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there are several good, decent, and i believe, perfectly plausible ways to go about building a relationship between Tony and Steve. there is also the old standard of just letting them fuck it out.
and then there is the method by which you build up a relationship by laying to waste all of the pre-existing relationships. this happens, i know it happens, and i am completely aware of the function of the back button on my browser. although, in most cases, i keep right on reading because other than a few off hand mentions of things that make my head spin and my fandom heart spew green vomit like a demon-possessed kid from an 70s horror flick it’s a decent enough story.
however. i’ve come across one too many mentions of how Steve professes a very in-character sentiment that no matter the odds he would not have stopped looking for Tony while he was lost. (before we go further, you should know that i am versed on in the Marvel movie verses and therefore exclude any comic/cartoon realities). it’s not that Steve says this—because, clearly, after the situation with Bucky being a POW and Steve running off in such a hurry to save him he forgot to even change out of his star spangled uniform, it is completely true. it’s that Tony—deeply emotionally vulnerable Tony (i’m not even going to address woobie!Tony either)—goes on to express his thanks for that in the most sincere possible way since none of his other friends would ever have done that for him.
at which point, the head-spinning, vomit-spewing starts. i can’t even begin to touch the various things that Tony’s friends have-and-would do for him but i can address the ‘I’d never stop looking for you’ thing. because guess what, amazingly, there is someone that never stopped looking for Tony.
his name is Lt. Colonel James Rhodes. you may know him as Rhodey. you may recognize him as the guy in Iron Man who found Tony in the desert. you may recognize him as the man in Iron Man 2 who tried to offer his help to Tony, got rejected, and turned around and helped him defeat Mickey Rourke.
if you’ve never seen it, there’s a deleted scene on the Iron Man DVD called Rhodey and General Gabriel. the conversation they have is basically summed as:
General Gabriel: your friend is dead, are you telling me that you are okay with risking your wonderful career that any other man i know would literally kill to have just to go fly around the desert on the off chance that you’re actually going to find your friend who is—as i said—almost certainly dead.
Rhodey: yes I am.
i’m guessing Rhodey did not endanger his entire military career because secretly he hates Tony and just wanted an arid, uncomfortable vacation searching for his buddy’s surely-dead and possibly sand-mummified body. i think it might be something closer to the fact that Rhodey actually loves Tony (as a friend, as a boyfriend, as a soulmate, however you want to interpert it but he does love him).
no i’m not saying that this negates Steve/Tony because it doesn’t but you don’t build up a ship by destroying the people around it. Rhodey exists. Pepper exists. hell, even Happy exists. Tony is not completely alone in the world (sorry Cap but you kind of are at least until Winter Soldier and/or you make friends). Tony has people that love him and are devoted to him. that doesn’t mean they endanger Steve’s deep love of Tony. it only means that Steve has to meet and get to know the people that also love Tony in all their different various ways.
Mom asked me why I spend so much time on the computer
I said it kept me sane,
She replied with “Swearing and making weird innuendos on skype keeps you sane? >( ”
I replied with a quick nod and a “yeah, Mum it does .-. “
…she should be happy she just hear the ‘innuendos’ <3
NOW FOR READING THIS HERE IS YOUR REWARD, CHERIK, THUNDERFROST, AND SUPERHUSBANDS.
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