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Jun. 18th, 2021

[MCU Fic Rec]: "Longing" by Face_of_Poe

Fanfic: Longing
Author: Face_of_Poe
FANDOM: MCU, Captain America, TFATWS
PAIRING: Sam/Bucky
GENRES: M/M, Light Angst, Domesticity, Recovery
WARNINGS: *minor references to HYDRA abuse (implied sexual assault/rape/non-con)*
CONTAINS: *Bucky’s file, depression, PTSD, memes*
RATING: Teen And Up Audiences
TIME FRAME: post-TFATWS season 1
WORDS: approx 5192
SUMMARY (given by the author): “What’d he do now?”

“Hm?” Sam glances over, realizes he’s fumbled his station in the line, and recovers by grabbing for the pretzel bag.

“You got that worrying about Bucky Barnes look on your face.”

“Maybe I’m worrying about Captain America business.”

She straight up laughs right in his face. “Like I said,” and wow, okay.
NOTES: Sam's POV

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WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
Awww, what a beautiful, profound little recovery story this is. It takes place at the end of TFATWS and is told from Sam’s POV. We get to see a little glimpse of his friendship with Bucky. They are texting and staying in contact when Bucky is in New York. But every now and then Bucky drops off the radar for one or two days. Sam doesn’t get a clearer picture of why that is until one day when he mentions he’s read Bucky’s HYDRA file.

The characterizations and the dialogs are superb. The author is so deft at describing interactions between the characters. It pulls you right in and let’s you hang on every line. I loved the tone and the way this little story unfolds. It’s a perfect mix of sad and hopeful and warm.


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Jun. 14th, 2021

[MCU Fic Rec]: "Rusted" by Face_of_Poe

Fanfic: Rusted
Author: Face_of_Poe
FANDOM: MCU, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (TV)
PAIRING: Zemo & Bucky
GENRES: Gen, Missing Scene, Fill in the Blanks
WARNINGS: *suicidal thoughts*
CONTAINS: *selling scene, Bucky’s book of amends, prison break, Scovian memorial, Bucky and the Wakandans*
RATING: General Audiences
TIME FRAME: TFATWS season 1
WORDS: approx 4632
SUMMARY (given by the author): “Nagel didn’t have it quite right, about the subjects in Siberia,” James muses, apropos of absolutely nothing at all while Zemo leads them to rendezvous with his young informant. “Howard’s serum worked just fine, exactly as Erskine advertised. Good becomes great, bad becomes worse, I think Steve put it.”

Sam glances sideways, not at James but at Zemo; he shrugs, does not follow the non sequitur. “So what went wrong?”

“The subjects themselves. Zealots, the most competent and ruthless killers HYDRA had. Gave ‘em the serum and got uncontrollable bloodlust.” He shrugs, fiddles with his gloves. “With Howard dead? That was it. Blew their shot because they were too goddamn arrogant and naïve to understand the kind of subject they actually needed.”

Zemo cocks a bemused brow. “An incompetent one?” he guesses, thinking about photographs of small and sickly Steve Rogers.

James eyes him dubiously, lip curled in derision. “An unwilling one,” he corrects, like it’s the most obvious thing in the world.
NOTES: Zemo's POV

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