Walking on Broken Glass - 3Every single one of Tony's muscles feels strained, his skin burns and every movement is painful. It's dark and he wants to get away, he doesn't know where to go but anywhere other than that place would be good enough. He feels week.
Strong men surround him, yell at him. Tony doesn't understand what they're saying and when he doesn't answer they hit him. Someone roughly grabs his hair, his heart hurts and he can't breathe because his face is underwater. When they pull him back up, there's a man. He's bald and wears glasses and Tony is happy to see him. 'Yinsen', Tony whispers and the man smiles.
There are shots being fired and Tony feels heavy. Yinsen is wounded and Tony runs to him, his steps echoing loudly in the cave, but not loud enough from him not to hear Yinsen's whisper. 'Don't waste it. Don't waste your life.', he struggles to say before vanishing into thin air and Tony wakes up with a jolt, feeling sticky from sweat. The heart monitor beeps way to fast and he glares at
Walking on Broken Glass - 2"Your father doesn't remember me." Steve says into the phone, and it's followed by a moment of silence as Peter struggles to find the right words. "He doesn't remember the arc reactor, which means he won't probably recognize you either. There's... There's a part of his life missing."Walking on Broken Glass - 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Oh my God. W-what did the doctor say?"
"That it's most likely temporary. Dr Scott didn't tell him anything though, he said it's better if I tell him, to gain his trust again."
"Yeah, but don't just blurt everything out to him."
"I know, Peter. Listen, I know you want to see Tony but-"
"It's fine, I get it."
"Thank you. There's some money on the top drawer of my nightstand, order a pizza for yourself. I'll get something around here for dinner."
After saying goodbye and hanging up, Steve headed back to Tony's room. He stood outside the door for a couple of seconds, took a deep breath and went in. Tony was looking down at the arc reactor, touching it carefully, not sure if he even could.
"Hi." Steve said to
Walking on Broken Glass - 5"I am Iron Man." Tony blurted out, eyes never leaving the window, when he felt Steve's presence in the room. "And you didn't tell me."Walking on Broken Glass - 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Would you believe me if I did?"
"Who cares! And I almost died, too!" Tony was finally facing Steve, his finger tapping furiously at the arc reactor. "You told me this thing was keeping me alive but it almost killed me!"
"You had some problems with the first reactor you built, but then you created a new one, the one on your chest right now. You're safe."
"That's not an excuse to not tell me about it."
"Listen, I'm sorry." Steve was finally approaching the bed. "But I couldn't tell you."
"Whatever. I'm leaving this place tomorrow anyway."
"You know, that won't stop me from visiting you."
"You're kidding, right?" Tony would never admit that he was hoping Steve would say that, but the surprised tone in his voice was genuine since he really didn't believe anyone would care so much for him.
"Of course I'm not. Unless you really don't want me to go..."
Walking on Broken Glass - 1As soon as Steve entered the hospital, all eyes were on him. He had dirt and blood all over himself, his Captain America suit had large rips where his wounds were already healing, and was carrying an unconscious Tony Stark. He had managed to take him out of the Iron Man suit with JARVIS's help, but wasn't able to wake him up, don't matter how loud he yelled his name.Walking on Broken Glass - 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Tony was taken to the emergency room and Steve asked one of the nurses for some change to call Peter.
"Hello?" The 18 year old answered.
"Peter, it's Steve. I'm at the hospital."
"What?! What happened?"
"I'll be there in 10 minutes."
And he was. When Peter arrived, Steve explained that Tony had been injured in battle and was unconscious before heading to the restroom with the change of clothes that Peter brought for him.
It was a couple of hours before they got any news. Doctor Scott was Tony's doctor and was well aware of his condition with the arc reactor, no other doctor was ever allowed to treat Tony
Walking on Broken Glass - 6Tony lifted the glass to his lips once again, the expensive vodka burning down his throat. It wasn't the familiar alcohol burn, no, that he could handle well. It was something else, something worse, that he couldn't define no matter how hard he tried. He filled the glass again and threw the empty bottle at the trashcan on the other side of the kitchen table. The glass broke into pieces and with a deafening sound as it hit the ground, since Tony had missed his target. After a long moment looking at the shards of glass he shrugged and got up to fetch another bottle.Walking on Broken Glass - 63 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Two days have passed since what happened at the mall, and Tony hasn't left his apartment in that time. He hasn't been talking to JARVIS either, or showering, or eating. The mini bar is almost empty and he groans as he gets back to the kitchen with a bottle of whiskey in hand, not feeling like going out to get more alcohol.
