Chapter 8 HAMMER Time? Really?

Chapter 8

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Bella wakes to feeling the bed bouncing up and down. She groans out and covers her face with the covers. The bouncing gets more pronounced and irritating. She grouchily pulls back the covers and peeks over. Bella narrows her eyes to see Tony jumping up and down on the bed. He was in a pair of black pajama pants and nothing else.

“Notice anything different about me?”

She sighs and pulls the covers back over her face.
“Let me guess you shaved?”

“Nope try again.” He continues to jump around.

“New pants?”

“No, no…”

“Hair cut?”

“Nope think bigger!”

Bella pulls back the covers again and glances him over.

“You figured out the formula for age reversal only it backfired and it only caused your maturity level to drop instead?”

“Close, so very close, but no!”

Bella kicks him off the bed. She covers her head back up and buries her face into her pillow.

“Truly, you are a morning person!” He groans out as he makes his way back to the bed.

He crawls underneath the sheets.

“Bella honey, sweetie, angel, my little Wildcat…”

He hears her giggle into the pillow. She uncovers her face and peeks over at him. He’d this huge grin to his face. His arc reactor glowed beneath the sheets.
“Think BRIGHTER even…” He hints.

Bella looks down to his arc reactor noticing it was different now. She took notice of the triangle in the middle and ran her fingers along it.
“You made a new arc reactor?”

“Not just any reactor Bella honey. It’s the one. The breakthrough! The one you inspired me to create! Only I’d never realized it was right there in front of me the entire time! You see…” He kisses her forehead and pulls her up against him.

“This is an element known as Vibranium. An element that I rediscovered and recreated… My father Howard Stark had already created this years ago. He was just waiting! Somehow he knew! He knew I’d figure it out! This is what the Captain’s shield is made of! In a way my father just saved my life. No more cartridges, this is the real deal!”

Bella grins ear to ear.
“Really? You checked your vitals and have been keeping tabs?”

“Yes… I didn’t spend damn near 48 hours ignoring you for nothing.”

He kisses along the bruises that were still left on her from Whiplash and Victoria.

“So no blood poisoning no more cardiac arrest scares?”

He nods. Bella squeals into her pillow and comes back up with an even bigger grin. She crawls into his lap and kisses him.

“You freaking genius!”

He raises his brows.
“Do tell me more!”

Bella laughs.

“Under normal circumstances, I’d find a way to knock you back down a peg.”
“Hmmm…” His hands run along her rear.

“But you’re struggling within the internal war to worship me as though a god?”

She shakes her head and sighs.

“It’s ok Bella honey, you can call me master, I won’t mind really. Lord Stark has a nice ring to it as well.”

He holds her even tighter and shuts his eyes. Something he’d meant to do only momentarily. Only he hadn’t slept in over 48 hours now. Bella felt his breathing slow down. She lifted her head off his chest. Tony was out cold. Bella smiled and kissed his lips. She very quietly and carefully crawled off him. She headed onto the shower. It was Monday morning. Bella took it upon herself to run things that day and let Tony get his sleep. She moved his appointment for the morning to Tuesday morning instead. Things were becoming more natural for Bella now. And as Tony had warned… Bella got calls left and right about press conferences or interviews pertaining to their personal relationship. She also got some relating to the Vanko aka Whiplash incident. Something she knew Tony would have to deal with. She set up a press conference pertaining to that.

After she set up the conference she began to do her own research on Ivan Vanko. She went as far as to dig into the history between his father and Tony’s. She jotted down a few notes in mere curiosity. When she brought up his name other names such as Justin Hammer had come up. Bella looked up the name Justin Hammer. Through doing this she found other names pertaining to him. She continued to dig soon learning that like Stark, Hammer was another industry. Only they still dealt with weapons. Bella took in a breath in thought as she continued her investigation. During this she took a few more calls. She looked to Tony’s side of the garage in wonder. She’d never talked to Jarvis, but wondered if he’d even answer her commands such as Tony’s.
“Jarvis?”

“Yes Ms. Swan?”

“Bella…”

“Right, my apologizes Ms. Swan.”

Bella half smiled and shook her head. She came to her feet and paced around the area for a moment. Her heels clank against the floor of Tony’s garage.

“What can you tell me about HAMMER Industries?”

Bella looks up with interest as certain holographic images come up.
“I’ve managed to bring everything I could find pertaining to the industry madam.”

“Madam huh?”

“Yes Ms. Swan.”

Bella shook her head.

“I suppose this is what Mr. Stark has programmed into you?”

“Yes madam.”

“Hmmm…”

She starts to scan through the holographic information Jarvis had given her. Without realizing it an hour had passed. She rubbed her eyes about to exit out when another name came up amongst others. She raised her brows on this and sat in Tony’s stool. She spun around thinking for a few moments.

“Jarvis can you tell me how long Pepper Potts has been working for HAMMER Industries?”

“Yes madam, it seems the records show… She’s been working for them for about 120 days now.”

Bella dies in laughter.

“Well shit. How about that? Wouldn’t that mean that she’s in breach of her contract with Stark industries Jarvis?”
“It would seem so Ms. Swan.”

Jarvis pulls up the very contract Bella had to sign as well. Only it was signed by Pepper Potts.

