They’ve successfully completed what might be the most dangerous mission in history: the recovery of the Winter Soldier.
Now comes the recovery of Bucky Barnes, which is turning out to be even more difficult.
A story about Bucky coming back to the surface with the help of Steve, Sam, pancakes, video games, the city of New York, assorted Avengers, and beds that–really, let’s be honest here–are too soft to sleep on.
When Sam had said he went where Cap did, he had meant it. Steve, apparently, had not. Steve leaves Sam behind when he goes to look for Bucky, which is just as well, because Bucky comes looking for Sam.
I love that this comes in written and podfic form. Also, ~~minor spoilerrr~~ I like that Bucky and Sam form their own bond first without Steve for once.
“That’s the beauty of this stuff,” the salesman said, tilting his head toward the display Bucky had been looking at. “Nobody knows what you’re keeping under your clothes. That’s between you and yourself.”
YES HI BUCKY WALKS INTO A LINGERIE STORE AND BUYS SOME PRETTY UNDERTHINGS AND AND he kinda learns to accept who he is and his body and there’s some awesome OT3 feels ok yes read this
Adjusting to civilian life is hard for any military veteran — especially for one ex-sniper with a cybernetic arm, a classic Harley, and friends who keep trying to ‘help.’ When Sam Wilson at the VA sends Sergeant Barnes to rent a room from the hottest guy in the DC area, Bucky thinks maybe civilian life is worth it after all. And then he finds out Captain Rogers is everything Bucky’s not: a real hero, a Medal of Honor recipient, and an all-around nice guy. Bucky doesn’t have a chance in hell with him.
‘High school Au where bad boy Bucky begrudgingly gives up smoking so he can hang out with adorable asthmatic Steve and takes up eating lollipops instead, which really only makes Steve’s inability to catch his breath even worse.’ - murphels (tumblr).
'This is not my fault,’ Tony lies. 'It was supposed to be a joke! Christ.’
'Thanks to your joke,’ says Coulson, 'we now have a code three-four-delta, with the variable being a Russian immigrant. We’re checking his background right now, but it might take a while. Meanwhile, I suggest you civilian-proof the Tower. If any SHIELD intelligence is compromised, I will hurt you.’
Yes, this is the story where the Winter Soldier is a Russian mail-order bride. Everything goes about as well as you’d expect.
When Steve shuffled down the hall in flannel pajama pants and a tank top, scrubbing his wet hair with a towel, he thought about a lot of things; his day, his search plans, how he wanted to spend the rainy evening. Mostly though, he just thought about Bucky.
What he didn’t think was that he would walk into the living room and see a pair of heavy, slate-blue eyes staring back at him.