AN ~ time for another Framework Fic! I’m hopefully going to write some fun/funny ones sometime soon but for now the tension & angst remains! I was prompted:
“Jemma made a point to tell Daisy not to die in the framework bc it would mean actual death. … [What if] just as they’re about to head to the backdoor, something happens to Daisy that puts her in mortal peril?“
Contains: Romantic FS, Platonic Skimmons. Title is a Matrix reference.
Read on AO3 (~1700wd)
Red Pill, Blue Pill
Jemma wonders if perhaps they could have chosen a less shady-looking meeting place than a warehouse apparently wedged between a coffee shop and a fish and chip shop in the middle of nowhere. If nowhere is safe for them, since Aida knows all, perhaps they could have gone with a nice beach or something. Then again, she supposes with a metallic taste in her mouth, everyone meeting here has worse things to worry about than the location – like facing, and trusting, their enemies on the whim of two strangers.
One by one, they arrive; hesitant, but unable to shake the feeling that something has been wrong for a long while now, and determined to find out what. May has her arms crossed, passively studying the arriving faces with an almost aggressively blank expression. Coulson looks like he wants to make conversation with the next person he sees, just to release the tension, but he’s already tried with May and she didn’t respond. Eventually, Mack comes in too. He has a picture of Elena that Daisy had given him earlier – he even starts to talk to Coulson about it – but it’s clear that he doesn’t remember who she is; it’s like they’ve told him about a high school friend, or given him a vision or a dream. Then Mace comes in, the face of managerial enthusiasm as per usual, and it’s almost a relief that he still looks like the kind of person who would say something like a team that trusts is a team that triumphs. Less reassuring is the fact that he also looks like the kind of person who’s about to pick a fight with May and destroy this entire building.
Jemma steps forward.
“Hello everyone,” she greets. “I’m sure you’re wondering why we’ve brought you all here today.”