Realizing he was upsetting her with his own worries, he gave her hand a squeeze and offered a soft smile. "Don't worry, Livvie. We'll figure it out. I promised you I'd keep you safe, and I mean to keep that promise." He touched a kiss to her lips, as if to seal that promise. They'd defeated Hydra once; they'd simply have to do it again.
She leaned into him as he kissed her, needing his warmth for a moment to reassure herself that the worst had not happened, and might not even come close to happening. They'd been warned in advance; that was far more than they had had last time Hydra had reared its head.
And there was nothing Steve wouldn't do to protect his family, and that family included them. No, Johnny decided, this was a blessing in disguise. If Lucas' father was indeed loyal to Hydra, at least, they'd been warned about it and had time to do something about it to keep their family safe.
"Don't forget, the fortuneteller told them they were going to get married soon and live a long and happy life together," Johnny reminded her, smiling.
"Well, they are already working on the wedding," Liv managed, producing a smile that, while small, was still genuine. "And children, don't forget - a boy and a girl. So you are going to be a grandfather, just perhaps not as soon as you thought."
"I still say I'm too young to be a grandfather," Johnny said, relaxing a little now that the conversation had shifted to a happier subject. "Our little girl is all grown up," he said with a sigh, almost forgetting that Fliss was already a teenager when they'd adopted her.
"She's still going to be our little girl," she reminded him fondly, glad to have a break from the tension, however short that break might turn out to be. "Tony's going to have a fit over what to get for their wedding. He already went above and beyond with the car."
"Tell him to buy them a honeymoon," Johnny suggested with a smirk. Because they didn't really need a house, as there were plenty at Maple Grove.
"That's not a bad idea," she laughed softly, leaning against his side with a quiet sigh. "I wish we could just enjoy that chapter without all the worry we have all over again."
"It'll be okay, Liv," Johnny assured her, hoping he was right. "Steve will make sure A.E.G.I.S. gets to the bottom of it. Even if Luc's father is Hydra, I doubt he'd want any harm to come to his sons," he reasoned, hopefully.
"We can hope," she murmured, lifting up a half-hearted smile for him as Lucy came back into the kitchen.
"Steve's just finishing up on the phone," she told them. "We've got people on it."
Johnny nodded, as Lucy proved his point - or at least, one of his points. "Good! See? Got it covered! In the meantime, how can we make sure Luc and Matt are safe?" he asked, and by extension, Fliss and everyone else connected to the Fosters. And who was going to tell Jessica?
"We've got tracking coms we can give them," Lucy mused. "They'll be able to communicate across the Nexus if necessary, and obviously they can be tracked with them. I think it's just a case of giving them the warning and asking them to let us know if anything suspicious or unusual happens."
"And they have the bloodstone rings," Johnny pointed out, which had been given to most everyone who lived at Maple Grove, but those who didn't really need them, like Johnny and Steve. The rings would only work in RhyDin, but all one had to do was press the stone and they'd be whisked away to the safe room at Maple Grove Manor.
Lucy nodded. "They already have that layer of protection, yeah," she agreed, sitting down with a sigh. "At least we have some idea of where they're going to strike this time."
"Do we though?" Johnny asked, not so sure. "I mean, we don't know if Luc's father knows about RhyDin, much less Hydra. We might still have the advantage."
"We might," Steve agreed, as he joined them, looking pensive but not grim. "But we have to assume the worst."
"We're going to need to talk to Jessica," Lucy said, glancing over at her twin. Liv was closest to Jessica of all of them, after all.
Liv looked reluctant, but nodded. "All right. What do you need me to ask her?"
"Ask her if Daniel knows about RhyDin," Steve replied. "Ask her if he knows how to contact her or how to find her or the boys, if he wanted to."
That was Step One, though Steve knew Hydra had their sources, too. So far, they'd been careful about keeping RhyDin a secret, but all it would take is one mistake for Hydra to track them here.
Liv nodded. They didn't need to worry about her forgetting - Liv never forgot anything, no matter how trivial. That's why Jonathan Granger had dubbed Liv the Nexus' Best Personal Assistant.
"I'll ask," she assured them. "I'm sorry we brought you such bad news."
Steve frowned, more worried than angry. "It was only a matter of time before Hydra reared its ugly head again. I was didn't think it would be so soon."
"It's not your fault," Lucy said quickly, laying her hand over Steve's. "It's no one's fault. Even if they are going to make a move, they have little to no resources now. We cut them off. Whatever they're going to try, they only have one chance at it, and they know it. We'll stop them."
"They'll be more careful this time," Steve said. "Johnny, make sure all the kids have Bloodstone rings and make sure they wear them. I know it's Matt and Lucas we're worried about here, but if Hydra finds out where they are, it puts everyone at Maple Grove at risk. I'll talk to Humphrey and Jason about increasing security. It's almost summer break. Do you think it would be prudent to homeschool the kids until the year is out?"
"We were going to anyway," Liv pointed out. "Better to have them here than dealing with the appalling people at that school any longer. It's only a couple of weeks more for lessons anyway."
Steve nodded. "What do you think Tony would say if we asked him to postpone the wedding?" He didn't really want to do that, but could they ensure the family's safety knowing there was a rogue Hydra cell out there somewhere? Especially at such a high-profile event as Tony Stark's wedding?