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1. "I always know when you're lying"

Aniya and Tony 

Subject: lies 

 

Tony gritted his teeth to stop from exclaiming in pain.

"Iron man you okay?" Barnes asked through the comma, "I saw you get clipped." 

"Fine." Tony said swooping low shooting blasts at the robots that were wreaking havoc on the streets. His leg would probably need looking at but it was nothing too serious. 

"Good, cause I'm dusting you!" Clint cheered shooting down another one. 

"Technically Pietro's dusting all of you." Aniya said and Tony could hear the smirk in her voice. 

"Spider-Man," Steve said ignoring the light banter, "Have you found the lead bot?" 

"No, not yet." Peter said and Tony shot one off of Natasha's back. 

"I think I found it!" Wanda cheered.

"Thank god!" Aniya huffed when all the bots deactivated. 

"What, were you getting tired?" Tony snipped with only a hint of concern landing next to her with a soft smile and small stumble.

Stupid leg.

"Of you." Aniya quipped back readily and Tony opened his face plate with a chuckle. 

"Ooo, she got you Mr. Stark." Peter laughed. Tony rolled his eyes and huffed. 

"Tony: zero, Aniya: fifty." Pietro said with a smile. Tony shrugged.

"What's true is true." Aniya leaned in and pressed a kiss to his cheek. 

"Alright guys, debriefing!" Steve said and Tony could see the quinjet land not to far away. 

"Raincheck Cap," Tony said shuttling his faceplate, "suit fixins have to get done." He quickly took off disconnecting the comm. 

••••••

Aniya watched Tony leave and frowned. He promised to stop hiding his injuries from her. 

"Aniya," Cap said wearily and she sighed. 

"Yeah I got it." She said taking off after him. 

••••••

He made it to the tower before her and winced when he saw the blood on his leg. 

"J, where is my medical kit?" He said limping off the landing pad.

"Under the work table sir. Might I also add that Miss Carrington will not be happy that you didn't go to the debriefing." JARVIS said sounding slightly disapproving.

"No, you may not." Tony answered. "And Aniya hates being called Miss Carrington." He added almost absentmindedly while pulling out the white case. 

"You're right." Tony turned in shock jarring his leg. He cursed in pain and Aniya's disapproval and annoyance melted away. 

She ran forward and grit her teeth. "I knew you were hurt." She saw with a frown. 

"How?" Tony said allowing her to fix him up. 

"I always know when you're lying." She said softly looking up at him and Tony felt warmth bloom in his chest. 

They locked eyes for a moment and Tony cherished it.

 

"But you're dealing with Fury." 

 

And there goes the moment. 

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2. "You, kids; I can see it"

Aniya and natasha

Subject: kids

 

Aniya was sitting with Natasha watching HGTV when the elevator dinged and Peter walked out.

He walked right over to the couch and landed face first into it with his backpack still on.

"That bad huh?" Aniya cooed softly moving to run a hand through his brown locks. 

Peter sighed and sat up slipping out of the confines of his book bag and curling up next to him like a cat. "I don't particularly like Flash. Or English." 

Aniya ignored Natasha's wiggling eyebrows and kept combing through Peter's hair.

"English?" Aniya questioned and Peter nodded. "I have to write an essay about one of Shakespeare's classics." 

Aniya hummed in understanding and thought for a moment. "Well, Auntie Nat over here could definitely deal with Flash," Natasha nodded enthusiastically, "and I wouldn't mind helping you with this essay. When's it due?" 

"By Friday." Peter said his tone perking up slightly. 

"We'll have it done by Thursday." Aniya said bopping Peter's nose. He smiled and leaped up, "I'll go grab the book!" 

Aniya smiled fondly and Natasha spoke up. "It suits you." 

"What?" 

"Parenthood." Natasha said with a sad smile. 

"I don't think so." Aniya said eyes landing on the TV but not really seeing it. 

"Hey, you, kids; I could see it." Natasha said standing up, beginning to walk out.

"Thanks Nat." Aniya said and Natasha ruffled her hair as she walked by. 

 

A few moments later Peter came bounding into the room, his arms filled with books and papers Aniya figured she already had a kid to take care of.

At least for now.

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3. "You just wake up like that, naturally flawless"

Wanda and Aniya 

Subject: sleepy 

 

 

Aniya stumbled into the common room still rubbing sleep out of her eyes. Last night was hard. There was a giant squid attacking Long Island. 

 

She padded over to Tony who was drinking a cup of coffee and looked as if he hadn't slept for days. 

 

She buried her head into his chest and he automatically wrapped an arm around her, his hand gently stroking her wings. "When'd you sleep?" She asked. 

 

"I got about two hours. You?" Aniya almost didn't answer enjoying the rumble of his chest and the gentle touch to her wings too much but then she sighed.

 

"Maybe four." And Tony placed his cup down and wrapped her up. Aniya slipped her arms around his back and they stood there for a moment. 

 

"Could we sleep later?" Aniya mumbled her eyes slipping close. 

 

"Yeah," Tony responded pressing a kiss to her hair, "I'm too tired to actually get any work done today." 

 

Then Aniya heard footsteps and turned her head to see Wanda standing there. "Woah, how?" Aniya exclaimed, her brain to mouth filter broken.

 

Wanda stopped and tilted her head at Aniya. "How.. what?" 

 

"You just wake up like that, naturally flawless." Aniya said disbelief coloring her tone and Tony's laugh rumbled through her making her warm. 

 

Wanda blushed and shook her head. "Go to bed Niya, you're crazy." 

 

"Maybe I am but I do have twenty twenty vision." Aniya said a smile as Tony pulled her out of the room. 

 

Wanda smiled pleased and her face flushed even more. 

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4. "It's fun seeing you like this"

Rhodey and Tony 

Subject: love

 

Rhodey has seen Tony many different ways.

 

I mean, what do you expect? They are best friends.

