Spring Thaw: A Bucky Barnes Fanfic
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Character Pairing: Bucky Barnes x F!Reader
Word Count: 1849
Warnings: nothing really
Synopsis: Bucky Barnes hates winter. He always looks for the first signs of the ice thawing and new life growing. When that desire for the end of winter brings to him the god of the spring thaw, he discovers a brand new reason to get through winter.
The winter was shorter than it usually was. Bucky worried that the late start and the unusual warmth would mean that people weren’t wishing you were here strongly enough to bring you. He debated various options. Your dress was being made nearby, so if he went further North you wouldn’t be able to get the final fitting done – but maybe if he picked it up you could find a tailor where you were to finish it off.
He couldn’t remember ever wishing that the winter was colder before but he was definitely wishing it now.
It was just before the frosts started to lift that a new idea came to him. He called up everyone he knew. Everyone. Not just his friends, but the acquaintances that seemed to tolerate him more than like him. The people who didn’t really know him – they just knew of him because of Steve. He contacted people who were off on adventures in space. He contacted people that if he was honest with himself he was a little scared of. He contacted people who owed him and ones he owed and had no right to ask anything of. No stone was left unturned. No favor was left uncashed.
He even contacted Steve.
That one had been hard. Steve had said he’d be there for Bucky whenever he needed him, but there was the risk that his friends visiting him and calling him regularly would out Steve’s secret life to the world. So Bucky had kept his distance. He never rated anything a high enough level of concern to bring it to Steve. This time, he needed his best friend.
Bucky climbed up on the frozen fountain and looked out over the large and eclectic group. “So, I know this is weird, but I just need you all to start really wishing hard for winter to be over.”
Steve looked at him curiously through eyes that still sparkled clear blue and sharp as they ever were. “You got everyone here just for that? Why?”
“You just gotta do it, uncle Steve,” Kobik said, bouncing up and down on the spot. “Do it, do it!”
“Okay, okay!” Steve chuckled softly.
“So yeah. It’s not like a chant or anything. But just everyone, do it now!” Bucky called.
He jumped off the edge of the fountain and took Kobik’s hand and just began to long for you desperately. He wished to see your beautiful face and kiss your soft lips. He wished to feel the warmth of your body. He wished to see you smile and hear the sound of your voice. He wished for you to be here – now – with him.
Beside him, Kobik was bouncing up and down her eyes glowing blue chanting ‘spring’ over and over. Even RJ was muttering under his breath.
A warm breeze gusted through the group and began to swirl in the only empty space in the park forming a snow devil as it gathered up snow as it gusted around and around. It glittered like ice and as Bucky watched it, he saw your shape forming in the center.
He ran to it and when the wind suddenly dropped, you looked around confused for a brief moment before he pulled you into his arms. “Bucky,” you breathed as you brought your lips to his. The two of you kissed deeply, completely uncaring of the hundreds of people who were watching on in confusion. You melted against him, your body practically melding to his.
It wasn’t until there was a tugging on his coat that Bucky pulled back.
“Buck! Buck! You gotta introduce us!” Kobik said, bouncing up and down on the spot.
You looked around in confusion again, as your hand slipped into his. “Why are these people here? Who are they?”
“I’ll explain it all after you meet them,” Bucky said. “This here is my foster daughter – Kobik.”
“Hello, hello!” Kobik said, taking your free hand. “Are you going to live with us too?”
Tears pricked your eyes and you nodded. “For a little while.”
Bucky led you over to RJ. “This here is my foster son, RJ.”
“Hey,” RJ muttered, kicking the snow at his feet.
“Hey,” you replied and looked at Bucky. “He looks exactly like you, Bucky,” you added under your breath.
“I know,” Bucky said. “Weird, huh?”
You laughed as he led you to Steve. “This here is Steve.”
“Oh my god,” you yelped. “I’ve heard so much about you. I thought -”
“It’s complicated,” Steve said. “But I get the feeling it’s not as complicated as what’s going on with you. Buck? What’s going on?”
“This is my fiancée, Steve,” Bucky explained and gave him your name. “She’s a god. We’re getting married.”
Steve looked between the two of you in shock and slowly broke out in a smile. “I’m so happy for you,” he said and hugged Bucky close. “And so proud of you. I knew you’d be okay.”
“Yeah, yeah,” Bucky said, hugging Steve tightly.
Steve pulled back and hugged you. “It’s really nice to meet you.”
“You too,” you whispered.
Bucky continued to move through the crowd with you. Sam had hugged you and said it was about time. Shuri had started asking a million questions before T’Challa had told her it could wait until later. Clint had said that being engaged looked good on Bucky. Groot had – much to your delight – grown a flower and handed it to you. Eventually, they reached Thor who beamed down at you.
