I just love the idea of Tony thinking–absolutely knowing, really, one hundred percent ready to fight about it–that Rhodey’s the most beautiful person he’s ever seen.
And then I had this idea of, what if, back at MIT, Tony would give Rhodey massages. Rhodey was ROTC, right? He must’ve been sore sometimes. Like really sore. And Tony figured, foot massage, neck and shoulder massage, sure, the human body isn’t that hard to figure out.
If people saw them, they’d call it gay, and the two of them would chuckle nervously and back off immediately. Can’t have the other know they feel that way. Rhodey can’t be thought of as queer, not with the military in his sights, and Tony, Tony likes causing scandals but he has a very structured, straight destiny waiting for him too.
And then Rhodey’s fucked up his thigh so Tony tells him to strip down to his underwear, nervous the entire time but trying not to show it, Rhodey stumbling out of his jeans, lying down on the bed, and Tony works the muscle with careful, reverent fingers, and it’s an unspoken tension in the air, this obvious thing, that this isn’t just bros being nice anymore.
Their first kiss is after one of these massages, relaxed and with endorphins flowing. Tony tries to run but Rhodey doesn’t let him. They work it out.
(Their first time having sex doesn’t involve a massage but many thereafter do, irregardless of whether sex or massage is supposed to be the main event. Tony jokes he gives the best happy endings but really he just wants to touch every inch of Rhodey’s body).
And it’s been years, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been appealed, Tony runs his own life now, they’re not trapped to these little private moments in bedrooms anymore. But Rhodey’s sore every day, constantly, because it turns out being paralyzed is the worst workout of Rhodey’s life. Wheelchairs take a whole new muscle group developed to its finest. The braces beat the hell out of him.
Some nights it’s just rubbing Rhodey’s shoulders for him, some nights it’s full body massages that take as long as Tony can physically make them, but here’s his concrete way to feel like he’s really helping Rhodey out, and appreciate Rhodey’s forever beautiful form, all at the same time.
When Rhodey says Tony’s greatest asset is his hands he of course means in the way of what he’s built with them, but there are things Tony does with those hands that are just for him, and the two of them have come a long way from furtive foot massages in dorm rooms.
Because Danny freaking Williams deserves cards, and balloons, and flowers, and thank yous! So actually IC Steve (who is good with gestures but not words) went down to the hospital gift shop and got those things. And then there was a heartfelt discussion. OKAY?!
Me, before this weekend:
Naw man don't even try and make me pick between Marvel and DC, like okay I mean I guess DC cartoons were my childhood and I can quote the entire Nolan trilogy backwards and I love Arrow/Flash and the Arkham games are the best comic book adaptations to ever grace my screen but like whatever Marvel movies are funny and there's like fifteen of them what's not to like-
I AM DC TRASH I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DC TRASH GIVE ME HARLEY/IVY GIVE ME BATFAM AND RED HOOD GIVE ME THREE WONDER WOMAN MOVIES I WILL TRADE THE ENTIRE MCU