Long fics are my favorites! I adore a really long, thought out, slow build. Here are a few favorites, all complete and over 100K:
Even the Light is an Illusion by Mizzy: Death threats are an unfortunate side-effect of being Tony Stark, so he’s learned to ignore them. The problem is, when someone really wants you dead, hiding your head in the sand just kinda exposes your ass.But it’s not just Tony’s behind on the line. Whoever wants him dead wants him to suffer first, and they’re willing to do anything to make that happen. Tony knows there’s only one way out. To save Steve, the Avengers, and the general public, Tony has to die. Of course, death isn’t always the end, and Tony does what any other self-disrespecting scientist would do: he finds a way to fake his death and avenge his own murder.The trouble is, terrible decisions usually have a terrible price, and this one is no different. Tony has a chance to save the day, but the cost may be more than Tony was ever expecting to pay…
Holding Out for a Hero by @wordsplat:
When Tony was a prince and Steve was his manservant, they were young and reckless and hopelessly in love. But an attack on Tony’s life convinces Steve that he can’t protect Tony, so he leaves in the dead of night to train until he can. Ten years later, Steve returns to the kingdom a strong and able knight, but his king is both furious and broken-hearted.
Straight On Til Morning by @sineala: Tony Stark resigned his commission in Starfleet five years ago, after a disastrous away mission, and he swore he’d never go back. He just wants to be left alone to build warp engines in peace. But the universe has more in store for him than that, as he discovers when Admiral Fury comes to him with an offer he could never have expected and cannot possibly refuse: first officer and chief engineer aboard the all-new USS Avenger, a starship of Tony’s own design. What’s more, the Avenger’s captain is Steve Rogers, hero of the Earth-Romulan War. Believed dead for over a century, Steve is miraculously alive… and very, very attractive.But nothing is ever easy for Tony. As he wrestles with his secret desire for his new captain and his not-so-dormant fears, another mission starts to go wrong, and Tony becomes aware that Steve has secrets of his own – and the truth could change everything.
Captivated by @missbeckywrites:
When Tony sustains a life-threatening injury, Steve takes him to a world where magic can heal any wound. But their happy ending swiftly becomes a nightmare when slavers attack, and Tony is captured and taken away. After months apart, they are finally reunited, but the quest to save Tony is only just beginning.
America Isn’t Chicken by @everybodyilovedies (Amuly): After a Civil War, death, rebirth, a takeover by Osborn, brain deletion, and the fall of Asgard, Steve and Tony might just be starting to get back on solid ground with one another. Things aren’t perfect, not yet, but they can be in the same room as each other without resorting to violence, and they’ve even managed to share a smile or two. Seems like the perfect time, then, for Tony to try and fuck it all up with a stupid game of gay chicken.Meanwhile, as if he didn’t have enough to worry about, Tony realizes some kind of supervillainous trouble is brewing when increasingly advanced armors start popping up all over Manhattan, looking strangely reminiscent of his tech. On the other side of the world, Steve gets news that Zola is on the move in Russia, with some sort of nefarious plan at work.Which will ruin them first? Will it be this unknown armored villain who is after Tony’s tech? Or will it be Zola unleashing his mysterious plan on the world? Or will Steve and Tony prove to be their own worst enemies, destroying the tentative truce they managed to forge with their own stubbornness?
The Captain and His Courtesan by @winterstar95: A story of revolution.Captain Steve Rogers is just trying to pay off his debt to SHIELD, carting cargo from the Rim worlds to the Inner Belts in his bucket of bolts ship, the Howling Commando. He keeps a low profile and makes sure his crew is safe and happy. But the universe has a different plan for the once highly decorated Captain of the Honor Guard. The universe drops a Courtesan by the name of Tony Stark into his life. The Captain doesn’t like it, but Bucky convinces him that providing transport to the most elusive Courtesan in the Guild could be their ticket to freedom. His crew from the engineer with anger management issues to the pilot who may be a beautiful but deadly assassin wants him to take the commission. What ends up being a simple commission puts his crew in jeopardy and could change all of humanity, because the Courtesan is not really just a pretty face and the Captain of the Honor Guard can fall in love far too easily with a man of conviction - and Tony Stark is a man of conviction.
Unwritten Endings by @xtaticpearl:
Tony takes the bullet meant for Captain America at the end of their war and through his death, brings together the team again. Only, he isn’t really dead and when he comes back, the equations between the team-mates begin to alter and reform, writing a new story altogether.