 

Rhodey has seen him deep in thought, drunk, angry, depressed, celebrating, hurt and deep in his own head. 

But he's never seen him in love. 

 

He doesn't know what Tony would look like in love, but if he had to guess it would probably how he looks right now.

 

He's actually gushing. 

 

It's honestly the greatest day of Rhodey's life.

 

"She came to me and asked me to fix her ukulele and then she played me a song and Rhodey, she's so beautiful and she's an amazing singer and don't let me fuck this up." 

Rhodey laughed deep and long and watched Tony. 

 

He noticed the health glow of his skin and the real joy in his eyes. The bags under his eyes were gone and he was less twitchy around people. 

 

"It's fun seeing you like this." 

Tony blinked and looked at him with wide eyes. 

 

Wide, happy eyes. 

 

Tony leaped up with a start. "J, clear my schedule for tomorrow. I'm taking Aniya out." 

"Done sir. And if you weren't doing it I would've." JARVIS replied and Rhodey smiled. 

 

When Tony left the room Rhodey stood and stretched. 

"JARV, remind me to get some flowers for Aniya." Rhodey said and he walked out. \

"Of course sir." 

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5. "I got a bottle of schnapps and half a rhubarb pie; let's see which one makes us sick first"

Clint and Tony

Subject: bad days

 

 

Tony woke up cold and alone still shuddering from his nightmare. 

 

Obadiah was back and this time he forced Tony to watch as he killed Aniya and then him. 

And it didn't help that Aniya was visiting her friends so he couldn't just curl back up with Aniya like he wanted. 

 

Tony focused on slowing down his breathing and Cranberry hopped up onto the bed. The ginger cat kneaded Tony with her paws and he absentmindedly scratched her ears. 

 

Logically, he knew that Aniya was fine and Obadiah was dead but the back of his mind wouldn't let it go. 

He needed a distraction. Something that wasn't related to work or Aniya. 

He stood up, apologizing softly to Cranberry and stumbled into the communal kitchen. 

 

He poured himself a cup of coffee and took a sip with a sigh. 

"Hey man," Clint said from his perch on the arm of the couch, "rough night?" 

 

Tony nodded absently, still thinking about what his distraction could be and Clint raised an eyebrow in surprise. 

 

Not that it was shocking to him that Tony would have had a rough night, (he obviously had-with the dark under eye circles and the rumpled clothes and the glassy look) just that he would admit it. 

Clint expected a quip of snarky comment in response not a genuine nod. 

 

Hawkeye's hand tightened around his own mug as he watched Tony walk away, his hands shaking slightly and that glassy look still in his eyes. 

 

••••••

 

Tony ended up in the workshop despite him knowing that being there after an Obadiah night wasn't the smartest thing he's ever done. 

He forced himself to focus on fixing RedWing for Falcon. Sam rarely lets him touch up his drone so when he gets to it's pretty exciting. 

 

Well, it would if he could stop seeing Obadiah right there. 

 

He's leaning down twisting the Arc Reactor out of his chest and Tony is powerless to stop it and he is dying-someone please he is dying-

 

"Hey Iron butt." Clint's voice calls out breaking through his flash back. 

Tony turns, a hand fluttering up to the Arc, shock clear on his face. He calms when he sees Clint but his hand doesn't move. Clint notices the hand and narrows his eyes for a second but then stepped forward, careful to keep his distance. 

 

"I got a bottle of schnapps and half a rhubarb pie; let's see which one makes us sick first." Clint proposes and Tony blinks, seeing the box and bag that was in Clint's hand for the first time. 

 

"Y-yeah, sure. Why not?" Tony says relief pouring through every word and he steps away from the work bench. Clint watches with trained eyes as Tony's hand comes off of the Arc and he smiles mentally. 

 

"And after," Tony continues taking the bag from Clint, "we can see if Natasha likes The Little Mermaid?" 

 

Clint didn't miss the questioning tone in his voice, he knew that Stark had self worth issues but he didn't actually think that Clint would-in good Conscience-say no?

 

Did he?

 

Instead of facing the problem head on he went with- "You are never gonna find her favorite Disney movie Stark." He said shaking his head with a fond smile, "But you can keep trying." 

Tony gave him a small smile and Clint started out of the Workshop and Tony followed leaving the terrible thoughts and memories behind. 

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  1. “Hold on, your feathers are looking a bit disheveled. Want me to straighten them out for you?”

 

Steve and Aniya

Subject: trust

 

To say that Steve was shocked when he first met Aniya was an understatement. 

 

He had never seen a person with wings before. And they changed colors! 

 

He couldn't help but stare as his fingers twitched with the need to just draw. 

 

He didn't even noticed Aniya's uncomfortable stance and Tony clenched jaw until he came up to him. 

 

"Why don't you take a picture-it'll last longer." He spat before wrapping an arm around her, hiding the wings from view. 

 

Steve had flushed red and quickly looked away but he couldn't curb his amazement at seeing her in battle. She ducked, dived and sometimes even whacked the aliens with her wings. 

 

After the battle, they all sat together for a meal. Aniya was glued to Tony's side, her wings a disheveled mixture of violet, pink and yellow. It was obvious that the colors meant something because Tony took one look at her wings and pulled her in for a hug. 

 

Steve could see the wings and the way they were folded tightly and he didn't have to be an expert to know that she was nervous. 

 

Over the course of the year that Steve had spent learning about his team he found out certain things. 

 

Thor loved pop tarts-a worryingly amount, Clint liked to perch places and crawl through the vents, Natasha loved to steal everyone's clothes and would hiss if you said anything, Bruce was apparently a master at pranks (that was surprising), Tony would literally die if he didn't have his morning coffee and Aniya-Aniya enjoyed people fixing her feathers. 

