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Wow! This story took me almost a month to finish, actually it isn't finished but I have part two nearly done. I started this story May 8th and am now just posting it. This was the only idea that came to mind after seeing Iron Man 2 so I hope everyone likes it:) I know there must be a dozen kidnap stories of Pepper...So I'm gonna give it a shot;) Set right after Iron Man 2, may be a little ooc but I'll try my best not to make it that way:P And only rated 'T' because yes i am paranoid of the little violence that's in this story;)
**SO SO SOOO Sorry for any errors! This time it's the entire spell checker not working! Grrrrrr!** (and please note its 2:00am right now)
After they're commendations at D.C., Tony and Rhodey were flying back to Malibu in Tony's private plane along with Pepper. They've been sitting in silence for the past ten minutes until Rhodey got up to go lay down, leaving Pepper to chew out Tony.
"We're still going to talk about you 'dying'." Pepper said and Tony made a childish nosie of protest.
"Ugh. Pepper I'm sorry I didn't tell you. You had enough to worry about that I didn't want to cause you anymore stress than I already put on you." Tony said with sincere eyes that Pepper wanted, and did, cry. She wiped a tear with her thumb at the thought of actually losing Tony.
"Just promise me you'll never keep something like that from me again." Pepper with the same face she gave him the first time he tried to tell her he was dying. Tony took her hand and kissed her palm.
"I won't. I promise. I won't let anything happen like that again...or let anything happen to you.." He mumbled the last part and tried not to think about what would have happened to her if he didn't get to her in time of the explosin. Pepper bit her lip as if trying to hold in tears and got up from her seat and wrapped her arms around Tony. He buried his face in her hair, inhaling her sweet scent. After a minute of them hugging, Tony picked her up and put her in his lap and she rested her head on his shoulder.
"You know...It was never made clear to me if you were coming back to be my assistent." Tony said with a smirk.
"Ugh Tony...if I don't do it who will keep your life in order?" She asked playfully.
"You're completely right. And you know...you're more than an assistent to me, you're all I have." Tony said. He heard Pepper give a little sniffle.
"Yeah...I know Tony." She said as her eye lips started to close. Right before she drifted off to sleep she could have sworn she heard Tony mumble 'I love you'.
When they got back to Malibu the next morning Pepper went straight to her now ex-office to collect her things when she saw the TV was on, probably left on by one of the cleaners, and on screen was a news report about Justin Hammer.
"And the N.Y.P.D. have confirmed that Justin Hammer of Hammer Industeris has been released from custody on a 20,000 dollar bail. In other news..." Pepper turned off the TV and her blood ran cold.
Justin's last words to her going over and over in her head. I'm going to see you again real soon. Pepper bolted out of the office and went back to Tony's, now reconstructed, mansion. She set her stuff down in the mansion that she'll need and went to look for Tony. She wasn't surprised to see him in his work shop. At least he was cleaning up.
"Tony." Pepper said. He turned around and smiled.
"Wow, your already here to boss me around again aren't you?" He asked with a smirk.
"Well yes but I'm here because I just saw the news and Jus-"
"Hammer's been released. I know." Tony said in a bored tone while he ordered his 'bots around.
"So...you don't care? You don't think he'll try anything?" She asked.
"Nah. He's no threat to us now." Tony said. Pepper sighed quietly in content
"Okay. Well I'm going to go home now-"
"You can stay if you want?" He asked with a smile. Pepper pursed her lips but did in fact smile.
"That's okay Mr. Stark I'll be fine. I'll be on time tomorrow morning eight sharp. You have a Board of Directors Meeting at 10:00am tomorrow too so I want you up and early Mr. Stark." Pepper said in her old professionalism voice that made Tony smile.
"Back to 'Mr.' are we Potts? Don't worry I won't stay up late." Tony said.
"Good. Will that be all Mr. Stark?"
"That willl be all Ms. Potts." Tony said with they're ususal banter and went back to work on his cars. Pepper smied as she left and for the first time in weeks, she felt happy.
Justin starred at the news paper headline. Stark Industries Back On Top. Justin scowled at the page and noticed the photo. It had Tony, much to his discontent, and his now PA again, Miss Virginia Potts. A slow and very creepy smile spread across his face as he downsed his drink.
The next morning Pepper arrvied early at Tony's mansion to make sure he actaully did get to the Board of Directors meeting. She was greeted by Jarvis as she entered and wasn't surprised to see Tony hunched over his work table; asleep of course. She showed no mercy on him as she nudged him far off the table and he almost plummeted to the floor if he hadn't caught himself.
"Hey, not fair! I was sleeping!" Tony whined.
"I know. Tony do you even remember what you promised me last night?" She asked, even though she knew the answer.
"Umm...OH! The Board of Directors Meeting! Don't worry I'll be there." Tony said with a smile.
"No. You said you wouldn't spend all night working on your cars, let me guess, you have been here all night right?" She asked.
"...yes." Tony muttered sheepishly. Pepper sighed and grabbed Tony right elbow and led him up the workshop stairs.
"Where are we going?" He asked.
"It's 7:00am, you have an hour to sleep so I suggest you use it wisely and go to bed." Pepper said as she pointed her finger up the stairs. Tony bowed his head and went up to his bedroom. Pepper sighed and shook her head, but couldn't stop the smile that crept on her face.
An hour and half later Tony was dressed and getting on his private plane to New York. Pepper stayed behind and went into the office instead. There was a lot she could do with Tony away for a little while. She worked on her emails and Tony's reports on the Stark Expo. Before she knew it, it was 6:00pm so she got her things and left Tony's mansion, and telling Jarvis to tell Tony when he got back to get some sleep immediately. She drove home in peace.
