Fic Title: Found the Heart of a Lion (in the Belly of the Beast)
Pairing(s): Tony Stark/Pepper Potts, Tony Stark/Steve Rogers, Howard Stark/Maria Stark, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Tony Stark & James Rhodes, Tony Stark & Edwin Jarvis, Tony Stark & JARVIS
Rating: M (MPAA: R)
Word Count: 21,740
Warnings: mentions of torture (e.g. Iron Man); PTSD; anxiety/panic attacks; suggestions of neglect/verbal abuse; canonical character death; violence (not exceeding film portrayals); physical, chronic health issues
Summary: In 1999, Tony Stark is twenty-eight and cocky, and it’s entirely possible he’s been drunk for the better part of the last thirteen years. “I’ll see you up on the roof in five minutes,” he says to a man whose name he doesn’t bother remembering. It’s a promise he has no intention of keeping, and he’s never had patience for overweening fans.
Talk about things coming back to bite you in the arse.
Or: The Iron Man Origin Story, in which Tony Stark builds himself some friends and trips over a family.
Spans from Tony's childhood through to 2013; all relationships are background, Clint/Coulson is blink-and-you'd-miss-it, and Steve/Tony can be read as platonic.
Notes: Thanks to sirona_gs and @cinnamonanna for commiseration and cheerleading; thanks to dandelionfire for the beta and for being my sounding board. And, of course, thank you to my very, very patient artist for a fabulous foundation; I doubt this is what you were expecting, but I hope it serves all the same.
Title from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ “The Lion the Beast the Beat”. Please see the master post and second "chapter" for all additional notes.
Link to art masterpost: AO3
Link to fic masterpost: AO3