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    Exactly what it says on the box. (Or: a film major has a bad day and unwinds by taking screenshots from her new digital copy of CATFA and writing a dumb essay about dumb gay superheroes.)

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    24 Feb 2020

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    The serum enhances Steve’s physical attributes to peak condition. All of them. Unfortunately, ‘enhanced’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘optimal’ or ‘something that a fella wishes to show the girl of his dreams on their wedding night.’

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    28 Jul 2019

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    Beautifully written fic that uses the 1940s war background both knowledgeably and inobtrusively. Great humor, wonderful Peggy. The Epilog is a re-write from the CACW scene, where Bucky remembers Steve.

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    Steve runs away after SHIELD defrosts him... 20 years earlier than in canon. He thinks he's alone, except he isn't, not at all.

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    31 Jan 2019

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    However, as he got closer, making his way down Ocean Parkway, Steve began to feel some tingles of positivity. There was a shabbiness to the place, just as he remembered, but it was a lived-in, not a dangerous, shabbiness. Grey’s remained just as odoriferous as ever. The popcorn guys heckled with the same tired phrases. Peeping over the buildings in front of him, Steve could see the top of the Wonder Wheel, which he had assumed had been knocked down years ago.

    As he strolled along the boardwalk, memories washed over him, in time with the lapping waves brought in by heavy winds. Evenings spent with friends, with Bucky. Evenings when it had been just the two of them. Evenings when they’d gone on awful double dates. Evenings where they’d come with other friends, and run into one another anyway.

    Steve had never had the strength nor the eyesight for the carnival games at which Bucky—sure shot, even as a kid—had always excelled. But today he stopped, threw a few balls, won a bear. He imagined what Bucky would have said when Steve would have handed it to him. He didn’t need to imagine how his heart would have hurt, how his own looping irony would have choked him as he pretended to give Bucky the bear as a joke, because, of course, Bucky wasn’t his sweetheart.

    But Bucky wasn’t here. Wasn’t anywhere. Was dead.

    Steve sat the bear, along with himself, on the edge of the boardwalk. He took his shoes and socks off, and let the breeze blow between his toes. He pretended he was young again (he felt old, so old), as the familiar music, tinny now after having played the same recording for decades, played behind him.

    If he had the feeling he was being watched, he chalked it up to the ghosts who floated by him in his memories. He didn’t seriously think anyone had found him, was watching him.

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    M’Baku fought for T’Challa. But should he keep fighting for T’Challa’s vision? The king is professing change, such deep change, while the Jabari are supposed to be the guardians of tradition.

    It’s a complex problem, which demands a cool head. So M’Baku could really do without an old love coming back to haunt him, an obnoxious royal teenager, and T’Challa’s secret one-armed guest.

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    18 Jun 2018

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    She sighed. “I know Shuri likes him. I know T’Challa respects him.” Then she looked up. “I know he is a test for M’Baku.”

    He narrowed his eyes.

    “Make no mistake, it was not my king’s intention,” she went on. “You are testing yourself, hayi-hayi lord. Can you accept this man’s presence? If so, then maybe there is hope for Jabari and Wakanda together. Hope for Wakanda and the world together.”

    M’Baku felt suddenly tired by his sleepless night. Ingcuka, a test? He had almost died in the jungle—and so what? What did it symbolize, what was the lesson? The incident in the forest had not shed any light upon M’Baku’s internal conflict, on the contrary. And Okoye’s presence did not help him think.

    “Hope,” he said slowly. “I don’t know if there’s hope.”

    “You are on the Council, M’Baku,” she said, “because you are the one tasked with answering this question.”

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    Six months earlier, Bucky would have said the prospect of dying back home in Brooklyn sounded like a dream. Now, faced with his own imminent demise in a Brooklyn that is almost unrecognizable, it’s decidedly less appealing.

    Honestly, it’s just sort of bizarre. Survive Afghanistan and come home to die in the pseudo-zombie apocalypse. Can’t make this stuff up.

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    01 Jun 2018

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    Stucky + weight gain+belly kink

    They’d been taking fire all the way out of the village, and Steve had ordered Bucky to the back of the vehicle, commanding him to take as many shots as he could, armed insurgents only. The village was full of women and children, none of whom seemed particularly inclined to stay the fuck inside during the firefight, so it was a dicey proposition. Bucky had looked at him with those big eyes, blinked once, and nodded. Then he’d hung out the back of the vehicle and systematically picked off every fighter they passed. It was a beautiful thing, watching Bucky work. Beautiful and terrible, to see him transform, in a matter of seconds, from the charming and affable man who played cards and ribbed his teammates, always quick to make a joke or sling his arm over the shoulders of a buddy, to a killer, cold and mechanical.

    Steve had felt guilty for weeks about how much he’d wanted Bucky in that moment. He wanted both sides of him—the killer and the soldier, the sharpshooter and the subordinate. When they’d gotten back into camp that night, Bucky had smiled at Steve, the gray of his eyes still cloudy and remote. “Thanks for getting us out of there, Cap,” he’d said quietly, as if his own shooting hadn’t had anything to do with it. Steve had to fist his hands, stick them in his pockets, to keep from reaching out and touching him as he spoke.