“Jarvis please bring up Pepper Potts title and position with Hammer industries.”

Jarvis brings up one of her security ID’s.

“What the fuck?!” Bella growls and shoots back to her feet.

“Jarvis show me who hired Ivan Vanko please.”

Bella slammed her fist down on the table.

“The little BITCH! Jarvis please tell Mr. Stark I had a meeting to attend if he asks of my whereabouts.”

“Will do Ms. Swan.”

Bella puts on the voicemail to her phone. She grabs her blazer and rushes out the door. Bella gets on her cell on the way out. She calls to Hammer industries. She lies about who she is and sets up a meeting with Pepper Potts their new CFO working under Justin Hammer the CEO of Hammer industries. It showed where Pepper Potts hired Ivan Vanko and Justin Hammer signed off on it in agreement. Pepper Potts had allowed the son of a bitch to steal Tony Stark’s idea. Bella was PISSED THE FUCK OFF!

Bella had the cab drop her off at a nearby clothing store, where she put on somewhat of a disguise so no one would recognize her. She got on a fancy hat and dress that she’d seen posh rich women wear. She quickly made a stop at headquarters and made herself a fake ID. When she was done she exited headquarters and had the cab driver drop her off a block away from the industry; from there she walked right on in flashing her fake ID. She was then escorted into a room where she waited for Pepper.


Tony rolled over as the monitors in the room came on.

“Sir, it seems you have a guest.”

He tiredly feels around for Bella. He looks over to see her side of the bed was empty. Tony rubbed the sleep from his eyes and forced himself out of bed. He was still in a very groggy state. He went to the door as the doorbell rang once again. Tony peeked through the peephole, to see it was Bella’s brother. Without another thought he simply opened the door. The moment he did Clint decked him across the face. He then shoved Tony back against the wall and waylaid the hell out him. Tony gritted his teeth and merely took the hits. He wasn’t about to hit Bella’s brother. He’d take whatever Clint dished out.

“MY SISTER?! MY SISTER! NOOOO! HELL NO! YOU WILL BREAK THIS OFF AT ONCE STARK! YOU ASSHOLE! YOU WILL NOT BRING HER INTO YOUR FUCKED UP WORLD. SHE DESERVES BETTER! I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE’D EVEN GIVE YOU THE TIME OF DAY. BELL’S SMARTER THAN THAT SHE KNOWS BETTER. SHE SHOULD KNOW TO STAY CLEAR OF PRICKS LIKE YOU! DAMMIT STARK SHE’S JUST A KID HERSELF! SHE’S STILL A TEENAGER! HOW DARE YOU! YOU SICK AS SON OF A BITCH!” Clint socks him another good one.

Tony staggers back as he’s gasping for air. Once he catches his breath he starts coughing his eyes water and he merely leans against the wall for a moment. He holds out a hand then makes a fist with his index finger out. He shakes it and shakes his head.

“Think we can talk about this man to man now?” He utters painfully.

“There’s nothing to talk about. This little fling is over! Before it goes too far and you end up hurting her! I know how you are Stark! You will not do this to her!”

“This isn’t a fling Barton.” Tony declares as he wipes the blood from his busted lip and nose on a tissue.

Both men pace the living area now eyeing one another. Tony sighs and makes his way to the kitchen. He spits the blood from his mouth in the sink and starts cleaning himself off.

“Then what the fuck is this? Everywhere I go I see you two! It’s sickening!”

“Actually, I think we look pretty damn good together!” Tony says with pride.

Clint grits his teeth.
“This isn’t some sort of stupid joke Stark! That girl means the world to me! You haven’t a clue the lengths I will go to in order to keep her safe! I mean it Stark even you could end up on one of my shit list or worse! MY HIT LIST!”
Tony clears his throat and nods.
“You’re right, it isn’t a joke. I know what you’re thinking and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Might as well face it Barton, I’m head over heels for your sister.”
“BULLSHIT! You honestly expect me to believe that. My sister’s nothing more than a young and hot piece of ass to you and you know it! You’ll eventually grow tired of her and will want to move on. Hell it might be sooner than expected. I hear Potts is back. So what are you going to do if she wants you back Stark, huh? Then what?!”

Tony nods and pours them both a drink at the bar.

“Already been down that road, sorry my friend it seems no one, even you, is going to come between your sister and I.”

“Stark! You’re over half her age damn near! Shit! You’re old enough to be her father!”
“Yeah let’s not hope that’s the case. Talk about awkward.”

“Jokes… huh you dare continue to make fucked up jokes like that about my sister?! One that’s already been through hell! That’s what all this was about wasn’t it!” He points to Tony irately.

“You wanted to get my sister alone! So you could seduce your way into her life. Just to have some little trophy girlfriend! You’re just using her and you know it!”

Tony slams his scotch bottle on the bar island.

“NO! NO I’m not! So watch what the fuck you say next!”

“The hell with you Stark! You’re nothing more than some fucking pervert with nothing better to do in your spare time! What happens when you grow bored with her?! You just discard her like every other woman you’ve had in your life?!”

Tony throws his expensive scotch across the room. He struts over to Clint and he grabs him by the collar of his black shirt. He looks him dead in the eyes.

