department for defence

I miss Solo.
I miss HAO.
I miss KO.
I miss Sonnett.
I miss Rampone.
I miss Rapinoe.
I miss ARod.
I miss Leroux.
I miss Kling.
I miss Holiday.
I miss Long in midfield.
I miss Pia Sundhage.
I miss the Department of Defence.
I miss being shown how to play like a badass.
I miss the USWNT.

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US drops 'biggest non-nuclear bomb it has' on Afghanistan
US has dropped what has been described as the largest non-nuclear bomb in the country’s arsenal on an area of eastern Afghanistan

The Pentagon said the strike was the first time the 21,000lb weapon had been used in combat operations.

A spokesperson for the US Department of Defence confirmed to The Independent that a MC-130 aircraft dropped a GBU-43 bomb at 7pm local time.

The weapon is known in the US Air Force by its nickname MOAB, or “mother of all bombs”. MOAB stands for massive ordinance air blast.

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Almost every big claim Donald Trump just made was false
Donald Trump has completed his first ever speech to Congress as President. And almost every major claim made in it appeared to be false.

Andrew Griffin at The Independent:

Donald Trump has completed his first ever speech to Congress as President. And almost every major claim made in it appeared to be false.

He appeared to wrongly claim that he was responsible for a vast reduction in the price of the F-35 jet, as well as falsely characterising a report into the problems of immigration.

The President’s speech made contested claims about the value of immigration, his success in office, his plans for tax reform, and healthcare coverage.

While much of the speech was focused on the same rhetoric that Mr Trump led his campaign with – including a commitment to bring jobs back to the US and boost the military – he also made a number of factual claims about his work as president.

Here are some of those false claims in full, as fact checked by the Associated Press.

TRUMP: “According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”

THE FACTS: That’s not exactly what that report says. It says immigrants “contribute to government finances by paying taxes and add expenditures by consuming public services.”

The report found that while first-generation immigrants are more expensive to governments than their native-born counterparts, primarily at the state and local level, immigrants’ children “are among the strongest economic and fiscal contributors in the population.”

The report found that the “long-run fiscal impact” of immigrants and their children would probably be seen as more positive “if their role in sustaining labour force growth and contributing to innovation and entrepreneurial activity were taken into account.”

TRUMP: “We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price” of the F-35 jet fighter.

THE FACTS: The cost savings he persists in bragging about were secured in full or large part before he became president.

The head of the Air Force program announced significant price reductions in the contract for the Lockheed F-35 fighter jet Dec. 19 — after Trump had tweeted about the cost but weeks before he met the company’s CEO about it.

Pentagon managers took action even before the election to save money on the contract. Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the aerospace consulting firm Teal Group, said there is no evidence of any additional cost savings as a result of Trump’s actions.

TRUMP: “We will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.”

THE FACTS: Trump has provided little detail on how this would happen. Independent analyses of his campaign’s tax proposals found that most of the benefits would flow to the wealthiest families. The richest 1 percent would see an average tax cut of nearly $215,000 a year, while the middle one-fifth of the population would get a cut of just $1,010, according to the Tax Policy Center, a joint project by the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute.

TRUMP: “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labour force.”

THE FACTS: That’s true, but for the vast majority of them, it’s because they choose to be.

That 94 million figure includes everyone aged 16 and older who doesn’t have a job and isn’t looking for one. So it includes retirees, parents who are staying home to raise children, and high school and college students who are studying rather than working.

They are unlikely to work regardless of the state of the economy. With the huge baby-boomer generation reaching retirement age and many of them retiring, the population of those out of the labor force is increasing and will continue to do so, most economists forecast.

It’s true that some of those out of the workforce are of working age and have given up looking for work. But that number is probably a small fraction of the 94 million Trump cited.

TRUMP: “Obamacare is collapsing … imploding Obamacare disaster.”

THE FACTS: There are problems with the 2010 health care law, but whether it’s collapsing is hotly disputed.

One of the two major components of the Affordable Care Act has seen a spike in premiums and a drop in participation from insurers. But the other component, equally important, seems to be working fairly well, even if its costs are a concern.

Trump and congressional Republicans want to repeal the whole thing, which risks leaving millions of people uninsured if the replacement plan has shortcomings. Some critics say GOP rhetoric itself is making things worse by creating uncertainty about the future.

The health law offers subsidised private health insurance along with a state option to expand Medicaid for low-income people. Together, the two arms of the program cover more than 20 million people.

