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13 April 2011 @ 10:55 pm
 
WHO: James Rogers, Hank McCoy, and OPEN to Avengers Mansion residents
WHERE: Avengers Mansion
WHEN: Tuesday
WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Hank invited James to stay at the mansion for a few days, James is lonely since Gerry left and agreed.
FORMAT: Para to start, then whatever


So many people James knew were gone. People he'd known only for a little will, people he'd worked with, and now Gerry, who had been his closest friend since he arrived here. He kept half expecting Gerry to just show up in his costume, but he knew better.

Barkdevil seemed to notice Gerry hadn't come home, and kept looking for him, and occasionally barking at James. James had no idea how to explain to Gerry's dog that he wasn't coming back any time soon.

This stay in the mansion was slightly better than his last, when he'd been covered in feathers. The change of scenery was nice, and Barkdevil enjoyed the extra space. James relaxed outside with Barkdevil, who was staring at the straps of his shield a little too intently for James' comfort.

"Don't even think about it. You have chew toys," James said, picking one up and throwing it for the dog.
 
 
 
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Hmm?bluepurrymuffin on April 14th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
Hank thought it might be rude to invite James to the mansion and be absent the whole time, so he decided it was time to pay a visit. Classes were out for the day, after all, so he had a bit of free time.

He spotted James out in the yard with the dog, and gave them a wave as he was still a little ways off. Even in New York, it was never hard to spot him from a distance.
James Rogers: 8Dcarrytheshield on April 14th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
Barkdevil saw Hank before James did, and began to live up to his name, barking at the stranger. James sat up, looked over, and waved.

"It's okay, Barkdevil. He's okay," James told the dog. He grabbed the shield and stood up, slipping it onto his back.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: What was I thinking?bluepurrymuffin on April 14th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
Hank noticed the dog with some wariness. They had a tendency to not get along with him too well. Who could imagine that occurring, him being a seven-foot-tall cat and all.

Nonetheless, he strode over the James and offered him an outstretched hand. "How are things at the mansion treating you?"
James Rogers: hah!carrytheshield on April 14th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
The dog whined a bit but accepted what James said. James shook Hank's hand and smiled up at him.

"It's quieter than I expected," James admitted, "Much quieter than if my team was living here." He missed them. And Gerry leaving made him miss them even more. "Being the only teenager is strange."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I find myself brimming with thoughts.bluepurrymuffin on April 15th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
He gave the dog a weak smile, hoping some sort of mutual respect might eventually develop. "Yes, I believe the only other we have on roster is Ms. Bishop, and she stays elsewhere."
James Rogers: you're not serious are you?carrytheshield on April 15th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
"Yeah. I haven't seen her, or spoken to her, since one of her teammates left," James said. He still thought it was weird that she was calling herself Hawkeye. It was just weird.

"I know there are other heroes closer to my age." Most of them were probably on their own or with a different group, though.

"How about you? How's work?"
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: So it would seem.bluepurrymuffin on April 16th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
"Somewhat busy the last week or so." He took off his glasses and wiped his eyes. "We've had a few of our own Ported out lately, so I've had to take up an extra class or two as we try to secure substitutes for the rest of the semester."

"Unfortunately, Powers Training isn't one you can expect a flatscan to be qualified to teach." Luckily for him though, it was the first class Hank had ever lead.
James Rogers: this is comfortablecarrytheshield on April 16th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
"That really sucks," James said. Then he paused. He was pretty sure he knew what the word meant in this context, but, "What's a flatscan?"

Teachers coming and going seemed like another hassle school brought. Not going was much simpler.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: How very interesting...bluepurrymuffin on April 16th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
He was always asked that. Maybe he should find a new term. "Baseline human. A native, in City terms."
James Rogers: dressed nicelycarrytheshield on April 17th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
"Someone without any powers," James said. That made sense, even if the word 'flatscan' itself didn't.

"I still haven't found my power, if I have one." It didn't really bother him, but he was told everyone here had a power.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Let me ask you...bluepurrymuffin on April 17th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
"Oh?" He scratched his chin, considering this for a moment. "I thought you'd mentioned something over the Network about teleporting?"
James Rogers: pic#102715037carrytheshield on April 17th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
"I can't teleport... I could make Gerry teleport to me, but he's gone now," James said, "I tried with other people, but it didn't work"
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Might I just add...bluepurrymuffin on April 17th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
"Some sort of rapport, perhaps? It sounds as though it at least has the potential to be a power, if it could be honed." Maybe through something like, I don't know, a Powers Training class...
James Rogers: You dorkcarrytheshield on April 19th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
"I've been just fine without a power, and Captain America didn't have one either," James was sure he didn't have a power, but he was equally certain he didn't need one either.

"How would I even go about honing it if I don't know if it's a power?"
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: (default)bluepurrymuffin on April 19th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
"If we began with the assumption that it is one, we can work from there. But you are right, Steve--" Wait.