“I’M IN LOVE WITH YOUR SISTER! SO GET THE FUCK OVER IT! I WILL NOT BE BREAKING UP WITH HER! SO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF ME AGAIN IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER! THE ONLY REASON I DON’T HIT YOU BACK IS MERELY FOR BELLA’S SAKE OR YOU’D BE NOTHING MORE THAN A STREAK ON MY FUCKING FLOOR BARTON! I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR WORRIES AND CONCERNS BELIEVE ME I DO. I KNOW WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE. YOU THINK WE HAVEN’T ALREADY HEARD ALL THESE THINGS ALREADY? YOU THINK THAT IF I WAS “USING” YOUR SISTER THAT I WOULD BE WILLING TO FACE THIS PRESSURE? IT’S NOT JUST YOU BARTON IS THE INDUSTRY, THE MEDIA, AND THE BOARD! ITS EVERYWHERE WE GO! WE’VE ALREADY HEARD ALL THERE IS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR RELATIONSHIP. IF I WASN’T TAKING THIS RELATIONSHIP SERIOUSLY, I’D HAVE ALREADY ENDED IT! IT WOULDN’T BE WORTH IT TO ME IF YOUR SISTER WAS JUST SOME LAY TO ME!”

Clint growled with agitation and frustration. He pinched his eyes shut and sat on the couch looking bleak.


Bella keeps her head down as she awaits Pepper. Pepper enters the room with her usual warm smile.

“Mrs. Howard?”

Bella nods, but continues to keep her head down. Pepper takes her seat.
“How can I help you today?”

Bella slides over a vanilla file and taps her index finger along it. Pepper crosses her legs and pulls her hair back away from her shoulders. She then opens the file and the first thing she reads is YOU’RE SCREWED!” Pepper narrows her eyes and looks back towards Bella.

“Excuse me, what is this?”

Bella comes to her feet, but continues to keep her head down with the huge white brimmed sunhat she was wearing. She leans over and removes the top cover sheet; she’d taken upon herself to create. From there she showed Pepper proof of contract and the terms from when she’d first signed on with Tony Stark.

“Someone’s been a very, very bad girl.” Bella whispers.

Pepper immediately jumps to her feet. Bella smiles and throws off her hat letting her hair fall past her shoulders.

“Sec…” Pepper goes to shout for security.

Bella instantly covers her mouth and presses Pepper up against the wall.

“He trusted you! How dare you rip him the fuck off like that! After everything he’s been through you go and pull this stunt?! You unleashed a monster! People died Pepper! Tony, Happy, Phil and Rhoyde all could have died and it would have been your fault! You allowed this man to mimic one of Tony’s own inventions! You paid this man to raise havoc amongst the streets. Civilians died that day some are still in the fucking hospital Pepper! What the fuck is wrong with you?! Seriously, did you not get enough attention as a child or are you just seriously fucked in the head! How could you do this?! To Tony of all people!” Bella’s face was vibrantly red. Tears were streaming down her face she was so mad.

“Do you have any idea what this will do to Tony?” Bella questioned with that hint of nausea in thought.

“I… I’m sorry.” Pepper mutters into her hand.

Bella drops her hand and shuts her eyes momentarily.

“You’re sorry?”

Pepper nods and looks to the ground.

“What if that man had killed one of your friends Pepper or even worse TONY?! THEN WHAT? YOU THINK SORRY CUTS IT?! YOU’RE SORRY THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF?! If Tony had died that day you and I would be having a totally different conversation. Actually no scratch that, I’d have a motherfucking gun to your head!”

Bella wipes her eyes with the back of her hand.
“You do realize you will face prison time.” Bella utters softly.
“Bella please… let’s just talk about this.”

“Bella?! Fuck no! It’s Ms. Swan to you sweetheart. Only my friends call me Bella and you are most certainly no friend of mine! Why would you do this? I just can’t fathom all this.”

“Don’t tell Tony. Look, let’s talk about this. I’m sure we can come up with some sort of arrangement. I’ve means…” Pepper hints.

Bella snaps a look upon her.

“You truly believe you can bribe me?”

“I needed a job what was I supposed to do?!”

“Not fuck your ex and friends over?! That would have been a GREAT start! Then finding one that met the requirements of the contract you signed. You only needed another year to go Pepper! One more year, but you couldn’t do it could you? And working for the enemy? How much bigger of a slap to the face can you give Tony?”

“It was never my intention to hurt Tony or anyone else. I love Tony. Why would I want to hurt him?!”

“But you did! And now look at the mess you have created! Look at how knee deep in shit you are in! And you say you love that man? How can you say that and look at your own reflection in the mirror? Jesus Pepper… Can you not see the bigger picture?!”
“THIS IS YOUR ENTIRE FAULT!” Pepper suddenly shouts.

