Yesterday I saw an anti ironpanther post on my dash and surprise, surprise, spite is a very good motivator for me to start writing again. So have some courting, and arc reactor issues and getting together, since that is what @ir0nshield asked for. Watch out for the cut since this is almost 3k words long.
Dealing with T’Challa after the whole mess with the Accords was easier than Tony would have thought.
Sure, T’Challa, and T’Chaka before him, had been for the Accords in the first place, but T’Challa was also housing the rogue Avengers and Tony wasn’t sure what to expect from him.
But T’Challa was nothing if not polite, and Tony tried to be the same in return. After all, T’Challa was a big force behind the Accords and Tony could need him in his corner if Ross suddenly decided that Tony belonged into the raft as well.
Tony was rubbing at the skin around the arc reactor, the cold always made it hurt, when T’Challa entered the conference room.
“Mr. Stark,” he greeted Tony and Tony almost flinched.
“Let’s stick to Tony, Mr. Stark was my father, King T’Challa,” he said and T’Challa thoughtfully tilted his head.
“Only if you can forget the king,” he gave back and Tony huffed.
“Nothing easier as that, Mufasa.” Tony wasn’t sure if the Lion King was a thing over in Wakanda, but going by the tilt to T’Challa’s mouth it definitely was.
“I think I am more Simba than Mufasa, wouldn’t you agree,” T’Challa said and proved Tony right.
“If you say so, Simba,” Tony replied with a smile and then stilled when T’Challa’s gaze fell onto his chest.
“Is it still hurting from the injury?” he asked and Tony forced himself to lower his hand.
He never liked it when the attention was on the arc reactor.
“Maybe. It just hurts sometimes,” he gave back, not willing to tell T’Challa that it was the injury and the cold and the reactor in general. He didn’t need to know that.
T’Challa obviously noticed Tony’s hesitation in talking about the reactor and thankfully dropped the matter.
They were talking about Rhodey and his recovery when the other members of the Accords came in and from then on it was only business with them.