This happened over the weekend. I work weekends and was on my way to work. To get there I take a freeway. As every driver SHOULD know, but doesn’t. The left lane is for people traveling faster and slower drivers should move right to let them pass.
Now I am sure this is a pretty common problem in every city where you get people who are too clueless, or distracted to actually move over. This causes traffic congestion, and basically makes those shitty commutes that much shittier.
So as I am going to work, I am doing slightly above 100km/h in the 100km/h zone. I quickly approach some cars in the fast lane doing 80km/h. Unfortunately, there was another car in the right lane matching that speed. They would not pass each other.
We came by an exit and the car in the slow lane exited. The guy in the fast lane sped up until he got to the next slow car, where he matched again. It was just enough that no one could pass him in the slow lane.
After dealing with this guy for the better part of my drive, he finally signals to the right lane and the exit. As the long line of cars in the fast lane pass, he is having a grand time laughing and flipping the middle finger. I’m sure he got it back, but what a piece of shit.
That’s when I noticed that he was in a company vehicle. I took note of the company name and website, then continued on to work.
Once at work I pulled up his website and saw that he was just a small private company. He listed his home address, which is about 45 minutes to the east of the city (along the exit he took).
I ran across the street to the gas station with one of the few remaining pay phones still in operation. I called him up and asked him to come give me a quote on a massive rush job. I booked the appointment for 10am at a location that was 1.5 hours west of the city. In total, that would be 3 hours each direction.
He gladly accepted the job thinking it would be a big one. I’ve never been to the area I sent him.
Warnings: Smut, fingering, oral, rough sex, squirting, language
A/N: I’m sorry. I was going to wait until tomorrow afternoon to post this, but I couldn’t help myself. Thank you so much for reading. I absolutely love writing this series and sharing it with you. Any feedback is always appreciated.
“You want to tell Sam?” He’s got that crease on his forehead, “I thought you didn’t want him to know.”
You smile, stretching your neck, kissing right below his ear, “But you do.”
“You’re okay with it?” He’s confused, “You’re sure?”
“Yeah,” you nod, “I’m sure.”
You’re not sure, not at all, but you kinda need to take the chance.
Dean pulls you up, pressing his lips against yours, kissing you deeply before breaking away.
You giggle, “I guess it will be easier too, we won’t have to come up with excuses for getting a different room.”
Summary: On a whim, Bucky declares you to be his girlfriend to his grandma and mother. They’re eager to meet you and he asks you to pretend to be with him for just one dinner with his family. But is that really all?
Bucky snapped his fingers in front
of your eyes, calling out your name. After what seemed like hours, you blinked
and looked up at him, your face crestfallen. He slowed down the car
significantly as he leaned over to you, to try to see your screen.
You shook your head and brought the
phone to your chest. “No.”
“What’s wrong with you? What did
Before you could answer, Nat’s
screeching voice tore through the device’s speaker and you startled, bringing
it up to your ear.
“Did you see it? Oh, my God! Did
you see the freakin’ picture?”
The thought of what it must feel like to be an astronaut has crossed your mind on countless occasions, thanks to the astronomy class you’re currently taking. How does it feel to be that detached from the place you call home? To see the earth floating in the never-ending expanse that is space? To know that there’s a whole world of people residing on that large green and blue planet, but having no way to reach out to them?
Unexpected circumstances have transformed you into the astronaut that you never thought you’d have the chance to be. The news that Bucky is in the hospital, his condition unknown, has acted like a spaceship, catapulting you out of the atmosphere. It’s left you hurdling through space, unable to reach out to anyone, no matter how hard you try. T’Challa and Sam are calling out to you, but you can’t hear them. They’re far away, too far away, waiting on earth while you continue your journey. One without any gravity to keep you from floating away.
This is one of my most memorable creepy moments/glitches in life. So a few years ago, I’m riding with my mother and her mother. We are all riding together at night and unfortunately, I couldn’t tell you the name of the dirt road we were on, but it was super hilly. So we’re coming down one of the hills, my mom slows down the car and comes to a complete stop almost exactly where the road levels out and we all look at each other. We all had the exact same image of a young woman dying in the ditch on that road. I remember my grandmother asking “Did you see that too?” and my mom and I just shook our heads yes. We could all recite what this woman looked like, from the bruises on her to the color of her hair and her wide pleading eyes. You could feel the energy in that car grow heavy within seconds and all three of us were super creeped out. I never got a chance to look up if anything happened on that road. And all of us have constant interactions with ghosts and creepy phenomena like this.
➳ A soulmate & hanahaki (The Hanahaki Disease is an illness born from one-sided love, where the patient throws up and coughs of flower petals when they suffer from one-sided love.) au
Author’s Note: So… this took me a while. Please be patient with me guys, I have a job and stuff now, I have an art blog as well. I’m busier than I once was lol. Still doesn’t mean I’m not sparing every minute I can for my Marvel bae’s. I suspect I’ll be writing a Tom Holland-Spiderman ficlet soon, so if you have any ideas feel free to send them ma way ^^ Anyway, enjoy!
