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Tony took another bite of the lasagna. He can't help but sigh in gratitude. He really had missed Hannah's cooking. He wondered how someone so inherently aggressive could make such wonderful food. Then he thought of Gordon Ramsay from Hell's Kitchen.
"Hey, Mina, Uncle wanted me to tell you, that one of the students at the dojo, Lana, wanted extra practice."
"Oh, Lana, well I'd be glad to help. She goes to school with you doesn't she?"
"Yeah, a year younger."
"Bring her over, we can practice the day after tomorrow. We still have the workout mats somewhere in this house."
Tony pictured sparring with Mina, he imagined that it would end vertically but who was complaining? Tony took another satisfying bite. They were scattered about the house, he Hannah and Mina at the kitchen table, Jax and Maddie in the basement. He figured the two of them were still working out the final kinks of their computer program. Joshua had disappeared to do some homework, probably near his brothers.
"What's going on tomorrow then," Tony asked.
"Work, work and more work," Mina said wrinkling her nose.
"Stay home, live life on the wild side," Tony suggested with a wink.
Mina arched a brow and pointed her fork at him. "Easy for you t' say."
"Tell 'em you're sick. How many days off do you get anyway? Besides when you do get that gallery up and running you won't be able to handle that many jobs anyway."
She looked at him a moment, tapping the fork against her lip as she did so. She wasn't going to shoot down his idea immediately. She was actually letting his words reach her.
"Do it, Mina, you need a break,"Hannah said with a sly grin. Tony thought a moment about Hannah. She was really growing up to be the wise one in the family. He knew that after Mina, Hannah was the second most responsible. He thought that maybe it was something that the women in the family shared. He wondered if perhaps their mother had been the same way.
"I dunno, I mean, its money Hannah."
"Realistically Mina you're dating a multibillionaire."
"No, just hear me out. No one's saying that Tony's gonna start paying for everything and that somewhere down the road he's gonna buy me a new laptop or anything,"Hannah said shooting him a look at the word laptop,"but he can help out with little stuff, can't he?"
"Well, yeah, but this is me missing work."
"Yeah, and when you do your gallery in California you think you'll still be waiting tables?"
"Well, no, but-"
"Oh for the love of Christ, just put in your two weeks and quit that wretched job."
"So now it's me quitting, not just taking a sick day?"
"Yes, that's right. We'll be fine, Mina."
Tony considered the design specs of the laptop he was going to be making for Hannah. It would probably take him a few hours to accomplish. He'd work on it as soon as he got home and send it to her through express mail.
"Alright fine. I'll stay."
Seven glorious hours of alone time with Mina was kicked off with a flourish. Of course, they'd had a little fun before taking a shower (where more fun ensued) then headed downstairs.
Between the two of them they decided the safest thing to make for breakfast, was toaster strudels and a glass of milk, nothing too fancy.
Mina flicked strawberry filling from the corner of her lips and licked it off. Tony followed her tongue and then remembered he still wanted to talk to her about their future. Or at least ensure that she would have one down the road.
"What's up,"she asked glancing up from her strudel. Her mismatched eyes saw the expression on his face and her small smile disappeared. He hated doing that to her. He smiled softly to reassure her but knew damn well that she was way too clever for that. It was better to just come out with it.
"I was thinking about us, Mina. I've been thinkin' about where we're headed."
"Okay, keep going."
"I...well...I was wondering if you'd consider maybe...wow,"Tony flushed with heat. He hadn't thought proposing would be so hard that he'd forget how to speak. His mind raced for better words than 'wow' to express how he felt. It halted, things were at a standstill. He glanced up at her, his perfect match and he grinned because she was smiling too.
"I'm gonna go out on a limb here, Mr. Stark. I'm gonna go ahead and say that you are trying to propose." Tony nodded gratefully and he knew that he had the silliest grin on his face. She was still smiling when she began to approach him. She slid out of her chair and went to stand behind him, wrapping her arms around his shoulders. Tony inhaled, her scent making him sort of forget himself.
"Okay, now try."
"I think about you all the time. When I'm not thinkin' about you, I wonder about the kids. I've never done that before. I mean, there's Pepper but with her it's more of a friend type thing-not with you. I wanna be with you, make love to you every morning, make breakfast with Hannah, watch Jax mangle the food. I want Maddie and Josh to call me Uncle Tony because I sound like a mob guy. And the only way I see that happening is if I marry you. I wanna marry you and stay with you forever and ever infinity plus one. I want...Jesus, y'know I even want kids of my own? I wanna have kids with you Mina. They'd be perfect and look so much like you. Of course, they'd have their dad's good looks too but-"
"Tony that sounds so wonderful. You...you...really want that for us?" Tony turned around to see Mina crying softly hands over her face. She shook as she cried, practically sobbing. He wondered if that usually happened during wedding proposals and if it was a good thing that she was crying.
