Coffee Shop AU
Bucky probably has the vaguest recollection of this scrawny kid he used to know - always sickly. Probably tried some kind of new experimental drug that did wonders for his various ailments. Joined the army and now is known as ‘the guy with the arms and the face’ to most of the coffee-shop patrons.
Steve’s compassion and sense of duty probably lead to him putting himself at risk on countless occasions to save people where others had considered them already lost - earning him the nickname “Super Soldier”
Maybe Bucky signed up with him and the accident happened on a tour and he was shipped out of there looking like he wasn’t going to make it. Perhaps Steve got the wrong information and was told Bucky had passed away. Bucky went into rehab for his lost limb, but had suffered massive head trauma and his memory just didn’t seem to be returning. Not to mention a severe attitude shift with the loss of memories.
He eventually is down to one PT session a week and they’re hard pressed to treat him for PTSD because he doesn’t seem to remember much of what happened to him.
He ends up working in a cafe called The Red Room - a popular student hang out. But his boss is an absolute tyrant and treats Bucky pretty poorly considering he knows Bucky can’t lose the job or he wont be able to afford to live. So he takes full advantage. The only upside is his co-worker Nat who is an absolute fire-cracker.
They were briefly romantically inclined, before moving to FWB and eventually back to just friends. Nat’s now seeing a guy called Clint - well Bucky thinks she is but they seem to be off as much as they’re on but there’s definitely chemistry.
Then one day, this hot blonde walks in and everything turns upside-down for Bucky.