Summary: Series - You’re an old colleague of Natasha’s who finds herself face to face with the Winter Soldier on the wrong end of an Avengers’ op. Chapter – At Steve’s insistence, you have a rather intense first training session with Bucky.
Warnings: Violence, swearing of course.
Word Count: 1806
Author’s Note: Here it is! Here it is! I had fun writing this. I thought about trying to cut it down to a more digestible fight scene length, but then I thought of my darling Unsafe buddy and said fuck it! So you get it ALL! Buuuut it means the resolution to this scene is in part 8… Don’t hate me, I love you.
small aside, I tried a new tagging method with this one, so if it didn’t work, or you did’t see your tag, let me know and I’ll go back to the old way.
Hand to hand combat was not your forte. You much preferred your long-range weapons, or when those weren’t an option you opted for carefully laid plans that allowed you to silently and swiftly eliminate your targets before they could even recognize the threat. Quiet and dark as a shadow. And yet here you were. Again. Circling around the goddamn Winter Soldier in an open sparing mat. His strength alone could break you in an instant, but he was also fast, and well trained.
As usual in close combat, your best shot was to wait for your opponent to strike first, but Bucky was holding back. You needed to draw him out, so you decided to taunt him. “Stop holding back, this is getting dull,” you called to him, quietly in Russian, circling again. He didn’t respond, but a ripple of tension spread through his shoulders, as you knew it would. You saw his chin jut out slightly in anger at your words and a dark look cloud his bright blue-grey eyes. God, Russian really gets under your skin.
“What’s the matter? Russian make you nervous?” you prodded with an exaggerated pout, ducking away from his half-hearted right hook “Or is that just me?” you asked with a maddening glint in your eye as you swung your leg in a powerful but predictable arc at his chest, he caught it, of course, and spun your body away from him.
You decided then that quick attacks meant to irritate and hopefully draw him into a mistake would be more useful than attempting an open attack. He was far too strong and experienced for you head-on.
Music is a vital part of life. Music can lift spirits or move you to tears. The perfect song can express just how much your true love means to you. And sometimes the perfect track gives you the motivation to be the best. And that’s exactly what Edgar Wright uses the music in Baby Driver for. A soundtrack to keep our titular character moving and to express himself. As always, one of the best writer/directors working today has crafted something wholly unique and rip-roaring that it could’ve only come from Edgar himself.
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver who reluctantly works for the mysterious crime kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey). Paying his debt off one getaway at a time, Baby suffers from tinnitus which he acquired during a car crash involving his parents. Baby uses the perfect soundtrack to drown out the ringing in his ears as well as to fuel focus to heightened levels making him the best getaway driver ever. Once he meets the beautiful waitress Debora (Lily James), he makes plans to ride off into the sunset with her. That is until one last heist goes wrong and Baby must save Debora and Joseph (CJ Jones), his deaf foster dad, from the shady people he’s been working with.
The all-star cast is incredible in this. The robbers Baby must work with rotate throughout this film and they all have very different personalities. Jamie Foxx is Bats, the loose cannon who can single-handedly destroy everything just because. Jon Hamm and Eiza González are the star-crossed criminal lovers Buddy and Darling. These two are inseparable, and if anyone looks at Darling funny, Buddy takes care of it immediately. Jon Bernthal has a small but effective role as Griff. CJ Jones as Joseph provides a lot of heart to the proceedings. Even though he can’t hear, the vibrations from the speakers in their apartment lets him know what he’s listening to and how he’s feeling. Lily James as Debora brings heart to the film as well. As we get a sense of her situation, we see why and how she could fall in love with Baby.
The editing has always been one of the things that make Edgar’s movies standout and here, it’s his best-edited film yet. The quick and jump cuts are numerous only to be enhanced to how it’s timed to the music. Edgar has had to have every single song picked out as he was writing this thing. Almost every shot is edited to a specific note in a specific song. This is how to use many songs in a film without it feeling overcrowded like Baywatch and Kong: Skull Island. Or too on the nose like Suicide Squad with its numerous needle drops, that upon re-visitation it felt like a feature length music video.
The tone of this is perfect as well. While a lot of this is free-wheeling and fun, there’s still stakes and danger to the proceedings. I was genuinely afraid for Baby the entire film as it’s made clear that the gang of bank robbers, as well as Doc, could turn on him at any moment. Even though Baby himself is a criminal, it’s made clear he doesn’t want innocent people killed nor does he want to participate in any of the heists. Baby is a good person through and through who’s made bad mistakes that he’s paying for. Baby in some ways is like Ryan Gosling’s Driver from Nicolas Winding Refn’s excellent 2011 film Drive. He doesn’t speak much and if Ansel Elgort wasn’t so good at emoting Baby’s state of mind, the character would’ve landed with a thud. In addition to Ansel anchoring the film, the jokes work and fit when they come making my full house rapturous with laughter.
I’m glad Edgar’s version of Ant-Man didn’t get made because we got this absolute joy of a film instead. This also convinced me that Ansel Elgort would’ve made a GREAT Han Solo (even though we all know Alden Ehrenreich is going to kill it as Han), still when an Edgar Wright film has a heavyweight supporting cast like this one does, and the lead comes away with the film, you know you’ve got a star in the making. As we’re more than halfway through 2017 already, there’s only really a handful of films I absolutely love. Baby Driver is one of them. As we get more and more lifeless studio projects, it’s Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, and his best film yet, that reminds me of why I fell in love movies in the first place.
Hello you darlings. The response to the ana matching has been overwhelming, and I currently have over 75 messages and asks to work my way through! I will get on to it as quickly as I can, so don’t stress if you don’t hear back from me right away.
Thank you all for supporting this idea. It’s been far more popular than I ever imagined it would be
Please feel free to keep sending them through, I will match you with someone as quickly as I can
I’ll probably post that video i did sometime today, i just wasn’t motivated enough to post it last night as I was too busy freaking out over Rai-Xun.
Don’t get me wrong, i LOVE how the new clothes suit Keith and Felix too, but you have to understand; Rai-Xun was my very first doll, and for almost 7 years now, I felt like he wasn’t 100% who he was supposed to be. Yes, the eyes and wig are what i wanted, but the clothes and his face never really suited him.
I felt like this once before when i bought him his collar and hat. I was like “THESE ARE FOR RAI. THESE ARE PERFECT” which is why he never takes them off, and why i insist on showing off his collar. Back in January when my darling buddy Absinthedreams did his faceup, i could not contain myself. That’s the face he was always supposed to have. When i bought his bracelet from Dollmore, I had a slight fit of excitement, as thats another character item.
Getting him his clothes, as simplistic as they are, was the final thing. He looks exactly how i always pictured him, starting 7 years ago. He’s perfect to me, and I can’t believe it took me this long to finally resolve myself into making him into, well…him. He looks just as how i always saw him in my head from the very beginning, and I honestly think he is my favourite doll in my collection now, and i have a feeling he knows it too.
Things will get crazy when his darling sheut, Seth, comes home. I can’t wait to take pictures of those two together!
…It has occured to me though that i need more shelving for these dolls, as Colt and Niut already have no place to sit on that shelf, let alone Seth…
"Hiya there! I haven't spoken to many Bendys around yet, but I wanted to drop in to give a small greetin' 'n a buncha flowers for ya! I hope you're havin' a wonderful day, buddy!" - bendy-the-darling-devil
“Oh! Thank you very much! I’ll put these in a safe place!”