I pulled into the hospital, and went straight to the ER. Darcy got the EMT’s attention with a whistle, and she gestured to the back seat as I pulled the door open.
“Hey, we got an unconscious hunk over here! Do you mind?!” I laughed at her, rolling my eyes. She grinned.
The EMT’s rushed over, getting Thor onto a gurney. I walked in after him with my wallet shoved into the pocket of my leather jacket, and Darcy by my side. All I can say, is that if anyone -and I mean anyone-went to tell me that I needed to get the police involved, I’d whip out the first piece of identification I set eyes on. And I’d run off, refusing to look back. Not even if Darcy asked me to.
I went up to the nurse at the desk, and gestured to the guy as the EMT’s rushed him in.
“That’s our guy. Unconscious, because he was tasered, but before that he was in a car accident. The other driver only grazed him, though, there shouldn’t be any damage. The guy looks all muscled out.” The nurse frowned slightly, but nodded, typing away.
“He said it was Thor.” She frowned fully. She looked up from her computer at me, with a raised brow. I shrugged at her questioning look. “I don’t know him. Neither did the other driver.”
“Now, you’re saying other driver. Were there two cars involved in the accident?” I nodded.
“Yeah, mine and her friend’s.” I gestured to Darcy. “I swerved before I hit anything, though. No damage done to the vehicles, or the people in them. Just that guy. He was walking around, acting like he was intoxicated.” She nodded, typing away as I spoke. “There isn’t any need to report the accident, is there?”
“As long as there wasn’t a collision involving the two vehicles, no. There’s no need for a report.” I nodded again.
“Okay. Thank you.” I smiled politely, and walked out the door, with Darcy following, but not before she told the nurse, ever so proudly, that she had tasered Thor. I smirked, and climbed into the driver’s side, looking out the window at her. “Hey, you need a ride? I could really use a tour guide.”
“Absolutely.” She climbed into the passenger’s seat, and patted my head as she settled in. “Besides, I like you. You have a good taste in music.” I smiled at her, and she grinned right back, pointing which way as I pulled up to the road. “Go right. This road leads straight to town.”
I followed the road like Darcy had said, and drove into a small town. It wasn’t even an eighth of the city I’d just left. She pointed out the 7-11, and the motel right next to it. I pulled into the 7-11, and as soon as I parked, Darcy jumped out. She grabbed my arm when I went to get the pump, and dragged me to the sidewalk, pointing to the building at the end of the road. It had a neon sign on the top, pointing straight into the sky, and the walls were mostly glass windows, a trailer sat a few feet away from it.
“That’s where we are. The geek squad. You plan on staying for a while, then stop by. I’m sure Jane has something that can keep you busy. It’s the least we can do, since you saved our butts back there.” She turned to me, and then smiled, holding out a hand. I shook it. “Thanks for the ride.”
“No problem.” She turned, and walked down the street, waving a peace sign over her head. I rolled my eyes, laughing at her again.
Darcy was nice. She didn’t know who I was, and I liked that. No one, not a single person here, they might not know who I am. Maybe...
I shook the thought as soon as it popped into my head, turned on my heel and walked back over to my car, grabbing the pump.
Don’t start thinking like that. You’re going to get a motel room. You’re gonna sleep. Maybe eat the next morning. And then, you’re gonna check out, and you’re gonna leave. You’re gonna get as far away from civilization as you possibly-
Well. Those scientists didn’t recognize me, maybe no one else will. Maybe, just maybe, I can-
I grumbled, peeking an eye open at the blinding sun. I rolled over, and crawled out of bed, on hands and knees, into the bathroom, hating the heat I was being faced with.
I don’t mind the heat. I’m neutral about the weather, I just dress properly for every occasion. But dry heat, like the heat I’m in, I could NOT stand. It makes me extremely dehydrated by the time I wake up, and is the only reason why I stay away from Vegas at all costs.
