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Title: My Mouth Is Open, I See with My Eyes
Author: [profile] smilingskull
Characters: Teddy/Billy, Tony/Steve, Kate Bishop, Shannon Carter, Sharon Carter
Length: ~13,700 words
Summary: N/A

This story stays with you. It certainly stayed with me; I read it twice, stupidly forgot to bookmark it, and spent the better part of last night trying to track it down with me. The sheer scope, the way the characters wind in and out of each other's lives, the bittersweet hopefulness of this particular future - God, it kills me.

Thinky thoughts aside, there is SO MUCH that makes me flail in this. Let's start with the fact that it has a metric ton of both Kate Bishop and American Dream (Shannon! In 616!), and move right to the featuring of both Tony/Steve and Billy/Teddy. Bejeebus. I mean, the parallels it draws between the four, and the way Tony reacts every goddamn time he sees Teddy and Billy - I should probably warn that this was written way back when Steve was still totally 100% dead and he remains dead for the entire story - and. just. Holy crap, this story is amazing. Tony's at the emotional core, which is a thing I always appreciate, and the way Tony grows and he just, he feels older and tired and maybe a touch wiser and a shitload sadder, and his relationship with Shannon, and the way Steve and Shannon shape his relationship with Sharon - (I sometimes think of this as the story where Tony and Sharon raise Steve's kid.)

I get chills when the new-New old-Young Avengers are standing up there in front of press and Shannon says, "Avengers Assemble!" Which, I think, says a lot about the quality of storytelling, and good lord it is quality.

Link: http://community.livejournal.com/cap_ironman/106544.html
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Title: Maybe Everything Returns
Author: riko
Characters: Billy/Teddy, Kate
Length: 7,352 words
Summary: There are 3058 miles between them, and Teddy can feel every one.

THIS IS BILLY AND TEDDY BEING ADORABLE, OKAY, AND I DON'T HAVE A BETTER REC THAN THAT. They are being adorable at college, though (which Teddy describes as a "mandatory team project"), and with a single line this story made me love Cassie about six thousand times more than I did previously, what with being so caught up in fangirling Kate (and my reaction to Kate in this story: EEEEEEEEE). To summarize, Teddy and Billy are adorable and I now want to go re-read every YA appearance ever.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2009/works/38024