So, uh. I finally posted the story I have been actively writing since August and that has consumed my brain for a large portion of the year:Double Time
(123375 words) by Sineala
Fandom: Marvel (Comics)
, Marvel Noir
, Marvel 616
, Avengers (Comics)
, New Avengers (Comics)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes, Jim Hammond, Thomas "Toro" Raymond, Namor the Sub-Mariner
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance, Time Travel, Dimension Travel, World War II, Civil War (Marvel), Post-Civil War (Marvel), Iron Man: Director of SHIELD, Secrets, Hero Worship, Cosmic Cube, Infinity Gems, Infinity Gauntlet, Comic Book Science, Comic Book Violence, Baron Zemo's A+ Parenting, Fix-It, Civil War Fix-It, Happy Ending, New Avengers Vol. 1 (2004), Community: cap_ironman, Cap_Ironman Big Bang
Series: Part 2 of Pulse, Beat, and Measure
Summary: Cassino, Italy, December 1943. Special Agent Tony Stark, former Marvels adventurer, is sent to investigate a Cosmic Cube found by the Invaders -- and it's the perfect opportunity for him to rekindle his secret romance with Steve Rogers. But when Hydra attempts to steal the Cube, an inadvertent wish for help leads to the appearance of a Tony from the future of another world: Director Stark of SHIELD. This Tony is a man with a lot on his mind. He refuses to tell them anything about the future, but he seems to know much more than he should about Captain America. And something's happened that's clearly killing him inside, but he's not talking. When Director Stark's failed attempt to return home leads to the unexpected appearance of another visitor from his universe, all the lies come undone. Now there are two wars to fight, and the second one could ruin all of them.
Longest story I've ever written. So there.
I may or may not have written this story solely to tag it "Baron Zemo's A+ Parenting" on AO3. Ha.
Basically, it's a massive 616 Civil War fix-it that also happens to be a Marvel Noir World War II Invaders story, because I figured that a great way to get Steve and Tony to talk about their problems would be to strand them in an alternate-universe version of World War II with their multiverse counterparts who are in the lovely idealistic beginning of their own relationship, and who can then proceed to stare at 616 Steve and Tony in horror. Also I really like both Marvel Noir and Avengers/Invaders. (It is actually a standalone sequel to my Noir story Allegro, Forte
Also I really just feel like Steve should come back to life while Tony still remembers Civil War. I can't get enough of that. So, you know, that's why I wrote this.
My betas, BTW, were amazing and went above and beyond the call of duty. gwyn
did a lovely 40s/WW2 beta for me on a tight deadline (and found me some great resources) and Steve/Tony isn't even her OTP and yet she was willing to listen to me babble at them. halotolerant
was also a WW2 beta and read an entire book on the Italian front for me! Well, partially for me! kalashia
has read all of Avengers/Cap/IM and was my canon-nitpicking beta and is also the reason for one of the villains at the end of chapter two because apparently if you ask someone who has read a lot of Marvel "who is the best Scientist Supreme or other related AIM or Hydra villain?" you get REALLY FUN ANSWERS. And I really, really could not have written this without the cheerleading and beta work of magicasen
who was extremely invested in this fic from pretty much the moment I had the idea. So, uh, thank you all.
Oh, and, yes, there's art! praguedoctor
did three pieces
(one is NSFW) and phoenixmetaphor
and then they collaborated on a piece (linked in Phoenix' post) that was just really lovely, and it's ALL LOVELY and OMG, so much art. I also have to say that I really appreciated Phoenix livestreaming the drawing process at me and taking the time to talk to me about how the art was actually happening; it was really fun and educational and a surprisingly good motivator for me actually finishing writing the fic, because that way we could both sit there and work on the Big Bang together.
So, there. Now I get my brain back. And write other fic. Other fic, brain! Not a novel-length sequel.