Double Time by @sineala:
Cassino, Italy, December 1943. Special Agent Tony Stark, former Marvels adventurer, is sent to investigate a Cosmic Cube found by the Invaders – and it’s the perfect opportunity for him to rekindle his secret romance with Steve Rogers. But when Hydra attempts to steal the Cube, an inadvertent wish for help leads to the appearance of a Tony from the future of another world: Director Stark of SHIELD. This Tony is a man with a lot on his mind. He refuses to tell them anything about the future, but he seems to know much more than he should about Captain America. And something’s happened that’s clearly killing him inside, but he’s not talking. When Director Stark’s failed attempt to return home leads to the unexpected appearance of another visitor from his universe, all the lies come undone. Now there are two wars to fight, and the second one could ruin all of them.
The Single Biggest Problem with Communication by @blossomsinthemist:
In the wake of Steve’s return from the dead and the end of Norman Osborn’s reign of terror, the superhero community is recovering–Steve has taken on a new role and Tony is trying to put his life back together. Things are still awkward between them, but they’re determined to put things to rights. But when a discussion about their feelings leads to further misunderstandings, they discover that might be more difficult than either of them realized. Set in the early Heroic Age after the end of Dark Reign, this is a get-together story about crossed wires–and second chances.
www.stem.org by @emeraldine087: Steve Rogers and Tony Stark live in the Avengers Tower with the rest of the team but they may as well be living in different planets for all the things they can’t seem to see eye to eye on. Steve has deep seated misconceptions about Tony, and really, Tony just thinks Steve is a dick. They may work well in the field together, but as far as their personal dealings with each other go, they don’t know jack shit about one another.STEM is an unexpected Internet phenomenon–it’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, eBay, Goodreads, Skype and Amazon all rolled into one. And all the Avengers are in it with Steve being the most recent one to join. And Steve is just starting to really get into it, too especially after meeting heir2mecha.realm who is an amazing conversationalist–witty, smart, mysterious and remarkably thoughtful, and Steve can’t help but trust him.But is Steve ready to discover the man behind the mystery? Or will his misconceptions smother what feeble fire has been ignited between two people who have more to offer each other than what they’re prepared to admit?
This list is for @eyethefluff, who asked for Bottom Steve fics with plot - I hope reading your favorite trope helps <3
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This is Not a Drill by sabrecmc (@sabrecmc): “Can I—can I see him? I mean meet him. Uh…welcome him to the team?” Tony clarified, probably not very well, he knew. “Well…there’s a bit of an issue with that,” Fury said, and Tony figured this was where Fury got to whatever it was that had really forced his hand and made him call Tony in, knowing how much the man detested having to do so.
“You see, well. He was suspended in the ice for nearly seventy years,” Fury began. Tony nodded along, because he could do math.“I’m sure he has a lot of adjusting to do—“ Tony started.
“Seventy years,” Fury repeated, cutting Tony off and leaning back in his chair and making it rock slightly. “Of no suppressants.”“Oh,”
Tony managed to choke out past the lump that had suddenly formed in his throat. “Oh.” (This Is Not a Drill series)
Free Me from the Light by Renai_chan: Tony loves doting on Steve–LOVES it. Steve is just so sweet and honest and grateful and nice, and Tony can’t help but proudly show him off to everyone and fawn over him with outrageous gifts and favors. The fact that he’s hot, too, and that the sex is awesome doesn’t even begin come in to play (though it certainly doesn’t hurt).
But then, the media and the public in general isn’t known to be kind to relationships between billionaire bachelors and struggling young art students.
And you can imagine how well that goes over with Steve.
My Private Dancer by lilmoongodess: Steve Rogers enters the world of high-end exotic dancing, and catches the eye of world-famous billionaire playboy Tony Stark. Will the strange relationship he develops with Tony develop into something more? Or will the high-intensity connection between them short out and burn to the ground?
“Mhm,” Steve rolls back under the car with a newly fitted socket, “maybe later.” Steve grins up at the chrome above him at the lack of response. It must take Tony a minute to recover, but when he does Steve hears him huff.
How the Light Gets In by Robin_tCJ (@robintcj): Dollhouse Fusion AU that you don’t need to have seen Dollhouse to understand. Tony is the Dollhouse’s neuro programmer. It’s his job to build and imprint personalities on the Dolls in the house so they can be rented out to a very select (rich) clientele. There’s one Doll in particular that has caught Tony’s eye, though, and all he wants in the world is to escape with Steve to freedom from the Dollhouse.
