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Title: Nothing is alright now (AO3)
Author: Enmuse
Fandom: MCU
Characters: Tony Stark
Rating: All
Words: 98
Summary: Tony's never found the words to describe what it felt like.
Notes: Written for the comment_fic one-word prompt: agony. Title from The Eels' "Agony"


Tony's never found the words to describe what it felt like.

"Heart-wrenching" is a little too on the nose yet also totally misses the point.

The pain was sharp, blunt, hot, cold, stabbing, throbbing, numbing, paralyzing. It was like drowning, like burning, like being shocked, like...

He could describe what it's like to disconnect the arc reactor, if he had to. That's not the problem.

He can't find the words to explain the pure agony he felt (sometimes still feels when he thinks about it) when he stared up at Obie's twisted visage.

How do you explain betrayal?