This chapter is worksafe. But I will repeat the CW: this story, as a whole, is going to be be pretty fucked up. Yes, more so than the chapter that needed a cut for violence. You have been reminded.
"That's her, then?"
"Her, now, yes," Widowmaker replied to Tracer, as the video from her security cameras rolled. "She ... looks much the same, really, other than her colouring." She tilted her head, and smiled. "So beautiful," she whispered, hands raised in front of her mouth. And beautifully done, love. Oh, you must be so happy.
"She gonna get anything from that laptop?"
The assassin snorted. "No. I bricked it before 'defecting' - the login screen appears to work, and network probes will show an apparently functional system, but in reality there's nothing there to be found."
"Nice. Useless and delaying," said the Overwatch agent.
"You really should come in," said Winston, over comms. He'd also been watching the video, a mix of worried and impressed. "We can provide a lot more protection here, at Gibraltar."
"She's fast," said Tracer. "But not as fast as me. I can take 'er."
"Do not underestimate her," said the assassin. "She is still feeling her way into herself. I am... concerned, given what I see here."
Lena turned to her lover. "Should we go in, then? It'd be safer, that's for sure."
"If it is an option, I... I think so. I want to contact her - I think I can still reach her - but I want to do it on my terms, not hers." She reached towards the display, unconsciously, touching it. I miss you so much, but I am afraid...
Winston blanched. "The offer wasn't for..." He frowned. "No. I won't do that. I'll talk the others into accepting it, one way or another. The offer is to you both. Lena, should I send an Orca?"
"Nah, I've got my flyer. I can get us there on my own." She leaned over towards the padd's camera. "I know it's gonna be a fight, so - thanks, luv. You're the best."
Widowmaker kept watching the footage as the two Overwatch agents talked, wishing she had audio, as Emily looked up, out of the corner of her eye, noticing, at last, the camera that had witnessed her exhibition. She gave it a discerning look, smiled, chained up to it, and blew a kiss, mouthing, "I love you. See you soon."
Moira nodded across visual comms. "I am entirely unsurprised, but we had to check."
"I ran into Sven, though! It was so nice to see him again. But he was leading a strike team, and they attacked me so I killed them all. He apologised, before he died, and it was so sweet. I told him not to worry - we'd bring Widowmaker home."
The doctor nodded, looking a little concerned. "Did you dispose of the bodies?"
"Oh, absolutely. I swept the entire building clean. I even dusted!" It wouldn't do to leave a mess in Widow's house, after all.
"Did he say anything more?"
"Just that they were hoping to beat anyone else to her."
Moira nodded. "Yes - Akande changed his mind about that once a particular someone found out about you. You're certain you got them all?"
"Oh, yes - it was great fun, you'd have loved to see it. And once I catch up to Widowmaker, maybe you might - I found a couple of active cameras, and I'm pretty sure they were hers."
"Good. Hopefully, I will - I'd've liked to monitor your first real field performance for analysis purposes." She steepled her hands together. "How do you feel?"
"Wonderful," she said, bliss warming her voice. "Everything is so perfect."
"Thank you. Now, if you'd kindly move on to London - Oxton will appear there sooner or later, and I don't see any reason you can't set up a welcome home party. But lay low until then, do you understand?"
"Awwww," said the killing machine, "do I have to?"
"Yes, but don't worry, if my intelligence teams get a definite location on either of them, you'll be the first to know."
Oilliphéist smiled. "You're so good to me."
"Yes," said the Oasis Minister of Genetics. "I am."
"No," said the Talon assassin, flatly. "Under no circumstances."
"I assure you it will go untouched, and that this facility is quite secure."
Lena broke in. "She can't, Athena, it's part of her. Winston, you there?"
"Hi, Lena. Yes, I am. There has to be a way to do this - her being disarmed on base is the price for sanctuary."
Widowmaker shook her head, and repeated, firmly, "No," while thinking, This may have been a mistake.
"Widow," said Lena, "you've let go of her before, a lot of times. I've seen you. You don't sleep with her. I mean... I know."
"Of course," she smirked. "But she's always in reach."
"Would..." The teleporter's brow furrowed. "...would you trust me to hold her for you?"
"You do not know what you are asking," said the Talon assassin.
"I... I think I might."
The assassin breathed in sharply, surprised, a little shaken despite herself. "And you are asking intentionally?"
"I am," she nodded, looking into the spider's eyes. Not looking away, she continued, "Winston, would that do? Will the team accept it? If not, we... should just leave now."
The blue woman contemplated the offer, hard, diving into racing thoughts, weighing the options, taking a long, deep breath... and found, to her surprise, when she resurfaced, that she was already offering Lena Oxton the Kiss.
Lena nodded solemnly, taking the extension of her lover's self gently into her arms. "Are there... correct ways to handle her?"
"No," whispered the assassin. "Just... just care. And trust."
"May I use her strap, to put her over my shoulder?"
"Thank you," Lena said, gently. She shifted the rifle onto her back with gentleness, letting her lay against the side of her accelerator. She was surprisingly light, and felt unexpectedly comfortable resting there, on her back. "I have the Kiss, Winston." She felt a little like crying, while smiling - a strange feeling, but a good one. "Widowmaker is unarmed. So... how 'bout it?"
Five tense minutes passed before the comms board lit up with Winston's voice. "It was an argument, but... good enough, for now."
Lena let out a long hoooo, and offered Widowmaker her hand. "It'll be all right. Nobody else touches her. Nobody." The assassin took her lover's hand in her own, squeezing it, wordlessly.
Together, Widowmaker and Tracer stepped out of the flyer, Widowmaker sticking close by Lena's side, heading towards the base's massive, reinforced primary doors. Entering, they heard Athena's voice over the soft hissing of the door's quiet glide, saying, "Your sanctuary status is confirmed. Welcome to Watchpoint Gibraltar, Danielle Guillard,” and Widowmaker smirked, just a little. Clever, she thought. But now I know you know.
