So this is the first chapter of my new Stony story! Actually, I wanted this to be a oneshot, but then I realized that it would be very long, I so decided to split it! It's set after my story 'Getting To Know You', but can be read separately as well (though it would be good to have read the other story first). It's set in a world where Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are a couple and follows the events from the point where Age of Ultron started. Most of this is set in Civil War, though.
I hope you like it and please let me know what you think! Most probably, this will reach three chapters in the end.
I don't own the characters or places!
"And then he just threw him off that building!" Rhodey grimaced. "It was horrible, I barely had enough time to catch the guy."
Tony chuckled. "Bad luck for him, then. Being thrown off a building and getting caught by War Machine!"
"It's Iron Patriot." Rhodey muttered, but he was grinning as well. Even from the distance, Steve could see the amusement in his eyes.
It was a normal afternoon in the tower. Most of the Avengers were lurking around somewhere, doing their personal stuff and Rhodey was here to visit Tony. Steve just finished his training and was looking for his boyfriend now. His boyfriend, Tony Stark. Even after a few months, it still felt strange to him. He'd never thought that he'd find love on his long journey, and yet here he was.
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers were a couple. The media was still going crazy every time they left the tower together. Slowly, it was getting tiring, but Steve doubted that it would change any time soon. That they were also Iron Man and Captain America didn't make it easier. Luckily, their relationship didn't change the way they were working together. If anything, they were interacting even better now. The team was stronger than ever. Maybe this was also due to the fact that there was less arguing between the two leaders.
Apparently, Tony heard his footsteps since he turned around and his grin was replaced by a soft smile. That always happened when he saw Steve. The usual mask of Tony fuckin' Stark was replaced by something much softer. Something he only showed when Steve was around. "Hey Steve, do you want to hear a funny story?" He greeted him and when Steve sat down on the couch, Tony wrapped an arm around his shoulders and kissed his cheek. "Rhodey just returned from a rescue mission."
Steve exchanged a nod with Rhodey and raised his eyebrows. "You said someone was thrown off a building? How did you manage that?"
"It wasn't even that spectacular!" Rhodey complained loudly and crossed his arms. "And I didn't manage to do anything. I just had to save that man. Can't we talk about something else? I bet you can tell more exciting stories."
"We're still looking for Hydra's headquarters." Steve shrugged. "We're making progress, but it takes time."
"So now tell us how they managed to get him onto that rooftop." Tony threw in impatiently and after staring at him darkly, Rhodey told them the whole story.
Soon, they were talking about other things anyway. Like Tony's day since there had been an important SI meeting he had to attend with Pepper. Or Steve's new training methods he was just inventing together with Clint. Ever since New York, he was silent and looked sad, so Steve thought that it would be good to give him a task. Once, they'd tried to find out what was bothering Clint, but Natasha had cut them off with a warning look. They'd stopped asking questions and begun to integrate Clint more in their daily activities – something he's excluded himself from.
"How are Natasha and Bruce getting along? Did you talk to them?" Tony asked curiously. "They wanted to make that test this morning, right?"
Steve nodded. "Thor was with them, but they told me about it. All went well."
"They're trying to tame the Hulk." Tony grinned at Rhodey and winked. "Makes it easier after a battle to get Bruce back. You know, leaving with the Hulk can cause problems."
"He nearly crushed our jet a few weeks previously." Steve added when he saw the confusion on Rhodey's face.
"And how are you doing that?" Rhodey was looking sceptical and Steve couldn't blame him. When Natasha and Bruce had first told them about their theory, they had thought they were crazy. To their surprise, it worked, even if it wasn't that easy.
"That's a long story!" A voice from the direction of the elevator called. Steve looked over his shoulder to see Bruce, Natasha and Clint walking towards them. "I don't know if you want a long explanation, though."
Rhodey grimaced. "I have to leave soon." He said hastily. "I'm sure Tony will explain everything later." His tone made it obvious that he wouldn't give Tony a chance to explain anything. Rhodey stood up. "It was nice to see you all again." He pointed at Tony. "Call me when there are problems. You know I'll come."
"If you're not busy yourself." Tony noted and stood up as well. "Where are they sending you? South Africa?"
