Fanfic Friday: 10 WinterIron Fic Recs

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Welcome back to Fanfic Friday, everyone! Today the focus is going to be on the Marvel franchise. More specifically, the adorableness of Bucky and Tony, or better known as WinterIron. If you love Bucky and Tony as much as we do, these fic recs will be sure to fill all of your WinterIron needs!

1. WinterIron: Winter’s End

By: ali_aliska

Summary: One year after the Civil War, Bucky Barnes is pardoned, thanks in large part to Tony Stark, and given a chance to return in order to remove triggers in his head, but can he atone for all the damage done? The path forward seems daunting and there are challenges ahead, but maybe both he and Tony can find hope in the most unexpected place — each other. Because no matter how cold winter is, spring always follows.

~~ON HIATUS~~

  • Rating: Mature
  • Words: 455,180 (as of July 2019)
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Not Team Cap Friendly, Slow Burn, Panic Attacks, Dealing with Anxiety, Descriptions of Torture, Split Personality

Why It Made The List:

This fanfic is truly one of the best fanfics I’ve read in years. The way ali_aliska writes makes it so easy to picture every scene within your own head. In addition, the way they write always ends up leaving you wanting more. It is one of those fics that truly shows just how well Bucky and Tony would work in a relationship together if they were ever given a chance. This fic has the perfect amount of salt, angst, slow burn, and showing Team Iron Man as a family.

Despite this fic being on hiatus, it’s seriously something that I think all WinterIron shippers should read, or at least try to read, once in their lives.

When Should I Read It:

If you have a long car ride or flight travel, then this is the perfect fic to read during that time!

2. WinterIron: Barnes Family Motors, Inc.

By: phlintandsteel

Summary: In a world where alphas legally own omegas, Bucky is just a small-time mechanic from Brooklyn who gets lucky in a poker game. Tony is an omega whose life is fraught with abuse until his luck suddenly takes a turn for the better. In the grand scheme of things they may only be able to make little difference in the lives of those around them, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth making them. After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

  • Rating: Explicit
  • Words: 68,813
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Omegaverse, Age Difference (But No Underage), Mentions of Child & Omega Abuse, No Powers AU

Why It Made The List:

I’ve read my fair share of omegaverse fics, but none truly like this one. While yes, this fic does deal a lot in regards to child and omega abuse, two of the biggest themes within this fic are hurt/comfort and domestic fluff. When I read the way all the characters within this fic would comfort each other, it tugged on my heartstrings. This is one of those fics that made me light up with joy and excitement whenever I received an email notification for it.

In addition, the amount of love and care that Bucky and Tony have for each other and their adoptive kids truly filled my soul with so much bliss. This fic is the perfect balance between angst, hurt/comfort, and fluff that makes it great for rereads when you’re in a WinterIron mood.

When Should I Read It:

If you’re having a lazy day or you just have a good chunk of free time in your day, then I highly recommend reading this fic then!

3. When You’re Gone (Letters to Bucky)

By: Iron_Eirlyssa (Eirlyssa)

Summary: After Bucky got kidnapped while the two of them were out together, Tony started writing to him.

  • Rating: Teen+
  • Words: 6,324
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Suicidal Thoughts, Implied/Referenced Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Implied/Referenced Suicide Attempt

Why It Made The List:

I’m not going to lie, this fic made me cry. However, it is so beautifully written that I cannot even get mad that it made me shed some tears. Almost the entirety of this fic is told through letters — which in my opinion is difficult to do — but the way that Iron_Eirlyssa (Eirlyssa) wrote the letters out made it so easy to feel Tony’s pain. This is one of the best WinterIron fics that give good pain.

When Should I Read It:

If you want to have a good cry, or you’re just in the mood for some angst, then this is the perfect fanfic for that!

4. WinterIron: if found, please return to

By: CapnShellhead

Summary: Tony Stark shows up at Bucky’s bar after a really tough break up and Bucky decides to look after him.

