Day 1 ~ First hug
"Buck I wanna meet them!"
Christopher was practically bouncing. Kinda what happens when a global lockdown comes into effect, 10 year old Chris had been deprived of meeting his unofficial younger cousin for too long, and now, Buck was paying the price for that.
"Uh, yea, Chris, they'll be here in a bit, and then you can meet Jee."
Chris screwed up his face with an exaggerated sigh.
"Buck it's been, like, like, an hour."
"You got here all of 15 minutes ago, but alright."
Eddie shot a bemused glace over to Buck, who was doing his very best to quell the requests of the very impatient boy. He could very easily stop this, but honestly, he was having a good time watching Christopher wear Buck down. So a few more minutes of torturing Buck wouldn't hurt.
"BucK-" Christopher began again, swiftly cut off by the doorbell.
"You hear that? They're here."
Buck rushed to the door, Chris as close to his heels as he could manage.
"Now remember, you have to be quiet."
Buck leaned down to Chris, pressing a finger to his lips in a shushing motion. Chris returned the gesture, Buck going practically cross-eyed as Chris' finger narrowly missed going up Buck's nose.
"Quiet," Chris nodded earnestly. "I've got it."
Buck opened the door, just a crack at first, then fully, revealing Maddie and Chimney, Chimney carrying a rather large grey bag, and Maddie cradling a pink bundle.
"Jeeeeeeeee!" Chris whisper-yelled, dancing around happily, but remembering to stay quiet.
It took all of Buck's willpower to not just coo over Jee the whole time, after all, this meeting had been set up for Chris, who had really wanted to meet Jee, and as it had been revealed to Buck at some point, he was determined to be the very best "cousin". But Chris seemed to have disappeared.
Buck found Christopher sitting patiently on the couch, having not said a word for the past 10 minutes.
"Hey Chris, what's up, why are you just sitting here?"
"I'm waiting my turn."
"What, what for buddy?"
"To hold Jee." Chris stated, very matter-of-factly, going back to sitting still.
It didn't take long for Christopher to be set, back resting against the back of the couch for stability, Eddie on one side and Maddie on the other, slowly transferring the bundle over to Chris, who cradled her carefully, arms held tight in the way he had been shown a few minutes prior. His face was set in concentration and awe, completely focused on her tiny features, her serene expression as she slept on.
"Hi Jee! I'm Christopher." He whispered, leaning as close as he dared. "And I'm going to be your friend! Okay?"
Over Chris's back, Maddie and Buck made eye contact, smiling as Chris rocked her slightly.
"And I'm going to keep you safe."
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