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~What If They Crashed Together?~

The train door slams shut, separating Steve and Bucky. Bucky hits the door in frustration. That was never good. Nothing good ever happens when the two of them get separated. Behind him, a huge Hydra soldier appears at the other end of the car. Bucky ducks behind some boxes, shooting at the soldier at every opportunity. It's ineffective and before long he runs out of bullets.

Steve breaks the door down with his shield and tosses Bucky a gun before shooting the soldier.

"I had him on the ropes," Bucky insists.

"Sure you did," Steve laughs.

Something flickers in Bucky's eyes. Without thinking twice, he pushes Steve out of the way before the plasma shots hit his friend. He rolls away from Steve, picking up the shield.

The Hydra soldier fires on Bucky again and the force of it knocks him out of the damaged train.

"Bucky!" Steve cries in desperation as he reaches out for his friend. He would not let his friend fall.

Bucky reaches out to Steve, the railing he was clinging to starting to crumble.

Steve barely manages to grab Bucky's hand and pull him back into the train car before the railing falls away completely.

Bucky stares at the blurred canyon below. "Damn…Thanks." Bucky says gratefully, punching Steve in the shoulder.

Steve frowns in anger. "You could have fallen! That wasn't exactly stable!"

"Like you would let me fall, besides we have to finish this," Bucky says with a confident smirk. Steve nods in agreement.

Three days later, they're raiding the Hydra hanger. Steve and Bucky are fighting side by side in an attempt to get a hold of the bomber. Peggy and Colonel Phillips drive up to them in Red Skull's car and they both hop in, giving chase.

"You ready for this?" Steve asks uncertainly.

"We got to get on that bomber Stevie," Bucky replies.

"Yes we do," Steve says sadly before the car starts to catch up.

Suddenly, Peggy pulls Steve down for a kiss. "Good Luck," she says.

Steve feels surprised but pleased, and he glances briefly at Phillips.

"Don't look at me, I ain't kissin' ya," Phillips states gruffly.

Steve smiles and they get on the Bomber. They start taking out the Hydra agents on board trying to get to Schmidt.

"You go get Red Skull, I'll deal with these mooks," Bucky says.

"Don't get killed," Steve teases light-heartedly.

"Back at you," Bucky says.

Steve nods and heads toward Schmidt.

The rest of the battle is brief. Schmidt picks up the tesseract and disintegrates under its power. Steve takes the pilot's seat as Bucky joins him and the tesseract melts its way through the floor, ignored.

"The next bomb is headed for New York. I don't know about you, but I don't know how to disarm it," Bucky says as Steve connects the radio.

"Peggy, come in, can you hear me?"

"I'm here Steve," A British voice comes over the radio.

"It's not looking good Peg. We're going to have to put her in the water."

"Wait, Stevie, there's got to be something else we can do!" Bucky insists.

"I'll get Howard, he can help!"

"There isn't time for that! And there isn't time to argue about this," Steve says, looking at Bucky, a horrible guilty feeling in his heart "I'm so sorry Buck."

Bucky feels scared for a moment before realizing that they really don't have any other options. He nods, and then puts his hand on Steve's shoulder in support as the blonde starts taking the plane down.

"Peggy, you know we never did get that dance," Steve says, trying to lighten the mood. He doesn't want his last words to Peggy to be sad.

"…Next Saturday, eight o'clock at the Stork club, and don't you dare be late," Peggy replies from back at the base, where she felt tears gathering in her eyes. To her he was more than just the serum. Steve mattered to her. She thought she might even love him. But now… Now she was worried she'd never see him again.

"You know, I still don't know how to dance," Steve said.

"I don't care. I'll teach you. Just be there." She couldn't hold the tears back anymore and she lets them fall in spite of her pride.

"We'll have the band play something slow… I'd hate to step on your-" The radio cuts to static.

"Steve? Steve? Bucky? …Steve."

Howard finally arrives and wraps his arm around Peggy as she cried for the men she loved.

Howard never saw Steve or Bucky again, despite spending the rest of his life searching for them. Peggy would only see the pair seventy years later, her mind too far gone with Alzheimer's to remember it.

Steve wakes up to the sound of the radio, a baseball game Steve remembers watching playing. Bucky is nowhere to be seen.

Something isn't right.

A woman walks in. "Captain, nice to see you're finally awake. How are you feeling?" she asks calmly.

"Where's Bucky?" he demands in anger.

"He's still recovering from the crash-"

Steve gets out of bed, his posture aggressive. "The game on the radio. It's from May fifth, 1941. I know because I was there," he says. He doesn't trust what's going on, and he better start getting the truth quickly. "What's going on here?"

The woman presses a secret panic button behind her back where Steve can't see.

Not getting his answers fast enough, Steve shoves past her and runs out, panicking when nothing is familiar, making his way outside.

Everything is so loud and so bright, and there are cartoons all over buildings higher than he's ever seen, but he can't see the projectors, and the air is thick. He is quickly surrounded by black vehicles and a man wearing an eye patch and long coat steps in front of him.

"You've been asleep for a long time, Cap," the man with the eye patch says.

"How long?" Steve asks.

"About seventy years," the man replies.

Steve stares at the man.

"You okay there captain?" The man asks again.

"Yeah…It's just…I had a date…" He looks around, a little overwhelmed. "And Bucky…" Bucky's probably dead then. Bucky didn't have the super soldier serum. This was like a nightmare, and all Steve wants is to wake up.

"Sergeant Barnes hasn't woken up yet."

"Yet?" Steve looks at the man with the eyepatch. It wasn't possible.

"I'm Nick Fury. If you'll come with me, I'll answer your questions, and I can show you your friend," he says.

Steve simply nods and follows him, not sure he had any other options.

But Bucky was alive.