  6. Public Bookmark 76

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    It had been a long time since he'd thought of himself as an idealist, but if anyone was still bound to call him one, it was Bucky.

    ( INFINITY WAR SPOILERS )

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    27 Apr 2018

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    IW aftermath

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    Podfic of...
    The thing is, when an agent reaches clearance level five, it’s because they’re valuable, capable of something an exponentially diminishing few can offer in the ranks of SHIELD. Clint Barton, his personal issues notwithstanding, is unstoppable behind a scope. Jim Woo is an analyst and extractor par excellence. Melinda May has infiltrated half the presidential offices of Asia, and Phil Coulson has an instinct for the unusual that could be the basis of an entire TV show.

    Jasper’s less certain what he brings to the party

    Original story found here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2219814/chapters/4868184
    Cover art by Reena_Jenkins!

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    06 Mar 2018

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    Items I'm collecting to help authors enrich their work.

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    28 Aug 2017

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    This is a timeline for anyone focusing on Steve, Bucky, and the Howling Commandos specifically within the MCU canon.

    March 10, 1917 - James Buchanan Barnes is born, and we were all officially fucked.

    July 4, 1918 - Steven Grant Rogers is born, and somewhere in Brooklyn Bucky's mother wept . . .

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    22 Jul 2017

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    Sure it’s not my fault, Steve. I know I was brainwashed.
    Sure I’ll keep fighting, Steve. You’re still too dumb to run away from a fight.
    Sure I’ll join the Avengers, Steve. Bad guys don’t take a day off.

    …Sure, Steve. I’ll dog sit Hawkeye’s dog with you.

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    27 May 2017

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    “Of course not, Steve,” Kate says with remarkable patience, then directs a sharp look at Clint that says he should have known better than to kick Captain America’s confidence in the nuts. Apparently, she finished examining the scrape along her jaw and put her aviators back on, only this time she also pulled her keys out of her purse. “His vet info is on the fridge, leash is in the drawer under the cutting board, and he can have a treat after dinner but do not let him eat garbage…” She trails off when Steve’s eyebrows raise about a centimeter too high as he looks at Clint. “And I mean Lucky.”

    “He knows that!” Clint blurts out, then immediately turns to Steve. “You knew that! Okay, fine. I get it. We’re leaving. Thank you so much for doing this.”

    Clint marches to his front door, flings it open, and makes a face when he comes face to face with some homeless guy, standing there in his way. “Oh, speak of the devil.” Kate doesn’t sound so surprised, so Clint squints over the guy one more time only to realize it one beat too late that he had been looking at the Winter Soldier himself.

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    Bucky straightened and took another bite of the apple, then grinned at Steve as he chewed and swallowed. It was one of his artful ones, the kind he'd used on teachers and parents and the girls he wanted to impress before the War. The kind he didn't mean. "You tryin' to make me into an angel, Stevie?"

    "Now why would I do that?" Steve smiled at Bucky's laugh, then very carefully turned back to the drawing. He didn't hold the pencil too tightly and snap it, or press too hard and rip the paper.

    He very carefully didn't say, you used to be one.

    (Or, the eleventy-billionth "Bucky is a Guardian Angel" fic that nobody asked for.)

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    25 May 2017

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    Guardian Angel!Bucky AU. +art

    He was only peripherally aware that the deck broke and dropped him into the Potomac like another piece of debris. But he was almost certain that the last thing he saw before he hit the water was Bucky diving after him, his wings wide and bright and red.

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    Karpov makes it four days before curiosity gets the better of him. The Soldier blinks up at him, seemingly oblivious that the source of today’s torture is any different from one before. Ready to comply, he says, and Karpov licks his dry, chapped lips nervously.

    “Who are you?”

    For a moment, he thinks the Soldier does not – cannot? – comprehend the question. “I am no one,” he says at last with another slow blink. “Ready to comply.”

    Karpov orders him back into cryo and puts the book back in its resting spot quickly, carefully, as if to erase any evidence of his indiscretion.

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    03 Mar 2017

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    “That right there,” he turns again and finds shockingly pale eyes staring at him from underneath a curtain of tangled hair, “that’s why. I don’t think I knew it at the time. Don’t think I could. But after existing so long like a thing… you kept trying to dredge some amount of humanity out of me. Like you were digging around in there for any hint of a personality, knowing you’d only have to zap it out of me the next time.” Karpov supposes that’s true, though he never really thought through it that way. “You take out a weapon, you fire the weapon, you put the weapon away; you don’t thank the weapon. You don’t ask the weapon what it was before it was forged.”

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    “No addiction. No catastrophe. And no philosophy, for fuck’s sake. You ever read anything in your life that wasn’t a downer?”

