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4 Minute Window - counteragent, monicawoe, Speranza - Agent Carter (TV), Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
"Look, if they catch me," Bucky muttered, "they're either going to kill me or they're going to put me in a box with a little window and—Steve, I can't."
In which Bucky and Steve save each other, and in doing so save themselves
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:Speranza  author:counteragent  author:monicawoe  length:50k+ 
august 2018 by starkandspangle
straight from the heart - mwestbelle - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Bucky is a chef, and this "American Foodie" is ruining his life.
"He said my food lacked 'heart.'" Bucky uses his thumb to scroll back to the top of the page and hits the About link again. There's no photo or identifying information; he's old-school anonymous, this guy, for all that he's a blogger. And people trust his opinion. There are no ads on the site, he doesn't take sponsorships or accept comped anything. It's just him and the food, pure and simple, and it's driving Bucky crazy. "What does that even mean?"

"It means he's an amateur. Not worth the energy." Natasha pushes a binder across the counter toward him. "Put your energy into your work. You should update the menu."
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:mwestbelle  length:0-5k  *au 
august 2018 by starkandspangle
The Bucky Barnes Guide to Household Management - CryptoHomoRocker - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
"Steve doesn't even notice at first, is the thing."

Or: Steve is unobservant, Bucky learns to be good at things that aren't killing people, and knitting happens.
Sam raises his eyebrows. "Okay. So you finally started cleaning, then? I have to admit, I'm impressed. I thought I'd come over one night and find you buried under your own trash."

Which is deeply unfair. Steve is not a disgusting garbage monster, Sam is just freakishly tidy. Steve looks around and realizes that the laundry basket is no longer sitting on the couch, the cups crowding the living room table have all disappeared, and the carpet in the hall looks suspiciously as though it has been vacuumed. And it smells nice, light and clean and slightly chemical.

"I'm pretty sure I didn't do that," he says finally.

Sam shakes his head. "You're pretty sure? You don't know?"
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:CryptoHomoRocker  length:5-10k 
april 2018 by starkandspangle
Two Harleys and a Pickup - Kryptaria, rayvanfox - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Adjusting to civilian life is hard for any military veteran — especially for one ex-sniper with a cybernetic arm, a classic Harley, and friends who keep trying to ‘help.’ When Sam Wilson at the VA sends Sergeant Barnes to rent a room from the hottest guy in the DC area, Bucky thinks maybe civilian life is worth it after all. And then he finds out Captain Rogers is everything Bucky’s not: a real hero, a Medal of Honor recipient, and an all-around nice guy. Bucky doesn’t have a chance in hell with him.

Sam was a huge help to Steve Rogers when he left the military. In the spirit of ‘pay it forward,’ Steve decides to rent out his basement room to a vet in need. But when Sergeant Barnes shows up on his doorstep, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble. Barnes is exactly what Steve never knew he wanted, from his bedroom eyes to his wicked innuendos. And he’s Steve’s tenant.

A love story in twelve chapters, including two Harley-Davidsons, a guardian angel, multiple snipers, the only woman who can scare them into behaving themselves, spontaneous kittens, and one attacking sheep.
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:Kryptaria  author:rayvanfox  length:20-50k  *au 
april 2018 by starkandspangle
Selfies from the Underground - eleveninches - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Tony reminded himself that the second the incorrect password was entered, the phone would destroy itself and any data on it. And there was no way someone named Tepid the Magnificent would guess--

“I’m in,” said Tepid. “Soon I’ll know all of the Avengers’ secrets.”

Tony briefly closed his eyes. “Steve. What was your password?”

“It’s ‘password,’” Tepid replied.

Or: Tony and Steve get captured.
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  pairing:pepper/tony  pairing:gen  author:eleveninches  length:0-5k 
april 2018 by starkandspangle
Your Lack Of An Answer Is Kind Of An Answer: Four Questions Natasha Asked Steve Rogers, And One Time Bucky Barnes Answered - Speranza - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
"That's what Bucky said. Yeah. I was the last eligible guy in New York. And then they put me on tour. Millions and millions of women—and me."

"Pretty good odds." Natasha smirked; she'd never considered this. "You sly dog. So did you—"

"I didn't do anything," Rogers said sharply. "Mostly I was done to. I mean, it was exciting, at first," he admitted. "All these dames reaching for you, trying to kiss you and touch you and—other things," he added awkwardly. "Especially when—I mean, no girl had ever looked at me twice." Rogers laughed, a little harshly. "Actually, no girl ever looked at me once. So I mean, I—I let a couple," he said, and Natasha felt her smile dying on her face; this wasn't turning out to be the happy story she'd hoped for. "It wasn't...." He frowned. "I mean, it was fun and all, but. I don't know. It wasn't me. I wasn't there."
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:Speranza  length:0-5k 
april 2018 by starkandspangle
(Secret) Meeting Like This - BlackEyedGirl - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
The blur has resolved itself into a man, mostly covered in red and blue, who turns his masked head and snarks cheerfully at Tony.
Tony wishes he could see the kid out of the mask. It’s not the identity so much as the face. Spider-Man’s mask doesn’t give much away.

This explains why Tony doesn’t see it coming when Spider-Man slides his fingertips underneath the bottom of his mask and tugs it up, just a little. Tony sees a narrow chin and a pink mouth set in a serious expression before Spider-Man sets his gloved hand on Tony’s jaw and kisses him.

It only lasts ten seconds or so. After, Tony manages an outstandingly articulate, “What?” before Spider-Man takes a leap off the building and makes a speedy getaway.

When he gets back to the Tower, Bruce is in the lab. He looks at Tony. “Tell me you’re absolutely sure he’s not sixteen. Or a super-villain.”

“I’m absolutely sure he’s not sixteen. Sixteen year olds don’t- anyway. I’m mostly sure he’s not a super villain. Well. No, fine. He’s a sneaky bastard, and I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s funnier than I am, but he’s not a super villain.”

The corner of Bruce’s mouth tilts up. “So you’ve had worse dates then.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:peter/tony  author:BlackEyedGirl  length:0-5k 
march 2018 by starkandspangle
it’s the little things you do - starkly - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Pepper looks down on Natalie Rushman from legal, not in any sort of metaphorically disapproving way, but because even wearing heels Natalie Rushman from legal barely reaches Pepper's nose.
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june 2017 by starkandspangle
Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes - Speranza - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
His eyes were dark and unreadable: there was only a faint ring of blue around the pupils. He stared at Steve down the gun barrel and muttered: "Are you really my friend?"
"This is Dulag 186, in what used to be Yugoslavia," Bucky said, and then he muttered something that sounded like, chernaya bashnya, temno, mračno: "the black tower, the dark place." The map rotated above them, showing off an impregnable-looking structure half-built into a mountain and surrounded by water on two sides; it looked to Steve like a fortress, and he said so. "It was," Bucky said, mouth twisting into a grim smile. "It was a medieval city. The Nazis used it as a POW camp, and then midway through the war, it was repurposed by Hydra. It's still in use," he said, reaching up to stretch out the map, showing Steve a modern road, and details of a satellite system. "It's where they do their experiments," he said flatly. "Mostly on prisoners; criminals, politicals. It's Serbia; there are always politicals. But there are also children - orphans, smuggled in from all over the world. They have more than 200 children living there, training as sleeper agents." Bucky stared at the spinning map. "I was born there," he said.

