Request by @itsanerdlife with the prompt, “That should be against some sort of rule.” Spanish translation at the bottom.
The mall was hardly crowded and you knew bringing Steve during a weekday was the right choice. You were tired of seeing the man in nothing but work out clothes, okay he looked fine as fuck. Still, he needed knew digs and pronto. So you dragged him away for an afternoon of clothes shopping and he was surprisingly up for it. You chuckled at his civilian disguise and strolled hand in hand with him to each department store. It was nice to just be a regular couple, who didn’t fight bad guys or had amazing abilities. It was just the two of you, being normal for once.
Prompt: Your job takes an unexpected turn when a strange but welcome new customer comes into the coffee shop you work at
Pairing: Stevex Reader
Warnings: None that I know of… *If you do feel triggered by something, let me know so I can add here and warn other readers!
Word Count: 1,016
Author’s Note:As always, if you see any words that could/should be replaced or sentences that could be better put together please feel free to point it out! English is not my first language and this will help me improve ;)
It was another calm afternoon at the coffee shop just like any other. The same old three faithful customers sitting in their respective tables and a welcome warm feeling coming from the sunny day outside
i’ve been thinking lately on how the idea of trust (and distrust) plays out in winter soldier. the child development theorist erik erikson framed the stages of life according to a series of conflicts which must be resolved or else disrupt an individual’s functioning, and his first conflict – the foundational one – is trust vs. mistrust. of course an infant (or child, or–to a significant degree–adolescent) can’t “resolve” anything on their own; the determining factor is the child’s environment – the presence or lack of stability, consistent provision for their needs, reliable caretakers, and so on. the development of trust or mistrust can then be framed as a matter of pattern recognition: the world teaches you what to expect of it, whether it is a safe place for you or not.
i think about this a lot, for reasons personal and related to the work i’ve spent most of my professional life doing with kids. i don’t think infancy is the only time the world can prove itself unsafe in a way that permanently – or for a very very long time – changes one’s orientation towards it on this axis; there are any number of things which can flip that switch later in life. switching it the other way, in my experience and observation, is considerably more difficult. (this is part of why i care a lot about how iron man 3 explores the trauma of what happened in new york.)
back to crying about superheroes: one of the hysterical texts i sent tumblr user fourpatch during my first viewing of winter soldier was about nick fury reflecting on pierce’s deception: “this [actual thing that happened in the world] is the kind of thing that gives me trust issues.” (the others were “TOUGH WAY TO LIVE/GOOD WAY NOT TO DIE” and “I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS MOCKINGJAY SHIT.”) i care a lot about nick fury’s grandfather; i care a lot about the fact that when nick fury catches police officers eyeing him, his kneejerk response is a resigned wariness. i care a lot about “the last time i trusted someone, i lost an eye.” the world has primed nick fury for certain expectations by treating nick fury a certain way – and i appreciate the story of his grandfather as a (mild but relevant) gesture towards the fact that these expectations are also a matter of historical and familial inheritance related (implicitly but IMO obviously) to race. i like that – to me at least – the movie does not rule out a place for his (or natasha’s) mistrust, even as the balance ultimately tips in another direction. a tough way to live can keep you alive; without that, nick and natasha both literally might not have survived long enough to reach a point when other options presented themselves as achievable, much less (in natasha’s case at least) potentially preferable.
steve is hard to talk about in part because of the weirdness i keep mentioning about the first avenger: the position suggested by the circumstances we are given about fictional character steve rogers’s life is not the position in which the movie situates him. meaning: i love fandom constructions around steve’s poverty and first generation immigrant status and so on, but in the world of the first avenger, informed IMO by its decision to style itself after movies made during the war it’s set in which means movies made during a time in which pop cultural orientation towards the concept of America was pretty sunshiney partly as a result of that war – anyway: in that world, steve’s idealism gets translated uncomplicatedly into a trust in the united states government.
