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starlight. ([personal profile] ofstarlight) wrote in [community profile] stardustly2017-06-29 12:00 pm

open tag ins.



OPEN TAG INS!
» For plots, scenarios and scenes I'd love to write out!
» Can be duo-based or for a group.
» Anyone is free to claim them up. The group ones will most likely have posting orders.
» For the duos, multiples are welcomed to tag in, even of the same muse.
» Prose and brackets are both welcomed.


Pick one of my characters: here.



ringleadering: (considering)

TEAM FAMILY (TWD) DINNER.

[personal profile] ringleadering 2017-07-03 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
( ooc: This can be set pre-Negan or post-all out war. Anyone can be alive that might not be because who cares about canon, right? If Negans want to reply that can be figured out. Can probably set a posting order to make it a little easier but any TWD character is free to respond. Let's have some feels, guys. )

[ Putting the last plate setting on the table, Rick stood back to just take it all in for a moment, marveling at how much they all went through to reach a somewhat point of safety. They had an actual wall protecting them and roofs over their heads, along with food. Heated food no less and running water. It nearly felt like another world or a little like the one before things fell into chaos.

When the food started coming out to go down the middle of the table, Rick moved to help, a rare happy smile filling his face. He couldn't help but to feel hopeful for the first time in a long time. ]


Come on, everybody take a seat. Got a lot of food here to dish out.
stevegrogers: (amused)

STEVE BIRTHDAY SHENANIGANS.

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-03 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm up for just about anything and will gladly use regular Steve here, pre-serum Steve or rule!63 Steve - Stephanie. Just let me know which you want. Regular Steve can be during TFA, CA:WS, CA:CW, post CW or any other kind of timeline. Pre-serum Steve can be pre-war, during the war or time travel and in the present time period. Stephanie can be any time period.

Here are some suggestions -

PARTIES: Whether group based, like a surprise party or something more lowkey with just a duo.

OUTINGS: Something non-party related. Art museums, BBQ/picnic, dinner etc etc.

CAKE TIME: What's a birthday without an amazing cake? Steve's favorite is vanilla bean with apple frosting because it's what his ma used to make when he was younger.

PRESENTS: Good luck getting him to take anything. Birthday or not, he doesn't accept presents very easily.

DANCING: Always bittersweet but one of the ultimate ways to connect for Steve.

FIREWORKS: It's the 4th after all!

SOMETHING ELSE: The sky is the limit. Mix/match, come up with something else. Throw whatever at me.
wingedman: (65)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-03 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sam's in the kitchen making a cake - or trying to, anyway. What he's really doing is attempting to play keep-away with the bowl while Steve keeps sneaking his fingers into the batter. He's already smacked Steve's hand with the spoon once or twice - clearly something his mother never did while she was baking - and he sports a streak of batter high on one of his cheekbones.]

Seriously, if I drop this bowl on the floor, there isn't gonna be any cake.

[...they both know that if he does, he'll probably just sigh and make another batch. He won't let Steve's birthday be ruined, goddamnit.]
stevegrogers: (amused)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-04 06:12 am (UTC)(link)
[ Leaning against the countertop, Steve wore a very pleased expression, licking off one of his fingers in delight. For once, he felt a little less melancholy about his birthday and had Sam to thank entirely. The man usually managed to brighten him up without really doing much of anything. Just existing and breathing. ]

Well, you could share easier and then we wouldn't have a problem at all. Someone did not learn sharing is caring. [ With a wink, he straightened up to press a batter lipped kiss against Sam's cheek. ]

Sealed with a kiss. [ Now, he leaned against the counter with his back towards it, looking over at Sam like your move. ]
wingedman: (51)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-05 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
I am sharing. The cake's for you, isn't it?

[But the way Steve licks batter off his finger is goddamn distracting, and Sam's gaze is riveted on him. He swallows and turns back to the counter.]

Just let me get these in the pans, okay?

[Thankfully, he's already made the frosting, and it's chilling in the fridge - assuming Steve hasn't helped himself to that as well.]

If you wanna make yourself useful, you can hold the bowl while I spoon the batter, okay? Promise I'll let you lick the spoon and the bowl when I'm done.
stevegrogers: (joyful)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-06 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
[ Chuckling to himself, Steve grabbed for the bowl to hold it up as instructed. He made sure to let out a dramatic sigh, though, just to complete the image. ] Doing manual labor on my birthday.

