Reciprocation of Love Takes Time

Reciprocation of Love Takes Time

hi there, could you possibly rec some fics where one of them confesses to the other that they’re in love, but it takes a while for the other to reciprocate? like, either pining steve or tony but not oblivious tony/steve???

You know, I’m stumped on this one.  It seems everything I can remember, once one confesses, the other one either confesses or, if it is Tony, maybe there is a moment of, “Oh, you don’t mean it!” kind of thing, but not really any that are like what you are describing.  Would be interesting, though!  Does anyone have ideas for Anon where one confesses and the other needs time to realize they feel that way, too?

ETA:  Thank you to everyone who has helped crowd-source this ask! We ended up with some really good suggestions and some fic I will need to check out.

But I Still Feel You by @pensversusswords: Tony knows a lot of things about Steve. He knows that
Steve is a stubborn pain in the ass, he knows that he’s got a heart of
gold, and he knows Steve would rather punch his way out of a tricky
situation than talk himself out of it. But the one thing Tony knows the most: he’s hopelessly, tragically in love with Steve. In which Tony is impulsive, Steve is confused, and they work it out in the end. Eventually. (Thanks @nagth!)

Team Building Activities by valtyr:
Fury’s a beautiful princess. Clint’s plotting a Communist revolution.
Rhodey’s not sexy. Wall-E’s not a documentary. Clint’s not gay but he
does give a great blowjob. This fic is not an AU. (Thanks @cnjrupasmle!)

Unintended by @sheronm: Steve is in love with Tony, but Tony is getting married to Pepper. It’s fine. (Until it isn’t.)

Take Care, I’m Easily Broken by @some-blue-jack :
Tony isn’t the type of person to pine quietly.

(Thanks to @sierranovembr for the suggestion!)

A Second of Totality by @stark-spangled-lovers: {TO•TAL•ITY | The moment when the light from the eclipsed sun is totally obscured}Tony
Stark is a lot of things: Sixteen. High school graduate. Child prodigy.
Obsessed with solar eclipses. And also hopelessly in love with his
ex-best friend Steve Rogers. At the end of high school, life sucks in a
not very sexy way, and there’s only one thing Tony’s looking forward to:
a road trip to witness the first solar eclipse on American mainland in
four decades. Over a week of world-stopping kisses and holes in the sky,
Tony finally gets a chance to tell Steve how he really feels. But can
the one short week end in anything but goodbye? (hat tip to @cnjrupasmle)

Unwanted by @festiveferret:
“I’m in love with you.“

(thank you to @sheronm for the suggestion!)

Hahahaha, I’m an idiot.  On a totally unrelated note, might I suggest THE FIC I ACTUALLY WROTE LIKE THIS.  Ahem.

Catching Lightning in a Bottle by sabrecmc: College student Tony meets janitor Steve at MIT and they fall
blissfully in love, until Howard happens and things fall apart.  One
divorce paperwork snafu courtesy of the ever-helpful Jarvis, and ten
years later, Tony has to get re-divorced from Steve.  This does not go as he imagines.Or, the Sweet Home Alabama AU that no one–well, okay, a few of you–asked for.