Altercation“It isn’t proper protocol, Tony,” Steve said, voice deceptively calm. “Someone could’ve gotten—”Iron Man’s faceplate snapped up, revealing Tony’s tense frown. “I knew no one would get hurt. Do you really think I would’ve done it if I thought someone would get hurt?” A smirk flashed across his face for a brief second. “They don’t call me a genius for nothing, Steve. I don’t know why you can’t seem to get that.” He turned on his heel to walk away, and the armor fell from him as he went, reassembling neatly in its base.Steve squared his jaw. Tony always seemed to play the genius card when Steve got angry at him, as if his IQ was supposed to excuse all his faults. “I don’t understand why you feel the need to endanger the whole team like that. There were plenty of other options, and I’m sure a genius could see that.”Tony scoffed. “You must’ve been figh
I'm Going Slightly Mad: Chapter NineteenSo he ignored it. He was an expert when it came to ignoring things. He had so much practice in the art of ignorance that it came naturally to him. He couldn’t honestly say he was proud of it, but he was occasionally grateful for it.His odd schedule had him dashing around campus just to get to his classes on time. This wasn’t usually a problem. In middle and high school, he’d been on the track team. He could run quickly, and he could run well. Sprinting from building to building was actually sort of fun, and he’d started keeping track of his times and striving to beat them. It was a great way to stay energized in the middle of the day, and he was burning calories.He’d gotten used to being twenty pounds lighter, and had found the slight change in his appearance somewhat appealing. He was even more slender now, with prominent hip bones and visible ribs. It did make him that much more effeminate, and he was sure it looked unhealthy, but he felt great, and he
Extra 1.6: BenchedIt's been three days since Jumper benched him. Three days of being just Carson, and already, he's losing his mind.What's he supposed to do when he isn't being a hero? He has no hobbies, no friends, hardly any family, and his day job only takes up so many hours. All he can do is sit at home, play with his little calico cat, and wait until the boredom kills him.Carson isn't capable of being Carson. Not without Shield Shifter. Shift is the only thing that keeps his life interesting.He can hardly believe it. He's addicted to being a superhero.No wonder he hates himself so much.The only time Carson's useful is during his day job. When he's working, at least people depend on him for something, even if that something is just their paycheck. Still, it makes him feel like a little more, so he doesn't complain. He channels all of his energy into the logical part of his brain, and lets the math make him feel included.He loses himself in the numbers until he hears someone approach his desk.
I'm Going Slightly Mad: Chapter Eighteen“You can’t go five minutes without having some sort of crisis, can you?” Lucas groaned.Aaron wrinkled his nose. “This isn’t a crisis, I’m just confused.”Lucas raised his eyebrows. “You can’t be serious. You don’t see what’s happening here?”“Is something happening? I’m wondering about chest pains!”“‘Chest pains’.” Lucas scoffed. “You’re a dumbass.”“Excuse me?”“Tightening in your chest, but only when Miles does something particularly touching or cute?”Aaron crossed his arms. “When did I say that?”“You said it happened when he hugged you, took care of you while you were hungover, helped you in class, and brought you Chinese takeout. Things that you probably found adorable.”Aaron huffed. “‘Adorable’ is not in my lexicon. Miles isn’t adorable”“Use whatever word you wan