Friday 20 January 2023

Friday Fics Fix - As The Fanfiction Gods Intended...

'“It's been a year, Buck,” he said. “I hate seein’ you like this. When was the last time you talked to someone other than me?”

“I talked to Nat last week,” Bucky muttered, knowing it was a poor excuse.'

Title: Fics Fix! Background: purple with a white lightning bolt shape

OK, who wants SamBucky with a side-helping of Veterans' Association AU, featuring Nebula, Clint Barton, Peter Parker and more...?

Welp, that's what you're getting!

(I know what's good for you, dearest nerdlets, just accept it!)

(Fandom notes:

SamBucky is a romantic and/or sexual relationship between Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes from the MCU (Marvel movies + TV shows)

AU = Alternate Universe. It is a universe that is alternate.)

So, Bucky's out of the military on disability - on account of losing his arm and gaining some PTSD - and his good ole army buddy Steve pesters him into going to support groups at the Veterans' Association where he works.

And it turns out Steve's been holding out on him, because his co-worker at the VA, one Sam Wilson, is super-hot.

...And Bucky doesn't really know what to do about that, because Sam's nice to everyone - it's not like he'd be into Bucky or anything. Right...?

Pretty much everybody except Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanov - and possibly a couple of other people - are Gay in some way in this fic, OK? 

As the fanfiction Gods intended... 

...though they would've made Steve and Nat Queer too, let's be honest!

This is a great fic - it handles heavy topics but doesn't feel heavy 

(...most of the time, anyway. It has a few Very Heavy moments.)

- and talks about mental health, adjusting to disability, stigma, life as a veteran, etc. in a way that, to me at least (a non-veteran,) was pretty damn good.

And it's novel-ish length, and you know I'm a sucker for that kind of dedication!

Right, there's a bunch of Content Warnings for this one:

- military and veterans (obv.)


- adjusting to disability

- Ableism and stigma

- violence

- war, especially the Afghan conflict

- child suicide bomber

- blood, gore, injury

- head injury and memory loss

- dissociation

- flashbacks

- poor self-care and self-maintenance

- grief

- survivor's guilt

References to:

- suicide

- foster care system

...I think that that's everything, but please please please take care while reading! There's a lot of stuff covered in this fic, which makes it more likely that I missed something.

This week's fic, then, is:

I Will Not Ask (And Neither Should You) by Fool_for_Love

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  1. SamBucky? Never heard of them, lol!! No in all seriousness, I will be reading this fic :) I like how it seems to talk about heavy topics without feeling like just really really sad. I think that fine balance is is important.

    1. It does! (Imho, ofc.) - I love it when fics do that, because as much as my emo goblin spaghetti brain loves Angst, I also appreciate the good vibes! Lol.


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