10 | DRUNK WORDS

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( CHAPTER TEN; DRUNK WORDS )

( CHAPTER TEN; DRUNK WORDS )

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1 9 9 2 - ONE YEAR LATER.

"SMILE."

"C'mon, Tony, you know I hate having my picture taken," Sera groaned irritably, pushing the camera in Tony's hands to the side, and the man pouted, before bounding over to the mirror on the closet, pressing the shutter on his polaroid camera and simultaneously striking a pose. Sera glanced up and suppressed a laugh at the sight of him, shaking her head in amusement. "You're crazy."

"Crazy about you!" Tony cheered, spinning around and pulling the picture from the bottom of the camera. He shook it up and down and sprung towards her, lifting the film to his lips and kissing it, before handing it to her and pressing his lips to hers. Sera took the picture and pulled away, glancing down at the developing image and laughing lightly. She placed it in her open suitcase, before turning back around. Tony placed his hands on her cheeks, grinning down at her. "Why don't we go out tonight? We can get drunk, kiss a lot, sleep till two tomorrow afternoon? What do you say?"

Sera smiled widely as he pulled her in for another kiss. She felt butterflies in her stomach and a rush in her head. She leaned in a little more, before pulling away and letting Tony whine out in protest. She smirked slightly as he huffed. "Okay, baby. Let's get drunk."

Tony recovered quickly and whooped, before he grabbed the hotel keys from the bed. He went towards the door, before he reached his hand out for Sera to take. She rolled her eyes playfully and grabbed it, allowing him to pull her close. He held the doorknob in his free hand, but he was staring down at her. "I love you."

"Ditto," Sera laughed softly, and before she could feel uncomfortable, she smacked his hand away and opened the door, running down the hall. She couldn't help but grin when she heard Tony yelling after her, jumping into the elevator urgently pressing the ground button. She couldn't help the giggles that escaped her lips when he reached the closing doors, flipping her off as they did, though the smile on his face said otherwise. 

When the doors fully closed, the smile was still lingering on her face, but the fuzzy feeling had dropped a little. She sighed, taking a step back and leaning against the wall, watching the dial move from level sixteen to one. Part of her wished she could say the three words back, but another part of her felt like she couldn't. Tony deserved so much more than her, she wasn't worth all the fuss. 

She knew for a fact that they wouldn't last forever, but she couldn't ever tell him that. Despite what she told herself, she did deeply care for the boy. They had been dating nearly six months now, and had returned to New York for a week during summer break. Since the death of Tony's parents, Sera had been there to support him, and a couple months after, she finally became his girlfriend. After another month, Tony had said he loved her, and she didn't say it back. 

It had still been some time, and she still hadn't said it back. She didn't know if she ever planned to. Tony didn't seem to mind, he was happy saying the words over and over, even if it wasn't reciprocated. She didn't know how he could handle it everyday, but he did. 

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Vodka hurt Sera's throat, but it felt amazing when it hit her. This thought ran through her mind on her first shot. 

She had now just downed her fifth. 

"Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down!" she screamed at the top of her lungs, throwing her hands up in the air as she jumped to the beat of the loud music.  

"Never gonna run around and desert you!" Tony yelled back, swinging his blazer around his head like a lasso. He had only taken two shots and originally planned to take more, but he hadn't seen Sera drunk yet, so he was having the time of his life. Sweat ran his forehead but he felt like he was on top of the world. 

The crowd around the couple were full of energy and happiness, and it seemed like in that moment, everything was perfect. Tony looked over at Sera and grinned widely. There was never a dull moment with her, she was absolutely incredible and he wanted to spend every single waking minute in her company. He, Tony Stark, was in love. He had never felt like this before, and though it was a little scary, he knew he loved her, and he knew he was going to be with her forever. 

As the night carried on, the pair never lost their joy and liveliness. They sung the cheesy pop songs until their lungs hurt, they drank when they needed to, and they were wasted on both alcohol and sheer euphoria.

Tony's hands slipped into hers, and they jumped around to a Wham! song, sweat covering their foreheads and their hearts racing at the speed of light. The dark haired boy stared at Sera with fascination as she laughed in glee, finally letting herself go. She was an angel. Tony cheered and yelled at the top of his voice over the pounding music so she could hear him. "I love you!"

It certainly wasn't the first time he had declared his adoration for the woman, but she had never said it back. He didn't mind, he knew that she returned the feelings, no matter how hard she tried to deny. Of course, why would she have agreed to be his girlfriend and stayed by his side for the past year? She'd been his shoulder to cry on, his rock, his lifeline when things got hard. She took care of him when he needed her, and never once asked for anything in return. He had never been more grateful to have someone like her in his life, especially after having lost his mother and father. 

As he bounced up and down on his toes to the booming music, he closed his eyes and let the night wash over him. He loved being with her, he loved her. He was expecting the words 'ditto' to come out of her mouth, certainly not what she actually said.

"I love you too!" she screamed at the top of her lungs, leaping onto him and attaching their lips together. Tony's eyes widened slightly and he wrapped his arms around her, spinning her around. Once they parted, Sera giggled and pulled away, throwing her hands up in the air and moving her hips to the music. Tony and stopped slightly and was trying to process the words she had just said. 

Suddenly, he whooped, a grin adorning his features. "She loves me!"

Sera burst into a fit of giggles and spun around, her eyes bright and filled with happiness. "I love you!"

Tears welled in the crevices of Tony's eyes as he laughed the loudest he had ever laughed. 

She loved him. 

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