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The Elephant on the Plane

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2015

“SHIELD means harm to none of you,” Melinda says, trying to temper her voice, a task made oh-so-much-harder by Jiaying’s refusal to do the same.

“You can’t prove that, Agent May, and we have enough reason to doubt-”

“Mom, please,” Skye protests, and the fear in her voice is confirmation enough of ulterior motives. “They came to talk-”

“I asked for Agent Coulson, not for-”

May scoffs, but Phil interjects.

“If you want your husband to be here while we talk, it’s only fair for me to have May here.”

Jiaying sighs.

“Cal, Skye...can you step outside a moment?”