Alexander Pierce Should Have Died Slower is a series written by Lauralot. It's an Alternative Universe of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was inspired by a kink meme prompt. Alexander Pierce likes to humiliate the Winter Soldier by forcing him to roleplay a small child between missions. When Steve finds Bucky after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., everyone has to deal with the aftermath.
This series starts dark and slowly gets lighter.
All spin-off fics set in this universe can be found in this master list.
Alexander Pierce Should Have Died Slower provides examples of:
- Abusive Parent: Alexander Pierce sexually, emotionally, and physically abuses Snowflake.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Steve becomes the primary caregiver for his best friend's child mindset.
- Affectionate Nickname: Basically everyone in the Tower has a nickname that they only use for the Snowflake mindset; ones that stand out are Thor's "dear one", Steve's "lamb", and Tony's "tiger". Additionally, Steve calls Bucky "Buck" in at least two of his three mindsets.
- Age-Inappropriate Art: Bucky's drawings when he is in the 'child' mindset. Downplayed, since the author based this in the (debatable) believe that there are certain indicators of sexual abuse in children's art.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While never formally diagnosed, Steve shows some definite depressive tendencies. Additionally, up until Blaming the Gun, most of Bucky's diagnoses are only hinted at.
- Brainwash Residue: Snowflake and the Soldier stick around in Bucky's head long after Pierce is dead and he's started to get his memories back.
- Cheerful Child: Both Tasha and Crystal's child mindset, especially in comparison to Snowflake.
- Christmas Episode: Gather Near To Us.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: The Soldier and Snowflake mindsets. The topic is handled with the weight it deserves.
- Cool Big Sis: Natasha, in her Tasha mindset, is seven to Snowflake's five and often helps to take care of him.
- Courtroom Episode: The trial in Blaming the Gun.
- Emotional Regression: The child mindset.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Rumlow and Rollins are absolutely appalled when they meets the 'child' mindset.
- Good Parents: Steve is a wonderful "Daddy" to Bucky, and he also sometimes takes care of Tasha. Pepper sort of evolves into a sort-of "Mommy" to Bucky, and Tasha is also quite close to her.
- Handicapped Badass: Clint is deaf in this 'verse, but it doesn't slow him down beyond the story right after it happens. Clint's brother, Barney, is wheelchair-bound in that same story, but the brothers are still willing to protect their building.
- Harmful to Minors: The mindsets are not separate personalities. So, yes, the child side is exposed to so much horror.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Most like 'abused and brainwashed victim with awful, awful publicity'.
- Inter Generational Friendship: Basically everyone in the Tower loves and is emotionally close to Bucky's child mindset, even if they don't frequently interact with his other mindsets.
- Nervous Wreck: Bucky has a lot of anxiety issues.
- Parents as People: Steve has a tough time parenting Bucky in the beginning because he is so upset by the conditions that caused the Snowflake mindset in the first place and is worried about accidentally triggering him.
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The earliest three stories are the darkest by far, and most of the later stories are significantly lighter in tone.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Crystal connected the dots about Bucky's identity long before he told her.
- Stockholm Syndrome: A major factor in Pierce and Snowflake's dynamic. Discussed in Bucky's defense in Blaming the Gun.
- Troubled Child: Snowflake/the child mindset, with good reason.