imagine after everything that happens during the avengers
pepper potts is sitting there quietly panicking and wondering if the man she loves has made it out alive
if it’s as bad as it looked on television
if maybe he didn’t just walk away from it with a new set of compulsions like the last few times
if maybe his luck ran out this time
and he just staggers in with a doggy bag of shwarma
And when she’s done hugging him and crying, she demands to know what happened.
“Oh, you know. Saved the world from invaders. Saved New York from a nuclear bomb. Hung out with some other superheroes… oh, and I met this guy! He’s a crazy genius like me, he’s downstairs, I’m thinking I want to keep him.”
“… you want to keep him?”
“Well, when the suit shorted out and I fell out of the sky, he grabbed me. Well, the Hulk grabbed me, but I’m feeling like Bruce was on board with that.”
“Well, he’s not the Hulk *now*. Doctor Banner, nice guy, you’ll like him. Also, I’m going to give him some of my clothes. He’s kind of… without clothes right now.”
“The suit shorted out and the Hulk saved you. Without clothes.”
“Yeah, pretty much. But I’m okay. And he’s okay. It’s all okay, Pepper.”
“… I’ll get him some clothes. And some towels. And don’t ever do that again, Tony. I mean it.”
“I’ll try. Oh, and I didn’t know if you had a chance to eat, so I brought you dinner.” *hopeful smile of I actually didn’t screw up this time, right? Right? I love you? Shawarma?*
And then there was thank-god-you-survived kissing and Bruce was given clean pants.