I Quit You. (Tony Stark x Reader)
A/N: So this has been something I had started a while ago but only just finished! Let me know what you think!
ALSO - I LOVE PEPPER AND THIS IS NOT LIKE PEPPER’S CHARACTER AT ALL. I JUST NEEDED AN INSTIGATOR XX
Warnings: HURT!Reader (as in feels), Dramatic AF ( but same)
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A little curly brown haired boy with a striped shirt and blue pants stood next to a bushy (y/h/c) haired girl in ratty shorts and an oversized shirt. “Are we going to get in trouble for this?” The boy asks.
“Probably.” The girl responds a manic grin on her face, looking down to the hose running water down the now ruined lawn turned mudslide. “This might be my greatest idea yet!”
“It was her worst idea!” Tony Stark laughed recounting another story from the summer of their childhoods to Pepper. “In my defence, you supported me… so, you’re just as much to blame for our torn clothes. Anyways it’s getting late- I better head home to the hubby.”
“You mean your incredibly overweight cat?” Tony laughed, looking down softly to his best friend, somewhat admiringly.
“That would be the one…” laughs went around before (y/n) hugged pepper gently, almost reluctantly. When she got to Tony, both stare for a small second before he swung his arms out dramatically and (y/n) hugged him tightly; a little too tightly. “Must you make it your mission to hurt me all the time?”
“Not all the time.” (Y/n) laughed smiling before pulling back giving a slight kiss on his cheek, as per usual. Walking towards the elevator, she heard Tony call, “we’re still on for tomorrow right?” Softly laughing, (y/n) entered the elevator. “Always, I’ll bring Rhodey-”
Turning around just before the elevators doors closed, (y/n) could see that Tony’s attention had already left her and was on his current girlfriend ‘for the season’ she thought.
That season turned into a year and before (y/n) knew it she was almost non-existent in Tony’s life. The daily adventures and long chats turned into maybe monthly quick hellos. Now (y/n) knew as people grew older they tended to grow apart, but (y/n) knew this wasn’t the case. She blamed Tony’s girlfriend Pepper, for dragging him to all these fashion shows and lunch dates. Now, Tony barely had any time for his best friend and what bothered (y/n) is that he didn’t even seem to notice. The only time he did is when he’d had a panic attack during the night and Pepper wouldn’t comfort him, choosing to sleep on the couch instead. (Y/n) didn’t mind comforting him, he was her best friend she’d always be there; it just seemed he wasn’t for her.
(Y/n)’s phone began to call, knowing nobody else but Tony could possibly be calling at 4am, she answered right away. “Hello?” She groggily whispered.
“Hey, (y/n)… uh what are you up to?” It was a game that she had created to get his mind off his dreams and anxiety. It involved her coming up with the most elaborate story of the craziest thing she could be doing at 4am- unbelievable but, it worked for them. “Right now, I’m sitting on a beach in Australia, my toes are in the white sand and I’m drinking my $100 bottle of champagne. I can see the whales in the distance, diving and making a splash above the water…” and on she went on the elaborate scene. When (y/n) was done, there was a slight pause before Tony surprisingly continued talking, whispering like an afterthought. “You always wanted to go to Australia, ever since you found out how deadly most of the animals are there.” (Y/N) lightly laughed. “Yeah, they have this giant bird called a cassowary and apparently it looks like a dinosaur-“ She was cut off by light snoring from Tony’s end.
“Goodnight Tony…I love you.” Hanging up, (y/n) was now wide awake. Why was she always in this position? She was the shoulder to cry on but never the one to hold. Deciding to get up and get some work done rather than just sitting there, (y/n) let her thoughts wander. Her thoughts led her to the thought of tomorrow, yet another day to be ignored. Something like the twang of a guitar sting rung inside of her causing a sick feeling. (Y/N) had a feeling tomorrow was going to change, she would make sure of it.
The next day came and with it came a confident and renewed (y/n). Strutting into the Stark building with a bright smile and her newest outfit, she felt like she could take on the world.
“Good morning (y/n)!”
“Morning, Miss (y/l/n)!”
