Chapter 2: Breakfast with the Captain:

At home, Chloe was as usual was by herself. She was up early today because she had a little more energy than usual. She was up, bright and ready for whatever challenges the day brings her. Like when in the world her customized bookmarks were going to arrive.

"Yesterday was something else." Before she could even do anything else, Chloe was reflecting and thinking upon one thing; Or rather one person.

And that one person happened to be Steve Rogers.

Ever since she accidentally ran into the super soldier, he's been on her mind ever since. To Chloe, Steve was a man who seemed like he could have anything he wanted, but what he truly wanted were the simple things in life, something of which Chloe herself could relate to. Steve was truly a very interesting and fascinating individual who deserved more blessings in his life than a lot of other people did. Chloe's thoughts were cut off with the ringing of her phone.

Chloe picks up her phone and comes to he surprised who is trying to reach her.

It was Steve.

While Chloe genuinely wanted to be friends with Steve, she was taken by surprise that he had actually reached out to her so soon. With her track record, she figured it would've been at least close to a month before she had actually gotten a text message from a guy. She stopped wasting time and actually looked at the text.

'Uhh hi Chloe it's me, Steve Rogers, from yesterday, at the front of the Triskelion'

Chloe giggled to herself at how overly descriptive and obviously nervous the super soldier came off as. She laughed not to make fun of him, but out of the adorableness of his nature. She could tell, outside of being a colleague or a friend, Steve clearly did not know how to talk to a woman, and that was a lot coming from a guy who knew how to lead of super hero team consisting of a god and raging and hulking green Goliath. Chloe continued to read his messages.

'I really enjoyed your company and I was very much hoping that you would be happy enough to have breakfast with me before we go to work...maybe even a simple cup of coffee...or both?'

Chloe could now definitely say it. "Oh...my...god, he's nervous, and it's adorable, well played Rogers, well played."

With her mind made up, she wrote back to Steve, accepting his offer with no regrets or hesitation.

'I'd love to Steve, meet me at the Evergreen Cafe in an hour and btw Steve, I find your nervous breakdown cute :)'

After giving confirmation that she'd be there, Chloe grabbed her belongings and headed out the door, wondering if she had overdid it with the mascara.


"Steve!"

The aforementioned living legend had his attention caught by Chloe whom was walking towards him as he stood in front of the Evergreen Cafe. Steve was honestly surprised that she came, especially after pointing out how much of a nervous wreck he was.

"Ah, Chloe, good morning, you look stunning."

The compliment caused Chloe to turn her head out of embarrassment of her growing blush. Look at her, making a joke about Steve's own nervousness, and there she was, blushing like a little girl. "Thank you, means a lot to me." Once Chloe regained her composure, she was actually act normally.

"Let's get a table inside, shall we?"

The S.H.I.E.L.D. nurse and scientist nodded as Steve wasted no time in holding the door open for her. It was the little things like this that made Chloe fascinated with Steve. He knew how to treat a woman, and also quite funnily did not know how to talk to one. She knew there was more to Steve than meets the eye outside of his work with S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers, outside of all that, he was just plain old Steve Rogers, a man lost in time merely trying to figure out his place in an all new world and way of life.

And Chloe would help him; every step of the way she would help him.

She eventually found the two of them a table to sit at. They sat down and while they waited for their orders, they decided to talk and get to know each other better.

"So if you don't mind me asking Chloe, where are you from?"

"Brooklyn." Steve was almost in disbelief, which Chloe picked up on. She laughed quietly. "Yep, Park Slope."

"Wow, that's just amazing-"

"Don't sound to sad Captain, can't have you stealing all the thunder from New York now, can I?"

Steve smiled at the joke. "Well, I'm just saying, it's nice to meet a fellow New Yorker who isn't harassing me for an autograph...or a date...don't ask."

Chloe couldn't help but laugh, "Your secret is safe with me, Steve. We Brooklyn types must stick together."

"That we must, you know Chloe, one of these days, that is, if you want of course, I can show you all the alleys and other areas across Brooklyn and Manhattan I got beat up in as a kid."

"I have a feeling that'll be a long tour across New York." Chloe joked.

