RATING: NC-17 for sex and violence and language
WARNINGS: noncon (in later chapters), torture, abuse, violence, canonical character death.
SUMMARY: A post-civil war/pre-secret invasion AU where Steve is dead, Tony's a mess, and everything sucks. In which Tony deals poorly with Steve's death, falls off the wagon, and sees ghosts. Oh, and the skrulls are about to invade.
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CHAPTER 6: FUBAR
“Nice of you to call,” Maria says, “You’re under arrest. Don’t even think about running, Tony, the Helicarrier is already en route -”
“Yeah, whatever,” Tony says, “look,” broadcasting the live feed as he pans over Steve.
The line goes quiet for a few seconds.
“What,” she breathes. “Is that - really him?”
“Far as I can tell,” Tony says, determined to demonstrate he couldn’t care less. “Red Skull stole his body for another resurrection gambit. He just took out this entire facility singlehandedly. Now do you get why I came here?”( Read more... )