There had always been something familiar about the cut of his jaw, but somehow the presence of the shield had always slipped past him. "Did you know Captain America, James?"
James Rogers: Wasn't listeningcarrytheshield on April 19th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
That wasn't a question James enjoyed answering, because Steve might still be alive in Hank's world.

"I was really young when he was killed. Too young to remember him," He answered.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: How disappointing!bluepurrymuffin on April 19th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
He'd only just gotten back, in fact, but Hank had yet to hear about it at that point. As far as he knew, he was still dead. "Well, he was a great man. Things weren't really the same afterward. But...how did you get his shield?"
James Rogers: you're not serious are you?carrytheshield on April 19th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
"It's a bit of a long story, but an evil robot called Iron Captain America was using it, and mine was destroyed in the fight against the Iron Avengers. I've been using this shield ever since," James explained. It was a little depressing to know his dad was dead where Hank was from too.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I find myself brimming with thoughts.bluepurrymuffin on April 19th, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
"Ah, a replica. Of course." It wouldn't be the real one, couldn't be. But... "What about the one you had before?"
James Rogers: Just walk awaycarrytheshield on April 19th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
James shook his head when Hank said it was a replica.

"No. It's not a replica. The real one had been gone for a while. I was using an energy shield Tony made, Iron Widow shot it out. It was an eventful fight," James said, running his hand along the edge of his father's shield.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Let's consider this.bluepurrymuffin on April 19th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
"So you're saying these Iron Avengers had it?" Well, that leads to the next obvious question. "But what were they?"
James Rogers: this is comfortablecarrytheshield on April 19th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
"Robots. Tony made them, but they weren't being used... I accidentally activated them." James still felt bad about that. He'd led Ultron right to their home.

"They were on our side at first, and Iron Captain America had a replica shield until they were all taken over and turned against us by Ultron."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Um.bluepurrymuffin on April 20th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
This whole story was beginning to leave him dizzy. "So, Ultron gave it the Real McCoy, then?"
James Rogers: Wasn't listeningcarrytheshield on April 20th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
James nodded. "I saw it when we invaded Ultron's citadel to rescue Tony, but I didn't have time to grab it then," He explained, and he realized he probably wasn't doing the best job explaining it.

"Most of the adult heroes were killed by Ultron. My team and I survived because Tony had us hidden for most of our lives. Pym was just a baby when we were taken to the secret base."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I find myself brimming with thoughts.bluepurrymuffin on April 20th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
A Pym? They were hidden by Tony? These all seemed to fit his suspicions. Might as well come out with it, then. "You're his son, aren't you?
James Rogers: Just walk awaycarrytheshield on April 20th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
There was a brief pause, and then James made the realization that Hank wasn't saying he was Tony's son. He nodded.

"I'm Captain America's son," James said.

Several of the Avengers had already figured out or been told. James wasn't going to lie about it. He was proud of his parents.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Big smile!bluepurrymuffin on April 20th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
He chuckled a bit. "Well, I can see the resemblance, come to think of it. Might've noticed it a while ago, really."

But that didn't answer everything. "So, who was your mother? Sharon?"
James Rogers: You dorkcarrytheshield on April 20th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
"Who's Sharon?" James asked curiously. Obviously, she wasn't his mother, but James wondered how close she was to his dad for Hank to ask.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: So it would seem.bluepurrymuffin on April 20th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
Well, I guess that answers the question. "She and Steve were...romantically involved for a time."
James Rogers: Wowcarrytheshield on April 20th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
That was really weird to hear. Not quite as bad as being told his mom was in the city and in a relationship, but weird.

"Oh," James didn't know what else there was to say about that, so he added, "My mother is the Black Widow."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I don't understand.bluepurrymuffin on April 20th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
Oh. Well, no real way to make that any less awkward, given her relationship with Bucky.

"...Does she know this?"
James Rogers: Wasn't listeningcarrytheshield on April 20th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
James didn't really want to talk about his mom. He still wasn't certain what to think about the version of her here. She was his mom, but... at the same time, this Black Widow couldn't be.

It wasn't fair to her to expect her to be his mom, but James couldn't help but hope he'd have the chance to spend time with her, to talk to her. Couldn't help but hope to get to know his mom, if there was any way at all this Natasha was like his mom.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: What was I thinking?bluepurrymuffin on April 20th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hank just stood there a moment as the silence thickened. It spoke volumes. "...I'll take that as a no."
James Rogerscarrytheshield on April 20th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
"She does, but... I don't think she's my mom. I don't think she wants to be. It's complicated."

James didn't unerstand her, didn't really know much about her, either. "I've only seen her a couple times."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Might I just add...bluepurrymuffin on April 21st, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
"It's possible we may be dealing with separate universes here." Really never could tell in a place like this.