My eyes fluttered open as I began to wake up. I stretched out my legs and arms, then turned over and looked at the alarm clock on the side-table. 9:45AM. I closed my eyes again and tried to fall back asleep, until I realized my alarm clock didn't look like that, nor did my side-table. I took my arm out from under the blanket and felt around, silk. I looked at the color, silver.
"Good morning Sleeping Beauty." Someone said.
I sat up quickly and screamed when I saw Tony Stark searching through the dresser without a shirt on. I grabbed the blanket and covered my face as it turned red. I peeked slightly, lowering the blankets from my face. I looked Tony up and down, taking every detail that I could see. His hair was wet and he was wearing a pair of pants that made his butt look extremely good.
I looked through the mirror at his freshly shaven face, only to see him looking back at me through the mirror too. With Gods speed, I turned my gaze to myself, realizing that my hair was a complete mess. I blushed more and took my hair pins and elastic out, then placed them on the side-table. I let my hair fall before I ran my fingers through it, trying to smooth it out so it didn't look like such a big nest.
I looked in the mirror again to find Tony staring at me. He quickly looked away and grabbed a white tank top from the dresser. He turned around and smiled at me as I watched him put his shirt on. I realized there was something glowing from his chest, and continued to glow through his shirt once it was completely on. I stared at it. Tony looked down at his chest to see what I was looking at and shrugged.
"It stops the shrapnel from going to my heart." Tony said calmly. I raised my eyebrow at him while he sat at the edge of the bed. "Shrapnel: tiny pieces of metal that could kill me."
"Ah…" I nodded.
"You know, you look beautiful when you first wake up, all innocent like."
"Are you saying I'm not innocent?" I smirked at him.
"No, I'm sure you're as innocent as an angel."
"Good, did we do anything last night?"
"Nope, you fell asleep on the couch and I brought you in here. I slept in the guest room." Tony got off the bed and went over to the wardrobe. He took out a silk robe and placed it on the bed. "The bathroom is yours if you want it." He said and left the room, closing the door.
I grabbed the robe and headed into the bathroom. I turned the shower on and waited for it to reach the right temperature before I got in. I took a nice relaxing shower, and then got out. I looked on the counter to find a toothbrush still in its package. I figured he kept a lot of new toothbrushes around because of all the women he had. I brushed my teeth, dried my hair and put my undergarments on, then the robe. I folded my clothes and then placed them on the bed neatly. Once done, I headed downstairs into the kitchen.
"Would you like some coffee? I made it myself." Tony asked, leaning against the counter.
"You actually made your own coffee? Wow, that's a change." I teased and sat on a stool.
"I do know how to make my own coffee." He grinned and placed a cup of coffee in front of me, then sat on the stool opposite of me.
"Thanks." I sipped the coffee as my eyes wandered back to the glowing thing on Tony's chest. I frowned slightly and looked at Tony. "Does it hurt?"
"Does what hurt?"
"Not really. I've got it under control most of the time." Tony looked down at his chest, then at me.
"How did it happen? You don't have to tell me if you don't want to."
"You don't watch the news, do you Tianna?" he asked.
"Nah, news doesn't interest me, unless I want to know what the weather is or something."
"Well, long story short. I was going somewhere and we were attacked. There was an explosion, I passed out. When I woke up, I was being held captive. This nice gentleman put this in so I wouldn't die."
"God, I thought my situation was bad." I said and finished my coffee. Now it was Tony's turn to raise an eyebrow.
"I was thrown off my building by some woman with an English accent. She had said I foiled her plans."
"Her plans to kill you, she said she was supposed to kill you at that party. I can only imagine she's going to try again. I would suggest you have security around you at all times, and not have any more parties." I gave him a serious look.
"Alright, I'll take your word for it. It's going to be hard not to throw parties, but I can manage it. I'm curious though, how did you escape your death?"
"I didn't. Someone saved me, a man in a suit. His name is Iron Man. I'm so grateful. I treasure my life more than ever, thanks to him." I looked at my empty coffee cup and sighed. "I've been hoping I'd get to see him again."
"Maybe, one day you will. I've heard a lot about him." Tony said. I looked up at him and smiled.
"Thanks for letting me sleep here. I know it's unprofessional."
"No worries darling, I didn't mind at all. I do love what you did with the bedroom. It fits me perfectly." He said and sipped his coffee before mumbling. "Just like you do."
"Sorry? I didn't quite get what you said."
