Ever heard of American Ninja Warrior? It airs on NBC. Imagine Steve going on a celebrity edition of that show and running the course. Maybe with a few of the others (Sam, Nat, Bucky?) running it as well?
Steve had agreed because
it was a celebrity charity edition of the show and he wasn’t about to turn down
an opportunity to help someone in need.
He hadn’t realized that
Rhodey was going to be his competition.
He hadn’t realized how excited
he was for it, either.
Sam and Natasha would be
competing against one another, and Bucky and Clint had decided that it was only
fair they take one another on while
dodging projectiles from one another.
Because heaven forbid there be a situation in which they aren’t trying
to one-up the other’s aim.
Steve finished the course
in record time (he was a little smug,
supersoldier serum notwithstanding).
Steve knew a lot about
Rhodey. That he was patient and kind and
had rock-solid boundaries and was fearless.
He had no idea that Rhodey was a
complete and utter badass when it came to American Ninja Warrior. He tied
Steve’s time. Without a serum. And he was
definitely older than Steve was. Kind
of. Depending upon how you calculated.
Point being Rhodey schooled him. Steve refused to accept that they’d
tied. He’d had the serum and Rhodey just
had his complete and utter incredible self.
He declared Rhodey the winner and wouldn’t hear otherwise.
Steve didn’t even know
until they were filming the award segment that Sam had beat Natasha and that
Bucky and Clint stalled out for three minutes throwing darts at one another
before scrambling ass-over-tea-kettle for the end of the course and they were still waiting to determine who’d won
based on a photo finish.