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    He used to come home and look at where she marked off Lisa and Frank Jr.’s heights on the wall near the kitchen and see how much they’d grown while he was away. And think: how many days is that? How many days go into an inch. He could write everything that happened to Lisa down in a line except for all the things he doesn’t know. And then it would all come back out of order. One time he dreams about this: he keeps seeing things that never happened. Lisa going to the prom. Lisa making varsity. Lisa leaving home. Lisa leaving him. Of course that had happened.

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    After a long pause, he added, “your mom likes me.”

    “I know,” Amy said, folding her arms in front of her. “She never shuts the fuck up about you; no matter what I tell her, she will not be disabused of the notion that you are some kind of knight in fucking shining armor who’s going to rescue me from spinsterhood.”

    Amy and Dan first meet in a Colorado parking lot. Time passes.

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    “Somebody was watching me, and I didn’t like it,” he said. “I wanted to make them come out.” This wasn’t quite right but he knew he wouldn’t be able to explain what had actually happened. And besides, then he would have to explain that it wasn’t the first time, and then his papa would be mad, and ask him when it had first started, and he wouldn’t be able to tell him. The prickling feeling had always been there—it was just that now it had gotten worse. Or maybe he was just old enough to feel it properly.

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    “Do you know,” Haydon said to his friend Jim Prideaux one day eating lunch on the roof—a luxury to be doled out sparingly, though not rigidly—“if everyone in this building devoted all the time they wasted spying on each other to spying on the Soviets, I dare say we’d have someone in Moscow Centre by now. Khrushchev would be stepping down inside a year.”

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    “So do you want to make out?” Ben said, way too loudly. Even he could tell it was too loud. He wanted to die.

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    “Oh, she’s settled,” Bill had said lightly, with the supreme confidence and self-assurance of a boy just gone nineteen. “Some foxes do this, you see. Change color in the winter, to the spring. She’ll be orange soon enough.” He ran her hand over her smooth fur, which stood up behind his fingers, staticky, and Jim Prideaux, curled up in an armchair next to him, curled up his fists in his lap.

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    From: the_dude2204@hotmail.com
    To: trd5281@gmail.com
    Subject: christmas bitches

    What r u doing for Christmas this yr? Come hang with me again I have nothing going on but big as fuck bottle of vodka with as you people are saying, your name on it

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Even later than that his son would talk about how his father had claimed to hate the Hamptons but seemed really to have loved them, have loved the schmoozing and attention, had never really hated the vapidity of the masses as much as he claimed—for it was those very masses upon whom he so effectively worked his charm. His father, Tony would say, sneeringly, was exactly the sort of person the Hamptons were for: glittering, rich, only a façade of a man. Everything about him a lie. But he was wrong.

    Howard and Peggy go on a trip. Et cetera.

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    “You know, I have never seen anything like this in my whole damn life,” he says. “And I have seen a lot of shit. Your boyfriend gets stuck in the polar ice cap for seventy years and comes out brand spanking new, and you—nothing.

    “JARVIS is telling me I’m being rude again,” he says. “But I don’t actually give a fuck.”

    Bucky gets found. It doesn't happen the way you'd expect.

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    He would ultimately die much richer than he had been born but he had, indeed, been born rich. If anything it was his father, the first of the notable Starks (as far as the public was concerned, although Billy Stark would not be remembered in the annals of history as his son and his grandson were), who was the true American success story; his father who had been a scrappy young man with nothing who had somehow turned that nothing into something and that something into more something and eventually all of that something into wealth.

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    It all happened because of Tony, or perhaps despite him. Or maybe it would have happened regardless of his interference. Ultimately, it was impossible to say, but looking back both Peggy and Howard would remember the moment that he, around one year of age, suddenly disappeared from the backyard.

    Tony finds something in the woods.

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    Do you know the story of the woman in the lake? they asked him, sharpening his knives and their own, and called her by her name in the language that they spoke that he spoke also because he had forgotten he did not speak it.

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    In which Bucky is the new kid, Steve is the square who takes him in, Tony and Pepper fight over valedictorian a year in advance, Thor remains a golden god, Loki remains a drama queen, Natasha commits an act of vigilante justice, Clint somehow fails to make a your mom joke, Darcy is a Satanist, Jane is a goth, Sif is fine thank you very much, Sam climbs a tree, Peggy says no, Rumlow is a bully, and Mrs. Rogers, Mr. Coulson, and Ms. Hill are all very long-suffering.

    Or: the story of the year Bucky Barnes finally learned how to talk to at least one other human being, discovered J. D. Salinger, started to try in school (kind of), got a haircut, landed a punch, almost got arrested, and kissed a boy on the mouth.

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    “We’ll go there one day,” Bucky adds a moment later, back to his bright self again, grinning, cocky. “All those fucking places with all that fucking art. You can tell me all about it. Paintings and sculptures and all that crap.”

    A chronicle of looking at art across the decades, and two birthdays.

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    “I have an – interest – in Peter Maximoff,” Erik said, somewhat grudgingly, glaring. “A – familial – interest –”

    Everybody stared at him.

    “In that – mutantkind is one – large – family –” Erik said valiantly, if pathetically. 

    “Oh, shit,” Alex said. “No way. No way.”

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    “Heil Hydra,” the enemy agent shouts. 

    “Heil this, motherfucker,” says Captain America, shooting off a rocket.

    Steve and Bucky find out Hollywood has been busy since they went away. A historical survey, including but not limited to: one set of exploded genitals, a brief interlude in France, Mel Gibson and other masterworks of casting, eight Academy awards, several dinosaurs, and something Tony Stark has ominously dubbed “the masterpiece.” Art included.

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    "You were never in a war. (Your body is occupied territory. [Your body?]) Some kind of ache in his face that leads back to nowhere, inside of you. This is nothing. This is just words. Just sounds."

    Bucky, from the fall onward.

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    It is like steel, the determination inside of you that tells you you will achieve this, that you will find him. Nothing will stop you. You are two sides of the same coin, you and he: he cannot escape you forever. Bucky runs. Steve follows.

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    "Nobody else has seen you here except your mother, and she is the only one who knows, even though it does not do the same thing to her. She knows because she is the one who built it, the sick golden space sliding around the edges of the box in which you have been placed for all eternity. You do not know if she could have done it more kindly than she has done it but you do know that she could have been crueler. You do not ask."

    Loki, during and after Thor 2. (And, of course, before.)

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    "This is the first thing you can remember thinking about him: that you were curious to know why he was standing behind his mother, his scrawny little body tucked away in the long folds of her skirts, instead of out beside his father like his brother."

    Sif and Loki grow up.

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