winter soldier traces among other things the dissolution of that particular trust, and the thing is, the hydra infiltration plays out differently for steve than it does for nick and natasha. he’s disappointed, and to some extent betrayed, but his trust in people generally persists. for nick and natasha, it lands more profoundly, i think: it’s a lesson that no matter how low you think you have set your expectations, the rug can still be swept out from under you.
which brings me to the other way i have of thinking about trust, which i think is perhaps also a vision of it offered by the movie: trust as a choice about the kind of life you want to live; as a decision about which trade-offs you are willing to make. we get some of this i think with sam’s implication that a reason to go on is a thing you find and build with deep and sustained effort, as well as in his trust in steve. but i think the movie’s focus by the third act is obviously on steve.
i do think – and i cannot make myself objective enough to figure out how much the movie is conscious of this, lol @ me – this is a decision easier for steve (as others have pointed out, the only white man on The Final Team) to make than for the others, not because he tends towards blind faith but because the odds he uses, from accumulated experience, are different, weighted more in favor of believing in SHIELD agents to stand up to hydra, in favor of believing in the possibility of salvation for bucky. (i think on the helicarrier the choice not to fight is not quite giving up and not quite a show of faith; i think it’s the gamble he has decided to live with.) in a way you could say the things that make steve trustworthy, averse to nick and natasha’s compartmentalizing M. O., are the things which make trust feel like a better option. and like–i feel weird about how significant the trust which is easiest for steve in particular to throw himself behind (the orientation favored by that one white guy on The Final Team) is framed in a significant light by the movie.
but i also find it kind of depressingly apt. it rings very true to me that a necessary kind of faith which will often run counter to the reality of the world – necessary on a societal level, necessary in the long run on a personal level (“you would have done the same thing”/“i know. that’s the problem”) – is more accessible for people towards whom the world is less hostile. it’s brutally unfair. i think the movie doesn’t suggest otherwise. i think the movie makes room for the legitimate place of mistrust, the times when you need it. i like that keeping the circle small keeps nick fury alive, and that in a movie about a superhero whose weapon is a shield, a loaded .22 kept nick fury’s grandfather’s money in his bag.
and i like also – and here i think i am largely handwaving but it’s my blog and i’ll latch on to accidental pearls of wisdom in these ridiculous movies if i want to – i like that through this lens it becomes evident how much natasha’s decisions – to trust steve, to release information that includes her past, to decide to look for a new way of living even before she knows what it will be – are the bravest acts in the movie, because her life has made those choices so much harder.
Season 8 Episode 3 - Can I Be Frank (With You). The best and, coincidentally, the last song on this list. The episode revolves around Francine trying to pass herself off as a C.I.A agent and with a little help from Roger she manages to disguise herself as Frank from Chicago. She wants to know what her husband gets up to when his with his friends and not with her (women!).
However, the other half of the episode involves Steve and his band of nerds Barry, Snot and Toshi trying to break into the, now what seems to be easy, industry of music. With the help of Snot’s creepy uncle who puts together a super-band of 12, they create this brilliant pop music video.
The song is a satire on these cheesy boy band songs and wouldn’t be out of place for one of those other boy bands out there with an expiry date. It is also a comment on the coming and going of such bands, and what you don’t see in the video is that just after it finishes, Snot’s uncle gets a call from the record label to tell him that they have decided to sign another boy band. One that has 13 members.
imagine bucky and steve adopting a kid (maybe a little girl who'd look up to natasha and have piggy back rides on the hulk and fly with uncle sam and braid daddy bucky's hair)
it’s like… ten years later when steve hesitantly asks if bucky ever wanted kids.
one thing leads to another and they come home one day with this five year old girl in tow who was placed into the foster system after an Incident that they don’t talk about. (the social worker told bucky who almost FLIPPED HIS SHIT, so let’s just leave that alone for now.)
