Lucy S Diamonds
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- Posted: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 03:54:29 +0000
Tony listened to Autumn intently, following each word she said. He didn't look to be very interested, actually, and sat stoically with his eyes staring blankly at the bed sheet. He only looked up when he felt her bandaged hand on his, then returned his eyes to the sheet. Everything she said was more flattering than the last, but it wasn't the usual flattery he had received. Sure, he had been called a hero before, but she picked up on something that most others didn't. His success wasn't granted, he worked for it. Magazines portrayed him as a privileged heir who got lucky with a weapon invention. They overlooked his work ethic, his drive, and more importantly his struggle.
He had been placed on a pedestal for so long, however, that he had forgotten what struggle felt like. He had forgotten his mortality, and when he had a taste of it he nearly lost it. But somehow Autumn was able to bring him back again. Whereas in the past he could resurrect himself, this time he had needed help, and she was there for him. She reminded him that he was human, and as a human was expected to have flaws. Even as Tony Stark, Iron Man, whatever, he was allowed to not be perfect. "Autumn..." He hadn't spoken her name in so long, it also felt foreign. His eyes lifted to meet hers with a vulnerability that was usually so repressed. He wanted to explore this humanity further. Tony supported his weight on his less damaged arm and with the other hand traced her jawline. He gently held her chin between his thumb and index finger and guided her face towards his. Closing the gap between them, he planted a soft kiss on her lips. It was one of passion, but more importantly it was one of gratitude. She was his means of support. When he pulled away, his lips still lingered over hers. "Thank you."