notspiderwoman asked: for the writing meme! because there's never enough of it... stevetony, fake marriage/relationship!
"No, you don’t understand, I’m—" Tony takes a deep breath, but it’s part of the plan; he’s the only one who knows how to work the device, and without that to counteract the techno-organic virus currently ravaging his system, Steve will die, which is not something that’s really worth explaining to the doctors, not when the argument is still raging between them and Hank outside, so he just beckons the doctor closer, leans in, "—his husband, we’re married, and I just … I need to be with him right now."
He keeps a straight face, trying to look as heartsick and torn by worry by possible, and well, it isn’t hard, because he is pretty much a mess over Steve just at the moment, and he is all bile and hot, churning anxiety inside and his hands are shaking and it is hard to think straight about this—and thank God, thank something, anyway, because either the doctor buys it or just doesn’t want to fight and lets him in, and he can get to Steve’s side and activate the device, and that’s that. He tells himself it’s to keep up the charade, so he can stay, so he can make sure it’s working, that he lets his hand drift into Steve’s tangled hair, pressing it back from his pale face, that he lets himself lean forward and touch his lips to that sweat-streaked forehead, but he knows that isn’t the whole truth, even as he takes Steve’s limp hand and holds it close, because he can, because that’s what a husband would do.
When Steve wakes up and smiles at him, and asks him, all bleary and confused and yet still smiling and—and fond, “What are you doin’ here?” Tony tells him the truth, that he lied and said they were married, and Steve just grins wider (Tony doesn’t know if he realizes it’s true or thinks he’s kidding) and says, “Then you owe me a kiss, mister,” and—
Who is Tony to deny him, after all, Steve almost died.