Ship: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes
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.