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29 April 2012 @ 12:36 pm
'A Good Man' (01/01)  
I've been wanting to write this for a while now, and decided if I'm going to do it, it needs to be before Avengers is released, because then, I'm sure, it'll be totally ruined [g] One of the things I'm hoping for in the movie, is them dealing in some way with Steve's friend Howard Stark, and the very different man that was Tony's father. This is my take on that.

Fandoms: Marvel Movies: Captain America, Iron Man
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings/Notes: Complete, pre-friendship, Steve Rogers & Tony Stark.
Character(s): Steve Rogers, Tony Stark.
Summary: Steve attempts to deal with the ghosts of the past - both for himself and for Tony.

A Good Man

"Howard Stark was a good man," Steve said, trying to connect with that man's son, nearly seventy years later.

Tony laughed harshly. "Yeah? He might have been a good man, but he was a hell of a bad father!"

Steve tried to interrupt, but seeing the obvious pain in Tony's eyes, the words died on his lips. He didn't know why it was so important to get Tony to accept that Howard Stark was a man worthy of a son's pride. But he'd felt like he owed it to Howard, owed it to Tony.

"I get that dad was your friend, and you want me to know that guy, but I've spent a lifetime trying to deal with the man I did know. You want to know my Howard?" Tony demanded. "That one shipped me off to boarding school as soon as he could. Mom didn't want me to go, begged him. I heard them fighting about it. But mom never won those arguments, hell she never won a damn thing married to my dad." He stopped for breath, beginning to pace around the room. "You think I didn't want him to be proud of me? Well, I did! But nothing I ever did was good enough. Graduate from MIT at eighteen? Why couldn't I have done it at sixteen? The only time dad ever showed even a hint that I might be worth his time was when he was wasted. Not just your run of the mill drunk, but totally wasted. Sober Howard didn't have much use for me." It was as if all the anger had drained form Tony, leaving nothing behind but the emptiness of regret.

"Tony, I'm sorry," Steve said quietly, feeling like the biggest jerk ever. He'd never wanted this to happen.

Tony didn't respond right away, a coldness settling over his face. Then he asked, "Sorry he wasn't father of the year, or sorry to have your illusions shattered?"

Drawing back, startled by the controlled ferocity of the question, Steve felt his own anger rise. "That's not fair!"

"Fair? Are you kidding me? If you don't know by now, that there's not a damn thing that's fair in this life, then you will be constantly disappointed, my friend." He paused, holding up a finger. "Wait, that's right, I'm not your friend, Howard was."

Tony strode from the room before Steve could react. Shoulders slumping, he sighed. "But I'd like to be, Tony, I'd like to be."


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A work in progress: Genius Iron Man Tonyancarett on April 29th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Poor Steve and poor Tony! A very moving short fic.
Ith: Japan - Tea Girlsithildyn on April 30th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I've been wanting to write that for a while.
I will call her George: Ironman - 2strangevisitor7 on April 29th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
I do hope they will address the connection but if not i think you nailed it!!
Ith: Japan - Charcoal Drawingithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
Hilshils on April 29th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
NOOOOO! They need to make up now!
Ith: Japan - Autumn Leaves Geishaithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Maybe after I've seen the movie! [g]
Hilshils on May 1st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
:DDD I am looking forward to the movie getting released in the US purely for all the fic/icons/etc it's going to generate
Ith: Iron Man -  Partyithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
You and me both! I have tickets to the midnight showing in Vegas on Thursday. I'm beside myself with excitement. And it being released already your way has actually heightened the anticipation :)
Hilshils on May 1st, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
It's SO GOOD! I'm already planning my 3rd trip
LadyTygerEyezladytygereyez on April 30th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Wow. Brilliantly done, honey.

Thank you for sharing!! :0)
Ith: Japan - Blue Girlithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: cap and iron manidontlikegravy on April 30th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
*sniffle* ♥

Pitch perfect for both of them. Nicely done :)
Ith: Japan - Peach Blossomsithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it :)
arhyalonarhyalon on April 30th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Or perhaps, the event that turned the one into the other.
Ith: Japan - Sistersithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Perhaps so :)
jedimasterstar: Tony Starkjedimasterstar on April 30th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I haven't gotten that far in my writing on how I think Tony felt about Howard (though we did get a bit in the film).

Poor Steve. It has to be so hard trying to understand how much people changed or had changed since he disappeared.

Lovely piece!
Ith: Japan - Secretsithildyn on May 1st, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
I've thought about it a great deal, as you might imagine.

I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Fannish Ferret Mom ZiggyChaos: Jack_likeziggychaos on May 1st, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Love your icon! rowr
Ith: Media - RDJ Laughithildyn on May 1st, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you :) (I made it) You can find it here, along with the rest of the set.

Fannish Ferret Mom ZiggyChaos: Tony Starkziggychaos on May 1st, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm hoping there's some sort of heart-to-heart between Tony and Steve about Howard in the movie, but I'm not sure if they could capture the feeling as you have here. Great job.
Ith: Japan - Lipsithildyn on May 1st, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the lovely compliment.
ericadawn16: Sadericadawn16 on May 2nd, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
This was great...I've always wondered if Steve would also feel a bit responsible for Howard's change since he took losing Steve so hard.