"Asia." Rhodey muttered. "You know that very well, we've just talked about it!" He smiled at the others before Tony accompanied him to the elevator. Steve could hear them talking quietly, but he didn't try to listen. Tony would tell him about it later. He always did.
The other Avengers started to debate about a movie they wanted to watch in the evening, but honestly, Steve wasn't in the mood. Apparently, someone else also wasn't. Tony wrapped his arms around him from behind and kissed his neck. "Maybe we should excuse ourselves after dinner?" He whispered into Steve's ear and he nodded eagerly.
"Shit!" Steve heard Tony's curse through the comms. For a short second he considered being worried, but when his lover was still swearing, it couldn't be that bad.
"Language!" He scolded him, his voice sounding harsher than intended. However, he couldn't help it. Not now that they were in a battle right in front of Hydra's headquarter in Sokovia. After lots of time, they had finally been able to track it. "JARVIS, what's the view from upstairs?"
"The central building is protected by some kind of energy shield." JARVIS answered immediately. "Strucker's technology is well beyond any other Hydra base you've taken."
"Loki's scepter must be here. Strucker couldn't mount this defence without it. At long last." Thor noted.
"At long last is lasting a little long, boys." Natasha said.
"Yeah, I think we lost the element of surprise." Now Clint also integrated himself in the conversation.
"Wait a second. No one else is going to deal with the fact that Cap just said 'language'?" Steve fought the urge to roll his eyes at Tony's comment. Of course he would think of something like this in the middle of a battle.
"I know. It just slipped out." Steve muttered while throwing his bike at some soldiers in his way. This was their only chance to put an end to Hydra's doings. If they didn't succeed now and Strucker managed to escape with the scepter, they would have to start tracking them again and who knew how long that would take or what plans Hydra would fulfill in that time?
Luckily, Tony was able to get them into the building and the others joined him soon. Steve was glad about it, he didn't feel good at the thought of Tony being in there alone. Next to Strucker and the scepter, a surprise was waiting for them in the form of two young people. They were twins and had special powers. He was fast and she could manipulate objects and people's minds. At least that's what they thought. She wanted to try her magic tricks on Natasha, but Clint knocked her out. "I've had enough mind tricks for my life." He muttered darkly and they all knew that he meant Loki. Once she was out, it wasn't difficult to catch her brother anymore. It was obvious that they were very close and he wanted to save her. However, Tony had been expecting him.
Later, they got to know that they were called Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. Apparently, their special powers were caused by some experiments Strucker had made on them. They tried to talk to them, but it seemed useless. At least once they saw Tony. A Stark Industries bomb had destroyed their house and killed their parents.
Even if Tony didn't want to show it, Steve knew that he was feeling guilty. They didn't talk about it very often, but Tony was haunted by the ghosts of his past. Slowly, all the deaths his weapons had caused were coming down on him and sometimes, he wasn't able to sleep at night or he woke up screaming. Steve was always there, holding him and whispering that everything would be fine again. That they were together and nothing could tear them apart. That's also what he did the night after the attack on the Hydra base in Sokovia.
After their win over Hydra, things got calmer again. They debated what to do with the scepter and in the end, they decided that Thor should take it. For some reason, it was very important to him that it was hidden well. When they asked why, he tried to change the subject, but to everyone's surprise, it was Clint who forced him to tell the truth in the end.
That was when Steve and the others first heard about the Infinity Stones and how dangerous they were.
"The Tesseract as well, right?" Tony asked once Thor finished his tale. "That's why it was so important to Loki."
Thor nodded. "It's hidden and no one will ever find it again." He said simply. "That's also what will happen to the scepter. Just in another place. Those stones should never again come close to each other."
Thor left after this, promising to return once everything was settled. When they said goodbye, Steve couldn't shake off the feeling that he wouldn't see his friend again in a long time.
To everyone's surprise, Bruce wanted to leave the team as well. "Our work is done for now. You can contact me once things heat up again." While saying that, he'd avoided to look into Nat's eyes. Steve knew that they liked each other very much, but when he saw the sadness on Natasha's face, he realized the whole extent of her feelings for him.
Her feelings were returned, they got to know later. Because Bruce didn't leave. Natasha didn't give him a chance. And ever since, they were the second couple within the team.
Steve already felt bad for Clint, but one day, he just vanished.
