one thing that i think is really interesting to see due to the new working dynamics, is the physical space between the characters.
in 5x05, hen gets frustrated with eddie being too close while they are working. she says "what are you doing" eddie: "getting into position" hen replies "on my side?" because hen and chimney only every work across from each other aka on each side of the patient v. their positioning when hen questioned eddie compared to buddies usual work style
but eddie is used to working with buck side by side even when it might be a little inconvenient. every time they are working on a patient or on a case in general, they are usually very very close, like touching 90% of the time.
i just think that it is interesting that the writers would make it a point for that to be something hen said, like clearly they wanted it to be known that there was a physical difference in the work style of these partnerships. it just makes it clear that buck and eddies work style is an intentional choice and there obviously is a meaning behind it if it was important enough to be pointed out.
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I didn't want to hijack @extasiswings 's post but I also started thinking about Eddie not being around when that man's being dug out, aaand I couldn't stop...
Eddie looks down at his phone in surprise. Buck's ringing him, but he's supposed to be on shift, and if he was just bored in the station house he'd normally FaceTime, or send Eddie a litany of texts about his latest internet deep-dive (the great Canadian maple syrup heist was his latest obsession), but a phone call?
"Hey man, what's up?"
Buck doesn't immediately respond, but Eddie hears the shuddered inhale down the line, and now he's concerned.
Eddie gives Christopher a reassuring smile while he waits for an answer, and nods to his aunt that he's stepping out for a moment before ducking to the front door when he still doesn't get a reply.
"Buck?" he tries again. "Buck, come on, I'm here, okay? What's wrong?"
"I just..." Buck starts, faltering for a moment. "I just needed to hear your voice."
Buck sounds... shattered, honestly, something so much deeper than exhaustion, and the hairs on the back of Eddie's neck stand on edge.
"Talk to me. Did something happen on a call? Are you hurt?"
"No—we're fine, I'm fine," Buck says, but his voice is barely above a whisper and Eddie's not convinced.
"There was... this man got.... Eddie, he was buried alive. And dispatch tracked his phone but they couldn't get a precise location and by the time we started to dig things weren't looking good and—"
Buck's voice is shaking, but now that he's started speaking he can't seem to stop and his words are gaining fervour as he goes on. Eddie can feel his own grip on his cellphone getting tighter and tighter until finally he has to sit himself down on the steps of the front porch to try and catch his own breath. He knows where Buck's head is at—he can't help but go there too.
"—a-a-and I just...I couldn't stop thinking about the well collapse, and dispatch said the guy wasn't answering and I started thinking about trying to get a hold of you on the radio but we couldn't and suddenly I wasn't looking for the vic anymore, I was looking for you. I was back there in the rain and I was clawing at the ground, at the mud, and it felt like there was this vice around my chest and—"
"Breathe, Buck," Eddie interrupts a little desperately at the fear in Buck's voice, "breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth," he says as he tries to follow his own advice. "Take a deep breath, c'mon, do it with me, in for four, hold it—and breathe out for eight, and again..."
For a while there's nothing but a stream of breaths down the phone from the both of them, until finally a long steady exhale is followed by a stuttered, "sorry, I shouldn't have—"
"Don't be stupid, you can always—"
The siren rings out loud down the other end of the phone and Eddie jumps to his feet out of habit before he remembers that he's not actually on shift.
"I've gotta go," Buck mumbles, and Eddie can hear the rustling movements as he's obviously making his way over to the trucks.
"Yeah of course," Eddie says, and continues before he can second guess himself; "come over after your shift in the morning, we can go out for breakfast with Chris."
There's another exhale down the phone, but this one sounds lighter, happier, like it's being chased by a smile, and Eddie feels his own tight chest loosen considerably at the image he's conjured in his head.
"Yeah, that'd be great." Buck says, "I'll see you then."
"Perfect, it's a date." Eddie says, before hanging up.
(His own words don't register for another 30 minutes and by then Buck's already sent a smiley face emoji over text, and Eddie can't find it within himself to regret anything)
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i won't say (i’m in love)
❧ for @tylerhunklin
[image description: 7 gifs of Eddie Diaz and Evan Buckley overlayed with lyrics from “I Won't Say (I’m in Love)” from Hercules. There is a soft orange-pink overlay over each of the gifs, and the text is colored in a blue-orange-pink gradient.]
gif 1: Two gifs. The first is from season 3 episode 9 of Eddie smirking slightly as he talks to Buck, raising his bottle of beer to his lips. The second is from season 4 episode 6 of Eddie grinning fondly as Buck bosses him around. The text reads, “Who do you think you’re kidding?”
gif 2: Two gifs. The first is from season 4 episode 7 of Buck and Eddie walking side by side along a sidewalk as they search for the rogue turkey. Eddie chuckles as he turns towards Buck slightly. The text reads, “He’s the earth”. The second is from season 3 episode 6 of Buck looking up and slowly smiling at Eddie. The text reads, “and heaven to you”
gif 3: Two gifs. The first is from season 4 episode 6 of Eddie moving towards Buck as he laughs. The second is from season 3 episode 10 of Eddie grinning as he watches Buck with Christopher and Denny, and then looking down. The text reads, “try to keep it hidden”
gif 4: From season 5 episode 1. Eddie looks at Buck fondly as he watches him play pool. The text reads, “honey, we can see right through you”
gif 5: From season 5 episode 2. In the firetruck, Eddie grins and looks at Buck as he rants about the different animals in the L.A. Zoo. The text reads, “girl, you can’t conceal it”
gif 6: From season 4 episode 14. Eddie talks to Buck about his decision to make him Christopher’s legal guardian if he dies. The text reads, “we know how you’re feeling”
gif 7: From season 4 episode 5. Eddie turns around to watch as Buck walks away. The text reads, “and you’re thinking of”
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