Republican governors whose states have expanded Medicaid are trying to find a way to persuade Congress and the administration to keep the expansion, and maybe even build on it, while imposing limits on the long-term costs of Medicaid.

While the Medicaid expansion seems to be working, the markets for subsidised private health insurance are stressed in many states. Also affected are millions of people who buy individual policies outside the government markets, and face the same high premiums with no financial help from the health law.

Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says “implosion” is too strong a term. An AP count found that 12.2 million people signed up for this year, despite the Trump administration’s threats to repeal the law.

But a health care blogger and industry consultant, Robert Laszewski, agrees with Trump, saying too few young, healthy people have signed up to guarantee the stability of the insurance markets.

TRUMP: His budget plan will offer “one of the largest increases in national defence spending in American history”.

THE FACTS: Three times in recent years, Congress raised defence budgets by larger percentages than the 54 billion dollars, or 10%, increase Mr Trump proposes. The base defence budget grew by 41 billion dollars, or 14.3%, in 2002; by 37 billion dollars, or 11.3%, in 2003, and by 47 billion dollars, or 10.9%, in 2008, according to Defence Department figures.

TRUMP: “According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offences since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home - from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Centre.”

THE FACTS: It is unclear what Justice Department data he’s citing, but the most recent government information does not back up his claim. Just over half the people Mr Trump talks about were born in the US, according to Homeland Security Department research revealed last week. That report said of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to attempt or carry out an attack in the US, just over half were native-born.

Even the attacks Mr Trump singled out were not entirely the work of foreigners. (name withheld out of respect for the victims), who along with his Pakistani wife killed 14 people in the 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, was born in Chicago.

It is true that in the immediate aftermath of September 11, the FBI’s primary concern was with terrorists from overseas feared to be plotting attacks in the US, but that is no longer the case.

The FBI and the Justice Department have been preoccupied with violent extremists from inside the US who are inspired by the calls to violence and mayhem of the Islamic State group. The Justice Department has prosecuted scores of IS-related cases since 2014, and many of the defendants are US citizens.

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Tank A.A. 20mm Quad.  “Skink”

 In 1943 it was decided that Canadian, British and other Commonwealth troops needed a mobile AA platform to protect troops from air attack by low flying aircraft. The Skink was Canada’s answer to the issue. 

The Skink could also be used to attack enemy ground targets such as soft transport and lightly armored vehicles. The original program called for production of 135 complete Skinks for the use by the Canadian Army and an additional 130 Skinks to meet British requirements. The Skink was officially designated the Tank A.A. 20mm Quad. Skink and was based on a modified Canadian built Grizzly 1 medium tank, a license built M4A1 Sherman tank. It had a modified M4A1 cast turret designed to mount four 20mm Polsten machine guns. 

However, Allied air supremacy in Europe meant that there was no longer any need for the Skink. On 23rd August 1944, the Canadian Department of Munitions and Supply was advised by the Department of National Defence that the program should be cancelled. Only three tanks were produced. Via tank-encyclopedia.com

Platoon Commander Lieutenant I. Macdonald (with binoculars) ready to give order to attack at S. Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, 10 December 1943. Left to right, Sergeant J.T. Cooney, Privates A.R. Downie, O.E. Bernier, G.R. Young (kneeling, with Lee-Enfield rifle), Corporal T. Fereday and Private S.L. Hart (lying down with Bren gun) all of the 48th Highlanders.
Photo by Frederick G. Whitcombe. Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada, PA-163411.

Likely taken during Operation Tungsten, a sailor of the Royal Canadian Navy looks aft from HMCS Algonquin’s deck, toward what would be the King George V-class battleships HMS Duke of York and HMS Anson - ca. April 1944.

Sourced from: Department of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada.

Despatch rider Private Harry McDowell of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade, delivering a message to the battalion’s advanced headquarters.
Regalbuto, Sicily, August 4, 1943.

(That looks like a Norton 16H motorbike)

Regalbuto was severely damaged during World War II, and on August 3, 1943 the German Hermann Göring Panzer Division was driven out of the town by 1st Canadian Infantry Division.

