sholio: Steve and Bucky in soft lighting (Avengers-Steve Bucky past)
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Thermotemporal Equations (48149 words) by Blinky the Tree Frog
Chapters: 13/13
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes & Avengers Team
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Angst
Summary: Bucky Barnes is used to strange happenings; his time with the Howling Commandos has guaranteed that. He's therefore not totally thrown off balance when he wakes up in an extraordinary tower in a seemingly impossible year. He can’t help but be worried though, no matter how much reassurance he's getting from Steve and his new team.

Lovely long gen fic with an excellent, twisty plot. I overlooked this when it came out last year, and even though I'm not generally reading CA fic these days, it sucked me right back in! Highly recommended for all your plotty gen needs.
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A Place in the Sun (2324 words) by LinguisticJubilee
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson
Characters: Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie)

"You want to take care of your people. And you want to fly."


Or, how Sam Wilson was too important to be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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what takes and what keeps you (1855 words) by Ladymercury_10
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pietro Maximoff & Wanda Maximoff
Characters: Wanda Maximoff, Pietro Maximoff
Additional Tags: Backstory, Pre-Canon, Every Woman 2015, POV Female Character, Family

A life in hindsight: Wanda and Pietro, growing up on the run.

A lovely little look at the Maximoffs.
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Some Summers They Drop Like Flys (5912 words) by kvikindi
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nick Fury & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury, James "Bucky" Barnes, Clint Barton, Maria Hill
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D., Espionage, Childhood Trauma, Violence Committed by a Child, Racism
Summary: Natasha blew all her covers. It's a brave new world.

Natasha in the wake of CA:TWS. I feel like I haven't read nearly enough good fic about Natasha after the downfall of SHIELD, and this one is lovely.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (cap | SCREECHING NOISES)
[personal profile] newredshoes
If you've been waiting since the first time it was recced here, as a WIP, I have great news for you, friends: This, You Protect by [ profile] owlet wrapped up today at a glorious 64K.

It started off as a hilarious one-shot about the Asset's mission imperative switching from killing Steve Rogers to protecting him. As Barnes rediscovers himself and his humanity, he picks up an incredible cast of supporting characters (in every sense of the word) along the way. It's not just a long and funny story, though: it's got incredible heart and a poignant-as-hell look at what waking up in the future has done to everybody.

As far as I'm concerned, this is 33 espresso shots of pure joy, and every last chapter delivers. Do yourself a favor and read this. You'll be really, really happy you did.

Speaking of which, happy 2015, whether it's already reached you or if it's coming soon!
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For These I Watch Tonight (2005 words) by leupagus
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, Jacques Dernier, Chester Phillips, James Montgomery Falsworth
Additional Tags: Hijinks & Shenanigans, Yuleterrible

This is not a story about a cow.

Peggy's POV, Howling Commandos-era fic. The "hijinks & shenanigans" tag is absolutely appropriate here, and I cannot recommend it enough. (I know this says it is slash, but I didn't notice when I read it and the mods said it was appropriate, so!)
newredshoes: Steve waking up in fake '40s room (cap | you've been asleep Cap)
[personal profile] newredshoes
[ profile] septembriseur has been alluding to this fic for months, and if you've enjoyed her amazing, chilling looks at the early days of SHIELD before, you're going to go weak-kneed over this latest. It's an intensely researched, long-view look at Howard Stark, and what kind of brilliant young man gets involved in the Manhattan Project and sucked into the Cold War as a way of running from Captain America and the war years. It's also a hard look at his other original sin, the supposed betrayal of Anton Vanko that drives Iron Man 2.

The characterizations are subtle and complex and messily, so vulnerably human. The Easter egg moments will absolutely give you a shock when you almost glide over them. This is absolutely a Peggy who builds an organization that thrives and yet has to be torn down; this is a Peggy who lives a life too, which I found myself so grateful for as I read. Howard Stark makes so much sense when you look at him laid out like this, and even if your heart will be a bit broken, this fic will pay you back for it tenfold. Read this fic; we've been waiting for it.

