Suddenly, the blond captain was walking down the corridor, looking around for him. Tony leaned back on the wall and waited, a bit nervous on how they would greet each other. He made it clear that he was jealous when he walked away earlier, though he wasn’t sure if Steve picked that up.
The captain walked up to him and nodded, “You ready to go?” He asked, stretching his back slightly after all the reading he had done - he was hunched over, it felt good to get some fresh air, though he was oblivious when it came to Tony acting jealous, he just thought that Tony was being odd with him for no reason.
The dark haired boy eyed him and turned around. “Yeah, let’s go”, he said and started walking forward, trying to spot Pepper in the crowd. He walked alongside the millionaire, “How are we getting back?” He asked curiously.
“My drivers can take us there… Or if you feel uncomfortable we can take the bus or whatever”, Tony replied, trying not to meet Steve’s gaze.
“No no, we’ll do it your way - we did things mine yesterday” He said calmly, his hands in his pockets.
“Sure, we just need to find Pepper because she always come along, we live nearby and she sometimes stays over as part of her duties. Nothing out of the ordinary, really”, Tony said, unconsciously smiling at him.
“I thought she might live with you, seeing how attached you are.” Steve replied, glancing at Tony and seeing his smile, attempting to hide his own.
“We’ve been friends for quite a while, she helps me a lot around the place and in general and I hope that I’ll have her on board when I take over my father’s business”, Tony said calmly, spotting Pepper and walking towards her.
“Yeah she seems pretty organised…” Steve said, trying to maintain conversation rather than walk in awkward silence.
“She really is, I don’t know what I’d do without her”, Tony said, trying to emphasize his words just like Steve did when talking about Peggy.
“So you’re sure you don’t like her like… More than friends?” He asked, arching an eyebrow.
“I know how I feel about her Rogers, and we just have a friendly professional relationship”, he said reaching her. “Hey Pepper, Steve here will be joining us today”.
Pepper eyed Steve and offered her hand for him to shake. “Pleasure to finally talk to you.”
Steve smiled and shook her hand lightly, “Nice to talk to you too, Pepper. I’ve heard so much about you.”
Pepper raised an eyebrow and looked at Tony. “Really? I could say the same about you.”
Tony coughed and pushed her gently forward. “Right, time to go” he said clumsily.
“Oh, what’s he said about me?” He asked, expecting some snide comments.
“Only the nicest things, I assure you”, she smiled looking back at Tony, while he looked away and pretended not to be part of the conversation.
“Nicest things? Tony? That sounds out of character.”
“Pepper just wants to be nice”, Tony muttered and held the door for them to step outside.
“Oh, I get it.” He said, nodding to himself as he glanced down, walking outside.
The same black car from yesterday was already there waiting for them, Tony walked towards and opened the door, thinking about the seating arrangement. He would let Pepper sit in the middle, he wasn’t sure if he could sit right next to Steve right now, but getting in first would be considered impolite as Pepper was a lady.
“So who’s sitting where?” Steve asked, looking at Tony who seemed to be deep in thought.
“You can go in Steve”, Tony replied, hoping that the blond would do it and not offer Pepper to sit in his place. That would leave them sitting next to each other.
“S-ure but shouldn’t Pepper go in first? She’s a lady, after all.” He said.
“Thank you Steve”, Pepper smiled and went in.
Tony sighed and nodded at Steve. “You’re next”, he said calmly. Pepper must really done that on purpose.
Steve nodded and got into the car, sitting in the middle. It felt awkward and it didn’t help being so tall.
Tony got in after Steve and closed the door, realising how awkward this situation was. He concentrated on looking out of the window, hoping that the driver would drive faster.
Steve looked around nervously, not wanting to damage anything in the car - it all looked so expensive and neat. It really was a beautiful car. He sighed slightly, leaning back into the soft, inviting seats, not knowing what to say.
“Had a fun day Pepper?” Tony asked breaking the silence. He did his best not to move an inch, fearing that he would touch any part of Steve’s body. The fact that they were in such a confined space together didn’t help his imagination at all.
“School can only be so fun, right?” Steve said, joining in with conversation.
“Something interesting happens every day”, Pepper replied.
“You could say that, indeed”. Tony said, still avoiding Steve’s look.
“Yeah I guess so…” He said with a nod, looking back down at his hands shifting nervously in his lap.
“Of course I’m not the one to judge, this is just my second day”, Tony continued, noticing the uneasy movements that the jock was making.
“Yeah, trust me, it’ll get better - besides, it’s nearly prom and the school gets really excited for prom…” He said, fiddling with the ring on his finger.
“Really? That sounds… interesting”, he said, watching Steve’s ring and looking away. Well, he didn’t need to worry about seeing Loki with Steve and there was no way Steve would take a guy to the prom, of course he would take his girlfriend. Tony thought for a moment, he could ask Pepper or get any other girl to join him, which would be easy as hell.
“Yeah well, it’s pretty interesting. Peggy is the head of the prom committee, as usual. So she’ll be organising it - she did tell me the theme was well… retro, well, the 1940’s.”
Pepper clapped her hands. “Oh, that’s really nice!” she said excited.
“Yeah I guess so, suits are really nice”, Tony muttered.
“Yeah well, I’ve got this really nice old school 1940’s uniform to wear, should be pretty awesome.” He said with a nod
“I bet you’ll look amazing”, Pepper smiled. Tony couldn’t help but agree silently.
“I hope so, but don’t tell Peggy I told you the theme yet, she’s sort of cheating - she wants to win prom queen so she’s spending ages making a dress.”
“Not saying a thing, she’ll look amazing, she’s really pretty”, Pepper said excited. “And you’ll look dashing as her King”.
Tony didn’t say anything; he just looked outside the window again, relieved that he could see their destination now.
“I hope so, well, I don’t really like the attention so much but you know, I’ll deal with it for her I suppose.”
“Tony could teach you how to deal with that”, Pepper suggested. Tony gave her a sharp angry look before Steve turned to him. “Don’t listen to her.”
“Hah, I suppose you can help me, you’ve been in the limelight for a long time” He said, glancing out of the window and seeing the large house.
“Yeah, I guess so, it’s nothing hard, really”, he replied, waiting for the car to stop and open the door, pleased to be out of the car again.
Steve stepped out of the car, looking at the large house that was in front of him; it was bigger than he had imagined. His eyes filled with awe as he looked around at everything that seemed to be so perfect and modern.
Next Chapter: [will be released on: 5/01/2012]