Prompt: Buck is watching Baby Jee so Maddie and Chim can enjoy a night out. Eddie and Chris come over and are surprised but happy to have the little lady in their company for the evening. Adorableness ensues as Buck, Eddie, and Chris all dote on the baby. It's during these moments, like Jee glomping onto Eddie's face or holding her Uncle Buck's face in her tiny little hands that they each realize they want more than friendship with each other. Chris just wanted to teach Jee about legos.
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“And you know where the extra bibs are?” Buck couldn’t help but smile fondly as Maddie fretted over every small detail. He was babysitting Jee at his apartment so she and Chimney could have a date night. Of course, in order to have that date, Maddie needed to actually leave the apartment, which she had yet to do because she was telling Buck where everything was, even though Buck already knew.
“Yes Maddie,” Buck said. “I know where the extra bibs are packed, along with Jee’s food. I also know where the lost list of emergency numbers are in the bag.”
“He’s good Maddie,” Chimney said, his hand coming up to Maddie’s shoulder. “And you know as much as I do how much we can trust Buck.”
“I know,” Maddie said. “I’m just a worrywart when it comes to Jee.” Buck just chuckled and Maddie blew out a breath. “Okay, you’ve got this and we have reservations to get to.” She walked over to Buck and kissed Jee’s head, the baby babbling happily. She squeezed Buck’s arm, smiling. “Call if you need anything, okay?”
“Will do,” Buck said, smiling at his sister. “Now, go enjoy your evening. I’ve got to remind Jee why I’m her favorite Uncle.” Maddie laughed at that, as Chimney took her hand.
“You have fun with Uncle Buck, Jee,” Chimney said, waving to his daughter. The baby waved back, earning a grin from both parents. “We’ll see you later, Buck.” He headed towards the door, Maddie following after him.
“Thank you again Buck!” Maddie called as they headed out of the apartment. Buck just watched them go, bouncing Jee in his arms as he did. Once the door was closed and he couldn’t hear the echo of their footsteps anymore, he let out a happy sigh and glanced down at his niece.
“Alright little one,” Buck said with a smile. “Ready to hang out with your favorite uncle?” Jee just cooed happily and Buck chuckled. “That’s what I like to hear.” And then he headed towards the living room, smiling as Jee babbled happily.
Eddie smiled as Christopher led the way to Buck’s apartment. He had texted Buck, asking if they could come over for take-out and video games or a movie. Buck hadn’t responded, but Eddie chalked that up to Buck being busy around his apartment. After all, Buck had told him earlier that he was just doing stuff around his apartment earlier that day.
“Come on dad,” Christopher said, as he reached Buck’s apartment. Eddie couldn’t help but chuckle, a fond smile on his face. It warmed something in his heart that Christopher adored Buck so much. Because it was a reminder that Buck firmly had an important place in both their lives.
What the place exactly was, Eddie didn’t know. Or at least, he wasn’t pushing himself to figure out.
“I’m here, I’m here,” Eddie said as he reached the door. “And you’re acting like you haven’t seen Buck in forever.” He ruffled Christopher’s hair and the boy giggled.
“I haven’t,” Christopher said. “Friday was so long ago!” Eddie chuckled again before reaching out to knock on the door. He heard a shuffling of feet and then the door opened, revealing a slightly confused Buck.
“Oh, hey guys,” Buck said, smiling when he saw it was them. “What are you doing here?”
“We brought food,” Eddie said, holding up the bag in his hand. “And thought we could maybe play video games or…” He trailed off when he noticed a stain on Buck’s shirt. “Is that vomit?”
“Spit-up,” Buck said, letting them inside. Eddie was about to say something, when he saw Jee sitting in a high chair.
“Oh,” Eddie said. “I see you already have company from this little lady.” He walked over to Jee, the baby holding up a cheerio towards Eddie. He smiled and waved at her, earning a giggle from the baby.
“Yep,” Buck said as he closed the door. “Jee’s hanging out with her favorite uncle tonight so her parents can have a little date night.” Eddie nodded, pursing his lips. He figured it would probably be best for them to go, since technically Buck was busy. “But you guys can hang out too.”
“Are you sure?” Eddie asked. Buck just chuckled as he picked Jee up. The baby giggled happily, reaching a hand up for Buck’s face. Buck caught her hand and blew a raspberry against it, earning a high pitched squeal from Jee. And Eddie couldn’t help but smile softly at the sight. There was something about Buck with kids that left this odd, fluttery feeling in Eddie’s stomach. A feeling he hadn’t labeled, for the same reason he didn’t exactly know what it meant for Buck to be so integral in his and Christopher’s life.
Buck glanced away from Jee, a hint of pink on his face as he saw the look on Eddie’s face. And when Eddie saw that, he realized maybe he wasn’t the only one trying to understand or determine what it all meant.
“Yeah,” Buck said softly. “I’m sure.” Their eyes stayed locked for a moment, that feeling in Eddie’s stomach only increasing. “Besides.” Buck looked away from Eddie, his smile only growing as he looked over at Christopher. “I bet someone would love to show Jee all the best toys and games.”
