Living with the Avengers

Chapter Twelve

Laynie and Carter were both excused from the next week of school due to their rather traumatic experience, and the fact that they were always in danger. So, Laynie woke up the morning after and went to see her best friend. She tried to drag Tony along with her, but it was a day off for him and he refused to budge. Instead, Bruce quite willingly escorted her to the hospital.

She burst into the room, exclaiming, "Carter! I have arrived!" But upon seeing her friend still sleeping soundly, she laughed and quieted down.

Bruce came in behind Laynie and chuckled. "I can't say I didn't expect this. It's still only nine."

"She always has been one to take advantage of time to sleep... Should I wake her?"

"She's your friend, you decide." Bruce answered with a shrug and sat down in a chair next to the bed.

"Well, she can't run after me to kill me, so I'll go ahead and wake her." Laynie approached the bed like a ninja, then jumped up slightly before landing inches from her sleeping friend. "Hey Carter, I'm here to rescue you from the boredom, and I brought your phone charger and favorite PJs!"

Carter's eyes popped open at the sudden noise. She looked over and saw the clock on the table next to her bed. She then turned to Laynie, and a low growl came from her lips. Grabbing the pillow out from under her head, she whacked Laynie across the head with it. "It's only nine in the morning! Why did you wake me up?!"

Laynie ran around the other side of the bed and sat down beside Bruce, well out of her incapacitated friend's reach. "Because I missed you and I was worried about you and I'm your best friend, so I have the right."

"That's the stupidest excuse I've ever heard." Carter huffed.

Laynie pouted.

Bruce watched in amusement. "Calm down. Carter is supposed to be resting, I don't think her doctors will appreciate you riling her up."

"Yeah, geez Laynie. Stop being so disruptive." Carter smirked.

Laynie stuck her tongue out, then scooted to the edge of her chair. "So when did the doctor say you'll be able to go?"

"Either tonight or tomorrow morning." Carter replied with a smile.

"That's good." Laynie stared her friend down for a moment. "You know, you scared me half to death. That... that was just scary."

Carter shook her head. "It doesn't matter anymore. It's all over. I'm alive and I'm gonna be okay." She reassured her friend.

Laynie smiled. "You're right. That, and we got out of an entire week of school for it."

Laynie and Bruce had stayed with Carter the whole day, up until that night.

Carter had taken to asking whoever may enter her room when she'd be going home. Eventually, that led to her demanding to be released, and then to downright pleading with her doctors and nurses. Being confined to a bed overnight and for most of the next day had made her stir-crazy.

"Please! I can't stand to be stuck here any longer, I'll go crazy!" She cried out dramatically.

"There's no harm in being cautious, maybe you should stay one more night," Bruce tried to reason with her.

"I thought you were on my side!" Carter pouted.

"It was a flesh wound!" Laynie cried, taking her friend's side. "She'll be fine." She waved her hand toward Bruce, then gave the doctor a pleading look.

It wasn't as convincing as Carter's, but laying hers on top seemed to do the trick.

"Doctor Banner here can take care of any emergency situations," he said, finally relenting. "But you will be confined to either your bed or a wheelchair for at least a week. Am I understood, Miss Beckett?"

Crossing her arms with a huff, she answered, "Yes sir, I understand."

The doctor nodded approvingly before leaving the room.

Laynie bounced up and down in her seat. "Yay! Can I push you around in your wheelchair?"

Carter's face brightened at the thought, "Yeah!"

Bruce shook his head, knowing there was all kinds of trouble the two could get into with just a wheelchair.

Once the three of them returned to Stark Tower, Carter was given a warm welcome by all of the in-house Avengers. Natasha, Clint, Steve, Tony and Bruce all helped her get settled in and rearranged some things so that she could access them from her wheelchair, while Laynie pulled things down from high shelves in her room. Tony gave her a small handheld device that looked like a cellphone, except it didn't have a screen. There were several buttons on the front of it, and flashy -unnecessary- lights around the exterior.

"This button makes the Jarvis in the living room tell us something's wrong, and this one activates Jarvis." He demonstrated by pressing the button and telling Jarvis to do the hokey-pokey, to which Jarvis literally scoffed. Tony grinned. "That's the new sarcasm two point o I installed the other day."

Carter took the device and looked at curiously before looking up at Tony and smiling, "Thank you," She looked at the other Avengers and grinned sheepishly, "Thank you all for everything. I'm sorry I'm causing so much trouble though..."

"It's no trouble at all," Pepper said with a smile.

Everyone could see the difference in Carter's attitude since they were attacked the day before.

Suddenly feeling uncomfortable with everyone standing around staring at her, Carter said, "You know, I think I'm gonna go to my room for a little while..." She looked at Laynie who was standing beside her, "You wanna come?"

Laynie visibly brightened. "Sure!" She grabbed ahold of the wheelchair's handles and slowly pushed her friend down the carpeted hallway.

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