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06 August 2009 @ 04:25 pm
Happy Birthday Strangevisitor7!  
Happy Birthday strangevisitor7, I hope you have a wonderful one filled with everything you could wish for. So, Casey requested a sequel to Old Tricks, New Friends, so here it is, I hope you enjoy it hon. :)

Big thank you to aeron_lanart for the beta. None of it's mine, I'm just trying to amuse.

In the Morning Light

Amanda woke late the next morning in Tony’s bed, sans Tony. She sat up and spotted a large rectangular parcel, wrapped with a bow, propped against the wall that faced her. Gracefully, she slipped from the sheets and across the room to examine the gift. She already knew what it was, but she still tore a little hole in the paper to confirm that it was the Degas.

There was a little card attached, which she pulled off to read the inscription:

Amanda smiled and replaced the card under the ribbon. She could feel the warm sun on her skin and turned to look out the expansive window. The view out to sea was breathtaking. The sky was a perfect blue and the rolling Pacific Ocean stretched out to meet it at the horizon. She’d forgotten how much she loved California.

She located her clothes in a crumpled heap on the floor and decided to eschew them, instead venturing inside Tony’s labyrinthine closet, where she picked out a pale salmon, button-down shirt and put it on. She then discovered her boots under the bed and pulled them on before heading downstairs to the kitchen in search of coffee.

The kitchen was already occupied by a young red-head, dressed in an immaculate suit, who was pouring coffee into a cup while monitoring the stockmarket via the muted television on the wall.

“Morning,” Amanda said, making the red-head turn. Amanda smiled warmly. “Any going spare?” she asked, indicating the coffee cup.

“Sure,” red answered, pointing to the half-full coffee pot. Amanda nodded in thanks and then helped herself. “Cream and sugar are on the side there.”

“Thanks, I prefer it black. I’m Amanda Montrose, by the way. Mr. Stark hired me last night,” Amanda answered. The woman quirked an eyebrow at this.

“Pepper Potts. He hired you?”

“As a consultant to Stark Securtech. We didn’t thrash out all the details last night, but we were discussing it until late, so Mr. Stark kindly gave me his bed,” Amanda explained. The corner of Pepper’s mouth quirked in amusement.

“I can see that,” she replied. Amanda grinned before taking a sip of her coffee. It was good.

“Blue Mountain?”

“Naturally. Now, would you like me to have your clothes dry cleaned, or would you prefer me to get you new ones?” Pepper said. Before Amanda could answer, they were interrupted by Tony entering the room.

“Miss Potts I…oh, good morning, Amanda, I see you two have met. Pepper, do I have that bio-fuel thing today? And could you get legal to draw up a contract for Miss Montrose here? Thanks,” he said. Pepper passed him a cup of coffee, which he took and drank in one shot as though it were an espresso rather than a mug.

“Yes, the bio-fuel meeting is at two. I’ll get right on to legal. And don’t forget, you have a conference call with New York in one hour,” she replied. Tony nodded as he handed her back the cup.

“Better yet, prep one of the jets and tell New York I’ll be there in person in two hours. I’m going to show Miss Montrose the Securtech offices,” Tony replied. Pepper sighed but she was already pressing a button on her Bluetooth headset to make the call and walked out of the kitchen, leaving Tony and Amanda alone.

Amanda watched the entire exchange with amusement. The two of them were obviously in love; it was like watching a Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn movie. It was also painfully obvious that neither one of them was ever going to say anything about it. It truly amazed her that mortals could waste the precious little time they have. She preferred a more direct approach.

“So, we’re going to New York?” Amanda asked. Tony nodded and smiled. “Before we go, may I see the suit?”

Tony laughed.

“Miss Montrose. Here I was thinking you wanted me for my paintings, and all along you wanted me for my toys.”

“What can I say? I’m a sucker for anything shiny and gold,” Amanda replied.

“I can live with that.”


One hour later, and thirty thousand feet above the Earth, Amanda was sat in the most comfortable seat she’d ever sat in on a plane. She had just sampled the delights of a superb meal, and was now enjoying a very fine cognac. Tony was sat opposite her and she took a moment to study her travelling companion and new employer.

There was no denying that he was even more handsome in person than on television, the fine cut of his tailoring hinting at well-defined musculature that Amanda had seen first-hand the night before.

He kept his goatee neat, but not fastidiously so, and he generally had the air of a man who had higher concerns than appearances, which, of course, only made him even more attractive. Throw in the multi-billion fortune and the whole superhero thing, and it was no wonder that Tony Stark was currently the most eligible bachelor on the planet.

Amanda had loved the Iron Man armour, in all its red and gold glory. Tony had been only too happy to show her how it worked, even letting her try on a gauntlet. But it didn’t escape her attention that he didn’t reveal any technical details about the technology. As his new security advisor, she was impressed that he had considered she might be some kind of corporate spy.

It was a strange scenario she had found herself in; being caught red-handed in a burglary but instead of being arrested, she was employed. It looked like she’d finally found someone as impulsive as herself. And as for Tony’s generosity, she need only look across the plane to where the Degas was currently positioned to remind herself of that.

“Mr. Stark, first that,” she pointed to the Degas. “Now this,” she continued, waving her arms to indicate the plane. “Are you trying to woo me?”