Steve couldn't let it pass. "You were born in Brooklyn, Sergeant Barnes."

Bucky looked at him, and then nodded. "That, too," he agreed. He turned his attention back to the map. "I've looked at these schematics from every angle," he muttered, "and I can't imagine a one-man operation, can you?"
fandom:mcu  pairing:bucky/steve  author:Speranza  length:10-20k 
june 2017 by starkandspangle
A Bureaucratic Nightmare - Mikey (mikes_grrl) - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
As a child, Phil Coulson was vaccinated against whooping cough. In one version of the story, the vaccination held and he went on to become Agent Coulson, SHIELD bad-ass and Avengers liaison. In another, though, he was one of the few the vaccine doesn't protect and he nearly died when he was ten, suffering permanent lung damage and recurrent asthma. This is the story of what happened after that.
"Seriously, Phil, you've got nothing to prove here." Clint swerved around a corner, slamming Phil into the side door. "This was supposed to be a milk run, and it's not. You're too important to risk just to make a point. Fury wins, whatever, I'm getting you the fuck out of here."

Phil instinctively reached forward and grabbed a handful of Clint's hair. Clint gasped and possibly squeaked, but kept his eyes on the road. Phil shook his head a little, yanking hard on his hair. Clint squeaked again. "We are not going to the extraction point. This isn't a milk run, it never was. Fury sent me in specifically to source that computer system for proof of a mole in our ranks. High ranking, and almost definitely watching this whole op from the start, and possibly involving a member of your team." He let go and Clint took a deep breath, followed by another, raspy and wet sounding. Finally he nodded.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:Mikey  length:20-50k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
If I Don't Wake Up Dead - copperbadge - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint Barton -- subby, ex-carnie white trash, spy -- isn't the kind of guy Captain America goes for. Nobody informed Captain America of this.
"I can work from here," Clint offers, a little desperate.

"Yes, but what I mean is if you'd rather be somewhere else -- " Steve starts, and then stops, and a look of amusement crosses his face. He sets his fork down and sits back a little. "Gosh, JARVIS is probably laughing at us."

"Laughing at us? Why?" Clint asks, alarmed.

"Well, there you are trying to work out why I don't want you here, and here I am trying not to be a pain," Steve says. He raises a hand to rub his eyes, then winces; one's still badly bruised. Clint doesn't understand, and he feels a little frantic, confused. Steve reaches out and rests a hand on his neck, reassuring.

"Our crazy's just a little funny is all," he says. "I could use the help, Clint, I'm glad you're here. I'm just not used to someone being able to look after me without giving something up to do it."

"I'm not," Clint says in a small voice. "I like it."
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/steve  author:copperbadge  length:20-50k  *kink 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
One Day We Won’t Have to Be Scared - Paraxdisepink - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Written for this prompt: Steve and Bucky are at a gay bar in the 30s, and some guy offers them money to take pictures of them as they fuck. They need the money, they say yes, and pretty much forget about it afterwards. The pictures come out years later.
Bucky itches to track down the idiot who had done it and convince them with a nice cold kiss from the barrel of his .45 to come out and say the stupid things were photoshopped.

"I didn't say that." Steve is extra patient with him these days. "But no one else but you knows what I looked like before the serum. You were a little easier to spot."

"Great." Bucky kicks his rifle case out of the way that he left in the middle of the living room. There goes the idea of claiming they were faked.

Steve follows him.

"That why you're taking this so hard? Can't stand sharing the memory of skinny Steve Rogers with the rest of the world?"

Bucky gives him a look. Who wouldn't be bothered by masses of people watching them have sex? He's told his stare is ice cold now, but it doesn't work on Steve.

"Come on, Bucky. As far as I'm concerned those pictures are art. Come here. You've barely even looked at them."
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:Paraxdisepink  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
The power of the right shirt (a.k.a. God bless America) - sirona - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
"He just…" Phil trails off, mouth gaping. He is staring at the field outside the house, eyes glazed.

Clint sighs. "Yeah, he just ripped a log in two with his bare hands."
"Mnh," Phil says, when Steve swings his axe and lets it fall in a particularly bloody-minded manner, and Clint snaps a little.

"If you've got a boner right now, so help me," he says, hating the whine that has crept into his voice. He's a self-assured master marksman, damn it, and besides, Steve is kind of astronomically hot.

Phil ignores him. Of course he does—oh, wait. Phil's hand has found his wrist, pressing onto his pulse point with the kind of calm, familiar authority that makes Clint shudder all over.

"Just because a guy can rip a log in half with the power of his biceps, doesn't mean I want to have sex with him, Barton."

"I could totally rip a log in two," Clint grumbles sulkily. Going by the look on Phil's face when he turns to look at him, he's missing the point entirely.

"Of course you could, baby," Phil says. Clint wants to punch him. (Except for how he doesn't.)
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:sirona  length:0-5k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Fitzpleasure - anachronic - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
“This is for your own good, Clint,” Phil says as maneuvers the fucking machine between Clint’s legs and moves around to stand at the side of the exam table.

Clint raises an eyebrow and Phil has the grace to flush. “Well. We need your genetic material, of course, but there are better ways to harvest it. More efficient ways. I chose this method for its secondary benefits. And because I found the opportunity to mimic your culture’s alien abduction mythology too hard to resist.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:anachronic  length:0-5k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Slowly Falling (Down a Flight of Stairs) - raiining - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint doesn't know Agent Coulson all that well – they've only worked together a few times in the field and while Clint respects the guy, it doesn't mean he's itching to hang out or anything. But when Clint's injured on a mission and forced to lay low at the Tower, he begins to realize that there may be more to Coulson than he's had reason to believe.
“I bet you miss him,” Clint teases.

“Robert’s hands are too small,” Coulson says, a little helplessly. Clint laughs, thinking of the massage therapist Stark has hired to round-out his alternative medicine team. ‘Small’ is not the word Clint would use.

“No, no!” Coulson protests, sitting up straighter. He gestures with his hands. “They almost tickle, they’re so small. I’m psychological trained to relax only after being worked over by huge, meaty paws. Robert doesn’t stand a chance.”

Clint laughs even harder. “Well, you know what they say about the size of your palms…”

Coulson groans. “Oh, please, don’t remind me. Dr. DeBocker used to say that every time we complained. We’d be like, ‘Jesus, Doc, tone it down a little or something’, and he’d puff out his chest and say, ‘Never have any complaint from the ladies! You men are too soft these days!’”

“Please tell me he didn’t do prostate exams.”

Coulson shakes his head sadly. “He ruined me for other men. It just isn’t the same any more.”

Clint laughs so hard, he nearly falls off the couch.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:raiining  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
This Is Not A Jane Austen Novel - raiining - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint Barton meets Phil Coulson when he is young and stupid. Years later they meet again, and Clint realizes he may already have fucked up the best thing that ever happened to him.
Clint goes over Coulson's mission logs, something he's never dared to do before, and realizes that Coulson never says anything negative about him at all. Instead he commends his work in the field with his usual dry precision, and even says things like "Agent Barton's conduct during this operation was exemplary" which Clint knows is a fucking lie.

It may be – it must be – that they've never had a feud going at all. Clint's been building this all up inside his head. Coulson doesn't care about him – Coulson's probably never cared about him. Every time he blushed or avoided Clint's presence was probably embarrassment for the way Clint was making a fool out of himself.