[ When they finished sliding the batter into the pans, Steve decided to carefully hop upon onto the counter and start licking said spoon and bowl. Could anyone blame him with how good batter tasted? Besides, with the serum he couldn't really get sick of eating it. ]

You know you didn't have to do this. I would have been fine with just a happy birthday and a kiss.
wingedman: (06)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-06 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
I like baking.

[Sam shrugs and bends over to slip the pans into the oven. He likes all kinds of cooking, honestly, and one of the benefits of being with a super-soldier is that he always has an excuse to cook something.]

Besides, you're worth the trouble. Most of the time.

[He grins impishly at Steve and leans in to steal a lick of batter from the spoon.]
stevegrogers: (joyful)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-06 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ a nearly heartwrenching kind of fondness seeped into Steve's eyes, nearly as if he couldn't believe the sort of affection Sam offered so freely and easily towards him. ]

Well, I like you. [ overly cheesy but not any less true. ]

[ letting out a little gasp, this time he mimicked Sam from earlier and swatted his hand softly. ] What about the other part of the time? I'm just alluring then huh? Too much to resist. [ with a lopsided smile, he licked right up the side of the bowl just to see Sam's reaction. ]
wingedman: (28)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-06 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
The rest of the time, you're just trouble.

[Sam tugs the bowl away for a moment for a batter-filled kiss, smiling against Steve's lips. An arm hooks around his waist to pull him closer, till Steve can tell just what kind of effect all that licking has been having on Sam's body.]
stevegrogers: (amused)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-06 05:17 am (UTC)(link)
[ there would have been plenty of quips but the kiss took over Steve's attention first. groaning into it, he kissed Sam more passionate, hooking an arm around his neck to pull him even closer. ]
wingedman: (42)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-07 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Sam pulls back for just a moment, leaning over to set the timer on the oven. Then he turns his entire attention to Steve, kissing him again before he kneels down in front of him. Since he's sitting on the cabinet, his crotch is at just the right height, and Sam smirks up at him.]

So, you want one of your birthday presents now?
stevegrogers: (Default)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-07 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
[ Groaning for a different reason, Steve started to protest but stopped short when Sam moved to kneel on the ground. Well then. But because he is who he is, he can't just go with it without saying something. ]

Depends on what you plan on doing there kneeling on the ground in front of me.

[ A light joke, honestly, but there were a few things people did when they knelt down. ]
wingedman: (42)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-08 01:03 am (UTC)(link)
[Sam hums lightly as he pushes Steve's thighs apart, leaning in between them.]

Well, I can't say I'm here to pray, although one of us is likely to be taking the Lord's name in vain pretty soon.
stevegrogers: (amused)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-08 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
[ breath hitching, steve looked down at sam with slightly hooded and quickly darkening eyes. one person should not be so sexy so easily. ]

Sounds like you're doing a lot of talking. The cake is going to be done before anything happens here.
wingedman: (06)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-08 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Mm.

[Sam leans in and nuzzles Steve's thigh, reaching out to unzip his jeans. Reaching inside, he wraps a hand around his length, stroking him slowly.]

I'm positive I can make you come before the cake's done.
stevegrogers: (Default)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-11 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
[ groaning low in his throat, steve's hips snapped up into sam's hands. no matter how many times sam touched him each time felt like a gift and something new. he kind of hoped the feelings never wore off. ]

That'll be an - ah challenge, Sam. You know I can -- [ the thought process fried as he felt himself grow harder. ] Come on.
wingedman: (52)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-11 02:48 am (UTC)(link)
Uh-huh, and you know what I can do.

[There's a grin on his face as he pulls his erection free and leans in, licking a stripe up the side. Sam just keeps teasing him for a few moments, gently licking, occasionally pursing his lips to blow on the wet, sensitive skin.]

Besides, I like a challenge.
stevegrogers: (wistful)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-13 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
[ Well, game on, Sam because Steve enjoyed challenges as well and just so happened to be one of the most stubborn people to ever exist. In any time period. Groaning low in his throat, Steve looked down at Sam pointedly. What a tease.

But he expected it, really.

