I have fallen into a hole of Steve and Bucky clones and don’t want to get up
but I do think that there is a sad dearth of Natasha clones fic
especially if some of them like Clint more than Bucky and others like Bucky more than Clint and whenever the subject comes up, tensions rise and Nat disappears because this is one argument she is not refereeing.
Oh man that takes me back to the Nat!clone fic-snippet I wrote in May [here] where our Natasha was only the most recent clone of the original Black Widow (who was active during WWII). I had some random ideas to continue, like maybe the Red Room hadn’t stopped the cloning process with our Natasha.
Maybe it’s a few months after Bucky finally comes in from the cold and he’s having coffee at one of Steve’s favorite New York diners and in walks this little red-headed kid, holding the hand of another red-headed kid (this one hardly more than a baby) and she sits down and says “Bonjour” and Bucky said “Bonjour” back because he can still remember manners and niceties and then he asks “Quel est votre nom?” and she said “Natalie” and before Bucky can ask wtf this kid is doing talking to him she goes on and asks him if he knows Natasha Romanoff and well things go downhill from there.
Maybe little Natalie is eleven and was only pulled into the Red Room arm of Hydra the year before, when Project Insight was getting off the ground. Maybe Natalie underwent the procedure to implant the Alpha specimen’ memories, only it didn’t really work and then Hydra exploded and Natalie escaped from Hydra’s base in France with intel on the Black Widow project and she smuggled herself into Canada and then hopped the border (her little eleven-year-old self with the knowledge of an adult, of a killer, muddled around in her head).
Maybe she found the most recent Black Widow clone, a little button of a girl named Nadia, just as one of Hydra’s cleaning crews stormed the house to kill Nadia’s fake parents and Natalie got the girl out of there alive and she knew they needed help, that they were in danger, so she sought out the only safety she could think of, and that was the oldest living Black Widow in the files, Natasha Romanoff, a woman who fought aliens and who took down Hydra and (Natalie secretly hoped) might just be a good person who could help them.
And maybe buried in the Black Widow programming was something about the Winter Soldier so Natalie isn’t (too) scared of him, and even though Nadia is far too young to have undergone the procedure herself she latches onto the Winter Soldier, whom she will call “Bubby” (as she can’t pronounce the hard k sound in Bucky), like he’s the best toy in the world.
So possibly Bucky takes the minis to Natasha because he’s not-so-quietly freaking out and Steve’s there too and Bucky’s emoting various sorts of “wtf do we do” but Natasha just gets down on one knee and looks the two girls in the eye and says “Hello.” And Natalie doesn’t cry, not really, but she is still very young and it’s been a really difficult time since she was pulled away from the only parents she knew, and watching Nadia’s parents get executed was really horrible and eleven is hard time to be watching out for a three-year-old, even one as well-behaved as Nadia, and when Natasha gives Natalie a hug it might be the best thing ever.
And just perhaps Nadia demands hugs too, and Clint comes in just as Natasha looks up with a “now what the fuck do I do” look on her face and Clint saves the day (to the surprise of no one but himself) and settles the kids and after a while the Avengers determine that Natalie and Nadia aren’t actually sleeper bombs or anything but Natalie’s kind of messed up from the fractured memory implantation process and Nadia is three and she misses the people who raised her so far and there’s just a lot going on but they need someone to look after them especially if Hydra keeps trying to kill them.
Maybe Natasha (thirty) is so focused on Natalie (eleven) and Nadia (three) that she doesn’t stop to wonder where the clone(s) are who might have been implanted in the nineteen years between Natasha and Natalie.
And certainly no one realizes that there is a new Black Widow in the wings, tightening her web around Hydra’s enemies, and that the first people she plans to destroy are the three remaining Black Widows.
You know. Perhaps.