Chapter Twelve

Tony walked into the house tiredly, slipping his shoes off and coat before he slid down against the door, covering his face with his hands.

"Tony?" Loki called out, walking into the living room "Is that you?"

"Yes." Tony spoke hoarsely.

Loki was then right by his side and asked "Tony, what happened? Is everything alright?"

"I . . ." Tony swallowed before pulling Loki into his lap as he gave a choked sob.

Loki then hugged Tony. "Darling, what's the matter?"

"I'm sorry . . ." Tony whimpered. "I . . . I'm an awful person . . . I can't . . ."

"Tony, you can never be an awful person," Loki said. "I love you, and you stayed with me even when I cheated on you. That makes you a good man with a kind heart."

"No . . ." Tony sobbed before proceeding to tell Loki everything that had gone on during his 'jog'. Every last detail.

Loki just sat there listening with a shocked expression on his face, pausing before he spoke. "Can I see your scar?"

Tony looked at him in shock. "W-what? M-my scar?! Loki, I cheated on you with Victor!"

"I know," Loki said "But after what I put you through, I'm surprised you didn't do it sooner; Plus, being a sex slave outranks cheating on me."

"But -"

"No buts," Loki said "Now, Tony, please . . ."

Tony shivered. "Fine." He stripped his shirt to show it.

Loki looked down at the scar before lightly tracing it, and he said "How could someone do this to you?"

"I deserved it."

Loki then pulled Tony's face towards him and said "Nobody ever deserved to feel hurt like that, no one, not even you."

"But -"

"Tony, you've got to stop beating yourself up for thing that were never your fault," Loki said "You were just a child when Howard did that to you, and you never deserved what that monster did to you."

"I . . ." Tony choked. "I just wish . . ."

"What?" Loki asked.

"I wish I could find it in myself to tell you sooner." Tony whispered.

Loki didn't say anything for a while but pulled his husband in for a hug. "These things take time, Tony; It's understandable." He soothed after a pause.

"But I've been married to you for three years!" Tony wailed.

"And look how far we've gotten," Loki said "We're just two broken people meant to be together."

Tony gave a shaky breath before kissing Loki desperately. "Thank god. I don't know what I'd do without you . . ."

Loki smiled and said "Now shut up and kiss me again." Tony beamed and did just that.