Clint had seen the quinjet coming from the east long before he had any idea who was on board. He hoped it was Natasha, just wanting a visit with her family, rather then Fury telling him another part of the world was on fire and wouldn't he please be unretired? Nat would be welcomed as long as it wasn't business.

He picked up his radio to try to get ahold of whoever it was before they landed. "This is Hawkeye, over. Who's coming in?" silence for a few long moments.

"Clint, it's me. Bruce and I thought it'd be fun to surprise you guys." Natasha's voice crackled over the radio.

"Sounds great. ETA?" Clint was immediately suspicious. Surprises were not Natasha's thing and he still wasn't entirely sure about the thing with Bruce but as she told him the last time he'd said anything, she was a big girl and could make her own decisions. Since he was quite positive she could kick his butt, he'd backed off and shut up. She knew where to find him if she needed him.

"I'm thinking twenty minutes we'll be at the front door." Even over the radio, Natasha's voice sounded off to Clint. He wondered what this surprise visit was about as he walked downstairs to tell Laura and the kids.

"Hey, guys, got a surprise for you!" he said to them.

Cooper never looked up from his video game but Lila ran right over to her dad, "What is it, what is it?"

"Auntie Nat will be here in twenty minutes!"

"Yay, yay, yay!" Lila did a little dance and ran out to the porch to wait.

"That's unusual for Nat, not to call first." Laura remarked when Clint sat down next to her on the couch. "I mean, she's family, she doesn't have to call, she just always does."

"Yeah. I don't know. She just said she and Bruce thought it'd be fun to surprise us."

"Bruce has been good for her. She needed someone." Laura adjusted the baby in her arms.

"She had us!" Clint protested.

"Still does. But she needs more then just this."

"Still don't entirely understand the whole thing. Seriously, Nat picks Banner? Makes no sense." he shook his head.

"You don't have to understand. You just have to continue being her best friend like you always have." Laura told him, for what felt like the thousandth time. Sometimes she felt like she really had four children instead of three. "But tell her to bring Bruce when she and Wanda come for Christmas."

"You keep inviting everyone, we're going to need a bigger house." Clint joked.

"This time, there's enough beds. Nat and Bruce in her room, Wanda can have the smaller guestroom or the den, whichever she wants. Unless she's bringing someone too, then it's definitely the guestroom." Laura began planning out loud, even though Christmas was still months away.

" She's not. Let's just get through this visit, this very strange surprise visit before we start planning holidays. " Clint didn't even want to consider Wanda bringing anyone, she was a kid so far as he was concerned.

Just then Lila's happy screaming filled the living room from the porch." She's here, she's here. Auntie Nat is here! " her boots pounded down the porch steps with thudding sounds as she ran to meet Natasha and Bruce.

"Guess we're about to find out," Laura stood up and moved to put the baby Nathaniel in his playpen.

Bruce lowered the back hatch of the quinjet and picked up the two duffels. He was not quite comfortable with the idea of spending a weekend at the Bartons, he didn't know them very well, but had resigned himself to the fact if he wanted Natasha, he got her family too. He spotted a pigtailed little girl, Lola? Lily? Lila!, running towards them.

"Auntie Nat, Auntie Nat!" Lila was shouting. She came to a sudden halt as she saw Bruce. "I didn't know you were coming too." she said. "Daddy didn't say."

Bruce opened his mouth to answer and Natasha stopped him. "This is Bruce. He's my friend so I brought him to visit with everyone."

"Okay." Lila shrugged. Grown ups were weird sometimes. Like she didn't know Auntie Nat really meant this was her boyfriend? "Your room is ready like always."

"That's good." Natasha hugged the little girl tightly. "Now, is everyone home today or just you and your dad?"

"Everybody's here. Even Cooper." Lila skipped slightly ahead of the couple.

"You have your own room here?" Bruce whispered. He didn't remember that bit of information from their little pitstop the last time.

"Have for years." she whispered back. "It's the one place in the world I'm just cool Auntie Nat, I don't have to be anyone or anything. Clint and Laura already know everything and the kids don't need to."

"Laura has that kind of clearance?" Bruce was skeptical.

"I have no idea what kind of clearance she has. She needed to know, I told her."

He nodded in acknowledgment. It made sense to him. Natasha let her walls down for very few people in the world, and if Laura was one of them, then he was sure she was someone worth knowing.

They approached the house and Lila threw open the door, slamming it into the wall.

"Lila Edith, how many times do I have to tell you not to slam the door like that?" Clint came outside.

"But Auntie Nat is here! And she brought a friend!" Lila leaned close to her dad, "She thinks I don't know it's her boyfriend."

Clint stifled a laugh. There wasn't much a person could get past Lila. "That would be because it's none of your business."