(Photo source - Lt. Jack H. Smith / Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-160026)

(Colourised by Doug)

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Here Are A Few Things That Cost More Than Health Care For Transgender Troops
In 2014, the Defense Department spent $41.6 million on Viagra.
Found You Part 2- JakeXMC

So, my intention was to only make this a two shot, but apparently the Jake had other ideas.  Here’s part two of my story for you to enjoy.  Hopefully part 3 will be out soon.  We’ll have to see if Jake and Jess are willing to cooperate with me.

As before, constructive criticism is always welcome.  Needless flames will be used to warm my toes and make s’mores.


              The first rays of dawn were creeping through his window, but Jake didn’t see them.  His world had been turned on its head, once again; by a blonde-haired, blue-eyed vixen that just 12 hours ago he would have sworn had forgotten all about him.  He slowly turned the USB key over in his hands, wondering just what in the hell was on it, but damn if he wasn’t terrified to look as well.  “Three years…” he whispered, his eyes starting off into nothing.  “What in the hell could you have to tell me after three damn years?”

              Those three years had passed quickly for him, lost in a blur of charter jobs and blackout, booze-filled nights.  He’d spent the first month after La Huerta at the bottom of a bottle, desperately trying to forget the people he’d been forced to leave behind, trying to forget the woman who had told him to run.  “Damnit Princess, what in the hell are you playing at?” Jake’s eyes finally focused on the little key in his hands, so innocuous and innocent.  But appearances were always deceiving.  It’s previous owner being a perfect example of that. At first glance, one could have been forgiven for thinking she was nothing more than a preppy little sorority cheerleader on her way to blow away her brain cells on an all expense paid island resort.  “But you are so much more than that aren’t you Princess?” Jake asked of the empty room, his eyes transfixed by the little piece of plastic and silicon in his hands.

              The note she’d written had frozen him to his bar stool for what had seemed like an eternity before Ernesto’s voice had finally broken through and forced him to move.  He snatched up the note and the key and strode out of the bar, vaguely aware of Ernesto calling after him but not really giving a damn what he was saying.  Which is what brought him here, sitting on his piece of junk couch while his ancient laptop sat open before him on the coffee table, the screen casting a soft glow over his face that he neither noticed nor cared about.  He’d been frozen there, just as he had been at the bar, for hours now.  All because of a USB key and an entire lifetime’s worth of memories.

              But time moves ever forward and even this moment of peaceful stupefaction couldn’t last.  The slamming of a nearby door jerked Jake from his thoughts, bringing his mind back into focus.  He knew he couldn’t just sit there forever.  And so, with trembling hands, Jake leaned forward and inserted the key into his computer.  There were only two files that popped up… two completely normal looking files.  Still wondering what in the hell was going on, Jake navigated his cursor to the file labelled ‘First’ and clicked.

              “Breaking news tonight as scandal rocks the U.S. Department of Defence.  Documents leaked today to various media sources point to illegal sales of government weapons.  Commander Rex Lundgren of the United States Naval Services was taken into custody today pending charges of weapons smuggling and manslaughter in the death of Lieutenant Michael Francis Schaffer.”

              It was as if a wrecking ball had just socked Jake in the chest.  The video file droned on about the Navy releasing a statement as article after article popped up on his screen about the leak and Ludgren’s subsequent arrest.  The New York Times had run Mike’s naval photo side by side with one of Lundgren when he was arrested and Jake couldn’t help the tears that sprang to his eyes as he stared at the image of his old friend, so proud in his dress blues.  “How in the hell…”  Jake sagged back onto the couch, just staring at the information explosion on his screen.  Lundgren was arrested, not only for the smuggling, but for murdering Mike?  “How in the hell did you pull this off Princess?” Surging forward, Jake closed the articles and the now silent video file and clicked the second file, hoping it would have some clues.  Immediately a video call appeared on his laptop, silently ringing on his end.

              Jake’s heart fell slightly when Zahra’s face filled the screen.  “Well it’s about damn time.” She huffed, her irritation plain.  “It’s been two days dude, what in the hell took you so long to open these files.  I worked hard on those.”

              “I only just got the drive.” Jake said, struggling to comprehend the situation he was in.  “What in the hell is happening here Z?”

              Zahra rolled her eyes.  “Dude, did you even READ the articles we included?  Any of the documents?”  At his head shake, Zahra rolled her eyes again, muttering what he could only assume were Persian curses.  “You’ve been cleared dude.  The Navy had no choice but to clear yours and Mike’s name in the face of the information bomb Jess and I set off.  The only thing on your record now is a dishonorable discharge for desertion and she argued them down to time served on that one.”

