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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," and "Green Eggs and Hulk."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

If you are reading this for the ageplay, there are bits scattered throughout, although more of the story focuses on Uncle Phil's preparations for game nights. If you are reading this for the plot, the main focus is the relationship between Phil and JARVIS, along with the other Avengers.

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

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"Hairpins" Part 1

After the Battle of New York, the team moved into what became Avengers Tower. Phil Coulson did his best to knit the shaken members together, only to have one attempt after another fail. Then he stumbled across one that worked, a combination of roleplaying and recreation. When Tony invited himself into the initial session with Clint and Natka, Uncle Phil classified game night as a tentative success.

It wasn't that simple, though. Managing the needs of such conflicted people required a delicate balance between pushing enough to guide them, but not pushing so hard as to drive them away. Phil had to make them want to follow along.

Case in point: Tony felt that game night called for footie pajamas. Phil insisted on providing the materials for this exercise himself, because he needed to teach the newer members of his team how to trust and rely on him. So Tony wasn't allowed to handle money, which set his play-age at four, because he'd gotten his first bank account at five. That left Phil needing to find, select, and order adult-sized footie pajamas for Tony and Natka. Clint had declared himself satisfied with his own purple flannels.

The trouble was, Phil didn't do a great deal of shopping. Natasha did, but he couldn't ask her for help when she was one of the people he was taking care of. Pepper was the other person he knew well enough to ask this kind of favor, who also had expert shopping skills, but Pepper was right out because she'd wonder why he wanted something so unusual. Well, Phil was a resourceful man; he'd manage.

Going out would just be a waste of legwork if he had no idea where to buy the necessary supplies. So Phil sat down in the living room of his apartment -- which was actually an entire floor of the tower, Tony being generous to a fault -- with his Starkpad on his knees. Searching 'footie pajamas' brought up sizes intended for small children. 'Adult footie pajamas' brought up --

Phil blanked the screen and set it aside.

All right. Okay, he thought. So some people like to pretend they're infants, and find that sexually arousing. What consenting adults choose to do in the privacy of their own bedrooms is ...

... still creeping him out, actually. He knew, of course, that the world contained all sorts of strange kinks, because he helped Black Widow prepare for her ops. They just hadn't come across this one before, for which Phil was profoundly grateful. The combination of sex and anything even resembling children made him feel uncomfortable. He much preferred the nonsexual version of ageplay.

Phil took a deep breath and shook himself back into action. I'll just rerun it with Safe Search turned on, he decided. He picked up the Starkpad and tapped the relevant commands onto the sensitive touchscreen. Annoying though Tony could be, he built amazing tech, and Phil loved the sheer elegance of it.

Safe Search kicked the results back to kiddie clothes.

* * *


The title comes from the phrase "dropping a hairpin," which is slang out of gay history. This has since broadened a bit to dropping hints in general, coded or timed so that only the intended recipient will get them. From a set of lecture notes:
19-teens and 1920s: Gay community mostly underground; could be arrested, blackmailed, discriminated against, etc.
Formed Gay codes/lingo (being gay had to be secret, so use of codes to find friends and partners):
Come out = coming out into gay community/culture
Dropping a hairpin = saying something only gays would recognize
Picking up a hairpin = pick up on gay codes and responding

Footie pajamas can be found from various sources, many of them nonsexual like this, but sometimes a search will hit like Phil's did.

Ageplay is a form of imagination that may be sexual or nonsexual. It is not the same as pedophilia, as no actual children are involved, but some people feel really uncomfortable about any conjuction of childhood imagery and sexuality.

Squicks are things that produce an instinctive recoil. This can border on kink-shaming if people are not careful. Phil is trying to be a tolerant guy aiming for "Your kink is not my kink but your kink is okay," but he is still squicked and trying to logic his way out of that is just not helping him much. It happens.

Safe Search is an automated feature offered by many browsers and other filter services to remove content considered inappropriate for children. There are pros and cons, the main drawbacks being that filters are clumsy, so they let through some things that should be blocked while blocking other innocuous things. Plus which all the sites heavily protect what their filter list is, which makes it even clumsier. But there are a lot of searches that, without such filtration, will give mostly sexed-up results that may not be what you're wanting.

[To be continued in Part 2 ...]

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-19 11:16 am (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Interesting to see Phil squicked.

There are adult-sized footie pajamas available online -- hoodie footies -- that are simply meant to be comfy.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2016-09-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
pinkrangerv: White Hispanic female, with brown hair, light skin, and green eyes, against a background of blue arcane symbols (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
They also sell them at Wal*Mart, and they come in some pretty fun designs.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-19 03:15 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Phil squicked.. that's new... and yes, loving it so far!

