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memery. ([personal profile] dousing) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-04-14 09:58 pm

I... AM BATMAN


CONFESSIONS MEME


We all know the typical kind of confession. I love you, I'm pregnant, I slept with your sister, whatever. This is the place for that, sure. But what about other confessions? Ones that are life-changing in different ways? Are you secretly a criminal? A monster? A "monster"? Are you confessing to murder? To taking the last cookie? Is it a false confession? Are you confessing because it's the right thing to do? Because you felt guilty? Because you got caught red-handed? Because someone is forcing you to? Are you confessing to a lover? A friend? An enemy? The cops? Batman? Are we ever going to stop asking questions?

• Top level your character. Include any details you might think are relevant. Or don't. As always, we're not the cops.
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• Have fun!

hydras_arm: focused (Focused)

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[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-15 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
People see what they want to see. A lot of people want to see a symbol, I guess.
shieldborne: (Pensive)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-15 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
They do. I haven't exactly discouraged it.

Is that cowardice? Hiding behind the star?
hydras_arm: skeptical face (Do what now?)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-15 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a star, too.

Jesus Steve. I have never known you to be a coward in your life. A reckless idiot, sure. I'd say trying to convince people to see what they don't want to see is a losing battle, but you're the damn king of those.
shieldborne: (Smirky)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-15 10:59 pm (UTC)(link)
You don't have to. We could put something else on your arm. How about a pancake?

[Deflect, deflect. It's a good idea, though!] Everyone has their moments of cowardice. I dunno, Buck. It's easier not to let people help me, in a lot of ways.
hydras_arm: rolling my eyes at you (srsly tho?)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-15 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
So, like, a brown circle? Pretty sure if I paint a brown blob on my arm, people're gonna think it's another thing...

[Their coping strategies are a little bit too similar, sometimes.]
So basically, you're saying you're scared that you're a big dummy who tries to do everything himself? Because you're not wrong about that.
shieldborne: (Pensive)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-15 11:09 pm (UTC)(link)
No, it needs a pat of butter and some syrup trickling down it. Here, I'll show you.

[And now he's going for paper and a pencil. He may not be a graphic designer, but he will totally pimp your ride, Bucky.]

...Did you just call me a big dummy? [Side eyes.]
hydras_arm: rolling my eyes at you (srsly tho?)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-15 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[No side-eyes here. Bucky gives him a dead-on skeptical look.] You have super-hearing now. Don't pull that shit.
shieldborne: (Pensive)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
[He draws for a moment, sketching out a pancake at an angle, with a square of butter. He's working on the details of the syrup when he finally speaks again.]

Thing is, Bucky, I may have forgotten how to be Steve Rogers without being Captain America. I can't blame people for not knowing the distinction when I sometimes don't, myself.
hydras_arm: focused (Focused)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
[Bucky doesn't quite lean over his shoulder, because he's a little bit twitchy about physical contact anymore, but he does watch quietly. The comment makes him gnaw on his lip, and he thinks for a long moment before he replies.]

You... know the Asset doesn't really go away, either?
shieldborne: (Uniform)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
[He glances over at Bucky, eyes sad, but calm.] Yeah. I figured.

[He was afraid of that, in fact. Wishes the Winter Soldier were a simpler matter, just turning off a switch and never having to turn it back on again.

Nothing's that simple, though.]
hydras_arm: Bullshit. (This is bullshit.)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
We're not who we used to be, Stevie. [He doesn't mean for that to sound so small and weary, it just comes out as a sigh.

Bucky and Steve may have very different ideas about how to approach that, but one hard topic at a time.]
shieldborne: (Analysis)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
Well...I guess we knew we weren't coming back from the war without scars, huh? Just bigger scars than we expected, that's all.

[And home isn't there any more, and there's still a lot of fighting to accomplish. His lips press into a thin line for a moment, and then he goes back to the pancake drawing, pauses, and then pulls off a second sheet of paper, draws a tic-tac-toe board, and puts an X in the top center part of the grid.]

There's another pencil on the stand behind you.
hydras_arm: focused (Focused)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Bigger everything.

[He turns and gropes for the pencil, then scoots up closer so he can put a star in a corner. Not an O, but a star.]
shieldborne: (Smirky)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
[Steve puts another X in the middle. They're probably going to tie this game. Maybe they should play hangman instead.]

It means a lot to have you back, though. To be together again. It's not quite like coming home...because that's not going to happen. But having a piece of home to hang on to. That's important.
hydras_arm: just my face (Default)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
[Another star, and yeah they probably will tie. They know each other too well, even as different as they both are now.]

You're my memories. and my Mission.
shieldborne: (Analysis)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
I'm your mission? [Considering the last time Bucky said that was while he was punching Steve repeatedly in the face, he finds that comment a little startling. Bucky looks the same as he always does, though, when he looks up, and Steve relaxes after a moment, tilting his head to give him a quizzical look.]

How d'you mean?
hydras_arm: just my face (Default)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
[Bucky looks very sober and a little tired, but that tends to be his default these days. He's calm, but there's not a trace of the icy resolve that marked his face in a fight.]

Protecting you. Somebody's gotta watch your dumb ass.
shieldborne: (Portrait)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
[His eyes widen a little, and then he looks back down at the paper, smiling slowly. It's not entirely from positive emotion; he wants to hug him and punch him and lean on him and cry all at the same time.]

Jerk. You gave yourself that mission when we were in grade school, didn't you?

[He selects a corner and draws an X, but it doesn't really matter at this point.]
hydras_arm: shy smile (Shy smile)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
Somewhere around there, yeah. [He gives a hint of a smirk, because it feels good to still be doing what he devoted his life to when they were just kids.

Then he draws another star, and then he draws Steve's next X because it's pretty clear neither of them is going to win this game.]
shieldborne: (Default)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
I never asked you to, [He points out, then turns the tic-tac-toe paper over and draws a little hangman-gallows on it, then thinks for a long moment and draws eleven little spaces underneath.]

But I guess I can't stop you.
hydras_arm: grin (big dumb grin)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
We established you're not good at that, yeah. And I'd like t'see you try and stop me, punk. [He sticks his tongue out at Steve, winds his hair up, and jams the pencil in it.]

E.
shieldborne: (Laugh)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
[Steve has to take a moment to laugh at the new hairstyle.] Did you just...is that a man-bun?

[It's totally a man-bun. Even if there's a pencil stuck in it. He reaches up and prods it, smirking.] I heard they existed, but I've never seen one before!
hydras_arm: skeptical face (Do what now?)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
...It's practical. [What are you laughing at Steve. There is nothing funny going on here. No touching the hair.

He ducks as soon as Steve's hand comes near his head, and this is not a 'shell-shocked afraid of what he might do' duck, but a 'my hair is perfect and if you mess it up I WILL punch you' kind of duck, which is familiar even if he hasn't seen it in a long time.]
shieldborne: (Laugh)

[personal profile] shieldborne 2017-04-16 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
[But Bucky's hair is the single most tempting target for harassment he's seen in decades! He wants to squeeze the pouf, pull on the pencil, and flip the loose ends over his face all at once.]

It's still a man-bun. That's ridiculous. I like it, you should keep it.

[Oh, right. Hangman. He fills in the 'e' on the second to last space.]
hydras_arm: skeptical face (Do what now?)

[personal profile] hydras_arm 2017-04-16 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
It is not ridiculous. You just don't know what looks good.

[He sniffs, and retreats just a little, to try to keep his hair out of Steve's reach. Clearly Steve is just jealous.]

N.

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