AN: Sorry it took me a few days to get this written – I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the opening part. So I had to consult my muse aka my best friend. So enjoy!

Chapter 11:

Tony sat running his hands nervously through his hair as he sat in the waiting room of the Malibu hospital.

This wasn't what he wanted to ever have happen to Pepper – she had been attacked in the parking garage to her apartment. He knew that he should have gone with her.

Thank goodness that this time, she hadn't been raped again – she had come close but a husband and wife who lived in the same complex had come upon the scene and ended up saving Pepper's life. That reminded Tony that he would have to send them a thank
you gift - an extremely generous thank you gift.

As a result of the attack, Pepper ended up being rendered unconscious along with sustaining a broken ankle from when she fell.

When he had arrived at the hospital, the paparazzi were already there. He considered them vultures – nothing more, nothing less. Didn't they have anything better to do then prey upon helpless victims of random violence?

Random violence.

Thank God that had been all it was. The man that the police had arrested in connection to the crime, was nothing more then a petty street thug, who had simply choose Pepper as a random victim. The thug admitted to it all once he found out that the woman
he had mugged was engaged to Iron Man.

That was the one thing that Tony couldn't wait to tell Pepper about – the way that the confession had come about. He knew that she would get a kick out of that.

"Mr. Stark?"

Tony looked up at the sound of his name. A nurse stood in front of him, smiling. "She's awake. You can see her now."

He nodded as he stood up and quickly, trying his damnest not to break into a run, made his way down the hall to Pepper's room.

The sound of approaching feet to her door, made Pepper turn her head and look at who was walking into her room. When she had woken up in the hospital, she immediately started asking for Tony and wanting to know what happened. All that she had been told
was that her fiancé wanted to tell her what had happened. She was scared that she had been raped again. All she could remember was being hit on the back of the head.

The fear on her face melted as soon as she saw Tony enter the room. Tears slowly began to roll down her cheeks. Within seconds, Tony was at her side, wiping her tears away and softly kissing her lips.

"Thank God you are alright," he whispered against her lips as he kissed her a second time.

"What happened Tony?" she asked after the kiss.

"You were mugged. That's all. Some of your neighbors walked up on the attack and saved you," he said brushing the hair out of her face. "You were knocked unconscious and broke your ankle. Nothing that a few weeks of taking it easy can't remedy."

Pepper sighed in relief. At least she wouldn't have to relive that nightmare over again. "What about the press?"

"Rhodey is going to make a statement covering up what happened. You know he is quite good at that. And I even called Agent Coulson to make sure that everyone cooperated."

"So it's a media circus?"

Tony nodded. He knew just how much Pepper hated the media attention. That made him even more determined to see his current idea through about his and Pepper's wedding. And now he wasn't even going to tell her. He would just surprise her. Plus once they
were married, it would be easier to protect her from the paparazzi and media.

"Don't worry Potts," he said with a wink. "For once I am going to take care of you."

After being discharged the following morning, Tony shielded Pepper as he and Happy helped her into the limo and drove off from the hospital. Earlier that morning he had already put his wedding idea into motion by enlisting Rhodey and Happy to help him.

"How can I help you sir?"

Rhodey blushed as he looked around the bridal boutique. For once in his life he was intimidated. He was in a place that no man should ever go. But he was doing this for Tony and Pepper. "Um yeah," he said beginning to ramble. "My friend wants to surprise
his fiancée by taking her on a surprise cruise and marrying her there. She has a thing against big weddings. So, he wants me to pick her out a simple wedding dress. Nothing to flashy or showy. And money is not a problem."

Sure, it was a lie, but that wasn't the point. The point was he needed to get Pepper a wedding dress.

"OK let's see what we can do," the young woman said. "Do you know what size dress she wears?"

Rhodey nodded as he and the sales associate began looking through wedding dresses for Pepper.

"I swear I am never doing that again!" Rhodey said walking into Tony's workshop later that afternoon. "I don't see how women can do that!"

Tony laughed as he was putting the final touches on the War Machine armor. "So I take it you were successful?"

"Yeah, I think you're gonna love it. So is Happy doing the other stuff?"


"And how did you manage to convince a florist, photographer and a preacher to all help you at the last minute?"

