By: Memory Dragon
Thanks: Many thanks as always to narwhale_callin, who was the only person who understood the jokes on 'Victor' and Lizzie's names for the anon version. At least someone got it and laughed over them, even if it's only my beta. <3
One, Lizzie (Casey in the original posting), 'Victor' (Theodore in the original posting. Yeah, I totally named him that just to call him Teddy. XD ), and his gentleman friend all come from another set of fics of mine, It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing. You do not have to read those fics to understand this one. Technically, Lizzie is the only OC here (and I sadly couldn't go into her as much as I wanted to since it was an anon posting and a gift fic), with 'Victor' being the Master in disguise from Doctor Who and his gentleman friend being the Third Doctor. If you are unfamiliar with Who though, no worries. You don't need to know anything about them and there's no complicated back story for either of them. I just couldn't resist bringing Lizzie and the Master back for more dancing adventures across time and space, and you can read them like you would most normal OC's. Just realize only Lizzie is actually mine.
Two, a note on the dance. West Coast Swing is not the swing dance you are thinking of. If you thought Grease and other movies of the sort, you're thinking either East Coast Swing or Jitterbug, or a dance along those lines. West Coast Swing is a completely different dance. If you would like to see what it looks like, look up West Coast Swing on youtube. If you'd like a place to start, here's two videos of Jack and Jill competitions. Jack and Jill basically means you have no idea who your partner is or what music you'll be dancing to until your name gets called and they start the music. There's no choreography and it's all improv, which is what you'd see if you went out to a Westie club. Well, a Westie club that pro dancers are at. Anyway, have a more technical dance video ( http://youtu.be/Y3i6kyLLB2g ) and one video to show the versatility of WCS with music ( http://youtu.be/W1DUvrbrp7U?t=1m11s ).
Three, this mostly came about because while there are some good 'teach Steve to dance' fics out there, none of them quite satisfied the dancer in me. This was probably an inevitable fic. Kahn just gave me proper excuse to write it.
Last of all, please enjoy the fic!
( Steve Rogers looked down at his book, trying - and failing - to make sense of the words. )
By: Memory Dragon
Thanks: Many thanks as always to narwhale_callin, even if I do give you sudden Jarvis feels.
Notes: So you can thank EternalSheWolf for this one. They said if I ever decided to write out the desk incident from Rhodey's POV, it'd probably be one of their favorite things. At the time, I had no intention of writing it, but I eventually hit a point where I had nothing really gripping me to write it, and thought, hey, why not? Because really, I'm a little Rhodey fangirl who couldn't resist.
Also please note that I'm a little white girl who started high school in the late 90s, while Rhodey is a black guy who went to college in the late 80s. I have tried to be sensitive to this, but I'm not going to be perfect. I'm just trying my best, because Rhodey's one of my favorite characters in MCU and there needs to be more fic of him out there.
Thanks: Many thanks to narwhale_callin for betaing a second BB fic when the first one ended up not working out. And for trying valiantly to persuade me to change the title, even if it ended up not working.
The first thing you should know that the basis for setting this fic in China is taken from the little known Chinese scenes from IM3 that were shown only in China and my memory of a friend translating them for me. Basically, they followed the Chinese doctor who would operate on Tony for the arc reactor surgery and they set the operation in Beijing. The second thing you should know is that this fic is entirely too self indulgent with giving Steve and Tony my own experiences in China. I didn't get everything in there, but let's just say I didn't have Steve's help with my twisted ankle. Third, this fic came about entirely when I visited the Panda Breeding Research Center for the first time and couldn't stop thinking about Steve fighting while trying to protect a panda, because the cute attacked and didn't give up until it was written. And finally, no, I won't apologize for the title of the fic. XD
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( His hands were bleeding. )
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four
( Tony fell asleep curled up next to Bruce on the Quinjet after two hours of excitedly talking about both the plane's engine and the robot he wanted to make. )
Thanks: Many thanks to narwhale_callin once again for the beta, even when the first page scarred you.
The title of the fic comes from a poem of the same name by Edna St. Vincent Millay, who is an awesome poet if you've never heard of her and want to check her out. This particular poem was far too perfect for this fic to pass up.