"There are things he has to deal with." Natasha said simply when they asked her about it one evening. "You know that he hasn't been happy in a long time."
"Has it to do something with a certain new director of SHIELD?" Tony asked with a grin and raised his eyebrows. "I know how close they were."
They all stared at him. "Tony, what are you talking about?" Steve whispered.
"I saw something interesting in Hill's files the other day." Tony replied.
"You hacked her again?" He sighed. "I thought we'd discussed this."
"He's going to see Phil Coulson and his team, right?" Tony ignored his comment and turned to Natasha again. "Because he's loved him all along."
At this, Steve gasped. "But he's dead."
"Fury had more secrets, Steve." Tony smiled slightly. "This and his fake death were only two of them."
"I can't believe he's alive." Steve whispered later when they were lying in bed together. "How is that possible?"
"I couldn't get into those files." Tony muttered. "Top secret and all that."
"That didn't stop you before." He noted and tightened his grip around Tony's waist.
"Had better things to do. Like spending time with my boyfriend." Tony began to place kisses on Steve's shoulder and slowly made his way up to his lips.
"Don't tell me you weren't curious." Steve whispered between the kisses. Now Tony also started to take off his clothes, which was highly distracting.
"I still am." Tony ran his hands down Steve's naked chest. "And I admire Clint."
Those words astonished him. "Why?"
"He thought Phil was dead all this time, but he kept going." Now Tony stopped touching him and looked at Steve seriously. "I couldn't do that." He hesitated for a few moments. "Losing you would break me, Steve. I just know it."
Those words and the vulnerable look on his face nearly broke Steve's heart. "Do you think I could go on without you?" He took Tony's hands and squeezed them. "You're everything to me, Tony. You'll never lose me, I promise. We're a team, remember?"
Tony smiled that soft smile which was only meant for Steve. "I love you."
"I love you too." For some time, they just kissed each other, but soon, Tony's hands began to wander over Steve's body again. He knew exactly where to touch him to make him gasp and beg for more. And slowly, Steve was also learning. Like right now, when he flipped them over and Tony groaned loudly.
"Shit, Steve, if you keep doing that, I'm going to come right away." He muttered and kissed him again.
"Language." Steve whispered into his ear and from the gleam in Tony's eyes, he could see that this would be a very long night.
"So you're not trying to kill me again like the last seven times we tried this?" Tony asked and looked at the twins curiously.
Wanda sighed. "No, we won't." She muttered resignedly. "Will you stop asking now?" She glared at Steve. "He also wouldn't stop warning us that we're in trouble if we even think of trying to hurt you."
Tony glanced at Steve and he smiled at him. It was true, but he didn't just warn them that they would be in trouble if they ever hurt Tony. He'd promised them that they'd never see the sun again if they did. Steve knew that it might have been wrong, but he couldn't help it. Tony's safety was the most important thing to him. The twins might be acting nice by now, but he still didn't trust them completely. Especially not when it was about Tony, a person they'd despised for most their lives.
"We don't even want to hurt him." Pietro threw in. "We understood that he's not the bad guy." He smiled shyly at Tony, who grinned back at him.
"What made you realize that?" He wanted to know.
"You're a hero." The admiration in Pietro's voice was obvious. In the past weeks, they'd told them everything that was going on in the world and had shown them many videos of the Avengers. Maybe even a few more of Iron Man to make them realize that Tony wasn't dangerous, but a friend.
Tony ran a hand through his hair. "I wouldn't say it like that. I'm no saint."
"But a good man." Wanda sounded thoughtful and watched Tony with a frown on her face. "It took me some time to realize that."
"I can't blame you." Tony said honestly and Steve admired his lover for being so relaxed. He was feeling tense and tried not to show it, but from the way Tony looked at him from time to time, he knew that he failed. "So you won't attack us or run away when we'll open the door now?" They'd kept them in special rooms in the compound. They weren't cells, but had everything. Even a TV and very comfortable beds. The twins shouldn't feel like prisoners.
"We have nowhere to go." Pietro said seriously. "And I think you offered us a job." While saying that, he looked at Steve, who nodded.
