Steve and Sam chase the Winter Soldier’s bloody trail as he kills people across the globe in what appears to be an indiscriminate fashion. Steve desperately wishes to stop Bucky — desperately wants to get Bucky back. But the Winter Soldier disappears like a ghost every time they come close, leaving a pile of corpses in his wake for them to clean up, tragedy upon bloody tragedy.
Finally Steve catches up to him in Kiev. He knows this has to stop. The families of the victims and his own government demand it. He points a gun at his old friend, ready to take the shot, ready to end it — and the Winter Soldier turns, and after months upon months of avoidance and utter silence, finally meets his eyes. He murmurs “It’s over” and turns himself in quietly, speaking not one further syllable.
Natasha later informs Steve that every person who died had been involved in the Winter Soldier program in one way or another. He’d been wiping his ledger clean of red.
And before Steve can stop him, Bucky puts the gun to his own temple and fires. It’s the last red line to remove.
((How I would have ended the ficlet, because I’m a horrible person))
Evee and Pepper snuggling.
i’ve got my hands bound, my head down, my eyes closed, and my throat wide open.
(Source: kilipains, via caughtinanocean)