Comments: A fanfic writer who writes stories for Star Wars and The Dark Knight Saga, she has recently written some excellent Winter Soldier fics, which are in-character, provide an excellent bromance between Steve and Bucky and provide insight into Bucky's mind. Two of her fics have even made it onto this page!
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers/Peggy Carter
Summary: AU. In 1945, Steve Rogers jumps from a nosediving plane and swims through miles of Arctic Ocean to a frozen shore. In 1947, Steve Rogers marries Peggy Carter. In 1966, the New York Times finds the lost letters of Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes.
Comments: Read this, you will cry. A story of Steve Rogers through the Cold War, 911 Attack, Vietnam War etc. and all the winters in between.
Summary: They've been steveandbucky since they were kids, but that ignores the parts of their lives that don't wrap around each other, that never did. (Bucky needs to figure out who he is, just him, with or without Steve.)
Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Natasha Romanov in later stories
Summary: Steve Rogers: soldier, artist, foodie, friend, heart of the Avengers, and a guy whose past keeps creeping into his present and dictating his future. A series of stories about him and the people he has chosen to build his life around.
Comments: Not MCU compliant past The Avengers. Steve's life after, his work for SHIELD, his friendships with the other Avengers. And the Winter Soldier, whose first appearance comes on the tail end of Freezer Burn, the second story. Each can be read independently of the others; you'll miss a few references, but each is a fully-contained story.
Summary: Time travel fic. Natasha wanted to tell him the whole story of wartime London and the pub and seeing who Steve Rogers was before he lost everything, and meeting The Winter Soldier only to find out that he was just a young charmer named Bucky Barnes.
Summary: Even the strongest personalities, when subjected to great physical, emotional, and sexual abuses, can splinter, or dissociate. Bucky Barnes lives a nightmare after falling from a train and being recovered by Hydra. His mind deals with the trauma by splintering into the soldier, the prisoner, the patriot, and the assassin.
Summary: His body is not his own. This may not be the first thing they teach him, but it is the first thing he learns.
Comments: One of if not the best Bucky recovery fics ever. Bucky's trauma is handled in a very sensitive, realistic way that somehow manages to be both awful and hopeful. Warnings for everything you'd expect Bucky to have been through and beyond, in particular sexual abuse and it's aftereffects, though its not esspecially graphic (and manages to be more effective for not being gratuitous "look at how much i can hurt this character!" fic), and self-harm and suicidal ideation in some chapters. You will probably cry, but it will be worth it.
Summary: They want you to love the whole damn world but you won't, you want it all narrowed down to one fleshy man in the bath, who knows what to do with his body, with his hands. -Richard Siken, Driving, Not Washing.
Synopsis: Steve Rogers turning up at Tony's door in the middle of the night might be a bit out of character, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. Stranger things have happened. Steve Rogers turning up at Tony's door with an amnesiac assassin - who may or may not have some of Tony's personally designed hardware attached where his arm should be - well that's just far too interesting to turn away, even if Tony is trying to avoid all things S.H.I.E.L.D these days.
Comments: A multi-chapter fic exploring the (many) fall-outs immediately following CA:TWS, through the eyes of Tony Stark.
SuddenFrost: Eventually, the rest of the Avengers and the Falcon become involved in preventing Bucky from falling back into HYDRA's hands. Tony's characterization and narrative voice are remarkably well-done.
Synopsis: In the absence of orders, the man wearing the face of Bucky Barnes must figure out who he will be. The answer, mostly, is "somebody Steve Rogers can love." Nothing so easy should ever take this much work.
Comments: 70 years of brainwashing and torture can unmake a man, and maybe that isn't something a person can ever fully recover from. I love a post-WS fic where Bucky is both and/nor neither the Winter Soldier and the James Buchanan Barnes that Steve remembers.
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes; minor Tony/Pepper, Thor/Jane, Clint/Natasha
Summary: Post-Avengers, Winter Soldier AU. When the Avengers realize that Steve doesn't have anything to remind him of Bucky Barnes, they embark on a project to track down Bucky memorabilia. But it seems that Steve isn't the only visitor to the (unofficial) J. B. Barnes memorial (which is totally NOT a shrine, Tony).
Synopsis: "Heil Hydra," the enemy agent shouts. "Heil this, motherfucker," says Captain America, shooting off a rocket. Steve and Bucky find out Hollywood has been busy since they went away. A historical survey, including but not limited to: one set of exploded genitals, a brief interlude in France, Mel Gibson and other masterworks of casting, eight academy awards, several dinosaurs, and something Tony Stark has ominously dubbed "the masterpiece." Art included.
