It was pouring with rain when Steve arrived outside the tower. Typical. He’d only just showered, and now he probably smelt like wet dog all over again.
Well. It was better than blood and dirt, he figured with a small, exhausted sigh.
The mission had been long and tiring and ultimately worthless. They’d lost anyway- too many people had died for it to be anything worth celebrating. Steve could still see some of their faces if he thought about it too hard- looking at him, pleading with him. The journey back had been rough on everyone.
He felt tired. Bone-deep weariness that was difficult to shake. It clung to him like the rain did; sticking in his hair, coating his clothes with coldness. He just wanted to curl up and sleep- let the storm pass over his head until he awoke and it had all dissipated again. And more than anything, he wanted Tony.
Tony always helped.
Pushing his card in the door and opening it with a sophisticated swish, Steve slipped through quietly, shaking off his hair as he did so to try and dislodge some of the raindrops. He was wearing a SHIELD uniform after his Cap one had been destroyed, and it felt a little too tight, a little uncomfortable. It obviously hadn’t been designed by someone who knew his body as intimately as Tony did- knew the lines and divots he’d traced with his hands countless times.
God, Steve had missed him.
Coming back home was always nice. Warm. Lovely. It was hard (although not impossible) to feel glum when he knew what was waiting for him upstairs. It was a bit of a gamble as to what exactly he got- whether it be a Norse God or an Archer or all of them at once- but Steve didn’t mind. They were all family to him anyway. Even if they did piss him off to the ends of the earth some days.
As he wandered into the elevator and pressed his finger against the button up to the penthouse, he heard JARVIS greet him with a soft ‘welcome back, Captain Rogers- the tower has missed you’ and smiled automatically. He loved hearing JARVIS’ voice- it was like the first sign of home. Wherever there was a JARVIS, a Tony wasn’t far behind.
“Who’s about?” Steve asked through a yawn, hoisting his kitbag a little higher on his shoulder.
“Only Mr Barton and Sir, currently- although Barton is down at the archery range in the basement and seems preoccupied, and sir appears to be napping in the living room.”
Steve nodded, feeling the tiny shift that signified they had come to a stop. “Thank you,” he told JARVIS politely.
“You’re very welcome- it is a pleasure to have you back in the building. Sir’s sleeping patterns have become increasingly irregular since your departure, and from my initial scans, so have yours. It will be nice to bring some balance back into the world.”
Steve huffed, and then the doors slipped open with barely a sound and suddenly, he was back on solid ground again. The penthouse floor span out around him- the kitchen somewhere off in the left and the large open-plan living room directly ahead of him- and Steve felt his face split into a content little beam of relief.
He loved coming home. That was his favourite part of missions.
Padding forward, he made his way to the living room. The TV was on, but turned down to an almost silent volume, and the couches appeared empty. Far off to the right, the windows of the tower glistened and tapped with the sound of rain against their panes. It was quiet. Peaceful.
Steve sighed in relief. Much as he loved his friends, he didn’t think he would have been able to handle loudness just then.
He reached the back of the biggest couch and placed a hand over it, spotting the figure curled up against the pillows immediately as he did so. Drenched in a jumper five sizes too big for him, hair a mess and face relaxed peacefully, was Tony. He must have taken a nap whilst waiting for Steve.
It was adorable, and Steve found himself unable to stop smiling. Yeah- coming home. Definitely the best part.
He was quiet as he slipped around the armrest and then slid to his knees in front of Tony’s face, hand slowly rising to stroke softly across Tony’s cheek, into the thick hair. Curled up like that; Tony seemed so small, so vulnerable, and it made a burst of protectiveness and sheer, pure love erupt in Steve’s heart. He found often after particularly trying Ops, that he became a little more attached to Tony, if only for a few days. Those sort of things just… made a guy think. Remember exactly what he had to lose.
In his sleepy haze, Tony instinctively rose up and pressed his face against Steve’s palm, a half-smile forming across his mouth as he hummed happily. Steve’s stomach twisted- and it was almost funny, the fact that Tony could still give him butterflies, all these years in.
Steve kept his hand in Tony’s hair as the man slowly woke; his eyes fluttering open and spotting Steve immediately. Steve just continued to let his fingers play against Tony’s nape, against the adorable curls that looped across the back of his head when it went too long without a cut.
“Steve?” Tony asked sleepily, as his brain finally kicked into gear.
