Together Today, Alone Yesterday

Title: Together Today, Alone Yesterday

Series: Yesterday & Today Series 2

Fandom: Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe,

Year: 2014

Category: Alpha/Beta/Omega, First Time,

Ratings: Mature

Pairings: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov/James “Bucky” Barnes, Thor/Jane Foster,

Spoilers: Entire MCU

Summary: Steve had decided that he wasn’t going to pussy foot around anymore. He knew that Tony wanted him and he knew that he wanted Tony. Then it happens, they bond and then Tony is ripped out from under him. He’s left floundering and SHIELD has no clue where the Omega is. Word starts getting back to SHIELD that the Winter Soldier is on the field and from what Intel can gather, he has Tony in his grasp. Can Steve get to him in time?

Words: 4,472

Notes: None

Warnings: No Knotting,

Beta: None

 

Tony Stark was a man of action. He rarely sat when he didn’t have to. He slept even less. Steve Rogers had gotten used to the sounds of Tony in the Tower. It had taken months. Tony was in Malibu with Pepper doing things for Stark Industries. Steve listened to the Tower as it sounded empty without the billionaire there.

 

“Trouble sleeping, Captain?” Coulson asked as he left the sleeping area of the Tower and entered the kitchen. He was wearing a pair of sleeping pants and plain white shirt. It was his normal, preferred sleeping clothes.

 

“I always have trouble sleeping when one of the Avengers is out of the Tower.”

 

“Imprinted on the group that much?” Coulson sat down at the table and poured himself a cup of coffee from the carafe that was always sitting in the center of the table. JARVIS kept it going even when Stark wasn’t there. “It never used to bother you this much when Stark was out of the Tower.”

 

“That was before.”

 

“Before you knew he was Iron Man or before you started to want to bond with him?” Coulson’s eyes never left Steve’s face as he talked. Steve himself had to stop from spilling coffee on himself. He set his cup down and frowned.

 

The sounds of the others in the Tower waking for the day had Steve pitching his voice low.

 

“What do you mean?”

 

“I’ve seen the way you act around him. Stark is just messed up enough that he doesn’t see it and I think Natasha doesn’t want to see it. Thor and Clint are oblivious.”

 

“And Bruce?”

 

“I don’t know about him but Hulk sees it. Last mission when the two of you were fighting after it was all done and I was Hulk watching he turned looked at the two of you and made kissing noises. I was a little…disturbed.” Coulson looked a little green around the gills.

 

Steve laughed under his breath while admitting that he would probably have the same reaction. “Tony is Tony and he doesn’t see what’s in front of him.”

 

The sound of shuffling feet alerted the both of them that someone was coming. Coulson gave Steve the look of it wasn’t finished and then Clint entered the kitchen.

 

“Woke and you were gone. Nat’s up and wants to spar. I need to eat first.” Clint moved over to the cabinets and started to pull out the bowls for breakfast for everyone. He turned to set the bowls down and looked surprised to see Steve there.

 

“Morning, Steve. Fancy meeting you here. I didn’t hear you come in.”

 

“I’ve been here the whole time. You were doing the zombie shuffle.”

 

Clint just shrugged and then he was turning back to the cabinets to pull the cereal out. Steve gave Coulson a little salute and then he was gone. He passed Thor and Natasha on their way to the kitchen. He gave them little waves and then he was alone.

 

Tony was always oblivious to anything that wasn’t right in his line of sight. The Omega’s heats had mellowed out and whatever Loki had done to him had seemed to fix him. Thor had explained it as a great deal of Loki’s magic was wishes. What he wishes seemed to come to fruition. Loki had never spent much time on Earth other than what he did while trying to take over the world. He hadn’t been expecting the humans to have the same hierarchy as the Asgardians. His magic probably had seen a broken Omega and had reached out to help, not knowing that he was doing it at the time.

 

No one had known that it had been Tony at the time. Only Pepper had known the true effects of what the crazy man had done to Tony for a long time.

 

It still didn’t forgive what Tony’s father had done to him. Steve had trouble reconciling the Howard that he remembered and the Howard that had raised Tony.

 

The gym was silent. He figured that he had about thirty minutes before Clint and Natasha joined him. It would be long enough for him to burn some energy hitting the heavy bag. He moved quickly to the one that Tony had made for him long before Tony was figured out as Iron Man. He had yet to break it or even knock it off the stand holding it.

 

Steve was by no means a rich man but neither was he poor and this saved him going through heavy bags like some people changed their underwear. Of course, Tony hadn’t accepted any payment for it but Steve had noticed that there was equipment in the gym that was tailored for all of them.

 

Clint had moving targets that did whatever they wanted. Steve had been worried about people getting hurt but the targets never moved towards other people when they were inside the gym.

 

Thor had equipment that so far he couldn’t break unless he hit it with the hammer.

 

Natasha had less equipment than the rest but he was sure that she had a secret gym somewhere in the Tower because she came back from working out and Steve knew she hadn’t been in the communal gym.

 

There was of course Iron Man related targets in the gym as well. Tony had told him they were repulsor resistant targets that shattered when hit but pieced themselves back together after about a minute.

 

He was hitting the bag as hard as he could near the end of his routine when he heard footsteps behind him. He spun, ready to fight but it was just Tony standing there in a pair of jeans and a tank top. The tank top was clean but Steve knew it wouldn’t stay that way for long.

 

“Hey, muscles, can I use your for your brawn for a little while?”

 

“Isn’t it something that the bots can do?” Steve bristled a little. Tony seemed to be avoiding him except when he needed something from him.

 

“That’s what I spent all my time three days ago doing and well…those three can’t all turn the same way at the same time.” Tony looked a little bashful but Steve was sure that it was all to get him to help.

