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    Steve sits in the back of the car, watching familiar streets slide by. He's exhausted, almost three days, not letting himself get a good rest. Not able to get a good rest. Not after hearing what Zola wanted from him.

    He wants to be selfish, he wants to say no, but he can't do that. He won't.

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    Sam whistles between his teeth when he finds the side room Steve claimed to change. He's only in the pants and has been staring down the jacket for the past two minutes and thirty one seconds. Sam's been counting.

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    He doesn't feel anything but anger and fear and panic, all colliding inside his head. His hands are red and there are children screaming. Screaming for mercy but he had his orders and mercy is never in his orders. He has to follow his orders, everything would fall apart if he didn't. He knows that, they showed him that.

    But the orders are done and he is nothing but broken pieces of glass shattering and cutting at him.

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    Steve feels it clawing at his mind, hazy and blue and insidious. He pushes back with everything he has but the haze makes it harder. He can't find the edges of himself in it and he feels himself slipping. So with one last effort, he forces the haze away and flees, seeking out his one old place of safety.

    And everything goes black.

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    Sam whistles between his teeth when he finds the side room Steve claimed to change. He's only in the pants and has been staring down the jacket for the past two minutes and thirty one seconds. Sam's been counting.

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    17
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    "I can't do it," he announces without turning around, fingers gripping the counter top as if he's going to shatter and break. "All of these buildings. All I can see are sniper nests." His nails tap against the stone counter top, creating an odd counter balance to the thud of Steve's heart.

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    Bucky drags his nail lightly over the vein in Steve's wrist. He used to do it when Steve was small and his veins stood out big and blue against his too pale skin. Bucky's fingers are warm on his wrist and the light scratch of his nail almost tickles.

    "Come with me?" Bucky suddenly asks, his eyes fixed on their hands. "Mission is in Belgium. Be a little like old times."

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    "You think there's something to these silly old stories?"

    "They're not silly." Tony gets up in a huff and knocks on the cover of the book. He paces back and forth, hands gesturing as he talks. "There is magic out there. We've lost it thanks to that damn Raven King leaving. But we can get it back."

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    It's over in a blink and they're left to stare each other down. Sam gets a vague sense of 'uck before it's lost in a rush of everything else until Steve suddenly goes silent. Experienced at creating space while Sam is left feeling like he's floundering.

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    (Who is Bucky? He snarls at a man that has been labeled an Enemy and the Winter Soldier doesn't know or care why.

    In the blue light of the cube his answer comes in flashes of blood and laughter and death and love, of a skinny boy who didn't look like anyone else and hated everyone because of it.)

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    "Steve-"

    "I'll be fine," he forces a smile to his face for Bucky's sake but it isn't very convincing. "Really Buck." Bucky's frown deepens as Steve yanks off his gloves so he can tighten the laces. "I just landed funny."

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    Bucky wants to reassure him it'll be ok. The job is done, the violation erased. Except Bucky knows that things like that don't just disappear. Steve will never stop wondering. Bucky knows intimately what that feels like, like a stranger in your own head.

    He holds Steve tighter and closes his eyes, willing himself to sleep.

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    "Russian prodigy," Sharon chimes in but it seems to crack Bucky's shell and he actually gives them a small derisive smile. "News lapped it up. American skating for Russia. How devastating and so on, usual crap." She waves one hand dismissively.

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    The fourth has him leaning towards the camera, pulling away a small black mask from his eyes. Steve finds himself staring at that one, wondering what it'd be like to have Bucky look at him like that. Leaning in, pushing Steve further and further.

    He's wanted Bucky for so long he's become good at ignoring it, turning it into a steady low buzz in the back of his mind.

    The photos zero in on that low buzz, making it louder, turning it into an desperate ache. All for someone he would never risk going after. There was always too much at stake.

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    Steve feels the cold creeping under his uniform, through the tears in the fabric. It's into his skin despite going as far into the small cavern as possible. There's nowhere else for him to go.

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    There's a few more in and outs, a few purchases so her Friday night isn't wasted. She tries not to think about Rikki and Anya happy together while her own partner is still overseas. They skype when they can, but timezones and Jessica's missions get in the way more often than not. Steve has been trying to drag her out recently and Sharon knows it's bad when Steve Rogers tries to get someone to be social but she tells him that the shop takes up her time.

    There's the sound of the door chime but she doesn't bother looking up, if someone needs her they can get her attention themselves.

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    He knows Steve had been at this most recent fight, a flurry of texts before and after assuring him it was okay.

    Steve doesn't use that word often, it was like promising that tomorrow they would win the lotto. Sometimes though, sometimes it's good to hear even if it doesn't mean much. Sam at least knows Steve's alive and even if he isn't okay, he's alive.

    That means a lot in their world.

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    “It’s for the best,” she murmurs when the sun goes down and forces a smile to her face. Her makeup has been wiped off and there’s a pause before she replaces it. A moment where her own face looks up at him. The red lipstick is already in her hand.

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    7
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    19
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    There had once been cities, grand and beautiful, with spires that reached upward and glinted in the sunlight. Their gods had smiled down at them from faces carved in stone. There had once been so much sunlight.

    There had once been so much.

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    2
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    11
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    He hunched his shoulders slightly and looked away but looking away only led to him seeing Star back out during the fight. The way his knees gave way and he slumped to the ground. The way-

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    26
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