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May 25, 2019 5:13 PM
lol you thought
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"Probably." 

He curls up on Lev's chest. 

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"I can just hold you. As long as you need to be held."

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He nods and stays where he is. "That'll -- probably be a while."

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Then they can cuddle for a while!

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Meanwhile, Asher is drawing up a to-do list. There are a lot of steps. Some of them he can handle now.

He asks his contact at SHIELD to divert some sex pollen. He emails a friend who might know someone who knows Vanessa Fisk. He sketches out some designs for drones with facial recognition technology and the ability to call the cops.

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And Marlo — 

 

— is having a very quiet, very contained crisis in the privacy of his own quarters. 

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There’s a hesitant knock at his door.

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He gets himself together enough to open it and hopes that it isn't too obvious that he's been crying. 

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“...hey, so — I wanted to say I’m sorry. For what went down with the hate ray.”

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"It wasn't your fault," he says, quiet. 

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“It was still a shitty thing to say. —fuck, it wasn’t even something bad about you, it was just something I knew would fuck you over to hear. Not okay even if we were all brainwashed. So...still sorry.”

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He nods. 

"How did you... know?" 

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“...that it’d fuck you up, or that it was true?”

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"Either. Both." 

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"Gets pretty obvious if you know a lot of Marlos."

That should buy him a second to come up with an answer that Marlo can actually process.

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"....what?" 

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"Don't worry about it."

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"...you spend a ton of time trying to live up to this...big damn perfect hero ideal, and you're from the forties. Obviously it was gonna hurt you."

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"...yes. You aren't wrong." 

He still doesn't know how Z knew it was true, but. 

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"...can't actually explain why I know it. I mean, fuck, anybody'd hope it, but I can't tell you how I knew."

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"Alright." He's just... not going to wonder whether it was obvious to everyone but him, because that isn't productive. 

(He absolutely is going to wonder that.) 

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"...so, I know I'm probably not the best guy for it, but do you wanna, you know..."

 

"...talk about it?"

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"I don't know what there is to talk about." 

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"...to be totally honest with you? I don't either. But this is kind of a big deal, right? Gotta be something to process."

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"...I just wish I could apologize to my fiancée." 

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