No fan of celebrity and never having expected to survive the crash of the Valkyrie, Steve Rogers comes out of the ice in the summer of 1987, ready to be grateful and slip back into the rhythm of whatever second chance life sees fit to bestow upon him. Peggy's got a husband and 'baby' named SHIELD that keeps her too busy to indulge him much. Howard's got a wife and a seventeen-year-old son, home from college, who might just be too precocious for his own good.
And suddenly, Steve doesn't mind the attention so much. He wouldn't mind something to do, though- oh hell, that's not what he meant.
Steve comes out of the ice earlier than in canon, but his friends--while most of them are still alive--are old and have already led long, happy lives. Peggy is married and retired, and Howard--Howard even has a teenage son, one who can't stop staring at Steve from across the dinner table. One who it's easy to talk to, somehow, while Peggy goes home to her husband and Howard drinks in his office. One, who, over the course of his summer break from MIT, is easy to fall in love with.
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