I managed to get ready and get out of the motel in less than an hour. I didn’t bother drying my hair, the heat would do it for me. I packed up my bag, but stared at my phone for a second, as I picked it up from the nightstand.
Dad’s words echoed in my ears. Pepper’s worried eyes clouded my mind. I knew I should call someone, anyone, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t even consider facing one of them right now. This time is for me, and for me only. No distractions. So I stuffed the phone in my pocket, grabbed the duffel, and walked out of the room.
I tossed my duffel into my backseat, rolled up the windows and locked the car up before I walked down to the diner. I took a seat at the counter, and the waitress at the counter came over, smiling at me.
“Can I get you somethin’ to drink, sweetie?”
“Coffee, please.” I flipped over the mug in front of me, and she gave me a generous amount. I smiled at her politely. “Thank you.” I put the mug down, and grabbed a couple creamers and the sugar sitting next to me. I jumped, as I heard a crash, and turned around in my seat to find the source. Jane was apologizing, as she scolded Thor about smashing a mug. Another waitress went over and cleaned up the mess. Darcy raised an eyebrow as she looked between Jane and Thor, but then her eyes landed on me, and she grinned.
“Hey Ellie, get your ass over here.” I frowned, as I noticed that Thor looked at me as well. I grabbed my coffee, and moved over to the table, pulling up a chair next to Darcy and Thor; hesitantly, I might add. Darcy grinned at me, and so did Thor.
“Greetings, fair maiden!” I frowned further, but smiled slightly, turning to Darcy with a questioning look. She shrugged. I turned back to Thor, and pointed to his plates.
“Hungry?” He nodded, smiling at me further.
“Famished. I don’t believe I’ve thanked you, for helping me. Please, take this.” He pushed a plate of hash browns over to me. I shook my head, pushing it back.
“Oh no, I couldn’t. I was just gonna get something to go after I had my coffee.”
“You’re leaving?” I looked between the three other people, my eyes landing on Darcy’s. I nodded slowly.
“Yeah, I can’t stand the dry heat. I was hoping to get to Tennessee by eight o’clock tonight.” Darcy grabbed my arm, shaking me.
“Oh, but you can’t leave! Seriously! How about one more day? Just stay one more day, pleeeeeaaaasssseeee? You’re cooler than everyone else around here! You have to stay. I insist upon it.” I shook my head hastily, getting desperate.
“It’s complicated, Darcy. Really, I have to go. I’d love to stay, you guys seem really nice, but-” I was cut off, when the older guy spoke up.
“No, I think you should stay. Darcy and Thor seem really taken with you. What do you think, Jane?” Jane looked at me this time, and nodded.
“You could even stay with us. I know, there isn’t anything wrong with the motel here, but I need to repay you in some way. Here-” She turned to the waitress at the counter. “Izzy, could you get me a plate of eggs, home fries and sausage to go?”
“Sure thing.” She smiled at Jane, and Jane turned back to me, smiling triumphantly. I shook my head. But slowly, I nodded at them all.
“Thank you. All of you.” Darcy grinned at me. Thor threw his arms around me in a hug. My eyes went wide, and Darcy laughed, as a smile slowly etched itself on my face. I laughed too, and Thor let go of me, just holding me by the shoulders.
“Oh my god, this is goin’ on Facebook. Smile.” Thor and I looked at Darcy, and she took a picture on her phone. There couldn’t be any harm in a picture. Right?
The door to the diner opened, and a couple men walked in. A waitress brought a to-go box over to Jane, and she payed, handing the box to me. I finished the last of my coffee, but my interest piqued, as I heard the men start talking about a crater.
“They’re sayin’ some kind of satellite landed out in the desert.”
“Yeah and we were havin’ a good time with it, too, until the Feds showed up.” I frowned, but I didn’t plan on looking interested.
Dad’s eyes would’ve gone wide. He would’ve turned to me, looking like a hyper little kid, jumping up and down in his seat.
“A satellite? El, c’mon, let’s go see if we can find ET. Maybe even a Time Lord. C’mon, let’s go, move it. Chop chop, we’re wasting daylight!”
