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It took almost three hours for the doctors to clear all the burnt remnants of Steve’s gloves and boots from his damaged skin, soaking and re-soaking his hands and feet in a solution that smelled remarkably like oranges, for some strange reason. Steve had experienced minor burns in the past, while cooking or when he’d stayed outside in the sun for a bit too long, but they hadn’t been anything like this. While the doctors worked it was all he could do to keep from whimpering, biting his bottom lip so hard that Tony had to work it loose from his teeth, warning him that he was going to draw blood if he didn’t let go. Fluids and pain medicine flowed into two separate intravenous lines in his arms, but since none of the medical staff were aware of Steve’s increased metabolic requirements the medicine barely was able to take the edge off the pain, prompting Tony at one point to demand that one of the nurses increase his dosage.
Finally, after the ophthalmologist announced that Steve’s damaged eyes would require him being grounded for three days and his hands and feet were smeared with burn cream and wrapped in thick bandages, he was discharged out to the waiting room, where he and Tony found Sam Wilson pacing back and forth.
“Cap!” Sam said as Tony wheeled Steve in, feeling more foolish than he had in years with his four useless limbs and dark glasses. “You’re gonna be okay?”
“Yeah. This all looks a lot worse than it is,” Steve said. “Any news on Bucky?”
Sam’s lower lip started to shake, his dark eyes filling with tears. “He’s—he’s in surgery right now,” he whispered. “The docs… well… they think that he might—that he’s probably gonna lose his arm. That beam, whatever the hell it was, it blasted right through his aircraft and—and it got—it got his whole left side, but his arm took the brunt, so… they said that they’ll know more once they get in there and see the full extent of the damage, but… right now it’s not looking too good.”
“Gods, Captain,” Tony said, once again reading Steve’s thoughts perfectly. “I’m so sorry. That’s… well… that’s rough.”
“Sam,” Steve finally forced past the knot in his throat. He felt so sickened that he probably would’ve vomited had he had anything in his stomach. Bucky had wanted to be a pilot his entire life, ever since Steve had known him, and the thought of him losing one of his limbs, of never being able to fly ever again, it was—it was—
“I am so, so sorry. I should’ve—I should’ve gotten to him faster, I should’ve—”
“Babe, you can’t go blaming yourself,” Tony protested. “There’s nothing more that you could’ve done—”
“He’s right, Steve,” Sam said firmly. “The doctors told me that he wasn’t even breathing when his aircraft landed, so if you hadn’t gotten him out when you did there’s no telling what could’ve happened. He could’ve been left with brain damage, or—or—” Sam broke off, swiping at his nose. “He’s still alive, and that’s all that matters.”
He’s still alive, Steve thought, the words echoing inside his mind. He’s still alive. He’s not dead.
He’ll just be disabled for the rest of his life, but at least—
The full chapter will post on Monday, June 1st 😊
It is Tony Stark’s 50th birthday
Just imagine him celebrating with his wife and daughter, his spider-son and his aunt, potato-son, blue space daughter, Rhodey, Bruce and Happy. And of course, Gerald, his alpaca son
Because that is what is happening
He’s not dead
But another old joke from Harley and he might wish he was 😉
Happy Birthday to my Dad
thinking about New York by St. Vincent but it’s about Tony and Peter’s father-son bond
It be that way sometimes
i desperately need Lanky Boy Peter who is Taller Than His Mr Stark and tony Hates It So Much
like peter is just a long boy, and in the peak of his Huge Teenage Boy Growth Spurts when he meets tony. so tony just watches him shoot up like a damn sprout, and the absolute second peter gets a centimeter taller than tony, tony feels a disturbance in the force
he gets a shiver. peters not even there
pepper: what is it hon?
tony: peter is taller than me…. i need to buy some heels, STAT
and tony, 5'9", is surpassed by his 6'4" child who slouches bc hes a bit embarrassed about how tall he is and tony just finds it infuriating that its his face in peter’s chest when they hug
he totally loves it, but dont tell peter that, he has an image he needs to maintain
but that doesnt stop peter from, after a bad nightmare or just on a clingier day, from crawling up for some solid dad-figure cuddles from tony and making himself as small as physically possible so he better fits against Tony’s chest and u KNOW tony bundles up his lanky child as tight as he can and savors every second
(and dont get me wrong tho tony is still Bulkier than peter, bc even when peter “fills out” he is still just a very Lean boy, he never rly bulks up)
just… tall, awkward, lanky peter. thank you for ur time
The Burlesque Lounge: Part 8
After showing my old castmates around my current place of business, I head backstage to start getting ready. I catch the end of an argument between Flash and Tony.