“We meet again,” he said.
“Thor,” you said, seeming to be unsure if you should curtsy, shake his hand, or hug him. Thor was the one that decided for you, pulling you into a warm embrace. “It is good to see you again. I’m glad you and my friend here have found happiness together.”
“Thank you,” you said. “That means a lot.”
“Alright,” Bucky called over the crowd. “I know you all probably have a lot of questions. I’ve booked a place for us all to have breakfast and we’ll answer what we can. But let’s get out of the cold.”
Everyone followed Bucky in the huge group to a venue a few blocks away. Luckily it was still early because there were a lot of very recognizable faces in the crowd. The place he booked was large but very casual. Even with the cheap American breakfasts, he wasn’t sure how he was going to be able to afford both this and the wedding, but it was the absolute least he could do seeing how far some of these people had come to help him.
“What happened here, Bucky?” you asked as you walked along with him. You still had his hand in one of yours and Kobik’s in the other. “Why are all these people here?”
“The winter wasn’t very cold this year, and it’s been kind of short. We didn’t have that heavy snowfall that everyone hates. I was worried that the fact that it was warm the magic wouldn’t be strong enough to bring you back here and you’d appear in Germany or something and then what would I do? We’re supposed to get married.”
You smiled and lifted his hand to your lips and kissed his gloved knuckles. “Yes, we are!” You said as if you’d just remembered. “This was so clever, Bucky. I can’t believe it. And you have kids?”
“Well, foster them,” Bucky said.
“I’m gonna live with Bucko forever and ever and ever and ever,” Kobik said, swinging excitedly from your arm.
“I sure hope so, kiddo,” Bucky said.
“Are you going to adopt her?” You asked.
“I’m going to try, but it’s harder for single guys,” he said. “Either way, there shouldn’t be any reason why she gets moved on. Same with RJ. They’re special cases.”
“I’m magic!” Kobik said.
“You are?” you asked. “Me too!”
“I know!” she squealed. “It’s so cool!”
You laughed and swung her on your arm making her squeal with delight.
“You’ve done so much this year,” you said. “It must have been so busy.”
“It was. I’m so excited to show you everything. I think you’re going to love it,” Bucky said.
They arrived at the restaurant and everyone made their way inside and took their seats. It was kind of strange seeing T’Challa and the other Wakandans sitting at the cheap melamine tables of the diner, but Shuri looked delighted as she looked over the laminated menu.
You and Bucky sat at a long table with Steve, Sharon, Kobik, RJ, Sam, Sarah, and her boys. It was a table of his favorite people and he was delighted to be here amongst the people he loved the most.
You picked up the menu and scrunched your nose as you looked over the very vegan unfriendly selection. “Don’t worry, the cooks know. They’re making you something special.”
“And this is why I’m marrying you,” you said, kissing his cheek.
“Bucky,” Kobik said as she waved around the paper kids menu. “Can I get the piggy pancakes?”
“You sure can,” Bucky said. “RJ, whatever you want, okay?”
RJ gave a grumpy noncommittal grunt as a response but seemed to study the menu a little bit closer.
Kobik began tugging on his sleeve again. “Buck, Buck, Bucky,” he said.
He looked down at her bemused. “Yes, Kobik?”
“You gotta give her the ring again,” she said.
“Oh, right,” he said, taking his dog tags off as you started laughing.
He stood as he worked the ring from the chain. “Hey everyone,” he called out. “Sorry to interrupt your very serious meal decision-making. I know you’re all wondering why I called in so many favors and maybe having a person suddenly appear didn’t answer them very well. So I’ll try my best to explain. Several years ago I met this lovely lady at a time that I was really struggling. She told me she is a god. The god of the spring thaw specifically. Unfortunately, the way her powers work, she needs people to need her to exist, and she’s just gone for most of the year. Most of you know I’m getting married at the end of the year, well this is who I’m marrying. But goddamn climate change meant that this year she might not have shown up here at all. Thanks to all of you, she did. And you have no idea how grateful I am. Unfortunately, the level of gratitude I have is much more than my bank account allows, so pancake thank you?” Everyone laughed. “Really though, thank you. I hope we’ll see you at the wedding too. I promise I paid for much more upscale caterers. But first -” Bucky took your hand and guided you to stand before he dropped to his knee again. “Still want to marry me?”
You smiled down at him and held out your hand. “Of course I do, you sweet man.”
Bucky slid the ring back on your finger. He felt warm and loved. His heart was full and he couldn’t wait to see you walking down the aisle toward him.