I heard it’s Mermay, so I wrote shieldshock with mermaid!Darcy
Steve was sad to admit he being beaten to a pulp. By a giant crab, nonetheless. Being the only one of the team unable to either fly or stealth away from a precarious situation came with some negative sides he usually was able to work around or avoid altogether, but today was not that day.
He could barely take a breath in the crab’s pincer while the rest were fighting it and its minions. Because of course it had minions.
“I’m off seafood for the rest of my life after this,” Clint was complaining on the comm.
“Meanwhile we’ll have some ground Cap to eat,” Tony added.
“Less talking, more saving please,” Steve grunted.
“I believe this crab is infuriated with your patriotism,” Thor said.
Tony laughed. “FRIDAY, please keep a record of this conversation. For science purposes.”
Hulk took that moment to punch the crab. Hard. With Steve still in his pincer. The crab made a high pitched noise as it was thrown back in the water, and Steve could only take his breath before he was submerged. Its grasp loosened, and he used all his strength to get away before it tightened again.
His uniform caught on something, but he continued and ignored the ripping sound while he swam as fast as possible back to the surface. The murky water stung his eyes and made it hard to evade the crab’s minions when they decided to join their master. He could normally hold his breath for a few minutes, but “normally” didn’t include a dozen of small creatures pinching and weighting him down. He used his shield to let some go but quickly lost it to some tenacious little crab with death in its tiny, beady eyes. This was not good, Steve thought as his lungs were beginning to seriously protest. His comm was completely dead at this point. But he could hear singing?
Yes, he definitely could hear someone, a woman, sing as his vision darkened. It didn’t make sense, the singing was right beside him… was his last thought.
And then there was the dark.