"You would be good in our team." He knew that Tony wasn't happy with this, but after a long discussion, he'd convinced him that the twins would be a good addition to the team. Just like Rhodey, who had enough of being used by the government. And Sam would join them soon. After months, he'd accepted that he couldn't find Bucky and that they would have to wait until he showed himself or JARVIS tracked him.
The Avengers would get four new members. Together with the ones who were still at the Compound, they were eight then. And most probably, Clint would join them again soon. They were stronger than ever.
Steve had also heard of an incident that took place some time ago while they were on the mission in Sokovia. Apparently, someone who called himself Ant-Man had broken into the Compound to steal something. Tony had just shrugged it off, saying that the stolen object wasn't of importance. However, he'd informed himself and now they knew that the thief was named Scott Lang and he worked together with Hank Pym, a friend of Howard Stark, Tony's father. They'd decided not to contact him yet. JARVIS was observing Lang and if he did something noticeable, he would inform them.
"And if we don't fit in?" The doubt in Wanda's voice was obvious.
"Then you're free to go." Tony answered the question. "But if you would make trouble, we'd see each other again. Then, we wouldn't be on the same side anymore." Tony said it lightly, but the threat was obvious. Do something bad and the Avengers will come for you.
"We don't want to cause trouble." She said harshly. "We've had enough of that in our lives."
"That's true." Her brother agreed immediately.
Tony grinned. "Then we won't have problems, will we?"
He exchanged a look with Steve and when he nodded, Tony unlocked the door to their room. First, the twins hesitated, but then they stepped out of the room and were standing in the hallway right between Tony and Steve.
They smiled shyly and relaxed when it was obvious that Tony and Steve wouldn't do anything.
"Come on, we'll show you around." Steve gestured for them to follow him and took Tony's hand.
The twins really fit in well. It only took them a few days to get used to the life at the compound and soon, they were integrated into the team. They were all training together to see what they could do and it became obvious that they didn't want to fight against them. Especially Wanda's powers were very strong. With practice, Steve thought that she would get even better.
Some time after the twins joined them, Sam arrived at the compound. "Your friend is hard to catch, Steve." He said and grimaced. "I never even saw him. He was always one step ahead of me."
"Make it two." Tony muttered when he joined them and shook Sam's hand. "JARVIS also has problems at tracking him. Most probably, he's in Europe now, but we can't be sure."
"How was he able to move to another continent without being noticed?" Sam asked incredulously.
"He was trained just for that. Not being noticed." Steve ran a hand through his hair. "We'll just have to wait."
With Sam, they were able to work even better. Now they had another person who could interact in the air next to Tony. Maybe it would be three with Rhodey, but it wasn't sure when he could come yet. He'd accepted one last mission for the government.
Clint didn't join them again yet, but no one blamed him. He needed time with Coulson. Even if Tony had told Steve that they were also busy with missions. It didn't surprise Steve that his boyfriend was also keeping an eye on them now. He knew that Tony hated it when he didn't know about everything that was going on. Which was also a reason why he let Maria Hill and what was left of SHIELD stay in the tower in New York.
Right before the new team wanted to go on their first mission, Tony got a call from Pepper. Something was going on at SI and he had to go to Los Angeles as fast as possible. "There's something wrong with the reactor and the scientists there can't solve the problem." Tony muttered hectically while he threw some clothes into a bag. "If I won't be there in time, the thing might blow up. This never happened before, I don't get it!" He turned to Steve and breathed in deeply. "You will be fine on the mission without me?"
Steve nodded and forced a smile on his lips. On the first mission with the new team, he would have loved having Tony by his side. "We'll be fine. Though Bruce won't join us. He said it's too dangerous in a crowded city. The Hulk could do more damage than good."
"He has a point there." Tony noted and smiled slightly when Steve wrapped his arms around him.
"Don't let that reactor blow you up, please." He whispered.
"Don't do something stupid on that mission." Tony whispered back and kissed him.
"We're always careful." Steve said, hoping that everything would end well.
But of course it didn't.
Steve and the others listened to the words of Secretary Thaddeus Ross silently. Of course their mission had gone wrong. A bomb had exploded and even if Wanda had tried to lessen the damage, people had died. He still felt sick when he thought of it, especially since he didn't get a chance to tell Tony anything about that mission yet. As far as he knew, his lover was still busy in LA.
