Avengers fic rec: no matter how long the day is (i’ll come home to you) by alby_mangroves, talkplaylove

Title: no matter how long the day is (i’ll come home to you)

Author(s) 

Fandom: Avengers/Captain America

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Wordcount: 27,769

Summary:

Steve’s spent an hour along Portobello Road before he sees the paparazzi on the left side of the street, trying to be inconspicuous by a street lamp. He crosses the street and ducks into the first store he sees, tucked behind a screaming red door and under a blue and white striped awning.

He listens, feet planted in front of the door, shoulders tense, as he looks around the shop. Row upon row of books are on the shelves in front of him, the wood creaking under their weight. Behind the counter is a dark haired man wearing a jacket, elbow on the table, stubbled chin on one hand, gloved left hand flipping the pages of a book.

No one follows Steve in.


Or, the one where Captain America travels the world, learns how to be Steve Rogers again, and meets Bucky Barnes along the way.
Also: the one where two old souls fall in love over young adult books, long distance calls, and texting at strange hours of the day.

Why this fic is awesome: An AU in which Bucky is the owner of a YA bookshop (the Black Books fan in me loves this, Bucky as a less-grumpy Bernard with Scott Lang as his ‘Manny’, or at least that’s what happens whenever I think of bookshop AUs) meets a lonely recently-defrosted Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Friends to relationships fun and loveliness with a delightfu bookish backdrop.

 

[PS sorry for the sporadic updates I have a crapload of RL going on]

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Avengers fic rec: Head over Heels by Chiyume

Title: Head over Heels

Author: Chiyuma

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Fandom: Avengers

Wordcount: 64,615

URL http://archiveofourown.org/works/11337408/chapters/25374330

Summary: When Bucky Barnes makes the fatal mistake of suggesting that Nat’s dance class isn’t worthy of the name ‘exercise’, Nat decides that he needs to be proven wrong. Bucky just as adamantly decides that he needs to prove he’s right.
What starts off as a simple joke between friends, however, soon turn into so much more as Bucky begins to discover traits about himself that he never knew he possessed. Or maybe, he just forgot about them…?

 

Why this fic is awesome:

OH MAN THIS IS JUST SO GOOD. Okay, Bucky refinds part of himself through the medium of DANCE. Featuring challenges to gender norms, breaking down barriers, friendships,  social constructs and everything- everything you could blooming wish for.

 

HP Fic Rec: In a Time of Uncertainty by Marauder

Title: In a Time of Uncertainty

Author: Marauder / MaraudetheSN

Fandom: Harry Potter

Ship: Percy Weasley/Oliver Wood

Wordcount: Really Quite Long

URL(s): http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/marauder/IATOU.html 

Summary: They once longed for each other years ago, but neither was ready to face his feelings. Now Voldemort has returned, Oliver is recruiting wizards to fight against him, and Percy is estranged from his family. Hesitant and apprehensive, they decide to try to be a couple.

Why this fic is awesome:

I have been looking through my old recs and I originally recced this on my deadjournal in 2006 – some people reading this will have barely been reading sentences back then. This is a fic that has stood the test of time, and I am also personally fond of as it was the first Percy Weasley fic I ever read.

This fic was written between OoTP and HBP coming out so canon obviously diverges from that point. We have a recently bereaved Remus, playing a valuable role which is very well written in its ability to be poignant and yet understated. The dialogue between Dung Fletcher and Arabella Figg sparkles off the page and it charts Oliver and Percy’s tempestuous process of falling in love, from a brief relationship at the end of the seventh year to a chance to rekindle it when Percy realises what a tit he’s been for not believing his family. I love the fact the author doesn’t shy away from Percy’s often difficult character, but as well highlights his relationship with the other Weasleys and the way he fits into the family dynamic (Percy’s stubbornness is Ron’s stubbornness, Percy’s dramatics are his mother’s dramatics). I love the complicated often painful sense of family and the difficulty of being young and falling in love on the brink of war.