Shivering, he still refused to beg for more, willing Sam with his body instead. Besides, begging would only help Sam win. ]

wingedman: (24)

[personal profile] wingedman 2017-07-14 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
[Sam gradually starts taking him into his mouth, a little more every time he bobs his head. Still slower than Steve might like, and it's clear that, despite the timer, he's taking his time with things. Sometimes he hollows his cheeks and sucks around him, sometimes he caresses him with his tongue. It's clear that this is an art form he takes just as seriously as baking.]
stevegrogers: (Default)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-14 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
[ Heat pooled thickly in his stomach but Sam kept him right on the edge from ever really falling off into it. Each time he moved closer, Sam pulled him right back. It rested as his resolve and with a broken sort of whimper, he finally uttered a please. Sam needed to just give him a little more and he'd be there. The anticipation of it made his hips attempt to snap up but again Sam kept putting him on edge. ]

Come on. [ His fingers dug into Sam's shoulder as his groans became a little more frequent. ]
takesabeating: (pic#10346042)

Best Friends AU

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-10 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Steve's not big on birthdays -- no, scratch that, Steve's not big on his own birthday, and Matt is fully aware of this. Doesn't mean he's going to just let his friend pretend the day isn't special.

It's taken some wrangling to get Steve out of the apartment for a little while, on some invented errands that hopefully don't come across as suspicious. When he returns, it'll be to the smell of his favorite Thai takeout. A small table has been set up in front of the couch, holding a TV (borrowed from Foggy) hooked up to Matt's laptop and a stack of DVDs of movies Steve has expressed interest in seeing.

And there is, of course, a cake sitting on the counter, Happy Birthday Steve expertly written across the top in icing.

Just a nice low-key little celebration. No guests, no balloons, no big public fuss. Matt isn't even wearing a tie.
stevegrogers: (joyful)

!!!!!!!!!!!!

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-11 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
With a deep sigh, Steve ran around trying to complete the errands and positively ignore all the 4th of July hoopla going on around him in the process. Once, he enjoyed the brightness and the celebration going along with the day but since arriving home, well, he knew the darker aspects of freedom and how much some had to lose to keep it for everyone else. It seemed unfair in a way for him to stand there while others were six feet under. Others were depended on him.

Shaking the thoughts away, Steve returned back to the apartment, almost dropping the bags in his arms from the look on Matt's face. That little sneak! Smile pulling at his lips despite himself, Steve carefully put things down and without saying a word, he went up and hugged Matt. Sometimes even if he claimed otherwise, he wanted a little fuss. Of course, Matt understood.

Tucking his face against Matt's neck, he smiled a little wider. "Sneaky. I see now why you were trying to get rid of me." Pulling back, he cupped Matt's cheek for a moment. "Thank you." A slight pause. "Let's eat! That smells delicious and you have no idea how hot it is out there. Oh, and just so you know that's not sweat but water. Some kids are hosing people down with water guns as they pass by."
takesabeating: (got a chance to shine)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-11 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
Despite the moment of surprised silence when the door opens, Matt isn't worried about the reaction. Not that Steve never gets angry, but the utter gratitude he's always displayed anytime someone did something nice for him is a trait that isn't likely to just disappear.

It is nice to feel that wide grin pressed against his neck, though, and it brings a matching one to Matt's face. "I was a little worried you'd be in a hurry and catch me before everything was ready. Should have known better, you've always had great timing."

With a laugh, he nudges Steve to grab himself a plate and take it to the couch. "I know, you smell like tap water, not perspiration. Well...maybe a little perspiration. Nothing wrong with that, though." He'd rather smell a little clean sweat and a person's natural scent than get a nose full of heavy cologne, anyway."

Handing Steve a beer to go with his meal, he sinks down onto the cushion next to him, gesturing with his own drink toward the television. "I hope these are the right ones. Karen helped me find them, so if there's anything weird in there, I officially pass the blame to her."
stevegrogers: (amused)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-13 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
Taking the plate and the beer, Steve settled onto the couch with a content exhale. What a perfect evening already but Matt always knew what to do when it came to surprising him. They didn't happen too often but Steve usually made it difficult to give him anything or to be taken care of in any way. It used to be a downright nightmare to have him take his medicine back in the day or accept any sort of help with anything. His list of health risks had been really, really long then. But the experiment took care of it and he hadn't faced any complications yet.

