out of her hand.
“Hey, thanks, babe. Why don’t you get my friend here one?” the guy in the blue shirt said with a smirk.
The other one jeered, “Hey babe, you’re looking pretty fine there. What are you doing tonight?”
Jane raised her eyebrows with a ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ look. She could not believe her ears as her brain acknowledged those words. She was an astrophysicist with a doctorate degree, and this jackass had just called her ‘babe.’ She looked at him with her eyebrow raised, and his mouth started to move again.
“Yo, Babe, you speak English lately? Get my friend a tray.” His brow began to crease when Jane didn’t move, and he noticed that she was annoyed with him. “Oh, what’s the matter, honey? You think that you’re better than us, huh?” The cockness in his voice just oozed out like slime.
The other guy grabbed a tray and proceeded to cut in front of Jane. Then his buddy did the same thing and started to walked down the line to get their meal.
Jane could be a very patient and kind person, understanding and caring, for she had a very big heart. However, if you were rude, snobby, or a fucktard, she had no time for you.
She thought about just brushing these two guys off and not letting their rudeness bother her, but then she remembered something else that pissed her off, about how everyone assumed that she was this harmless petite scientist. She also remembered that she was often merely referred to as Thor’s girlfriend instead of her actual name.
That was the fastest way to piss her off. She was a goddamn astrophysicist, one of the best in the world. She helped Thor, Loki, Tony, and Bruce, and Betty, and together they had rebuilt the Bifrost bridge.
She felt her eyes grow narrow. She could feel the heat building in her cheeks; her blood felt like it was over a hot stove and started to boil. “Who the fuck do they think they are?” Jane thought to herself.
She wanted to open her mouth this time and speak up for herself, so she turned to yell at them. However, they were already gone; they had gotten their food and left. It had taken her brain and emotions so long to come to the conclusion that she was pissed off that her prey had escaped, and now she was pissed and there was no one to yell at. She felt like an idiot, so she just grabbed her food and went back to the lab.
The next day, she was on her way to talk to Pepper about some new equipment. She got into an elevator. It went down to the corporate offices of S.I. She was in a better mood today. She went to the gym and ran some laps to burn off the anger. That would change very rapidly as the doors opened. There they were, talking about another game. Jane quickly stepped to the side and put her head down, hoping to god that they would not see her.
At first, they didn’t, but they were worse today. One of them bumped into her. He smiled. ‘Oh, great, here we go again,’ she thought.
“Hey, babe, how’re you doing? What’s new? Hey Mike, it’s Miss I am a snobby bitch.”
“Oh yeah, I remember her now. Wait, what do you got there?” He yanked her notes out of her hand. “Oh, look at all these numbers. You must act like you’re smartor something, but you’re way too pretty to be one of those science types.” The elevator stopped again. Jane didn’t see who got on, but she didn’t care. She stepped off the elevator, but the two asses did as well. “Aww, where are you going, babe?”
“Come on, Mike. That bitch can’t handle a real man in front of her.” They turned to leave and get back on the elevator. The guys noticed that a man with short black hair wearing a black shirt and blue jeans was waiting for them. “Hey, dude, thanks a lot.”
“Yeah, good job there, rookie.” They both got on the elevator and the doors closed. The two idiots kept talking to each other.
“Yo, I bet I could break that bitch in two.”
“Nah, not with your needledick. I’ll show her a good time. Stupid bitch. Haha.” He turned to face the other man in elevator with him. “She had a fine looking ass, though. I bet her cu-” That was far as he got, because the other man in the elevator, who was leaning against the back wall, said, “Jarvis, stop!”
The elevator came to a sudden stop. The two guys lost their balance and fell on top of each other. The man came closer and reached into his back pocket of his jeans and pulled out a wallet.
“Hi, there. Let me introduce myself. I’m Agent Robert Hall of SHIELD, also the main caseworker for the Avengers. You two have way overstepped your boundaries. Haven’t you heard of sensitive training, sexual harassment, or how about women's rights? Jarvis, ready?”
“Yes, Agent Hall,” Jarvis said with a hint of anger in the voice. The elevator started to move again and three floors later, it stopped. When the doors opened, there was Jane Foster, Pepper Potts, and two security guards.
“Now, pay the hell attention. That ‘piece of ass’ is Dr Jane Foster, one of the most brilliant minds of our century. She’s worth at least a million times more to Stark Industries than you two idiots. She is an astrophysicist, but also, she is a close friend of the Avengers, who tend to be very overprotective of their team and friends. She is also a close friend of mine. So, unless you would like to deal with the Avengers and the federal government beating your asses into the ground, you will do what you need to do to make it right, or the first pissed off person you are going to deal with is Ms. Potts.”
The two guys looked at each other before looking at the strawberry blond woman, who had a stare that would melt diamonds. For the first time in their lives, they were scared that they might get hurt. “We’re sorry. I am such an asshole. It will never, never, never, happen again!” Mike said.
“Yeah, ditto, man. I mean, we were just having fun. No hard feelings, right. I mean, my bad here,” the other said.
Pepper’s expression never changed. She turned her head to the security guards. “I want them gone.” She turned to face them again. “SI believes in equality and a safe workplace for all our employees, regardless of their race and gender. You two have completely overstepped your boundaries. Believe me, you are getting off lightly. If Mr. Stark was here, he would blast you two to Asgard and back. You will not be allowed any severance pay, you are not allowed to work with any companies that are affiliated with S.I., and if you try to go to court or the media, we will release the tapes and recordings of what you truly did.”
She turned and walked away. The security guards picked up the losers and escorted them out of the building. Robert walked over to Jane with a small smile. “Hey, you okay there?”
“Yeah. How did you know?” Jane asked, feeling relieved that the jerks were gone.
“Really, you’re going to ask that?” He pointed to the ceiling. Jane just smiled.
“Yeah, duh. Thank you, Jarvis.”
“You’re welcome, Dr. Foster. After I saw what had happened last night, I contacted Agent Hall, and we got in touch with Ms. Potts, who of course was furious. We wanted to see if it would happen again. Once I saw it happening again on the elevator, I quickly contacted Agent Hall and Ms. Potts.”
“So, you were the person that got on the elevator and that’s why Pepper was waiting in the staircase.” Jane felt glad that so many people looked out for her. Then, she realized something. “YOU!” She pointed to Robert as she glared at him.
“What?!?” Robert was scared. “What did I do wrong?” Jane's sudden attitude change caught him off guard.
“When you were explaining to those idiots about who I was. I have only one thing to say!” Jane glared at him
“What is that?” Robert was a little worried, at the sudden outburst
Her face softened and she smiled. “Thank you for not saying, ‘because she’s Thor’s Girl.’”
Robert relaxed. “Jarvis and Pepper gave me a heads up on that,” he said with a smirk.