(request for Gabe to find a younger Jesse on a mission and Jack and him to adopt him)
“Reyes, reporting in,” Gabriel grunted, boots squelching in the cooling blood on the warehouse floor. “Found the Deadlock hide-out, resulted in a shootout, so far no survivors.”
“Read you loud and clear Reyes, keep looking for civilians, Deadlock took hostages from their last shootout, see if any made it.”
“Alright, Reyes out,” Gabriel said before cutting the connection and walking further into the warehouse. It was dark and the many, many dead Deadlock members made the journey that much worse. Looked like the set of some shitty B-rated horror movie honestly, only the smell was very, very real and he was getting very, very sick looking at all the wounds, guts and blood.
He looked around a bit, poking around a bit, looking high and low got any signs of life. Not much was left, looked like they were packing up to leave honestly and most of the corpses were wearing Deadlock gear and heavily armed, so he had no accidently killed the hostages. No luck anywhere he looked. He finally elbowed a door open and found a huddled mess of faded pink material smeared with filth, mud and blood. A head of chestnut brown hair topped off the vaguely human so he quickly approached it.
“Hello? Are you alive?” He asked gently, softly nudging the shape.
A blood smeared hand slowly rose, jerking sometimes, before pointing towards a grating at the other end of the room. Through the cloth he saw mostly dead eyes looking blankly ahead.
“Mi… mi hijo… mi… hijo… meh… hijo… Jesse… McCree… mi hijo…”
The hand fell and a deathly rattle fell out of the body. Dead. He checked for a pulse just in case and felt none, assuming that this person clung to life just long enough to speak of their child. Speaking of which… he turned and shuffled over to the grating. A good, long hard look showed that it was barely attached to the wall to begin with. Grabbing it, he yanked it off and peered inside to see…
“…Hola,” He greeted.
“You found him just sitting in the vent?” Jack asked softly as he gently petting the head of curls of the tiny body in his arms. A few month old baby gently slept as he snuggled into his chest and hoodie, blissfully unaware that his mother had died keeping him hidden. Jack very gently stroked Jesse’s back which only made the little baby yawn and snuggle deeper into the dark material of his hoodie.
“Yeah…” He sighed gently, still petting Jesse’s curls. “Mom had a lot of defensive wounds… she literally fought until her last breath to keep her kid safe. I hope I can find kin to give her a proper burial and take care of Jesse.”
“And if not?” Jack asked, obviously pained for having to say it.
“Don’t make me think about it, I’ll get the damned adoption papers if I stress about it,” He groaned.
When he got to base, he got the unfortunate news that there was no next of kin and that Jesse would be tossed into New Mexico’s foster care system with no one stepping up to adopt him. The thought of Jesse, whose mother had died fighting to keep him safe, was going to be tossed into an uncaring system and into the hands of strangers that could do horrible things to him just… set him off.
“Babe?” Jack asked him as he poured over some papers.
“Huh? Just… thinking about things… Jesse mostly,” He groaned as he looked down at the papers.
“…You want to adopt him, don’t you?” Jack asked with a knowing smile.
“…yeah, I just…” He muttered before jolting when Jack hugged him from behind. He was wondering what in the hell thinking about adopting a kid and wondering if he was even going to be a decent dad with his constant military life interfering with his personal life when Jack signed the papers with a flourish. Gaping, Jack took the hesitation to kiss him on the cheek sweetly.
“We’re gonna be great dads, babe,” Jack smiled.
After a moment of hesitation, he just smiled and melted against Jack, giving him a smile in turn before turning and kissing that stupid smile of his. Yeah, with Jack at his side, they were going to be decent dads. It took a village to raise a kid and the budding Overwatch crew would suffice and help them out.