How about a sad Tony that has to face the Rogue Avengers alone because the Guardians are in a mission and the Avengers are mean with him, but then the guardias return?
(what is wrong with me. I said short. This isnt short! :D hope you like it anyway.)
Tony isn’t an Avenger anymore. Or more like he never was one.
Fury told him that he was just a consultant. Always was. That he was never a real avenger and just sort of their mechanic. Sure Iron Man was great. Tony Stark? Not so much.
And now he was back to being their servant. Just a month ago Fury got the avengers back to the tower. They weren’t criminals anymore but still under a sort of arrest.
They could leave the tower but there would always be police unit with them. (Not that they could’ve stopped an angry captain america. But whatever.)
Still. They were back and Tony doesn’t know how Fury did managed that but he did. Even Barnes was there. Still frozen but in Tonys home.
And he couldn’t do anything about it or he would never be an avenger.
“Sir? Sergeant Ross on the phone.” says Friday in her monotone voice. Tony looks down at that.
“Alright. Lets hear him.” says Tony but he doesn’t stops working. He needs to finish Clints bow today and after that he has to look after Barnes again. And Natasha wants her new jacket by tomorrow.
Tony shuts his eyes.
“Stark? Did you already read Furys report? Is there anything we can do?” asks Ross and he sounds already annoyed. Tony sighs.
He turns around and see the four folders from Fury. He hasn’t even started.
“Uh…No i have other things…and…” stutters Tony and he groans mentally. Normally he would’ve a sarcastic remark but he is…he is just tired.
“I don’t care. I need something to hold it against them.” says Ross again and Tony has to shut his eyes again.
Like kill my mom? Or keep that a secret?
“Yeah…i will do it after…” starts Tony again but Ross on-hooked already.
“Sir? Mister Quill send another message.” says Friday this time and Tony wants to scream.
“I bet about the new taser for him. I know.” says Tony and makes a gesture with his hand. He doesn’t have the time to read Peters message. Doesn’t matter how much he likes his silly letters.
He doesn’t have the time.
“Okay Friday it’s already after lunch. I have to check on Barnes.” says Tony and Friday shuts the workshop down.
Tony goes over to the elevator and can’t help himself but reads Peters message anyway. He smiles. He misses him so much. All the Guardians. Sometimes they visit him to get new tech but they write him everyday. Even Rocket.
The elevator stops and Tony sees Barnes in the corner. He sighs. Its his task to look after him and to make sure that he puts a new system in him. When he doesn’t have those words in his brain anymore Tony can wake him up.
He studies the results and nods. Looks good, but its still not enough to wake him up. He needs to be sure or the winter soldier would do something really bad again.
And…then its Tonys fault. Again.
“Sometimes i wish i could kill you…” says Tony towards Barnes. He isn’t sure if Barnes can hear him, but he hopes he doesn’t.
Sometimes i wish everything would’ve gone another way. Sometimes i wish we could have been friends, Barnes. You seemed like a nice guy when you didn’t fight me.
“Maybe you would like to think over your words again.”
Tony is so close to screaming at that but he only does a little whimper.
“What are you doing here?” asks Tony when he calmed himself down again. Steve shrugs.
“Looking after him. And hearing you threaten him.” says Steve and he looks so disappointed in Tony.
“Hm.” says Tony and puts the results back on the table.
“Is he ready?” asks Steve when Tony sits down on that chair.
“No.” is Tony only answer and this time he jerks away when Steve hits onto the table in front of him.
“Damnit! Tony you said it would only take you days! Now its been weeks.” says Steve and he is angry. Tony is so glad the shield isn’t with him or he would’ve freak out.
“I-i’m sorry.” says Tony and tries to busy himself with the results again.
“Ey Stark!” says Clint now. Tony hasn’t seen him enter the room. But it doesn’t matter.
“Hm?” says Tony again and he doesn’t look up.
“Where’s my bow?” asks Clint and Tony sighs. He forgot it in the workshop. And its not finished either.
“Not ready.” says Tony softly but Clint groans.
“Dude you have like what one task and you can’t even do that?” says Clint and Tonys next breath is a bit watery.
“He hasn’t finished Buckys process either.” says Steve and Tony makes himself smaller.
“Man i know that he got old but that he doesn’t even remember to do the things we tell him.” says Clint and he laughs at that.
Tony wishes he could go now. But is afraid to move. What if Steve beats him again?