"Are you alright," he asked standing up. He wasn't sure if he should hold her or give her her space so he waited.
"I'm great,"she said still crying. She moved her hands and Tony could see her watery, albeit happy smile. He wrapped his arms around her and she continued to sob into his shirt. He'd never seen her cry this much.
"I'm sorry,"she sniffled,"I just...that was a really good proposal. I mean...forever and ever infinity plus one? I'm sorry,"she said as she started crying a little harder. Tony rubbed her back thinking about what Pepper, Rhodey and Brittany had said. This was why they had wanted him to propose without any help. They knew that he would know exactly what to say when it mattered. He pressed a soft kiss to Mina's hair waiting until she quieted.
"So is that a yes?"
"Of course it is, idiot,"Mina said her response muffled by his shirt. She pulled away and kissed him, then kissed him again. Tony practically melted away when her tongue invaded his mouth enthusiastically. It looked like they were going to be spending a lot more time upstairs. Her fingers tugged at his shirt insistently and he backed up a little so that she could take it off.
"Yes, you silly man we're going upstairs. If we were in the kitchen Hannah would probably kill us."
"Alright fiance, lead the way."
Mina giggled and took his hand.
Well, needless to say Tony's bones were jelly. There was probably a good chance he'd never walk the same way again. They'd had exceptional sex and he'd enjoyed every second of it. He'd left Mina sleeping upstairs in her room, she even more worn out than him.
He waited for the kids' bus to come. The yellow bus approached finally and Hannah and Eric stepped out.
"Hey where's Mina,"Hannah asked adjusting her bookbag over her shoulder. Tony rubbed the back of his head.
"She's a little tired right now."
"Wow, well you certainly didn't waste any time,"Hannah grinned.
"Yeah, and that girl Lana...where's she,"Tony said with a wink.
"Whatever, I'm going inside. She'll probably swing by tomorrow, y'know when Mina's not incapacitated." Hannah brushed by Tony and headed inside, so much like her sister it was almost comical. Except Tony knew better than to laugh at Hannah outright.
Eric looked up at Tony, his fingers brushing through his bright red hair. "Um...Tony?"
"Yeah, what's up."
"Be careful okay? I really do like this family a lot. Mina's kinda like my older sister and I don't want her to get hurt."
"No worries kid, I'd never dream of hurting Mina. I'm not letting her go."
Jax was the last to come home, carrying a few books under his arm. The tall child inhaled deeply and a huge grin slowly spread over his face.
"Slow-roasted,"Hannah called from the kitchen. Tony watched the twenty year old wander over to the fridge and open it for snacks. It really did amaze him, the young man's appetite.
"Hey, what's that green stuff?"
"Health shake, you won't like it,"Tony chirped. He watched Jax open the lid and take a sniff.
"That stuff reeks! Are you sure it's not poison?"
"Haha very funny. No, it's something that Jarvis cooked up to keep me shape."
"Sure Mina can't just do that,"Hannah called from the kitchen. Tony felt his cheeks heat. He was really going to have to watch that around the women of the household. He couldn't afford to be blushing. He was Tony freaking Stark. He heard creaks from the stairs and turned to see Hannah in another one of her long skirts and a tanktop. She smiled lazily as she entered the kitchen. When she saw all the kids in the house she raised a brow.
"Geez how long have I been knocked out?"
Tony smiled, the rest of the kids laughing. It was a little weird having them know their sex life was going but at the same time it didn't matter.
"I left you a snack in the fridge,"Hannah said as she started making cake. Tony hadn't said anything about proposing to Mina yet but he had the sneaking suspicion that Hannah already knew. He wondered how long she'd been holding onto that ham.
"Thanks,"Mina opened the fridge and pulled out chocolate pudding. "Aww you shouldn't have."
"Yeah, I should've. I mean you get on my nerves but less so after you've eaten chocolate."
"Haha very funny."
"Ladies calm down, besides today's a good day."
The two women turned to Tony at the sound of his voice, both wearing the same expression. Tony went back to just lounging on the sofa and overseeing Josh's homework.