Moriyamas don’t believe in outsiders or equals.
Tetsuji took Kevin in and took over his training, but he also gave Kevin to Riko— literally. Kevin isn’t human to them. He’s a project. He’s a pet, and it’s Riko’s name on his leash.
One night home alone, Loki happens upon part of Tony’s therapy homework. He is less than pleased.
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sighed over the messy coffee table in the penthouse, shoving books
and magazines and paperwork and newspapers and tablets and random
bits of wire and circuitry aside so he could find the table’s actual
surface. Instead he found something else.
was what looked like a page ripped out of a lined notepad, the top
uneven and torn, and on it a messy list was scribbled.
Tony Stark deserves love
line under the words was sharp and sure, the name written with enough
flourish that it reminded Loki of Tony’s usual signature. Under this
self-assured title, the list itself looked very different. The words were
smaller, the lines uneven in places, some words – or whole points –
were crossed out, as if the writer had lost all his bravado after the
statement on the top of the page.
I’m ridiculously wealthy I
build awesome things Iron
Man is a hero The
thing with the missile I
look damn good even with the gray hairs
were a couple of empty lines after that, like there had been a pause
in the writing, and the last written line was even smaller, the
letters pale, with barely any pressure put on the pencil.
have a heart?
was sure that he had never hated anything in the vast darkness of the
universe as much as he hated that tiny, gray question mark. And that
was what made him make his next decision.
rummaged around in the piles on the table until he found a pen, then
he crossed out the entire list Tony had made with a big X, leaving
only the bold title at the top of the page, untouched and proud. Then
he added his own version of the list at the bottom half of the page.
ridiculously generous I
build awesome things to make life better for my friends, and humanity
as a whole I
am a hero The
thing with the missile I
have so much passion my body can barely contain it
like in the first version Loki left some room above the last line –
just so he could make double circles around it after he added it.
have a heart as bright as a star
got up from the couch and brought the edited list into the kitchen,
slipping the note in under Tony’s favourite coffee cup on the
counter. Then he went to bed.