Chapter 5-We're going to the zoo!
The rest of the week had went rather well, no one suspected anything, and I had even introduced my family to the rest of the avengers. But today marked the beginning of the second week, and though I would have loved for it to start out as just a lazy day in, sleeping until afternoon hours, my parents had other plans. The knocking came at about ten a.m, earning a groan from me while I snuggled more into the warmth. A warmth that had seemed to make it's home in my bed every night since my last request.
Hearing the knocking again, I sighed, about to get up before I felt my body being halted.
"I'll get it" Pietro's sleepy voice filled my ears, before my head hit the pillow once more. I could hear muffled talking, one pitch higher than the other.
'So it was mom' I concluded, before hearing the door shut, and footsteps return to the bed.
"What was that about?" I asked, still not moving, even when I felt him climb back in bed, though not laying down.
"You're mother invited us to go to the zoo with them today" He yawned while stretching.
"Oh did she?" I asked.
"She said that I should mention something about a Dinosaur Safari that they are having for the season" he added, his words causing me to finally open my eyes.
"There is a Dinosaur Safari?" I asked slowly, watching as a small smile made it's way to his lips.
"Da, but it's a limited time thing, this week is the last week she said" he stated, I was quiet for a moment, thinking it over, before a sigh escaped my lips.
"Dang that woman, she always knows how to get me" I replied, sitting up as well, and earning a laugh from him.
"So I take it our time in bed is up?" He asked, wrapping his arms around my waist and burying his face in my neck.
"Sorry speedy, it seems so" I laughed.
"Too bad, I was very comfortable, and you looked very comfortable too" He smiled, kissing my neck before pulling away and getting up.
"I'll go first" He spoke, making his way to the bathroom.
The trip to the Bronx zoo wasn't that bad, only an hour away, and the car ride had been filled with laughter and stories…Even if some you wish hadn't been shared.
"What did he look like?" Pietro asked Marcus as everyone got out of the car.
"He was like somewhere between alive, and a skeleton" Marcus stated.
"And you were afraid of him?" Pietro asked me, a smile still on his face.
"Yes ok, the crypt keeper terrified me as a child" I huffed, crossing my arms.
"Didn't you put the figure you had of him on the door handle to your room once?" Connor asked Marcus, who in return began to laugh harder.
"She wouldn't go near the door, she just kept peeking around the wall crying"
"Awe printsessa" Pietro said while grabbing my hand and pressing a kiss to my head.
"It's ok, I used to pick on Wanda too" he stated
"Are all older brothers mean?" I asked
"We tease ya cause we love ya" Marcus said, messing up my hair.
"It's our job" Connor added with a smile.
"Ya ya, just don't forget that I remember you as a child too" I said, pointing at Marcus.
"Uh oh" Pietro laughed while Marcus's eyes widened.
"Ok children, lets go" My mother laughed before heading inside.
The first stop was Jungle World, and once inside, I turned on my camcorder.
"Ooooh Liz! Look at the black panthers" My mother gasped, I turned to see one laying on the tree right beside where I was standing.
"Suddenly glad there is glass" I laughed, panning over to the large cat. It's green eyes locked on mine before it yawned and went back to sleep.
"Oh to have a cat's life" I laughed
"That would be a good life" Pietro smiled
"Hey Liz, here's some Tapirs" Connor stated, I panned over to where he was pointing so that I could get a good shot of them.
"They are so cute" I smiled.
"That is cute?" I heard beside me.
"Yes that is cute" I stated, turning the camera to him so that I could lightly smack his arm.
"I have been called cute before, and I know I am cuter than that" he replied.
"Oh my God really?" I laughed
"Really" He smirked.
"Let's go" I said, shaking my head while moving forward, we walked for a little bit, before he spoke again.
"I didn't know that Tony worked here" He stated, his face showed no sign of joking.
"What?" I asked, turning the camera on him again, I followed to where he was pointing, and couldn't hold back the laughter.
"Really P?" I asked in between laughed.
"Really, I did not know that" He stated, his face still serious. I panned to what he was pointing at…The Monkeys.
"He's gonna kill you if he sees this you know" I told him, turning the camcorder back on him.
"Well then let's make sure he doesn't see this" He smiled, sticking his tongue out before walking ahead. The other few things to see in the first part were fish, and fruit bats, which my mom was very excited to see. The next part was the African plains.
"Now what do you think, white with black stripes, or black with white stripes?" Connor asked as we looked at the Zebras.
"Both" Pietro and I said at the same time, before turning to look at each other.
"Ok, the lovebirds have spoken" Connor laughed and walked ahead.
"Here are some African wild dogs Liz" Harry stated.
"Doggies!" I smiled, about to run over there, before I stopped, and slowly turned around.