“Yeah, sweetheart, I’m back. Sorry I took so long- you know how it is,” Steve whispered, even though there was no-one there to hear them and barely any other noise in the tower aside from the staccato beat of rain against glass.
Tony paused for a moment, eyes drinking in Steve and his tired face, his wet hair, his badly-fitted clothes. Then he rubbed a sleeved hand over his eye and yawned, the other set of fingers curling softly around the collar of Steve’s jacket. “C’mere, baby,” he muttered, still half-asleep.
“Tony, I’m soaking w-”
“Don’t care. Wanna cuddle. Deal.”
Steve couldn’t help but laugh as Tony tugged him forward, manoeuvred him so that Steve was lying against Tony’s chest with his arms curled loosely around his waist- all while the man was still half asleep. It didn’t even seem as if Tony had properly woken up at all, and that was definitely an indicator as to how little the man had been sleeping since Steve had been away.
Well. He could rectify that later.
Tony’s nose scrunched adorably as Steve’s wet hair touched his chin, and Steve was about to move away, but Tony just made a noise of disapproval and clutched tighter, wrapping his arms stubbornly around Steve’s shoulders and sticking his whole face into the blonde wetness without another complaint. Steve just laughed again. “God, I love you,” he said softly, placing his greeting kiss against the plating of the reactor, “I love you so much.”
Again Tony just hummed and curled himself tighter around Steve. “Missed you so much,” he mumbled, and Steve couldn’t see, but he’d bet their joint fortune that Tony was pouting at that moment.
His hand curled around Tony’s; finger tracing feather-light against the slightly faded gold band Tony wore. “Go back to sleep, darling,” he whispered, shutting his own eyes even as he said it.
One last time, Tony gave his little hum, and then immediately after Steve felt him switch off again, his hands still curled tight around Steve. He was like that, sometimes- unable to sleep even if you fed him horse tranquillisers some days, and out like a light as soon as you said the word on others. Steve preferred the latter- less hassle, after all.
He sighed in contentment, and felt a little bit of the tension drain from his shoulders. He was home. Tony was there. The couch was warm and the weather was dreadful and they were both there, safe inside, watching the rain from against the panes of glass as it fell quietly around them.
He was home.
Slowly, his eyes fluttered shut, and his breathing levelled with Tony’s.
MUST READ!: I completely forgot to mention that the reader is a mutant who has the powers of BLINK from X-Men Days of Future past! And that this fic is non compliant to the MCU timeline, it’s just a jumble of events.
Warnings: an almost panic attack, and mentions of past assault
A/n: Hiiii! I’m back with a whole new chapter! I’m still trying to figure out a good posting schedule because it is quite slow paced. Please let me know if you have any preferences, because I’m planning on doing it weekly or every five days! Hope you enjoy!
“So, you’re telling me you want me to join a group of glorified heroes.” Despite the attitude that was laced through your words, you still said it shyly. I mean, Captain freaking America was sitting on your couch.
Once you opened the lights, you created a small portal right behind Tony to unlock the handcuffs you had placed on his wrists. You could here him mutter some incoherent phrase that sounded vaguely like insults.
“Please, sit.” You motioned them to your couch, you sat on one of your bar stools. “Would you like anything to drink?” You weren’t sure why you were acting like a housekeeper, but words were flowing out of your mouth before you could stop them. The two men declined, all you did was shrug. Fine. You opened a small portal and slipped your hand through, the second one appearing next to a water bottle that you slipped through the dark dimension. (That’s what you chose to call it, anyways.) You unscrew the cap and look up to the two visitors only to see them both with their jaws hanging wide open.
You redden realizing that you just did that in front of two strangers. What were you thinking? You don’t even know these people and you just openly flaunted your powers without a second of doubt.
“Um, ya, sorry- It’s force of habit, I don’t spend much time around other people.” You stare down at your hands, nervously playing around with the hem of your shirt.
“So, that’s what he meant when he said portals.” Tony remarks slightly airily.
“I’m sorry, who?” You ask. That’s when both men seem to realize that they’ve come here to do a job and not hang around with their jaws open. Both of the Avengers cleared their throats and straightened up a bit.
“Yes, we’re here to talk about the Avengers Initiative. Our Director, Nick Fury has had his eyes on you for awhile now and he sent us to recruit you.” Captain Rogers says.
“Um, why would I be of any value to the Avengers, sir?” You opt to address him in a more formal manner now that the embodiment of justice and righteousness is standing right in front of you.
