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Chapter 1

"We're all good on this end. The rest is up to you," Tony said as he flew though New York in his metal suit.
"You disconnected the transmission lines? Are we off the grid?" Lex Brooks asked, wanting to make sure everything was perfect. Lex of course was short for Alexis. Tony had stuck with the nickname throughout the year she had been his right hand man- er, woman. She was his Assistant/Friend/ a lab partner of some sort. She graduated from MIT with a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering. She helped Tony with his suit which fascinated her. Every chance he gave her to work with him on it she took without hesitation.
"Stark Tower is about to become a beacon of self-sustaining clean energy," Tony stated over the communication line.
"Well, assuming the arc reactor takes over and it actually works," Always the realist. There would be these points where Tony would think of completely outrages, yet brilliant ideas that seems so far stretched. Lex always threw her two-cents in there about the possibility of it failing, but he never listened. And when he proved her wrong he didn't fail to point it out. The two complimented each other. She kept him stable.
Tony had to force himself not to roll his eyes. This was all her idea, her work. She told him that if he allowed her, she could make Stark Tower run on nothing but clean self- sustaining energy. And she did. She was the smartest woman he knew, of course it would work. "I assume. Light her up."
Lex happily flipped the switch. "How does it look?"
"Like Christmas, but with more me." Tony heard her chuckle on the other end. It was true though. It had his name plastered on it.
"We've got to go wider on the public awareness campaign. You need to do some press. I'm in DC tomorrow, I'm working on the zoning for the next three buildings." Lex switched into Assistant mode thinking about what the fastest and most efficient way of getting this out there would be.
"Lex, you're killing me. Enjoy the moment, will ya?" Tony approached the tower and lowered himself onto his own personal landing pad. The communication line was dropped as he began to walk down the path in which he created to strip him of his Iron Man suit. He lost his helmet and then it began to work its way down.
As he continued down the path J.A.R.V.I.S spoke up through the com system. "Sir, Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the line." Lex's face went from a bright smile to a concerned and wary look. What did he want? Did he want Tony or was it her he wanted? Maybe both?
Great, just what he needed. To say the least S.H.I.E.L.D. was not his favorite organization. Sure he could put up with them, but he preferred not to."I'm not in. I'm actually out."
"Sir, I'm afraid he's insisting," J.A.R.V.I.S told him regretfully. She could only hear J.A.R.V.I.S.'s side of the conversation throughout the com system that ran through Tony's loft and by the sound of it Tony wanted Coulson here just as much as she did.
"Grow a spine J.A.R.V.I.S. I got a date," Well, not really. He wished it was. Lex was beautiful and smart and funny… almost a female version of him, but not quite.
As Tony came inside he headed for Lex who was looking over the system grid. She composed herself before Tony could get a look at her face. "Levels are holding steady, I think."
"Of course they are. I was directly involved," He said arrogant yet playfully. He reached Lex and gave her his infamous smirk. "Which brings me to my next question; how does it feel to be a genius? All this, came from you."
Lex sighed, of course she was smart, but she was no genius. "No, all this came from that," Lex tapped the arc reactor that was glowing brightly in his chest.
"Give yourself some credit. Please," Tony hated when she did this. She was brilliant and yet she refused to take any credit for her work. "Stark Tower is your baby. Give yourself 12% of the credit."
"12%?" She knew he was just toying with her now. She moved her dark brown hair out of her blue eyes as she walked away from Tony.
"An argument can be made for 15," If she didn't want to take the credit then he would make her want it. He followed her to the table that held champaign in celebration of their success.
"12%? My baby?" The first part she wasn't so sure about, but the send part was true. All her free time and energy went into Stark Tower. She needed something to keep her focus and keep her mind off her past and obsessing over the mechanics of the Iron Man suit and Stark Tower were her ways of doing it.
"Well, I did do all the heavy lifting. Literally, I lifted the heavy things. And, sorry, but the security snafu? That was on you."
Tony could see the look she was giving him and decided to change the subject. He grabbed the champaign and poured two glasses; one for her and one for him. "Im going to pay for that comment about percentages in some subtle way later, aren't I?"
"Not gonna be that subtle," She smirked as she took a sip of the expensive golden liquid. "I'm just saying that if your suit suddenly shoots silly string instead of lasers don't be surprised."
