that one time tony took steve to a museum after hours which is pretty romantic imo
[DIRECTOR’S VOICE]: STOP FLIRTING!!!
Steve had the blushing trained out of him pretty quickly during Basic and the following few years with his Howling Commandos did nothing but reinforce that learning experience. Irish heritage or not, he could sit stone-faced in reaction to most anything, his cheeks never once flaring to color like they had so often done when he was younger.
Tony, though… Tony, despite any reports to the contrary, had always been an emotional person. His mother used to tell him how much she loved his rosy cheeks when he was growing up and maybe for that reason, or simply because he didn’t have the patience or stability to train it away like Steve, it has just become another fact of life to him.
Luckily for Tony, he spent most of his life under the glare of harsh, hot lights and it wasn’t unusual for his face to become red with heat, exertion, or simply flush with drink. He always had an excuse handy as to why his cheeks have suddenly gone crimson, and it definitely never had anything to do with something as lowbrow as emotion.
Or, at least, that is until The Avengers happen. Then he decided maybe it was time after all to stop drinking and to maybe not thrust himself in the spotlight quite as often. He finally grew up, what could he say? It only took him some forty odd years.
So when he walked into the kitchen one morning after a full night’s sleep and spotted Steve standing half naked in front of the stove scrambling his typical half-dozen eggs, he could feel the warmth of blood rushing to his cheeks.
When Steve turned around and awarded him with a brilliant smile and a quick greeting, Tony’s cheeks just burned that much more. Steve gave him a curious look at the lack of response, but his lips remained curved upwards as he searched Tony’s face.
Without the ability to lay blame—no alcohol, no exertion, no overly warm lights in the kitchen—Tony didn’t know how to respond. So he walked away instead, feeling Steve’s eyes trailing after him as he went.
Steve would later tell him that he could pinpoint that as the exact moment he realized he was in love with Tony Stark.
Tony had been in love with Steve all along.
a whole new wooooorld
Avengers Annual 001 (2014)
↳ That is the last time I let Tony freelance the door codes. We all said, six digit number! Just because hehas trouble remembering his own birthday…
tony, i’m a grown man
adds “we just caught our alternate universe selves making out and now everything is super awkward” to list of shipping tropes that need to be implemented everywhere
aw yeah tease that middle aged white man mhm oh yeah
you would know, tony