Clint's been thinking they had some kind of epic-level hate-on for each other, but Coulson probably never spared a second thinking about him at all. It's all been a figment of his imagination.

Clint punches his work-out bag and tells himself he isn't disappointed. Just because he spends all of his time and energy thinking about Coulson, and Coulson probably never does the same – well, that's fine. That's fucking fine.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:raiining  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Put My Guns in the Ground (I Can't Shoot Them Anymore) - jukeboxhound - Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (2012), The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Everything sort of slows down under the water. His heart thumps once, twice, three times, the pauses between each beat getting longer as it waits for that thunderbolt of electricity to arc through it like a live wire. It's silent, as though the world is holding its breath along with him, and all he sees is a wash of color and flickering light.

A hundred years later hands grab at him, but instead of holding him down they yank him up and drag him onto cold tile. Sound and sensation come rushing back like the sudden pounding of blood in his ears.

"Tony!" someone's yelling, "Tony, are you all right?"

Tony grasps at his chest first, has to feel a hard circle of alloy breaking the line of his sternum before he can talk. "Peachy, fucking awesome, I take spontaneous swims all the time, don't go a day without."

It's Steve making him sit up, Steve demanding, "What just happened?"

"Yeah, what the hell, dude, why'd you just stay under?" asks Clint.

"Liked the scenery," says Tony, "Jesus, Steve, it's not like I went diving in the Mariana Trench, I'm fine." Totally fine, and if he's shaking a little and can't quite bring himself to stop touching the arc reactor, whatever, no one's perfect.
fandom:MCU  pairing:steve/tony  author:jukeboxhound  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Taking Action - Closer - Avengers, Marvel, Marvel Avengers Movies Universe, The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
A single timeline told from three different perspectives, involving three different relationships.

Steve wants what Tony and Pepper have, and maybe wants Tony and Pepper.
Bruce and Natasha are both looking for someone to care for, and need a little caring-for themselves.
Clint is just so damned glad to have Coulson back he won't ask for anything more, but Coulson has other ideas.

Also there are incidental zombies, friendly robots, not-so-friendly robots, video games, and a jar full of soul.
fandom:MCU  pairing:pepper/steve/tony  pairing:bruce/natasha  pairing:clint/phil  author:Closer  length:50k+ 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Never Down and Out - haipollai - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
The one time they would get attacked on these stupid publicity trips would be the one time they entirely unprepared for it. Tony hadn’t even managed to get his suit entirely on when their helicopter was blown out of the sky and he had to rely on the repulsor pads in his feet alone to keep from crashing. Hawkeye clinging to his back hadn’t helped matters but they’d all gotten down in one piece.

The Avengers are caught up in Max's newest plan to get rid of the Losers, he doesn't count on the two teams actually meeting each other and finding a way to work together.
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february 2017 by starkandspangle
Sound Masking - haipollai - The Losers - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
Cougar pushes him against a wall without preamble. The mission is technically done, the target is lying in a pool of his own blood 600 yards away and they have six hours before they have to report back or someone comes looking.

Clint fists his hands in Cougar's shirt and pulls him closer. Plenty of time.
fandom:MCU  fandom:TheLosers  pairing:clint/cougar  author:haipollai  length:0-5k  *crossover 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Boys Wanna Be Her - paperclipbitch - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Bodyswap! (Clint makes a mental note never to tell Nat that he realised he was inside her body by recognising her boobs.)
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february 2017 by starkandspangle
doesn't matter if I bleed - t_fic (topaz), topaz, topaz119 (topaz) - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint's never pretended to be deep. He's just the guy who sits back and watches, the guy who makes the shot when he needs to. He's seen a lot of crap in his time, sat through a lot of fucked-up scenes to get to where he needs to be, but this, now--he can't stand another second of it.
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february 2017 by starkandspangle
A Modern American Family Unit - desert_neon (sproutgirl) - Hawkeye (Comics), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Phil Coulson is an ordinary man with an ordinary job. He is a single parent with two daughters, Daisy, 17, and Maggie, 5. Every Saturday, Phil takes Maggie to story time at the local branch of the New York Public Library. When Clint Barton starts volunteering as an ASL interpreter for the program (and brings his son along with him), Maggie becomes fascinated with the language and Phil becomes fascinated with the man.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:desert_neon  *au  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Sweet Child of Mine - raiining - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Phil clutches his mug of coffee tighter to his chest. “I think I’m going to adopt Clint Barton’s illegitimate love child.”
Phil gropes for his chair, finds it, and sits down. “Why don’t you start at the beginning?”

She blows out a breath. “Right. Well. I’m not entirely sure where the beginning is, but suffice it to say that two days ago a Ms. – ” there’s a rustle of paper, “Jessica Fletcher,” papers again, “arrived at the Woman’s Health Free Clinic.” Ms. Ho pauses. “In retrospect, that might have been a fake name.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:raiining  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Falling For The First Time - raiining - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Doctor Phil Coulson has been an emergency room physician in the small town of Shield Lake for a while now. This isn’t the life he would have chosen, but he’s fairly happy with it, even if his colleagues think he’s bitter.

Everyone agrees he could use a change, though. When Doctor Clint Barton takes a position at the hospital, it might be the push that Phil’s been waiting for.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:raiining  length:10-20k  *au 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
The Underground - raiining - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
It’s been a month since Loki, since New York, since Phil. Clint has been hired out to the FBI for busy-work, and gets loaned to the DEA on the side. Someone decides he would be perfect for a quick infiltration job to a local BDSM bar (sorry, “dungeon”) and sends him in. Clint isn’t sure how, but he knows this is going to end badly …
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:raiining  length:20-50k  *kink 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
All Fall Down - raiining - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint has a history of making poor decisions. He thought he'd gotten better at that. It turns out, not so much.

Or: the one where Phil is supposed to seduce a target and Clint accidentally gets there first.
Warning for dub con and talk of previous dub-con / non-con
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:raiining  length:20-50k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
as easily as breathing in - visiblemarket - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Coulson's body relaxes, sprawling almost protectively over Clint's. "I feel like I owe you an apology, Barton," he says, professional as only Coulson can be while pining his subordinate bootycall to the ground.

Clint manages a steady inhale. "Nah. Good times."
He wakes up to the gentle creak of a door opening and a sliver of fluorescent light cutting through the darkness of his room. He eases his eyes open: the silhouette is familiar and he relaxes, stifles a yawn. "Are we up, sir?"

Coulson hesitates. Clint can see his fingers twitch at his side before he sticks his hands in his pockets. Ah, so it's that kind of night.

"Not quite, specialist," Coulson says, eventually, his voice soft.

Specialist, huh? Yeah, it's that kind of night. Clint opens his eyes all the way, catches the look on Coulson's face: exhausted, uneasy, and uncertain, three things Clint wouldn't have even guessed Coulson was capable of feeling, much less expressing, up until a few weeks ago.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:visiblemarket  length:0-5k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Been Through The Desert - Laura Kaye (laurakaye) - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Seriously, what kind of fly-by-night, slipshod criminal operation managed semi-functional truth serum but had neither communications equipment nor transportation in their desert lair?
“My horse, I forgot ‘is name,” Clint said. He leaned forward—Phil reached out unnecessarily to catch him—and patted the horse’s neck. “I’m sorry, horse.”