"Matty, are you saying you like the way I smell?" Steve teased, fluttering his eyelashes with a laugh. "That's so romantic. It really must be my birthday. You're being extra nice." And not banged up or knocking on death's door either.

Setting his plate down for a moment and his beer, he picked up the DVDs to see what Karen selected. "It looks like she got everything. Except I don't remember mentioning this -" He paused to flip over the DVD to look at the back of it. The title read 13 Going on 30. "Seems like a romance film I think." He shook his head but with a shrug decided to put it on rather than Inception like he planned on. "Must be a reason she included it. She must have thought we'd like it." Best friend being in love with their best friend for years? Yeah, nothing at all similar to their situation.
takesabeating: (pic#11420586)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-14 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
Matt chuckles over the mouth of his beer bottle, raising his eyebrows. "Well, I'm not saying you stink." Maybe he does like the way Steve smells. There's nothing wrong with that, a lot of people smell nice to him. And they use the same soap and shampoo, so it's probably just the familiarity.

His brow furrows at the title as Steve reads it, and he shakes his head. "Not familiar with that one, but I'm game if you are. Just so long as describing all the sexy smooching scenes isn't going to make you uncomfortable."

With a grin and a gentle bump of his elbow, he settles in shoulder to shoulder. Karen has good taste, and even if he ends up hating the movie, the whole point is for Steve to have a good time. That is -- always has been -- the most important thing.
stevegrogers: (joyful)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-14 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
Just being with Matt made Steve completely happy and at ease with the world in a way he never found anywhere else. From the very beginning, Matt had always been the person he turned to and trusted to be there. Things had changed a little with recent revelations but not in a bad way and if nothing else it pulled them closer together rather than further apart. Trust mattered and Steve knew Matt would never keep anything from him ever again.

"Do you think you can handle me describing the sexy smooching scenes?" Steve teased with a wide grin. "It might be too much for you to handle."

Settling in against Matt with a happy exhale, he continued to eat. He slowly turned his attention to the screen for the film once it started to play but found himself looking at Matt more often than not. Matt made such an effort to make things special for him and it really meant everything. "This kind of feels like my life. I mean I wasn't 13 and suddenly in a 30 year old body mindset but I did zoom forward in time." He shook his head. "Don't know how it'd have been if I was younger."
takesabeating: (pic#10346076)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-14 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Is that a challenge? Just so you know, I expect realistic sound effects and everything." God, it's nice to just relax and joke around and not worry about what's going on out in the world. Matt can never quite tune everything out, but he probably comes closest when he's with Steve. It's just always been easy for him to narrow his focus on his best friend, easier than anything else.

He nods while he chews, not really paying all that much attention to what's going on in the movie unless it's something Steve is making a point of telling him about. "Weird. I think it would be really weird. None of this-" He gestures with his fork. "-is anything like what I imagined for myself when I was 13."

With a wide grin, he jostles his arm again. "Well, almost none of it. I always knew that wherever I ended up in the future, you'd be there." He can't, and doesn't want to, think about what his life would be like if Steve hadn't come home. And it is home, no matter how often Steve brings up the idea of getting his own place. Matt just...isn't ready for that. It feels wrong to him.
stevegrogers: (amused)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-14 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
Challenges were something Steve always gravitated towards even ones that made him want to blush. "You mean like -" And he paused to be able to breathe out a faint moan into Matt's ear. "That?" he concluded with, feeling a little pleased with himself to have pulled it off and not fumbled. While Matt easily picked up people, Steve always struggled to even connection on a basic level with other people. So, relationship type of dynamics were nonexistent but he never really minded. He had Matt.

"Like you could get rid of me," Steve responded, nudging Matt as if to further make the point. "We made that pact as kids and I never break a vow." He took anything with Matt serious, though. "It'd be awful to be in love with your best friend and they don't even notice. Then don't even care at first."
takesabeating: (pic#11420607)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-14 04:38 am (UTC)(link)
Unexpectedly, the sensual sound in his ear makes Matt's skin prickle, and he snorts a laugh to cover up the way his breath hitches. It doesn't mean anything really, it's just his enhanced senses overreacting in a totally natural way to the fact that he hasn't had so much as a coffee date in months.