“Do you still have my box of Legos here?” Christopher asked. “Because I’d love to show Jee those!”
“Under the coffee table.” Christopher headed towards the living room and Eddie just watched him go before turning back to Buck. And this time, it was Buck with the soft, fond smile on his face.
“You said something about dinner?” Buck asked. And Eddie nodded before following him into the living room, all the while noticing that the fluttering feeling in his stomach hadn’t gone away.
“Maddie really brought everything Jee needed, huh?” Buck chuckled at Eddie’s comment as he finished up his dinner. He was sitting on the couch, an animated movie playing in the background. Eddie was sitting next to him, surveying all the items in the living room that Maddie had brought for her daughter. There was a play mat and a bag with toys in it. There was also Jee’s little seat, that she was currently strapped into and a diaper bag nearby.
“My sister likes to be over-prepared,” Buck said with a smirk. “Not that Jee really needs most of it.” He glanced over at Jee, who was watching Christopher with rapt attention. The ten-year-old had sat down in front of the coffee table, both to eat and because he was going to play with his Legos there. And he had been talking to Jee the whole time, the baby happily giggling or babbling in response to everything.
“Yeah well Chris is everyone’s favorite cousin,” Eddie said with a smile. “So, I’m not surprised Jee is taken with him too.” Eddie then stood up, stretching slightly as he did.
“What are you doing?” Buck asked, eyeing the brunette.
“The dishes,” Eddie said. Buck was about to protest that Eddie didn’t have to clean-up, since he brought the food. But he was cut off by a little whine from Jee. He glanced over at his niece and saw her holding her arms out, whining at something on the floor.
“Oh my,” Eddie said, bending down to pick up a stuffed animal that the Lees had gotten for Jee when she was born. “Did you drop this, little lady?” He held the toy out to Jee and she took it back with a happy babble. And Buck would only watch as Eddie smiled at Jee, leaning forward to gently tap her nose, something that had Buck feeling all warm and fuzzy from his head to his toes.
He always felt that way when she saw Eddie with kids. Most of the time, it was when he watched Eddie be such a good dad to Christopher. But he got to see it other times too. Like at work, when there were kids on the call or now, as Eddie made faces at Jee that had the baby giggling.
It had Buck wishing he could see this soft and sweet side of Eddie all the time.
“Alright,” Eddie said, standing up. “Dishes.”
“And then can I show Jee my Legos?” Christopher asked, handing his plate up to Eddie.
“If that’s alright with Buck,” Eddie said, glancing over at Buck. Buck just smiled as he stood up, grabbing his plate before Eddie could.
“Sounds like a great idea, Superman,” Buck said. “But first, I have to help your dad with the dishes.” Christopher nodded, going back to talking to Jee. And Buck followed Eddie out of the living room, placing his dish in the sink before leaning back against the kitchen island.
“You didn’t have to help,” Eddie said, setting the dishes down as well. “After all, we crashed your evening of babysitting.”
“Well I wanted to,” Buck said. “Besides, I like having you guys around. Makes my apartment feel lively and happy.”
“That’s um,” Eddie leaned back against the counter by the sink, a soft smile on his face. “That’s how I feel when you’re at my house.” Buck tilted his head and he swore he saw a blush cross Eddie’s cheek. “I….Christopher and I love it when you’re around.”
“Yeah?” Buck asked, taking a step closer. Eddie nodded and Buck could still feel that warm and fuzzy feeling surging through his body. “I um...I love being around you guys too. I…” He swallowed, knowing this could be the moment that changed everything for them. And it was scary to think it could finally tip them into something new.
But hadn’t they always been hurtling towards that anyways?
“I wish I could be around you guys all the time.” He watched Eddie, almost terrified what the brunette’s response would be to that.
But then Eddie was pushing off the counter, stepping towards Buck until he was almost chest-to-chest with Buck. His hands came up to cradle Buck’s face, a soft smile on his face.
“Why can’t you be?” Eddie asked softly. And Buck could only smile before closing the distance between them, his lips sealing over Eddie’s. Because this had always been what they were heading for and they had just needed one last final push to get there.
“Dad, Buck.” They pulled apart, Christopher’s voice a reminder that they weren’t alone in the apartment. Buck glanced at Christopher, they both just watching with an amused expression. “Can you guys stop kissing so I can finally show Jee my Legos?”
“Yeah sorry kid,” Eddie said. Buck let his head fall against Eddie’s shoulder and Eddie couldn’t help but chuckle, his fingers scratching at the hairs on Buck's neck.
“We should talk more later,” Buck said, slowly lifting his head up. There was still a part of him that was worried that this wasn’t happening, that they hadn’t crossed that line. But then Eddie smiled at him, his thumb caressing Buck’s cheek.
“Sure,” Eddie said. “As long as it’s about how soon I can get you over to my place all the time.” Buck smiled brightly at that and Eddie grinned, pressing one last chaste kiss to Buck’s lips, before interlacing his fingers with Buck.
And Buck could only smile as he tugged Eddie back to the living room, glad that Eddie and Christopher had decided to stop by tonight and even more glad that they had finally crossed that line, moving towards something truly wonderful.
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