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Title: Semaphore
Author(s): Devil Doll
Date(s): 21 December 2011
Length: ~39,000 words / 4:27:30 hours
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: Captain America/Iron Man, The Avengers (2012), MCU
External Links: Semaphore (Dreamwidth)
Semaphore (AO3)
Semaphore podfic (AO3)
cover by amezri

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Semaphore is a Steve/Tony story by Devil Doll. MCU, pre-TA.

Summary: ”I’m trying to like you, Tony. You’re just making it very hard.”

crinklysolution podficced the story.

Recs and Reviews

This story is AMAZING. Excellent characterization of both Tony and Steve, pining, and super fucking hot sex.[1]
Steve's trying to cope with the 21st century. Tony's sorta kinda tries to help but not really at first. They both become BFFs with Steve's peer, an eldery hip lady too busy with her life and liver of steel to spend too much time with them, haha.[2]
This is full of all sorts of excellent little details, from the various everyday habits of all the Avengers, to their various interactions with the other Marvel teams, to a fantastic senior citizen OC with a still of doom. The progression of Steve and Tony's friendship/relationship is very slow but quite honest.[3]
I do not read superhero comics, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is my only interaction with these characters. I wasn't going to get involved, ever, either. I had such good intentions. I was going to watch the movies, enjoy them, and leave the fandom alone.

Then I read Semaphore by Devildoll, and that plan went out the window.

I still really love this story (although after seeing The Avengers, I am way less a fan of stories breaking Pepper and Tony up, because they're my favorite couple in the MCU), but because I came to this story before the film, it works: it's painful, it sucks, and it's hard to reconnect even after the dust has settled. I love so many things about this story: Tony's uncertainty and confidence war with each other when it comes to Steve; Steve's inability to allow Tony to be himself in specific ways due to his own feelings about excess; Miriam; and Cupcake Avalanche, which I hold out hope will one day be realized as a playable game.[4]


  1. cabell. Fic Rec: Semaphore by Devil Doll, 22 December 2011. (Accessed 06 May 2012)
  2. bikitchi. :: everyday I'm re-a-ding ♫ ::, 25 February 2012. (Accessed 06 May 2012)
  3. mysticalchild_isis. Avengers Fanfic Recs: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark. (Accessed 06 May 2012)
  4. Remix and Transformation: An introduction to fanfiction by Renay, 26 November 2013. (Accessed 29 November 2013)