CAPTAIN AMERICA IRC FUNDRAISER: Steve Rogers's bloody-mindedness (in the Br Eng sense of the word).
I had to google bloody-minded just to make sure I wasn’t mistaking the sense of the word! I didn’t know there was more than one definition, but I’m going with “stubborn and intractable” :D Hope that’s the one you meant.
The SSR high command, which still technically had command over Captain Steve Rogers, was composed of Allied officers – mostly British and US, with a few Canadians. At the moment, all of them were mad at Steve Rogers.
“Be reasonable, Captain,” one of them said, and Steve, impressive in his Cap uniform, crossed his arms, leather creaking.
“I don’t see how I’m the unreasonable one here,” he said. “If they’re good enough to serve in this man’s army they’re good enough to serve in an integrated unit. I need them. All of them.”
“Surely you can find more…appropriate candidates with similar skills,” one of the officers wheedled.
“Nope,” Steve said shortly.
“Captain, must you be so bloody-minded?”
Steve tilted his head. “Ain’t that mostly what war’s about?”
“We can’t integrate your unit,” an American general said. “You can’t lead the only integrated unit in the Army. Bad for morale.”
“Then I guess you’ll have to integrate the entire Army,” Steve said. The naked looks of horror on their faces almost made him smile, if it weren’t so sad. “Gentlemen, I’m a war hero now and you need me. More’n I need you. You can’t jail me, you can’t send me off quietly, and if you try to put me back on bond sales I’ll go AWOL.”
“Again,” Peggy put in, from just behind and to the left of him.
“Again,” Steve agreed. “And I’ll take your best men with me. Including the ones you won’t put in with the white men. So you give me my integrated unit or you lose Captain America. And if you lose me, I’ll make it a personal mission to see that you integrate the entire Army before this war is through. Up to you.”
There was grumbling, but Steve just stood there, arms crossed, radiating gentle defiance.
“We’ll consider your petition,” one of them finally said.
“That’s yes,” Steve replied.
“It’s not – “
“Yes it is. Give me a yes now or I’ll consider it a no.”
More grumbling, but finally one of them nodded. Steve shoved an approval letter at him, and he groaned and signed it.
Outside, in the hallway, Peggy nearly had to run to keep up with him.
“Must you be so bloody-minded,” she mimicked, laughing. Steve grinned at her.
“Before I met you, Carter, I didn’t even know what bloody-minded meant.”
“Then I suppose you learned from the best,” she pointed out.
“Which they will discover when I make them integrate the entire Army in a couple’a months anyway,” Steve said, as he went to tell the Commandos they’d been cleared for combat.