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in the flesh
marvel push AU
black widow vol.1
steve says i love you first, because he’s old and tired—old in a body that betrays him in the hardest of ways, a body that will never give him the excuse to just stop and rest. steve says i love you first, and he says it soon, too. he says it because he feels it, and that’s good enough a reason, and because he hasn’t had something good, something his in a long time. steve says i love you because sam is sitting on their bed—their bed—looking exhausted but beautiful, and the bruise steve sucked on the tender skin of his collarbone the night before is still there. steve says i love you for a gazillion of reasons—because he told sam not to come with him twice now and sam did so anyway, because steve dived from a building and wings literally spurted from sam’s back, because steve sees himself in the way sam’s hands close instinctively around a gun, protection and responsibility written all over the tense line of his jaw.
steve says i love you because he does.
and sam… sam looks surprised for a second, and then just happy, and he pushes himself off the mattress to walk up to steve and press him against the nearest wall, gently but firmly, until they’re just one four-legged giant monster and steve just has to breathe in to smell sam’s coconut shampoo. and he doesn’t say anything, which is weird, because he’s usually the talker; but he noses at steve’s throat and kisses him very softly, and steve can hear the i love you better than if sam had been yelling it.
(later, he does say it. why d’you think i’m here, with a cocky smile. steve grins and elbows him in the ribs instead of blurting out me too me too me too like he wants to.)
tips for new freshmen!
- no one cares about anything
- walk on the right side of the fucking hallway
- dont sit in the back of the bus you gotta earn that. maybe next year, champ.
- stop screaming. we’re all tired and miserable.
- GIVE ME MY LUNCH TABLE BACK