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It starts innocuously enough—Steve comes home the week after Thanksgiving with three candy canes that have felt antlers and red pompoms attached to them. He sets them down on the kitchen counter when he shrugs out of his coat, then heads off to the living room. The candy canes are rediscovered about an hour later when Bucky goes for a couple of beers. After frowning at them for longer than really necessary, he leans around the dividing wall, holds one up, and says, “hey?”