              Once again, Jake sagged back into his couch.  “Wha… How?”

              “Don’t ask,” was the sharp reply.  “The less you know about this, the better.”

              Jake’s eyes narrowed.  “What in the hell did you do Zahra?”

              She just shrugged.  “I just did the major hacking.  Jess was the one who found most of the information.  You wanna get pissy with someone, get pissy with her.”

              “Well I would, but since you’re here and she’s not…”

              “Come on Jake, you had to know she wasn’t going to let this go.”  Zahra’s glared at him from the screen.  “Even if she hadn’t been ass over tea kettle for you, we both know that isn’t who she is.”  A soft smirk tugged at Zahra’s lips.  “She’s a fixer.  As annoying as it might be, if she sees something is wrong… she fixes it.  Or she dies trying.”

              “You’re telling me…” Jake murmured, still reeling from the information overload. “So… all this time the two of you…”

              “It was mostly Jess.”  Zahra settled back into her chair.  “Almost as soon as she got back to the states, I think she started digging.  She contacted me about a year in with most of the information when she figured out Lundgren had set a tail on her.”

              “What!”  Jake was going to give himself whiplash flinging himself forwards like this, but Zahra’s last sentence struck him like a bullet.

              “Relax, he never touched her.” Zahra said, waving a hand at him.  “The way we figure it, Lundgren found out about her digging and knew there was only one person who could have set her on his trail. He wasn’t going to hurt her until he found you and we handled that.  She went on the run and we kept digging.”

              “What the hell Z…”  Jake was angry now.  Angry at Jess for getting herself into this mess, angry at Lundgren for coming near her, but also at himself for not being able to protect her.  But under all of that, he couldn’t help but think… She did this for him?  “Tell me she’s ok.  Z, tell me she’s safe.”

              “Jake, do you not remember who dropped off that little care package? She’s fine.”  Zahra eyed him from her seat.  “She kept digging in the obvious spots so Lundgren wouldn’t notice me sneaking in the backdoor to his files.  How in the hell he was your commander I have no idea cause the dude can’t cover his tracks to save his life.”

              For the second time that night, Jake felt the air rush from his body. She had cleared his name.  Because of her, he could go back home for the first time in a decade.  He could go back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and see all his old haunts.  He could… he could finally visit Mike’s grave and pay his respects.  He was a free man… and yet…

              “Where is she?”

              Zahra smirked at him.  “She checked in with me after she made the drop at your bar.  You ever been to Morocco?”  Her smirk widened as Jake shook his head.  “Her Highness, Princess Lalla Salma owed me a favor.  You might want to check it out.  I hear the street markets are amazing.”  And just like that, she ended the call.

              It took a second for everything to click, but when it did, Jake was a whirlwind of movement.  Years in the Navy had taught him to pack light and within fifteen minutes, everything he gave a damn about had been shoved into a bag, his apartment was locked up, and he was striding with purpose into the steadily brightening day. “I will find you Princess.” He felt himself mutter.  “You found me and now… now I’m gonna find you.”

Shooting flowers

The US Department of Defence (DOD) has put forward a plan to develop biodegradable training ammunition loaded with specialised seeds, meaning that when a bullet degrades, a plant will grow in its place.

The US Army currently manufactures and consumes hundreds of thousands of bullets per day in training exercises. The ground, over which these projectiles are fired, often becomes littered with cartridge cases and sabot petals, on the surface or even several feet underground. These components take hundreds of years to degrade, and there is no clear way of finding and eliminating all used projectiles from battle or training grounds.

The DOD says that these biodegradable bullets can be manufactured from water bottles, plastic containers and any other composite or plastic product available on the market. The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has demonstrated that the bioengineered seeds that can be embedded in the resulting composites, and will not germinate until they have been in the ground for several months.

The seeds are said to grow into environmentally friendly plants, removing contaminates from the soil and consuming the biodegradable components of the bullets. They are also harmless to animals, allowing them to be consumed with no ill effects.  

