I shared this AU idea with a few friends. I really like it and might even write it. Not sure, tho.
My brain is occupied with a cute fake dating idea I had. And I know it’s super weird, because it’s Christmas related, lol.
It’s a complete AU, so Tony’s parents are still alive, and they want him to come home for Christmas. Every year they throw a bigass party and invite family and everyone important, so it’s very important to them to keep up appearances. Obviously it’s a big no-no that Tony is single, and so they pester him to find a decent date for Christmas. At least for the party.
Tony is so annoyed at one point that he tells them he already is in a committed relationship. And then he panics, because it’s a complete lie, and Christmas is only two weeks away. How is he supposed to get into a relationship til then?! Well, it’s basically impossible, so Tony does what Tony does best—he fixes this.
He thinks, if he has to attend this clusterfuck of a party, and has to spend the whole holidays at home with his very much hated father, he’ll do it with style. So he discretely searches for someone, who’ll pretend to be his s/o for the holidays for a good chunk of money. And to really spite his father, this person has to be a man. Because god beware a Stark to be gay! Howard will flip, Tony is sure about that.
Enter Stephen, who is a desperate med student, and doesn’t have the money for his next tuition. He stumbles upon Tony’s ad and isn’t opposed to the idea of fake dating another guy, so he contacts him. There’s no family waiting for him for the holidays anyway, so he doesn’t care much of spending them somewhere else, pretending to be the very gay boyfriend of someone he has never met.
He is young and needs the money, duh.
Fast forward to them going to the Stark mansion for the holidays. Howard gives them a lot of shit, but in the end Tony makes sure they’re sleeping in the same room, in the same bed. If he can spite his father, he does it as best as he can!
And then there’ll be a lot of cutesie stuff they do to sell their act. Like going ice-skating together and Stephen teaching Tony how to ice-skate. And they drink hot chocolate with whipped cream, which ends in them getting their whiskers white as snow. Playing outside, because one of them started to throw snowballs at the other, ending with them lying in the snow, laughing and panting, cheeks and noses red with cold, looking at each other, faces just a few inches apart.