#eddie x buck
I hunt for you with bloodied feet (across the hallowed ground) by @spidermaneddie
“I’m fully capable of controlling myself, Maddie,” Buck says, “your lack of faith is astounding.”
“Listen, any other time, you would have my complete faith,” she tells him seriously, “but this thing with Eddie is different, you’ve never had someone like that around during your ruts before.”
Buck gives her a flat look. “He won’t be there for my rut.”
She rolls her eyes. “You know what I mean. Your instincts are all crazy right now and your control is tenuous at best so just...”
“Just what, Maddie?” Buck passes a tired hand over his face again.
“Just be careful, that’s all I’m saying,” she sighs.
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Eddie: Where’s Chris?
Buck: He went out.
Eddie: He’s grounded!
Buck: Are they not allowed out when they’re grounded?
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Buck: if we date there's 90% chance that I'll watch all your shows with you, make out with you during the commercial breaks and fall asleep on your lap halfway through the program
Eddie: what's the other 10?
Buck: me eating your food
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Eddie: I know you’re deflecting by making jokes about how hot you are.
Buck, through tears: It’s not a joke, I’m a legit snack!
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Buddie Moodboard - Emergency Room AU
Basically, if you throw every hospital show together, including Grey's Anatomy, ER, and whatever else, add a dash of Buddie and unresolved sexual tension, you end up... in this mad fictional hospital, I guess. With this AU on a rampage inside it. Anywho... have fun! Stay safe! Take your meds! Cheers!
While Dr. Evan "Buck" Buckley and Dr. Edmundo "Eddie" Diaz did not have the most ideal start in the ER (disagreements, misunderstandings, and a bomb in a patient's leg, you know, the usual), they have since become known throughout the hospital as the dream team of the Emergency Room.
Buck considers the hospital his home not just because he spends many hours there per week, but because the people he works with are family to him - and are actual family, in case of head nurse Maddie, who is his sister.
He is friends with Dr. Henrietta "Hen" Wilson, general surgeons, and Dr. Howard "Chimney" Han, who since specialized in cardiothoracic surgery. At the helm is chief physician and also general surgeon Dr. Robert "Bobby" Nash, who is one of the best physicians in L.A.
Buck proved himself as a capable trauma surgeon and since assumed his role in the ER with all of himself. Eddie fits right in as a former doctor for the Army, whose expertise is to be on point, quick, and perhaps most importantly: to never panic.
Working this kind of job is demanding, of course. Long hours, little sleep, and balancing that with social and family life are but few of the challenges they all face in their line of work. Buck especially is someone who has since immersed himself in his job. After all, he's single, and aside from his found family and his sister, has not too many attachments.
That is about to change when Buck treats a very kind Mexican woman who keeps gushing about her grandson, who is also working at the hospital. Because, as it turns out, that's Eddie's grandmother. And just like that, Buck finds out that Eddie has a son, is a single father trying to make ends meet, while also figuring out how to get proper medical care for Christopher.
Buck makes a decision on the spot to dive deep and support his partner in the ER - outside the ER. He "hooks" Eddie up with co-worker Carla Price, who knows exactly how to wrap authorities around the little finger. And while Eddie is reluctant at first to accept help from Buck, he finds himself reaffirmed in his initial belief in Buck to be better than the shitty attitude he used to give him when Eddie started at the ER.
Even better? Buck and Christopher get along more than great. Christopher loves spending time with Buck, and Buck loves Christopher, plain and simple. And for a while, Eddie thinks that he can finally relax, knowing that he has someone who has his back - and who trusts him to do the same.
Things turn out more complicated when Shannon makes a reappearance in Eddie's life - after she left, following major disagreements in the past. Sadly, their attempts to mend things are short-lived. Shannon wants to leave again, only to be run over by a car. And Eddie can't save her.
Lost in his and his son's grief, Eddie doesn't know what to do with himself. He picks up street fighting to cope with his anger, needing an outlet for all those emotions he has to keep in check for the sake of his son. But he soon comes to a turning point after an incident in the arena. While Bobby is none too pleased once he finds out, Eddie is glad that the chief offers help instead of throwing him out.
