Tony Loved Pre-Serum Steve
Hiya! THank you so much for your rec posts! I was wailing at how hard it was to find good fics, and then your tumblr was like a gift from heaven! My ask: I’ve noticed you have a pre-serum Steve tag, but it’s usually about how Steve reverts and Tony loves him anyway. I’d love to read some fics about how Tony admired/loved/crushed on tiny steve long before he even met Captain America. Or anything where they have real conversations about what it was like for Steve. THANK YOU!!!
Sorry it has taken so long to get to this one!
Okay, so fics with Tony adoring pre-serum Steve or falling for him. There are a lot of deserumed Steve fics, as you say, and I think most have Tony liking tiny!Steve, too, but the whole point is to get him back to his big self, so I’ll take your ask as more looking for something that really features Tony and pre-serum Steve or skinny!Steve and sort of dealing with those issues. Here are some suggestions:
SMALL COMMENTS ARE JUST AS LOVED AS BIG ONES!
Through a Lens by @itsallavengers: “Okay- so this is the first option- I’ve got to go to
this huge family meal in a few weeks, and so I’m looking for a shirt
that just screams ‘I am the family disappointment’, you know? Does the
bright pink work, do you think?“Steve shrugged. “Uhh, well, I’d
say pink probably would? It’s hard to say, I mean, I’m colour-blind,
maybe you need Natasha’s input. Hell, Clint’s always good with ‘family
disappointment’ fashion, shall I grab him-”“Wait,” Tony cut him off, face completely blank and shirt half way off his body. “You’re… you’re fucking with me, right?”“Huh? I mean, Clint’s family is fucked up on a normal day, so it’s not really-”“No,
not that, the other thing. The colour-blind thing,” Tony said, stepping
out of the changing room with his shirt still hanging around his neck
in order to grab Steve’s arms. “Please, please God tell me that I
haven’t spent the last two years of my life assuming you could see
Toy Soldiers by @copperbadge:
When Steve Rogers, five foot four and a hundred and ten pounds, met Tony Stark in a bar, he didn’t expect it to lead to a relationship. Or that Tony would find out he’s not an art student during a SHIELD rescue mission in Afghanistan.
Throw a Little Hot Rod Red In There by @festiveferret, @sirsapling:
Tony Stark was pretty sure that the absolute worst time to get asked out
by an incredibly talented, good-looking artist, who likes to paint –
and defend – Iron Man, is when he’s dying of palladium poisoning.
We Just Clicked by @imafriendlydalek:
Tony and Happy are having lunch when a camera shutter clicks behind him.
The photographer behind the lens might be hundred-ish pounds of
attitude balled up in a feisty blond package that only goes up to Tony’s
chin, but there’s something about that defiant look that Tony finds
Tony Stark and the Sentinel of Liberty: A Marvels Adventure by @sineala:
When Project Rebirth fails, leaving the super-soldier serum inert in his
veins, Steve Rogers is forced to bid goodbye to his dream of defending
his country – at least, in the way he’d always envisioned it. But his
prospects in that regard aren’t entirely bleak: he takes a job as
chronicler for Tony Stark, the former Marvels adventurer who now serves
his country in his typical unorthodox style, hunting down mystical
relics before the Nazis can find them. At Tony’s side in the jungles of
Peru, Steve discovers that the serum works after all – but it works in
ways he could never have imagined.
The Longing and the Yearning by @sineala:
The year is 1963, and Colonel Steve Rogers has been the Iron Man since
1940. His recent brush with death in a fight against the Hulk has left
him scarred, broken, and – unwillingly – in retirement. He’ll never
wear the armor again. Tony Stark, the new owner of Stark Industries, is
young, brilliant, ambitious, and he has a few ideas of his own about the
next Iron Man. But when Tony shows up at Steve’s door one evening, the
conversation quickly turns to matters other than business. Tony is
smart, gorgeous, half Steve’s age, and he’s definitely not offering what
Steve and his lonely fantasies wish he were offering. And even if he
were, Steve should definitely not take him up on it.