 

Usually after battles she went to Tony (experience) or Natasha (small deft fingers) and sometimes Bruce. (a calm steady hand) 

 

He had asked Bruce about it and he had said that it was very calming and Natasha said it was nice to be trusted with something that Aniya held so dear to her, and Tony said it was an intimate ritual that brought them closer together-and then he told him to get the fuck out of his lab. (In the nicest way possible) 

 

Steve definitely wanted to take part in this. 

 

But how? 

 

Luckily the answer came to him late one night when he couldn't sleep. He had walked into the communal room and noticed Aniya sitting there watching Home Alone by herself. 

 

She was gripping the pillow tightly, eyes glossed over-barely seeing the movie. Steve could see the dark circles under her eyes, her yellow wings twitching and fidgeting. 

 

Steve briefly considered waking Bruce or Natasha or even calling Tony despite the fact that he knew that he was on a business trip but he stopped himself. 

 

How could he be a leader if he couldn't help his teammate?

 

He slowly sat down at the other end of the couch and Aniya turned to him. 

 

"Hey Cap." 

 

"Hey," Steve tried for a reassuring smile but he was sure it came out as a grimace, "you okay?" 

 

"Rough night." Aniya said with a shrug turning back to the tv. Steve bit his lip, unsure of how to continue when Aniya turned back to him patting next to her. 

 

"Come on, I won't bite." Steve was strongly reminded of Tony as he scooted closer and watched as Aniya's grip loosen in the pillow. 

 

After a moment Steve took a breath, “Hold on, your feathers are looking a bit disheveled. Want me to straighten them out for you?”

 

Aniya was quiet for a moment and Steve was afraid that he'd crossed a line. He was on the verge of stuttering out an apology and going back to his room when Aniya turned so her back was facing the supersoldier. 

 

Steve took his time moving and rearranging the feathers. He watched in awe as the yellow slowly changed to a pink and her shoulders relax. Her wings fluttered happily and Steve felt something tight inside loosen.

 

Steve continued stroking the feathers even after he was done and Aniya curled up into his side. Steve kept stroking until he was sure that Aniya was asleep and switched the TV off. 

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  1. "I just want to make crazy science with you"

Bruce and Tony

Subject: stay

 

Bruce sighed as he snuck through the common room to the elevator. 

He would miss this place and everyone here but he knew that he couldn't stay. It would hurt for about three months but then he would be relieved because his family would be safe. 

He pressed a button on the elevator and waited with a frown. Then a light turned on behind him and he jumped. 

 

"Br'ce?" Bruce winced and turned slowly to face Tony who was rubbing his eyes behind him. 

"H-hey Tony," Bruce said forcing a smile. 

Tony seemed to wake as he noticed the bad hanging off of Bruce's shoulder. 

"What are you doing? Why did JARVIS tell me to come down here to make sure everything is okay?" The suspicion in his voice growing with every word.

Bruce stayed quiet and waited for Tony to figure it out because he was a genius. 

 

"Where would you go?" Tony asked after a moment of silence and Bruce sighed.

"I don't know, but not here." 

"Do you know how selfish you're being right now?" Tony ground out angrily and Bruce huffed a laugh.

"That's rich coming from you." Bruce snapped and Tony's eyes widened.

Bruce felt his throat tighten as Tony  crossed his arms over his chest. 

"W-well then. I'll just leave you to-to do what you want." Tony said and he turned on his heels and walked swiftly away. 

"Tony! Ah, JARVIS?" Bruce asked dread pooling in his gut. 

"Yes, Dr. Banner?" Bruce winced at the coldness in his voice. 

"I-I should fix this shouldn't I?" 

"That would be in your best interest." 

 

 

Two weeks.

 

It was two weeks until Bruce was able to see and talk to Tony again. 

Tony stayed down in his workshop only letting Aniya, Pepper and Rhodey in, he went to SI meetings in the mornings and left the room anytime Bruce entered. 

Aniya came up to him with a frown. 

She handed him a piece of paper with a series of numbers and letters on it. 

"Fix this." She said with a glare and she walked away. 

Bruce nodded and quickly walked to Tony's workshop. He put in the code and the door opened. 

"'Niya did you find out what birdbrain needed fixed?" Tony asked without turning around. 

"His sense of humor?" Bruce joked weakly and Tony swiveled around his joyous demeanor gone. 

"Oh, hey." Tony muttered turning back to his project. 

"Can we talk?" 

"Thought you'd be halfway across the world by now." 

 

Bruce winced, he deserved that. 

 

"I just wanted to say I'm sorry. You're obviously not selfish, you've let me live here-let all of the Avengers live here free of charge. I shouldn't have said what I said." 

Tony shrugged still not turning around. "Maybe you're right. Maybe I am I little selfish. Putting all these people in danger because I wanted someone that could speak my language? Yeah, I see what you meant." 

"That's not selfish, Tony, if you think that's selfish then you're stupid." Bruce said with a frown. 

Tony turned, a small smile playing on his lips. "Oh, so now I'm stupid and selfish huh? Thanks, really feeling the love here." 

"You've given me a place to live and not only that, you've given me a family. Something I'd never thought I'd have again. So thank you. You've also kept Ross off my back when you didn't have to." Bruce said softly his throat catching slightly.

"You really think I'd let him get you even if you left? You must be the stupid one here." Tony said with a small chuckle. 

Bruce felt tears well in his eyes and he shuddered. "R-really?" 

Tony stood and pulled him in for a hug, "Of course Bruce, you're my science buddy, I just wanna make crazy science with you. Can't do that if you're in a cell or something." 

Bruce wrapped his arms around Tony's middle with a wet laugh. "Th-thanks Tony." 

"Don't sweat it Brucie-bear. But we do have two weeks of projects to catch up on so no slacking." 

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  1. "It’s a big cliff, you just have to leap"

 

Tony and Peter

Subject: feelings 

 

 

Peter closed his locker and Michelle walked by. 