Lena blinked, eyes adjusting to the lower light. “Winston? You in here?”
“I am,” he said, meeting them as they rounded the corner. “Conference room A, please. Follow me.”
The three agents maintained a tense silence as they made their way up the stairs and down the short hallway and to the door. “After you,” said the scientist, opening the door. Lena smiled, a bit determinedly, and nodded to the assembled Overwatch agents, who smiled at her, and did not smile at her spider.
"Where's Ana?" Lena asked, while sitting down, just to get it out of the way. It was, after all, the largest elephant of several in the room.
"On her way back to Egypt," Angela replied, from her position at the table. "She was vehemently opposed to this, and, well..."
"Fareeha too?" Lena asked, just before the rocketeer burst in, and kissed Angela on the head.
"Sorry for the late," said the flying agent, before she noticed Widowmaker's rifle on Tracer's back, and Widowmaker herself, unarmed, next to her. She shuddered a little. "That is a very strange sight."
Lena snickered, just a little. "Yeh, I bet. She's not heavy, tho'. Hardly know she's there, and me havin' her seems to keep everyone happy enough."
"I cannot tell if you're talking about the rifle or the assassin," Genji added.
"Both?" hoped Lena. Widowmaker glared a little, but also smiled a little, and it was hard to tell which carried more weight.
"Happy enough," interjected Jack Morrison, "for now." He shook his head. "So. This new operative. Do we have a codename for her, or is it just... Emily?"
"Just Emily, so far."
"Knowing O'Deorain," muttered Angela, "it will be something dramatic, and almost cartoonishly Irish."
Widowmaker glanced at the Overwatch doctor and laughed a little, a mix of surprise and actual agreement, covering her mouth with her hands to keep it from becoming a giggle. Lena laughed, too, but everyone else in the room just stared at the legendary assassin in shock.
"You can laugh?" asked Mei-Ling, first to recover.
"She's pretty funny once you get her goin'," chirped Lena. "You'd be surprised!"
"Yes!" said Mei. "I would!"
Widowmaker reverted to her cool, aloof public self before admitting, "The doctor is... entirely correct. It will be both. I suspect it is why she was not permitted to name me. But if she has a free hand, it will be exactly as Dr. Ziegler suggests." She smirked at at the Overwatch medical lead. "Did you work with her in Blackwatch, Angela? Or is this knowledge of her habits more recent?"
"A bit of both," replied the doctor, carefully. "We shared data on a few projects, until I discovered her complete disinterest in ethical standards. And with her position as genetics secretary in Oasis, I cannot completely avoid her even now - not even knowing her Talon connections." She peered at the Talon defector. "But... do you remember me... Danielle?"
The assassin considered the question. "The correct way to put it would be that I have access to memories of you, even if they are not mine, and I do not process them as such."
"Compartmentalisation or complete dissociation?"
"I am not a psychologist. But... I believe the latter would be the more correct... term? Phrase?" She tilted her head, a small frown on her face. "I am surprised you accept this so readily. You haven't even hinted about trying to undo me, to put Amélie back together."
"I knew Amélie well," the medical doctor said, old ache surfacing just a bit into her voice. "And... I have some idea of what they did, physically. She is gone, and, facial features aside, you are nothing like her."
"Thank you," said the sniper, dismissing the smallest of doubts and the tiniest of disappointments from her mind, for now.
"You're welcome," said the doctor. "Let's move on from this painful topic, shall we?."
"Yes," agreed Winston. "We have given you sanctuary. Are you willing to give us intelligence on Talon?"
"If you..." she scowled, and started over. "If we can deal in a satisfactory way with our situation with Emily - meaning that the three of us are safe and alive - and if Overwatch is part of that... I will be willing to provide as much information as I have about Talon to you."
The scientist gorilla nodded, as Morrison jumped in. "A little sweetener wouldn't hurt. How can we know what they bothered telling you? How much of that is even real?"
"A fair critique, that this will answer." She picked up a notepad from the table, and a pen, and wrote down four names, four intelligence groups, and a series of numbers. "These are the top Talon moles in MI5, MI6, Interpol, and the DGSE. I have worked directly with each of them in the past; they report to Akande's personal intelligence director. The numbers are the routing codes through which they receive their payoffs." She slid the notepad across the table. "You're welcome."
Hana Song leaned in, and looked at the names. "Woah, that's - you came prepared!"
"How'd they piss you off?" asked Morrison. "What'd they do?"
Widowmaker raised a single eyebrow. "I did not realise you were so insightful."
The assassin smirked. "One was sloppy on an assignment and will probably be discovered soon on her own. One has held a grudge against me since I broke his hand for putting it on my body without my permission; he is not smart enough to realise he was very lucky I did not kill him at the time. The third booked me in the worst hotel in Amsterdam for an assignment and I had to burn my luggage. The fourth..." she shook her head. "Who carries around tubs of butter and salt in their pockets to eat as a snack? It is grotesque, and he needs to die."
"Really?! " said Lucio, over comms, from Brazil. "Just... straight butter?"
"With added salt. From his pocket."
"That's just weird."
"Be happy you have not even been burdened with the smell. Death is the only correct response."
Morrison flinched visibly, and, after a moment, said, "...I can't argue with that as much as I should." He blew out a breath, cheeks puffed, putting the imagined odour out of his mind. "If these check out..."
"...then this will already have been worth it, as far as I'm concerned."
"Try not to implicate me in their extraction," said the assassin. "They are by no means the only Talon agents in European intelligence." The 'and I have the names of more' was left implied.
The soldier nodded. "I know."