her name is grace and she’s the biggest fucking sweetheart ever, and she charms everyone on sight. thor teaches her how to braid asgardian style and she practices on “papa” (that’s bucky) when thor’s not around. and the first time bruce hulks out they expect her to be terrified but she just yells “UNCLE BRUCE” and flies at him, and the hulk just lets her climb all over him with this little blissed out smile on his face.
and grace follows beast around and finds all her favorite hiding places and retrieves stuff that she hears tony complaining that he’s lost and tony just kind of goes “finally, an ally against that hoarding cat!” (bucky proceeds to throw a dodgeball at his head, which makes grace laugh.)
they don’t let her fly with sam until she’s older, but it doesn’t take them long to figure out that she’s damn good at the wings, and the day that she picks up a bow steve and bucky know that any attempt at keeping her out of combat is fruitless- but anyway.
if you were to ask grace, she’d probably say that the days she spends with papa and dad watching disney movies and throwing popcorn at the screen every time something bad happens were her favorite days, but then again, she’d also tell clint that her favorite days were the ones she spent with him pranking the others, and she’d tell natasha that her favorite days were the days they spent out on the streets of new york together, and she’d tell tony that her favorite days were the ones where he let her play with the bots or help him fix the armor. (she may not be biologically related to bucky, but she is every inch his kid, through and through.)
looking at a list of where actors who have played james bond in official films have been born, less of them are english than otherwise, and so the insisting that james bond has to be “english english” by roger moore is even more blatantly code for “white” than before
Ok I was reading The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys again and I would like to ask for the time when Bucky Bear commanded the unit
So the first time Bucky Bear commanded the unit was when Captain Rogers needed to discuss certain operational matters with Sergeant Barnes in private and thus, Corporal Bucky Bear was left in command of the Howlies.
At least, that was what Dum Dum said when Colonel Philips was searching for the US Army’s only super soldier and found the Howlies engaged in a game of poker with the bear.
The Bear was winning.
Corporal Bear saluted the Colonel smartly and sent Jim Morita off to give “Mom and Dad” a heads up.
(God damn it, Dugan, I don’t care if you sewed the right stripes on his uniform, a teddy bear cannot be in charge of a unit in this man’s army!)
Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes promptly arrived in short order and it is to their mutual credit that their uniforms would stand up to inspection. For the sake of his sanity, Colonel Phillips chose not to inquire too closely at the slight redness in the general area of Captain Rogers’ neck, which was nearly covered by his uniform collar. Almost.
He also tried not to think too hard about the look of unholy contentment on Sergeant Barnes’ face.
The second time Corporal Bucky Bear commanded the unit was when Captain Rogers went missing and Sergeant Barnes, naturally, ordered the Howlies to get back to HQ with the wounded of Fox Company (from the 101st Airborne). Effectively, Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes were then left behind in enemy lines.
So of course, once the Howlies got the wounded back to safety, they ran off to rescue their captain and their sergeant.
Bucky Bear rode in Gabe Jones’ pack and the Howlies swore up and down that they were following the bear’s orders to rescue their captain and sergeant.
Bucky was really grateful for the assistance but: “Monty, you’re a lieutenant — “
"Whatever. You outrank the bear.”
James Montgomery Falsworth sniffs elegantly. “I was only following our established chain of command - in the absence of Captain Rogers and yourself, the next in line is our Corporal Bear.”
Captain Rogers promptly tried to disguise his laughter by coughing. Several times. He was still pretty much in deep trouble with his beloved War Bride and so tried not to draw too much attention.
And despite Colonel Philips having kittens at the Howling Commandos’ daring rescue, the upshot was that the US Army’s super soldier and one of its best snipers made it back home and nobody was going to argue about it. Even if they all claimed they were led by a fuzzy adorable teddy bear.
I saw Civ War yesterday and oh man imo it was SO GOOD!! I haven’t drawn cap fanart in ages but Sam is my fave and he got so much screentime and such wonderful interactions with Steve that I had to at least draw these two