At long last, I’ve finished up my gray socks. I’m not even sure why it took me so long, especially since there was less than an inch left to do on them, but there you have it. Like many knitters/crocheters out there, I can at times get easily distracted by shiny new projects before having finished old ones 😉
I wish I could say I got a lot of other stuff done, but I found myself immersed in a fic. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down and since it is currently at 122 chapters(!) it took a long time to catch up. It’s a work in progress, which I normally try not to start on, but this came highly recommended by some friends of mine so I figured I’d give it a shot. No regrets, either, because it’s lovely (as much as fics that cover the below tags can be called lovely, of course). The voices are so well done.
If you’re interested, the fic in question is Damaged Defenders, by Sherza.
Tags: Movie AU, Fix-It, Do not fuck with the Avengers, Friendship, Families of Choice, Team Dynamics, Team Bonding, Team as Family, Odin’s A+ Parenting, Howard Stark’s A+ Parenting, PTSD, Amnesia, Aftermath of Torture, Mention of torture, Mention of past suicidal ideation, References to Brainwashing, Past Brainwashing, past human experimentation, References to Past Child Abuse, Flashbacks, References to Underage Prostitution, Rampant Badassery, All the Mutants, Internalized racism, Hydra, Red Room, Objectification, Dehumanization, BUCKY BARNES POV FEELS, science geekery, Fanboying, Women Being Badass and Awesome
Thor takes a good look at Loki once he has hauled him back onto the quinjet, and realizes that there is something odd about Loki’s eyes. Thor has grown and changed much in the last year, and no longer takes anything for granted. So he starts asking questions. It doesn’t take long to figure out that Loki is not acting of his own free will.
Tony Stark knows what it is to be forced to do as an enemy commands. Steve Rogers has seen the atrocities manipulative madmen are willing to commit. Clint, Logan, Bruce and Natasha have been subjected to said madmen. They all know what it is to lose themselves, and to seek redemption.
Together, this band of broken heroes draws a line in the sand. They will not tolerate any tyrant, foreign or domestic. That includes Nick Fury and the WSC, who have used everyone on the team for their own aims. It includes Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, who has hunted Bruce against all reason. It includes Odin, who treats his sons like commodities. And it includes Thanos, who has delusions of conquering Earth.
Along the way, they learn to trust each other. They learn to help each other. They become a family.