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17 June 2015 @ 02:10 pm
Marvel, 6 recs, Natasha/Bucky and various others  
Not my first fandom or my first OTP by a long shot, but this pairing (and fandom) has definitely produced a lot of firsts for me personally, so…enjoy some recs!

Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes
Title: We’re not your type of strangers
Author: gustin_puckerman
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3590406
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 1,498 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: If you think there’s not a way to make Bucky’s soul-searching totally adorable and rom-com-y, you need to read this and reevaluate.

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes
Title: Landline
Author: chrism
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3591696
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit
Word Count/WIP?: 6, 635 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This is a great use of the five-things construct, with a wide range of moods and contexts that all characterize the pair and their ever-evolving relationship really nicely. There’s also some fantastic illustrations!

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes
Title: the day’s as small as the window
Author: Eastling (Annwyd)
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3581814
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1,091 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is sweet and quiet and not much happens in it, but it’s a great missing moment from this couple’s established-relationship days. I do hope they get to share one like it again…

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanoff/Bruce Banner, Laura Barton/Clint Barton, Betty Ross/Bruce Banner
Title: I made a name for myself
Author: dirgewithoutmusic
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3933766
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
Word Count/WIP?: 13,083 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Part of a larger (and mostly gen) series that is highly worth reading, this story, though it includes ships, is mostly focused on Natasha, and the ships contribute to her characterization more than being a driving force. As someone who was extremely frustrated by the portrayal of Natasha in Age of Ultron, I found this story to be a terrific way of making sense of that portrayal. This is the takeaway I want future movies to build from: a Natasha who is human and fallible as well as supremely competent and striving for her own understanding of peace. Her relationship with the entire Barton family feels deep and natural, and the glances into her past mesh with that.

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/James “Bucky” Barnes, Natasha Romanoff/Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Title: blue skies over bad lands
Author: sevenfoxes
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1406944
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 13,596 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky


Why This Must Be Read: This is not a happy story, but it’s one that will stick with you as it takes the popular Peggy-Carter-as-the-Winter-Solider AU to new and dark places while keeping Bucky in the picture as well, with consequences for both of the Avengers whose lives are intertwined with theirs.

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Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes, Jane Foster/Thor Odinson, Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: To Be Modified As Necessary
Author: ignipes
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/415792
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 5,912 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Who loves an awesome Avengers team fic? Everyone, that’s who. The ships aren’t especially prominent here (although, fair warning, there’s a very mild dash of slash), but the relationships and group dynamics are wonderful throughout.
 
 
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endeni on June 17th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yay, thanks for the recs! Blue skies over bad lands looks especially promising! ;)
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on June 17th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
It's soo good! Although you may want to circle back to the first two or three recs afterwards—it's pretty dark.
endeni on June 17th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
LOL, you're probably right! :D