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    So you're saying humans need fantasies to make life bearable?” Susan Sto Helit asked her grandfather on the TV screen.

    No. Humans need fantasy to be human,” said Death.

    Darcy couldn't say what alerted her to the fact that someone else was not to so much in the room as standing behind her and staring. Some part of her lizard-brain finally woke up and she turned slightly, saw a figure, jumped and flailed and went, “Augh!” like the totally smooth superhero sidekick she was.

    James Barnes winced.

    Just because Darcy was currently at Stark Tower was no reason to break her Christmas tradition of watching Hogfather. But this year, she gained company in the shape of a recovering former assassin.

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    Clint's waiting for her at the Waterloo Bus Depot and it's a damn shame she can't just pause everything and stare at him. She might get her heart to stop doing flips then.

    “C'mon, I'll take you home.”

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    The birds each had four legs, and each leg ended in a foot with four sharp claws, which altogether added up to a hell of a lot of claws because there were twelve birds and Danny was a lit-major who was up too damn early to use the calculator app on her phone.

    “This year is going to be fun.”

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    Regeneration is not without its downsides, and Natasha healing from a bullet through the shoulder in a number of hours raises a few important questions.

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    "You want me to change how I write?"

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    “Becky, can I come home?”

     

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    Every Sunday she could, the ninety-year-old Becky Barnes went to the Brooklyn Promenade to people-watch. Only this Sunday, she saw a ghost.

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    SUMMARY: He's sitting in a café in Russia's Far East when he sees her.

    [SET POST-CA2]

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    “I think we should stick together.”

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    Sooner or later, everyone's daemon settles.

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    She doesn't remember everything.

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    Grant doesn't spend a lot of time in his apartment. Too busy. He doesn't tend to bring people over, either. He gets some leave, he usually just wants to fall back on his bed and not think.

    Except this time, there is Melinda May.

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    Tauriel, no longer turning away.

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    “And what,” Tauriel said, giving him an amused glance, “has you looking so speculative?”

    “I, uh.” He grinned at her. “Had an idea. Would you come here?”

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    In the movies, g-men tend to have dog-daemons. And yeah, yeah, Skye's a hacktivst with a monkey-daemon, she understands all about image and usage of stereotypes in popular culture, but so sue her, okay, that's her point of reference.

     

    [set post-episode 102 "0-8-4"]

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    The chain was finer than she normally liked, but the pendent was nicely shiny with tiny crystals, and the shape...

    Natasha began to smile.

    [Natasha, and the origin of the arrow necklace]

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    A mysterious explosion leaves a number of SHIELD personnel, including Agent Romanoff, both injured and children again. Suddenly, the team has to deal with a highly trained and messed-up twelve-year-old Natalia Romanova; all Natasha wants is to go home.

    But neither finding a solution, or dealing with the fallout, is going to be easy.

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    In four separate universes, Agent (Natasha | Nikolai) Romanoff crashes at Agent (Clint | Chris) Barton's apartment to regroup after an unsettling mission.

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    “Not Romanova?” Coulson asks.

    (They've been calling her 'Natalia Romanova' for years.)

    “No,” she says.

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    When Lily is eighteen, she cuts her hair and joins the army. The British Army.

    The British Muggle Army.

    Despite what the gossip papers say, she leaves her wand at home. She's not a complete idiot.

    – –

    Oh, right.

    Maybe take a few steps back.

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    In which Natasha is ridiculously attractive when angry, Clint has plans to improve her bad day, pizza is used as bribery, sex is less important than banter, and being very married means knowing your spouse's body very well.

    (Written for the Porn Battle: Fiery Fourteen)

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