Total Eclipse of the Heart

For @agentdaisymaximoff

Pairing: Bucky/Natasha

Word Count: 1051

Prompt:  ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ - Bonnie Tyler (1983)

Rating:  T

Tags:  Fluff, Feels, Established Relationship

Warnings: None

Natasha’s eyes flew open, darting around in darkness until she could discern some shape or another.  She blinked groggily, trying to remember where she was and where she’d fallen asleep.  

What country was this?  

She let her head loll to the side and relaxed once she spotted the bedside table lamp.  It was hideous.  The base looked like a pineapple.  Damn Clint for giving it to them as a housewarming gift.    

The tension left her shoulders.  She was home.  

But she knew even before looking that she wasn’t going to like what the clock told her.  

Three forty-four.  A.M.  

She huffed out a loud sigh and rolled over onto her stomach.  Her arm brushing across the cold empty expanse of mattress to her left.  Natasha wasn’t so naive to expect him to still be there.  

Bucky had an even worse time sleeping than she did.  And she wasn’t exactly holding a world record for consecutive nights without pacing.  Ever since he’d come out of the cryo-sleep in Wakanda, he’d been on edge.  His memories were coming back.  And from the looks of it, not a single good one.    

Swinging her legs over to the side of the bed, she hauled herself up and towards the door.  A glass of water was in order.  

She tried to think back to the last time she’d slept through an entire night, attempting to ignore the blaringly obvious.  That she didn’t like sleeping alone.  That Bucky getting up and leaving in the middle of the night was the cause of her insomnia.  

But it wasn’t as if she could tell him about it.  She couldn’t ask the guy to stay in bed with her at the expense of his own mental wellbeing.  

Of course, she wasn’t really sure what the steps were to ensure her own, either.  Mental well-being was not one of Natasha’s areas of expertise.  

All she knew about self-care was how she instructed other people to indulge.  She didn’t have a clue how to take her own advice.  She didn’t know what her creature comforts were.  She’d never been aware of any.  

Steve was partial to comfort food.  

Bucky liked to be active.  He liked to be moving.  Probably something to do with all that time he spent frozen.  

Natasha let out a ragged sigh and took a sip from her water glass.  When she pushed herself, she could remember her childhood before she became what she was.  She was young.  Very young.  And she wasn’t even sure if it was a memory or just wishful thinking.  

But at their core, both memories and wishful thinking were just chemical reactions in the brain.  So she supposed it didn’t matter.  

All she could feel was warm.  A blanket being tucked around her.  A toy of some kind – a doll or  a stuffed animal – being pressed in beside her.  And it had been nice.  So nice.  

One of the nicest feelings she’d ever felt.

She was still holding the glass of water when she heard his key in the door.  

The hinges squealed loudly as it swung open.  She never remembered to lubricate them until the door was open and she was either going somewhere in a hurry or coming home exhausted.  

His gait was heavy, but familiar and calming.  She immediately felt the weight in her shoulders lift.  

“You awake?” he asked.  Obviously a rhetorical question, but Natasha answered it anyway.  

“Looks that way.”  Her tone was a bit more clipped than she realized it would be.  But now it was too late to take it back.  

“Sorry…” he replied, tilting his head momentarily before sitting down to remove his shoes.  “Tried to be quiet.”  

“You were,” she reassured him.  “I just…I can’t sleep when you’re gone.”  

He was quiet for a moment.  So quiet that any regular person might have thought he left.  Or dozed off.  

But Natasha wasn’t a regular person.  And she was highly trained to hear the wheels turning in other people’s heads.  

And the wheels in Bucky’s were turning at full tilt.  

“I…” he faltered.  “It’s the nightmares, Nat…I have to get up and move…and–” 

“I know,” she interrupted him.  “I know you do.  I just…I just thought I’d be honest for once. Just trying it out, let me know how you like it.”  

He stood, leaving his shoes by the couch as he crossed the floor to stand in front of her.  Taking the glass first, depositing it safely on the counter beside them, he wrapped his arms around her waist, tugging her close so she fit right against him – her head cradled against his shoulder. Her arms linked behind his neck.  

“I’m sorry…” he murmured, swaying her slightly.  Softly.  It almost wasn’t noticeabe.  They could be sitting in a narrow treetop, being moved by the wind.  It was hypnotic and soothing.  

“It’s okay.”  

“No, it’s not.  This isn’t just about me, doll.”  His fingers dragged slowly up her spine.  Her head grew heavy against him and he must have noticed, because he bent slightly and scooped her up into his arms like she weighed nothing.  “We gotta take care of you, too.”  

“You can wake me up when you have them, you know…” she whispered, tightening her hold around his neck.  “You know I don’t mind that.”  

“I dunno if you’d want to hear about my nightmares.”  

She snorted.  “I can guarantee some of them are mine too.”  

“Right?  And ya probably don’t need my mess on top of yours.”  

“Bucky…” Natasha crooned softly against his throat.  “Your mess.  My mess.  It’s just one mess now.”  

