madwriterscorner said: Imagine that Bucky is living with the Avengers and everyone is stepping on eggshells around him and one day he has a breakdown and Clint or Sam just touches his shoulder and coaxed him to lean against him and he realises that they care and he's not alone anymore.
But why ‘or’ when you could have ‘and’, friend?
What about Clint and Sam basically teaming up to watch Bucky’s back? Clint knows guilt, knows what it’s like to wake up from a nightmare and realise the blood on your hands is real. Sam knows how rocky the road to recovery is, when a friendly handshake looks like a punch and you can’t close your eyes for fear of all the things you’ll see if you do. And so when they see Bucky’s shoulders start to shake, see his eyes glazing over as his mind checks out, they’re straight there on either side of him - two warm human sentinels to fend off the terrors that lurk in Bucky’s mind.
To Bucky, who is used to existing inside a force-field that no one ever dares cross, it means something just to be approached like that. Without fear, without reservation. Their warmth soaks into his bones and for a while he’s not a monster, not a shadow, not a damaged weapon with a faulty trigger - just a battle-weary soldier with a team of his own to lean on.