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Title: Just the Way You Are
Fandom: Iron Man (movies)
Characters: Tony/Pepper
Rating: PG
Words:  522
Chapters: 1/1

Disclaimer: I do not own Iron Man, Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow or (sadly) Robert Downey Jr. Marvel owns some of them; the rest are owned by themselves. :D No infringement is intended.

A/N 1 - I...don't even know where this came from except...I had a dream. This isn't quite what I'd dreamed, but it's close.

A/N 2 - My first time writing in the Iron Man universe. Unbeta'd. All mistakes are my own.

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"I'm trying to do right by Pepper." - Tony Stark, Iron Man 2

~~~~~

Pepper never intended to admit it to him, but she loved watching Tony Stark work. She thought he was at his sexiest when he was in the grips of manic creativity, tearing things apart, putting them together, then ripping them apart again; when he forgot to sleep or eat or bathe or stop and was completely focused on making whatever vision had captured his imagination a reality.

More than once she'd watched a droplet of sweat meander its way down his neck and wondered how he'd react if she retraced its path with her tongue.

Of course, the very real possibility he was covered in something that would quite likely kill her - or put her in the hospital - tended to prevent her from making her fantasy a reality.

That, and it seemed a little too kinky to be so aroused by a drop of sweat...not to mention that until very recently she didn't exactly have that kind of access to his neck. Although she was sure Tony wouldn't have objected.

~~~~~

She also never intended to admit it, but the things most people hated about Tony Stark were the things she (secretly) loved. His arrogance. His flippancy. His ego. His genius.

Although she didn't particularly care for his penchant for doing stupidly dangerous things, she had to admit she even loved his fearlessness. It had saved his life in Afghanistan. It had made him Iron Man. It was also what had finally made him kiss her on that rooftop and propelled them into this new aspect of their old relationship.

~~~~~

Now he was trying to be the lover he assumed she wanted. Asking how she felt. Reducing his time in the workshop so he could spend more time with her. Making the effort to remember her favorite - and not so favorite - things.

It was charming and adorably sweet, and she loved him for it. But she knew he wasn't going to change entirely. He was still Iron Man. More importantly, he was still Tony Stark.

He would still forget her birthday and she made a note to ensure she always had her prescription cream on hand for when he decided to feed her strawberries. He would still be gripped by inventive genius and spend days locked in his workshop - or destroying it and the entire house around them.

He would still be a media-hound; he would still attract and flirt with beautiful women. He would still party a little too hard and drink a little too much. He would still be irritatingly arrogant and reckless and foolishly risk his life - and she would still yell at him for scaring her so much.

He was still Iron Man, and she would still worry until he returned, battered and bruised with his dark eyes telling her she was the only thing in his life he wanted - no, needed - at that moment to bring him back to sanity after whatever madness he'd just faced.

~~~~~

She wouldn't have him any other way.

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thatperson0300
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
This was great. Full of Pepperony cuteness and in character - a perfect combo!

And welcome to the fandom! :D I'm Person, nice to meet you.
shirleyann66
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! (and I'm so relievied it was cute and in character! \yay!/ )

Thanks for the welcome - and it's nice to meet you, too! :D
marienomad
Jan. 11th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
This is pretty nice and it's a realistic way of seeing a relationship. It's the same way with my parents. They both have their quirks and they couldn't change it no matter what but they still love each other.

Nice job.
shirleyann66
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)

It was the same way with my parents (really total opposites) who simply accepted and loved each other as they were.

I really think Tony/Pepper would be the same way. :)

Thanks for commenting! Glad you liked it.
vespertinesoul
Jan. 11th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the greatest fandom on both sides of the ocean - depending where you're from in relation to where I'm from; either way, both sides should cover it ;) - and it's great that you took the plunge and posted it, despite being a new experience for you. Kudos for that, and for the in-character sweetness, hun.

Hope to read more from you!

Just call me Vespertine :)
shirleyann66
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Aw - thanks for the welcome, Vespertine! And I think "both sides of the ocean" definitely covers it - LOL.

I was nervous about posting because there are so many great writers in the fandom and for this pairing in particular - I'm glad you found it to be in-character (phew!).

(...and I actually have an idea swirling in my head about crossing Tony/Pepper into the Haven universe for the hc_comfort Big Bang...(my head might explode though) - so you never know... :D)

ETA: That icon is really lovely...*fangirl sigh*.


Edited at 2012-01-11 08:14 pm (UTC)
luckytohaveher
Jan. 12th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
That was an interesting take on Pepper. I really enjoyed it!

Thanks for sharing. Hope you stick around the fandom!
shirleyann66
Jan. 13th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it (and that's an awesome icon...).

I've just started an Iron Man/Haven cross-over for the hc_bigbang...you may not want me in the fandom if I mess that up! LOL
triaden
Jan. 13th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Awww
This was terriffic! My crappy little drug induced fic that I wrote years ago isn't near this good. I loved it. A new insight into Pepper, definately. *grin*
shirleyann66
Jan. 13th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Awww
Thank you - I'm so relieved glad you loved it! And I love drug-induced fics so I'll be reading yours sometime this weekend. :D


triaden
Jan. 13th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Awww
lol, yay! I'm eager to see what you think. Beware, it is sooo against my normal writing style. It's that kinda thing where my long time beta was all... "it sounds nothing like you" and I was all, "yeah..."

I got sunburned so bad that weekend that I peeled twice.
blindmadness
Jan. 14th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Here from GYWO, and I like this a lot! I'm not too into Iron Man fandom, but I'm a huge fan of this pairing, and I like your style very much. :D I love how you've given Pepper a sex drive (it's tempting to see Tony as the driving sexual force in their relationship, because he's Tony, but she's definitely got some going on too). I love how Tony wants to try to be perfect for her, but that's not what she wants, and really, it's not something he's ever going to be, so all the better. And how his flaws are part of what draw her to him anyway.

OVERALL: AWESOME. I'm definitely sold.

I will next be reading the original novel you linked to! I love reading other people's original work, and I'm so excited now that I know how much I enjoy your style. :D Just as a heads up, I may either be commenting on every part of it or leave a couple of overall comments. (If the latter, it will be... a while. IT'S LONG AND I HAVE LIMITED FREE TIME.) But I just wanted to let you know I fully plan on reading and enjoying it! \o/
impulsereader
Mar. 24th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic. "Of course, the very real possibility he was covered in something that would quite likely kill her - or put her in the hospital - tended to prevent her from making her fantasy a reality."

Great story - both characters are pitch perfect - I hope you write more in this fandom!
shirleyann66
Mar. 29th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Awww - thanks for the feedback - and I'm so glad you liked it and thought Tony/Pepper were in character. *does happy dance*

And that line you quoted was straight out of the dream I had that inspired this fic - :D

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