He glanced at Wanda and Pietro. They were both staring at Ross with blank expressions on their faces. On their way back to the compound, Steve, Natasha and Sam had tried everything to lessen their guilt, but they failed. Only Bruce could make the two of them feel better again once they arrived in New York. It was horrible that their first mission with the Avengers ended like this, but luckily, they didn't want to leave the team. They knew that it wasn't Wanda's fault. Or the one of anyone else.
"For the past four years, you've operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That's an arrangement the governments of the world can no longer tolerate. But I think we have a solution." Ross declared loudly, a satisfied look on his face. He placed a document on the table. "The Sokovia Accords, named after your last mission that got the attention of the media. I know that the name might not be fitting, but I didn't have a say in this. Approved by 117 countries. It states that the Avengers shall no longer be a private organization. Instead, they'll operate under the supervision of a United Nations panel, only when and if that panel deems it necessary."
Steve couldn't believe what he just heard. They wanted to let others rule over the Avengers? That was against the whole idea of the team. "The Avengers were formed to make the world a safer place. I feel we've done that." He threw in coldly.
"Tell me, Captain, do you know where Thor is now?" Ross asked.
"This is not about him." Steve cut him off.
"If I would have misplaced a couple of thirty megaton nukes, you can bet there's be consequences -" Ross wanted to continue his explanation, but someone else interrupted him.
"If I were you, I wouldn't compare Thor to a nuclear weapon. I bet he wouldn't like that." Relieve washed over him when he heard Tony's voice. Now everyone turned around to see him walking into the room, followed by Rhodey. Tony was still wearing his suit and from the looks of it, he just got out of the plane from LA. Steve shouldn't have doubted that he left them alone in a situation like this. Of course Tony always knew what was going on.
"Mr. Stark." Ross muttered and it was obvious that he wasn't thrilled by Tony's appearance now. "Colonel Rhodes."
They both nodded at Ross and stopped in front of the big conference table. Tony glanced at Steve and for half a second, his lips twitched. Steve tried his best to keep his face a neutral mask, but he also couldn't stop a short smile from appearing on his lips. Tony was here. Now everything would be alright.
"Those Accords" Tony pointed at the document "you want to ratify them in three days." He crossed his arms and raised his eyebrows. "On a conference in Vienna."
"Why doesn't it surprise me that you already know about this?" Ross sighed. "Yes, the UN will meet then to ratify the Accords." He looked at the others in the room. "Talk it over."
"And if we come to a decision you don't like?" Natasha asked simply.
"Then you retire." Ross smiled at them.
Steve only noticed the short frown on Tony's face because he was watching him so closely. However, then he smiled widely. "I would say that we could accompany you to the door, secretary Ross, but I'm sure you know the way." Tony said.
"He knows the way for sure." Rhodey agreed simply. "I think we'll see you in Vienna."
Ross bowed his head. "Think about your next steps closely." With those words, he left the room.
For a few moments, everyone in the room was silent. "JARVIS, cancel his flight to Europe." Tony muttered. "And the next one as well."
"Tony, you can't do that." Steve warned him.
"He can and he will." To Steve's surprise, it was Bruce who said those words. "I don't like all this."
"We all don't." Natasha stated and took his hand.
"It's good that you're back, Tony." Steve stood up and wrapped his arms around the other man, not caring that they were in a room with the other Avengers. "I've missed you."
Tony sighed. "I should have come with you." He whispered so that only Steve could hear his words. "Maybe things would be different then."
"I won't sign that." Steve said determinedly. When he drew back to look at Tony, he was smiling sadly.
"I already thought so."
They spent the next hours discussing the Accords, but in the end, they always came to the same conclusion. The Avengers wouldn't sign that document. Steve, Bruce, Sam and the Maximoff's were completely against it, but to their surprise, Tony, Rhodey and Natasha remained silent for most of the conversation. Normally, this wouldn't have bothered Steve, but he couldn't stop the fear that was cursing through his body at the thought that Tony might really want to sign that document and tear the team apart.
"You've been so quiet." Steve whispered and pulled Tony closer. It was late in the evening and they were lying in bed together. After the useless discussion, they had dinner and then everyone went to bed. They wanted to continue planning their next steps after lots of sleep.
"I don't like all this." Tony said simply.
