Stucky Fic Recs
you were standing there – thebrotherswinchester: 14863 Words/ Bucky accidentally breaks into the wrong house while drunk. The wrong house happens to belong to Steve Rogers./ Sweet and funny, with Sam and Natasha in delightful guest roles.
on the cusp – thebrotherswinchester: 18949 Words/ Bucky is a rich kid. Steve is his butler. It doesn’t stop them from being best friends/ Bucky and Steve grow up together, but Steve is the butler for Bucky’s rich family. The story spans from their childhood to adulthood and the way their relationship is portrayed is painfully beautiful. One of my absolute favourites! Really just read anything by this author, I love all of their stories.
our golden age – augustbird: 147825 Words/ Wherein Bucky is the crown prince and Steve still becomes a hero./ Bucky is the crown prince of America (sounds weird but totally makes sense within the story) and Steve is his sickly best friend. Loads of pining, so of course I’m all here for it.
2nd World War
Guns Not Butter – reserve: 10825 Words/ It’s 1941. Bucky Barnes lives with his best friend Steve Rogers, and all Bucky wants is to do right by him. That means he’ll do anything./ Set before Bucky goes to war. To earn enough money to take care of Steve, Bucky prostitutes himself. This fic is tragically good, just thinking about it makes my heart ache.
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen - Laura JV (jacquez): 7533 Words/Bucky Barnes and the Great Sexuality Crisis of 1938./ Bucky pines after Steve for about 75% of this fic, and the other 25% they spend having the sex. So it’s the perfect ratio. They live together and it’s all very domestic and cute.
Able-Bodied Men - Ataraxetta, checkthemargins: 7538 Words/ Steve marches out of Austria a hero. Bucky marches out of Austria broken in ways Steve’s afraid he can’t fix.
Ampersand – kaydeefalls: 6024 Words/ They’ve been steveandbucky since they were kids, but that ignores the parts of their lives that don’t wrap around each other, that never did. (Bucky needs to figure out who he is, just him, with or without Steve.)/ Set during the war and told from Bucky‘s perspective. In flashbacks he remembers his friendship with Steve through the years, while he is sent on solo missions to get his hands dirty for Captain America. Melancholic and hearttwistingly tragic, but with a hopeful ending.
The Happiness You Bring To Me – robokittens: 4748 Words/ It was easier before he knew, when he thought Bucky was just … going out and being queer, then coming home and being normal./ Steve and Bucky live together in Brooklyn and have a complicated relationship full of badly suppressed FEELINGS.
the sirens and the thunder – legete: 15748 Words/ “Hide that,” he says, forcing the words out past every instinct. “As well as you can, all right? Before morning.” Steve stares at him blankly, like he needs a moment to work this out, then swallows once, sharply. “What’s your name?” he asks at last—asks as he stands there with the pelt in his hands. And oh, he thinks suddenly, what is his name? He can’t speak it, not with this mouth, he can’t sing it into the air like he can in the ocean. He just shakes his head; like his nakedness, it’s something he can’t explain. Steve nods, just nods, his eye swelling shut and blood drying on his shirt collar, and says “we’ll figure it out.”/ An alternate universe, in which Bucky is a selkie called from the sea by Steve by accident.
3 stories about how the story may have unfolded if Steve had been born a girl. One of my absolute favourites, really well written (check out the author’s other stories as well, they’re all brilliant!) and I just adore Bucky’s characterization in this and his relationship to “Stephanie”.
Feast – rageprufrock: 3824 Words/ Unrepentant girl!Steve and Bucky smut – then and now.
10, 15, 18 - rageprufrock, waldorph: 2602 Words/ In which Stephanie Rogers is a good girl, not an obedient one, so nobody’s surprised she gets mixed up with that no-good Barnes kid. More a series of vignettes than a full story.
Reconstruction – rageprufrock: 59007 Words/ In which Stephanie Rogers is the complicating element in the sweeping romance of Bucky Barnes and Lady Liberty./ Sadly unfinished, but still definitely worth reading. And fortunately it doesn’t end at a too frustrating point.
Post Winter Soldier
the long slide from kingdom to kingdom – gyzym: 6015 Words/ They want you to love the whole damn world but you won’t, you want it all narrowed down to one fleshy man in the bath, who knows what to do with his body, with his hands.-Richard Siken, Driving, Not Washing/ Steve and Bucky before the war, and Stee and Bucky after they find each other again in the future. Love the writing style. Also contains the most emotional haircut of all times.
