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Proof (that Tony Stark has a heart) - 1/1

Title: Proof (that Tony Stark has a heart)
Rating: PG-13 for one f-bomb
Chapters: 1/1
Pairing:  Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Summary:  Tony Stark does not love easily - but he does love well.
Words:  789
Disclaimer: I do not own Iron Man, whether in the comics or movies or cartoons or in any way other than my imagination.  While I wouldn't mind a Tony Stark (or RDJ) of my own, I think Pepper Potts and Susan Downey are far better equipped to meet the challenge.  I'll just be envious from a distance.  :)  No copyright infringement is intended and no profit is being made.

A/N:  I wrote this last night, so it probably sucks.  :(  Unbeta'd; all mistakes are my own.  And I have not yet seen The Avengers, so please take that section with a grain of salt.  :)

A/N 2:  Edited to appropriately cite the source of the last line (I should never post in the morning...  :) )



~~~~~

Tony never would play well with others, but all of the other Avengers - grudgingly - admitted the man was generous with his wealth and time and genius, even if they had to put up with his irreverent snarkiness at the worst possible moments.


Even then they were all surprised, and oddly touched, by their suites, when the repairs to the newly christened Avengers Tower were finally finished.

Each suite - which each took up a floor - was tailored to that person's tastes and idiosyncracies, and were carefully designed to make each Avenger feel comfortable and welcome and safe.

How had you known, Bruce asked one day when they were all relaxing after a mission, exhausted and bruised, but victorious and alive. How had you known just what we needed - known exactly what to give us to make us feel at home?

Tony shrugged and smirked and said, sometimes I pay attention...when it matters.

~~~~~

When Happy told Tony he was leaving, Tony simply stared, his brown eyes wide and flat and oddly expressionless.

Under that unblinking gaze, Happy began to stammer as he hastened to explain that he wasn't needed - Tony was Iron Man for fuck's sake - Iron Man didn't need a bodyguard! Especially not when he was surrounded by other superheroes and super-assassins. Happy just wanted to go where he was needed and relevant; where his boxing skills and other talents still had some value.

Tony listened without reaction, and when Happy stammered to an awkward, red-faced, tongue-tied stop, Tony only said fine, go, who's stopping you?

But Tony wouldn't let Happy see the expression in his eyes.

Instead, Tony teased Happy unmercifully about the hot young Hollywood actor Happy was going to be protecting, then gave him a going away party, a generous parting bonus, and Happy's favourite car (and quietly continued funnelling Happy's salary into one of Happy's seldom-noticed accounts).

As Happy was leaving, Tony shook his hand and said, while Iron Man may not need a bodyguard, Tony Stark did - and there'd be a place waiting for him whenever he decided to come back home.

~~~~~

Rhodey had been War Machine for just over a year when Natasha let it slip that Tony had let him take the suit.

Rhodey laughed, then abruptly stopped when he caught sight of Tony's face - and the argument began, Rhodey insisting Tony hadn't let him do anything. In the end, Tony took Rhodey to the workshop and invited him to try and take another suit.

When Rhodey regained consciousness, he gratefully swallowed the pain pills, pressed the ice pack against his temple, and stared at Tony for a long moment before he finally asked why Tony hadn't simply given him the suit.

Tony dropped his gaze and shrugged. Because he'd been dying, he said, and needed a worthy successor for Iron Man. That had been easy - who else but Rhodes? But how to protect him, how to make him as safe as possible when Tony wasn't around to upgrade or fix the suit? How could he fix it so Rhodey's reputation would be strong enough to survive where Tony himself could not? Tony decided that when word got out that Rhodey had managed to steal a suit from Iron Man himself, his reputation as a bad ass would be made, and would make people think twice before messing with him.

At least, that's what Tony had hoped.

Rhodey pondered. He was a soldier, he said, well able to protect himself. Why go to all that trouble? Why worry so much about it?

Because that's what brothers do, Tony said.

~~~~~

Pepper.

Cool, aloof, beautiful, smiling at the flashing cameras with Tony's arm slung possessively around her waist even as he played to the media.

Pepper.

Watching fondly as Tony flirted his way around the room, trailing pheromones and charisma and arrogance and genius like a net, catching everyone in his path - even those who hated him.

Pepper.

Smiling into her martini, which seemed to have more olives than liquid, as various party-goers slyly insinuated that Tony's playboy ways were far from tamed.

Pepper.

Tony's dark eyes, soulful and besotted, meeting hers and clinging, promising, before he turned back to work the room. He constantly looked for her, was constantly aware of her, like a compass finding north.

Pepper.

Lightly touching the gold medallion around her neck as she moved through the crowd, working the room and watching Tony simply because she liked watching him.

A simple medallion,looking vaguely like Tony's original arc reactor; too simple, really, for the occasion and her dress.

A simple medallion with a simple engraving on the back:

My heart, who walks outside my body.

A/N 3:  Last line is paraphrase of a quotation from Elizabeth Stone:  “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”


Comments

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kateandromeda
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
;) Very good and the last sentence was beautiful. Thanks!
shirleyann66
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you - I'm glad you liked it! :D
mae_stark
Sep. 12th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
All of these are so beautiful. This was lovely to read.
shirleyann66
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Aw - thank you - I'm glad you liked it (and I love your icon!) :)
anna_tarawiel
Sep. 12th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
That was really sweet, especially the last sentence, and the last bit about Pepper. But really, I liked how you treated all the characters here.
You really shouldn't say that it sucks in your notes, I was tempted to close the window, and I'm glad I didn't ;-)

Also, go watch the Avengers, it's really really good :-)
shirleyann66
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Aw - thank you! I'm glad you decided to take the chance, even though I said it probably sucks; I'm just not used to writing something so quickly - I figured I had to be missing something... LOL

And ye-e-e-es to The Avengers. Last I checked, it wasn't playing anymore; DVD is due out...soon, right???
anna_tarawiel
Sep. 13th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
It was out in late August in France :-)

And you're welcome. I'll check your other works too when I have time :-)
shirleyann66
Sep. 14th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
*envious*

And I hope you'll like whatever you read. :)
canadian_kazz
Sep. 12th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
That ending is gold. :)
shirleyann66
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you - I'm glad you liked it! :)
onceuponapillow
Sep. 13th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
No need to worry. This was a great story. I really enjoyed it.
shirleyann66
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I'm so glad you enjoyed it (and your icon...*thud* :D ).
vespertinesoul
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Le Sigh
The sweetest thing I have read in weeks. Gold medallion, north-pointing compass, Pepper, Pepper Pepper.
Beautiful.
shirleyann66
Sep. 14th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Le Sigh
Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. I think Tony feels things deeply but has no clue how to show it...except sometimes. When it matters. ;)

And your icon is lovely! *melts*

maquisleader
Sep. 19th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Tony is much more observant and considerate than he'd have other people believe. It's much easier to play the smartass. *hugs*
shirleyann66
Sep. 20th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
*nods*

And he feels much more deeply than he'd like people to know. :D

Thanks for reading!

(and your icon made me laugh!)
tonpep1
Sep. 30th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Just catching up on some reading and I'm so glad I started with this story. This was lovely and very in character for who I see as the real Tony. Great job!
shirleyann66
Sep. 30th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I'm glad you liked it! (and your icon is lovely. :) )

onceiwasaturtle
Oct. 13th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Very nice! :)
shirleyann66
Oct. 15th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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