Notes: angst(ish), PTSD, fluff, service dogs, isolation, masturbation.
Summary: Bucky’s been going through the motions ever since he got back from his last tour, missing one arm. Then he meets a girl while walking his service-dog Ziva at an ungodly hour. She might be the breath of fresh air he doesn’t know he’s been missing.
A/N: Hi guys! This story is a one shot AU.Hope you enjoy it! x
There’s something -everything- so calming about being outside before the crack of dawn; sure, it’s because Bucky has trouble sleeping and wakes up at four in the morning and is unable to go back to sleep, but, still. It’s like the world is his own for a while. A short while, maybe an hour before the first early birds show their faces, but a while at least. Usually long enough for him to clear his head after another short night of sleep, maybe after being awoken by a nightmare.
Having a reason to go outside, is even better, gives him a sense of purpose; even if his German Shepard, Ziva, usually gives him the stink-eye for waking her so early.
as much as i would enjoy the idea of chris and melissa dating because lets face it, they would be hella cute together, melissa literally just got divorced. SHE JUST GOT DIVORCED. so please, for the love of god !!!!! do not tweet at her or at chris, asking them if they’re together or any kind of shit like that. leave them alone.
The first order of my birthday was a run with my main pressie (the Garmin FR235) and the pup. Well, I ran about 2.00km but botched the buttons and got no reading. I had more success at lunchtime when The Girl and her current dog-sit charge (Ziggy the Kerry Blue Terrier) went for a walk - press and press again! But first…breakfast with the fam; The Husb, My Kids, The Girl’s BF, My Sis and my nephew The Pianist. We went to The Shipping Lane, where I had a stack of potato, haloumi, corn fritter, pumpkin, avocado & field mushroom, with a poached egg on the side.
I was spoiled. The kids bought me Fitbit Aria (which I eventually got set up after the usual glitches - they’d better be good after the Charge HR break-every-five-months x 3 disaster). The Husb passed The Girl some cash to get me some pretty pajamas and somehow, my SIL managed to find a bicycle scarf that matches all my clothing! A birthday isn’t complete without chocolates and body lotion - I am totally sorted!
At sunset, My Bro & SIL joined My Girl & I at the dog sit house for champagne on the balcony - we were chatting so much we didn’t take our selfie until all the colour had gone from the sky! The home/dog owner said she couldn’t believe Ziggy hadn’t tried to eat the cheese.
All-in-all a lovely day, with many friendship messages to make me feel special.
A note on the raven photo: Two young ravens have been visiting and taunting Mitzy. They land on the deck railing and creep closer and closer until she races them off - long after her food bowl is empty. It’s like a game. Quite funny to watch.