Title: The Howling Commandos HQ Series
Pairing: Phil Coulson/Clint Barton (pre-slash)
Warnings: A few passages describing the damage done to Phil, in detail.
Genre: Pre-slash, Angst
Word Count: 26,994
Even when Phil Coulson was doing something ridiculously, embarrassingly, crushingly human, he was still a flawless, seamless black box of a spook.
Why You Should Read This:
This is two stories, User Since and Track This Thread, which together describe how the Avengers found out that Phil Coulson survived Loki’s blade. Only the latter story can count as slash, and since it documents Clint’s unexpressed (until it is too late) love for Phil, and the depth of his grief, but no actual sex, this has to classify as pre-slash. Rageprufrock has indicated that the series isn’t over yet, so we may get real slash by the end. I hope so. The misery that is Clint Barton in this story should get that.
What I especially love about this story is the richness of the characterization of Clint and the unflinching description of Phil as a fan. Phil’s life as a Cap fan was important to him, even though it embarrassed the hell out of everyone when he told them about it. We are all fans. We understand.
ETA: I just realized Track This Thread is unfinished. If you object to WIPs wait for the rest. If not, join the rest of us glancing
desperately casually at Rageprufrock on a second by second basis to see if there is anything new.