"Tell you what, the next building is going to say Brooks on the tower," He said trying to make it up to her.
"On the lease," Lex insisted. Tony cringed playfully.
"Eh, I'll have to get back to you on that one," Honestly he just might do it. She was after all his best friend at the moment. Over the past year no one had given him more support, put up with as much shit and done as much as she had. Natalie or Natasha, whichever it was, had picked Lex out of all people to be his assistant. She said the two would blend well and give Tony a 'lab playmate'. He was wary at first. Being an assistant was no MIT graduate's dream job, he knew that, but apparently to being his assistant was. He could see that being around all the futurist technology would be an opportunity most graduates would dream about. Of course it had been a little over ten years since she graduated from the school and he wondered what she did for those past year. All she said was that she worked with her brother, nothing more, nothing less. In turn though it all worked out for the best and they became friends through sarcastic batter and their love of engineering and science.
"Sir, the telephone. I'm afraid my protocols are being over ridden," J.A.R. managed to warn before the sound of Agent Couslon's voice filled the room.
"Mr. Stark, we need to talk," The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent stated. Tony rolled his eyes, irritated by the man's voice. Lex force herself to stay composed and keep her anxiety from being too obvious.
Tony picked up the translucent mobile phone and spoke into it, "You have reached the life model decoy of Tony Stark. Please leave a message-" Lex laughed at the uncooperative billionaire. She loved his sense of humor.
"This is urgent," Coulson interrupted.
"Then leave it urgently," Tony tried his best to get the point across that he wanted nothing to do with S.H.I.E.L.D., but they were persistent. As soon as Tony finished speaking the doors to the elevator opened and they were met with the face of Agent Phil Coulson who still had his phone up to his ear. The government agent immediately made eye contact with the familiar face of Alexis Brooks. It had been a year since he had see the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. She gave him a wary look, not because she didn't like him, because as a matter of fact she was good friends with the man, but because if he let slip that she used to worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. to Tony, she would be screwed. Tony didn't know and she didn't want him to know. She left S.H.I.E.L.D., wanting to start fresh and she did.
"Security breach. Its on you," Tony said, blaming Lex immediately.
"Mr. Stark," Coulson adressed Tony.
"Phil, come on in." Lex felt the need to act kindly to the man. He was her former boss after all. Plus, he was a nice guy. Just because she was no longer a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent didn't mean she couldn't know a few in her new life.
"Phil?" Why were they so cosy with each other? Tony didn't like it.
"I can't stay," Phil stated as he was greeted by the two as they approached him, champaign in hand. Phil looked over Alexis. It was strange seeing her in such casual clothing. Usually it was her black S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, now it was skinny jeans and a tight black v-neck, both of which hugged her athletic figure.
"His first name is 'Agent'," Tony pointed a finger at Phil as he came up next to Lex. Lex chuckled at his comment. To think that if he had known her when she worked alongside Phil he would have said the same thing abut her.
"We're celebrating. Come in." Tony still didn't like them being so friendly with each other. He wished he could say it was because of a professional matter, but it wasn't.
"Which is why he can't stay," Again, Tony making it clear he didn't want the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent here. Lex sent him a look, telling him to be nice. He plastered a fake cheesy smile on his face for a few brief seconds.
Agent Coulson ignored Tony's clear dislike of him being there and continued on with the task he was sent to do. "We need you to look over this as soon as possible," Agent Coulson went to hand Tony the device that contained all the information, but Tony didn't reach out to take it.
"I don't like being handed things," Tony shook his head patronizing the agent.
"That's fine because I love to be handed things. So, lets trade," With that Lex took the device in one hand and handed Agent Coulson her glass of champaign. Then she turned to Tony taking his glass and handing him the device. "Thank you," she said as she took a drink of his champaign. He gave her a look that practically said, 'Seriously?'.
He signed defeatedly, but he still aimed to give the agent a hard time. "Official consulting hours are from between 8 and 5 every other Thursday."
"This isn't a consultation," he stated simply.
"Is this about the Avengers?" Lex wanted to slap herself after the slip. Both men looked at her. "Which I know nothing about."
"Psh, The Avengers initiative was scrapped, I thought." Tony said walking away towards his computers. "And I didn't even qualify," Tony turned back towards them, now walking backwards.