 

Four hours later, Tony was breaking to eat and Steve was sure that his muscles would never be the same again. He moved up behind the Omega to grab a towel to wipe of sweat when he heard and felt Tony’s breathing change. Tony tried to run for it. He was two steps away and headed for the door but Steve reached out and grabbed Tony’s hand. It was now or never.

 

Tony whirled on him and his eyes were wide, Steve didn’t care. He stepped closer to the other man. He pulled Tony towards himself and after a few seconds Tony didn’t resist. The second that Tony’s smaller body was molded against his own, he knew that he shouldn’t have fought it for so long. Tilting Tony’s head up with his free hand, he claimed Tony’s mouth in a soul searing kiss.

 

The bond that had been there just under the surface jumped to the front of his mind and blazed there. Steve still had a hold of Tony’s hand and his other hand had Tony’s head tilted up but he wanted to feel more so he let go of Tony’s hand and moved both of his hands to Tony’s waist.

 

Tony’s emotions flooded over him. He felt the shock of the bond settling and then the shock that he could even bond. That stopped Steve cold. He quickly released Tony’s mouth and looked down into the other man’s shocked face.

 

“Tony?” Steve cupped Tony’s face as he waited for the other man to open his eyes.

 

Tony opened his eyes and looked up into Steve’s face. The look of pure horror there was no what Steve wanted to see. Tony jumped backwards but it was after a few seconds that he noticed that Tony wasn’t looking at him. He spun just as he heard the Iron Man armor shattered from its shell and enveloped the Omega. Steve grabbed a scrap of metal and used it to shield himself when the missiles impacted on the glass and shattered it. One missile went straight for the armor that was sealing itself and the other went right for the back wall. The explosion from both was concussive and Steve went flying away from Tony.

 

xXxXxXx

 

Steve woke up with the bright lights of the infirmary shining down into his eyes. He quickly sat up only to have his ribs give him such a burst of pain that he quickly laid back down. Coulson was there in seconds, a hand on his shoulder and a hand flicking the lights down.

 

“Where’s Tony?” Steve asked as soon as he could speak after the pain settled.

 

“As soon as he found his armor, we found that he wasn’t in it.”

 

“How long?”

 

“Twelve hours. We tracked them as far as the harbor but there was no sub or ship there to meet them and we lost them. Tony could be anywhere in the country by now.”

 

“Or the world.” Steve wasn’t going to lie to himself. The bond they had was so weak from not being consummated that he couldn’t feel Tony like he should have been able to.

 

“Your ribs are just bruised. The metal fragment you were holding saved your life. There were minimal amounts of blood. The missile that hit Tony was less than the one that hit the wall. It had am EMP inside of it and it knocked the whole Tower and three blocks past that out.”

 

“Where’s the rest?” Steve looked around and saw no one else there. He was happy they weren’t with him; they had other things that they could be doing.

 

“Banner is sorting through all the debris to try and find anything to tell us who took him. Clint and Natasha are with Pepper trying to figure out who took him. Thor is on guard duty for the Tower while JARVIS oversees the hole in the wall getting repaired. The doctor said that you could get up as soon as you woke up. Fury says that we can have boots on the ground in two hours. All assets are being recalled except for missions that can’t be stopped.”

 

Steve nodded and sat up, more carefully this time. He found that taking deep breaths hurt but if he took normal ones, he was fine. He stood up and found that he was in a pair of sweatpants without a shirt. That wasn’t normal infirmary clothing. He raised an eyebrow.

 

“The nurses talked the doctor into letting them dress you like that because they knew you would want to change into other clothing. Easier for you to dress if you only had to take off pants.”

 

“Are the others dressed and ready?”

 

“Thor’s been in battle garb since the missile impacted the Tower. Your outfit’s in the bathroom on the living level. The nurses cleaned you up good but I think that was for their own amusement rather than to help you out.”

 

“Like the shirt?” Steve asked. He sighed as he took a few steps. It wasn’t that painful to walk thankfully. “Let’s go find our Omega.”

 

Two Weeks Gone

Steve sighed as he looked at the morning reports. There was no trace of Tony inside of the continental United States. He had to be outside of United States.

 

“The Winter Soldier is on the move,” Natasha said as she entered the briefing room in the Tower. She had papers in her hand. She handed them to Steve and stood there waiting.

 

Reading over the papers, Steve’s heart sank. He quickly handed them over to Coulson and sighed. The Winter Soldier had to be part of whatever was happening with Tony. The genius hadn’t been sighted since he had been taken and hadn’t been given access to computers or the Avengers would know where he was.

 

“SHIELD tracked him and said that he’s been inactive since the reports of him being active surfaced.” Natasha wasn’t sitting. That was telling. There was more to this but it wasn’t something that Steve was going to press. If it had anything to do with Tony, she would have told him. He had gotten used to her and Clint’s odd styles of following the rules. He was good at playing off that.

 

“He’s a dog without a master. Is he trying to find a new master?” Coulson asked. He handed the papers back to Natasha with a look on his face that Steve wasn’t able to read. There was nothing on Natasha’s face. It had to go back to what she was keeping from him.

 

“Reports say that he is moving around after a moving caravan in Russia.”

 

A picture was set down. It was grainy but Steve could tell it was a group of cars and a van refueling.

 

“Moving caravan?”

 

“SHIELD started to track him when he surfaced. Agents on the ground in Russia say that a caravan had been moving about the country for two weeks. Never stopping other than to refuel and to get food. There is a van that no one ever leaves from and no one ever enters. Fury wants us in the air as soon as we can. It wasn’t connected with Stark because it was assumed he was here and it was thought that they were just now catching the caravan in action and that it wasn’t new.”

