Retraining: Take Two

So the point of this exercise, as Tony liked to put it, wasn’t to show up the two Really Old Guys and make them realize that they ought to retire.

Seriously, Tony wasn’t blind and despite all the senior citizen jokes, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes were pretty much on the right side of young, fit and smoking hot.  He was also familiar with the Three Rules regarding America’s Sweetheart and America’s Oldest Heartthrob  and would have to admit that he was solidly set upon Rule No. 3.  Which was okay, since everyone else on the planet was crushing on the good captain and his sergeant.  Nice to know he wasn’t alone and all that.

The point was that they needed to test the combat fitness and teamwork of Captain America and the newly reclaimed Winter Soldier.  Tony, by the way, had JARVIS archive the priceless footage of Steve Rogers planting his feet by the river of truth (quote unquote) and proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that James Buchanan Barnes could not be held truly responsible for his actions as HYDRA’s pet assassin.  He was the country’s longest held POW, subject to unimaginable torment and brainwashing, and yeah - at the end of it, Tony was fairly sure Steve would’ve been elected President of the United States if he wanted to, the show of support was so overwhelming. 

So anyway.  Retraining.  Getting Cap and Bucky back in the saddle against the Forces of Evil.  And also this was a GIANT FUCK YOU to HYDRA and the long dead Obadiah Stane for what they’d forced Barnes to do to Tony’s parents - never mind Daddy Issues. 

Tony sets up the ginormous Training Room (“room” was an understatement but it had to do) which he referred to as “The Jungle” because he pretty much had classic G n’ R playing while he designed the place.  The Room could be set up to simulate any environment, any structure for a nearly infinite number of potential missions and ops.  Happy and Maria Hill brought in the agents - carefully screened and processed to infinity because again, HYDRA - as opponents. 

The objective for today was a rescue.  Since Tony valued his balls and also hey, trying not to be a sexist pig here, Natasha wasn’t going to be the damsel in distress.  Clint got the honors.

"Why do I gotta play Princess Toadstool?" Clint had whined. "I don’t even look good in a pink dress!"

"Because Nat will probably rescue herself in Real Life before the rest of us idiots can even get our acts together," Tony explained patiently.  "And I’ll get you a purple dress if it makes you happy.  Now go sit tight and wait for Mario and Luigi to come save you."

Naturally, Agent - no, Director Agent brought the popcorn.

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idrilka

capnromanoff:

consider this:

thor is always running into little kids who are thrilled to meet him - he doesn’t really understand the concept of signing autographs, but he starts carrying asgardian toys around in his pockets to give to kids he meets (much to shield’s chagrin - how are we…

REBLOGGING THIS SO FAST I HAD WHIPLASH

JANE FOSTER - MY HERO

The embarrassing thing is that everybody except Bucky did not realize that Steve was now able to turn into a kitten at will for weeks.
The SHIELD witch just giggled at everyone and then said, kindly, “I think you all better ask your Captain why he feels like going cat sometimes.”
They all did think about it. 
Eventually, they realized they didn’t have to ask.
So each and every one of the Avengers pretty much let Steve have his space and Clint’s ridiculous hat for hiding under (it was an EXCELLENT place to hide, okay?).  Also, they didn’t laugh at him when he, in kitten form, took charge of Bucky’s leftover milk from his breakfast cereal. 
Both Kitten Cap and his team were both surprised to find out that getting cuddles and scritches were definitely appreciated.  So it became a Thing.  He still gave the most pathetic, embarrassed meows if any of the ladies of the team cuddled him a little too close but comported himself like a gentleman anyway. 
Steve stayed a cat until he felt like turning back into a human again and the only one who could actually order him back into his usual form was, of course, his beloved sergeant. 
"As cute as you are in this form, there’s just one problem," Bucky had said, scritching the Kitty-Cap puddle on his chest. 
"Meow?"
"I can’t kiss you stupid while you’re like that.  So go change back.  Chop chop!"
So of course, Bucky eventually gets a lap full of human Steve Rogers and he’s quietly thankful that his version of the super soldier serum lets him bear all that weight the same way he would’ve if he had been able to cuddle Steve when he was still tiny and not a cat.  And of course, Bucky gets to bury his nose in dandelion fluff hair, pressing kisses to Steve’s temple, the curve of his cheek, before indulging in that sweet, red mouth. 
The truth was that both of them were pretty broken and there were days when it was Steve picking up Bucky’s pieces off the floor and days when it was Bucky’s turn to do the same for Steve.   There really isn’t a magic spell to make everything right for both of them.
But loving… well, loving did go a long way into making things better. 
"All good?" he purrs against Steve’s lips. 
"I don’t know," Steve purrs back, nibbling at his bottom lip.  "You promised to kiss me stupid.  I’m waiting, sergeant."
Bucky laughs and makes good on his promise. 
- end -
Note:   This was because someone asked me if Steve can now change into cat form at will.  Does this answer your question?
(First it was Thorin Oakenshield and now Steve Rogers.  There is a method to my madness, I SWEAR.)

