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“You may kiss the bride.”

Laughter filled the room as Tony threw his fist into the air, wrapping his other arm around Pepper and twirling her around, dipping her and kissing her deeply. You couldn’t stop the tears, but there was a big smile on your face. You glanced over your shoulder, smiling wider when you saw Christine yelling and clapping behind you. You glanced across the aisle and laughed when you saw Bucky with his hands in the air, and Steve laughing beside him.

Tony stood your sister upright again, and you handed her bouquet back. She winked at you, then hurried down the aisle with her new husband. You gave a happy sigh, watching Christine walk down the steps to where Bucky took her arm, following in the direction Tony and Pepper had just gone. You picked up your dress with one hand so you wouldn’t step on it as you made your way down the stairs, where Steve was waiting for you. Best man and the maid of honor always stuck together. He took your hand and helped you down the bottom steps, then looped your arm through his.

“You look gorgeous, by the way.”

You smiled, speaking through your teeth to him as the two of you made your way down the aisle.

“You clean up nice too, buddy.”

He flashed you a dazzling smile and chuckled, a deep sound that filled you with warmth, and you both let out a relieved sigh when you stepped into the little room where the rest of your friends were waiting.

“There she is!”

You hurried to your big sister, throwing your arms around her, both of you closing your eyes as you embraced. Christine smiled as she set her flowers on a table.

“And she only teared up like twice.”
“Only once did actual tears roll down.”
“Screw you, Barnes.”

Bucky laughed, the rest of the room joining in. Christine grabbed a glass of champagne and handed it to you, taking a sip from her own glass before turning to Pepper.

“Okay, once everyone clears out of here, we’re slated for half a million pictures. You and Tony, you and the groomsmen, Tony and the bridesmaids—“
“If I had a dollar every time that phrase was uttered…”

You couldn’t help the laugh that bubbled out of your mouth at Bucky’s statement. Tony glared at him, but Bucky just grinned. Christine rolled her eyes, but smiled.

“I figure, half an hour, hour tops, we’ll be drinking and dancing the night away. Who’s in?”

Bucky’s hand shot up, and after nodding his head, Steve raised his hand, too. You shrugged and raised your hand, and when Pepper went to raise hers, Tony grabbed it. He leaned in and whispered something that made her face turn red, before she hit his chest. He smiled and she grabbed the lapels of his jacket, pulling him in and kissing him. You rolled your eyes, the group of you turning as the door opened, giving you the perfect opportunity to set your full champagne glass on a table.

“Picture time!”

You, Christine, Steve, and Bucky all left the room, but Tony grabbed Pepper’s arm before she could follow.

“Hey, let me talk to you for a sec.”

Pepper smiled as Tony leaned in, kissing her softly. He stayed close when he broke the kiss, then lifted a hand to slide his knuckles down her cheek.

“Thank you.”

Pepper rolled her eyes.

“Stop it.”
“No, I’m serious.”

Pepper took hold of his lapels again, pulling him in close before smoothing her hands down the front of his jacket.

“I love you.”

Pepper smiled.

“I love you too, Tony.”
“I’m super excited to be married to you.”

Pepper rolled her eyes.

“I’m super excited to be married to you, too.”

She took his hand and started to turn to leave the room, turning back when he didn’t move. She looked at him, then raised an eyebrow.

“What?”
"You know you can tell me anything, right?”

Pepper furrowed her eyebrows.

“Of course. You know you can tell me anything too, right?”

Tony sighed.

“Pep, you can stop. I know.”

Pepper raised an eyebrow again.

“Know what?”
“Your secret.”

Pepper smiled.

“I wish you’d fill me in, then.”

Tony sighed.

“I found the … thing.”
“What thing?”

He sighed again.

“I found the test in your bathroom.”
“What test?”

Tony leaned around her, glancing at the group of people only feet away from them. He leaned in and whispered to her softly.

“The pregnancy test.”

Pepper’s eyes widened as she leaned back to look in his eyes. She shook her head.

