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Natasha/Clint, Natasha&Clint | gen/team |other pairings
Natasha/Clint, Natasha&Clint (grouping gen&het together since with those two the line is so blurry, it's practically invisible anyway)
Mr. & Mrs. Barton (Or, Why Natasha Sends Jennifer Aniston an Annual Apologetic Fruit Basket) by kuhori_rei
Natasha/Clint; NC-17; AU/humor/romance/spy antics; 13763 words
Summary: Five years before they meet as Hawkeye and the Black Widow, they meet as Clint and Natasha. There is a romance, a marriage, and then, predictably, everything goes absolutely to hell, and Clint still thinks they should be getting royalty money from the DVD sales of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (Or: boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl get married. Boy and girl neglect to do background checks.)
This fic is totally delightful; charming and romantic (not to mention hot). The plot of Mr. and Mrs. Smith fits beautifully for these characters.
Five Times Natasha Does Whatever She Wants With Whoever She Wants for Her Birthday (and That Time in Bulgaria When She Didn't) by cybermathwitch
Natasha/Clint; PG-13; 4051 words
Written for the c/n promptathon*. The story combines several prompts in a beautiful and insightful character study. The kind that makes me love the characters even more.
The Last Great Border Town Hotel by ignipes
Natasha/Clint plus Coulson, Fury; PG-13; backstory/friendship/partnership; 4951 words
Summary: Natasha has a lot of weapons in her arsenal. Trust hasn't always been one of them.
Totally love the characterizations and backstory.
"If you're going to tie me up again," she says, "the least you could do is tell me your name. Or should I still think of you as Tom from California?"
"Barton. Clint Barton."
She tilts her head to the side. She doesn't think he's lying. "You don't look like a Clint."
"You don't look like a Natalia."
She doesn't let her surprise show. It's been a long time since anybody has used her real name. "My friends call me Natasha," she says.
Barton raises an eyebrow. "You don't have friends. You only have assets you haven't killed yet."
21 shots by folie_lex
Gen; Clint & Natasha, Phil; backstory/friendship/partnership; PG-13; 10650 words
Summary: They track their history in shots.
She hasn’t taken her eyes of her own target, but she’s landed a perfect shot at the centre of his target’s chest area. He’d be lying if he said he wasn’t impressed.Natashas's recruitment into SHIELD, the slow building of trust and friendship between her and Clint (and Coulson)... many things I like about this fic and I find it hard to summarize. Um, go read? :)
Now that she has made her point, she turns to him again.
“Let’s be clear, Barton right?”
“Barton it is. I don’t need people to be nice to me.”
Stickshifts and Safety Belts by OracleGlass
Natasha/Clint; PG-13; humor/fluff; 1045 words
for the prompt Clint, muscle cars, grease smudges
Natasha once spent an almost unendurable two days in London stuck in a two bedroom apartment, listening to Clint describe, in all-too-loving detail, a rebuild on a 1972 Satellite, the first car he fell in love with. Clint retells the story to Tony, and it becomes a bonding moment. Go figure.
The Blood On Her Hands by Maxiekat
Gen; characters: Natasha, Clint and Fury; 2951 words
Summary: Agent Barton was sent to Russia to take out an assassin known as The Black Widow. When he starts to question his orders, he offers her an option to come with him instead, but before she can make up her mind, all hell breaks loose and they're fighting for their lives.
Apophasis by workerbee73
Natasha/Clint; PG-13; romance/friendship/partnership with backstory; 4364 words
Summary: Past and present collide in a village outside Novgorod. A story of endings and beginnings.
Here's a lovely fic written for the prompt Clint teaches Natasha sign language. They practice in different places (during missions, stakeouts when staying silent really is important, but also in very intimate situations.):
Our Secrets Are Our Own by lar_laughs
Natasha/Clint & Steve; PG-13; 1133 words
Summary: They just assume they are the only ones who know sign language.
You Have a Choice by Lovers_Reason
Gen with UST through the roof; PG-13; genre: backstory/spy missions; 11943 words
Summary: How Clint Barton met Natasha Romanova and ultimately convinced her to work for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Really intriguing portayal of a slowly growing, unconventional partnership, with some unexpected turns along the way. Love the characterizations.
