I Wish I Knew How To Break the Spell
So @reioka has this au called “jingle your bells” and it is quite possibly my favorite au to ever be in existence and I asked her about what kind of christmas songs they would listen to (that is, steve, bucky, and tony) and she said that Steve would love “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (tbh so do I) and that Steve would try to sing both parts so I thought immediately what if Tony absentmindedly started singing along and I thought that people would enjoy it just a tad.
When Steve isn’t really paying attention sometimes, he’ll sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” or hum it. Bucky, who has known him for years, knows that Steve will always try to sing both parts like an idiot but it is endearingly funny and heartwarming and every time he does it Bucky falls just the tiniest bit in love with him all over again.
What Steve wasn’t anticipating was Tony singing along.
“I really can’t stay,” Steve had started singing.
“But baby it’s cold outside,” Tony answers. His voice is beautifully smooth; it’s better than any voice Steve can remember. He almost stops singing, but looks over to Tony. He doesn’t even realize he’s doing it yet, just working on another dollhouse for a lucky child. This one looks Victorian.
“I’ve got to go away,” Steve sings tentatively.
“But baby it’s cold outside,” Tony reiterates. Steve decides to sing one more verse to see if Tony is just following with that line or if he actually knows the song.
“This evening has been…”
“hoping that you’d drop in,” Tony supplies. He’s fixing a fallen wall. Steve can’t believe it.
He continues on singing, smiling as he paints a design on another tin soldier. (One he hopes that Tony won’t notice until later.) It’s beautiful, to hear Tony sing like this. He’s so uninhibited, just singing the lines as usual. Steve signals to Bucky, who silently steps into the room with a grin.
“He’s good,” Bucky mouths, grinning at the elf. “Beautiful voice.” Steve nods.
Bruce can be seen herding the deer from the window, shushing their bleats as he grins.
His voice becomes a quiet legend. People don’t mention it for fear of him not singing again.
But Steve sings just a little bit more often. His favorite is still “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” but sometimes he’ll mix it up with one of Tony’s favorites, like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” (and if Bucky records it to listen to on a bad day, his two favorite people singing together, then that’s his business.)