Nov. 1st, 2012

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 )
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