“It doesn’t have a name,” Phil said, keeping his tone soothing. The last thing he needed was for Clint’s trip to take a paranoid turn. He had a nightmarish mental image of Clint panicking and galloping away, never to be seen again. He wondered if he could tie them together somehow. Of course, that might end up in Phil meeting an undignified death by horse-dragging. He should just focus on keeping Clint calm. “Don’t worry, Barton, you didn’t forget.”

“Oh.” Clint was silent for a moment, idly scratching the horse’s pelt. The horse made a happy-sounding noise. Well, who wouldn’t, honestly?
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye  length:5-10k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Give a Dog a Bone - Laura Kaye (laurakaye) - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
What do you do when your dead best friend turns up alive after three years?
a) yell at him
b) hug him
c) ignore him to his face while following him around the Tower like a creeper
d) maybe fall in love with him a little
e) all of the above
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Operation Snapdragon - Laura Kaye (laurakaye) - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
They’d decided to call it Operation Snapdragon, Jasper had explained, because snapdragons meant “deception” in the language of flowers.

It would be more accurate to call it Operation Rip Out Phil's Heart And Grind It Beneath The Feet Of Mobsters, but apparently there wasn't a flower for that.
“You two are lucky sons of bitches, bro,” Piotr said.

“I certainly am,” Phil agreed. The scotch was amazing, and he’d had… several of them. He was starting to feel a little maudlin. “I never thought we’d last,” he confided, even as a part of him—the sober part—was howling in dismay. “I mean, look at him, and I’m so…” he shrugged, waving a hand to indicate his dweeby pants (well, Phillip Coldman’s dweeby pants) and receding hairline (sadly, all his own.) “But then we started going out, and it just worked, you know?”

Piotr nodded. “And now you marry him tomorrow, bro! Is happy ending!”

Sergei was laughing and clapping Clint on the back. There was glitter across the bridge of Clint’s nose, sparkling in the blue and pink stage lights.

Phil took a slug of his drink. “Yeah,” he said. “A happy ending.”

This whole operation might have gotten just a little out of hand.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
The Family Way - Laura Kaye (laurakaye) - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Lots of people think that SHIELD agents don't have families.

They're wrong.
“I was going to wait a while to tell you this,” Fury said. “I’d rather keep it to my eyes only, honestly; even saying this much is a risk. But seeing you two working together on this op… you can work. The two of you will be a good team. So I’m going to trust you with this. He’s married.”

Phil blinked. “What?” From the Security Blanket’s presence, he’d been expecting to be told that Barton… was an alien, or that the touch of his penis would drain your life, or that he was in witness protection, or something, not… that. “He never said anything.”

“It was the only condition he put on his recruitment, that I hide his family. A safe location and new identities for an alias, Mrs. Alias, and Bouncing Baby Boy Alias. My eyes only, nothing on paper or through official channels. Apparently he picked up some enemies during his mercenary days.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye  length:20-50k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Thrown and Overflown - Laura Kaye (laurakaye) - Marvel 616 [Archive of Our Own]
"This is Clint," said Phil proudly. "He's my guardian angel."
He skidded to a halt in front of the building’s dumpster, which Lucky was scrabbling at with his front paws, reared up on his hind legs and barking fit to bring the place down.

“Shh, Lucky! Geez, dog, what—” the baggie fell from his hand unnoticed as he looked more closely at what Lucky was trying to reach: the polished toe of a man’s dress shoe.

“Please let that just be a shoe,” Clint muttered, moving closer. “Please let that be—aw, leg, no.”

There was a man’s body attached to the leg; a white guy, middle-aged but well-muscled from what Clint could see. His head was shadowed by a trash bag, but Clint could see a few wisps of brown hair. Besides the dress shoes, he was dressed in a pair of very tight gray velour track pants, a man’s white cotton undershirt, stained down the front with blood, and a comically oversized windbreaker that said “Chigaco Cubz” on the front.
fandom:MCU  fandom:Hawkguy  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye  length:20-50k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
I Never Shook My Shadow - Laura Kaye (laurakaye) - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint has thought about it, maybe more than is strictly healthy; sometimes he’d tell himself stories about what would happen if Phil just showed up one day, alive.
“Absolutely not,” Phil says.

“So, what, we’re supposed to take the subway? I seem to recall there being a rule about archery on the A train, despite the alliterative suitability.”

He can almost see Phil running through and discarding possibilities in his head: taxis, walking, fighting their way out, creating some kind of distraction… all bad ideas for one reason (Phil is drugged) or another (Skye is a baby) or another (Clint only brought the one quiver and hotels are shitty to shoot in.) He gives him a minute, because Phil never did do well when he thought you were forcing an issue, and looks him square in the eye.

“You said you were tired of secrets,” he says, and Phil’s eyes flinch shut, just for a second. “Plus, can you imagine how Cap would feel if he found out you survived Loki but then got killed by HYDRA in his own backyard?” It’s playing dirty, and Clint knows it, and Phil knows it—probably even Skye knows it—but fuck that. They are not getting killed today.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Five Ill-Conceived Valentine's Day Schemes and One Perfectly Romantic Gesture - laceymcbain - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Phil Coulson hates Valentine's Day at S.H.I.E.L.D. - until he doesn't.
“In my defense,” Stark was saying, walking around Coulson's office as if looking for another exit, “he made that face. You know the one where he tilts his head like a confused puppy with sad eyes and—”

“I did not,” Steve said, affronted at the accusation. “I looked the way I always look.”

“Exactly,” Stark confirmed. “See? He even admits it.”

“That wasn't admitting—”

“Captain Rogers.”

Phil already had a headache named Stark to worry about. He'd prefer to keep his warm feeling towards Captain America for as long as he possibly could.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:laceymcbain  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Talk to Me - laceymcbain - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
The first words Clint ever remembers Coulson saying to him are "talk to me."
Clint expects to see a nurse or a doctor, someone in white or green scrubs.

Instead it's a guy a bit older than Clint, with light brown hair, a dark suit and an unassuming face. His eyes blue and sharp, and there's a flash of relief that's there and gone in a blink. Clint doesn't know who he is except ... he does.


The man's response is a smile that just lifts the corners of his mouth, barely a smile at all, but Clint thinks it looks like the biggest shit-eating grin he's ever seen. He's too high on the good drugs to worry he might be hallucinating.

“Nice to meet you, Agent Barton. Although, I have to say, if I'd known you wanted to meet me so badly, I would've arranged something before this. You didn't have to go and get yourself shot just to get me to introduce myself properly.”

"Not everything's about you," Clint says automatically, half under his breath, and it's the first time he hears Coulson laugh, spontaneous and loud. He kind of likes it.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:laceymcbain  length:10-20k 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Words are Hard - pagination - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV), Spider-Man (Ultimateverse), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
Clint Barton's To Do list
1. Buy more undies.
2. 'Pizza is my second favorite thing to eat in bed.' Try line out on Phil.
3. Look for other sock. Maybe left in bodega.
4. 'Your eyes are like spanners. Whenever I see them, my nuts tighten.' Tony = hilarious. Try on Phil.
5. Feed dog.
6. 'I'm no weatherman, but you should expect eight inches tonight.' Don't try on Phil yet.
7. Measure dick. Use ruler this time instead of fruit.
8. Throw out the yogurt container in the fridge. Do not open first.

Phil Coulson's To Do list:
1. Request new psych eval for Barton.
2. Buy butter.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:pagination 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Erro, Ergo Sum - pagination - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
If there is an indisputable fact about Phil Coulson, it is that he is ordinary. When all other truths like mortality, identity, humanity, and biology are under attack, this one cornerstone of reality is the ground he will stand and die on.

