Author’s Note: Lots of requests for the Seguin imagine. (I’ll post the Monahan one tomorrow!) The POV switches between (Y/N) and Tyler. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think!
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You were lounging on the sofa with Tyler, a movie playing softly on the television. Snuggled into his chest; his arms were fastened securely around your waist, his chin resting on the top of your head. It was getting late and you’d have to leave soon, but you were enjoying your time alone with Tyler. You heard the patter of small footsteps coming down the hallway; turning your heads you saw Tyler’s son, Charlie, appeared in the doorway dragging a worn fleece blanket behind him.
“Daddy, I had a nightmare.” he sniffled; the lashes covering his bright brown eyes were damp with tears. Gosh, did that little boy look like his daddy.
“It’s alright, Charlie.” he said as he slipped his arms from your waist and stood up. “I’ll be right back.” he whispered to you, placing a soft kiss to your forehead.
You watched as Tyler knelt down next to his son and spoke comforting words to him in a hushed voice before scooping him up in his arms and carrying him back to his room. You loved watching the two of them together.
Tyler and Charlie’s mother hadn’t planned on having a baby. After the birth she had left Tyler with sole custody and hadn’t been in touch since. In the four years since then, Tyler had taken it upon himself to be the best parent possible; growing up a lot himself during that time. He didn’t like letting people into the safe and sheltered world he had created for Charlie; unwilling to expose his son to other people who may or may not stick around. You had been dating for a little under a year, and you had managed to earn Tyler’s trust and he let you in. Sort of. Although you had spent time with Charlie, Tyler didn’t let you get too close. You knew how protective Tyler was and you didn’t want to push anything on him.
You stood up with a yawn and began gathering your things as Tyler came sauntering back into the living room and flopped down on the sofa.
“Hey babe, I’m going to head home.” you said, picking your bag off the floor. As you turned to face him he sighed loudly, rubbing his hands down his face. “Tyler, what’s wrong?” you asked, sitting beside him, rubbing a hand across his broad shoulders.
“I just don’t know what I’m going to do with Charlie when we go on our trip next week. His normal sitter is on vacation; my parents and sisters are really busy right now, they can’t fly in.” he said tiredly. “I hate leaving him with new sitters; he doesn’t do well with people he doesn’t know; especially with the nightmares he’s been having recently.” he explained, closing his eyes in frustration.
“He knows me, I could watch him.” you stated simply. You suddenly realized what you had said and your mouth dropped open, surprised at your own words.
Tyler’s eyes flew open and he stared at you, his eyes studying your face. You couldn’t read his expression and it worried you. Did he think you were trying to force yourself into their lives? Didn’t he trust you enough to leave his child in your care?
“Sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. I don’t want to make you feel like I’m intruding—” you began nervously.
“No, no, no.” Tyler said, cutting you off. He sat up straighter and placed a hand gently on your knee. “Do you really want to watch him? I don’t want you to feel like you have to. I know you’re busy with work and everything else going on in your life right now.”
“I really do, Tyler. I’ll switch my schedule to work around his pre-school hours. You’ll only be gone for a little over a week. I’d like to get to know Charlie better.” you said, offering him a small smile. “If you’ll let me.” you added quickly.
“You want to get to know Charlie better?” Tyler asked.
“Of course I do. I love you Tyler, and Charlie is a huge part of your life. We’ve been together for almost a year, and I plan on sticking around; I think it’d be good for us to know each other better.” you said, praying Tyler would understand how much you wanted him to fully let you into their lives.
Tyler bit his lower lip; once again he stared at you. Before any worrisome thoughts could cross your mind, Tyler wrapped his arms around you and pulled you to his chest; one hand caressing your back, the other wound through your hair, keeping you close to him.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you.” he murmured into your hair.
“Hey man, don’t look so worried. We’re almost home.” Jamie said slapping Tyler on the shoulder as he took the seat beside him on the plane.
“What if they didn’t get along? What if Charlie hates (Y/N)? What if she realizes that dating a guy with a kid was an awful idea and she’ll take off right after Charlie got to know her? What if he hasn’t gotten any sleep because of his nightmares? What if-”
“Tyler, calm down. You talked to both of them every night on FaceTime. You told me everything was fine.” Jamie said, attempting to calm Tyler down.
“They did. But what if it’s just what I wanted to believe? I love (Y/N), but I can’t stay with her if she and Charlie don’t like each other.” he worried. He leaned back in his seat, closing his eyes.
“Dude, this is the first time they’ve spent an extended period of time together and it seems to be going really well. You can’t expect them to be as close as you and Charlie are overnight. Give it some time, man. It’ll be fine.” Jamie reassured him.
”‘Night Charlie.“ you said as you pulled the blankets over his tiny frame. You ruffled a hand through his dark hair and walked to the doorway when you heard his small voice.
”(Y/N), when’s daddy coming home?“ he whispered.
