How about an AU where Stephen is a famous classical guitar player rather than a surgeon. At least he is until the accident…
Afterwards, even when he has sold everything else he owns to pay for his hand surgeries, he can’t let go of his Martin OM-45 Deluxe acoustic guitar.
Unfortunately, that means it is with him in the back alley in Kathmandu, and that it is damaged when the local thugs try to steal it.
For a long time, he can’t even look at the piece, any more than he can throw them away. It isn’t until after the fight with Dormammu, when he has accepted his new life and his new role as the Master of the New York Sanctuary that Stephen finds the strength to bring the broken guitar to the finest luthier in the world: Tony Stark.
But, Tony, for all his tart humor and gentle heart, harbors a sad past of his own.
Can Tony mend more than Stephen’s broken guitar?
Can Stephen help Tony find the magic in life once again?
And, together can they learn to make beautiful music once more?
…and I’d call it, Unchained Melody.