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10 January 2015 @ 07:01 pm
Shippy Meme  
Doing this for Tony/Pepper for character development purposes. First character development meme for 2015! Whoot-whoot!

Questions:
big spoon/little spoon:
favorite non-sexual activity:
what has a season pass on their dvr/who controls the netflix queue:
who uses all the hot water:
most trivial thing they fight over:
who cooks normally?:
who kissed who first?:
who does most of the cleaning:
who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working:
who remembers anniversaries:
How often do they fight?
What do they do when they’re away from each other?
Nicknames for each other?
Who is more likely to pay for dinner?
Who steals the covers at night?
What would they get each other for gifts?
Who swears more?
What would they do if the other one was hurt?
Who started the relationship?
Toughest decision they've made?



big spoon/little spoon: Pepper tended to be big spoon when Tony had his arc reactor in. It was uncomfortable against her back, and scratched her if he didn't have a layer of cloth over it. Now that the reactor is out, Tony sometimes spoons, but just as often Pepper does, out of habit. Either way, Tony has most of the bed and Pepper is often clinging to the edge.
favorite non-sexual activity: Eating breakfast. Work tends to get in the way of a lot of date nights and time together, but they usually manage to eat breakfast at the same time, even if Tony is doing it from another country over Skype.
what has a season pass on their dvr/who controls the netflix queue: Pepper is surprisingly sentimental when it comes to movies. She likes chick flicks. Tony likes when things blow up. More chick flicks get watched than blowing up movies. They both like old classic movies and musicals; that's the go-to if they can't agree on what to watch. They're also reality show junkies, much to Pepper's shame. She used to come in while he was watching to ask him a question about work and then get distracted and end up watching it with him. Now, she just sits down from the start and they watch together.
who uses all the hot water: They are both pretty guilty of this. Tony built a Thing to solve this problem, that provides extra hot water without being environmentally unfriendly.
most trivial thing they fight over: Everything. Pepper and Tony spend most conversations fighting about things. It's how they communicate.
who cooks normally?: Tony. Pepper is not actually that good a cook. Tony does most of the cooking, with help from J.A.R.V.I.S, who talks him through new recipes.
who does most of the cleaning: The cleaners. That's what we have money for.
who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working: No one. Tony can fix anything and does, or he sends a robot to do it.
who remembers anniversaries: J.A.R.V.I.S. Neither Tony nor Pepper are very good at keeping track of things like that. J.A.R.V.I.S puts friendly reminders on their phones a few days in advance to give them time to prepare.
How often do they fight? To the outside observer, it would seem they never stop fighting, but in actual fact that's just survival instinct on Pepper's part. If you don't interrupt Tony, he won't stop to let you speak. You have to talk and argue over him. Real, serious, actual fights happen maybe once every few months and usually involve Tony's view on danger or his doing something stupid. Tony rarely picks fights with Pepper because he has a hard time finding her flaws. Which is a problem in and of itself.
What do they do when they’re away from each other? Work. Skype. Pepper quite enjoys having the bed to herself for a few nights. Tony finds it harder to sleep.
Nicknames for each other? Pepper is a nickname bestowed by Tony after she pepper-sprayed one of his bodyguards when trying to get to Tony to explain a major, company-ending accounting error she'd picked up on. He hired her as his assistant after that, and Pepper is all anyone calls her now. He sometimes calls her 'Pep'. Pepper has no nicknames for him, and almost never uses pet names. Getting her to even call him Tony took years.
Who is more likely to pay for dinner? Tony, right from when their working relationship began. It's old-fashioned, but he has money and Pepper feels she's earned a few free meals.
Who steals the covers at night? Tony. Pepper frequently wakes up with no covers.
What would they get each other for gifts? Tony's managed to learn that big gestures aren't always better, and he tries to go for smaller, more meaningful things. Pepper has learned that you can plan for days to get something really appropriate and meaningful, or you can go down to the hardware store and buy the same wrench he has four of already, and you get the same level of delight from Tony, who just likes when people buy him stuff. She tends to alternate between the two approaches.
Who swears more?: Tony. Not as much as you might think he would; Jarvis' "that is very inappropriate language, Master Tony"s when he was growing up had some influence over him, but not enough to keep him from acquiring some colourful expressions. Pepper can keep up if she's really angry, though. It's usually a sign that you should back off.
What would they do if the other one was hurt? Tony is not the best caregiver, but he can, would, and has destroyed, battled, and torn apart things to get to Pepper and keep her safe. Pepper is much better at caring, but holds her own at the protecting part, too. Tony's pretty good at verbal encouragement and comfort but not good at the physical part so much; Pepper's not as great about expressing her emotions, and tends to go for the bringing of soup and taking care of business while Tony is away.
Who started the relationship? Tony had to be more of an initiator, as Pepper was reluctant to take him seriously, but they came to a mutual agreement that they should try the dating thing.
Toughest decision they've made? When to have sex for the first time. Pepper wanted to hold off until Tony had proven he was thinking of her as more than just another conquest. She'd seen what happened to women that Tony Stark slept with. Tony was willing to respect that, but did bring the subject up every so often. Pepper had in her mind that as long as they hadn't slept together, they could still go back to being work partners, and it was a big line to cross. It was a leap of faith for her, and the first time was actually sort of awkward because she was nervous, but after that it was awesome and no regrets were had on either side.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on January 11th, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
Yes to all of this! Especially the nickname.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 11th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
The nickname is semi-canon. It was used in the novelization of the first film, but never mentioned on screen. Pepper pointing out a financial error is comic book canon, but I don't think she attacked anyone to do it. I don't think it says who she pepper sprayed in the novel, but I'd like to think it was Happy. Just 'cause.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 11th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
Pepper has learned that you can plan for days to get something really appropriate and meaningful, or you can go down to the hardware store and buy the same wrench he has four of already, and you get the same level of delight from Tony, who just likes when people buy him stuff.

