What happens when tinytony meets Pepper and Rhodey?
“Tony?” asks Peter, when he looks at the big watch in their living room.
“Yes.” answers Tony immediately and Peter sees him on the ground. Eddy sits besides Tony and Tony has his coloring book in front of him.
“I have a surprise for you.” says Peter and Tony looks up at that.
“Why?” asks Tony and puts his pencils back in the case. Peter can’t believe that he is a toddler sometimes. Tony just tries so hard.
And isn’t that even more sad? Because no child in the world should have to try that hard. And you know whats even sadder? Normally Tony is 47 years old and he still tries so hard… and nobody sees it.
“Because you were such a good boy!” says Peter and he sounds extra happy. Tony smiles a bit at that. Its not his big smile, its a really shy one and its Peters favorite.
“Really?” asks Tony and then holds his hands out. Peter grins and helps him up.
“Really. You are the best kid in the whole world.” says Peter and Tony shakes his head at that.
“ ’m not.” mumbles Tony and takes a few steps forward. It goes a lot better now with his walking but sometimes he still wobbles.
“You are. So do you wanna see your surprise?” asks Peter and Tony nods. He bends down again and takes Eddy in his hand. Then he smiles brightly.
“With Eddy?” asks Tony just to be sure and Peter nods.
“We wouldn’t want to leave without Eddy. So we are going down to the living room and we will meet somebody there.” says Peter and then looks at Tony.
He doesn’t wear a onesie this time, because Peter thinks he should look especially good today. So Tony wears a cute little dungarees and a striped shirt. He also has a pacifier with him.
Because Peter had noticed that Tony needed that when he was nervous or he would suck on his thumb. Which was also really cute… but not very hygienic.
“Bucky?” asks Tony when he takes Peters hand. Peter sighs. Yes they wanted to play with Bucky today. He nearly forgot about that.
“No but we will see him later, hm? We are going to meet your aunt Pepper and Uncle Rhodey.” says Peter and Tony looks a bit afraid.
“Why?” he asks and nearly stumbles. Peter catches him and then picks him up.
“Because they want to meet my sweet little boy,” explains Peter and goes over to the elevator.
“Yours?” asks Tony and his eyes are wide and full of hope. Peter swallows at that. He knows that he could break Tony easily now.
“Yeah of course.” Peter says and his voice cracks at that. Tony smiles that cute smile again and Peter can even see his dimple. Its a smile that is only reserved for Peter.
“Love you lots.” says Tony and he is still in Peters arms but he hugs Peter anyway as best as he can. He even kisses Peters cheek.
“Love you to the moon and back.” whispers Peter and Tony giggles.
“Thats a lot.” he whispers surprised and cuddles into Peter. Peter nods because he can’t speak anymore or he would start crying for real.
The elevator opens again and Peter wipes a few tears away. This wasn’t how he pictured the day. But even if Tony would stay little, he would always be there for him.
“Ms. Potts?” asks Peter then and Pepper turns around at that. She looks perfect like always and smiles at them.
“Peter. I told you to call me Pepper.”
Peter nods at that and smiles sheepishly at her. He knows her for a certain time but he is still a bit afraid of her.
“Tony.” she says then and looks at the little boy, who still hides his face against Peters neck.
Peter kisses his dark curls and then sets Tony down. Tony hides behind Peters legs and looks up at Pepper.
“Hey Tony.” says Pepper and Tony draws a deep breath. Then he steps in front of Peter and holds his hand out.
Pepper seems confused for a moment, but with a very delicate move, she kneels down in her heels and takes Tonys hand.
“My name is Anthony. It’s nice to meet you Ms. Potts. The pleasure is all mine.” squeaks Tony and smiles shyly.
“Oh god. What a gentleman.” says Pepper and Tony kisses her knuckles.
Peter is sure he died from the cuteness.
“But you don’t have to be so formal, hm? I’m your Auntie Pepper.” says Pepper then and Tony seems to think about that.
“Auntie Peppa?” he asks and tries to say her name right. Pepper smiles.
“Yes. So if you ever want some new toys, ask me.” smiles Pepper than and Tony giggles.