 

“Let’s go.” Steve was up and out the door before he finished speaking the words.

 

Four Weeks Gone

Steve sighed as he took in the wreckage around him. There was blown up cars. There were empty clips and all manner of other debris around him. Clint and Natasha were checking the area for signs of where the Winter Soldier had gone with Tony this time. The fires still burned from this attack so they were getting closer. He had no clue where the cars came from. The caravan had been destroyed a little less than two weeks ago.

 

The Winter Soldier had come in and destroyed the caravan before the Avengers could even get to Russia. There had been no sign of Tony.

 

“It’s been over a week,” Steve turned to Coulson and the other man was looking around. “Why hasn’t the Winter Soldier taken him to his new employers?”

 

Coulson just shrugged as Natasha was moving back towards them. She pointed off to the west. Natasha was good at tracking where the Winter Soldier was going. He wasn’t going to question her on how she knew which way he was going but he was pretty sure that she had some link to him and wasn’t sharing it with the rest of them. She knew something about him and it was connected to her past that no one but Clint and Coulson.

 

“Cap!” Clint called out as he jumped over the detached bumper of a car. He had something in his hand and he handed it over as soon as he got close to Steve. “Found this to the west. Figured it had your name all over it.”

 

Steve took whatever it was and looked at it. It was a box that had red, white, and blue ribbon on it. It was in perfect condition. There was no way that it was dropped before the firefight. It had to be planted. He shook it and heard nothing. He opened it and found inside a small MP3 player with headphones nestled inside of scraps of cloth. He threw the scraps of cloth down and was about to pull out the MP3 player when Coulson gasped. Steve looked up at him and seeing where the other man’s eyes were focused, he looked down.

 

On the ground was the scrap of cloth but it wasn’t the cloth itself that was drawing the agent’s eye. It was the hole of cloth that was missing. Everyone there knew where that came from. It was a hole that Tony cut in his shirts to show off the arc reactor. He didn’t wear them out in public of course, but all the Avengers had seen him in one over the many months. This was the exact on that he had been wearing when he had been taken. There was a small hole that Steve recognized. Tony had been soldering and had thrown a spark on his shirt.

 

“He was here. Why would the Winter Soldier let him leave that?” Natasha asked as she picked up the shirt. She looked confused. Natasha was rarely confused.

 

Turning back to the box, Steve pulled out the MP3 player and looked at it. It was his. He had given it to Tony to fix the day before Tony had left and he hadn’t even thought about it since the other man had been taken. He turned it on but there was nothing new on it. It had been fixed but that was it.

 

“He’s heading farther and farther west. He’s going to the coast. The Russian’s can’t have his contract. He left Russia as soon as he could. Who is west of here?” Natasha asked looking at Coulson as she handed the shirt over to Steve.

 

Steve pocketed the scrap and the MP3 player, moving over to the jet. There were hundreds of miles of terrain to cover and SHIELD satellites could never find a trace of the Winter Soldier or Tony. It had to be done on tracking alone.

 

Six Weeks Gone

Steve looked at the picture of Tony in downtown London with the Winter Soldier beside him. He had his arm looped with the other man’s and was pointing something out. Both were dressed in nicer looking clothes but there had been no activity on Tony’s credit cards or any of his accounts. Tony looked relaxed but alert. He wasn’t scared.

 

“What is going on?” Steve asked as he handed the photo to Thor. “Why is Tony not trying to get away?”

 

“The more this goes on, the more I know that I don’t understand any of this,” Clint said.

 

The Avengers were in a hotel room in London, trying to use the cameras of the city to track down their wayward member. The Winter Soldier and Tony had been sighted a week ago in the city and there was no other sighting inside the city or any out of it. Until the photo.

 

“We have activity,” Coulson’s face popped up on the TV that was on the dressed. JARVIS had linked the TV to their communications as soon as the Avengers had settled in the room. “Tony was seen inside of a computer store just an hour ago. Pictures snapped by passersby put him there alone but we can’t get confirmation. The CCTVs in the area were shut down.”

 

“Let’s go,” Steve stood up and picked up his bag with the shield inside of it. Everyone was in civilian clothes; he didn’t want attention called to them.

 

Steve was the first to enter the computer store. He looked around but there was nothing out of place. The CCTVs had revealed nothing to Coulson but Steve still wanted to look around. He found a computer in the back that had a screen saver up. The screen saver was a picture of Avengers Tower. He clicked the mouse and there was a picture of the Howling Commandos back in the day. Tony had been there. He just wasn’t sure that it meant.

 

“Spread out. Find him,” Steve said into his comm. He looked around to find an associate when he heard the sound of a repulsor outside.

 

Running from the store he found the other Avengers converging onto a group of Hydra soldiers and the Winter Soldier. Tony was behind the Winter Soldier and Steve was rooted to the spot as he watched a Hydra sniper take a shot at Tony.

 

Tony wasn’t looking at the sniper. He was looking at where a Hydra agent was trying to shoot at Clint. A blast from his repulsor had the Hydra agent falling but he still didn’t see the bullet heading at him. The Winter Soldier’s arm went up and the bullet was deflected away from Tony. Tony ducked down into an alley and the Winter Soldier followed.

 

Spurred to action, Steve ran to the building and up the far side of it. He was going to go around and drop down on the Winter Soldier to surprise him. He heard Natasha yelling, asking him where he was but he ignored her. He was up on the roof and dropping down between Tony and the Winter Soldier before he could take in the scene he was looking at.

