The Cold Calculus of War

by Orphan_account


Ship
Steve / Bucky
Word Count
1662
Plot
Angst

Author's Summary

The mathematics of it don't make sense. You do not continue to sink costs into retrieving and repairing an irreparably broken asset. Not when more viable options are open to you.

Comments

This is an excellent example of short story writing - exactly the right length for one single, poignant moment that encompasses a much bigger story. It's a microcosm of what Steve and Bucky are to each other and what they're trying to recover from, and it's heartbreakingly gorgeous.

Characterization

Spot On - Barnes is done incredibly well, straddling the line between Bucky and the Winter Soldier, sometimes halfway through a thought.

Pacing

Steady

Tone

Mournful