hayleycreagine asked: Natasha helps Clint get through his first killing of an innocent.
what we hold onto, avengers, Clint & Natasha, pg
He breathes under the flat of her hand, long and harsh and edging on nauseous, bent around his bow even though it has ended a laughing child’s life.
There are no words that she can offer him, no advice or comfort or cold hard reason, because Natasha knows what this soldier still hasn’t realized: the first innocent life any assassin takes is their own.
Barton chokes, trying to swallow bile and tears, and she says nothing.
Anonymous asked: Clint was never actually released from Loki's control
truth isn’t all things (to all people), avengers, Clint/Natasha, g
They are there, blue-edged and blazing in the mirror of their bathroom, in the shadows of his eyes: lies, lies, lies. Clint turns away and looks back at the assassin still sleeping in the rumpled bed, one hand curled against her cheek, vulnerable and trusting and naked in her belief of his innocence.
He tells the Tesseract, we need her, and because it is the truth, because he believes it with all his cold heart and allows no other thought to cross his mind, the Tesseract agrees.