(it's pronounced "coping mechanisms")
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The dinosaur pauses mid-step, turns its head to look straight at them, and makes a breathy huffing noise. After a tense moment, it looks in another direction and huffs again. Then another direction. And then, contrary to all of Steve’s current hopes and dreams, it looks back at them.
Steve swallows and makes a fist. He’s going to have to punch a dinosaur, he just knows it. However well it may have started, this is shaping up to become the least relaxing vacation he’s ever heard of.
(Or: Steve and Bucky’s S.H.I.E.L.D.-mandated vacation takes a sharp turn toward dinosaurs.)
- Part 1 of Fossilized
“Steve, what dinosaur is out here making rope in the prehistoric woods? What dinosaur wears fucking hiking boots and walks completely upright?”
Yes, okay, point to Bucky. But they can’t exactly help walking, and without boots they’d still be leaving footprints. And it really is a smallish bit of forest on a huge planet…
Bucky bundles the rest of the pterodactyl in some ferns to dump a mile or so out from their camp later. “We’re going to be on Ancient Aliens, Steve. We’re going to be the ancient aliens.”
(Or: Not all of Bucky’s concerns are logical. Some of them are just plain ridiculous. But Steve is willing to help him hide from the History Channel.)
- Part 2 of Fossilized
Fandoms: Captain America (Movies)
23 Oct 2019
“You’re dreaming again. And I need you to wake up, Steve.”
Steve closes his eyes in a long blink, and sighs. “I’m awake now, Buck.”
“About damn time,” he mutters.
Bucky pulls him close and wraps his arms around Steve’s shoulders, and Steve can feel the tension and the relief warring with each other in how tightly Bucky clings. He slides his arms around Bucky to hold him just as tightly.
“I’m sorry,” Steve whispers. “I’m sorry to make you worry, Buck.”
“I’m not worried,” Bucky says, his voice harsh. “I’m fucking terrified. You’re going to walk off a cliff or wander out into the open to get squished like a bug.”
(Or: Steve and Bucky wrestle with the prehistoric sandman.)
- Part 3 of Fossilized