Phil Coulson is ordinary, damn it, and people do not fall in love with ordinary.
Phil tries to strike a blow for reason. “You’re too experienced to fall for one of Barton’s pranks, Jasper.”

Jasper is unimpressed. “Nobody waits ten years for a payoff to a prank. Unless you’re Fury. And he’s no Fury.”

“I would have noticed,” Phil says again, dogged on this one point. Phil is good with people. He knows he is. It’s in his file.

Jasper stabs his pancake. He’s cut it into the representation of an iconic cartoon character. “Why would you?” he asks Mickey Mouse, stab, stab, stab. “You never noticed any of the others.”

Phil says blankly, “Others?”
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:pagination 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
What's Your Kink? - resonae - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint looks defiant, and Tony chuckles. “I think it’s a hot kink.”
Aka that one that starts with Tony walking in on Clint jerking off and ends with oviposition, tentacle sex, multiple orgasms, object insertion, enemas, fisting, figging and spanking.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/tony  author:resonae  length:5-10k  *kink  lizardbrain 
february 2017 by starkandspangle
Home Improvement - pagination - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
“Did you shoot me?” Phil asks, confused.

“In my own defense, I didn’t notice you standing behind me,” Clint says.

“In my own defense, I was standing behind you.” Phil sits up with a small groan. Clint tries to offer a hand, but gets his arm thumped by the arrow. That’s probably fair. “I’m not up on my archery technique, but doesn’t that mean you’re fantastically bad at this?”
lil_grl_lost asked for domestic fluff, first meetings, and alternate universe. This is my first attempt at domestic fic. I'm afraid it might not be quite what the prompter asked for--they say 'write what you know,' and as the state of my house, my laundry, and my nutritionist's stress levels attest: I don't know domestic.
fandom:MCU  fandom:Hawkguy  pairing:clint/phil  author:pagination  length:20-50k  *au 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
The Time to Find a Place to Land - BlackEyedGirl - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
By Phil’s count, this is his third attempt at bringing the Avengers together, although he will admit his participation in the second attempt was more symbolic than anything else. He hadn’t expected Stark to be the easiest sell, or Barton to be the most problematic, but things have changed since he’s been away.

Phil says, very pleasantly, “Say ‘sir’ in that tone one more time, Agent Barton, I dare you.”

“Wow, dying has not mellowed you at all.”

Phil looks stung by that, like he’s only just noticed that Clint is fucking pissed at him. “Clint.”

Truthfully, Clint hadn’t realised just how pissed off he was until he got into the room. Because what Phil is asking is ‘how are the Avengers?’ What he’s asking is for a status report on the reasons he felt it was okay to rush a God and get himself stabbed and then lie about it. “Sorry, sir,” Clint says. “Maybe push a little harder next time.” He takes Phil’s silence for dismissal, and goes back to his quarters.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:BlackEyedGirl 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Granting Requests - BlackEyedGirl - Thor (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Barton grins. “This is a first. You never request me personally.” [Set between establishing the hammer base and the end of the movie.]
Two hours later, Barton is climbing the scaffolding.

Phil shields his eyes with his hand and looks up at the man. “I can have you something built, you know.”


“The contractors are already here. I’m sure they’d rig you up a perch if you asked nicely.”

Barton glares at the jab at his codename and shakes his head. “Then they’d know where to expect me.”

“Who’s they?”

“Whoever it is you think is going to come rushing in here to steal the sky-hammer nobody can lift.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:BlackEyedGirl 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
I’ve got your words in me - eleanor_lavish - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint doesn’t fuck up assignments very often. This time, he’s pretty glad he did.
“No? You not up to taking one for the team, Coulson?”

“Your puns are horrifying. And it’s not... proper.”

Clint stares at him. “And me? I’m proper?”

“You’re never proper. That’s why you’re perfect,” Phil says, and Clint wishes he’d recorded that, to play back later when he’s in trouble for being improper. “Anyway, the Captain’s not really my type.”

“And you think he’s my type?” Clint says, then pauses. “Humble, smart, All-American hero? Yeah, I think that’s totally my type, actually. Throw in a suit, I’m good to go.” Phil rolls his eyes again, and Clint grins at him, leans in enough that his fingers brush Phil’s arm.

“And how are you gonna know I got the deed done?” he murmurs low in Phil’s ear, lips almost close enough to catch on skin.

“I’m sure you’ll give me a full debrief,” Phil replies, and Clint tosses his head back and laughs.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:eleanor_lavish 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Unknown Unknowns - eleanor_lavish - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
It turns out that forgetting about Project TAHITI means that Phil has forgotten about something far more important.
Phil’s body acts as if on autopilot, opening for it, leaning in for more. Clint moans, a broken sound that startles Phil more than the kiss itself, and Phil manages to pull back, gasping for air. “Barton, what are you doing?”

Clint goes deathly still for a moment, and if Phil hadn’t been reeling from the kiss, he’d probably have noticed the warning signs - the slide of his foot along the carpet, the way his eyes go suddenly dark. As it is, he finds himself turned and slammed forcefully into the wall, one arm twisted up and behind him painfully. He pushes against the hold just enough to feel the prick of a knife against his back, positioned perfectly to slide between his ribs and into his liver, maybe his lung.

“Barton,” Phil says, as steady and calm as he can manage. “Stand down.”

Clint huffs out a laugh; Phil can feel it against his throat. “Knew it was too fucking good to be true,” he mutters, toneless and dark.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:eleanor_lavish 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent walks into a bar. - flatbear (duffnstuff) - Marvel Avengers Movies Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Sometimes you ought to go where everybody knows your name.
"What is it?"


Phil turned and pressed his back against the bar, eyes narrowing and scanning the dwindling late-afternoon crowd. He usually managed to sneak away from his desk for a few hours once or twice a week and this, when the bar was hardly busy and the sun was setting, was his favorite time for a moment of peace.

It also meant there was a minimum of trouble to get caught up in. Now, he could feel his muscles tense, eyes darting from one person to the other, looking for weapons or expressions that gave away violent intent. But there was nothing.

"I don't see anything," he said as he frowned, turning back to Levi. She laughed.

"You'll hear him before you see him, honey. Here he comes. Just listen."

Phil turned again, and she was right. He heard Clint Barton just before he saw him.

He was singing.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:flatbear 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Save Yourself - ghostrunner - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
I really wanted to call this story “…and then I wrote clint/coulson/natasha hurt/comfort curtain!fic” but my artistic integrity wouldn’t allow it.
“I know my body!” he protests.

Natasha raises an eyebrow. “Are you suggesting I don’t?”

Clint proves he’s recovered enough to have the blood pressure to blush.

In the tongue-tied pause Phil says, “We’re not leaving you alone in the shape you’re in. It’s entirely up to you whether you stay here awake, or drugged into unconsciousness.”

They don’t write rule books for bisexual threesome relationships where all the committed parties are trained government killers, so Phil isn’t sure if this situation counts as ‘ganging up’ or ‘democracy’. Since it’s how they settle almost all disputes he decides to give them the benefit of the doubt.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/natasha/phil  author:ghostrunner 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
I Trust You to Kill Me - ghostrunner - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Most people find Specialist Barton so annoying as to be impossible to work with. He's been bounced off so many black ops teams it's probably a record.

