For the sweet anon who asked that i post my favourite fics on tumblr. I’m terribly sorry for the lateness—something came up, so i couldn’t work on it for a while. IT’S DONE NOW, THOUGH. So, yay for me.
I assumed you wanted like my top three or something, but i figured, what the hell, i’m just going to make a rec list out of it. I’ve tried to narrow it down as much as possible, but really, I’ve been doing nothing but reading fanfiction since my break between school and uni started in april, so there’s still a LOT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
(the ones with * in front of them are the ones i consider must-reads and gifts to the entire human race)
*the ghost and the machine by breadsley – This is an AU in which Steve is the Winter Soldier. This fic fucked me up. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it is, but I will try anyway. It’s extremely well-written, has great characterisation and you will probably want to hold Bucky and hug him and keep him away from harm as you read this and it will hurt. But it will be worth it because Jesus this fic is so good. (also, there’s a podfic. Check out the podfic. It’s brilliant.)
Social Media and Other Grievous Errors by fmo – Bucky discovers social media. It’s extremely cute. It’s the kind of fic I read to take a break from all the usual heart wrenching angst Steve/Bucky fics entail. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire fic.
The Smithsonian Guard by galerian_ash – This fic is based on Stan Lee’s guest appearance in the film. It’s original and interesting. The relationship between Bucky and Lee’s character is precious.
*Close to the Sun by thebrotherswinchester – SLOWBUILD! Did I mention that I love slowbuild? Because I do, and this is possibly one of the best out there. It’s written in a way that makes you feel emotionally connected to these characters (or, in my case, even more connected to the characters). In the beginning of this fic Steve and Bucky were just kids and it kind of takes you through their entire life before the war and after it. The introduction of a certain Greek mythology at the very beginning is absolutely genius and sets the theme for the entire story. It’s marvelous. It’s a masterpiece. I hate calling something a masterpiece because it sounds so fucking cliché, but this is a masterpiece, and I believe it deserves to be recognised as such.
Revision history by viverella – Bucky uses his free time to edit the Captain America Wikipedia page. It’s awesome because I could totally see Bucky doing this.
*You Were Standing There by thebrotherswinchester – Oh my fucking God, if you haven’t read this yet, you are missing the most adorable AU of all AUs. Bucky accidentally broke into the wrong house while he was drunk and it just so happened that the owner of the house is fucking Adonis (Steve!). There’s a well developed plot underneath all the adorableness. I’ve re-read this at least three times.
Good Boy by triedunture – This is PWP—as in porn with plot, not the other way around. It’s smut and angst and everything in between and it’s glorious. I don’t know why, but a lot of porn tends to be OOC, this is not. It’s a BDSM fic, so if that’s not you’re thing you should probably stay clear from it, but if it is, then this is the fucking best.
young hearts, out our minds by junko (principessa) – I DARE YOU TO NOT SMILE WHILE READING THIS. I FUCKING DARE YOU. This is the first steve-and-bucky-on-the-internet fic I read. Seriously, read this.
*Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by AnnaFugazzi – I swear I’ve never lost so much tears to a fanfiction before. You are missing so, so much if you’ve not read this. The story is told through the perspectives of the Howling Commandos when they discover that their Captain and his best friend are lovers. It mainly deals with the issue of homophobia and it’s heart breaking. If I could only pick my top three Steve/Bucky fanfiction, this would be on the list. Make sure to keep a box of tissues close by when you read this though—it’s very likely that you’re going to need them.
*Geriatric Road Trip, 2015 by what_alchemy – based on the theory that Bucky is the oldest child of four. The narrator of this is one of Bucky’s living relative and it’s so interesting and ripping my heart out with my bare hands will probably hurt less than this and goddammit just read this. I can’t say more without spoiling anything. It’s going to reduce you to a puddle of tears and despair and it will be worth it.
*listen to your heart (but don’t say goodbye to me) by CinnamonCake – HADES AND PERSEPHONE AU! There shouldn’t be any more convincing needed after that, just in case: this is possibly the most cheesy, not-creepy H/P au on the planet. The words are so fucking pretty. I’m not even kidding. I kept going back to just admire the fucking words. It’s a work of art.
*this is a back alleyby Febricant – Here is the only thing you know: the body remembers. That’s the description of the story. I’m not giving you anything else because part of what made this so bleeding good is the vagueness of the description. It’s one of the best fic I’ve read in any language and fandom, so you’ll at least have that as a guarantee, I guess.
One Day We Won’t Have to Be Scared by Paraxdisepink – Steve and Bucky shot gay porn in the 30s for money and somehow it starts circulating around the internet. I find the part of the story that’s set in the present extremely entertaining, especially the ending.
*this city bleeds its aching heart by Renne – UNDERCOVER-AS-A-MARRIED-COUPLE AU! We can all agree that this is probably one of the best trope ever. It’s fucking adorable and it’s hilarious and the guys are such idoits. Coulson has a cameo appearance in this and his appearance just made the fic more awesome than it already is.
*make one dream come true (you only live twice) by Beardsley – this fic is HOT, HOT, HOT. It’s written before Cap 2’s release, and it’s about Steve’s numerous attempts to catch the Winter Soldier. Like I said before, these attempts are really fucking hot. Like, it will catch fire on its own if you’re not careful. I’m not even joking.
*Medvezhonok by Lanyon – kid!fic. The Winter Soldier has a son, apparently. Technically, it’s not really about Steve/Bucky, but it’s there, so whatever. This fic is too good to not be on this rec list. I can list approximately a gazillion reasons why Bucky raising a child while he’s not completely un-brainwashed is wrong and dangerous, but for this fic I’m willing to overlook that. It’s magnificently written—Bucky’s characterisation in this is really well portrayed and you can tell that the author’s put in a lot of thought on how they’re going to write him. Bucky’s son is also really, really cute.
The Supersoldier’s Amnesiac Groom by casspeach – the only possibility of anyone actively reading steve/bucky fanfiction not knowing this fic is that they’ve been living under a rock, but I’m putting it here anyway because it’s famous for a reason. This fic features a marriage arranged by Soviet Russia and the USA, Steve and Bucky waltzing, and honeymoon on a private boat. It’s pretty great.