But when Steve starts remembering, even after he should have been wiped, Tony realizes it may not be that simple.
Free Floating In Space by vassalady: Tony runs a small salvaging business in the backwater territory of Outer Centaurus. When scavenging a long abandoned space station leads to an unexpected find, it begins a long journey for Tony, Steve, and the rest of the Iron Bird crew as they stand on the edge of war.
ceaselessly into the past by shepherd: Edge of Tomorrow/Live.Die.Repeat AU, following the movie. After Earth is invaded by the Chitauri, Tony Stark is forcefully drafted into the military for a suicide mission. It ends up with him being inexplicably caught in a time loop that always seems to end with him dying horrifically. And, of course, the day was a Thursday- he had never gotten the hang of Thursdays. (please regard the tags for warnings- there are more explicit warnings inside)
Data is King by Amuly (@everybodyilovedies): In a cyberpunk dystopia, all the wealth is concentrated in New Versailles and the majority live in impoverished ghettos outside. Prosthetics are strictly prohibited, though many of the poor have body modifications to help them live. Steve Rogers is an idealistic young man who raids the storerooms of New Versailles with his best friend Bucky Barnes, to bring food and medicine to the poor. But when tragedy strikes, Steve is inspired by Dr. Erskine to go seek out the notorious slumlord/black market trader Tony Stark. Rumor has it that Tony used to be a member of New Versailles, but left to make his fortune off the backs of the working man… or was he kicked out? Although they don’t hit it off at first, Steve and Tony must work together.
They have some help. The Three Fates are women who control information. Steve’s friends from his old life are good people on the fringes of society because of their prosthetic enhancements. And there’s Tony’s network of resources and connections, not to mention his brilliant engineering mind that helped him build his empire. But when Steve and Tony finally manage to put their differences aside and rise up against New Versailles… not everything is as simple as it seemed.
For the Wheel’s Still in Spin by Arukou (@arukou-arukou): Steve Rogers is a man of action, but in this brave new century, there’s no action to be had. A man without a mission, all he has to linger on are the people he let down and the lives he failed to save, and he is so very alone. Nights eat at him and days pass in a blur, and Tony Stark is the only person who seems to notice just how badly the Captain is suffering.
falling for you by ohmyloki (@bootycap): He’s falling. He’s falling and his first thought is Tony will catch me before he remembers that Tony’s gone. Tony’s gone and Steve sent Thor away and there’s no way he’ll make it back in time.
For most of Steve’s life, he’d been certain he was going to meet his soulmate by pissing him off. (Almost certainly a him, although the occasion of the WACs did cause Steve’s heart to stutter for more reasons than just the look of a girl in uniform.) He was sure that the conversation would go something like—
“Something something (probably something sassy), Mr. Soulmate.”
“Captain,” Capt. Soulmate would correct him.
Because that was all it said: Just “CAPTAIN”, all caps, no punctuation, in dark block letters that looked simultaneously angry and precise. So he could probably be forgiven for assuming that it was a correction for a misapplied form of address; after all, it couldn’t be someone addressing him as Captain, could it?
After a Civil War, death, rebirth, a takeover by Osborn, brain deletion, and the fall of Asgard, Steve and Tony might just be starting to get back on solid ground with one another. Things aren’t perfect, not yet, but they can be in the same room as each other without resorting to violence, and they’ve even managed to share a smile or two.
Seems like the perfect time, then, for Tony to try and fuck it all up with a stupid game of gay chicken.Meanwhile, as if he didn’t have enough to worry about, Tony realizes some kind of supervillainous trouble is brewing when increasingly advanced armors start popping up all over Manhattan, looking strangely reminiscent of his tech. On the other side of the world, Steve gets news that Zola is on the move in Russia, with some sort of nefarious plan at work.
Which will ruin them first? Will it be this unknown armored villain who is after Tony’s tech? Or will it be Zola unleashing his mysterious plan on the world? Or will Steve and Tony prove to be their own worst enemies, destroying the tentative truce they managed to forge with their own stubbornness?
Take My Body Home by Kiyaar: After the events of Superior Iron Man, Tony sells Extremis to the highest bidder and finds himself living as an expatriate in Russia. Steve’s never been good at letting go.
“I’d be happy to show you a good time,” Tony said, smiling a little obscurely, Steve thought, as if to himself, but still with that warm, knowing look, affectionate and oddly fond, “any time you want.”
