When Bitty returned to the Haus, eyes sore from crying and cheeks aching from smiling, he started at the sight of a familiar car parked outside.
Wordlessly, he turned to Ransom, who smirked at him. “I’ll hold your plaque,” he said, far too innocently.
With a small gasp, Bitty shoved the award into Ransom’s hands and darted towards the front door, barreling into the entryway like a man possessed. He looked around wildly, until he noticed the shadow moving within the kitchen.
When Bitty poked his head into the room, he did indeed find Jack Zimmermann leaning against the counter, checking his phone. The moment he saw Bitty, Jack straightened up and tucked his phone away, holding his arms outstretched.
Holding back a childish squeal, Bitty launched himself at Jack, wrapping arms and legs around his boyfriend as tight as he could. Jack laughed and held him up, letting Bitty pepper kisses across the side of his face.
“I got the C!” Bitty shouted, wiggling a little. “I got the C!”
“Congrats, bud,” Jack said softly. “Knew you had it in you.”
“Unanimous, Jack,” Bitty said, pressing their foreheads together. “Just like you.”
“Better than me,” Jack said automatically. “But, yeah. I’m so proud of you.”
Bitty melted against him, so happy he thought his heart might jump straight ouf of his chest. “Thanks, baby. This is…this is so much. I- I gotta call Mama!”
Jack laughed harder as Bitty tried to slip from his grasp, just holding him closer. “In a minute, Bits. Just…stop for a minute. Let it all soak in. Be proud of yourself, you’ve come so far.”
Bitty sighed, half in exasperation, half in contentment, and let Jack set him down on the counter. “I am,” he whispered. “I…I just love everyone so much.”
“And they love you,” Jack said, resting his hands on Bitty’s hips. “More than you’ll ever realize.”
“Look at us,” Bitty said with a goofy grin. “The only two unanimously voted captains of the Samwell hockey team. We could be the start a dynasty.“
Jack barked with laughter, head tilted back, and he shook his head in amusement. “We sure could, Bits. We sure could.”