"You didn't just see that" I stated, but the grin on his face told otherwise.
"I did, and it was adorable printsessa" He smiled, kissing my cheek. I blushed and quickly made my way over to the dogs. As I filmed the dogs, I could hear Pietro and my brothers talking, but I couldn't quite make out what they were saying.
"What are you three up to?" I asked the camcorder, as I snuck the camera angle back to them. Marcus was leaning against the railing, his arms crossed over his chest, entering the conversation every now and then while Pietro and Connor talked. The conversation didn't last too much longer, and I quickly went back to filming before I was caught.
"You're not very sneaky" I heard behind me as I felt arms wrap around my waist.
"dang it" I muttered, causing him to laugh.
"Soo….Why did my brother look almost…Mad?" I asked, turning around to face him, camcorder now off.
"He was just asking me some questions" he shrugged.
"Questions like?" I pried.
"Like why they never see us doing more than hand holding or cheek kisses" replied.
"Um….You would think they would be happy they didn't see more than that" I stated
"True, but, according to your brothers…You were a bit more…open to public affection before" He replied
"They said they were just worried that part of you didn't trust me" He stated before adding.
"I thought you said you weren't used to that sort of contact"
"I…" I sighed, my hands resting on his arms, I guess he did deserve to know why I always shyed away from him.
"It's just…My ex and I were very open about our relationship yes…But sometimes…Sometimes I just felt like a piece of meat to him, like I was just arm candy or something" I explained.
"Well than, he was an idiot" He smiled, causing me to laugh.
"You are very beautiful yes" He started, a blush spreading across my cheeks at his words.
"But you are so much more than just arm candy printsessa" He finished.
"Thank you" I smiled.
"Perhaps…It does look a bit odd" I stated.
"I mean after all, we are suppose to be engaged" I added, looking up at him just in time to see something flash within his eyes, but before I could figure out what it was, it was gone.
"Exactly…Maybe we could…Practice" He smirked, his arms tightening around my waist, causing my body to press against his.
"Easy boy, I don't think we need to practice that" I laughed.
"Are you sure?" He smirked.
"Practice makes perfect" He spoke, his voice dropping while he leaned in closer.
"And we want our wedding night to be perfect don't we?" he asked, his lips just inches away from mine, I found myself unable to respond, my brain having gone blank, and my eyes closing on their own. His hot breath fanned my face, causing my heart to speed up…And for once…I didn't want him to stop. But he never moved, his lips never claimed those few inches. And before anything could happen, we heard someone clear their throat.
"Just cause we mentioned never seeing anything more than cheek kisses, didn't mean that we actually wanted to see more than that" Marcus stated. Pietro slowly backed up, his hands falling from my waist as he laughed.
"Sorry, I couldn't help myself" He smiled, holding his hand out for me. My heart was still pounding, but I slowly took his hand as he led me to where my family was.
'What the hell was that?' I yelled in my head, not at him, but at my own actions. I should have stopped him, I shouldn't have broken that easy, I actually…Wanted him to kiss me. My head spun, and I tried to focus on anything but the thoughts of what just happened.
"Look Liz" My mother spoke, breaking me from my trance. I followed her gaze while turning the camcorder back on. I watched as a lioness sat in the open, her eyes closed as her face was turned up to the sky. She was calm, relaxing.
Than I saw a male approach her, her eyes snapped to him, the look on her face showed hidden power, a warning for him to keep walking. He walked around her, making his way to another nearby female. Her eyes soon closed again, and she relaxed once more. I watched as another male approached her, though this time, she didn't move.
He nudged her head with his own, before licking it, than resting his head atop hers. His eyes slid closed as well, and they rested just like that.
"When a Lioness meets her Lion, all the house cats vanish" I said smiling at the pair.
"Who said that?" Harry asked, while I felt Pietro's arm wrap around my waist while he leaned on the railing beside me.
"Nerissa Irving" I replied, still filming the cats as they stood, and retreated to a shadier area, where she laid down, soon followed by the male, who rested his head on her side.
"Oh to have a cat's life" I heard Pietro state softly beside me
"That would be a good life" I smiled, as we looked at each other.
"Come on, lets go see some other stuff" I added, pushing away from the railing and taking a few steps ahead. When I didn't hear footsteps, I turned back. He was still looking at the lions, his eyes flashing with that same look from before, before he quickly looked away.
"You coming?" I asked, holding out my hand. He looked at it for a moment, before smiling and taking it.
Next on the list was the "Cango Gorilla Forest" where I was able to film what had to be one of the funniest things ever. Pietro was talking to one of the gorillas, speaking Sokovian so I had no clue what he was saying, but the gorilla kept nodding his head. Sometimes he would move one arm about as if talking back to him. Pietro make a small gesture to me, before the gorilla pointed at me, and nodded back at Pietro. My cheeks hurt so much from laughing by the time Pietro started walking over.