“Woo you, Miss Montrose? Why the thought hadn’t entered my mind. Besides, isn’t that a little redundant at this point?” Tony replied with a grin before he sipped at his scotch.

Amanda sat straighter in the chair, serious for a moment. Tony continued to slouch in his chair, and the casual way he draped his frame across the furniture reminded Amanda of Methos.

“So, Stark Securtech is based in New York? I assume you’ll need me to relocate,”

“Not a problem, I hope? Do you have somewhere in the city? Because I own several apartments,” Tony replied and took another drink of scotch. Amanda shook her head.

“I own an apartment. It’s being let at the moment, but the tenant is… a friend, I’m sure it will be fine,” she answered. Tony looked disappointed at the news.

Amanda was letting Nick stay in her apartment; he was working with Meyers on a protection detail for the UN. But she knew that job would be over in a month, and a thought occurred to her.

“So, I’ll be a consultant, offering advice and testing your new technologies, right?” she asked. Tony nodded. “Then I’d like an assistant, and I know the perfect guy for the job.”
Rhi: call me queenievipersweb on August 6th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Amanda is adorable. She totally needs to take Pepper under her wing, not that Pepper doesn't rock on her own. I can just envision the chaos that would erupt and poor Tony would suffer for it. *snicker*
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on August 6th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Amanda teaching Pepper! Oh, I didn't even think of that! That would be soo cool and it would be soo fun to see Tony suffer a bit. Yea!
Ith: Iron Man -  Partyithildyn on August 6th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Wonderful sequel!
dejladejla on August 6th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I love it! So like Amanda. And I can imagine the testosterone volcano that will erupt the first time Tony and Nick meet...
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on August 6th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
It would be like two alpha wolves slowly circling each other looking for a weak spot.
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Amandaaeron_lanart on August 6th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
You know how much I love this, don't you? *g

I can't help snickering every time I read it. I almost feel sorry for Tony. Almost.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: methos and amandaidontlikegravy on September 5th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)

gah! where did these comments come from? *glares at LJ*

Being of an insecure nature, it fills me with joy to know that people I respect like what I write. *cough* um... so yeah, um SQUEE etc ;-)
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on September 5th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
it fills me with joy to know that people I respect like what I write. Funny that, I know exactly what you mean. *g* Still no beans but Methos and Ianto are in a coffee shop!
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on August 6th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Now would Nick and Tony get along like cats and dogs? Or fire and oil?

Happy b-day, Strangevistor7. *singing* "You look like human, you smell like one too!"

And I'd love to read more of Tony and Amanda. And is Amanda going to play matchmaker between Tony and Pepper?

But, I don't want to be a pie,: nick/amanda bathidontlikegravy on September 5th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
No plans for more at the mo, but they were a lot of fun to write so I might one day :)

Sorry for the uber-delay on the reply, some of my notifications got ate. Grr.
catyuy: Methos in graycatyuy on August 7th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Love it.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: naked nickidontlikegravy on September 5th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
I will call her George: Richie  - troublemakersstrangevisitor7 on August 7th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
*hugs* I love it! Thank you so much for this wonderful sequel. Tony and Amanda are so much fun together!

But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on September 5th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome my lovely *squishes*

Apparently some of my notifications got ate *glares at LJ and Yahoo* so I apologise for not replying sooner to this.

They were a lot of fun to write, so I'm really glad it worked and that you enjoyed it. :)
I will call her George: Ironman - 2strangevisitor7 on September 8th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
LOL - I have felt that pain. So no worries I'm still wondering if there are people out there who thin I'm ignoring their old emails.

tpena19tpena19 on August 7th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Very nice sequel :)

I don't know how Nick would take being Amanda's 'assistant,' but it'd be fun to "see," more please?
But, I don't want to be a pie,: naked nickidontlikegravy on September 5th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure he'd be best pleased at that idea *grin* No plans for more at the moment, but I really enjoyed writing this, so who knows :)

PS sorry for the late reply, mea culpa.
tpena19tpena19 on September 6th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Don't worry about the late reply, it's all good.
juniperphoenix on September 2nd, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Amanda and Tony make a delightful combination. :) I went back and read the earlier story as well — they're both a lot of fun!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: breakfastidontlikegravy on September 5th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. They do seem a natural fit, and they were a lot of fun to write. Glad you enjoyed. :)
jolinar_rosha: wraith smiling playfuljolinar_rosha on January 8th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Liked this heaps! :-)

I still think the universe is due an implosion, though.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: methos and amandaidontlikegravy on January 8th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)

Actually, seeing as I've also put her together with Jack Harkness in my other fic, duck and cover would be a pretty good idea right now! XD
jolinar_rosha: kirk loljolinar_rosha on January 9th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
I haven't read those, because I've never watched any Doctor Who or Torchwood, but I know of Captain Jack. I remember watching an interview by the actor.

*shuts eyes tightly and waits for the end of the world*
jolinar_rosha: Trip smilingjolinar_rosha on January 9th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
oh and also, in answer to your reply to my comment on part 1 of this: nope. ain't bored at all. happily lazy afternoon at home and all that.
and your fics are pleasure to read, you know.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on January 9th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you! The cheque's in the post ;-)