Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday Steve

Amelia Carter-Sousa smiled as she and the rest of the Avengers hid all over the common room in the New Avengers Facility. The young SHIELD Agent had managed to convince her godmother to get one Steve Rogers out of the facility for a few hours, so she and the rest of the Avengers could get the place ready. It didn't take long for Amy, Sam, Wanda, Nat, and even Laura Barton to get the place ready.

Amy had seen that Rhodey, Tony, and Clint were outside setting up the grill for dinner. She also spotted Dr. Jane Foster, Dr. Erik Selvig, and Darcy Lewis outside as well. Amy smiled at the sight of her friends, she had seen Vision help Wanda earlier with stringing a banner up. Peggy's youngest granddaughter had smiled at the obvious affection that the two shared with each other.

"Come on, Maria, all I want is to just take a shower. You had me working out harder, than the army did," Steve's voice moaned from the stairs.

"Honestly, Steve, one drink isn't going to hurt. Hell, you won't even get drunk from it," the group heard Maria reply.

Steve grumbled something unintelligible under his breath, "Why is it dark in here?"

"SURPRISE!!!" The group had shouted as the lights had flicked on.

Steve jumped in shock and stared in awe at the group of people around the room. His mouth hung open as he looked at the decorations and the friends.

"Oh, look we've made Capsicle speechless," Tony gleefully said as he rubbed his hands together.

"Uncle Tony," Amelia said in exasperation as she shook her head. "Be nice."

Tony merely stuck his tongue out in reply.

"You really don't have anything to say?" Nat asked Steve with a raised eyebrow and head tilt.

Steve opened and closed his mouth a couple of times, as he tried to compose himself. "I'm just... Wow, I didn't expect anyone to remember," he finally said.

"Of course, we remembered Steve. It's not everyday that America's Golden Boy turns 97," Clint said from just behind Nat, Nate was in his arms. He sent his friend a smile as he gently bounced the newborn up and down.

"How did you do all of this?" Steve asked as he looked around the room. He could see that the group had split into smaller groups.

"It was Amy's idea," Laura answered as she approached the group and plucked Nate from Clint's arms. She cuddled the newborn, as she looked at Steve with a soft smile. "She planned everything and made all of the calls to get everyone here."

Steve's blue eyes quickly searched for the petite brunette who looked so much like Peggy. He easily spotted her at the long table with the other Barton children, Lyla and Cooper. She had handed them both pieces of watermelon. She had a bright smile on her face as she gently swatted them over to one of the couches in the room. As if she realized that someone was staring at her, Amy looked up and met Steve's eyes. A flush of red colored the brunette's cheeks but she smiled.

America's hero excused himself from his friends and made his way towards the brilliant mind of the night. "So, you're the one who planned all of this?" he asked as he gestured around the room with his shoulders.

Amy sent him a guilty smile, as she peeked up at him through her lashes. "Yeah, I figured it would be fun to get everyone together to celebrate a birthday. Since, it seems like we're always on missions."

Steve nodded thoughtfully as he realized that she was right. He gently pulled the SHIELD Agent into his arms for a hug. "Thanks, Amy," he muttered as he held onto her.

Amy wrapped her arms around Steve, or as much as she could. She soothingly moved them up and down his back. She let him hold her a few seconds longer. "Come on, let's go outside," Amy said as she led him out towards the balcony door.

Steve followed along, he stopped in the doorway as he spotted someone. He easily recognized the head of white hair, that belonged to one Margaret Carter. Steve looked at Amy who stood just to his right, his expression was one that she could easily read.

"Nana wanted to see you. Go on, we'll be in here," Amy said as she gave her childhood hero a shove in the direction of where Peggy sat.

Amelia stepped back inside, once Steve had joined her Nana and sat down across from her. She closed the door and watched. Amy noticed the rest of the group slowly coming to the window to watch. They stood silently as they saw the unshed tears begin to gather in their leader's eyes.

Meanwhile, outside,  Steve sat down across from Peggy. "Hello, Peggy," he softly called out to gather his lost love's attention.

Peggy looked into his blue eyes and smiled. "Hello, Steve. Happy Birthday, Darling."

-xxx-

This is set on July 4, 2015 so just after Age of Ultron.

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