Steve Rogers goes to Tony Stark’s birthday party. Things progress from there, with a lot of flirtiness leading to propositions, and propositions leading to, well, what comes next, and Steve isn’t even sure what he wants after that. (Ults)
Crash Love by Saral_Hylor: It’s just sex. Just sex between two consenting adults who don’t have feelings for each other beyond the camaraderie that comes from being on the same team. It’s just sex. Until it isn’t. It’s not love. Until it is. (Ults)
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feel like sassy Naomasa (and burning Endeavor), so here you go, new headcanon:
months or even years from the actual events of BNHA, there are things that have
changed and things that didn’t. All Might has retired. Class 1-A has grown
further. Villains are still on the move every day, and heroes are still needed.
The top of the heroes has changed only so little – Endeavor is still the
current number one, but the All Might will always be the Symbol of Peace.
Literally nobody will ever call Endeavor of all people a peaceful man, much
less a Symbol of said peace.
between changes and not-changes, Naomasa is still the only police officer who
doesn’t cover in fear when the fire-hero has one of his fiery days, so he’s,
sadly enough, the one who always has to deal with Endeavor.
on this particular day, when he’s waiting for something – someone – and would
rather not be distracted.
doesn’t get to decide, though.
Naomasa is still fiddling with his mobile phone, tapping his foot lightly
(seriously, though, where were they?)
he quickly gives the area an once-over. Hostage situation in a bank,
approximately 30 citizens had been captured by five villains with unknown
quirks. Police hadn’t dared to move in yet, and the heroes that had been
available were not really fitted for something as delicate as this.
hero in particular doesn’t understand that.
did you even call me here when you’re holding me back now?!”
back a sharp comment, Naomasa manages a strained smile as he looks up at the
raging Endeavor. “Why, Todoroki-san, you don’t seem happy about getting to save
the poor people in there.”
huff sends fire sparking around the tall man’s head. “I could handle this
situation in under a minute if you would just let me go in there!”
while you go straight in there and beat the villains up, the victims of this
whole situation will be the civilians who will get hurt in all of this,” the
detective shoots back. “So please wait until reinforcements arrives.”
what reinforcements would that be?! Whoever it is, they are late!”
They were late, Naomasa had to admit. He had
called for reinforcements almost fifteen minutes ago, they already should have
phone buzzes, and there is a message from his old friend who he had just wanted
to call, reading
They will be there in a second.
at the same moment, someone calls out for him.
bits back a grin as he takes a large step to the side, not bothering to warn
Endeavor even as a shadow falls over them.
is only a little bit disappointed when
the unlikeable hero actually manages to dodge in time.)
ground where the two man had been standing shatters under the impact of
something – someone – swooping down from the sky.
is laughing, shouting and something distinctly sounding like an explosion.
has to bit back an amused snort as arguing floats over to him.
we really have to do this all the time? The jumping and floating makes me sick…”
our first real mission, we have to make a statement!”
blowing up the street?”
that was Baku-…”
don’t you fucking blame me, Deku was
the one who wanted to jump over here! I had to slow us down somehow!”
really sorry, I just wanted to hurry up because we were so late…!”
worry about it, Deku – U.A pays for the damage, remember?”
won’t be happy….”
come on, he will find it funny, I’m sure!”
we talking about the same guy right now, Mina?”
an entrance,” Naomasa calls out, effectively interrupting the on-going
discussion. “Reminds me only slightly of your teacher.”
smoke clears and a group of teenagers, almost-adults, steps out of the crater
the impact had punched into the ground. A familiar mop of green hair waves
through his peers who make way for him, and Izuku steps forward, scratching the
back of his head and grinning brightly. “Ah, we thought we should do something
special for our first mission. Sensei would think so, too!”
on which Sensei you mean!” Kirishima calls out from the back row, causing a
bout of laughter and a chuckle from Izuku.
looks them over, especially Izuku who was stepped up to him. Years have not
only given them more experience, but they had also grown into their roles as
hero physically. The green-haired teen is already slightly taller than Naomasa,
and there are muscles were once had been lankiness and bones.
of them have grown into proper heroes, outwards and inwards.
flashes him a grin that reminds almost painfully of a certain blond while he
asks, “The situation, Naomasa-san?”
changed,” the detective answers easily, slipping from proud friend and
almost-uncle back into his role as policeman. “The hostage-takers have yet to
try and contact us. They have barricaded themselves in there. No life-signs
from them or the hostages.”
