rockstark: ((Pepper) what I need is a good defense)
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Who: Pepper & Tony
What: Regrouping. And tacos. And fluff that at least one of them wasn't expecting.
When: After Tony returns from Puente Antiguo.
Where: Tony's house in Malibu.
Rating: PG-13? /shrug.



It wasn't every night that you learned gods existed, Tony thought - not for the first time in the last few hours, either - as he touched down in the workshop. It was almost like getting out of bed, in reverse. Stepping onto the assembly was like toeing on his slippers, slipping on a bathrobe, and plodding his way to the bathroom before he'd even realized his eyes were open. Only, Jarvis and Dummy were stripping the Mark 5 from him, folding it back down into its neat, compact form.

"Hey," he chided, waving one arm, large, grease-spotted paper bag still in hand. "Watch the tacos."

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Date: 2012-05-18 05:23 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (yeah. I'm good.)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Pepper knew Tony had returned even without Jarvis' announcement of his approach. She'd been curled up on the couch in the living room, watching out the window - waiting to see the telltale streaks of light across the darkening sky.

She smiled as she rushed down the stairs, heels clicking against the stone. Though she might have been telling herself he'd be fine, that he'd come home just like he'd promised - with takeout in hand - there was no better relief than seeing it for herself. She slowed her descent, taking a calming breath as she approached the glass doors to his workshop.

Gently tapping in her code, she smiled as she stepped through the door, "Need a hand with that?"

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Date: 2012-05-18 05:42 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (up to something? nooooo)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
She reached up and took the bag from him, rolling her eyes, "What? And you couldn't have called back to ask? I hardly see how that's my fault."

It seemed so natural. The easy banter they'd had for years with just another layer of... what? She wasn't even sure what to call it. Emotions? Comfort? She wasn't about to overanalize it. It just was

She frowned at Dummy as it nearly bumped into her with the leg plating it had finally managed to detach. "You really need a better system for taking the suit off, don't you think?"

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Date: 2012-05-18 05:55 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (crazy about you)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Come back from the... right. A mental note was made to come back to that. However, there are more important things first.

She shook her head with an amused smile, leaning in and resting a hand over the arc reactor, "Why don't you stop talking for a second and maybe you'll find out." Closing the distance between them, she gently pressed her lips against his. Her mind flashed to their first kiss. How he'd somehow brought her from the edge of a stress-induced meltdown by his silent confession. It might not fix everything, but it sure as hell helps.

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Date: 2012-05-18 06:16 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (Going to be a fun ride)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Pepper smiled against Tony's lips as she felt Dummy take the bag from her hand. She didn't entirely trust the robot to set it carefully on a nearby flat surface but she wasn't sure she cared right at that moment.

Her now unladen arm slid around his waist, holding him close. She wasn't sure what had happened to him in New Mexico. She'd most certainly ask him later but there was one thing on her mind when she pulled back, resting her forehead against his, "I'm glad you're okay."

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Date: 2012-05-18 06:23 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (what? No.)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
"Flying Sledgehammer?" She leaned back to look at his face, eyebrows quirked in confused interest. "A flying sledgehammer and someone coming back from the dead... what happened out there?

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Date: 2012-05-18 06:43 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (I don't have time for this.)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Damnit, Tony! Though she can't completely fault him for the subject change if watching that metal thing was any indication.

Pepper looked around, "Dummy took them." But where he put them is another question entirely.

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Date: 2012-05-22 05:36 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (Going to be a fun ride)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Pepper laughed watching Tony argue with his robot. And just like that everything was as it should be. It was so surreal seeing Tony fly off to fight some thing in one moment and have him come back to her and laugh and joke as if he hadn't just been in mortal danger. Of course, she was still getting used to the fact that he was coming back to her. She never expected Tony would settle down in any sense of the word, let alone with her.

She crossed the floor with a smile, "I'll get the wine.

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Date: 2012-05-24 11:41 pm (UTC)
ms_potts: (yeah. I'm good.)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Pepper retrieved the wine and glasses from the kitchen, slipping her heels off and leaving them by the door. This wasn't a night for formalities. They weren't dressing up and playing in front of the cameras. It was just them and she had a feeling that was exactly what he needed.

She padded into the room on bare feet, the glasses hanging between her fingers and the open bottle by her side. She smiled softly as she walked around the hole and towards the couch. "Did you even want to bother with plates or are we 'roughing it'?"

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Date: 2012-05-27 07:59 pm (UTC)
ms_potts: ([Tony] Get a roof)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
She smiled easily, one of those grins that can't be contained. It was remarkable how three simple words coming from him could make her feel like the most important person in the world. She paused, looking him over. This was still an incredibly new experience for both of them. She was so used to seeing him talking to other women that way, with the cheesy pickup lines and smooth charm that everyone just gravitated to. She'd cared about him for a long time, longer than she'd cared to admit even to herself. She'd long since accepted that she'd be his assistant and nothing more and to suddenly have this. To have him look at her like that, turn one of his famous smiles on her... it was more than she'd dreamed for.

She knew she was on unsteady ground, though. Tony didn't Do Sentimental... or so he'd like to keep telling himself. She couldn't help but be concerned that if she gets too emotional too quickly she'd scare him away. She lifted the wine bottle, tilting it at him as she stepped around the coffee table and sat, "I bet you say that to all the girls who bring you alcohol."

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Date: 2012-06-07 02:52 am (UTC)
ms_potts: ([Tony] going domestic)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
She laughed, setting one of the glasses on the table so she could pour, "You certainly know how to make a girl feel special." She paused in her pouring, giving him a smirk, "And to answer your question it's already open."

Holding his glass out to him, the relief poured over her. She knew they would have to talk about whatever this was at some point... but now wasn't that moment. For now she was just happy to have him safe and home.

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Date: 2012-06-11 07:49 am (UTC)
ms_potts: (don't think - drink)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Pepper blinked at him for a moment. Did he really just toast... her? In a manner of speaking, of course. This was certainly new. New and different... but not something she couldn't get used to. She smiled, a small but genuinely happy smile as she raised her glass slightly, "To special."

Her eyebrows shoot up as she takes a small sip. Lowering the glass she looks at him, "Phil? He was there?"

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Date: 2012-06-19 06:20 am (UTC)
ms_potts: ([Tony] going domestic)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
Pepper couldn't help but laugh as she picked up a taco for herself. That was certainly not the reaction she'd expected. Tony. The man with all the confidence and bravado the world could offer and more was stunned all because of one name.

She cocked her head at him and smiled, "Oh come now. With this community and everything did you really expect to call him 'Agent Coulson' forever?" Her smile softened to a natural cheerful smile, one she never showed the press or the plethora of government and corporate big wigs she dealt with on a nearly daily basis. "Besides, being on friendly terms with him could only help you in the long run, right? He's been nothing but helpful." And it would be nice to have a friend she can actually discuss everything with but but that's another story.

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Date: 2012-07-06 03:16 pm (UTC)
ms_potts: ([Tony] Will that be all Mr. Stark?)
From: [personal profile] ms_potts
She laughed, giving him a look, "Tony. No one believed it because you sounded like you were reading something for an elementary school play. If you'd managed to be more convincing you would have pulled it off." She paused, taking a sip of her wine and looking him over, "And you consider my suddenly having to become an expert in politics and foreign relations to help Rhodey keep your suits where they belong, your being called to speak to the senate and everything else that's happened since that press conference smooth sailing?"

A pause as she handed him a paper napkin, raising an eyebrow, "Oh what am I saying. Of course you do."

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