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Plus Two – Chapter 15

Plus Two:  A Pepperony Fanfic


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Pairing:  Pepper Potts x Tony Stark x F!Reader

Warnings:  grief

Synopsis:  Tony Stark- Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist, Pepper Potts, his long-serving and overworked assistant, and you, their on-again/off-again girlfriend and lead singer of the hit band, Arctic Fire.  Three very different people navigate a world of fame, addiction, betrayal, and superheroes, while they move from having a plus one to a plus two.

Chapter 15

You climbed the stairs into Tony’s Boeing 737 behind Tony and Pepper.  Happy was coming up behind you with the luggage, and for the first time since you arrived in New York months ago, you wished you had Jaimie with you to organize things.  She still worked for you, but with the whole laying-low thing you’d had her stay in LA to look after the house.  It was a lot to ask her to do a permanent move anyway.  You were going to need to talk to her about how things had changed.

You had been on plenty of private jets before.  You didn’t own one, but they were often used for the international legs of your tours.  They were never anything even remotely like Tony’s.  All the pirate jets you’d been on were definitely over the top, but they were all small and narrow with different sections of the cabin curtained off down the fuselage.

Those jets you’d flown on could have fit inside Tony’s jet and there would still be room available.  Even the large entryway with its white and gold staircase to the second floor seemed grand compared to any plane you’d been on before.  It was grand compared to the home you grew up in.

“Welcome, Mister Stark,” a flight attendant said.  “Your guests are all in the main cabin.  When you’re ready we can take off.  Did you want any refreshments?”

“I asked for a dry bar,” Tony said.

“Yes, of course,” she replied.  “There’s no alcohol on the plane.”

“Good.  Bring out some tea and coffee but wait until we’re in the air.  We can take off when our luggage is on board,” Tony said.

“Of course,” she said.  “I’ll let the pilot know.”

You followed Tony and Pepper through to the main cabin.  You recognized everyone there though you’d never met them.  Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon all sat in the plush leather chairs ready for take-off.  They all stood when Tony entered and there were quick embraces and handshakes between everyone, reminding you that you were the odd one out here.  The tourist on your lover’s grief.

When they had finished greeting each other Steve turned to you with a look of confusion and held out his hand.  “Hello,” he said.  “I wasn’t expecting to see you again so soon.”

It was a very polite and cordial way of saying; why the fuck are you here?

“Hey,” you said, shaking his hand.  “Came to support Tony.”

“Yeah, about that,” Tony said, gesturing for everyone to take a seat.  “I don’t wanna make a big deal about this.  And I’m well aware this is the worst time to drop this on you all – and I need you all to keep it on the down-low because we’re not out publicly – but the reason she’s here is we’re seeing each other.  We actually live together.”

Steve’s jaw dropped open and he looked over at Pepper.  “I thought you were…”

“Oh, we are,” Pepper said.  “Tony was speaking for me too.”

“Oh this is great,” Natasha said with a smirk.

“The three of you?” Steve asked.

“Yep.  All three of us.  They used to date -” he gestured to you and Pepper “- we used to date -” he gestured to Pepper and himself “- we used to fuck -” he gestured to you and himself “- now we’re just all together.  It’s not a big deal.  We don’t want it to be a big deal.  But I did want my girlfriend to be there with me for Aunt Peggy’s funeral.  I hope you can understand that.”

Nobody said anything for a moment and the plane began to taxi away from the hangar.  Everyone buckled up as the flight attendant came in and did her checks.  When she left again Sam looked over at Tony.  “So are you gonna introduce us or what?”

Tony introduced you to Natasha and Sam and Steve ran his hand through his hair.  “I can’t believe you’re doing this, Tony,” he said.

“What part?  Polyamory or settling down in general?” Tony asked.  “Because while I agree with the second, I would have thought the first was on brand.”

“No.  Not that.  Dropping this the day before Peggy’s funeral,” Steve said.  “Like that wasn’t enough.”

“Hey! Hey, now,” Tony said, raising his hands.  “I don’t even want to do it at all.  I just want to live in my happy little sex bubble and forget terrible shit keeps happening.  But you’ve got these two with you…”

“I’m not dating either of them, Tony,” Seve deadpanned.

“And yet,” Tony said.  “You wanted to know why she was here, right?  You brought friends but you wanted to know why I brought one too?”

“I didn’t say anything,” Steve said.

“No, you didn’t say it,” Tony said.  “But you thought it.  And now you’re being all judgy about us.  Don’t try and play all high-and-mighty on me now, Cap.”

“I just wanted to go and grieve the love of my life without extra drama,” Steve argued.  “Was that too much to ask?”

“I’m so sorry that my relationship means drama for you!” Tony shouted as he unbuckled his seatbelt.  “God forbid I find something that makes me happy.”

He stormed out of the cabin and down deeper into the plane.  You, Pepper, and Steve all sighed and unblocked your seatbelts.  “No, I’ll go,” Pepper said, and kissed your cheek.  “I don’t even know what that was.”

You and Steve sat back and buckled up as Pepper strode off in the direction of Tony.  “Well this is awkward,” Sam said, breaking the silence.

