For a second Kate thought that Christmas with her family might actually be different...being in a different universe and all. But then she remembered that she'd been here long enough to know and accept that they really were frighteningly similar and therefore was spared the disappointment when her father's assistant sent her a voice message wishing her a Merry Christmas on his behalf because he was too busy to do it himself. Her sister was spending the holidays with her husband in Germany; and though Kate had been invited to go it was more out of politeness anyway and even if she had gone she would've been left to her own devices, voluntarily because she still couldn't handle the two of them together for super long periods of time. They were a little too cutesy.
So instead, she opted to do what she did any other time--she woke up early and helped at the shelter for hours until someone asked her if she had anywhere else to be, which then it occurred to her that she had to at least see Cassie since it was clear she wouldn't be seeing the rest of her family. And that was why she was there at the Avengers Tower. Kate wasn't bitter about her family though; not while she had this holiday martini in her hand to deter the feeling. She remembered her sister talking about it once, but Kate herself had never made it until now, though it tasted good because of the chocolate, not so much the vodka. Swirling it around in its cup, Kate found herself near the windows and stared out pensively before her eyes caught Clint from the corner of them.
"Barton, hey." She approached him, smiling. "Merry Christmas."