Could Bella/Victoria work
Congratulations, anon, you have stumbled upon one of the very few Twilight pairings that I will actually say "yes", to. Of course, as always, there are caveats, but we're not in my usual land of "AH HA HA HA HA NO".
Why The Hell Do I Think This Could Work?
Bella and Victoria both live lives of misery in part at the hands of men. For Victoria, I could see Bella having very easily been her redemption arc. (Which, of course, would lead to instead the madness of Edward, but that's another story.)
What do I mean?
Victoria's tale is a rather sad one. She started life impoverished and destitute in England centuries ago. She lived in a brothel and by some miracle, mostly her older sister's hard work, was able to avoid prostitution and starvation.
Then, one day, her sister disappears. Victoria's survival and well being relies upon making herself scarce, disappearing when someone comes looking for her, but things start getting desperate.
Then, not long later, her sister returns. Only, her sister has changed, is impossibly beautiful, with marble skin, and is barely recognizable. Victoria begs Anne to take her with her, Anne realizing Victoria will die in this place otherwise, takes the risk and turns her sister. Victoria joins Hilda's uber feminist coven (Anne's sire who seems to turn primarily marginalized women).
Well, Hilda likely turned too many vampires, and eating from densely populated areas they caught Volturi notice. All of the coven but Victoria (who escaped) and Heidi (who was recruited for her gift) were killed by the Volturi.
Victoria loses everything in one moment: her sister, her coven, her way of life. She wanders as a solitary, miserable, nomad who expects death now at every turn.
During this, James starts hunting her, intent on murdering her for sport. Victoria escapes him at every turn, which intrigues him further, and this eventually devolves into the toxic relationship we see between the pair of them in canon. They also at some point pick Laurent up.
Deep down, Victoria knows James is simply using her, that she's not even truly a part of his games but just a chess piece that he can use to hunt these women. But this is the end of her rope. This is all that she has, and she embraces it with all she has left.
And then James is murdered and it all falls apart.
Bella Swan is now Victoria's white whale, Victoria channeling both Ahab and Hamlet at every moment. Bella Swan in herself is a symbol, means nothing, but if Victoria can destroy her then she can avenge James and something in her miserable existence will have meaning. This one thing will have meaning.
And then, of course, Victoria fails at this at every turn, the Volturi come for her again, and now there is no way out. As Edward taunts her, she falls on her sword, choosing death.
(Victoria's tale is peak bleak and I'm honestly a little upset that we got Twilight instead of this.)
Bella has a very different story, but she's also at her lowest point. She was hunted by James for what amounts to no reason at all, was used and dropped by Edward during the New Moon period as if she was nothing more than a toy he could cast aside, and is now going to be murdered in vengeance when her lover isn't even there to witness it.
All of this is about Edward, and yet, Edward is in Rio.
There is something so tragic in all of this that Victoria never sees in her blind pursuit of revenge.
So, Where Am I Going With This?
Say that Victoria catches up to Bella. Perhaps only Sam is a wolf, perhaps Bella goes to Florida and Victoria pursues her there. Rather than kill her immediately, Victoria waits.
She at first waits for the Cullens to show up, as surely, they can't have left her completely unguarded. This is a ruse and a lure to get her out of hiding. They never show up.
She then waits for some hint that they'll actually be witness to Bella's demise. Bella swears she has no address, Victoria has no address except the Denali, and she could send a video tape to them but...
What Bella says is worrying.
Bella isn't concerned about her life at all. She freely admits that Edward will never come, never witness this, and more damningly he doesn't care. Bella is a mortal mayfly to him, he got bored, and said as much himself.
James died for nothing and Bella will die for nothing: one day Victoria will realize this.
This might give Victoria significant pause. Of course, this could be a ploy, but if it is then Bella has balls of steel (which she does but this would be a bit much even for Bella). And the longer Edward doesn't show up... Victoria begins to think this is true: Edward truly doesn't care.
Now, either out of a sense of pity/rejuvinated purpose, to become what Hilda was for Victoria or else out of a new angle of vengence (Victoria clues into what Edward wants least of all), Victoria could very well turn Bella.
Victoria's probably still a paranoid wreck, still has Riley and his instructions to turn an army, which likely gets out of control in the worst of ways. But they may make their way out of this, or, rather, there's a chance Victoria gets to Bella early enough to avoid this.
There's a mess to deal with with Riley, of course, who is in part so loyal because he believes Victoria loves him. But I can see Victoria and Bella becoming genuinely close, good friends, and in time lovers.
So, yes, for once you get the "Muffin Approved" stamp, anon.
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One of my first thoughts when I woke up this morning was that--out of EVERYONE in the MCU--James Buchanan Barnes has had the weirdest freaking perspective on the change the world went through in all the movies.
Like he starts out as just a normal human dude--guy in the 40s joining the war effort, like most other young adult men at the time would have.
Then his scrawny pal gets super tall and buff but he could maybe chalk that up to Steroids or something. He, himself got captured and experimented on, which is awful, but not a thing unheard of at the time.
Then he’s “KIA” and doesn’t know anything. For a bit.
Then almost a century goes by that he probably only remembers like snippets of nightmare after nightmare, dissociated from the experiences but unable to fully reject or accept them. Who is he anymore? What has the world become? Is this Purgatory? Is this Hell? He doesn’t have much time or lucid consciousness to consciously take in the newer world around him.
Then, when he finally breaks free, he has to go on the run and piece it all together on his own. This future world, the new technology, how history remembers him and his friends, all these crazy and colorful superheroes. Aliens, magic, themed villains.
And it’s all A Lot but he’s doing his best to get by. But after all the hurt he’s caused others, and all the craziness of the Civil War being over him, when he doesn’t even have a good sense of identity anymore as it is, it’s too much. He needs to have time to process and heal, and deprogram.
Then it’s assumed he’s been woken periodically for Shuri to help deprogram him and for the Wakandans to kindly take him in and help him readjust. But he’s in a totally foreign country, a secret country that’s been hidden forever and that he could never have imagined! He’s in a very different time, place, and mindset now. He looks different, he feels different, he’s missing an arm. This isn’t what he signed up for in the 40s. This isn’t how he thought his life would go.
But at least his ridiculous friend is still here with him, despite everything. Just like he said, with him until the end of the line.
And then aliens attack and magic is flying everywhere and the army of a secret society is leading the assault and and and and
there’s a fucking norse god, a humanoid tree, and a talking raccoon
and the raccoon is fighting with him
and at this point, Bucky just fucking accepts it
TLDR: Bucky Barnes is the epitome of the Mood™:
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