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    Harry is about to discover that the steepest learning curve comes after Healer training, and that second chances can be found in unexpected places.

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    Barnes is now glaring at him for some reason. It's somewhat terrifying but also, oddly, a little reassuring— because that's emotion right there, which means there's still somebody behind those eyes. Somebody who seems to think Sam is being a bit slow on the uptake. "Time parameters exceeded. Mission failed."

    "Wait." Sam narrows his eyes. "Is this some kind of... report? Debriefing?"

    "Mission report," confirms Barnes, looking pleased. Well, looking slightly less murderous than before.

    In which various people deal with things they never signed up for, but at the end of the day no one's particularly surprised.

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    '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.

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    30 Oct 2019

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    "What do I do?” Steve appealed into the phone. “I’m freaking out.”

    There was silence on the other end of the line. It lasted so long that Steve pulled the receiver away from his ear and frowned at it. Pay phones were old. Maybe this one wasn’t working despite the obvious dial tone when he picked up.

    “Ok,” a stranger’s voice said over the phone. “First acknowledge the fact that you dialed the wrong number, but be quick about it because my cab is a few blocks away from my own plans and I’m about to drop some truth bombs on you.”

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    It’s not until she’s brought a basil and strawberry sponge cake to Neville Longbottom and his new girlfriend, Hannah Abbott, a dozen rhubarb hand-pies to Luna and Xenophilius Lovegood, and another basket of ganache-covered muffins to Dean and Seamus, that Hermione admits to herself what she’s actually doing: she’s making a thing of this. It’s a veritable PTSD tour. With pastries. And hand-skimmed clotted cream. And she has no idea why she’s doing it, but it’s becoming very apparent that she is.

     

    Sometimes you're sad. Sometimes you need dessert. And sometimes, it's a little of both.

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