The fact that the soft moan, specifically in Steve's voice, is now reverberating in his head? He'll just shove that away with all the other issues in his life that he ignores.

"Because I've been trying so hard." Rather the opposite, in fact. Matt knows he's put up a roadblock or three on Steve's occasional quest for independence. He smiles at the reminder of their childhood oath, though. And blinks a moment at the sudden swerve back into the movie plot. "Yeah, that would be hard. But I mean, it's not an unrealistic scenario. Doesn't everybody want their significant other to be their best friend too?"
stevegrogers: (lost in thought)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-14 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
Mostly, Steve tried to venture out on his own every now and again to stop from constantly disrupting Matt's life. The man built something for himself in his absence and returning so suddenly changed everything. Plus, things were never easy for soldiers returning from war and Steve had plenty of issues to untangle, which he felt badly pulling Matt into. His best friend had more than enough to deal with of his own making.

But he never wanted to leave. Not really.

"I think it's different if you're childhood best friends. That's a different kind of friend level than someone you just meet and become friends with," Steve explained, finishing off his food with a content sigh. He placed his things aside, wiggling around until he managed to lean against Matt, practically his back to Matt's chest.

He continued to narrate the film, adding in his own commentary, of course.
takesabeating: (sentimental heart is to blame)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-14 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
Steve's right about the friendship thing. No matter how close Matt has felt to the people who've come into his life since, none them will ever hold a candle to their bond. And he takes his promises to Steve as seriously as any fancy marriage vow.

With a warm smile, he sets his empty bowl aside and wraps one arm around his friend's chest, perfectly happy to be a cushion. The running commentary has him laughing, head occasionally bowing to rest against Steve's hair as he does. It's been ages since he sat through a movie, because nobody else quite manages to narrate them right.

Once the credits roll, he gives Steve a poke in the side and nudges him to sit up. "C'mon, there's cake, from the best bakery in the Kitchen." And a gift as well, in an envelope hidden under the couch cushion.
stevegrogers: (amused)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-16 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
Along with countless other things, Matt tended to bring peace into his life, something he normally failed to find anywhere else. Usually, he kept on alert, a type of hyper vigilance he couldn't shake even after returning home. They trained him so long to never let his guard down and they managed too well with him. But with Matt he found it easier to breathe and just exist in the little pocket moment they settled around them. It never occurred to him to look too deeply into why.

"But you're comfortable," Steve grumbled but a smile filled his face at the mention of the word 'cake'. He loved sweets and birthday cake happened to be the best dessert of all. It only happened once a year, after all! Walking over to said cake, he had the fondest look seeping into his eyes. "Are you going to sing 'happy birthday?' I can't make a wish and have it come true if you don't." He didn't make the rules, just enforced them, clearly.

"Make sure you add in the 'dear' part in front of my name. That's just nice."
takesabeating: (pic#11420640)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-16 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
Admittedly, Matt is very comfortable. He could easily just drift off to sleep, lulled by Steve's voice and general sense of contentment filling the room. But this is supposed to be a birthday celebration. And he doesn't have to be able to see to know that there's a huge smile on his friend's face right now.

There's a little packet of candles he picked up just for this occasion, and he pulls out just one, handing it over to Steve to put on his cake. Not that Matt couldn't do it, but it'd probably end up crooked and right in the middle of the writing or something.

He hands over the book of matches as well. That, he definitely doesn't need to be playing with. "Really? You actually want me to listen to me sing?" Matt teases. "No complaining about how I destroyed your hearing or ruined your birthday."

It's harder than he expected to provide a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' without ruining it by laughing, especially when he comes to the 'dear Steve' part and really belts it out, but Matt does an admirable job. Of finishing the song, that is. Steve already knew he can't sing to save his life.
stevegrogers: (profile. looking down.)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-16 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
Taking the candle, he placed it on the cake and lit it carefully with a pleased smile on his face. The smile only increased when Matt began to sing because the ability level mattered very little with the birthday song! Only the sentiment really mattered and Steve felt his heart practically skip a beat like in all the cheesy romance films. And just like in those films a moment of realization washed over him so thickly it nearly frozen everything else around him. No matter what happened, how his life turned or what they went through, Steve always had Matt. He kept him grounded but still with the belief he could do anything. Nothing had to keep him down just because of things out of his control, something they both shared with one another. It meant everything, absolutely everything and how could he not know?

