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16 May 2012 @ 06:03 pm
Fic: And Time Yet  
(Okay, in case I forget can we just take it as read that anything Avengers related in my journal comes with spoilers, because I'm not used to this being part of a shiny new fandom. My head is so full of this film that I get confused when I realise that it's only been out here in the UK for just over a week. It is a space-time issue *nods*.)

Title: And Time Yet
Rating/Warnings: PG13
Length: 885 words
Summary: from Stark Tower to shawarma.
Author Note: Title from The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T S Elliot, shawarma picture that partly inspired this fic is at the end, spoilers for The Avengers film.

And Time Yet

Natasha finds Clint on the pinnacle of Stark Tower, crouching at the edge and aiming his single remaining arrow at a number of targets below, shifting his position repeatedly and favouring his left leg. She strolls over to sit next to him with her feet dangling over the brink. She doesn’t bother making any noise to alert him and he doesn’t bother acknowledging her; each of them is already aware of the other and equally aware that the other is aware of them.

Following his line of sight she can see Stark on the balcony underneath them demonstrating some device that removes his armour to Bruce. Thor joins them, which means that SHEILD must finally have shown up to take Loki (and Selvig probably) away, relieving Thor of bad guy minding duty. Steve follows, dropping one hand onto Thor’s shoulder and then letting it fall.

“I do not like leaving my brother with those people,” says Thor, his booming voice easily reaching Natasha’s ears despite the distance.

She reads Stark’s lips as he replies with words to the effect that none of them are happy about it, but that Loki should have too much of a headache to cause much trouble for the time it takes Thor to have something to eat, and then Steve and Stark apparently offer to help Loki on his way back to Asgard. Something about the cube needing to be beyond temptation (Steve) and something about eternal, mythic punishment (Stark).

“We would not be so cruel,” Thor states, but he smiles and his posture is less dejected.

Next to her Clint aims at each of them in turn, over and over.

He could easily take out Stark, who’s all too human and vulnerable without the suit. She suspects that the super solider serum would allow Steve to move out of the way in time, but he seems tired and if he were hit even the serum probably wouldn’t cure an arrow to the head. She’s checked the Hellicarrier footage for anything that shows Loki, so she’s seen him telling Thor that he can be killed, but she wouldn’t place a bet on a simple pointy object doing the trick.

Bruce, she knows, would be fine. It’s Clint who wouldn’t be, once the other guy came out to play.

Clint turns and the tip of an arrow brushes Natasha’s hair back from her face. For a moment, with an arrow at her temple and air beneath her feet, something inside her settles, stills, and Natasha closes her eyes to savour it.

Then Clint lowers his bow and she opens her eyes to watch him in her peripheral vision as he relaxes the string.

“We’re going for shawarma,” she tells him.

Clint raises his eyebrows.

“Well, we do need to eat and the Captain says we kind of owe Stark.”

“I reckon it’s Tony who owes Steve for not ordering that portal closed long before his metal ass had a chance to fall back through it,” says Clint, reaching back to slot the arrow in his quiver.

“Steve can chose where we eat next time then.”

“Next time?”

Natasha tilts her head to look at him properly and she’s not entirely sure what he sees on her face, because he always seems to see more than what she shows to the world, but he lets out a quiet sigh and says, “So, Avengers Initiative.”

“Shawarma,” she repeats, but she knows what he means.

They go for food, walking through destruction to get there and being stared at the whole way, which Natasha blames on their uniforms. Bruce is wearing normal clothes, but he’s filthy and his outfit looks as borrowed as it is. Tony, in his own clothes, that were dirt (if not sweat) free beneath the suit, wouldn’t stick out if only he weren’t Tony Stark. Steve looks the least uncomfortable about the eyes on them and Clint the most, neither of which surprises her.

She’d like to have changed into something less conspicuous and a shower would be fantastic, but right now she just wants to be away from SHIELD and everyone else, and she suspects that the others feel the same.

Steve and Thor eat more than Natasha thought humanly possible, but then neither of them are exactly human, and it’s not like the rest of them spare any breath for talking. Even Tony is quieter than she’s ever experienced. Steve keeps a hand up to cover his mouth, trying to hide how much he’s yawning, and she’s pretty sure that Bruce meant to put salt on his pita instead of sugar.

Clint shifts sideways on his seat, trying to find some room to stretch out his left leg, and Natasha moves forward, creating space behind her, before leaning down and lifting his leg up onto her chair. She doesn’t look at him, because she doesn’t need to, instead focussing on Tony across the table and arming herself with a glare for his inevitable comments (and anybody else’s for that matter), but Tony still doesn’t say anything and doesn’t seem to have noticed with his head tilted back, staring at the ceiling.

Natasha turns a little, pressing her leg firmly against Clint’s, eats her shawarma, and tries to pretend that this isn’t the most relaxed she’s felt in years.