 

“Steve!” Tony yelled as Steve raised his shield to protect Tony from the Winter Soldier but Tony ducked under his arm and grabbed at the Winter Soldier, pulling him behind himself. That’s when Steve saw that the Winter Soldier had a mass of blood flowing from his side. “Get us out of here!”

 

Steve looked at Tony and frowned. Why was Tony protecting the Winter Soldier? The sound of shot after shot drew Steve’s gaze to the opening of the alleyway. Natasha, Clint, and Coulson were standing there making shot after shot with their guns and bow as the Hydra agents tried to scatter. When the last had fallen, Coulson and Clint turned as Natasha took off at a run to them. Thor was up on the top of the building with his hammer in hand, directing blasts down onto the street.

 

“James!” Natasha yelled as she dropped to her knees and pulled his face up to hers. Tony let him go and stood, moving towards Steve.

 

Tony drops into his arms like had never been gone. Steve could smell him and hear his heartbeat but other than that there was nothing. There was no scent of his blood, nothing to tell him that he was injured. He didn’t want to let the other man go but he had to look at him. He looked Tony up and down and other than the blood on him from the Winter Soldier that was spotted on his hands, he was in perfect condition.

 

“Are you hurt?” Steve asked as he pulled Tony close again.

 

“No, I’m fine. James took care of me.”

 

“James?” Steve asked pointing his thumb at the Winter Soldier who was sitting there talking in Russian with Natasha. “Why are you calling him James?”

 

“Because that’s his name. Look we need to get out of here. Hydra had been tracking us and I have tried to leave you clues to let you know I am fine but I feared if they would find us. Where is the Jet?”

 

“On a hotel a mile from here. Coulson is calling it here now.” Just as Steve finished speaking the jet engine’s whine sounded from the street. Steve pulled Tony to the jet where Clint and Coulson were walking into. Natasha helped ‘James’ into the jet and it started to rise into the air. Clint took over for the man flying it and when they were in the air and at a safe distance, Thor entered on the ramp and it started to close.

 

“What is going on?” Steve asked as Tony moved over to where Natasha and James were. Tony grabbed a gauze strip and held it to the wound while Natasha moved to get the medical kit.

 

“Did you get hurt?” James asked as he reached out and touched Tony’s arm. There was a spike of jealousy ran through Steve’s body.

 

“No, I’m safe. You got me back to my people. You did well.” Tony smiled at him like he smiled at Rhodey.

 

“I’m glad.” James’s accent was a thick but it wasn’t a Russian accent. No, it was Brooklyn accent and not a recent one. It was the accents that Steve was used to hearing when he was younger. Steve jerked at it.

 

The large sunglasses that were blocking James’s face were taken off by Tony and the face underneath was like a punch to the gut. He felt his knees give out and then Tony was looking down on him. Bucky was beside him.

 

“Steve, what’s wrong?” Tony sounded worried.

 

“Bucky?” Steve asked as he focused on Bucky.

 

“It’s me, Steve. It’s really me.”

 

“What?” Tony looked at Bucky and then back to Steve and then to Natasha. “Did you lie to me?”

 

“No. I am bonded to the Black Widow. That’s not what shocked me out of the programming. I could feel and smell Steve on you. Bonded to Steve and I couldn’t allow you to stay away from him.” Bucky turned to Steve. “Hydra sent me to get Tony out of the grasp of the Ten Rings. The second I did, I touched him and knew. It snapped me out of the programming. The second it did, it told me where Natasha was. I felt her move to where she was following us but I knew that if I turned around, there was every single chance that Hydra would catch and kill me or the Avengers would. I had to try and get to New York and just drop Tony off and then have Natasha find me on her own. Then I saw Captain America with boots on the ground. I knew that this Captain America was my Steve and I waited here in London. I let Tony out on his own, hoping it would draw out Hydra which would draw the Avengers out as well.”

 

“We’ll do a better debrief when you are checked out by doctors. For now, James, sleep.” Natasha pulled him down and cradled him in her arms. It was seconds later and he was asleep. Steve looked at his face as it relaxed. There were differences. He looked older than he really was but given what he had been going through. Being separated from his bonded would age anyone. Steve was sure that he had a few gray hairs from this. JARVIS had told him that the Tower had been fixed and was ready to have Tony work in it again.

 

He looked up to where Coulson and Clint were talking in the cockpit. Thor was sitting at the back of the jet, hammer at the ready for an attack. None of them would be happy till they got home.

 

Steve wasn’t going to be happy until he made sure that Tony wasn’t hiding an injury from him and that the bond was fully settled down. Then he could find Tony all on his own if he was taken again.

The End

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An Omega Today, Iron Man Yesterday

Title: An Omega Today, Iron Man Yesterday

Series: Yesterday & Today Series 1

Fandom: Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe,

Year: 2013

Category: Trope Bingo Round One, Alpha/Beta/Omega,

Ratings: T

Pairings: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov/James “Bucky” Barnes, Thor/Jane Foster, Pepper Potts/Happy Hogan,

Spoilers: Entire MCU

Summary: The world was so vastly different for Steve when he woke up that he wasn’t sure he wanted to be there. The only bright side was that he could now have a job different than the military. Alphas, Betas, and Omegas were normal citizens who could do what they wanted. Steve wasn’t sure what he wanted to be.

Words: 5,277

Notes: For Round One of TropeBingo.

Warnings: No Knotting,

Beta: Unbetaed

It took Steve Rogers two months to catch up on the world at large, or at least the history of the world at large. He found the world very changed from the time he went into the ice to the time he woke up. During the war, Steve had been valued as an Alpha. They were wonderful soldiers but on leave, he was treated like dirt outside of the Howling Commandos.

