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[info]reijamira wrote
on June 16th, 2021 at 02:54 pm

[MCU Fic Rec]: "Give an Inch" by Lauralot

Fanfic: Give an Inch
Author: Lauralot
FANDOM: MCU, Captain America
PAIRING: Bucky/Steve
GENRES: M/M, Angst, Hurt no Comfort, HYDRA Trash Party
WARNINGS: *abuse, past non-con/rape*
CONTAINS: *Misunderstandings, PTSD, Victim Blaming, Trust Issues*
RATING: Mature
TIME FRAME: Post-CATWS
WORDS: approx 5070
SUMMARY (given by the author): The Captain has a warm smile and clear, open eyes. The Soldier knows these are tricks. He's fallen for them before and he won't do it again.
NOTES: Bucky’s/The Soldier’s POV

Excerpt:
“Where will I sleep?” he asks. He will have to take steps to safeguard the area.

“Here,” says the Captain. “And if the bed’s uncomfortable, just tell me, all right? I must have gone through a dozen mattresses before I found one that—”

“No,” says the Soldier immediately. Beds aren’t for weapons. If a weapon is in a bed, nobody’s sleeping. Hospital beds are the only exception and even that isn’t a guarantee.

The Captain makes the same face from the hospital. “What’s wrong?” he asks. “The windows? They lock, Buck, and I’ll be right down the hall—” He indicates another door and the Soldier just stares, trying to work out the trick.

“But this is your bed.”

The Captain shakes his head. “No, this is your room.” His voice is soft and he gestures to the other door again. “My bed’s in there.” He pauses, hesitating. “If you don’t want to sleep alone—”

There’s a rush of nausea through the Soldier, a sting in his eyes. His mind is flooded with all the things he had to do just to repay gifts like extra food or disinfectant for injuries or candy. He can’t imagine the restitution for a whole room.


WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
Oh, this is a fic that is going to destroy your heart. It‘s so sad with a really broken Bucky who sees and expects evil behind every little thing. In this the Soldier has a new handler, the Captain. Who is kind and gentle and hasn’t dealt out any punishments yet nor has he claimed the Soldier’s body. But he will. Sooner or later he will want restitution for the food and the blanket and the room the Soldier has been given.

Such a heart-wrenching, achingly beautiful story! And so well-written. I loved it.


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