Agent Coulson is made of sterner stuff.
“Give me your binoculars,” he says aloud.

He didn’t hear anything; not the scuff of a combat boot over dry brush, not a whisper of clothing, not the barest suspiration of breath. He couldn’t say how he knows Barton is standing behind him, but he does.

Sixty percent of his job is appearing omniscient.

Barton huffs, annoyed. “I bet sometimes you guess wrong and there’s no one actually behind you,” he says, handing over his field glasses.

Coulson lifts them to his eyes with his free hand. “I’m never wrong,” he says.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:ghostrunner 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Through the Glass - dentalfloss - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
“Thoughts, Coulson?” Fury asked, finger tapping idly on Barton’s file.

“He’s dangerous. He has trust issues that we may not be able to breach, he will not like working with others, he will lie to us about his motivations every chance he gets and, most likely, be successful every time.” Coulson’s gaze drifted back to the empty chair Barton had chosen earlier, boxed in the corner yet protected on as many sides as possible. “It won’t be easy, but if we can win his loyalty he has the potential to be the asset we’re looking for.”

Fury agreed, though neither of them would ever dream that they already had Barton’s loyalty, or that the price it cost was so steep.
Based on the request that Clint was an indentured servant to SHIELD, but nobody in SHIELD (ex: Coulson, Fury, etc) know about his circumstances.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:dentalfloss  length:50k+ 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
If I Run Out Of Songs To Sing - torakowalski - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Fitz is almost one hundred percent sure that he and Mack are friends, but he’s eighty percent sure that friends don’t share beds. Still, that's what keeps happening, and he's not exactly complaining.
fandom:MCU  pairing:fitz/mack  author:torakowalski 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Words May Fail (The Body Remains) - ladyflowdi - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
There's a beginning to every love story, Clint knows. Theirs just has more bullets and crazy people.
when Clint steps into Coulson’s place and sees the bookshelves, the cool posters on the walls and the cozy furniture, he recognizes this place as a home. It’s an old, familiar sorrow, a pang low down in Clint’s chest, because he’s old enough now to know things like this aren’t in his cards.

Coulson disappears as soon as he opens the door. Clint can just see him in the kitchen, shedding his jacket and pulling beers out of the fridge, so Clint does what he does and pokes around, mostly because he can’t not. There’s a collection of records on a shelf, and sitting on the lid of an antique wooden turntable is a copy of Ring-a-Ding-Ding!. There’s a huge collection of bluray’s below an impressively-sized television, and photos of his family everywhere, including one of his twin (holy shit) brother, a heavy-set man with the same beautiful blue eyes and a kippa, and what must be their younger sister, a petite woman with a kind face and strawberry blond hair.

But what really gets to Clint, what makes him bite down on his tongue so he won’t laugh, is the ludicrous amount of Captain America memorabilia Coulson has. There’s framed artwork on the walls, and a film reel tin of one of Cap’s first movies. He’s got an ancient-looking pillow on a side chair of Cap’s shield in needlepoint, and even a tiny replica of Cap’s dog, Major Max.

“I’ve got some stuff for omelets,” Coulson says as he comes out of the kitchen. He’s rolled up his sleeves, even, and Clint realizes that – that maybe in the spirit of the holiday or some shit, Coulson is inviting him to relax. In his house. With food and beer and his Cap crap.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:ladyflowdi  length:50k+ 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
my fleeing heart - hoosierbitch - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Clint's heats have never been easy. This one is especially bad.
“I give you permission,” Coulson says, “to ask Steve or Thor—or both—to help you through this. But I need you to be honest with me right now,” he says. Clint nods, forgetting that Coulson’s not there to see him (wanting it, wanting Coulson, bad enough that it’s making him stupid). “I give you permission to seek help from one of the others, but, if that’s going to end up making you feel worse, I will forbid it. I can’t make this decision for you. I need you to tell me what will make you feel better, not what you think will make me happy.”

Hearing Coulson’s voice has worked Clint’s body up to a frenzy. If Coulson’s going to offer him a way out, make allowances for Clint’s weakness, Clint will have to take it. “Order me to,” Clint whispers, which is as much of a ‘yes’ as he’s capable of right now.

“Thor, or Steve? Or both?”
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  pairing:clint/steve  pairing:clint/thor  author:hoosierbitch  length:10-20k  lizardbrain 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Dyslexia 'Verse - hoosierbitch - Marvel Cinematic Universe
The first time the teachers send a note home with Clint, about his problems, about how he’s dumber than the other kids, his dad’s not angry. He just laughs, which, Clint realizes, isn’t actually better.
Sitting in Coulson’s office, staring at his stupidity spread out on top of the mahogany desk, he feels as dumb as he had when he was seven, waiting in the principal’s office for his parents to arrive. His parents hadn’t come, so the principal (principal –al, not principle –le) had just talked to Clint, trying to use small words, already tired of explaining things to another in a long string of poor kids who’d grow up to waste everybody’s time.

Coulson’s thumb is brushing over the line where Clint had rewritten the date three times. Month, day, year. It’s not hard. It’s not rocket science. Month, day, year. He’d crossed it out with his pen so hard that it had torn through the paper. And that’s just the first line.

They papers look like they’ve been filled out by a five year old; they look ridiculous. Page after page covered in Clint’s uneven chicken scratch handwriting.
See also:
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:hoosierbitch  length:20-50k 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Things Ain't So Lonely Anymore - arsenicarcher (Arsenic) - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Ficlet set in hoosierbitch's Dyslexia-verse. Clint doesn’t give them anything but his name. He would tell them his SHIELD ID number, because that’s allowed, but he can never get it right, eight numbers, two of them repeats and while it probably wouldn’t hurt for his captors to think he’s retarded, it would hit a little close to the bone to keep saying it wrong.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:arsenicarcher  length:0-5k 
january 2017 by starkandspangle
Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes - Speranza - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
His eyes were dark and unreadable: there was only a faint ring of blue around the pupils. He stared at Steve down the gun barrel and muttered: "Are you really my friend?"
fandom:MCU  unread 
september 2015 by starkandspangle
Frequently Asked Questions - Mad_Maudlin - Hawkeye (Comics) [Archive of Our Own]
Monday, March 18th (6:39 pm)

Where am I? Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. You got admitted through the ER around ten this morning. Yes, they take the Avengers' insurance plan, and also they were closest.

What happened? You appear to have some kind of chronic amnesia, such that you keep asking everybody these questions every five minutes, so I drove you over here and wrote you this awesome FAQ. You're welcome.

What's wrong with me? The doctors are still running a bunch of tests, but they think maybe it's meningitis. No, I don't know how you got meningitis, but don't breathe on me too much just in case.

Where's Lucky? Simone is taking care of him for now.

When can I leave? Probably not soon, since, you know, meningitis. They did a spinal tap (which was gross and you were a total baby about it) and the results will be back in the morning.
fandom:Hawkguy  fandom:MCU  pairing:gen  author:Mad_Maudlin  length:0-5k 
january 2014 by starkandspangle
Hawkeyes and their Handlers - lanyon
It's Kate Bishop's first day in SHIELD. It's probably not the right day to wake up half-in-love with a stranger.
“Kate Bishop, Codename Hawkeye,” says Sitwell and he frowns. “Because that won’t be confusing. Agent Darcy Lewis. She’ll be your handler.”

