Adore You 1.
based on this prompt: Eddie's parents come to visit unexpectedly. They barge into his bedroom as parents often do and are stunned to see Eddie, Buck, and Chris together holding each other in bed. They're about to freak out when they notice that Buck is bruised and bandaged, Chris is clinging to him and Eddie is super protective. Eddie's parents are floored when Eddie explains that some evil bastard tried to attack Chris with a bat and Buck shielded him, getting beat to hell. It's clear Eddie won't let Buck go
It’s supposed to be a surprise. A fun surprise—planned by Helena, of course, Ramon isn’t really the type to act on a whim, but Helena loves the impulsiveness of it all, and he loves her and so here they are.
It’s late at night now, because their flight was delayed by a couple of hours, but thankfully today is a Friday, which means Christopher doesn’t have school in the morning. Helena feels a little less guilty about barging in so late, knowing her grand kid can sleep in the next day while she makes his favorite blueberry waffles.
“It’s almost ten o’clock.” Ramon says, glancing worriedly at his wrist watch as his wife digs into her purse for their copy of Eddie’s house keys. “Maybe this should wait til morning, no?”
Helena triumphantly retrieves the keys and grins. “Shh, it’s fine. It has to be today.” she half whispers, opening the door, trying to make as little noise as humanly possible. She’s only got two more hours to wish her son a happy birthday, after all, before it passes. It’s ninety percent of the reason they’re even here!
If Ramon and Helena weren’t so focused on being sneaky, on making sure their steps are light as can be, they might have noticed the fact that roughly two weeks ago their son invited a third person to come live with him. But they’re too busy shushing one another, so they ignore all the traces of an unfamiliar occupant in the house.
Helena has the decency to knock on her son’s door, giving him just a few seconds of notice before throwing it open and shouting “Surprise!”
The surprise is all hers, however, as the door swings open to reveal her grandson crammed in the bed, between Eddie and…his coworker?
Ramon blinks, shocked, “What the hell is going on—”
Eddie is out of bed and practically shoving his parents out of the room within seconds, shielding his boys out of view and slamming the door shut behind him. “What are you guys even doing here right now?” he demands to know, forcibly leading them away from his bedroom and towards the end of the hall.
Helena shakes her head. “We came to surprise you, Edmundo, for your birthday. But what is going on? Was that Buck in there? Your coworker? Why was he in bed with you and Christopher? Eddie that’s not–”
“Not any of your business.” Eddie crosses his arms over his chest, his jaw ticking. Helena can see that her son is itching to run back to his boys. She can see that the standoffish attitude is actually defensiveness, and she wonders why.
Ramon, who’s just as stubborn as their son, if not more so, immediately goes on the offense. “Don’t talk to your mother like that! Now tell me why–”
The bedroom door creaks open and Ramon sucks in a harsh breath when he sees the state of his son’s coworker. Buck is leaning precariously against the door frame, and now that he’s not under the covers, Ramon and Helena can see the brutal extent of the young mans injuries.
He’s wearing a pair of pajama pants and what looks to be one of Eddie’s sleeveless, oversized workout shirts. They can see the gauze wrapped around his chest, peeking through the holes of the sides of the shirt. There’s nasty bruising going all the way up from his clavicle to the nape of his neck. His right arm is black and blue, from his forearm down to his wrist, and the most alarming injury yet: the white gauze going around his head, stained red in the middle.
As awful as he looks, he’s still somehow standing, though just barely.
“Eddie, c’mon, don’t fight, it’s not a big deal, I can go, I’ll be fine.” Buck says, trying to disperse some of the tension in the air, among the Diaz family.
“Buck, no, there’s no way you’re leaving!” Eddie starts to say, clearly panicking, when Christopher interrupts, coming out of the room and clinging to Buck’s leg with all his might.
“Bucky no! Please! You can’t go!” he starts to cry, his little shoulders shaking.
Buck looks down, dismayed—he hates to see Christopher like this, but he’s only causing trouble right now, “It’s ok buddy, I promise, I’ll be fine, but it’s probably best if I go–”
“You will go.” Ramon says, his voice booming and authoritative. He can see his son start to argue with him, and even his wife begins to counter him, when Ramon finishes with, “Straight back to bed, young man. Vamos. You don’t look like you’re in any state to be going anywhere right now.”
Eddie blinks, shocked when both his parents start corralling Buck and Christopher back to his room. Helena stops just at the threshold and watches Ramon very carefully help a slightly dazed Buck back into bed. She turns back to her son and silently gestures for him to follow her into the kitchen, where they can speak privately.
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“You know you’re my favorite Diaz, right Christopher?” Buck asks just after losing their 3rd straight video game match.
Chris just smiles his huge smile (now with braces, which still sometimes surprises Buck with how quickly he’s growing up) and nods. Christopher finishes changing out the video game they’re playing and comes back to sit next to buck on the couch.
Before picking his controller back up, Buck turns more fully toward his favorite Diaz. “I’m also pretty fond of your dad. How would you feel if he and I were to start dating? Would that be ok?” Eddie is on his other side, looking at the two of them fondly.
They both hold their breath waiting for the answer. This moment is make or break.
Things with Eddie had changed recently but they were waiting on Christopher’s approval before taking their relationship to the next level. Buck thinks he knows what Chris’s response will be but doesn’t want to get his hopes up. Neither of them do.
Christopher looks at the two of them before focusing on Buck. He smiles that smile again and throws his arms around him, very loudly exclaiming that them dating would be more than ok.
Of course their worries were for nothing. They start their new video game, all of them happier than they’ve been in a long time.
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Abuela sharing a secret family recipe with Buck because she tried to teach it to Eddie but it didn't go very well and she wants Christopher to be able to learn it at one point? Even better if Buck and Eddie are not together yet but she knows he'll still be there to teach him. I feel like it's too long 😅
“A little bit of paprika.”
“Just a pinch?”
Abuela places her hands over Buck’s shoulders---which, given the young man’s broad and tall frame, is an accomplishment in its own right!---and says, deadly serious, “Tu mides eso con tu corazon.”
You measure that with your heart. Right. Buck nods, equally serious about the task at hand, and sprinkles in the paprika.
“Perfecto, amor.” Abuela smiles, exuding a warmth Buck had never felt with any of the older adults in his family, growing up.
“Hey, this is real cute, but we’re all starving over here.” Eddie calls out, leaning against the counter, grinning as he watches two of his favorite people in the world bond.
Abuela waves her kitchen rag at him. “Someone has to teach Christopher our secret family recipe, someday in the future, and with your skills in the kitchen, dios mio, nunca.”
Buck laughs at the indignant expression on Eddie’s face, and then laughs even harder when Christopher comes up behind him and says, “Yeah Dad, you’re not a good cook.”
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