One of the first things that he had found out upon waking was that Stark Industries had been the pioneer of treatments to stop heat and the production of pheromones. Alphas had no issue with either of those issues; Steve knew it was for mainly for Omegas but the suppression of pheromones was wonderful for all of them in the field. It had always been touch and go with missions in World War II. Every single time that the Howling Commandoes had gone on a mission, it had been a crap shoot to hope there wasn’t a Alpha or Beta hiding among the men they were fighting. Most of the time, the others would keep their mouth shut to not be  found out but others were crafty and would stumble upon Steve and his group.

In this day and age, it was hard for even Steve to figure out who was human and who was not. Steve really didn’t care but when he couldn’t even on his own team and the files on said team were limited, Steve had to work harder to head off threats.

“Iron Man,” Steve said looking at the man near him. He was sure it was a man, the voice was distorted but manly. It seemed that even SHIELD had no clue who Iron Man was. Steve had tried hard to figure it out but Iron Man was hard to place and figure out. He had met the creator of the armor, Tony Stark, weeks ago for the first time. During Loki’s invasion, Stark had been hidden in the bowels of the ship, away from everyone, even Doctor Banner. In fact it had been a mistake him meeting Stark for the first time. The creator had been wandering around the newly finished Avengers Tower, looking for coffee grounds. Steve had been up for a little while, getting ready for his run.

Stark had been staring at coffee pot while it brewed, just staring off into space. He wasn’t sure who the man was at first until he had turned and Steve had caught sight of the Arc Reactor peaking out from under his shirt. Stark hadn’t said a word, just filled his cup and walked away without even really paying attention to Steve.

“Captain?” Iron Man turned to look at him.

“I wanted to talk to Stark about something. I tried calling him but he never picks up. I was wondering how I go about getting ahold of him another way.”

“Call Miss Potts, even though she runs the company now, she would be your best bet.”

“Thanks,” Steve said as Iron Man flew away. The days battle had been won and talked about. He was sure that Stark would be up all night working on the armor and getting it fixed up.

Steve changed and took a jet down to the city, where he was dropped off at a corner place that was used for getting to and from the helicarrier. He was surprised when he stepped out of the house that he was dropped on the top of and found a car waiting for him. A man was standing there. Steve started down the street and was called back by a voice.

“Captain Rogers?” the voice said. It was the man at the car. “Happy Hogan, Sir. Mr. Stark’s personal driver. He’s not at the Tower tonight, instead he is at the Stark Mansion, working on a few things. Iron Man stated that you wanted to speak to him about some things. I was sent to collect you.”

“Okay,” Steve said and he moved back towards the car. Happy opened the back seat door and Steve let himself drop into the car. Once Happy got in, he lowered the divider so that they could talk. “Where is the mansion?”

“Not far actually. Mr. Stark goes there on occasion to upgrade the house security and to just get a few days break from the R&D department and from SHIELD. Miss Potts keeps everyone away.”

“It was no big thing, Happy. I could talk to him at any time.” Steve felt bad that he was going to intrude on Stark’s alone time away from it all.

“No, it’s fine. Mr. Stark was happy to have some company.” Happy smiled at him in the rearview mirror. Steve nodded and turned to look out the window. It took them twenty minutes to get to the mansion but Happy was right as far as New York City went, it wasn’t that far. Stark was waiting at the door when Happy stopped the car in front of the house. Stark waved and Steve got out of the car. Stark looped an arm around Steve’s shoulder and led him into the house, chattering as he did. He wasn’t sure why Stark was so…touchy. Everything single thing he had been told about the man screamed that he didn’t like to be touched. There was the thing that Clint had talked about, about Stark not liking to be handed things.

“Good to have you here, Captain.”

“Thanks. It could have waited, Stark.”

“Nonsense. I needed a break from my break. Anyway I could use your help with something.” Steve got lost as Stark pulled him through the house. There in a bedroom was a giant trunk. “I was going to call Fury and have him send people to move it but you will do nicely.”

“What is it?”

“My father’s things. Old project notes and the like. There is even a file in there somewhere on you.”

“Me?”

“He was keeping tabs on the Serum reacting with your…” Stark trailed off and shrugged.

Steve was sure that he knew what Stark was talking about.

“Anyway, call me Tony. Mr. Stark was my father. You live with me, even if I never see you.”

“That’s not my fault,” Steve said. Tony gave him a rakish smile and Steve found himself blush a little. There was something about Stark…Tony that had his heart racing a little. It had been that way since the beginning. Then there was Iron Man. The personality that he had got to know, Steve found himself drawn to the man in the suit as well.

“No, I know. Pepper bothers me about it all the time but I just…” Tony waved and stopped talking, looking at the trunk. “So, this needs to go to the basement where the rest of my father’s things are.”

“Would I…?” Steve stopped.

“Get me word from Fury of what you can look at. I am not even sure if you can look at your own file that I have.” Tony laughed and Steve found himself smiling despite the words the other man was saying.

“Your father was a great man.” Tony’s face fell so quickly that Steve wasn’t even sure what he had done until he remembered his words. He forgot that Fury had warned him about Tony not liking his father and from what he had read, Howard hadn’t liked his son either.

“If you weren’t his son,” Tony said. The tone of his voice told Steve that it was a closed topic and Steve let it go. He picked up the trunk and Tony directed him to the elevator. The trunk wasn’t too heavy for Steve but he could see where Tony would have trouble with it, Tony didn’t look that strong. The truck was very awkward, even for him to carry. While the other man stood in front of him, Steve let himself check the man out. He wasn’t in the past and Fury told him as long as it didn’t make the front page, he didn’t care what Steve did in bed, or who he did. Steve would not turn Tony down…if Tony wanted him. Steve had figured out long ago that he needed to do what he needed to make himself happy and if Tony would make him happy, he would grasp that with open hands. He didn’t care about his Alpha status, not for that. Alphas could be happy with just about everyone.

