its not Steve's fault, not really.
SOMEBODY posted a first of all the times Howard has been used to control Tony, Obie manipulating him, ugh, and I suddenly had a bunch of feelings about it.
It really isn’t Steve’s fault that he trips over this landmine. Mobile users, look out for the read more, warnings: child abuse, references to past gaslighting and emotional manipulation, Steve and Tony fighting (they hug it out but it’s tough still)
Tony and Steve are in porcupine mode. They’re bristling and snappy and turning their backs on each other.
Clint, watching all this, has been sketching little cartoon porcupines on his notes in missions. It’s uncomfortable to be around, and he’s distracting himself, ok? He can’t draw for shit, but cones with eyes and spiky butts he can manage.
But then, somehow, Steve wins.
Like seriously, what the fuck? Steve’s not even right about the original argument; no, Tony shouldn’t have to justify his science on the run, Steve, you are never going to understand it in time. And Steve knows that, Clint’s pretty sure. The devastated look on his face and Tony’s visible exhaustion are clear though. Steve won the argument somehow and Tony’s self esteem is in the pan.