HP Fic Rec: The Peculiar Resilience of the Refugee by Squibstress

Title: The Peculiar Resilience of the Refugee

Author: Squibstress

Fandom: Harry Potter

Ship: Gen

URL http://archiveofourown.org/works/478539 

Wordcount: 7,777

Summary:

After the war, Petunia takes refuge at the Three Broomsticks.

Nominated for a 2012 HP Fanfic Fanpoll Award.

Why this fic is awesome:

This author really gets the voice right for Petunia, absolutely of her time period, her class (her social aspirations). Set post-war, Petunia finds herself alone and with no muggle identity and gets a job at The Three Broomsticks. The character of her, Dudley when calls and just the hints of her own history and thoughts are beautifully done- particularly the excellent exploration of how you can be so angry with people you love. Rosemarta as a character is also really well-written and it is a thoroughly good read.

 

Avengers rec: No, Mr Bond, I expect you to pine by galwednesday

Title: No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Pine

Author:  

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Wordcount: 16467

Summary:

“Agent Rogers. We have to stop meeting like this.”

The Winter Soldier crouched in front of where Steve was slumped against the wall, hands and forearms glued to the stone behind him by some kind of sticky polymer. “Comfortable?”

“No,” Steve lied. “My blood circulation has been cut off. I’ve lost all feeling in my hands.”

“Oh, so I should probably cut you loose,” the Soldier deadpanned.

“It’s a medical emergency. You don’t want to be responsible for me losing limbs, do you?”

“Tell you what, if you lose your hands, I’ll make you some new ones.” He held up his metal hand, smallest finger crooked. “Pinkie promise.”

 

Secret Agent adversaries-to-lovers AU where the Winter Soldier keeps tying Captain America to walls and sticking around to chat. Shut up, Natasha, it’s not flirting, okay? (It’s definitely flirting.)

Why this fic is awesome:

SO The Winter Soldier escapes Hydra and by the time Steve’s on the scene WS is an assassin-slash-bodyguard for hire who geeks out over Steve’s strategic planning whenever their paths meet. Steve is a goner.

 

Avengers rec: by foreign hands (or by familiar) by ACometAppears

Title: by foreign hands (or by familiar)

Author: ACometAppears

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Wordcount: 54626

Summary:

Steve is a small trans florist who knows his way around a baseball bat. Bucky is a fugitive from the men that have hurt him for seventy years. Their paths cross one night when, panicked and alone, Bucky decides to hide in Steve’s shop.

Why this fic is awesome

So we have Winter Soldier formerly Cap! Bucky and a modern day trans!Steve which, let’s face it, is a pretty promising beginning but truly this fic is lovely. Steve is still very much Steve (and yes, tiny!Steve) who finds a man in his shop who clearly needs help. Bucky, amnesiac on the run from Hydra doesn’t know what to make of this tiny guy who isn’t afraid of him and lets him stay. Particular kudos in this fic to the fact that whilst Steve being trans is discussed within the story, it does not become the story or overtake the overall narrative of Bucky learning to trust and both of them learning to love. ❤ Adorbs!

Avengers Rec: Heaven and That Other Thing by SpacePunkStevie

Title: Heaven and That Other Thing

Author: SpacePunkStevie

Fandom: Avengers

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Wordcount: 123,089

URL: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5482511/chapters/12667736 

Summary: What are Sam and Nat asking you about all the time?’

‘Nothing.’

‘You look shifty, Steve. Be honest. Do you have a secret girlfriend? You can tell me if you do.’

Steve put a hand on each of Clint’s shoulders and looked him in the eye, ‘I definitely do not have a secret girlfriend.’ he told him, honestly.

Bucky Barnes is the owner of a cat sanctuary in Brooklyn, an ordinary guy by the Avengers’ low standards, and a growing problem for America’s favourite captain. Steve Rogers is publicly straight, endlessly bored, and has a habit of not fully thinking through his decisions when Bucky is around.