Steve doesn't try to talk to him during those two days and it makes Tony angry and sad and he doesn't un
Walking on Broken Glass - 4Every night Tony goes to sleep hoping to have another dream that will show him another bit of himself, but the dreams are always blurry. There are faces of people he doesn't remember but he gets a feeling that he knows them and he tries to reach for them but they drift away. He ends up waking up with a huge headache, feeling frustrated and lost.Walking on Broken Glass - 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Steve is in a lot of those dreams and he's the one he tries to reach more often. Tony decides that the reason is that Steve is at the Hospital all the time, which is really, really annoying. Steve tells him little things that he doesn't believe, like when he said that Tony doesn't drink as much as he used to anymore, or that Pepper is married to Happy now. The daily visits make Tony feel closer to Steve, which is why Tony acts even more distant.
It's Saturday night and Steve just arrived home. Peter is in the living room watching TV, but his gaze turns to his father quickly.
"We're gonna have to move out of here." Steve says, not delaying t
Walking on Broken Glass - 7It takes Tony another two days to get himself together and sober up before he decides to go have a talk with Steve. He thinks about what to say, but nothing comes to mind so he figures he'll come up with something on the spot. Or at least he hopes so.Walking on Broken Glass - 73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It's not until he's out the door that Tony remembers that he doesn't know where to go. 'Damn kid,' he thinks as he dials Pepper's number on his cell. 'Comes here to make me feel guilty and doesn't even tell me where to go to fix it.'
"What did you do this time?" Pepper sounds busy on the other end of the line, and Tony could try to feel bad about bothering her if she didn't greet him like that.
"Aren't you sweet." Tony deadpans and rolls his eyes, and he knows that somehow Pepper can hear it. "Where does Captain Khakis live?"
"Why?" She sounds more interested in the conversation now.
"Pepper, I promise I'm about to do a good thing. Will you give me his address?"
"Fine." Pepper replies after a pause and gives Tony what he wants.
The Avengers - RememberThe Avengers - Remember2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He couldn't take it. It was quiet. The Tower was full of people, full of life, but he was alone. Part of his heart was gone.
Tony Stark didn't have an easy life. He was successful in his job, had many lovers, many cars and more money than he could ever spend during his whole life. But it was just like Yinsen described him once - "so you're a man who has everything... and nothing." And it was the truth. But since than so many things had changed in his life.
Of course he went through more ordeals, but there were also happy moments in his life. Becoming friends with rest of the Avengers. Becoming friends with Steve. His first date with Steve. Their first night together. The day he had proposed to Steve. He wouldn't say that his life was perfect, but it was much better since Steve stepped into it.
But now Steve was gone.
No, it was worse.
Steve was still here, currently nine floors below him, sitting on the couch between Thor and Bruce, as the whole team gathered to watch a movie.
The Avengers - Once a yearThe Avengers - Once a year3 years ago in Drama More Like This
"I said no."
"Tony, you know that this is a right thing to do."
Tony was standing behind his desk at his workshop. He was hammering some machine, either fixing it or trying to brake it into pieces, it was hard to tell. Steve was standing in front of him in some distance, trying to reason with him.
"Steve, I pay people to do that, there is no need for me to go there," Tony said in slow voice like he was explaining something to a demented person.
"No, you will go there today."
"I will go next year."
"You can't run from this forever, Tony."
Tony put the hammer down, trying to control his breath. Steve was starting to get on his nerves. Why does he have to interfere? It's not his business. Slowly Tony picked up the hammer and punched the machine again.
"Go away, I'm busy," he snapped, not looking at the blonde.
"No, you're not. I can already tell when you are busy, and when you are just pretending to be busy so people will leave you alone," Steve said in a calm voice.
DancingTony was sitting in his workshop, working on a flaw in one of his gauntlet repulsors. It had a tendency to overload and lean towards exploding when used too much. Tony, however, loved his hands, needed them really, and didn't want that to happen. He was so involved in trying to fix the gauntlet that he had completely missed the fact that Steve had used his access code to get in and was currently sketching him.Dancing2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Tony finally found the problem, a fierce grin on his face. With a deft twist of his hands, he repaired the gauntlet and sighed. Putting it down, he looked up and stretched, freezing when he saw Steve sitting across from him. A cool breeze on the few inches of skin left bared by his t-shirt caused Tony to lower his arms slowly, studying the other man. Was that a slight blush he could see on Steve's face?
