It was such an exciting week. The school year was coming to a close and with that came the opportunity to step up in leadership with whatever organization you were involved with. Whether you were in band, choir, dance, or sports, you had gone out for everything there was. Tony would call you an overachiever, but you didn’t care.
After applying and auditioning for every leadership role you could, the time came for the end-of-year banquet and you couldn’t begin to describe your excitement. Months earlier you had gone out with Wanda and Natasha to find the perfect dress and shoes. You practiced your hair and makeup for weeks and when the day finally came, you felt and looked flawless.
Peter wasn’t prepared when he saw you in the living area of the tower and fidgeted with the cuffs of his jacket. Now, you hadn’t asked him to go with you, but Tony had taken it upon himself to talk Peter into surprising you tonight.
“But what if she doesn’t want me to go with her?” Peter had asked Tony as he was fitted for a suit. “I mean, if she wanted to, she’d ask me… Right?”
Tony shook his head and held a tie to Peter’s throat. “When was the last time she made the first move on anything or anyone?” He let Peter think for a moment. “That’s what I thought. And besides, I’ve seen the way she looks at you. It’s the same way Wanda looks at Vision. And pizza.”
“But Mister Stark-”
“Don’t fight me on this, kid. I know what I’m doing.”
Peter was starting to freak out as he watched you. What if Tony was wrong? What if he was about to embarrass himself? He would never be able to recover if he did.
“Peter?” you asked, snapping him out of his daze.
Your perfect smile made a blush dust his cheeks and he suddenly couldn’t talk. He had no idea what to say or how to say it. So, he prayed that he wasn’t going to scare you as he decided to say the first thing to pop into his head. “You’re gorgeous.”
Now it was your turn to blush. It was like something out of a dream and you could hardly believe what was happening. He looked perfect in his suit and to hear him call you gorgeous was unreal.
“Thank you,” you replied shyly. “You’re quite handsome yourself.”
He glanced down at his suit and laughed nervously. “I, uh, was actually hoping to maybe take you to your banquet. I know it’s last minute, and I understand if you-” Peter knew he was starting to ramble, but he didn’t know how to stop.
“Peter,” you laughed, “I’d love for you to come with me.” You began to play with your fingers nervously. “I actually wanted to ask you a few weeks ago, but I didn’t think you’d want to.”
He smiled at you, and for a little while you just stared at one another. Until someone’s camera shuttered and frightened you back to reality. Most, if not all of the Avengers were huddled together across the room.
“Don’t mind us,” Tony quipped.
“It’s about damn time!” Sam exclaimed.
“Leave them alone,” Wanda told him. “You two go have fun.”
Not long after were you two at the banquet hall. Many of your friends were surprised to see that you had brought a date, and Peter stuck by your side the whole time as you introduced him.
Soon you were seated and eating and chatting away happily. As you waited for the superlative awards and leadership announcements, your nerves began to go haywire. Peter was quick to take notice and took your hand, giving it a squeeze and asked what was wrong.
“They’re going to announce next year’s leadership team tonight,” you explained, “and I kind of went out for everything.”
“I’m sure you’ll get it,” he assured you. He lowered his voice and added, “I’ve seen you lead missions. They’d be nuts not to choose you.”
“Thank you, Peter.” You kissed his cheek and leaned against his shoulder as the hall lights dimmed and a projection screen lowered in front of the stage. A collage of pictures and videos played, recapping everything that had happened within the organization that year. After, a senior comparison video played, bringing tears to your eyes as the reality of losing the seniors became real. Their baby pictures compared to their senior pictures made you proud.
Peter rubbed small circles on the back of your hand as the slideshows ended and superlatives were announced. When those had been awarded, the time had come for the leadership announcements.
The president of the organization council read down the list of names for the new team and you couldn’t relax even with Peter’s attempts to calm you down. Your excitement made him grin and he couldn’t hold back his smile when your name was finally announced and you relaxed against him.
He hugged you tight and congratulated you as the strobe lights turned on and music began. The other teens flooded the floor and you dragged Peter along.
Peter couldn’t stop staring at you as you danced. You had the biggest smile on your face and had yet to let go of his hand. He remembered falling for you months ago, never thinking that he’d ever have a chance. But here he was with you, ready to admit everything the first chance he had.
Unfortunately, that chance didn’t come until later that night as the banquet was winding down. It surprised him that this was the first slow song he’d heard all night, but he saw his chance and he was going to take it.
“May I have this dance?” he asked you with a bow.
You curtsied and replied, “It would be an honor.”
His arms wrapped around your waist and yours around his neck as you gently swayed to the music. He didn’t want the song to end, but he knew he had to tell you before it ended. Although, it might have been plain as day when the Avengers had snuck up on you earlier, he needed to tell you himself.
“What’s up, Spider-Boy?”
“It might’ve been obvious at the tower- I just need to say this, just you and me.” He sucked in a breath. “I really, really like you. I have for months and I was hoping that, uh, that maybe we could…?” He’d lost his words and his heart pounded in his chest as he waited for an answer.
Though it felt like forever, it was really only a few seconds before you replied, “I would want nothing more, Peter.”
He laughed at your Shrek reference and rested his forehead against yours. If he could make this moment last forever, he would.