06 May 2016
“You cannot help him.”
Wanda isn’t in the habit of sugarcoating anything.
"But...There is a woman,” Wanda says. “They did not know to remove her, so he used her to protect himself – from himself. She gaurds everything he used to be, so well that even he cannot access it. If he could, they might have also. So he lets her keep watch over it. He knows she would never help them. Only she can help him access it again.”
Natasha gasps – so quietly only Steve’s superior hearing can pick it up – and Steve doesn’t breathe. He can’t breathe. Wanda can’t mean…
“He calls her Maggie,” she tells them, and Steve’s heart drops. “It is not her true name, but it is the only one they allowed him to keep for her.”
Steve waits until she’s gone to punch the wall.
“So close,” he mourns. “We were so close to helping him, but we can’t. She can’t. If it were anyone else… She’s dead, Nat. She can’t help him.”
Nat is silent for a moment. “Maybe she can.”
Or: Time travel AU in which Peggy visits the future to help Buck remember himself.
Horrible summary, (hopefully) better story. Mostly written because I need something to get me through Civil War. That's gonna hurt.
- Part 1 of Alone Together
Fandoms: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV), Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Agent Carter (TV)
25 Aug 2015
She introduces herself at last, as though Ward doesn’t already know her name, lips twisting into a desperate, demented smile. Ward matches it; she’ll let him help her, fix her, in a way that Cara never could and Skye never would.
This is the redemption arc.
Except it doesn't really start out that way.
- Part 2 of Alone Together