Everybody seemed to perk up at the girls revived self, her having been looking like hell for weeks. It seemed everybody but one had noticed. Strutting to the meeting room, her 10 o'clock had already arrived and sat waiting. Opening the door, (y/n) walked elegantly into the room and held her hand out to the first person she saw. Her charisma during this time seemed to have an effect on the newest buyers, all having a hearty conversation before the cat dragged in, literally and figuratively, Tony ‘the man’ Stark.
Seeing the scene before him, Tony pauses as everyone looks to him. “Wait, what’s happening right now? I thought you said my meeting was at 10 sharp Pepper?”
“According to your schedule, it is, Tony.”
So maybe (y/n) had a lot of time last night and altered his schedule slightly, all apart from her plan. “Yes, well as late as you may be Mr Stark, Miss. (Y/L/N) has done her job beautifully as your representative. In fact, you’re lucky to have her.” The balding dark-skinned man turned to (y/n), “if you ever want a change of scenery, I will gladly open a position for you within my company! Pure brilliance!” Success! Just as she’d hoped, someone as brilliant and successful and Mr Chapman recognising her potential.
Shaking hands with the clients as Tony and Pepper stood struck in the doorway, (y/n) smiled brightly. “I’ll be sure to think about it, Mr Chapman. Thank you for your time.” They left and the three awkwardly remained in the room. “What just happened?”
“You were late to your meeting, so I gave the delivery for you.”
“You’re not allowed to do that.” Pepper sternly said, eyeing (y/n).
“Actually, I can and I will as representative of Stark Industries- it’s in my job description. Look it up.” Turning to the Stark man who wasn’t even listening, “Tony you have a meeting in five minutes with a Mr Coulson.”
Tony all but ignored her and turned to his love, Pepper. “Clear my schedule, I wanna spend the day in the lab.” Then he walked out with Pepper, continuing to talk to her… only her.
(Y/n)’s confidence broke. No matter how good she dressed or how many people she impressed, nothing would be enough to mask the hole (y/n) had in her heart. When two people are together for such a long time they both give a little of themselves to each other; when one pulls away, the other loses that little part and a heart can’t pump without all its pieces.
That guitar string had returned but instead of a twang, it sounded more like a snap. The string was broken and (y/n) wasn’t sure she wanted it to be replaced. She was done. With Tony, with Pepper and this stupid damn job. Storming out of the conference room (y/n) made a beeline straight for the retreating Tony and Pepper.
Sliding around them, she stopped in front of them, causing Tony to take a double take and pepper to sneer. “Tony Stark.” He scrunched his nose as if she were an idiot because she thought he’d forgotten his own name.
“Since the day that bully pushed you down, I have been there for you, mended you and at one stage actually put you back together. Hell, I’m still doing it now! Yet, after fifteen years of friendship, I’m discarded like trash because your girlfriend of this season decides she doesn’t like me or you’re too busy for me! Which I know you’re not because dude, I’ve seen your schedule. To hell with that. I’m your god damn best friend and I deserve to be treated like one instead of just another worker in this fucking company. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been in love with you for nearly half my life, the point is-“
“You’re in love with me since when-“
“that I’m still the closest thing you’ve got to a family yet I feel like you are killing me from the inside out. You used to be the one thing that kept me going but now you’re the one killing me. I haven’t slept properly for weeks because your girlfriend can’t even act like one and comfort you!”
“Zip it, French fry! I might not have minded losing the sleep so much if you actually acknowledged my presence once in a while. It has been a year and honestly, I’m starting to think you have no place in my life. For these last couple months, I was thinking that I didn’t deserve you throughout those fifteen years and you’d finally noticed; but in reality- you won’t deserve me in the next fifteen thousand years! So you can take your stupid ass friendship, my stupid love for you and OH!, You’re dumb ass job and stick it. I am so done with you-“
A finger went right in Pepper’s face, before coming back to (y/n) as she took offer work badge and shoved it into her work folder. “AND especially… you.” On the last syllable, (y/n) slammed the folder into Tony’s chest as his hands instinctively grabbed it. Looking up, (y/n) could see his now very pale face and shiny eyes. “I quit this job. I quit my love for you and I especially quit this friendship. Goodbye, Anthony.”
With a huff, she turned away from the two struck people and walked into the elevator just as the doors were closing. If only she could read minds, (y/n) would be able to hear Tony’s last thought before she left.
~To Be Continued if requested enough~