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25 May 2008 @ 10:45 pm
'Addiction' (01/01)  
Okay, pesky peeps! I acquiesced to your desires and wrote it :) hope you enjoy it!

Title: Addiction
Rating: PG
Notes: Tony Stark meets Methos, Iron Man/Highlander
Character(s): Methos, Tony
Summary: Tony gains insight during a chance reunion along the California coast.


There was nothing like it; cruising along the California coast at twilight, the soft light of day’s end and night’s beginning caressing the horizon. This was true freedom, and Tony thought that this must be what a bird felt as it took wing, looking down on all God’s creation. No interruptions, no work or obligations to intrude on this moment of peace. Though the suit had brought a whole new set of complications into his life, it had also brought him this; solitude, and maybe… grace.

But that peace was shattered by sensors clanging a warning as bolts of lightening arced towards him. “Jarvis! I thought you said the weather was clear!”

“Sir,” the ever-patient voice of his AI majordomo replied, “there is no inclement weather reported by the National Weather Service.”

“Then what the hell was that?” he demanded, narrowly missing yet another shower of lightening.

“I am at a loss, sir.”

“You’re at a loss? Perfect, just perfect!”

As the third jagged wave of electrical energy reached for him, Tony realized that the lightening was coming from the ground. The ground? What the hell? Using the instruments at his disposal, he began a scan of the surface below. He wasn’t imagining it – the disturbance was coming from the canyon below. But how and why?

“Jarvis, we’re going down.”

“Of course we are, sir.”

If Jarvis were corporeal, Tony would have given him a suspicious look. But he wasn’t and that was one more reason why the computer program couldn’t possibly be… snarky? But that thought was quickly supplanted by what he found on landing at one of the many isolated Malibu canyons that dotted this section of coast.

A man stood in the clearing, supporting himself on a very substantial sword, pushing himself to his feet. A few feet behind where he stood was a body. As the sensors of Tony’s suit scanned the area, he realized that the body was headless. And it didn’t take a genius to connect the rest of dots.

The man shook himself, like someone waking up from a bad dream; still not noticing there was company. He pulled himself erect, almost as if he were unfolding his tall, spare frame, inch by painful inch.

“Come here often?” Tony’s mechanically enhanced voice suddenly boomed into the night. The other man flinched, but barely. He was a cool one; Tony had to give him that.

Eyes that were curiously unconcerned gave him the once over. Then a softly accented voice said, “Oh, great, the superhero.” Then a sharp shake of his head accompanied by a long-suffering sigh. “Just bloody perfect!”

Tony wasn’t accustomed to that tone of voice, especially from a murderer he’d caught red-handed. He was used to a very predictable set of reactions from those that came into the orbit of Tony Stark: obsequiousness, nervousness, or lust, or some combination thereof. There were very few people in his life that displayed none of those. But this man, this man was different. It piqued his curiosity.

The stranger turned his head, closing his eyes for a moment before looking back at Tony. “So what’s it to be? Death-rays versus sword?” Again that impatient tone.

There was something oddly familiar about sword guy, and the memory tugged at him…. Wait a minute! He raised his visor, exposing his face. “I know you!” he exclaimed.

Sword guy looked surprised at that. In fact, it was the most reaction Tony had got from him so far. “I’m sure I haven’t had the pleasure,” he replied, almost without missing a beat.

“Yes!” Tony practically shouted, finally putting the pieces together. “You were a friend of my parents! You came to the house for dinner a few times.” He would have snapped his fingers if they hadn’t been encased in a gold titanium alloy. “Matthew Stone, Dr. Matthew Stone, the historian!”

“I’m afraid you have me mistaken for someone else,” he replied with total confidence.

“Nice try.” He pointed at himself. “Genius. Perfect recall.”

“Oh, for god’s sake!”

Tony continued, “You taught me to curse in Ancient Greek when I was four!”

The smallest hint of a smile touched sword guy’s… Matthew’s, lips. “You were a natural,” he commented, no longer denying the truth.

“And then my mom found out,” Tony recalled, his voice tinged with sadness at the memory of his late mother.

“She was slightly peeved,” he admitted.

“That’s an understatement!” Tony declared, laughing. “But you taught me something I always remembered.”

“Oh, and what was that?”

“That charm can go a long way in mollifying a woman.” He snickered. “By the time you were through, Mom thought it was the funniest thing in the world.”

“I’m glad you took my life lesson to heart,” he replied dryly.

“You have no idea.” Then he considered. “On the other hand, maybe you do.” Tony’s life was a tabloid feast, after all. Then, it hit him, finally. “Wait a minute! You haven’t aged a day!” The belated realization knocked the breath from him.

Mathew snorted. “Score one for the genius.”

The withering tone set his teeth on edge. “Considering your present situation, you don’t seem worried. That’s pretty damn stupid, don’t you think?”

Shrugging, he looked at Tony with eyes that were full of secrets. “Oh, I’m not concerned.”

“Why’s that?” he asked almost defiantly.

“Simple.” He took two steps closer. “You’re a curious man. Sex, booze, fast cars, the superhero suit; none of those match the high you get from solving a mystery, from finding out what makes the universe tick.” Now he was standing right in front of him. “You’re an addict, Tony Stark.” The last was whispered, the words seeping into the damp California night like mist.