“Thank you. But i have many toys. I don’t need more.” says Tony and looks at Peter.
Peter strokes his hair and shrugs. Well it is true. Tony has a lot already. But Peter would buy him anything if Tony just said the word.
“Aw aren’t you cute.” says Pepper and Tony nods at that.
“But i… uhm can i have some toys for my friends?” asks Tony then and promptly his thumb goes into his mouth. So he is nervous.
“For your friends?” asks Pepper because the last time she had seen Tony he hadn’t said anything nice about the other avengers.
“Yes. I… i saw that they didn’t have any toys and.. and thats why Clint took Eddy. Cause he hasn’t a Eddy for himself. And… and i don’t want them to be sad.” says Tony and mumbles the words around his thumb.
Peter can’t believe him. Although Clint hurt Eddy, Tony still wants to do something for him and forgives him that easily. He is so precious.
“Of course.” says Pepper and smiles. Peter kneels down and takes Tonys thumb out of his mouth. He gives him the pacifier instead. Tony sucks a bit and smiles behind the red pacifier.
“Thank you.” he says to Pepper again and then cuddles Eddy a bit more.
Peter and Pepper go over to table and sit down at that. Tony sits down in front of the couch and looks at the tv. A children show is on and Tony giggles every few minutes. But he can’t hear them. Which is good for their conversation.
“I have never seen him that happy.” says Pepper and looks down at the little one. Peter nods.
“But aren’t all kids happy?” Peter asks back and Pepper shakes her head.
“No. Tony wasn’t a happy child. Well i guess he was at first. But Howard and Maria weren’t always there. He doesn’t talk about it, but i saw pictures of him where he was that little and already working in the lab. He loved that of course…but he wasn’t that happy.” says Pepper and Peter feels bad for Tony.
Maybe this is his second chance. Even if its only for a while.
“I’m glad you are watching out for him.” says Pepper and she smiles.
“I’m glad i can be there for him.” says Peter and then the door opens again. Its Rhodey. Peter smiles, he likes him a lot.
“Hey.” says Rhodey and he still goes a bit unsteady. Tony looks up at that.
Pepper greets Rhodey with a kiss on the cheek and Peter gets a warm handshake.
“Hey Rhodey.” says Peter and then looks back to Tony.
“Bambino. Your uncle is here.” says Peter and laughs at Rhodeys facial expression. Tony takes Eddy and then comes over. He holds his hand out again.
“I’m Anthony.” he says again and Rhodey laughs.
“Believe me i know. Come here and greet your uncle properly.” say Rhodey and sits on a chair. He picks Tony up and sets him down on his lap.
“What a handsome little man.” says Rhodey and Tony giggles.
“Thank you.” says Tony shyly around his pacifier.
“And your favorite uncle has a surprise for you!” says Rhodey and shows Tony a packet. Tony gasps and the pacifier falls to the ground.
Peter picks it up and then goes over to the sink and washes the dust off.
Tony opens the packet and squeals. Its a little car, that he can control with a tele control. Tony wiggles and Rhodey sets him back down. Tony opens the packet immediately.
Then he stops.
“Thank you Uncle Rhodey!” he says and hugs Rhodey real tight. Then he goes back to the car. Rhodey sits down next to him on the ground and helps him.
Peter makes tea for him and Pepper and also a coffee for Rhodey. The next hours are full of Tonys laughter. Eddy sits in the little car and Tony drives him around.
Its two hours later that Tony yawns a lot. He can’t keep his eyes open and Peter laughs.
“Hey bambino. Time for your nap.” says Peter and goes over. Tony pouts but he doesn’t object.
“Say goodbye to your aunt and uncle.” says Peter and Tony waves at them.
“Bye bye.” he says and blows them a kiss. Pepper laughs at that and Rhodey comes over and pinches his cheek.
“You cute little boy.” says Pepper and Tony nods proudly.
Peter says his goodbyes, too and then takes them back to their own apartment. He goes over to Tonys room and lays him in his crib.
Tony yawns again and cuddles Eddy.
“Goodnight my sweet boy.” whispers Peter and kisses Tonys cheek. Tony is already out like a light.
Peter smiles down at him. He is glad that Tony can finally enjoy himself.