Prince of the Apple Towns by [ profile] kvikindi (72K)
Howard Stark: his history told. As if it were that simple.
He's startled by the hand that settles on his shoulder: a heavy comfort, warm and gentle. Erskine's face suggests he's laughing at Howard a little bit, but it's not unsympathetic, that expression. "Fear not," Erskine says. "Your, how do you say? Fuck-ups. Are very much minor, so far. At any rate, this is what the work is for, yes? We break things, and then we put them back together."

Erskine doesn't, really. He works with living bodies. You can't do that with living bodies; you can't just put them back together again. But Howard appreciates the words, anyways.

"Okay," he says. "Okay, yes. Back to work."
sholio: Sebastian Stan as Bucky (Winter Soldier Bucky)
[personal profile] sholio
There's a really excellent post-TWS Bucky-recovery WiP I've been reading on AO3 -- I know it's getting to the point where there aren't very many new versions of that story to tell, but gen ones are still relatively rare, and I think the author has a really unique take on it (Bucky already has an escape plan in case he ever gets away from Hydra, and this is the story of how that works out for him). It's a WiP, but so far updates have been pretty reliable, and I think it might particularly appeal to readers who like a resourceful, functional Bucky in their post-TWS fic.

Color by Numbers (19847 words) by vitoliel
Chapters: 3/6
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Tony Stark, Maria Hill, Hydra Agents
Additional Tags: Protective Steve Rogers, BAMF Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson Is a Good Bro, Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm, Bucky Barnes meets My Side of the Mountain, Bucky Barnes Feels, Steve Feels, How Do I Tag, Mind Control Aftermath & Recovery

Summary: The Soldier came up with the plan in his spare time, though he never actually believed he’d put it into practice. Hydra’s reach seemed too complete – too powerful – to actually consider running. But he thought about it.

And then the man stopped fighting. And he said he knew him. And the Soldier felt…felt… He knew what he felt was important.

So, he ran.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (cap | city monster)
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If you want to see some neat collaborative storytelling at work, [ profile] howtheymakeyouaweapon hosts both links to fic related to How They Make You a Weapon by [ profile] monicawoe ("Lovingly detailed dark!fic about the process by which Hydra turned Bucky into the Winter Soldier") and the accompanying comics adaptations by [ profile] luckyraeve of portions of the fic.

I liked the fic, but I'm loving the incredible art. Beautiful and distressing and very detailed and rich.
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Lucky (14674 words) by TamrynEradani
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Culture Shock, this is a story of Steve struggling and making slow progress in a new world, sam is the best friend to have

In 1941, Steve Rogers is willing to die for his country. Now in 2014, he has to learn how to live for it.

This is a great, quietly-moving recovery story.
sholio: Sebastian Stan as Bucky (Winter Soldier Bucky)
[personal profile] sholio
Both of these fics have excellent (though different) post-TWS Bucky voice -- confused and resilient and slowly finding his way back to himself, whatever that means for him in the post-Winter Soldier era.

Escapement (5896 words) by kvikindi
Summary: You can't unwind the clock.
Wrenching but hopeful recovery fic with especially neat Bucky and Tony interaction.

and feel its total dark sublime (5343 words) by schweinsty
Summary: How the Winter Soldier went looking for Bucky Barnes, and what (and who) he found there.
Bucky wanders the world and slowly recovers pieces of himself along the way.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (cap | weapon of terror)
[personal profile] newredshoes
Okay, it's a little devastating. If you're looking for an atmospheric, tense, wrenching-but-ultimately-will-leave-you-sobbing-in-relief-a-little look at Bucky in a future where he's living with Steve and trying to understand who he is and isn't, have I got a fic for you.

ellipsing by [ profile] SomeTorist (3600 words)
Deceptively simple. Okay, pretty devastating, but in a good way. One quick warning: contains illness ), if you don't want to be surprised.
She sits with you. You and her on the roof’s edge, Steve seven floors down with his back against the door he gave you.
You sleep less. You never see her sleep. Steve only naps.
Rain tomorrow, she says, moon in her hair.
newredshoes: PEggy Carter aiming a pistol (cap | peggy's got a gun)
[personal profile] newredshoes
Songs of Innocence and Experience by [ profile] kvikindi (Drabbles; ongoing)
So when I say these are drabbles, what I really mean is these are intense and complicated looks at Peggy Carter and Howard Stark and Alexander Pierce and Steve and Bucky, which are only "drabbles" inasmuch as they appeared as responses to Tumblr prompts first. Cannot recommend enough.
"It’s a new era. You’re a futurist, Dr. Stark."
"In my darker moments," Howard said. "I try not to be."

