pastelfalcon said: Sam/Steve/Phil, 4
4. an AU where I think they’d (still) be compatible
Okay, I’m gonna fudge a wip for this one, which idk if that’s cheating, BUT WHATEVER. Okay, so Steve is a comics artist, and people like his art a lot. But it’s only when he teams up with Sam Wilson, an up and coming writer, that they both take off. They’re a fantastic team, Sam bringing an empathy to every character that strikes a chord with so many readers, and Steve being able to visually communicate so much with every expression and every layout.
Enter fanboy Phil Coulson. He’s become assistant manager of a not-so-small comics shop, and he’s a big, big fan. Originally, he just followed Steve’s work. When Steve partnered with Sam, he didn’t know it was possible to like anything better than Steve’s artwork alone.
It’s Free Comic Book Day, which ALSO happens to be Phil’s birthday (IDK when Phil’s birthday ACTUALLY is but whatever.) Manager and owner Nick Fury managed to arrange, WITHOUT PHIL”S knowledge, for Sam and Steve to come to their shop and do signings.
Cue Phil freaking out too much, he can barely talk to them.
Later, he feels a complete fool and goes for a drink that evening. As luck would have it, Sam and Steve are there, too. They say hi, recognizing him, and they get chatting, and when they find out it’s his birthday, they wish him a happy birthday.
Then, a little tipsy, just enough that Phil runs his mouth off a little, he confesses to really liking them both. A lot.
Thus starts an email correspondance. They talk back and forth often, the three of them, and Phil even gets to see previews of their work. The next year, they do a stint in a different town for Free Comic Book Day. But the next day, Phil’s birthday, they show up and invite him out to dinner and a special birthday present.
Sexy times ensue. He then becomes their manager/agent.
ETA: They totally manage to wrangle making a free comic book which couldn’t be a bigger “PHIL, WE WANT TO BONE YOU” if they tried, but Phil is too preoccupied to notice.