1. Time of Peace
“Thank you for the lovely evening Nick, it’s nice to see you outside of work” Maria Hill said with a raised glass of champagne, “This is quite a step up from my usual after-work beer and football game”
Agent Hill and Nick Fury were seated under the low lights of the fancy 25 Lusk restaurant in San Francisco. The pair had a lovely view of the Golden Gate Bridge as they enjoyed their appetizers.
“Anytime Ms. Hill. I thought we deserved a break after the whole Hydra/SHIELD incident.” Nick Fury replied.
Maria smiled faintly, “I guess we should enjoy this time of peace while we ca-“ She stopped talking as the crystal chandelier above them made a tinkling sound as the beads hit together. Agent Hill and Fury looked around and saw that the rest of the patrons in the restaurant were frozen in their places. Waiters carrying steaming dishes, an elderly woman paused in the motion of dropping her fork and a middle aged man about to put a bite of his steak in his mouth; all frozen still, like they were paused in time.
Fury held up a finger to silence Agent Hill’s question. He looked out the window as a massive crash was heard a far distance away. They watched in horror as the Golden Gate Bridge fell in to the river below, sending people and their cars in with in. The Gate’s foundations had been blasted away by a greeny-blue slime substance. Fury pushed up from the table and was about to start towards the door when Agent Hill’s gasp called him back. Sitting in the table in front of her was a miniature golden helmet… a helmet with horns.
“Assemble the Avengers”