US army 'lost track of $1bn worth of arms'

The US army has failed to monitor over $1bn worth of arms and other military equipment transfers to Kuwait and Iraq, Amnesty International says in a report citing a 2016 US government audit. The now-declassified document by the US Department of Defence (DoD) audit, was obtained by the rights group following Freedom of Information requests. The audit reveals that the DoD “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of a vast amount of equipment on hand in Kuwait and Iraq. Some records were incomplete, while duplicated spreadsheets, handwritten receipts and the lack of a central database increased the risk for human-error while entering data. READ MORE: ISIL won’t be defeated on the battlefield “This audit provides a worrying insight into the US army’s flawed - and potentially dangerous - system for controlling millions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region,” says Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s Arms Control and Human Rights researcher, in the report. The rights group says in the report that its own research has “consistently documented” lax controls and record-keeping within the Iraqi chain of command, which had resulted in arms winding up in the hands of armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “After all this time and all these warnings, the same problems keep occurring,” Wilcken said.

‘Irresponsible transfers’

The military transfers were part of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF), a programme that appropriated $1.6bn to provide assistance to military and other security services associated with the government of Iraq, including Kurdish and tribal security forces. The transfers included small arms and heavy weapons, machine guns, mortar rounds and assault rifles. “This effort is focused on critical ground forces needed to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL [also known as ISIS] in Iraq, secure its national borders and prevent ISIL from developing safe havens,” the DoD said in a report justifying ITEF. “If support is not provided American interests in the region would be undermined.” In response to the audit, the US army has pledged to implement corrective actions. “This occurred during the Obama administration as well, and groups such as Amnesty International repeatedly called on irresponsible arms transfers to be tackled, as the weapons were not only falling into the hands of groups like ISIL but also pro-Tehran Shia jihadists fighting for the Iraqi government,” Tallha Abdulrazaq, a security researcher at the University of Exeter, told Al Jazeera via email. “While ISIL certainly needs to be fought, if this is achieved by hurling arms at groups that are just as extreme as the militant group, how does that resolve the situation?” Amnesty International has urged the US to comply with laws and treaties to stop arms transfers or diversion of arms that could fuel atrocities. “This should be an urgent wake-up call for the US, and all countries supplying arms to urgently shore up checks and controls,” Wilcken said.
Avengers Preference #36 They discover you’re musically talented

Hi!! I might have read some the preferences related to the avengers that you have and I loved them! Idk if you made this but what about a how they’ll react to you smoking cigarette? Or you being a singer/solo artist/in a band and they watching one of your music vid?? X anon.

Steve

He was stood with you in the olds sports hall, drinking some punch whilst you were catching up with some of your old friends and their spouses.

“Remember when (y/n) joined that band, didn’t you guys have a few hits?” said one of your old friends.

“Oh god don’t remind me, you remember Justin, that self-righteous git who thought he was god’s gift to women he put me off joining a band ever again” you groaned as you remembered.

“What band?” he asked looking at you with a smirk.

“Oh you haven’t told him” said one of your other friends as she rooted through her bag, “Let me find the pictures”

“Oh god” you gran as you bury your head into Steve’s shoulder. Steve on the other had was distracted by the pictures your friend was showing you. He couldn’t help but smile at the realisation that the talented girl in the pictures was his wife.

Tony

You had been part of the Avengers for years and tonight the BBC were doing a documentary, (y/n): the face behind the mask.

“That sounds unnecessarily dramatic” you said as Tony wrapped an arm around your shoulder cuddling you close.

“It’s better than what they did on me” Natasha said, “How deadly is a Black Widow?”

“They need to fire the person behind the names” you said as you reached for the popcorn. 10 minutes had passed when they introduced your past career.

“It is unbelievable that more hasn’t been made off her past theatre career” the presenter said before a montage of you onstage in various costumes flashed across the screen, “In her short career before the battle of New York she had won 2 Olivier Awards and 2 Tony’s and had been part of Award winning casts”

You could feel everyone’s eyes on you and you could feel yourself go bright red, “It was years ago” you started to explain only to be cut off.

“JARVIS, look up recording of (Y/n) performing” he said. Immediately a video came up on screen from a performance you and the cast has done at the Tony’s.

“You were in Hamilton” Natasha said turning to you.

“I played Eliza” you said.

“Shhh” Tony said as the video started to play. After a few minutes it got to your part of who lives who dies who tells your story. You were looking down when you felt Natasha tap you and point up. The song had just ended and you looked up to see an emotional Tony on screen.

“Well what can I say it was an emotional scene” Tony said as a couple of the guys raised an eyebrow at him, “I’m man enough to cry and not be ashamed.

Thor

You were making drinks in your apartment for Thor and your friends when you herd music followed by shouting from the other room.

