jump on that old welcome wagon
"All right," she said primly, taking a long sip of her coffee and slipping her feet into Tony's last Christmas present—a pair of bright green Miu Miu shoes with a single, but sizeable, diamond stud in the center of the toe. "I'm going to take Tony straight here after the hospital, and he's probably going to want to go right down to his workshop but we are not going to let him, got it, Jarvis?"
She smiled to herself, embarrassingly giddy at the thought that he would be here. She had spent three months staring through the glass at his workshop, unwilling to go inside, unwilling to move a damn thing because it was his and she wasn't going to touch any of it, not for a million years.
But now he was back. He was alive. He was alive.
She took another long gulp of coffee.
"Understood," the A.I. told her.
"This command overrides all other commands," she added. "I don't care what Tony says to you, he is not to be allowed into the workshop. He is going to bed, if I have to knock him out myself."
"Understood," Jarvis repeats. If it weren't for the fact that he is just a program, she would have thought he sounded amused.
Her Blackberry trills. Rhodey. Plane lands in twenty minutes. Meet us there.
She shivers, grabbing her purse and her jacket and moving with purpose towards the door. As her fingers wrap around the handle, she pauses. "Um, Jarvis," she says after a moment, "Tony doesn't have to know about—um—anything that I said or did for the past three months. Erase the security tapes."
Jarvis hesitates. "I have an override in the system. I can't erase any of the tapes. It's a security measure."
She swears under her breath, imagining Tony watching the hours of tape with fascination, imaging her boss finally getting it into his thick skull that she—
That she had not handled the news of his abduction well. Denial, anger, desperation, overwhelming grief—and these were just the beginning, coupled with her inability to leave his house, her neurotic desire to wear his shirts and nothing else, her sixty-day 'vacation' when she didn't leave his house or go outside…a vacation was reinstated four days after she finally ventured to the grocery store, only to be confronted by a cell phone message which gently requested she come into the office for the official reading of Tony's will. She'd lost almost fifteen pounds before Jarvis finally called Rhodey and the man forced her to eat.
These were all things that Tony Stark didn't need to know.
"All right, don't erase them. But this command overrides literally everything. If the request has anything to do remotely with those tapes, they are off-limits."
"Understood," Jarvis said.
Pepper Potts nods once, taking one last sweep of the house to be sure everything is in order. Then she steps outside and lets Happy open the limo's door for her.
"The airport," she says.