Thank you, Sam.
( Seriously, I want a Cap belly warmer. )
Steve shows up to an Avengers meeting in August wearing a red white and blue scarf that hangs down nearly to his knees, with little pieces of yarn sticking out anywhere there’s a color change. When Tony stares, Steve shrugs. “Bucky hasn’t figured out how to weave in ends yet,” he says, toying with one of the errant pieces. “Pretty good though, right?”
Tony says nothing. Tony’s not sure there’s anything to say, except, maybe, that knitting needles sound pretty fucking dangerous in the hands of the Winter Soldier.
In September, Natasha pulls her tablet out of a black knit pouch with red edging; in October, Sam’s wearing a pair of thick grey fingerless gloves, little black wings adorning the tops. Clint comes home one day November wearing deep purple arm warmers, and a few days later Bruce walks by wearing the exact same ones in green. By December, Thor’s storing Mjolnir in a little silver knitted sack, and when Steve and Bucky show up for the Christmas party in matching handmade sweaters, holding hands and generally looking much more like something out of an adorable Hallmark commercial than Tony would’ve guessed upon meeting Barnes six months ago, he has to admit it: he’s hurt.
"I am not hurt," he hisses at Pepper, when she finds him sulking. "I am — confused. And! Cold! If Barnes is going to knit things for the entire team then, I mean, whatever, I don’t care. I’m just saying, it’s not exactly fair, is it? Everyone getting something and me—”
"Tony," Pepper interrupts, giving him her gentlest exasperated eyeroll, "Bucky left something for us in the foyer."
It’s a blanket, as it turns out, red and gold striped. Pepper wraps around her shoulders immediately and refuses to give it back, even when Tony tugs her into a kiss and tries to use the distraction to steal it off her. It looks awesome, though, and it feels pretty damn comfortable for the, like, eight seconds Tony gets his hands on it before Pepper sails away, still wearing it around her shoulders. Huh.
Tony sidles up to Steve at the next Avengers meeting. “Hey,” Tony says, “you were right: your boy’s pretty good with a needle. You think he could make a hat that says ‘War Machine Rox,’ spelled with an X? I need a good birthday present for Rhodey.”
Steve beams at him.
OKAY. LET’S PUT THIS INTO CONTEXT FOR A SEC HERE
- SAM, DEAN, AND CAS HAVE BEEN ON A CONFERENCE CALL FOR BLAH BLAH MINUTES TALKING ABOUT TRYING TO STOP THE END OF TIMES AS USUAL
- THEN CAS SAYS SOMETHING OFF-TOPIC YET “SO CAS”, AND DEAN RETORTS BY SAYING SOMETHING THAT’S “SO DEAN”, AND THEY BOTH TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE THAT
- WHICH PROMPTS CAS TO ASK, “HOW ARE YOU, DEAN?”
- TO WHICH DEAN RESPONDS, “I’M FINE CAS. HOW BOUT YOU?”
- AND NOW WE ARE IN CONTEXT
NOW IT’S TIME TO INTERPRET CAS’ ANSWER
- CAS HAS BEEN WINGLESS FOR BLAH BLAH MONTHS NOW.
BUT IT IS ONLY NOW, IN THIS PHONE CALL (canonically, speaking), RIGHT AFTER HE AND DEAN HAVE THAT LITTLE EXCHANGE, THAT HE REVEALS HE MISSES HIS WINGS
- AND CAS HASN’T SEEN DEAN IN A LONG TIME
- I’D LIKE TO ARGUE, IDEALLY, THAT “WINGS” COULD BE A METAPHOR FOR DEAN (that “on the wings of love, love lifts us up where we belong” crap) OR A METAPHOR FOR HOW THINGS USED TO BE
- ON THE BASIS THAT HE AND DEAN ARE FINDING EACH OTHER AGAIN IN THE LITTLE NUANCES OF THEIR CONVERSATION.
- DEAN IS HIS WINGS. THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS HIS WINGS. BECAUSE HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH DEAN IS WHAT KEEPS HIM GROUNDED, AND HELPS HIM TAKE FLIGHT.
- OR WE COULD ALSO ARGUE THAT IT ISN’T A METAPHOR, BUT RATHER HE REALLY MISSES HIS WINGS ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONTEXT
- THAT HE’S ON THE PHONE WITH DEAN AND HE CAN’T JUST RANDOMLY POP UP BEHIND DEAN WHEN DEAN CALLS
- SO HE MISSES HIS WINGS BECAUSE BEFORE, ALL HE NEEDED WAS A THOUGHT OR A PRAYER AND HE COULD BE WHERE DEAN WAS, AND NOW HE CAN’T DO THAT ANYMORE
- CAS MISSES HIS WINGS BECAUSE HIS WINGS TOOK HIM TO DEAN
the reason we all love the punch so much is because it shows so much emotion. Charles Xavier is a man who loves everyone in a peripheral way, who doesn’t let people get close to himself and is in constant, careful control of his emotions. He has to be, it’s the only way to stay sane with a mutation like his. But Erik gets under his skin in a way that no one and nothing else does. Can you imagine Charles Xavier punching someone in the face, just generally? He’s the exact opposite of a violent person! But HE CARES SO MUCH ABOUT ERIK AND THAT’S WHY ERIK COULD MAKE HIM MAD ENOUGH TO DESERVE A PUNCH TO THE FACE
with a mutation like telepathy where to some extent you have to experience the world from other people’s perspectives, i would imagine it engenders a kind of apathy, if not a desire for distance from other people.
charles cares about erik enough to be completely involved in him. after xmfc, this is the fruition of their ideological divergence. that, combined with circumstances tbd in the movie, hurts charles. he loves erik enough to be hurt by their disagreements, to get angry about it, to take it personally and feel betrayed.
you can’t get that angry over someone you never really cared about.
I miss your sass, Gabriel.
can we please just acknowledge the fact that we have a typical Dean/Sam bro scene in the Impala but with Cas as driver and FREAKING GABE as shotgun basically talking daddy issues and self-loathing and how to save the world for dummies. The parallel with the boys is so unreal. This is so unreal