Christmas in St. Petersburg by Amerou
Cint/Natasha; PG-13; backstory; 5449 words
Summary: Agent Clint Barton, codename Hawkeye, is sent to kill a target known only as the Black Widow - but Clint makes a different call.
I particularly like the atmosphere of this story. Snippet:
This is how Clint Barton ends up perched on the tar roof of a warehouse on Christmas Eve, huddled in his layers with an inadequate heating pad beneath him to keep off the frostbite, snow settling on his modified hunter's blind, his bow coated in resin to keep it from icing over as he listens to distant bells toll midnight out across the darkened city. The plaza of buildings beneath him is dark, snow sifting across the tile and concrete and lending the whole scene a sense of calm and waiting, as if the world itself expects Santa Claus to be flying over at any minute, and damned if the land won't be as picturesque as possible for a cityscape when he does.
Two fills from the Clint/Natasha Promptathon, which is made of rainbows and puppies
Six Cities That Are Not Budapest by igrockspock
2356 words; PG-13
Summary: Natasha and Clint try to figure out what normal people do on vacation, with varying degress of success.
Slippery Slope by jacedesbff
Word Count: approx. 1800 + pictures; Rating: PG
Summary: Inspired by the prompt, “The psych department or person assigned to Natasha when she joins SHIELD complains a lot about stupid things in Natasha's opinion, like the fact that her room/s at SHIELD/the hellicarrier aren't 'personlised'. Clint tries to help her out by sticking a poster up, a movie poster or something, Natasha retaliates, and then The Great Wall Covering War is on. Their walls become covered with funny posters, rude ones, meaningful, postcards they bring back...then maybe ticket stubs, maps, scraps, memories... “
And a longer one... 'cause sometimes what you need is 10k words' worth of fluff, just saying. :)
The Observable Universe by sarea
9919 words; characters: Jane, Natasha/Clint and the rest of the team; PG-13
Summary: As an astrophysicist, Jane studies the observable universe for work, but in her free time what she likes to study is a bit closer to home. (Or: Jane has a low tolerance for stupidity. Clint and Natasha take exception to being called stupid.)
Author's Notes: Or... 5 times Jane saw Natasha do something mundane (and one time she saw her do something extraordinary). Or... the Avengers drink. A lot. Or... almost 10K words' worth of fluff, I do what I want.
the highest reaches of human endeavor by kuhori_rei
Natasha/Clint; NC-17; 2450 words
Summary: Clint and Natasha are never awkward. Except for when they are. (Or, five times Clint and Natasha screw up during sex, and one time they really just don’t care.)
Five Dates Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff Absolutely Positively Did Not Go On (and One They Did) by workerbee73
Natasha/Clint; 6 chapters, complete
Summary: The banter-laden, UST-filled adventures of two assassins in love. And denial.
This put me in a happy mood. :) I love the UST and the banter, the spy mission backdrops, and the slow build-up of their epic friendship/bromance/relationship. The pacing is just right. Perfect.
a girl is a gun by miawkitten
Gen; Natasha Romanoff & Clint Barton; 5037 words
summary: she was a spy and then she met him.
a/n: set in movie-verse. an origin story, if you will, following the few times these two met (and tried to kill each other) before joining the same team. also, budapest.
Loved this one; it feels intense, especially Natasha's point of view. An exploration of their backstory that does a great job showing their personalities as well as the development of their... well, not relationship... of that thing between them. From one near-murder to the next.
I'm reminded just a little of those Leverage fics I love, in which Nate chases Sophie across Europe. Only in this case with less art theft and considerably more violence and bloodshed. These two are cold-blooded assassins and the story treats them as such.
if ever two were one by kuhori_rei
Clint/Natasha; Rating: T; team/humor/romance; 5150 words
Summary: Five ways the Avengers found out Clint and Natasha were married, and one way they didn’t. Featuring domesticity, scrambled documents, Tony and Pepper getting their snoop on, and of course some general badassery.
I thought I'm not into marriage tropes, but apparently I love them when they're done in a certain way. I like how the team find out one by one... through these entirely mundane, unspectacular (well, mostly) occasions. Just a pair of master assassins, doing their taxes.
