Living with the Avengers


"And this is your room." Tony grinned as the elevator doors opened.

"Room?" Carter asked in disbelief. "It's like an apartment." She wandered out of the elevator and looked around in awe.

Laynie followed behind her friend and gasped. "Tony, it's beautiful."

There were large windows covering the wall across from the elevator. Not floor to ceiling though, because of Laynie's insane fear of heights. There was a small kitchen, stocked with some of the girls' favorite snack foods. But the real attraction was the bedroom. There was a glass wall between the beds, which were king size, suspended from the wall, with a couch and dresser underneath each. Tony demonstrated how the wall could be blacked out so the girls could have their own space. The bathrooms were mirror images, with a spacious shower and tub, and the mirrors had the same function as the glass wall.

"You really outdid yourself," Laynie told her dad.

"It's amazing." Carter smiled.

Tony smiled. "I'm glad you both like it."

"I don't know what I'll do with all this space," Carter admitted, still slightly in awe of everything.

Laynie elbowed her friend. "Hide and seek. Tag. Video games. We can make it work."

Tony laughed. "Come on, I want to show you the rest."

Laynie and Carter followed him out, craning their necks to catch every detail of their new living space.

"What I really want to know is how you got all this done without our knowing," Laynie said.

"Well, the fact that you spend like ten hours a day at school isn't completely useless."

The girls laughed.

It had been a few weeks since Laynie's dramatic return to the Avengers, and Tony had been working on a mysterious project ever since. They had seen little of him, unless there was food around.

The girls adjusted to their life in no time at all, and before they knew it, they had completely domesticated the Avengers to the soccer moms and dads they were on the inside; making them school lunch, driving them to school, helping them with homework, family game night. It was great for everyone.

Even though the adoptions weren't final yet, everything was almost concrete. Carter's adoption was going through the system, and the court was still working on finally terminating Walter's rights for good. At this rate, they'd be adopted by summer break.

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