Finally, this was supposed to be my Big Bang, but I team fic'ed too hard and the mods have told me it's not Steve/Tony enough for the fest. Which makes me a sad panda, since there will be no pictures of little Tony giving Cap a teddy bear. But it means you get to read this all the sooner, so there's a silver lining. XD Whizzy has told me that though it's too team fic for the BB, it's still pre-slash and therefore post-able to the com, so not all is lost. But yeah, it's another slash fail for me. This should surprise no one. In fact, I'd rather planned on this being completely gen considering Tony spends most of it as a seven-year-old and pedophilia creeps me out, but Cap was being an adorable bastard after Tony grew up again and decided he wanted pre-slash. And really, you try telling Steve no when he pulls out the puppy dog eyes. It just doesn't happen. So yes, pre-slash in the end. For those of you who haven't been scared away by the warnings, please enjoy the fic!
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four
( "You are of no use to me in that broken form. Perhaps this one will suit my needs better." )
Thanks: Many thanks to narwhale_callin for the beta. The baseball metaphors are your fault. I take full responsibility for the pun and for getting Abba songs stuck in your head though.
Notes: So this is the long awaited sequel to History Lessons, my secret santa fill from last year. It is my first foray into actual slash for the Avengers. Seriously, there's even kissing. I FINALLY MADE IT TO SLASH. It only took me what, five fics (including my BB which is unposted at the moment) and around 150k worth of words to get there? Okay, so I'm a bit slow, but there is finally slash, so no complaining.
That stated, this is a sequel. Therefore, it's probably better for you to read the first fic (which can be found here on lj or here on AO3), since this one ties in pretty strongly to the first fic.
Finally, I should mention that this fic includes watching the Eighth Doctor movie sober (which is cruel and unusual punishment. I am 100% with Tony on this. Do not believe Steve's lies about it not being that bad. XD ), Cole Porter sappiness, and Tony bemoaning the fact that his life is an Abba song. Even the alternate title for this is Abba, "Take a Chance On Me". There is no escaping Abba in this. So how could I ever refuse. I feel like I win, win or lose... XD
Notes: Well. This is the end. XD Took long enough, I suppose, though it's nice that I haven't needed to miss an update. That doesn't happen often. I'm kind of sad to see this end, to be honest. It's a multinational baby, since I wrote it in the States and typed and posted it in China.
To those that have been reading from the beginning, and to those who are just now stumbling upon it, I hope the journey has been enjoyable, if a long one. Hopefully the ending has been worth the long road.
Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight
( Epilogue: The best laid schemes )
Second, I hate to do this, because after this is the final chapter, but I'm not entirely sure if I'll have internet next week. I'm not entirely sure I'll have a place to live next week. There are a few things I'd like you to take note of in light of this. One, the final chapter is written. Two, I will not leave this fic without an ending. You can look through my past chapter fics to know that I always finish what I post. Three, I will try to get this up in a timely manner, but please be understanding that a timely manner may not be possible at the moment. There's a lot going on and it has not been a good week. It doesn't look like it's getting better any time soon either. Just keep in mind that life does take precedence over fic.
Finally, enjoy the chapter and all the warm fuzzies. After all of that angst, you guys deserve it.
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( Young Dawn with her rose-red fingers shone once more. )
This chapter is basically 'Spot the Shakespeare quotes!' The main question is if anyone can spot the one non-Shakespeare quote.
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( Be all my sins remembered. )
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( Where on the deck my Captain lies... )
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( The Primitive Duality of Man )
I'm honestly not too fond of AU's, but I figured I'd give it a shot since I know that feeling of disappointment when you get the short end of the stick, and it sucks. And hey, I had to spend 27 hours on a train doing something, so why not write a pinch hit? So here is my first attempt at an AU, involving Steve and Tony as gamers with a dash of Identity Porn on the side, because honestly, who doesn't love Identity Porn? Sadly, my track record with slash has not improved. One day, I will write an Avengers fic where it feels right to add a romantic relationship to it. This just wasn't that day.
One last disclaimer: I don't actually play MMO's. I've tried a few here and there, but I tend to prefer RPG's with more plot than just 'do this quest, get this item'. So I'm going off my vague memories of playing and my general knowledge of video games. Hopefully I didn't fail too badly at it.
( Iron occasionally liked to give Leroy Jenkins a run for his money. )
This is probably one of the shortest chapters. It also has a fairly ominous name. Look to those warnings, people.
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( Because I could not stop for Death )