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March 26th, 2007

Sharon Carter + Bucky Barnes + handcuffs = OT3 @ 06:48 am

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Spoilers for Captain America #25 (if one needs that warning anymore).

The longest and hardest part of writing this ficlet was (I kid you not) deciding whether the bike’s engine should be a knucklehead, a flathead, or a panhead, because I am just that lame. I really, really wanted to make it a WR or WLA, but they aren’t quite big enough for two people.

ETA: Now has a ridiculously obscure title, because I am incredibly pretentious. If the writer of Frontline can indulge their gratuitous litgeekery, so can I.


All the Perfumes of Arabia...

Her hands had gone red and dry, hot water and harsh soap stripping the moisture from her skin until the backs of her knuckles cracked and bled.


The first hotel room had only one bed, and she had sat on the edge of it in nothing but her underwear and a SHIELD t-shirt, crying because she hadn’t realized how much dried blood had soaked into her jeans until she’d taken them off.

He pulled them out of her grasp and set them aside—they couldn’t throw them away here, had to find some place where bloody clothes in the garbage wouldn’t immediately attract police suspicion—and took her face in both hands, cold metal against one cheek and warm flesh on the other.

It wasn’t like sleeping with Steve. There was no gentleness, not really even any affection, just sweat and desperation and a strange intensity that made every action seem to take place in slow motion. His hands left bruises on her arms and hips, her nails cut bloody trails in his skin, and still, it wasn’t enough.

Neither of them said a word the entire time. Afterward, he looked at the red marks slowly darkening on her body and suggested handcuffs.


He never told her she was beautiful. She never called him anything but his code name.


The motorcycle got them from New York to DC in only three hours, the two of them speeding through the night with her arms around his waist and Steve’s Harley underneath them. It had started life as an old ’48 panhead, but then Stark had gotten his paws on it, and now it could outpace a Formula One car and do almost everything except fly.

They had gone over it for bugs three times, but the only one they found had been Nick Fury’s.


She’d never known what sort of things she had inside her until she needed them.


Lyle Talbot had worked for SHIELD for six years. She had known him by sight, nodded to him when they passed one another in the helicarrier’s officers’ mess. He looked just the same now as he had then—you never hit them in the face if you wanted them to talk—and he stared at her as if she might be his salvation.

“I don’t know where Lukin is, I swear,” he insisted frantically. “I never reported to him directly, or to Zola!"

“Of course you didn’t.” The Winter Soldier’s face was expressionless beneath his black domino mask. “You weren’t important enough. But the man you did report to will have reported to another man, and that man will have reported to another man, and one of them will eventually lead us to Lukin.”

“You don’t understand! He’ll kill me!” Talbot’s eyes were wide, frantic, staring at her in mute appeal. It wasn’t just an excuse; he believed what he was saying utterly.

“He won’t get the chance,” Winter Soldier promised. He turned slightly to address Sharon, never taking his eyes off the prisoner. “Go watch the door.”

“He will, he will, you don’t understand! Agent Carter-“

Sharon went, not arguing the role assignments. All high-level SHIELD operatives had training in interrogation techniques, but Winter Soldier had learned from the best.

Half an hour later, Winter Soldier emerged from the room, shut the door behind him gently, and told her the name.

Sharon repeated it, burning it into her memory. Chris Anderson had been a SHIELD agent as well, working in Eastern Germany throughout the Cold War until he retired in ‘93. One more link in the chain bringing them closer to Red Skull.

“We’ll get him,” she told Winter Soldier, a promise as much to herself as to him. “Soon.”

His metal hand was cold on her face, and left smears of Talbot’s blood along her cheekbone. She ignored them, closing her eyes and leaning her weight into the kiss until she had him pinned against the closed door.

The only blood that mattered would never wash off.
 
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From:seanchai
Date:March 26th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
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Oh, this is fucked-up, and harsh, and lovely, and perfect for the two of them. Now I really can't wait until we get to the bits with them in it.
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From:tavella
Date:March 26th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
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Perks up. More?
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From:elspethdixon
Date:March 26th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
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When we get to the second, action-y part of the fixit fic that currently only has the prologue written (God knows how long it will take--there are still something like forty pages of plot to go through before we even get to the emo-porn and sex).

Right now, we're still trying to figure out how many different and create ways people can do the "crying-and-hugging" thing.
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From:tavella
Date:March 27th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
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Whee!

I keep thinking about scenes. Pity my writing sucks! Tony trying to fix things up so that the various New Avengers won't get arrested, especially Cap. Because he suspects that Steve, being who he is, would let himself be arrested again and the idea of Steve being where Tony can't protect him from being murdered again freaks him out beyond the telling of it.

And Tony babbling to Sal in amazement "He doesn't hate me." Because it's the most amazing thing, expecting hate and and instead there's love like a gift undeserved.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:March 27th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
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it's the most amazing thing, expecting hate and and instead there's love like a gift undeserved.


It's (literally) a second chance for both of them. The trick will be avoiding getting too emo, or worse, sappy. Hopefully, the fact that they're both pretty much constitutionally unable to express verbal affection for people will help (I think Tony told Rumiko Fujikawa he loved her, like, once, and they dated for about sixty issues).
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From:tavella
Date:March 28th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
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Plot and snarking will help with that! I'm looking forward to the New Avengers reaction when they see Steve alive again. There's some quality snark artists on that team :)
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From:seanchai
Date:March 26th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully. 'Cause it really needs to get written.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:March 26th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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But alas, we might have to go back and revise the prologue, because I think Red Skull is still technically in Vladimir Lukin's body. Which means no glorious descriptions of his creepy skull-face.

At least we still have Doom's drama-queen act ^_^.
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From:seanchai
Date:March 27th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
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Dang, you're right. Well, at least most of it's still good.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:March 26th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
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They will be almost as fun as Danny Rand eating instant coffee with a spoon.
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From:seanchai
Date:March 26th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Indeed it will, albiet in a completely different way.
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From:tavella
Date:March 26th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
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Oh, god, this kills me. The two of them with so much pain, ruthlessly cutting their way through the corrupt underbelly of SHIELD. She knew the guy, but it doesn't matter, because he betrayed Steve.

And her and Bucky, sex that's not about love or comfort but about being alive...

Gah!
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From:elspethdixon
Date:March 26th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Sharon/Bucky has become my new favorite "no canon support whatsoever" ship. Neither of them have anyone left to pretend to be innocent for.

The sex probably could have used more details, but I suck at sex, so.
From:crimsonquills
Date:April 27th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
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Somehow I hadn't read this one before. These two are so broken in a strangely complimentary way. You make me totally want to read them as a pairing in canon.

And that last line...perfect.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:April 27th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Sharon/Bucky is my sekrit crack het pairing. Winter Soldier/Black Widow is fun, but Sharon and Bucky both have so much history with Steve.

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