14 July 2010 @ 05:14 pm
(fic) ♥  

By tsukinofaerii
Beta: valtyr
Rating: SNUG
Warnings: Crack. Pure fluff.
Spoilers: None
Series: Marvel Adventures: Avengers
Pairings: Tony/Steve

Summary: Steve is >:[ when one of Tony's lab experiments disrupts his baking, but luckily, some \o/ comes out of it, along with a little ♥. (~1,500 words)

Notes: Yesterday in fandomsecrets , someone posted a secret about how much they hate seeing emoticons in a summary. This is my response.

This story is a work of transformative fiction, such being defined as a work which incorporates characters and situations which have been created by other authors/artists. No infringement of copyright is intended and no profit is being made from the creation or dissemination of this work.

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Steve hummed to himself and bent over to peek into the oven, checking the cookies. Hot air wafted out, smelling of sweet chocolate chips and cookie dough. He loved having a chance to bake, for once. Jarvis was out visiting his mother, or else Steve never would have been able to play in the kitchen. Tony, Clint and Peter had done enough damage to Jarvis' various kitchens over the years that no one, not even Captain America, was allowed to use most of it. A blacklist of appliances and the people permanently barred from using them was stuck to the refrigerator. Since the Avengers team was always changing, and Jarvis never took down any of the names, it took up most of the available space from the top down to knee-level. Tony's part was written in thick, bright red marker and each article underlined. Twice. It came very close to being an inventory.

Other people had extensive lists too. Spider-Man wasn't allowed near the toaster, since he'd webbed it up that one time, and neither Thor nor Ororo were allowed to handle anything programmable, since they sometimes fried computer chips.
One day, Steve would find out what Clint had done to be banned from the manual can opener.

The cookies were spreading just right, just starting to plump but not yet firm. Steve grinned to himself and closed the oven gently. He turned back to the counter to ready the next pan. Tony's kitchen had a huge oven, big enough for ten trays at once, but Steve preferred baking a dozen at a time. If anything went wrong, it wouldn't affect the whole batch.

Without warning, a tingle shot up his spine, buckling his knees and locking his breath in his chest. Cabinet doors jumped as Steve fell against the counter to keep himself upright. Cool, polished granite slipped under his grip, but he hung on. Numb prickles crept from his knees to his stomach, and then his throat, like a limb that had fallen asleep. As soon as they reached his chin, they vanished, leaving him bent over the kitchen counter.

Carefully, Steve pushed himself upright, keeping his hands on the counter in case he fell. Arms, legs, torso—everything looked like it was in working order. No sudden changes of skin color, no extra limbs, no change in clothing. He flexed his knees, testing them, and then his shoulders and arms. Nothing. Just in case, Steve undid the top button of his jeans and snuck a quick look.

Still there. Thank goodness.

Putting it down to one of Tony's experiments, Steve shrugged and returned to his cookies. It wouldn't be the first time Tony had done something that had been felt through the whole mansion. They were lucky if a mild prickle was the worst of it. The last time it happened Steve had ended up plastered to the ceiling, and glitter had gone everywhere.

The little balls of dough looked cheery as he plopped them onto the baking sheet. Because it was summer, and summer called for bright colors, Steve had added food coloring to his mix. There were eight bowls total, covering the whole rainbow and one unchanged. He dragged tiny teaspoons through the dough to swirl the colors together, humming again. "♪♫♪♪♫"

Something appeared overhead, just at the edge of his vision. Steve froze in place automatically. When it didn't vanish, the way tricks of the light sometimes did, he slowly lifted his eyes. A little callout box hovered over his head, filled with dancing music notes. As he watched, the notes faded. "?" he said, followed quickly by, "! :o!!! Blue cookie dough smeared over his forehead as he pushed his hair back, thinking.

For the most part, the mansion was empty. Everyone who could had taken time to enjoy the nice summer day, before the weather got too hot. Peter and Clint were around somewhere, but neither of them were up to this level of mischief. The only other people around were him and...

">:[ ... ♥♂!", he shouted, running out of the kitchen.

