ratherastory: (Glorious)
Title: In Hearts We Leave Behind
Summary: Bucky is looking for answers.
Written for the [livejournal.com profile] avengers_rbb challenge. I was lucky enough to snag [livejournal.com profile] petite_madame's gorgeous Steve/Bucky prompt, post-CA:TWS. You can see her art here, though I must advise you that the story starts before the comic does, so beware minor spoilers!
Characters/Pairings: Bucky Barnes /Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter
Wordcount: 7,623
Rating: R
Spoilers: Everything up to and including CA:TWS
Warnings: None that I can think of
Neurotic Author's Note #1: I need to gush all over [livejournal.com profile] petite_madame here, not only for producing fan-fucking-tastic, breathtakingly beautiful art, as usual, but also for putting up with me and my little RL-induced disappearing act this summer. It was an incredible privilege to be able to work with her. She is both a wonderful artists and a very patient collaborator, and deserves all the love.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: Have I mentioned how lucky I was to get this piece? I practically leapt off the page and screamed at me WRITE ME! WRITE ME NOW! I must beg our readership's indulgence, however, as I took liberties with the original dialogue in the dialogue bubbles, thus making poor [livejournal.com profile] petite_madame's life a lot harder. I tried to stick with the original script as much as possible, but there were times when, for my own stylistic purposes, I had to re-imagine what was being said. Any discrepancies you spot between the story and the comic are all my fault.
Neurotic Author's Note #3: I also owe undying thanks to my long-suffering and intrepid beta, [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons, who not only beat all my convoluted syntax into submission, but also gave me a few crucial pointers on how to hit the right emotional notes in the story when I was floundering about and missing my target by a mile. All hail to betas! Remaining mistakes are, of course, mine.



When he thinks of himself at all, it's as the Asset )
Part 2
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
I'm still alive!

New job, new city, plus all the family stuff that's been happening have kept me hopping.

However, someone reminded me that Christmas is not as far away as I thought, and that means that I should be doing announcements and such for the Clint/Coulson Holiday Exchange soon.

Naturally, I panicked a little. ;)

The lovely and talented [redacted] had to bow out last year for personal reasons, and I sure as heck can't sail this ship alone. This year I'd like to open up the exchange to non-written fanworks as well. Also, last year people requested that there be an AO3-compatible component to the challenge, which I have NO IDEA how to do.

So here is the post in which I beg for a co-mod. Take a look, spread the word, or even come and volunteer! I could seriously use the help.

Cheers!
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Come and play!




And spread the word, please. I am SO not savvy in the ways of this new fandom, it's not even funny. Where should I be posting this? Anyone? Help!
ratherastory: (Default)
Title: Can You Hear Me (When I'm Calling Out to You)
Summary: In the days following the big battle with the Chiatauri Steve pays a visit to the Avengers tower which is still under construction. He intends to apologize to Tony for their earlier argument on the helicarrier. Instead, he discovers that Tony didn't come out of the battle as unscathed as he had at first let on…
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 2,958
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: *hides under a rock in case Marvel tries to find her*
Neurotic Author's Note #1: So a couple of months ago the spectacular [livejournal.com profile] dante_s_hell won a fic from me in a charity auction. She requested some Tony-centric h/c with Steve in the caregiver role, preferably in the aftermath of the climactic battle in the movie. So that's pretty much what this is. Thank you, my lovely, for waiting so patiently for me! I hope you like it. :)
Neurotic Author's Note #2: I owe a huge debt of gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] peppervl, who must have worn down her fingertips to the very bone at her keyboard, holding my hand and commiserating and making me write and helping me with the premise of the story and working out kinks and figuring out the end (endings are HARD, yo!) and basically being a rock star. Without her, there would be no story. Thank you!
Neurotic Author's Note #3: This isn't nearly as intense h/c as my usual stuff. It's actually kind of fluffy. Mostly it allowed me to meander around in Steve's thoughts and poke at his brain for a while, and let him see Tony in a new light. I expect that if you tilt your head and squint, you can probably see this as pre-slash, but it's pretty much gen.
Neurotic Author's Note #4: The title is shamelessly cribbed from Great Big Sea lyrics.




Can You Hear Me (When I'm Calling Out to You) )
ratherastory: ([Firefly] Squee!)
Title: Just A Broken Lullaby
Summary: When a mission goes wrong, the Avengers find themselves the unlikely guardians of a six-year-old Tony Stark.
Characters: Steve, Tony, all the Avengers, Pepper Potts, Phil Coulson, with guest appearances by Hank Pym and Reed Richards.
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 20,095
Disclaimer: Oh, please, nice lawyers at Marvel, please don't sue me! I swear I put all the toys right back where I found them!
Warnings: Brief comic-book violence, and tooth-rotting levels of schmoop. I am not even kidding.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: So this has been languishing on my hard drive practically since I saw the movie. It has been through countless revisions and rewrites and tweaking and poking and prodding until I can't look at it without going crosseyed. So, here it is, in all its unbeta'd glory. Technically this story isn't divided into chapters, but LJ posting lengths still suck, so you're getting it split up.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: Um, I have no excuse for this. It is unashamed idfic, schmoopy kidfic at its best and worst, with extra schmoop thrown in for good measure, because I really wanted a story about wee!Tony following Steve around and pestering him to hold his shield. Yeah, I got nothing. /o\
Neurotic Author's Note #3: I kind of intimated in the story that Tony & Pepper are no longer together. Or if they are, at least, that it's not exactly a conventional sort of romance. IDK, Tony doesn't like to define relationships, okay? Also, there are hints of the beginnings of Tony/Steve, in the brief moments when they're both at the age of consent. But, really, this can all be read as gen, or as being Tony/Pepper outside of the events of the story. That's not what the story is about.
Neurotic Author's Note #4: This story would not be what it is but for the constant coaxing/cajoling/bullying/threatening of the usual suspects: [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons and in particular, who were very patient and listened to me whine and kvetch about it, and to everyone on Twitter who also put up with my constant complaining. Thank you, guys, you're the best!
Neurotic Author's Note #5:
The lullaby in this story is a famous one, written by Mikhaïl Iourievitch Lermontov, and is known as the Cossack Lullaby. This is a rendition of it that I rather like, if you're interested. My apologies to any Russian speakers if I have unwittingly butchered your language or its transcription. I don't actually speak the language at all. Feel free to correct me in comments/messages if you spot any errors.

[Part 1]
[Part 2]
[Part 3]
[Part 4]
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Title: Pressure Point
Prompt/Summary: Tony gets a migraine. Luckily for him, both JARVIS and Steve are there.
Characters: Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, JARVIS
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,311
Disclaimer: Oh God, Marvel, please don't sue me! *hides*
Warnings: Emetophobes may want to give this one a pass.
Neurotic Author's Note: I actually have a handful of unfinished Avengers fic on my hard drive. It figures that the migraine!fic is the first to see the light of day. Maybe I'll get around to posting the rest of it, eventually.




Pressure Point )

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