Flickering Night

The Winter Soldier was thought to be alone. The weapon of HYDRA. Completely incapable of emotion. The Avengers believed it, HYDRA believed it, the government believed it. They knew Bucky Barnes was a good person but thought the Winter Soldier was not. But the Winter Soldier was still human and proved them all wrong...because some love can't be forgotten.


1. Found

The helicopter landed and the roof panels swung shut. The two men quickly climbed out and paced across the deck to where the scientist/Raft worker was waiting for them. “Thank goodness you’re here! Captain, Sergeant.” The man greeted Steve and Bucky. “The Strike team recently took down a HYDRA base and discovered a person in cryofreeze. An enhanced person.” The man summarised while leading them through the prison.

“How important is this that we need to come here?” Steve asked, the man paused before answering “When woke up, the doctor who was assigned to check her over was attacked on sight. She punched him once, out cold for a day.”

“So she is another Super Soldier experiment?”

“Yes. But that’s barely scratching the surface, she is also physically enhanced in a different way to the serum, she has wings. And not flimsy, delicate things like anything else I’ve seen. I’m talking about fourteen foot wingspan of tough muscle, scales and spines, the closest description is “dragon” wings. Plus she has razor sharp retractable claws and increased lung capacity. Her body structure is unlike anything a normal female would have, her body is more similar to you two than to someone her own gender.”

Steve and Bucky exchanged worried looks.

“To put it simply. This girl has more muscle than any normal man in his prime. But that’s not what worries us most. Her memories were wiped by HYDRA and she became a weapon. Asset Solstice. She was experiencing relapses much like you had a few years ago, Sergeant. At first they were what we expected, horrifying and demonic, but expected, then she began asking for a man named Winter. Her relapses got worse and she nearly killed the men trying to calm her down. She mutters that name over and over again along with bits of other languages. If she’s not staring into space muttering she’s panicking or angry. If she hears the word Winter, it sends her into a relapse. She never sleeps unless forced, she’s constantly exhausted but never voluntarily sleeps. We managed to ask who Winter was once, do you know how she responded?” the man asked,

“How did she respond?” Steve asked.

“James Buchanon Barnes, Sergeant, 32557608.”

The blood drained from Bucky’s face and he realised who she was. The three men reached a thick door, the scientist punched in the keycode and they entered the new section. There was a glass cell in the center of the room and a table behind the one-way glass wall. They stood behind the glass and looked at the teenage girl lying on the floor of the cell, another scientist picked up a clipboard and walked around to the front of the cell to begin talking to her. A minute passed, the scientist said one word and the effect was immediate, the girl rolled to her feet in attack stance, short curved claws shot out from her fingertips and she shouted back at him. The scientist returned to the table, “No improvement” he sighed.

“Can I talk to her?” Bucky asked, the two scientists exchanged a look

“It’s worth a try, even if she attacks she can’t break the glass.”

“I meant inside the cell. I know something that might work.”

The scientists hesitated “She is unstable and very dangerous.”

“I know. But I can defend myself.”

“Okay.” They finally agreed.

Bucky walked through the door of the cell toward the tense girl. Her eyes focused on him, analysing.  He slowly pulled off his jacket and laid it on the floor, exposing his metal arm. She watched him as he crouched down on the floor. Bucky curled his left hand into a loose fist and extended it toward her, palm up. The girl knelt on the floor in front of him and rested her fist on his own, Bucky curled his fingers around her wrist and she did the same. They sat like that for a moment before she broke contact and pulled him into a tight hug. “Winter! You came back!” She buried her face in his shirt as tears started to fall from her eyes. “Of course I did, I promised you I would” Bucky murmured holding her shaking body, stroking her short golden brown hair, his arms protecting her from harm. The empty space in his heart filled, he had his Sol back. He remembered the long nights in HYDRA’s icy cells with her small body warm in his arms, she had been a lot younger then. Only eight and too exhausted to keep herself alive, that’s when she met the Winter Soldier. He protected her tortured body in the cold darkness of Siberia and they formed a sort of father/daughter bond.

Sol sat curled in Bucky’s embrace “James Bucky Barnes, Sergeant, 32557608”

He smiled and replied “Susanna Sol Rea, Soldier, 94701152”

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