+ Frank & Rachel have a night of "stress relief".
+ Rachel finds out she's pregnant, cannot bring herself to contemplate termination. Knowing that putting the baby up for adoption would essentially make the child a sitting duck once his DNA was on record, Frank (begrudgingly) contacts SHIELD for help.
+ Rachel and SHIELD come to an agreement, which involves their sister agency STRIKE since help from England would make the dots a little harder to connect. In her second trimester Rachel willingly enters into STRIKE's custody, while they help Agent Clear Hawthorne (who was looking to retire from the field early anyway) fake her way through 'pregnancy' as she sets up a life/cover for herself and the baby.
+ Nov 2nd, 2001; Max is born healthy and on time in a STRIKE safe house in Reading, where Clear is setting up their life. For three days, Rachel gets to properly be his mother before the handoff occurs. Max is given over to sleeper-agent Clear's custody and Rachel begins serving time in SHIELD custody.
+ 2002 - 2006; For the most part, Clear raises Max as a single parent. They move every several months. Frank pops in on the DL from time to time. Max is a good sleeper, could sleep through armegeddon. Max appears to learn to walk before he does talk, he could talk but he was selective and more or less waited until he could speak in something that resembled a cohesive thought rather than singular words. He liked to colour, the yellow crayon was his favorite. Clear sent Rachel the occasional polaroid photo via their agencies, one was of 2 year old Max dressed as Paddington Bear. Clear adopts whatever accent is necessary to blend in whenever they moved, Max thought this was a little weird but normal.
+ August 4th, 2006; New Mexico. Three very large, heavily armed, men attack the semi-remote truckstop diner where Clear was working, while Max was asleep in the back. Clear, her coworkers, the patrons (including a SHIELD sleeper) are all killed. 2 of the three men were killed. #3 is severely injured, but manages to kidnap Max. This was the exact fear that Rachel and Frank had from the beginning.
+ Mexico, August 10th, 2006; Frank and some 'associates' (possibly Wolverine, Deadpool and Natasha + one or two others) end up eliminating the entire El Azul cartel to get Max back. Max has no memory of this, although he did get to keep a german shepherd named Lado.
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