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    “I thought we agreed that that was creepy.”

    “No,” Bucky says slowly. “I asked you what you thought about people calling their boyfriends daddy, and you said you thought it was creepy, and then I asked you what the hell you’d done with my grey sweater after you did laundry, and we never talked about it again.”

    “Your memory’s amazing these days,” Steve mutters.

    (or: bucky tries an unorthodox method of exposure therapy)

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    06 Oct 2018

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    Stigmatised property is property which may be shunned for reasons other than its physical condition. Reasons like a murder or a belief that it's haunted. Most jurisdictions require mandatory disclosure to a buyer where the property's stigmatised nature could affect its value. There's no such requirement to inform renters.

    Steve should have asked more questions, but a two bedroom apartment with good light in that part of the city? At that price? He couldn't say no. He needed a place to live at a price he could afford and, well, gift horses and mouths, he wasn't going to look too closely.

    There was a reason the apartment was so cheap. There was a reason tenants didn't last. There was always a reason for everything. Steve should have remembered that. He was about to be reminded, because his name might be on the lease, but it wasn't his apartment.

    Something already lived there.

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    17 Sep 2018

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    So long ago the details were lost to time, people began creating guardians of the dead. They were made from dogs, dogs who were buried in graveyards before anyone was laid to rest, their spirits arising as black dogs, bound protectors of the human dead.

    Steve had always wondered what would happen after he died. He hadn't expected the answer to be 'wake up in the cemetery he'd been buried in', but here he was, some kind of ghost, and he could see the trees through his hands. It wasn't so bad, and he wasn't alone—a sleek black dog, golden eyes glowing bright, was happily waiting to greet him.

    Decades later, on what was supposed to be a quiet, peaceful, definitely-not-life-changing walk through the woods, Bucky stumbled across an abandoned cemetery and into the impossible.

    (It's a ghost story and a love story and a story about dogs.)

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    16 Sep 2018

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    The phone shows a photo of the Captain kneeling on a mat in the middle of a nearly empty room. He wears thin gray pants and a white shirt. He looks tired. The Soldier notes that automatically, as part of cataloging the weaknesses of a potential opponent, but the thought lingers longer than it should. The Captain is enhanced like the Soldier, but better, his serum more powerful. He still looks tired.

    The Soldier swipes to the next photo. It shows the Captain from behind, his wrists and ankles caught in thick coils of strange bindings. They shine midnight blue in the soft light, their surface smooth and reflective, unlike any rope the Soldier has seen before. They look seamless and strong.

    “You benched him,” the Soldier says, slow and uncertain. The pictures have him off-balance. He remembers--not this, not this strong back and broad shoulders, but this pose, this hair above a much thinner neck. A handkerchief held in two bony fists, and don't let go or I'll stop, Stevie--

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    01 Sep 2018

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    “You have never once been careful in your entire life.” Bucky huffs out a laugh. He looks away. “Maybe I’m offended you didn’t think to ask me.” He says it like a joke, but he can’t bring himself to laugh again.

    “Bucky,” Steve says, scandalized. “You’re my friend. I’m not gonna use you to experiment sexually.”

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    01 Sep 2018