“I’m not pregnant.”
“That’s not what the test said.”
“No, it—it’s not mine.”
“Honey—“
“Tony, I swear.”

Pepper let out a laugh, holding up both of her hands.

“I don’t know whose test it is, but I swear to you, it’s not mine.”

Tony shook his head.

“Well, if it’s not yours … whose is it?”

 


 

You, Pepper, and Christine smiled as the photographer snapped picture after picture of you. When he stopped to change out lenses on his camera, Pepper grabbed one of your hands and one of Christine’s, pulling you in.

“Okay, so there's an issue.”

You raised an eyebrow and Pepper glanced over the room before leaning in.

“Tony found a pregnancy test in the bathroom.”
“The bathroom here?”
“Yeah, in the men’s room on the first floor.”

Pepper rolled her eyes and sighed.

“No, Chris. Jeez. The bathroom at the apartment.”

Christine shook her head, putting a hand to her chest.

“Not it.”
“Well, it’s obviously not mine.”
“If it’s not any of ours, then …”

Christine glanced up, immediately noticing how pale you’d gone. She swallowed, brain racing until she spoke again.

“I bet it was that stripper’s!”
“What stripper?”

At the chorus of voices asking that question, the three of you turned to see Tony, Bucky, and Steve standing before you. Tony crossed his arms over his chest and Christine put a hand on her hip.

“You think we didn’t know? It’s Bucky and Steve. Of course a stripper was involved last night.”

Pepper raised an eyebrow, a smile playing on her lips. Tony shook his head, holding up his hands.

“Okay, first of all … they ambushed me.”

Steve rolled his eyes, while Bucky had the audacity to look shocked. You couldn’t help the laugh, and Bucky shot you a look before he sighed.

“It was his last night of freedom.”
“But not yours.”

Bucky shut his mouth and glanced to Christine. She smiled and pointed at him.

“You diddled the stripper last night, didn’t you?”

Tony pursed his lips.

“And she was the one who left a little surprise this morning?”
“What surprise?”

You, Pepper, and Christine shook your heads, mouths opening, but shutting when Tony spoke over his shoulder at Steve.

“Pregnancy test in the bathroom.”

He leaned to pat Bucky’s shoulder.

“Congrats, buddy.”

Bucky’s eyes widened and you all laughed. Bucky turned to Steve, who laughed and shook his head, grabbing Bucky’s shoulders and trying to calm him down.

“Okay, let's get a shot of the bridesmaids together.”

You and Christine stepped onto the stairs, letting the photographer pose you where he wanted. As he walked down to his camera, Christine spoke under her breath.

“So it’s yours?”
“Yep.”
“Holy shit.”

You laughed.

“No kidding.”
“What … how? I’m just …”
“Shocked? Join the club.”

You smiled as the photographer took a few shots. He repositioned you and Christine, and she spoke again.

“How far along are you?”
“I’m a little over a month late. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for next week.”
“And who did this to you?”

You smiled, laughing softly.

“I, uh … I’m going to need to talk to him before I spill those beans.”
“But it’s me!”

You shook your head, smiling as the camera flash went off.

“Thanks, by the way.”
“For taking that spotlight off of you? You know I love fucking with Barnes. Did you see his face?”

You nodded, keeping the smile on your face.

“Can we keep that little charade going for a while?”

Christine nodded, smiling widely.

“I would love to.”

 


 

You managed to keep the tears to a minimum as you gave your maid of honor speech. Steve, however, had the room rolling with his best man speech, which he finished with a sweet, sentimental talk that had both Tony and Pepper tearing up.

When the speeches were over, Pepper came to sit beside you.

“How you doing?”

You smiled.

“Aren’t I supposed to be the one asking you that?”
“I just know you’ve gone out of your way to make today perfect, and it has been. You’re the best little sister in the history of little sisters.”

You reached over and took her hand, giving it a squeeze. A waiter walked by with a tray of champagne, and Pepper grabbed each of you a glass, setting yours on the table in front of you, taking a sip from her own and scanning the room.