  • Rating: Mature
  • Words: 14,413
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Slow Burn, Homophobic Language, No Powers AU

Why It Made The List:

If I had to show what a romantic drama/comedy was but in fanfic form, this fic would be it. This is a sweet, well-written fic that shows the good ole classic trope: friends to lovers. It’s a charming read with a sprinkle of angst that will leave you grinning like a fool by the end. If none of that is enough to get you to read this fic, then how about this: Bucky has a dog named Bear in the fic.

When Should I Read It:

If you have a good hour or so to spare, or you simply can’t sleep, then I recommend reading this fic then!

5. Learn To Show Your Love

By: syriala

Summary: Steve gestured between Tony and Bucky.

“I was just asking why you couldn’t be more… friendly.”

“Uh-huh, Steve, you asked why we couldn’t be friends. Tell him, cryofreeze.”

“You tell him, Tin Man, why do I always have to do all the talking? It’s like you’re incapable of forming words that are not just for show.”

“And you are oh so sweet with your voice?” Tony teased. “It’s not like you could form full sentences when you came here.” Steve seemed ready to just walk away or the one where Bucky and Tony are total assholes to each other in public.

  • Rating: General
  • Words: 3,272
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): None

Why It Made The List:

Dorks in Love would be the perfect trope to sum this fic up. If you want a humor/banter-filled fic that is amusing to read, then this is the fic for you! I don’t want to give too much away, but the characterization is spot on. Overall, it’s just a cute fic.

When Should I Read It:

This fic is a perfect read when you have a few minutes to kill or you’re just in the WinterIron mood.

6. WinterIron: Even Darkness Must Pass

By: Finely Honed (jaqen_hgar)

Summary: Someone requested a story where Tony has a shy/withdrawn child that had trouble warming up to the other Avengers but chooses Bucky right away. Their friendship helps Bucky heal post Winter Soldier. Combined with a prompt asking for nerd love, where Bucky had read The Hobbit back in the day so Tony introduced him to Lord of the Rings.

“Fake it till you make it,”

Bucky whispered to himself, wallowing around in panic. Sam had drilled the idea into him, and it had become a mantra of sorts, something to hold onto when all he wanted to do was blend into the shadows and disappear.

“You’ll be fine.”

Steve placed a warm, strong hand on Bucky’s shoulder and squeezed, his super soldier’s ears having picked up Bucky uttering the now-familiar saying. Bucky nodded, trying to believe his own words, and followed Steve onto the common floor, a wall of sound hitting them as they entered.

  • Rating: Mature
  • Words: 15,689
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): PTSD

Why It Made The List:

I’m such a sucker for kid fics — more specifically WinterIron kid fics — and this one definitely does not disappoint! Tony’s daughter in this fic, Maria, is such a sweet little darling. Two of my favorite parts about this fic are reading about Maria and the various amounts of LOTR references. It was just a very sweet fic that left me feeling giddy.

When Should I Read It:

This is one of those fics that are perfect when you have an hour or so to spare.

7. How To Date Your Asexual

By: TenSpencerRiedPlease

Summary: In which Tony has a blog dedicated to talking about asexual issues, his own funny stories, and his lovely partner Bucky-who finds said blog.

  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Words: 6,227
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Implied/Referenced Abuse, Communication Issues, Acephobia, Internalized Acephobia

Why It Made The List:

In my personal opinion, there isn’t enough fanfic out there that features asexual characters in the main pairing. So, this fic is for sure something that I recommend that you read if you want some asexual representation. If you want a fic that leaves you feeling all sorts of things while simultaneously giving you great information — which the author was kind enough to do with the embedded links — then this is the fic for you! And sassy Tony is always a plus, too.

When Should I Read It:

Despite this fic not being relatively long, there is a lot of information to unpack — if you aren’t familiar with asexuality that is. So, I suggest reading this when you have a free day and you want to sit, read this fic, and do some research on asexuality for yourself. If you are familiar with asexuality or are planning to do research on asexuality in the near future, then anytime you have a candid moment would be a glorious time to read this fic.

