AN: I've been having writer's block and this idea was the only one that I felt good about writing - this was not my idea by the way! Feel free to use it because it's a fabulous idea but I'm nowhere near creative enough to think this up by myself. Anyway, this is also my first one shot. I tend to want to stretch my stuff out, so I'm just praying that this works. Enjoy!

Just an explanation, the italicized parts are when a person is talking to the patient and the non italicized part is when they are talking to someone else.

Let's take him to the recovery room.

How long do you think he'll be asleep?

There's no telling. It's up to him now.

I must say, it's a miracle that he's still alive.

Indeed. It's insane what we've all come back to.


You are an idiot, you know that? You are a self sacrificial idiot that I love way too much. That Doctor guy said that he knew what you were doing, and I almost punched him in the face. It would have been nice to know that before I thought that I would have to say goodbye to you! I mean, I still might. But I swear, if you don't wake up, I will kill you myself.

Sorry, just got a little caught up in my emotions there. I guess there's really no point in being angry. You're alive, at least. If you were conscious, I'm sure that you would hold me and tell me that it's okay to be upset. But you're not, so I'm just gonna blame myself for a while if that's okay.

I miss you. I miss kissing you and holding you close while you read to me in those weird voices you do.

Please wake up. I don't know what I'll do without you.


Hi Daddy! Mommy said that I should tell you about my day to make you feel better. I got to brush Gerald after I ate lunch and then I got a juice pop but I dropped it so Mommy got me another one. Oh, and Gerald stepped in a hole so he's hurt now but I step in holes all the time and I'm fine but Mommy said that because I got your blood so I'm strong. Mommy said that you're strong and she'll kill you herself if you don't come back.

I made a new friend today. His name is Nathan. He said that he just got back. His dad is nice. He has a cool arrow.

Mommy just said that I have to say goodbye now so you can rest. It smells weird in here. Bye Daddy! I love you!


I gotta tell you, everyone is crying up a storm out there. Who knew you could touch so many lives? Besides mine, or course.

Yesterday I found a photo of us almost 25 years ago. 25 years, isn't that crazy? We've changed so much, yet we've stayed the same. You're still an idiot, and I'm still a humble war hero.

My braces broke yesterday, but I found someone to fix them. And you'll never believe who it was. Who knew that a 16 year old kid was as smart as you? I thought he was your biological kid for a while, and he was just the result of a night on the town way back in the day, but I guess he's a guy who lives with his Aunt in Queens. Pretty cool. We'll have to go to dinner with him sometime.

I'm gonna be honest, I'm scared. You know that I tend not to show emotions like that, but I don't think I've ever cried as much as I did today. You, mister, are in big trouble when you wake up.

T'Challa thinks that he has a way to speed up your recovery, but it's risky. I want you to know that if it doesn't go well, I'm going to throw hands. I know that if you could talk you would agree to do the procedure because you're stupid that way, so I'm going to honor you and let them do it. You better pull through or I'm going to kill you myself. Good luck, buddy.


Um, can I just sit here? Ok, thank you ma'am.

Hi, sir. Um, I don't know if you can hear me, but Colonel Rhodes said that it would help, so here I am.

It's so weird coming back after all this time. Mister Doctor Strange said that it's been 5 years. It's legit crazy. I guess I'm not the only one who's just now coming back. I met this girl named Wanda the other day, and she disappeared too. She's really fun, sir. You would like her. We talked for a while about how crazy it was, and then she went to go to New Jersey to look at a house that she was building with her boyfriend. I guess he's dead dead. I feel bad for her. She said that you better wake up or she'll kill you herself. And she can shoot red glowy things out of her hands, so I would take her seriously.

Oh, and I never got a chance to thank you for the new suit. It's really cool. It kind of smells like a car. I don't know how you added the extra leg thingies, but it's awesome. So thank you, sir.

Dangit, I'm rambling again. Sorry. I guess I need to go now so Happy can talk to you. Um, so bye, I guess?

Please wake up. I don't want to have to say goodbye again.


Poor Kid, he's a wreck. He asked to talk to you again tomorrow, so get ready for a lot of rambling. I missed rambling.

So, when were you gonna tell me that you were planning on doing this? Well, it's too late now, anyways.

It's weird to see the hospital so alive. A couple of years ago I had to come in to get stitches and it felt abandoned. Half the doctors were gone, and no one was really doing anything that would require a hospital anymore. It was so depressing.

The doctor said that you might not be able to use your hand again. And if that's the case, I'll have to be your driver again, and I swear that I was 5 seconds away from killing you myself every time I had to take you somewhere. But you will pull through. You have to.

