His voice is thick. “God, Buck. God, I’ve missed you.”
Bucky hangs stiff in his arms, but Steve’s warmth seeps into his body, so cold for so long. He doesn’t know what to do, how to handle this, but there is something – a fragment of who he was – that says that he can never be as safe as he is right here, right now.
He unbends. Muscle by muscle, bone by bone, allows himself to lean into Steve. This man touches him without fear, seems to want nothing more than to care for him.
It can’t be so bad to let him, for a little while.
Source: be all my sins remembered, by brightlyburning – Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own] | https://archiveofourown.org/
A hauntingly beautiful at Bucky post-Winter Soldier, so lost – until he allows himself to be found.
Stark thinks Steve is a prude. Bucky knows better.
Source: Bisexual Sweary Old People, by PR Zed (przed) – Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
I adore troll!Stucky, and this little series is just delightful. Oh, pardon, fucking delightful! 😉
“Do you want to go somewhere more… private?”
The blond man, after a long silence, had agreed. “My room is just up the block,” he said, jerking his head at the bar’s door.
Source: Civilian – Chapter 1, by alby_mangroves, CoraRochester – Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own] | https://archiveofourown.org/
A non-powers AU in which Steve gets a blue slip home, where he meets the 10 years younger Bucky. They build a life together, beautifully rooted in the historical reality of being a gay couple in the 1940s.
When the mask falls off Steve recoils.
He’ll never forgive himself.
Source: You Will Meet a Stranger, by spitandvinegar – Captain America – All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
Canon divergence in which Hydra disfigured Bucky’s face, this is haunting and beautiful and not quite like anything else I’ve ever read.
In the chaotic years after Steve Rogers arrives back in 2023 as an old man, he helps rebuild the world, falls in love with his best friend, adopts a stray cat, and saves the entire timeline. Not necessarily in that order.
Source: Slow and Splendored, by alby_mangroves, eyres – Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
This is an epic continuation and exploration following the controversial (to say the least) ending of Endgame. It builds an utterly gripping and three-dimensional world in which Steve has to learn how to live, now that he’s no longer a supersoldier. Simply amazing!
Steve wakes up on the cold stone floor of the foyer. He scrambles up; there’s glass shards everywhere and they crunch under his gloved hands. People are staring, holding themselves back. They must have seen the fight, must have seen two of him.
His own voice rings in his head.“Bucky is alive!”
It’s all gone FUBAR in 2012.
Source: a road less traveled – Chapter 1, by Claudia_flies, cyclamental art (cyclamental), maichan, zilia – Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
This is the alternate!2012 fic I needed after Endgame, and it’s pretty damn close to perfect!
“Good morning, Soldier,” and Steve opened his eyes and said, automatically, “Ready to comply.”
Source: Winter’s Heart, by Speranza, buckydunpun – Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Post-Endgame fic, in which Steve tries to save Bucky (of course he does) – but things don’t exactly go as planned. Gorgeous fic with gorgeous artwork!
“…The modern viewer must remember that prior to the 1960s, soulmark portraits were the ultimate in taboo. But one can see how an artist like Captain Rogers would feel compelled to pick up his sketchbook……
Captain Rogers never did a self-portrait; we can only speculate who his soulmate — or soulmates — might have been.”
Franklin, Hannah. “Howling Commandos Leave their Mark in Portrait Series by Captain America.” Newsweek, July 9, 2009.
Source: sidereal – Chapter 1, by girlbookwrm, verbalatte – Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
This is a breathtaking AU, with so much detail and a stunning accompanying comic. I literally got chills reading this.
Every Tree That Is Pleasant, by spitandvinegar
“It hasn’t been two weeks, where they are.”
Natasha felt something cold settle in her gut. “How long?”
Wanda said, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” Then she said, “Twenty years. They’ve been alone in the jungle for more than twenty years.”
Adult, AU, AO3 users-only. This fic is like nothing I’ve read before. Steve and Bucky get stranded in another dimension without their memories – and when they return, their friends have to cope with two people who’ve somehow merged into one. Absolutely fascinating!