Ace woke up and turned over in bed to watch the perfect man next to her sleep. It had to be illegal for someone to look that good while sleeping. She shifted over and put her head on his chest. Ace felt like she was in a dream. Her and Steve made it to DC and went to the apartment S.H.I.E.L.D. had set up for him. They stayed up most of the night just talking, after they had mind blowing sex of course. Steve told Ace stories of him and his best friend Bucky in the forties, while she helped him make a list of all the things he had to catch up on. They fell asleep watching Casablanca. Steve insisted they watch it, if he was going to watch a bunch of movies for her, she could watch one for him.
Steve started to stir when he felt Ace on his chest. He wrapped his arms around her and gave her a soft kiss on the top of her head. "I could get used to this." he said softly. Ace maneuvered so she was more on his shoulder and she could look up at him.
"Get used to what exactly?" Ace asked with a grin, she had a feeling she knew what he was going to say.
"Waking up with you in my arms." Ace smiled at his words and moved up to kiss him. "Last night was amazing."
"Wait." Ace says as she sits up and looks at him, slightly concerned. "Don't tell me last night was your first time. There is no way, you were way too good at it."
"It wasn't my first time, but back in the forties we didn't really do anything other than missionary."
Ace had a smug grin on her face. "So wholesome Captain America thoroughly enjoyed doggy."
"Which one was doggy?"
"The one where you were fucking me from behind."
"You didn't seem to mind my language last night."
"The one where you were plowing me from behind. Better?"
"Yes. And you were right I did thoroughly enjoy that. What do you call the one where you were on top?"
"Cowgirl." Ace answered with a little chuckle. Steve just nodded as his mind wandered playing through the events of the night before. He then noticed a serious look come over Ace's face.
"What's wrong doll?" He asked.
"Are you sure you are okay with keeping this a secret?"
"Ace, I really like you. If you aren't comfortable telling people about our relationship we don't have to."
"It's not that. I would love nothing more than to shout from the rooftops that we are together. I just don't want Tony to find out. Once Tony finds out he's going to make it all about him like he does everything. This isn't about him, it is about you and me and I would like to keep it that way for as long as possible."
"Whatever you want." He says with a smile and Ace leans up and kisses him again. She put her head back on his chest. "I paused the movie when you fell asleep last night."
"I swear I was enjoying it. You just wore me out soldier."
"That's why I paused it. Want to see what happens to Elsa and Rick?"
Ace nods and cuddles into Steve as he presses play on the movie. He kisses the top of her head and leans back into the pillows as they continue their lazy Sunday morning.
Ace and Steve had been together for six months. S.H.I.E.L.D. put Ace up in the apartment next door to Steve but she usually ended up spending most of her time at his place. She found it old fashioned and charming just like her boyfriend. She especially loved his record player. She bought her own records and told Steve that his forties music was boring. She was currently listening to Def Leppard's Hysteria album dancing to Pour Some Sugar On Me as she was making breakfast wearing a pair of lace panties and one of Steve's Plaid button downs.
Steve came out of the bedroom and just stopped and quietly watched her dance. She noticed him watching but didn't stop, she turned toward him and motioned for him to come over to her. "Come dance with me babe."
"I don't dance." Steve answered trying to brush her off.
She walked over to him and grabbed his hands to pull him over. "Come on Stevie, it'll be fun."
She started to move his arms with her along to the the music, he pulled his hands from hers. "No." He said adamantly as he walked away and sat on the couch.
Ace could sense she had struck a nerve, so she quickly tried to recover. "You know this song is known for being the choice song for strippers across the country, likely all around the world. Did they have strippers in the forties?"
"Not that I know of."
"Well then," Ace said as she went over to the record player and moved the needle so the song would start from the beginning. "Allow me to give you your first ever lap dance."
She moved seductively along to the music as she made her way towards where Steve sat on the couch. She straddled Steve's lap and flipped her hair as she grinded on him still keeping to the beat. She felt him getting hard through his pyjama pants and started to slowly unbutton the shirt she was wearing exposing her breasts. Steve was getting impatient and started to reach to help but Ace slapped his hand away.
"You aren't allowed to touch the strippers." Ace told him with a naughty grin.
Steve put his hands up. "You know I'm a stickler for the rules."
