summary: “I think there’s a naked man on the beach.” Or, how Tony and Pepper adopt a genius mute and save the world. [Iron Man 2 / Thor AU, Tony/Pepper, Tony/Loki/Bruce/SCIENCE; minor Loki/Steve, Thor/Jane; 15,500 words]
notes: Written for Marvel_BigBang; this basically this is the plot of The Little Mermaid. Well, not primarily: to me, it’s always been a story of loss and redemption and finding the places where you’re needed, about growing up and not because we have to, not because we’re required to, but because it’s moving forwards—it’s choosing hope over avoidance and fear, wanting to know who you’re going to be and not just who you were, even if that takes us away from the things we used to love. But also I made Loki Ariel and you guys, I’m gonna be straight with you, I’m super proud of myself. * Beta duty by my guy Friday, Lee; incredible art by piecrumbs+ baboo_et_blade (find here + here). * Title from The National’s “Secret Meeting”.