Braving the Elements
Chapter 21: Word Gets Out
Authors note: see part 1 for Tw!
You wake up and get changed into your workout gear. Normally you opted for leggings and large baggy shirts so as not to get any unwanted attention from the SHIELD recruits who had access to the tower facilities. But today you chose to go in a sports bra and cycling shorts. Putting your hair back into two braids you make your way to the gym. You run into Bucky in the hall.
“Were you heading too dressed like that?” he asks, looking you up and down with a smirk.
“Same place you’re going by the looks of it.” He was in a loose pair of joggers and a muscle shirt that showed off his arms one of your top five favorite body parts of his. He drapes his arm around you loosely and the two of you head off to the gym. You enter together causing a few of the agents, and Tony who was showing them the facilities, to give you a glare. You warm up and start on the weights spotting each other. Him, not so subtly, tilting his head to check you out during your reps. Primarily during your squats.
“Think you could press me?” you ask as you spot him.
“With one hand behind my back” you laugh and roll your eyes
“What, you don’t believe me doll?” you shake your head.
“Well, maybe I’m just gonna have to prove it to ya” he says, standing up towering over you and smirking at how flustered you were before heading over to the sparring mat.
The two of you square up drawing the attention of a few of the recruits. You punch first and he stops you twisting your arm behind your back. Using your free arm you elbow him in the ribs and he loosens his grip enough for you to turn under his arm and pull, freeing yourself. He swings, you duck and roll behind him kicking his feet out from under him.
“Something got you distracted, soldier?” you laughing, extending your hand to him as he grabs your hand he pulls you down onto the mat. He rolls over you and pins you down under him.
“Hey that’s cheating!” you exclaim in disbelief.
“You think this little outfit’s gonna distract me?” he whispers, with a smile on his lips.
“No but this might” you say kissing his nose. You surprise him just enough to slip out from under him. Standing up, you kick his back down, causing him to splay onto the mat. You twist his arm behind him and place your knee on his back smiling triumphantly.
“Now that’s cheating,” he says.
“So anything you want to tell me?” Tony asks as you exit the gym.
“What do ya mean?” you ask
“New recruits seem to be gossiping about a display between you and a certain white wolf.” He says, raising his eyebrows.
“God they really do gossip about anything.” You say
“Just be careful he’s a womanizer and that means something coming from me.”
“Alright Britney Spears I’ll keep that in mind.” You smile and pat his arm
“Just looking for you!” he calls down the hall
“I know robo cop and I appreciate it” you say, blowing him a kiss as you walk off in the direction of your room. You hear the shower going as you enter.
“Well either everyone here’s an idiot, we’re too scary to approach or we’re not being obvious enough.” You say throwing off your gym clothes and joining Bucky in the shower.
“Well what do you suggest?” he says, turning to face you.
“Gotta say im stumped, guess sex in the living room is next on the list?” you say scrubbing the sweat off your body and out of your hair.
“Well maybe we can just start here” he says leaning down to kiss you. You two proceed to have obnoxiously loud sex. Something you make a habit of over the course of the next few days.
“Barnes who the hell are you sneaking in here at all hours of the day, like seriously can’t you go to hers for once?” Wanda asks, pouring herself a cup of coffee.
“Hey” you say entering the kitchen rubbing your eyes.
“Jesus who did this to you?” Nat, asks lifting up the hem of your shirt to reveal a few bruise on your ass and poking the bruise on your collar bone
“Oh please Nat like you don’t whip Steve!” you retort.
“Whoa too much info.” Bucky says looking up at you and winking
“Ya but we know each other!”
“Who says I don’t know this guy.” You say thinking this will give it away for sure.
“Oh ya because you are very well known for being in stable healthy relationships “ Wanda laughs. Guess today wasn’t going to be the day either. You think no one’s ever going to figure it out.
Until one Thursday morning when you’re standing on your tiptoes in the kitchen trying to get a cup that’s just out of reach. Bucky comes up behind you and smacks your ass, hard, causing you to turn around and Peter to spit out a mouth full of cereal.
“What the hell Bucky you can’t do that to her!” he says mouth still full of froot loops
“Why not?” he asks quizzically grabbing the cup down for you
“Wait why didn’t she immediately kill you ?” he says swallowing the cereal.
From the kitchen you can see Sam pass cash to Nat who passes it on to Wanda.
“Wait,” says Peter “are you two HOLY SHIT! Damn. Now I owe MJ 25$” he mutters going from ecstatic to deflated real quick.
