Tony took a gasp for air only to feel a tube down his throat. He immediately tried to pull it out only for someone to stop him. He started to panic at this point. He was in pain and couldn't breath properly with the tube in place. Next thing he knew the was a prick in his arm and he blacked out again.
The next time Tony awoke he no longer had the tube in his mouth. A plastic mouth piece was there instead. He glanced around to find himself in a white room. There was a window to his right. On his left he found someone asleep on a chair next to his bed. He couldn't really move to see who it was. Even the tinest movements caused him pain. So he laid there waiting for something to happen only to feel a heaviness in his eyes.
He woke again, this time it appeared as though the person next to him was awake. He tried to move his neck only to groan out in pain.
"Stop moving." Steve appeared in his field of vision.
Tony moved his hand up taking the plastic mouth piece away, "What happened?" He managed to gasp out.
Steve sighed. "We were hoping you could explain that to us. We were dealing with the Doombots only for them all to be destroyed in seconds time." Steve said giving Tony a look.
It was then Tony remembered what exactly happened. The talk with Loki. Him getting stabbed. The unbearable pain he felt. "I should be dead." Tony said. He truly should no longer be breathing. What had happened and how was he still here.
"So you remember what happened?" Steve questioned.
Tony thought about what would happen to Loki if he told Steve the truth. He would never get to see the god again.
"I found Doctor Doom and took care of him. He managed to stab me in the process." Tony explained. "Loki didn't have a part in the attack like we originally thought." Tony added.
Steve knew that it was a lie. Yet he still stood there and said, "Tony, I would also like to know, how did you get here while being that injured?" Tony froze. He hadn't thought about that. "You might want to think about that before Fury shows up to question you." Steve made his way to the door, "I am going to go get the Doctor to check up on you now."
Tony was left alone to collect the rest of his thoughts of Loki.
Tony had been stuck at the hospital for two weeks. By now he really wished he had been killed. At least then he would not have been stuck in the horrible place with doctors. The Doctors said he was healing faster than it would normally take which was a plus. That meant he could leave faster. He had also been questioned non-stop by Fury.
He was getting ready to stand up to walk around a little when the door open. Thor stood in front of him.
"Can I do anything for you big guy?" Tony asked raising an eyebrow at Thor. Many of the Avengers had stopped by to see how he was doing. Thor had not been anywhere near him since the attack. Actually. Thor had been avoiding him this entire time.
Thor looked reluctant before saying, "I wish to speak with you, Stark."
Tony nodded his head before starting to walk at a slow pace to the door. "I need some exercise so you can walk with me." Tony headed out the hall, Thor following him.
"Do you need some help with walking?" He questioned.
"No I am fine." Tony snapped. He really hated being babyed by everyone.
"What ever you wish." Thor walked right next to Tony just in case.
They walked in silence for 5 minutes. Before Tony cut the silence, "What do you need?"
Thor's expression changed to something of thankfulness. He turned away from Tony and stated, "The wound you recieved is in a very parcular place. One of which would be inflected from close proximity." Thor paused. "The story you told to Fury and the Captain was incorrect." Tony stiffened.
"Now, that particular wound I have seen a great many of times. You see, my brother, had a tendence to get close to an enemy before attacking. It was one of his many signitures." At this point Thor turned to back to study Tony, who had now stopped and was leaning with his hand against a wall.
"The spot of which you were hit also is from someone who is taller than you." Thor got closer to Tony, looking down at him. "If someone just a little bit smaller than myself were to attack you like so." He did the exact thing with out a weapon that Loki did 2 weeks prior which made Tony flinch away.
Thor pulled away and looked at Thor with so much understanding. "I know my brother's attack when I see one."
Tony felt his hands sweat with anxiety. How was he going to get out of this one. Thor did something unexpected next. He bowed, putting his fist against his chest. "I must thank you Tony Stark. You have helped my brother once more by keeping his involvment a secret ."
