Who: Steve, OPEN to Pepper or Tony What: Oogling at the napping baby! Where: Olivia's room When: Late at night
Avoidance wasn't something Steve was generally used to in his life. Normally he liked to face things head on but when it came to Tony, Pepper and their child he preferred to fade into the background. They'd been so good to him the past few months and now he was trying to return the favor by staying away. Yet he was curious about the child; he wanted to see her and so he waited in his own room for Tony and Pepper to finally retire to bed. Once he was certain the two were asleep he slipped out of his room on quiet feet and stepped into the baby's room.
He headed over to her crib and peered into it, a smile blooming on his face as he studied the sleep redheaded girl swaddled safely in bed. Reaching down with very gently fingers he touched her cheek, immediately pulling back when Olivia twitched. Best not to touch her, then, he decided and instead found himself okay with just watching the sleeping child. It awakened something in him, a paternal instinct. Of course Steve was an all American man who wanted a wife and children but life hadn't seemed to have that in mind with him. So instead he'd just try and live through Tony and Pepper from a distance. He'd put on a smile whenever approached and would avoid their bed, most certainly.
Yes, he was aware he was loved but he also knew where priorities laid and they were not with him then. With a little sigh he brushed some hair out of his face and just studied the small child in the crib.