Sorry this took so long! (I didn’t use the prompt exactly, I mostly used it as inspiration for this.
Penny sits on the couch in the living room, thinking over what she is going to say to Pepper when the couple walks in, Pepper with her hand on Tony’s bicep. They look happy, Penny notes. Pepper’s cheeks are flushed with blush and her smile radiates her love for Tony. Penny is happy for them, but there’s something she has to do first.
“Hi, Pen!” Tony greets, kissing the top of her head. “What are you still doing up?”
“How did your date go?” Penny asks, ignoring her dad’s question and leaning into his arm as the couple sits down on the couch beside her.
Tony looks to Pepper with a loving smile, “It was great. We had a wonderful time.” Pepper nods her agreement.
“Dad?” Penny asks. “Could I talk to Pepper for a moment?”
Tony lifts an eyebrow, “Are you going to do what I think you’re going to do?”
Penny shrugs, “You did it to me when Harry came over so I think this is deserved.”
“Well,” Tony stands, looking at Pepper, “good luck.”
Pepper tips her head to the side, “What?” Tony just smirks and walks out of the room, leaving the two women alone. “What’s up, Penny?”
“I know you and my dad are getting kind of serious now,” Penny starts. Pepper looks embarrassed. “My dad is the only family I have and if you ever try to come between us I will tear you limb from limb.” Pepper gulps. “I don’t want to see you break his heart, he absolutely adores you, Pepper. Don’t mess this up.” Pepper nods, looking determined.
“Penny, can I ask you a question?” Pepper leans forward. Penny nods. “How would you feel about me marrying your dad?”
Penny’s eyes widen comically, “Really?” For as much time she spent wondering about what her dad’s future with Pepper would look like, she tried not to get her hopes up that Pepper could someday be her mom; she’d seen too many of her dad’s relationships fall apart.
“Yeah.” Pepper smiles warmly. “That’s actually what the dinner was about, we wanted to set time aside to discuss it and we did. We came to the conclusion that neither of us can picture a world without each other. So, what do you think?”
Penny doesn’t respond at first, she just tackles Pepper with a big hug, “I’ve always wanted a mom.” Penny doesn’t have to look at Pepper to know the older woman is choked up. “And I can’t think of a better one than you.”
Pepper pulls out of the hug then, and sure enough, her eyes are quite misty. She takes Penny’s face in her hands and kisses the top of her head, “I can’t think of a better daughter.”
Penny and Pepper hug again, both crying. Penny clings to Pepper’s shoulder, “I’m sorry I threatened you.”
Pepper laughs, “It’s alright, Pen.” Pen. It was the nickname her dad had called her ever since she was a little baby. Pepper has never used it before and Penny finds that she doesn’t mind it at all.
She’s going to have a mom.