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“So, you think you were right?”

“Tony—”

“I’m not starting the argument from the top again. Just tell me.”

“Yes, I still believe I was right. Have you changed your mind?”

“It’s not that simple... No, I said I didn’t want to get back into it. What I wanted to know is— The moment the Annihilation Wave came to Earth things were almost like they were before. For months it felt like I— like those times were never coming back.”

“A lot of things changed.”

“Have they? Have they really?”

“You don’t want to have this argument over again, so I’m not repeating what you did. But you did not back down; we both didn’t.”

“Until it was the end of the world. Again.”

“I guess it’s a tradition. Like Christmas. Got to bring the family back together.”

“Family, huh?”

“There are things that don’t change.”

“If you talk like that, I feel like I should have a present for Annihilus. Beside the big explody one over there.”

“So, you’re alright with this?”

“Steve, how long have you known me? I love space.”

“Well enough to be buried here? Eternity is a long time.”

“I like the company well enough.”

“Tony, I—”

“Don’t say it. Just let me have this. Let me just pretend—”

“There is nothing to pretend—”

“I know this isn’t— Probably never were…”

“Tony, shut up.”

“It’s okay, it’s okay— hmmmpf— Was that...?”

“It seemed like the only way to shut you up. It’s also kind of my last chance for doing this. Handshakes are nice and all—hmmmpf”

“I wanted to do that for a long time.”

“We can add it to the end of the world tradition.”

“Do you think there will be another one?”

“No. Do you?”

“No, but it’s a nice thought.”