Ok, so I finally have an Iron Man story in the works, which seems only fair considering that my user name is Starkreactor. (Can you figure that one out lol) Now, what I would like to say is that one of my favorite authors Alydia Rackham, inspired parts of this story. I know she has already done Wolverine and Iron man in one of her stories, but I realllly wanted to put my two favorite characters in a story, and I couldn't help but jump on the Pepperoni bandwagon. So, Alydia, if it looks like I'm copying, I'm trying not to, but the whole Tony in danger and Wolverine taking him and Pepper to the X school was far too much fun. So just know that this idea is not wholly mine, and I'm trying not to offend anyone =)
Pepper looked around the cluttered machine shop, trying to find her boss somewhere among the paint, Iron Man parts, and car insides. His reply to her call sounded muffled, somewhere off to the left…….
"Marco!" She called sarcastically. It was something they tended to do when she couldn't find him.
"Polo." He replied, looking at her as he slid out from under the car he was working on. His shirt was stained with oil, and he looked like he had rolled out of bed and under the car. Pepper smiled to herself, looking at her disheveled boss. Nothing new there.
"I brought your coffee, and you have a meeting to attend to immediately."
Tony had slid back under the car, but quickly re-emerged when he heard the word 'immediately'. "Potts."
She looked up from her Blackberry. "Yes."
"You are not on time with something."
"The meeting wasn't pre-scheduled Mr. Stark, the man is waiting up stairs. And I don't think you want to make him wait." She added as she glanced at her watch.
Tony was back under the car, and his response was once again muffled. "Why? He have something against the Iron Man? Honestly Pepper, have him make an appointment. What can anyone do against an Iron man?"
"What about adamantium man? Bub, I don't think you know what you're up against." Tony slowly pulled himself out from under the vehicle to stare at the intruder now standing behind Pepper. He wasn't very tall, but he was solid muscle, and Tony got the feeling that no one sober would mess with him. He had a distinctly feral appearance, his hair curling strangely into something like wolf ears. He looked rather serious at the moment, his arms folded across his chest.
"You wait much longer and I'll have to carry you out myself."
Tony didn't think the man was kidding. "Who are you, and why would you have to carry me anywhere?" Tony asked harshly, standing now and walking towards Pepper and the stranger.
"Not much time to explain, but it's your skin. Somebody is all set to assassinate the invincible Iron Man, and Professor X sent me to get you out of here before they had the chance. You are going to want to bring Potts too."
Tony bristled at the man's nerve, all but forgetting that he was not invincible at the moment. In fact, the strong glow of the arc over his heart was an easy target almost blaring 'shoot here' Caution, however, had never been Tony's strong point. Nor was patience.
"Look, if you are going to haul me and my girl-" He hesitated, choking off mid word. "My assistant anywhere, then you better prove that this assassin is more than my security and suit can handle."
The man opened his mouth to deliver a smart alec remark when he turned suddenly, like he was on alert. He sniffed the air, his right hand curling into a tight fist and his left pushing Pepper back behind him. Tony was utterly bewildered by his behavior. He was acting like a hunting dog that had just caught the scent. Without warning, the man bolted up the stairs, disappeared for a moment, and ran back down into Tony's workshop. Immediately he grabbed Pepper, sweeping her off her feet and into his arms, and shoved Tony towards his suit with a muttered. "Get it on genius." Before Tony could even think about reacting, the man had his suit sequence initiated and he found himself incased in his armor. As soon as he was free of the robots, he had intended to beat the snot out of this guy who DARE touch Pepper, but he was immediately distracted. Fifteen men, all in matching suits with gas masks, machine guns, and swords suddenly burst into Tony's lab, firing gas cans into the center of the room. They immediately spewed a green gas, and Tony barely saw the man cover Pepper with his body before the gas covered them. Jarvis, who apparently had only survived inside the suit's hardware, spoke up.
"Sir, it appears we are under attack."
"Really? I had no clue Jarvis."
"I would watch that gas sir, you should be protected, but sensors indicate that it is methyl isocyanate. Mrs. Potts will not be protected."
Tony's heart began hammering harder that it had since his capture when he thought of the gas' terrible effects on Pepper. He had to get her out- now. An adrenaline rush pushed him through the mass, crushing aside the men as they poured through, more coming than the initial group; some with new weapons. Tony ducked and rolled, heading in Pepper's general direction as a missile barely missed his armored head. He reached where he had seen her last, only to come to a horrified stop. The window to his right was shattered. She wouldn't have jumped, would she? Without a backward glance he launched himself through the window, looking out over the sunny landscape for any sign of Pepper.
He dove closer to the ground, shouting her name, not really caring that he was still under attack. Suddenly he saw her a few feet away, laying close to where she had landed apparently. The man was bending over her. Tony swooped over, fear and anger boiling in his blood, ready to over flow accordingly. When he got close enough to really see, he choked back a gasp. The stranger was kissing her! Tony could barely keep himself steady when she didn't fight back. Jarvis interrupted his shocked thoughts.
"Sir, are you all right, your heartbeat faltered for a moment, and your breathing is dangerously erratic."
Tony didn't have the strength to tell the over observant AI to shut up.