How could he not get it?

Shaking himself, he blew out the candle with a laugh. "Let me get some plates and I'll cut this up. It smells so good." Focus on the cake and not anything else. Focus on the cake. Looking at Matt when he returned with the plates and something to cut the cake with his heart clenched in his chest. Maybe he had been in love with Matt his entire life but he had been the one who couldn't see it.

Slicing into the cake, he put a piece on one plate for Matt and another for him to eat. He handed Matt a fork with another fond smile. "That was the best birthday song singing I've ever heard. So much feeling." Smirking, he took a bite of the cake and proceeded to let out a faint groan. "So good."
takesabeating: (sentimental heart is to blame)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-16 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
There's an odd tension in the air just before Steve blows out his candle, as if the world is hovering on the edge of something momentous. The feeling eases once he moves to get plates and cut the cake, but it doesn't entirely dissipate. Matt laughs at the remark about his singing, but he feels distracted without understanding why.

"I wish I could take the credit, but I was afraid I'd burn the building down if I made one myself." He actually gave the idea serious consideration before common sense intervened, but it does still irk him just a little, that he couldn't do this for Steve himself.

It is delicious cake, though, and all Matt really cares about is that Steve is happy. Really that's been one of his main goals practically his entire life. There are a lot of things he'd do, a lot he'd sacrifice, to make that happen.

"Here, I promised you a present, too." Setting aside his plate for a moment, he produces a plain white envelope and holds it out. Inside, are two train tickets to Washington DC, two admissions to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and reservations to the museum's Handi-hour program. "Happy Birthday."
stevegrogers: (joyful)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-16 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
Birthdays were always a difficult thing for Steve, a reminder in a way of how much he changed his life and of the loss of his mother. She always went to such great lengths despite how little they had to ensure he had a perfect day. There were so rarely perfect days in life but she always managed to make it happen every single year without fail. After her passing, he doubted he could ever find something as magical but Matt managed it with the simplicity he planned and the tender thought he put into everything. It made him feel closer to how he used to be; how things were once simpler for them both.

"Hey, you didn't have to get me anything," Steve argued with a shake of his head. "This is more than enough - you are -" He broke off as he took the envelope. Matt wouldn't take no for an answer and sometimes he found it easier to go along with him. Opening the envelope, his breath caught in his chest because, of course, Matt remembered an offhanded comment he made months ago about wanting to go to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Stupidly enough, tears stung his eyes and he made sure to set down the tickets before he ruined them in some way. Without saying a word, he wrapped his arms tightly around Matt. "Thank you," he whispered after a few long moments. "You really didn't - wait." He pulled back to look into Matt's face. "Are you actually going to leave Hell's Kitchen willingly?"
takesabeating: (pic#11420638)

[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-17 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
There aren't too many things Matt gets truly stubborn with Steve about, so he does tend to get his way when he puts his foot down. And there are a lot of things he can't do for his friend, so in the rare situation that he can? Matt can be pretty recalcitrant.

His returns the embrace easily and immediately, pressing a wide grin into Steve's hair. This is the reaction he was hoping for. They missed too many birthdays, too many moments of all kinds, during the deployment. Matt hadn't really understood how strongly that affected him until now.

Raising his eyebrows as Steve pulls back and questions him, he shrugs one shoulder like it's no big deal. "It isn't Ireland, but I figured I could handle the train a little more easily for a first outing."
stevegrogers: (joyful)

[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-17 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
For a first outing. If he questioned being in love with Matt before it really clicked into place now. He knew how reluctant Matt felt about leaving Hell's Kitchen at all, especially with how he deemed himself protector over it. Having Matt take a few days off usually proved a challenge and this would be more than a couple of days. They would be in a completely different place and he also knew the unfamiliar territory challenged Matt too. He couldn't as easily navigate through it but he would be right by his side the entire time.

