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    It still doesn't wake Bucky up when Steve pushes his hair out of his face, smoothes it back. And that's still a fucking miracle. Everything about him, about him being here, it's all a fucking miracle, one thing after another. Here and now Steve lets himself take a moment to think about that, to dwell on that, to just for a moment let himself feel how fucking grateful he is for that. Christ: how happy he is. Right here, right now.

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    Any idiot can face a crisis; it's the day to day living that wears you out. (Clifford Odets)

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    Seven moments around cutting hair.

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    He'd been stupid and arrogant, thought because he'd lived through some shit and seen others go through worse that he had any fucking idea, and he'd been wrong. He'd been so, so fucking wrong. But that stupid, young, soft, self-assured idiot -

    No. Not him. Not all of him, the pieces of him, maybe, because most of him's dead, couldn't cut it - but those pieces of him and what he thought and what he knew and what he believed, they're all still tangled up in fucking everything.

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    Bucky knows just about every single edge, because HYDRA tested it, tested him, to that edge and almost to destruction, over and over, just so they'd know.

    And lately Bucky's been dreaming about drowning.

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    "Steve," he says, the tired wrapping itself all the way into his thoughts and stripping most of them out, "I broke the fucking balcony door. It's pouring out. The floor's going to turn into a fucking lake."

    "Ye-eah," Steve says, "and while you get your shirt off I'm gonna tape a couple plastic garbage bags over the hole, throw some towels on the floor and ignore it until I give a damn."

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    He's not sure how fucked up that is, in general or just for him, to want to be held close enough, tight enough, that he'd have to fight to get away. Knowing Steve's mostly-sleeping instinct is to hold tighter, at least for a second. Bucky probably shouldn't want that. It's probably a bad sign, or something.

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    Six birthdays of Steve Rogers, between 1924 and 2016.

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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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