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Believing in Love is So Last Year (Anyone Have a Time Machine?)

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After the tragic death of her fiancé during his involvement in a joint Army mission with her family’s (literally) booming business, Margaret “Peggy” Stark abandons home and hope to forge a new life in a new city, with a new surname. Her brother Howard insists on escorting her to her New York apartment, and treats her to a Broadway show, during which she finds herself falling in love with the show’s shining star: stellar theatre and film actress, Angela “Angie” Martinelli.

Five years later - five years of doing odd jobs, collecting playbooks, attending friends’ weddings, and memorizing songs from Martinelli’s shows and films - Howard convinces her to return home to Los Angeles for his upcoming wedding to another celebrity. For her brother’s sake, Peggy agrees to being made a bridesmaid - for the twenty-eighth time, a fact of which she reminds him more times than that - since his fiancée is estranged from her family.

Having been part of the highest social classes for her whole life, it doesn’t surprise Peggy that her brother would marry someone famous - but she certainly doesn’t board the Stark Industries jet home expecting to be greeted by the object of her own affections. But by thinking that her feelings would be the most significant complication, Peggy neglects to allow the possibility of what ultimately happens: Angie falling in love with her.

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Angie Martinelli’s journey from a small-town Italian dreamer to an American multi-millionaire with half a dozen awards to her name was a daunting, heart-hardening experience, so when she happens upon a guy who not only values her work and her opinions, but lets her feel free to pretend a little less, she decides to hold tight and not let go, regardless of the fact that she still doesn’t know what it’s like to fall in love, only what it’s like to act like she’s falling.

She knows better than to let herself dwell on the lack of real romance in her relationship with Howard Stark, because frankly, she doesn’t want to chance losing someone else that matters to her. When he proposes, she thinks of the stability she’s been wanting to have in her life - stability her life’s never had - and gladly nods her assent.

Looking at her fiancé’s younger sister and feeling the feelings she’d long since learned to feign for men was definitely not part of that agreement, but she’s as powerless as anyone to keep herself from falling - hard.

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Howard Stark grew up young and grew up quickly, having been left the eldest heir to his family’s massive corporation at only thirteen, with only a butler to care for him and the brilliant younger sister at his charge. Thus, he doesn’t really believe that love, in any slightly fairy-tale sense, exists.

He does, however, know when he finds someone he wants to keep close, and after finding solace in a refreshingly humble actress, he figures it’s as valid a choice as any to ask her to marry him. Hoping it’ll knit what’s left of his family a bit tighter together, he insists that Angie and his sister spend some time together and get to know each other. But as time goes on, the Girls’ Nights start to look less like sisters-in-law acquainting themselves and more like two girls stumbling around crushes, and he realizes that he’s got to find a way to make the pennies drop.

The question, then, is how to get them to admit their feelings - which, being unrelated to technology, business strategy, and/or Star Wars, is really not Howard’s area of expertise...but that’s not to say he doesn’t have some Jedi mind tricks up his sleeve - and he's certainly not afraid to use them.