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Manhattan, New York.
The Stark Tower.
Tony dragged Logan behind him, back to the Tower. He threw the queasy mutant roughly at one of the larger leather couches.
Steve moved quickly to intercept the mutant before he hit the couch. He put him gently down, and looked angrily at the thoughtless Billionaire. "Why?" he demanded.
"That's harsh man. All that for a bottle of scotch. Take it from me if you're that far gone you have a drinking problem." Xander looked closely at Tony's face. He didn't see any evidence of alcohol abuse. That didn't mean anything. With his new regenerative powers all physical disabilities would be fixed. "Dude I can prove to you right now, that right there is proof positive of what alcohol poisoning can do to you." he pointed at the still sick Logan, who took his queue and spewed chucks all over the couch, himself and the floor. "That man has the regenerative ability of the gods themselves..." he then looked at Thor and the struggling Loki rabbit in his grip. "...maybe even better and look at him drunk as a skunk..." Xander paused and looked at Logan again. "...it doesn't make sense. Why would he drink like that? It never effected him this badly before. Say Cap. Wasn't Jimmy with you guys?"
"..." Steve stayed quiet and closed up
To Natasha however he was an open book. His body told her that he was protecting somebody. Since The neo human Sharon was the only one with him it wasn't hard to figure out who?
The girl in question walked softly up to Steve. She gently touched his bicep. Steve looked at her. She let him know with her eyes that it was alright.
"It's my fault. When he and Steve were catching up, he kept having these blank spots in his memories. I felt something was off with him so I reached in and corrected the imbalance. All of his memories returned at once and he started to growl like an animal. Steve got between us and a minute later he stopped growling. He then said 'Shouldn't have done that darlin', I wanted my memories back, but not like this.' his voice was full of pain and anguish. I tried to help him, but both he and Steve stopped me. He left us. Steve has been asking me all sorts of questions ever since."
Xander that Sharon was afraid of the consequences of her actions, and so she should. However she was also family. "I understand you're new to this crazy thing we call life Sharon, but memory manipulation is one of the worst places to start spreading your wings. I know you're scared. But in a crazy way you're family. When a family member makes a mistake, we try to get them help. We've learned from our past mistakes and we're better equipped to guide you through the rough spots, but for the love of all that's holy, will you please stop playing with people. Some of us break a lot more easily than others.
"Okay." she said quietly. She was reassured by his smile and she felt the truth in his words.
"That doesn't mean you're off the hook. Dawnie, in a way Sharin is your daughter. You're going to have to see her through the rough spots. We'll all help, like I said she's family. Flesh and blood."
"It's always about the blood." Dawn sighed and the rest of the Scoobies agreed. Its always been about the blood.
"Are you telling me I just bullied an innocent man who was mind raped?" Tony asked.
"Yeah Tony, why?" Pepper's quiet voice did what Cap's harsh demand couldn't.
"I was saving that bottle for us Pepper. I wanted to use it for a special occasion I had in mind..." Tony stopped. He already said too much.
"Man don't wimp out the bottle's already open and it's still half full." Faith took a sip and showed everyone in the room the bottle. "Whoo. Man this is good shit. The half-pint knows just how to drown his pain. Now go on 'Packmate' don't you dare chicken out, or I'm so kicking' your ass if you do."
"What's this about a 'Packmate'?" Pepper asked. She wasn't sure what the very attractive burnet was saying. Since she was sitting in Dr. Banner's lap she wasn't worried about any sexual complications. Still...
While Tony struggled to explain the concept of the barley understood 'Pack' concept to Pepper with a little bit of help from Xander, Willow felt an impulse to check on Logan.
As she examined the mutant, Loki was trying to get away from his brother. He was also doing a credible imitation of Taz, the Tasmanian Devil. "Loki! Cease thy struggles!" Thor demanded from the forcibly transformed cartoon character.
"What's wrong with him?" Faith sashayed over, drawn by the struggling Loki rabbit.
"I do not know Valkyrie Faith. Something has disturbed him greatly in he last few minutes." Thor explained.
"I wonder why? Hmmm..." she rapped her knuckles on the rabbit's head, stopping its struggling form. "What's up Tricky-Dickie?" she asked.
The rabbit glared. The muzzle stopped him from voicing his displeasure.
"Oh, right. The gag. Hold on a sec. Phil!" she shouted. She knew that Red put that gag on when she started losing the snark contest, she however was made of sterner stuff. She could dish with the best of them.
"You bellowed, Faith?" he asked sarcastically. Of course she bellowed, but for some reason it just felt right to tease the dark haired slayer.
"You bet your ass I did. How the hell do you remove the gag?" she asked.
"Hmm. This looks like it's from of Tony's private collection. Note the high tech gizmos built in." he explained.
"Just turn it off, or whatever you jerk. You you're not as funny as you think."
"I don't know. He sounds like a jester to me."
"Thor...did you just crack a joke?" she asked.
"Yes I did." Thor smiled amused by her antics.
"Take my advise. Don't quit your day job." Phil had pressed a couple of buttons and removed the high tech gag.
'Only Stark.' he thought.
"Say. How come you know how to use that thing if this's Playboy's stuff?"
"Faith I'm a spy. We know these things." he gave her an over the top sigh that was pure Xander.
She could help it. She giggled in spite of herself.
Phil smiled indulgently at her.
"Alright Pinky. What's your problem?" she asked.
"THAT BITCH WITCH..." Faith slapped her hand over his mouth.
"Excuse me. But are you trying to get your ass killed?" she asked the pissed off rabbit. "What's the problem anyway Pinky..." she had a hilarious though, " she didn't..." she grabbed the pink rabbit and pulled her pants down. Yep. It was as girl.