You laugh “Anything that girl can’t figure out?”
“How long?” Wanda asks from the living room,
“6 inches” you reply, causing her, Sam and Nat to crack up, and Peter to spit out his cereal again. While Steve, who’s just entered, shakes his head.
“No you perv! Since you started dating!” Wanda exclaims
“So you told them?” Steve remarks from the kitchen
“You told Steve?” you say craning your neck to look at Bucky.
“Well he kinda figured it out!” He returns, rubbing the back of his neck sheepishly.
“Oh my god, you two fucked at Tony’s party! In front of god on a Wednesday!” Sam yells finally piecing together who had given Bucky the hickey that night.
“You knew and didn’t tell me!” Nat yells throwing something at Steve
In an effort to stop the chaos Bucky pipes up “Well we started sleeping together in Russia.”
“Since Russia” you mumble sipping out of your mug.
“SINCE RUSSIA you sly bastards!” Nat exclaims “We thought it was just a one night stand”
“Only had eyes for her since” says Bucky, “only had eyes for her since the day she showed up here bruised and bloody if I’m being honest”
“Aww” you say sarcastically, gazing up at him lovingly.
“I’m only with him for the metal arm”
“Of course” Steve says
“Ya, that checks out” Wanda agrees.
“Gotta get me a metal arm” whispers Sam
“Wait? You exchanged money who had bets on what!” you asks
“Maybe we’ll tell you in 6 months.” Wanda says patting you on the shoulder as she walks out of the room. You tell the rest of the team that evening, turns out everyone had placed bets but no one had gotten it right except Wanda who had assumed for months now but was waiting for you to tell her. It takes a while for people to adjust to seeing the two of you be affectionate with one another, not that either of you were particularly into PDA. It was just weird for them to see Bucky so relaxed and happy and in a committed relationship .
“Man why didn’t we get him a girlfriend years ago.” Tony asks
“Seriously he’s so much more pleasant” Nat says.
“Hey! I was always pleasant” Bucky chimes in.
The first few weeks were blissful, the two of you in an untouchable bubble of joy. It all changed when the press found out. Someone had taken pictures of the two of you holding hands at the park and then someone got footage of you two out on a date at a fancy restaurant. The press had a field day. Most wrote stories about all the heartbroken people around the city now that Bucky was off the market. Others wrote about how the two of you wouldn’t last or how your beauty had bewitched him, blinding him to what you truly were. A surprisingly large number of articles were questioning the morality of your relationship. Guess people weren’t as accepting as you thought.
“Hey I’m going to drop off some stuff you wanna come with?” you ask him on a Sunday afternoon.
“Love too” he says, grabbing a jacket and baseball hat. You’re walking back through the park when you’re almost hit by a cyclist, Bucky pulls you out of the way and straight into a small group of anti-mutant protesters who had taken to protesting your, and every other mutants existence, in local parks on the weekend. Over the past few months you noticed more of them around not just in public areas, but on local channels.
“Disgusting, imagine being one of them.” A woman with a bob tuts, staring right at you.
“They’re a danger to society, remember the incident with the president? They should all be locked up, for their own good.” An angry man said.
“How could someone as lovely as him be with something like that. He’s such a fine specimen, why did he have to go and be with a mutant.” A young woman asks.
He drops your hand, and you close your eyes, you understand why he needs to separate from you in that moment. You didn’t blame him. When you open your eyes you see him walking out to the center of the group. You run after him, tugging on his arm in an attempt to stop him from causing a scene.
“James it’s not worth it” you mumble. He turns to look at you
“It is.” He clears his throat before stepping up onto a nearby picnic table. ”If anyone here would care to make another derogatory comment about Y/N, the woman I’m so lucky to be dating, please direct it to me. She has undergone hardships that none of you could even begin to imagine and at the hands of people like us, non-mutants. Despite this, she chooses to protect you, to help you. So next time you go to make ignorant comments about her or any other mutant, just remember she’s the one who puts her life on the line every day in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. So take your ignorance and your hate and shove it up your ass, if you can even find it.” He hops down from the table, pushing the microphones and angry protesters out of his way. He grabs your hand and pulls you out from the crowd. You were in shock. “You okay?” he asks, placing his hands on either side of your face.
“I am now. Thanks for that. First time a guy’s ever stuck up for me” you say as he wraps his arm back around you.
“Well, the only reason I’ve been accepted was cause Steve spoke up for me, about time someone started speaking up for you.”