A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
sometimes i like to think of how aggressively NOT a nature person steve would be
i mean, he’s a city boy. loves being a city boy. he had to survive in the wilderness during the war, but it was a lot of teeth-gritting, trudging through the mud, sleeping on the cold, rocky ground and longing for warm meals at home
so the first time sam takes him camping he’s just so CONFUSED and CONCERNED
like, sam are we going on the run or something, will they see us if we make a fire?? sam what did you do i will help you i promise
and the first time sam takes steve and bucky, bucky expresses the same level of wtf like, we are walking up and down hills for FUN?? why are we eating cold beans when microwaves have been invented what is this
and steve’s like, humor him okay we love him. remember we love him
(meanwhile natasha’s just too smart for this noise. she saw sam’s camper and NOPE’d out of the driveway so fast she left a rubber mark on the sidewalk. she spent the week at a 5-star hotel w clint eating junk food and watching a scifi originals marathon)
remember we love him
Exclusive, never seen before photographs from The Smithsonian’s new exhibit “Captain America and the Howling Commandos”! Click for bigger versions.
James Barnes, 1939 - taken by Steven Rogers outside “St. George Hotel”, found in Captain Rogers’ personal possessions.
Steven Rogers, 1937 - place and photographer unknown, found in the Captain’s Brooklyn apartment.James Barnes, 1938 - place unknown, taken by Steven Rogers, found in the Captain’s Brooklyn apartment.
Steven Rogers, 1936 - wrapped in Bucky Barnes’ coat on an expectedly cold trip to Coney Island; found in James Barnes’ personal possessions, photographer unknown.
Steven Rogers and James Barnes, 1944 - last known photograph of James Barnes, taken by Gabriel Jones just a few hours before his death.
BUCKY BARNES | ДЕЛО №17
"God knows, I am dissonance waiting to be swiftly pulled into tune". Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier character study.
Reblogging the original again as I’ve seen a repost or two going around. Please source the artist, secretlytodream is insanely talented and she deserves ALL the credit for breaking our hearts!
pierce’s death was too good for him.
How hard he hits him though. He nearly knocks him off the chair he hits him so hard and Bucky’s head bounces on rebound. And Bucky isn’t even being defiant here, just stuck. He’s caught in his own thinking and isn’t really resisting, just not reacting. He’s still Winter Soldier here, but Winter Soldier trying to figure out what just happened with his day and we know he could stop Pierce mid swing if he really wanted. But he doesn’t, just sort of pulls himself back upright still clinging to the fact that SOMEHOW the Soldier knew him and can’t figure out why. The little bit of Bucky that’s left frantically trying to organize fragments of memory.
Pierce died too quick.
Here’s where it gets worse, though: a brief couple minutes later, Pierce tries to give him a speech. It’s a speech full of praise and glory.
And why would you bother? Because it works better, if all your violence comes with another option. It works better, conditioning, if you have a carrot and a stick. It works better if you are the font of all things good and make the frame so that the recipient thinks they deserve all things bad.
Now given where they’re keeping him, and everything else, let’s adjust this in perspective: “good” becomes not actually good. It becomes an absence of pain, of punishment. It becomes a positive word. It becomes the presence of another human being in a life of constant isolation and imprisonment.
And then if you really want to get upset, you can think about what Pierce would have looked like mid-century, when he was younger, and when the Winter Soldier starts making his mark.
You’ve heard this story before: He’s imprisoned and tortured and experimented on, until he hardly remembers his own name. And in the depths of his despair this blond man comes to him like an angel, like a halo, and says: Come with me. Come follow me. Come fight with me.
But this isn’t his true angel, because this time disobedience comes with fire and pain and freezing cold; and he never looks like the man the Winter Soldier keeps expecting to see. But Alexander Pierce is the closest thing that he remembers, so he’s the one the soldier obeys.
This isn’t just physical torture to condition Bucky. It’s emotional manipulation. Pierce would be a terrifying cult leader — oh, wait. He is. Hell, he even “earned” Fury’s loyalty for years.
That link. I mean, I just, Robert Redford.
[MY ART] I spent a whole night a while ago doing nothing but reading all the Steve-as-the-Winter-Soldier instead of Bucky fics, ficlets, and headcanons I could find (sorry I didn’t save any of the links). I like that AU. It’s where everything is the same exact amount of miserable as the Cap2 movie was, but miserable in a slightly different way. Since their situation is switched, I switched which side the metal arm is on too.
Quite a bit of what I read had Bucky going on and on with comforting words and gestures while WS!Steve was completely zoned out, so that’s what this is.
whenever i need a laugh i remember that if he hadn’t died james potter would have been dudley’s uncle. Picture James interacting with dudley. just do it, picture the scene
The Howling Commandos Files - Italy, 1943
collected by the SSR and preserved in the memoir “The War Was In Color,” coming soon.