I’ve have read so many literary masterpieces in the past few weeks, months, years but I never really had them all in one place so I thought it’s about time I put together a proper list and put an end to all these random OMG THIS FIC IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS HAVE TO READ IT posts. I’ll update this whenever I find some more Good Shit but this is it for now - enjoy!
Not Easily Conquered (117,692)
In 1945, Steve Rogers jumps from a nosediving plane and swims through miles of Arctic Ocean to a frozen shore.
In 1947, Steve Rogers marries Peggy Carter.
In 1966, the New York Times finds the lost letters of Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes.
Womb to tomb, sweetheart.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” Peggy says, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”
After the Bombs (218,953)
Bucky Barnes never fell off of the train in the Alps. Steve Rogers didn’t have to wake up alone in the future. Things aren’t exactly perfect as they try to come to terms with a completely different future and work out the feelings that they’ve had for each other for decades, but at least they get to figure it out together. (The MCU re-imagined with Bucky as an original Avenger)
Slow Work (81,114)
It’s 2011, men are allowed to marry, and Bucky is dead.
The future isn’t all that’s strange. Together in peacetime for the first time since before Steve took the serum, Steve and Bucky struggle to find their place - and each other - in the middle of a new millennium, new bodies, and new dynamics.
Or, just because you wake up in a century where everything you’ve repressed is magically okay, that doesn’t make it easy.
“Holy shit,” Howard says, crackling through the speakers. “You alive in there?” Lying is a sin, of course, but Steve’s not sure what else he can do. He’s already lied to the government and Bucky and God Almighty; and himself, himself most of all. He ought to tell the truth. That he’s not quite what they hoped for. That perhaps they should put him back into the ocean.
“Probably,” he says, instead, listening to Howard’s tinny laughter; and waits for the blast doors to unlock.
Easy Work for Easy Pay (45,719)
Bucky’s working his way back up through the ranks at S.H.I.E.L.D. after a mission took his left arm and Stark gave him a new metal one.
So when Fury tasks him with integrating the newly defrosted Captain Rogers into the 21st century, he jumps at the promotion.
Steve getting hit with some sparkly purple sh*t during a battle and left with all of his old ailments gives Bucky the opportunity to do something he’s been meaning to do for ages.
4 Minute Window (87,933)
“Look, if they catch me,” Bucky muttered, “they’re either going to kill me or they’re going to put me in a box with a little window and—Steve, I can’t.”
Into That Good Night (73,540)
Steve Rogers has lived for entirely too long—long enough to see the world’s end. The heroes are gone, and the Earth is pushing what’s left of mankind towards the exit.But when a makeshift team rises from the ashes, when a mysterious presence all but drags Steve there, he begins to think there may be hope yet. As they shoot for the stars one last time, Steve will get proof yet again that the future is nothing if not an echo of the past. (Interstellar AU)
“Your heartbeat sounds different,” Bucky declares suddenly one night. Steve is half-asleep when he says this, blinking himself awake in a fatigue-slowed daze. “Sorry, what?” - “Your heartbeat,” Bucky repeats as if it’s the most obvious thing in the world. "It doesn’t sound the same.“
Take Me Home (78,161)
“I’m so sorry, I’m gonna help you I promise, just don’t move, fuck, I ran over Captain America–” the man apologized, over and over, and all Steve managed to say was, “You’re really attractive,” before passing out on the guy’s lap in the middle of the road.
The Wolf and The Sheep (50,557)
Steve Rogers is a SHIELD agent who is recruited for a secret project: Becoming a handler for the Asset. Steve’s world is thrown for a loop when he discovers the Asset is an actual person and he needs to figure out who he is and what he’s going to do.
Steve as the Winter Soldier’s handler AU. (Non-HYDRA trash party.)
Building From the Ground Up (68,687)
“What about you, Barnes?” asks Dugan. The sound of his voice brings Bucky back to the present, dredges him out of memories of a beat-up little apartment with sunlight streaming in through the windows. “Got yourself a girl waiting for you back home?”
There’s an answer on the tip of his tongue, one that he’ll deliver with a cocky grin and a half-laugh and a little shake of his head. But Bucky is exhausted and hungry and so sore it hurts to move, and one of the guys in their platoon fucking died yesterday. His mouth tastes like iodine water and his feet hurt and none of it’s going to get better any time soon, and all at once Bucky misses Steve so badly he can barely see straight.
“Yeah,” Bucky declares abruptly, the word escaping from his mouth before he fully realizes what he’s saying. “Yeah, I do.”
I Love You Like RLB (3,484)
I love you like rlb has become a well-known, accepted and valuable component of American vernacular. The meaning of the letters ‘rlb’ is unknown, but is uniformly considered to be a statement of a great romantic love, commitment and sacrifice.
Kingdom Come (8,216)
“It’s too late, Steve,” Bucky’s voice across the comm is flat, layered with static. “The deadlock’s irreversible. S’ the only way.”
Steve knows what nearly dying feels like; knows it better than most, and this - those words, that voice, this impossible burning that courses through him like the serum in reverse, this.
This is so much worse than nearly.
A History of Skin (23,214)
Bucky and Steve were made and unmade by each other’s hands.
Or, five touches that defined Bucky Barnes, and one that didn’t.