While he has yet to hear the end of it from Buck, he has to realize that even if Shannon is not around, he still has many people he can dare to rely on. That for them, he is enough, even when he's broken.
Crisis strikes again when Buck is caught up in a horrible car accident while in an ambulance car. PT is gruesome, but he pushes through, all the more thanks to the support of his friends, family, and Bobby in particular. Just when he's cleared to return to the ER, Buck receives another blow, starting to bleed while working on a patient and collapsing. As it turns out, the leg injury led to blood clots, which caused an embolism in turn.
And like that, Buck can't work as a trauma surgeon anymore, which is perhaps one of the worst things that could possibly have happened to Buck. He is petrified, bereft of what he considers his life's purpose. While everyone rallies to support him and help him come to terms with the new situation, Buck doesn't know what to do. He caves in at home - until Eddie winds up at his apartment with Christopher in tow. So long he is not working, he can at least babysit.
Buck takes Christopher to the pier, hoping to find some distraction. Though a tsunami is not the distraction he's been looking for, really. He manages to get himself and Chris to safety somehow, but he soon dives in to save people and tend to them - only for himself to be swept away by a second wave. Buck is desperate to find Christopher, whom he left with one of the people he pulled from the water. He has no way of telling whether Christopher was caught up in the wave as well. The boy might be dead, for all he knows.
And if that is the case, Eddie will never forgive him. So Buck keeps pushing himself past his limits to find Christopher and aid people along the way.
At the field hospital, Bobby and the other doctors are busy helping the patients pouring in. Eddie is in for the shock of his life when he recognizes a particular stitch on a patient's injury he knows is Buck's specialty. As he keeps asking around, he hears from many people who had their injuries treated by a young man fitting Buck's description.
But where is he? And where is Christopher?
Thankfully, Eddie is soon reunited with his son. Though Christopher is livid after he watched Buck be swept away, asking anyone he sees whether they have seen Buck. Hours pass until a worn-out trauma surgeon stumbles into the field hospital, still asking for Christopher on the verge of passing out.
Buck is taken back to the hospital for treatment and a fair amount of blood transfusions. By the time he comes back around, he goes straight to panic mode again, yelling for Christopher. Gladly, Eddie and Chris get through to him to snap him out of it - and the three take solace in the fact that they are finally reunited.
Buck and Eddie have a heart-to-heart later that night, wherein Buck admits that while he was desperate to find Christopher, he realized again that being a trauma surgeon is who he truly is. So unless he can return to active duty in the ER, he can't be a physician anymore. He can't work from behind a desk. That's just not him. Eddie tries to reason with him that he is more than his job, but Buck won't budge.
The surprise is all the greater when Hen delivers the news that the blood clots are no longer an issue, which is why Buck can return to being a doctor in the ER, once he recovered from the aftermath of the tsunami.
While Eddie is relieved that Buck gets to have his job back, he remains fearful for his friend. Because Buck still seems to think that he is nothing without his job, and Eddie doesn't know what to do to prove it to Buck. Yet anyway.
Buck is happy as a clam upon his return to the hospital. He is finally back with his family, and he doesn't have to visit that dark headspace again that he tried to stay clear from ever since he was a kid who was invisible to his parents.
He dares to think that his life is finally headed in the right direction. He dares to make plans for the future. And those plans involve Eddie and Christopher foremost. Because the matter of fact is this: Buck has since fallen in love with Eddie. He just has to figure out how and when to tell him that.
Though all of those plans may soon be crushed when the son of a former patient of Bobby's sets on a rampage in the hospital. He is shooting people as he goes to lure Bobby out, believing him responsible for his father's wrongdoings and death. When the attacker shoots Eddie, Buck finds himself on the brink of losing everything...
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Rating: General / 3K / complete
Buck’s arms slide over his shoulders. He runs fingers through Eddie’s hair and presses in closer to him. “I missed you.” It comes out like a contented sigh, and Eddie never considered how much you could ache for someone who already calls himself yours. But the feeling is living and breathing in his chest.
Still. He teases. “You saw me a few hours ago.”
Buck nods. “Hours ago. So long. Too long.”