You nodded and smiled awkwardly as the plane began to pick up speed.  A moment later it was in the air and angling up.  You tapped your foot impatiently as you fought the need to be drinking.  There weren’t too many flights under your belt that you took sober.

When the noise of takeoff backed off Steve looked over at you.  “I wasn’t questioning why you were here,” he said.  “And I wasn’t flirting.”

“I mean, yeah you were, to both of those things,” you said.  “But you weren’t wrong to ask.  It would have been weird for me to be here, and you thought you were flirting with a single friend of Tony’s.  I think he’s a little stressed out about the funeral and he expected you to react badly to our whole thing.  Not many people know and most of them are people we pay so they’ve all signed NDAs and are too scared of us to say anything about it.  The only friends he’s told are Rhodey and Happy, and well Happy he pays and Rhodey was a little judgy too from what I hear.”

“I’m not being judgy,” Steve said.  “I just wish he’d told us not on the way to Peggy’s funeral.”

“Oh, come on now, Steve,” Natasha scolded.  “You’re not being a little judgy?”

“Okay, maybe a little, but come on?  Like you wouldn’t be judgy if I had two girlfriends?” Steve said.

“If you had even one girlfriend I’d think a miracle had happened,” Natasha shrugged.  “Besides, I never judge people for things like who they love or who they’re sleeping with.  I’m just happy that people I know have it together enough to go after things they want.”

“That’s very open-minded,” you said.

She shrugged.  “I was raised by assassins.  I have no basis on which to judge anything as normal or wrong,” she explained.  “How come we’ve never met?”

You shrugged.  “Combination of things that include the amount of travel I do for work, the fact I’ve been in rehab three times since he met the rest of you, and that I pulled away pretty hard when he and Pepper got together.”

“Wow, you’re just an open book aren’t you?” Sam teased.

“It’s not like you couldn’t have found out most of that by googling me,” you said.  “Might as well have it all out on the table.”

“So how’d all that happen,” Sam asked, waving his hand in the direction that Tony and Pepper had disappeared.

“Well, we all go way back.  Like Tony said, he and I used to hook up,” you explained.  “Then Pepper and I met through him and the two of us dated on and off for years.”

“You really dated Pepper?” Sam asked.  “How did that never make it to the papers?”

You laughed.  “We were in a few gossip magazines, but they just said ‘gal pals’.”

Sam laughed.  “Good old gal pals. Palling around.  Being gals.”

“Something like that,” you chuckled.

“That doesn’t completely explain how you all ended up in a relationship now,” Steve said.  “Tony and Pepper have been together since I met them.”

“Did you know they broke up recently?” you asked.

“No,” Steve said.  “When did that happen?  Why wouldn’t he tell me?”

“You know Tony,” you said.  “He keeps his armor up.  Telling you might have made it real.  It was a few months back.  She came back to LA and moved in with me.  He came to check up on her, and things came to a head and we realized there was a bunch of shit that we all hadn’t been saying.  So we said them.  Now here we are.  I think we’re pretty happy.”

“You’re not worried about what the public will say?” Steve asked.

You shrugged.  “They didn’t exactly catch on when Pepper and I were in a monogamous relationship.  If they figure this one out on their own I’d be impressed.  But no, not really.  If you haven’t seen the kind of shit they say about me already – or Tony – or even Pepper whose greatest sin is falling in love with me and Tony – I’m impressed.  I developed a thick skin a while ago.”  You paused and let out a breath, looking around to see if it might be okay to get up yet.  “Look, Captain Rogers…”

“Steve,” he corrected.

“Steve.  Neither Tony or I care what random strangers say about us.  Pepper maybe does a little, but not me or Tony.  If we did neither of us would have gotten up to half the shit we have over the years,” you said.  “We do care about what our friends think.  I know mine won’t care.  I’d have told them right away if we didn’t all agree to see if we worked as a triad before we outed ourselves.  Tony’s not so confident.  He already had to convince Rhodey he wasn’t just being his old -” you waved your hands around as you looked for the right word “- slutty, reckless self.  He came in here expecting the worst from you just because he wanted me here.  And I’ve known Tony much, much longer than any of you.  I’ve known him longer than Pepper even.  He didn’t want to take from you by bringing me here.  He just wanted me to be there to prop him up when he was struggling.  The way he has done for me.  And trust me – I have struggled.  I’d probably be dead if it weren’t for him and Pepper.  So – I don’t know – maybe you can open your mind to the fact that this isn’t about you at all.  He’s just in love.  You can get that, can’t you?”

Steve frowned and looked down at his lap.  “You’re right,” he said.  “I’ll go talk to him.  I’m sorry if it felt like I was judging you.”

You shrugged.  “Don’t worry about me.  I can take it.”

“Yes, but you shouldn’t have to,” he said, getting up.  “I’m glad he’s happy.  And I’ll go talk to him.  You really do have a way with words don’t you?”

Sam laughed.  “That’s quite the compliment, coming from you, Cap.”

You smiled and watched as Steve moved up to the back of the jet, happy that Steve was on board to support Tony’s new relationship.  You knew that meant a lot to him.  When you looked back over at Sam and Natasha they were both smirking at you.  Sam leaned forward a little to speak.  “So Steve was flirting with you, huh?”


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