A second later, Steve ran back into the kitchen and straight to check the oven. The cookies were almost done, looking just a little damp in the middle. Steve shut the oven door and started bouncing on the balls of his feet. Every few moments, his hands started to drift towards the oven door, but he yanked them back. The more he checked on them, the longer it would take.

After what felt like a short eternity, Steve estimated that the cookies were done. He peeked again, and was greeted with a rainbow of perfectly crisp chocolate chip cookies. Mindful of the heat, he grabbed an oven mitt and pulled them out, dropping them to the counter and turning off the oven.

Then he ran out of the kitchen.

In socked feet, the polished wood floors were slippery. Steve used it to his advantage, taking the turns and open spaces at a break-neck slide that let him zoom around without losing much momentum. When he reached the basement stairs, he picked up speed and leapt down, tucking into a roll that brought him upright directly in front of the lab door.

"♥♂!" he yelled, slamming the door open. "D:< ?‼" Something hummed and rattled; Steve could feel it in the soles of his feet as he stepped into the lab.

Tony looked up from his work, staring at the symbols over Steve's head. As always when he was messing with electronics, Tony was barely dressed. An undershirt and jeans were really not enough on their own to call clothes. He wasn't even in socks! "¬_¬;" he said, achieving a mumble in emoticon.

Steve crossed his arms stubbornly. There was no way Tony would work his way out of this one. "-.-*"

":)?" Tony asked. Steve kept glaring, and the smiley turned backwards. ":(?" The hum came from the machine on Tony’s desk. It hunched low, like a mix of a goblin and a microwave, a green light flashing on and off. Tony turned and poked it hopefully, pressing a button two or three times. Nothing happened. His shoulder slumped, and he waved Steve over. "#$&*@ $%^@# $!@*&^ &@—"

The string of profanity vanished when Steve put his hand over Tony's mouth. ">:("

"... :(" Snapping his fingers to catch Steve's attention, Tony pointed at a button. It was big, green, and unmistakably marked with a glowing symbol for power. Steve nodded that he saw it, and Tony responded by pressing it.

It didn't press down. Again, Tony pushed it, harder. Nothing. He gestured again, and Steve tried next, putting all of his weight onto the button. It didn't even squeak.

">_<" Steve growled, closing his eyes. A stuck power button was far from the worst lab accident Tony had ever had, but he was getting tired of speaking in emoticons. Worse, the longer he let the cookie dough set, the less fluffy the cookies would be. "♥♂ D:< ?‼"

Slowly, Tony slumped down in his chair. ":( ♥♥♥♥♥♥?" Frowning, he looked up at his callbox. "¿♥♥♥♥♥♥? o_O ... =O *o.o*"

"?" Steve asked, wondering how Tony had gotten the little red asterisks. "¿♥?"

Looking away, Tony reached out and tapped Steve's chest. "♥♥♥♥♥♥ D:"

The meaning of the string of hearts didn't hit him right away. It sank in like a chocolate chip into cookie dough, its weight dragging it down until it was snug and undeniable, changing the very nature of the cookie. "O_O ? :o"

"D: < :(" Tony's face matched his emoticons, a picture of absolute dejection. He slouched down in his chair, staring at his feet.

Steve looked at the callbox, then back at Tony, expression blank as he considered the news before making any decisions. After turning it over from all angles, he nodded to himself and tapped Tony's shoulder, making him look up. "="

"=O ¿=?" Tony stared up at him in disbelief, eyes wide and mouth slightly open. He looked like a kid who had just seen Santa Claus. "?! ♥?♥?♥? \o/"

It was a level of adorable Steve wasn't prepared to resist, and didn't want to anyway. He nodded, leaning down to rest his weight on the arms of Tony's chair. Catching his eyes with a pointed look, Steve leaned forward and planted a light kiss on Tony's lips. They were dry and chapped, which Steve had expected. He hadn't expected them to taste like engine grease. For Tony's sake, he didn't wrinkle his nose. "♥"

He meant to keep the kiss short, but Tony surged out of his chair and wrapped his arms around Steve's shoulders before he could pull away, hauling his head down. Steve jumped as Tony's tongue shoved between his lips, slick and rough and just a little dirty. He staggered and flailed, then settled for grabbing Tony’s shoulders. Something slipped under Steve’s foot, skidding out from under him and throwing his weight sideways. Given the choice between falling into the machine and falling into Tony, he picked Tony, dropping forward to sit heavily on Tony’s lap. Under his toes, something went click.

