Hi everyone, how are you? Here's the next and final chapter of this story which picks up where the preceding chapter left off and I hope you all enjoy it.
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As Roy, Thea, Sharon, and the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents within their group watched, the Hellcarrier crashed into the side of the 41st floor above them and then dragged along its surface, causing that floor and many of the floors directly below it to come crashing downwards as they collapsed upon their own weight, their ceilings included, due to their pertaining support beams giving way and collapsing. Soon more of that section of the building's side began to implode and the onlookers knew they needed to get further away in case the entire building came crumbling down.
"EVERYBODY RUN!" Thea screamed and they all turned away and hurried out of there while the upper side of the building continued to crumble as the Hellcarrier was still dragging along that portion of the building while burrowing deeper into it, loud and intense crashing noise being heard amongst the screams as other agents and staff members were running away as fast as they could.
As they ran, they came across other agents and staff on their side and fleeing around them as everyone made their way towards the exits. Just absolute pandemonium everywhere. There was suddenly heard the sounds of gunfire followed by a burst of blood from the chest of one of those fleeing as he collapsed to the ground dead. Soon more gunfire was heard blasting through the air and the staff panicked and began running away even faster while the agents, along with Roy and Thea, quickly scrambled for cover while drawing their guns and bows and firing back at the snipers.
"What the-?!" Roy exclaimed as he continued firing his arrows at the clearly HYDRA agents attacking them.
"It appears to me as though our enemies have decided to try and pick us off one by one, deciding that in case this building's about to come down then they should cross off as many of us as they can before we can get out of here and to safety," Sharon growled as she took out an enemy sniper firing above her.
"Well if they think they're gonna try and stop us then they have another thing coming!" Thea exclaimed as the three of them and those with them moved from cover to cover and continuously exchanged firepower with their enemies while getting closer towards the doors as more of the upper walls behind them came crashing down.
Fighting with all they had, the majority of the group finally managed to make it to the exit while having taken out most of the snipers though regrettably two of the agents with them lost their lives along with others fleeing from the sniper ambush.
They hurriedly exited the building and arrived outside and looking upwards once more saw the Hellcarrier itself continuing to rip through the building. Unknown to any of them was that Steve was inside of it and trying to reason with the infamous and most powerful HYDRA asset known as the Winter Soldier, who was actually his brainwashed bff and fellow comrade from WWII Bucky Barnes and currently with him onboard the vehicle and raining blows onto him yet struggling with his identity. That being due to Steve slowly getting through to him.
Afterwards they all headed towards a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house in the area and after entering it and taking a moment to rest and get ahold of their bearings, Roy dialed Lyla.
"Hey Lyla. Have you heard what happened? I mean it seems that HYDRA's still around and infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and some mess with a project called Insight and-"
"I know, I know Roy. We have it on the news right now," Lyla interrupted him. "Are you guys alright?"
"Yeah, we're fine. After escaping within an inch of our lives due to HYDRA trying to eliminate all of us. Some of us weren't so blessed and we lost quite a few good people. We're currently inside of a safe house until we can figure what to do next," Roy answered and explained to her while putting his cell on speaker so everyone in the room could hear.
"I understand. I would send someone to pick you guys up and bring you all over here but things have been a bit chaotic here as well," Lyla informed them.
"What do you mean? What's happened over there and are you guys alright?" Thea inquired concerned.
"Well I don't know if you guys heard but it seems that Romanoff dumped a massive load of info to the public exposing a tremendous amount of not only S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets but also HYDRA's secrets including the fact that they didn't just infiltrate the former agency but the entire global institution. Governments, intelligence agencies, and businesses. And it seems our own agency was one of those that had been infiltrated," Lyla shared with them and then added.
"A group of loyal agents along with myself were able to root out all of the bad seeds here at A.R.G.U.S. although it wasn't easy and few agents on our side were wounded in brief exchanges of gunfire. But we've got them all and I also found out from the info dump that Waller herself was HYDRA. Go figure."
While surprised at this revelation regarding Waller, neither Roy nor Thea were particularly shocked by this turn of events and especially considering how corrupt that woman had been. And frankly, this new info actually explained a lot.
Lyla also spoke with Sharon and the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and they all exchanged pleasantries and promised each other that they'd somehow get through this dark hour and come out stronger.
