“Can’t even shout. Can’t even cry. The gentlemen are coming by. Looking through windows. Knocking on doors. They need to take seven and they might take yours. Can’t call your mom. Can’t say a word. You’re going to die screaming, but you won’t be heard.”—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S4E10, “Hush”
He arrives in New York City, tasked with killing Captain America. At some point during his recon and intel gathering stage, he gets hits on Natalia’s name and then his own. Further investigation begins to cause fractures in the brainwashing - certain locations, slivers of memories of his life as Bucky Barnes, and finally, seeing Captain America aka Steve Rogers, even from a good distance. The mental fracturing continues to put a strain on his mental state - he can no longer tell what is real and what is not.
He begins to feel guilt as loss and grief etc and he abandons his mission as he is no longer able to function as a covert weapon. Large groups, the sights and sounds of NYC, and any intel threaten to make his situation worse. He is seen out and about by Natasha. She confronts him and, believing she is a figment of his imagination, he retreats. Natasha checks in with Fury, who has been aware of Bucky for some time but didn’t mention it, and then she decides to pursue him.
She finds him in a run down, abandoned development on the edges of the city. Unable to discern what is real any longer, and trusting her as either a hallucination or an old friend, he doesn’t fight her. She brings him into SHIELD, escorted by an entourage not unlike the back up she had while finding Bruce. Bucky is processed and given a spacious ‘cell.’ He receives heavy, 24 hour security. Only members with direct clearance from Fury are given access. This is not extended to Steve, due to the nature of Winter Soldier’s orders.
I do not have separate AUs independent of each other at this time. If you aren’t people I have already interacted with, like Steve or Tony, Bucky is going to assume you are a product of a multiverse collision and while he will assume you are a real person, you will not be of his time line or his immediate universe. He belongs to the same universe as resurrectedtonystark, ivehadenoughrest, kennedysavage, etc etc. Any other universe, as far as he is concerned, is AU. That is how I started this blog before doubles started interacting with me and I don’t know if it will change in the near future since multiverse blogs where one characters as several AU RPs going confuses me. Thank you for your understanding, and I love you!