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Poem: It Ain't So

by: shiori_makiba


Companion piece to “A Good Man

Fandom: The Avengers (Love Is For Children)

Characters: Tony Stark, Two Children, Steve Rogers

Summary: Someone has been telling fibs.

Warnings!: Kidnapping, bullying, defamation, bigotry, sexism, hurt children


“It Ain't So”


The two children

Phil had been captured with

looked like they were alright.

Their arms were a little bruised

from being manhandled.

And they had obviously been

and were still very scared.


And both of them were crying.


Tony wasn't good

with crying people.

It didn't matter

who was crying or why.

He never knew what to do.


But the others were busy

either corralling what HYDRA goons

hadn't scattered like roaches

or attending to Phil's injuries.


“What do I do?” he whispered,

on the verge of panic.


“Uncle Phil. Steve.” JARVIS's voice was equally low

but the words were enough to break the panic

and get Tony thinking.


'What would Uncle Phil do in this situation?'

'What would Steve?'


Tony knelt down by the kids,

lifting the visor on his helmet.


The kids looked like they were

somewhere under ten but older than toddlers.

The boy, who looked younger,

was wearing a Captain America t-shirt.

The girl, who looked older,

had one of Iron Man.


Well, that he could work with.

“Nice shirts,” he said with a smile.

“You both have excellent taste

through I'm partial to the Iron Man one.”


That got their attention

and brought the waterworks to halt.

They both looked at him

with big, solemn eyes.

Silent for a moment and unsure.


Then the girl blinked

and said, “You like my shirt?”


“Yep.”


“You don't think Iron Man

shirts are only for boys?”


“Nope. Why would they?”


“Because Iron Man uses a robot suit,”

said the little girl in a tone that said

she had been told this numerous times.

“And science. And science and robot stuff

isn't for girls.”


Tony rolled his eyes.

“That's just silly.

I know a lot of girl scientists.

And a lot of girls who make robots.”


“Good robots?”


“Very good robots.

And very good science.

Girls can totally do good science

and good robots if they want to.”


This made the little girl smile.


In the meantime,

the little boy seemed

to have found his courage.


“It ain't so, is it Mr. Iron Man?

What that bad man was saying?

About Captain America?”


Tony didn't know

what the bad man had been saying

but he could guess.


“Probably not.

What did he say?”


“He said that Captain America wasn't a hero.

That he was the bad man.”


The little boy looked

like he was going to

start crying again.

Well, can't have that.


“And the bad man was telling big fat fibs,”

Tony said firmly.


The little boy still looked uncertain.

“Look kid, you know bullies?”

A nod.

“Ever had a bully lie about you to the adults to get you in trouble?”

Another nod.

“Well, that's what the bad man was trying to do.”


The boy looked thoughtful,

then big eyed as he looked

somewhere behind Tony.

Tony had a pretty good idea

of who was behind him

since the big-eyed look was awed

rather than scared.


“Okay here, Tony?” asked Steve.


“Yep,” Tony said and grinned up at him.

“Me and my friends here were just talking.”


“What about?”


“About how girls can do science and robots.

And how that bad man was being a bully.”


“Was he?”


“Yes,” said the little boy.

“He was saying mean things about you,

trying to get you in trouble.”


Steve nodded.

“Bullies do that a lot.

It's very mean of them.”


The little boy nodded again,

a smile starting to break

across his face.


It took a while after that

before they get the kids

back to their parents.


By that time, Jim and Susie,

ages of six (“nearly seven!”) and nine respectably,

had gotten to talk to each of the Avengers.


And Betty.

Susie was in awe of Betty

but had been quick to assure Tony

that he was still very cool in her books.


Jim liked all of the Avengers

but said that Cap was

still his favorite.


And for that

Tony decided to call

today a good day.


Notes:

Response to that . . . fiasco travesty.

Part of [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's resulting Poke a Bigot In the Eye session.

The title comes from one of ysabetwordsmith's tags for this: #sayitaintso

Date: 2016-06-01 02:45 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
That's two you've knocked out of the park, to use an idiom that Steve would know.

Thoughts

Date: 2016-06-01 08:01 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>>Tony wasn't good
with crying people.
It didn't matter
who was crying or why.
He never knew what to do.<<

Nailed it. Poor Tony. Because where would he have learned those skills?

>>“Uncle Phil. Steve.” JARVIS's voice was equally low
but the words were enough to break the panic
and get Tony thinking.

'What would Uncle Phil do in this situation?'
'What would Steve?'<<

Oh right. That's where. :D

>>lifting the vision on his helmet.<<

That should say "visor" above.

>>Tony rolled his eyes.
“That's just silly.
I know a lot of girl scientists.
And a lot of girls who make robots.”<<

Awesome Tony is awesome.

>>The little boy still looked uncertain.
“Look kid, you know bullies?”
A nod.
“Ever had a bully lie about you to the adults to get you in trouble?”
Another nod.
“Well, that's what the bad man was trying to do.”<<

This is a brilliant explanation of Marvel's latest failboat. 0_o

>>And Betty.
Susie was in awe of Betty
but had been quick to assure Tony
that he was still very cool in her books.<<

*glee*

Im in ur STEMZ liberatin ur wimmin. :D

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-06-01 11:25 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I do have some other ideas for this series regarding the encouragement of young women in the sciences. :D

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