Steve frowned. "We all don't. So please stop lying to me and tell me what's bothering you."
Tony sighed. "You know me too well." He tried to say it lightly but failed. "I just fear that lots of trouble will come."
"That's true." Steve agreed. "No one knows what will happen if we don't sign that document."
"They will try to tear the team apart." Tony muttered. "And lock us all in."
"They won't do that. Not if we stand together."
"Steve..." Tony said hesitantly. "Maybe it's not wise to say no this time."
He stared at him. "But we can't let them take our freedom! That's what the Avengers are about! If they have to give us a go for every mission, we won't be able to help people anymore."
"I don't say that it's smart to sign that document." Tony emphasized. "However, you have to consider both possibilities. Signing that damn thing might give you more freedom than refusing it." He kissed Steve's shoulder. "I don't want you to get in trouble."
"Wait, you don't want me...? Does that mean you plan to sign it?" Steve was so shocked that he sat up.
Tony snorted. "Of course I won't sign that piece of shit!" He sounded offended now. "What do you think of me, Steve? Didn't I always tell you that we're a team?"
"You think it would be better if we all signed it." Steve said in horror, not even scolding Tony for his language.
"I don't want us all to get in trouble, nothing else." Tony said harshly. "I can't stand the thought of you being locked up."
"Signing that thing would be like locking me up." Steve argued. "I won't let anyone take my freedom."
Tony smiled. "I know. That's what I love about you. You're always doing the right thing, no matter what it costs." Tony leaned back and closed his eyes. "I've feared that something like this might happen for years."
The sadness in Tony's voice was hard to miss. And just like this, Steve's anger vanished. "So you won't...?"
"If it wouldn't have been so rude, I would have told Ross to fuck off once he threatened us." Tony smiled slightly.
"Language." Steve scolded him softly and leaned in to kiss him. "You still think that it would be better to sign it."
"Better and the right thing isn't the same." Tony whispered and pulled Steve closer. "As I said, we're a team. We will make them understand that they can't rule over the Avengers."
"I hope you're right." Steve sighed, but he forgot all his troubles once Tony's hands found a way under his shirt.
Steve tried to breathe regularly and was surprised that it worked. The tears were still running down his cheeks, but he couldn't stop them from falling. If Tony wouldn't have been right next to him, holding his hand tightly, Steve would have feared that he'd start sobbing right here in the cathedral.
He still couldn't believe that Peggy was gone now. The last person from his past was dead. One of his best friends.
Sharon Carter, whom Steve had met in Washington for the first time, was just holding a speech. It had shocked him to know that she was related to Peggy.
"I asked her once how she managed to master diplomacy and espionage in a time when no one wanted to see a woman succeed at either. And she said, compromise where you can. But where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move... it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say 'No, you move'."
The speech was much longer, but those words echoed through Steve's mind. When he glanced at Tony, he could see that his boyfriend was also looking thoughtful now.
Later, when they were alone in their hotel room, Tony held Steve while he was crying. "Shh, it's alright, babe." Tony whispered. "You're not alone. I'm right here with you. And I'll never leave you." He was silent for a few moments. "She loved you, you know?"
"I'll miss her so much." Steve whispered.
"I know you do." Tony said softly. "But don't let all that sadness cloud your mind. I know it's hard, but we have to focus on right now."
"She was right." Steve said suddenly.
"What do you mean?" Tony asked curiously.
"Peggy. Or Sharon. We can't let them get through with this." He breathed in deeply. "The Accords are a mistake. They just don't see it yet. What if the world needs us again and we can't act in time just because of some government that says no?"
Tony nodded slowly. "I've been thinking the same." He admitted and ran a hand through his hair. "Even if I still fear that it will cause much trouble."
"Of course it will." Steve replied. "But if we all stand together, we can deal with it." He pulled Tony closer. "Please don't give in to them just because you're afraid." He begged. "I know how you think about all this, but don't listen to that voice inside your head. You don't have to feel guilty for every bad thing that happened during our missions. It doesn't work like that. We saved the world so many times." He looked into his eyes. "I need you by my side."
Tony touched his cheek carefully. For some time, he just looked at Steve silently and it took all his strength to wait patiently for an answer. When it came, Steve laughed breathlessly and kissed Tony passionately. "I'll always be by your side, Steve."