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This story is a sequel to "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys," "Saudades,"  "Turnabout Is Fair Play," and "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," and "Birthday Girl."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Hulk, Steve Rogers, Betty Ross, JARVIS, Bucky Barnes, Nick Fury.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mind control. Inferences of past child abuse and other torture. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: A mission in Russia introduces the Avengers to the Winter Soldier. Steve wants Bucky back and will stop at nothing to make that happen. Everyone else helps however they can.
Notes: Asexual character (Clint). Aromantic character (Natasha). Asexual relationship. Sibling relationships. Fix-it. Teamwork. Canon-typical violence. BAMF!Avengers. Vulgar language. Drama. Rescue. Hurt/Comfort. Friendship. Confusion. Memory loss. Nick Fury makes stupid-ass decisions. Fluff. Nonsexual ageplay. Making up for lost time. Tony Stark has a heart. Games. Trust issues. Safety and security.  Food issues. Multiplicity/Plurality.  Sleep issues. Non-sexual touching and intimacy. Yoga. Personal growth. Family of choice. ALL THE FEELS. #coulsonlives.

The preliminary notes for this story ran long because the story is long, so I've posted them separately.  I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

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"No Winter Lasts Forever" Part 1


It began as a simple surveillance mission in Russia. Black Widow and Hawkeye infiltrated a group of arms dealers from Department X, which they gladly targeted given the connection to the Red Room. They followed a long chain of leads that actually had its roots back in the interrogation Black Widow was conducting when Agent Coulson announced Hawkeye's capture by Loki.

Things went so well, they needed an extra pair of hands. They pulled in Captain America, carefully undercover. Then Iron Man turned up a connection with Ten Rings while trying to track down some misappropriated Stark Industries weaponry. So Agent Coulson sent him in because he could control some of that ordnance in case of trouble. When Dr. Ross discovered a cache of AIM equipment in the same vicinity, she all but threw Banner at them with an admonishment to get the gamma cannons out of the hands of the crazy people.

That's when things stopped going quite so well.

"See, this is what happens when you try to privatize world peace," Hawkeye complained. "Now all the people who hate us suddenly want to make friends with each other. This arms exchange could turn into a flaming death trap."

"Quit whining, Robin Hood," said Iron Man as he tapped away at a holographic keyboard. "This way, we get a whole bunch of bad guys in one place at one time. We bowl a strike, and none of them will have enough command structure left to bother us for months at least. The head honchos will be too busy replacing their right-hand men."

"Yeah, but if we drop the ball in the gutter, we're fucked," Hawkeye said. "They have enough firepower to hurt us for real."

"We can't pull out now without scuttling the entire deal," Captain America said. "They set it up so that if anyone doesn't show, everyone scatters. Black Widow's our buyer, Hawkeye and I are her bodyguards, we're locked into this deal tonight and that's it."

"Paranoid little darlings, aren't they," Iron Man muttered.

"It's not paranoia when people really are out to get you," Banner said.

"Less chatter, more work, people," Agent Coulson said firmly. "We're approaching the drop zone now." The idea was for the transport to hang back and provide a quick escape in case something went wrong. "Stick to the plan. Your first priority is to gain control of the weaponry for sale, unconventional first and then conventional. Your second priority is to capture or kill the various arms runners, with intent to cripple as many of the criminal organizations as possible. Get moving."

They got moving. Agent Coulson monitored their progress on his screen.

The initial stage unfolded as anticipated, everyone in their places around the dark frozen parking lot. When Black Widow signaled that all the weaponry was on site and in transaction, Iron Man and Hulk ambushed the dealers. Given the attendees at the event, everyone had expected trouble, but most of them had not expected the Hulk. He was a smash hit. Three of AIM's officers went down under a single blow from a missile that Hulk swung like a baseball bat. He was still angry about that last lab of theirs.