“Please, Steve.” He replies.
“Well, apparently you are insanely smart, you know how to fight and you can do the crazy portal stuff.” Tony states. You stay silent for a moment.
“With all due respect Mr. Stark, Captain Rogers, I can assure you that my addition to the team wouldn’t be all that helpful.” You knew you could fight, you trained yourself to. Yes, you had powers, but were you ready to actually face off first world problems, for example, saving the planet? You didn’t think so. You were just a small town girl who kept to herself.
“If I may, Mrs. (l/n), you never know until you try.” The Captain answers your unspoken question in a calm and assertive tone.
In about ten seconds, you assess the pros and cons. You might die, that’s definitely a con. But, you’ll die fighting for what’s right, that’s also a pro. You couldn’t deny it, but becoming someone that defends the people and saves them too is something you’ve always wanted to be. Despite the fact that this will wrench you from an everyday domestic life, it appealed to you.
“Ok.” You replied simply. You didn’t look at them in the eyes though.
“Ok? That’s it?” Captain asks, thoroughly surprised. Most potential recruits put up more of a fight.
“Yep, well ok is all we need. Let’s get going Cap, my Macallan 88’ is waiting for me.” He gently puts a hand on your shoulder to drag you out of your apartment.
“Wait, wait, wait. I’m leaving now?” You ask. They both nod as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
“Could you at least let me grab some stuff?”
“Ya, of course kiddo.” You didn’t point out the nickname, but he might be compensating.
You grabbed a gym bag and filled it with the most important stuff. Once that was done, you changed into a pair of jeans and exited your apartment only to see a very expensive looking car. All you could do was lift an eyebrow.
“I’m Tony Stark, kid, what do you expect.” You chuckled lightly at his over-inflated ego.
You slipped into the back seat of the gorgeous car and closed the door, Tony driving away into the night.
The silence wasn’t awkward, but it definitely wasn’t comfortable.
“Where did you study?” Tony asked, he probably already knew since whoever Directory Fury was obviously told him practically everything about your life. You guessed anyways.
“MIT, but I dropped out.” He glances up at you in confusion.
“I got bored, so I dropped out.” You said, you had a hard time working with the students there. Even with the people there being well into their 20s, some of them were still assholes. The silence he replied was obviously an unspoken question.
“Let’s just say that some of the people there have a strange sense of respect towards women and I got caught in the crossfire. Not even the most astutely trained individual can beat the element of surprise.” You reply solemnly. You hated the men who harassed you, but hurting them wouldn’t have done any good. You could feel the familiar sting in your eyes, but you bit your lip, keeping yourself collected.
“Alrighty, then.” Tony said, turning the radio on. Steve looked at you sympathetically.
The rest of the ride was silent, the only sound was filtered through the speakers of the car. You watched as the Tower slowly became larger and larger until it looked like it was towering over you. Tony expertly slid over to the garage, parking the vehicle in it’s respective spot amongst a dozen other cars that were probably worth your entire university tuition times twelve.
Steve, being a classic 40s gentleman, opens the car door for you, you slide out ungracefully and reach for your bag, but Tony beats you to it. He smiles smugly at you, you mumble a thanks still slightly overwhelmed by the fact that you are actually being escorted by Captain freaking America and Tony fucking Stark into the friggin Avengers Tower where you, yourself, will become an Avenger. Without even noticing, you were just standing there, staring at the ground.
“Earth to (y/n), we have to go now.” Stark says, almost sweetly. “Um, ya sorry about that. This is still a little bit surreal.” Steve chuckles at that, a small smile graces your features.
“Alright, come on, kiddo. Time to meet the team of righteousness.” He walks over to the elevator.
Welcome back Tony, Captain. Should I alert everyone to meet in the common room.
You look up and around trying to find the source of the voice.
“Ya, that’s F.R.I.D.A.Y, she’s an AI, she basically makes sure everything is ok at all times.” You look around in awe, how much time and effort it would take to make an AI. I mean, you wouldn’t even know where to start. He smiles at your reaction. “ Sadly J.A.R.V.I.S got turned into Vision. Well… sort of, actually not really.” he remarks.
You don’t really hear him because you’re just watching the little screen indicating which floor you were on. 40…41…42…50…55… Holy shit.
You start breathing a little harder, reality finally dawns on you. It hits you like a truck, you are actually going to meet these people. What if they reject you? What if you aren’t good enough and they just kick you out? I mean you can’t just return to your normal life after this.
