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23 June 2010 @ 01:39 pm
Iron Man Slash Fiction: "Shopping For Spiderman's Son" (Tony/Rhodey, Schmoopy, PG)  
Title: Shopping For Spiderman's Son
Fandom: Iron Man (with hints of Avengers)
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Tony/Rhodey (Slash, Light Schmoop)
Rating: PG
Summary: Tony and Rhodey go shopping and find themselves in utterly unknown territory.
Author's Notes: My first entry for schmoop_bingo ("Baby- Setting Up Nursery").
Also for writers_choice ("Buy").


"Tell me again what we're doing here," Rhodey said, "and why you didn't just have Pepper do this for you."

Tony's gaze wandered from one expectant couple to the next, past would-be grandparents and salespeople with plastic smiles. It was a nightmare, but he'd chosen it willingly. Getting Rhodey to come along had taken a little extra persuasion, which Tony was looking forward to fulfilling as soon as they got home.

"Peter and MJ are our friends," Tony answered, "and it's their first baby. They'll expect something with a more personal touch."

"I'll bet a hundred-thousand-dollar savings bond would go a long way toward feeling personal," Rhodey suggested.

"Really? I didn't know you had that kind of money set aside." Tony felt Rhodey go tense, and hid a smile. They passed into the toy section, and he stopped in front of a xylophone. "Do you think they'd like one of these?" He banged the mallet on a couple of keys.

"No!" Rhodey snatched the mallet away. "You were hoping to stay friends with them, right?"

Tony pulled out his saddest expression, street-mime-level material. "So, no xylophone?" he asked.

"Not if you want to live…"

They moved farther through the store, pausing at the strollers—

"This detachable car seat design is genius," Rhodey announced.

—but Tony couldn't help hurrying past the playpens for some unimaginable reason. They continued around the corner, and nearly crashed into each other at the overwhelming display of furniture and accessories in the next room.

"Holy crap," Rhodey muttered.

Tony nodded as if hypnotized. "This is why I hire other people to do my decorating…"

"So, what's everyone else getting them?" Rhodey asked. "Not a bunch of spider stuff, I hope, 'cause that's just damn creepy no matter whose kid you are."

"Steve seemed to be leaning toward an armored bassinet, but that's all I've heard. I just hope Thor isn't bringing them livestock or something."

"Don't even say that where he can hear you, man. You know how he is about humor."

"Yeah—foreign concept. Kill it first, figure it out later. I've never understood how someone whose mythology includes a wolf eating the sun gets by without a sense of humor."

"Don't be using that word 'mythology' either," Rhodey warned him.

Tony smiled at him, a soft reminder. "I'm a scientist, Rhodey."

"I know. And half your friends have freaky powers that even science can't explain. So don't piss them off."

Tony leaned in close. "Duly noted," he murmured next to Rhodey's ear.

"Damn…" Rhodey shuddered, his voice suddenly hoarse. "Let's finish this up so we can get back home already."

"That saleslady's giving us a goopy look," Tony said.

Rhodey groaned. "Great, that's all we need…"

"Better speed things up before she comes over here."

Tony grabbed Rhodey's arm and steered him along as he waded into the morass of crib-sets, bedspreads, and teddy bears. Who bought all this stuff, anyway? It looked like the entire children's section of a library had exploded all over the room.

Suddenly, he halted at the sight of something there by the window, something wonderful and unexpected. He went over to get a closer look

Hanging above a dark blue bedspread was a mobile, decked out with fine white rockets and purple-red galaxy clusters and yellow fairytale stars. It was bright and beautiful, fueled by dreams of infinite possibilities and undiscovered universes. It was incredible.

Tony heard Rhodey take a slow breath behind him, felt the warmth of Rhodey's hand against his back.

"This one," Rhodey said.

"You think?" Tony teased.

"Yeah." Rhodey slipped an arm around his waist and squeezed his agreement. "It's perfect. This one is most definitely you."

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devon99 on June 23rd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
I don't normally read Iron Man fic, but was intrugued as to what you did with the prompt considering you said that the 'baby' prompts did nothing for you. This was nicely done, you got Tony spot on.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on June 23rd, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
It was a complete surprise to me, because I'd intended to avoid the "Baby" prompts like the plague, but there are two of them and that limits the available intersections for bingo!

As it happens, the twist on whose nursery is being decorated makes all the difference. ;)

Thanks for reading it, especially in a fandom that isn't really one of yours! :)
Mmimerki on June 24th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I'm here from your writers_choice link and this is lovely. The banter, the characters... *goes all dreamy eyed*

Thank you so much for sharing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
I love Tony/Rhodey as a pairing (though Rhodey will always be Terrence Howard for me), and writing dialogue for Tony/robots or Tony/Rhodey just never stops being fun!

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for giving it a read!
adafrogadafrog on June 24th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Very cute, thanks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! And weren't frightened off by the subject matter. ;)
Megan Moonlight: castielmegan_moonlight on June 24th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
There's just not enough fics about Rhodey and Tony together! <3
It was awesome and sweet! ^o^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
I so agree-- I love Tony & Rhodey, and I wish they hadn't recast the part in the movie. That kind of thing never works for me.

Plus, when you find out that Rhodey also has an engineering background, there's a whole area of common interests and similar thinking about how gadgets and technology rule and ruffles and shopping are... scary.

Thanks for reading!
Megan Moonlight: castielmegan_moonlight on June 26th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
Re-casting always sucks, and the Tony/Rhodey moments kind of disappointed me in the new movie, with all the betrayal and all. It wasn't nice _o_
But everything also makes a lot of opportunities for new plots for the stories! Too bad everybody seems to be all wrapped up in Tony/Pepper and it's hard to find anything Tony&Rhodey related (even friendshipfics are hard to find!) It's... it's just so unfair _o_

Thanks for writing! ;)

Edited at 2010-06-26 06:40 am (UTC)
LadybBlkRose: Stark and his Suitladyblkrose on June 25th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
Tony and Rhodney in a baby store...STOP THE MADNESS. This was so cute w/ Rhodney trying his damndest not to be affected by the AWWW factor.
Thank you for sharing
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Of all the stories no-one expected to read, and that I certainly never expected to write... and yet the prompt led right to this setup, and the dialogue alone was worth writing this one!
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on October 11th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Hahahaha... this is how I felt about shopping for baby stuff, even to an extent when I was pregnant with my OWN kid. Funny thing is, I have a quilt for Max with stars and galaxies and stuff on it because I saw the fabric in front of my co-worker who makes quilts and practically drooled on myself. So yes, that mobile is fucking perfect. :)