“I CAME BACK TO GET HIM AND MY JOB BACK! WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS MESS IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU! SO WHAT IS IT YOU’RE WANTING FROM HIM? MONEY? SEX? A PROMOTION? OR ARE YOU JUST WAITING FOR HIM TO KILL OVER AS IRON MAN ONE DAY AND EVERYTHING WOULD GO TO YOU CAUSE WE BOTH KNOW THAT’S HOW TONY DOES THINGS! YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REPLACE ME! TONY AND I MAKE SENSE AND SOON HE WILL OPEN HIS EYES AND REALIZE THAT. HE’S JUST MAD RIGHT NOW. HE WANTS TO GET ME BACK BY SHOVING YOU IN MY FACE. YOU’RE NOTHING MORE THAN A DISTRACTION AND WAY TO PAY ME BACK FOR LEAVING. HE’S HURT AND BLIND AT THE MOMENT. ALL HE CAN SEE IS THAT HE’S GETTING TO FUCK SOME BARELY LEGAL GIRL AND HE’S CONFUSING LUST WITH LOVE. WHAT WE HAD WAS REAL! WHAT YOU HAVE WITH TONY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A JOKE. YOU SHOULD HEAR WHAT IS SAID ABOUT YOU! HAVE YOU NO SHAME?!”

Bella nods and fires back with a fist across Pepper’s face.

“I will NOT take the blame for your and Tony’s relationship going sour. That was all YOUR doing! NOT mine! I wasn’t even around when the two of you dated! And don’t you EVER lie to me again! I do my homework Ms. Potts. You’ve been working for Hammer industries for over three months! For 120 fucking days to be exact so make it four! You’ve come to Tony since then!”

“I was going to quit!”
“And just what do you think would happen when he found out?! He’s a genius, remember?! Clearly, something you’re obviously not too familiar with. He’d have found out pretty damn quick then what was your game plan?!”

“Watch it Swan I’d sure hate for you to have some sort of “accident.” Pepper threatens.

Bella smiles.

“You wouldn’t have the balls! And even if you gathered those “balls” what exactly do you think Tony would do to you if he ever found out! Don’t be a fool Potts! Nobody likes a fool! Even pretty ones such as yourself.”

Pepper presses a button underneath her desk. Security guards rush into the building.

“Have her arrested. I want to press charges.” The men look to her face seeing her busted nose and lip.

Bella smiles and waves as they drag her out of the building and wait for the police to arrive.


“Dammit Stark, why her?!”

Tony shrugs. He goes to answer, but his cell rings. He looks to the phone ID oddly. It was coming from one of the police stations

“Hello?”

He hears an exasperated sigh.
“So… this is awkward.” He hears Bella say on the other line.

He lifts his eyes towards Clint.

“Awkward as in…?” He challenges curiously.
“I get one phone call!” She hints rather exuberantly, yet with sarcasm to her voice.

Tony runs his fingers through his hair in disbelief. He was beginning to wonder what was next. This day was going to shit and fast.

“Which station?”

She tells him and he nods his head in thought.

“Hold on, I’ll be right there.”

“No rush, we were going to play a nice game bullshit. You remember that game Tony?”

“Seems to ring a bell…” He says, but pondered what she was hinting at.

“Well it seems Ms. Pepper Potts has everyone beat so far!”

Tony narrowed his eyes wishing he knew what the hell was going on.
“I’ll be right there.”

He looks to Clint once he hangs up.
“Well guess who that was?!”

Clint shrugs.

“It seems little sister needs some bail money! Hope you’ve been saving your pennies.”


Both men entered the station and were led to Bella’s cell. She was kicked back on the cot with her legs crossed. She was in navy blue scrubs that read Los Angeles County Jail. Two other women were in the cell with her. One kept messing with Bella. Bella sighed and covered her face doing her best to ignore it.

“Hey trick, I’m talking to you.”
Bella peeks through her arms and looks over upon the thuggish girl.

“The name isn’t trick.” She covers her face again.

Tony and Clint rear back in astonishment as the girl yanks Bella off her cot and shoves her against the wall. Bella grabs one of the mattresses off the cot and uses it to shield herself. She then ankle swipes the girl as she’s attempting to get another hit in. The woman falls back and Bella hopped on taking a knee to the woman’s sternum. Tony cocked a brow and smirked at the situation. The cops that were escorting Tony and Clint into the room hurriedly opened the cell and roughly slammed Bella back against the wall.

“HEY!” Tony warned angrily.

Bella looked up with surprise. She hadn’t realized both men were right there.

“You called my brother?” Bella looked to Tony accusingly and confused.

Tony grins and shakes his head.

“You really think I’d rat you out?”
The police bring her out of the cell and lock it up. Tony leans into her ear.

“See if they’ll let you keep the scrubs… maybe a pair of handcuffs? So I can properly punish you tonight Wildcat.” Bella bit her lower lip and blushed in thought.

“Tony, what happened to your face?” She asked and went to run her fingers along his busted lip.

Clint however grabbed her arm and yanked her back beside him.

“What the hell is going on?!”
“Jesus Clint, it’s nice to see you too.”

He sighs and shakes his head loosening his grip.

“Come on Bell… First I hear you and Tony are officially an item! You haven’t answered any of my calls or text! Then I come here to find out you’ve been arrested?! How do you expect me to act?”

Another officer storms out of another office. He rushes over to them and jerks Bella back out of her brother’s hold and cuffs her.

“Um what are you doing?” Tony barks.

“The Judge has denied bail.”

Tony raises his brows on this.
“Denied bail?” Clint and Tony chorus.