"Nothing, I was just thinking to myself." Tony smiled.
"Oh. Well, I'm going to go get dressed, and then I'll be heading out. You did say I have the day off today." I slid off the stool and went upstairs, then changed into my clothes. I came back downstairs, said my goodbye and left the house.
"Where were you last night?" Jillian asked as I walked into the house.
"I was at Mr. Stark's house." I smiled at her and walked into the kitchen. I poured myself a glass of orange juice, and then came back out and slipped into the living-room.
"Oh? Did anything… Interesting happen?" she said and raised her eyebrows.
"Nothing you're insinuating." I sat down on the couch and turned on the TV.
"Damn, I've been waiting to hear some great stories. I met this great guy yesterday." Jillian sat down next to me.
"Don't you want to know more about him?"
"Well, he's good looking, he's hilarious. He has a great job and he thinks I'm beautiful!" I changed the channels, looking for something good to watch. Jillian began to get pissed off. "Hello? Are you even listening to me?!"
"Hmm? Oh, yes. Congratulations."
"Iron Man was seen saving this woman who decided it was a good day to end her life." The spokeswoman on the TV said.
"I didn't jump! I WAS PUSHED! Jeez, can't these people get the story right!" I got up and growled in anger, then stomped up the stairs and into my room.
"Wow, touchy today." Jillian whispered.
Tony paced back and forth in his newly redecorated living-room. He was thinking of all the possibilities that could happen if he settled down for once, instead of having a different woman every night. He was also thinking about what I had said earlier. He did have a lot of enemies, but he couldn't understand why they wanted him dead. Then it hit him, he's handsome, rich, famous, extremely smart. Everyone else was just jealous.
"Mr. Stark?" Pepper asked, stopping in the doorway. "Oh, there you are!"
"Hi Pepper, how did the press conference go?"
"Great. They're wondering who the mystery woman is that you saved the other day."
"You didn't tell them did you? That would just ruin Tianna. She's had enough drama…"
"No. Tianna is one of my best friends, I could never do that to her. Tony, eventually they're going to figure out who it was. And, she is eventually going to figure out you're Iron Man."
"I know… I've just been waiting for the right moment to tell her. It hasn't come yet, but I will tell her." Tony sighed and laid down on the couch. Pepper sat on the edge of the coffee table.
"You know, if I didn't know you any better, I'd say you've begun to fall for her." She said quietly.
"Pfft, Tony Stark the famous playboy falling for some woman?"
"I know it sounds crazy, but she is not just some woman and you know it. Tianna puts you in your place more than I do. Plus, you always have this sparkle in your eye when she's around."
"Really? Tianna truly is an amazing woman. But, I can tell she has been horribly heart broken in the past. She hasn't spoken to me about it, I don't blame her, but it is easy to see." Tony sat up and sighed.
"Listen, every man has difficulty realizing when he's found the perfect woman for him, even when there are tons of signs. You smile to yourself all the time, I haven't seen you smile so much in ages. You haven't had any women in your house besides her and I. You always ask me when she'll be coming over. You've been like this since you first met Tianna." Pepper held onto Tony's hands and smiled at him.
"You're absolutely right Pepper. This is why I like having you as my assistant. You always notice things I don't." Tony kissed Pepper on the cheek and got up. He walked into the front hallway and grabbed his jacket, Pepper followed.
"Where are you going? Didn't she tell you to stay home?"
"Damn, at least she's looking out for me. Though, I could have sworn she hated my guts. Arrange for a meeting at the best restaurant in New York."
"Should I do that right now?"
"Yes please. Jarvis…"
"We've got work to do. Get the suit ready."
"I'll do that right away sir."
Pepper started calling her sources. It took her about an hour on the phone, just to find the number to the restaurant, and then the number for the owners of the restaurant. During that, Tony headed into the basement and sat at his desk. Jarvis had the suit up and ready as Tony looked over his files, looking for what could be changed and/or upgraded.
"Going for a fly sir?" Jarvis said.
"No, it's time for upgrades. Take this new layout and see if it'll go well with the original plans." Tony looked up when he heard high heels coming down the stairs.
"Tony, I called. The meeting is Thursday at 11:00. They open at 11:30, so you can't be late and the meeting is going to have to be very quick." Pepper said, holding a file in her hand. "Shall I arrange for security?"
"Yes, I don't want to take any chances. If they're after me, they'll go for Tianna. Get security for her too. I don't want to lose her."