“Hey, (y/n), hey, hey. Look at me,” a gentle voice pulls you from your trance,” That’s it. Breathe. Everything is going to be ok.” You try to focus on Steve’s deep blue eyes, but your chest is still clenched tight and your hands are still shaking. His huge calloused hands are practically holding you up. You clear your throat and breathe in deeply, desperately trying to regain some control.
You clear your throat,” Yeah, I’m ok.” You see Tony looking unconvinced and Steve staring at you like a parent that caught his kid stealing from the cookie jar. “Really, it just… got a little overwhelming.”
“You know we can get you set up first, you can meet them tomorrow morning.” Tony says. You shake your head. You wanted to meet them as soon as you could. You wanted to avoid as many awkward encounters as possible.
The elevator slows down, the moment of truth.
“Welcome to the Avenger’s Base, (y/n).” Tony says, slipping an arm over your shoulders.
The doors slide smoothly open and you are met with quite a sight.
The common room itself is absolutely gorgeous. Huge windows go from the ceiling to the floor offering the most breathtaking view of the city. There is a second floor that can be reached by two spiralling staircases on either side of the far end of the room. Everything is either glass, chrome or black tile offering a sleek look to the architecture. There are expensive couches placed strategically around the room, TV’s and electronic gadgets spread throughout. But what surprised you the most was the honest to God cacophony. It was almost like a kindergarten.
“Guys! Settle down!” Steve shouts, “She’s hear.” That’s when everything goes still, you could hear a pin drop in the silence that ensues. Every single one of them stares at you with wide eyes. You were very close to just cowering into Tony’s side since his arm was already held securely around your shoulders.
“Hi” you wave awkwardly, cringing inside.
“Nice to meet you (y/n),” a smooth voice comes from the side. You turn your head to see none other than Sam Wilson himself. “I didn’t know Fury had taste.” You flush at the compliment.
“Knock it off, Wilson.”Tony snarks back, his grip on your shoulder tightening instantly.
You look around once again to see Clint waving a small hello and Natasha just nodding curtly. You gasp as a flash of blue passes right by your face and suddenly there’s a really, really handsome looking fellow right in front of you. His hair was silver, almost white and somehow he had a hold of your hand.
“Nice to meet you, princessa.” He places a gentle kiss on your knuckles. He smirks at your reaction, you’re about as red as a stop sign. A light female voice intrudes your thoughts.
“Pietro, let the poor girl’s hand go!” A young woman with a thick accent shouts from her spot on the couch. She has long brown hair and beautiful wide eyes. She stands up and slowly makes way to you.
“I’m glad another girl is going to be on the team. As you can see,” she looks around the room, “we are severely outnumbered by testosterone driven men.” You giggle at that, she smiles sweetly and goes back to her spot next to Clint, you like her instantly.
You notice the infamous Bruce Banner all the way in the back, he doesn’t come to say hi but you could see the shy smile on his lips. You’ve been a fan of his work for so long, seeing him in real life was making you giddy.
“Alright kiddo, I’m handing you over to Cap now, he’ll show you the ropes.” Tony squeezes your shoulder one last time before retreating to his lab.
“Come on, I’ll show you where you’re staying.” He gently nudges you to the direction of the elevator, your eyes still scanning everything in slight disbelief. “I know it’s a lot to take in.”
The elevator doors close once again and you let a out a breathe you didn’t even know you were holding in.
“Alright, so on each floor there are two or three apartments. You’re going to be staying on my floor. There are three apartments, so if ever there is a new recruit, they are most likely going to stay there. By the way, we are on floor 59”He states, like it’s the most normal thing in the world.
You here an electronic ding, and walk past the threshold that you are guessing is now your new home. You’re met with a wide corridor with one door at the end, one door to the right wall and one to the left.
“Mine is straight up front and yours is on the left or the right, you can choose, it really doesn’t make a difference to me.” He tells you with an all-american boy smile. How can you not smile back?
You walk over to the one on the right and he hands over a key car. Yes, a key card. Not a key. You arch an eyebrow, but say nothing.
“Here’s your new home.” He opens the door for you and politely ushers you in.
Your jaw practically falls to the floor, your eyes bugging out of your head, as you take in the sight before you.
Jesus fucking Christ this isn’t an apartment, it’s an entire three story house on one floor!