"Bye loser," she said flipping him off and Peter blushed furiously. 

"O-oh bye M-Michelle." Peter stuttered out and Ned chuckled from next to him. 

"Ooo you've got it bad." Ned said with a knowing smile and Peter hit his head against the locker. 

"Is it that obvious?" He whimpered and Ned nodded amusedly. 

"Ughhhh." Peter groaned pushing himself off the lockers beginning his walk towards the doors. 

"Why don't you ask Tony Stark? You've literally got a woman expert for a dad!" Ned exclaimed and Peter thought for a moment. 

"That-that sounds great actually. Yeah, I'll do that! Thanks Ned." Peter called with a smile, bounding off to the car that Happy was driving.  

 

 

He made it to the tower and raced to the elevator. "JARVIS?" 

"Yes, Master Parker?" JARVIS responded readily. 

"Can you take me to Tony please?" He asked fidgeting slightly. 

"Certainly." 

After a moment Peter blurted out, "Do you think Mr. Stark will think this is stupid?" 

"I have no clue what you are referring to but I sincerely doubt it. Unless you are talking about the Floor is Lava trend." JARVIS responded sounding slightly amused. 

Peter tittered out a nervous laugh and shook his head. "N-no, I was going to ask for advice about how to ask someone out. Maybe I should just ask Wikipedia or something." 

"I'm certain that sir will not laugh at you and that following Wikipedia will end with disastrous results." JARVIS replied dryly. 

"Okay, alright then, I'll ask." Peter said the elevator doors opening to Tony and Aniya's floor. 

"Ask what?" Tony repeated from his spot on the couch and Peter flushed. 

"Um, well, I had a question." Peter said sitting down gently on the couch. 

"Mmmm I figured." Tony drawled with a lazy smile and Peter immediately started to relax at his adoptive dad's relaxed body language. 

"So, there's this girl I kinda maybe like and she's super pretty and awesome and smart but is like super scary at the same time?" Peter huffed out hugging his knees to his chest and eyeing the carpet. 

"Ahhh, young love. I know exactly what you're going through kid." Tony said with a fond look. 

"You-you do?" Peter asked his eyes snapping up to look at him. 

"Yeah! How do you think I feel about Aniya?" Tony said with a goofy grin. 

"Oh, well, she doesn't seem that scary to me." Peter confessed ducking his head. 

"Yeah, well, she likes you. She can be plenty scary when she wants to." Tony said with a laugh. 

"But anyway, you like this girl right?" Tony asked and Peter nodded. 

"And you think she might like you back?" He continued and Peter shrugged in response. 

"Good enough. Alright then, just ask her out somewhere small, like a study date." Tony advised and Peter frowned. 

"I'm pretty sure she doesn't need to study, every time I see her she's reading a book that's literally ten times bigger than my head. But what if she laughs at me or I make things awkward?" Peter rambled with a nervous chuckle. 

"Well, I can't do much about your head size issues but I can say this much. Telling someone how you really feel is a big cliff, you just have to take a leap. Speak from the heart, that's what I did." Tony said with an honest shrug. 

"Okay, speak from the heart. I'll try." Peter said to himself and Tony smiled proudly. 

 

••••••

 

"Speak from the heart. Speak from the heart." Peter repeated under his breath as Michelle came into view. 

"Hey, so can I tell everyone at your funeral that you were Spider-Man?" Ned asked with a small smile. 

"Wha-funeral?" Peter exclaimed stopping short. 

"Yeah, ya know, for when she legit murders you for even thinking of her that way." Ned said and Peter rolled his eyes. 

"Whatever, I'll text you later to tell you how it went okay?" Peter asked and Ned shrugged. 

"Good luck." 

 

••••••

 

"Hey loser." Michelle greeted barely looking up from her book. 

"H-hey MJ." 

"What did you want to talk about?" 

 

'Speak from the heart.' 

 

"Alright, I just wanted to tell you that I think you're really smart, a-and pretty and nice to be around. Sometimes when you aren't mad and me or Ned. And I think I like you, more than a f-friend." Peter finished with an awkward flourish and he took a deep breath.

When Peter looked at Michelle it seemed that she might not have even heard him but then he noticed her eyes hadn't moved from that one spot in her book.

 

"Lame." Michelle said after a moment and Peter felt all the air whoosh out of his stomach. 

 

'Welp, never talking to anyone ever again, why didn't I go to Natasha she's actually a girl-'

 

"Same though." MJ said looking up from her book. "Study date tomorrow," she said standing patting Peter's leg, "pick me up at 6. Don't do anything too stupid while you're Spidermanning." 

Peter's jaw dropped and he jerked in surprise watching her go. But then he felt happiness fill his body so fast he felt dizzy. 

 

 

BoxOfCoolNerds: dudeeee

Guyinthechair: am I planning ur funeral?

BoxOfCoolNerds: she said yesss 

Guyinthechair: oh my goodness

BoxOfCoolNerds: she also knows who I am?

Guyinthechair: oh god

BoxOfCoolNerds: pretty much.

 

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  1. "I think we're gonna be really fast friends"

Bucky and Aniya

Subject: friendship

 

 

The first time Aniya and Bucky meet, it's dark in the tower and Aniya just wants some hot chocolate. 

She wasn't expecting a dark figure to be standing in her kitchen talking to Steve. 

 

"Steve?" Aniya questions rubbing her eyes and Steve and the mysterious figure turn to face her. 

"Steve?" The man also asked and Holy Crap it's the Winter Soldier. 

The Winter Solider is standing in her kitchen next to her hot chocolate making pan and Sam's waffle maker and Aniya is in her fuzzy iron man pj pants and one of Clint's pizza shirts. 

 

"What the fuck." Aniya says lowly and he steps forward and Aniya stumbled back still not grounded. 

 

The Winter Soldier stops and Steve takes a breath. Then he reaches towards his metal arm and literally unhooks it. 

