Maria had to take a second look when Steve walked out of the elevator and into the common lounge at Avenger's Tower. It wasn't only because it was unusual to see the super soldier looking so exhausted and disheveled, there was something else.
Glancing carefully at Stark, to see if he'd noted it, Maria was relieved to find him studying something on his tablet.
Steve gave her a quick peck on the cheek. Maria was nervous about public displays of affection, and Steve was less a fan of them around Stark, who joked with them to get a room whenever he caught them simply holding hands.
Maria took the opportunity to whisper in his ear.
Steve pulled back and gave her a confused look.
"I just got dressed," he said, quietly, and Maria hoped Stark wasn't listening, but that would probably be more luck than she could expect.
"I'm sure, but," she reached over and tugged at his shirt hem to draw his attention to the garment.
Looking down, Steve blushed.
"I, uh, guess I wasn't paying attention," he said, as he stared at the lace trim.
He turned to head back to the elevator, and Maria heard Tony speak up from his perch at the bar.
"What? You're girlfriend doesn't like you wearing her clothes outside the bedroom?" he smirked.
"Well," Steve turned back as he stepped into the elevator. "She was actually concerned I might start a trend and she didn't think you could pull it off."
Maria laughed as Tony's jaw dropped open, surprised at Steve's ability to give back better than he got.