“So whose do you think it is?”
“What?”

Pepper smiled, leaning in closer and whispering softly.

“The pregnancy test from my bathroom.”

You swallowed, shrugging a shoulder.

“Your maid’s?”
“Uh, doubtful. Mrs. Jarvis is seventy.”

You let out a laugh.

“Well, we did have that dinner party the other day. Bucky’s latest flavor of the month attended. What was her name?”
“Beats me. Not like she’ll be coming around anymore anyway.”

You nodded, and Pepper sighed.

“I just … What if it is one of Bucky’s … flavors, as you put it? How can he be so irresponsible?”

You blinked.

“Well, I mean … who’s to say that he was?”

Pepper looked to you and raised an eyebrow

“The positive pregnancy test kind of speaks volumes.”
“Maybe it was an accident.”
“He accidentally forgot to wrap it up? In this day and age, how can you be that stupid?”

You shook your head.

“You know, sometimes … sometimes everyone can wear exactly what they’re supposed to wear and … things still manage to … slip through.”

Pepper’s eyebrows furrowed and you rolled your eyes, huffing out a sigh and picking up the champagne glass, taking a big sip.

Your eyes widened as you held the champagne in your mouth. You stared at the glass, then glanced around, picking the glass back up and turning away from Pepper, spitting the champagne back into the glass. You grabbed a napkin and dabbed at your mouth, then turned back.

Pepper was staring at you with wide eyes. You swallowed and she stood up suddenly, grabbing your hand and dragging you along. She shoved you into a bathroom and walked along, checking the stalls, making sure you were alone, then locked the door. She whirled to face you, shaking her head.

“What the fuck?!”

You put your face in your hands.

“Y/N, is the test yours?”

You kept your face covered, but nodded. Pepper sucked in a breath, exploding.

“You’re pregnant ?”
“Yes, okay? Stop yelling.”
“Y/N.”

You sighed, walking to the bathroom counter and putting your hands on it, hanging your head.

“It wasn’t on purpose.”
“I didn’t even know you were seeing anyone.”

You made a face.

“I’m not. This was … a one-time thing.”
“Seriously?!”

You glared at your sister, and she huffed out a breath.

“So this is the product of a one night stand?”
“Don’t say it like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like it’s something dirty.”

Pepper shook her head, lifting a hand to her forehead.

“Whose is it? Do you know?”
“You know what? Fuck you.”
“Hey!”

Pepper shook her head again.

“It’s not my fault you—“
“I know who the father is, alright? And I resent you trying to insinuate that I’m some kind of whore.”
“I’m not …”

Pepper sighed.

“I didn’t mean to have it come out that way. It’s just … not like you to have a one night stand. I mean, you’re pretty monogamous.”
“I know.”
“The last boyfriend you had was … what, a year ago?”

You nodded, looking at your reflection in the mirror. Pepper stepped up behind you.

“Is it Scott’s?”

You sighed, rolling your eyes before meeting hers in the mirror.  

“No, Pepper.”
“Then who?”
“I’m not telling you before I tell him.”
“But I’m your sister!”

You started to say something, closing your mouth when a knock sounded at the door. Neither you nor Pepper moved, until a voice accompanied the next knock.

“It’s me, bitches! Let me in.”

You gave a quiet laugh as Pepper opened the door, letting Christine in and locking it behind her. Christine held a plastic baggie out towards you and you raised an eyebrow at her.

“I bought you another test. And since we’re here, go pee.”

You shook your head.

“I’m not doing this.”
“Y/N, those things give a false positive all the time.”
“Really?”

Christine nodded.

“Plus, they say the best time to take one is early in the morning. But, if you take one this time of day and it’s positive, then there’s a pretty good chance it’s true.”
“So what if I take one now and it’s negative?”
“Then you still should probably keep your doctor appointment just to be sure, but we can all breathe a sigh of relief.”

You swallowed, letting out a shaky breath. Pepper took your hand and gave it a squeeze. Christine held the bag out to you and you nodded, taking the bag from her and walking into one of the stalls, smiling through your nerves when you heard Pepper turn on the faucet.