8. WinterIron: Bad Reputation

By: Lunatical

Summary: Prompt: Bucky and Tony get together, but Steve is not happy about it. Everyone assumes it’s because he doesn’t want Tony to hurt Bucky, but it turns out it’s the other way around; Bucky had a reputation for being a heartbreaker back in the day, and he doesn’t want him to hurt Tony. Tony is touched, especially when Steve gives a chagrined Bucky the shovel talk.

  • Rating: General
  • Words: 2,714
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Shovel Talk, Misunderstandings

Why It Made The List:

Many of the WinterIron fics I’ve read have included Steve giving Tony the shovel talk, or showing Steve just not being supportive of Bucky and Tony’s relationship in general. However, in this fic, Lunatical gives us a fresh take that shows Steve putting Tony before Bucky. I adore any fic that showcases a good Steve and Tony friendship, and this fic gives that! If you want to read a fic that shows everyone’s protectiveness, then this is the fic for you!

When Should I Read It:

This fic is pretty short, and it doesn’t really dive into any deep topics. So, if you have some time to kill, then I think that would be the perfect time to read it.

9. Magic Works In Mysterious Ways

By: Amethystina

Summary: Tony has no idea why he volunteers to take care of the magically created copy of James Buchanan Barnes. First of all, the man killed his parents, be it under mitigating circumstances. Second of all, the copy appears in the shape of a two-year-old boy and Tony knows that he is, quite possibly, the least suitable person to look after a small child.

Despite his misgivings, Tony is willing to give it a try, and it doesn’t take long at all before he’s irrevocably attached to the kid. Who knew being a parent could be so rewarding? Of course, it’s only a matter of time before Barnes shows up, making tentative but heartfelt attempts to get to know the kid. Before Tony knows it, he’s spending more and more time in Barnes’ company, and he isn’t the least bit surprised when that complicates their already complicated relationship even further. Tony falls in love.

  • Rating: General
  • Words: 11,982
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): None

Why It Made The List:

Yup, you guessed it. It’s another WinterIron kid fic. The fluff and domestic filled moments within this fic made my heart explode! One of my favorite aspects of this fic was getting to read Bucky and Winter, the two-year-old boy if that wasn’t clear, slowly warm up to each other. There’s also fan art that has been linked in the End Notes of this fic, which is always a great bonus!

When Should I Read It:

I definitely recommend reading this WinterIron fic on a cold, rainy day to help you warm right up!

10. WinterIron: (Don’t You) Forget About Me

By: 27dragons & tisfan

Summary: Tony desperately needs a new roommate. Bucky desperately needs a new place to live. It would be a perfect match, except for the thing that Tony can’t remember.

  • Rating: Explicit
  • Words: 10,538
  • Warning(s)/Trigger(s): Mildly Dubious Consent, Drunk Sex, Amnesia, Miscommunications/Misunderstandings, No Powers AU

Why It Made The List:

Before diving into the reasons this fic made this rec list, let me just say: We did it! We’re at the end of the list! It wouldn’t be a true WinterIron fic rec list if I didn’t include at least one collaboration fic from 27dragons and tisfan. For those who don’t know, 27dragons and tisfan are BNF, or Big Name Fans, within the WinterIron community. If you want a well-written and creative fic that almost always includes smut, then 27dragons and tisfan’s fics are right in that alley.

This fic is no different. Though, this fic is truly one big ridiculous case of miscommunications/misunderstandings between our two favorite idiots. This fic was based on this Tumblr story. If you’ve read the post, then you’ll know that the actual Tumblr post is a bit wild and strange. However, 27dragons and tisfan were able to take that story and give their version of it some heart and depth. While also clarifying the dubious consent issues along the way.

When Should I Read It:

If you’re bold enough to read some smut in public, or you just have a free day, then anytime would be a perfect time to read this fic.


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