Come To Morning – emilyenrose: 4707 Words/ He figured it was natural, kind of—well, not natural, but he and Steve spent a lot of time together, and Steve didn’t get so much attention from girls, which was a crying shame because he was a good guy and a girl could do a lot worse. But it meant maybe Steve got a bit confused, because sometimes he would look at Bucky with this look. This bright, astonished look, like he was seeing something so good he couldn’t quite believe it was real. It made Bucky squirm inside, a little./ Bucky is oblivious and needs 70 years to come to terms with his sexuality. But yay for Happy Ending!
we did not make ourselves – M Leigh: 25156 Words/ It is like steel, the determination inside of you that tells you you will achieve this, that you will find him. Nothing will stop you. You are two sides of the same coin, you and he: he cannot escape you forever. Bucky runs. Steve follows./ Written in 2n person, which I usually find kind of annoying but works really well here. Switches between scenes from Steve and Bucky’s past in Brooklyn and Steve looking for Bucky after the events of CA:WS.
a mirror, dimly – indigostohelit: 3381 Words/ On some forgotten roof in Leningrad, with the sky the color of sodium and the streets grey with dirty snow, the Captain shakes out his wrist like it’s hurting him. You toss a knife in the air so you can watch it catch the light, search your Captain’s face for something you don’t quite know the name of. The wind smells like metal. Winter’s coming. Or, the universe where both Bucky and Steve fell from the train./ Disturbing AU in which Bucky and Steve were both brainwashed after falling from the train together. Bonus points for a cameo by Natasha.
your favorite ghost – augustbird: 21013 Words/ It’s harder than Steve ever expected to bring Bucky home./ After CA:WS Bucky slowly starts remembering his past and keeps turning up at Steve’s appartment. Steve’s perspective, and the way his memories are tied into the narrative feel really natural, and I love Natasha and Sam in this, although they only play a small part.
like a robot from nineteen-eighty-four – junko: 1671 Words/ “Everyone is conspiring against me,” Steve laments, and Bucky pats his cheek. “Poor baby,” he mocks. “Do you need me to protect you from the mean people on the internet?” Steve sniffs self-righteously. “Yes.”/ Steve and Bucky discover the internet and nothing sad happens.
A History of Birds – OddityBoddity: 2580 Words/ “You look like him,” Bucky says. No prompting, no nothing. He just speaks, like this is a thing he does. “What?” Steve asks. He didn’t really hear it, too stunned by the fact that words were coming out of Bucky’s mouth to understand their meaning. “You look like him. So did Pierce.” His voice is soft, gravelly from disuse. “Is that why they picked you?" Steve’s heart plunges like an elevator with the cables cut. “Buck, it is me.” The hard line of Bucky’s mouth softens just a little. “Sure,” he says. / Bucky thinks Steve is his new handler, selected by Hydra because of how similar he looks to his old friend. Heartbreaking but soooo good.
devil’s gonna follow me (wherever I go) – Lyaka: 63086 Words/ The man who used to be Bucky Barnes lined up his shot. His finger twitched, only once, very precisely. Help me, the bullet sang. Ninety-eight floors below him, the bullet glanced off a vibranium shield with a musical ping. And Steve Rogers looked up.
Medvezhonok – Lanyon: 18145 Words/ The Winter Soldier is on the run and no one is more surprised than he is by the fact that he is accompanied by a little boy who seems convinced that he is his father:“What’s that, Papa?” Papa flinches and looks at Stefan. “It’s called a Kalashnikov,” he says, in a strange voice. “You’re not to touch it, okay?”/ Bucky finds out he has a son (of course named after Steve) and flees with him from Hydra. Told from the perspective of the child. Steve only appears towards the end, but there is a Happy Ending to look forward to. Daddy!Bucky gives me all the feels.
but hey, you’re all right – beardsley: 5522 Words/ ‘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.
escape from new York – beardsley: 12092 Words/ On Monday morning Thor parades bare-ass naked around the Tower; it all goes downhill from there. Or, the one where New York gets infected with alien sex pollen, Steve appears to be the only sane man, and the things that ensue include hilarity, fake zombies, pining and surprise makeouts. And a bear trap.
make one dream come true (you only live twice) – beardsley: 14099 Words/ Five times the Winter Soldier evaded capture. In which there are tuxedoes, vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred), fakeout makeouts, massive property damage, a shark pit, and Steve has an Ursula Andress moment. But mostly, in true James Bond fashion, villains are seduced to the side of good.
young hearts, out our minds – junko: 2144 Words/ Bucky posts a selfie of the two of them in bed to his instagram. He hashtags it #goodmorningamerica. Sam Wilson and Pepper Potts retweet it to their twitter accounts./ Steve and Bucky live in the future and are actually happy for a change.