Tony's breath was ragged. It was getting cold and hot in turns.
It was time.
No, not yet.
He closed his eyes shut.
No, open them, people are staring.
He opened eyes. People were staring.
Don't look at the people. Look at the water. Water would calm him down.
It wasn't working, dammit!!
"Hey, Tony.." Rhodey whispered, making Tony nearly jump out of his suit. He looked like a madman at his best friend, also in a suit, looking equally dapper and handsome in a fitted suit, made customary for him. Or maybe more. In a few moments Tony will be a married man, while Rhodey was still single, but maybe also not for long, as since he showed up, he triggered interest of a certain agent whose names start with M, ends with A, so maybe soon he will be dancing on Rhodey's wedding, anyway, why won't change it into Rhodey's wedding, he and Steve could wait a little bit, guests would understand..
"Tony," Rhodey said a little firmer, tugging on brunet's wrist. "Calm down. You look like wanting to jump through the window and to the water."
Tony took a deep, shaky breath. No, he didn't want that. He looked at the water. The water wasn't helping. He looked at the arch he was standing under, decorated with pale violet tulips and light yellow Peruvian lilies. Also known as Tulipa and Alstroemeria. That did help. A little. Mostly because he was kicking himself for remembering the names. No more flowers after this.
"Tony," Rhodey's voice echoed again. Tony looked at him, less madness in his voice. "You have the rings, right?"
And the madness was back, as Tony's eyes widen, breath wheezed, and he frantically started to pat all over his suit, looking for the rings.
Rhodey laughed, holding his wrist again. "Calm down, I have the rings, best man, remember?" he flashed a smile.
Tony scrunched his nose in anger. "Ass," he hissed. Bruce, standing next to the pilot, was torn between laughing and rolling his eyes, so he settled with a small chuckle, but the Justice of Peace guy who was supposed to marry Tony and Steve, gave the groom a warning look.
"Sorry," Tony mouthed.
Tony had to control himself to not snap on Rhodey. He knew that his best friend was trying to ease the tension, but one more stupid joke and..
"You remembered your vows?"
More madness. Tony felt his legs wobble. Where did he put the damn vows?!
Another hand tugging on his wrist, this time before he had a chance to repeat the patting ritual.
"I've your vows," Bruce whispered. Tony smiled at Bruce. At least one of his friends wasn't trying to torture him today.
"You really are an ass, Rhodes.." Tony grumbled, while Rhodey laughed, which in turn made Tony smile a bit. Rhodey had a point, he was panicking too much. He would calm down completely if it wasn't for another nasty look the Justice of Peace was giving him. "Oh, come on!" Tony said in a hushed voice. "It's not like they can hear us!" he said, thinking about the people seated on the chairs behind him.
"Yeah, we can hear you," Clint's stage whisper was perfectly hearable in the hall, and Tony heard a few laughs here and there. Wasn't the day of his wedding supposed to be one of the most perfect and happy days in his life? Instead, everyone was mean to him.
He looked at Rhodey and Bruce. They were smiling at him, trying to tell him that it would be alright. He looked at Pepper, who was holding hands with Happy, Pepper sobbing, Happy not sobbing, but his eyes glossy. He looked at the rest of the Avengers team, all giving him encouraging smiles.
It would be alright.
Then the music started playing. Then all people raised from their seats, as the bride, er, groom, entered the room. He looked to the back.
Steve was going down the aisle, straight and handsome as ever, a nervous smile twitching at the corners of his lips, a brief full smile when his and Tony's eyes met, as he was slowly getting closer, escorted by..
Tony suddenly felt calm.
It would be alright.
They would be fine.
More than fine.
It would be perfect.
But let's start from the top and go a few months back..