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17 October 2008 @ 12:41 pm
Iron Man Slash Fiction: Revived, Rebuilt, Reborn (PG-13)  
Title: Revived, Rebuilt, Reborn
Fandom: Iron Man (movie-verse)
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Tony/Rhodey (one-sided Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Everything Tony Stark has never been becomes possible with a new beginning.
Author's Notes: My first foray into this fandom inspired me to try writing more. This story is for the tentinyfandoms challenge, for the prompt of "Mirror."

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"You're a good man, Tony," Rhodey tells him.

Rhodey means it, but the words always make Tony cringe.

He's never deserved them, and he actually knows it—no point in deluding himself. Rhodey's the only one who's ever believed anything different.

All the years Tony's known him, Rhodey's never gotten worse just like Tony's never gotten better. Rhodey is like an inverted mirror of everything Tony is: black to white, responsible where Tony's juvenile and random, patient and kind instead of sarcastic, and good-to-the-bone unlike Tony's tendency to be… talented and self-serving probably says it best.

Tony knows he's not a good man, because if he were then he knows exactly what that would look like, down to the uniform and to the capacity for restraint he's seen gleaming all too often from Rhodey's soft, green eyes.

Good men don't keep wishing their best friend were a lot less straight-and-narrow, let alone hinting with increasing directness until it's obvious that their friend is convinced it's some tired joke. What else could it be, when it involves Tony and sex and all the ways he's never even bothered to make himself behave?

Rhodey's not impressed with Tony's money, after all. Never has been. Push it aside and what's left? A jackass with an expensive car collection and a house on every continent who can invent shit the world has never dreamed of.

Why Rhodey even likes him, let alone believes in him, is the biggest mystery Tony Stark has ever known.

When Tony escaped from that Afghani compound, there was no plan beyond destroying the cache of weapons and getting away. The rest was desert, where the will to survive meant nothing against the ravages of heat and sand. Who could have expected Jim Rhodes to come sailing in from above in an eleventh-hour rescue? It still seems impossible, even now.

Tony would have thought it was a mirage except for the sounds of helicopter blades and Rhodey's voice calling out to him. When Rhodey pulled him close, cradling Tony's head on his shoulder, for a moment Tony felt like he was already home.

He'd made his decision long before the final plane touched the ground. It had happened somewhere back in that cave with Yinsen—after seeing his weapons in the hands of America's enemies, or maybe only after realizing that Yinsen had never planned beyond freeing him and hoping he'd try to change the world a little in return.

Tony announced Stark Industries' new direction within hours of reaching California. It wasn't his best press appearance ever; reporters thought he was joking and investors worried that he was serious. No-one was happy with the news, including Rhodey. But Tony was used to having only his own opinion of himself matter, and for once he utterly approved of what he saw.

Weeks later, Tony's happier than he's been in years. He's covered with trial-and-error bruises and his laboratory's a mess (not to mention the trashed cars), but he's getting somewhere. He's flight-tested the suit and made adjustments, and he's ready for something bigger.

Sitting on the sofa and watching a news feed, the question answers itself right before his eyes.

That village—occupied by terrorist forces, parents murdered in front of their children—it's calling to him from the other side of the world. The raw need pulls him closer to the screen, toward the blood and explosions, toward the glint of metal where a soldier holds another of his fucking Stark Industries weapons and aims it at man in civilian clothes.

Yinsen's voice comes to him then in waves, talking about his home and family and how all of it was destroyed, telling him, Don't waste your life.

Tony can't bring back Yinsen or all that he lost, but right now he's the only hope these people in this forgotten village have, and this time he can make a difference.

It takes longer than he'd like to get the suit on, but finally he's ready and his coordinates are loaded.

He catches sight of his reflection in the glass near the back of the room. There's nothing of himself in there that he's used to—no playboy sunglasses or expensive clothes. But this is him, this creation beyond himself that he's in the process of becoming.

At last, he sees a glimpse of the good man Rhodey's talked about for years.

Tony finally believes he'll find that part of himself someday. He hopes Rhodey will still be there when it happens.



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((The next story continues here))


 
 
 
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on October 17th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
*gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
:D I found I liked the pairing a little too much! Like I don't have enough other slash pairings (Dean/Sam, Matt/John, Chuck/Casey) distracting me right now!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: gay movieastrothsknot on October 17th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I didn'tread the fic. I just wanted to post this icon
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
You're cruel! And I saved that icon off about half an hour ago, but went with the generic one instead. Couldn't resist keeping the "isn't gay enough" icon just in case, though. ;)
love_angel_lovelove_angel_love on October 17th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
<3
love it!!
its awesome!! ^_^
Really good...and yeah...Rhodey definitely good...lol
ahh...Tony....<3
wonderful piece, really! ^_^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: <3
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. :)
Serena64serena64 on October 17th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Great fic. Now you've made me want to go and watch the movie again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!

I rewatched last weekend, and posted about it a couple of times, including the part where I rewatched sections for the third time. Not just the Tony/Rhodey stuff for... research purposes... but Tony and his robots crack me up, and I can't resist those scenes in the cave. Yinsen was so soulful, in such a quiet way.
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happy is as happy does: Jim happywriter06 on October 18th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
My reaction when I saw this post, "No way!"

This feels like canon. Not the slash of course (hee!) but I feel like Tony would think this of himself and look at Rhodey that way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
My reaction when I saw this post, "No way!"

