you wanna know why i’m really in therapy? it is because i have spent my entire life feeling like a constant disappointment. and you wanna talk about our jobs? you think my job is dangerous?
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Eddie @Buck's parents: I am Buck's best friend
Eddie: I also once hit a guy so hard pieces of his nose came out
Eddie: now you might be wondering how these two pieces of information are related.
Eddie: Fuck around and find out.
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9-1-1 ▸ buckley parents vs. bobby nash
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I just gotta say
"I miss you, and I hope that you're okay"
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parallel requested by @lusmusings
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Really proud of us as a fandom for collectively deciding that even if Buck has chosen to forgive his parents, Eddie has not.
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Eddie changed (and will continue to change) the meaning of “Evan” for Buck.
To Buck, the name “Evan” served as a reminder for his childhood. By the end of Buck Begins, it stands to bring back unhappy memories including having to put himself in danger just to get his parents’ attention, being lied to for his entire life, never feeling truly loved or wanted, and the fact that he was only created to save his brother’s life. His parents and Maddie are the only ones who ever frequently call him “Evan”, so they’re the only ones he is going to think of when he hears the name, along with what their lie did to him (note: I’m not really counting Maddie here because she isn’t to blame and was put in a difficult spot when she was still a child herself, I’m just mentioning her because she’s pretty much the only other person to use Buck’s real name). He makes it clear at the end of 4x05 that he doesn’t want anyone - not even his parents - to call him “Evan”.
But then in 4x14 when Eddie says, “Because, Evan,” it means something completely different. It contradicts everything else Buck’s real name has ever meant to him. Instead of having to put himself in danger for attention, Eddie is telling him he doesn’t need to put himself in danger in order to be loved, practically begging him not to. Instead of being lied to, Eddie is telling Buck the complete and honest truth about how much he matters. Instead of never feeling truly loved or wanted, Buck is being shown exactly how much people need him in their lives. Instead of being made to save someone else’s life and essentially being spare parts that could have just as easily been tossed away, Eddie uses the name “Evan” to show Buck that he is not expendable. Instead of Buck’s parents using his name simply because they have to recognise that he exists, Eddie uses it to show that he sees him, always, and that he truly cares. The list goes on.
And when Eddie uses the name “Evan” you can see on Buck’s face that he’s almost surprised, a little confused too - maybe it’s just because Eddie has never used it before, maybe it’s more than that. Maybe it’s because for the first time since his parents were there, hearing his first name doesn’t make him feel awful about himself. The meaning has changed, and Eddie was the one to do it. With his sincerity and love and care and passion, Eddie filled “Evan” with everything good about Buck rather than everything bad. And he can carry on doing this, using the name to mean something positive in those moments where Buck feels low and hopeless, changing it so that Buck doesn’t dread hearing his real name anymore.
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(Evan Buckley x Reader)
I really hope you like this, @jessa-21 ! And I'm really sorry for being so late!!
Y/n was running around the apartment she share with her boyfriend and their daughter, making sure everything looked perfect. After all, Evan's parents were meeting them for the first time.
Buck was in the kitchen, making a nice dinner, one that his parents would (hopefully) enjoy.
Their 3 year old toddler, Olivia, was in her nursery, putting her toys in their respective places.
"Evan, which wine should we put out?" Y/n looked up at him. He thought for a bit. "Should I call Maddie?"
Y/n sighed. "I'm putting out the red. Is dinner ready?"
Buck nodded. "Is it just me, or are you more paranoid than usual?" He chuckled.
Y/n swatted his arm. "I'm meeting your parents for the first time, Buck. I wanna make a good impression!"
Buck chuckled, putting the Shepherd's pie in the oven as Olivia ran into the kitchen. "My room is clean!!" The three year old grinned from ear to ear. Olivia looked almost exactly like her mother, but she had her father's beautiful blue eyes.
Buck grinned as the doorbell rang. "Just in time."
Y/n ran to the door and nervously brushed herself off. Buck kissed her cheek. "They won't bite." He reassured her. "I hope." He added with a chuckle. Y/n rolled her eyes and opened the door to see Evan's parents, excited to meet their grandchild.
"Mom, dad." Buck smiled and briefly hugged them.
"And you must be Y/n, right?" His mother, Margaret, smiled and extended her hand. Y/n smiled nervously and shook it.
"It's very nice to meet you, Y/n." His father, Philip, nodded.
"It's nice to finally meet you too, Mr. Buckley." Y/n smiled. "Please! Come in, Olivia is waiting inside." Y/n led them inside.