God, he could legitimately cry from the earnestness in his voice, in Buck’s whole body that radiates love and need in so many layers. He pulls Buck to him, wrapping arms tightly around him, and brings him into a slow, sweet kiss. His own heart leaps and rushes. It’s never been so free. It’s never been so joyful. He’s never had anything for himself. He’s never allowed his heart to have anything.
But this is his. Buck is his.
the BuckleyDiaz family celebrate Eddie's birthday
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Eddie's panic attacks don't make any sense if they're not a sign of a sexuality crisis. Send tweet I mean post.
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9-1-1 ▸ "hi honey, i'm home"
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I see your hand sir!
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Bobby when he hired Eddie: He would be a perfect partner for Buck. He’s a veteran, an army medic. He’s serious, collected and wouldn’t let Buck jump into danger without thinking about the consequences.
Buck & Eddie on their first task together: *blow up the ambulance*
Bobby: I take all my words back. I think I made a mistake. Now I have two idiots to look after.
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i don't swim and you're not in love by @hattalove
She turns to Eddie and says something else, but Buck is busy fighting the headrush he gets at the sound of Ana Flores calling Eddie and Christopher 'the boys'. Like they belong to her already.
God, what’s wrong with him? What is this?
or, eddie cooks, chris domesticates a slug, and buck tries to figure out why he hates his best friend's girlfriend. to everyone's immense shock and surprise, it goes badly.
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*during the blackout*
Buck: I'm the Power Czar. What I say, goes.
Eddie: ...through me for final approval.
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Buddie 502 meta
Do we even need meta posts at this point? This show is just… skipping the meta and writing its own fanfic. For example, the fact that during two eps that deal with Eddie not yet following his heart and, as a consequence, thinking he had a heart attack, we get a heart transplant rescue. Interestingly, when Manny the medic mentions the heart, it’s Eddie who’s closest to it, Eddie who reaches out for it and tries to grab it, but he fails to, which is why this is followed by one failed attempt by Hen and a successful one by Bobby. The essential, symbolic aspect here is that Eddie, dangling on the edge of the abyss, couldn’t reach and save the heart on his own. It can easily be seen as symbolic to where he’s at romantically right now, and as an indicator that Eddie will need help from others in order to be able to resolve his own love life issues.
Good God, when Ana shows up with Chris, my brain just about melted already just over the fact that there is hardly any interaction we see between the two of them, while Eddie and Buck both come in immediately and one after the other we see them hugging Chris (their son!) in the exact same way. So much so that I just had to gif it. But just as importantly, can we talk about the fact that Buck was at the chargers station, doing his duty, all serious with his clipboard (I love this new tradition of having clipboard!Buck at least once per season, 911 you’re doing great sweetie), so why is he even there, by the trucks? He must have heard Chris calling out “Dad!” and came in swiftly with Ravi in tow. Excuse me, I’m just gonna go cry over these two dads and how much they love their son that they can’t contain it and they both have to rush to him right away!
Oh, another small, but seemingly meaningful detail we get here? When Eddie is picking up Chris and hugging him, we see Ana in the background, smiling at the cuteness of this father and son duo. When Buck comes in and does the same thing, we see Eddie to the side, and yep, he’s smiling at them and the cuteness, too. He KNOWS Buck is Christopher’s other father, no legal guardianship activation needed.
And then everything that happens in the scene with Ana is just straight out of fanfiction. For real.
We discover Ana, despite dating Eddie for almost a year, has never been to the firehouse. Even now that she did come (uninvited, might I add), Eddie avoids introducing her to the point where even Ravi’s like, “Oh man, this is really awkward, Diaz” and Ana ends up having to introduce herself… Still can’t save them from all that awkwardness, especially as the panic attack starts setting in... Right in front of her salad, Diaz! This time, the panic is not over Ana being called Christopher’s mom, it’s over her being assumed to be Eddie’s wife. This isn’t just Eddie panicking over how Ana would fit into the Diaz family, it’s specifically about their romantic relationship, no two ways about it. Then Chris says, “not yet!” and it sounds like he means it’s just a matter of time, but it could also imply he doesn’t actually want that to happen, and this is his way of expressing it without hurting the teacher he does love. Don’t even get me started on the way Buck looks immediately at Eddie with a smile that’s not 100% genuine (the forehead not being a part of a smile is helps differentiate a genuine smile from a false one, this just doesn’t come across as Buck’s usual beaming). Then there’s Buck’s focus on Eddie the second there’s even the faintest hint of something wrong with him (let’s not forget, Eddie manages to avoid going into a full blown panic attack this time, and yet Buck reads him right away). The way they’re so in tune with each other always makes me wanna cry. Lastly, Eddie unceremoniously dumps Ana on Ravi, he doesn’t even show his own gf around the station, not even after the obvious awkwardness of him missing the mark on introducing her to his colleague. Basically, Eddie proving that being “dumb denial boy” really is his superhero persona.