Yes! Another one! :D

but I feel like Tony would think this of himself and look at Rhodey that way.
That kind of comment always makes me happy, because I like for fanfic to feel as if it could be canon (except when it's crack). I don't think Tony likes himself that much, but I also think that most of the time he really hasn't cared. It's when people whose opinion matters want him to be better (or think that he already is) that he starts to feel it.
LadyTygerEyezladytygereyez on October 18th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
This was pure loveliness. I prefer this pairing above all others. Stark was meant to be slashed. I was going to wait until my husband and I moved to London next year before getting the DVD...but now I want to get it. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Stark was meant to be slashed.
I agree-- paradoxically, people who are major womanizers tend to give me the impression that they go through so many partners because they've never remotely found the "hook" from a single partner. And then I wonder if they're barking up entirely the wrong tree. ;)

This of course is entirely independent of the way Tony Stark looks in a tank-shirt. ;)

I was going to wait until my husband and I moved to London next year before getting the DVD...but now I want to get it. :-)
I re-watched it via Netflix, and then rewatched major portions again a few days later, so I can certainly attest to its appeal!
dollygrip on October 18th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Aw. Love the inverted mirror bit. And the rest of it. But that part especially.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad someone noticed that part! Using the prompt, it struck me that often what we see in a mirror is instead everything we are not. And all the things Rhodey believes about Tony are because of who Rhodey is more than who Tony is, so that approach to showing that seemed ideal.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
gestalt1: rdjgestalt1 on October 18th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this. :D Great charecterisation, and lovely prose.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
It came out moodier than I first expected, but I think that actually fits due to the fact that this is about Tony finally changing who he is.

Thanks so much for reading!
thelimpshrimpthelimpshrimp on October 18th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Eeee!

Tony/Rhodey!

I love this pairing: so sad it's not more popular.

Awesome look inside Tony's head and the use of that line of Rhodey's as the axis of this fic was great!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
I love this pairing: so sad it's not more popular.
Me too-- much of what I've read almost approaches 'hate-sex,' and there's little even of that! I really like the characters' chemistry, not to mention that they made a darn good-looking couple. ;)

I also wrote a much pornier pairing of these two earlier, from Rhodey's POV (try the "iron man" tag).

and the use of that line of Rhodey's as the axis of this fic was great!
That line really struck me in watching the DVD again (especially the deleted/extended scenes, where you can actually hear some of the dialogue on the plane). It surprised me that Rhodey said it, and that he was so sincere about it. That was a story waiting to happen, one way or another!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
This kind of feedback certainly helps inspire me! Tony/Rhodey really appeals to me, and I'm hoping to write more. Ideally, at least several more stories. :)
pensive1 on October 23rd, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
They are inverses.

YESSSSSSSS
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked that idea. :) Nice icon, too, BTW.
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I bleed el tricolor y tengo el corazon blanco.: Devotion at its Purestcoldryuuza on October 24th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
*squuee*


aww Ton is so pathetically sincere *mems*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you like this, and that you memmed it is high praise indeed! Thank you. :)
ink_apparatus: Iron Man // Tony Stark sparkink_apparatus on November 4th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
I love the way you've written Tony & his thoughts, mainly because it felt completely real. I can't help the tears clouding my vision but my heart aches for him here and I want his happiness; I would love for Rhodey to return the feelings that Tony is trying to make him see/undertsand/believe. *heart breaks*

When Rhodey pulled him close, cradling Tony's head on his shoulder, for a moment Tony felt like he was already home.
That killed me.

I.Love.You!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on November 4th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm working on a follow-on to this story now, because I want that same thing. The two men are a little at odds with each other, with Tony having abused Rhodey's good will for so long and with Rhodey having shut him down the few times he was serious.

But what a great prompt for this story, to show some of the deeper workings of Tony as he realizes he's capable of changing after all.

That killed me.
You're the first one to notice that line, and it was one of my own favorites in this story. Such relief, such comfort, and such love. It's a rare moment of romance for a man who is more easily distracted by whatever flashy thing-of-the-moment comes by.

I'm so glad you're enjoying these. It's very gratifying to hear!
IDK, my BFF Jared Leto?: hug-n-flygekizetsu on November 18th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
>>Rhodey's not impressed with Tony's money, after all. Never has been. Push it aside and what's left? A jackass with an expensive car collection and a house on every continent who can invent shit the world has never dreamed of.

Why Rhodey even likes him, let alone believes in him, is the biggest mystery Tony Stark has ever known.>>

YAY. Tony with his introspection and Rhodey with his loyalty, and Tony wanting to strive to become who his best friend thinks he is. <3<3

::watches movie AGAIN::
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I love Rhodey's loyalty, which Tony tests again and again, and god how aggravating that must be!

And it's funny how the "mirror" prompt led to such an introspective story and the idea of mirror inversion more than reflection.

Whoo-hoo for Tony/Rhodey! Talk about a fandom I never expected to get sucked into! :D
Kay: deancastiel hallelujahladybugkay on November 29th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Why isn't there more Rhodey/Stark slash? It's a pairing with such wonderful potential and heaps of chemistry, and yet hardly anyone seems to write it.

I'm so happy you did. This is a great glimpse into the mind of Tony Stark right at this moment in time, and you've definitely got the characterization down.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Why isn't there more Rhodey/Stark slash?
I don't know either-- maybe because a lot of slash lovers actually ship Tony/Pepper, or Tony/Steve (Captain America). I can't go to the comic-book 'ship, and the onscreen chemistry for these two was really compelling to me! Plus, a nice-looking couple. ;)

I'm glad you enjoyed this story as well-- the sequel isn't getting read much, and it's all part of a longer series (I'm working on part III right now).

NOT that I've forgotten about Sam and Dean, mind you. :)