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
Title: History Lessons
Gift fic for: often_adamanta
Author: Memory Dragon
Warnings: PTSD, off-screen torture, minor depression, some spoilers for Classic Doctor Who, the Battle of Thermopylae, Babylon 5, and other various shows and movies that constitute as Steve's education.
A/N: This fic was written for the gift exchange/secret santa on the cap_ironman com. Original can be found here. I tried to be as spoiler-free as I could, but sometimes that wasn't possible due to clarity. I'm pretty sure you don't have to be familiar with the fandoms to understand, however. Also, a standard disclaimer: The opinions of the characters do not necessarily reflect my own, and on most accounts, I tried to give multiple view points based on what I thought their characters would like. Except for Adric. I'm sorry, Adric fans, but everyone else really does hate him. I'm fairly sure no one will notice my intense loathing of the movie 300 though, which I consider an accomplishment.
Also, a note on the UST. You said you wanted them to fall in love slowly... Well, see the UST over there? Yup, that's a snail going ten times faster. In 33k, I'm not sure if this really even made it to pre-slash. Hopefully you won't mind too much.
Thanks: Many, many thanks to my betas. Nar stayed up till 8 am to finish her second read-through, for which I am eternally grateful. You're crazy with your all-nighters, but I love you all the same. Thanks to muccamukk for looking it over again to make sure the references would be understandable even to those who don't know the source material. I was going to do further edits on your suggestions after the holidays when I had more time, but the prompter liked those bits so I tried to just make them smoother. Still, many thanks for taking the time to look over it for me! And finally, thanks to Cy for looking over my edits to make sure I wasn't going overkill with the Howard bits.
Original Prompt: Tony catching Steve up on the television he missed
Things you'd like to see: falling in love slowly, steve surprising people with his knowledge of movie/television, the team teasing them about "date night"
Things you don't want: steve being homophobic or extremely naive
Word Count Over 33k. Sorry. I apparently couldn't write a simple trope prompt without making things complicated.
Summary: Steve hates modern television shows and history. Tony is determined to remedy both of those, provided they can survive each other.
Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
( Steve Rogers stared down at his broken tablet... )