The bell on the elevator dinged and Steve followed Tony into what looked like a workout room.

“This is the bigger of the two workout rooms that my father had installed. He liked to vent his frustration on heavy bags so he had two rooms. One is on the second floor and this one is closer to his labs.”

“Do you do much?” Steve looked at Tony’s arms again and this time could see where there was some muscle tone. He was small and it was deceptive on what was on his body.

“I have some cardio that I do but as far as fighting, I know how to fight dirty and that’s it.” Tony smiled at him again, showing no pain from the past remark that Steve had made. He was sure that Tony hadn’t forgot about it, just filed it away for a later time to throw in his face.

“Why didn’t your…” Steve stopped talking.

“He had too much to do for equality of Alphas, Betas, and Omegas after the war. I wasn’t that high on his list of things to look after.”

“I know that he died and I am sorry for that.” Steve knew the pain of not measuring up to what a parent wanted and even if that parent was dead, the pain was still there.

“I’m not. I miss him but…I was just a disappointment to him. That started at birth.”

Birth? There were few things that a child could do to be a disappointment at birth. There was only one big thing that came to Steve’s mind. Tony was either born human or born as a class that Howard didn’t want. Steve remembered Howard talking about wanting a boy and wanting it to be a Alpha. Howard himself was an Alpha and given that Betas were sterile, Tony’s mother had to be just plain human or a Omega. Steve wasn’t going to ask. Tony just opening up like this. He had heard Fury talk about Tony being as talkative about things Fury didn’t need to know and being mute on things he didn.

Tony said nothing, just pointed for Steve to set the thing down.

“What can I do for you?” Tony asked. It threw Steve for a loop. He had forgot that he needed something from Tony. Steve shook his head to try and set his mind to rights.

“I…SHIELD gave me a phone but I think that it’s a phone for people the age I should be.” PUlling the phone from his pocket he held it up. Tony started to laugh.

“You want a better phone?” Tony asked holding his hand out. He flipped the phone open and stabbed at for a few seconds with his fingers before he closed it and handed it back.

“And lessons.” Steve watched Tony’s face light up even more. He smirked at Steve and clapped him on the back. He motioned for Steve to follow him. They ended up back in the elevator and Tony didn’t say one word. Tony made his way through the rest of the mansion and they appeared in a kitchen. There was food sitting on the counter and Steve wondered why it was there and not in the cupboards where it belonged. Then Steve remembered that Tony didn’t spend that much time there. It was probably better to just leave it out. Tony pulled open the fridge door and pulled out a jug of milk. He set it down on the counter and poured Steve a glass before putting it up. Out of the fridge came a bottle of something green and thick looking that Tony took a drink of.

“How about a trade. I’ll get you one of the latest StarkPhones and you teach me to fight.” Tony wasn’t looking at him as he talked. That was something that Pepper had told him about. He didn’t like to look at people when he was asking them something, so that he wouldn’t have to see them turn him down. Steve was finding that being a guy that people could talk to easy was working out in his favor for once. He was sure that he wasn’t prepared for all that Tony was but he was finding the man not as scary as the others were making him out to be. That could be just because the wanted things from Steve as well and was acting well to get what he wanted.

“What?”

“I live in Avengers Tower. At some point, a villain is going to break in. I am sure that some of the villains might even be coming for me. I should know how to fight. Fury wanted me to learn from Hawkeye and Widow but I vetoed that.” The look on Tony’s face said it all. He knew that Tony didn’t trust Natasha as far as he could throw her and since she and Clint were close, Tony probably didn’t trust him much either. Steve wasn’t even sure that Tony trusted him at all. It would be understandable. Steve had only seen the man on a few occasions and just because Steve knew his father, didn’t automatically add trust into the situation.

“I think we can do that.” Steve smiled at him and Tony gave him a smile back.

“I’ll text you and we can set up something. I have your number and I’ll let you know when your phone is ready. I have a few ideas in mind on things you might need…”

“Tony…” Steve knew that Tony could go overboard. He had seen some of the armors that Iron Man had worn at points. Tony always wanted to go the extra mile, even if two inches was enough.

“Don’t worry. I was thinking about doing Superhero phones for a while now. I am sure that Richards would love one…” Toy wandered off drinking his green goop and Steve had to stop and think for a few seconds who Richards was. He wasn’t used to calling the other heroes by their given names, he knew them more by their superhero names. Steve was unsure of what to do. He finished his glass of milk and that’s when it hit him. There were not many people who knew that he liked milk, outside of the Avengers. It was something that his body hadn’t like too much when he had been sickly and now he couldn’t get enough of it. He thought of JARVIS and wondered if the AI had told him. He wondered briefly when the conversation of him liking milk had come up between the AI and his inventor. Pushing it from his mind, Steve let himself from the mansion. Happy was waiting there, door open and smiling.

“Get what you need?” Happy asked as he shut the door to the car. It was seconds and he was sitting in the driver’s seat.

“Yes. I think that I did and more than I wanted at that.” Steve wondered how much more than what he wanted was he going to end up with.

“Mr. Stark is odd that way. He is rather free with his things. He gives without thought of cost. It’s best just to take what he gives. Only fight him if it is something that you just can’t take for one reason or another.”

