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Grocery Adventures

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It was a fairly typical SHIELD kidnapping, though the trio involved did not yet know it. They were at the grocery store again, all three of them, because the first time they need groceries after stalking that couple, they decide to go together. Natasha had insisted.

“I just have a feeling,” she had said.

But the grocery trip itself was uneventful. Now they are in the parking lot of the grocery store, loading their groceries into their trunk when a van pulls up behind them.

Sam feels something on his neck. “Oh hell no,” he swears. But before he can even turn around, his world turns to darkness.

 

 

Sam wakes up in an unfamiliar location. He blinks, eyes adjusting. He looks around. Steve and Natasha are on his either side, Steve looking concerned and Natasha decidedly less so. Across from them, staring with some amusement, are two woman, including the woman from the grocery store the other day.

“Something funny?” Steve asks.

“So many things,” says the grocery store lady.

“You just kidnapped us?” Sam says incredulously. They just kidnapped three Avengers- one an assassin, one a super solider, and he himself is no slouch- and they were standing there, smirking at them?

“We have some experience with that,” the grocery store lady states dryly.

“SHIELD,” says Nat knowingly. Apparently she knew something he didn’t.

Sam looks at her in question.

Nat shrugs, “This is fairly typical of them.”

“Comforting,” Sam mutters sarcastically. A secret government agency that liked to kidnap people, and, last he checked, was still way too intertwined with Nazis for his comfort.

“Wait,” Steve cuts in. “The last I heard of SHIELD was saving Chicago from that rogue general.”

Sam remembers that. The rumors were that someone had sent the dude flying into space. He’s not sure he believes it. “No one got a good look at who it was who did it. All the cameras were mysteriously cut out at that time. Not even any cell phone footage made the web.” Sam looks pointedly at the woman as he says it.

She smiles mysteriously, “That’s odd.”

Steve clears his throat, “You know, some people think there’s a SHIELD base on the moon.”

They all look at him incredulously but Steve just looks back impassively. Nat catches Sam’s eye and he inclines his head a fraction. They needed to do a refresher course on internet competency.

The other woman speaks up. “Well, not the moon, and not a base so much as a, spaceship.”

“Come again?” says Nat.

“SHIELD is in space?” Steve blurts out.

“And while we're at it, who are you?” chimes in Sam, exasperated.

The woman from the grocery store smiles, “My name is Daisy. And that’s Kora, my sister. Now come on, there’s someone you should meet.”

 

They follow her down a dingy dimly lit corridor. Did SHIELD not have the budget for better lighting fixtures? They turn into a large open room that seemed to be some kind of common area. It’s empty except for a man. The man from the grocery store. 

“Hi there,” he says brightly. “Daniel Sousa.” Sam groans internally.

“I knew it!” Steve exclaims. They all turn to look at him and he blushes sightly. “Sorry, uh. I’m Steve, Rodgers.”

The man, Sousa, smiles. “Yeah, I know. Peggy spoke very highly of you.”

Steve smiles back, a connection passing between the two men. The kind that soldiers share when they are remembering a fallen loved one. “I gotta admit,” Steve says, “I was surprised to see you’re not dead. Glad, but, surprised.”

“I was taken by surprise too,” Sousa says mysteriously, exchanging a smile with the woman, Daisy, who smirks back at him.

Sam just shakes his head. Damn, these people were weird.

“So,” Sousa says, looking around at them all. “You’ve already met Daisy and Kora.”

“Met is one way of putting it,” says Nat under her breath. Sam snorts.

Unperturbed Sousa continues, “We’re the-”

“Don’t say it-” Daisy begs.

“Astro Ambassadors,” Sousa finishes with a broad smile.

“Ambassadors? How often does that work out for you?” Sam asks skeptically. If kidnapping was their go to move for a conversation he was somehow doubting their ambassador skillset.

“Not nearly as often as the Director would like,” Daisy says.

“Director?” Nat prompts.

“He’ll be here any minute,” Sousa says. “He’s just, um, talking with someone.”

“He’s still freaking out?” Daisy asks him in a quiet voice.

“He’s self conscious.”

Kora chimes in, “I thought he was over his existential crisis and self loathing stage.”

“Kora,” Sousa chastises but Daisy laughs.

“It comes and goes,” she explains.

Steve clears his throat. “Sorry to, interrupt, this.” He gestures with his hand at the ‘Astro Ambassadors’. “But can we go back to the part where he’s alive.” Steve jerks his head towards Sousa.

Kora shrugs. “Time travel.”

“Right, just some casual time travel,” says Sam. This was ridiculous.

“He’s not from this timeline,” Kora says, as though that explains everything. “Neither am I. In this timeline, we are dead.”

They all stare at her uncomprehendingly. Alternate timelines? They were just gonna casually drop the existence of alternate timelines on them and act like it was no big deal? What was wrong with SHIELD?

“The Director will debrief you,” Daisy reassures him.

Nat gives Sam a look like just go with it. He glances at Steve who just shakes his head. Sam sighs. Fine. He will just go with it. But he wants answers. Alternate timelines? Maybe SHIELD really does have a base on the moon. 

They stand around a bit uncomfortably for a moment. Then Steve suddenly says cheerily, “Looks like someone owes me twenty dollars.”

“What’s with everyone betting on us?” Daisy mutters in the background.

“I don’t think we do actually,” Nat says playfully.

“What? I said time traveling superheroes.”

“And I said undercover spies. They’re SHIELD agents, so technically…”

“No no no. That does not count.”

Natasha shoots a smirk at Sam, who, catching on, says, “I said couple in love and they clearly are.” He gestures to the pair in question who have started their own side conversation. Something about different bets being placed. Kora looks back and forth between the two groups with amusement.

Steve lets out a long deep exasperated sigh.

 

 

After the initial introductions, the group splits off into different conversations. Daisy steps back and lets the other talk. Daniel and Steve start talking and she can hear ‘Peggy and Angie together’. She’s glad they’re doing this. It will be nice for Daniel to get some closure. And to talk to someone else who remembers Peggy and remembers life in his time period. Daisy knows he likes it here, but she also knows it can get a bit lonely, being the only one.

After a while Kora starts to get impatient. “I’m gonna go check on them,” she says.

“Be nice,” Daisy calls after her.

“I’m nice.”

“Umm hmm.”

 

A moment later, Natasha sidles up next to her. “So, Quake,” she says casually.

Daisy looks over at her, startled. “You know who I am?” she says surprised. Natasha had made no sign of recognition earlier, though of course she could hide it if she wanted.

Natasha just raises her shoulder in a little shrug. “I recognized your photo, and SHIELD is…SHIELD.” Daisy laughs at that. She’s not wrong. Natasha continues. “So I figured Steve was right. I just wanted to mess with him.”

There is a fondness in her voice, and closeness between the three of them that Daisy can recognize. “You must be close, all that time on the run.”

Natasha nods. “Yeah. Like, family.”

Daisy looks at her then says lightly, “It’s weird right, family?”

Natasha smiles softly. “It’s a good weird though.”

 

“They’re coming,” Kora announces, returning to the room.

“No more surprises,” says Sam.

“Well, one more surprise,” Daisy says with a grin.

Because out of the shadows, steps a very dramatic Mack in a long trench coat. And beside him-

“Phil Coulson?”