Following the conclusion of that conversation, everyone discussed what they were all going to do and it was decided that the other six agents were going to go home to their families and loved ones since the latter were probably worried sick considering this mess was currently all over the news and they needed to reassure them. But they'd be available in case the government needed to speak with any of them.
Sharon, Roy, and Thea would meanwhile try and locate Steve, Natasha, and Sam to make sure they were alright while Thea and Roy were eager to see their friends again. After they all bid each other farewells and promised to keep in touch the agents left while the former three began the search. During their search they would manage to see Natasha on the news speaking before a Senate Sub Committee regarding her actions in exposing S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets to the world while she countered that they wouldn't arrest her because they needed her.
They then watched her get up and walk out the door, the three of them feeling very proud of her while Roy said "You tell em," with a smirk towards the screen. They also saw on the news that HYDRA had taken control of the majority of S.H.I.E.L.D. bases worldwide & because of that, along with what Natasha had revealed in the document dump, the agency had been labeled a terrorist organization and officially shut down. This saddened the three of them but regrettably there was nothing they could do about that.
Sometime later and to their surprise, but a welcome one nonetheless, they received a call from her due to former Deputy Director Maria Hill getting in touch with her and telling them abut Roy and Thea being present and involved in the war for the Triskelion and worried about her and Steve.
They agreed to meet her at a graveyard and upon arriving saw that Steve, Sam, and even Fury himself, but wearing plain clothes and with goggles in place of his signature eyepatch along with a hoodie over his head, were over there and standing next to a gravestone shown to belong to Fury, who was commenting to Steve about going through a fake death before and Steve replying that one gets used to it.. As soon as everyone saw each other Sharon, Roy, and Thea exchanged firm handshakes and warm embraces with Steve, Natasha, Sam, and Fury.
"So I heard from Hill that the two of you found yourselves caught up in the melee over at my old home base. And I also heard that you both fought with all you had alongside many of my agents against those HYDRA lunatics. Fighting like true S.H.I.E.L.D agents and despite not being official agency members," Fury addressed them proudly.
"Indeed sir. And while we might not be S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, one thing you can believe and that I'm certain we're all agreed upon is that we're never going to let any terrorist organization win anywhere and especially not HYDRA," Roy responded with a smile mixed with a determined look.
"Haha. You've got that right kid and no truer words were ever spoken," Fury agreed with a small grin.
"Amen", "Same here," "Right on," and "You betcha," were all heard from Natasha, Steve, Sam, and Sharon respectively as they also agreed with both men.
"What about you Steve? What happened with you following your transmission and were you alright?" Thea asked with concern.
"Well it wasn't easy I'll admit but with Sam here by my side and helping as best he could we were thankfully able to give those Hellcarriers quite a landing. Though I was stuck inside of one of them as they came crashing down and for a moment I really thought that was the end of the line for me. But somehow I was able to survive and here I am," he acknowledged and shared with them though he didn't tell them about Bucky saving him since while Roy and Thea were two of his closest friends and he trusted them implicitly, he felt that this particular subject was best to keep to himself for now except for Sam and Natasha since they already knew.
"Thank heavens you're alright Steve. I was so worried about you and I don't know what I'd have done if we'd lost you," the female archer replied grateful that he was standing here safe and sound.
"Well I'm here and it would take a lot to kill a guy like me. And Hill relayed your message to me while I was battling it out onboard the Hellcarriers and thanks for all of your love and support," he smiled warmly. "It was partly that which further encouraged me to fight on and I can't thank you enough. You're a true friend Thea. Both you and Roy here and I'm really blessed to have the two of you in my life."
Thea teared up a little upon hearing his words and she leaned towards him as her second big brother figure after her own big brother wrapped an arm around her and pulled her against him in a sideways embrace before letting go. And Roy on his part squeezed his shoulder in gratitude towards his words as the two men exchanged smiles that acknowledged their support of each other.
Steve then walked over towards Sharon.
"It's really good to see you right now and I'm so happy you're alright and managed to get out of there safely," he addressed her with a big smile.
"Same here Steve and right back attcha," Sharon smiled softly as their gazes toward each other lingered.
"Aw come on guys. Isn't anyone gonna ask about my harrowing experience up in the Triskelion?" Sam complained but good naturedly.
"You were up there Sam? Does that mean you saw when that Hellcarrier crashed into the side of the building?" Thea asked her friend, surprised.
