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Steve's Point of view

Tony awoke the next morning to me handing him coffee. He didn't speak. He just took it and drank it, then he showered and got dressed. I looked at him.

"Are you alright?" I asked. He looked back at me.

"Yeah." He whispered. It was good to hear him talk.

"You look terrible." I laughed. He smiled a little then walked over to me. He hugged me tightly and buried his head into me. I didn't understand what was happening. I didn't know what was wrong with him, or why he decided to vanish to the garage for a week. But I wasn't about to ask him. Whatever was going on inside his head, I didn't want to bring it up and make it worse.

"Thank you." Tony said. "Why did you stay?"

"Because I'm your friend, Tony." I feel like everytime I say that, I am friendzoning him. I don't wanna friendzone him.

Back to Tony's Point of view

I was not expecting Steve to stay with me. I'm a handful. I showered quietly then drank my coffee, looking over at my mother- who was pacing back and forth.

"What's wrong?" I asked. Steve was sat next to me. After the way he keeps friendzoning me though, I don't expect anything. I like him but clearly he has moved on.

"Your father vanished last night." She said. That worried me.

"What do you mean?" I asked, standing up.

"He left the house- just after your friend did- and hasn't returned yet." Steve then stood up as well.

"Did he follow me?" He asked. My mother didn't know. I ran out, with Steve following close behind. Then I found out where my father was.

Where my garage stood was just now a pile of rubble. Ash floating up in the sky. It was hot, like the flames had only just recently burned out. My little robot was outside of it. That was the only thing left. The whole place was gone. My father wasn't here but I knew it was him. He had threatened to burn the place down if he ever found out where it was.

"Tony, I- I'm so sorry." Steve put his hand on my shoulder. I slapped it off. Tears burning in my eyes.

"Don't. This is all my fault. I can't believe I let you know where it was." I spat. He looked hurt. I went to pick up my robot. "You're not my friend. You don't care about me. If you did- why did you show him where it was?"

"Tony, this isn't my fault. I'm not the one who burned it down."

"Do you wanna know why I was there all week? It was because my Dad took me to his stupid homophobic old people club. They don't accept me. He doesn't accept me. My dad just wants to change me. He burned this place down to control me. You lead him to it." I was crying. I don't know why I am so angry at Steve. I am just hurting.

"Tony..." Steve said.

At that moment, I felt like running away. I wanted to run away and be a homeless person- but I'd never make it as a homeless person. I didn't know what to do. My feet were frozen and then out of the ashes, came my father.

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