As promised! Here is the next chapter in this FrostIron adventure! Sorry it took me so long! I'm working on a painting project for one of my classes and it's been taking up a lot of my time . Anyway I hope you enjoy!
Chapter 8 "Hollow"
Bruce helped Tony into his house and got him laid down in his bed. Tony just stared up into the ceiling, didn't say a word, just laid there in silence. Banner sighed and covered Stark with the comforter before leaving Tony in his room, closing the door behind him.
"Is he going to be okay?" Pepper asked as Banner closed the door, Rhodey walking over in the process.
"I don't know Pep. He seems like he's not there. I'm worried about what they did to him. He has very thin scars on his face." Banner sighed again and rubbed his temples. "I think the best thing we can do is give him his space. Let him come to us when he's ready. I'm going down to the lab. We need to find the bastards that took Stark to begin with." Bruce stated as he headed down the stairs, Pepper and Rhodey following behind him.
Once the door was shut, Tony rolled onto his side and stared out the window. I can't believe I'm home. The word felt like lead. Why am I not happy to be away? I should be happy to be back with my friends, right? But why does my heart feel so heavy? Tony flinched as he felt tears running down his face. "Loki…" He said softly as he gripped his pillow tightly.
Loki was still kneeling in his garden long after they took Tony away. His face red with anger and tears flowing freely from his eyes. He looked down at his hands as the green glow began to fade. I'm a monster. He thought to himself as he transported himself to his room. He stood and moved to his bed. He froze as his eyes landed upon one of the shirts he had given Tony to wear while he was there. He knelt down and hesitated before picking it up and clutching it to his chest. He stood and laid on his bed, curling up and inhaling Tony's scent as tears streamed down Loki's face again as he clung to Stark's shirt.
Tony's House a few weeks later
"Tony I'm coming in." Pepper said as she opened Stark's door carrying a tray of food. She sighed as she saw that yet again Tony had barely touched his meal. "Tony you have to eat." She said as she set down the new tray of food and picked up the old one. "And you need to get out of this room. Go work on one of your suits or cars or help Banner work on the project you started before, well, you know." Stark visibly flinched and she knew she crossed a line.
"Get out." He said with venom in his voice.
"OUT!" He screamed as he threw the lamp in her direction. She dodged it and scurried out of his room and shut the door. Tony's chest burned as he sat back against the headboard. Tears again streaming his face. He hadn't slept, barely ate, and his chest ached like it never has before. Thin red lines marred his flesh around his arc reactor as he clawed at his chest every now and again, trying desperately to relieve the pain he felt. I don't understand why it hurts so much. He thought as curled in on himself. I'm so pathetic. Tony looked like a defenseless child. He was so hurt. So broken. So lonely. All he wanted to do was sleep but it hurt him too much to wake. For in his sleep he could at least see him again. Feel his touch again. If only briefly. It was clear to Tony now that he had indeed fallen in love with his captor. I wonder if he is feeling the same as I, suffering as much as I am. "I never should have left him." Tony sobbed as he finally felt the pulls of sleep take him.
"Master? I'm coming in." Daniel said as he opened the door slightly. "Shall I prepare something for you to eat sir?"
"No. That won't be necessary."
"I said no Daniel, now leave." Loki demanded. Daniel bowed and did as he was instructed. He went downstairs where the others were waiting.
"Still refusing to eat isn't he?" Steve questioned as he started putting dishes back in their places.
"I don't know what we are going to do. He won't eat. Won't sleep. Won't even come out of his room. All because he loves that man so much that he let him leave." Barton stated as he helped Steve place a pot in a cupboard.
"Well if the master could control his temper and take his time to earn peoples love and trust, then maybe this wouldn't have happened." Michelle said softly. "After all this time, he has found love and lost it. I can only imagine what he must be feeling. I've never seen him so attached to a slave before. This one must've meant everything to him. This one, this Tony Stark had finally melted the ice around our master's heart." She sighed as she sipped at her tea. She then shot up and slammed her cup down. "That's it! I'm going to go find him!" She exclaimed, startling everyone in the process.
