Once Upon A Time In New York City (five Disney movies Bucky missed while he was frozen)
1. the second star to the right shines in the night for you
They find Bucky three weeks after he goes AWOL: dirty and emaciated, his dislocated arm broken twice and healing poorly, prosthesis lacking in fine motor skill. Officially, HIll orders that Steve bring the Winter Soldier into the tower — but it’s Natasha who shows up just outside of DC, a tight look on her face and a hand squeezed over his. She sedates Bucky and they lift him carefully into the car, and Steve doesn’t have to ask where they’re going, doesn’t say anything until they see the bright light of the familiar neon blue insignia.
Tony’s AI has the room above Steve’s placed on near-complete lockdown. Steve has clearance to enter but his presence is monitored and Steve isn’t sure which of them they distrust more. They re-set Bucky’s arm, though, and Tony images and models and frowns at Bucky’s prosthetic, repairs what he has and promises better. No sensitivity, he mutters, as Steve strokes the sweaty forehead of Bucky’s unconscious form. Didn’t even damn try.
By the time Bucky is awake again — bandaged tight and scowling, wrapped in a pair of Steve’s sweatpants and a hoodie — he’s eyeing Steve warily, eyes sharp with nervous energy and whole body hunched. Steve feels like he’s trying to gentle an animal, and his gut flips horribly, seeing Bucky reduced to muscle-memory and nerves.
“Hey, Buck.” Steve moves carefully, sitting down on the opposite side of the couch. “Thought we’d watch a couple movies. Not much else to do. Sam — he’s got the wings, you’ll like him — Sam gave me some suggestions, stuff that might be good for you.”
Bucky blinks at him, and Steve sighs, but it doesn’t change his resolve. He just pulls the afghan off the back of the couch and holds it out to show it to Bucky before tucking it, slowly, over his shoulders. Bucky jerks in surprise but stays still while Steve wraps it around him. When he’s done, Bucky’s own right hand comes out to grip the edges, holding it in place.
“You remember Walt Disney? When we went and saw “Snow White?” Or that other one — “Pinocchio?” He doesn’t expect Bucky to answer; it’s like talking to a ghost, and Steve aches with it, busying himself by putting in a DVD. “They still make those movies. It’s a whole big company now. I’ve got some of them — I think this one’s…” He reads the cover. “Alice in Wonderland” and ‘Peter Pan.’ Is that okay?”
But Bucky just blinks at him again. Steve isn’t sure if he’s getting no response because the idea of decisions are overwhelming, or because there’s genuinely nothing in there. He can’t think about the second possibility, though, so he picks up “Peter Pan” and puts in the DVD. Bucky’s eyes follow him as he crosses back beside the couch, close enough to the prosthesis to be deadly, if Bucky wanted.
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