The smile brightened on his face and he cupped Matt's cheek tenderly. "It's perfect," he murmured, dropping his hand after a few seconds. "Second best present I've ever gotten." The first? Matt saying hello to him for the first time, of course. The single moment that changed everything and boy had his ma loved Matt. She doted on him like he was her own son and before she passed she used to tell Steve all the time to never let him go. She also used to claim they would one day end up together.

It seemed she got a few things wrong.

"Now, are you going to do my birthday dance with me?" Steve asked suddenly, the tradition something his ma started as a way to try and lift his spirits back in the day. "I might be worse than when we were kids."
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[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-18 03:38 am (UTC)(link)
Sometimes Matt wonders how his life would have been if he hadn't met Steve all those years ago. A whole lot less happy, that he can say for sure. Mrs. Rogers had been the mother he never had, in a way, and the years at St. Agnes would have been a whole lot more lonely without the two of them.

To think he almost screwed all of that up by hanging onto a lie that was never really necessary in the first place.

For a second, he leans a little into Steve's hand, unexpectedly disappointed when it drops away. The two of them have always been intensely tactile, always hugging or leaning against each other, sitting hip to hip or lounging in a tangle of limbs. The physical contact was always a source of comfort for both boys, and it seems that has never changed. This particular touch, however, doesn't leave Matt feeling reassured. It somehow leaves him wanting more.

"Dance?" Matt does remember that childhood tradition, though he hadn't thought about Steve wanting to keep it up. Still, there's no reason not to, and every reason to indulge his friend's whims on today of all days. "Sure, okay. Do I need to put on some music? Because I've already done all the serenading I think the neighbors can stand."
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[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-18 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
At one of the lowest points of his life, Matt entered into his world and brought in such a light, not only for him but also for his ma. Sarah had loved Matt like her own and made sure he never felt left out or lacking if she could help it. They were like a family and for awhile it looked like the closest thing possible to paradise for Steve. Even through all the years and loss they both faced, Steve still looked at Matt and felt the exact same way. Matt embodied all the best memories of his entire life and he couldn't imagine another day without him. Being overseas had been rough enough and he never wanted to face such a distance again.

"Something slow," Steve murmured, the fondest look possible filling his face. It felt like a night of revelations but he needed to keep the words to himself. Matt could have practically anyone he wanted and Steve overheard Foggy talking about Claire something or another to Karen when they thought he had left the office already after Matt. Good thing they didn't have the enhanced senses or anything.

He backed up a little, putting the rest of the cake into the fridge while Matt set things up for them. It would feel nice to dance with someone again, to feel the heat of another person's body closer to his own.
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[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-19 02:57 am (UTC)(link)
There's something interesting in the air, not a tension (there's never been tension between the two of them, even during their worst disagreements), but a feeling that makes Matt feel almost like he's in a dream. Something anticipatory, and a little fragile.

Because of that sensation, rather than making a smart remark about dance styles, he simply goes to his computer and finds something suitable to play.

"I expect you to lead." His voice is light and teasing, as he moves the coffee table out of the way to make enough room for them. Nothing feels strange at all about a slow dance with his best friend. Everything about it feels right.
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[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-19 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
Without actually realizing it, his eyes followed Matt's movements, noting the lines of his body and the fluidity with which he moved. So many things he never noticed before but now kept taking his breath away little by little. It seemed almost too late in a way or something he should keep to himself at all costs. Matt happened to be the most important person in his entire life and he couldn't lose him.

He couldn't stand it if he did.

"Don't I always?" Steve teased right back, reaching out for Matt once he moved close enough to him. The song began and Steve felt another hitch in his breathing and even without enhanced hearing he knew Matt would clue into it. They were close, so close, one of Steve's hands holding one of Matt's own and his other arm looped around him. They were always close to one another when they could be but this felt different.

It sparked something, the words of the song only enhancing it. Did it mean something? Could it?
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[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-19 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
"You always try." Matt can't resist the rebuttal, it's a pattern they always fall easily into. Laughter and teasing when times are good, comforting arms and a sympathetic ear when they're not. Or fierce loyalty and a pair of fists, when that's what's needed instead.

It feels, as always, completely right to wrap one arm over Steve's shoulders. The body may have drastically altered, but Matt's sense of the man has never wavered. It took next to no time for him to adjust, probably less time even than Steve himself, because what has always been most important about his closest friend has never changed. And Matt's sense of attachment to him has only grown through the years.

