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A/N: Bucky disappears and the reader gets confronted.
“He has gone off the reservation.” Tony says to the group that gathered in the living room of their apartment. “He sent me a text saying to take care of the dog, I texted back and he didn’t respond.”
“He was doing so good.” Nat says. “What could’ve happened?”
“Not sure if anyone realized this, I didn’t until he said it, but his daughter would’ve been born yesterday.”
The group sighs collectively.
“Well that explains it.” Sam states.
“Actually it doesn’t.” Tony corrects. “I don’t think it has to do with his daughter persay, but more to do with his beloved dollface. Do we know why he calls her dollface? Her face clearly looks nothing like that of a doll because that would be creepy.”
“Tony!” Steve gestures.
“Right, umm, I think it has to do with her actions after she left worked abruptly.”
“And what did she do?” Steve asked.
Tony explained how his security team at Starks Enterprises were able to track down her whereabouts to a bar and her leaving with the unknown subject.
“I told him not to, but I figured he went to the apartment and saw something no man should ever see and he snapped.”
“We need to find the guy.” Steve states.
“That’s a brilliant idea, Cap, why didn’t I think of that.” Tony answers sarcastically. “Oh wait, I did think of that,” he says smugly. “The facial recognition software I had in place immediately had a match.”
“Who was he?” Nat asked.
“Maxwell Ford, a successful banker that does dealings with the Swiss.”
“And, my impatient assassin princess.”
“Don’t call me that.” Nat glared.
“Our Maxwell Ford is currently in the Middle East on a business trip.” Tony shows them the video of feed of Maxwell Ford on a yacht.
Tony shakes his head. “Same thing I said, until I remembered that nothing is impossible anymore. The unthinkable has now become the comprehensible.”
They all gawked at Tony, except for Bruce. “Doctor would you mind translating for the children.” Tony says as he falls back into the nearest chair.
“This isn’t impossible for anyone with shapeshifting abilities.” He pauses. “Do we happen to know anyone who has the knack for changing into anyone he wants to on a whim?”
Tony answers. “I’ll give you a hint. First name Loki…”
“He wouldn’t.” Nat interrupts.
“And why wouldn’t he?” Tony asked.
Nat became silent.
Steve brewed over this for a few seconds. “This is the type of thing he would do, Nat.”
“But what would he gain from this?”
“Really, Nat. Do you want me to spell it out for you? I think Bucky saw his precious dollface and this Maxwell Ford,” Tony air quotes his name. “In a compromising position and he lost it.”
“Okay, if that is the case, where would he go?”
Tony shrugs. “No idea, but someone has to get in contact with her and explain this.”
“Do you think that’s a good idea?” Steve asked.
They all gazed at each other.
Natasha spoke first. “It’s the only lead we have.”
“He’s been living in the apartment across the street from you.” Steve says bluntly.
“Wait, what?” I asked. “I haven’t seen or heard from him or anyone of you and now you’re telling me Bucky has been living in the apartment right across the street from me.
Steve nods. “Let’s go.”
“Where are we going?” I asked.
“Next door. I’ll explain everything on the way.”
Steve relayed the last six months of life without me in the picture and I was a bit dumbfounded unable to retain all that he was telling and not telling me.
We were in Bucky’s building a few minutes later walking up the stairs and I was a few paces behind Steve.
“The guy at the bar.” He says.
“How do you know?” I asked. “Wait.” I raised my hand. “Don’t answer that, I already know. Tony.”
Steve nods. “His name is Maxwell Ford and -.”
“Loki.” I say.
Steve turns, the shock on his face heightens when I didn’t share the same surprised look.
I gazed up at Steve. “I was engaged to him Steve, I know his form and mannerism even when he wears the face of another.”
“Did you know that Bucky followed you and Maxwell…Loki to his apartment?”
Now it was my turn to be shocked. I stopped in my tracks and looked up at Steve.
My face was ashen. “He knows.” I say barely above a whisper.
“I don’t know, but Tony thinks he saw something he shouldn’t have.
The look on my face gave Steve the answers he was afraid of. Bucky did indeed see what took place behind closed doors.
I hesitated before I stepped into Bucky’s apartment, which was similar to my own but somewhat sparse. I walked into his bedroom, not sure why, but an unsettling feeling led me there. His bedroom was equally sparse of furniture save for a king sized bed that was the focal point of the room and a leather chair that was by the window.
A cool breeze rustled the curtains and I walked towards the window, pulling the curtains back then gazing in between the blinds at my bedroom window. I became lost in thought as I imagined those sleepless nights when he gazed at me and I didn’t know. The countless nights when I wished it was all a bad dream and I would wake up in his arms, only to wake up to an empty bed.
“You were right here all along.” I whispered, falling into the chair.
I picked up his hoodie that hung carelessly from the arm of the chair and inhaled his scent. I felt a lump in the chair and glanced down to see a leather notebook wedged between the cushion. I pulled it out and saw that it was his journal, I didn’t hesitate, I flipped it open and I began to read…
My tears stained the pages and blotted the ink, “what have I done?” I thought.
I never thought he could feel the pain and emptiness of losing a child, but I never thought nor comprehended the pain that he was in.
Bucky I say as the wind rustled the curtains, carrying his name out the window.
Post Note: Chapter 17 will be posted next Sunday!
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