The door opens and Hawkeye walks in. He opens his arms out wide.

“Heeeey, Katie-Kate, you made it.”

“Clint Barton, Codename Hawkeye,” says Sitwell. “See?”

“You gotta meet Phil - I mean, Agent Coulson.” Clint looks a little pink but maybe that’s exertion because it’s hot today and he’s not getting any younger and he’s perpetually recovering from injuries.

“Agent Phil Coulson is Hawkeye’s handler,” says Sitwell. “But not your handler. Look, this is why codenames are unique. What if all agents were called Coulson?”

“Then SHIELD would run with alarming efficiency and we probably wouldn’t need any Hawkeyes at all.” Another man walks into the room, unless he’s been here all along, and he is not particularly imposing or remarkable, except that he has a kind smile, a receding hairline and eyes that might be ice or sea or sky.

“Coulson, I’m hurt,” says Hawkeye.

“That’s because you fell out of a Quinjet,” says Coulson.
fandom:Hawkguy  fandom:MCU  pairing:darcy/kate  pairing:clint/phil  author:lanyon  length:0-5k  *femslash 
november 2013 by starkandspangle
The Coffee Bandits of Greater Manhattan - daroos
A Coffee Shop AU with a twist. Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff were thrown together by fate but now run one of the most successful food trucks in the five boroughs. This is a story of how they came to be, how romance can bloom in strange places, and how the bonds of family aren’t always constricting.
“I was thinking we should do some training before getting out in the world. Have you ever worked a coffee shop?” he asked. Somehow in their association and business partnership which had lasted all of a week and a half he hadn’t managed to ask her.

She frowned. “You make coffee, you give people coffee.”

Clint inhaled, preparing to laugh, but her confused, serious look stopped him. “You... wait, what?”

“I don’t drink coffee,” she said helpfully. “I like the smell though.”

Clint dropped his face in his hands. This was going to take some work.
fandom:MCU  fandom:Hawkguy  pairing:clint/phil  author:daroos  length:20-50k  *au 
november 2013 by starkandspangle
Relief - infiniteeight - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Being dumped is nothing new to Clint. Sure, this one was bad, but it's pretty much in line with his life lately. He knows what comes next: drown his sorrows, pick himself up, meet someone new, repeat. Except someone interrupts the "drown his sorrows" step.
"Seriously? That's it?" Clint asks.

Phil looks over at him without turning. "What?"

Clint shrugs. "I guess I just figured a SHIELD agent would be more interested, even off the clock. Would have a few questions, a least."

Phil's lips curl up at the corner. "SHIELD has its fingers in a lot more pies than those that pull in you high profile types. Granted, high profile type ops have a way of blowing up and consuming all our resources, but I generally work more on...developing situations. I'm intelligence gathering and evaluation--situation management rather than crisis command. My operations aren't going to be particularly impacted by who's gunning for you this week and whether or not your girlfriend dumped you."

Clint can't help it; he winces.

"Ah," Phil says. He shifts on his seat. "I apologize, I wasn't actually aiming for that nerve."
fandom:MCU  fandom:Hawkguy  pairing:clint/phil  author:infiniteeight  length:20-50k 
november 2013 by starkandspangle
Six times Melinda May spent time with a member of the Avengers Initiative - Minnow - The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Melinda is rushing Fitz-Simmons back to headquarters with a vial of the ink squirted by the remote-controlled mutated squids, and Skye is already back at HQ working on the remote-control aspect of it, so they miss it when Coulson and Ward encounter the Avengers during the latest crisis in New York.

It goes better than it could have, from what Ward says later. The non-SHIELD Avengers had apparently all had private suspicions or hopes that Coulson's death was a temporary measure, which cuts down somewhat on the yelling and accusations.

The end result is that two weeks after the Squid Incident they're all at Stark Tower, along with a number of personnel from New York's emergency services and their families, at the party Stark is hosting as some kind of thank you to New York's finest. People are dressed up. There are musicians, whose names Melinda recognizes. There are hors d'oeuvres. There are politicians. "Are you sure this isn't Stark's roundabout way of getting back at you?" Melinda murmurs to Coulson.
fandom:MCU  pairing:gen  pairing:melinda/bruce  author:Minnow 
october 2013 by starkandspangle
At Tilde - copperbadge - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.
The first computer Matilda ever saw was in a lab at the university where she was studying. She was nine and vastly unimpressed. Of course it did cool things, but it was large and clunky and tedious to program. Matilda felt she could do better if they'd just let her at it, but as much as the other students and professors liked her, earning their respect was still difficult and earning computer rights was probably going to have to wait a few years.

"Not until you have a training bra," one of her professors said, and patted her on the shoulder. (Mostly on the shoulder. Ew.)

Matilda, who had always adhered to the "when people do bad things, they should be punished" law of existence, and who was already well-read in radical feminism, set his office on fire.

Just a little fire. Honest.
fandom:Matilda  fandom:XMen  fandom:MCU  pairing:gen  author:copperbadge  length:0-5k 
may 2013 by starkandspangle
Clause 19 - Laura Kaye
It took a special kind of crazy to break into a superhero's apartment and make yourself a pot of his coffee, and a special kind of skill to avoid the various booby traps that said superhero had installed in his apartment after consultation with a technical genius and a super-spy. Kate kind of wished that she'd called Natasha after all.
“He vass... my boyfriend,” Clint declaimed, in a silly accent like Frau Blucher from Young Frankenstein, and he cracked up laughing, only it turned into something more like sobs. It was the worst fucking noise Kate had ever heard him make, and she had personally witnessed him get shot. She pretended not to notice, because Clint had the arm that wasn’t holding the tequila bottle slung over his face and his chest was heaving. Natasha put her free hand in Clint’s hair, just barely stroking with her fingertips; she looked brittle, her eyes too bright and hard. Something under Kate’s breastbone burned. In sympathy, yes, but also a terrible sort of jealousy, because Billy and Teddy were at home taking care of each other, and Tommy fucked off God knows where, and Eli just left them, and they were all looking to Kate to hold the group together but there was nobody left to help her hold herself.

But maybe, she thought, that was why Natasha had asked her to come. Maybe there was room for her here; maybe the three of them could help each other hold on.
fandom:Hawkguy  fandom:YoungAvengers  fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:LauraKaye  length:0-5k 
april 2013 by starkandspangle
These Things Take Forever - torakowalski
“You going?” There’s nothing about his tone to tell Phil whether or not he’s happy about that.

“I should,” Phil says easily. He leans back against the headboard so that he can talk to Barton without leaning over him. If he leans over Barton, while Barton’s still lying down, Phil’s going to want to kiss him again.

“Yeah.” Barton’s smile is smaller than it was, but it’s still… Phil wants to say fond. It’s probably teasing. Barton likes teasing him. “Because you’re busy and important, right?”

“Just busy,” Phil corrects gently. There’s an eyelash resting on the swell of Barton’s cheekbone. Phil looks away from it.

Barton snorts. “Yeah, okay,” he says. He pauses, forehead crinkling in the way it does, when he’s thinking through a play or deciding whether to make a suggestion. Over the last few months of working together, Phil has learned to wait for Barton when he looks like that.