"Yeah, back then, we I was the little guy, it felt like I got beat up everywhere in New York. Whether it was some punk of a bully, or a petty crook."

Chloe was sympathetic, but also glad she didn't grow up in Steve's era of New York. She didn't think she would've lasted a day in the slums of his era. "You poor thing, I can't imagine what it was like living in Brooklyn back then. Steve, I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that."

"It's okay Clo. All of that made me who I am today, as bad as it was, I don't have any regrets. I just wish Buck was here with me."

Chloe was curious. "Who's Buck? You don't have to tell me if you don't want to."

"No, it's fine. Bucky was my childhood best friend Chloe. We were inseparable from each other, no matter what happened between us, we'd always have each other's back." Steve chuckled a bit, but Chloe could tell the subject was becoming tougher for him. "He did everything for me, made sure I was fed, healthy when I was just a skinny sickly little boy, even gave me a place to stay after my mother died, god bless her soul."

Steve was fighting his hardest not to break down in front of Chloe. Being that she was a doctor and has dealt with this in people before, she could easily tell.

So what she did was reassure him. "Don't worry Steve, if your mother and Bucky were here with us today, they'd be proud of the man they witnessed grow up. We may not have known each other for long, but I promise you, they were your friends and parent for a reason. Your mother knew you'd go on and do such great things in the world? And was she wrong?"

"No..."

"Exactly, after she passed, you went on and became the greatest soldier to ever live, and because of your efforts and dedication, we live in a free country today, and not in some fascist dictated country ruled by Adolf Hitler and the Red Skull's descendants. And if Bucky was here, he'd be absolutely happy and supportive because he's your best friend."

Steve sniffled. "Thank you, Chloe...I needed that."

"You're a good man, Steve. You're a brave man, you'd fight hard to protect those you care about. I know you're probably tired of hearing this or are probably going to get tired of hearing this eventually, but like I've said before, you aren't defined by S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers or even Captain America. You're defined by the amazing characteristics and qualities of Steven Grant Rogers. Don't you ever forget that, you understand me, Captain Rogers?"

Steve smiled. This woman, in the short time he's got to know her is amazing. It's like she knows the right words to say in the right words. It also helped that she was gorgeous, stunning, and quite obviously beautiful. And icing on the cake was that she was from Brooklyn, just like him.

"Yes ma'am."

"Don't ma'am me Steve." Chloe playfully slapped his hand. "I'm just telling you the truth, you're a good man, I wanted to emphasize that."

"Oh I believe you emphasized that quite well." The two S.H.I.E.L.D. workers laughed and continued to joke before their food eventually arrived. Steve had ordered a simple classic breakfast consisting of Bacon, Sausage, Eggs and Pancakes with some hash browns while Chloe ordered two bagels, one with cream cheese and jelly, and the other with bacon, eggs and mozzarella cheese.

The two continued to talk and get to know each other, with Chloe sharing what it was like growing up in New York City during the 1990s and early 2000s, and Steve in turn telling her how hard it was growing up in New York City during the 1930s and 1940s.

"New York was a mess during the Depression, you had to work two or three jobs just to simply have enough money to get around. I recall doing some odd neighborhood jobs during the Depression's height."

"Wow, that's really interesting Steve. I can recall how bad the city's economy was after the September 11th attacks. It all happened so fast, one day America was arguably at the peak of their economic might, and the next it was all taken away. As a teenager I worked at the mall that was underneath the two Towers, at the Warner Brother's store, and let me just say it took forever to get my compensation because of the economic downturn. I decided to even donate some of my compensation towards the victim's families because they would need it more than I."

Steve was impressed by Chloe's ethic as a person. In a way she was like him, always putting others before himself. Steve was also curious about her old workplace as well.

"Warner Brothers? Isn't that the media company? Sorry for being so old and in the past." Steve joked, which Chloe giggled as well. "Fury hired people to bring me up to speed on the modern world, modern pop culture included. But that didn't work out so well, the woman Fury hired were more so focused on trying to get a date or a picture taken with me rather than helping me, and most of the men were either too distracted or to scared of me to help me make any progress."