Indebted by sablier_bloque
Clint/Natasha; NC-17; origin/action/friendship/romance; 14312 words
Author's warnings: mentions of underage rape, and there is a scene where an underaged Natasha uses a sexual act for an ulterior motive, but there is no underage sex between Clint and Natasha
Summary: Clint Barton is sent to kill a young girl named Natalia Romanova. He makes a different call.
This story is amazing. Slightly different take from what I've read before, in that Natasha is 14 when Clint is sent to kill her. Someone else compared her to Hanna from the movie, and yeah, it's a bit like that (only a lot better handled IMO). The way the story deals with Natasha's young age (and the age difference between her and Clint) always feels credible and realistic and I love her growth as a person and the progression of her relationship with Clint, the growth of trust and loyalty between them.
Seriously, if you're not in love with the character already, you will be after this.
Fearful Passage by rayruz
Clint/Natasha (and background team); PG-13; genre: mission fic; 13636 words
Summary: When Clint and Natasha are sent on a mission in South America, things take a tragic turn for the worst. But is everything exactly as it seems or is there more to the story?
Hard to find the words to describe this one. Like... this story punched me in the gut and then took my heart to stomp on it, and I mean that in the best possible way. It felt incredibly intense, I couldn't tear my eyes off the page.
bare by siria
Gen; PG; Natasha & Clint; movie tag; 816 words
She'll never work undercover again. The footage of the battle loops on the news networks for weeks; each demolition of a building made unsafe by the fighting, or visit by dignitaries to inspect the damage, revives flagging media interest. None of it is high resolution, but in the shaky cell phone footage and black-and-white security camera video, Natasha sees the end of her life as she knows it.
account rendered by Siria
Gen; Clint&Natasha; 617 words
Summary: Clint lies in the debrief.
Short fic, but there's a lot said in just a few paragraphs.
Another take on Widow and Hawk's backstory that I particularly liked: Ashes, a series of three fics by SugarFey. Natasha-centric but Clint plays a significant part.
Gen; PG-13; 1030 words
Summary: She's been turned upside down and inside out so often she doesn't know who she is anymore, but she knows who she wants to be.
A Walk On Part in the War
PG-13; hint of N/C subtext; 2050 words
Summary: She's stopped running for now, but past sins always catch up.
World On Fire
PG-13; Natasha/Clint; Warnings: allusions to child abuse and rape; 2171 words
Summary: He first sees her from a rooftop in St Petersburg in the light of an inferno.
the rest, as they say by johnnydicaprio
gen with Clint/Natasha UST; PG-13; genre: action/adventure/backstory; 4309 words
Summary: A simple clean up job gets more than a little complicated, and three hours in, it becomes pretty clear that Budapest is no piece of cake.
Many stories have been written about Budapest (thanks, Joss) and no doubt many more will be written; this is one of my favorite takes on that line. Dig the writing style.
another great take on the Budapest scenario:
Two Truths and a Lie by hannasus
Natasha/Clint; PG-13; budapest, backstory; 11572 words
Summary: Clint and Natasha remember Budapest very differently.
This fic has a shorter prequel of sorts, Clemency, which is also really good:
Gen; origin fic; 1672 words
Summary: "Agent Barton was sent to kill me. He made a different call."
“The target just flipped me off, sir.”
“I think that means she likes you,” was Coulson’s deadpan reply.
I'm not calling this an official rec, okay, because it's a WIP and I don't wanna jinx it. But this fic is really well written and hits my fanfic buttons like whoa, so I figure I'd share, WIP or not.
In a Winter Month... which has Natasha and Clint hiding out in a safe house in wintery Lithuania after Clint got shot: enter the Avengers (well, Tony, so far). Really fantastic Natasha and Tony POVs, among other things. Two chapters in (9,732 so far) and the first thing I do when I turn on my computer in the morning is look for an update. Fic can be such a drug.
Movie Night by rayruz
Natasha/Clint with Tony, Thor, Fury; PG-13; 5200 words
Summary: "Rodgers hasn’t seen Godfather. Or anything since Wizard of Oz. This must be rectified." For a few weeks, Natasha thinks Stark’s incessant badgering is the worst thing in her life. Then, in North Korea, ‘worst’ gets its proper definition back.
I love everything about this fic - the mood, the voices, Tony Stark being his lovable (if at times annoying) philanthropist self while Clint and Natasha are working through some issues in their own way.
