Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
rhea4765 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Tending Wounds

By rhea4765

Drama

Natasha

She woke up with a quiet yelp, sweating profusely through her white t-shirt. She looked across the room warily, eyeing the dark corner as if something would pop out and attacked her. She sighed, calming her frayed nerves, then walked to the adjoining bathroom and washed her face.

She pondered on her bad dream for a minute, the bad memories of the Red Room were twisted into a much darker fantasy. She looked at her haggard expression on the mirror and then hardened her face to the natural, stoic countenance of Black Widow. She closed the door of the bathroom, staring at the bed for a second before she decided to go out and make something for herself, she won’t be able to sleep anyway.

“JARVIS, lights dimmed, please,” Natasha’s soft voice were clearly heard in the empty communal kitchen. JARVIS silently followed the order as the AI brought the light on, dimmed as the assassin’s instruction.

She put the kettle on, opting to relax with a warm tea before trying to go back to bed. As she waited, she leaned her back on the counter, focusing her eyes on the clock that said 2:24 a.m. on the wall. She watched as the clock’s dots blinking away, clearing her head from the murky thoughts.

The sharp whistle of the kettle brought her back to reality. She turned off the stove and carefully pouring the hot water to the mug,

“Hey,” the sudden voice in the room surprised her and she spilled the hot water on her hand. Muttering soft Russian curse under her breath, the kettle was taken away from her as another hand held her scalded hand. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to surprise you,” Natasha looked up to see the tousled gray hair and the apologetic face of one Dr. Banner.

“I didn’t notice you were there,” Natasha simply said, watching as her hand was stretched onto running cold water. Bruce’s grip on her hand was steady and firm, Natasha mused over how many times the good doctor had done this before.

“Yeah, sorry, I was sleeping on the couch when I heard the kettle,” Bruce shot her a small smile, “is it painful?” he asked, worry etched on his tired face.

“Not really,” Natasha replied, she noticed that the burn was small and the cold water really helped ease the pain. “It’s no big deal, Doctor,” she smirked.

Bruce hummed, ignoring her playful tone at the word ‘doctor’ and just breathed out “Good then.”

They spent another five minutes on the sink before Bruce turned the water off. He dried her hand gently, a touch she had expected from the doctor, yet she still smiled despite herself. “Hang on,” Bruce let her hand go and took the first aid kit from the cupboard, searching for the antibiotic cream and applied it on her hand as gently as a mother would handle her newborn. The sharp sting that she felt didn’t faze her and she opted to look at the serious face of the doctor.

“You sure you’re not an MD?” her tone was soft, underlying with a hint of mirth.

“Nah, it took far too long to be an MD, legally,” he returned with the same mirth, still focused on bandaging the small wound with tender care.

“You got skill in bandaging,” Natasha looked at her hand, “better than some of the SHIELD nurses, anyway,” she smiled, “thank you.”

“You’re welcome. Besides, it was my fault that you got scalded,” Bruce smiled. “Shall I make another tea for you?” he asked, even though he already turned on the stove as it heated the slightly lukewarm water.

“Thank you,” she replied, thanking for the comfort the doctor had subtly slipped in his action. He didn’t ask her wariness or her lack of focus that made the man able to slip in unnoticed. But judging from his face, she knew that he knew it was because of the same reason he slept in the sofa outside his own bed.

“No problem,” Bruce gave her a sincere smile, and they spent the ungodly hour in comfortable silent.
Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

brettylee: The narrative is slick yet punchy. Life, Family and Friends I believe is the core message so it’s easy to relate to. It’s surprisingly action packed. The author does a good job at keeping you guessing. Just when you think all is right, whack, the unexpected happens. The dialogue is energetic and ...

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

christylynnr5: This was such an amazing story!!! It showed newly found friendship slowly developed into love. The story never got boring and always had drama happening to keep you reading. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story!

romboili000: As I read this book it made me realize the importance of trusting big God. And believing that you can love even when it feels impossible. This story definitely has made me what to become a better person in Christ and just life. So thank you that's all I have to say because you wrote this story so...

annie08c: I really like this story, I can relate to it a lot and with how she feels, the boyfriend and the events that happened but I'm a little bit younger. It was really good plot, really liked how you stuck to the topic and you had a new title for every chapter making me guess what's going to happen. Ma...

Alkira Joan: Great story, I found it hard to read especially the dialogue. You just need to fix up some spelling errors and the gramma .I enjoyed this book. was a little hard to get though.,.,..,.,.,,..,.,.,, , , , ,.,, , , , , , , ,., , ,.,,,,,

Bernsigns: This is an age old story, but with excellent plot twists that I didn't see coming. I truly liked how the story slowly, but steadily revealed the secrets. There were secrets I didn't expect, which kept me wanting to read. I always love a happy ending, with a little bit of real life mixed in. Th...

More Recommendations

christylynnr5: This was a really good book. I couldn't stop reading it. I loved how the story had its ups and downs and it kept you on the edge of your seat. But the only thing I had a problem with was the grammar errors. I know everyone makes mistakes but this one had more than just a few. and in some places I...

Grapes Are Juicy yes!!!: I give this novel FIVE STARS ! This novel is worth reading from the beginning to the end! The plot and conflicts in this story are very smartly integrated. The language facility is a little odd , but i guess this was done on purpose, given the novel's set era. Other than that, this should definit...

LouiseJ2: I enjoyed the detail you went into with regards to the case. It made the UNSUB appear believable. The crisis in the middle of the story was my favorite part, very dramatic but not over the top. I feel like sometimes pairings can be overdone but I liked that some of the relationships were a little...

Dessie Williams: I read the first book and now this one, they both are really good stories. love the characters,. loved painting the story in my head, the ending was awesome. Hope the series continue . Great job .... You Rock!!!