The hum stopped.

They pulled away from each other in confusion. Together, their heads swiveled to stare at the now-dark machine. Steve's eyes fell to his foot, which was still resting on top of a power strip. His stumble had tripped the button. Tony grinned sheepishly and opened his mouth to explain, but Steve laid a hand over it. After Tony's mouth closed, he held up his index finger and, since the callboxes were gone, drew a heart midair to make his point. Then he kissed Tony again.

They could talk about lab procedures later. For now, Steve didn't want words.
 
 
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stormseye: Zukostormseye on July 14th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
aaawwwwwwwwwww. That was so cute! Like ahhhh that was so cute!


Quick question, is Steve calling Tony- ♥♂? Does that mean boyfriend or friend or something in particular??
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
♥ :D

♥♂ is about as close as Steve can come to saying "Tony/Iron Man" in emoticons, since they're primarily about enotions. It's a substitute for his name.
Emre: Tony knows what he wants.illuminatius on July 14th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
...How DID Tony get those red asterisks? (I wanted to answer in dialogue, but I just can't understand it!)

Lol at Steve making sure his disco stick is intact. xD
tsukinofaerii: Coffeetsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
lol I really have no idea. Maybe because Tony is better at thinking in symbols, what with being an engineer.

:D As I told Valtyr, if MA weren't rated G, he probably would have lost it at least once by now.
Baby, please! I am not from Havana.3_jane on July 14th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
:DDDDDDDDDDD
tsukinofaerii: Coffeetsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
:D ♥
equusentric: 1 :D by equusentricequusentric on July 14th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Star Saber: Steve/Tonygogglehead84 on July 14th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
XD!!! \o/ ^_^
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
\♥/
Ann: irongunnkaitou1412 on July 14th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
☆ \(^∀^)/ ☆

tsukinofaerii: Coffeetsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
♥ :D
Alejandradieewigenacht on July 14th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
\º/

I suck at emoticons.

tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
lol ♥ They take practice to read, this is true.
Always falling for the Villain...arysteia on July 14th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
I need a lexicon!

But >0< anyway.
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
♥ Ask and ye shall receive. :D

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">:[ ... ♥♂!" = [angry thoughts] ... TONY!

"♥♂" - Tony

"D:< ?‼" = [angry questioning]

"¬_¬;" = [sheepish and avoidant]

"-.-*" = [glare]

":)?" = [hopeful questioning]

":(?" = [upset questioning]

"#$&*@ $%^@# $!@*&^ &@—" = Explict and censored *g*

">:(" = [angry]

"... :(" = [hesitant and sad]

">_<" = [frustrated]

"♥♂ D:< ?‼" = Tony [angry questioning]

":( ♥♥♥♥♥♥?" = [upset] Steve/[feelings of love]

"¿♥♥♥♥♥♥? o_O ... =O *o.o*" = Steve/[feelings of love]? [confusion] [pause for thought] [extreme shock & awe] [blush]

"?" = [questioning]

"¿♥?" = [questioning] [affection]

"♥♥♥♥♥♥ D:" = Steve/[feelings of love] [apologetic and horrified]

"O_O ? :o" = [extreme shock] [questioning] [mild shock & awe]

"D: ♥<♥ :(" [apologetic and horrified] [imbalance of affection] [upset]

"♥=♥" = [equality of affection]

"=O ¿♥=♥?" = [extreme shock and awe] [questioning equality of affection]

"?! ♥?♥?♥? \o/" = [emphasized questioning] [questioning affection x 3] [feelings of yay]

"♥" = [affection]
Rusalka: Comics: happy Cap and Tonymarinarusalka on July 15th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
↑=♥♥♥♥♥...⇒∞
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
:D ♥=♥ \o/
ferchu: iron man cartoonferchu on July 15th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
♥!!!!
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
\o/ ♥
-: MIsc: Canon Errorrequiem2adream on July 15th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
\o/
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
♥ :D
memory loss: sweetheresie_irisee on July 15th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!!