"Money makes the world go round." Tony said with a smile.

"So where is the blushing bride to be?"

"She is sleeping," he answered, moving now to his Iron Man armor. "She is sleepy from the pain meds that she has managed to sleep most of the day. So that is why everything is happening tonight."

"You know that she just might kill you for this."

"That's where I think you are wrong," Tony said with a smile. He knew that this was exactly what Pepper wanted.

Around 6 o'clock that night, Pepper awoke from her nap in the guest room. She wondered just how long she had slept and also if any of the day's work had been done.

"Jarvis, where is Tony?" she asked, looking up at the ceiling.

"He is currently in the workshop. But he asked that you take a shower, put on the dress that is hanging in your closet and inform me when you are completely ready. Then I will get someone to help you to where he is."

Slowly Pepper, stood up and limped over to the closet in the guest room. Jarvis' request had seemed odd, but when she saw the simple, white wedding dress hanging in her closet, she gasped. It was then that she wondered just what was going on.

It took her almost an hour and a half to manage to get in a shower, put on her makeup, do her hair and get into the dress. As she looked in the mirror, she had to admit that whoever picked out this dress did a great job!

It was a simple sleeveless white dress made of silk with delicate beadwork along the trim. It wasn't too flashy or fancy. Just how she liked it.

"Ok Jarvis, I'm ready," she said sitting down on the bed, making sure not the wrinkle her dress.

Within a few minutes, there was a knock on the door. She slowly moved towards the door and opened it. There stood Rhodey, in a tuxedo.

"Damn, I did do a good job," he said with a smile. Pepper blushed.

"What's going on?" she asked.

"Typical Tony," he replied with a wink. "But come on we mustn't keep them waiting."

And in a swift move, he had picked up Pepper into his arms and began carrying her towards the back veranda. Before heading onto the back veranda, he stopped in the kitchen and picked up a bouquet of red roses and tulips from the counter. "You're going
to need those," he said handing them to her.

That was when she had a pretty good idea of what was going on.

It was the sweetest and romantic thing that anyone had ever done for her.

"So are you going to walk me down the aisle?" she asked.

"Nope. I'm carrying you."

As soon as Pepper saw the veranda, she couldn't believe it. It was all light up by candle light from hundreds of candles set around it as well as floating in the pool, all set against the setting sun. There were also bushes of roses and red tulips everywhere.
It was breath taking. Standing at the center of it all was Tony and a preacher. Happy stood off to the side with a photographer.

It seemed to take forever as Rhodey carried her towards Tony. She was still in awe that he had done all of this in a day. But then again this was Tony. He could do anything if he put his mind and wallet to it.

Rhodey helped her stand as she took a hold of Tony's hand. She smiled at him. He could already see the tears forming in the corners of her eyes. He squeezed her hand as they turned towards the preacher and he began the ceremony.

"Do you Anthony Edward Stark take thee Virginia Potts to be your lawfully wedded wife; for better, for worse; in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live?" the preacher asked.

Tony turned to look at her. She softly smiled at him. "I do."

The preacher went on. "Do you Virginia Potts take thee Anthony Edward Stark to be you lawfully wedded husband; for better, for worse; in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live?"

"I do."

The priest blessed the wedding bands that Rhodey took out of his pocket before letting the couple exchange them. Tony went first. "With this ring as a token of my undying love and affection, I thee wed."

Pepper smiled as Tony slipped the small white gold band around her finger. Embedded on the sides were small diamonds. It matched her engagement ring perfectly.

Pepper picked Tony's ring off the Bible. "With this ring as a token of my undying love and affection, I thee wed."

She slipped his simple white gold ring on. Tony squeezed her hands as they waited for the priest to finish.

"I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride."

Tony pulled Pepper close to him and kissed her deeply on the lips. Rhodey and Happy both cheered and congratulated them both after the kiss. By then, Pepper was crying again.

"See I told you she wouldn't like it!" Rhodey said to Tony.

"No! I loved it!" she said defending Tony. "It was perfect. Simply perfect!"

The group of friends enjoyed a laughed and headed inside the house, to enjoy a peaceful evening and to celebrate the wedding of Tony and Pepper.