It wasn't until the next morning until he remembered a certain part of their conversation the night before. A comment that had confused him momentarily before being pushed aside to deal with the more pressing issue of his sudden immortality. But now, after his third cup of coffee, he found himself going over loki's words. Deciding he wasn't going to get anywhere just pondering it, he reluctantly got up from his seat in the kitchen and wandered down the workshop where Loki had retreated early in the morning.
Tony settled into one of the plush work chairs by the desk where Loki was reading from a large tomb, it's pages yellow and thick. "Can I talk to you for a sec?" he asked when Loki didn't make any notice of his arrival. Green eyes looked up from the parchment that held his attention so, and upon seeing his uncharacteristically serious face Loki dutifully marked his page and closed this book, giving Tony his full attention.
"Ok, so I have a question about last night." he started and Loki nodded.
"I had thought you might. If it is about the apples you needn't worry, you only have to ingest one every decade or so-"
"Actually this is about something you said." Tony interrupted and Loki tilted his head to the side curiously. "When I asked you when were you going to tell me about all this, you said I would have figured it out soon enough, but then you seemed surprised when I started talking about the magic apples. So now I'm thinking there's something else you've done, and I'd like to know what." and Tony knew right away that he was right, because Loki had gone rigid in his seat before breaking eye contact so that he could stare at the cover of his book instead. "Ok, out with it Loki."
Tony watched as Loki ran his tongue over his lower lip and recognized the tell for what it was. Loki was extremely nervous. "Perhaps we should discuss this later, after you've had some time to adjust to your new state of godhood."
Tony felt a shiver go up his spine at the word but otherwise refused to be distracted. "Oh hell no, now I know this is big. What could you have possibly done to get you this worked up?" Loki looked away and clenched his jaw but otherwise remained silent. "Alright, let's see if I can figure it out, clever man that I am right?" Loki winced but said nothing.
Tony leaned back in his chair and went over what he knew. "Ok, so it's something I would have noticed eventually, it's not a new haircut is it?" Nothing. "That was a joke, never mind. Ok you didn't seem to think I'd be too happy about it," he frowned. "Did you rob a bank or something?"
Loki made a face. "Ok not a bank then. Did you do something to Fury? Cause I'm telling you right now sweetheart, the only reason I'd be upset with that is that you didn't include me."
Loki shook his head.
"So it's not a prank, you didn't break the law or anything, it's not a new haircut," he chuckled. "You can't be pregnant right?"
"No?" was Loki's weak response. Tony felt his grin slide off his face as he took in Loki's expression.
Tony's mind scrambled to make sense of what was being said. "Hold up, you said at the beginning that you couldn't, that your magic protected you from, from conception and diseases and everything." he rambled as a pressure slowly built in his chest. Loki looked close to tears.
"Except, you might recall a short period in which I had no magic at all." it was a statement and Tony blinked his eyes which were in danger of popping out of his head.
"So, you're pregnant?" he asked, because he wanted to be clear. Loki met his eyes regretfully before nodding.
Tony sat back in his seat in a daze and tried to let that thought process. Loki was pregnant. He was pregnant right now. His eyes flicked to Loki's stomach but there was no bulge to show new life was growing there. Loki hadn't been kidding though when he'd said he would have figured it out eventually. Loki was a skinny little shit, it would be getting pretty obvious soon enough once the baby got bigger.
His brain tripped over that word again. Baby, holy shit Loki was pregnant. He was going to have a kid... No, they were going to have a kid. He was going to be a dad.
Loki was looking at him strangely. "What?" he asked.
"You are smiling." he said, sounding unsure if this should be alarming or not.
Tony ran a hand over his face but the grin that had appeared didn't go away. "Yep."
Loki looked like he wasn't sure what to make of that. "You're not upset?"
Tony ran both his hands through his hair and sighed. "Honest to God, I think I'm still recovering from the last bomb you dropped on me. But right now, no I'm apparently not upset." He smiled reassuringly at Loki, but that faded when he saw his face. "Are you?" he asked, suddenly concerned. How long had Loki been holding on to this secret? Loki looked like he was going to be sick.
When he didn't answer Tony got out of his chair and pulled Loki out of his so that he could wrap his arms around that still skinny waist. Loki remained tense against him for a long minute before slowly sinking into the embrace, his arms winding over Tony's shoulders and tucking his face close to his neck. He gave a great shuddering sigh and Tony soon found himself nearly holding the other man up so he leaned back against the edge of the table. "Hey, its going to be ok." He tried, rubbing a hand up and down his back. Loki sighed again and Tony bit his lip before regretfully adding, "Look, I know this wasn't in the plan, so if you, if you don't want it, there are ways to-"
"No!" Loki jerked back, looking both hurt and angry at what he was insinuating.
Tony didn't let him pull away too far, keeping his grip firm around his middle so that Loki could only really lean back slightly to glare at him. "Ok ok, I wasn't saying you should, I was just-"
"I know." Loki interrupted softly, the anger leaking out of his expression leaving him looking tired instead. "I know, it isn't that I don't want it, It's just…" he didn't seem able to finish his thought, and instead rested his head back on Tony's shoulder again. They stayed that way for several minutes before Loki spoke again. "People will have to know." He said gravely.
Tony nodded. "Yeah, they might notice something is up when I install a nursery in the room next to ours." He felt Loki smile at that.
"Tony I am giving you fair warning right now, if but one person mentions Sepnir, I will not be held accountable for my actions."
Tony laughed. "Dually noted." He couldn't wait to see the look on Fury's face. Or… wait. "Oh holy shit." He muttered as a thought crossed his mind and Loki gave a noise of protest when he was suddenly gripped tightly and pulled away from his comfortable position. "Loki," Tony said seriously, holding the man by his shoulders, "Your brother is going to kill me."
Loki looked unimpressed, which wasn't good because that meant he didn't understand how unbelievably screwed Tony was. "I'm serious!" he continued, "He's just starting to be ok with us being together, as in, I think he's stopped trying to purposely get me killed on missions and make it look like an accident. When he finds out I've knocked you up, he's going to make a wind chime out of my genitals as a warning for others."
Loki tipped back his head and laughed, apparently finding his distress hilarious. "Fine," he said, still chuckling, "I will tell Thor, and I will make sure that he doesn't kill you."
Tony would request this in writing later, but for now he sighed in relief. "Alright then, you break the news to Thor, I'll take an extended trip to Somalia or something, give him a chance to cool down you know?"
"Yes," Loki smiled, and there was something decidedly evil behind it. "I will tell Thor, and you can tell Miss Potts."
Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaah so this is a little late, but better late than never right!? Here is the extra epilogue I promised like... hell was that a year ago? no... couldn't be. Anyways! Hope anyone who still cares about this story likes this extra bonus! Now back to writing a particular bitchy chapter of Incandescence! Wish me luck!