"Did you have a nice conversation?" I asked, still laughing.
"Da, he is actually a very good listener" He laughed.
Next we stopped at the "World of Reptiles" Where Marcus, Connor, and I had to explain that alligators weren't unknown to us. And in fact, sometimes they would come into your pool in Florida. Pietro found our lack of terror for what the sign read as "dangerous" Slightly concerning. Also he wouldn't stop laughing after I pretty much "fangirled" as Marcus put it, over the turtles.
Then my mother and I wanted to visit the butterfly garden, much to the boy's dismay. But Pietro insisted that he got to film inside, so after must reluctantly, I handed over the camcorder. My mother and I awe'd at all of the little winged creatures, our conversation soon turning to fairies and such, which caught the attention of a little girl who was standing next to me.
"You believe in fairies?!" She gasped.
"Why of course I do" I smiled.
"Everyone always tells me that when you get older, you stop believing" She pouted.
"Nonsense" My mother stated, waving her hand.
"I'm fifty seven and I still believe" She added with a wink.
"Believe has nothing to do with age sweety" I smiled.
"Trust me, I will be old and gray, and still believe in Tinkerbell and her friends" I added.
"Me too!" She cheered.
"Do you wanna see if we can get a butterfly to land on us?" She asked after a moment.
"Sure" I smiled, crouching down and sticking my finger towards the flowers, she followed suit and we both grew very still. We watched as they flew around us for a moment, before ever so slowly, resting on your fingers. I could hear her gasp beside me. Smiling and giggling before the butterfly flew off.
"Mommy did you see that?!" She yelled, running over to tell her parents about what happened. I smiled, standing up with the butterfly still on my finger.
"You made a new friend printsessa" Pietro laughed, while pointing the camcorder at me, just before the butterfly flew off.
"My friend flew away" I giggled.
"Ah correction than, two new friends" He smiled, before I gave him a confused look.
"You are very good with children" He stated, gesturing to the little girl.
"I keep telling her that she'll make a great mother, but she never believes me" My mother said walking up to us.
"She would make an amazing mother" Pietro smiled
"I swear I don't like kids" I sighed, crossing my arms.
"But they like you" My mother smiled, before going to find Harry.
"She isn't lying" He stated, wrapping his arm around my waist.
"You would make an amazing mother" He added once more, pointing to the little girl, who smiled and waved at me before leaving with her parents.
"Maybe someday" I sighed, feeling him press a kiss to my head.
Next was the "World of Darkness" Which was my mother's favorite due to all the bats. Though I should have known that going into a dark building with Pietro at my side, was not going to end without me blushing like a mad woman.
"W-What are you doing?" I asked, his arms with wrapped around my waist, while my back was against his chest and his lips kissed along my neck.
"I am expressing my love for my fiance" He smirked.
"Pietro, we could get caught" I whispered. Though I knew no one could see us in the corner that he had found.
"So?" He asked, spinning me around to face him.
"So, I don't want to get kicked out" I stated, though my breath coming out in pants, and my flushed face made me not as intimidating as I would have liked.
"Kiss me" He stated
"W-What?" I asked, my face growing hotter.
"Kiss me, and I'll let you go" He told me. I looked at him, to see if he was just joking, simply messing around with me. But his expression held nothing of the sort. My breath caught in my throat as I leaned in, my heart and head pounding.
I wasn't used to this, it had been years since I did anything like this, and that thought alone caused panic to flood through me. Thinking fast, I quickly kissed him on the cheek before pulling his hands away from my waist.
"C-Come on, w-we better go" I stuttered, backing away slightly. The pout on his face was clear, even in the dark, and I felt a pain in my chest due to it. We stared at each other for a moment, blue clashing with green, like hunters wondering who would end up being the prey. I watched as he pushed off of the wall, long strides causing him to close the gap between us in only seconds. His hand came up to rest on my cheek, while his breath fanned my face once more.
"Very well Elizabeth" He started, catching me off guard when he used my actually name.
"You win for now" He added, the ghost of a smile tugging at his lips, before the hand that held my cheek reached down and grabbed my hand, pulling me towards the exit.
My thoughts were no where near the bear exhibit, even as I filmed. I needed to shake whatever this feeling was, it wasn't helping me, and it would only hurt after the month was up.
My thoughts started to return by the time we reach "Tiger Mountain"
"Got any quotes for us?" Harry asked, earning a laugh from my brothers. I though for a moment as I filmed the tigers running around.
"I was born in the clutches of tragedy, destined to be wild. And in the fiery ferocity, my tiger stripes are earned…Chrissie Pinney" I smiled.