Olivia was hiding behind Evan's leg. "Dad, who's that." She pointed to her grandparents. Evan chuckled and picked her up.
"They, are my mommy and daddy. Your grandparents." He smiled at her. Olivia's eyes lit up. "Really?? Hi!!!" She squealed and jumped out of her father's arms and into her grandfather's.
Philip chuckled nervously and held his granddaughter. They seemed to be getting along well enough but Margaret had a look of unease on her face.
"Mrs. Buckley, are you okay?" Y/n asked, worried. "Oh, no dear. I'm fine." Y/n nodded. "Come in, please." she smiled.
While Philip was gladly entertaining his granddaughter with Y/n, Margaret pulled Buck aside.
"Mom... what's wrong?" he questioned, his brows furrowed.
"Look, Evan...Buck, as lovely Y/n seems, I'm worried. The pair of you are so young, you have a three year old and you're not even married! I understand if you're only staying for Olivia's sake-"
"Is that what you think?" He asked softly.
"Well, of course. You're young. You have your entire life ahead. And you feel guilty for-"
"For what? Finding the one I love? Starting a family? Being a good parent unlike the pair of you?" He was getting visiblly irritated.
"Mom, I don't regret any of this. I only regret inviting you." He gritted his teeth and walked off. Margaret was annoyed. This wasn't what she wanted for her son.
But she didn't have the right to decide for him. Not anymore.
Somehow, they went through dinner without a fight breaking out, even though the atmosphere was quite uneasy. Despite this, Olivia had managed to keep their spirits up.
Philip and Margaret Buckley finally left right after dessert. Buck faceplanted on the couch the second they left.
Y/n had just put Olivia to bed. She sat down beside her boyfriend. "What did she say?" She asked, stroking Buck's soft curls.
He rested his head in her lap. "She said I was only sticking around for Olivia because I felt guilty." He explained, glum.
"Well, are you?" Y/n asked softly.
Buck shook his head.
"Then I don't see the issue. Look, from what I can tell, Philip is quite okay with us, and he adores Olivia. If your mother has issues with this, she can keep them to herself and out of your head." She kissed his forehead.
"I love you so much, you know that?" He grinned goofily.
Y/n chuckled, "I love you too."
The night, Buck fell asleep next to the love of his life, and finally decided he would ask her to take the next step with him.
She would say yes....right?
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I think it would be very funny if the buckley parents came back to LA (hear me out) but whenever they tried to hang out with buck, eddie and chris were also there. the dynamic after eddie gave them a uh. stern talking to. abt their son has GOT to be hilarious. they're chilling at eddie's house and the entire time margaret and phillip are glacing at eddie nervously bc they don't want to be scolded abt mistreating their son again and eddies just like
bc literally all he did was talk to them in a firm tone of voice abt how wonderful buck is and how they need to appreciate him and that they fucked up as parents and need to do better. and they're SCARED of him. and it's WORKING. and maybe chris has been told the kid friendly version of their parenting and is also kinda giving them the cold shoulder as much as he can without making it obvious to buck. and then buck goes to the bathroom. and the (one sided) tension goes up three notches. eddie's just staring at them with a polite smile and Chris fully turns away from them and only looks at eddie. margaret opens and closes her mouth a few times and phillip is just staring at the floor looking like he wishes it would swallow him. eventually when they leave, margaret turns to buck and goes "you have a very caring boyfriend" and buck like "my who" and eddie who is standing two feet away grins like the cheshire cat
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Alright I know I just hit y'all with a ton of Buckley angst yesterday but
What I wrote got me thinking about Phillip and Margaret and Bobby and how on some level the way Phil and Margaret treat Maddie and Buck has got to have him seething. Like, if anyone is going to understand Phil and Mags it's gonna be Bobby.
Bobby lost his kids in an unimaginable horrific tragedy and he never recovered from it (not truly, not really, because it's the kind of thing you don't recover from but you learn how to live with) and if he had either of them with him still I doubt he can imagine even thinking of treating them with the casual disregard Phillip and Margaret treat their living children.
Bobby understands their grief and agony and anger better than most people ever will but he sees how anxious just the thought of them makes Buck and Maddie. How they need everything to be perfect before their parents even arrive in the state let alone the city. How they abandon every comfort they've found in Los Angeles to force themselves into the box their parents want.
He remembers being there when Buck had the emergency tracheotomy, when Abby broke his heart, when Maddie was taken by her husband, when Buck was crushed by the ladder truck. The blood clot and tsunami. Maddie and the rest of the call center being taken hostage.