Understanding by SLynn
Gen; PG-13; Clint, Natasha, Phil ; pre-movie; 6136 words
Summary: If they were going to work together, then Clint and Natasha needed to first get along.
Intriguing exploration of their early partnership complete with satisfying spy plot.
See Yourself As Part of the World by Spatz
Gen; Clint/Natasha friendship; commentfic, 973 words
Summary: For some reason, it was always robots in Amsterdam.
Avengers Dissemble by spuffyduds
Gen; Team and Fury; PG-13; 500 words
Summary: Everybody lies, everybody fronts.
Seven snippets, ranging from touching and insightful to funny. This ficlet fits a lot of coolness in a minimum amount of words.
The Hollow Men by lettered
Gen; Bruce & Steve; PG-13; 25254 words
Summary: Steve goes to Uganda, ostensibly to fetch Bruce, who still doesn’t want to join the Avengers. Steve tries to figure out how to do the right thing; they both try to find their place in the world.
Both the setting with its ethical and political issues as well as the characters themselves are handled with great care, thought, and complexity. The story is just beautiful. This is exactly the Bruce I saw when I watched the movie, fully-fleshed and in-depth. And her Steve (seen through Bruce's eyes) is intriguing, too.
This is part 2 in the Responsible Science series of which I already recced part 4, The Kids Weren't Alright. The other two parts are well worth reading too, but those two are my favorites. The stories can be read out of order. Actually I think that having read part 4 first enhanced my enjoyment of this one in some ways.
The Kids Weren’t Alright by lettered
Characters: Bruce, Tony, Pepper, Steve, Natasha, Clint, Jane; deaging fic/character study; 56199 words
I'd say the story is gen (header lists several ships but I don't see it no matter whichways I squint); PG-13
Summary: Tony accidentally turns himself into a twelve-year-old using alien tech. Steve is stuck as bodyguard, Bruce is stuck trying to fix him, and Pepper is stuck trying to ward off a twelve-year old’s attempts at flirtation. And then things go from bad to worse.
This story is really incredible. It takes a cracky fun trope and gives it depth, uses it to for the kind of character exploration that hits you right in the heart, without being maudlin or sappy. It gives the characters new dimensions while staying in character. On top of being fun and cracky. A really good read.
Contingencies by Misachan
Gen; PG-13; Characters: Clint, Coulson, Natasha, Steve, Selvig; 8547 words
Summary: Clint knows it's only a matter of time before it happens again.
The Chitauri invasion is over and Clint is obsessing about falling back under the scepter's influence. An extremely compelling and disturbing look into his headspace. Snippet:
There's only one other person on the elevator, some junior agent who looks all of twelve with one of those new Chitauri-style rifles R&D's so proud of. He does the eye check when Clint steps in – nice and subtle about it, Clint approves – but then he lets Clint get behind him and he can't imagine what's going through the kid's head. He's tempted to take down the agent's name and find out who trained him this badly.
This rec is for one of the actual Marvel comic books because it's just. So gorgeous.
Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, written by Majorie Liu, art by Daniel Acuña
First of all, the artwork is stunning. Stun-ning! Every other page I stopped to just stare. Everything is flawless: anatomy, faces, backgrounds, action scenes, coloring... the lineart is deft and bold and the coloring harmonizes with it completely. I think it really shows that it was all done by just one artist. (Mind that the teaser was drawn by a different artist; Acuña's part starts about 10 pages in.)
Here, just take a look at some of these:
This, and this, and one more. And this one.
And the story doesn't disappoint either: Natasha gets framed in a particularly nasty way, and finds herself cut off from her allies while she tries to clear her name. There's a bit of her relationship with the Winter Soldier which (as a card-carrying Nat/Clint shipper) I don't much care for, but it's only in the background and rather nicely done, in a way that showcases her character. Like everything in this comic, really. She's such a well-rounded individual... tough, capable, lethal, ruthless if necessary and still, so utterly human.
I mean, I'm very much in love with the movie version of Black Widow and part of why I love her is that she's just a regular human; but her comics counterpart here is so compelling that I had no problem connecting with this version of her, with the genetic modifications and the backstory dating back to WWII.
