July 27th, 2012

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Heart-Shaped Box

Title: Heart-Shaped Box
Author: jaune_chat
Fandoms: The Avengers (film)
Characters/Pairings: Natasha Romanov/Bruce Banner
Rating: R
Word count: 683
Spoilers: none
Content Advisory: Contemplation of suicide, (sort of) self-harm, blood, violence, angst
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing.
A/N: Written for a prompt at avengerkink - "Natasha was made practically immortal not by being shot with some serum but by having her heart removed, placed inside a diamond which was placed inside an egg which was placed inside a sealed box. The only way she can be destroyed is to destroy her heart and so she gives the box to the only person she trusts to kill her if it becomes necessary.”

The reference to the heart in a diamond in an egg in a box is one variation on the myth of Koschei the Deathless, a villain of Russian/Slavic folklore.

Summary: Natasha has lived a long life, longer than anyone could have guessed. And she needs to give the secret of her life to the one person she trusts to end it.

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