"It's okay Steve, and yes, the media company, Warner Bros. You see Steve, from the 1990s up until 2001, the film media company Warner Bros opened up a lot of retail stores, including the one I worked at as a teen in the World Trade Center." Chloe sighed with sadness, "Of course you know what happened to it and how it met its tragic end."

"I'm sorry, Chloe."

"Don't be," She smiled. "It's best to remember the good times and the happy memories it brought. Never let the bad outweigh the good."

"Amen."

Chloe smiled at that before continuing her story about the Warner Brothers stores. "Now back to the story. during the 1990s and early 2000s, a lot of stores were opened by Warner Bros including the one I worked at. They sold all kinds of cute little clothes and merchandise of the movies they released, I still have a lot of the merchandise I managed to buy. Some at home, and some back home in New York. I even have pictures of me and my old co-workers from the store that I'll be happy to show you in due time."

"I'd love to see those pictures Chloe."

"And another thing I want you to know Steve, I'll be happy with helping you learn and understand not only the modern world, but also the parts of the twentieth century I grew up in which would be the 1990s and the early parts of the twenty first century that you missed. I'll bring you up to speed on everything you missed."

Steve was absolutely grateful, here she was, this beautiful woman with blonde hair, whom he didn't even know for long, willing to dedicate much of her time into his life to help him. Steve was wondering if god had sent her because of her pure heart and genuine kindness.

While Steve was daydreaming, Chloe was watching him, with a genuine smile on her face. "Over here handsome."

Steve stopped daydreaming and staring off into space. "Sorry, I was just thinking about you, not like that of course, I mean, I was thinking about you, like how a woman like you could be so...pure and simple...and-"

Steve was genuinely flattering and making Chloe smile. Despite his bad skills when it came to talking to a woman, in a way, Chloe found it adorable. There was nothing awkward about it, with Steve, it was clear that his intentions were pure and nothing about him was an act.

"You really don't know your way around a lady, do you Steve?"

"That bad huh? You remind me of an old...friend of mine." Unbeknownst to Chloe, Steve was making a clear reference to his former love, Peggy Carter. Being that Peggy was a tough topic for Steve to discuss, he didn't further go on.

"I guess I'm not the only one who knows it." Chloe smiled and blushed a tad bit. "Don't worry, I happen to find it funny and charming in a good sense. You're far more authentic than most of the other guys I've met in my life."

"Good to know I'm one of the good ones." Steve joked.

"You're lucky, Captain Rogers. I usually don't share much of my personal life with people other than my friends and family, and you're a good friend Steve."

The Captain smiled at the compliment. Not one time during this time he felt uncomfortable. He felt safe and relaxed with Chloe compared to others. Steve didn't know what it was, but something about Chloe just warmed you up and made you feel secured.

The two S.H.I.E.L.D. employees realized that it was almost nearing work time for the both of them.

"Oh it's almost time for us to be at the Triskelion and I'm pretty sure The Director will have his feelings In a bunch if S.H.I.E.L.D.'s golden agent isn't on time." Chloe prepared to pay for both her and Steve's food, but was stopped.

"Don't, I invited you out for breakfast, I'll pay."

"But-"

"I'm paying for breakfast like a gentleman and that's final." Steve smiled once more. "Captain's orders."

Chloe playfully pouted and folded her arms while Steve took the liberty to pay for their breakfast. Once that was done, Chloe gathered her things and headed out the diner with Steve.

Before the two could begin heading to work, Steve stopped Chloe.

He smiled a genuine smile. "You've ever ridden on a bike?"

"Which bike?" Chloe placed her hands on her hips and eyed him with curiosity, and a hint of playfulness. "The cute and innocent ones that us everyday beings ride...or some tricked out motorcycle specially designed for a certain super soldier named Steven Grant Rogers?"

Steve chuckled. "You'll see, now come on Chloe, we'll be late now."

Maybe two or three minutes later, Steve brought Chloe towards his trademark motorcycle, effectively showing Chloe the 'bike' he was talking about.

"Steve...I don't know, I've never ridden a motorcycle before."

"Don't worry, I promise I'll make sure you're safe. Your safety is my number one priority."

"You promise?"