“Or you could stay,” is all Barton eventually says.
fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  author:torakowalski  length:0-5k 
february 2013 by starkandspangle
Learn How To Tell You Goodbye - torakowalski
When Phil Coulson's life model decoy is attacked on the Helicarrier, the World Security Council seizes the opportunity to send him deep undercover in Russia.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Clint Barton struggles to come to terms with the loss of his handler and unexpectedly finding himself part of the Avengers, a group of people who can't quite call themselves a team. Yet.
unread  fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil  pairing:bucky/steve  author:torakowalski  length:20-50k 
december 2012 by starkandspangle
Snow Is Falling (Like Forgiveness From The Sky) - torakowalski
Bucky hesitates for a second then, “Yeah,” he says and slides off the roof.

There’s one, breathless moment where Steve forgets the balcony that’s directly below them and all he sees is Bucky, surrounded by snow and falling abruptly away from him all over again.

He thinks he’s managed to cut off the sound that floods his throat, but when he follows Bucky down, he has to put a hand against the doorframe because he’s shaking so hard.

“Okay?” Bucky asks, raising his eyebrows at him.

“Peachy,” Steve lies and climbs back in through the window ahead of Bucky.
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:torakowalski  length:0-5k 
december 2012 by starkandspangle
but hey, you're all right - beardsley
'This is not my fault,' Tony lies. 'It was supposed to be a joke! Christ.'

'Thanks to your joke,' says Coulson, 'we now have a code three-four-delta, with the variable being a Russian immigrant. We're checking his background right now, but it might take a while. Meanwhile, I suggest you civilian-proof the Tower. If any SHIELD intelligence is compromised, I will hurt you.'

Yes, this is the story where the Winter Soldier is a Russian mail-order bride. Everything goes about as well as you'd expect.
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:beardsley  length:5-10k 
december 2012 by starkandspangle
Motion Practice - the_wordbutler - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
When Clint Barton takes a job prosecuting traffic offenses and DUIs at the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, he's pretty sure his life is finally going in the right direction. But the problem isn't the direction: it's where he ends up.
unread  fandom:MCU  pairing:clint/phil 
october 2012 by starkandspangle
you, maybe not essentially you, somebody else - dorky
"We need access to this man's data," Clays says, then he looks straight at Jensen. "Luckily for us, he's hiring."

There's a long moment of silence, and then Jensen bursts out laughing. "No, really, Clay," he says, wiping the corner of his eyes. "Who's the real mark?"

Clay gives him a look. Jensen glances at Aisha, standing next to the projector, but she just raises an eyebrow at him.

"Shit," he says.

On the wall, a giant Tony Stark smirks at them in the darkness of the room.
fandom:TheLosers  fandom:MCU  pairing:jensen/tony  author:dorky  length:10-20k  *crossover 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
just like ginger rogers - siria
"Miss Potts!" he boomed, though he didn't stop hopping up and down on one foot. "I have been afflicted by what Clint tells me is the most insidious of your Midgardian illnesses—the pins and the needles." Behind him, Clint was snickering.

Pepper blinked. "I'm... sorry to hear that," she said, falling back instinctively on all the training in diplomacy she'd ever received.

Thor flopped heavily backwards onto one of the oversized leather sectionals that ringed the room and began to massage the sole of his left foot. "I receive your sympathies gladly, for I have never before been dealt with in such manner. Why have you betrayed me now, limb, when you have carried so sturdily across worlds?"
fandom:MCU  pairing:gen  author:siria  length:0-5k 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
The More Things Change - Skew
As far as Bucky's concerned, neither Steve's transformation or the events of the war have changed the friendship between them. However, when a mission doesn't quite go to plan, he finds himself making a foolish decision that might change things forever.
"What the hell are you cooking in there, Dernier, old socks?"

Dernier shook his head. "Non. It is K-rations a la Dernier." He ladled a serving of brownish slop into a mess tin and offered it to Jim. "You want the first taste, Private Morita?"

Jim raised his eyebrows. "I thought you French were meant to be good at cooking."

"Not with American ingredients. Now eat it, or be hungry!" Dernier poked the tin at Jim, who accepted it with great reluctance. "Who is next?"

"Who votes we eat Dernier instead?" Jim said, scooping up a spoonful and watching with horror as it slowly dripped off his spoon.

"C'mon, guys," Steve said, holding up his hands. "Just hold your noses and eat up. And do it quickly, too. We've got a base to raid."
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  author:Skew  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
A Woman of Very Few Words (but Lots of Action) - Perpetual Motion (perpetfic)
Natasha and Pepper have sex because it's fun. Mild feelings that are not love. I like it because it feels good to read Natasha having sex because she wants to and because it's fun. It seems like she hasn't had enough personal choice when it comes to this sort of thing in the past.
“Are you aware Tony has been fucking his way through the roster the last few weeks?”

Pepper grins. “Is he still working his way through? That lying bastard told me he’d finished off.”

“You’re not…” Natasha isn’t sure what word she needs. Pepper seems amused, relaxed, not concerned that her boyfriend had Banner against a lab table three days ago and Clint bent over a desk yesterday. Rogers he’d done in the showers, and Natasha had heard some pretty detailed commentary about his plans for Thor when he got back from Asgard. Why he’d told Natasha, she had no idea, but it’d sent her here because it seemed only fair to tell the one grounding force in Stark’s life that she was being usurped for a bunch of quick sex.

“Tony’s a slut,” Pepper says, and she stands slowly, Natasha dropping her hand from her shoulder as she moves. “If I tried to keep up, I think I’d die. So we have an arrangement.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:natasha/pepper  author:PerpetualMotion  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
The Scoop - hollimichele
Outsider POV on Steve Rogers aka Captain America
“Hey, Steve!” I hollered at him, and his head jerked up. I crowed a little, internally.

When he saw me, his eyes went almost comically wide. He stuffed the last bit of empanada into his mouth, wiped his hands on his pants, and practically ran over to me. “How did you--?” he began.

“Brooklyn was enough of a hint,” I said. “You were in the orphanage with James Barnes, yeah?”

His gaze turned assessing. “That’s not bad detective work,” he said. “So did you figure out what you got wrong in the article?”

I grinned at him, like it hadn’t been keeping me up nights. “Well, you had a female commanding officer-- I was wrong when I wrote you wouldn’t have seen that before. And hanging around with Howard Stark, you probably would have known what a microwave oven was.”

He nodded. “Not bad. Howard blew up more stuff with that thing than with some of his actual weapons designs. Peggy thought it would never go anywhere.”
fandom:MCU  pairing:gen  pairing:bucky/steve  author:hollimichele  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
he'll understand what kind of gal I've been - circ_bamboo
Steve asks Natasha out. Natasha's sure it's not going to work out.
He laughs. "Hey, look--"

"I told you not to say anything," she says.

"Okay," he says, and drinks out of the bottle again.

"Oh, for--just go ahead and say it," she says, putting her head into her hands, because it's Tony and he'll say it anyway.

"Just--give it a chance?" he says, and it's so not what she expects to hear. "I mean, if you break him, we'll have issues, but don't fuck it up by not trying."

Cogent relationship advice from Tony Stark. At three in the morning. What is the world coming to?
fandom:MCU  pairing:natasha/steve  author:circ_bamboo  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
I had a dream about you - Ark
Steve runs his hands along Bucky's body like he's been wanting to since Bucky shipped off and also all his life. His hands are big and steady and powerful now and he can use the advantages he's been given in love as much as war. Erskine would have liked that.
fandom:MCU  pairing:bucky/steve  pairing:howard/steve  author:Ark  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by starkandspangle
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