The embarrassing thing is that everybody except Bucky did not realize that Steve was now able to turn into a kitten at will for weeks.

The SHIELD witch just giggled at everyone and then said, kindly, “I think you all better ask your Captain why he feels like going cat sometimes.”

They all did think about it. 

Eventually, they realized they didn’t have to ask.

So each and every one of the Avengers pretty much let Steve have his space and Clint’s ridiculous hat for hiding under (it was an EXCELLENT place to hide, okay?).  Also, they didn’t laugh at him when he, in kitten form, took charge of Bucky’s leftover milk from his breakfast cereal. 

Both Kitten Cap and his team were both surprised to find out that getting cuddles and scritches were definitely appreciated.  So it became a Thing.  He still gave the most pathetic, embarrassed meows if any of the ladies of the team cuddled him a little too close but comported himself like a gentleman anyway. 

Steve stayed a cat until he felt like turning back into a human again and the only one who could actually order him back into his usual form was, of course, his beloved sergeant. 

"As cute as you are in this form, there’s just one problem," Bucky had said, scritching the Kitty-Cap puddle on his chest. 

"Meow?"

"I can’t kiss you stupid while you’re like that.  So go change back.  Chop chop!"

So of course, Bucky eventually gets a lap full of human Steve Rogers and he’s quietly thankful that his version of the super soldier serum lets him bear all that weight the same way he would’ve if he had been able to cuddle Steve when he was still tiny and not a cat.  And of course, Bucky gets to bury his nose in dandelion fluff hair, pressing kisses to Steve’s temple, the curve of his cheek, before indulging in that sweet, red mouth. 

The truth was that both of them were pretty broken and there were days when it was Steve picking up Bucky’s pieces off the floor and days when it was Bucky’s turn to do the same for Steve.   There really isn’t a magic spell to make everything right for both of them.

But loving… well, loving did go a long way into making things better

"All good?" he purrs against Steve’s lips. 

"I don’t know," Steve purrs back, nibbling at his bottom lip.  "You promised to kiss me stupid.  I’m waiting, sergeant."

Bucky laughs and makes good on his promise. 

- end -

Note:   This was because someone asked me if Steve can now change into cat form at will.  Does this answer your question?

(First it was Thorin Oakenshield and now Steve Rogers.  There is a method to my madness, I SWEAR.)

LIKE I NEEDED MORE PLOT BUNNIES….

That’s all I want too! I want the team to be working on some case and run into Bucky. I want an entire episode of Bucky/Team shenanigans.
OMG I’m going to have to write this, aren’t I?

*** facepalms ***

*** puts this Bunny next to the One where we have an Alternate Universe Winter Soldier in which Steve decides to NOT join SHIELD and just go back to Art School and is actually more or less coping with college life until this new student who TOTALLY LOOKS LIKE BUCKY OMG turns up  on campus…. ****

All I want for Christmas…

… is having the Winter Soldier meet Coulson and his Angels in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Please?  Making Phil Coulson go “squee” over anything and anybody Cap related is my not so secret guilty pleasure. 

(Yeah, I know this is totally shooting for the moon, but COME ON, IT COULD TOTALLY HAPPEN, RIGHT? RIGHT?)

Storytelling 101: The Avengers and CA: The Winter Soldier

So again, I’ve been seeing posts/statements about how badly Joss Whedon dropped the ball when it came to characterizing Captain America in the Avengers.  And I’ve read/reblogged posts that pretty much point out why Steve behaved the way he did in the Avengers - TL;DR being he was pretty much depressed.

I had a good long think about both these viewpoints and this is what I came up with:  

a.  I did not see CATFA when it first came out so the first time I “met” Steve Rogers was in The Avengers.

b.  From what I remember, the Steve Rogers I got to meet in that movie made me think two things:  “sad” and “fucking angry.”

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bead-bead:

darthstitch:

sebastianstanbear:

I thought you were more than just a shield…

Also is it just me or does Steve Rogers have the ability to go from BAMF to fluffy baby chick then BAMF again in 10 seconds…?

I was thinking more Dandelion Head.

…this is going to be in a fic, i just know it.

*side eyes her besotted bucky muse who is ITCHING to get his fingers through the fluffy downy baby chick dandelion floof that is steve rogers’ hair*