Black Widow and Captain America worked to corral the Russian hosts, who would be the most useful for questioning as they had arranged the event. Aware of Department X's role in Black Widow's past, Captain America dropped one fleeing lieutenant with the edge of the shield, shattering his pelvis. Iron Man targeted the Ten Rings contingent. Hawkeye provided cover fire for him, putting a broadhead through one terrorist's chest just to the right of his heart. Hulk finished folding a lamp post around the surviving AIM leaders. Then he bounded over to help Iron Man. Agent Coulson noted their steadily improving teamwork.

That was when the plan came apart at the seams.

The Russians clustered together around an imposing figure clad in black leather who stood out boldly against the snowy background. Shaggy brown hair hung to his shoulders. Each hand gripped a massive gun. He watched the battle with an impassive gaze. Seeing his firepower blocked by Captain America's shield, he coolly dropped the muzzle to shoot the car under his opponent's feet. The explosion of the gas tank chased away the shadows to give everyone a clear view of his face.

"That's a positive on the Winter Soldier, sir," said Black Widow.

"Bucky!" Steve cried in the same instant, and it was definitely Steve rather than Captain America. His voice was a torrent of shock-joy-grief-guilt.

"Get me a close-up visual on that," Agent Coulson snapped. The camera zoomed in. He knew what James Barnes had looked like from certain pieces of Captain America memorabilia. Strong resemblance, but I can't be sure -- and it's impossible anyway -- Agent Coulson thought, scrambling for an explanation.

"Steer-fucking HYDRA bastards," Steve snarled.

Well, that was one possible explanation. Agent Coulson recalled the reports from Captain America's first spectacular mission rescuing prisoners from a HYDRA base. Given that James Barnes had survived a turn as a human lab rat, maybe he had somehow survived his fall from the train ...

"JARVIS, assist, we need facial identification here," said Iron Man.

"Identity confirmed. The Winter Soldier matches the physical appearance of James Barnes," JARVIS replied a second later.

Captain America came back online at the same time, somehow perfectly calm. "Agent Coulson, I hereby notify you of an urgent change in mission parameters from capture/kill to extraction," he said.

"Mission update acknowledged," Agent Coulson replied. "Use your best judgment and inform me if you require any further assistance." He shared Captain America's policy of never leave a man behind. Barnes had been an American soldier when he fell off that train. They'd failed him once before; they wouldn't fail him again now.

"Hawkeye, can you hit the Winter Soldier with a tranq arrow?" Captain America asked.

"If you can get him out from behind that truck, yes," Hawkeye said.

"His metabolism is metahuman, so you'll need to use one of the ones meant for us," Black Widow said. They'd developed those in case of emergency, if someone took control of their heavy hitters, so they could neutralize a teammate safely. Agent Coulson was profoundly grateful for that foresight even in this unanticipated situation.

The Winter Soldier was doing his level best to kill Captain America and Black Widow. They were hampered by their unwillingness to hurt him. Iron Man tried to draw him out with repulsor fire, but the man was just too quick and canny. Hulk finally put an end to the violent dance by yanking the truck out of the way. It went skidding across the ice and left the Winter Soldier exposed.

"I have the shot," Hawkeye announced.

"Take him," Captain America said quietly.

The Winter Soldier dropped to the ground with an arrow in the back of one thigh.

"Target down," Hawkeye said.

* * *

Notes:

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." -- Hal Borland

Department X is connected with Red Room, behind the development of Black Widow according to some versions of Marvel canon.

Ten Rings is the terrorist organization that kidnapped Tony Stark in Afghanistan.

AIM combines mad science and terrorism.

Here's a clip from Black Widow's cunning interrogation scene.

Bucky Barnes grew up with Steve Rogers, essentially taking the role of an older brother. Steve believes that Bucky died in a fall from a train, for which he still blames himself, as shown in Captain America: The First Avenger. In some versions of canon, Bucky falls into enemy hands and becomes the Winter Soldier. I found this image of the Winter Soldier which I used as partial inspiration.  This fanart of the Winter Soldier captures how terribly young he still is.


