AU Bucky has trouble leaving the Winter Soldier behind him, and Steve has just as much trouble reacquainting himself with his best friend. Bucky sits lost in his thoughts most days, so Steve fills the silence as best as he can with stories from their childhood, never knowing if anything is getting through. Bucky remains unresponsive and Steve starts to lose hope, until one morning, he wakes to a piano being played.
"I…I remember. That story you told me. About how I would play the piano for you and your Ma at Christmas. But I…I don’t know, it doesn’t sound very good. Maybe I don’t really remember all of it, but I’m trying."
"No, you remember everything. You were never a very good musician Buck, we just didn’t know how to break it to you."
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Stucky Modern AU:
James Buchanan Barnes followed the Barnes’ path to work for the Army. He does simply everything to make his parents proud but after he is chosen to work with the legend Steven Rogers, also known as “Captain America”, something in his life changes. He doesn’t know anymore what he wants: follow the wishes of his homophobic parents or follow his heart.
Wherein Steve sees Bucky failing a test and offers to tutor him. It starts off a little rough, but we all know how it ends. There’s some teasing and playful banter, a little bit of arguing too. But when Bucky gets his first A on a test and hugs Steve in gratitude everything changes. They realise their feelings for each other, which have been growing over the past couple of weeks and their relationship really takes off.