(This is burningletter- responding, btw. I cannot speak for my fellow mods).
Do I still ship Ward and Simmons in the canon reality of the show?
No. I absolutely do not. Ward is a member of an organization founded on Nazi ideology, has murdered in cold blood, attempted to murder Jemma and Fitz, and threatened Skye with something that sounded very much like sexual assault. I wouldn’t want to see him involved with anything other than a very long stint in a far away prison. I’d honestly prefer it if we didn’t see him on the show for a few seasons because he’s being punished for all the terrible things he’s done (although that’s never going to happen).
But in terms of fan fiction? I still enjoy speculating on what could have been had things gone differently (as in, had Ward turned out to thoroughly be the man he was pretending to be).
I also enjoy speculating on what could be had a romantic relationship developed between the two despite Ward being a Hydra spy. It’s dark and twisted, and something I would never in million years want to see play out on my tv screen, but that’s the fun of fandom. You can explore a million different pathways, and some of them can involve terrible things, because none of it is permanent.
Additionally, I’ll admit that my interest in writing fan fiction for Ward/Simmons has waned since the Hydra revelation. Because as much fun as it is to ignore canon sometimes, it’s still there. And no matter how many times I write Hydra!Ward out of existence, it’s still canon. And that affects my perception of him and of the pairing.