“I know, but…”  

“If you don’t want to tell me about them, at least let me know you’re leaving.  I don’t like waking up alone and in the dark…if it wasn’t for that stupid lamp, I wouldn’t even know where I was…” She waved her hand vaguely in the direction of the bedside table.

Bucky smirked as his gaze flitted over to the lamp.  “That’s why I like it, though.  It’s so…mind-numbingly ugly…but it’s home.”  

A smile pulled at the corners of her mouth as he deposited her gently onto the mattress.  “I’m glad you’re back,” she said, stretching her legs out beneath the cool sheets.  

“Me too,” he agreed.  

“I don’t just mean tonight.”

“Me either.”  

Avenger’s Favorite Disney Ride

Tony Stark (Iron Man)-

Pic Credit @themagicof-wdw

Test Track

Tony loves cars and that translates into an indescribable love for the fast paced adventure that this ride gives. He has a hard time deciding if the best part is designing the small car at the beginning, racing around the outdoor track at the end, or waving to small children who are staring at him with wide eyes and open mouths. He also takes special joy in the screams of surprise he hears from friends when they face the model of a semi truck about the crush the ride car. 

Bruce Banner (The Hulk)-

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Spaceship Earth 

Bruce loves Disney because of its bright colors and the happiness that seeps from the place. It’s a nice break from the stress and anxiety that he often feels in his every day life. He can’t go on any of the more exciting rides because the increase in his heart rate could be dangerous, so he finds himself hanging around Epcot the most. He always makes sure to ride Spaceship Earth at least once. It’s a calm ride with enough of a story to make it interesting. Plus it’s an indoor ride with AC so it’s a nice place to go when it’s really hot. 

Steve Rogers (Captain America)-

Gif Credit: @jessejamesandthegiantpeach

The Great Movie Ride

Steve missed a lot of movies while he was asleep so the Great Movie Ride fascinates him. He recognizes that the ride isn’t great. The animatronics are old and it shows and overall it’s a boring ride, but it’s quaint. The ride isn’t incredibly overplayed like many of the other rides and attractions at Disney and it introduced him to a lot of movies that his friends may not have thought about showing him. 

Clint Barton (Hawkeye)-

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Toy Story Mania

Clint makes a lot of money off of this ride. He tries to tell people that he has the highest score of anyone who has ever ridden the ride, and that he could beat anyone, but everyone he ever tells think that he’s joking around or lying. So of course the only way to settle the argument is to visit Disney and show off his skills. He wins every single time. Outside of his personal gain he truly enjoys the fast paced game aspects of the ride and finds it even more enjoyable if he’s with a friend or a SO that he’s spending time with. 

Natasha Romanov (Black Widow)-

Pic credit: Disney

Walt Disney World Railroad

Natasha doesn’t need any more excitement in her life. She’d much rather sit back and watch the scenery pass by than sit in line for a 2 minute long ride that’s supposed to make her scream, but never quite does. That’s why she enjoys the railroad. She can sit comfortably on one of the cars and watch the diverse people walk through the parks. She sometimes sits on the train all day, just leaning against the side and enjoying nice weather. 

Thor Odinson-

Pic credit: Disney

Kilimanjaro Safari

Thor spends so much time protecting Earth that he’s never really had the chance to learn about it’s complex ecosystems and the creatures that live in them.That’s why he loves safaris. Just watching the animals go about their daily business is fascinating to Thor and he even enjoys the times when the animals do nothing but lie around and sleep the day away. Thor is also one of the most engaged members of the safaris. He loves to ask questions about the animals that he sees.  

Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier)-

Pic credit: @neverland-dreamland


Bucky used to enjoy the adrenaline fueled rides that he and Steve rarely visited back in the day. But after the amount of action he’s been forced to endure he doesn’t feel the need to subject himself to artificial adrenaline. But Soarin’ to Bucky is the perfect mixture of exciting and relaxing. Being suspended high above the ground was a little nerve wracking for the soldier at first, but the security of the ride allowed him to enjoy the beautiful scenery. He enjoys himself immensely every time he rides.

T’Challa (Black Panther)-

Pic credit: Disney

Mission: Space

There’s no concrete reason why T’Challa loves this ride. He just does. Maybe it’s the fact that being surrounded by technology reminds him of home, even if the space ship looks clunky in comparison. For some reason the idea of space exploration is thrilling to T’Challa and it the experience is only made even better because he visits the parks with his SO during his first visit. The ride is the perfect blend of a story and a thrill ride. 

Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch)-

Pic credit: Joe Burbank

Living with the Land

Wanda recognizes that for most people this ride is incredibly boring. After all it’s just an automated tour through an expansive greenhouse. But there’s something about the calm sound track and the surrounding greenery that enchants Wanda. She feels at peace as the boat floats calmly through the plants. The first time she visits Disney World she rides the ride three times throughout the day. She also loves that some of the food throughout the park is made using the food that they grow in the greenhouse. 

Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver)-

Pic credit: Disney

Rockin’ Roller Coaster

Pietro is a speedster and he has been even before he was given his powers. He doesn’t enjoy any of the slower paced rides at Disney so he ends up spending most of his time in line for the faster rides. And inevitably he loves the fastest ride the most. The combination of rock and roll music and the blur of neon lights just does something for him. It’s not as satisfying as running at his own speed, but it’s a way to have the thrill without being responsible. 

  • Natasha: Hey, are you free on Friday? Like, around 8 pm on Friday?
  • Tony: Yes?
  • Natasha: What about you?
  • Bucky: Yes, I am.
  • Natasha: Great! Because I’m not. You two go on without me. Enjoy your date
  • Tony: Did she just-

She wanted to be what you were, agent. Don’t forget that.

Black Widow Strikes #3 (2012)

Do it for the Vine

Another fic where the idea was originally @thealextheshipper‘s, but I put my own spin on it with Alex’s graces. I hope you like it guys. 

No one knew exactly how Thor had discovered Vine. It wasn’t that he was stupid with technology, he actually caught on quickly, but Natasha had expressly forbade Clint from introducing him to the platform and Tony surely hadn’t done it. Jane had probably sent him something she thought was funny, but that wasn’t the point.

Thor’s account was quickly becoming the hottest new thing on the internet. His username was the_mightiest_hammer, no surprise there, and someone (see: Tony Stark) had introduced him to the “Stop, hammer time” meme, so now whenever he couldn’t come up with a caption that was his go-to.

Most of the Vines were of the Avengers messing around and being normal, a side which most people didn’t get to see. By far the most viewed Vine was the one where Thor accidentally captured Steve gesticulating wildly while talking and managing to fling his phone across the room, effectively smashing it, before the camera turned back on Steve’s shocked grimace. All Thor commented on it was “Tony was angry”. The second most viewed was of Tony talking on his ear piece, saying “No, I’ve got this under control-” before being cut off by Clint stumbling backwards across the shot, shouting “Nat- Nat no! NAT!” A perfectly placed roundhouse kick sent Clint sprawling to the floor and out of frame as Natasha stalked across, Tony still staring in the background. There was a second of Clint shouting off screen and Tony whispering “Holy shit” before the video ended. The comment on that one was also “Tony was angry,” unsurprisingly.

After a few months a pattern developed. Every few weeks or so Thor would decide to prank the others by handing them Mjolnir while they weren’t looking. The first to suffer this fate was Clint. The archer was deeply engrossed in a videogame when Thor approached him and asked “Friend, can you hold this for me?” Clint didn’t look up, simply holding out his hand, and only seemed to realize what he was being handed when he dropped like a stone off the couch, pulled down by his grip on Mjolnir’s handle. It cut to the floor, Thor’s laughter easily heard as well as the sound of Clint shouting “MY WRIST! I BROKE MY WRIST!” and Natasha responding “You’re fine, it’s not even sprained, don’t be a baby.”

Next was Steve, a little over a month later. He was in the training room, punching the shit out of a punching bag, when Thor walked up, booming “Captain! May you hold this for me?” Steve threw a few more punches, responding with a kind “Sure,” and realizing too late what he was being handed when he turned with his hand outstretched and crumpled to the ground. “Shit! Thor!”

Natasha was next. They were preparing for a mission when Thor approached her. “Lady Widow! Could you hold this for a moment?” She nodded, glancing at him, and some people pointed out she probably knew what was going to happen. That didn’t change the fact that when she was handed Mjolnir and her arm dropped like an anchor she executed a perfect flip over the hammer and landed in a crouch, shaking her head. “You’ve got to stop that Thor.” Clint and Tony were clapping in the background.

Bruce was a month or two after Natasha. He was clearly on a lab binge, his shirt wrinkled and his hair sticking up in all directions, when Thor approached. “My friend, I have something for you!” Bruce stuck out a hand without even looking up from what he was doing, and crumpled with Mjolnir to the floor like he was boneless. Bruce stood and stared at Mjolnir for a moment before looking up at Thor and saying “I can’t believe you’ve done this.”

Tony was last. It was a month and a half after Bruce, and Thor caught him in the kitchen fumbling with the coffee maker after an all nighter. He was downing his first cup of caffeine when Thor boomed “Anthony! I have a gift for you!” Tony didn’t even glance up, continuing to swallow his coffee, just held out his hand for whatever it was. Thor handed Mjolnir over eagerly, and went silent when Tony simply continued to drink his life-blood, Mjolnir hanging at his side. A second cup of coffee was poured and drunk without glancing at whatever was in his hand, and somewhere behind Thor Clint went “What the fuck.” There was a follow up Vine with nothing really discernible except a lot of screaming.

When, a few months later, Thor was downed in battle and Tony, who had been out with the Asgardian without his armor, picked Mjolnir up and started smashing shit, no one was really surprised.