Stony Prompt #27
Anonymous said: “I know you did touch starved Tony but what about touch starved Steve? Maybe all he ever knew was the touch of doctors and he’s not really familiar with casual touches until the team comes along. And then he realizes that’s exactly what he wants?”
This got a little out of hand and is almost 2k of words- Also apologies in advance because it’s not QUITE what you wanted. I’ve never thought about Steve being touch-starved, but I tried - and hopefully you will enjoy it. Thank you for the Prompt and happy reading!
Most things about the modern world are strange to Steve. While he catches up fast enough and surprised everyone with how quickly he learns, there are still aspects about the future that he finds hard to understand. Some of them are pleasant, for example the fact that homosexuality and the like are widely accepted now, or that these couples even have the chance to get married now.
Some other aspects are less pleasant, or downright confusing. For example, Steve doesn’t understand why modern fellas have such an aversion against casual touches. It seems that it’s not okay for him to touch another guy. The only thing coming from it are rumors the press spreads about his sexuality.
Truth is, Steve wasn’t always familiar with friendly touches. Before the serum, the only contact he got that was gentle were his mother’s warm hugs, her reassuring hands stroking through his hair when he was sick again. And Bucky, who’d hug him too or pull him close to share warmth. Bucky, who got all handsy to make sure Steve was alright after getting into yet another hopeless fight.
The Howling Commandos were the ones he learnt casual touches from. There was always someone patting his back, always someone who’d pull him into a hug after a particular hard mission.
Steve misses this, the intimacy from this. It’s what made them a real team, he believes – and it’s what is missing in his new team.