Ace leaned into him and whispered in his ear. "Then it is a good thing I'm not." She kissed him right under his ear and trailed more down his neck as he continued to unbutton the shirt. Once her shirt was open he slid his hands underneath along her body until his hands found her lace covered ass. Ace stopped kissing his neck to move to his lips. When they finally came up for air Ace leaned back in to whisper in his other ear. "Fuck me Captain."
He used his grip on her ass to lift her up and place her on the couch on her back. He left her shirt on and open but grabbed the hem of her panties and pulled them down her legs. He was already shirtless and just pulled his pyjama pants down far enough to free his throbbing cock. He leaned down over her to connect their lips again as he grabbed his member and guided it into her entrance. Ace gasped and broke the kiss as he entered her and started thrusting at a hard and steady pace. Ace was moaning and screaming as her orgasm built, but before she could finish the door of the apartment opened and in walked Pepper and Happy.
While Ace and Steve were having their adorable and sexy morning, Pepper and Happy arrived at the apartment building. They made their way up the stairs and went to Ace's door.
"So Ace lives here?" Happy asked as he looked around the hallway. The building was a far cry from the lap of luxury Ace usually found herself in.
"This is the address Fury gave us." Pepper replied pulling a key out of her purse. She put the key in the lock and it opened the door. "And the key works."
They tentatively walked into Ace's apartment, calling out for her but she wasn't there. Then they heard noises through the wall. They listened closer making out moans and "Yes! Yes! Oh God don't stop."
"I found her." said Happy. Him and Pepper made there way out of Ace's apartment and over to Steve's door. Ace's moans and screams could be heard more clearly now. Pepper reached for the knob but Happy stopped her. "You should wait until she finishes. You likely don't want to see what is going on in there."
"It can't be any worse than the things I've caught her father doing." Pepper said as as she turned the knob and opened the door. There was Ace on the couch with Steve balls deep. "If you are going to do it on the couch you should at least lock the door."
Ace and Steve were startled. Steve abruptly pulled out and stood pulling his pants back up. Ace pulled her panties back on from around her ankles and grabbed the two open sides of the shirt to wrap around her and cover herself. Pepper walked over to the record player that was still playing Def Leppard and lifted the needle to stop the music. "Pepper! What the fuck are you doing here?" Ace yelled.
"We need to talk." Pepper replied calmly.
"Yeah there are these new fangled devices called phones now. Steve picked it up pretty quickly, I'm sure you could learn."
Steve saw his name being mentioned as a perfect opportunity to get the hell out if there. This was clearly a family matter and he didn't want to get in the middle. "I'm going to take a shower." he said running into the bedroom and closing the door.
Once Steve was out of the room Pepper spoke up. "You're fucking Captain America?"
"Did you really come all the way from Malibu just to judge me because seriously that could have been a phone call."
"I'm worried about Tony."
"Wow, that is actually worse than coming here to judge me."
"Rhodey said he had a panic attack. He's been working in the garage for days on end building suit after suit. I don't think he sleeps at all down there either."
Ace looks at Happy who has been quietly standing by the door the whole time. "Don't look at me I told her not to come." he said to Ace.
"You should have listened to him." Ace said to Pepper.
"You don't care at all that your father is having some kind of mental health episode."
"It isn't that I don't care. It's that I don't know what you think I can do about it. You are his girlfriend. Rhodey is his best friend. Happy is his oldest friend. If the three of you can't get through to him what hope does the daughter he never wanted have."
"You could come to Malibu and try."
"No. I have a job and a boyfriend, I'm happy here. For once my life doesn't revolve around Tony Stark and I am not getting sucked back in that vortex again."
"Fine. Let's go Happy." Pepper starts to make her way out the apartment but Happy doesn't make a move to leave.
"I'm going to talk to Ace for a minute. You should go wait by the car." He says to Pepper to ease the confused look on her face. She leaves the apartment and Ace and Happy are left alone. "Hey kiddo."
"I told her to let you finish but she didn't listen."
"I appreciate that."
"Are you really happy here?"
Ace nods. "Yeah I really am."
"Can you do me a favour and make sure she doesn't tell Tony about me and Steve?"
"Tony would have an actual melt down if he finds out. I don't think she's going to tell him in his current fragile state. Plus by the time it blows over she'll have forgotten all about it."
"Thanks Hap. You know if it was you having a nervous breakdown I would come back to Malibu."
