Charley welcomes the arrival of his longtime friends the cherry blossoms. They had not yet bloomed when he last visited five days ago, but were showing a few signs of waking up. They have since fully bloomed. Even though the sky was overcast, the path under the cherry trees was full of visitors admiring and taking photos of the the blossoms. He is very happy to see his friends again. Central Park, Manhattan, NYC
Bucky stared at you for awhile, not answering your question. He seemed to be lost in thought which was not uncommon for him.
“Buck, what do you want to do today?” you said and flicked his nose lightly to get his attention.
“Hm how’s about we go to your favorite place since you’ve been so good to me today” he smiled and motioned towards his breakfast.
“Bucky, you don’t mean-”
“Yes I do” he smirked obviously happy to have pleased you so much.
Your favorite place in the whole city was the botanical gardens. It was the only truly peaceful place in the city that never sleeps. Everywhere else there was always noise and commotion but in the gardens surrounded by nature, you felt truly at peace. Sure, central park had grass and trees but there was always activity and frankly too many people for your liking. Bucky on the other hand took comfort in being surrounded by strangers, so he wasn’t too keen on the gardens.
After he opened himself up to the world again and began to trust himself he didn’t like to be alone too much. He said that when he was alone his mind would wander to darker times. The loudness of the city distracted him and kept his mind busy. He also claimed that too much fresh air gave him a headache which always made you laugh.
He had come with you a few times to the gardens whenever you were feeling down, in an effort to lift your spirits. However, he made sure to jokingly complaining about how quiet it was the whole time. This is why him suggesting to go to the gardens was so exciting to you.
“Bucky promise you’re not playing a prank because I’m really excited now!” you beamed and grabbed his arm amidst your happiness.
“Darlin’, would I ever prank you?” he questioned with mock innocence.
“Yes you would and you have, too many times to count. That is beside the point, go get ready because we’re going to the gardens”
When you entered the garden it was around 10 a.m. and Bucky had been making you laugh the whole ride there. He was in an unusually bright mood.
“What’s got you in such a good mood Buck?”
“Ah you know I love hanging out with my best girl even if she did drag me halfway across the city to see some flowers”
“Hey I like those flowers and it was your idea” you said and shoved his shoulder. He chuckled and wrapped his metal arm around your shoulder and pulled you close as the two of you set out on your walk.
As the noise from the city started to fade away you began to feel more relaxed. Bucky slowly removed his arm from around your shoulder and went to hold your hand. You gratefully let him and your stomach bubbled with happiness from all the attention you were receiving from your favorite person.
I would never admit this to her, but the botanical garden has grown on me. It is true that I don’t like to be by myself but anywhere that I go with her, I don’t feel alone. Everything about this place says volumes about Y/N’s personality. She is always so full of life and breathes out a nurturing energy to everyone she meets. She loves unconditionally and is passionate about what and who she cares about.
Her small hand in mine brought a sense of peace to me that I wished I could live in forever. I smiled to myself as she led me over to a bench to sit down.
I stretched my legs out in front of me and draped my arms over the back of the bench. Y/N sat close to me and drew her knees up. She leaned her head on my chest and started to hum softly to herself. God did I love this woman.
My flesh hand found its way onto her shoulder and my thumb rubbed gently back and forth. After a few minutes her humming ceases and she seemed to be asleep.
She was always so peaceful when she slept. Sometimes she would fall asleep in my bed after calming me down from a nightmare. If I was still awake I would just admire her peaceful face as she slept. It was the only time that I could really look at her without her realizing my feelings for her. I was always so scared to lose what we had together. We were best friends but I had always wanted more with her.
Snuggled up with Bucky was your favorite place in the entire world. You felt your eyes get heavy and the tune in your mind slowly quieted.
Buckys hand gently stroked your shoulder and you could feel sleep coming. You were too comfortable for your own good. Just before you drifted off you felt Bucky shift under you. His head leaned down closer to yours and a faint whisper came out.
“Y/N I love you so damn much”
Your body went rigid and your eyes shot open.
“You what now?” You questioned frantically convinced that your ears were playing tricks on you.
Bucky stood up with a start and his eyes went wide as he looked at your shocked face.
“I- uh- I have to go” he stammered out. Before you could tell him that you loved him back, he was gone.