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keeper of the disreputable jeans ([personal profile] ranalore) wrote in [community profile] mcugen2015-07-23 08:54 pm

Fic: Сказка|Skazka

by Rana Eros

(MCU, Natasha Romanova, James "Bucky" Barnes, 200 words)
Folklore of the Red Room.


"Don't cry," they are told when they're first brought to the dormitories, "the Soldat watches over you."

Stolen from home with brutal efficiency, too young to understand what awaits them, they take it for comfort. It's only after they've had their first lessons in what the Red Room requires that they know it for a threat.

Yet those who survive long enough to train under the Soldat find while he's an exacting teacher, he's not a cruel one. He doesn't torment; kills only when necessary. His codename becomes comfort again when nothing else is.

"Don't cry," they whisper to each other in the dark, though none of them cry anymore except as an interrogation method. The words are a ritual, a spell against the possibility that tomorrow they may be ordered to murder each other. "Don't cry, the Soldat watches over you."

It's been a decade since she scattered the Red Room's ashes on a biting wind, but Natasha tastes them now as the Soldat sweats and shakes beside her in a motel bed outside of Williamsburg. He murmurs something, his voice catching, and she presses a cool cloth to his forehead.

"Don't cry," she says. "I'm watching over you."

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[personal profile] penismightier 2015-07-24 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
Aaaah, good fic. Your writing is phenomenal. I love the repetition of the phrase 'don't cry', the way that ties every step in history together, the way it rolls off the tongue like good poetry. Thank you for writing this, I needed something awesome in my day.
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[personal profile] jesseofthenorth 2015-07-24 02:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Very nicely done!
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[personal profile] steampunkeddruid 2015-07-29 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
Only one problem, too short! Though this was a lovely little fic.