 

"Don't worry," he says placing it down on the kitchen counter, "I'm unarmed." 

Aniya stops, her brain literally stops working and she can't move. 

She can see Steve face palm and James' hopeful smile in her kitchen at three in the morning. 

His arm is on her kitchen counter.

 

What the fuck even.

 

Steve is honestly considering calling Tony and telling him that he broke Aniya when she covers her face with her hands and starts shaking. 

"Oh god, I didn't-I didn't mean," Bucky starts turning to Steve with something akin to panic filling his eyes. 

Then Aniya uncovers her face to show that she's laughing. 

"O-oh my god! Wait, wait! T-the Winter soldier is standing in my kitchen-ha ha- n-next to my boyfriend's coffee maker and-and my freaking smoothie maker- heh, with his fucking arm on the table." She wheezed and Bucky blinked. 

"So, you're not mad?" He asked reattaching his arm after Aniya had calmed down. 

"No way! That was amazing! I think we're gonna be really fast friends." Aniya said with a real smile and Bucky smiled back. 

Steve felt warmth fill his chest and he thanked God for a wonderful person like Aniya. 

"Call me Bucky." 

"Cool. Call me Supersized Mcshizzle!" Aniya exclaimed grabbing her pan and chocolate bars. 

Bucky raised and eyebrow and Steve shook his head minutely. 

"Sure, whatever works." Bucky said and Aniya beamed.

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  1. "I'm keeping this one/you!" 

 

Aniya and Loki and a little Tony

Subject: adoption?

 

"Tony?" Aniya called out sitting on the edge of the workshop table swinging her legs. 

When he didn't answer she hopped down and walked into the hallway. 

 

"Tony?" She questioned creeping down the hallway with a frown. 

She turned the corner and there was Loki standing there. 

 

"Um, hey?" Loki said with a sheepish sort of half smile. 

Aniya stiffened and stumbled backward. "Oh my-oh my god! J-JARVIS!" Then she seemed to catch herself and her hands burst into flames. 

She rushed towards Loki and he flinched. "Where's Tony? What have you done with him? I'll kill you, I swear I'll kill you dead!" 

 

Then Aniya felt arms encircle her waist. "Let me go! I swear, get off!" She twisted in the grip and was about to make her while self catch on fire when she heard Tony's voice. 

"C-calm down honey! It's okay!" 

Aniya relaxed and the arms pulled away. "Tony?" She turned and pulled him in for a hug. 

"Oh my god! I thought you were dead or something." Tony chuckled and hugged her back. 

"What's this little snake doing here?" Aniya sneered glaring at Loki. 

 

Loki shrunk back practically into the wall. Tony placed a hand on her shoulder and Aniya took a deep breath. 

"He's been mind controlled, I ran tests." Tony said and Aniya frowned.

"Really?" Aniya asked and Tony nodded. 

"His punishment from Odin is that he must stay on earth and he can't use his magic unless it's for good." Tony relayed and Aniya frowned. 

"Is he going to stay here?" Aniya question eyeing Loki distrustfully. 

"Yes, until he has to go to Asgard for his monthly psych evaluation." 

 

••••••

 

Aniya stumbled into the kitchen and nearly jumped out of her skin when she saw Loki standing there poking at the coffee maker.

 

"What are you doing?" Aniya mumbled, too tired to deal with anything ridiculously hard.

"I am trying to figure out how Stark produced liquid from this machine." 

"Why don't you just use magic or something?" Aniya asked grabbing an apple and watching him press buttons helplessly. 

"I figured if I am to spend time in Midgard I should learn how to use your things." Loki said with a frown. 

"Well, first you need to learn how to talk like us." Aniya said a sneaky smile creeping over her face. 

She quickly made him a cup of coffee and pulled him to the couch. 

"Alright the first thing the kids are saying now is Fam." 

 

••••••

 

Tony walked into the room and watched Aniya and Loki talking enthusiastically and smiled. Aniya noticed him standing there and her eyes brightened. 

"Okay Loki, try it out." 

Loki turned to Tony and Tony bared himself. 

"What's up fam? Hope everything's gucci. Can't wait to hang out and get lit?" Loki recited the words sounding strange and foreign on his tongue. 

Tony cracked up, full on belly laughed and Aniya lit up even more. 

Loki frowned and turned back to Aniya. "Did I do it wrong?" 

"No, no, oh my gosh no! Anyone who can make Tony laugh this early in the morning without coffee is a okay in my book." Aniya said with a snort and Loki smiled. 

"Tony? I think we're keeping this one, he's right as rain." Aniya called out but Tony paid no mind he was to busy dying of laughter. 

 

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11 . The floor is lava."

 

Tony and Aniya and Peter 

Subject: trends

 

 

The day started out normal enough. Peter woke up for school grabbed a banana for breakfast and yelled out his goodbyes.

Aniya joined Tony in his workshop bringing him some strawberry pancakes and eggs (scrambled with cheese-just the way he likes it) and they lounged awhile waiting for Peter to come home. 

Aniya helped him with with new ideas for Peter's suit and Clint's arrows and they had sex a couple of times. Then at five thirty they both watched the tracker in Peter's suit and his vitals. 

 

Aniya wondered if Tony realized how parent like they were being right now. 

 

They watched him stop a mugging and help a child find their mom. He swung home and they both smiled to see him walk through the workshop doors ten minutes later. 

"Hey kiddo," Tony greeted ruffling his hair after Peter took off his mask. Aniya eyed his wide smile and flushed cheeks and felt herself relax. 

 

"Hi hon," Aniya said pulling him into a warm hug. "Hey guys," Peter said with a smile. 

 

"How was school?" Tony asked and Aniya watched as Tony made sure to place down his project and direct all of his attention to Peter. 

