"I’ve heard of him." Alice said, taking a step closer, her feet silent against the ground. The dead made no sound. That’s what she had learnt.
"He’s bad right? Or was?"
"I’ve learned that ‘bad’ and ‘good’ labels all depend on who’s making them," he told the teenager, acknowledging her with a smile before his eyes skirted over the data on his screen again. "But yeah, I guess you could say he was bad news for us… Until he switched sides and became bad news for the other guys. That’s what Rogers says, anyways. I don’t know whether to believe him… That’s why I gotta find out for myself."
In reality, there were many more reasons for his research than this one.
"Well y’can tell that oversized Lucky Charm that I’ll consider it and promptly ignore that request." Cordelia chuckled. Striding to sit alongside Bruce, she started to pull up old ‘ghost stories’ of the Soldier.
"Y’not lookin’ fer scans or even crime activity." Her tone is completely different "Y’lookin’ fer things like massive traffic jams, pile-ups that make the papers."
When she pulls up the mission brief from Natasha in Odessa, there’s a report of a major pile up in the next day’s paper. “See?”
"Already have," Bruce replied as a wry grin stretched across his face. "You’re lucky that he’s… Well, a bit tamer than he once was." All things considered, his condition was more than merely ‘tame’ now; it was completely under his own control and all possibilities that it was a seperate entity had long been debunked. That didn’t stop him from poking fun at it as its own being, though. He’d gotten far enough with the Hulk, and with himself, to allow this kind of banter.
And thank god, really. Enough was enough.
He made a brief glance at Cordelia, who was walking closer, and edged over to allow her more room. With a correction of his glasses, he turned to the report again and looked through it. “I see. Kind of ironic how he can cause such a big fuss and still keep a low profile, huh?”
ARTIST: Imogen Heap TRACK: Wait It Out ALBUM: Ellipse PLAYS: 30
Are we just going to wait it out And sit here cold? We will be long gone by then and lackluster In dust we lay ‘round old magazines Fluorescent lighting sets the scene For all we could and should be being In the one life that we’ve got.
► Name ➔ Bruce Banner. ► Are you single ➔ Yeah. ► Are you happy ➔ Sometimes. ► Are you angry? ➔ I’m always angry perpetually. ► Are your parents still married ➔ No, they’re dead.
► ‘Birth’ Place ➔ Dayton, Ohio. ► Hair Color ➔ Dark brown. ► Eye Color ➔ Brown. ► Birthday ➔ December 18th, 1969. ► Gender ➔ Male. ► Summer or winter ➔ Winter. ► Morning or afternoon ➔ Morning.
EIGHT THINGS ABOUT YOUR LOVE LIFE
► Are you in love ➔ I was in love once. ► Do you believe in love at first sight ➔ Yeah. ► Who ended your last relationship ➔ We both agreed it was for the best. ► Have you ever broken someone’s heart ➔ I’d never doubt it for a second. ► Are you afraid of commitments ➔ Yes. Anyone with baggage like mine would be. ► Have you hugged someone within the last week? ➔ No. ► Have you ever had a secret admirer ➔ I like to think so, but… ► Have you ever broken your own heart? ➔ Yeah. Many times over.
► Love or lust ➔ Love. ► Lemonade or iced tea ➔ Iced tea. ► Cats or Dogs ➔ Cats. Don’t ask why. ► A few best friends or many regular friends ➔ A few best friends would be nice. ► Wild night out or romantic night in ➔ Romantic night in. ► Day or night ➔ Night.
FOUR HAVE YOU EVERS
► Been caught sneaking out ➔ Yes. ► Fallen down/up the stairs ➔ No. ► Wanted something/someone so badly it hurt? ➔ Plenty of times. ► Wanted to disappear ➔ …Yes.
► Do you and your family get along ➔ We did, most of the time. ► Would you say you have a “messed up life” ➔ That’s an understatement. ► Have you ever ran away from home ➔ No. ► Have you ever gotten kicked out ➔ No.
► Do you secretly hate one of your friends ➔ If I hate someone, they’re not a friend. ► Do you consider all of your friends good friends ➔ …Yes. ► Who is your best friend ➔ Tony Stark. ► Who knows everything about you ➔ Hopefully no one.
“James." Honestly, Jessica had remembered more than she had told him, but all of the memories she had of seeing him in HYDRA were memories where she was strapped to a chair, so she didn’t quite feel like reliving them.
"You’re not living life on the edge, Bruce. They don’t have as many cards on deck than you think. Plus, you’re probably smarter than them."
'Not living life on the edge.'
After everything that he’s been through, he’s shocked that someone would dare say this to him. He bites his lip to keep the revulsion from tainting his tongue, but when he finally speaks, it manages to show itself regardless. His voice is callous, stern with the weight of past experiences.
"Intellect can only get you so far before it turns on you, Jessica… Same with naivety. It’s happened to me once, but it will never happen again. Don’t lecture me about something you don’t understand."
"Some say he’s a myth, but I used to see him in HYDRA. Maybe if you were to hack into those files you’d find something. Steve talked about him a lot, but I can’t really remember his name. Started with a J I think."
"It’s ‘James’, I think… But I couldn’t tell you his last name. It’s unconventional, and it’s a pain in the ass to remember unless you write it down. Definitely no ‘Smith’ or ‘Jones’, that’s for sure.
"I’m not so sure hacking is in the cards right now. Digging through the files of a group that was planning to kill me? That doesn’t seem like the sharpest idea, you know?"