Hulk crouches in the dirt, rain pouring over his shoulders.
He scoops up the sand and throws it over his shoulder, over and over again.
He and Banner were so stupid not to think of this before.
Captain America was supposed to be dead.
He was just frozen in ice.
Tony was said to be dead,
but he wasn’t.
Pepper was almost dead
but she came back changed.
Bucky Barnes was supposed to be dead
"But he was brainwashed and crazy" Hulk gritted out to himself, shoveling back another feet of dirt.
And the SHIELD Agent
"Phil pretended to be dead, but isn’t."
Almost everyone around Hulk who was supposed to be dead….
Hell, Cap was almost dead, again, but didn’t die.
With each handful of dirt, he counts them out.
1. supposed to be dead steve
2. said to be dead Tony
3. Almost dead pepper
4. crazyalive Bucky Barnes
5. Phil pretend dead
6. Steve should be dead but not.
His large arms shake
the wooden box shows out from the dirt
Stevesupposed to be dead, Tonysaid to be dead, almostdead pepper, crazyalivebucky…philpretenddead steveshouldbedeadbutnot.
He can’t open the box
he doesn’t want to.
What’s supposed to be dead never is
Steve Tony Pepper Bucky Phil Steve again
He pulls away from the box and wrapshis arms around his chest.
can’t open it
don’t wanna know
….have to know
have to protect them
the rain belts down on his shoulders and he cries.
has to be dead
but everyone who had to be dead wasn’t
steve tony pepper bucky steve again phil
"Steve, Tony, Pepper, Bucky, Steve again, Phil" He says it over and over and over and the wind tells him he’s crazy.
He finally, finally breaks into the stupid box and lets himself look in.
Hulk lets out a scream of triumph
The body is there.
His body is there.
Hulk sniffs at the black/gray hairs
the smell isn’t really there
but the body, the fucking body, is
and it’s about the size he remembered.
Hulk reaches in and breaks off a bone.
He’ll leave it for Banner. To test. to be sure.
That their father is dead.
Like he’s supposed to be.