[To be continued in Part 2 ...]

O.o

Date: 2013-05-11 06:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I can tell there are going to be MAJOR feels in this one..Steve and Bucky being reunited have always hit an emotional spot for me, but I know this is going to be another hit. Hmmm...another candidate for game night too...*speculates*
Love how this hit the ground running with all the action, can't wait to read more :)

--Siren

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Date: 2013-05-11 06:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sherza
Oh dear sweet god, this is gonna be epic. Over 50k, from your preliminary notes post, and if this part is any indication, holy SHIT is it going to be interesting.

>>Three of AIM's officers went down under a single blow from a missile that Hulk swung like a baseball bat. He was still angry about that last lab of theirs.<<

*boggles* Hulk is *holding grudges* now? He's remembering specific, named targets now? Ummm, bad guys of the world? QUIT NOW WHILE YOU'RE STILL ALIVE!!!!!

It's a completely understandable, logical, and even to-be-expected result of the growing meshing between Hulk and the team, and between Bruce-and-Hulk, but that does not make it in the least less terrifying. Jeebus.

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Date: 2013-05-11 07:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Happy dance, happy dance! New story! New looooong story!

...oh look, it's nearly 3:30AM. I should really stop staying up to look for new posts :) Totally worth it though, and I know I'm not gonna stop that habit any time soon.

-Wynjara

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Date: 2013-05-11 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antivol.livejournal.com
Wow, action packed beginning! Awesome! Thanks for sharing - I'm very excited and looking forward to read the next part : )!

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Date: 2013-05-11 08:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinkhairedharry
Bucky!!!!!!!!!!!

*fangirl flailing*

Action packed and so much emotional shit going down.

<3<3<3

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Date: 2013-05-11 11:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Ok, this is going to be EPIC !

Ditto

Date: 2013-05-11 02:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] draggon_flye.livejournal.com
This is going to be epic indeed--on so many levels.

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Date: 2013-05-11 12:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
Cool!

And your conversation with Sherza above is a great teaser too :)

Oooo, this is gonna be good!

Date: 2013-05-11 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm looking forward to this - your ongoing serial series is usually the first thing I look for in the morning, and this should be a really good one!

Re: Oooo, this is gonna be good!

Date: 2013-05-11 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
And I forgot to say, I'm a sucker for bad puns. The Hulk was a smash hit, really? *grin*

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Date: 2013-05-11 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
oh myyyyy

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Date: 2013-05-11 03:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mariposaluna
OK, I finally did it and its all your fault! I re-set my password and got back on to my OLD DW account! I've stayed away from logging on to this one & my LJ forever because I don't know where to pick up after mainly quilt blogging on blogger and stopping that too. So I'm taking a leap here and may start posting again.

This story is definitely exciting! I wanted to read your preliminary notes but I don't want to be spoiled. I was hoping "Winter" in the title meant Bucky, YAY! The opening feels a bit rushed but it looks like we'll get to the meat of what your story is about quicker that way, which is ok by me.

I'm really glad I found you as a fan fiction author. I recently finished reading along with another author's story a few weeks ago that updated regularly twice a week. Her story was excellent and the joy it gave me with the frequent updating was really kind of mind boggling and I thought I'd never find that again. In my YEARS of reading fan fiction, I've rarely encountered it. Now there's THIS and YOU and you've made me have this joy EVERY MORNING and taught me how to accept it. Really, seriously, THANK YOU, for writing, for the links and the help! PLEASE keep it up, but if real life gets in the way, that's OK, you've made me better than before I've read your stories and I'm grateful for all that you've already done.

This is the big reason I've stopped posting/blogging, I leave long winded replies and make posts that take me an hour or so to write up!

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Date: 2013-05-11 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nyrasmith
Wow this is going to be an epic storyline! I look forward to reading this 50K+ work of awesome. Bringing Bucky in is a much looked forward to development. The changes in the dynamic of the team and the way they all react to Bucky and he to them will make this an interesting read. I'm very glad you keep writing this series!