Bella sighs as they cuff her and start dragging her back to the cell.
“Now hold on!” Tony shouts.

Everyone in the station looks upon him. Tony shakes his head and makes his way over to Bella.

“I’m going to fix this. I promise ok. Just hold on Wildcat. If anything happens to her. I’ll have this entire station facing lawsuits. Do we all have an understanding?! So if I were you I’d make certain she’s got her own private cell.”

“Give me a name!” Tony calls out as Bella is being dragged away from them.

“HAMMER!”

Tony nods and he and Clint head back out. Tony floors it all the way to Hammer Industries. Clint and Tony welcome themselves on inside and simply shove away any security guards that come their way. Tony freezes though once he sees Pepper Potts leaning over one of the receptionist desks. His heart literally came to a complete stop. Queasiness swept over him. Pepper glanced back with an, oh shit, glance. He simply nods then shakes his head. He walks right up to her and sees the CFO title on her ID tag.
“I see… it all makes sense now!” He growls and throws his hands in the air.

“You want a war baby? Well you got one! I’ll see your ass in court!”

Tony turns his back to her and starts to head back out.

“Tony…” She cries back desperately.

“I was going to tell you. That’s why I was there. There was so much we needed to discuss. I was just thrown off that’s all.”
She makes her way over and places her hand upon his cheek.

“Tony, just hear me out…”

Tony takes her hand and places it back by her side.

“What possible excuse could you have for all this? There was a noncompetitive clause you signed. You were not to go to work or run your own company for another two years Potts! And Hammer? REALLY?!”

“I’m sorry, Tony, I really am, but I couldn’t wait that long. I needed a job!”

“Not my problem! You had everything you needed when you worked for me! You pissed it all away!”

Pepper takes off her shades revealing a really good black eye even the veins in her eye were busted. He smiled.

“My girl?” He winked upon Pepper.

“She’s got a nice hook doesn’t she? Let me guess she found out about your betrayal and didn’t take it so well. She’s awesome isn’t she?! Admit it! It just pisses you the fuck off that she’s got more balls than you ever had!”

“TONY!”

He laughs.

“I can’t believe this!” He says through gritted teeth.
“Through everything we’ve been through! EVERYTHING!”

“I’m sorry about Ivan Vanko. Tony I had no idea that…”

Tony rears back and lifts his head back up.

“What do you mean you’re sorry about Ivan Vanko?”

“Wait, she didn’t tell you?”

“Tell me what?” He questions severely.

Pepper sighs and goes to take his arm. He steps away from her and cuts her the evilest of looks she’d ever seen Tony Stark give.

“Hands to yourself Potts, now, just spit it out. What do you know about that man?”

But she didn’t have to. It was all coming together for Tony now. Justin Hammer was coming out of a nearby office. The security guards now surrounded Tony and Clint.

“He worked for this company didn’t he? He copied my design and you allowed it all to take place! DIDN’T YOU?! BELLA ALMOST DIED BECAUSE YOU UNLEASHED A COMPLETE PSYCHO!”

Pepper looked to Tony oddly.

“She mentioned nothing about that. She said that yours, Happy, Phil and Rhoyde’s lives were placed in danger!”

“Of course she wouldn’t! That’s not who she is! She doesn’t think about herself! He came after HER Pepper! He came after MY GIRL in attempt to get me back for turning him away! He stole my design and was going to use it to end her life! And he was nearly successful! Now you have her sitting in jail. The judge has denied her bail! What the hell has come over you Pepper?! Since when are you so fickle?! Since when are you so conniving?! Who are you?! I don’t even know you!”

“Perhaps, this is something we all need to discuss more privately?” Justin Hammer states as he joins in on the conversation.
“Tony… I didn’t know…”

Tony shakes his head.

“Don’t worry Jackhammer, we’re done.”

The guards begin to lead Clint and Tony out of the building. Tony looks over his shoulder as they head on out.

“Goodbye, Ms. Potts.”

Clint sighs once they’re in the car. Tony shifts gears bitterly. After they get back to the house he slams his hands on the steering wheel. He couldn’t fathom Bella having to spend the night in a fucking cell. The moment they entered the house Tony started making calls left and right. He was doing whatever he could think of and call whoever he could think of to help. Clint looked on in silence. Tony undid his tie and tossed it across the room. He paced the area as he remained on the phone.

“NO! I want something DONE TODAY!”

Clint heard Tony yell into the phone at one point.

“Because, she’s not staying there overnight! I won’t have it!”

There were a few moments of silence.

“House arrest?” Tony looks to Clint in thought.

“What would that detail of?”

Tony nods.

“She resides with me.”

Clint shot up at this.

“She what?!”

Tony rolled his eyes and held up a finger.

“As much as I love our little quarrels, I’m rather dealing with something a bit more important at the moment. Now if you wouldn’t mind…I’m slightly busy!”

Clint helps himself to Tony’s bar. Tony nods in approval and continues to do whatever he can. When he’s finally done he looks over to Clint.

“Make yourself at home. I’ll be back.”

Before Clint can even argue, Tony bolts out of the house.


Bella looks to Tony miserably as they place bracelet on her ankle.

“We will either have an officer call to check in on you or we will send someone over.”

Bella shakes her head and rubs her face tiredly.

