Story Title: This, You Protect
Author Name: owlet
Category: Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe
Story Url: Story at AO3
Content Rating: All Ages
Status: Completed, with sequels
Story Summary: The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect.
Podfic (Audio book): This, You Protect by DustySoul
Because this story deserves far more raving than I can write at the moment, I’m thrilled to pieces that ReyEl wrote a rec and posted it on this blog’s “Share Your Recs” page. Following is our very first Guest Rec, which is also our very first Marvel rec!
Where do I even start? The whole fic is precious and wonderful and heartwarming. I have read it twice so far and I just found new reasons to love this. The writing is superb, the characterization is wonderful and the few OCs that get introduced in this story as so good they feel like they have been there all along and the author makes you care deeply for them almost from the get-go. Its a beautiful AU that you can only wish would be canon, fortunately there’s a sequel, so it makes you less sad when you get to the end of this one. I never used to be a big Bucky fan, but then I read this and I fell deeply in love. It portrays Bucky in ways few fanfics ever manage to, it lays bare the inner workings of a brain that has been through the grinder hundreds of times and at the end came through because his best friend needed him. It tells the story of a literal nobody building a life for himself, making choices for the first time and becoming something, becoming a human being.