Reading Time: 3 Minutes
Author: Keira Marcos
Big Short Prompt: Gun
Characters: Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster, OC
Word Count: 563
Warnings: No beta
Summary: Darcy’s first day at SHIELD goes just about how you’d expect.
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The gun felt unnatural in her hand, but her fingers tightened around the grip as she pressed herself against the wall. This was not how she’d expected to spend her first day on the job, and that was probably a mistake. Jane was trembling against her side, hand curled protectively around the swell of a recently revealed pregnancy. It had been about a year since Darcy had finished her internship with Jane and a month since she’d finally earned her degree in political science. SHIELD had made the job offer two days before she’d graduated officially and Darcy had sort of figured it really wasn’t an offer and more of an order. Still, the money was good and the benefits outstanding—if one overlooked her current situation.
It was kind of silly, but she’d sort of thought that SHIELD’s hiring practices and the battery of mental health tests that new employees went through would’ve sort weeded out the people inclined to go completely wacko. Though she did feel good about the report, she was already compiling in her head about weapon security and annual mental health reviews. The organization had gone through a lot of changes since the public fall of the Hydra infiltration, but Darcy had paid attention the reorganization under Phil Coulson’s leadership, and she felt good about being press-ganged into service for the most part.
Jane shuddered at the sound of weapon’s fire and screaming, and Darcy glanced her best friend’s way. Love and marriage to alien god had changed Jane a lot, and Darcy wasn’t entirely sure it was all for the better, but she kept that to herself. She couldn’t imagine herself in Jane’s shoes so she couldn’t say what choices she would have made in her place. Maybe she would’ve eaten that golden apple if she were the one that had fallen in love with Thor.
The outer door to Jane’s lab swung open violently, and Darcy shifted in front of her friend. Golden apples aside, the right kind of wound could kill Jane and the baby she carried. Darcy leveled the gun she’d pilfered from Phil’s desk at the intruder.
“Back off, Parks.”
He had a gun of his own, a bigger one and he smirked at them both. “Just the one I was looking for. Look at her—knocked up with alien’s baby. It’s disgusting.”
“Yes, well the alien was super hot,” Darcy snarked. “Can’t blame a girl for taking a ride on the God of Thunder.”
The radio in her ear signaled, but she just took a deep breath. She didn’t want to risk being distracted, so she didn’t touch it to activate her end. Tony Stark’s voice filled her ear. “I’m two minutes out, Sparky.”
It was going to be over in 30 seconds, Darcy felt that all the way down to her bones. Her breath hitched as Scott Parks took two more steps into the room. He swung his gun around wildly, Darcy fired twice, and Jane screamed. Parks fell to the floor, his gun hitting the metal deck.
Darcy activated her radio with a press of trembling fingers. “Target neutralized.”
“Understood,” Stark said tersely. “Stay on alert, Sparky, he might not be acting alone.”
“I got this,” Darcy said quietly and closed the radio connection. Jane pressed against her back, and Darcy just took another deep breath.
The Big Short is a short-form writing challenge hosted on Rough Trade’s forum, The Workshop. The prompts come in two forms — a word challenge (the theme) and a single character challenge. I post my responses to the prompts on the forum first and eventually they’ll make it to my website. Each is a stand alone piece with no potential for expansion.
These short works are NOT prompts! These are my responses to the forum prompts. No, you cannot use them as prompts. No you cannot continue my short work with a longer work or write a sequel. For fuck’s sake.