“A little overboard don’t you think?” She complains.

“It’s this or you can go back to your cell. What will it be Ms. Swan?”

“Gee, so many choices.”

Tony pinched the bridge of his nose.

“The judge was willing to work with you. The least you could do is show some appreciation.”

“Well make sure to send him a thank you cake!” Tony gabbles as they release Bella over to him.

“Remember Stark, she’s not to leave that house! Get her there asap. An officer will be arriving soon to set up the perimeter.”

“Guess that means we have to cancel our nakation to that nudist resort. Sorry Bella honey, maybe next year?”

“Dammit Tony, I really wanted to go!”

“I know, I know…” He pats her back and the officers look to one another oddly.

Tony smirks as they exit the station.

Before he opens the door for her, Tony scans her over as if to check for any new bruises. After he’s done he cups her cheek with the palm of his hand. Bella closes her eyes and leans into it.

“We need to talk Tony…”

“I already know…” He hints.

“Everything?”

He nods.

“And you my dear…” He kisses her neck.

“Are truly…” He continues to kiss along her neck.

“Amazing…”

Tony begins to obsessively kiss her.

“I fucking love you. I mean it. Bella…” He says as if in agony.

He kisses her again backing her up against his car. Tony was rock hard and all he could think about was how badly he wanted to make love to her.

“I do believe you have a bit of a bad girl streak. You’ve kept it locked away for so long it’s been dying for release. You drive me completely mad.” Bella found her breath taken back by his words. Her entire body was on fire as well at the moment. They continued to heavily make out against his car.

Tony finally forced himself to stop. He knew he’d end up taking her up against the car in the parking lot of a police station if he didn’t. So instead before they head back he finds a secluded area. There were no words for either. Both were desperate for release. Tony quickly whipped himself out and began stroking his cock as Bella took off her panties and lifted her skirt. Bella taunted him in return by running her fingers along her slit. Tony raised his brows.

She blushed a bit and went to move her hand.

“No, no please continue… I’m begging and you know I don’t ever beg.”

Tony gripped himself more firmly as her fingers entered her slit. She spread her pussy apart so he could see better. Tony felt as though he’d died and went to erotica heaven.

“Keep going Wildcat. That’s so fucking hot.” He uttered breathlessly and rubbed himself even harder and faster.

He motioned her over not able to take it anymore. She climbed on top of him. He swiftly unbuttoned her blouse and lowered her bra. She could feel his hot breath against her nipples. He throbbed greatly inside her as he sucked on her breasts. Tony threw his head back in satisfaction as she rocked her hips back and forth. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d had sex in a public setting. Something about her… He couldn’t quite peg what it was. He’d never felt more alive than he had around her. His hands run up her thighs, along her ass, and back. Her body pressed up against his. She nipped at his earlobe and ran her tongue along it. Tony growled out and his hips bucked off the seat. She moved down this neck causing his eyes to roll back. She was practically bathing him with her tongue. Bella worked her way back to his ear. Only she whispered.

“I love you.” Tony’s breath was swept away as he came at her words.

He never knew a woman telling him this during sex could get him so worked up. Yet again they ended up feverishly kissing one another. Tony’s cell however interrupted. He sighed and answered, but continued to run his free hand along Bella’s waist.

“Where the hell are you two?”

Tony shrugged as though Clint could see him.
“Um hello…? Where the fuck are you and my sister?!”

Tony smiles.

“I’ll have her home before midnight!” He hangs up with that smirk of his.

His phone rings again.

“Yes?”

Tony shook his head with annoyance as it was a reminder about how Bella needed to be home, that an officer was already awaiting them at the house. He hung up and sped on home.

Just as they pulled up to the house her bracelet began to flash a red light and peep. Bella looked to Tony in alarm. The officer that was already waiting for them stepped out of his squad car and made his way over. He escorted Bella inside. He peered over to Tony as he did.

“My son would love an autograph from Ironman by the way.”

Tony nods.
“I’m sure we can arrange that.”
The officer smiles.

“Cool, then I won’t let my boss know you two were an hour late.”

Tony half laughs.

“Ah, I see.”

The man hands him an Ironman collection card. Tony signs it and hands it over.

“Thanks!”

“Yep anytime.”

The officer begins to set up Bella’s bracelet according to the perimeter of the house inside out. Clint looks on in utter skepticism.

“Only you…” Clint undertones.

Bella sighs.

“I should have told the bitch twice…” Tony hears Bella whisper to herself as she folded her arms about her chest. Something he’d never dreamed he’d agree with. Bella had every reason to hate Pepper Potts!

“Alright Ms. Swan, you’re all set. If you happen to step out of bounds then you have less than a minute to get back or it will send the station notice. Someone then would be sent by to check on you. The bracelet is waterproof so you can do everything you’d normally do. However if you tamper with it and try to get it off, it will send us a notice. One of our officers will come check on you.” Tony knew he could take it off and rig it to do whatever the fuck he wanted. But he wasn’t about to admit that in front of the cop.

Once the officer left, Bella rose back up and made her way to the kitchen. Both men watched as she grabbed a fork and returned. She sat down and began scratching beneath the ankle bracelet.

“So what? They put you on house arrest?”

“It seems so until we go to court.”