Steve let himself mull over the words that Happy told him. He had a lot to think of.

xXxXxXx

At the end of the next month, Steve found that he liked his StarkPhone quite a bit. Tony was getting more out of the deal, Steve knew that and he didn’t mind it at all. The other man had been opening up even more over the past month. He was getting smiles from Tony that he had never seen on his face before, even in the news article pictures. The smiles were real and Steve cherished them. He knew that he was falling in love. Steve gave him weekly lessons on fighting. Tony was quick and fit, that was a good thing. Steve had a good grasp of what to do with his phone. He rarely had questions but during his and Tony’s phone lessons, Steve would watch as Tony worked on other things, usually phones and what the other man called tablets. Tony worked and talked quickly and Steve couldn’t follow most of it. It was nice though, he never spoke down to Steve about not knowing any of what Tony was talking about. Instead he just talked as he would to anyone else. Steve was finding that he was picking a lot of it up. Even though most of it went over his head, each day he could understand more and more.

“So are we on today?” Tony asked as he entered the workout room. Steve stopped his warm-up when he got a good look at the other man. He was wearing a black t-shirt, which was odd; Tony was usually in a tank top of some kind. Second thing that he noticed was that Tony was run down. He remembered hearing the other man talk about repairs to the Iron Man suit, while muttering about his bodyguard not caring how much time he spent repairing things that could easily have been avoided and about some kind of merger that Miss Potts had wanted his help on but he hadn’t paid it much mind, Tony always had a lot of things going. This wasn’t that though. Steve had seen that look on people at SHIELD’s face a lot. When an Omega missed their pills and went into heat. Steve didn’t say a word though. Tony’s personal life was Tony’s personal life. He had read too much about it as it was in the paper but he felt that if it was in print he needed to know. All of the Avengers were asked about Tony’s life on a near daily basis. He was only one that was part of the Initiative that wasn’t in the public eye on a daily basis.

“Not if you don’t want to be,” Steve hedged out. He didn’t want to force Tony to do anything. He didn’t want to hurt the man. If Tony’s full thought wasn’t on the training, he could get hurt.

“Good. I really just want to sit down and relax. I can use these two hours to get away from everything.”

“Two?”

“I sort of lied to Pepper and told her that we were going to be doing two hours on Wednesday. It would give me an hour to relax.”

Steve laughed and picked up his workout bag. He had brought a few things that he wanted to do with Tony with him but the man was too tired. Steve was sure that a feather could knock him over.

“I’ll go change then.” Steve waited for Tony to absentmindedly nod at him before he left the room.

Ten minutes later, he came back out after a very quick shower and he looked for Tony, who was lying on a weight bench with his arm draped over his eyes to block out the light.

“Tony?” Steve called. The other man didn’t make a move so Steve touched the other man’s shoulder. Tony rolled off of the bench and landed on his feet. His eyes were wide and Steve wasn’t sure what the man was going to do. Tony didn’t do anything, he just stood there. It was a few seconds before Tony really saw that Steve was the one who had touched him. Instead, in those seconds, Steve saw something that he never thought to see. Tony was standing there with one arm at his side and the other stretched out. It was a pose that Steve had seen a lot, when Iron Man was fighting.

Before Steve could do anything, Tony collapsed at his feet. Steve rushed forward. There was no one there at the Tower. Every single Avenger except themselves were out on missions. Iron Man was supposed to be on a armor test for a new part of the suit, Steve knew that was a lie.

“I have alerted Miss Potts, she is on her way.” JARVIS’s calm voice rushed over Steve and he calmed down. Picking Tony up gently, Steve carried him from the room. JARVIS’s soft voice pointed him in the direction of Tony’s bedroom. The door opened as Steve got to it. Instead of it being like he thought and just be a bedroom, it was just like the other suites, it was a living room of sorts with other rooms branching off of it. There was only one door closed and Steve marched over to it and shifted Tony so that he could open it and he was greeted with the sight of a bedroom. It was plain and normal in a way that Steve was sure was something that Tony was not. He expected something with more flare.

Ignoring the room, Steve set Tony down on the bed. The man was drenched in sweat. Steve wasn’t sure what to do so he found the bathroom and wet a washcloth. When he came back out, Tony was curled into a ball in the center of the bed. Steve tried to uncurl him but it didn’t work. Tony was gripping his knees tight with arms and wasn’t letting go. Steve ran his hand down Tony’s back and that’s when the smell hit him. Tony was an Omega. It wasn’t a full heat but it was something like it.

Not understanding why Tony was in pain and unconscious, Steve tried to calm him down by rubbing his back. Tony seemed to relax. He didn’t hear the opening of the door nor the click of the heels over the floor until Pepper was there beside him with a needle.

“Howard Stark created a serum that was supposed to have stop the heats for Omegas. He tried it on Tony.” Pepper said as she shoved the needle at him again. Steve took it this time. The liquid was a pale green color. “It seemed to work. This is what Tony is like now during most of his heats. He curls into a ball for days and then just wakes up. He only has on average one a year. Whatever magic Loki used on Tony about a month back, it stopped Tony’s own suppressants from working. It has also seemed to counteract whatever his father did to him. This is his second heat. Yesterday was a normal day. He locked himself up and beat up a robot. I had hoped that it meant he was fixed. Then JARVIS alerted me.”

Steve said nothing as he prepped the needle and then stuck it in Tony’s arm, depressing it all. After several minutes of silence, Tony uncurled.

“When was he going to tell the Avengers?”

“About his personal business, it’s not like he is needed?” Pepper asked. Steve looked up at her. It was a tone of voice that he had never heard come out of her mouth. She was glaring at him in a way that made Steve want to run for cover. “Why would he need to?”

“Because I count on Iron Man and he can’t do anything right now.”

“Just because Tony is out of commission doesn’t mean that Iron Man will be.”

“No. Because Iron Man is lying right there. When I scared him not to long ago, he jumped up and tried to fire his repulsors at me.”

