Hullo, everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful Independence Day, celebrating our freedom and remembering those who fought to get and keep it. Make sure to give everyone hugs today! *throws red, white, and blue confetti* And as many of you know, today is also Captain America’s birthday, so what better way to celebrate than with a prank war snippet? Enjoy! Want to see how it all got started? Click here.
Pepper rubbed her eyes and sat up. The sound that had woken her up came again – Tony yelping. She sighed. He had gone to bed way earlier than usual the night before, so she had been pretty sure something was up. Of course, she had warned Steve of the possibility of an early morning prank.
Pepper put on her robe and headed over to the door. When she stepped into the hallway, she was nearly run over by Tony as he raced frantically down the hallway.
“Tony…” she called, then sighed. It would probably be a while before she got her answers.
There was the sound of heavier footsteps approaching. Thor rushed into view and slid to a stop in front of Pepper. He gave her a slight head not and a smile of greeting. “Good morning, Pepper. Where–”
Pepper pointed in the direction Tony had gone, and Thor dashed away. She headed in they had come from, and soon another sound emerged: hysterical laughter. She entered the kitchen to find Clint doubled over laughing, Banner hiding a grin, and Steve ignoring both of them as he poured himself a bowl of Lucky Charms.
Pepper put her hands on her hips. “What happened?” She looked at Steve, who was clearly the most sand of the three at the moment.
He shrugged, looking for the milk in the fridge. “Don’t ask me. I walked in on this madness.”
Banner stirred his Coco Puffs. “Well, let’s see. Tony switched out the salt with the sugar, as a prank on Steve, of course, but he clearly forgot that today is Steve’s Lucky Charms day, not his scrambled egg day.”
Pepper rubbed her forehead. “And Thor was the first to find out.”
Banner nodded. “After he dumped half a gallon of what he thought was sugar onto his Frosted Flakes. Thor wouldn’t have known who did it if Tony hadn’t started laughing his head off,” he pointed out, scooping cereal into his mouth. Steve poured his milk and sat down to his cereal.
Clint’s face was cheery red when he finally stopped laughing and caught his breath. “Steve’s gained an ally,” he said, grinning. “At least now it’s two against two.”
Steve began picking out the rainbow charms one by one and eating them. Pepper noticed he was attempting to hide a smile. “Yeah.”
Pepper sat down at the table and poured herself some Cheerios. Clint finally sat down, too, eyeing Banner. “You’re not going to take sides, right?” he asked cautiously.
Banner held up a hand. “I am not getting involved in this. Too risky. And don’t you dare try to get me involved.”
Clint turned his gaze to Pepper, and she leveled her spoon in his direction. “I am the referee. I do not take sides.” She moved her spoon towards her bowl but stopped. “Where’s Natasha?”
Clint shrugged. “Who knows? But she hasn’t taken sides yet, so you don’t have to worry.”
Again, Pepper noticed Steve hiding a grin. She frowned at him, remembering that Natasha had joined his side, but as soon as he caught her gaze he gave her a quick shake of the head. Pepper decided that if neutrality was not an option, she would definitely be on Steve’s side. She did not want to be going against Natasha.
Clint sighed. “I’d better head to my room. I want to get started at the target range early this morning.” He pushed back his chair and headed off down the hall.
The instant he was out of sight, there was a grating noise overhead. Natasha dropped down from an overhead vent.
“Is the deed done?” Steve asked ominously.
Banner sighed. “How did I know?”
Natasha nodded. “I set up a camera, too. Blackmail.”
“He’s heading there now,” Steve said.
Somewhere else in the tower, there was a high-pitched shriek. Pepper groaned. “Do I even want to know?”
“You know the classic prank with a bucket of water over a door?” Natasha asked. “It’s just that. Except with silly string and water guns.”
Pepper could only sigh.