Friday 21 June 2024

Friday Fics Fix - Uncle Sam and Uncle Bucky


'In the mirror, Cass’s eyes go wide in horror. “If either one of you says that to anybody I know, I’m gonna have to run away and change my name and join the circus. Is that what you want?”

Bucky pretends to think about it. “Would you at least be able to get us free tickets?”'

Title: F3. Background: kaleidoscopic patterns


I enjoyed this one way, way, more than I thought I would.

So, this sees Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (TFATWS) and other Marvel stuff several years after TFATWS ends.

- Enough years, in fact, for Sam's nephew Cass to be going to his high school prom.

And of course Uncle Sam and Uncle Bucky volunteered to chaperone - because sometimes Captain America chaperones your high school prom, y'know?

Bonus points here for SamBucky mutual pining over each other, and also that trope where everyone except Sam and Bucky know that they're a couple.

...I love that trope. It's amazing.

I think part of the reason I love it is that it plays around with all of the Queerbaiting that surrounds these two - which I won't go into here, because it's best not to get me started, but trust me it's a thing.

You gotta love it when fandom says, 'eff you, it's Gay now.' 😅

(Fandom notes:

SamBucky is a romantic and/or sexual relationship between Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, sometimes also known as WinterFalcon.)

Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson
Via Giphy

I also loved the way the side-characters at the school - the other kids, teachers, parents, etc. - were fleshed out but not obtrusive.

Too often in fanfic it's either 2D side-characters, or side-characters that are way, way, too centralised - this was neither, and managed to hit the right balance.

So, yeah, overall this one was a whole lot of fun. There was one minor thing that bugged me -

- and that's where it was trying to keep with the MCU (Marvel) canon even though that canon actually hasn't been produced and/or released yet.

Basically - Bucky Barnes is due to appear next in an anti-hero team movie, titled The Thunderbolts. And, for me, this fic referred too much to Bucky being on that team, other members being in it, etc.

It's not a big thing - it just irritated me a bit.

(Fandom notes:

Canon is the 'official' stuff in the book/TV series/film/whatever)

Like I said though, mostly a fun fic.

I smiled a lot - and that matters. 😊😊😊

The only thing I can really think of, Content Warning-wise, is a little bit of low self-esteem, and some very vague references to past trauma and the military/superhero-business in general.

...I honestly can't think of anything else, but that doesn't mean there's not something in there somewhere, so still always be careful dearest nerdlets.

This week's fic, then, is:

pretty poses, rows of roses by CrimsonPetrichor

Sam and Bucky at a prom - whatcha think?

Are you looking forward to The Thunderbolts movie?

Talk to me! 😎💬

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  1. Sounds cute! But the canon thing would annoy me too. No need, especially when such move isn't even out yet.

    1. Yeah, I get why people would try to include it though


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