"I didn't know that either." She earned a smile from Phil.
"Yeah, I'm apparently volatile, self-obsessed, don't play well with others," He stated matter of factly. He reached his computer, but didn't open the files right away.
"That I did know." Lex smiled as she looked between both men.
"This isn't about personality profiles anymore," the government agent said, not only informing Tony, but also Lex. As Tony looked at the format of the device, not yet opening it, Lex turned to Phil as he spoke in a hushed tone to her, trying to make sure the billionaire didn't overhear. "Fury needs you back."
"No way. Not gonna happen," Lex shot back quickly. She told Fury once she left she was gone, she wasn't going back.
"What are you two gossiping about?" Tony asked, facing them. Again this whole buddy-buddy thing between them was getting under his skin. What was so secretive that they had to whisper? Seriously, he would find out eventually.
"Oh, nothing. I was just letting her know that Agent Barton had been compromised at the early hours of this morning. He was one of our best." This information hit Lex like a thousand pound brick. Clint was compromised? What happened? Is he ok? He was all she had left.
"Whatever. Ms. Brooks, got a second?" Tony signaled her over. Lex composed herself and walked over to Tony. She saw Tony being to open the files of information, but she grabbed his hand to stop him, bringing his attention to her. She knew what was on that device and it was everything that she tried to hide from Tony. She had grown extremely fond of him and hoped to put the secret revealing back a little further. At least till she was out of the room.
"You know, I thought we we're having a moment," He joked.
"I was having 12% of a moment," Tony smirked and shook his head. "This seems pretty serious. Phil's pretty shaken."
"How would you know it is… Why is he 'Phil'?" Tony was being completely serious and Lex knew it, but she still tried to joke around with it.
"Is someone jealous?" She teased.
"I'm Tony Stark, I don't get jealous." Well, it was true, most of the time. Most of the time except now and whenever Lex had a date with someone that wasn't him.
"Well, Mr. Stark, I'm going to take the jet to DC tonight. You have a lot of homework,"
"What if I didn't?" Tony liked her company. He didn't want her to leave.
"But you do, so Phil will give me a lift to the airport," She looked over at Agent Couslon and he nodded. "And I'll seen you when I get back." She gave him a stern look, implying that was the end of the conversation. "Now get to work."
Tony watched her as she walked back to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, grabbing her sneakers before she entered the elevator. "Lex!" He shouted before the doors began to shut. "Fly safe," He was just able to catch her smile before the door closed.
With them gone he finally opened the files that 'Phil' had given to him. At first the small blue glowing cube caught his eye, but then it was caught by one of the action scene of one of the so called Avenger. It was of a woman. Her codename was 'Ace'. She was faced with a 5 on 1 situation, but she took all of the opposing forces out with ease. The next clip was of with her with a bow and arrow in her hand. Her aim was incredible, just like the man who's profile was next to her's. It was Alexis. No doubt abut it, but her last name didn't read Brooks, it read Barton. Barton? Where had he heard that name before? And then it hit him.
Agent Coulson had mentioned the name. An Agent by the name of Barton had been compromised, but he said 'he' not 'she'. It wasn't Alexis he had been talking about, but the man who's profile that was located next to her's; Clint Barton. Her brother.
Tony opened her file and began to read. Read all that she had hid from him. By the time he finished he felt betrayed, lied to, made a fool of. She hid all of this from him. She hid the fact that she was an assassin for god sake. She, her brother and Agent Romanoff were the best there was. It made sense that her codename was Ace. Ace meaning to be the best, and she was.
Tony just stared at the live action footage. This girl came into his life and became one of the people he could not live without. He shared everything with her. She became his anchor.
Now he wanted nothing to do with her.


This is my very first Avengers story and will probably be my only one. Its a Tony/OC one. Don't get me wrong I LOVE Tony/Pepper, I really do, but obviously for the sake for this story they won't be together. This story is going to go hand in hand with the movie the only difference being that my OC will be placed in there. For example, the first chapter is the first scene with Tony in the movie, except all the Pepper lines will be my character. Now, it many be a little boring the beginning, but It'll get better, I promise.

I apologize for any spelling errors a head of time.



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