Tony relaxed a little. "No problem, Thor. Now please stop with the bowing." He put a hand on Thor's shoulder.
Thor stood back up with a huge grin on his face. Though, his eyes still held a sadness for his brother. "I shall be in debt to you." Thor responded.
"Enough of this ushy-gushy stuff. Lets get back to my room!" Tony turned to head back only to fall to his knees. Thor helped him back up.
"It seems I might have over worked myself a bit." Tony gave the god a sheepish smile.
Thor smiled kindly at the man of iron before helping him get back to the room. Once back comfortably in his bed Thor went back to heading for the door.
"I shall be back later. I have a date with Jane, which I do not wish to be late for. Until later then Tony." And with the Thor exited the room.
Tony finally alone now, took a hold of his side. It hurt so much he could barely see straight. He clenched his eyes shut trying to ignore the pain spreading through his body. He had really over-worked his system. He saw a flash of green before some one injected his IV with some medicine.
The pain eased back until it was back to feeling numb. He opened his eyes expecting to see the doctor standing their only to see the one who caused the injury standing there. Tony jumped out of the bed, ready to cause a scene only to feel a dizzy spell stopped him. He was about to fall to the ground once more before Loki took hold of him and carefully placed him back on the bed.
Tony quickly tried to grab at the warning system only for it to be out of his reach by the god. Tony glared since all he could do now was sit to see what would happen next.
They stood in this silence waiting for the other to speak.
"I am so sorry." Loki whispered out.
"Is that the best you can say to me?" Tony felt his anger rising. "You stabbed me. I died. And don't you dare say I did not die. I should be stone cold on that building." Tony seethed.
Loki stayed silent. Tony continued to glare at him. "I deserved that." Loki stated, his voice still bellow a whisper.
"No shit Sherlock. Why the hell do you think you can just waltz back in here with a 'sorry'." Tony said harshly.
Loki just stood there. He looked at the wounded man in front of him. Loki's eyes were filled with guilt and regret.
Tony wanted to forgive Loki. He wanted to hug and kiss the god senseless, but his heart wouldn't let him. He had never felt so betrayed.
"Why? Why did you do it?" Tony gritted out of his teeth.
"I had no other choice." Loki gave an answer.
"You keep saying that! You can make your own life choices. Decide on them soon before you loose everything." Tony yelled at him.
"I-" Loki started to respond.
"Leave." Tony mumbled. "Leave now." Tony threw the closes thing he had near him at the god. A crash sounded as Loki dodged the projectile and it hit the wall.
Loki took one last look at Tony before heading to the door. He stopped right in front of it. "I did not stab you for myself, Anthony. I did it for another reason. Someday, I might be able to tell you. There is one other thing I must tell you before I go. I love you." Before Tony could process what he had heard, the god was out the door.
Tony must have miss heard him. There was no way Loki had said those words. In an instant the door opened again.
"Stark. I heard some commotion down the ha-" Thor stopped mid-sentence. He appeared to be frozen in place.
"Tony. Are you alright?" Thor asked the man. His eyes trained on Tony.
"Everything is fine." Tony said more harshly then he meant.
Thor stood in front of him. "Tony." He shifted. "Were you perhaps visited by my brother?"
Tony gave him a questioning look. "What?"
"You seem to be... crying." Thor said quietly, a look of understanding was there.
Tony wiped his face off with his hand only to feel more water pool from his eyes. No matter how much he wiped his face, only more tears flowed. "Damn it. Stop it Anthony. Get a hold of yourself." Tony mumbled to himself, ignoring Thor.
"It did not end well?" Thor questioned even though he knew the answer.
"No. It didn't." Tony replied quietly.
"Would you like me to leave?" Thor questioned.
"No. Just stay for awhile. I need to get my mind off of him." Tony looked up at the god. "Please."
They sat in silence until Tony slowly drifted off to sleep because of the pain medication Loki had given him.