Why this fic is awesome: I do enjoy the occasional AU particlarly when one character is different but the others are the same. In this Bucky is the owner of a cat shelter and Steve is still Captain America. This fic contains a history geek! Bucky who names his cats after Presidents, a still-quite-depressed Steve, a hilariously gormless Ant-Man and a Hydra plot all about the Winter Soldier (but it would spoil the fun if I explained that one further). It’s got some lovely characters and is a lot of fun to read.

Avengers fic rec: Hold me until we crumble by queenklu

Title: Hold me until we crumble

Author: queenklu

URL: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3520175

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Wordcount: 22532

Summary: “Sam told me you were watching Antiques Roadshow,” Natasha says, shaking out her hair. “I assumed it was a national emergency.”

Why this fic is awesome:

Okay American Antiques Roadshow is a little different to UK so it did take me a minute, but basically Steve is depressed, Post CA:TWS Bucky won’t make himself known. Steve guest-spots on the Antiques Roadshow (incognito) as who else could be a better expert on his own promo material and ephemera- particularly as for him it has only been a couple of years ago?

Until stuff starts showing up that only Bucky would know about.

This is so emotional – all  the feels- my personal bookmark just says ‘i cried’. I did. I do. Every time. Steve is SO SAD and it is SO SWEET.

Avengers rec: The Other Man Out of Time by sara_holmes

Title: The Other Man Out of Time

Author: sara_holmes

Ship: Bucky Barnes/Clint Barton

url http://archiveofourown.org/works/6004771/chapters/13791244

Fandom: Avengers

Summary:  Also known as Time Travelling Clint Wrecks the Universe.

Due to The Time Stone having a great day screwing around the fabric of reality, Clint finds half of himself – or a copy of himself? he doesn’t know how the damn thing works and no-one in the know is talking any sense – thrown back into Normandy, 1944.

Great. Wanda always said his life was a bit of a crash crash; he supposes he’s in no place to argue with that now he’s actually watching his alter-ego get caught up in Captain America’s original assault against Hydra, while also finding the time to embark on a (probably doomed) love affair of epic proportions.

Wordcount: 18772

Why this fic is awesome:

So an accident with the time stone sends a copy of Clint back in time while his modern day counterpart keeps getting new memories when he dreams. The only thing is timetravelling Clint gets picked up by Sergeant Barnes and the 107th pre-hydra capture discovers the real horror of WWII…and falls in love.

And in New York, Clint isn’t the only one whose memories are changing, and returning, a certain asset starts to remember things.

Featuring a messed up Clint, a seriously depressed Steve and a sexy, angsty love story. SO GOOD. ALL THE GOODNESS. AWESOME TIME TRAVEL. Deaf!Clint, Depressed!Steve

Avengers Rec: Strays by snarklyboojum

Title: Strays

Author: snarklyboojum

Fandom: Avengers

Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

Wordcount: 33,555

URL: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7907179

Summary:

After finding himself alone for the first time in decades, the Winter Soldier learns how to be a person again. Mostly through caring for an orphaned kitten, countless rounds of YouTube roulette, and stalking Captain America.

Or: Bucky Barnes, accidental millennial.

 

Why this fic is awesome:

Okay so there are a lot of Post-CA:TWS fics, but few can hold their own against Owlet’s This You Protect and this is another that I feel is on the same sort of level. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s plotty and it’s well written. The soldier learns to be a person again, learns to reclaim his name ‘Bucky’ mostly via wikipedia, youtube and google (hence the ‘accidental millenial’ title. I love this not only for the slow but delightful progression and healing, but also because like many avengers fics I like it shows me a kind of hyper-technical society that, in true hipster style, still likes BICYCLES. It’s a cultural narrative that I could read over and over again. And I have. And I will.

It’s so lovely. ALL THE FEELS.