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Date: 2013-05-11 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This will actually be my first Bucky/Winter Soldier and Steve reunion fic I've read will all the feels and trauma and all that. No pressure. (:P)

Anyway, nice little chapter! I liked the setup bit where people just kept jumping in. Especially this line.

'When Dr. Ross discovered a cache of AIM equipment in the same vicinity, she all but threw Banner at them with an admonishment to get the gamma cannons out of the hands of the crazy people.'

Also the bit where Coulson was trying to think of why Bucky could be alive, and then Steve's mentioning Hydra, was a nice touch as well. :)

Anyway, I will be reading this one the same as all the others! I like my fluff but drama is fun as well. :)

~Radum Person

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Date: 2013-05-11 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finch
I am looking forward to enjoying the heck out of this. I can't wait to see what you've got planned.

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Date: 2013-05-11 10:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pheylan
Yay, new story!

I do like well written Winter Soldier stories. I'm totally expecting this to be awesome. No pressure. :)

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Date: 2013-05-12 04:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kitrona
Duuuude. I didn't even know Bucky was the Winter Soldier. I haven't been paying much attention because Iron Man 3 and reasons. I guess I should, especially given that Cap is one of my son's 2 favorite Avengers.

And now fanfic! Long fanfic! From YOU! Happy days!

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Date: 2013-05-16 02:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dont_panic42
"Agent Coulson, I hereby notify you of an urgent change in mission parameters from capture/kill to extraction," he said.

I love that - the way he just flipped the "professionalism" switch in his brain and rose to the occasion.

Hulk finally put an end to the violent dance by yanking the truck out of the way. It went skidding across the ice and left the Winter Soldier exposed.

So this is what I'm wondering: did Hulk do that on purpose? did he realise that the truck was blocking Hawkeye's shot?

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BUCKYYYYY

Date: 2013-05-18 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hello, Evangel here, I found my way from ao3 to here and omg Bucky, Bucky and Steve and Bucky and Natasha and Bucky and Tony and Bucky and Clint and all the BUCKY. But first delicious Winter Soldier angst offcourse. I'm loving it, sorry I'm not more eloquent. It's late and I'm using the various parts as 'treats' for when I've read enough study materials for my finals. So far it's working awesomely (is that a word? It should be)

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Date: 2013-05-20 04:41 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So, I will admit here and now, I am not a big Bucky fan. So many of the fics I see him in have Steve way OOC. But, I have come to trust you as an author, and will follow where you lead.

I will also admit that, while I find your characterization of Nick Fury to be plausible, and have come to agree with it to a certain extent, I have to play devil's advocate and say that I don't think the creators intended it that way. The scene from the end of The Avengers keeps coming to mind, he essentially tells the WSC that he can't control the team, they need some downtime, and the WSC would be stupid to try to interfere. He then tells Maria Hill that he trusts the Avengers, trusts them to do the right thing, and thinks they are good people(and I am paraphrasing like hell right now). Not disagreeing with you, per se, just maybe seeing it a little differently.

All that aside, I am enjoying this so far, having read up to part nine, and am interested in seeing how it plays out.

Also "Steer-fucking HYDRA bastards"? Made me squee. It's my headcanon that Steve can and does curse when appropriate, just, his definition of appropriate and everyone else's don't always match.

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Date: 2013-05-20 04:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Signature fail.

This and the above,

Helga

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Date: 2013-06-03 10:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shoaling_souls
this is a lot more comprehensible after reading the prequels.

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Date: 2013-06-24 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wonkyfeint
Oh my goodness. I am so happy that I saw you had added another story. You are hands down my favorite writer. Thank you for this!(I'm Fidelius over on AO3 btw).

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Date: 2013-08-10 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
Upon reread, want to say nice work with the names.
Everyone pointedly referred to by their codenames because, well, business.

And then, STEVE.

Nice touch for the setting of scene.

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