"You know a lot of quotes" Pietro stated.
"That's what happened when you're a bookworm" Marcus laughed, causing me to roll my eyes.
The last four stops in the main zoo were the birds. "The Bird of Prey" "Aquatic bird house" "Sea bird aviary" and "World of birds" Those four were more of Harry and my mother's type of thing, I was waiting for what came next.
"Here we are, Dinosaur Safari" My mother said as we entered the main part.
"Yus! These are our streets!" I smiled, grabbing Connor's hand and pulling him along. It wasn't a secret in my family that Connor and myself were the biggest Dino nerds. Growing up we were both obsessed with them, he had all the dino books a kid could want, and when I was old enough to read, he shared them with me. Heck we had seen all three Jurassic movies more times than we could count.
"Bro! Check out the Ankylosaurus" I said, running up to the animatronic, camcorder in hand.
"They have a Stegosaurus over here" Connor said, causing me to rush to where he was.
"I wonder if they will have a Mosasaurus" I muttered while we both made our way to every single dinosaur.
The dinosaur safari was by far my favorite part, and Pietro once again, insisted that I give him the camcorder so that he could film my "adorable reactions to everything" as he put it. Connor and I started making a competition of it, seeing who could call out the name of the dinosaur first, he had won by two, but we were both laughing and smiling in the end. And finally, our favorite part came up.
"All hail the queen" I smiled, grabbing Connor's arm and pointing up. Standing so tall that we had to crane our necks to see, was our favorite dinosaur.
"The Tyrannosaurus Rex" We both said smiling. I couldn't help but awe at the babies that were around her feet. I turned to Pietro and pointed at them.
"Ok, those are cute" He laughed, before it turned into a smirk.
"You might want to look up" He stated, stepping back to film. I slowly looked up, being met with the mouth of the T-Rex, right before she roared. It seemed the babies had sensors on them, and if you got too close, mamma let you know. The sound made me jump, and I could hear Pietro laughing even with the ringing in my ears.
"Totally worth it" I smiled. The T-rex was the last part of the park, and soon we all found ourselves making our way back to the car.
"We need to bring Wanda here, I think she would like it" I told Pietro.
"Da, I asked her if she wanted to come today, but she said she had a…Date with Vision" He stated.
"It's ok Pietro, she's a grown woman" I laughed, holding his hand.
"It's just something I am getting used to" he sighed.
"Oh! I meant to get something, I will be right back" He spoke, before speeding off.
"Should we wait?" My mother asked.
"Na, he could go and meet us at the car before we even make it to the car" I laughed, walking forward once more. Sure enough, not even a minute later, I felt my body being hugged.
"Speedy as always" I laughed.
"I got you something" He smiled, his head resting on my shoulder.
"You didn't have to do that" I replied, looking back at him.
"I know, but I wanted to. I saw this cool machine earlier" he stated, before handing me a piece of metal. I looked down at it, it was once a quarter, but now it had been cut in half, the metal that still resided showed a lioness silhouette, while the part that was cut out showed a lion silhouette.
"And if my assumptions about this are correct" I said looking over at him, he smiled and slowly opened his hand to show the other side of the quarter, the designs being reversed so that the two fit together.
"I love it" I smiled at him, courage rushing through me for a moment as I leaned over and kissed his cheek, surprising him. We made our way back to the car, and back to our homes. All of us were actually quite tired after the day, and after entering our room, Pietro fell onto the bed.
"Want me to order pizza?" I suggested.
"Please" he replied. Giggling at him, I picked up the phone, very happy at that moment that I had gotten him hooked on pizza.
One pizza, and five episodes of Once upon a Time later, I was climbing into bed after taking a quick shower.
"I had a lot of fun today" I sighed.
"Me too, it was fun seeing you and your family interact, especially you and your brothers" He smiled.
"They're goofs" I smiled.
"Says the girl who got really exited over wild dogs, turtles, and dinosaurs" He laughed.
"Hey!" I pouted, lightly smacking him.
"It was cute, I promise" He smiled, rolling over and wrapping his arm around me.
"Though I did notice something" He spoke, causing me to raise an eyebrow.
"You are close to Connor sure…But you are closer to Marcus, your relationship reminds me of myself and Wanda. Is it because he is closer to your age?" he asked, my smile fell as I tried to figure out how to answer.
"Marcus and I…We went through some stuff as kids…For awhile we felt like we only had each other" I stated. Pietro raised his head to look at me, but my expression showed that I didn't want to get into it right now.
"I see, that explains why you remind me of myself and Wanda" he replied, laying his head back on the pillow.
"But you can tell me when you're ready" He added, kissing my shoulder.
"Thank you" I smiled softly.
"Goodnight printsessa" he yawned.