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Fic: Fitness Retreat

Fitness Retreat
By paburke
Cross: SGA and Avengers
Summary: fluff. Sequel to Working Vacation and Spa Getaway


It wasn’t that Natasha hadn’t been suspicious of their pilot. Simply put, she was better at hiding her suspicions than Steve and Clint. Also, Sheppard managed to divert her attentions with a cryptic note that was really a treasure hunt to a tall, built man that was the best sparring partner she had ever had outside of the Red Rooms. Sheppard sent her back to Ronon every time she needed it. At first, Natasha was worried that this stranger could read her better than Clint, her partner. Then she realized that Sheppard was reading Clint and gauging her needs off of her partner’s worry.

Natasha had to be impressed then. She couldn’t get into the pilot’s -or General O’Neill’s, if that really was his name- files any more than Clint could and Ronon was even more closed-mouth than Sheppard. (There was no paperwork anywhere for Ronon.) Natasha tried to use her feminine wiles to no avail. Ronon was in a committed relationship and couldn’t fathom straying. The spy wasn’t familiar with his culture and that was odd. (What culture accepted women as warriors but didn’t advocate/accept/expect infidelity?) It was obvious that both Sheppard and Ronon were waiting for something to begin again and were making the most of their break in schedules.

Sheppard’s mysterious group knew that Fury was trying to steal their colonel to be Avenger’s handler in Coulson’s place, but they weren’t worried. She wondered when Fury would realize that all of his attempts to woo Sheppard away from his invisible group and to the Avengers permanently would fail mightily. Natasha was too pragmatic to mourn what wouldn’t be, but if the Avengers had to have a handler other than Coulson, she would have accepted Sheppard.

They wouldn’t keep Sheppard for long, so Natasha would assist in his subtle team-building exercises. (She had to be impressed with the topical ointment ploy. Even she had lost some of her fear after watching Bruce bask in the pain relief.) She wasn’t sure if investigating the Sheppard/invisible base mystery was a team building exercise on Sheppard’s or Fury’s part, but it was working. She was pretty sure it was Fury’s since he had a long game concerning Sheppard and his CO. Still it was proving effective, as the team tossed possibilities and shared intelligence they had gathered during their down times. The mystery offered an excuse to seek each other out and have semi-meaningful conversation.

She would watch and wait and enjoy every sparring session Sheppard gifted to her. She would also add to her list of minimum requirements for the eventual Avengers Handler replacement. The Avengers would have high expectations for the future SHIELD employee.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 18th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I love this series!

(It's strange, though--when I click the vacation types tag, your series masterpost comes up even though it doesn't have that tag and even though this series isn't in the masterpost.)
Jan. 18th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
:) I'm starting to enjoy it.

The series masterpost is a sticky post. It'll show up every time you pick a tag. Don't know how many chapters there'll be so I won't put it up on the masterpost until it gets unwieldy.
Jan. 18th, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
It was nice to see Tasha thoughts, and creating a tall order for the next handler, poor schmuck!
Jan. 18th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I thought long and hard about her POV and yes the next handler will have to be impressive.
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