I just love the animal conversation in the firetruck. It shows us so many things at once: that Eddie knows Buck incredibly well, that he can easily explain why Buck is so aware of every animal in the zoo, that he’s shown to know Buck better than anyone else on the team, that he speaks for Buck and explains things for him like a spouse would explain their partner’s little eccentricities (just like in 309 when he explains Buck’s fascination with natural disasters), that even as everyone else is exasperated with Buck right off the bat, Eddie is fully grinning (seriously, compare Hen not even paying attention to what Buck’s going on about while Eddie is soaking up every word and loving it), he’s just so smitten with everything about Buck, and of course that we get to hear that yes, Buck spends that much time with Chris. This is pretty significant in itself, but it also represents maybe the biggest thing about Buddie in this entire episode: the constant contrast between Ana and Buck, it’s practically screaming at the audience. Everything that Ana is supposed to be in Chris and Eddie’s life, but it makes Eddie panic, Buck IS, and it makes Eddie beam with joy. If the way Eddie looks at Buck in this scene isn’t love, IDK what is. And this show doesn’t either. I have raved in the past (in my first round of Buddie meta) about the speed and ease with which Eddie lets Buck into the Diaz family and how well Buck fits in, and I’ve said back then that Eddie is a closed off guy, so this is pretty special, what he has going on with Buck from practically the start. But the whole storyline with Ana emphasizes it even more and the choice to highlight just how close Buck is to Chris and how much Eddie adores everything about this man, even the stuff other people roll their eyes at, in the same episode in which we see Eddie almost choking over his gf getting even an inch into his real life… cinematic poetry.
That little moment when Buck and Eddie give Bobby the “sure” nod, and so in sync, before they laugh together! Please, these are sassy HUSBANDS being sassy together. How can we not stan?
Then we get another scene where I just adore everything... Eddie is on a bunk and Buck knows him so well, he can tell that Eddie’s not really sleeping, that Buck can come right up to him and start the conversation about what Buck is worried about. The worry itself and the insistence on finding out what’s wrong with Eddie (even when Eddie’s reluctant) where friends or colleagues would normally back down is obviously the stuff that the best marriages are made of. The way Eddie responds, that just like I pointed out in the 501 meta, it’s Buck’s worry that forces Eddie to admit the truth, both that what he’s been suffering are panic attacks and that the real reason for them is Ana, not the shooting. I also love Buck’s initial reaction. His “Since when do you panic?” echoes Eddie’s response last week. That’s not a small thing, they both know how cool and collected Eddie can be, even under fire. It points out exactly why it was initially hard for Eddie to accept that these are panic attacks (in addition to the macho BS). So Buck’s first reaction not only shows how well he knows Eddie, it actually also validates Eddie’s own initial reaction and thus, makes him feel more at ease going forward and sharing even more. This is just another part of why they work so well as a couple, err… team. It’s beautiful to see Eddie being able to admit the truth to Buck, but then Buck turns it around and dishes out the truth right back at him: that Eddie isn’t in love with Ana and shouldn’t stay with her just because Chris loves her. Eddie, in his mind, is being a good dad and grateful for what Ana has been through with him and, as I’ve said in my first round of meta regarding ep 210, Eddie is a man of duty. He sees an obligation and he wants to meet it.
