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23 Oct 2015
No one knows Steve Rogers is a witch until he nearly dies and accidentally creates a familiar to save himself. The familiar is part cat, part ghost, and shares Steve's soul. His name is James Buchanan Barnes.
But little boys don't have cat ears, claws, or tails, and they're terrible at keeping secrets. To protect them, Sarah Rogers asks a witch to make Bucky seem human, and then enchant the boys to forget he's not.
Steve and Bucky grow up inseparable, but they don't talk about how they know when the other's hurting, and Bucky never tells Steve about the urge to hunt he can barely control.
He's terrified he's a monster, and then the War comes and then Azzano, and Bucky finds out he's right.
And then he falls, and Hydra finds him.
("What are you?" Steve says.
"I don't k-know." James looks at his hand, the sharp, curving claws, then at Steve again. "D-do you know? You made me.")
- Part 3 of Ussuri