One day she arrived in Tony’s office. She was used to him not being here, what she was not used to, that in the locked office, she found a person reading a book.
As she opened the doors, he looked up and she had the feeling that he was trying to figure out what she was doing here. While he looked like he belonged there. Even though Pepper did not see him while working for Tony for two months.
“Can I ask what you are doing here?” She sounded polite. She got really good at keeping on her feet. Working personally for Tony Stark lead to some side effects like that.
“I am waiting for Tony.” He said failure. “The question is, what are you doing here?”
“He is not here.” She said, as she went to the nearby table to pick some papers. “I am his executive personal assistant.”
He smiled, as he looked her up and down. “Lasted a week already?” He was mocking. He looked at her with raised eyebrows.
“Two months actually.” She said, a little harder than she originally intended. “And you are?”
“Just an associate.” He said.
Tony then came to the room, the doors flew open. Pepper still did not know, how he managed to do that. “Pepper, you are here.”
He then turned to Erik and smiled at him. “And you are early. Way early.”
The person looked at the watch on the wall and thought about it.
“Not fair.” Tony exclaimed and she came closer and gave the newcomer a hug. He was smiling.
There was a thump behind her and she realized that the doors closed. There was nobody there and they were massive doors. They can’t just close by themselves.
Pepper turned around as she saw Tony and the newcomer standing there. Tony looked at her worried, and the other one looked smug.
“Pepper, meet my old friend Erik.” He looked like he is proud of him. For some reason. Then he turned to Erik. “Erik, meet Pepper Potts, my new assistant.”
Pepper came closer and extended her hand. “Virginia Potts. Pleasure to meet you.”
“The same.” he said.
As she looked at him, she realized that he somehow seems familiar, but she could not for the love of her realize why. Like she would meet him long ago or in the picture.
“What brings you all the way here?” Tony asked Erik as he looked like it just came Christmas. He looked happy.
The call then came and Stane wanted to talk to him, so Tony apologized and left.
Pepper wanted to excuse herself, without putting too much attention to herself. But as she tried to leave the room, she noticed Erik looking at her.
“You said you stayed two months, right?” he said. She turned to look at him.
“Yes?” she asked. She was confused as to why this is important. So that comment was not just to make fun of her?
He looked at her some more, the shuddered. “I take you you have not meet Charles yet?” he said.
Charles? Who the hell was now Charles? She never even heard of him. She shook her head.
“It is just, when you meet me, Charles and Jarvis.” He added. “They you are a keeper.”
“So that is two out of three?” She said. She never heard of any of that from Nika.
He nodded. Then Tony came back.