“LADY (Y/N) YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU COULD SING LET ALONE THAT YOU COULD SING SWEETER THAN THE MORNING BIRDS” Thor shouted causing your eyes to widen as you ran into the living room. Only once you saw what was on the screen of your friend’s phone did you fully understand. It was in that moment you cursed the internet.

Clint

He needed information on an old mission you had been on as it was believed HYDRA had taken over the business once you and S.H.I.E.L.D. had closed it. When he was searching through your files he found on old music video that you cover had used and he had an idea.

“Remind me why I agreed to this Clint” Natasha said as she set up the camera, smirking as she saw the outfit Clint was wearing.

“Because you like to see me make an idiot out of myself and I promised to get you pizza” Clint said as he applied eyeliner, checking himself out in the mirror, “Now be honest with me Nat does my ass look big in this?”

It was the next day when you got an email from Clint. You opened it up to find a video attached. Your eyes opened wide when you saw it. He was miming to an old music video you made for cover. He was even dressed in a similar outfit to yours.

Bruce

It was just after the battle of New York and you had stayed out of the press spotlight for a few years before it happened. You were sitting in with the rest of the team when the news coverage of the aftermath was interrupted.

“Sorry to interrupt you John but it has been confirmed to us by the Department of Defence that the rumours are true that the Avenger with the elemental manipulation powers is in fact (y/n) (y/l/n) formerly of the Grammy award winning band (b/n) which so famously fell apart after she left.” Said Karen the reporter on screen reading from a sheet of paper that had just been handed to her.

“You were in (b/n)” Tony said looking up at you, “I knew I recognised you from somewhere” he whispered to himself before resuming his previous activity of staring into the distance. That was the last that any of the Avengers had to say on it for a while.

Until there was a gathering of the Avengers at Stark Tower and Tony asked you to sing one of your old songs.

“No Tony” you said as you looked at the drunk man in front of you.

“Please (y/n) pretty please” he said as Pepper dragged him out behind her and the rest of the Avengers started to filter out of the room.

That left you and Bruce to wash out glasses and put stuff away. You were washing some glasses and he was drying them when he asked, “So why don’t you sing anymore (y/n)?”

You kept looking at the glass in your hands, “Its not that I don’t sing anymore its that I don’t sing those songs or that type of music anymore, it reminds me of a bad place”

He nodded before asking, “What kind of songs do you sing?” He asked as he leaned on the counter top.

“Anything but the old ones you laughed” as you put another glass on the dish rack.

“Can you sing me one of those, please” he asked looking at you softly.

The caught his eye before looking back down into the soapy water as you opened you mouth and sung a verse.

Sam

Sam’s little sister is protective, so once she knew your name she did a google search. She found all of your social media you had, including a you tube channel you shut down just after the battle of New York. She watched every video she could, it was only after she watched them all did she send a link to Sam.

He sat and marathoned the videos but was absolutely taken back when he heard one of you singing. He sent it to you with a caption, “I DIDN’T KNOW YOU COUD SING”. As a result the two of you would sing musical duets around the apartment.

Pietro

He had a crush on you, and then he herd you sing with Wanda one day and he fell deeply in love with you. You were just sitting on Wanda’s bed with her, singing along to a song he didn’t realise. Soon enough he found the two of you there every day at the same time.

He didn’t do anything, until one day when Wanda asked him to give you some note sheets. He took out a pen and wrote across the top of the sheet. He set of looking for you, he found you in the kitchen making yourself a cup of coffee.

“Hey (y/n)” he said as he appeared at the kitchen counter next to you.

“Hey Pietro, how’s my favourite speedster doing?” you asked as you stirred your coffee.

“I don’t know I haven’t seen the last episode of the Flash” he said, smiling as you laughed.

“You know what I mean Piet” you laughed.

“I’m fine (y/n), actually Wanda wanted me to give you these” he said as he handed you the note sheets.

“Thanks Piet…” you started to say until you saw what was written at the top of the sheet.

(y/n) would you like to go on a date with me. Pietro x

“Yes, Piet, I would live to go on a date with you” you said as you looked up from the note sheet.

Bucky

He had just woken up from a nightmare when he first herd you sing. He felt himself relax in your arms as you sang a song that his immigrant mother had sung to him a thousand times when he was you. As time went on it became your go to method to calm him down after a nightmare and you worried about how little sleep he got when you weren’t there.