Also, you broke my face. I am now ^_________^-ing forever.
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
♥ :DDDDDDDDD

It is a good way to have a face broken though!
Beckyewanspotter on July 15th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
\m/
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
♥ :D
herr frei, wie gefällt dir das?: Tony Stark - World's Most Wantedaitakute on July 15th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
<33333!!! \( ^ _ ^ )/~~~ <333
(/ ^__^)/\( ^___^ \)

It's so cute, I really love this. Thanks for sharing!
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
\♥/

Thank you!
clair3: nightfuryclair3 on July 15th, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
omg.............this is like the cutetest fic ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! even though it was a tad bit confusing lol
tsukinofaerii: Awwwtsukinofaerii on July 15th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
XD Thank you! Here's a quick run down of the conversation, if it helps:

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">:[ ... ♥♂!" = [angry thoughts] ... TONY!

"♥♂" - Tony

"D:< ?‼" = [angry questioning]

"¬_¬;" = [sheepish and avoidant]

"-.-*" = [glare]

":)?" = [hopeful questioning]

":(?" = [upset questioning]

"#$&*@ $%^@# $!@*&^ &@—" = Explict and censored *g*

">:(" = [angry]

"... :(" = [hesitant and sad]

">_<" = [frustrated]

"♥♂ D:< ?‼" = Tony [angry questioning]

":( ♥♥♥♥♥♥?" = [upset] Steve/[feelings of love]

"¿♥♥♥♥♥♥? o_O ... =O *o.o*" = Steve/[feelings of love]? [confusion] [pause for thought] [extreme shock & awe] [blush]

"?" = [questioning]

"¿♥?" = [questioning] [affection]

"♥♥♥♥♥♥ D:" = Steve/[feelings of love] [apologetic and horrified]

"O_O ? :o" = [extreme shock] [questioning] [mild shock & awe]

"D: ♥<♥ :(" [apologetic and horrified] [imbalance of affection] [upset]

"♥=♥" = [equality of affection]

"=O ¿♥=♥?" = [extreme shock and awe] [questioning equality of affection]

"?! ♥?♥?♥? \o/" = [emphasized questioning] [questioning affection x 3] [feelings of yay]

"♥" = [affection]
clair3: tony.sclair3 on July 15th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
ooo this helps~!
Niki: on the same sideniki_chidon on July 15th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
:D <3!

(=is old school...)
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on July 16th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
XD ♥ :D
mozzarellarosesmozzarellaroses on July 16th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
8D <3 owo
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on July 16th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
\o/ ♥
naga_battousainaga_battousai on July 16th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Ahahahahahhh!!

5 hearts trumped 1 heart :D
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on July 16th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
XD

Yeah, but Steve's name for Tony is ♥♂ which counts for something. 'Course, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ doubles as "I love you" and "Steve", sooooo... Tony just has it really bad.
liarashadowsong: goldfishmanliarashadowsong on July 17th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I just want to let you know that I think this is adorable beyond comprehension. ♥♥♥ :)
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on July 18th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D ♥
alterai: tonyalterai on December 17th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
This fic has an epic amount of cute!!!

xDDD >.< \o/ <333~~~!
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on December 17th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D \♥/
Sara: authority kisswaterofthemoon on May 5th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
♥♥♥!
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on January 4th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Much late ♥
Fallowsthorninkmage on December 23rd, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
...I was going to do an emoticon reply, but I'm terrible at the HTML. It always goes sideways on me.

Anyway, this is supremely adorable and I want to hug it and love it forever and ever. ^.^ So cute! And very clever. But now I want to now how you/Tony did make those red asterisks, and hearts and symbols and upside-down question marks and so on, beyond the "Let's play with fonts and colors!" HTML. Is there somewhere where all the HTML "cheats" are consolidated or something?
tsukinofaeriitsukinofaerii on January 4th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

The red asterisks were just colors, and I really didn't use HTML for the symbols at all. Most of them have HTML code ( ♥ is &hearts; for example), but they show up perfectly fine with the Alt code shortcuts. My favorite cheat sheet is this website.
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