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October 26th, 2007

Warped Captain America ficlet @ 10:29 pm

Current Location: school computer lab
Current Mood: bored of readng about FOIA
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Inspired by Alex Ross’s promo art, and my theory that it’s Bucky in the costume (if it’s not, then to paraphrase the immortal words of Bender, “I will lose all respect for Brubaker, and punch him.” Unless it's someone evil pretending to be Cap, and Bucky has to pwn him for Steve, and possibly he tortures Tony, who won't fight back because evil!Cap looks like Steve, and... shutting up now), combined with a discussion with seanchai over the fact that Bucky/Tony would be really, really unfortunate, but (under those circumstances) scarily almost-plausible.


James Barnes is wearing his big brother’s clothes. They don’t fit right.

Steve’s costume is too big, the blue leather loose across his shoulders. The mask feels stiff and suffocating, covering his entire head and half his face; the Winter Soldier’s mask, like Bucky’s mask, had only covered his eyes.

He’d given up entirely on the pants and boots; he was never going to fit into Steve’s size 13 shoes, and there was no point in trying.

For decades, when he’d looked in the mirror, he had seen the Winter Soldier, the CCCP’s assassin – someone with no history of his own, a tool, a weapon. Then, when Steve had given him his memories back, he’d seen two people, maybe three: the Winter Soldier, Russia’s assassin; Bucky Barnes, America’s assassin; and the Bucky who’d been Cap’s friend.

Now he saw a dead man, an ideal, someone who wasn’t James Barnes at all. The American Soldier, rather than the Winter Soldier, but he still had no history of his own; he was carrying around someone else’s.

Everyone else saw a dead man, too. Sharon, Sam, Stark… Especially Stark.

He had planned on killing Stark, initially, before Red Skull had derailed his plans. Seeing him on television, weeping like a war widow at Steve’s funeral, Bucky had watched the anguish on Stark’s face and been consumed with anger at the man’s hypocrisy, and his sheer arrogance at daring to act like his whole world had been destroyed when it was Steve who had died, Bucky who had lost the only family he’d had.

Cry all you want, Stark, he’d thought. Tears don’t bring back the dead.

That was before he’d looked into Stark’s eyes and realized that, in every way that mattered, Stark was already dead, and that there was no worse punishment Bucky could deliver than to let him live with the constant reminder of his guilt.

So that was what he was doing.

Bucky had inherited more than Cap’s hand-me-down clothes. Being Captain America apparently involved being Iron Man’s lover as well as the representation of American ideals; the champion of American democracy in bed with the embodiment of the capitalist military/industrial complex, and had he still been the Winter Soldier, Bucky would have found that both amusing and fitting. Part of him still did. Part of him wondered what Steve had seen in the man, if he had really loved him, or if this was some queer (no pun intended) outgrowth of Stark’s all-consuming guilt.

When he kisses Stark’s bruised eyelids, when he wrappes his good hand around Stark’s dick, when he buries himself inside Stark, biting down on his shoulder, real fingers digging into his hips and metal hand curled around the base of his neck, Stark closes his eyes and imagines a dead man’s touch.

Bucky can feel nothing with the metal fingers of his left hand, but he can see Stark’s pulse beating against his steel palm. All he has to do is close his hand, and the enhanced strength in his cybernetic fingers will crush Stark’s life out.

Stark knows this, and it makes his breath catch and his pulse quicken, make him arch his body backwards into Bucky’s. And so Bucky relaxes his fingers and lets his hand slide gently, delicately, down Stark’s shoulder to his bare, sweat-sheened chest.

He is going to kill Tony Stark. Eventually.
 
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From:likeadeuce
Date:October 27th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
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Guh. I love this ship way more than I think I should.

Great first line. Great last line.

Awesome.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:October 27th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
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Honestly, the first line and the last line where the entire reason for the fic--they came to me and wouldn't leave my brain until I wrote something for them.

Now watch the guy in the new costume be someone completely random, and not Bucky at all *still holding out hope for evil!Cap*
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From:harmonyangel
Date:October 27th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, wow. Awesome and hot and twisted and so sad, for everyone involved. Fantastic work.

I especially love "the champion of American democracy in bed with the embodiment of the capitalist military/industrial complex, and had he still been the Winter Soldier, Bucky would have found that both amusing and fitting" Fantastic little insight, there.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:October 27th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
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Awesome and hot and twisted and so sad, for everyone involved.

But then Steve came back, like, the next day! And his brain melted out his ears when he found out what had been going on in his absence.

Either that, or this is some kind of dark future AU.

The line about democracy in bed with capitalism came out of the discussion on crimsonquills "why does everyone misjudge Tony so much" post.
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From:nagame
Date:October 31st, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
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This is so sad. But it would happen.

Stark closes his eyes and imagines a dead man's touch.
Oh, Tony...Tony, Tony...*weeps*

I love last two paragraph.
You've done great. Now I'm thinking this possibility and what will happen when Cap will back.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:October 31st, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Steve will be shocked to discover what's been going on in his absence ^_^.
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From:ani_bester
Date:November 9th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
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*loves this*

I will remove the shield of denial I have around the concept of Bucky being Captain America long enough t appreciate this fic, because this fic is great and deserves appreciation.

I like that he wonders if Steve even really loved Tony. I don't know why, but that struck me as perfectly IC.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:November 9th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Yay, thanks! I tend to kind of forget this fic exists, because I wrote it to sort of exorcise the concept from my head and then did my best to ignore it.

I will remove the shield of denial I have around the concept of Bucky being Captain America long enough t appreciate this fic

I had to temporarily remove a massive, massive shield of denial in order to write it -- well, kind of remove it. Mostly I pretend it's some kind of dystopic AU. Much the way I wish current canon was.

I like that he wonders if Steve even really loved Tony.

Everyone doubts poor Tony's sincerity and motives surrounding Steve's death which isn't really canon anyway and is going to be fixed, FIXED, even other superheroes who know/knew both him and Steve. And Bucky doesn't really know Tony -- and doesn't really even know Steve, either, at this point. He knows who Steve was, back during WWII, but Steve's lived over a decade since then, and packed a lot of experience into that decade.

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