“I know, it’s a lot to take in. If ever you have any questions, just come knockin’ or you can ask F.R.I.D.A.Y. Also, fair warning, tomorrow morning, Thor is scheduled to arrive and he’s… well he’s a lot to handle,” he pauses,” Goodnight, (y/n). It was nice meeting you.” He does a tiny little salute and leaves. Well, that was honestly adorkable. He just did a freaking mini-salute.
You turn your back to the giant apartment ahead of you, and set out to explore.
Summary:Young Army doctor Captain Pierce meets Negan and his Saviors after being held captive.
Author’s Note: This is my second story I’ve written and posted. I received such good feedback from when I wrote for @ladylorelitany ‘s red velvet writing event that I thought I would write and put my stuff out there. I’m well aware I need to improve my writing, please be gentle and enjoy.
My turn to post again ^^ I hope you enjoy the thrills and chills I have planned today!
In case you missed the initial announcement, this is a little FFXV countdown to Halloween I planned with my amazing friends @chocobabyporcelain and @insomniasix ;) So for the next few days until the 31st, the three of us will each be posting something creepy/scary starring some of the characters from the franchise.
Here’s the first batch of spooks we posted over the past three days. Please do check them out! If not for my writing, then for the mind-blowing writing of my two loves here ^^
Notes: Modern AU. Jon reunites with the surviving Stark children while dealing with his new found Targaryen family.
You might have noticed that this very slow writer seems to be updating a big more quickly lately. I’m not sure I’ll be keeping that up. I’ve been home the past week recovering from a nasty cold so I’ve had time to work on this, but alas, I’m back to work and a busy travel schedule starting next week. I’ll try to update as much as I can. Thanks for your patience and interest in this story.
Jon felt more energized than tired as he bounded up the
staircase to the spare bedroom that he had slowly been taking over. On his
drive from the café, several ideas began to form in his mind. He knew the Starks would never accept any
direct monetary help from him, but there was more than one way to help them
out. He was eager to get them started. As he walked passed the room he had been
sharing with Ygritte the door flew open and she stood there looking at him.
Nothing as in you spaced out for a moment and everything's fine or nothing as in you're unhealthily repressing some kind of emotional trauma that is almost certainly going to manifest in some kind of dramatic, inconvenient, and possibly life threatening fashion if we don't deal with it now?
Bruno Rezende announces his comeback as Modena Volley’s setter for next season!
“Hi my dear friends in Modena, I’ve never hidden my love and affection for you and your city, and if you’ll allow me to say so, it’s my second home. I’m here to say that I’m coming back to fight and win with you. I agreed to the proposal made by [the Club’s president] Catia Pedrini, the First Lady of volleyball, and I’m very proud and happy [about it]. We’ll be back together soon, and I’ll play for us, for you. The separation on this year showed me how much I missed you and the love I have for this city and the fans. Thank you so much, I’ll wait for you at PalaPanini. Go Yellows!”.
Personal side note: I started this blog straight after the victory of the Scudetto last year. Back then, I chose Bruno for the profile picture, knowing for sure that he would come back, sooner or later. It was only a matter of time, but when you fall in love with Modena, you can’t escape it. And here we are. Welcome back, captain!
Disclaimer: Obviously, the translation isn’t literal nor perfect, as it’s almost impossible to translate many Italian idioms (unless you’re a professional translator whom I am not). However, the translation is still as close as possible, keeping the actual meaning of the players’ words.
Summary: “Perhaps it would be best if – if you didn’t call me Captain anymore.” She didn’t understand, not in the slightest. He had been her Captain for
so long. She had been his partner and confidante for so long. If he wasn’t her
Captain, then what was he to her? What could she possibly be to him?
4 times Gideon tries a title for Rip and 1 time it sticks
Word Count: 3K
AN: Written in the spur of the moment because @kalinara theorized that Rip would come back to the Legends, just not as the Captain. Which of course made me wonder, what on earth would she call him? So I wrote it.
“Welcome back, Captain Hunter,” Gideon greeted
properly once the man was finally alone in his study. Or what used to be his study
before the Legends took over everything.
“It’s good to be back,” Rip shrugged off his suit jacket
and examined the room. He frowned as he picked up Sara’s photos and put them
back down; they had certainly done some redecorating here. Alas, perhaps he
deserved it with being away for so long.
“Are you going to wear your old coat?” Gideon asked
eagerly. He had been growing his beard back for a while now, she missed the old
duster that completed the ensemble. “Would you like me to fabricate you a new