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Anonymous said: Bucky comes back from the war with hearing damage and Steve, whose hearing isn't great in the first place, tries to help him through it by teaching him sign language and being supportive and stuff
i’ve adapted the prompt very sligtly, because i can’t turn down a chance to include Clint Barton with hearing aids here
- Before the war, Steve’s hearing is bad: nothing in particular happened to make it that way, it’s just genetic. But things aren’t particularly set up to help the disabled, in the 40s - that includes the hard of hearing. Hearing aids aren’t as widespread (there’s no way he can get his hands on any), and there’s a stigma attached to deafness, and partial deafness. Steve usually tries not to let people know about his hearing difficulties - except for Bucky.
- It’s actually Bucky who suggests they learn a few basic signs, to help Steve in daily life - people talk too quietly and too fast for him to understand, sometimes (even though he’s learned to lip-read well, over the years), and it means he has to ask ‘what’ more times than he’d like to. Bucky knows he finds it embarrassing, but he stubbornly refuses to tell people about his partial deafness. So, they devise a plan: if Steve has to ask ‘what’ more than once, Bucky will sign the general gist of what’s being said to Steve (out of view of whoever’s talking to him, of course). The system gets better, the more they use it - the signs get easier to remember, and interpret; they learn more complex ones, and they become almost seamless in their silent communication, after a few years of practise.
- After Steve gets the serum, Bucky still goes to sign to him - but then realises he needn’t, seeing as Steve can hear perfectly. He feels a little redundant, now, in more ways than one: he doesn’t need to be Steve’s eyes, for when he can’t read fine print; he doesn’t need to be Steve’s ears, for when he can’t hear what someone’s saying; he doesn’t need to protect Steve, because he’s big and strong enough to do so for himself. Steve tells him he still needs him, though - and that makes him feel a little better.
- Just like he lost his partial deafness, he loses Bucky: he didn’t realise how much he still relied on him until that happened.
- When Bucky comes back - after a long, long time of soul-searching, therapy and recovery - he’s the one with hearing damage, from decades of explosions and gunfire and warfare. Unlike Steve’s version of the super soldier serum, his version - concocted by Zola during his captivity - doesn’t work to heal his hearing (just to keep him alive, and slow his ageing dramatically).
- Steve notices the tell-tale signs that something’s wrong with Bucky’s hearing, eventually: the first one is that he stands close to others (though it clearly makes him uncomfortable to do so); he says ‘what’ a lot, or simply doesn’t reply to whatever they’ve said, making a noise of agreement even if they’ve asked him a question, instead of answering it. Then, there’s the fact that every time he gets up in the night - which is a lot, considering the amount of nightmares he has, and his insomnia - he’s always making a whole bunch of noise without realising it; bumping his metal arm into things loudly, and swearing in a way he probably thinks is quiet.
- Steve confronts him about it, asking if he feels he has problems with his hearing - he shrugs initially, but eventually nods. Steve frustratedly asks him why he didn’t tell him before - he just says he’s already burdened Steve with so much (with his nightmares, and PTSD, and things needing adapted for his arm), he didn’t want to add anything to that pile.
- Steve calls him a jerk for hiding his problems, on his account - then, he asks Bucky if he remembers the signs they learned. He says he’s not sure - Steve remembers, though, and tests him on a couple. He gets a shaky hold on them, at first - but he becomes more confident, with practise.
- Steve looks up more signs - apparently, some have changed a little since the 40s, and they adapt accordingly - and they continue to learn ASL. It’s hard, of course: but Bucky has to admit, he likes the challenge. After so many years of unbroken concentration, and analysis, and countless goals and objectives, it’s good to have something to aim for; something to learn, and occupy his mind.
- Surprisingly, it’s Clint who notices what they’re up to, first: Steve didn’t even realise he used hearing aids - but when he sees Steve and Bucky using sparse signs during a barbecue organised by Thor, he casually joins in, like it’s no big deal. It’s a little difficult to keep up with Clint, who’s an experienced signer at this point in his life, but they manage it (he slows up a little, for them).
- Tony, Bruce and Thor gradually taper off their speech, watching what’s happening at the other end of the table with something like awe, struggling to keep up with what’s going on (Sam smiles, knowing from Bucky’s therapy with him that he’s been learning ASL for a while, now - he encouraged it, as something for Bucky to concentrate on, and aim towards).