standing in a windy tunnel shouting through the roar by [ profile] basset_voyager (5K)
Told in audio transcripts after the Winter Soldier's been brought in.
R: We were friends, we are friends. You’re my best friend.
B: My job was to kill you.
R: Yeah, but you didn’t.
B: Captain, you seem to have very low standards for friends.

great at pets by [ profile] andibeth82 (2400 words)
Clint Barton, unofficial SHIELD pet-sitter. Just a freaking delight.
“Barton’s harboring pets,” Maria says as soon as Pepper picks up the phone. “A lot of them.”


Aug. 30th, 2014 12:03 pm
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[personal profile] teaotter
How to Beat a Kaiju Invasion (10242 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Pacific Rim (2013)

Summary: The first one shows up about a year after the Chitauri invasion. It takes Hulk, Iron Man, SHIELD and the Army two days to take the thing down. (A story about accepting your limitations, overcoming your insecurities, and what it means to win a war.)

This is beautifully written, and turns a movie about giant-robots-punching-monsters into a story about people doing what they think is right, or necessary, and occasionally managing to do both. There are so many threads here about friendship and freedom and heroism and the author brings them together brilliantly.

(It's tagged with a background Tony/Steve relationship, but it is not at all the focus of the story.)
sholio: Natasha in jacket (Avengers-Natasha)
[personal profile] sholio
Through the Woods (4422 words) by frith_in_thorns
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Natasha Romanov & Sam Wilson
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, hc_bingo, Mission Fic, lost in the wilderness, evil HYDRA creatures, Action
Summary: Shot down during an emergency evac, far from safety and with a hunt on their trail, Natasha and Sam have to keep each other alive.

This fic was written for me by [personal profile] frith_in_thorns - it's a lovely Sam and Natasha friendship/action story, with h/c and wilderness chases and emergency wing repairs! Lots of fun, especially since it spotlights a character relationship that is rarely dealt with in fic.
sholio: Captain America in the rain (Avengers-Steve rain)
[personal profile] sholio
Keystone (6261 words) by KiaraSayre
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Amnesia, Mind Control, Mind Control Aftermath & Recovery, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Summary: "Do you remember anything?" the man says. "Do you know who you are?"
He stares, trying to connect himself as he is now to something that existed before. There is nothing, and the concept fits strangely in his head, unsettled and instinctive and repulsive at the same time.
"No," he says finally.

This is a lovely, wrenching take on certain post-CA:TWS themes, and I thoroughly adored it.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (cap | paying attention)
[personal profile] newredshoes
Ohmygosh, insta-rec here. Stunning, stunning, stunning.

a particle, a wave by [ profile] kvikindi (1068 words)
"My father helped defeat Nazis. He worked on the Manhattan Project." A look at Howard Stark and the atomic bomb, and technology, and his war, and light in the Arctic. Really gorgeous, unnerving prose, an unsettling ending; great character piece.
Howard thought there was something familiar about this. He listened to the jangling of medals. The generals shifted, nervous with sweat— July in New Mexico— dust rattling on the dirt floors— and bent forwards, blinking. "Did it work? Did it work?" Like kids at a magic show. He flashed back to Rogers' body, produced from its machine like a coin from behind the ear.
ashen_key: ([MCU] whatever nightmares)
[personal profile] ashen_key
This fic has awoken a need for all the Gamora&Rocket friendship!fic ever. All of it.

Shit Breaks (1793 words) by Psilent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gamora & Rocket Raccoon
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Rocket Raccoon
Additional Tags: Friendship, Cybernetics, content warnings within, Team as Family

“It probably won't kill me."

In the pause that follows this proclamation, and in the interest of open communication between friends, she adds, "Right away."


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