“Fun times ahead!” Tony announces.

“So… mind explaining how you got arrested and what the hell is going on?”

Bella retells her story on how she found out about Pepper working for Hammer etc… Once she’s done with her story. Clint leans back taking it all in. Tony however, looked out the window and sipped at his drink. Clint still looked dreadfully confused by it all. So Bella started from the beginning to the end. By then two hours had passed. The three of them had spent the entire time drinking and catching up. When they were done however, Clint took his sister’s hand and led her outside by the pool.

Bella watched as he paced around with his hands upon his waist.

“Bell…hun what are you doing?”

“Don’t do this Clint.”

“Can you not see this isn’t right for you? He’s not right for you.”

“Can you not see that we love each other Clint?!”

“Why? I mean why him? Jesus Bell, what will our parents think for one thing? Hell my dad and Tony could be drinking buddies they’re so close in age! And …”

“And what?”

“What would Charlie think Bell? Have you even considered what your father’s feelings would be on this?”

Bella shakes her head.

“Unbelievable! You actually had the nerve to throw that in my face?!”

“Bell hun please you must understand my concerns.”

“Your concerns huh?”

Clint throws his hands in the air.
“This is utterly ridiculous! This will never last! You and Tony Stark? It’s a doomed relationship from the very beginning!”

“You can be such an ASSSSSSSSSSS!” Bella shouts.

“AND YOU’RE A PAIN IN ONE!”

“DOES MY HAPPINESS MEAN NOTHING TO YOU?! SO MUCH SO YOU THROW CHARLIE IN MY FUCKING FACE! THE HELL WITH YOU CLINT BARTON!” She shoves him into the pool and starts walking back to the house.
“BELL!” He growls out as he climbs back out.

Clint runs up soaking wet and stops her before she can get to the door.

“I’m sorry! Ok! I just… dammit Bell! This isn’t what I wanted for you!”

“Well what I do with my life isn’t your decision, now is it?! And it was you that busted Tony’s nose and lip wasn’t it?!”

He looks down in shame.

“You can be such a jerk! I love you Clint, but you better never pull that shit again! Tony didn’t deserve that!”
“He doesn’t deserve you!” Clint softly declares.

“What is your problem with Tony?”

Clint rolls his eyes.
“No I’m serious. I want an answer.”
“Bell…”
“Clint… just spit it out.”

“He’s freaking Ironman do you have any idea what that truly means? What the risks are with that? It’s not just about his age and his history with women. It’s the fact that putting it out there that you’re Tony Stark’s girl… Have you any idea the dangers that lie ahead for you? Ironman always seems to have enemies lurking about. What they wouldn’t give to get to you in order to make Tony pay.”

“Been there already remember?”

Clint flinches as though Bella had hit him.
“Bell I’m begging you… just take into consideration everything it truly means to be with this man.”
“What are you saying Clint? That Tony should be punished for who he is?”

Clint shakes his head.

“IF nothing else… If he truly loves you as he says he does. Then perhaps it’s time he steps down as Ironman. He needs to realize the danger he puts you in.”

“Um no! Not just no, but hell no! This is who he is Clint. How would you like some woman you’d fallen for to tell you in order for things to work out between you that you had to quit being Hawkeye. That you had to put away the bow and arrow and give up S.H.I.E.L.D. Do you not see what I’m trying to say?”

“And why do you think I’m single? You think I don’t get potential dates or interest? I know this life isn’t for everyone. I’m gone all the time and what I do is dangerous.”

“So you’re punishing yourself?”

“No Bell, I just take other’s lives into consideration.”
“So Tony’s being selfish?”

“Yes.”

“Listen to yourself. So he’s fucking Ironman… that means Tony’s doomed to spend a lifetime alone.”

“It sucks I know, but yes. If he wants a normal life with someone like you, he needs to make a choice.”

“I’m the daughter of a cop. The sister of an S.H.I.E.L.D agent. The ex-girlfriend of a vampire.”

Bella laughs a little and shakes her head.

“Now tell me again how it is I don’t fit into the lifestyle of Tony Stark? Why my boyfriend shouldn’t be Ironman? I’m not exactly new to all this. So I get it ok. You’re worried about my safety. And I can understand that. You don’t think I worry about you? That I never worried about dad? Everyday I wondered if there would be a day Charlie didn’t walk through that door because of some on the job accident. Everyday I worried about when mom would call to tell me something happened to you on a case. And now I do the same with Tony. I know the risks, the inevitable. Even through this knowledge, I’d rather have Tony in my life than not at all. It’s like the saying goes Clint. It’s better to have had love than to have never loved at all. I thought I loved Edward. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. I know the difference now. Clint… Tony makes me feel free. I can’t explain it exactly, but something about him. I feel more myself. I can say and do things that I’d always chose to hide around Edward and my friends! Around Edward I was always walking on eggshells it felt. I had to watch what I said and did. I felt this odd need to impress him. Like for some reason he was above me. Hell I even had to watch how I touched him! With Tony there’s no holding back. We have fun and well I feel alive! He doesn’t judge my every move and control every aspect of my life. I also don’t have to question how he feels about me. All of these things I use to crave when I was with Edward. I was just too blind to see it then. But my eyes are open now. I love Tony and Ironman. You see Clint they are the same person. You can’t have one without the other. When Tony returned from Afghanistan he was different person. That was the person I met and fell for. I didn’t know Tony before then. And that’s not what matters. What I’m trying to say is I’d never ask Tony to quit being Ironman in order to be with me. That’s not what I’d want from him. I accept him for everything he is. I don’t want him to change. And he doesn’t try to change me. Any changes that have been made I doubt we’d even notice. We don’t pay attention to that. We just take things one day at a time and roll with it. We don’t stress ourselves out over it. For one thing we’ve got more than enough to concern ourselves with when it comes to the industry. I honestly don’t know how the man does it. But he makes time for everything for me, the industry, and Ironman.”

