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17 February 2011 @ 10:35 pm
Iron Man Slash Fiction: "A Visit To The Wayback, Payback Machine" (Tony/Rhodey, PG)  
Title: A Visit To The Wayback, Payback Machine
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse)
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Tony/Rhodey (Slash)
Rating: PG
Summary: Tony was late, as usual, and just like always, it was driving Rhodey nuts.
Author's Notes: An Australian Flood Auction story for simplelyric, who suggested this wonderful Tony/Rhodey scenario.
Also for writers_choice ("Immature").


"I'm waiting, Tony. Where the hell are you? The damn meeting's in five minutes!"

Rhodey ended the call and paced in front of the entrance to the conference room. Tony's office, Tony's rules—Rhodey understood that. But this was a meeting with military personnel and two Fortune 500 companies, one that Rhodey had arranged at Tony's request. Nobody in that room was going to be happy if Tony was late, and it would all come back to bite Rhodey in the ass, he was sure of it.

I should have lied. Why didn't I tell him the meeting was at one-thirty, instead?

But he'd tried that before, and Pepper always managed to dig up the truth, so Tony wound up being just as late as always.

Rhodey glanced at his watch again—one fifty-eight and counting—and envisioned the nosedive his career was about to take. He took a deep breath and tried to remember the highlights of Tony's presentation, or what he'd seen of it two days ago, before Tony had lured him off to bed.

Suddenly, movement caught his eye as Tony rounded the hallway corner.

"Jesus, Tony, what took you so long!" Rhodey hissed.

"You look nervous," Tony said. "Are you nervous? We should work on that sometime."

"Why do you always do this?" Rhodey asked. "You're going to get me fired,"

"Ridiculous." Tony moved in close, out of sight of the people in the conference room. He brushed the front of Rhodey's suit. "They love you—you're the colonel to the stars. Well, to me, anyway." He leaned in and kissed Rhodey briefly, a 1950s going-to-the-office peck.

"I mean it," Rhodey said, trying to pretend that kiss hadn't distracted him, which wasn't even remotely true. "Would it kill you to be on time?"

"Well, I don't know," Tony said, looking up at the ceiling as if he was searching for something. "I seem to remember sitting in a bathtub of cold water one night, watching the ice in the champagne bucket melt while the clock ticked past the end of my birthday."

"That was one time!" Rhodey said. "I got stuck in an emergency meeting and I couldn't leave! I said I was sorry. Jesus, Tony, that was years ago!"

"And yet," Tony said, picking up his briefcase, "it feels like it was just yesterday." He smiled mysteriously and stepped around Rhodey and into the meeting room.

Damn, Rhodey thought. He can't be serious. Is he serious? After all this time? Though when he thought about it, there was a certain, stubborn consistency to Tony's lateness.

"Colonel Rhodes," he heard Tony call out coolly from inside the next room, "we're ready to begin."

Rhodey huffed out a short breath of exasperation, because Tony always did that to him too, made it seem like he was the one lagging behind.

He straightened up and strode into the room with an air of bulletproof confidence.

But as he took his place at the side of the stage and waited for the presentation to start, he was already weighing the notion of revenge.

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realpestilencerealpestilence on February 18th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Rhodey could tell the next batch of people the meeting is later than it is, so ~they all come late.

Lol, poor Rhodey! He knew the man was high maintenence. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on February 18th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
There's a thought! He'd have to out-wile someone, either Tony or everyone else.

He knew the man was high maintenence. :D
Oh, Lord yes! Spoiled rich boy AND distracted genius all in one-- Rhodey has the patience of a saint.

But... it's worth it. ;)
Rusalka: Iron Man: by circa77marinarusalka on February 18th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Hee. I love it when Tony and Rhodey banter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on February 19th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Me too! I love the mix of their styles, and how Rhodey is used to Tony's dry sarcasm anyway, so he isn't flustered by it. Better when he dishes it right back. ;)

Thanks for reading!
blackberrybellechase65 on February 19th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
That was entertaining. Tony can certainly hold a grudge. I am sure the revenge will be all kinds of sweet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on February 19th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Holding a longterm grudge actually seems very Tony, doesn't it? Because he wouldn't forget, and if you could torment someone with it...

But Rhodey is more than up to the task of dealing with it. ;)
happy is as happy does: Robert & Terrence - Ironman (movie)happywriter06 on February 19th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Lol. Tony's never gonna change. Rhodey's not going to either. I wanna know what's his idea of revenge.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on February 21st, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
The two of them will be alternatately charming each other and driving each other nuts for decades to come. ;)

I'm not sure Rhodey would ultimately decide on revenge, because knowing Tony there would then be payback for the payback. But if it could stop Tony from nearly getting Rhodey fired over and over again, it might be worth it. ;)
Kim: crass & sillysimplelyric on February 24th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was such fun! You've captured their voices so well -- seriously, so well -- I could easily see and hear the scene, and it had me giggling from start to finish. I wanted to list passages that I most enjoyed ("colonel to the stars. Well, to me, anyway"), but it's really all of them. Just awesome. I love it. =D Thank you very much!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on February 25th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad you like it! That was such a great idea for a prompt-- really, I liked all of them, but that one took on a life of its own!

Thanks so much for the charity donation and the great inspiration! ♥
hwin_the_horse: Togetherhwin_the_horse on March 9th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Great just like every one of your fics!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on March 9th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Oh, but this was a wonderful prompt for a fic. It made the story practically write itself!
RaynyukiAgustina Firpo on April 1st, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad i found someone who likes tony/rhodey!! lovely fic
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on April 8th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love Tony/Rhodey! I wish it were more popular, but recasting Rhodey in the second film sure didn't help.

I keep Rhodey 1.0 firmly in my head, for the prettiness. I love Don Cheadle, but he doesn't inspire Tony/Rhodey slashiness the way Terrance Howard does. Yum!