That was why you searched up your old you tube channel you had when you were a teenager. You complied every song you found on there and even recorded a few new ones and put them all on an iPod. You gave it to him the morning you left for a long mission.

“When did you record all these songs (y/n)” he said as he scrolled through the device.

“I had a bunch of them up on a you tube channel when I was 15” you said as you finished packing your bag. “And I recorded a few new ones when you were on a mission in Argentina” you said as you felt him come up behind you and wrap his arms around your waist.

“Thank you doll” he whispered in your ear as nuzzled your neck.

Wanda

You had just gotten into bed with Wanda and the conversation turned to home. She told you about Sokovia and you told her about your home country. You saw the sparkle in Wanda’s eyes as she told you about the traditional music in her home country.

“What about (y/c)?” she asked as she moved a lock of hair behind your ear.

“We had a lot of traditional music” you said as you thought back many years,

“Can you sing a bit for me?” she asked as she rested her head under your chin, relaxing instantly as she heard the words flow out of your mouth, slowly lulling her to sleep. When you fell into silence once more she asked “When did you learn to sing like that?”

You smiled gently at her as you ran your fingers through her hair, “I was in a band back home”.

Sharon

Sharon first learnt you could sing when you were paired on a mission together. You used your voice to seduce your target, it was very straight forward. Sharon however would take every opportunity she could to tease you about how you used your voice to complete the mission.

However when you were home alone she would always try to get you to sing for her. Sometimes she would sit on your lap and not let you move until you sang a song of her choice. She always choose the same song, one that she had herd her Aunt Angie singing around the house a hundred times. Every time she herd it she would picture her Aunt Peggy smiling as the words filtered through the house.

She would get you to sing unchained melody and as she herd you sing it she knew that she had found someone who was right for her.

Maria

It came to no surprise to Maria that you were a musician, she was the one who overlooked you file. What was a surprise to her was how good you were. When she moved into your flat she would spend so much time being mesmerised as you fingers glided across the keys of your piano. She wouldn’t let you finish practising until you played her favourite piece, Swan song by Franz Schubert.

Natasha

She was doing the usual security checks before someone joins the team. That was when she came across your band, she raised an eyebrow as she clicked the link feeling sceptical about your abilities. She was pleasantly surprised when the video started playing. You were good. Really good.

She quickly downloaded every song you band posted, just when she thought she was finished she found some solo acoustic stuff. It was so different to the energetic sound of your band, Natasha could feel herself relaxing in her seat as the words you sang washed over her. It was safe to say you had a new fan.

Eventually your songs found their way into her daily routine. She listened to your band’s music on her morning run and she listened to your acoustic songs as she wound down for the evening. She never told you. Her attachment to your music grew as she spent more and more time with you. She saw how your traits reflected in the songs. Slowly she started to fall for you, it had started with the songs but it grew when she saw how loving and caring you were.

One morning whilst she was making her morning coffee Natasha hummed the tune to one of your songs. As you were walking into the kitchen you recognised the tune from somewhere, “Hey Nat, what song is that it sounds familiar?” you asked as you opened the mug cupboard.

“You really don’t know (y/n)?” she asked looking at you with a raised eyebrow.

“If I knew I wouldn’t ask” you said as you looked at her, with a slightly confused look on your face as you put the mug down on the kitchen counter. Natasha sung a couple of lines from the course of your bands favourite songs, you buried your face in your hands.

“How did you know about those Nat, oh my god that is embarrassing” you said over her laughter. As she looked at you she couldn’t help but feel like now was her chance. She gently took your hands and pulled them away from your face.

“You’re adorable, you know that right” she said as you looked up at her. Then you felt her lips on yours, a second later you moved your lips in sync with hers. Eventually your need for air forced you apart. “How do you feel about catching lunch later (y/n)” Natasha asked.

“That sounds great Nat” you said smiling up at her.

Your singing became a part of your relationship that Natasha came to adore. Sometimes when she was bored she pulled you over to whatever instrument she could find and she would get you to play and sing a song for her. One day you sang a song she had never heard of before, “I haven’t heard that one before” Natasha said as she gazed lovingly at you from across the room.

“I know you haven’t it’s a new one I wrote just for you” you said, smiling as you saw a blush run to her cheeks.

Sometimes your singing proved to be useful. It’s one of the best ways to bring her to earth after a nightmare. As you sing to her softly she curls into resting her head against your chest as you run your fingers through her hair until her breathing evens out and she falls asleep.