Hey I'm the anon who asked about a story where skinny!steve gets pulled into a Cap movie and leads the Howlers, rescues Bucky, gets turned into Cap a different way. Thanks SO MUCH to the other Anon who figured out that it was TONIGHT I DREAM IN TECHNICOLOR--spot on, and it was everything I hoped it'd be. Can't find any mentions of it anywhere, including here, which is a shame, so here's my rec for it, it's a rollicking adventure and if you enjoy magical realism and skinny!steve, give it a go!
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Steve had concocted numerous highly imaginative scenarios for how he would reunite with Bucky once he finally made it into the army. There was: Bucky’s in a firefight, pinned down by German artillery, when Steve’s unit swoops in to save them, and Steve drops down next to him in the foxhole to ask nonchalantly, “What have you gotten yourself into this time, Barnes?”
Steve slides in next to Bucky in the mess, where he’s regaling his buddies with stories over chow, and says, “Is this seat taken?”
It was never: Steve’s leading a ragtag squad of international war-hero rejects, wearing a dead man’s jacket and helmet, accompanied by a paunchy actor in a Captain America costume with droopy tights and a goofy mask, and together they’re rescuing Bucky from the stronghold of a comic-book villain come to life.