Author Note 2: Partly inspired by this still from the second extra scene at the end of the film, picture from celebutopia.net, for those of us outside the US:

feeling: sleepysleepy
workerbee73 on May 16th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love this little insight into all of the characters and especially into our lovely assassins. And God, I love that shawarma scene. Thanks for writing this. :)
inkvoices: avengers:shawarmainkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was all 'if I don't get to see the shawarma scene it's getting written!' and when I searched for the footage I loved the little fact that Clint has his foot up on Natasha's chair (and she hasn't killed him for it) *grins*.
Rosemerryrosemerry on May 16th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I love this!! :)
inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
c.alwaysenduphere on May 16th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
warm fuzzies, this fic gives me them.
inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, glad you enjoyed it :)
Meckerziege: gold stargelbes_gilatier on May 16th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
<3 Team!fic FTW! Moaaaaah, please! :D

Also, I'm so jealous of the people who got the US version. I'd love to have seen that on the big screen, too. God, I can't stop staring at Clint and Natasha in that pic and your fic is my head canon for its background now. You FTW! :D
inkvoices: avengers:shawarmainkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I love ensembles! (This fandom hits all my buttons *grins*)

I know! I've hunted down footage. It's naff, but here if you want to see it. It's just them sitting around silently eating, but still. If I didn't get it on the screen it had to be written! Someone somewhere (sorry, i've read too many reviews lol) that it was a sign of how close they were that Nat didn't kill Clint for putting his foot up on her chair and my brain went 'he wouldn't, but she put it there' :D
A completely happy writer: Marvel - Natasha/Clintlar_laughs on May 17th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
What a most excellent inbetween scene! I love the lead up to the Shawarma scene and then the nod to the way the two are sitting. Great job!
inkvoices: avengers:hawkeye and black widowinkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :D
Lennieerwneofive on May 17th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Loved it! Clint was absolutely perfect.
inkvoices: avengers:hawkeyeinkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanking you :D
sugar_fey: avengers: hawkeye/black widow collagesugar_fey on May 17th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
You wrote Clint/Natasha fic! *twirls you* WELCOME TO THE MADHOUSE, MY DEAR!

I like this! Lots of insight into the characters, the shawarma scene especially. It made me giggle and want to give all of them a big hug (poor Bruce, putting sugar on his pita!). And I like how you described Natasha lifting up Clint's leg onto her chair. It felt very organic and true to the characters.

My favourite part though has to be Natasha lip reading, because it's such a small reference but so her.
inkvoices: avengers:love is for childreninkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanking you! *dance time* I like the madhouse. It has lovely people and pretty pictures :D

Someone somewhere (sorry, read too many reviews!) that it was telling that Nat hadn't killed Clint for putting his foot up on her chair and my brain went 'because he didn't; she did' :D I try to add as many little things into fics as possible, so I'm glad you liked them. (Natasha can speak many languages, including some sign language, and lip read and on the odd occasion where she's been too injured to go out on missons Fury has her doing long-distance surveillance and translation...)
sugar_feysugar_fey on May 17th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
Also, the title of my next fic is from Prufrock. Great minds think alike, I guess!
inkvoicesinkvoices on May 17th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ha :D Any title that I think of and then think 'oh, nice' is inevitably from a poem or is a song lyric, even if I don't realise it until ages later and think, 'oops, should have disclaimer-ed', heh.
sweetwatersong: [avengers] blackhawk smilessweetwatersong on May 22nd, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
What I love most about this fic, beyond how simply you show the relationship between Natasha and Clint, is that it seems like a moment in time. I almost feel that it's not trying to say anything profound or fix any of their broken pieces... and yet manages to, just a little. And the moment with the arrow at her forehead - again, simple but powerful. What a wonderful story. :)
inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on May 23rd, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, such a lovely review *snuggles it*. Thank you! That was what I was trying to do :D
Jamie: Bartonmadjm on May 25th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this! The first time I saw the movie, I didn't stick around for this scene, so I had to make sure I did the second time, and it was awesome. I love the Clint/Nat feel and just the overall teamness of it.

Loved this, because, yeah, it's so much more than a meal: “Shawarma,” she repeats, but she knows what he means.

And I'm using one of your icons in honor of how much I like the fic. LOL.
inkvoices: avengers:shawarmainkvoices on May 26th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We didn't get it in the UK, but I've seen some (naff) footage online and had discriptions off people and I love it that they actually went for shawarma. Yep, it's voluntarily spending time with each other, no world saving required, without anyone making them or asking them to, and when they probably really should be off being debriefed or dealing with Loki or many other things. I'm glad you think I managed to get that right in the fic :)

Haha, thank you! :D Have a shawarma one in reply. Team shawarma! *grins*.
Jamiemadjm on May 26th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Shawarma! *loves*
a dull creature: avengers: girl on fireheartequals on May 26th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
This is great! I love the way you write these two, how quiet and familiar their relationship is. I want more!
inkvoices: avengers:tasha & clintinkvoices on May 26th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! That was the way I saw it in the film, so I'm glad I managed to get the style right. More? You're on be_compromised, right? Lots more there ;) From me? Hopefully!
Random Wonderings of a Curious Girlbook_junkie007 on May 28th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
I loved this. I insisted on staying all the way to the end of the film, even though my boyfriend thought there was just the one extra scene.

I adore this quiet moment, both written and in the film. There's so many other things they could be doing, yet they're eating together as a team, as a family. It warms my heart. :)
inkvoices: avengers:shawarmainkvoices on May 28th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Heh, if I'm at the cinema with my other half I make him stay until the very end, extra scenes or not, because I want to be there for the whole thing, you know? Also, I like reading the cast list in the credits and listening to the music :)

There's so many other things they could be doing. Exactly! And yet here they are, eating shwarma, because Tony said he fancied it and hey, they should probably eat anyway, right? Love it.