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[MCU Fic Rec]: "Damage Happiness" by Anonymous

Fanfic: Damage Happiness
Author: Anonymous
FANDOM: Captain America (Movies; MCU)
PAIRING: Bucky/Rumlow
GENRES: M/M, HYDRA Trash Party, Captivity, Angst, Drama
WARNINGS: *Rape/Non-con Elements*
CONTAINS: hurt!Bucky, Recovering Bucky, Humiliation, Psychological Torture, Verbal Humiliation, Emotional/Psychological Abuse, Psychological Horror *Non-con Facial, Crying*
RATING: Explicit
TIME FRAME: CATWS
Notes: Rumlow's POV
WORDS: approx 5947
SUMMARY (given by the author): Bucky's brain is capable of healing itself given enough time between wipes. Hydra uses that fact to fuck with him.


Excerpt:
Rumlow smiles to himself, and hits the button for the retinal scan next to the inner door. He lets it scan him, and waits a beat while the door slides open. At the sound, the man on the bed’s head jerks up; he lets go of his legs and drops his knees down into a normal sitting position. An automatic reaction: he’s embarrassed about being seen looking scared.
And that? That is something the soldier would never do. The soldier had no need to protect its own pride like that; he simply did not have any.

The lab worker outside had been right: this is no longer the Winter Soldier. The man in front of him is the product of a brain that is desperately trying to heal itself in the same way as a twitching bug tries to crawl away from the boy who’s torturing it. This is James Buchanan Barnes.


WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
OMG, truly, this fic hits you in the feels with a sledge hammer. Please heed the tags. No one is having any fun here besides human trash can Brock Rumlow.

It’s the time before the Winter Soldier is wiped and put back into cryo again. This time Rumlow waits until the Soldier’s brain has healed itself enough that his former self’s persona, Bucky Barnes, begins to shine through before he goes to his cell. 

And what happens then is cruel and sick and horrendous. It will make you hate Rumlow and feel all the feels for Bucky. The writing is beautiful. The characterizations are dead-on, especially the way 1940’s Bucky is portrayed. It’s all hurt and no comfort, though beware. 


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