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July 3rd, 2007

Iron man ficlet @ 07:19 pm


Two exam questions down, three to go, so have some pointless cuteness with mini!Tony. Brainsorming credit goes to seanchai

"Anthony, would you care to tell the class why Captain America's shield was able to damage the armor plating on the German tank in this photo?"

Tony jumped, and looked back up at Mr. Randolph, hurriedly covering the drawings in his notebook with one arm. Mr. Randolph never called on you unless you raised your hand, which meant he knew Tony hadn't been paying attention. He wanted to know something... something about Captain America's shield. "It was a vibranium-steel alloy," Tony said, hoping that answered the question.

"It's nice to see that someone is actually listening. Yes, it was an experimental vibranium-steel alloy, much harder than steel..."

Tony tuned the sounds of the lecture out again, staring instead at the black-and-white photograph of Captain America in action emblazoned across the white projector screen. He was in profile, some old military photographer having caught him halfway through the act of throwing his shield into a Tiger tank.

"So, he wasn't a mutie?" Geoffrey Shaw was an idiot, and sitting behind him in every single class could make even math class torture, let alone history.

"We don't use that kind of language in this classroom, Geoffrey. No, his abilities were the result of a secret government project."

Didn't anybody else bother to actually read the textbook? Tony rolled his eyes, added an extra line of rivets to his experimental robot prototype design (maybe Mr. Randolph would think he was taking notes?), and returned his gaze to the projector screen.

There was a new picture up now, an old propaganda poster with a color painting of Cap, all blond hair and square jaw and eyes exactly the same blue as his costume. The artist had probably used the same color paint. The perspective on the shield was wrong, though--it looked like a flat disk, instead of a convex one. Funny, that the guy had gotten that wrong when he'd done such a good job on the face and the costume. The (blue) leather costume was awesome; it outlined all of the muscles on his arms, and the white star in the middle of his chest just emphasized how broad it was.

"He must have been really cool," Tony observed.

"Get real," Geoffrey sneered. "He was a propaganda stunt. And that costume is the lamest thing ever. Those wings look totally retarded."

"You're just jealous because you know you'd never be buff enough to wear it," the boy behind Tony offered.

"Yeah," Tony said, bouyed by the support. "You would look stupid in blue leather."

"Who let the kindergartner in here, anyway?" Geoffrey asked rhetorically (not that he'd know what the word rhetorically meant, since he'd flunked Mr. Collins' last three vocabulary tests). "What are you drawing, runt?" He reached back and tugged Tony's notebook out from under his arm. "A robot that shoots fire. Damn, you really are a freak, aren't you?"

Tony snatched his drawing back, and contemplated adding Geoffrey into it, as the robot's target. He'd just started to doodle Geoffrey's dumb curly hair when the boy behind him leaned forward again.

"What does it use for accelerant?"

"Huh?" Tony blinked at him. New kid, just arrived this week, and Tony didn't know his name yet. Why was nameless new boy still talking to him?

"The robot. What does it use for accelerant?"

"Pressurized gasoline. But when I really build it, I'll find something better."

The other boy smiled at him, flashing perfectly white teeth bracketed by two rows of braces (bottom and top, with orange rubber bands). "Cool. Do you have a partner for next week's science project yet?"

"No," Tony admitted. "Nobody wants to work with the 'kindergarten baby.'" Eleven wasn't all that much younger than fourteen, but everybody except the teacher seemed to think he was some kind of wussy little kid. Well, that, or a freak who needed to have his notebooks stolen and his robots smashed (and what was wrong with electrifying them to keep people from touching them, anyway? The assistant principle still hadn't explained that to his satisfaction).

"Well, I don't have a partner, and nobody wants to work with the new kid, either. I'm Tiberius Stone." Tiberius was still smiling, and in the light from the window, his white-blond hair sort of glowed, just like the painting of Cap.

"I'm-"

"Anthony Stark, I know. Everybody knows. You skipped about six grades or something."

"Only three," Tony corrected. "Tiberius. Did your parents hate you, or something?"

"Tiberius was a roman emperor. He ruled half the world."

"I always liked Julius Caesar better," Tony told him (shut up, don't disagree with him; he'll get annoyed!). "He actually did things." He smiled, so Tiberius would know he wasn't serious.

"Caesar." Tiberius's braces-flashing grin spread wider. "I like the sound of that. I guess that would make you Mark Antony, then?"

Tony shrugged. "If you want. Do you think the robot should have rocket boots? And a forcefield?"

"How's the forcefield going to work?"