"Eh, you know, school. Oh! Is it okay if I stay after school tomorrow to hang with Ned?" Peter said putting down his book bag sitting down on the couch that Aniya insisted Tony put there. 

 

"Yeah, of course. Just be home before ten thirty. It's a school night." Tony said and Aniya nodded at Peter. 

"Cool, oh there's something I learned at school today." Peter said a mischievous smile on his face. 

 

"What?" Tony said genuinely curious and Aniya raised an eyebrow at the twinkle in Peter's eye. 

"The floor is lava." He said and then he hopped and stuck to the ceiling Aniya laughed and flapped up with a smile. 

 

Tony blinked confusedly and Peter started counting down from five. 

 

At three Aniya took pity on Tony and reached out. "Grab my hands Tone." She exclaimed and Peter called out a cheerful, "Two!" 

Tony reached out and Aniya flapped up until Tony's legs were off the ground. Aniya dropped him off on the couch and he blinked. 

"What?" He exclaimed.

"You got lucky Tony!" Peter exclaimed laughter clear in his voice. 

"What?" Tony said again helplessly looking at Aniya who was perched on the work table with a large smile on her face. 

"It's a trend on the internet. Haven't you heard of it?" Peter asked slowly moving from the ceiling and dropping to the floor. 

 

"No," Tony said scrunching his nose cutely and Aniya walked over and pressed a kiss to his cheek. 

"Aw, luckily I love you or you would've been dead." Aniya whispered and Peter groaned. 

 

"Ewww," Aniya pulled away to see Peter with his hands over his eyes and Tony chucked a pillow at his head.

Peter caught it swiftly and Aniya giggled joyously. 

"So did you actually learn anything useful at school?" Tony said and Peter stuck his tongue out at him. 

Chapter Text

  1. "Sorry, I’m a bit protective over the things I love."

 

Loki and avengers 

Subject: safe

 

 

Okay, not gonna lie, Aniya was scared. 

 

Like legitimately terrified. 

 

Dr. Admin was back and of course this time he had gotten literally all of them.

 

Steve, Bucky, Thor, Bruce and Peter were all drugged up six ways to Sunday. Natasha and Clint were in separate glass container things-so no super spy help-and Tony, Sam and Pietro were chained up.

And of course Wanda was in another fucking straitjacket. 

Dr. Admin is gonna get his ass kicked--if she could figure out a way out. 

His lackeys pulled her forward and Aniya struggled to break free of her cuffs. 

 

"Hello darling," he greeted tracing the line of her jaw. 

 

"Don't fucking touch her!" Tony yelled yanking against his restraints. Aniya pulled away from his touch and she was strapped to a table. 

 

"This hasn't worked the last ten times you've tried it-what makes you think It'll work now?" Aniya hissed watching Pietro struggle to get to Wanda and Clint bang against his glass. 

 

"Because I have all of your saviors." He leered brushing some hair out of Aniya's eyes. Aniya felt nauseous but she steeled herself for what's about to come. 

 

Torture, hours and hours of it flashed through her mind and she nearly sobbed in despair. 

As if Tony knew what she was thinking he called out, "We will be found, SHEILD will find us." 

 

Dr. Admin pulled out a small dull knife and pressed it into Aniya's side. She called out in pain and could barely hear Clint, Sam and Tony yelling in anger over the memories running through her head. 

After what seemed like an eternity Dr. Admin stepped back, Aniya couldn't see, she could only feel the pain and the wetness practically drenching her side but she knew the word monster was carved there. 

 

"You, go get me the other tools." He order with a sickening smile and Aniya sobbed, she wouldn't be able to take anymore. 

 

"Ummm, how about a no." Everyone's eyes turned to the flash and they could see Loki standing there his staff in his hand. 

 

Before Dr. Admin could react he touched the staff to his chest and his eyes glowed bright blue. 

"Sorry, I'm a bit protective over the things I love." Loki smirked and snapped his fingers. 

 

The chains fell, the doors opened and the others were snapped out of their drug induced haze. Aniya's bonds opened and she was caught gently by Loki. 

"I've got you it's okay," he murmured when Aniya whimpered in pain. 

 

Tony and Natasha rushed forward and carefully grabbed her. "I've got her, you go help Wanda." 

Aniya closed her eyes in the safety of her family. 

••••••

 

Aniya came to with familiar white walls and ceiling greeting her. 

 

She turned her head to see Tony snoring next to her. She reached out and fluffed his hair slightly. 

"Good, you're awake." Aniya turned her head to see Loki standing there with a bored look on his face. 

 

"Ye'h," Aniya mumbled with a dopey smile on her face, "ya saved me." 

 

Loki's nose wrinkled in distaste but Aniya could see the fond look in his eyes. "Please don't make this a reoccurring thing." 

Aniya snorted and lazily reached for his hand. Loki rolled his eyes but took it all the same. 

 

"Thanks, I now dub thee my knight in shining armor." Aniya said in a hearty voice. 

 

"I think the tin man over there might have some issues with that." Loki said with a smirk.         

 

Aniya laughed clear and bright but winced as it pulled at her tinder side. Loki frowned and glared at her side, eyes glowing green.

 

"I'm sorry I was too late, I could've stopped it." 

 

Aniya snorted and squeezed his hand. "Not your fault, he's always writing on me and shit." Loki's frown deepened and Aniya shook her head.

"No frowns, only smiles here, m'kay? Cause you saved literally all of us and if you weren't there it would have been so much worse. Got it?" Aniya asked with a soft smile and Loki nodded with a twitch of his lips. 

 

"Now, help me draw a dick on Tony's face." 

Chapter Text

  1. "Sorry, I’m a bit protective over the things I love."

 

Loki and avengers 

Subject: safe

 

 

Okay, not gonna lie, Aniya was scared. 

 

Like legitimately terrified. 

 

Dr. Admin was back and of course this time he had gotten literally all of them.

