Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Avengers!Reader
Summary: After accepting a mission from an old friend, you and along with the other Avengers set out to another planet to retrieve a mysterious gem. Little did you know that the gem isn’t the only thing inhabiting the planet and soon found yourselves in a sticky situation.
Word Count: 1.4k
Warnings: slow burn, language, friendship issues, mentions of injuries, death, inaccurate depictions of space travel, angst, fluff
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters and any of the other fictional works mentioned.
A/N: This is the last of the pre-written chapters so it’s gonna take me a while before I post another one, but please be patient with me! 🥺
You immediately turned the other direction and began sprinting as if your life depended on it. Well, it did. “(Y/N), run!” Steve exclaimed. “Yeah, way ahead of you, Cap!” you panted as you continued to run away from whatever that was.
“What the hell was that thing?” Nat asked. “I have no clue, and I’m not sure if I wanna find out,” you hissed. Your legs were on fire as you felt like you’ve been running for so long now, but in reality, it had just been a few minutes. You swiftly glanced behind you to see if Not-Bucky was chasing you and soon found yourself bumping into something, making you fall on your butt. You look up to see Steve, or something in the form of Steve, and you immediately sprung up on your feet and pointed a gun at him (or it).
Whatever was in front of you instantly threw their hands up, with eyes wide. “Woah, woah, it’s me!” It shouted in what seemed like a carbon copy of Steve’s voice. “You expect me to believe that, E.T.? You think I’m not scared to shoot something that looks like my best friend?”
“(Y/N), it’s really me!” he declared, but you didn’t buy any of it. You took a deep breath and placed your finger near the trigger. “Prove it,” you uttered. “When Bucky got a haircut, you came up to me and told me how much you wanted to shove his face between your—“
“Woah, woah! Okay it’s definitely you!” you shrieked before he could continue. You lowered your gun as Steve bent over and placed his hands on his knees, breathing heavily. After a few seconds of silence, you heard Bucky through the comms. “Didn’t know you felt that way, doll.” his teasing voice rang through your ears, making you roll your eyes. “Y’all are disgusting,” Sam gagged.
You shook your head as you and Steve started to walk together. “Is everyone just gonna ignore what we saw back there?” Rhodey asked from the ship as he replayed the footage from your suit camera. “It’s literally an exact replica of Barnes.”
“Must’ve been one good-looking fella.”
“Oh, shut up!”
“So what, shapeshifting aliens?” Nat questioned, “what do we do?” You looked at Steve who gave you an unsure look in return. He sighed. “I don’t know. Just keep looking for the stone,” he commanded. “And don’t trust anyone you see.”
MORTVIVUS - 3 HOURS, 30 MINUTES, 19 SECONDS BEFORE THE STORM
“I say we should just call it a day. I feel like I’m just going in circles,” Sam grumbled. You’ve been exploring around the temple for a couple of hours now and none of you have found the center yet. You and Steve decided to stick together just in case another doppelgänger alien decided to come along. “Same here,” Bucky replied, “It’s like I’m— woah.”
“What is it? Are you okay?” You asked frantically, afraid that he’s run in to something dangerous. You heard shuffling from his end. “Yeah, I’m fine. I think I found the center.”
On the other side of the temple, Bucky stood outside of one of the four openings of what seemed like a throne room, but instead of an alien king sitting on a throne, a crystal podium was stationed right in the middle of the room with a gem emitting green light placed on top of it. The room itself was dimly lit, torches of blue flames hung up on the walls, giving the room a blue tint. Aside from the podium and the gem, nothing else was inside the room.
Nat and Rhodey were seeing all of this from the ship as well. They watched as Bucky started to walk towards the gem, not really knowing what to expect. Just as he was about to grab the stone, a figure entered the room, causing Bucky to jump back and point his gun towards it. He aimed at what seemed to be Sam, but he can’t be so sure. “Not another step,” he warned the person (or alien) that had their hands up. “It’s me, old man. An alien wouldn’t call you that now would it?” Sam quipped, releasing a breath of relief when Bucky lowered his gun.
“What, Sam’s there too?” Steve asked through the comms. “We’ve been searching for that place for over two hours now and as soon as Bucky finds it, Sam just happened to find it too?” he wondered out loud.
“You have a point. Something’s definitely not right,” you agreed, your voice wavering slightly. “Do you see the gem?” you asked the two, not knowing that they’ve been staring at it this whole time, mesmerized by its appearance. “Oh, we see it alright,” Sam replied, his eyes still fixed on the glowing stone in front of them. “Don’t touch it, we still don’t know what it can do,” Nat blurted out when she saw Bucky’s hand start to reach for it. He quickly retracted his arm and stepped away from the gem.
They snapped out of their daze when they felt the room start to shake violently. “Steve, tell me you’re feeling that too,” Bucky mumbled as he and Sam struggled to keep their balance while tremors rippled through the whole temple. “Affirmative,” Steve winced as the two of you tried to shield your heads from the small rocks that started falling from the ceiling. “What’s happening, Rhodes?” you asked.
Back at the ship, he and Nat were frantically trying to figure out what was causing the shaking. Their eyes widened once they realized what was happening. “It’s the storm! It’s coming towards you faster than expected, you have to get out of there!” Rhodey exclaimed. You and Steve exchanged panicked looks before taking off to try and find the exit.
“How long do we have?” Bucky asked as he and Sam ran out of the room. “It’s gonna hit in approximately five minutes,” Nat answered. “Five minutes?! We’ll never make it out!” Sam yelled as he dodged a falling boulder. The four of you were on two opposite sides of the temple, running for your lives as you navigated through the maze.
Fortunately for you and Steve, you managed to find the entrance again. Running out of the temple, you squint your eyes as the bright light came into view. You glanced behind you only to have your eyes double in size as you looked at what could only be described as a massive wave of dust and rock that was barreling towards you. “C’mon, we gotta go!” Steve bellowed, picking up his pace as the two of you ran back to the ship. “Bucky, Sam, where the hell are you?!” he screamed in his comms. “Still inside! We can’t find the exit!” Sam shouted back.
You cursed under your breath as you and Steve finally reached the ship. “I’m going back!” you announced, making your way towards the jet’s door only to have Steve yank you back. “You go out there and we lose the only person who can fly us back home. I’m going,” he contradicted, stepping in front of you, but before he could step outside, a strong force hit the side of the ship, causing it to rock back and forth and almost tipping over. Strong winds and space debris pelted the ship which prevented Steve from going out and back to the temple.
“Bucky, Sam, come in.” you muttered, praying that someone would answer. One of the lines was static, but you weren’t able to decipher whose line it was. A few seconds of silence later, Bucky’s voice rang through your ears. “We’re fine, doll. The entrance we found was blocked, we’re gonna try to find another one and wait until the storm passes.”
You let out a sigh of relief as you blinked back tears you didn’t know you had upon hearing his voice. For a second there you thought you’d lost them and couldn’t bear to think about what you’d do if you did. “Looks like the storm stopped moving, I have no idea how long we’re gonna stay inside it,” Rhodey mentioned as he looked at the computer screens.
“Don’t worry. We don’t know how long it’s gonna take for us to find another exit, too.” Sam quipped, turning to Bucky as they started walking along the narrow hallway to try and find another way out.
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