"I don't know, but it would be cool." Tony turned his pencil around and began erasing the lines he'd drawn around the robot to represent a forcefield. Maybe you could make one with electricity? Or magnets? Not everything would be repulsed by magnetic fields. It would need all sorts of computer circuits in it, too, and magnets might mess those up.

"Anthony, Tiberius, is there something you'd like to share with the rest of the class?"

Busted. Tony turned back to the front of the clasroom, trying to look wide-eyed and innocent. He looked at the painting of Cap, still up on the projector screen, avoiding Mr. Randolph's eyes so he wouldn't have to talk straight to him. "No."

"Sorry, Mr. Randolph," Tiberius said. "Anthony and I were talking about Wakandan vibranium. It's really very interesting, you know."

"Well, can you save your discussion for later, please?" Voice disaproving, in that way that always reminded Tony of his dad.

Tony nodded agreement, and dropped his eyes to his notebook again. He could feel the back of his neck going red as everyone in the classroom stared at him. "It absorbs kinetic force," he mumbled.

"I'm serious about the science project," Tiberius whispered, quiet enough that Mr. Randolph wouldn't hear.

Tony grinned, and started a new drawing. Nobody had ever actually wanted to be his partner on a project before, let alone somebody who knew that there were two different kinds of vibranium. "Okay," he whispered back. "Sure thing."

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From:caiusmajor
Date:July 4th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
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Awwwwwwwwwwww. They are such CUTE little mad scientists!
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From:elspethdixon
Date:July 5th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Tony is always cute, especially when staring dreamily at Cap.

Cap, of course, is noble and stalwart and brave (and also cute).
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From:lilacsigil
Date:July 4th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
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Tiny little engineers watching footage of Cap! That's just awesome, in so many ways.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:July 5th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Everyone should watch footage of Cap in school. If I every taught a classroom of middle schoolers about WWII, I'd make them look at propaganda art of him, too, and nevermind that we don't actually live in Marvel-verse.
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From:likeadeuce
Date:July 4th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
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Oh, this is perfect!
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From:elspethdixon
Date:July 5th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Um... exactly what is bouncing off Tony in your icon? It looks like it might be Steve's shield, but the perspective on it is all warped, so I can't tell.
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From:likeadeuce
Date:July 5th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Nah, it's from the "Demon in a Bottle" arc, where Tony is fighting Hammer's goons. One of them shoots metal discs of some kind at him, and Tony gives a lecture on the nature of his powers which include MAGNETIC FIELDS of course!
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From:elspethdixon
Date:July 5th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I think my favorite part was when his armor incorporated magnetic fields, computer disks, *and* transistors all at the SAME TIME.

The best part of the Tony vs. Hammer's goons is when he breaks int Hammer's compound (out of armor) like James Bond, using his new Steve Rogers combat training ("Do you know what a clavicle is? Surprise! It's what I just broke!").
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From:secretkeeper11
Date:July 4th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
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That was cute and kind of sad.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:July 5th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
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*grins* Glad you liked it! Most of it came out of a long, babble-y conversation with seanchai, about how Tony probably became bestest friends with Ty back in the day because he kind of looks like Steve..

Ah, Tony. Eventually you will learn that appearance and personality are not connected.
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From:harmonyangel
Date:July 4th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Tony crushing on footage of Cap when he was a kid is really canon in my head at this point. *grins* And I really like Tiberius here, which is depressing considering how things end up. Great work, though. It's really impressive that you've made Tony sound so Tony and yet still sound like an 11-year-old boy.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:July 5th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
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It's really impressive that you've made Tony sound so Tony and yet still sound like an 11-year-old boy.

*grins* I was worried that I'd made him sound too ADD and/or too focussed on his own internal robots-and-techgeekery world, but then I remembered that this is a guy who's canonically blown off dates to go look at rocket ships, and snuck out of parties to visit and inspect construction sites.

I think mini!Tony's crush on Cap might actually be canon. I swear I remember him saying that he learned about Steve in school at some point, and also that he used to have a poster of Steve in his bedroom (or my brain could just be making that up, but since adult!Tony has paintings of Steve all over his house and office, it makes sense).
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From:freedomyell
Date:June 27th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
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It just goes to show that everyone can be a fanboy/girl even into their adult life. *lol*
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From:freedomyell
Date:June 27th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
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awe. This is just so cute and it made me laugh a couple of times.

Quote - a freak who needed to have his notebooks stolen and his robots smashed (and what was wrong with electrifying them to keep people from touching them, anyway? The assistant principle still hadn't explained that to his satisfaction). - END QUOTE

Loved it. Tony would totally do that too. I bet the Principal had a lame answer to that because he has no idea how to deal with a kid of Tony's inteligence.

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