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Chapter 3: Flickering Flames (part 2)
Coffee wasn’t exactly the term Steve would have used to describe his time with Bucky. It was more like coffee followed by a tour of Steve’s favorite bakeries, lunch then a walk around the city. So coffee wasn’t exactly the correct term. Bucky didn’t seem to mind, and Steve sure didn’t.
”I should probably take Cap home before he starts nibbling at my leg,” Bucky said with a chuckle after the thousandth knickknack shop.
”Yeah, I get it,” Steve said quietly trying to hide his disappointment and, embarrassingly, a little jealousy. They both stood awkwardly in a way where it was to close to be just friends, but not close enough to be in a relationship. Steve looked up when he heard Bucky clear his throat.
”You know,” he started taking a short breath, ” you could come over. If you want,” he added quickly. Steve could feel his heart beating in his chest, like it was going to burst from excitement.
”Yeah, okay yes, I would like that very much,” Steve managed his face felt like it would break, he was smiling so big.
”Great, come on then,” they started walking and it wasn’t long before they were there, Steve was surprised to learn Bucky only live fifteen minutes from his apartment. Steve was giddy, he was trembling with nerves, and he was trying really hard not to make a fool of himself. Once outside Bucky’s door though, he was suddenly panicked. Steve’s palms started to sweat, and he could feel his knees turn to Jell-O.
”So here it is, sorry its a bit of a mess…” Bucky left Steve standing in the door, Cap ran off to some back room, and Steve grew more anxious by the second. Half way to the kitchen Bucky seem to finally notice that he was missing something. He turned and looked back at Steve with a smile that could kill.
”You coming or what,” after a moment of hesitation Bucky saw the problem, “Ah, I see you’re nervous about the whole ‘Come over to my place’ thing I sprung on you, I get it. You don’t have to stay, I completely understand,” Bucky shuffled awkward not looking at Steve who was staring open mouthed at him.
Steve started to shake his head, then realized Bucky couldn’t see him.
”No, no, I uh, I’m just really awkward, I want to stay, but I’m just…” Steve let out a frustrated huff, “Look, I’m not going anywhere.” He could feel Bucky move to his side, and lean in close to his ear.
”Then come in,” Steve could feel a shiver run up his spine at Bucky’s voice in his ear, and warm breath on his neck. He felt Bucky intertwine their fingers and pull him into his living room. He led him to the couch, and they sat, knees touching.
”So, today was nice,” Bucky said his arm coming around to rest on Steve shoulders.
”Yeah, it was,” Steve said his voice barely over a whisper.
”Want to watch some television?” Bucky asked him, and Steve just nodded dumbly. Steve could feel the rumbling of Bucky’s laughter as he pulled Steve closer to him and flipped on the TV. There wasn’t anything on but crappy reality shows, but that didn’t stop them from watching Keeping up with the Kardashian
until 3am. Then when Steve tried to leave to go home, Bucky convinced him that being out this late at night wasn’t safe and the only logical solution was for Steve to stay the night, and sleep on the couch with Bucky. Steve agreed of course because who could argue with Bucky Barnes.