The quick stutter in his breath doesn't escape notice, and Matt's heart does a double-step in answer. Oddly enough, it's that involuntary response that clues him in to a thought that's been slipping around the edges of his mind. He has the strongest urge to press his face to the other man's shoulder and inhale, knowing exactly what he'll smell and realizing that it's a scent he'll always associate with being safe and happy. With feeling loved.

God, it's amazing to Matt how often he has no idea what's actually going on inside his own head until it's almost too late.

"Don't go away like that again." He can't exactly come out and say his heart would break, in so many words. But it would. Probably will, someday.
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[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-19 03:50 am (UTC)(link)
Moving in time with the music, Steve took extra note of the heat passing between them and the way Matt felt against him. The way they ultimately fit together like two lost puzzle pieces, which they always have in an emotional sort of way. Matt fit into the broken, jagged areas life left behind and brought some kind of unity. A way to keep moving forward and to not only exist but to live. How could it take him so long to realize what all of the emotions actually meant? To realize his life really began the moment Matt Murdock stumbled into?

The words pulled him out of the confines of his body and he squeezed Matt a little tighter without meaning to. "Never," he promised, "I'm never leaving you again." He barely survived it the first time and now he couldn't imagine a day without Matt in it. Actually, in it and not just in letter form or the rare phone call. The song made the dance have a romantic tilt to it, at least, on Steve's end and it felt like one of those moments where everything else stood still. Something so unbelievable until it actually managed to happen.

"Matt - I -" Steve began, but quickly lost his nerve and instead he finished with, "This means so much to me. All of this. You. Thank you." With a soft smile, he pulled back only enough to be able to twirl Matt and dip him.
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[personal profile] takesabeating 2017-07-25 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
There will never be a time when Matt doesn't welcome Steve's embrace, in any capacity. They're both deeply tactile people, albeit for different reasons, but it means they've also always been able to rely on each other to fulfill that need. It feels especially important now, however, with Steve so recently returned home and the two of them rediscovering an equilibrium that had been missing in their lives during the separation.

Logically, Matt knows that he can't hold his friend to that promise. Someday one of them will find a reason to want more distance between the two of them. At least, Steve will. Once he's adjusted to civilian life again. Matt would be perfectly happy to simply continue on as they are. There's no one else he'd rather come home to at the end of a grueling day in court, or wake up to on a sun-warmed morning.

Mentally putting the feelings into words is like finally finding the right combination to a stubborn lock, all the tumblers falling into place and the door to understanding opening. His breath catches, but before he can open his mouth to speak (not that he knows what he's going to say), Steve is voicing his thanks once again and ending their dance with a twirl and dip.

Instead of speaking, Matt just laughs, the kind of brightly joyous laugh that comes from feeling a little high on happiness. Putting his arms around Steve's neck, he touches their foreheads together, still smiling widely. "You've been the most important person in my life since I was nine years old. That's never going to change. And I don't want it to."
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[personal profile] stevegrogers 2017-07-27 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
The sound of Matt's laughter filled him to the brim, something of an accomplishment with the previous overwhelmingly haunted look he took in from before. There were plenty of things to haunt them but he wanted to be able to pull Matt out of that, if only for a few moments here and there. He knew how difficult it could be to completely step away from certain things, especially when someone seemed willingly to shoulder the entire burden of everyone else around him so they didn't have to. Admirable, maybe, but also completely unrealistic. Matt's huge heart could be his greatest strength and weakness all at the same time.

Intimacy curled around them again and Steve's eyes fell shut for a moment as he just drank it all in. The soft touches, the gentle and reassuring words. It reminded him yet again of being safe and warm, the complete opposite of his last couple of years with training and the running around a warzone. "My life was only missing you to come into it," Steve whispered, eyes slowly opening again.

It felt like a moment - the one to finally indulge in the realizations lighting him up from the inside out. But even with his bravery on the field, Steve felt at a loss to carry it over into his personal life. Rather than take the plunge he chickened out and only pressed a kiss to Matt's cheek before he pulled away. Silently berating himself the entire time.

"Like you could even get rid of me by this point. Who else would you get mostly burnt food from?" Steve's cooking skills left little to be desired but he tried. It counted for something, right?