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May 10th, 2017

MCU: One To Ten

One To Ten

Series: Lights To Guide You Home
Word Count: ~ 30.000
Summary: Iron Man, an Avenger, had stumbled inside the Emergency Room just a moment ago, his suit gleaming wet in the harsh neon-lights. In his arms, he was holding the teenager New York – and the world – had come to identify as the 'Queens Orphan'. It looked as if he was sleeping, cradled securely in Iron Man's grip like a child.
But there was too much blood for that to be the case.
After their return to New York and with the adoption still pending, Tony struggles with the boundaries of being a legal guardian while Peter fears that moving to Manhattan means he is losing his connection to Queens and his life there. When Peter's danger-sense starts acting up in the face of an unknown threat and an unexpected visitor drops by with news from Steve, the simmering conflict comes to a head, forcing both Peter and Tony to admit some things they'd rather kept to themselves.
Like the fact that Tony didn't tell Peter the entire truth about Germany.
Or the reason Peter sometimes wakes up crying and terrified of the dark.
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, F.R.I.D.A.Y., OCs
Pairing: Tony/Pepper (past)
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: Captain America – Civil War
Setting: sometime after Captain America – Civil War
Warnings: Violence (also against a minor), implied experiments on human beings, referenced character death, referenced suicide, referenced alcohol and drug abuse by minors, grief, bullying
Contains: Language
Author's Note: This is LONG! I don't even know why. Also, I'm experimenting with a kind of fragmented story-telling here. I had planned to publish this much sooner, but then a Spider-Man – Homecoming trailer came out and then a teaser and then an interview with Tom Holland and then I didn't know anymore if my story was going to fit into the canon at all and I experienced a writer's block from hell, during which I moved house and got distracted by IKEA … so I just started to go completely AU. Some of this is still inspired by the trailers (some dialogue is taken from them), but very likely not following the same story – as evidenced by the fact that the Vulture isn't in this at all.
Beta: None. If somebody is willing to volunteer, please leave a message.
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the Marvel Comics and the characters appearing within them belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

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