Stony Prompt #38
Anonymous said: “Imagine teenage Steve and Tony being best friends and Tony tries to tell Steve that he is bi, but he chickens out every time, afraid of being left alone again. and Steve is not stupid, he figured it out already, so when they are sitting together and there is some kind of spot on TV about LGBT-rights Steve just casually slips into the subject, about how Steve himself fits there in order to make Tony more comfortable with coming out.”
So this definitely changes your Prompt a bit- Also I made it romantic instead of keeping it friends-only - I hope this is okay!
Thanks for the Prompt and I hope you enjoy reading it<3
Sexuality is nothing Tony has ever worried about. Maybe he’s young, only 17 years old and a tad too clever for his age, but he’s learnt soon enough not to give a shit about other people’s opinion. The only two people in his life who can make him stop and think for a minute are Rhodey….and Steve.
The latter is also a source of Tony’s problems – not that Steve would be aware of them.
It’s just- Tony isn’t sure about how to tell his best friend that he also kind of has a crush on him. They’re comfortable with each other, they spend evenings in their dorm together, joking and watching movies. It’s nice.
And it is a familiarity Tony doesn’t want to risk.
Steve is an incredible guy. Everyone loves him, he’s great with girls and just as good with guys – which drives Tony mad. Not enough that Steve’s friendly with everyone he meets; he also is a very handsy guy, always touching whoever he’s talking to. This is the reason Tony thinks he might have a chance with him – should he ever gather enough courage to tell Steve that no, he’s not hetero, he likes girls and guys just fine, thank you.
Tony isn’t sure why he’s so scared of telling Steve that he’s bisexual. It shouldn’t be a big deal; but it kind of is. Tony doesn’t have a lot of friends and he’s scared of imagining what might happen if Steve doesn’t accept his sexual orientation. What if he leaves him? Breaks off their friendship and never talks to him again? So he hasn’t yet dared to ask, or even mentioned anything about it.
Instead, he keeps up thinking different plans on how to come out. Works on various strategies to subtly drop the hint that he likes the idea of having a girlfriend, but also wouldn’t mind a boyfriend.
It’s stressful, actually. It’s exhausting to watch Steve touch other guys so carelessly and craving exactly this. But Tony values their friendship too much to risk it for a silly crush that might never be requited.
Of course Steve has other plans.