Coming into the Compound as a full Avenger, bringing the now pardoned rogues with him, had T'Challa standing just a little straighter and training just a tad harder. He had to stay on par with his new contemporaries after all.
But then T'Challa was face to face with him.
It was his eyes that first caught his attention; such a gentle brown, and oh so deep. The sort of eyes that were just so hard to pull your gaze from.
T'Challa had moved to introduce himself, but it was for naught as those lovey brown eyes disappeared from the room.
But obviously T'Challa was a person of interest, because little peeks of those pretty brown eyes became a daily sighting.
So T'Challa worked to make himself more approachable.
He relaxed the harshness of his posture just slightly, let his shoulder sink just a tad.
He spent more time, not a lot but a bit, in the more common rooms, the ones with a higher number of ways in, so as to not crowd or corner.
He began to have an extra piece of food on his plate when he ate, just in case that may draw the wearer of those eyes near.
And it worked.
Eventually of course.
Every day, little by little, he'd come a little closer, investigate just a little longer, until finally he sat, right next to T'Challa, laying to rest his head on T'Challa's lap.
The silken smoothness that met T'Challa's fingers was fine and soft, just as lovely as it looked, and the gentle nuzzle T'Challa's questing fingers received filled his heart with warmth and delight.
"Oh, so you finally got him to come near you."
T'Challa snapped his head to look at the newcomer.
Tony Stark smiled.
"Vitale's usually very shy around people, so it's good that he has a new friend."
Vitale jumped up, giving T'Challa's fingers a final nudge, before leaping into Tony's arms.
"I think I'd like to learn about Vitale's new friend too, if that's okay?"
T'Challa looked into a second set of deep brown eyes.
"I would be delighted."