The first Bucky Bear really comes to Steve himself, courtesy of a little girl who liked being Tiny Princess Captain America for Halloween.
She’d seen Steve on the TV and thought that he was sad, sadder than he’d been in his “old pictures with no colors in them.” He didn’t smile a lot anymore, she’d noted. But he used to smile in all the old pictures and he looked really handsome when he smiled, better than a Disney Prince. And she thought that maybe that was because he missed Bucky, who everyone knew was his bestest friend in the whole wide world.
Her own best friend was moving far away and she wasn’t going to see her anymore, except maybe on Skype and that wasn’t the same, really, as being there all the time. So she was sad too and figured that was why Cap was sad. So she was sending him her very own Bucky Bear, because although the Bear wasn’t as good as having the real Bucky, maybe it would make him less sad.
Steve would send her a story, in pictures, of Bucky and the original Bucky Bear and the silly thing that the Commandos did to make Bucky smile when he got hurt during the war and was trying to get better. He sent the story along with a toy shield and thanked Tiny Princess Captain America for saving him.
That particular Bucky Bear would have a place of honor on Steve’s bedside table. Clint would christen the bear as Tiny Princess Bucky Bear, in honor of the Tiny Princess.
(He’d try to call the human Bucky Tiny Princess too, but that led to Things that Nat would not save him from, saying that he brought it all on his own head.)
When Bucky Barnes finally came home, he frankly didn’t expect that he’d get all this support not just from Steve (Steve would always have his back, that was a given), Steve’s friends, who were now Bucky’s as well but from all these other people. Bucky Bears were sent to them but there were a few Captain Ameribears as well, because there were kids good and determined that Captain America and Bucky Barnes shouldn’t be separated from each other ever again.
The original Corporal Bucky Bear, who’d been given to Tony as a child by Peggy herself, came to join Tiny Princess Bucky Bear, fully restored with his Corporal’s stripes on his blue peacoat.
But all the other Bears… well, there were sick kids in hospitals all over New York, who would be surprised by a quiet visit from Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, with their new fuzzy friends. Operation: Find Bucky Bear a Home was a mission happily undertaken by the Captain and the Winter Soldier.
Bucky would own this part of himself now but he would be a soldier who would protect and defend, not a mindless asset. And he would only be obeying the orders of the one man he’d take orders from, his beloved Captain.
Every kid they visited was willing to be drafted into this mission and the Bears were happy to be given their orders from Captain America.
Later on, Steve would receive another letter from Tiny Princess Captain America, together with a photograph. She was reunited with her best friend the Tiny Princess Winter Soldier at Comic Con and posed together in their costumes and their respective teddy bears.
Eventually the little girls would meet their heroes in person.
They’d also meet the Bears.
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Note: It took me a while to respond to this prompt so EEP! Also, I kept getting inspired by Tiny Princess Captain America too. :D There should be a Tiny Princess Avengers Assemble!
So for my AP United States History class we have to write a research paper; my topic is the gay rights movement in America. Today I began reading one of the books that I chose as a source
And I opened it up to the dedication page and found this
And if you don’t think that’s one of the sweetest and most romantic things ever then get out of my face