    Steve splays the book facedown across his thigh and rubs a bit of Bucky’s hair between forefinger and thumb. “What would be the fun in that?”

    OR: Steve is deeply depressed; Bucky comes back; Steve continues to be deeply depressed.

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    05 Feb 2017

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    Steve says, “Fair enough,” and trails a finger down the back of Bucky’s neck. He makes his eyes as serious as he knows how, which he’s been told by Natasha is much more serious than anyone has ever needed to make their eyes. He says, “I love him who does not want to have too many virtues.”

    Bucky says, “I never understood your pillowtalk.”

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    After the fall of HYDRA, there are a lot of people on trial. What happens to the harmless ones who just did their job and never hurt anyone?

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    12 Dec 2016

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    The lawyer leaned back in her chair. "In all of HYDRA, there has been exactly one person given a full, unconditional pardon for his actions," she said. "I don't see that happening again."

    "Who got that?" Kevin asked, sounding a bit strangled. Nicola was stunned as well. Who did he have to betray? Even if she had anything worth selling, she didn't know if she had that hard core of a betrayer inside of her to give up on everything HYDRA stood for.

    The lawyer gave them both an amused look. "The 'asset' you people call "The Winter Soldier."

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    Steve and Curtis are switched bodily, in ways that could only be explained by.... Well, neither of them have the answer for that.

    But because of it, Curtis is stuck in Captain America's body, in a world seventeen years earlier, before CW7 went up in the air. His only comfort is a recently rehabilitated Bucky Barnes, who looks at him with equal mixtures of pity, understanding and fear- fear that Steve will never come back.

    Steve wakes up in the train of humanity's last playground, confused and cold and thrust into a plot to take over the train and liberate the men and woman that are treated like scum on a daily basis.

    Neither do very well.

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    04 Dec 2016

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    "Got anything to be thankful for, Steve?" Natasha asks him, and smiles enigmatically.

    After months of travel, Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers return to DC. Suddenly it's Thanksgiving.

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    26 Nov 2016

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    “Is that a place for me?” Bucky asks, folding in on himself a little, like he can’t believe what he’s seeing, like a man who hasn’t had a place in a long time.

    Steve has the good grace to blush furiously and look down.

    It’s Natasha who says, “It is if you want it, Barnes.” She shoves the chair out with her foot, an offering.

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    In which Loki and Toni try to save the world, Steve is obnoxious, Clint has no patience for artsy movies and there are cupcakes. And issues.

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    26 Nov 2016

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    There's a new night guard at the Smithsonian. The Winter Soldier is on a reconnaissance mission, and in a way, so is Steve.

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    20 Nov 2016

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    At length, after careful consideration, he writes, This.

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    Steve and Bucky don't grow up together, and only meet for the first time during the events of The Winter Soldier. This alters surprisingly little.

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    10 Oct 2016

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    He’d been promoted to Sergeant just weeks before shipping out, upon which he’d been captured with his unit at Azzano, tortured and experimented on, and then, presumably, killed. There’s even a photo of him from back then—grinning cockily, hat jauntily askew, uniform pressed and starched to within an inch of its life.

    His eyes, though. They’re scared, young eyes, eyes Steve remembers from the freeway and the helicarrier. He'd know that look anywhere.

    It’s later that week that he officially hands the shield over to Sam. He’s been planning to do it for a while now, but this is just the last straw. He’s got no right to wield that shield, to wear his country’s colours, when he left that cocky boy with the frightened eyes behind.

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    If you put a gun in the first act, it better damn go off in the third.

    Or, the fake marriage fic in which everyone's sad about everything, and there's a cross-country roadtrip, dubious decisions in Las Vegas, a radioactive HYDRA hidey-hole, multi-directional pining, spies being spies, two century's worth of unresolved emotional trauma, a bunch of explosions (literal and figurative), and too many betrayals to count.

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    28 Aug 2016

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    When Steve asks the medical team if Barnes is cleared for Nevada, their answer comes as no surprise. (“In our opinion, the patient is combat-ready…”) They were always going to say yes.

    All of this was inevitable. Barnes was always going to get them into that facility on the edge of the two deserts and Sam was always going to go with him and Steve was always going to ask Barnes to do it in the first place.

    In another world, Barnes might never have shown up at Steve’s door with ash in his hair and a question on his lips. In another world – in another story – he might have washed up in Bucharest – or chased Steve to New York City, mission: protect – or become a ghost story all over again (well, who’s that writing?) – or woke up with someone else’s heart in his chest – or woke up to the shadow of a tree – or woke up to a lie, singing: it ain’t me, it ain’t me – or maybe he never went to sleep at all, maybe he just shattered like glass.

    Maybe there are worlds in which there was never a Winter Soldier – in which Barnes died as he lived, a boy from Brooklyn who never saw the other side of the century – in which they were entirely different people, young and in love in Brooklyn – in which they are not the heroes of the story – in which they do not have to be because there are no villains. Maybe there are worlds in which there has never been a need for redemption, or revenge.

    In this world, there is.

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