the speed of objects in motion
a stony fanfic
word count: 20946
summary: Sometimes Steve forgets that Tony is human underneath all the metal, under all the red and gold. After Tony dies he spends time in Tony’s workshop, goes through his schematics, his unfinished works. It’s there that he discovers binarily augmented retro framing, and there where he decides he’s going to finish the program so maybe, just maybe, he can see Tony again and tell him all the things he should have.
“The people that left, you were never sure if they were going to make it back. Even if they did, they didn’t come back the same. After the serum, I wondered what it would be like when I would make it back. I didn’t have anyone to come back to, so I wondered what it would be like to carry my bag over my shoulder and have no one there waiting for me. I kind of liked the idea, that no one would see the weight of what it meant to be home. I only knew about it, guys sent back letters sometimes talking about how even on the streets of New York they were careful of landmines. I had a nightmare about it after that, being back home before the serum and stepping on a landmine.”
Tony cleared his throat, setting his drink down on the bar. “What was the worst part of it?”
“That I couldn’t save anyone around me.”
And Tony knows that nightmare like it was designed specifically for him, knows it like it’s a blueprint in the workshop, just another suit on the line up.