mandolin: (captain america - badass Peggy)
Title: A Kindness Repaid (AO3 link) by [livejournal.com profile] potboy

Canon: Marvel Movieverse
Characters: Steve Rogers, Loki
Rating: T (for below warnings)
Relationships: Steve and Loki friendship (point of the whole fic)
Warnings: Rape/Non-con in Chapter 1, mentions thereafter
Summary: "Written for a norsekink prompt: Loki is abused in the Avengers' custody, Steve is horrified and tries to comfort him. As a result the two become friends. (Though when Loki is involved nothing is quite that simple.)"

Steve laughed, though it was likely enough. "Don’t give me a perhaps," he said. "Give me the truth."

"The truth?" Loki arched a winged black brow at him, amused.

"A truth, then, if the whole of it is too complicated."

"Oh, good answer. Very well then. This truth is that when you burst in, that day, I expected violence, or pity, contempt, or fear. But you gave me none of those things. You gave me understanding, and that I had never encountered before. I liked it. I would have more, if you have it to offer."

"You want to be friends?" Steve asked, incredulous and disturbed, not sure if he’d followed Loki’s meaning, but also worryingly flattered if he had.

"You could put it that way."


Why I'm recommending this: Dude. The excerpt doesn't do it justice, but everything else was too much of a spoiler. This is an absolutely brilliant and fascinating character study that actually explores the pitfalls of Steve and Loki becoming friends while staying totally true to both characters. Loki and his host of Issues aren't toned down in the slightest, and yet the friendship finally works and the ending made me cry.

You know, eventually I will use my rec journal. Eventually. XD
mandolin: (captain america - badass Peggy)
I'll put this in the fanfic recs journal later.

A Week in the Life of Highly Respected SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson by boombangbing
Fandom: Iron Man (2008), Captain America (2011), The Avengers (2012)
Summary: Phil would just like to state for the record that this was all Tony Stark's fault. (Seven increasingly chaotic days in the life of Phil Coulson.)
Characters: Phil Coulson, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Nick Fury, Bruce Banner
“Sometimes I wish I never joined S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Phil says, picking at the remains of a carton of fries – breakfast, pancakes; lunch, McDonalds; if the job doesn't kill him a heart attack will. “Mostly since 'I Am Iron Man'.”

“You were in the Foreign Service, right?” Clint asks around the straw of his milkshake.

“Yeah.”

“And didn't you get hired after someone killed your boss in front of you?”

Phil takes a moment to reply. “Well, yes, but most of the time it was a pretty stable job. At least I didn't have to deal with playboy billionaire geniuses.”

“Did they ever catch the guy?”

“No, Fury said it was rogue K.G.B. operation, but no one ever saw the shooter.”

“Sounds like he did you a favour.” Clint looks at the expression on Phil's face and rushes on. “I mean, you probably would have worked for the next ambassador, and they probably would have gone after him too, so the odds are you'd have been shot in the face at some point.”

“Thanks.”

“No, I mean...” Clint pauses, letting his hands do the talking. “Fury's pretty good about rescuing people from bad situations. Didn't Natasha used to be in the K.G.B.?”

“Supposedly. She almost broke the arm of the last guy who asked, though.”

“Yeah,” Clint replies, smiling wistfully. “That was a fun Christmas party.”


(This is actually not the best part of the fic, but it's the best excerpt I could post without spoiling too much. Dear God, poor Coulson. Just read it.)

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