Buck, who wears his heart on his sleeve, counters this sense of duty by bringing in feelings, and what’s the right thing to do emotionally. He complements and helps Eddie, forces him to listen and look at things from a different perspective, in a way no one else could. The exact words Buck uses are “I have been Ana” which are so interesting, ‘coz yeah, textually they point to Buck’s past romantic hurt, but they also cast him in the spot of Eddie’s gf. We’re not the only ones comparing the two, Buck himself makes the comparison between them and subtextually, this also brings up the differences between Buck and Ana. Where she failed to truly capture Eddie’s heart even months into the relationship (and while being more successful than any other woman since Shannon), Buck has been in the same position, of being new in Eddie’s life and having to “earn” Eddie’s trust and a place in the Diaz family, but Buck actually succeeded in that, where Ana failed, and a huge reason why is because Eddie willingly gave Buck his trust and that place in his and Christopher’s life. By using these specific words, the show basically begs us to notice what things should have been like between Eddie and Ana, and forces us to acknowledge that Eddie already has all of that, with Buck.
Lastly, the show tops itself, by following this scene with Chim opening up to Hen. It’s subtle, but you can see here the difference between what two loving but platonic friends being there for each other looks like in comparison. Hen checks in on Chim, but she isn’t completely preoccupied with Chim and Maddie’s home life in the same way that Buck’s focus, in the middle of what characters have repeatedly called “the end of the world”, is solely on Eddie’s wellbeing. Hen does care, she wants to know what’s up with Chim, she asks questions and gets him to spill, but it’s gentle probing, not a spouse digging into what’s going on with their partner. Also, this is just one scene. Chim’s entire story with Maddie’s PDD isn’t linked to Hen in the same way that Eddie’s arc with the panic attacks over Ana is linked to Buck. Then when it’s time to offer advice, Hen does so without inserting herself into the situation in the way Buck did when he cast himself in the role of Eddie’s gf in order to get to his best friend and point out what he should do. Buck and Eddie are friends, yes. And friends should be valued and celebrated! I adore every friendship on this show. But Buddie are also each other’s life partners and a juxtaposition of scenes like this is where you can really see the difference.
~~~ Thank you so much to the astounding @judsonryder for making my meta better with your gifs! If you like my perspective on Buddie, you can find more of my meta and fics here. Thank you for reading and for any like, comment and of course reblog! Writing these posts takes a lot and it makes me so happy whenever I see people enjoying them. xoxox
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I saw someone mention that the last time Buck and Eddie weren't on the same engine, Buck ended up getting his leg crushed by a firetruck. Which, yeah, that happened, but it seems like EVERYTIME Buck and Eddie are separated at all, something had happens.
1. On different firetrucks? Buck gets his leg crushed.
2. Buck and Eddie momentarily separated at the party? Blood clot.
3. Eddie in the well and Buck not down there with him? Eddie nearly dies.
4. Eddie in the burning house with the kid and Buck outside, not with him? Nearly could've fuckin died.
5. Buck stuck at home and Eddie at work? Tsunami!
6. Buck and Eddie can't talk because of the lawsuit? Eddie starts fighting and goes to jail.
7. Buck in the burning building in Buck Begins and Eddie is outside? Buck nearly fucking dies.
8. Buck and Eddie separated for a moment in Jinx? Eddie sees Ana again (yes im counting this as a bad thing).
9. Eddie working and Buck being with him but not working officially as his partner when they save that boy's mom? Eddie gets shot.
10. Ana is assumed to be Christopher's mom? Panic attack!
But Eddie DIDN'T have a full blown panic attack at the firehouse when Ana was assumed to be his wife and you know why? Because Buck was there. As soon as Ravi made that comment, Eddie looked to BUCK. Not Ana. Buck. He looked to Buck for comfort and he was the only one who seemed to realize that something was wrong.
MY POINT IS!!!! BAD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN OUR BOYS ARE SEPARATED AND SO THEM HAVING NEW PARTNERS IN 5X05 AND MAYBE 5X06 AND 5X07, IT'S NOT GONNA GO WELL!
NOTHING. GOOD. HAPPENS. WHEN. THEY'RE. SEPARATED.
It's like the universe is screaming at you, and you refuse to listen.
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the last time i watched two grown men stare into each other’s eyes and ignore everyone around them for minutes at a time while refusing to acknowledge their feelings for one another, i was baited for 10 years and it was hell but dammit… i am ready to do it again. here’s to hoping the fruity firefighters don’t make us wait that long. cheers.
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9-1-1 ▸ 5.05 peer pressure
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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...
[ edit: on ao3 ]
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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