 


 

You stepped out of the bathroom and set the test on one of the sinks, stepping to the other one and washing your hands. You glanced to Christine.

“Can you set a timer?”

She nodded, pulling her phone out and setting an alarm. You reached to turn the water off, grabbing a few paper towels to dry your hands. In the mirror, you watched Christine and Pepper exchange a glance and you blew out your breath.

“Go ahead. Let me have it.”

Pepper sighed and Christine held up her hands.

“I’m not here to judge.”
“Well, I am.”

Christine slapped Pepper’s shoulder, but Pepper shook her head.

“It’s my right as her sister.”

You rolled your eyes as Pepper got started.

“What were you thinking? Did you not realize this could happen?”
“We used a condom! It didn’t break or anything. It just … didn’t work.”

Pepper stopped at that as Christine made a face.

“I don’t want to think about that. Can we talk about something else?”
“Please.”

She gave you a soft smile.

“What are you going to do?”

You lifted your head, looking into the mirror and seeing Pepper’s eyes go to Christine. She shook her head.

“What do you mean?”
“I mean, she’s got some options here.”

Pepper swallowed and you sighed.

“I’m going to have it.”
“Are you sure? I mean, you do have the option …”

You shook your head as you turned to face them, tossing the paper towels into the trash can.

“I couldn’t go through with that. I know it’s an option, but it’s … just not for me.”
“But what about when you’re working?”

You bit your tongue, then pushed a smile forward.

“I’ve got some time to figure that out.”
“What about your girls’ trips? You guys go all over the world.”
“There are things called babysitters, Pep.”
“But what about the money? Kids cost tons of money. And then there’s schools to think of, and daycare… God, Y/N. There are so many things you’re not even thinking of.”
“And you’re a baby expert? Chill the fuck out, will you?”

Pepper blew out a breath and you all went still as Christine’s alarm went off. You shook your head, taking a step backwards.

“I can’t. I’ve already done one. I can’t do another one.”

Pepper and Christine exchanged a look, and Christine nodded, taking a step forward.

“I’ll do it.”

You swallowed, holding a hand to your stomach as you watched her pick the test up and look at it. She picked up the box and read it for a moment, then looked back to you.

“It’s negative.”

Your eyes widened, mouth popping open. Pepper and Christine watched you, and you gave a shaky breath.

“It is?”

Christine nodded. You felt a pang of … something in your chest, but gave a slow nod of your head, then a shaky laugh.

“Well, wow. Okay, then.”

Pepper’s face softened as you continued to nod. You blinked, then smiled at her, trying to ignore the way it felt like your heart was breaking in two.

“What a relief! I mean, I … I wasn’t ready, you know? And the … “

You waved a hand, blinking back tears.

“Everything. It’s just—this is better. Good. Thank God.”

Christine gave a nod and you sniffed. Pepper handed you a wad of toilet paper and you shook your head as the tears welled up in your eyes.

“This is so stupid!”

You gave a soft sob and Pepper walked over to you, rubbing a hand over your back. You met her eyes, watching tears gather in hers as yours dripped down your cheeks. You sniffled, pressing the tissue to your nose.

“How can I be so … devastated over something I never had?”

You closed your eyes, opening them again and looking at Christine.

“It’s negative?”

She gave you a soft smile.

“No. It’s positive.”

You went still, feeling Pepper do the same as her hand stopped on your back.

“What?”

Christine sniffled and nodded.

“I lied before, but look.”

You and Pepper huddled around her, seeing the test with two bright pink lines. You covered your mouth with a hand and met Christine’s eyes and she smiled.

“Now you know how you really feel.”

You gave a laugh.

“That is a risky little game.”

Christine and Pepper laughed and you took the test from Christine’s hand. You smiled at it, lifting your head to look at them.

“Well. I guess I’m having a baby.”

They both smiled at you and you laughed out loud.

“I’m having a baby!”

They rushed over to you, laughing and wrapping you in a group hug.