I could literally hear Dad say that, looking all excited, rushing to get me to finish. And then he’d grab me by the shoulders, and push me out the door, leaving whatever money he had in his pocket, and usually, it was a fifty dollar bill. The man carried them like they were one dollar bills, it was ridiculous.
I blinked, looking up at the conversation finally, after getting lost in my thoughts.
“Excuse me, did you say there was a satellite crash?” Jane asked, turning in her seat, along with the old guy and Darcy. The two men talking about it turned around as well.
“What did it look like, the satellite?” The old guy asked.
“Well, I don’t know anything about satellite’s, but it was heavy. I mean...nobody could lift it.” I frowned again at that description. The men turned away, and started talking to the waitress again.
“They said it was radioactive. I had my hands all over it.” I rolled my eyes, but frowned further, as Thor got up. He slapped one of the men on the shoulder, practically scaring the man to death.
“Which way?” He demanded, looking the man directly in the eye.
“Oh, uh...fifty miles west of here.” Thor then walked to the door, but the guy kept yelling at him. “I wouldn’t waste my time! Looked like the whole army was comin’ when we left!” I rolled my eyes. Jane got up, and rushed out the door after Thor. Darcy then got up, along with the old guy. As I walked by the guy at the counter, I leaned in to talk to him.
“Not the army, dumbass. The Men In Black.” He frowned at me, but he only got to stare at my back. I smirked, but chased after the rest of the group I’d joined, with my breakfast in hand. Thor literally started going west, just walking, even in the middle of the streets, blocking car’s ways. I laughed lightly, frowning at the guy. I caught up with them as they turned the corner.
Apparently, whatever the thing was, it was Thor’s. And he was dead-set on getting it back. They stopped in the middle of the road, as Thor and Jane talked.
“If you take me there now, I’ll tell you everything you wish to know.” Thor stated. I raised an eyebrow.
Yeah. Like THAT hasn’t been said before.
“Everything?” Jane asked, clearly questioning his answer as well.
“Yes. All the answers you seek will be yours once I reclaim Mjolnir.”
“Myeu-muh?” Darcy asked.
“What’s a myeu-muh?” Darcy nodded in agreement with me. She turned to me, and we laughed in sync. The others frowned at us, but only for a second.
“Can I have a word, Jane?” The old guy asked. He walked over to the sidewalk, and Jane followed. I turned to Thor then, frowning at him. Darcy had followed, too, but I felt like I would be intruding if I did. Instead, I looked to my pocket, as my phone started to vibrate. I frowned, but took it out, staring at it.
It was Pepper’s number. Took her long enough to find the papers for the phones I had on me. Oh, and Dad probably told her about S.H.I.E.L.D. Lovely.
“Ellie, is it?” I looked up, my eyes wide. I hadn’t told Thor my name. He pointed at it. “May I ask why that device is...making a noise, as if it is moving?” I frowned again.
“It’s a phone, Goldilocks. It’s vibrating. Someone’s trying to call me. Either my dad or my step-mom, but I don’t have to answer it. They can wait.” He frowned at me.
“If it is your family, it would be important, would it not?” I nodded, shoving the phone back in my pocket as it stopped vibrating.
“Yeah. I know what they’re calling about. I just...don’t want to deal with it.” Jane interrupted, right as the conversation was about to take a wrong turn.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t take you.”
“Then this is where we say goodbye.” He reached out, and grabbed Jane’s hand, pressing a kiss to her knuckles. She smiled brightly, and laughed flirtatiously. I smirked in amusement at the sight.
“Um...” She was giggling, and smiling like a fool. “Thank you?” He smiled at her.
