the_water_clock: abstract painting (Orange and Yellow 1956)
Author: Clio
Title: A Saucer of Milk
Pairing: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Melinda May (gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Melinda remembers when Maria Hill and Jemma Simmons first came to S.H.I.E.L.D. She was there when Coulson and Barton brought Natasha Romanov in from the cold. But Coulson's latest stray is nothing like those women, and Melinda isn't sure that's such a good thing.
Warning: None applies
Length: 1385
Notes: Written for Yuletide

four strays )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Our Thing
Pairing: Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Natasha Romanov/Pepper Potts, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov/Pepper Potts
Rating: NC-17
Summary: It takes a while, but Clint and Natasha have created a way to stay in balance. So when each of them fall in love, they make some adjustments.
Length: 1500 words
Notes: Written for the "whipping/flogging" square on my kink bingo card. Thank you so much to [personal profile] earlofcardigans for all her guidance on this story!

While Clint didn't mind Natasha being bossy, he wasn't her sub, and there was a difference )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Loose and Tight in All the Right Places
Pairing: Pepper/Natasha, Clint/Coulson, Tony/Steve. Also background Thor/Jane, Bruce/Darcy, secret Maria pairing.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: The Avengers, led by Tony Stark, have been kicking around the Williamsburg scene for a couple of years now. When bassist Pepper Potts finds them a new guitarist who completely changes their sound, they also get the attention of SHIELD Records' top A&R guy, Nick Fury.
But on the bill with The Avengers on their big night is Spies Become Soldiers, formed by Williamsburg vets Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton, who wanted to take their music in a new direction. They've only been playing together a few months, but they've already got a lot of buzz surrounding them, and the songs to back it up.
So Fury sends them both out on tour, an extended battle of the bands for the one remaining slot in a SHIELD showcase at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin. Which band will end up with the spotlight and record deal? Will they kill each other trying to get there, or be too distracted by romance to bother with fighting? Or is it really all about the music, man?
Warning: (skip) No warnings necessary.
Length: 15,400 words
Notes: Written for [profile] marvel_bang, so first thanks go to the lovely mods for running this big bang! Thanks also to [personal profile] amyamy, [personal profile] verity and [personal profile] earlofcardigans for reading early drafts and giving me direction, and to everyone who listened to me yammering about the concept. Stevie in particular was a lot of help in thinking about the music itself. And of course, thanks to [personal profile] ali_wildgoose who is basically the best and most patient beta ever.
End notes detail the music referenced in this story.

Man, let's just form our own band )

Musical end notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Invitations
Pairing: Avengers: Natasha Romanov / Pepper Potts
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Someone is stealing Stark Tech and using it to fight the Avengers, which offends Pepper on every level. So when Phil asks her to team up with Natasha to root out the traitor she's more than happy to—even if it means reopening some old and not-so-old wounds.
Length: 8700 words
Notes: Man, this was absolutely my very very first choice of art and I'm so excited to have it and all of Rachel's suggestions; Natasha and Pepper working together was her idea and I hope I've done it and her art proud. You can see it here on AO3; it's not quite safe for work, I'd say.
Thanks to my cheerleaders and first-readers [personal profile] amyamy, [personal profile] verity and [personal profile] stevie, who made the work of my super amazing beta [personal profile] ali_wildgoose much easier. Also thanks to the lovely organizers of the [profile] avengers_rbb!

Pepper, your presence is requested. )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Please Take Me Along As You Slide On Down
Pairing: Avengers: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Principal Clint Barton took a personal interest in senior Phil Coulson because the kid needed some guidance. Now Phil's off to college, but not without one last visit to the principal's office to say thanks.
Length: 1900 words
Notes: Contains some references to the Ultimate Spider-Man animated show. Thank you [personal profile] weepingnaiad for looking this over! Title from the Steely Dan song "Hey Nineteen." Fulfills the "authority figure" square on my kink bingo card.