When Pepper got back to her apartment she felt happy and alive again to have her life back in control. Her happiness turned into cold-blooded fear as she realised her door looked like it been tampered with and it was left open, something she never did. She stepped inside slowly and placed her purse down on her end table and walked into the living room. What she saw made her freeze and her spine chill. Justin Hammar stood in her living room with two body guards that look ten feet tall. Justin had an evil smile on his face, Pepper knew he had only bad intentions and was about to run if another one of his body gaurds (which she failed to notice when she came in) came from behind her and put a cloth under her nose and everything went black...
When Tony came home it was a little after one in the morning. He stayed a little while longer in New York than he expected. He went down in his work shop but before he could pick up a tool Jarvis spoke.
"Sir, Miss Potts wanted me to inform you to sleep immediately as soon as you get home." Tony groaned and threw the tool back on the bench. He hated when Pepper was right. He went back up stairs to get a shower and dressed for bed. He fell asleep thinking about Pepper.
The next morning Tony woke up peacfully. Which was odd comsidering Pepper usually wakes him up bright and early in the morning. He got up and got dressed for the day and went to the kitchen.
"Jarvis where's Pepper?" He asked as he poured his coffee.
"I do not know Sir. She hasn't come to the mansion today nor Stark Industries." Tony froze. Never has Pepper been late.
"Jarvis, can you track her cell phone?" Tony asked.
"Her cell phone appears to be off. I can not get a signal." Jarvis spoke. Tony started to panic a little. He decided to go to her apartment, hoping she just slept in late. When he arrived he went straight up to her door. He would have knocked if the door didn't look like it had been broken into. He ran right in yelling Pepper's name. He stopped when he saw an envelope on her coffee table labled Tony. He quickly opened it, at first a shot of panic thought she was quitting but his fears grew worse when he realized this wasn't Pepper's hand writing.
The note read:
Anthony, Hey buddy. Thought I'd drop you a line. This is about your former CEO. The one who almost got me thrown in jail. Yeah I have her now with me. Thought you might like to know. Huh, it's like killing two birds with one stone Anthony. I get revenge on you and your girl. I'll keep in contact with you though. Justin Hammer
Hey buddy. Thought I'd drop you a line. This is about your former CEO. The one who almost got me thrown in jail. Yeah I have her now with me. Thought you might like to know. Huh, it's like killing two birds with one stone Anthony. I get revenge on you and your girl. I'll keep in contact with you though.
It was strange to write a note instead of sending some sort of ransom video but right now Tony didn't care. Pepper was missing! Well Tony knew she was with Justin, question now is where are they?
Smart Justin, Tony thought. He wrote a letter so we couldn't trace him.
Tony ran back into his car and raced back to his mansion.
I better call Rhodey...
"What do you mean Pepper's been kidnapped? Tony slow down..Okay where are you now?" After he got his response, Rhodey hung up his phone and raced to his car to Tony's mansion.
I better call Rhodey...
Rhodey didn't bother knocking as he barged into the mansion, something he didn't care about at the moment. Rhodey saw Tony pacing up and down his living room talking on the phone.
"I don't care how much money it takes! I want Justin found now! And I want Pepper back safe as soon as possible!" Tony yelled to, what Rhodey assumed, the L.A.P.D. or the F.B.I.. After Tony hung up he sat down on his sofa and buried his face into his hands.
"Rhodey what if..what if we don't find her? What if Justin's already..."
"We won't find her if you keep talking like that. We'll find her man. It's just going to take some time to find where Justin's hiding. I called the F.B.I. on my way here and they're going to go where Justin was seen last. They said he was last seen somewhere near the Stark Expo in New York." Rhodey said.
"I can't believe the state of New York let that maniac go. What were they thinking!" Tony yelled.
"I don't know...I couldn't even believe they let him go on bail." Rhodey muttered. "But we will find her Tony." Rhodey said comfortingly.
"...Yeah." If only...
I woke up to the smell of what smelled like buring rubber and a car factory. I must have fell asleep again in Tony's workshop. I slowly opened my eyes and realized I definetly wasn't in Tony's workshop. Then all the memories of what happened last night hit me full force in my head. Justin...armed men...chloroform...oh God! Just as I thought it couldn't get any worse, Justin walks in with a snarky smirk on his face.
"Well Ms. Potts it's nice to see you finally up. I was starting to worry my bodygaurds hit you over the head too hard." He said, and I realized my head was pounding uncontrollably.
"Anyways, your going to be staying here in this little basement until I get what I want." He said with another smirk.
"What do you want?" I choked out, I couldn't believe how sore my throat was now. Must have been all that chloroform.
"Well, two things infact. I want the Iron Man suit handed over by your precious Anthony, and then I want revenge on you. After I get the suit...I'm going to kill you and make Anthony watch. I think it's the perfect revenge on both of you. Well I better be going. See you later Ms. Potts." Justin said with a creepy smile, then left.
I can't believe he's going to do this. What am I going to do Tony? Tony. Oh please let him be okay. Please...
Back at Tony's Malibu manison, Tony was about to lose his mind when a video recording was sent to him.
"Sir I have just received a recording from Hammer Industries. Would you like me to play it?" Jarvis asked.
"Yes! Go head." Tony said eagerly.
"Anthony. I hope your doing well. Miss Potts and I are having a very fun time here. Her life depends on you Anthony. You can try all you want to trace this recording but it's no use. I'll keep in touch but right now I"m a little busy. See you later Iron Man." And the line went dead.