- Clint tells Steve and Bucky that no one else there speaks sign language - so, we’re free to talk about what an asshat Tony looks in those shorts. The three of them laugh, looking at Tony, and he demands to know what the joke is. They don’t tell him.
- They don’t notice Natasha smirk - of course she learned some ASL, on top of the tens of other languages she speaks, for undercover work (and to monitor what Clint’s saying). She only lets him think she can’t understand him, for potential blackmail material, later. Feeling he deserves full disclosure, though, she tells Bucky she can understand them, in private - he smirks, and promises not to tell Barton.
- Steve decides to ask Clint what else he can do for Bucky: he recommends hearing aids (they’ve moved on a lot since Steve was experiencing hearing problems) - see? You can’t even notice em, Clint says, pointing at his own ears. Steve confesses he hadn’t known about Clint’s hearing problems, until the barbecue. Bucky rolls his eyes, at that, and says, you sure you don’t still have problems with your eyes, Steve? with a cheeky grin.
- Clint recommends a good doctor to go to, and it’s not that long before Bucky gets his own set of hearing aids. It takes him a while to get used to wearing them (he still doesn’t wear them when he gets up in the night, banging around and generally making a nuisance of himself - but Steve doesn’t begrudge him that, considering how helpful and tolerant he was of Steve when he was young and suffering from various ailments)
- Bucky oversleeps, sometimes - he always did when they were young, and it’s kind of heartening to Steve that he still does it now, even after everything - obviously, alarm clocks are kind of useless to him, now. But Clint suggests setting Bucky’s cellphone to vibrate, and keeping it beside his pillow on the bed, as an alarm clock (as well as turning the alarm volume right up); with a little bit of fiddling with the settings, Bucky makes it so it lights up when the alarm goes off, too. He oversleeps less often, after that (well, aside from when he does so on purpose, that is).
- Bucky gets used to wearing his hearing aids, and using ASL to talk to Steve, and Clint - he even talks to a couple of deaf kids, at a charity function they go to; they practically squeal in excitement, knowing that Hawkeye, Captain America and Bucky Barnes can speak to and understand them (Natasha talks to a couple of deaf little girls, too, and tells them not to tell anyone).
- In addition to all the healing Bucky’s undergone in his mind (slowly ridding himself of his conditioning, and atoning where he feels he needs to), and the changes to his arm (the repairs, and the removal of the red star, to be replaced by a white one), all the adaptations Steve and Clint help him make to his life help give him back his independence, and autonomy.
- When Bucky’s not wearing his hearing aids for whatever reason, they still fall back on the old system of Steve surreptitiously signing to Bucky, when he can’t hear or lip-read someone who’s talking to him too quickly, or quietly: it’s the polar opposite of what they used to do, back in the forties. Steve’s more than happy to repay Bucky for what he did for him, back then, though.
(for those of you interested, this is my 100th prompt fill for this AU challenge!)
the highlighted area is where Jason Derulo knows what the girls want. london to taiwan.new york to haiti
greenland is right out
ummm no offense but new york to haiti should be measured as the area between the two latitudes, not the longitudes. this graph is incorrect and vastly underestimates the total region of the earth in which Jason Derulo knows what the girls want
Even measuring that way, Greenland remains right out, as does the entirity of Brazil.
Have we considered measuring by neither latitude nor longitude but in all area that would extend perpendicular from the diagonal of the two places?
There are many different interpretations of the data, and until more is available, we ought not conclude anything at this point.
In light of that, I posit this alternative map of regions where Jason Derulo is potentially claiming where he knows what girls want:
As we can see, if we assume that model, the vast majority of the area where Jason Derulo knows what girls want is either open ocean (the Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea) or sparsely populated (the northern Sahara, the northern Arabian Desert, various desert portions of Iran and Afghanistan, and the southern Tibetan Plateau). Four of the ten most populated countries on the planet have no territory in it (Nigeria, Brazil, Japan, and Indonesia), and two which do have relatively little territory in it (the US and Russia). It is suggested that for all his boasting, Jason Derulo does not know what a probable majority of the world’s girls want.
Perhaps Jason Derulo’s intention was never to proclaim to be omnipotent to the interests of the female gender. Perhaps he was instead expressing his humanity, or the limits of his knowledge. I applaud Jason Derulo. Jason Derulo is not just another 2 dimensional character. Jason Derulo has depth.Jason Derulo has limitations and has come to terms with them. Jason Derulo knows Jason Derulo. Thats why he makes it a point to say his name so much.
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