"I am not losing you again!"
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The gig was up. Ever since Hydra took down SHIELD, they had been spreading like a poison. Barnes and Romanoff had been assigned to go undercover in order to discover the root of that poison. Several weeks in at a gala, they made a wrong move. Wrong place, wrong time. They ran into one of Natasha's old handlers who recognized them both through the disguise. Before they realized what was going on, Hydra agents surrounded them. "We were surprised SHIELD would be so foolish as to send you both." A thick Russian accent rang in the ambushed agents' ears. Instinctively, Bucky and Natasha backed up into each other, standing back-to-back, ready to spring into action at a moment's notice. Natasha's left hand slid up the slit of her dress, reaching for her gun holstered to her thigh. "Oh no. Tsk, tsk!" The Russian motioned with his hand for two of Hydra's lackies to search and confiscate Natasha and Bucky for weapons. They even took the poison dipped knife out of Natasha's hair. "The Winter Soldier and the Black Widow. As if either of you would need weapons." He gives a sinister chuckle. "Former Black Widow." A blonde young woman in the corner sneers directly at Natasha. "Yelena." Natasha hisses. "So that's how they knew we were here." Bucky frowns in confusion, unaware of the Black Widow succession. "They've got me back now, Yelena. What use do they have for you?" It was a last ditch effort, but Natasha had to make it. They couldn't exactly punch their way out of this one. The younger Widow snarls but is interrupted by the Russian before she could respond. "Amusing as it would be...a cat fight is not necessary." Yelena Belova leaves the room, off to do who knows what. Most likely take Natasha's place as an Avenger. Natasha knew the power the younger woman had when it came to transformation. She couldn't let that happen.