"Capsicle," Tony greeted idly, nodding at the blonde man. "Whatcha doing down here?"
"I came down here to ask you a question," Steve said softly, the blush highlighting his cheeks
Dark Paradise"Is it true what they say? That you're watching over me? Can you hear me, Steve?"Dark Paradise3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Tony is not sure where to look. Should he be looking down at the grave or up at the sky? He shakes his head and focuses his eyes on the small picture of Steve on the tombstone.
"I feel stupid talking to you, I never believed this kind of crap. It's not like I'll have the time to regret it anyway, so I might as well do it. It's a little less painful."
His eyes are getting watery behind his sunglasses and Tony glances away from the picture.
"I still- It's been 4 months, for 3 and a half of those months I almost didn't move from the front door, hoping you'd come in. And the rest of the time I was drowning myself in scotch. I know how much you hated my drinking, if you really are somewhere out there you must be pissed at me. I'm sorry, Steve.
They tried. The rest of the team, they kept inviting me to go out and stuff, Bruce said you'd want me to move on and I punched him. It goes without saying that all I got
Three WordsThere was this thing bothering Tony. There were times when he was with Steve that he got this strange feeling, he had no idea what it was, but it felt like his his chest was tightening and his throat felt itchy.Three Words3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sometimes it happened during and/or after sex. Other times it was at four in the morning when Steve came down to his workshop and -instead of dragging him to bed- handed him a fresh cup of coffee and asked Tony what he was doing.
It happened when they had silly fights about the remote. It also happened when they had more serious fights after one of them gets injured in battle. Sometimes they spent hours without talking to each other and it happened again, but the tightening on Tony's chest was more painful then.
Tony is a business man and he has to travel from time to time. While he's gone, he can't shake off that strange sensation and when he gets back and Steve is kissing him the moment he enters the house it's even stronger.
It happens more often lately. He lays his eyes on
A STony Farewell "Do you have to go?" Tony was pressed against Steve, speaking directly with the Cap's sternum.A STony Farewell3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Do you have to wait until we're at the airport to get emotional?" Steve was smiling into Tony's hair, his arms resting on Tony's waist.
"I'm not emotional." Tony retorted, his arms around Steve's neck. "I just I don't think Bruce will be able to work knowing you're not at Stark Tower to keep us safe."
"I'll be fine," Bruce piped up from behind them, his hand in Clint's. "Agent Barton is enough protection for me."
"I think he just hit on me. Did you guys here that? That's what I heard. Bruce Banner just hit on me."
"Shut up, Hawk Man." Tony raised one of the hands behind Steve's high enough for Clint to be able to see his extended middle fi
A FamilyWhen Steve first said that he's like to have kids, Tony freaked out. He then decided to avoid Steve for a whole week, because it seemed like a good idea. Tony would hide long enough for Steve to forget about him and then move on and find someone else who actually was good with kids. But then when he thought about Steve with someone else, Tony got really mad and desperate and came out of his cave (which really is just his garage, and the only reason why Steve didn't try to talk to him was because he knew he freaked Tony out and he needed time).A Family3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
After a long talk, Tony finally confessed that he wouldn't mind having a kid, he just thought he would be an awful father. Steve told him all the reasons why Tony would actually be a great father and by the end of the day they agreed it was not completely off the table and had great sex.
A month passed by and Tony always kept that in his mind, and the more he thought about it the more he wanted a kid. He did some research on adopting processes an
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disclaimer - inspired by this
Steve was sitting in the SHIELD's medical sector, hands resting on his knees, as he attempted to calm down his nervously bouncing legs. He had been here before.
He wasn't an often visitor in the medical sector. Of course, he got damaged during the battles, cuts, bruises, some worse stuff too. But he was healing quickly and his healing factor coupled with high-tech medical care and no matter how bad the wound was, it didn't even leave a mark on him.
With Tony it was different. He could take care on his own of some minor bruises, cuts, burns, being familiar to all of it from all years he spent in his workshop. It was worse when Tony was hurt during a battle and his wounds required medical assistance. He just hated going to the doctors. Things got better when Bruce permanently moved into the Tower and became Avengers personal doctor and was capable of treating most of the wounds. Still, it was hard to drag Tony
AnswersTony's heart was beating quickly, pounding at his ribcage as he waited for Steve to answer. He hid the panic and fear behind a cheerful and charming face, hoping that he wouldn't be let down. Rapidly rethinking their interactions for the past few weeks, Tony thought he saw a pattern and a definite interest there. But, his worries whispered, it could just be the polite and thoughtful way that Steve acted. There could be nothing there and he could be ruining one of the few good friendships he had.Answers2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"What do you want it to mean, Tony?" Steve asked, catching the barest hints of Tony's inner turmoil. He'd learned to read the genius, to see the emotions lurking deep in his eyes or the twitch of his mouth.
