Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do

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Title: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
Author(s): copperbadge
Date(s): 16 May 2013
Length: 33,631 words
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: The Avengers
External Links: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (AO3)
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Dreamwidth)
Art by Lienwyn (Tumblr)
Art by Lienwyn (DeviantArt)
Lienwyn Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do.jpg

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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do is a Steve/Tony Prohibition era 616 AU by copperbadge. It was written for the Cap/Iron Man Reverse Bang 2013.

Summary: The year is 1930, Prohibition and the Depression are both in full swing, and Chicago Police Detective Steve Rogers has his hands full. There's a dead body on the banks of Lake Michigan, the entire city's legal system is corrupt, and the king gangster of the North Side, Tony Stark, has taken more than a passing interest in him.

The story is based on a piece of art by Lienwyn who in turn created four illustrations based on the story.[1]

I signed up for the Cap/Iron Man Reverse Big Bang 2013 over at livejournal and my art got claimed by the amazing Copperbadge. He proceeded to write an incredible fic based on it - an 616 AU set during the Prohibition called “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do” - and I couldn’t help drawing a couple of scenes from it. The second picture is the one from the original claims which inspired the fic and the other four are then based off Sam’s writing. It’s been an AWESOME adventure and I really have to do this again sometime.[1]

Recs and Reviesws

This is just fanTAStic! I mean, gay speakeasies? Why is there not a million entries under that tag? The deliciousness that is Tony and Steve in the 1930's is only added to by their spot on characterization and all these little details and in-references that make the story come alive - Tony never seen without a drink in his hand, Tony and Steve hating each other at thier first meeting (and with a line drop!), Steve being unreasonably horrified at the thought of drowning in icy waters. All that wrapped up in quick-paced murder plot riddled with cameo references makes this a def rec. Also, did I mention gangster!Tony?[2]
OH MY GOD. YES. YES. I NEVER KNEW I WANTED A 1930 GANGSTER!TONY AND DETECTIVE!STEVE AU UNTIL NOW. SCREAMED SO LOUD WHEN I SAW THIS AND IT HAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. In which Steve is investigating the murder of Joe Yinsen, a man who worked under Tony Stark. Tony and Steve strike up a deal to help each other find the murderer, and along the way get involved.[3]
I knew I was going to love this (and not just because of the gorgeous art). I love Alternate Realities and I love your stories, and somehow when I saw it was Chicago Prohibition Era AR I said, "This is going to be THE GREATEST THING," [...] because TONY THE BOOTLEGGER EMPEROR. IN CHICAGO. WITH STEVE THE FLATFOOT. And all your takes on the other characters--Pepper (who is nobody's "moll," as Steve finds) and her girl Natasha ("send her home to her baba," indeed!) and Thor the Hammer who's a pushover and Clint who's a different kind of sharpshooter and Fury and Philly and Bruce, how much do I love your not-so-yokel Bruce, god, so terrific. Start to finish, this was gorgeous. The story and the plot and the romance and the porn and the unexpected plotty twist at the end [...], so so good, all of it. Your dialogue, gah, so easy to follow and to hear in the characters' voices. And the way they react to each other--I loved Steve's "I won't be owned" moment but even better I loved the way Tony reacts to it, soothing, retracting, backing down and apologizing enough to put them back on less-rocky ground. One of the joys of fanfiction is the author's wish to deliver the ending the audience craves, the ability to give us uniformly happy endings if that's what the story allows, and a good author can even make us believe in uniformly happy endings in fanfiction. That would be you, oh, yeah.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 lienwyn. Tumblr post, 16 May 2013. (Accessed 16 june 2013)
  2. sakanda. AO3 rec, 14 June 2013.(Accessed 16 June 2013)
  3. vucizalis. AO3 rec, 21 May 2013.(Accessed 16 June 2013)
  4. Amanuensis. AO3 comment, 21 May 2013.(Accessed 16 June 2013)