Steve hasn’t always had this ridiculous crush on Tony Stark.
(Or, the one where Steve is his polite old self and doesn’t really hate Tony Stark (unfortunately), Tony is a child progidy and apparently a cab driver now, too, and high school is still high school, even when you are the son of a billionaire.)
Captain America made some films during the second World War, so it’s not surprising when Hollywood comes calling again when he makes the news and develops a fanbase after the Avengers save New York.
Tony is alternately skeptical, intrigued, envious, and…turned-on.
Rogers jerks backwards, shock registering on his face, and Tony thinks, welcome back to the land of the living, Cap, looks like you’re sticking around.
Or, a Pushing Daisies AU.
New York City is still rebuilding in the wake of the Chitauri army when the biotech virus Extremis is released, upgrading a lone domestic terrorist into a posthuman threat. Tony would’ve been happy to keep going on playing with alien tech in his lab, saving average citizens as Iron Man, and pretending not to notice these other people moving into his tower, but sometimes a person just can’t have nice things.
Tony is accused of murder on an alien planet; Steve marries him to bring him home.
“That,” says Tony, tone unmistakably smug despite his split lip, “is Captain America. Who, by the way, happens to be my godfather.”
Look, some mornings you wake up and little green men are invading New York City; some mornings you wake up and you can hear Captain America’s voice in your head. Tony has been an Avenger long enough that he saves his freakout for important things.
Death threats are an unfortunate side-effect of being Tony Stark, so he’s learned to ignore them. The problem is, when someone really wants you dead, hiding your head in the sand just kinda exposes your ass.
But it’s not just Tony’s behind on the line. Whoever wants him dead wants him to suffer first, and they’re willing to do anything to make that happen. Tony knows there’s only one way out. To save Steve, the Avengers, and the general public, Tony has to die. Of course, death isn’t always the end, and Tony does what any other self-disrespecting scientist would do: he finds a way to fake his death and avenge his own murder.
The trouble is, terrible decisions usually have a terrible price, and this one is no different. Tony has a chance to save the day, but the cost may be more than Tony was ever expecting to pay…
Steve and Tony accidentally start a national do-gooders association and fall in love.
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Tony Stark lives a double life; he’s secretly the supervillain known as Iron Man. But his loving husband Steve has a few secrets of his own, as Tony is about to discover.
For someone he’d hero-worshipped for so long, Steve Rogers in the flesh is a pretty big disappointment. For one thing, he keeps looking at Tony as though he reminds him of someone else, and even if he never says anything, Tony’s pretty sure it’s his father. A lifetime of not measuring up to Howard’s expectations is more than enough, thank you very much, and he’s certainly not going to make an effort to live up to any of Steve’s. Steve’s pretty clearly failed to live up to his expectations, in any case, and that’s not hypocritical at all.
Everything Tony Stark does is a dance. And it’s super confusing for Steve.
It’s amazing how Steve and Tony could screw up something as simple as hate-sex.
Alternatively: Love and hate may be two sides of the same coin, but moving from one to the other is far more complex than we really give people credit for.