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I’ve been dying for an IKEA trip story?
“Look, I’ve heard this is an important test of a relationship,” Tony says with an innocent expression Rhodey doesn’t buy for a second as they walk through the automatic glass doors into the hulking blue square hunched next to the mall in downtown Burbank.
“Just admit it, you’ve never been to IKEA and you’re curious.”
“That’s an obvious factor,” Tony agrees, eyes fixed on the little living room set up in the middle of the concrete floor next to the escalator. There’s a bright orange egg chair with a shade on top that looks like it’s meant for a fully grown adult. “Well, I’m excited already.”
Tony glances back over his shoulder as they step onto the escalator, his dark eyes glittering with mischief. He reaches back and takes Rhodey’s hand, and he’s only a little shy about it. “Okay, I’ve heard rule number one is you never let go of your IKEA buddy.”
Smiling, Rhodey squeezes his hand. “Sounds like the kind of rule I’d like to take home.”
Tony’s smile widens.
There’s another couple a few steps ahead of them and the woman keeps sneaking glances at them and whispering at her boyfriend. Rhodey ignores them.
“Are we actually gonna buy anything?”
Tony shrugs blithely. “If the spirit moves me.”
That means yes. An IKEA truck will be following them home. Pepper is going to kill him.
When they reach the top, Tony tugs him off the escalator, beelining for the cozy little entertainment room to their right. There’s a doorway that leads into a mini hallway kind of thing.
“You’re already breaking rule number two,” Rhodey informs Tony. “'Never leave the path.‘”
Tony grins at him and draws a curtain—printed with brightly colored squids wearing lipstick—hanging from a rod in the doorway shut behind them. Rhodey’s heart starts to beat a little harder. He knows Tony’s got something crazy in mind.
He doesn’t disappoint.
Tony leans in close, lips nearly brushing Rhodey’s ear, and murmurs, “How many of these little set ups do you think we can make out in before we get kicked to the curb?”
“Bet we can get back down to housewares if you can keep your voice down,” Rhodey replies and Tony laughs delightedly.
Rhodey shuts him up with a kiss.