Matrix - Bucky x Reader Fanfic // Chapter 2
You collapsed onto the old, dusty sofa, and then offered a smile to Jacob.
Jacob had been your friend in these parts for a long time, and obviously, well, other than the Avengers, was the only person who knew you were Matrix. He had always supported what you were doing, and just because the Avengers thought it was wrong didn’t mean he’d stop.
As soon as you had known that Bucky and Steve were no longer following you, you had headed to Jacob’s house, where he led you to a good hiding spot. It was an abandoned warehouse around that area. It was filled with garbage and broken bricks, but other than that, you’d make it a home until a better offer came up.
“So, you’re hiding from the Avengers,” Jacob muttered, sitting down on the couch next to you. Dust came up from the new addition of weight. “Geez, May, how do you get yourself into these situations?”
He called you May. It was short for Matrix. You had told him he could call you by your real name, but by then it had already caught on, so May it was.
“I don’t know. I don’t even know how they found me,” you sighed, placing your head in your hands. All you had wanted was to do something right, and now you were getting hunted down by superheroes for it. “Maybe I should stop and let the real superheroes do their job.”
He slapped your wrist, and you growled at him, but didn’t fight back.
“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. You’ve never been one to give up, May. Don’t give up now. That’s a sign of weakness if I’ve ever seen one, and last time I checked, Matrix was the strongest person I knew,” Jacob scolded.
You sighed. He sighed, too, and leaned towards you, kissing you on the cheek. It wasn’t meant to be a romantic move, you knew. He was more like a big brother figure to you.
“Alright. But how long do you think you can smuggle food and water here for me until someone catches on? I’d hate for you to get in trouble because of me,” you reminded him. He would get caught if he was bringing food to some abandoned warehouse twice a day. It was the kind of thing that made people suspect something.
“True - don’t worry, I’ll figure it out. I won’t leave you to starve to death.” Jacob assured you. You nodded, although, internally, you were still worried for Jacob’s safety. He shouldn’t have to get into this. Even though it was the Avengers and not Hydra - well, it was still a dangerous game. Obviously, that Bucky guy didn’t know what he was doing, throwing knives at people and what-not, and if he did it to Jacob, who wasn’t expecting it… you shook the thoughts out of your head.
“So, what do I do here all day?” You asked him, drawing your attention to another topic.
“That you’ll have to figure out yourself. Remember, the Avengers have some pretty smart people on their side, so no electronics unless it’s necessary. Here’s an emergency phone, just in case you need to call me. But other than that, nothing, they’ll be able to ping your location,” he warned you.
You knew that, but didn’t say anything. How could you? He was risking his life to save you. You would be eternally grateful for this, although you knew he wouldn’t let you do anything for him in return. That was just the type of guy Jacob was. The two of you may live in a bad part of town, but that didn’t mean you couldn’t have good hearts and intentions.
“Thanks, Jacob.” You smiled at him, your first legitimate smile for the entire day.
“Any day, kid.”
“Alright. So we’ve looked for some kind of electronic device pinging from all the areas around, gone out on patrols ourselves, and gotten nothing? How the hell does some crazy ass bitch just disappear from the map?” Bucky said. He then grunted and kicked a box full of Tony’s shit to the other side of the room.
“Hey!” Tony complained. “Stop fucking with my stuff!”
“Guys,” Nat warned them in her intimidating voice. At once, everyone calmed down. “We’ll find her, but not if you guys keep fighting one another.”
“But she’s completely erased herself from the world! How did she do that?” Buck threw his hands up in exasperation.
“She doesn’t,” Bruce Banner said from the other side of the room. “We got a hit. There’s an abandoned warehouse close to where you guys lost her. I just got an electric signal from there. You have to go, fast.”
You had given the signal on purpose. And now you threw down the phone and started running. It was all a distraction. This would give you the ability to get farther away from Jacob and anyone else who could get in trouble helping you. You knew it seemed stupid, but you weren’t letting anyone get beaten up for your decisions. You kept close to the darkness of the alleyways, hiding behind trash cans and overgrown brush whenever a car went by.
It had to be at least eight at night, and it was already dark. You knew it was dangerous, but for a fully trained girl with a combat knife, you would be fine. You kept speeding down the street, and then stopped. You heard voices. Familiar voices. Steve and Bucky voices. You dived into the closest alleyway, hiding behind a dumpster, just in time to see two figures walk down the sidewalk - right past where you had been standing moments before. Good thing they hadn’t seen you.
