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Title: I said “I Love You”, what does it matter if I lie to you?
Author: Lelantus
Fandom: Marvel,
Relationship(s): Steven Rogers/ Tony Stark
Rating: Mature
Genre: AU, Canon divergence, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Kidnapping, Secret Identities
Word Count: 95225
Warnings: Bad Parenting, Violence, Sexual Content

Summary:

18 year old Tony Stark is your typical teenager. Well, except for how he’s the playboy billionaire heir to Stark Industries and working on two PhDs. Oh, and 6 months ago he was kidnapped by – well, no one really knows who. Since his rescue (excuse you, Tony liberated himself), he’s also been keeping a pretty big secret. Here’s a hint: it’s shiny, red and gold, and flies. Tony’s had a productive couple of months, but the fact that his grandfather keeps trying to hire bodyguards for his “safety” is really putting a cramp in his ability to keep his secret superhero identity, well, a secret.

Steve Rogers wakes up in 2015 and finds out that he’s missed 70 years (Oh god, does this mean he’s 94?), a revelation that he handles with much less grace than usual. Mostly, Steve just wants to be Captain America again, but on his own terms and without a lot of fanfare. To fill the time while Steve tries to figure out the best way to resurrect a dead superhero, his good friend Isaac Stark offers him a job: bodyguard to Isaac’s grandson, Tony Stark – who seems to get into a surprising amount of trouble for a teenager. “There’s no better introduction to the 21st century than through Tony,” says Isaac. Somehow, Steve is not reassured.

 

Why You Should Read This:

Firstly, Tony is in his teens and wiping the floor with university while still being a smartass to everyone and Steven is rescued by Tony’s grand-daddy before Shield knows he is alive – quite a fresh angle from the usual ‘first meeting of Tony and Steve’ . The story’s heart is about two young men who are outcasts and clash horribly with one another in the beginning, slowly realising that there is common ground to build a friendship on. With all the pushing away and hidden secrets, Tony and Steve still find themselves orbiting one another for support. It’s a delightful story that kept me on my toes – enjoyable read. It’s a win in my book.