"No. You can't leave here! If the master catches you, you know what would happen!" Daniel pleaded with her.
"That's a risk I'm going to have to take. I have to find Tony and find out if he too loves the master and if he does I will bring him home!" She declared. "I will set out tonight! The master has a device in his study that can locate any of us if we disappear! I'll take it and use it to locate Stark! I'll need you guys to cover for me if the master gets curious." They all stared at Michelle in disbelief but at the same time they also agreed with her that they had to do something to help their master be happy again.
"I'm tired of seeing him in pain too." Steve said as he hugged Michelle. "Just be careful and quick. Try not to be gone longer than you have to because I'm not sure how long we can keep the master in the dark.
"Don't worry. I'll find him and if nothing else, convince to at least come and talk to the master. They need to sort this all out." They all nodded in agreement and Michelle headed up to Loki's study, grabbed the tracking device and set out to find Tony.
Tony was awoken by a soft tapping at his window. It was dark out. He looked at his clock. "Who the hell would be out here at three 'o clock in the morning?" Tony said as he sat up and rubbed the sleep from his eyes. The soft tapping came again at his window. He got up and shuffled over to the window and looked outside to see none other than Michelle. He opened the window so quick he thought it would break. "Michelle! What are you doing here?!" He said a little louder than he intended.
"I need to talk to you. Can I come in?" She said softly.
"Yeah come on." He said, reaching his hand out to her. She took it and let him help into his room. "Now what are doing here? How did you get away from the manor without getting caught? Did he let you go too?" Michelle placed a finger to Tony's lips.
"Look I didn't escape and I didn't get set free. I snuck out to come and find you. I had to find out the truth."
"The truth? Truth about what?" Tony said as he sat on the edge of his bed, patting the space beside him for Michelle to take a seat.
"Did you really leave the master? Did he set you free?" She asked as she took Tony's offer and sat down.
"H-He set me free. My friends…they came to rescue me. It all happened so fast and before I knew it I was back here." Tony looked down at his hands.
"The master misses you something awful. He won't eat. Barely sleeps if at all. He hasn't even left his room." Michelle said, tears welling up in her eyes.
"Heh…sounds like me." Tony said softly. Michelle knew he had to be telling the truth. Tray of untouched food. He looked like he hadn't shaved in a while. Then she noticed.
"Tony…what happened to your chest?" She questioned as she touched the thin red lines that littered his skin around his arc reactor. Tony visibly flinched.
"I…It hurts. Inside….it feels like my heart is in shards. Like the shrapnel in my chest finally tore into what's left of my heart. I can't…can't get him out of my head. I can still feel his touch." Tony said as he wrapped his arms around himself.
"You love him." Michelle said with a big smile on her face. Tony looked up at her, the hint of tears welling his eyes now. "Come back with me. He needs you. I'll give you some time to think it over. Meet me outside if you decide to come with me. Or shut your window if you decide to stay." She stood and touched Tony's shoulder before climbing back out the window. Tony just sat there for a good long while before finally making his decision. He got up and went over to his closet. He pulled out a duffle bag and started packing a few of his things. Once he was satisfied that he had enough of what he wanted to take he ran over to his desk and grabbed his laptop and packed it away too. Then he pulled out a notebook and scrawled down a goodbye note and laid it on his pillow. He threw on a shirt and some shoes and took one last look around before he too slipped out his bedroom window. Michelle smiled and held out her hand to him. "Let's go home." She said as Tony took her hand and they disappeared into the night.
I hope all enjoyed this chapter of Within Temptation! I am so sorry that it is rushed and a so short but I promise that I will try not to rush it again so please don't hate me -bows and gives a thousand apologizes- Please feed me comments and suggestions are welcomed! I love receiving new ideas! Constructive criticism only please! Haters and flamers will be thrown in my fire to keep me warm. :3 Thank you everyone for patience, love, and support! Until next time!