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30 October 2014 @ 03:37 pm
The Avengers, 6 recs, Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes  
It has come to my attention that this community has a single, solitary rec for my current obsessive OTP. ONE. That is simply unacceptable, and the reparation begins today, because Winter Widow is a glorious ship that everyone should enjoy!

Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes
Fic Title: a case of you
Author: irnan
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2188725
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
WIP?: No
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This is a quiet, beautiful exploration of how romance might blossom between everyone's favorite pair of ex-brainwashed assassins in the wake of "Captain America: the Winter Soldier" and its presumed aftermath. irnan leaves most of the comics canon behind while still bearing in mind the essential elements of each character that make them so suited for one another, even without the shared backstory Ed Brubaker wrote for them on the page. It's wonderful to see these two get to know each other in simple, human ways, and then there are lines like, "I know we’ve tried to kill each other in the past but I’d really like it if we put that behind us (even further behind us?), ripped each other’s clothes off and locked ourselves in your bedroom for, I don’t even know, at least a week? At least" that make you want to scream with joy.

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Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes
Fic Title: as the living does not arrive, as the dead do not leave
Author: liarfaker
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1663256
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
WIP?: No
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Muted and action-packed by turns, this fic is a worthy follow up to "Captain America: the Winter Soldier" that imagines Natasha attempting to "vacation" while Steve searches for Bucky—and the Winter Soldier finds her. Sometimes haunting, sometimes breathless, and sometimes sad, the story is just vividly, painfully perfect.

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Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes
Fic Title: I set fire to my maps
Author: musesfool
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2017821
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
WIP?: No
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Though this fic has a superficially similar premise to the one above, it's a bit more lighthearted, definitely hotter, and spends a little more time focusing on what Natasha actually wants for herself and what she wants to do with herself after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. And the ending is just as wonderful and satisfying as it should be.

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Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes
Fic Title: persuasion (and other reasons why she bleeds)
Author: shadows_of_a_dream
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2076246
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
WIP?: No
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Terrific and haunting, this piece pokes at the Winter Soldier's attempts at a sense of self and his uncertainty about his own humanity—all of which intersect with a budding Black Widow who's coming into her own. These early stages of their relationship aren't always pretty, and they aren't always healthy, but damn are they interesting.

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Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Darcy Lewis/Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes
Fic Title: something to fill the space
Author: sevenfoxes
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1975305
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
WIP?: No
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is mostly about Steve, and his adorable stumbling toward a surprisingly normal, modern crush. Darcy is everything you'd want her to be here, too. But honestly, the parts where Bucky and Natasha scheme on Steve's behalf and bicker over fruity drinks are really everything you could possibly want. The whole thing is mad fun, in any case, and there's bonus Clint fun to boot!

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Fandom Category: The Avengers/Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff/James "Bucky" Barnes, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Jane Foster/Thor Odinson
Fic Title: Rascals, Scoundrels, Villains, and Knaves
Author: frea_o
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/631799
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
WIP?: No
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, so this is more of a Nat/Clint fic than it is a Nat/Bucky one, and it's worth reading for the story and the team dynamics more than any of the ships involved (pun intended). But you know those fics that everyone should read because they're just *that* awesome? This fic is one of those. Frea_o takes the action from the first "Avengers" movies and transfers it to the high seas of the eighteenth century, complete with magic, Norwegian royalty, and a Loki-Coulson confrontation that left me grinning like an idiot. Just read it. Now. Trust me.
 
 
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endeni on October 30th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
OMG, I just love this pairing! Thank you so much for sharing your recs!
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on October 30th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Oh my lord, I am OBSESSED with them, really. There are SO many more recs to come.
endeni on October 30th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yay, this is such great news! I wonder, generally speaking do you prefer your Bucky/Nat comicverse or movieverse flavored? (Or a bit of both?)
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on October 30th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Bit of both, usually—I love Bucky's MCU origin (as Steve's lifelong BFF rather than his teenage sidekick), and I love MCU!Nat's relationship with Steve and the idea that she and Bucky had these really violent, quasi-anonymous encounters in the time between her Red Room years and his coming back to himself. But I also think their shared Department X business is fascinating—there are SO many different dynamics at play, in terms of power and authority and loyalties and love and sex and more. I don't think the 50s backstory is necessary to do the pairing justice in the MCU, but it adds several layers of both complexity and understanding between them, and I think that's fascinating, too. I'm also a little fixated on the idea of him seeking her out post-CA:TWS, as a couple of those recs may indicate.

I pulled together several of my headcanons into a shortish fic here, if you're interested: archiveofourown.org/works/2019837
endeni on October 30th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
/I love Bucky's MCU origin (as Steve's lifelong BFF rather than his teenage sidekick)/ - Oh, yes, absolutely! I mean, who doesn't, right? - Plus, Sebastian Stan... ;)
/But I also think their shared Department X business is fascinating [...] I don't think the 50s backstory is necessary to do the pairing justice in the MCU, but it adds several layers of both complexity and understanding between them, and I think that's fascinating, too./ - Oh, yes, I'm totally fascinated by their shared Red Room past too. *nods* And for a while after seeing CATWS I was kind of bummed by the revelation of Natasha's age (and the idea of her not being long-lived like in the comics). Though I read some very interesting thoughts on the matter and I think I may be coming around to the concept. ;)
/the idea that she and Bucky had these really violent, quasi-anonymous encounters in the time between her Red Room years and his coming back to himself [...] the idea of him seeking her out post-CA:TWS/ - Yesyesyes, I love both concepts so much! ♥
And oh, cool, fic! Off to read then! ;)
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on October 31st, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Good reads, thanks for passing them on! I admit I think Natasha's not telling Steve that she knew Bucky in the past during the events of the movie seems like a bit of a stretch, but there's also a theory you see in some fics where she doesn't tell him because she doesn't know/remember herself. Which I'd also be open to.

(Always Sebastian Stan. Always.)
endeni on October 31st, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
/there's also a theory you see in some fics where she doesn't tell him because she doesn't know/remember herself/ - Oh, I totally love this theory too! *nods*
Gramma Lunacylanalucy on October 30th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2076246

Corrected link for Persuasion.
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on October 30th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
Fixed, thanks!
silverflight8silverflight8 on October 31st, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
BUCKY/NAT YES GIVE IT TO ME
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on October 31st, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
SO MANY MORE COMING...as long as other people post recs, too!
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: x-menrosaxx50 on October 31st, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
YES BUCKY/NATASHA. My favourite ship for them both, too, though I could've sworn there was more than one story about them recc'd here...

pssst, you might want to check your spelling for Bucky in the tag.

And victoria_p's lj name is musesfool if I'm not mistaken.

Edited at 2014-10-31 11:09 pm (UTC)
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on November 1st, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'll fix victoria_p, thanks!

With the tag: LJ limits the number of characters you're allowed to use in a given tag, and that one exceeds it. I'll see if I change it to simply "Bucky Barnes," though.