Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes
Fic Title: this bullet lodged in my chest, covered with your name
Why This Must Be Read: Out of every Natasha/Marvel character pairing, Black Widow/Winter Soldier has to be my favorite. I love a good amount of angst in my pairings, and these two are absolutely fraught with it. This story explores the possible relationship that Natasha and Bucky had back in the Red Rooms and it is so beautifully crafted and nuanced that it's my headcanon now. Natasha is glorious in all of her assassin glory, intelligent and sharp and lethal, set against a backdrop of humanity and humor that few authors seem to give her. And when she cares...well. This is one of the best Natasha stories I've ever read, and the Natasha/Bucky bits are just the icing on the cake. Various warnings abound for violence, language, and horrible situations in general.
Mods, may I please have a tag for this pairing? Thank you!