Clint uses his shirt to wipe the water from his face. He runs his fingers through his hair.

“…dammit…” He mumbles and shakes his head.

“You really are in deep aren’t you sis?”

She smiles.
“You could say that.”

He takes in a breath and wraps his arms around her.
“Clint you’re getting me all wet!”

He smiles and hugs her more tightly.

“I know…”

She tries to squirm free and he starts laughing.

“Clint!”

He flips her over his shoulder and tosses her into the pool.

“You needed to cool off anyhow.”
Bella gasps for air as she swims back to the surface.

“YOU JERK!”

He dies in laughter and takes off running back into the house. Bella curses under breath as she climbs out of the pool. She enters the house and Tony cuts them both an odd look as he was sitting at the bar.

“So why wasn’t I invited to the pool party?”

“It’s never too late…” Bella threatens hintingly.

Tony gathers them both some towels. They dry themselves off best they can and Bella cleaned up the floor.

“I guess I better get going. I gotta get some sleep before work tomorrow.”

“Work?” Bella questions confused.

“How the hell are you going to get to work on time?”

Clint smiles.

“Did I forget to mention that S.H.I.E.L.D has decided to move their main headquarters here and keep only a few field agents to run things in New York?”

Tony snaps a look upon Clint.

“What?!”

Clint nods.

“Yep so looks like you’re not getting rid of me anytime soon! I plan to stay in Cali for sometime!” He says in a slight menacing way towards Tony.

However Tony’s focus was no longer on Bella’s brother. He thought about how Captain America got to the call first. And the irony of them moving their headquarters here right after Tony returns home.

“Son of a bitch…” Tony muttered to himself and his hand firmly gripped the glass he was drinking from. Bella was hugging her bother as he headed for the door.
“Tony…?” Bella questioned concerned.

He shut his eyes for a moment feeling the anger rising within him. Calmly as he could he waited until Clint left. He turned to Bella.
“I believe a meeting with Colonel Nick Fury is in order.”

Bella nodded.

“I’ll set that up first thing in the morning.”

Tony sighed looking to the time. Bella started them a very late supper. After they ate she checked the messages in the garage. She jotted down whatever was important. She kept in mind to get a new cellphone. That was why Clint couldn’t get ahold of her. It’d had been destroyed during the Whiplash and Victoria incident. For some reason Bella found herself laughing as she leaned back at her desk.

Tony entered the garage and took her hand. He led her to the platform where he normally tested his work. He grabbed one of the silver gauntlets and hooked it up to his arc reactor. Only he placed the gauntlet on Bella and stood directly behind her. He positioned her body just so. He had her aiming towards one of his old Ironman suits he wanted to rid of anyhow. So he was using it for mere target practice.

“The gauntlets you were using had nowhere near the strength they were meant to have. When you use them at their fullest potential…” He leans into her ear.

“Go ahead Wildcat. Fire away.”

Bella nods and fires, Tony quickly braces her body against his to keep her from flying back.

“See what I mean? And that’s not even your all. Imagine if you used everything you had. You’d have flown right out of this garage. It’s not just about aiming and shooting. There’s so much more balance, stance, and being able to quickly come up with a plan for whatever you may be facing. Often enough I find myself having to wing it. Much like you did when we were facing Whiplash.”

Tony pecks her on the neck, sending her goose bumps.

“Aim for the head this time, give it more oomph.”

Tony grunts out as they’re slammed back. He peers over seeing she hit the target dead on.

“Great aim, horrible stance.”

Bella covers her mouth in laughter as they come back up to their feet. He corrects her posture and stance.
“This is the hardest thing to remember at first. You’ve got to position yourself just right or you’re going to get yourself fucked and look like an idiot while you’re doing so. And only I’m allowed to look an idiot. You’re far too beautiful for that so let’s keep practicing.”

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4 thoughts on “Chapter 8 HAMMER Time? Really?”

  1. Don’t get me wrong…Pepper’s being a world’ class bitch (which in all honesty is very OOC for the character), but Bella wouldn’t be under house arrest if she had handled the situation in a more adult/mature way. She should have taken the information to Tony & let him handle it all legally. But no, she had to play hero & go down there herself & let her anger get the best of her. I knew Clint was going to be upset and I can see where he’s coming from, but the relationship is Bella’s choice. She was put in danger the moment she started working for Tony. Clint didn’t say anything then. And it seems as if you’re going to make her a superhero as well apparently. Would have been nice to see her just stay Bella & be awesome w/out a suit. =/

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