You crossed the room; kneeling by his bedside. "Tomorrow buddy, he’ll be back by the time you wake up tomorrow morning.” you smiled down at him, giving his hand a squeeze.
“Okay. Good night” Charlie said, returning your smile.
You walked out of the room, flipping off the light as you entered the hallway. You walked into Tyler’s room and changed into your pajamas, checking your phone.
Tyler: Plane is landing at 2:00am. I’ll be home soon after. Can’t wait to see you.
You and Charlie had been getting along beautifully during the past week. The most difficult part of watching him had been trying to calm him down after his nightmares. He missed Tyler all the time, but especially after he had nightmares. Luckily, he seemed to be growing more fond of you, easily accepting you into his little world.
You walked back to Charlie’s room and peeked through the open doorway to make sure he had fallen asleep before heading back to Tyler’s room and slipping under the covers.
It was nearly 3:00 in the morning when Tyler unlocked the door to the apartment and slipped quietly inside. He was thrilled be home, but didn’t want to wake you or Charlie. He walked to the hallway closet and pulled out an extra blanket, making his way out to the sofa.
He couldn’t wait to see how you and Charlie had gotten along. Doubts still plagued his mind; hoping the two people he loved the most would willing be part of each other’s lives. He was hoping the reactions he got from you tomorrow about the past week would be honest, not just what he wanted to hear. His thoughts were interrupted when he heard Charlie wake up, crying. His fatherly instincts kicked in and was halfway to Charlie’s room when he stopped, waiting to see how you would handle the situation. He ducked into the bathroom to brush his teeth as he heard you scurrying from his bedroom.
You heard Charlie crying; another nightmare. You flung the covers off and walked quickly into Charlie’s room where you found him sitting up on the bed, tears spilling down his cheeks.
“Charlie, it’s alright buddy.” you said soothingly as you sat down on the bed and lifted him into your lap, pulling him into a hug. “It was just a dream, you’re alright.” you assured him, his face buried in the crook of your neck. You sat there with him for a few minutes until his tears stopped.
“What… what if they try to come get me again?” he whispered into your neck.
“They’re not real, Charlie. And if they were, they won’t be able to get you. I wouldn’t let them. I like you too much.” you said.
“You promise?” he asked, pulling back and looking into your eyes.
“I promise. ” you replied as you wiped the last of his tears from his cheeks. Now smiling, Charlie crawled off your lap and under the covers. You tucked him in and sat by his bed until he fell asleep. Once he drifted off, you wandered back to Tyler’s room.
Tyler, still concealed away in the bathroom, smiled to himself, relieved that you were able to calm Charlie; that you were able to make him feel safe. He walked from the bathroom out to the living room, sitting on the sofa when he heard small footsteps walking down the hallway.
He watched over the back of the sofa as Charlie walked through the open doorway into his bedroom where you were sleeping. Quietly, Tyler walked down the hallway and peered into his bedroom where he saw Charlie softly poking your sleeping figure in the back.
You felt something. No, it was someone, poking you in the back. You rolled over and saw Charlie standing beside the bed, his blue blanket wrapped around him. “Hey, are you alright?” you asked.
“Yep.” he said, shuffling his feet.
“Do you need anything?”
“Well, you said earlier that you wouldn’t let the monsters take me.” he said, taking a step closer the bed.
“You’re right, I would never let them take you away from me.”
“I don’t want them to take you either. So if you let me sleep up there with you, I’ll protect you.” he said softly.
“Of course.” you said, a smile playing on your lips. “How about we protect each other?” you asked. He smiled as he ran to the other side of the bed and scrambled up beside you.
“Okay.” he said as he crawled under the covers beside you and snuggled into your side. You wrapped a protective arm around him. “I miss daddy.”
“I know you do bud, I miss him too.”
“I’m glad you’re here. Thanks for keeping the monsters away.” he said, rubbing his eyes. He shifted in your arms. “I love you.” he yawned.
Your heart swelled. You looked down at the adorable little boy in your arms, delighted with his seal of approval. “I love you, too, Charlie.”
Tyler, leaning against the wall outside of his bedroom, sighed with relief. An overwhelming feeling of joy spread through him. Not being able to wait until morning, he walked into the room and pulled open a dresser drawer, changing into a pair of sweat pants.
You heard Tyler’s familiar footsteps coming down the hall. A dresser drawer squeaked and a moment later you felt Tyler’s presence behind you, his warm fingers brushing your hair back to place a gentle kiss against your temple.
“Hey babe, I missed you.” he whispered.
“I’ve missed you, too.” you said smiling as you watched Tyler walk to the other side of the bed and slip under the covers, sandwiching Charlie between the two of you. “I hope this is alright.” you said softly, looking down at Charlie who was peacefully sleeping in your arms.
“It’s perfect.” Tyler answered, reaching for your free hand, entwining his fingers with yours. “Perfect.” he repeated, smiling.
You had to agree.
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