 

Steve, Bucky, Thor, Bruce and Peter were all drugged up six ways to Sunday. Natasha and Clint were in separate glass container things-so no super spy help-and Tony, Sam and Pietro were chained up.

 

And of course Wanda was in another fucking straitjacket. 

 

Dr. Admin is gonna get his ass kicked--if she could figure out a way out. 

 

His lackeys pulled her forward and Aniya struggled to break free of her cuffs. 

 

"Hello darling," he greeted tracing the line of her jaw. 

 

"Don't fucking touch her!" Tony yelled yanking against his restraints. Aniya pulled away from his touch and she was strapped to a table. 

 

"This hasn't worked the last ten times you've tried it-what makes you think It'll work now?" Aniya hissed watching Pietro struggle to get to Wanda and Clint bang against his glass. 

 

"Because I have all of your saviors." He leered brushing some hair out of Aniya's eyes. Aniya felt nauseous but she steeled herself for what's about to come. 

 

Torture, hours and hours of it flashed through her mind and she nearly sobbed in despair. 

 

As if Tony knew what she was thinking he called out, "We will be found, SHEILD will find us." 

 

Dr. Admin pulled out a small dull knife and pressed it into Aniya's side. She called out in pain and could barely hear Clint, Sam and Tony yelling in anger over the memories running through her head. 

 

After what seemed like an eternity Dr. Admin stepped back, Aniya couldn't see, she could only feel the pain and the wetness practically drenching her side but she knew the word monster was carved there. 

 

"You, go get me the other tools." He order with a sickening smile and Aniya sobbed, she wouldn't be able to take anymore. 

 

"Ummm, how about a no." Everyone's eyes turned to the flash and they could see Loki standing there his staff in his hand. 

 

Before Dr. Admin could react he touched the staff to his chest and his eyes glowed bright blue. 

 

"Sorry, I'm a bit protective over the things I love." Loki smirked and snapped his fingers. 

 

The chains fell, the doors opened and the others were snapped out of their drug induced haze. Aniya's bonds opened and she was caught gently by Loki. 

 

"I've got you it's okay," he murmured when Aniya whimpered in pain. 

 

Tony and Natasha rushed forward and carefully grabbed her. "I've got her, you go help Wanda." 

 

Aniya closed her eyes in the safety of her family. 

 

••••••

 

Aniya came to with familiar white walls and ceiling greeting her. 

 

She turned her head to see Tony snoring next to her. She reached out and fluffed his hair slightly. 

 

"Good, you're awake." Aniya turned her head to see Loki standing there with a bored look on his face. 

 

"Ye'h," Aniya mumbled with a dopey smile on her face, "ya saved me." 

 

Loki's nose wrinkled in distaste but Aniya could see the fond look in his eyes. "Please don't make this a reoccurring thing." 

 

Aniya snorted and lazily reached for his hand. Loki rolled his eyes but took it all the same. 

 

"Thanks, I now dub thee my knight in shining armor." Aniya said in a hearty voice. 

 

"I think the tin man over there might have some issues with that." Loki said with a smirk.         

 

Aniya laughed clear and bright but winced as it pulled at her tinder side. Loki frowned and glared at her side, eyes glowing green.

 

"I'm sorry I was too late, I could've stopped it." 

 

Aniya snorted and squeezed his hand. "Not your fault, he's always writing on me and shit." Loki's frown deepened and Aniya shook her head.

 

"No frowns, only smiles here, m'kay? Cause you saved literally all of us and if you weren't there it would have been so much worse. Got it?" Aniya asked with a soft smile and Loki nodded with a twitch of his lips. 

 

"Now, help me draw a dick on Tony's face." 

Chapter Text

Subject: pets

 

If you spend enough time in the Avengers tower you'll notice a couple of things.

One: Everyone shares clothes. 

Doesn't matter who's it is or who's dating who. You could walk in and see Natasha wearing Bruce's hoodie or Thor wearing a pair of Steve's socks or even Darcy wearing Pietro's pants. 

 

Two: If Sam's cooking breakfast, everyone will be in the kitchen.

This doesn't even need explaining. Sometimes Deadpool himself will show up for breakfast when Sam's cooking. No one questions it--except for Sam, of course. 

 

Three: Aniya's cat Cranberry loves to be pet. 

She usually hangs out in the Common room, on the couch waiting for someone to pet her. At night she's in Aniya and Tony's room curled up at the foot of the bed. 

 

She has a particular affection for Steve, Natasha, Aniya, Tony, Wanda and Peter. 

 

But she really loves Clint. 

 

Tony thinks it's an obsession.

Darcy thinks Clint carries cat nip around in his pockets. 

Thor believes that Clint somehow can tame all beasts and Aniya retorted back that her cat is not a beast. 

Bruce says it's because Clint is a dog person. 

And that can't be denied, Clint is a dog person. He's almost as loving of dogs as Bucky is but Cranberry doesn't follow him around. 

 

No one really knows. 

 

It goes down as one of those tower mysteries that no one ever finds out. 

Right next to, Where Wanda and Aniya go every Friday (milkshakes) and, Who actually restocks the cabinets in all the Tower (JARVIS) and How Natasha keeps stealing Thor's cape without him noticing. 

 

Until today. 

 

It's late, like Peter Parker late, and Aniya is getting some water when she hears the faint sound of the TV playing some obscure reality show. 

Aniya grumbles about Avengers leaving the electronics on and how she has to an extra thirty steps because she's too lazy to fly when she sees Clint sitting there scratching Cranberry's belly. 

Aniya stands shock still before calling out for Clint and then realizing that he had his hearing aids out. 

She stepped around the couch and towards him and smiled. 'Got you' she signed and Clint pouted. 

 

"Wow, you caught me. I didn't know it was a crime to watch crap tv at four in the morning." Clint remarked dryly and Aniya rolled her eyes. 