“You’re drunk, go home.”
“I can’t go home I’m about to go on!”
“You’re gonna go home.”
“Relax. It is one drink. What is the big deal?”
“Peter you’re gonna take Flash’s spot.” I look up.
“He can’t dance my part!”
“What? No I—”
“Oh yes he can and he will.”
“No, no, no. Oh my God, I can’t do that.” I backtrack.
“No, no, no, wait. You said you can do any number, right?”
“Now, I just don’t wanna step on anybody toes.”
“Then don’t.” Flash steps forward as Tony blocks him.
“I don’t ca—listen to me. You’re gonna go on, and you’re gonna go home. Here, put this on.” He tosses clothes at me.
As I change I learn that I’m leading a group number with MJ.
We all get in positions and she smiles at me.
The music starts, but stops within the first verse. Everyone freezes. Me and MJ look at each other, and everyone else on stage with us (Betty and Shuri on her side, Sey and Abe on mine).
No one knows what to do.
I hear Tony and Rhodey whisper-yelling about Ned being down and Flash saying Tony needed him.
The curtain starts coming down.
“Am I throwing you off?” MJ looks at me.
“Nope.” I respond. She smiles.
“Didn’t think so.” The curtain begins to rise as we go through the routine to the best of our ability while singing instead of lip syncing. The band manages to catch up with us.
By the time we are done, the crowd is on their feet, and everyone is screaming. The lights go off and MJ jumps into my arms. We have a moment of HOLY FUCK before everyone else joins in on it.
“Oh, Tony we just—I didn’t know what to do—the music stopped—”
“You sing?” Tony asks, nearly silencing everyone. Me and MJ nod.
“I didn’t even know you—” We laugh as we realize we were talking at the same time.
“You guys… You sounded amazing up there together. I…” He takes a breath. “Guys, do you know the songs?” The band members nod. “Okay. So tomorrow, we are going to rehearse all day long, and then tomorrow night, you will be singing. And we are going to go into the show, live.” Me and MJ grab each other’s hands.
“Go with the guys, find out what keys you are comfortable singing the songs in… I am going to plan an entirely new show.” Everyone starts squealing and doting on us. While we just stand there, excited but shocked.
“Clearly one of us has underestimated the other.” Flash crosses his arms and flares at me before turning away.“
"Ignore him, he’s a prick.” MJ says, and she hugs Shuri. “Let’s go do that.”
After figuring out the keys, I go out to meet my old friends. Right out of the backstage door, is Obadiah Stane.
“I cannot believe Tony has you guys burried in the kickline.” I shrug.
“He didn’t know we sang.”
“Well you can and you are way too good to be doing it here.” Yea no shit, we used to sing while we practiced at the circus. Obviously I don’t say that. “How about a drink?”
“Bar is right over there. Tell Harley I sent you.” I walk away towards my friends, who start screaming.
“Oh my god that was amazing!” Nat squeezes me.
“I do not support the selling of sex considering you are under twenty-one but damn you are so good!” Steve pats my shoulder.
“Kid you have a great voice and a body built for that business.”
“Uh, thanks, Thor…”
“I didn’t turn my hearing aides back on until like halfway through but it was really good, Peter.”
“Thanks.” I smile at my friends.
We spend the rest of the time goofing off, until I have to go back and change, and then we start closing up.
“Who knew that you could do that?” I smile at Harley. “It was amazing, you two are great together.” MJ laughs.
“Who knew any white boy could sing like that?” Shuri bumps my arm with hers.
“How do you do that?” I shrug at Rhodey. He looks at MJ.
“I don’t know. It just happens. I just do it.”
“I know how that feels. I gotta pee again, so…” Bethany, she’s pregnant, gets up, and Betty starts poking her in the stomach. “Stop!”
“We’re gonna go get something to eat. You wanna come?” I look at Shuri and Everyone.
“Yeah, I would.”
Is That Peter?
Chapter 2 (last chapter here)
Chapter summary: Peter meets the rest of the Avengers.
Notes and warnings: based on feedback from last chapter, I’m going to exclude Pepper as much as possible from the rest of this fic. She and Tony still run SI together, but they aren’t dating.
While Peter eats, Tony orders a bunch of stuff he thinks a baby would need. It takes so long, that Peter finishes his pancake by Tony feeding it to him; just in time for most of the rest of the team to show up.
Peter shyly hides behind him, whining softly as he cuddles into his new daddy. “Lossa people…”
Tony laughs softly, nodding. “It is a lot of people, and a few more to come. Can I introduce you to everyone?”
