A/N: This show is officially my new obsession. I don't know why, never had a really strong interest in Iron Man, but this show is really good. So I had to write something for it.

The idea for this story occurred shortly after watching the episode Field Trip (Um…spoilers, by the way). I'm not incredibly with this first chapter, but I had to get this written before I lost interest. The opening just gave me a bunch of trouble, so I swore at it until something I liked developed.


"Ok, students, get back to the bus."

The order came from Professor Kline, attempting to get back the attention of his students. All of them were stifling giggles as Mr. Obadiah Stane, feared and revered CEO of Stark International, marched past them, flanked by a platoon of bodyguards. Pepper, standing at the edge of the crowd, had to resist the urge to trip one of the grey-clad men. She settled for making faces as they passed, hoping the action wouldn't get her forcibly restrained…again.

"Get a move on, Ms. Potts." Professor Kline yelled, calling her attention back to him. He was motioning for her to follow the rest of the group back to the bus. Pepper complied and began to follow the group, but turned her head around to stick her tongue out at the bodyguards' retreating backs one last time. As she turned her head to face the forward direction, a movement in the corner of her eye caught her attention.

Stane's daughter, the girl who had cut the power, was waving to someone on the bus, a flirty smile on her face. Pepper immediately knew who it had to be. After all, there was only one person on the bus the heiress had to know, and chances were astronomically good it wasn't Happy.

Hopping on one foot so she could tilt her body to see into the bus window, Pepper's guess proved to be, naturally, correct. Sure enough, Tony was waving back to the blonde, a small smile playing across his face.

Something, some emotion in Pepper burned and she let out a sound that was a strange cross between anger and sadness.

Rhodey, waiting in front of Pepper to get on the bus, heard it and turned around. "Something wrong?"

"No, nothing." Pepper muttered, "Foam in my nose."


A/N: Ok, there's the first chapter. It's a bit short, but I've got more planned. Also, does anyone know what color Pepper's eyes really are? I guessed, since in some scenes they were green, some brown, some gray. So I just settled for hazel. But if you could tell me, without any doubt, what color they are, I'll give you a cookie.

On, and there's a pretty green and gray button right below this. Please click on it and give a struggling author some love? I really want to hear what you guys think. (Constructive criticism definitely accepted. Flames, however, will be used to heat my room.)