“Oh,” Pepper said, her face not changing at all. She sighed and sat down on the edge of the bed. “I figured it would be Coulson who figured it out first. Tony was sure that no one would.”

“He’s been very good at hiding it all this time,” Steve said as he looked back down at Tony. The pain had to be going away because Tony was relaxing by the second it seemed. Reaching out, Steve brushed a lock of hair back from Tony’s forehead. “Why?”

“Because as much as Howard went for equality for the Alphas, Betas, and Omegas, he hated his son for not being an Alpha. Being an Omega was a shame for Tony. You, Bruce, Thor, and even Natasha are Alphas. Clint is a Beta. He’s tried so hard all his life to hide what he was. Especially after the death of his father. There would have been those that would take what was his because he was an Omega. Even now, there are those who call for an Omega to be added to the team but where is that Omega?”

Steve lowered his head so that he didn’t have to look at her. He had heard those cries and while the Avengers were supposed to protect the entire world, there was a small population that wasn’t shown. Steve himself had been searching for a super hero that was an Omega; they either didn’t exist or were hiding because of the stigma.

“I’ve been searching. I really have. I’ve not found one.”

“There is one right there,” Pepper said pointing at Tony. Steve looked at him. Tony looked so small on the bed and Steve’s heart broke a little. “You’ll just have to convince him to come out to the world.”

“And you think that I can do that?” Steve asked. He reached out to wipe at Tony’s face again. He wasn’t sweating as much as he had been but Steve still wiped down his face and neck again.

“I think that you are the only one who can,” Pepper said. Steve barely heard and he turned to look at her, only to find her going out the door. He stared at where she had shut the door for a while before turning back to Tony. He set the washcloth down on the bedside table and stood up to shift Tony around in the bed to cover him up. When he was done and Tony was resting better, Steve left the room.

“JARVIS let me know if he needs anything,” Steve asked outside the bedroom door.

“Yes, Captain.”

Steve moved to the common room and sat down. He picked up the StarkTablet that was left lying on the coffee table. Steve was used to seeing it lying around. Tony was always forgetting where he left it. He turned it on and waited for it to start up. A blinking space for a password had Steve staring at it for a few seconds. He was about to turn it off when the sound of a small cough had him looking up to see who had come into the room. There was no one.

“If I may, Sir. You need only enter that which Iron Man always protects.”

Steve looked up at a small camera, as if staring there would give him the answer. Iron Man protected Tony and Pepper and sometimes the world when he worked with the Avengers. That’s when the answer hit him, Iron Man always protected Captain America. It always irked him that the bodyguard in the suit ignored orders and went after him. He had always figured that Fury had told Iron Man to make sure that Steve didn’t do anything stupid in the beginning. When Steve had been lost in the pain of the past but now…

Steve typed in his own name and it allowed him access. It took Steve a while. The tablet was much like his phone but there were differences. He accessed files all over the device, never finding what he was looking for. Tony had to have access to records on super heroes. He had to have created files that documented all Omega super heroes. He knew Tony would want to protect them.

He found a file that was hidden and it was hidden well. It was titled War Machine and Steve had passed it several times and had thought it was about it the suit. Instead it was a listing of the super heroes by their status. The Alphas and Betas were listed with the Omega’s in another column. Their names were in some kind of code though. Steve sighed and closed the file, wiping the history like Tony had taught him.

“Thank you, JARVIS.”

“Sir is very paranoid.”

“I can understand.”

xXxXxXx

As far as Tony knew, Pepper had Happy carry him to his room and Steve didn’t know either of his secrets. Life went on and Tony was as happy as he could be. He didn’t know that his AI was plotting against him with his two friends. That all three were trying to push him together with Steve. He was never going to see it coming.

Then again he never saw anything coming.

Gasping awake after stopping a nuke form destroying part of New York and finding that instead of his HUD, he was looking up into the face of Steve.

“No!” Tony cried out, reaching for the faceplate. He couldn’t see it.

“Hulk threw it pretty far,” Steve said pointing over at his shoulder at the green beast who was looking at him with affection on his face.

“Man in Iron awake, Banner will be happy,” Hulk stated at he looked around. “Not safe.”

“All cameras are down. JARVIS did an EMP in the area. Hulk already had the faceplate off before I could stop him and lift it up without breaking it.”

“You are taking this well,” Tony said looking at him a little shocked. He had expected anger.

“I knew you were Iron Man for months. You tried to repulsor me in your sleep once. I kept it to myself.”

“Good. I guess that I need to hope that I can get to the tower and get a new helmet before someone snaps a picture.”

“Or you can go out there and talk to the press,” Steve ventured.  Tony just glared at him. “It’s better to do it on your own terms, Stark. You can control it then.”

“Says you.”

“I’ve been told that Pepper agrees with me.”

“Have you been talking to Pepper behind my back?”

“No. Pepper and Rhodey,” Steve said with a smile. Steve stood and held out a hand to Tony. “I’ll protect you.”

“I know,” Tony said as he reached out a hand and let Steve pull him up. The other Avengers arrived with little fanfare.

“The cops and reporters are flooding the area. If you need out, I’d go now,” Black Widow spoke as she looked Tony in the face.

“No, it’s time to stop hiding. I’ll show the world what we Omegas can do,” Tony stated. Black Widow smiled at him and reached an arm out. She linked his arm with hers and started walking him towards the crowd forming at the edge of the area. The rest of the Avengers walked behind them, letting Tony stay up front in his armor. An Omega had just saved the world and New York. No one could say one thing about Tony being Iron Man or him being an Omega. Steve just wished he could shove the headlines of tomorrow’s paper down Howard’s throat.

The End

To Be Continued in Together Today, Alone Yesterday