Peter clings to Tony’s neck, but nods eventually.
Natasha gives Tony a look. “Why is there a baby, Stark?”
Tony rolls his eyes, and holds Peter, walking around to each person one by one to introduce them. “You already met Brucie Bear, yeah? And this is Clint. He’s a butt face, but we love him anyway.”
Clint barks out a laugh at his introduction, but waves a small wave to the kid. “Hey kiddo. What’s your name?”
Peter shyly leans into Tony, but he slowly decides to talk to the man. “‘M Peter Parker. This is my new Daddy cos my old mommy and daddy didn’t come backs for me n my Aunt May and Uncle Ben dun wan me no more eider.”
Tony’s heart breaks a little. They’ll have to work on clearing that up. “No Peter, they-“
“Wait. This is Peter?! As in, Spider-Man?” Clint stares at Tony wide eyed.
Tony sighs and nods. “Yes, he’s the emergency. We have to figure out how to get him back to grown up Pete… and how this happened in the first place.”
Peter sticks one thumb in his mouth, looking around at the rest of the people. “Daddy?”
Tony shakes his head. “Right. Introductions.” Tony steps over to the lady, who smiles down at Peter. “This is Natasha, and you can call her Nat. She’s very scary and mean, but it’s okay because she’s also very protective of you.”
Natasha raises a brow at Tony. “Really, Stark? Telling a three year old I’m scary?”
Peter giggles softly, waving shyly at her. “Hi Nat!” He says happily.
Tony smiles and steps to the side again. “This is Thor, he’s loud and he talks funny, but he’s a big ol’ teddy bear and he gives the best hugs.”
Thor smiles, nodding. “Hello, little spiderling. Pleasure to meet you.”
Peter smiles shyly and waves, starting to pull away from his daddy the more he talks to these people. “Hi, misser Thor!”
Tony laughs fondly, taking him to the next one to be introduced. “This is Wanda. She’s really good at playing pretend!”
Wanda smirks and nods, blowing a kiss to the baby. “I’ll show you sometime.”
Peter perks up. “I like playin’ pretend!”
Tony coos and points to the last Aveneger currently here. “And this is Vision. I know he looks kinda weird, but he’s nice. And he’s really good about answering questions, so don’t hold back!”
Vision looks a tad nervous, but smiles at Peter nonetheless. “Hello…”
Peter hides back in Tony’s neck. “Hi…”
Tony smiles and puts Peter back on the counter. “So, let’s talk-“
The elevator doors ding open, and Sam, Steve, and Bucky walk out. They look to be in the middle of a very intense conversation, but they stop short when they see what Tony is holding.
“Tony… why is there-“ Steve starts, but is cut off by a loud gasp.
“Daddy! Look, ‘s Cap’ain ‘Merica!!” Peter starts struggling in Tony’s arms, wanting to get closer to the superhero.
Tony gives Peter an incredulous look. So he knows who Steve is but not him??
Steve walks over and takes Peter, because at this rate Tony is just gonna let the kid wriggle onto the floor. “Hey… um… Tony…?”
Tony makes a noise of offense, before pouting at Steve. “He knows you but not me. I have never been so heartbroken in my entire life!”
Peter paps his hand onto Steve’s cheek, looking so amazed it’s adorable. “Hi Cap’ain ‘Merica!!!”
Steve’s frown intensifies, and he looks behind him at the rest of the crew. “Uh… hi, buddy. What’s your name?”
Peter swoons. “‘M Peter Parker!!!” He exclaims happily.
Steve’s eyes snap up to Tony. “What… what?”
Tony shakes his head, finally coming back to himself. “Alright, let’s finish introducing Peter to everyone and then we can start the meeting. Anyone know where Rhodes is?”
Sam clears his throat. “Um, pain is real bad today, Tony. He said he would call in, but he doesn’t wanna make it all the way up here.”
Tony’s jaw sets but he nods, taking Peter back. “Well, help yourselves to pancakes. Peter, you already know Steve, it seems.” Yes, he sounds bitter. He is bitter. “And this is Sam. He’s a meanie bully, but he’s Steve’s sidekick so we keep him around.”
Sam rolls his eyes but waves at Peter. “Hey munchkin. You know, I don’t see a problem. Dude is always this little. Always wants his juice box and a baby sitter.”
Peter giggles softly, waving at Sam. “He’s not that mean…”
Tony smirks. “Just wait for it kiddo. And that’s Bucky, he’s quiet a lot. But he’s pretty nice once you get to know him, and he’s funny too.”
