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on March 16th, 2018 at 04:18 pm

[MCU Fic Rec]: "Out of the Dead Land" by emilyenrose

TITLE: Out of the Dead Land
AUTHOR: emilyenrose
AUTHOR'S LJ NAME: unknown, author's AO3
FANDOM: Captain America (Movies; MCU)
PAIRING: Bucky/Steve
OTHER PAIRINGS: Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
GENRES: Slash, First Time, Action/Adventure, Hurt/Comfort, Brainwashing|Identity Amnesia, Quest for Identity
WARNINGS: language, graphic m/m sex *evil people are getting killed in this*
CONTAINS: hurt!Bucky, BAMF!Bucky, protective!Bucky, protective!Steve, feels *drugged-and-tortured!Bucky, physically-and-emotionally-hurt!Bucky, struggling with memory loss, identity issues, missions, great villain, eerie Terminator-like-doppelgänger robots, kissing, blow job, hand job*
TIME FRAME: post Captain America: The Winter Soldier
WORDS: approx 62,707
SUMMARY: Someone is building machines that look and act like people.
Meanwhile, the Winter Soldier tries to be Bucky Barnes. (Given by the author.)
NOTES: Winter Soldier/Bucky's POV

The soldier was supposed to come in for debriefing and reset, but there was nowhere to go and no one to debrief him.

He spent eight days in a safe house waiting for someone to come and get him. He was a valuable asset. He was supposed to wait.

No one came.

The pictures of Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes in the Smithsonian matched his own face. He checked his reflection in a glass case to be sure. Differences could be accounted for by hairstyle, a different diet, three to five years' ageing. There were books for sale in the gift shop. He glanced at the security cameras—poorly angled—and shoplifted a couple. He had no money. He needed information.

The soldier read the personal accounts of men who had known Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes. He cross referenced them against each other. He went looking for more information. A great deal was publicly available. He went to libraries and scanned books, articles, websites. He committed key details to memory.

The Captain's recognition had been genuine. That much was obvious. The thought sat oddly in his mind when he had it, unconnected to anything else. He kept it in the back of his mind while he gathered information.

He was supposed to come in for debriefing and reset. He was supposed to come in—

Bucky Barnes was good-natured, easy-going, popular with his fellow soldiers, known for his charm especially with women, loyal until death. He was a first-rate hand to hand fighter as well as a sniper. He came from Brooklyn. He had three younger siblings living at the time of his death. He followed Captain America—

It was not difficult to become someone. The soldier knew how to do it the way he knew how to plan an ambush, pull a trigger, blend into any crowd; it was part of what he was. To become someone it was necessary to inhabit their skin, and the key was detail: the diplomatic aide taking off his wedding ring before he went to bed with a stranger, the late night security guard yawning and scratching his belly as he glanced at a picture of his kids, the taxi driver starting a friendly conversation with his passengers as he drove them somewhere the bodies would not be found. The soldier did not remember ever doing any of those things, but he had done them all in the course of his duties.

Bucky Barnes was good-natured, easy-going, popular with his fellow soldiers—

Bucky, he tried the name on his tongue. Bucky. I'm Bucky. That's me. He decided Bucky probably preferred being himself to being the Winter Soldier, and started favoring his right arm, using his flesh and blood hand to touch things and pick them up instead of his metal one wherever possible.

This fic is epic! EPIC! 62k words of sheer and utter genius. I LOVED every single word of this masterpiece. I didn't expect it to be this good when I started reading. It has everything a good fic needs: great characterizations, great interactions, great dialogues, great pacing, fantastic plot (and plot twists!), a creepy villain, lots of action scenes with BAMF!Bucky, protective!Bucky, protective!Steve, lots of feels, the Winter Soldier slowly regaining parts of his true self, more feels, Steve being Steve, totally awesome scenes with Natasha, Sam, Tony and Fury, eerie doppelgänger-robots, hurt/comfort, did I mention FEELS? I really can't imagine why you're still here, instead of reading this AMAZING and STUNNING fanfic! :) Go, go, you won't regret it if you like a well-written, well-crafted story that reads like it could be the next Captain America movie (minus the porn, that is. XD).

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