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    “You ever tried to escape?”

    Peter chuckled. “Yeah. Lots of times I end up back here, brink of death. Though, twice Tennison was so impressed he let me have extra dinner and no experiments the next day.”

    “Wow, kiddo, living the luxurious life, huh?” it was astounding how quickly they’d fallen into a comfortable companionship.

    “There was a guard who helped me once,” Peter’s smile dropped with his volume. “But he had to leave. They never found out he helped me. I was hoping…”

    He trailed off and shook his head. “Well, I guess I’ll just have to hitch a ride with you when Captain America comes to bust you out, huh?”

    Tony’s heart jumped. Oh, kid, if you knew just how much I wished for that. “Yeah, I guess I’ll let you come along. Only one stowaway allowed, though, you hear me? No weird mutated turtles or rats or something.”

    Peter laughed again, and for a moment the cold cell felt warm.

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    “Right now you’re running in circles. You feel bad, so your body freaks out, so you feel worse, and it freaks out again…” Tony trails off. He remembers being a teenager himself again, explaining to a delirious coed that the red in her vomit was just the bloody marys. Not imminent death.

    But it’s not funny this time. This time Tony actually cares. “We’ll get you in to a real doctor later to make sure it’s not something serious. Like, mono or something. But first we gotta make it through tonight.”

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    “Are you even listening to what I’m saying?”

    Peter nodded.

    “Jesus, kid—“ he stopped and spun around, placing his hands on Peter’s shoulders. ”Would you please just talk to me? I—I know that what happened is scary. Believe me, I almost shit my pants, but you’re safe now. You’re with me. Do you really think I’d let anything happen to you?”

    I think you don’t have a choice, Peter thought. “No,” he said.

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    “I dreamed about how you would come rescue me,” Peter confesses, voice hoarse.

    Tony doesn’t want to hear this. He doesn’t want to know how he’d failed this kid even worse than he thought.

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    “I’m a multi-billionaire, Pete. I don’t do anything that I don’t want to do. So if I want to help you, then you’re not going to stop me,” Tony tells him resolutely, stepping onto the elevator.

    And something that’s been coiled tightly inside of Peter for as long as he can remember, loosens, just a little bit. He steps in beside his mentor and the words echo through his head for a long time.

    "If I want to help you, then you’re not going to stop me."

    (But Peter already is.)

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    It's a long time before Peter realizes he needs help, and an even longer time before he gets the bravery to ask for it. Tony Stark will be there when he does.

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