The Final Press Conference
"Iron Man. That's kinda catchy. That's got a nice ring to it. I mean, it's not technically accurate. The suit's a gold-titanium alloy, but it's kind of evocative, the imagery, anyway."
Blaine was laying on the couch in his living room, listening to his father talking on speaker phone. He was still in some pain from the previous night. Mostly he was sore from getting hit by Obie and getting blasted into the wall. But other than that, he was fine. He was a bit bruised, and had a bandage on his forehead from where it hit the wall. The blast had knocked him unconscious, but luckily, Pepper and the agents got up to the roof quickly.
"Here's your alibi," he heard Agent Coulson say.
As Coulson explained to his father what to say, he sat up. "Crap."
"What?" Pepper's voice asked, immediately concerned. "Are you okay? Do you feel any pain?"
"No, no," Blaine said. "Kurt. What do I tell him. I promised I would explain to him."
"Stick to the official story," Agent Coulson's voice responded.
Blaine was hoping he wasn't going to say that. "But he's gonna be able to tell that I'm – "
"Stick to the official story," he repeated firmly. Blaine groaned in frustration and laid back down.
"Blaine, sweetie, we gotta go, okay?" Pepper's voice told him. "Don't worry, it'll be fine. We'll see you later." Then the line went dead.
Jarvis's voice spoke as Blaine stared at Rhodey talking to the press on the same projection that, just a couple of weeks ago, he and Pepper had watched Mad Money, before everything got crazy with his dad and the suit. "Sir, Kurt is at the door."
Blaine closed his eyes. He didn't know how he was going to do this. "Let him in," he told Jarvis softly as he carefully got up from his position on the couch.
Kurt came in. As soon as he saw Blaine and the bandage on his head, his eyes widened. He ran forward into Blaine's arms. Blaine quickly wrapped them around Kurt. "Oh my god, are you okay?" Kurt asked.
Blaine nodded against Kurt's shoulder. "Yeah, I'm fine," he said.
Kurt pulled back. "What happened last night? Tell me," he demanded. "Now."
Blaine pulled in a breath to give Kurt the official story when he heard his dad be announced behind him. He turned to watch the press conference. "Blaine..." Kurt started, but Blaine interrupted.
"No, hold on." He sat on the couch, pulling Kurt down next to him.
"Been a while since I was in front of you. I figure I'll stick to the cards this time," Tony said. "There's been speculation that I was involved in the events that occurred on the freeway and the rooftop."
A female's voice interrupted him. Blaine recognized it. The chick reporter that his dad had taken home. Blaine smirked slightly.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Stark, but do you honestly expect us to believe that that was a bodyguard in a suit that conveniently appeared despite the fact that you..."
Tony responded quickly. "I know that it's confusing. It is one thing to question the official story, and another thing entirely to make wild accusations, or insinuate that I'm a superhero."
Blaine winced at his dad's answer. That was the wrong thing to say.
"I never said you were a superhero," Christine pointed out.
"Didn't? Well, good, because that would be outlandish and fantastic." Tony sighed. "I'm just not the hero type. Clearly."
His dad continued on, not reading from the card. Blaine said, "Oh my god, Dad, just shut up and read the cards."
As soon as Blaine said it, Rhodey leaned forward to Tony to whisper something in his ear. Probably telling Tony the same thing. Just in a nicer way.
He held up the cards. "The truth is..." He paused. Blaine could see something in his eyes. He knew that look. He drew in a breath and braced himself as Tony let his hand fall back down.
"I am Iron Man."
Blaine closed his eyes and looked down as the press freaked out. Blaine reached out to the remote and turned it off. Then he turned to Kurt. "He wasn't supposed to say that..." Blaine said quietly.
Kurt's eyes were wide with shock. "Is that what you were going to tell me?"
Blaine shook his head slowly. "I was supposed to tell you that the official story is the truth. But..." Blaine shrugged.
Kurt just looked at him for a moment in silence. Then, "So. Your dad is Iron Man," he said, breaking the silence. Blaine nodded. Then, unexpectedly, Kurt leaned in and kissed him. Blaine's eyes fluttered shut and he lifted his hand to Kurt's cheek.
After a lingering moment, they broke apart. Kurt looked Blaine right in the eye and said, "Don't you ever scare me like that again."
Blaine laughed. "I make no guarantees."