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19 July 2007 @ 08:01 pm
 
Wake up

Natasha opened her eyes and blinked. She immediately knew she wasn't in her place. The sheets weren't silk for starters. It was her room in the Avengers' Mansion. Which left the question, just how the hell did she get here? The last thing she remembered was lying down on the couch after having a few cups of coffee flavored vodka.

She groaned as she swung her legs over the edge and sat up. Her stomach hurt, but it was expected.

She stood up and padded across the hardwood floor to the bathroom. Something caught her eye as c she passed the mirror. She stopped and backed up a step.

One blink. Two blinks. Three blinks. "Black?" she said aloud.

Another mystery. Both mysteries could be solved after a hot shower and a cup, or three, of coffee.

She turned on the shower and waited for the water to get to just below scalding.

Twenty minutes later she was in the kitchen hovering near the coffee pot while she worked on her first cup.
 
 
 
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Don came in shortly after her, still yawning mightily. He seemed to be moving a little better, a little less stiffly than was his usual wont. "Morning." he said, carefully not commenting on anything.

Not yet, anyway.

Natasha Romanova: drinking coffee - photoredheadspy on July 20th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
"Mornings need to be outlawed...or something," Natasha grumbled. Too bad there wasn't any vodka around to put in the coffee.
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Don snorted something that might have been called a laugh. As a doctor, he'd probably clocked just as many late nights and 48-hour stints as she had.

He moved over to the coffeemaker and waited patiently for Natasha to relinquish the machine. If she drank it all - again - he'd just have to THOR SMASH her.

It was only fair.

Natasha Romanova: drinking coffee - photoredheadspy on July 20th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
She looked at Don and then at the coffee pot. To give him a cup or not? While she was deciding she poured herself another cup. Once her was filled and she took a sip, she felt a little more generous and stepped away allowing him a path to the coffee.
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Ah, so the Russian spy _did_ have a sense of self-preservation. He poured himself a generous cup of the Magic Bean and took a deep sip.

Ahhhh, addictions.

Natasha Romanova: drinking coffee - photoredheadspy on July 20th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
With a hot shower and a cup and a half of coffee behind her, Natasha was ready to tackle the two mysteries.

But she'd have to do it on her own. There's was no way she'd admit to Don that she had been drinking and blacked out. Enough not to remember dying her hair and ending up here.
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Don knew that now was probably the best time to strike. "Twenty-four hours." he said. "I think you've set a new record in disobeying doctor's instructions."

Natasha Romanova: drinking coffee - photoredheadspy on July 20th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
"You said I could have coffee," she shot back. She ignored the fact that he had said one cup every four hours.

She took a long sip from her cup. Really? How could one live on so little?
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
"One. Every four hours." he pointed out. "You've had two since I've been watching you right now." he pointed out unkindly.

"And last night you were drunk. Do you _want_ to die? Is that it?"

Natasha Romanova: drinking coffee - photoredheadspy on July 20th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
"I need the extra caffeine," she countered. It was a weak excuse, but she did need it. She felt like small truck had run over her a few times.

"I wasn't drunk." Four shots, or was it five, wouldn't make her drunk. It would take four or five times that to make her drunk.
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
"You were drunk. Come here, I have something to show you." He snagged his coffee cup, waited for her to get herself together, then led her down into artifact storage.

"Do you recognize this mirror?" he asked, handing it over to her.

Natasha Romanova: Comic Thinkingredheadspy on July 20th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
"I don't get drunk on four shots," she grumbled as she followed him to the storage room.

Natasha turned it over in her hands as she studied it. "No. I've never seen it before."
donald_blake on July 20th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
"Yes, you have. Because I showed it to you last night." he pointed out. "Look into the mirror and tell me who you see."

If he was right, she should see her true self plus her ... visitor. If that was the right word.

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Natasha Romanova: Comic Thinkingredheadspy on July 21st, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Just how did one have a talk with the other individual inside of their head? Natasha wasn't sure, but the bottle of vodka she managed to swipe from the bar downstairs probably would help. She had a feeling she was going to need it.

A cup of coffee flavored vodka later, she sat in a lotus position on her bed and concentrated.

"Sif?" she said aloud even though it was unnecessary.
lady_sif: thinkinglady_sif on July 21st, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Sif clawed her way out of the Helish darkness she had been banished to. She forced her way to the forefront of Natasha's mind - not to take over, but merely to talk.

"Aye." she answered.

Natasha Romanova: closeup 2redheadspy on July 21st, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Okay, this she would admit was weird. Very weird. Natasha didn't like weird. That's why she liked spying more than anything. Spying was pretty straight forward and there wasn't much weirdness involved.

Just what exactly was she supposed to say?
lady_sif: evil looklady_sif on July 21st, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
And, of course, now the mortal was getting confused. Wonderful.

"Thou shouldst not drink whilst wounded." she said, grabbing for possession of Natasha's arm to force her to put the booze down.

Natasha Romanova: Bitchredheadspy on July 21st, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
"You sound as bad as Don," she grumbled and tried to keep a hold of the bottle. "Apparently you didn't mind me drinking earlier."
lady_sif: swordlady_sif on July 21st, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
"'Twas needful." Sif said, trying again for the arm, to impose her will on her host. When it came to pure will, both women were fairly closely matched.

Sif, however, had millennia to hone her stubborn refusal to surrender, whereas Natasha only had decades.
Natasha Romanova: Abattoir 1redheadspy on July 21st, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
"Of course it was," she groused as she set the bottle down. Damn her. "Did you have to dye my hair black?"
lady_sif: braidslady_sif on July 21st, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
"Aye" she said, actually having the gall to sound amused. "'Tis more seemly than yon flame-kissed tresses." Sif never did like red hair. She missed her blonde hair, stolen from her by Loki all those centuries ago.

But that pain was an old one, and muchly dulled by time.

Natasha Romanova: Uniformed Bodyredheadspy on July 21st, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
There were names she'd like to call the woman inhabiting her body at the moment, but she refrained. Natasha liked being in control of HER body.

"It's going to take forever to get back to red."

Natasha sighed. There was no use in beating around the bush any longer.

"So...what are we going to do about this situation?"
lady_sif: swordlady_sif on July 21st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
However, as they shared a mind now the litany was fairly clear to Sif.

She just laughed.

"I will not return to the Void. I wish to live." she said firmly, in the same sort of tone reserved for ordering about berserkir who outmassed her by at least a hundred kilograms and overtopped her by a half-meter.

Natasha Romanova: Closeupredheadspy on July 21st, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
"So you just plan on stealing MY body whenever you feel like it?" Natasha asked in a tone she saved for when she needed to bully super-powered Avengers and heads of international spy agencies.
lady_sif: Kisslady_sif on July 21st, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
"Aye." she said. "Unless thou doth wish to strike a deal?" she asked, arching her nonexistant eyebrow. "There is much we could share."

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