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2014-02-21 11:23 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Yeah, Agent Coulson has got it all pretty tightly buttoned down, Uncle Phil a bit less so... hmm, makes you wonder what he was like when he was a junior agent, could've gone either way. [although hints in the series indicates he was a bit looser and wilder.]

Actually, does make you wonder what his past trauma is. [because the one thing that is consistent in the Marvel-verse is that everyone has some.]

Hoodie Footies

Date: 2014-02-19 03:45 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
I have hoodie footie pjs! We keep the house about 60 degrees F during the winter and I get cold. I love them! :)

I'm also amused and reassured that Phil found the sexual gameplay as squicky. Since it becomes such a healing exercise for them, that Phil never intended this to cross that line is reassuring.
Edited (auto correct does not like squicky. :)) Date: 2014-02-19 03:46 pm (UTC)

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-19 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hoodie footies are amazing--so warm and comfortable! And that link is not helping my budget. I do not need Hulk footie PJs, I do not need Hulk footie PJs...

I'm kinda surprised that Phil's squicked here. Obviously, it's fine for him to be squicked; everybody has things that weird them out. I guess we just don't see him get thrown by things very often. He's so good at rolling with the punches that I forget his outer serenity won't always match his inner monologue.


(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-19 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is skeptic7. Where did Phil find the pajamas he got for Steve? I thought Phil might have had to call someone up and get her/him to sew him a set of Footie pajamas for Tony. Like Tony said its amazing what you can pay people to do, and this isn't that hard or silly -- Pajamas are fairly loose fitting -- Jarvis could provide the relevant measurements, if using an existing set of clothes won't do.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-02-23 07:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadynaiad
Hey, waitaminute.... Can Jarvis fabricate pjs? He can make armor, can he do a cotton/poly blend?

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-20 02:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Holy whoa. You perfectly addressed my issues with ageplay. When my sister first introduced the story to me, some of the ways she described it were issues. The biggest issue for me was the word ageplay. All I had ever seen was the sexual encounters with people who wanted to be children. That's not my thing, so not my thing. So I wouldn't even listen to her. Finally one day she said "Yes it is ageplay, BUT there is NOTHING sexual about it.". That is what made me read the first story, and the rest is history. I love this, Phil is having to look for stuff and is struggling. I don't usually see that side of Phil and I love to see it come out sometimes. However, I do still love awesome Phil and Uncle Phil.

- Mei Mei

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-20 05:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
As always, it's great to see peeks into the backstory of how things work outside of Game Night that so totally inform it. Your Uncle Phil/Coulson is awesome; I want one. And yes, I do so want Avengers footie pajamas... I think I'd probably go with Hulk ones.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-20 05:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
forgot to add my name to the above; this is kellyc

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-22 12:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] helgatwb
This is so interesting.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-03-23 02:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dru_evilista
I admit, this made me cackle, cause Phil's reaction was my reaction when I first started reading the first story in this series. Sexual age play make me turn into that "NONONONONO" cat video. After I read the tags and notes again and saw non-sexual age play I hesitantly kept reading, and ended up ADORING this series and have re-read it a couple times now though this is the fist time I've commented (bad me).

(no subject)

Date: 2014-07-03 04:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyreharper
Not really surprising that that would squick Phil... I *was* a bit surprised at the not knowing such a thing existed, though.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-09-01 04:24 am (UTC)
pinkrangerv: White Hispanic female, with brown hair, light skin, and green eyes, against a background of blue arcane symbols (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
I feel like I should let you know--you can get adult footie pajamas at major box stores now, like Wal*Mart. It's pretty cool. :)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2014-09-01 04:18 pm (UTC)
pinkrangerv: White Hispanic female, with brown hair, light skin, and green eyes, against a background of blue arcane symbols (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
Yikes, you got a bad search, then! *sympathy*

(no subject)

Date: 2015-05-31 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Another problem that's especially pertinent in sexual age-play is that the 'parents' can be very humiliating, bullying, punishing or like revolving-doors: nice one moment but turns into a screeching beast/scornful snarker at the drop of a hat, even if they more or less made their submissive drop the hat in the first place. Then they turn 'nice' again but blame their submissive. The dominant characters take control and dictate that their submissive obeys them, but didn't get the memo on being genuinely responsible, fair and caring as their part of the bargain. Relationships are for both parties, even in BDSM.
Given that the people who look for 'parents', or responsible care-giving partners or stories about such, can seek it out due to abusive parents or a sad childhood, that sort of gaslighting, inconsistency, humiliation and cruelty is the exact thing they don't need to see ever again, but so many writers do not warn for this. Some don't even warn for non-consensual activities, including those sexual and some done under the guise of 'medical procedure', when in reality, they're unnecessary and even dangerous when done on someone who hasn't consented to them. Some writers really need to be more responsible, especially paid writers.


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