This is such perfect headcanon for Tony. He can buy himself anything so shopping for him would be a nightmare but I can totally see he'd be ecstatic more about the gesture itself.

who remembers anniversaries: J.A.R.V.I.S.

Hahaha! I don't know why I find this so funny. Maybe it's because I imagine Tony never telling JARVIS directly that he started dating Pepper officially on such and such date and he should be reminded about it in a year, but that JARVIS just went ahead and did it based on his programming about social norms.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 11th, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
This is such perfect headcanon for Tony. He can buy himself anything so shopping for him would be a nightmare but I can totally see he'd be ecstatic more about the gesture itself.

He'd be the sort of person who keeps every gift given to him by someone he cares about, too. Like, all the corporate stuff he gets goes right in the trash or donated to charity, but he has every stupid gag gift Rhodey ever gave him in a drawer somewhere.

Somewhat related--I loved that JARVIS has a stocking on the fireplace in IM3.

Maybe it's because I imagine Tony never telling JARVIS directly that he started dating Pepper officially on such and such date and he should be reminded about it in a year, but that JARVIS just went ahead and did it based on his programming about social norms.

That's basically my headcanon for what happened. I feel like he automatically tracks Pepper's periods, too, and Pepper doesn't really know why she seems to have chocolate when she really wants chocolate, but she doesn't question it because mysterious chocolate is possibly better than regular chocolate.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 13th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
I was doing some research for baby!Mim, and I found a little otter learning to swim Just in case you needed some little otters making nervous noises in your life today.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 13th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Just in case you needed some little otters making nervous noises in your life today.

I need it in my life today and everyday!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 13th, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
Otters for all occasions!

I love when you can see the little otter going 'oh look, that's what my feet are for! Yes, I expect I'm supposed to move them like this to swim. Is that right? *bleeeeeeeeh*'
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 13th, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
I like his/her expression when they first put him/her into the water. "Umm...I'm floating...I'm floating! Am I supposed to float?"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 13th, 2015 04:22 am (UTC)
"Maybe I should just get out of the water until we've established whether I should be floating or not. I'll just get in my towel, it's fine."