Bucky gives Tony a searching look, but then looks to Peter and waves. He doesn’t smile. “Hey, kid. I know I look kinda scary, but-“
Peter’s eyes go wide as he sees the metal arm. “‘S like Luke daddy! From Star Wars! Look daddy, he’s gossa metal arm! ‘S so cool!”
Bucky can’t help it. He breaks out into a giant smile, a fond laugh escaping his lips. “Almost word for word what he said to me the first time. He really is always a toddler.”
Tony laughs and kisses the top of Peter’s head. “I didn’t think you would- Wait. Wait. What year was it when Peter was three?”
“2004,” Natasha says, almost bored.
Tony beams suddenly. “Ha! So I wasn’t even a thing yet! That’s why he knows Steve but not me. Oh, that makes me feel better.”
Steve rolls his eyes, and puts his fork down. Everyone has mostly finished at this point. “Alright Stark, start the meeting.”
Tony huffs and sits down, putting Peter in his lap. “Fri? Get Rhodey on holo please.”
“Yes, boss,” she says softly.
Peter whimpers, hiding again. “‘S the scary ceiling lady, daddy. Dun like her…”
Tony coos, petting Peter’s hair. “It’s okay honey. She can’t hurt you. She’s just here to help.”
Rhodey is suddenly on screen, looking tired. He’s sitting behind a desk, most likely to hide his pain. “I’m here, Stark. What’s the- oh. I see.”
Peter gasps, eyes wide. “‘S like the Jedi’s at the meeting.”
Tony smirks. Always has been a nerd, then. “This is Rhodey, Peter. He’s my very best friend, he’s like my brother. He’s real cool.”
Peter waves. “Hi Unca Rhodey! This is my daddy now, cos-“
“Peter?” Rhodey asks, eyes wide. “Tony, what the he— what the heck did you do?!”
Tony rolls his eyes yet again. “Mission report time. This morning, Peter woke up as a baby. No one came in and no one came out of the tower last night, and there’s no lag in time in Friday’s reserve. I turned off the recording of Peter’s room after a very… embarrassing teenage moment-“ he winces again just at the memory. “So unfortunately, we can’t tell when it happened. We have no idea if it’s magic, or a curse, or something else. If it’s from a mission, or it’s an accident, or some villain of the week fu-messing with us. We don’t know anything at all yet. The only thing we know is this is definitely Peter.”
“So what’s the plan, Stark?” Steve says.
Tony rolls his eyes. Always straight to the chase. “We have to figure out what to do with Peter. We need to take care of him—he’s just a baby, he can’t hang out on his own—and we need to find out what happened to him and how to fix him.”
Natasha sighs. “Are you asking us to move in?”
Tony nods. “We need all hands on deck. Most of you will be out searching for answers anyway.”
Steve rubs his eyes. “You call it, Tony. This isn’t a fight, so I’ll let you take lead.”
Tony nods once. “Thor, it would be a great help if you could go back to Asguard and figure out if there’s anything there that could help us. Vision, start searching for answers online please? Bruce, you and me are gonna be in the lab mostly, running tests and seeing if there’s anything traceable in him.”
“And the rest of us?” Sam asks.
“You’ll mostly be in phase two—curing Peter. For now, though, you’re on spider-sitting duty. We don’t know if there’s a threat or not, so act like there is one. Stay on guard, watch him like a hawk, make sure no one tries and ki—no one does anything to him. There’s a lot of you, so you guys can take turns a lot. No one lets their guard down. Got it?”
The rest of the team merely nods, the severity of the situation hitting them. This isn’t just a cute baby; it’s a cute baby that might have people coming to kill him.
Tony nods. “Great. Bruce, let’s go down to the lab. We’ll run some tests on Peter. Thor, you can go ahead and go. Vision, start searching.”
“Boss?” Friday calls. “Your packages have arrived.”
Tony beams. “That’ll be his baby gear. Clint, I didn’t get much… I don’t know how to take care of kids. Would you mind-?”
Clint salutes him. “Daddy mode activated.” He smiles as he takes Tony’s card. “Nat, drive me?”
Natasha nods, taking one of Tony’s many sets of keys. “Let’s go.”
Tony smirks and picks baby Peter up. “You wanna come play in daddy’s lab with me and Bruce?”
Peter nods, leaning into him. “Wanna play!”
Tony smiles, nodding to the rest of the team. “As for the rest of you—start on moving in. You know where your rooms are.”
Part two complete! Ahhh, I’m so excited for all the shenanigans that’s about to ensue! Feel free to give me ideas ^~^