"Now that's not playing fair, Cap," Tony said lightly, taking a sip of his wine. "I asked first."
Steve saw a slight tremor in Tony's hand and realized the brunette was expecting him to brush it off, brush him off. Suddenly, all the veiled references to 40's politeness and chivalry made sens
Numb "I'm sorry, Mr. Stark," the cop's voice was sympathetic, but hollow. The horror of what he had just seen-the mutilated bodies of the child and the man, the remains of the car- were right behind his eyelids, threatening to burst forth from the walls of his memory every time he so much as blinked. "I really am."Numb3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"It-it's not your fault," Tony's voice was weak, nonexistent. He couldn't think. He couldn't breathe. Everything he knew-everything he loved-was gone. Just like that. "It was-I excuse me." Tony turned around, walking back into Stark Tower and closing the door in the cop's face.
Some things never change here we go again
Feel like I'm losing my mind
Shake it up, let it go, I don't care anymore
And so Clint tells everyone"Tony, stop!" Steve giggled. "This is not the place to-"And so Clint tells everyone3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Aww come on, Steve, it's not like we're about to have sex, just a little make out session won't hurt." Tony replied before kissing Steve's jaw. "Unless you want sex, we can totally-"
"Oh. My. God."
Both men turned their heads to the door when they heard Clint's voice. So maybe Steve was right, making out at SHIELD headquarters was really not a good idea. Barton turned around and left without a single word to look for Natasha.
"As I was saying-" Tony tried, but was cut off when Steve shook his head with an apologetic look plastered on his face, meaning that the mood was killed. Tony wanted to make a punching bag out of Barton.
"They we're like, making out. And I heard something about sex!" Clint said frantically. "Tasha, they were about to have sex at SHIELD. They are probably doing it right now!"
"Mhm." Natasha didn't lift her eyes from the book she was reading.
"That's it? I will possibly be scarred for life and a mumble is
Altercation“It isn’t proper protocol, Tony,” Steve said, voice deceptively calm. “Someone could’ve gotten—”Altercation2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Iron Man’s faceplate snapped up, revealing Tony’s tense frown. “I knew no one would get hurt. Do you really think I would’ve done it if I thought someone would get hurt?” A smirk flashed across his face for a brief second. “They don’t call me a genius for nothing, Steve. I don’t know why you can’t seem to get that.” He turned on his heel to walk away, and the armor fell from him as he went, reassembling neatly in its base.
Steve squared his jaw. Tony always seemed to play the genius card when Steve got angry at him, as if his IQ was supposed to excuse all his faults. “I don’t understand why you feel the need to endanger the whole team like that. There were plenty of other options, and I’m sure a genius could see that.”
Tony scoffed. “You must’ve been figh
The Reason is You"Remember, he needs his nap after lunch or he'll get cranky." Steve told Clint as he gave him a big blue duffle bag.The Reason is You3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Yes, and he can't eat too much sugar or he won't sleep in the afternoon, I know." Clint replied, waving his hand dismissively.
Tony was in a corner, his 2 year old son Peter on his arms. "Steeeeve." He whined. "I'm not sure this is a good idea."
"You're the one who wanted to go to Europe for our anniversary." Steve rolled his eyes.
"Yes, yes. But I don't trust Barton."
Clint shouted an offended 'Hey!' just as Natasha arrived. "No one does, that's why I'm helping."
"Well, I don't trust you, either." Tony said to Natasha as Steve took Peter from his arms.
"Tony." Steve warned. "We don't have another choice. We can't bother Bruce with this, he's been doing research for SHIELD. We also can't leave Peter with Thor because, well, because he's Thor."
Tony sighed heavily but eventually accepted it. After saying goodbye to their son and friends, Steve and Tony left for the airpo
Stony-Art Trade with LemonlollipopSteve was at the store picking out a watch since his old one broke. Tony offered to buy him one over the web, like he bought everything else, but Steve was insistent on going out to get it.Stony-Art Trade with Lemonlollipop3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Lifting up a cool looking red, white and blue watch that oddly resembled his shield, something brown had caught his eye in the corner of his vision.
