I’m just not the hero type. Clearly. With this laundry list of character defects, all the mistakes I’ve made, largely public.
The truth is… I am Iron Man.
I’m not giving up on you, you’re almost there. tech - no - lo - gy.
My perfect company? I’m anything but that, really. You give me too much credit. |She fiddles with her fingers for a moment and chewed on her lip.| You don’t have to feel bad, if you won’t let me pay for it then I don’t want it. |Who was she kidding? it would have been kick ass to have a suit of armor.| A gift, though? That’s another story.
Please, Sir Anthony. You are as chivalrous as they come, and that makes you a knight. Maybe not to your King, but to me.
Oh, Dr. Banner. Per’aps I could try, if only for you. [Anthony exhales, softly.] Tech-no-lo— [He stops for a dramatic intake of breath, before grinning.] —gee.
A gift, then! Suit’s a gift fer y’, and th’ generations o’ Banners to come. [He chuckles, crossing his arms over his chest with the slightest curve of his mouth.] An’ when they ask where y’ got it, y’ can tell ‘em ya charmed a blacksmith o’ old. [He pauses, then, perhaps almost cheekily, adds—] With yer perfect comp’ny, o’course.
[The idea of being a knight has him resisting the urge to laugh, and he bites his lip before nodding his head.] Aligh’, then. Knight o’ Banner is far more importan’ than bein’ a knight o’ the highnesses, anyway. [Bending his arm at the elbow, Anthony looks towards the woman with another one of those grins.] Tha’ mean y’ll be spendin’ th’ day with me?
“…..” Kathy stares at him for a brief moment, before brushing off her concern.
“Uhm…yeah. They do- he tells me that all the time; so do a lot of other people. They say I am the spitting image of a young Maria Stark…”
“Well,” Anthony says, dipping his head a bit. “Y’ are, little lady. Maria Stark was a Lady o’ th’ land when I was younger—from hazy mem’ries I got, ‘m pretty sure the Stark name’s properly attached t’ ya.”
Taking in a breath, he lifts his hand to touch the side of his neck; counting the beats. “Nev’r really got yer first name, did I?”