Immortal Engines by rhymer23
Gen with a healthy dose of Natasha/Clint UST; PG-13; genre: teamfic/action-adventure/AU; 68,915 words
Summary: The year is 1878 in a world that never was. Dirigibles ply the airways. Tony Stark is failing to invent artificial intelligence, Thor is attempting to be inconspicuous in a frontier saloon, Bruce is running away, Natasha and Clint are engaged in their own separate missions, and Steve Rogers has awoken to find himself a man out of time. When an enemy raises an army of deadly metal constructs, these six people must come together to save the world, and maybe just find themselves along the way.
Rhymer was one of my favorite gen writers in SGA fandom so I was thrilled when I saw she's writing Avengers. This story is a long, plotty steampunk AU, rich in characterization and teaminess. The plot draws parallels to the movie while it's still its own unique story. I love what she does with the characters, how she explores their relationships and shows them come together as a team. The voices are spot-on! I can't even quote my favorite lines, there are so many of them.
may the fourth by irnan
Gen; Tony and team; geeky crack; 1762 words
"Ladies and gentlemen," says Tony, and he's so fucking delighted with himself that he actually hops from one foot to the other, too gleeful to even stand still. "Allow me to present to you the world's first functioning lightsabre."
And he promptly brings it down with a swing on the couch to his right. There's a swish and a hum and a sort of sizzle, and when Tony pushes at one end of the couch it moves away from the other along the line the sabre passed through, leaving two perfectly cauterised couchhalves and a smell of burning leather.
"Oh, shit," says Steve, looking horrified.
Report, As From A Gun by icarus_chained
Gen; Rated M for gory descriptions; characters: Clint, JARVIS, Tony, Fury, Natasha, Bruce; 3909 words
Summary: Clint Barton, ambassador of SHIELD. Seriously. Fuck this shit. (Or, the one where Clint explains to the killer AI and his jumpy creator why SHIELD is not going to try and take JARVIS).
Great character stuff and an overlying sense of creepiness. I like fic that gets across that Tony is actually a pretty scary guy. Well, SHIELD isn't exactly staffed with angels either.
Exercising Restraint by Telaryn (Avengers with a smidgeon of Leverage)
Gen (some Clint/Natasha subtext); PG-13; characters: Hawkeye, Quinn, Natasha, Tony, Fury; 11434 words
Summary: When Clint is ambushed and captured on a mission for S.H.I.E.L.D., Nat must find a way to do her duty and do what she can to rescue him.
Clint is in deep trouble when he gets captured by a certain retrieval specialist. (Not Eliot... the other one.) Natasha juggles having his back with other SHIELD responsibilities. I really like all the characters' portrayals, including Quinn with his many shades of grey.
MC Hammer Can't Touch This by Cider Sky
Gen; characters: Clint (& Mjolnir, if you want); humor/crack;2767 words
"Mjolnir has it out for him. He knows it sounds ridiculous but it's the only proper explanation." Or, 5-times Mjolnir almost took Clint out and the 1-time it all made sense kind of.
Culture and Other Balls of Twine by LithiumDoll
Gen; characters: team, Fury, Hill, Darcy, Selvig; 17038 words
Summary: “Okay, I realize this could appear to be poorly conceived - to those of limited vision - but what you have to understand is, I’ve actually just had the greatest, most outstanding idea ever.” Tony’s eyes searched heavenward and then he nodded soberly. “Yes, I believe history will consider this my triumph.”
A story featuring, among other things: a road trip, team bonding, giant balls of twine and and Fury being particularly awesome (in a shadowy way).
Recruitment by SLynn
Gen w/canon pairings; PG-13; Clint, Tony and team; 18669 words
Summary: Tony decides that before he can move forward with his plans, first he'll need some answers, whether Clint wants to provide them or not.
This is a really fascinating story, dealing with Clint's backstory and his and Natasha's conflict of allegiance standing between SHIELD and the Avengers. The author does a great job building up the tension.
In Great Transition by vain_glorious
Gen; PG-13; team/friendship; 3829 words
Summary: One by one, the Avengers move into Stark Tower.
“Thor is naked,” Natasha warns. “Laundry day, I think.”
“Why don’t you ever do that?” Tony asks her.
