Title: The Secret Sits in the Middle and Knows
Fandom: Marvel AU
Author Notes: Set after Secret Invasion.
You should have told us, Reed. What if you had failed?
That's not the point! You had no right to put the world's fate on your hands, not when you have allies and friends to call upon. Did you keep your family in the dark about this 'secret invasion', too?
They didn't need to know. Trust me, Steve, I would have asked for help had I needed it.
Trust is a two-way street, Reed. For someone as smart as you are, you seem to have trouble grasping that simple concept.
The signal was cut with a sharp, yet dignified movement. Even angry and disappointed, Steve Rogers was... inspiring.
Mr. Fantastic sighed, rubbing his wearied eyes. The Skrull was not only imitating Captain America almost at the molecular level, it was also a perfect behavioral match. They were the best mimics in the known multiverse — and that had made it comparatively easy for Reed to design a countermeasure: a massive bioneural shock that had literally made every Skrull on Earth forget that they weren't who they were simulating to be.
A master stroke from the man whom the Skrull empire had, rightfully, feared more than anyone else.
An empty triumph for the last human being on Earth.