After, Therefore Because of It words by noncorporealform | Art by artgroves
Archive Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Relationships: James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
Tags: Alternate Universe - Detectives, P.I. Bucky Barnes, pre-serum Steve Rogers, murder mystery, conspiracy, human experimentation, past sexual abuse, minor character death
Summary: “If you move back to Brooklyn, we can pick up where we left off,” Bucky said.
“Where did we leave off?” Steve asked.
Bucky had an image in his head that had never dimmed in intensity. It was a closed door. The door in his childhood apartment, and Steve was on the other side of it, walking away down the hall. Confusion grabbed at his seventeen year-old heart. He had wanted Steve back as soon as he walked away, even though he understood the reasons for him leaving. Where Bucky wanted to pick up was to figure out that strain in his heart that came after the door shut, the one he hadn’t understood, and still didn’t.
“I don’t know,” Bucky admitted.
Steve wants Bucky’s help to solve the murder of Dr. Abraham Erskine. Meanwhile, Bucky wants to find out what happened to Steve after his mysterious disappearance at seventeen.