"I know you would kid." He gives Ace a hug. "I better get down there. The more I let her stew in her anger towards you the more I'm going to have to hear about it the whole way home."
"Defend me a little it will drive her crazy." Happy shook his head and chuckled. He waved at Ace as he walked out the apartment. Once he was gone Ace went into the bedroom. Steve wasn't in the shower. He was standing on the other side of the bedroom door listening. When Ace walked in he wrapped her in his arms and kissed the top of her head.
"Are you okay?" Steve asked her.
"I'm totally fine."
"Are you sure you don't want to go to Malibu?"
"Okay." Ace had her arms around Steve's neck. She used them to pull him closer and kiss him.
"Think we can pick up where we left off before we were so rudely interrupted?" Ace pulled him in for another kiss before he pulled away.
"While you guys were talking I got called in for a mission."
Steve shakes his head no. "I want to take my time with you."
"You're killing me."
"I'll make it up to you tonight."
"You better." She said as she kissed him once more before they broke apart and got ready to go to work.
The mission kept Steve busy for a few days but when he returned he definitely made it up to Ace. She lost count of how many times she came that night, all she could think was that Dr. Erskine was her new favourite scientist. She was fast asleep in Steve's arms when her phone rang. She opened her eyes and slipped away from Steve to check the caller ID. It was Rhodey. Figuring something must have happened for him to be calling so late, she picked up the phone.
"Ace. I'm sorry to call you so late but I wasn't sure that Tony would think to tell you."
"Tell me what?"
"The terrorist attack on the Chinese Theatre, Happy was there. He's in the hospital and it's not looking very good."
"Oh my God. I have to get off the phone and find a flight."
"It's okay Ace. I had Pepper send the jet, it should be there in another couple hours."
"Thank you, Rhodey. I should go I have to pack."
"Okay, if you need anything, I'm a phone call away."
"Okay, thank you." She hung up the phone and just let it fall in her lap. She just sat there thinking of everything she needed to get ready in order to leave. Steve had woken up when he heard her on the phone. He could hear the whole conversation with his heightened sense of hearing. He sat up next to her and wrapped his arm around her shoulder.
"What can I do to help you? Do you want me to come with you?" He said to her as he rubbed her back to comfort her.
"No. Tony is going to be there and I don't have a good excuse as to why you would be with me."
"Okay. Well then let's get you packed." Steve got up from the bed but Ace still didn't move. He turned back to her and said "Ace, everything is going to be okay." All she could do was look at him and nod.
Ace walked into the hospital room where Happy was lying unconscious. It took her a minute to be able to move herself closer to him, in shock still from the whole situation. Steve had packed her bag for her and drove her to the airport. Rhodey picked her when she landed and took her straight to the hospital. She hadn't cried yet, she refused to. Crying meant it was over and she still had hope. She eventually made it to his bedside and took his hand. She didn't notice Tony sitting in the corner of the room until he spoke.
"Hi Ace." he said.
Tony's voice woke her up from her trance and she looked at him. "What happened?" She asked.
"The Mandarin. The doctors are optimistic he'll recover. So am I, he's a fighter."
"He is. He and Pepper came to see me a few days ago."
"Pepper was worried about you. She thought that me being around would have some kind of positive impact on your mental health. I don't know where she got that idea."
"Who knows where that woman gets her ideas."
They both fall quiet after that, which is rare for Ace and Tony. Ace is still standing at Happy's bedside holding his hand. Tony pulls a chair up behind her so she can sit and still hold his hand. He then moves to leave the room. "You're leaving?" Ace asks.
"I have to do something."
"I don't know." Tony responds and leaves the room. Ace changed the channel on the TV to the news. There were camera crews outside when she came in and she knew they were waiting for Tony.
Sure enough they swarmed him when he walked out the door. He almost made it out without commenting but something one reporter said got to him. He then proceeded to challenge a terrorist and give out his home address on national television. All Ace could do was shake her head.
A few minutes later Ace's phone rang. She didn't really feel like talking to anyone but when she saw the caller ID a small smile tugged at her lips.
"Hey doll." Steve replied on the other end of the line.
"Did you catch Tony's performance on the news?"
"No I did not."
"Well they will likely be replaying it 100 times in the next 24 hours so I'm sure you will see it."
"Tony said the doctors are optimistic, but I won't believe it until I hear it from them."
"Don't give them a hard time. They are just doing their jobs."