Taking a breath, his heart beat in anticipation. He was right, this man from his childhood. Tony wasn’t sure anyone had ever quite seen that about him. All his vices were just surrogate sensations for what he really craved. And the man before him was a mystery that Tony needed to solve. He could almost taste it, the knowledge dangling right there in front of him

There was, in the end, only one choice. And sword guy knew it. “Come by for a drink tonight, Dr. Stone. We’ll talk.” For all the world, it sounded like he was inviting a colleague over for a casual Saturday night get-together. But they both knew it was much more than that. “Jarvis will text the directions to your cell phone.”

Matthew searched his eyes, then seemed to come to a decision. “See you in a few then.”

“See you in a few,” Tony agreed, lowering his visor with a nod before launching himself into the night sky, the sound of the surf pounding at him like his own heartbeat. Something told him that his addiction was going to be sated tonight.

The End?

My previous non xover Iron Man fic, 'Of Ninjas & High Heels' can be found here.
Jennifer/Gail: Methos-memorieslferion on May 26th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Oh, that works very well, says the long-time IM comic-fan.

I can totally see Methos teaching child-Tony to swear in ancient Greek.
Ith: Iron Man - Tony at Workithildyn on May 26th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Cool beans! I just had this flash of little Tony and Methos, and that's where this story came from :) Thank you for reading it!
Ninjababe: Iron Man: Red Attackninjababe on May 26th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)

I want more! :)

It was great... I giggled and snorted in laughter many times...

Let the snark-fest continue! Yay!
Ithithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
I will call her George: Happy Methosstrangevisitor7 on May 26th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
LOL Of course Methos would have known Wee!Tony. Great connection.

Snarky Jarvis [g].

Loved it!
Ith: Art - Royo: Eyesithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I was having doubts as it veered a little darker than I'd intended.
Chris: Aiden Quinnsharpiesgal on May 26th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Pretty please...more

*looks up with puppy dog eyes*
Ith: Art - Haida Maskithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
If you're very good [g]
(no subject) - sharpiesgal on May 26th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Teejtheteej2 on May 26th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Whoo hooo!!

You did it, you got me to read Methos fic! LOL

Of course, Tony is a strong inducement... *snerk*

Very nicely done, Ith, and I'm with ninjababe, where's the next chapter??
Ith: Methos - Yoda Guyithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
[cackles evilly] I'm only just beginning [flashes fanpire teeth]

Glad you enjoyed it!
(no subject) - theteej2 on May 26th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
amonitrateamonitrate on May 26th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I think I love you!

“So what’s it to be? Death-rays versus sword?”

is so Methos, and

“Nice try.” He pointed at himself. “Genius. Perfect recall.”

is so very TOny. Great to see them sparring, so to speak.
Ith: Iron Man - Burn Outithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think I love you back [g]

I'm very glad you liked it! It went and veered quite a bit darker that I'd initially planned. I know, big surprise for me! I hadn't planned deep insights into Tony this time around :)
(no subject) - amonitrate on May 26th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ithildyn on May 26th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kay: gq -- geekiness is lovesilvercobwebs on May 26th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really love this - great snark and banter between the two - you've made the two 'verses connect quickly and seamlessly. Bravo! : D
Ith: Iron Man - Danceithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
[bows] Thank you kindly!
debbiemethosdeb on May 26th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
loved it ,I haven't seen ironman but you really didn't have to ,to enjoy this .
Ith: Art - Rodinithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: painty methosidontlikegravy on May 26th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
*bounce bounce bounce squee*

That is my finely honed response to this fic. Took me ages to think of.

Again I find myself bemoaning a lack of IM icons. Oh well, I'll make do with Methos ;)
Ithithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
[giggles at the bouncing] Finely honed indeed [g]

You can always borrow a few of mine till you make your own [g]

Glad you enjoyed it!

Edited at 2008-05-26 05:28 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - idontlikegravy on May 26th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ithildyn on May 26th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - idontlikegravy on May 26th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
anya2112anya2112 on May 26th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Great story! I've yet to see Ironman, but the dialouge is wonderful.
Ith: Iron Man - Tony Thoughtfulithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was hoping to keep the voices right.
Ame: Methos by Noriaamejisuto on May 26th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I have just reached new heights of geeky joy thanks to this! Wonderful start! I'd love to see more of it. It's an interesting look on both Tony's and Methos' personalities and pasts. Thanks for this!
Ith: Methos - Leather Profileithildyn on May 26th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Always pleased to bring geeky joy :) Glad you enjoyed it. I actually do have the beginnings of another part here [taps head] It needs to percolate a bit first though.
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Ith: Iron Man - Tony Thoughtfulithildyn on May 26th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it :) I'm pretty sure there will be 'more', just need time to write it!
(no subject) - xenaclone on May 26th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ithildyn on May 26th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
enchantersnightenchantersnight on May 26th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh please let it not be over! I want more snark :)
Ith: Methos - Neckithildyn on May 26th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can do :)
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Methos 'To Someday'aeron_lanart on May 26th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this even though I have no idea what the hell Iron Man is about. All for the love of Methos and crossovers you see...
Ith: Methos - Cheersithildyn on May 27th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
It is a deep and abiding love :)

Glad you enjoyed it!
GoldenRatgoldenrat84 on May 26th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Fun crossover!
Ith: Iron Man - Burn Outithildyn on May 27th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)