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Title: The Twice-Told Tale
Author: arysteia
Fandom: Marvel (Avengers)
Pairing(s): Steve/Tony
Rating: R (violence, explicit sex, language)
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, First Time, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Action Adventure
Word Count: 15,789

Summary:
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.

Why You Should Read This:
The author weaves together Steve’s future and his past so beautifully that by the time you “get” it — you’re overwhelmed and utterly charmed. Tony is by turns horrible and bitter and utterly broken by the life he’s lived before Steve. The ending is beautiful and heart warming.