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When I started writing this fic, I was leaning team Iron Man ideologically—responsibilities and limits to power are great, right? Then the excellent Maeglinthebold sent me this page of the Civil War comics, and I read the actual text of the Sokovia Accords(reprinted in the memo below). If you haven't read the Accords text yet, you may be surprised.
This is an AU in which Steve wasn’t able to free his crew from the Raft after Civil War. Ant-man isn’t on the Raft because
I forgot he was there until it was too late to retcon him inhe could have escaped before the authorities arrived in Leipzig, right? Gone down to flea-size and hide until the coast cleared. Or something like that? Anyway, he’s not in here. Sorry, Ant-man-fans.
In this timeline, Civil War happened one month before Homecoming. This fic starts in December 2016, two months after Homecoming. MJ is already a card-carrying member of Team Spidey.
Many thanks to the SWWA for your constant support and encouragement, to bromanceandships/Lilynette for excellent medical advice, and to Starbird, Maeglinthebold, and telekinetic-hedgehog for brainstorming help! All remaining medical errors and/or absurdities are entirely mine.
Keep in mind that Thaddeus Ross, one of the main proponents of the Accords in Civil War, and Everett Ross, who has a role in Black Panther, are two different and supposedly unrelated people. Marvel, was it really that hard to come up with a different last name?
Chapter 1 length: 12:02
I updated the links, so they should work now, but let me know if you're having any problems
I will post individual chapter recordings, and when I'm done, I will also post the full length audiobook, because I know people like different formats. Plus, the full version will have "Something Just Like This" by the Chainsmokers, which is the theme song of the fic :)
Chapter 2: duct tape in a closet
Alright, I'm back!! Sort of. I'm still out of town, but I recorded two chapters of this before I left, so you might even get chapter three this week. When I get home, I'm hoping to maybe post on a schedule, which is tbd, but hopefully three chapters a week? I'll let you know when I figure out what seems reasonable :)
Peter's rant in this chapter gives me life and warms my heart <3 go little spiderling, stand up for yourself *cries*
P.S. this chapter features a bit of my cat meowing, because she gets sad that I don't let her in my room when I'm recording, so if you notice any high pitched plaintive wailing in the background of a few parts, that's her
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
I recorded this before I left, and edited it here. There are some things I would change about certain parts of this if I were home and could record in a space that sounds the same (there's no comparable space where I'm at. The echoes are all different) but I also know that I'm always overly critical of my own work, and it might not bug you at all. If you want me to rework any of it, please let me know
Chapter 3: habeas araneam
Sassy-grass-roots-organizer-MJ has my entire heart ugh <3
Also, Peter... Just like... breaks my heart... he's just so pure and good, and all he wants to do is help, and *sobs into a tub of ice cream*
My heart is clearly having a tough time
Enjoy all the pain that is this chapter
Chapter 4: welcome to camp shithole
And I'm back! Sorry this took so long... things are hard when everything is pain. But the next chapter is a lot shorter, so it should be up at some point this week. Also, I somehow lost my Peter Parker voice for this chapter, and I'm not sure where it went, but hopefully it comes back soon. I try to keep the (very subtle, I know) characters' voices consistent, but let me know if you have any feedback on the voicing, particularly for Sam, Clint, and Wanda, because I haven't really established their tone yet. Really, it's all about the vibe the author has given the characters, and I just had a hard time tapping into that this chapter. Anyhoo, that's enough of me telling you why this chapter isn't going to be great... I should probably let you listen to it and decide for yourselves instead. Enjoy :)