 

"I thought you didn't like cats?" Aniya asked, tilting her head slightly and Clint sighed. 

 

"I'm not. Your cat just likes me-a lot. It's kinda weird." Clint said his nose wrinkling. 

 

"But why?" Aniya stressed watching Cranberry, who looked like she was on every drug ever concocted all at once--and wow has she been spending way too much time with Tony.

 

"I don't really know. Maybe it's because I know cat's sweet spots." Clint said with a dismissive shrug but Aniya lit up and fluttered to him.

 

"You have to teach me." 

 

So the next day Cranberry was following around Aniya and Clint and everyone was still as confused if not more. 

 

And if Clint and Aniya shared secret smiles every time someone asked them how they did it well-- that was their secret. 

Chapter Text

  1. “Your hands are so much larger than mine.”

 

Thor and Aniya

Subject: Help

 

Thor sat on the edge of the roof of the Avengers tower deep in thought. 

 

Today in battle he watched Tony pull Natasha out of the way of some falling debris and it reminded him of how easily his teammates could get hurt. 

 

Their lives were small and short. 

 

Eventually he would outlive them all. It wasn't the best thought to have in battle. 

 

Thor was startled out of his thoughts when Aniya landed next to him on the roof. 

 

"Hey Thor," she greeted, slightly out of breath, "what are you doing out here?" 

 

"Thinking." Thor stated simply and Aniya frowned and sat down next to her, folding her wings close. 

 

"About?" 

 

Thor shrugged studying the stars. Aniya's frown deepened and she swung her legs like a little kid. 

 

"Was it a nightmare? Do you want to talk about it?" Aniya asked concern bleeding through her tone.

 

"No, 'twas not a night terror." Thor said and Aniya smiled slightly.

 

"Okay, then a daymare." Aniya decided suddenly. 

 

"Daymare?" 

 

"You know," Aniya said gesturing vaguely with her hands, "like a nightmare but during the day. Like bad thoughts and stuff." 

 

Thor nodded absentmindedly and Aniya continued talking. 

 

"I used to get them all the time. Still do sometimes." Aniya said with a small frown.

 

"What would you do?" Thor asked curiously. 

 

"Well, I'd do this," Aniya reached out and grabbed Thor's hand and simply held it. 

 

"Usually it helped remind me that I'm not alone or I'm still here and stuff. And if I was alone I'd do something to distract me" Aniya said and Thor squeezed her hand.

 

"Your hands are so much larger than mine." Aniya marveled and Thor flinched.

 

'Your life is so much shorter than mine.' 

 

"Could we go watch something on the magic screen?" Thor asked through clenched teeth.

 

Aniya looked up at him startled but then nodded. "Yeah, okay." 

Chapter Text

  1. You’re the one who left it laying around.

 

Peter and avengers

Subject: worth

 

Peter groaned when he felt that tell-tale tingle on his skin. A little while later his alarm rang and he peeled open his eyes. He fumbled for his phone, turning off the alarm and sending MJ and Ned a good morning text. 

He untangled himself from his covers and grabbed a pair of shorts and a shirt and trudged to the bathroom. 

Because Tony was absolutely insane, there was a side bathroom on his bedroom that he barely used. He only used it when he was running late or was just to lazy to go all the way down to the commons. 

Sometimes he really hated the fact that he had his own separate floor. It sounded stupid but he didn't like being far from his superhero family. 

Showering and getting ready only took Peter seven minutes and after he was done he skipped down to the kitchen, where Thor and Tony were having a conversation. 

"Good morning." Peter said cheerfully, opening the fridge and grabbing a yogurt. 

"Morning young spider!" Thor greeted. "How was your slumber?" 

"Good actually." Peter closed the fridge and eyed Tony who seemed to not have slept the night before. He was leaning against the counter next to the almost empty coffee pot, nodding off. 

"Ummm-" Thor sighed. 

"I am attempting to persuade the metal man to sleep but it is not working." He explained. 

"M'not made of metal." Tony slurred glaring at Thor half heartedly. 

"Sure." Thor said cheerfully and Peter snorted. Tony wrinkled his nose at the God of Thunder and finished his coffee. 

"You are gonna be late for school if you don't hurry Spiderboy." Tony pointed out and Peter pursed his lips. 

"Spider-Man." 

"Uh huh." 

Peter walked out of the kitchen to get his jacket, which he left on the dining room table chair last night, and frowned when he saw Thor's hammer innocently sitting on it. 

Peter checked the time on his phone and saw that if he wanted to make his manditory Starbucks stop for Ned and MJ, then he needed to go now. He bit his lip and gripped the handle of the hammer with two hands, bracing himself for the weight of it. 

He was surprised when it pulled free easily and he frowned. He shifted the hammer to one hand, grabbed his jacket while still absently staring at the weapon. 

"Thor," Peter heard as he walked into the kitchen, "I think you left your hammer on Peter's jacket." 

Thor, who was in the middle of grabbing a toaster strudel from the cupboard, turned to Tony, then his eyes locked on Peter, who was standing in the doorway with his hammer. 

"I-I think you left this?" Peter stuttered and Tony's jaw dropped. Peter shifted at the attention he was getting and quickly shoved the weapon into Thor's arms. 

"I'm sorry, I gotta go, MJ will kill me if I'm late for the coffee run. And technically, even though it's not a big deal, you left it out?" He scampered out of the door, grabbing his bag on the way out. 

The two men in the kitchen both stood in shock still silence for a moment before Thor laughed. 

"Of course the kid is worthy." Tony chuckles, rubbing at his temples exhaustedly. 

Thor smiled mischievously at the other male, before striding over to him in two big steps. "Thor? What are you-" Thor grabbed his coffee cup and placed it and his hammer down gently, before pick up Tony in a bride's hold. 

"Time for bed metal man." He declared easily stepping out of the kitchen and to the elevator. 

"I am not made of metal!"