"Of course." Steve also had one more thing for Chloe to do. "Would you like to carry my shield?"

Chloe was bewildered. She never would've expected something like that. She knew that the iconic Captain America shield was apart of Steve's identity. And now he was allowing her, plain old Chloe Harper to be trusted with his treasured possession.

"Yes I would love to, but why would you trust me with apart of your identity?" Chloe sounded nervous.

"I figured it would help make you feel more safe and secure while riding my motorcycle." The Captain smiled. "And besides, I can't hold the shield and ride my motorcycle at the same time."

After taking a deep breath, the optimistic Chloe smiled and finally was content with Steve's wishes. Once that was settled and out of the way, Steve helped Chloe hook the shield onto her back. She would be lying if she said she didn't enjoy the warm touch of Rogers' hands on her back and shoulders.

Chloe was trying her hardest not to let out a sigh or moan of relief. But she could do nothing to contain the growing blush on her face nor the warmth that her entire body currently felt.

Once Steve's shield was strapped onto her properly, he got on his motorcycle and started up the engine. Once the engine started up, he invited Chloe to join him.

"Hop on, and hold on tight Chloe."

She did as instructed and got on back of Steve's motorcycle. Chloe held on tight and within the second, they took off, with Chloe yelping from the sheer speed and shock of it all. Adrenaline was flowing quickly through her body in ways she had personally never even imagined before.


"We're here."

Chloe still on the back of Steve's motorcycle with his shield on her back looked up and saw that they were inside the Triskelion's underground parking garage.

"Oh my goodness, we got here early with half an hour to spare."

"We did."

As Steve helped Chloe off of the bike, Chloe noticed the massive wave of stares coming from her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. employees, mainly the woman who watched her and Steve in awe or jealously, or maybe even both.

Chloe could hear the whispers coming from the other employees as Steve helped take the shield off of her back. These woman were like creeping vultures and Chloe could see why it was hard for Steve to find genuine dates and people these days.

"I've got to check in with my team and superiors for the day, possible hits on a known terrorist, so I'll see you later, or tomorrow Chloe."

Steve smiled as he reclaimed his shield and began walking off to go meet with his superiors and teammates.

"Thank you for breakfast, it was a really sweet thing to do Steve."

"Don't thank me, Chloe, just being a gentleman." Steve quipped before walking off. Chloe eventually went her own way, with a genuine smile on her face and in the best mood that was possible.


A/N: Chapter II/2 is downpacked, I must say I really like how this one came out overall, especially the bits and pieces about Chloe and Steve's pasts in their respective eras of New York City and among other things. I reread the chapter before posting and I honestly like how wholesome and genuine their conversation felt. I've already got the next 30 chapters and their plots, etc scripted and these chapters are just the Pre-Winter Soldier alone.

The main reason I really wrote this story was for two reasons, the first being that I don't like how they ended Steve's story in Avengers: Endgame. Yep! I said they just completely disregarded his arc of letting go of the past and building up his own story in the future, and the second being that I really wanted to write my own Marvel Cinematic Universe story and Cap was my favorite MCU Character so the rest was history.

Also two more things to know regarding two major characters that'll appear in the MUCH LATER chapters of the story; Sharon Carter & Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, first with Sharon, in my AU MCU she does not become the Power Broker. She'll venture into illegal activities and whatnot for survival purposes following Civil War like in the show, but she will not be an overall villain. I'm doing this because the show poorly handled her change to a villainous character, and because IMHO Sharon in the MCU did not need to be a villain.

The second with Scarlet Witch, I'm retconning her age and birthday in my AU MCU, in the official MCU, her birth year is stated to be in 1989, I'm retconning her birthday to be in 1997 because I have plans for her in a sequel story to Legend Reborn involving Spider-Man. Also because multiple times throughout the MCU, they've alluded to her being a kid/teen which also contradicts her 1989 birthday. So officially/canonically Scarlet Witch in my universe is born in early 1997!

Now back to Steve and Chloe, I think you'll like their characters in my story because who doesn't love a good OC X Main character story :)

With all that being said, thank you to all who followed, faved and reviewed my story; see you all in Chapter III/3. Have fun, stay safe and be good people ;)