Pt. 12 Flashbacks: Post Civil War, Tony…..
[Avengers Training Facility Security Footage 07012016]
Loc: Avengers Training Facility, Upstate NY
Happy: Hey Boss, that crazy old FedEx guy was here again. He dropped a package, but the return address just says ‘Got My Good Eye On You’. Sounds like one of those weirdo stalkers. Toss it? <Holds the box over garbage can>
Tony: <smirks, shaking his head, takes package& sets it on desk> Nah, I’ll deal with whatever Fury wants later. What’s the current damage report news-wise? We still front page?
Happy: <Checking tablet> Actually, the election has pushed us to page 3. Granted it’s mostly about Don the Con, but right now any news that makes people forget about the Accords, Barnes& Cap can’t be too bad, Right?
Tony: Donnie’s running? <laughs hysterically, grabbing his bruised ribs in pain> Whatever. He’s got no chance. He’s had more bankruptcies than I’ve got mansions. Let him snag all the headlines he wants. He’ll get bored eventually and drop out.
Happy: So, now what are WE doing next?
Tony: Well YOU are gonna keep an eye on the kid. <Happy groans> What? You got the easy job! Meanwhile, I’ve got to help Rhodey with his recovery, I’ve got an android moping over a girl, I’ve got girl problems of my own, and I’ve got an Avengers Facility with no Avengers. Oh and there’s that little thing about bringing my mom’s murder to justice. What do we have for leads on Barnes?
Happy: <checks tablet again> Nada, zip, zilch. It’s like he just wandered off into the Siberian wastes, Rogers too. We’ve been monitoring UN and World Security Council for any sightings or tips. They’re coming up as empty-handed as we are.
Tony: <crushes water bottle in frustration> I’m gonna find him. He CAN’T hide forever. Sooner or later his brain will short circuit, and his Hydra programming will kick in again. And I’m gonna be there to put him down.
Happy: Revenge? That’s not gonna change anything, Tony. You just said it yourself. Hydra PROGRAMMED him. He didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to become the Winter Soldier.
Tony: <voice rising as he stands up> Next you’re gonna try and tell me that Cap did the right thing by not telling me that it wasn’t a simple car crash. Two years he knew! TWO YEARS! All that time working together. The Avengers, our friendship, we were like family. HE destroyed it all! He stood by my side and NEVER SAID A FUCKING WORD!
Happy: <puts hands up & takes a step or two back towards door> All I’m saying is, maybe take a minute to breathe before your Fitbit throws a bitfit, and try to see the other side of this. He thought he was protecting the people he cares about, sound familiar?
Tony: <anger still rising>And it got him as far as it got me. In the last few years, I’ve almost lost you, Rhodey, and Pepper, I trashed all my suits, built Ultron, Pepper’s not speaking to me, the Avengers are torn apart. <pause, waives a pointed finger back and forth between himself and Happy> You know, this is the part where you take my side and tell me it’s not my fault.
Happy: <frowns, shaking his head, softly> No can do, Boss.
Tony: <throwing the crushed water bottle> Then what are you here for?! GET OUT!
<Happy backs out silently, having seen this all many times before over the years. Tony sits back down, elbows on the desk, head in hands. He turns and opens a drawer, reaching for a bottle inside, knocking the package off the desktop. Setting the bottle down, he picks the box up and tears it open. A film canister rolls out, along with a note. ‘You missed the funeral, but she left you this.’ The label on the canister simply says ‘For Anthony’>
Tony: <Pours himself the first of many drinks that night, and whispers with watery eyes> Fuck, I didn’t get to say goodbye to HER either.