|bucky (?) (thehellisbucky) wrote in the100,|
@ 2015-05-02 00:52:00
|Entry tags:||!network post, bucky barnes / winter soldier (mcu), james montgomery falsworth (mcu), natasha romanoff / black widow (mcu)|
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I met this soldier while I was serving in Italy. Whenever he got the chance, he would tell people about his wife, but he would tell everyone a different version. One was brunette, another was a redhead, at one point she had a tragic cleft palate and a wandering eye. He was a little awkward and most people just nodded and smiled while he talked. We were all a long way from home and no one's going to tell a lonely soldier they're not listening.
So one day we're in the mess together, it's early enough for coffee but not enough for food, and he starts telling me about his wife, this blonde woman with flat feet and a slightly crooked smile. I finally said, "You tell everyone about a different girl, and I can't tell if you're making it up or not."
He finally went quiet (this guy was never quiet, goes without saying he was never on any night missions) and replied, "I was waiting to see if anyone would notice." It turns out he was screwing with us; he'd been part of a special ops team when he was younger and was prodding us to see if we were paying attention. Everyone had written him off as losing his touch, but we needed every body we could get on the field that could hold himself upright, so no one questioned it. (In hindsight, if everyone thought he was nuts and they were right about it, giving him a gun was probably a bad idea.) For the next few weeks I got up early to play cards with him before breakfast started. When he wasn't spinning bullshit, he was actually pretty interesting. I would have missed out on some great stories if I'd just nodded and smiled like everyone else.
He died a month later in Austria.
I remembered that this morning.