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    The air outside the building feels sharper, lighter than before she went in, but she knows that's elation, adrenaline, endorphins and relief. A lot of relief. She's been relieved to be wrong before; she's even been more relieved to be wrong than she is now. But not often. It makes the feeling familiar, lets her account for it, but she lets it carry her along anyway, lets it make her steps quicker and lighter, almost skipping: it only makes her less noticeable, makes her look like a woman happy to go out, and the happiness gets explained by her heading to the car that pulls up to the curb alongside her, so she can get in.

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    And maybe, maybe someday Bucky will have to tell Natalia exactly how fucking glad he is none of her attempts to set Steve up worked, and how it has nothing to do with jealousy and everything to do with how sex, sex that works, makes Steve's walls drop like fucking water.

    And how it's hard to tell what's worse, because if you know what you're looking at you know how easy it would be to fuck him up and that makes him such an easy fucking target - but if you don't, you might just do it by accident anyway.

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    He'd actually meant to go visit his sister. He'd been handed the largely-expected you're messing with our paperwork, take some damn leave memo last week, so he'd arranged to take this coming one off and leave Major Sosa to terrify the rest of the teams into realizing she's actually harder to please than Rhodey is. He meant to go to Savannah and play with his niece and visit his new - very new, being preemie and just out of the ward and allowed to go home - nephew and drink his brother-in-law's beer for a while.

    Then he'd come down with this cold, which is just about as nasty a cold as it can be without being the flu, and his sister's last text on the subject had been, jamie. you know I luv u like nething and I miss u like hell. but don't u **D-A-R-E** bring a fukkin cold into this house b/c if I gotta go back 2 the hospital with this kid im gonna strangle someone & it might be YOU. go see your buddy instead.

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    The top shelf on the right side of the TV stand is for movies that are, not to put too fine a point on it, both safe and enjoyable.

    "Safe" means they can go on any time, in more or less any mood or state of mind, and nothing's going to set off an unfortunate mental Rube Goldberg machine that ends in misery and upset for either of them. "Enjoyable" means that neither of them are going to go oh fuck this again, even privately, if the other one puts it on. It might not be the one they'd've picked if they were closer or had the impulse first, but it's okay.

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    Immediate follow to "if you cared at all".

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    There's a lot to know about the Black Widow. Like how the reason she can't remember any time when this kind of shit didn't shape her life is because it started before she turned five, like how she learned violence, hunting and being hunted the way most kids learn body-language, eye-line, and what'll happen after they use which tone of voice with which adult.

    That her first masters were willing to fight SHIELD outright and sacrifice other graduates from the same program for the chance at getting her back under control. That despite the fact that up to four girls every four years came out of the program, supposedly for interchangeable use, as far as the world's fucking concerned the title's now singular, and it's all hers.

    That the last thing you ever, ever want to do is give her time to breathe or time to think or a chance to gather resources. And that until she's dead and you've killed her yourself and burned the body, she hasn't given up. She's just waiting for her opening.

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    The text is from Barton.

    He knows it's from Barton both because he actually has the number for everyone and their cat (or PA) in the damn phone (properly labelled), he just ignores all the ones he doesn't care about, and also because Barton signed it, presumably in case Bucky didn't.

    It reads, i'm coming into your place via your balcony eta ~15 - Barton

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    The faster she can find Steve and make sure he knows what he needs to know, the faster they can leave and New York can stop battering her and attacking her equilibrium from every god-damn side.

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    And you know, there is common sense, and there's courtesy, and then there's the fact that Tony has refused to take pseudo-gods, monsters, flaming fire-breathing people and his own (apparently) inevitable death all that seriously (or at least refused to admit it), so he completely gives into temptation and breaks the tense moment of Barnes actually coming into the room by announcing, "Ahah! Winter is coming!"

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    Betty didn't know what to expect, coming here; now she doesn't know exactly what it is she's looking at, besides that it's shaped more or less like a chair for some kind of medical or dental procedure. It's mostly black, very solid-looking, it has the assorted scratches, dints and imperfections of a piece of equipment that's both well-used and kept in as close to perfect working condition as possible, and that beyond the general shape it has a lot of . . . extra stuff attached. All over the place. But especially where arms and legs would go.

    Betty doesn't see it, or maybe her brain refuses to see it, until Bruce says, "Those are restraints." He says it quietly, saying it to her instead of to the room in general. "Heavy-duty restraints."

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    It's Saturday, and this month Clint's based out of DC, running prep, update and maintenance courses rather than anything else. It means that when word comes through that Natasha's current op is successfully closed and she's signed off, he plays a brief game of guess-the-bolthole.

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    Steve moves his hand down so that he's stroking one thumb down the side of Bucky's throat when he adds, "I like touching you," and makes the world twist.

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    "I know," he says slowly, "you don't see how I'm the black hole everything you give disappears into." The edge of the counter digs into his right hand and he finishes, "But I do."

    Steve says, "I don't see it because that's not how it is for me."

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    She ends up talking about it to Natasha Romanoff one evening, over very Italian coffee in the shell of what will eventually be Natasha's floor.

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    Three moments from between the time the boys were living on their own and the War.

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    Steve kicks mud and slush off his boots and tries not to wonder how long Bucky's been sitting there, like this.

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    And if Bucky's not surprised to hear Steve come around and into the kitchen, or startled to feel Steve's hand touch his shoulder, he's not expecting the follow-up to that to be Steve's arms wrapping tightly around his waist, hands working under his shirt to touch skin, or Steve's face buried in the crook of his neck, with Steve breathing like someone hauled out of deep water.

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    After she gets Mercedes tucked into bed with some more cough syrup and antipyretics, Clara drops her scrubs in the laundry basket, climbs into the shower and cries for roughly forty-five minutes, sitting in the bottom of it, hugging her legs.

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    The kitten helps.

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    [Sam] doesn't care if the rumours are true and Genius Stark does have a computer program or even an AI to screen his calls, eventually that's going to get tired of Sam calling, even if it has to develop sapience first to do it. Although Sam's phone might beat him to it: he feels like Siri's getting annoyed at him already. Doesn't matter. He can do this all day.

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