So this story deals with a few sensitive topics like cyber-bullying and death threats and depression. Please keep this in mind while reading or avoid if you have to.
Anyway, this is ironhusbands clocking in at ~1400 words
Rhodey found him sitting on the grass with his head resting on his raised knees. He was shrunken within himself, wrapped in a small cocoon. It’s been a long time since Rhodey’s seen Tony shut down so completely, enough to want to disappear.
A month after they returned home, after the fiasco of the Avengers separating settled, a tag began trending on Twitter.
Tony laughed it off the first time he saw it. Even Rhodey got a good chuckle out of it. They were both used to the media turning on Tony, slandering him more often than not. Tony was used to being tagged in hateful messages, receiving death threats and vitriol through the mail, and even being harassed in the streets by spiteful citizens who called him a ‘dirty capitalist pig.’ Tony shrugged it off even then, telling Rhodey that ‘it’s true, what they’re saying,’ before slipping on his aviator sunglasses.
But this time, the tag on Twitter didn’t go away. A week later, accounts like @antitonystarkclub and @kystonystark gained massive followings. There were petitions out to boycott Stark Industries. As a result, SI stock dropped significantly, causing hair loss and rage for Pepper. When Tony saw how Pepper was hurting, he sent a tweet into the void, telling everyone to attack him if they wanted to, but to leave Pepper and her company alone. ‘She worked too hard to be shot down now because of me,’ Tony added in the tweet.
Old photos and videos of Tony from when he was younger appeared, displaying a drunk and barely clothed Tony losing control or screaming or stumbling around and falling. Rhodey was even sent a blurry video of a young Tony being groped at a party while he was intoxicated. ‘This your bestie?’ the sender texted him. ‘How pathetic.’
It sparked the worst kind of fury in him, enough to make him sick.