“I told you we should find another mechanic.” Wanda stands in the doorway and her glimpse is so cold. Tony can see a bit of red in her eyes and he looks quickly away.
“Yeah i think Shield can help us.” says Clint now and Tony wants to laugh. Wants so say: yeah and who pays for everything you want or destroy? Or: yeah try and find a genius like me!
But he just swallows. He is done.
“Ohhh looks like we are a bit late for the party.” says now someone and Tony gasps. Peter stands there and he looks angry.
Oh no, thinks Tony, he is also angry at me. Fuck he should’ve done his taser first.
“Quill.” says Steve and he even rolls his eyes. The Avengers and the Guardians aren’t friends. At all. But the Guardians work together with them sometimes. Its how they’ve met.
“Where is the raccoon.” snickers Clint and when Rocket shows up a moment later he hisses at Clint. Tony would like to smile at that but he is still afraid.
“Hey Tony.” says Peter and then goes over to him. He lays his hand on Tonys shoulder. Tony holds his breath.
“So what exactly are you doing here?” asks Peter and Tony wants to explain that he was just looking for Barnes and then he would go back in his workshop and do the bow. And the taser. And Natashas jacket.
But Peter doesn’t look at him. He looks at Steve.
“We talked to Tony about a few … disagreements.” says Steve and Rocket snicker at that.
“Looked more like you threaten our friend.” says Rocket and he hops on Clints shoulder. The archer doesn’t flinch but Tony can see Rockets sharp claws in Clints shoulder.
“And if you do that again we might have to hurt you. Drax you would like that, right?” says Peter and Drax grins.
“I want to take the Captain. He looks like he could use a punch.” laughs Drax at that and Steve frowns at that.
“I will remember that. So if you are going to yell at Tony ever again or only say something that we don’t like, we will take care of you, do you understand me?” says Peter and when Clints start to open his mouth Rocket claws him again.
“He should just finish his job.” says Wanda now and in a blink Gamora his behind her. Her sword at Wandas neck.
“He can do what he wants. He isn’t your employee. You should feel lucky that he even does a single thing for you, after what you did to him, witch.” says Gamora and Wandas eyes glow red.
“Try harder. You know your little magic isn’t working on me or Drax.” says Gamora grinning. And she is right. Tony doesn’t know why but its useless.
“Okay stop! I don’t understand why you are so angry.” says Steve and Peter turns to him.
“Because you treat our friend like shit! And i won’t let you do that anymore. So be thankful if he helps you, but if he doesn't… well tough luck.” says Peter and when he holds his hand up, Rocket jumps back to the ground and Gamora puts her sword away.
“Alright.” says Steve even though he looks still so angry.
A moment later Tony is alone with the guardians. He is still shaken a bit.
“Oh uh… i will start with your Taser now.” says Tony and when he wants to stand up, Peter holds him down.
“Nope. Wanna tell us what that was?” asks Peter and Tony shakes his head. He isn’t even sure what it was.
“Alright. Tony you know that you are an avenger, too right? You can tell them to go fuck themselves. You should take a break when you need it.” says Gamora and she smiles at him.
“I’m not…” says Tony and looks down at his hands. They shake.
“What?” asks Rocket and jumps on the table right in front of Tony.
“I’m only a consultant.” says Tony and he sounds as bitter as he feels.
“I hate humans.” says Drax.
“I am Groot.” says Groot.
“Yeah i hate humans but Peter and Tony.” says Drax then.
“A consultant? Fuck that. You are right you aren’t an Avenger.” says Peter and he claps Tonys shoulder.
Its hurts even more when somebody else says it outloud.
“Because you are a guardian of the galaxy.” finishes Peter and Tony looks up at him.
“He means if you want. You are welcome on our team.” says Gamora and Rocket climbs onto his lap.
“We are already a weird family. So you should join.” grins Rocket and Tony laughs watery.
“Really?” he asks because of course he wants that!
“Really. And for now. Forget about those idiots. What do you want to do?” asks Peter and Tony shrugs.
“Still need to finishes Clints bow. And Natasha’s jacket. Your taser. Oh and Ross told me i should read…” says Tony and he knows that he babbles.
“Wrong. You need to watch a movie with us.” says Peter and Groot shrieks at that.
“I am Groot.”
“Yeah and eat ice-cream.” laughs Gamora and Tony can’t believe his luck.
And when he cried when he gets is official guardian jacket, well nobody needs to know.
Besides Peter who kisses him silent, when Tony stars babble again.