Alright, this is it. The moment I've been waiting for and feared at the same time. The final chapter of I'm Iron Man! I hope you like it, please let me know what you think!
Now that I'm really going to finish this story after nearly eight years, it makes me sad. It has accompanied me through good and bad times and it helped me to escape reality. With all of you, I have amazing readers! Your comments made me thoughtful, laugh and smile. I feel so lucky that so many people have been following this story! Thank you so much! It means the world to me!
Don't worry, I'll continue writing about Tony and Pepper. First with 'Only a Job', later with other stories. And who knows, maybe this one will get a sequel someday?
I don't own the characters or places!
"No." Pepper said sternly. "We're so not going to do that."
"But why?" Tony asked and crossed his arms. "It's a good idea and you know it."
"It's horrible, Tony." She sighed. "I don't even know why I'm listening to this."
"It's not a bad name." He argued again and took her hand. It was a beautiful day in Spring and he was walking with Pepper through Central Park. By now, she was heavily pregnant and the baby would be there soon. "Come on, Mrs. Stark."
Pepper raised her eyebrows. "Just because we're married now, you can't just call me by my new name and expect that I do everything you want." She stated.
"You said we'd choose the name of the baby together. And I like Morgan."
"Morgan Stark." Pepper said thoughtfully. "Well, it's not bad, but..."
"You don't want to use that name because it's from someone you knew." He nodded. "Alright, I get it. Then suggest something better. Our little girl will need a name. Otherwise, I'll ask Peter. I'm sure the kid has ideas."
"You should stop calling him that. He's not a kid anymore." She threw in, ignoring his other words. "He's growing up. After what happened last month, you even let him become part of the Avengers."
Tony chuckled. "Yeah, well, he saved the world, didn't he? It was the right thing to do. The others agreed with me."
Pepper smiled softly. "You will be a great father, Tony." In the past months, they'd talked about it very much and slowly, Tony was starting to believe her.
"I love you." He whispered and kissed her.
Before she could reply, someone called his name in the distance. They both froze. "Fastest way to get away from here?" Pepper asked. "And please consider my condition. I can't run."
"Follow me." He pulled her behind a few bushes.
"That's your great idea?" Pepper hissed, but it worked. The crazy fans ran right past them.
"You wanted to go out for a walk, not me." He reminded her quietly. "I would have been fine with staying at the Tower."
"You would have stayed at the Compound the whole day, working in the lab with Bruce." Pepper argued. "This was the only way to get you away from that."
He sighed. "You know me too well."
"We're married. Of course I do." She smiled softly. "So how is it going?"
He raised his eyebrows. "I have no idea what you mean."
Pepper rolled her eyes. "Oh come on, I know you're cooperating with Wakanda very much. I've seen you talk to T'Challa and Everett the other day."
"You're far too observant." He narrowed his eyes at her, but there was a smile on his lips. "Wakanda has founded a new organization to help people all around the world. I thought it's a good idea, which is why I support them. The others are also thrilled by this. Steve and Bucky want to go to Wakanda soon, since the Black Panther is also one of the Avengers now, they have lots of things to discuss."
Pepper frowned. "Why don't you accompany Steve? After all, you're leading the team together."
He chuckled. "You can't expect me to leave you alone now. I want to be there when the baby is coming."
First, there was surprise on Pepper's face, but it turned into a soft expression soon. "I love you." She pulled him closer and kissed him. After some time, they parted again and Pepper raised her eyebrows. "Do you think it's safe to leave this hiding place?"
"I think so." He agreed and took her hand. When they started walking again, no one took notice of them.
"Sometimes, it's still annoying that people are always after you." Pepper said thoughtfully.
"Even after all those years?" He asked.
She nodded. "After all those years. Doesn't change the fact that I love you."
He grinned. "We've been through so much together, I feel like the luckiest guy in the world to have you by my side. Mrs. Stark."
"I could really live without all the surprises your job causes, but I wouldn't have it any other way when that means being close to you." She smiled widely.
"In the past months, things have been really quiet." He argued.
"What about the events with Peter? Or this man who can shrink himself? What was he called? Scott?"
"Ant-Man." Tony threw in.
"Or the other day when Phil Coulson just walked into the Avengers Compound and nearly gave me a heart attack..."
"Alright, I get it." He interrupted her. "Too many surprises in the past years. That will change now. What about dinner tonight? And there will be no more surprises, I promise."
Pepper didn't look convinced, but she smiled. "Alright. Dinner sounds nice. Where do you want to go?"
"That nice place not far away from the Tower? I could tell JARVIS to get us a table." He smiled slightly.
"So what about -" He started, but then something to his right startled him.
In the air, a circle of light was forming itself and it grew bigger until it had the size of a grown man. Tony pushed himself between Pepper and that thing without hesitation, ready to get the suit out of the reactor on his chest. Right now, he was happy that he was always wearing it, even if Pepper had criticised that habit many times. Through that ring of light, Tony could see something that looked like a room in a building...
And then a man stepped out of the portal, Tony realized. He was tall, with black hair, wearing some kind of blue suit and a red cloak.
He looked directly at them. "Tony Stark, I'm Doctor Stephen Strange. I need you to come with me. The fate of the earth is at stake."
Tony and Pepper stared at the man in front of them. "What's going on?" Tony asked.
"I will explain that once we're there." Dr. Strange said.
"What about the other Avengers?" He asked.
"We'll get them on our way. Now come on, we don't have much time." Strange muttered urgently.
Tony exchanged a look with Pepper, but she was nodding slowly.
He turned to Dr. Strange and sighed. "Alright, then let's go. After all, I'm Iron Man. I can't say no when the world needs me."
He kissed Pepper on the cheek and stepped through the portal.
Soooo now to your imagination. What do you think Strange wants? I'm curious!
And yes, I've left me the option for a sequel. Who knows, maybe I want to continue this someday? ;)
Thanks for reading! :)