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    Peter looks away, across the sloping lawn, to the lake. “I’m almost 18.”

    Tony shakes his head. “Yeah, doesn’t matter. You’re still my kid. And besides,” here his voice turns careful, a little shrewd, a lot gentle. “It’s not just about your age on paper. It’s also about experience, power- a lot of things that go beyond just how many times you’ve traveled around the sun.”

    Peter’s heart is thudding in his chest now, the rush of blood in his ears deafening.

    “Peter.” Tony’s voice is so quiet, so impossibly gentle. Peter feels like he might crumble apart under the weight of it. “You want to tell me what happened in Prague?”

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    Feeling shut out by his friends on their junior class trip, Peter finds himself drawn into a fight alongside a new, strange superhero. And if that man, Mysterio, has a gaze that lingers, that makes his stomach turn and his cheeks heat and the hair on his neck stand up? It’s fine. He can handle it. He’s got this all under control.

    And when Mysterio shows his true colors, stealing EDITH right from under Peter’s nose? That’s fine too. He can fix his mistakes. He doesn’t need any help taking down Mysterio. And he definitely doesn’t need any help dealing with the aftermath.

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    04 Oct 2020

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    Peter takes the tablet and looks down at the screen, where a picture of Spider-Man intimately entangled in a passionate embrace with Johnny Storm is displayed across the majority of the Daily Bugle’s home page. TORCH CAUGHT IN SPIDER-MAN’S WEB, the headline reads, bracketed by spider and flame emojis.

    Peter looks back up at Tony, who is still staring at him completely stone-faced.

    Tony reaches across the island and taps the screen. “So. What do you have to say about that?”

    “Well. For one, I’m a little disappointed with the headline,” Peter offers.

    Tony lets his chin drop against his chest, momentarily defeated, before taking a deep breath and once more skewering Peter with a hard look. “You could have at least given me some warning that the two of you are...I mean, I had my suspicions, but—”

    “You’re misconstruing the situation. Spider-Man and the Torch are dating,” Peter explains. “Johnny and I are just friends.”

    “Boy, you’re really leaning hard into this whole alter ego thing, aren’t you?” Tony deadpans. “How’s that working out for you?”

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    28 Apr 2020

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    “You know,” Tony says. “You could have just nabbed someone’s phone and called for help instead of hoofing it all the way over here.”

    Peter is aghast by the suggestion. “Spider-Man doesn’t steal,” he replies, all righteous indignation. It would be cute, if he wasn’t actively bleeding to death all over Tony’s floor.

    “You just said you weren’t suited up as Spider-Man when you got stabbed,” Tony points out.

    “Peter Parker doesn’t steal, either,” the kid says firmly.

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    The problem, Tony thinks, is that the kid is just too good.

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    28 Apr 2020

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    She’s crying now. Openly. It’s tearing him up, hearing it, hearing what the hell she’s saying. “—they didn’t let him—they didn’t even let us get him a good lawyer, they locked everything out and he just had this—public defender that I’m sure was paid off. It was so orchestrated, Tony, the whole thing, and he’s—God, they sped it along over a month and they—convicted him—he’s in the Raft. They’ve got him in the Raft.”

    She keeps talking, but he can’t hear it.

    He can’t hear anything but the ringing in his ears. The way his bones creak. The way his face is contorting, his mouth dropping, his eyes straining with fear and pure, unadulterated rage.

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    27 Apr 2020

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    Afterwards, Tony made a steadfast habit of carrying that old-school mobile phone, with one purpose and one name in the contacts, around with him wherever he went. He let it burn a hole in his pocket; let it glare at him, accusatory, as he grabbed it from the nightstand each morning.

    He couldn’t bring himself to leave it behind. Not only because he might, in a few, specifically dire scenarios, need to call upon Steve Rogers. Tony lied to himself when he claimed there was no part of him that would want to pick up on the off chance that Steve needed him.

    It was a truth Tony hated to acknowledge but deep down knew all the same: he owed him one.

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    Or: Peter suddenly and inexplicably turns up missing. Tony, panicked and desperate, recruits the Rogues to aid in the search.

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