I may always reblog every gifset/imageset I see of this scene, if only to point out (over and over and over again) that Black Widow’s “very specific skillset” is not, actually, ass-kicking (as amazing as she is at that), because all the Avengers can kick ass to a pretty high degree. The Black Widow’s superpower (as it were) is emotional manipulation.
She is not interrogating this man not while tied to a chair. She is tied to a chair because that is exactly where she wants to be, because apparent vulnerability on her part is part of her interrogation. She uses the exact same trick on Loki later, when she leads him into gloating over having successfully pushed her buttons (and I have a theory that he did actually push her buttons, that she was genuinely distressed by the things he said to her because Loki is old enough and smart enough to know when someone is lying to him) and turns his gloating around on him, uses it to dig into the cracks of him, because that is what she does, and she can do it even when her target is expecting it. (Really, Loki knows that’s why she’s there. He was expecting to be physically tortured first, and for her to come be sympathetic later, if you recall, but Loki and Widow both know that wouldn’t work.)
And this is why she’s so unsettled by the Hulk. The Black Widow relies on emotional manipulation — and the Hulk, to the best of her knowledge, only has varying shades of a single emotion: anger. She doesn’t know how to manipulate a creature if it doesn’t have all the hooks to emotions like pride and lust and guilt and greed that she’s used to using.
CLINTASHA AU - After the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha finds Clint in a small town on the countryside. She soon begins to notice he is much more quiet and somber than his usual self. Something had happened to him while he was gone.
"Clint, are you alright?"
There was a play that I did that I had to smoke a joint in the first scene.
Egg whites? Why not egg blacks? End homophobia now!
TITLE: Dead Men Tell No Tales
CHAPTER NUMBER/ONE SHOT: Chapter 3 of ?
WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: Pirate!Tom
FIC SUMMARY: Thomas is a stowaway found aboard the Sea Monster, a pirate ship led by a woman. She’s running from the Royal Navy for thievery across the Atlantic Ocean and for helping her brother Jacob, a known deserter. Thomas does not understand pirates, violence, or his feelings for the austere yet beautiful Lady Captain.
AUTHORS NOTES/WARNINGS: Sorry for the wait. I hope you enjoy! WORDS: 3,452
Thomas was pacing back and forth in Katherine’s cabin listening to his heart pound in his chest as fear seeped into his veins like ice. The encounter with the naval vessel could go wrong, very wrong. They were going to have to kill men, no matter what. The only variable up in the air at the moment was whether or not the crew on the Sea Monster would be capable of winning this battle.
Katherine said that Thomas would fight, too; he’d never raised a weapon to another man in his life. Yet the woman was surveying the wall of her cabin, trying to decide which sword she thought suited Thomas best. There were dozens to choose from. Katherine’s coat and hat were off, something she must only do in the cabin. She was standing with her back to him, her arms crossed, with the fingers of one hand touching her chin as she thought.
“Of course,” she said suddenly, stopping Thomas in his tracks. He looked up. “Nothing else will do. This is the one.” She stepped toward her wall of swords and took one off its holder. The weapon was in its sheath, but she took hold of the hilt and pulled it out, the sound of metal sliding against metal made Thomas uneasy.