hey what about stevetony stone age/caveman au? with like homo sapiens tony and neanderthal steve?
tony escapes from his clan who are trying to make him a human sacrifice. led by high priest obadiah, they carve a sun symbol in his chest.
but tony escapes, and runs and runs and runs for days, and he’s exhausted and terrified and the carved wound in his chest is infected and throbbing and he finally collapses when his legs can’t hold him any longer.
when he drifts back into himself, he’s warm and comfortable, lying somewhere safe and dark with red fire-sparks dancing close by. there’s something padded neatly onto the chest wound, and it’s not burning and throbbing like before.
he tosses and shifts a little bit, and then there’s hands pushing him gently back down, an oddly low deep voice hushing him. tony blinks and squints and looks upward.
the stranger is so big, tony catches his breath in fear for a second. but the stranger puts out his hand and strokes tony’s arm, calming him. he has hair like honey and blue eyes, and his face looks different to tony’s tribe somehow, but kind. he goes on making those quiet hushing sounds, petting tony’s hair.
tony’s trembling all over, but the petting feels nice and he slowly melts, nestling into it. steve looks pleased, shifting so he’s curled protectively around tony’s body, and tony cuddles into his chest, deciding to trust this big kind stranger who’s taken him into his cave.
they fall asleep wrapped in each other’s arms, sharing warmth, as the banked fire burns through the night.
(btw if you’re interested in the interactions between early homo sapiens and neanderthals, do a google search bcs it’s super interesting!)
(more ficlets under the ‘stevetony ficlet’ tag on my blog)