Looking up he noticed a girl walking by. She looked about his age, 25 to 30 max. She had bright brown hair, long and curly. She looked just like...
He didn't even realize he said the name out loud until she turned around. Steve's heart began to pound, there was just no way, Peggy would be over 70 years old by now if not already passed away. There was just no way she was standing only a foot away still as young as the day he last saw her.
She looked just like Peggy, only Steve noticed her eyes were blue and not the soft brown he knew she had before he was frozen.
"I'm sorry, I thought you were someone I knew." he blushed with apology.
"Not a pro
The Avengers - The best vintageThe Avengers - The best vintage2 years ago in Romance More Like This
"It's flat. Nothing is happening."
"Stop whining, maybe it's not what you're used to, but that's a young taste, give it time."
Steve froze in the corridor, overhearing a conversation between Tony and Pepper. What were they talking about..?
"I don't thinks so, Pep. I'm not convinced. Too young."
"That's the trait of it, Tony! It has to be like that!"
Tony sighed deeply. "Okay, it's not that bad. But it's young and innocent and I don't know, kinda sweet? I prefer more mature stuff. Like what we had some time ago."
Steve face quickly reddened. Were they talking about.. Oh dear God. He hightailed out of there, not wanting to hear anything more, too many thoughts pounding in his head.
He stopped when he reached his and Tony's floor, his face still burning, and a guilty feeling in his stomach. There was just one conclusion that came to his mind. Tony was bored with their sex life. He was right, it was more of sweet, innocent, st
The Avengers - First Halloween TogetherThe Avengers - First Halloween Together3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Steve was standing in Tony's bedroom. He was holding a bag, with something frilly and puffy sticking out of it, his face as he was about to cry. Tony was standing in front of him, arms crossed, a smug smile plastered on his face. How he got into this mess? Oh right..
some time earlier
"Party, party, party!!" Tony chanted as he was marching through the apartment. Steve looked at him from the couch, taking a break from his book.
"What party?" he asked, looking puzzled at Tony. The brunet smiled wildly and pounced on Steve's lap, straddling him. Steve didn't expect that and dropped the book with a surprised yelp.
"A Halloween party, baby!" Tony shouted excited, cupping his face.
"What? Halloween?" Steve's mouth twitched in a sarcastic smile. "Aren't you too old for Halloween?" Tony rolled his eyes.
"Not that kind of party, a one for adults! You know, spiked punch, and that stuff!" Steve removed Tony's hands from his cheeks and eyed him suspiciously. It was just another occasion for
An Apple store, though, seriouslyTony tapped away on his Stark Phone, bored out of his mind. He glanced up, watching people pass him without a moments glance. It was nearing Christmas, so they were probably too busy to notice some teenager squeezed in between an Apple store and an Italian Restaurant, anyway. Tony's best friend, Bruce, worked at the Apple store (pshh, Apple, can you believe it?) and the curious teen had decided to join his friend to see what having a job was like. But, about 5 minutes into Bruce's shift, Tony had gotten bored and threw the working student a peace sign and told him he'd be back at four o'clock, which was the end of Bruce's shift. Bruce didn't seem surprised at all, and nodded farewell to his impatient friend. So, here Tony was. Squished in between the Apple store and restaurant. Bored out of his mind.An Apple store, though, seriously2 years ago in Romance More Like This
He had considered leaving his spot to wonder around the mall, but he would risk the chance of people noticing him. He was the genius son of Howard Stark, creator of the Stark
Commemoration Ch. 1Steve promised that he'd stay awake for Tony's return, so he lay down on the couch at Stark Tower, wrapped in a blanket and watching shows he couldn't really make sense of still. It was mostly teenage drama (God, was every 16 year old girl like that these days?) and annoying game shows with obnoxious hosts.Commemoration Ch. 13 years ago in Profiles More Like This
So at 1 in the morning, he got a little concerned. Tony was late to everything, but
The phone rang. He figured it was Tony; who else would call at a time like this? He picked up the phone on the counter at the bar and pressed "Talk".
"Hello? This is Steve."
"Steve? It's Nat. There's been an accident."
"Accident?" Steve's reaction was immediate and he stood up from where he was on the couch, waiting for the woman to go on with the details. "What kind of accident? What happened?"
Natasha's heart felt heavy as she tried to make out the words. "A...car accident. Happy was driving Tony back from the conference with Hammer Industries, and a truck hit them from the side. They sa