Oh, um, May came back! Yeah, I think I'm going to ask her out. Oh boy, I'm going to ask her out. I hope she doesn't kill me. When you wake up, you'll have to give me some pointers. Ladies find you very attractive for some reason.

Shoot, do I have to? Oh, fine. I wanna come back tomorrow after the kid though.

I have to go. Sleep well, okay? Ugh, That was a stupid thing to say. Can I have a do over?


Hi. Um, I know it's late, and I'm technically not supposed to be here, but I need to talk to you. I don't know if you can hear me, I hope you can. I need to say this.

What happened to us all that time ago, that wasn't where I wanted our relationship to go. I considered you one of my closest friends. I don't know if you felt the same way, but I personally enjoyed any time that we spent together. Then, you know, stuff went down. I realize now that I didn't act very smart. You were just trying to help, and I didn't make that very easy. The truth is, I snapped that day. When Ross came and exploited us like that, I snapped. I was tired of being the man that was only around to fix messes. I know it seemed like I enjoyed it, but I really just wanted to have a story with the team, like the rest of you. But I guess I left my story behind 7O years ago.

I thought that I could handle starting a new chapter in my life, but that's not what the world had in mind for me. Too many things from my past came rushing back in the worst way, and I couldn't handle it. And even if I didn't mean to, I took it out on you simply because you had a different opinion. And it wasn't really that different, now that I look back on it. We both wanted the same ultimate goal, for the people to be safe. Unfortunately, there were too many people, and a lot of them died because we were stupid. Because I was stupid.

I'm glad that you're okay. There was a moment there when I thought that this time would be different, but you pulled through just like you always do. You've got tough skin. I just hope that I didn't break it.

The hospital is opening soon, so I have to go. I'm returning the stones today, and I don't know what I'm going to do afterwards. You would tell me to get a life, so maybe I'll do that. I hope you can understand if I don't come back for a while.

I wish you the best. And if I come back and Pepper tells me that something went wrong, I'll kill you myself. Take a break, raise your kids. They need you.

Good luck.


Wow, I haven't been to a normal hospital in so long. Well, I wouldn't call it normal, just slow. Everyone else in the galaxy is way farther ahead when it comes to technology. Earth is a dud compared to them.

I don't even know what I'm doing here. The spider boy just came up to me and said that you would want to see me, so here I am.

You seem like you've got this down. Save the world, almost die, recover, lose some loved ones along the way. You're way too used to this.

I guess I feel you. I lost my mom, my dad, my other dad, then my girlfrie-. Yeah. Yeah.

But I've gained some people along the way. Drax, Rocket, Groot, Mantis, Nebula. I'm still not sure if she's trying to kill me or not….

I guess we're not so different. We both have awesome facial hair, and we would do anything for the people we love.

Wow, I'm so humble.

My point is, you're a strong dude. You can do this. And if not, I'll kill you myself.

Ay, let's go! Thor is driving me crazy. Give me one reason why I shouldn't stab him right now.

Shut up Rocket, I'm coming! And I'm fine with you stabbing him, just don't use my favorite knife.

Well, you heard the racoon. See you later, metal man. You got this.


Hey Man. I'm gonna make this quick because I have to help return the stones, but I just want to say thank you. Way back 11 years ago, wow 11 years? Dang. Anyways, I was in a rough patch. I didn't think that anyone cared for me for who I was, but you proved me wrong. All your humor and helpful advice, it helped me find my confidence. You've trusted me with a lot of stuff that I wouldn't even trust myself with. And I think it's safe to say that you're the reason that I was able to see the other guy as a blessing instead of a curse. I'm a lot better now, and I have you to thank for that.

And don't you forget it, okay? I may have combined me and the other guy, but I can still have him come out and kill you myself if you don't come back. We need you, pal. I need you.

Oh, and one more thing? I don't think I'm angry anymore.


Let's take him into surgery.

Thank you, your majesty, for all of your help.

Of course. I wish him luck.


How did it go?

I think it went well. He should be waking up soon.

How soon?

We don't know.

Well, I'll get settled then.

Rhodey, you need rest. When was the last time you slept?

Sleep is irrelevant.

So at least a week. Ok, you go shower and get some sleep. I'll call you if there are any updates.


Hey, Peter! How are you doing?

I'm ok, Mrs. Stark. How are you?

As well as I can be. Morgan is driving me crazy, asking when daddy is coming home every five seconds.

I'm sorry. That must be hard.

It's okay. We'll be okay. How's your aunt?

She's well. Been spending a lot of time with Happy lately, which is weird.

They look good together.

Who, May and Happy? That's really funny.



Beep beep beep

What's going on? Is he choking?

He's choking out the ventilator. He's breathing on his own.

What does that mean?

He's waking up.