The Worst You Can Do Is Harm by theladyingrey42: So what if Tony Stark has a folder of pictures JARVIS
recognizes alternately as Project Rebirth (when Tony’s sober), Project
Hero Worship (when he’s tipsy), and Project Spank Bank (when he’s
drunk)? No big deal. Unless Loki destroys Avengers Mansion and Hawkeye
ends up finding the damn pictures and showing them to Steve. And if
there’s maybe a teeny-tiny misunderstanding about why precisely Tony has
them.In which Loki is a dick, Thor is the bestest drinking buddy ever, and Tony has a hard time saying what he means.
(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) the Highway to Hell by what_alchemy:
Steve Rogers never expected to find himself back in his original body. He also never expected Tony Stark.
i would shower you with roses if only they didn’t make you need an epi-pen by @theappleppielifestyle: Tony has a plan to woo Steve, and is determined not to let Steve’s health issues get in the way.Which
is hard, because giving him flowers make him have a sneezing fit, they
have be careful about food because it seems like Steve is allergic to
everything, and they end up spending most of their dates in the hospital
after something goes wrong.
we should kiss like real people do by @theappleppielifestyle: Hoodie-guy stops in front of Steve just as he snaps,
“FINE, I want to bang Tony Stark like a screen door in a hurricane,
could we drop it now?”“UM,” Sam says, loud enough that they both
turn to look at him. He’s wide-eyed as he jerks his head meaningfully,
gestures getting looser and more pointed as they continue not to get it.Steve stares at him. This is why Sam is never picked for a partner when they all play Charades.There’s a tap on his shoulder, and Steve turns to see Hoodie-guy smiling. Steve opens his mouth to say do you need something when he realizes why the man’s face is so familiar.“Hi,” says Tony Stark. Steve blurts the first thing he thinks. “Fuck.”
(I Want You To See) The Darkest Side of Me (WiP) by @stark-spangled-lovers:
In Monte Carlo, Steve meets the wealthy widower Anthony Stark. It’s love
at first sight—at least for Steve—and he can’t believe his luck when
Tony asks him to live at Stark Mansion, his large estate in Malibu.
Never in his life had Steve thought something like this was possible…
never had he been this happy. However, soon Steve realizes that Tony is
still deeply troubled by the death of his first wife and haunted by the
many ghosts she left behind. The longer Steve lives in her shadow, the
more he understands that… He can never be what Tony’s wife had once been
for him. And Tony might never truly love him.
percolating by Zekkass:
Steve’s a barista working at Hawkeye’s, the world’s tackiest bird-themed
cafe. Tony’s the vigilante who crash landed on the pavement outside.
It’s not love at first sight, but it’s pretty close.
Ain’t Nothing Black or White by Pookaseraph:
Steve hadn’t signed up to be a war correspondent with Bucky because he
wanted to meet famous people, but he couldn’t quite help the pure joy in his heart when he saw the
Tony Stark, leaning against one of his armors, chatting with a trim and
neatly-dressed woman who could only be Miss Pepper Potts, Mr. Stark’s
The Twice-Told Tale by arysteia:
For someone he’d hero-worshipped for so long, Steve Rogers in the flesh
is a pretty big disappointment. For one thing, he keeps looking at Tony
as though he reminds him of someone else, and even if he never says
anything, Tony’s pretty sure it’s his father. A lifetime of not
measuring up to Howard’s expectations is more than enough, thank you
very much, and he’s certainly not going to make an effort to live up to
any of Steve’s. Steve’s pretty clearly failed to live up to his expectations, in any case, and that’s not hypocritical at all.
Sometimes a Fantasy by @polizwrites: Steve works mornings at a coffeeshop in a downtown NYC
skyscraper. He’s got a slight crush on one of the customers who stops
by for his daily dose of caffeine. Not that Steve would have a chance
with the genius playboy (straight – SO straight) billionaire
philanthropist, of course. But Steve also moonlights as a phone
sex operator, working for Fury Enterprises. Anthony, an older guy still
more or less in the closet and just starting to explore his
bisexuality, becomes one of Steve’s steady clients. Along with the
steamy scenarios they play out, they actually get to know one other.
Cue the identity porn with Steve’s two worlds colliding (eventually)
Man Out of Time by samptra:
Closing dark eyes he tried to center his wildly gyrating thoughts. “This
isn’t happening this isn’t real…” he wacked his head a few more times,
“I did not go through a weird tear in the air again. There was no crazy
terreract driven machine…and I defiantly did not go back in time.” This
was all some sort of dream he was having a nightmare one that he’d awake
from in his bed, in Avengers Tower, in the year 2013.
