Since I Met You
And now you find out exactly why I wanted to post My Father before posting this one. I think the juxtaposition is wonderful. Mwahahaha. Anyway, Tony is going to come across a bit differently in this one, and there is going to be a lot of pain for the Reader. But remember that they are all just doing what they think is the right thing to do.
As always, once the Reader calms down, she will see clearer. But for now, please enjoy, and if you have any feedback, please let me know : )
Oh yes, and I do not have much experience with legal documents, so please keep that in mind as you read! Fitting in extra characters here was a tad tricky, so hopefully that makes sense too…
“Tony, can I come in?” You asked quietly, not daring to enter the lab without permission.
“Of course (Y/N),” came Tony’s reply. You felt a small amount of relief as you walked through the door, and slowly towards him.
“Hi,” you offered, feeling more awkward with him than you would have liked. Why did everything have to be like this?
“Hi,” Tony replied.
“Listen. I… want to apologise for my outburst earlier,” you explained. “It wasn’t very fair or professional for me to behave that way.”
Was that what you wanted to say? Was that what you truly wanted to say?
“It’s alright. It wasn’t your fault. I riled you up,” Tony said with a hesitant smile. “I hear I’m good at that.”
You laughed, and god it felt good. “I wasn’t going to be the first to say it.”
You both fell into silence again, though you were both feeling less anxious in this silence. It was almost comfortable. But the issue of your disagreement over the Accords hung heavily in the air. It had to be addressed, sooner or later.
“I… I don’t think I can sign it Tony.“
Tony sighed, and put down whatever it was he had been tinkering with. He rubbed his eyes wearily. He wasn’t angry anymore. He was… scared?
“At least give it another read before you make your decision. Please?” Tony suggested.
“Tony. What’s wrong?” You asked.
He sighed again. Then he pulled out the copy of the Accords he had been given for safe keeping. The one you were all to sign. He flicked through a considerable way, and then pushed it across the table to you.
You looked from him to the Accords with a furrowed brow, and began to read the page.
If one James Buchanan Barnes, and one (Y/N) Barnes do not sign the Accords by the day of the UN meeting, both will be taken in for questioning.
If James Buchanan Barnes fails to sign this document, it will be treated as a hostile act, and he will be put on trial for his war crimes against America and its allies, in conjunction with the German organisation known as Hydra. If he signs, his unwillingness to participate in these crimes will be fully recognised, and he will be allowed to continue as a free American citizen, and Avenger.
If (Y/N) Barnes fails to sign the Accords, it will be considered an act of treason, and she will be taken into custody and questioned on her Empathic powers and her ability to control them. If she cannot show an acceptable level of control, she will be imprisoned until such a time that she has gained that level of control. If she signs, and cannot demonstrate an appropriate level of control of her powers, she will be placed on house arrest, staying at the Avengers Compound, until such a time that she has gained that level of control.
You couldn’t believe what you were reading. The two of you were essentially being blackmailed into signing something that you just couldn’t agree with. You felt sick, and then you realised.
You hastily flipped all the way to the back, and there they were. Three signatures. James Rhodes, Vision, and Anthony Stark.
“You’re… you’re ok with this? You’re ok with them treating us like dangerous criminals?” You asked incredulous.
“That only happens if you don’t sign (Y/N) ,” Tony replied cautiously.
“Oh of course, only if we don’t sign. If I sign, then I can enjoy the luxury of house arrest, rather than whatever prison or institute they would place me in…”
You were starting to have a panic attack.
Tony came towards you, and attempted to place a hand on your shoulder.
“Don’t touch me,” you cried. He withdrew his hand, and you breathed deep a few times. When you felt you could, you asked him what you had wanted to ask him since the meeting with Ross. “Do you think I’m dangerous?”
“Well, you pack a punch,” Tony replied.
“That isn’t what I meant Tony, and you know it. Do you think that I am dangerous?” You repeated.
“I… I think you can be (Y/N). I’m sorry, but during the fight earlier, everyone got so riled up, if you hadn’t have left, you might have caused a riot,” Tony explained.
You stepped back from him. “How long have you thought that?”
“Since I met you (Y/N). But, it hasn’t stopped me from…”
“From what Tony?!” You spat.
“From loving you.”
“So what you’re saying,” you continued, barely believing what you were hearing, “is that you found it in your heart to love me in spite of the person that I am?”
“No, that isn’t…” Tony tried to explain, but you cut him off. At this point, there was nothing he could say to make you feel better.
“FRIDAY, could you please gather Steve, James, Wanda, Sam and Natasha in the briefing room?” You asked as calmly as possible.
Right away Mrs Barnes.
You walked back to the table, slammed the Accords shut, and then picked it up, striding over to the door.
“(Y/N), please wait,” Tony started.
“I haven’t got time right now. I need to make sure that James and the others who haven’t signed yet see this before they make their decision.”
You opened the door, and hesitated for just a moment. “I accept everything about you Tony, as a part of you. I thought you did the same for me.” And you left.
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