Lila shrugged and continued to skip into the house. She was sure she was right anyway.

"So, a surprise visit, huh?" Laura walked out to greet them. "That's great! You'll have to at least stay for dinner this time. Maybe over night? Your room is ready but if Bruce would rather his own, then the other guest room is yours." Laura chose to not assume they'd want to stay in the same room although she thought they probably would.

" That's what Lila was saying. " Natasha gave her a hug too." I think we'll stay til around after lunch tomorrow? " she glanced over at Bruce, who seemed a little out of place.

"Sounds good if that's what you want to do." He wondered what exactly her plans were.

"Wonderful! Now, we were just going to order pizza for dinner, it's not fancy but is that all right?" Laura led them all into the house. "Clint will have to go to town to get it, they won't deliver it out here."

"Oh, I should have given you warning, we could have gotten it and brought it in with us." Natasha was thinking, however, that the pizza run would give her the perfect opportunity to talk to Clint without everyone else. "But I'll go with you, Clint, if you don't mind."

Clint gave her a long odd stare before simply saying, "Okay."

Bruce carried the bags upstairs, following Laura as she led the way. "Now this is Nat's room, if you want to put the bags in there."

"It's a good place as any. She'll probably want to stay in here anyway." Bruce was slightly shocked at the familiarity of the room. It was much more personal then Natasha's quarters at the compound. Here were photos, most of her and the Barton children, and nicknacks from around the world, even a stuffed bear on the bed.

Laura caught him looking a little too long at that bear. "Cooper won that for her at the school fair a few years back. I'm not sure she's really the teddy bear type but she keeps it on display for him."

"She really loves those kids, doesn't she?" Bruce hadn't ever seen this side of Natasha before only glimpses when she talked about the Barton kids, which was rare since their official existence was off books and known to only a few.

"She does. I think she sees them as the kids she'll never have, to tell you the truth. It's a shame, because Nat's such a mothering type although you'd never guess it." Laura had been skeptical at first, a former KGB assassin being around her kids, but in time Natasha had won her over. As far as anyone was concerned, Auntie Nat was family through and through.

" Yes. She does like kids. Especially these kids. I think half of what she packed was for them." Bruce unzipped a bag to show Laura the toys and treats inside.

Laura shook her head. "Every damn time. I tell her she doesn't need to do that but she does it anyway. After dinner, that's when they can have the treats."

He rezipped the bag, closing up the goodies from prying eyes. "I'm sure that's going to be a big event."

"Most likely. Nat usually makes a game out of it. Come on downstairs whenever you like, I'll give you a proper introduction to the gang, make yourself at home. Clint and Nat shouldn't be too long in getting the pizza." she turned to leave but turned back. "Although that depends on what she flew all the way out here at the last minute to tell him about. You wouldn't know anything about it, would you?"

Clint drove the truck over the dirt roads to the main highway to town. Natasha sat silently next to him, suddenly very unsure of what to say and how to say it. She did not like this feeling. He turned down another dirt road, which startled her. "Clint, this isn't the way to town."

"No, it's the way to you telling me what the hell is going on. This isn't like you, to suddenly show up and drag Banner along too. You guys didn't get married or anything, did you? Because I fully expect to be invited if you do." He kept his eyes on the road.

" No, we didn't get married. No plans for that. " Natasha played with her bracelet, a dead giveaway for nervousness and she knew it but this was a safe place with her most trusted friend." I do have something to tell you though. "

The truck came to a shuddering stop. Clint cursed the brakes and turned to her. "Whatever it is, it's got you scared."

"I'm not scared." she protested.

He reached over and put his larger hand over her smaller fidgeting hand. "Tell me."

"I don't know how."

"One word at a time. We've got time. Laura and the kids won't expect us back for a bit. She knows something is up." Clint reassured her.

"All right." Natasha took a deep breath. "I know that this shouldn't be possible but it is. Bruce ran several tests and they're all positive. He doesn't even know how it could be possible." she handed him a square piece of paper.

He took it, confused. "What's this?" he turned it over and his breath caught in his throat. "Oh, Nat." She'd given him one of the sonogram photos.

"I wanted to tell you first. That's why we came like this." she explained.

"It's Bruce's, right?" Clint just had to ask.

She smacked him in the arm. "Of course it is."

"I don't even know what to say. You guys are happy about it?"

"I think we are. It's, it's, a big shock." Natasha stuttered a bit.

"If you're happy, I'm happy for you. At least now I don't have to go up against the Hulk." Clint started the car again.

A/N well that turned out way longer then I'd expected. Next up, more of Team finds out! Plus maybe dinner at the bartons just because I think Bruce feels weird there.