“I asked him to cover up and he put on his cape,” Bruce says. “But it’s in the back, so.”
Amateur Theatrics by galaxysoup
Gen; PG-13; team & Loki; 26586 words
Summary: In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous.
Bodyswap hijinks with fun team interaction and a cool plot. The ending veered a teensy bit close to Loki apologism for my taste but still, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, including kid!Loki.
Near-Death Experience with a Side of Shawarma by Zinnith
Gen; PG-13; characters: Tony, Bruce and team; 2549 words
Summary: The battle is over and Tony is fine. Really, he is.
can't carve a whistle by irnan
Gen; Maria Hill & team; smidgeon of Maria/Steve; 3564 words
Summary: Maria Hill's never found it easy to explain why she became a SHIELD agent, but she knows why she stays one.
Very intriguing character dynamics; I dig Maria's perspective on the Avengers and her neverending arguments with Steve.
(I heard rumors that in movies to come Maria Hill will take Coulson's place as liaison to the Avengers - I so hope that's true!)
Give A Girl A Moment And She'll Take You For All You've Got by tielan
Gen; Rated M (for violence maybe?); characters: Maria, Natasha, Pepper, Jane, Darcy. Also Clint, Tony, Steve, Bruce
Summary: Coulson had once made the observation that Darcy Lewis’ ability to beg, bribe, or bully people into her plans was almost a superpower in and of itself.
Considering she was walking down a tattered Tribeca street with four women she either barely knew or didn’t socialise with for drinks on a Friday night, Maria could well believe it.
Girls Night Out...
The Third Son of Odin by vain_glorious
Gen; PG-13; characters: team & Loki; 7334 words
Summary: Loki takes a second shot at brainwashing Tony Stark.
Loki captures Tony Stark, brainwashes him via magic and sends him off to Stark Tower to kill Thor. So much for the plan. The execution of said plan... leaves to be desired.
Self Defense by SLynn
Gen; PG-13; Characters: Tony, Clint and team; 2120 words
Summary: Even Tony knows when it's time to admit defeat.
A more lighthearted teamfic with great voices.
"We're going to fight."
Tony's eyebrows shot up in surprise before he wheeled on Steve, pointing at him for emphasis. "You're behind this."
"You're not always going to have the suit, Tony," Steve said, his tone reasonable. "If you'd just learn some basic techniques -"
"So, you all, what exactly? Got together over coffee and decided to stage an intervention? Except, instead of an intervention it's more like an impromptu fight club, right? Why didn't you just corner me in a dark alley? Jump me outside my front door? That'll teach me."
intermission by siria
Gen; PG; Nick Fury & Maria Hill; movie tag; 389 words
Summary: Nick and Maria, after.
Bouncing Baby Sniper by vain_glorious
Gen-ish with N/C and past Steve/Peggy; characters: Steve, Clint, Tony, Natasha, Pepper, Bruce; 5088 words
Summary: Clint Barton is Peggy Carter's grandson.
"Long lost relative" isn't normally a trope I go for but I like this author a lot, so I clicked the link... good thing I did, really enjoyed it! I love all the character interactions.
Here's an Avengers friendship fic with a delightful Hulk POV from penknife:
Gen; Bruce, Thor, Tony; Rated G; 1800 words
This one I liked a lot not just because of the way it shows our two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents' skittishness at the prospect of trusting a team, but also particularly for the Bruce moments:
Of Languages (fic on LJ) by QueenRiley
team with Natasha/Clint (mostly Gen); PG; friendship/team/humor; 8493 words
Summary: After a life spent immersed in secrets, it was difficult to let go and learn to live without them.
[note: the translations in there stem from Google and Google just won't sound like a native speaker anytime soon, but the author is open to corrections.]
a world of darkness//a world of silence by Mizzy
Gen; PG-13; teamfic (slightly centered on Steve and Tony) with Loki and Fury; 14866 words
Summary: Clint and Natasha meet Bruce while on mission in the middle of nowhere. It could be a coincidence if it was just them, but it's not. It doesn't take long for the Avengers to realize that someone has engineered for them all to end up trapped in the same place. But who? And why?
"Well," Natasha says, in a strange tone, "I think I know who our mark is."
