Major fic rec for These Days by Themantlingdark
It’s a WIP (i know, i know, it’s a dangerous game to love WIP’s) but it is so fucking good, it’s worth the wait and anticipation. The writer has a beautiful, beautiful voice and the process between Steve and Bucky is so quiet and so delicate, it makes me hurt. The fifth chapter especially. It goes into how much Bucky craves touch but still has a hard time understanding any sort of contact that doesn’t end in pain is amazing. Look, here, read this and tell me it’s not amazing.
But Bucky’s back is not broken. His nerves are simply starving. He’s had no pleasant touch. No time to himself. Little sense of self at all.
To a stomach that’s always been empty, a mouthful feels like a feast.
Steve flattens his hand and gently rubs Bucky’s belly at the high-point up in the arch of the ribs, with his thumb hitched on the xiphoid process. He dips his head to kiss Bucky’s shoulder out of habit – for Steve, it hasn’t been all that long.
He will not shrink from this or wrench himself away. Won’t make his friend feel guilty or ashamed.