"Who said anything about giving them a hard time?"
"I know you Ace."
"I'll be on my best behaviour I promise."
"Did you get a hotel? You need to get some sleep."
"I was going to stay at Tony's but he gave his address to a terrorist on national TV, so that's out."
"I know you are trying to distract me from worrying about you with Tony's outrageous behaviour. It didn't work. Just promise me you will take care of yourself."
"Call me if you need me."
"I will. I miss you."
"I miss you too."
Ace was still at Happy's bedside. She was sitting in the same chair and had fallen asleep with her head resting on the bed. She started to stir when she felt a hand touch her shoulder, and she heard a familiar voice.
"Steve?" Ace said when she turned to look at the man who had his hand on her shoulder. As soon as she registered it was in fact Steve standing in the room with her she leapt to her feet and threw her arms around him. "What are you doing here?" She asked as she pulled away from him only far enough to look at his face.
"Pepper called me. She said she couldn't get a hold of you."
"Why is Pepper trying to get a hold of me?"
"Have you been watching the news?"
"No, the nurse said that Tony told her he liked Downton Abbey so I switched it back. Then I must have fallen asleep. My phone must have died. What happened?"
"The Mandarin attacked Tony's house. It's gone. He flew off somewhere in his suit. Pepper doesn't know where he is but she said he's safe and she's safe. I figured if Tony wasn't here, it was probably okay for me to come down."
"That is a lot of info to take in."
"When was the last time you slept?"
"Just now you woke me up."
"Ace that doesn't count you were at a 90 degree angle. I got a hotel room for us. Come and get a few hours of sleep. Then you can come back fresh. Happy would want you to take care of yourself."
Ace just looked at him and thought about it for a moment. He was right, Happy would be mad at her if she didn't go. So she nodded and disentangled herself from Steve. As he went to the corner of the room to get her bag she went back to Happy's bedside and said a quiet see you later. Steve put his arm around her and they left the hospital together.
Ace woke up in Steve's hotel room to him gently nudging her awake and her phone ringing.
"It's Rhodey. I would answer it but I'm not supposed to be with you." He said as he handed her the phone.
"Thank you." Ace said as she took it from him. "Rhodey?"
"Ace! Can you get the feed from the Iron Patriot suit like you can Iron Man?" Rhodey said on the other end of the line.
"That suit is government property Colonel Rhodes. It would be illegal for me to hack into it."
"Off the books Ace."
"Of course I can." She turns towards Steve. "Babe, did you grab my laptop from the hospital?"
Rhodey heard that. "Who are you talking to?"
"No one. I picked up a hot doctor at the hospital. I swear it's like Grey's Anatomy over there." She lied as Steve brought her her computer. She started firing it up to retrieve the Iron Patriot feed.
"What does Steve think about that?" Rhodey called her out whispering since Tony was just out of ear shot.
"Pepper told you! Don't tell Tony."
"What do you think I have a death wish. Of course I'm not going to tell him. That distinct pleasure is all yours."
Just then the feed came up. The Iron Patriot was on Air Force One. Ace was confused. "Rhodes are you in the suit?"
"No I am not that's the problem. Where is it?"
Once Ace told Rhodey where the suit was he hung up. She was only able to watch as it all went down. She managed to get the feeds from Tony's other suits when he brought them online. Ace and Steve were glued to the screen as they watched Tony and Rhodey battle some strange healing fire people. They had no idea what was going on and Tony wouldn't let Ace help. When it was all over Tony destroyed the suits causing Ace to lose feed one by one. Before Ace could freak out Steve's phone started ringing. It was the hospital, Happy was awake.
Ace ran into the hospital room and wrapped her arms around Happy. He winced it a little, but hugged her back. "Take it easy there kiddo."
Ace backed off a bit and just stood next to the bed. Steve had entered the room behind her and was standing at the door.
"Where's Tony?" Happy asked Ace.
"Miami? It's a long story that I don't have details for he'll have to tell you all about it once he is back."
"You and your boy toy there better get gone before he comes back."
"You sure you are going to be okay without me?"
"Yes, Ace. I will. And you." He said pointing at Steve. "You better take good care of this girl because if you don't it will be me you have to deal with, not Tony."
"Understood." Steve replied as he made his way towards Ace and wrapped his arms around her from behind. "I promise I will take very good care of her."