"Who?" Clint asks, inching forwards just a little, and then he knows too. Because apart from a pretty blonde waitress and the shuffle of a shadow behind the kitchen hatch, there's only one person in the diner.
And it's someone they know.
The man, sitting at the main counter and disturbed by the draft from the door, looks up from his cup of coffee, sees them, and sags. "Great," Dr. Bruce Banner sighs, "an assassination attempt before my breakfast is even ready. This is my life."
I've Been Wanting to Talk to You by WitchyDoctor
Gen; Clint & Bruce friendship; 7692 words
Summary: It's six weeks after the battle with Loki. Clint Barton and Bruce Banner start to get to know one another and fight some bad guys along the way.
Nice post-movie Bruce&Hawk bonding piece. I especially like the Bruce voice here, I was hearing his lines in my head.
Any Way I Do by MissJeeves
Team with Natasha/Clint; PG-13; humor; 4394 words
Summary: Tony discovers Clint and Natasha got married, reacts typically.
Hilarious, cute & teamy. I'm normally not into marriage tropes of any kind but this fic is all kinds of fun.
Protocol 1985 by hollimichele
Gen; Clint&Natasha, Stark!senior, Peggy Carter, Tony, Steve; time travel hijinks; 5550 words
Summary: “Holy crow, it worked,” someone says.
Time travel hijinks with gratuitous Back To The Future references? Bring it on! :)
The Shortest Week by shinysylver
Gen; characters: Tony, Steve, Thor, Fury; time loop; 15375 words
Summary: It doesn’t take Tony long to realize that he’s stuck in a time loop, doomed to relive the same crappy day over and over again. Every day he wakes up hung over—whether or not he drinks—has to deal with giant robots and, even worse, a pissed off Captain America. Tony has to figure out how to stop the cycle before he goes crazy and in the process maybe he and Steve can come to an understanding.
Five Times Pepper Took Care of the Avengers and One Time They Took Care of Her SidheRa
Gen with canon pairings; Pepper & team; 4319 words
Bruce and the Amazing Technicolor Snot Wad or, In Which the Hulk Gets Sick. After which the virus takes down the rest of the team one by one. Quite adorable teamfic with an awesome Pepper.
Four Times Pepper Considered Quitting and the One Time She Actually Said It by seren_ccd (Iron Man movieverse)
Gen; PG; 4520 words
“No one would blame you if you quit,” a little voice in her head told her.
She turned on the computer and clicked on the Inbox. 853 unread messages received in the last 48 hours.
“Really. It would be a totally okay thing to quit,” the little voice continued. “He thought you were a hooker!”
Thor and the Doom that Could Have Been Avoided (By Moving to Denver) by dbalthasar
In which Thor encounters a certain type of story and decides to rescue the youth of suburbia (1100 words)
and the sequel Camp Is Very Entertaining by penknife
In which Thor and Steve are planning to run a summer camp, and the Avengers face the dreaded "team-building exercise." (2500 words)
Gen, humor and teaminess
Congratulations on Your Birthday by ashen_key
Gen; Natasha backstory; 3100 words
Summary: Between an ordinary little Russian girl living with her parents and an ex-Soviet assassin-turned-Avenger living in America are thirty-one birthdays, each celebrated (or not) a different way.
Target by Red_Tigress
Gen; PG-13; team, action/drama; 10909 words
Summary: Hawkeye and Bullseye have a history that Clint hadn't thought about in years. But now that the Avengers are public, Bullseye has come out of hiding and wants to make sure Clint knows it.
Well-written action story with bits of interesting backstory woven in. Really enjoyed this.
Homefront by Red_Tigress
Gen; team; action; 11145 words
Summary: A silent, unexpected raid where the team feels safest. Can they survive the attack on Avengers Mansion?
In which the team's home base gets invaded and those that escape notice have to resort to guerilla warfare. Kinda like in Die Hard. Die Hard With Avengers, so to speak. ;) The action-filled fight scenes are really well written and I got clear images of the story in my mind as I read. Good read!
the helicarrier by gdgdbaby
Gen with a touch of Steve/Tony, Natasha/Clint; characters: Team with Fury and Hill; genre: humor, crack; 4277 words
Mockumentary fic. "Let's try this again," Fury says, glaring off-screen. "Sorry about that," he tells you stiffly. "The agents here aren't really used to having cameras around. We can reimburse you for the broken equipment."