Phil wasn't a bad kid really; he just liked to pretend he didn't care. Clint knew the type. )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Surround Sound
Pairing: Avengers: Clint/Phil/Pepper/Natasha
Rating: PG
Summary: Four people, six first kisses.
Length: 1800 words
Notes: Some OT4 action originally written for [livejournal.com profile] foxxcub's kissing meme.
Six Thomas Dolby songs provided the inspiration for each of the kisses (hence the title). I'll note all the quotes at the end.

it's a slow building process but stronger for that )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Things That You Might Have Done
Pairing: Avengers: Natasha Romanova/Pepper Potts
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Sometimes when Natasha's on a mission, particularly one that involves seducing someone or other, she finds a little fun of her own. You know, just to balance things out. And when she sees a particularly high class working girl settle down at the bar, well, Natasha thinks she'll be fun to bring down a peg or two.
Length: 2000 words
Notes: Fulfills the "prostitution" square on my kinkbingo card; title of course courtesy Billy Joel. So many thanks to [personal profile] ali_wildgoose for giving it a once-over!

Natasha, of course, loved bitches. )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Domesticity Is a Cult
Pairing: Avengers: Natasha Romanova/Pepper Potts
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Pepper's daily routine is interrupted when Natasha is off on a mission, so Tony steps in to help her out.
Length: 1400 words
Notes: Cobbled together from a few prompts--thanks SO MUCH to everyone who answered my call for them! Also so many thanks to [personal profile] ali_wildgoose for giving it a once-over!

Pepper misses her most in the mornings. )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: The Shoes Make the Woman
Pairing: Avengers: Natasha Romanova/Pepper Potts
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Experience has taught Natasha that bonding over shoes is a sure way to win over women when you're undercover. She didn't realize that for Pepper, shoes were a little more important than that.
Length: 1600 words
Notes: Fulfills the "foot/shoe fetish" square on my kinkbingo card. So many thanks to [personal profile] ali_wildgoose for giving it a once-over!

Shoes are the universal app. )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Appropriate Motivation Is Required
Pairing: Avengers: Phil Coulson/Clint Barton
Rating: PG-13
Summary: They've only just started their trip and already Clint seems more edgy than usual. But Phil can handle that; he's good at improvising with whatever's available.
Length: 1000 words
Notes: For the "five questions" meme, [personal profile] pts gave me this prompt:
Remember that one time Clint and Coulson were roadtripping across the country and they pulled over to camp somewhere out in the middle of the Nevada desert, and they set up some beer bottles to do target shooting and Clint was being a real mouthy brat about Coulson's constant missing? HOW DID COULSON FINALLY SHUT HAWKEYE'S STUPID MOUTH?!?!
and this story is basically what happened. (Clever readers will also note that I borrowed the payoff from a certain s1 episode of Castle.)
So many thanks to [personal profile] pts, and also to [personal profile] ali_wildgoose for giving it a once-over!

He prepares to dig in and wait it out )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: A High Road Out From Here
Pairing: Phil Coulson/Clint Barton
Rating: PG
Summary: Phil really doesn't want to move offices. And when his new team steps in to make it feel a little more like home, he suspects they were encouraged by a certain archer.
Length: 2200 words.
Notes: Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] weepingnaiad and [livejournal.com profile] canis_takahari for their encouragement and looking this over. As always SO MANY THANKS to feelschat. Title taken from "A Sort of Homecoming." Time warped to allow for ridiculous self-indulgent references to reality television shows.

Knowing and being happy about it were two different things. )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (Untitled 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: A Beard Is a Sometime Thing
Pairing: Avengers: Clint Barton/Phil Couson
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Clint comes back from a mission having not shaved in quite a while. Phil is appreciative.
Length: 1800 words
Notes: Thanks so much to [archiveofourown.org profile] dizmo and [archiveofourown.org profile] lucdarling for quickly looking this over; all mistakes are mine. Inspired by the new Bourne trailer (specifically the middle pic here) and the call for more top!Clint in the CC feelschat, who as always provide encouragement.

Hey Barton, you just get in from Williamsburg? )

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