“Jane Foster.” He turned to the old man and Darcy. “Erik Selvig.” FINALLY. NOW I DON’T HAVE TO ASK. THANK GOD. “Darcy.” He then looked at me. “Ellie. Farewell.” He bowed his head slightly, looking at all of us at once. And then just at me. “Family is important, Ellie. You should call them, instead of them calling you. You cannot run forever.” I frowned. He smiled at me, and then at Jane, before he walked away. Darcy punched my arm, and I turned to her, sharing a frown with her.
“What was that?” I shrugged.
“I don’t...know, really. Uh.” I hesitated. “It’s just that, my dad called, him or my step-mom. I didn’t answer, I figured it could wait until later.” She frowned further. Jane and Erik frowned, too.
“Huh. Weird.” I shrugged again. Erik cleared his throat.
“Alright. Back to work.” He started to back up, and walked back down the street we’d come from, turning the corner again. Jane walked by his side, while I walked next to Darcy. When we got to the end of that street, Jane rushed forward, as she noticed the truck driving by.
“Hey! That’s my stuff!” The truck honked its horn, speeding down the road. We all looked towards the building where they did their research, and Jane took off, with Erik and Darcy behind her. I followed, my eyes going wide when I caught sight of who was there. “What the hell is going on here?!”
“Miss Foster, I’m-”
“Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D., aka, the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division.” His eyes widened slightly, but he composed himself, turning to me as I spoke up. I marched in front of my group, my guard going up as soon as I approached him. “Hey there, Phil. What are you doing in New Mexico? That precious director of yours give you a new assignment?” He tensed, but nodded.
“Yes. He did.” He forced a smile. “And what are you doing here, Ellie? I thought he had you doing something back in California?” I clenched my jaw, tensing slightly.
“My dad thought I’d done enough. And I have to say, I’m thinking the same thing right now.” I squinted my eyes, taking a step closer, crossing my arms. “Give these people back their research, Coulson. I’m sure if you ask as nice as you possibly can, they’d be more than willing to help you out.”
“Yes! Yes, please, just don’t take everything. I’m on the verge of discovering something extraordinary, you can’t just-” I slapped a hand over Jane’s lips, smiling at Coulson as well as I could without making it look forced.
“See? People can cooperate without you guys having to force them to. Why not give it a try? Hm?” Coulson seemed to consider this, but then looked at one of the agents, as he announced that they’d taken everything. Coulson nodded, turning back to us, and handed a check to Jane.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t do that. This should more than compensate for your troubles, though.” Jane just stared, struck silent. I glared at Coulson. “Thank you for your cooperation.” Coulson then turned to me. “Nice to see you again, Ellie.” He smiled at me once more, and then turned around, got into one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles, and all of them drove away. I clenched my fists tightly, turned to a wall, and punched it, glaring at the vehicles as they disappeared into the desert.
“Ellie?” I turned my head slightly, acknowledging Erik. “How did you get involved with S.H.I.E.L.D.?” I ran a hand through my hair, sighing.
“Because of my dad. I already told you that he’s a scientist. I just didn’t think I’d have to tell you that...” I stopped. Bit my lip.
“That what?” I hesitated.
“He, uh...he works for Stark Industries. He’s one of the top researchers there. S.H.I.E.L.D. asked him to do something for them since Tony Stark wasn’t available. They didn’t trust his daughter, she didn’t seem capable to them. So they asked my dad, and I helped him out. I met Coulson a couple of times.” I turned to them fully, shrugging. “I know how S.H.I.E.L.D. works. I thought I could stop them. I’m sorry, Jane.” She shook her head, smiling at me kindly.
“It’s okay. Thank you, though. If it weren’t for you, I would have probably mentioned my book and they would’ve taken that, too.” I smiled back at her.
“Any chance I get to mess with those assholes for the shit that they pull, I’ll take.” Darcy held up a hand, and I high-fived her. She grinned at me, and Jane chuckled at us. I looked up, and when I saw the way Erik was looking at me, my smile didn’t falter. But in my head, I was thinking of any way I could get away from these guys, any excuse I could make, if they were to confront me. There’s no way in hell that these people are finding out who I really am. Not now. And not until I decide otherwise.