The Exchange by SLynn
gen; Clint and team; 6142 words
Summary: Clint has his own system that allows him to get new reading material without actually having to keep any of it. Mostly, it works. Until it doesn't. Set pre- and post- movie with spoilers.
I was intrigued to see where the author took this fic. It's a story about books. Well, at heart, it's a story about people. It found it original and genuinely touching.
Without the Usual Cost of Labor by vain_glorious
Gen; PG-13; ~6,400 words
Summary: "Someone just reported to SHIELD that whatever was stolen produced “viable offspring,” and we’re hoping that doesn’t mean what we think it does,” Bruce says, evidently deciding to take over for Tony after only one masturbation joke.
Teamfic with lots of humor, neat plot and Tony Stark bringing on the snark.
“Captain America looks like his head is going to explode,” Tony observes. “Stars and stripes, everywhere.”
5 times the Avengers got hitched by wobblyheadeddollcaper
humor/crack/romance; 1062 words
Summary: Weddings are not all in big churches and everyone does marriage differently.
well, let the drum beat drop by jonesandashes, pollyrepeat
Gen; team bonding; 4357 words
Summary: Pepper leaves, and there’s no more pizza, and Thor’s already talked about Jane, and Tony suspects all of them realize, abruptly and simultaneously, that they actually have no idea what to do now. He is, in fact, pretty certain that they’re just a few minutes away from someone deciding to say something about the weather. It’s probably going to be him.
This fic is really hilarious, the Tony voice delightfully snarky with a dry humor.
still officially lost by pollyrepeat
Gen; Characters: Hawkeye, Coulson; Genre: AU, origin story; 11913 words
Summary: “Barton has clearly imprinted on you,” Fury starts, and keeps talking right over Phil’s knee-jerk, horrified, “He has not,” to seal Phil’s doom by saying, “so I’ve decided that you’re going to take primary responsibility for him from now on.”
“Oh, god,” Phil says, faintly, before he can stop himself.
I liked the fic I rec'd yesterday so much that I checked out what else the authors have written, and found this great origin fic: Coulson finds it his assignment to socialize a cagey teenager with people after his head. Loved both the plot and the characteriztion, the way the two slowly get used to each other.
[to see you there] by Feather/lalaietha
The fic is posted as a series but it's practically one story; part 2 starts right where part 1 leaves off.
Part 1: [got fourteen angels]
Natasha/Clint; PG-13; movie tag; 1624 words
Summary: They know each other too well.
Natalia wants to sigh. She'd sigh, she thinks, if that kind of thing were natural anymore - if she had any involuntary reactions. But by the time the feeling gets all the way through filters and out where she could act on it, it's too deliberate, too false, too much like acting.Part 2: [far from here we are all right]
Natasha/Clint (main), Bruce/Betty Ross, Pepper/Tony; PG-13; 10639 words
summary: "Yes," Natasha says. "It's Dr Ross."
"And now you want to go find her and recruit her," Clint says, just to get it out in the air. You have to admire Natasha, really. No matter what or who she runs into, she will obsessively hunt until she finds a way to neutralize them. And she's good at thinking outside the box and knowing that "neutralize" doesn't necessarily mean "kill, concuss or capture."
Now, I think Joss did amazing things with Black Widow - so much so that she somehow almost single-handedly manages to make up for the general lack of X-chromosome in the movie. (That's what I call a superpower, yo.) Anyway, in this story I immensely enjoyed watching Natasha set out to recruit Betty Ross. Who I didn't know but whose character clicked for me quickly and feels like a great addition to the ensemble (chemistry wise, and not just because it evens out the gender balance a bit more).
Transcript ST245 by dracutgrl
Tony/Pepper; Words: 1,420
Summary: Tony and Pepper get kidnapped.
Transcript of two bickering hostages
every dong has its day by zarathuse
Tony/Steve & team; humor; Rated M (for language, I assume); 7831 words
Summary: it’s not the size of the boat, it’s the motion of the ocean.
-ancient chinese proverb
(aka that time zara wrote 8k worth of dick jokes.)
I don't ship S/T but this story is so funny I read it twice in a row. Hilarious Tony voice. Cute fic, too.
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