Tomorrow’s Reality by Fluffypanda:
A Hydra plot accidentally brings Steve Rogers to the future before he becomes Captain America.
Cover Artist by navaan:
There is a folder on his desk with art for Marvels. Pepper hasn’t
said anything about it, but the one she has sorted to lie on top is
probably the best thing he has seen in years. The name attached to it is
“Steve Rogers” and it’s not the last time that he comes across that
Words on Your Skin by Simurgh:
Steve Rogers lives his life believing he doesn’t have a soulmate, but wishing he had one.Tony Stark lives his life knowing he has a soulmate, but wishing he didn’t have one.
Damaged Goods by @winterstar95: Steve Rogers’ life just might be in a shambles. His art
studio closed and he screwed up his one and only chance to get a job at
the Maria Stark Foundation as their Fine Arts Curator. Without an
income how can he possibly help his best friend, a disabled Army Vet, or
even keep his foster son, Ian? His hopes are dashed for a career in
art. He’s going to have to take the job at Shield security, but that
means flying a desk as an analyst since he’s 100 pounds of nothing with
asthma and a weak heart. It’s his only chance to stay afloat. But then
the exasperating Tony Stark appears at his door with a second chance at
the art job, a future, and quite possibly a romance of a lifetime. But
is that romance doomed? Why does Tony always refer to his limited time
as if he’s dying? And will Ian’s biological father, Zola, threaten
everything that Steve hoped to build? The story of how damaged goods are not always second choice…
Only You by Crematosis:
Steve might be just a poor art student with a cat allergy, but that won’t stop Tony from loving him.
My Assistant, the Captain by fadedlullabyes: Steve Rogers is a legend at Stark Industries. He’s
known for getting Tony to work and getting him to sit in on board
meetings. He’s also great at juggling schedules and digging up dirt on
employees even if he can’t prove their guilt. When Tony goes missing,
Steve is beside himself and works himself into the ground. He’s
recovering when Tony is found and demands to be there when he lands on
American soil. Steve never learns what exactly happened and he won’t ask
until Tony is ready to answer him. So Steve knows that Tony is Iron Man and is eager to help. But Steve has his own secret that he doesn’t know he can share.
Whatcha Writing? by DaftPunk_DeLorean:
Steve is a starving artist who gets by as an author of erotica and adult
fantasies. Tony is the dashingly handsome owner of the coffee shop
where Steve spends all his time writing, and who also happens to be
Steve’s full-time muse. Steve’s stories involve adventure, romance,
steamy sex, and most importantly, Tony. But writing lusty fantasies
about his muse was one thing; falling helplessly, hopelessly,
head-over-heels in love with him was something entirely different.
Stain Bright Color Image Going Down by stitchy:
Skinny!Steve becomes Iron Man AU! Wherein a palladium-poisoned Tony
decides to handpick a new Iron Man to take his place on the Avengers ~
and then proceeds to totally fall for him.
Bruised Ribs with a Side of Flirting by @pensversusswords: Prompt via anon: “We got in separate bar fights downtown and now we’re waiting in the ER comparing stories.”AKA two beat up dweebs make starry eyes at each other.
What Remains for Tomorrow by adarksweetness:
Steve has a one-night stand on Sunday, and a job interview on Monday. Guess who is his potential boss’s son?
Say You’ll Be Mine by IAmNotLost:
The four times Tony tried to subtly woo Steve, and the one time he was painfully clear.
paradoxical scar tissue by isawet:
Tony travels back in time to pre-serum Steve, where they spend time
together and Steve becomes attached–until Tony disappears. Fast forward
and Steve is reunited with Tony–who doesn’t remember him at all.
Beloved by @thecitylightshow: Steve wakes up on the morning of his 18th birthday and takes a moment to just breathe.He
never thought he’d make it to 18, and he’s still not convinced that
he’s going to have a soulmate. He’s been doodling on his skin all his
life, but from today on, those doodles might appear on someone’s skin.
He might have someone’s doodles on his.Tony has to take a deep breath before he writes on his skin each morning.It’s
been so many days since he turned eighteen and he’s never had a
response. Howard says they don’t want him and Maria thinks his soulmate
is already dead. Rhodey promises him that he’s just the older one of the
two of them, but he’s 20 now.