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?”
“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.”
“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.
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?”
“Ever had a bully lie about you to the adults to get you in trouble?”
“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.”
“About how girls can do science and robots.
And how that bad man was being a bully.”
“Yes,” said the little boy.
“He was saying mean things about you,
trying to get you in trouble.”
“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.
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.
Response to that . . .
The title comes from one of ysabetwordsmith's tags for this: #sayitaintso