"Saw it? Girl I was caught right smack dab in the middle of it. All those walls and even the ceiling crashing down all around me," he answered with a laugh. "I had a few moments in which I thought I was a goner. Thankfully Fury and Natasha here arrived just in time and managed to extract my behind out of there."
"That's good to hear man and thank goodness the two of you were there to rescue him then," Roy commented to Sam and then the two aforementioned individuals with a smile.
"Of course. None of us would ever leave any of our friends behind," Natasha replied while returning his smile.
After a bit, Fury addressed everyone present.
"We've been data mining HYDRA's files. Looks like a lot of rats didn't go down with the ship. I'm headed to Europe tonight. Wanted to ask if any of you would come," he shared and then asked them, hoping that some of them would be willing to help him finish off HYDRA once and for all.
"As much as I'd love to help you clean them out, I feel that my path lies elsewhere. But if you ever need me to help with that or anything else, know that I'll be there," Sharon was the first to answer and then reassure him after explaining her decision.
"Fair enough," he conceded. "What about you Steve?" he then turned and asked the other man.
"There's something I've gotta do first," Steve answered. Referring to locating Bucky wherever he was. "Though before I do that I'd first like to catch up with my friends here," he added while gesturing towards Thea and Roy.
Fury then addressed Sam.
"How about you Wilson? I could use a man with your abilities," he invited him next.
Sam considered it briefly and then gave his answer.
"I'm more of a soldier than a spy," he explained matter of factly to which Fury nodded and replied by saying "Alright then," in acceptance. He then shook hands with everyone present and then said to them,
"If anybody asks for me, tell them they can find me, right here," he gestured towards his gravestone. Afterwards he turned and walked away as the friends watched him depart.
"You should all be honored that's about as close as he gets to saying thank you," Natasha spoke up to them all as they noticed she wasn't accompanying Fury.
"Not going with him?" Steve enquired as he voiced what everyone was wondering on that front.
"Yeah Nat. I'd think for sure that kicking butt with Fury to destroy HYDRA would be within your preferred plans moving forward," Roy added with a friendly smirk.
"Yeah, you would think. But no. I'd also like to join Steve in catching up with you Roy and you as well Thea," she answered and returned his smirk.
"But I suppose you're not staying here afterwards right?" Thea asked while already knowing the answer.
Natasha smiled and tilted her head sideways.
"I blew all my covers I gotta go later and figure out a new one," she explained to the younger woman who nodded in understanding.
"Well then you've gotta do what you've gotten do," the female archer acknowledged to which Natasha let out a soft chuckle as they agreed on that.
"That might take awhile," Steve stated seriously to which countered and said, "I'm counting on it," clearly ready for the challenge. She then handed him the file on Bucky, explaining that she had called in a few favors for it which Steve thanked her for. Sam then spoke up.
I don't know about everyone else but I'm starved right now. Who'd like to go over to that awesome bakery just down the corner? I've heard they serve the best sandwiches in town and it'd be a great place to catch up on stuff," he suggested.
The others found that to be a great idea and he, Steve, Natasha, Sharon, Roy, and Thea went over to it and after ordering their sandwiches and seeing that Sam was right about them, dug into them and enjoyed their quality time together, discussing their latest missions and other adventures with their teams while Thea also shared how things were going with Oliver, her sister in law Sara, and their own family, Thea and Roy reaffirming their friendships with the other four.
Following their lunch together the group of friends took a nice long walk out in the park nearby and continued chatting as to how things had been going with all of them and just enjoying their time together before they all temporarily went their separate ways while the two Star City heroes vowed to keep in touch with their friends and vice versa as often as they could, promising to remain friends forever and that if anyone needed the other, they would always be there.
A/N And that's the end of this story and I hope it was enjoyable for everyone who read it. And please let me know, if you want, if I did a good job or not in blending the world of "Arrow" with "The Winter Soldier".
I know Sharon was not at the graveyard within the movie but it seemed to fit here since she had been with Roy and Thea throughout this story and so it'd seemed best to continue that all the way to the end.
And Waller being HYDRA sounded like a good idea since this fic crosses over the Arrowverse with the MCU and with HYDRA having infiltrated everything worldwide along with Waller's corruption. Plus her willing to blow up Star City currently reminds me of when HYDRA head and World Council member Gideon Malick tried to blow up New York to stop Loki.
Have a great day.