Neither of them ever asked for their parents or mentioned them even in passing.
And Bobby can't understand it. Can't understand how Phillip and Margaret could let go of them. Not be there for them.
Bobby lost his children. But he found another family in his team. Another son in Buck. And he might not be as close to Maddie as he is to Buck but he knows they're both amazing, kind hearted, loving people who wear their hearts on their sleeves.
(He also loves May and Harry as if they were his own children. He's so grateful to Athena and Michael for giving him the chance to be another parent for them. For letting him love May and Harry just as fiercely as they do)
He looks at Phillip and Margaret and the way they treat their children and he remembers everything their children have gone through since he's met them. Guesses at what they must have gone through at the hands of their parents neglect.
And his heart breaks for them as protective fury roars in his veins.
He can't imagine letting any of his children go, and he won't stand by and let Philip and Margaret's disregard and disinterest in Buck and Maddie go. Because they're his family now, and he'll spend the rest of his life drowning out their neglect with all the love Buck and Maddie will let him give.
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After Buck’s cells graft and Daniel is on the mend, The Buckleys abandon Buck across the country. A few years later, Daniel gets sick again and dies. The Buckleys go on vacation and kidnap Buck when they see him, going back home. When the news breaks out about the missing child, the Buckleys cut Buck’s hair, which was being kept long and curly—nevermind that they don’t know how to work with curly hair anyway—conceal Buck’s birthmark and homeschool him for a few years until the world forgets about the missing kid.
Buck works at the 118, Eddie doesn’t.
Buck is not fired, but is made man behind with a warning for being found having sex with Eddie, who the 118 assume is just a hook-up, in the firetruck. Hen sends Buck to help Athena, but they don’t get a chance to talk. Buck stops the attacker with the hose right as backup arrives. Athena goes to thank him and congratulate him on his quick thinking when Buck calls her mom questiongly. Athena is taken aback until she notices his birthmark. She gets choked up and hugs him tight, relieved to know he’s alive and well after spending all this time looking, hoping, dreading what had happened to her boy.
They reconnect— Athena tells him she never stopped looking and Buck tells her his parents took him and what that meant for him growing up. He shares what his life was like when he left Pennsylvania until he found a good family with Eddie and Chris. Buck introduces Athena to the Diazes and folds her into his life. For a while, Buck continues to hide his private life from the 118, but it changes when the bombing happens. Athena is inconsolable on scene and being held back.
At the hospital, Eddie shows up with Carla and Chris, haggard and manic, asking for Evan Buckley. Chris curls up to Athena, crying.
The 118 has questions and they’re gonna have to wait for answers.
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If the Buckley parents didn’t go to maddies wedding do you think that means Buck walked Maddie down the aisle???
how could you say this to me and expect me to function the rest of the day. i hate you so much right now /j
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I really hope they’re not like Eddie’s parents
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9-1-1 ▸ 4.04 9-1-1, What’s Your Grievance?
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“She probably had it coming to her”
ATHENA IS ALSO ANTI-BUCKLEY PARENTS AND I’M LIVING FOR IT
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"the buckley family secret is stupid/lame/boring/etc 🙄"
no no no.... buck needing an emergency tracheostomy on his first date with abby was stupid.
buck feeling like an interloper in his own home because his parents were unable to love and care for their children after their (oldest? favorite?) child died literally explains so much about his character and why he is the way he is. his feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, feeling like he's easily replaced (because i'm willing to bethis parents view him as daniel's subpar replacement), his struggles with maintaining intimacy in his personal relationships.... like. the buckley family secret is literally perfect and opens so many doors for buck to be able to heal and grow FINALLY. which is literally what we all want for him... good solid character development, resolution of his trauma, like. i'm not a discourse blog and i'm definitely not trying to start anything but i really don't know what some of u guys expected lol
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I seriously want to shoot Buck's parents. I haven't felt this aggressive hate for anyone since John Winchester and Uther Pendragon.
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in this fandom, we do not agree on many things, but im glad that as a collective we all agreed that the buckley parents deserve no redemption whatsoever. love to see it 😌
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Athena: hey Bobby, any idea where Maddie and Buck’s parents are staying while they’re in town?
Bobby: yeah, I think they’re at that hotel over on hampshire street, why?
Athena: oh no reason, just thought I might stop over there and have a little chat with them about how they’re treating their children
Bobby: I’ll get my keys
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