You silently thanked the darkness before sneaking out, making sure that the two super soldiers were a good distance away. Then you resumed your running like hell, just a lot quieter. You were about 100 feet away from Bucky and Steve when someone tackled you, jumping off the roof of a parked car that was lined up next to the sidewalk.
You kicked and struggled, using all your strength to push her off you. By then she had alerted the others, and now you could see Steve and Bucky charging towards you.
Time to go.
You ran as fast as you could. Man, you had to be beating some kind of world record, you could hear Steve, Bucky, and Natasha’s panting getting farther off. And then it happened. An arm reached out from a doorway. You were far enough away that the darkness had blanketed you once again. You grabbed it, hoping it wasn’t someone else that wanted to kill you or keep you hostage. The arm pulled you in the empty doorway, broken hinges the only sign that a door had once been there.
The person covered your mouth, and you waited in the shadows of the run-down building. You heard all three of the Avengers run past you, and sighed when the man finally let his hand off your mouth. You put your hands on your knees and let yourself pant. You could see the man’s figure and smell his scent - the faint trace of alcohol, the cigarettes, the same cologne he wore every day…
“Jacob? Jacob, god-damn it, what the fuck are you doing?” You scowled, because even though you knew he couldn’t see your face, you knew he could hear it in the tone of your voice.
“I could ask you the same thing,” he replied harshly. “Lower your voice.”
Your voice dropped to a whisper, but you made sure he could still hear the anger in it. “You son of a bitch, you’ll get in trouble for helping me! I ran for a reason!”
“I don’t care, May. I was just hanging out when I saw Steve and Bucky walk past, so I ran to the warehouse, and guess what was there - a phone, no May. So I ended up running out to see them heading into the warehouse. I thought that you were being kidnapped or raped or some shit, May. Don’t do that,” he sounded scared, almost. You knew he cared about you. “Look, tomorrow, we get the hell outta here, go get some new clothing and identities, and live a new life.”
“What about Matrix, though?” You asked hesitantly. Just hours before, he had been the one telling you not to give up on her.
“I may have been wrong,” Jacob muttered nervously. “Look at what just happened. You almost got caught. I can’t lose my favorite girl.”
He pulled you in, and you silently cried into his shirt.
“She didn’t almost get caught,” a voice from the doorway scared you, and soon two flashlights flickered on. One from Jacob and the other from Natasha, who had been the voice.
You hadn’t known who it was, and since you were so scared, you had thrown the knife at the doorway. It had missed Natasha by a hair, but it had hit the man standing next to her in the arm.
What the fuck… you thought. The man hadn’t even flinched.
“Uh… Buck, you have a little… uh… knife in your arm,” Steve said from the other side of the doorway.
“What- oh. That,” Bucky muttered, pulling the knife out. It had lodged itself in pretty well between the metal plating, but his super strength probably helped him pull it out.
“She’s coming with us.” Natasha informed a very upset Jacob.
“What the fuck?! No she’s not!” Jacob glared holes into Natasha. “She’s doing the right thing, and I’m not going to let you fuckers ruin it!”
Nat, Buck, and Steve just looked at each other before turning back to you and Jacob. Then Jacob looked at you.
“Promise me you won’t abandon me, no matter what’s about to happen,” Jacob asked you, desperation in his eyes.
“What… Jacob, what are you talking about-” Your eyes flew open and you jumped back. All the sudden, Jacob was holding - controlling was a more accurate way of explaining it - lightning?
“WHOA, WHAT THE FUCK?” Bucky cursed, jumping back. Nat and Steve also backed up a step.
(Yeah, I know this is Lincoln Campbell, not some guy named Jacob, but this was the most accurate picture of a guy with electricity powers I could find, gimme a break. LOL.)
“Stay away from her.” Jacob warned.
You gasped. What… what was he?
“Well, I guess my electric disks just went to shit,” Nat said, scowling.
All the sudden, Jacob turned the one large ball into three smaller ones, and threw them at the three Avengers. It only really took effect on Natasha, but it did phase the two super soldiers, giving you a chance to escape.
“Go,” Jacob said.
“But they’ll take you hostage-”
“GO!” Jacob yelled.
You weren’t about to mess with a guy who had lightning shooting out of his hands.
So you ran past the Avengers and down the street, going faster than you ever had before. You swore you heard Jacob screaming in pain as someone hit him, but you didn’t dare to look back. Jacob had always had a good heart. You knew that the only reason he had used his powers was so that you could get away. You knew he would turn himself in once he thought you were far enough away.
As you ran, you cried, tears flowing out behind you. Thank you, Jacob. You thought. Thank you for everything.