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[info]reijamira wrote
on June 15th, 2021 at 12:38 am

[MCU Fic Rec]: "Memory" by orphan_account

Fanfic: Memory
Author: orphan_account
FANDOM: MCU, Captain America
PAIRING: Steve/Bucky
GENRES: M/M, First Time, Identity Porn, Hurt/Comfort
WARNINGS: *none*
CONTAINS: *Infinity gems, 40s Bucky, kissing, domesticity*
RATING: Teen And Up Audiences
TIME FRAME: Post-CATWS but with an alternative take
WORDS: approx 23934
SUMMARY (given by the author): He remembered nothing. After the first few weeks, he asked to be called James.
NOTES: Steve's POV

Excerpt:
When James next spoke, a few blocks from Steve's building, it wasn't what Steve expected at all.

"I do remember you, you know," he said. "A little."

"You do?"

James inclined his head. "You're...familiar. But it's not proper memories. Just something I saw once. Like… a reflection in a mirror, in a dark room, long ago."

"James," said Steve, swallowing Bucky. He was trying not to choke up. It was the only acknowledgment James had ever given him of the past, of them—

"Very long ago," James said. He glanced at Steve. "See, now you're crying, what am I supposed to do with that? If the Widow doesn't get me, Wilson will."

Steve swiped the back of his hand across his face. "Something in my eye," he said. "I won't tell them if you don't."

James nodded and looked down. He didn't say anything else. Steve wouldn't have caught the grimace that flashed across his face if he hadn't been looking.


WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
OMG, what an impeccable fic! This was one of those achingly beautiful stories that stay with you forever. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it but it definitely wasn’t that kind of depth and heartbreak. Such phenomenal writing! It is told from Steve’s POV and we learn that he works missions together with James, the former Winter Soldier. James doesn’t remember much about his life before he became HYDRAs asset. He is enigmatic, doesn’t laugh much and keeps mostly to himself. Steve misses his old friend Bucky but he doesn’t want to push James. But when he gets the Bucky he knew back what about James?

You really should read this. It’s brilliant! That apartment scene will stay with you forever!


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