[silently waits for someone to write a fic based on this video where Steve and Tony accidentally out their relationship during a press line at an event because they’re so damn handsy with each other]
"Captain Rogers, how has it been working with The Avengers now that you guys are officially a sanctioned team?"
Steve beams at the reporter with a completely genuine smile. Even though he’s been asked this question dozens of times that day, the thought of his teammates, the thought of his home, makes him happy.
"It’s unbelievable, actually. Everyone—especially Tony—"
Steve catches movement out of the corner of his eye. At the mention of his name, Tony, who is standing a few feet away giving his own interview, turns to smirk at him.
Steve can’t resist smiling back, “Yeah, I’m talking about you, Iron Man.”
Tony closes the distance between the two of them and stretches up to place a quick kiss on Steve’s cheek. Steve’s arms automatically come up around his waist and they share a warm, but quick embrace.
A murmuring of ‘aw’s go around the reporters recording them before they separate. When they do, Tony makes a quick joke about Steve being the man with a plan and a strict laundry schedule and heads back to his interview.
Steve’s reporter opens her mouth to ask another question, but Steve can hear someone asking Tony for a picture of the two of them together. Tony refuses, insisting that Steve’s busy with his own interview but Steve can’t resist. He takes a step and reaches over, grabbing Tony’s hand and reeling him back in.
"No, no. Now’s fine," he says, smiling brightly into the flash of cameras.
He’s not ashamed to admit that any excuse to touch Tony is an excuse he’ll gladly take. The large smile he’s giving the camera is in no small part due to the strong arm around his back, and the man attached to it.
He turns his head and whispers to Tony, “Have I told you lately how much I love you?” He asks, his nose brushing across the tip of Tony’s ear.
Tony turns towards him and grins, his face scrunching in the adorable way that Steve loves before Tony pulls him into another hug.
"Not since we left the tower two hours ago, Rod Stewart. But it’s nice to be reminded," Tony says, the warm air of his breath caressing Steve’s neck.
Steve leans back, their arms still around each other, and he smiles down at Tony.
"Well, this is me reminding you," he says. Automatically, his hand comes up and cups Tony’s face, his thumb stroking Tony’s cheekbone as they stare at each other like a couple of lovedrunk idiots. Dopey smiles and all.
And that’s when a reporter clears his throat awkwardly and Steve realizes how it must seem to them, the way they’re touching and looking at each other. He feels his eyes widen because he knows it looks like exactly what it is, that Captain America and Iron Man are in love. With each other. And while they haven’t really said they aren’t going to tell the public yet, they haven’t said that they are, and now Steve doesn’t know what to do.
So he defaults to what he usually does when he’s lost and unsure. He looks at Tony. Tony, who’s still smiling at him but with something softer, more intimate on his face. Tony shrugs as if to say, ‘What the hell?’
Steve himself is more than okay with letting the world know, and if Tony’s alright with it, then… what the hell, indeed?
Instead of parting and pretending it didn’t happen, Steve straightens his proverbial backbone, and leans down, tilting Tony’s head up with his hand, and captures Tony’s lips in a kiss. The crowd around them goes silent for the same amount of time it takes for Tony to open his mouth and turn the kiss into something a little more PG-13 than PG (hint: not long at all) and then there’s blinding flashes of light and deafening shouts of questions.
All of which they ignore for now, enjoying a slow and lazy kiss until they finally part and Tony looks at him, pure joy written into every line and facet of his face.
"Was that planned, Cap?"
"Not everything needs a plan, Tony."
"Mmm," Tony hums. There’s a beat of silence. And then, "Hey, Steve?"
"I love you too."
GOING TO CLICK ON A NEW TAB AND ACCIDENTALLY EXITING OUT OF THE ENTIRE WINDOW
novel about a morally grey pirate captain who is cursed to die within 5 years for stealing some forbidden treasure, and only giving her heart to someone and expecting nothing back can break the curse
but rather than go on some journey to find some true love or whatever, she decides to use her last years to travel the seas with her crew and collect treasure and drink and be merry
and on the day of reckoning, she is falling more and more ill, and her crew gather all around her to say goodbye to their captain when suddenly the curse is broken. because she gave her whole heart to her ship and her crew, and expected nothing back.