Comments: Easily one of the most entertaining fics I have ever read. I laughed harder every time at Steve and Bucky's mounting horror, disgust and confusion at each new film. Extremely thorough and immensely fun. And do follow the authors' suggestion to click all the links. It is so worth it.
Summary: The thing about Bucky these days is that, while he might be a semi-mythical assassin, he's also vulnerableóthe kind of vulnerable that makes total strangers want to drape a blanket over his shoulders and take him to safety. Bucky was mistaken as being in an abusive relationship with Steve, which cannot be further from the truth.
Synopsis: It is like steel, the determination inside of you that tells you you will achieve this, that you will find him. Nothing will stop you. You are two sides of the same coin, you and he: he cannot escape you forever. Bucky runs. Steve follows.
Comments: A novella-length exploration of Steve and Bucky's relationship, told entirely in the second person and largely in flashbacks, eventually leading to events that take place after the end of the film. The flashbacks are filled with wonderful details of the time period (it had never before occurred to me that Steve and Bucky came of age during The Great Depression). Don't be put off by the second person—everything is very much in-character for Steve, and beautifully written besides. Also, it will break your heart.
Comments: Also, the best post-Winter Soldier fanfic you will ever read. It takes everything seriously, itís heartbreaking and awful and hopeful and at times bitterly, terribly funny and at other times idiosyncratically adorable and also filled with Nightmare Fuel and every twisted hard one-step-forward-three-steps-back moment in recovery. Also it celebrates the women in the MCU. Also Sam Wilson is 100% the best friend ever. Also Steve is not, in fact, all that innocent. Also Tony Stark is at times ridiculously perceptive. And Game of Thrones puns. And a twelve-almost-thirteen-year-old chocolate selling neighborhood girl. And an almost religious reverence for really shitty coffee. Warnings for everything terrible one might expect to have happened to the Winter Soldier and beyond. Do yourself a favor and read Feather's work. Her grasp of the nuance of human interaction and particularly trauma is...rare, for a writer of comic-book movie fanfiction, if not unprecedented, and her stories will make you come away hopeful, and thoughtful as well.
Summary: Captain America's fandom (and a few academics who have written about it) react to the events of The Winter Soldier.
Comments: The verisimilitude in this story will hit you immediately if you've spent any time in Internet fandom. Told in a series of tumblr posts, Instagram pictures, Tweets, and LiveJournal comments, Steve himself is mostly on the periphery, although obviously everyone is talking about him primarily. Read if you like meta, because this is dripping in it, between the very self-aware spot_your_cap LJ comm and the scholarly texts about how the world perceives Captain America as a man and as a propaganda tool. This fic is a part of a series, the sequel the gravedigger's handbook tells the same story from Steve's perspective, but in a more conventional format. the gravedigger's handbook is a great, well-written story, but if you've read a lot of Bucky recovery fics, several of the plot beats will feel familiar— the only things that really differentiate it from a lot of the other fic on this page are the worldbuilding details from tin soldiers.
Summary: Bucky has collapsed and his body is shutting down. Steve is determined to save him, but is there even anything he can do? (T for some language and occasional violence) Non-slash, just brotherly love.
Comments: The best thing to describe this fic would be "emotional tearjerking rollercoaster." You'll cry as Bucky gets weaker and weaker and as..well, see for yourself!
Summary: The Red Room produces the greatest assassins in history. The Winter Soldier is brought in to train the Black Widows, and Natalia Romanova quickly comes to his attention. After both are punished for humanizing the perfect weapon, they meet again outside of Odessa as enemies. Years later, Natasha helps Steve Rogers rehabilitate his best friend and must discover what he remembers.
Comments: A wonderful, sad, touching, funny fic centered around our favourite assassins.
Summary: Sometime after CATWS, Bucky returns with Steve to Avengers Tower. With the help of the other Avengers, and especially Sam Wilson, he is able to reclaim himself enough to become friends with his new roommates. Series of 15 vignettes of life in Avengers Tower between missions, with a focus on Bucky. Fluffy and angsty, more detailed summary inside.
Comments: A touching, funny, sweet fanfiction. The relationships between each character are very well developed.
Summary: Bucky Barnes screamed himself hoarse on that table and screamed falling off that train. He screamed when they programmed him and screamed and screamed until he isnít Bucky Barnes anymore, not really. He is still screaming, a trapped rat running around a labyrinthine machine, clawing at the doors and running into dead ends. He has been screaming for seventy years.
Summary: Bucky Barnes is a war hero. More importantly, he is Steve Roger's hero. But even heroes bleed. -An introspective of both Steve and Bucky's inner thoughts during TFA and TWS and beyond. Gets a little dark in places
Comments: A wonderful fic that follows the comics very closely. As well as that, Bucky's behaviour during his slow recovery process may remind some of Castiel.