Izuku hunches slightly into himself, pulling at his bottom lip in thought,
mumbling to himself. “We will have to get in there unseen and restrain the
villains before they can hurt any of the hostages.”
can handle the unseen-part!” Tooru calls from somewhere to the left, only her
hands and boots visible.
won’t go alone, Tooru,” Ojiro warns her. “Tokoyami?”
can sneak in, too,” Tsuyu calls out, hopping slightly to demonstrate that her
jumps make close to no sound at all.
Izuku looks up, looks around. Everyone has gathered around him, obviously
waiting for his plan. “Uraraka-san, you can bring everyone on the roof of the
building with ease. Tooru, Tsuyu-chan, Ojiro and Tokoyami, you will be the ones
to sneak in from up there. Jirou, Momo, Kouda, please accompany them, you will
have to spy out the exact locations of both villains and hostages. Kirishima,
Kaminari, try to short circuit the power supply system of the building somehow,
the villains will be distracted when the lights turn off all of sudden. Everyone
do you think you’re doing?!”
is a pause as Endeavor’s sharp voice cuts into Izuku’s planning. Twenty-one
gazes turn towards the flame-hero, slowly, as if they had forgotten he was even
there to begin with.
hadn’t forgotten, and he had taken great pleasure in watching the control being
taken away from the top hero by mere beginners.
hello, Enji,” Todoroki speaks up, unimpressed. He even has the nerve to blink
innocently at his enraged father – who he doesn’t call as such anymore. “Can we
help you somehow?”
second, Endeavor looks as if he wants to remind his son of the fact that he can’t
just call him by his first name. Then he realizes that he probably would look
like an insulted child if he complains about that.
rounds on Naomasa instead, snapping, “First you call me here only to let me
wait for nothing, and then you let some children handle this situation?! What
kind of joke is this supposed to be?!”
my,” Naomasa smiles for real this time, only barely hiding it behind a palm. “How
rude of me. Did I really forget to tell you that you were our second choice in
choi-…?” The words get stuck in Endeavor’s throat as he splutters in
yes, we called U.A first, but since it took them so long, we kind of decided
that we needed a plan B, so we called you here, Todoroki-san.”
for being late, Naomasa-san!” Mina chirps from the detective’s side.
pats her head for that, smiling generously. “No problem, you’re here now, after
goes a chuckle through the group at the variation of the quote, and then Izuku
just continuous where he left off, completely ignoring the flame-hero next to
him, “Everyone else, we will be the ones to storm the building through the main
entrance as soon as the lights turn off. Aim for the villains as fast as you
can, don’t let them get near the hostages. Iida-kun, Aoyama-kun, Mineta, please
do everything you can to get the hostages as fast and as safe out of there as
possible while the rest of us takes care of the villains.”
yeah, let’s beat them up!” Bakugou smirks, savage and wild, but subdued in comparison
to the hot-headed boy he once was. (He’s still terrifying enough, though)
rolls his eyes in amusement, used to the temper of the other, and asks the
group, “Everyone ready?”
make our teachers proud of us, okay? Plus Ultra-style!” Tooru cheers, and there is an enthusiastic
shout of agreement, “PLUS ULTRA!
adults split up without hesitation, darting away in different directions with
their goals in mind. Some of them run past the stunned Endeavor (sticking out
their tongues behind his back) and others high-five Naomasa in passing.
steps up to his father just as he, Izuku and Bakugou are about to walk past the
man. Stopping, the young Todoroki reaches over and comfortingly pats the elbow
of the fire-hero. “Don’t you worry. Why? Because we’re here now.”
howls out a wild bark of laughter and even Izuku smirks widely, making Todoroki’s
lips twitch up ever so slightly. They dart away before the top hero can react,
rushing right into the action.
all but beams at the flabbergasted
and speechless Endeavor. “Isn’t it so comforting,
knowing that All Might’s students are protecting us now?”
doesn’t wait for the – most likely roared – answer and turns, walking away,
already reaching for his mobile phone again.
had promised Toshinori to record the whole thing, after all.
will start with recording Endeavor’s face, prepared to add the caption:
Poor guy (?) got outwitted by your students. I love
can almost see Toshinori’s proud grin
in front of his inner eye.)
So I did the math, and it'd take exactly 400 people to make a steel longsword.
You know how fantasy books talk about swords "forged from the blood of enemies"? Well I calculated it, and you would have to drain the blood of 400 adult men and extract the iron from their blood to have enough to make a steel longsword. Forged from the blood of enemies.
That's pretty interesting to know, then.