It did not take you long to get drunk, your body conjuring a fervent desire for one night only to douse the petals in alcohol and keep them stuck to the bottom of your stomach as a result. It had become your addiction for the night. Every time you saw Steve, Shaon or Bucky you would drink. This lead to your night coming to a close in a very degrading way.
The celebration was coming to a close so most of the guests had already left, except for you who was spread eagle on a couch gurgling out drunken fueled mumbles. Natasha was the one who found you and she swiftly moved to hiding any evidence of your drunken stupor, knowing that if Steve were to find out he would become worried and too kind. It wasn’t that Steve’s kindness was a bad thing, it just was when it came to you; he would quite literally kill you with kindness, his caring nature would puncture your skin a thousand times and when the blade is inevitably pulled out yellow carnation petals would leak from your wounds rather than petals.
It wasn’t that Natasha cared or even recognised what you must have been feeling, she could just recall times when she had to hide her disease and you’d help. She was finally getting round to returning the multiple favours you’d supplied her.
You didn’t make it any easier for her though, you fought with all your might (which wasn’t all that much considering you were a drunkard) making the removal of your body from the party very time consuming.
She managed to get you to the doorway when both Steve and Sharon appeared, ready to say their goodbyes and give thanks that you and Nat had come to the celebration.
The surprise attack left Natasha with very few options. You were a ticking time bomb. Words crafted by shards were settled on your tongue, ready to be thrown out so their sharp edges could bring damage to everyone in the room. If Natasha could feel anger than you would have been severely harmed.
Thankfully a white knight entered the doorway at the perfect time (or rather, a maroon knight that was more of a soldier than a knight) eyes scanning over all the faces and evaluating the situation.
“There you are,” he blurted out, eyes all turning to look at him. Their uncertain gazes matching the diffident feeling that settled inside of him, the only outward sign of this emotion being the way he tightly clenched his metal fist, endangering the life of his car keys. “Let’s go.”
As Bucky stepped forward to take your hand so did Steve, getting a hold of your floppy limb first and vocalising the confusion that everyone seemed to be feeling. “Go where?”
You might have been able to afford some confusion over the situation if you hadn’t been taken by Steve’s hand being flush against yours.
“To hers. I promised her earlier that I’d take her home seen as I haven’t drunk anything.” The lie passed through his lips stiffly, feeling like lumps on his tongue. “Problem?” He challenged, eyes gazing at Steve warily.
The mx of alcohol and Steve’s hand had sent you into a different world that kept you unaware of what was happening. Your feeble heart was racing frenziedly and you couldn’t stop the flowers from growing inside your stomach, aware that the urge was only going to grow and get stronger the longer you had the physical contact with Steve.
But he was so there. His hand was as expected, the fingers large and bringing a warmth to whatever they touched. And they were soft. Maybe it was the super soldier serum, maybe it was because your view of him was warped because of your one-sided connection or maybe it was because he was Steve, but either way he had perfect hands. Nowadays nobody had hands like his, people had calluses and scars, red welts from hard work and beneath their nails was grime that no amount of washing would get to. Steve’s hands were smooth and soft, like an infant’s.
Most nights your mind is filled with dreams of those hands searching your skin and the reminder of those teams is enough to bring tears to your eyes.
A deep exhale suddenly escaped your lips when you felt a warmth against your free hand. You became completely frozen as Bucky’s fingers brushed yours, grasping them hesitantly, softly, almost afraid of your reaction as he tried to convey some sort of reassurance. The touch brought you back to reality and the crushing in your chest was not so heavy anymore, strangely alleviating as his hold turned firmer and more confident.
Bucky’s hand felt like sandpaper or perhaps stone, rough and unfinished but strong, and not as cold as one may be led to believe. You could easily imagine that a pinprick to his hand would be unfeeling.
He guided you out the door, gently but at a pace far too swift, not giving you the chance to say goodbye to Steve or Sharon. This was a good thing.
As soon as the two of you were outside he dropped your hand, the action making you pause and stand in one spot, eyes watching his figure continue down a path until he reached a car and turned back to face you. “Are you coming?”
Feeling far too anxious to argue with him you nodded your head and began to follow him, the only issue was that the drunken haze turned the straight line he’d walked down into a torrential path that curved in extraordinary ways which your feet simply could not coordinate through. The result of this being you tripping over your own feet.
Reacting as any super assassin would, he instinctively stepped forward and grabbed your arms, pulling you back up so instead you fell forward into his chest.
Your chin rested against his shoulder, ars limp in his stronghold and body rigid against his.
And then it all came up, the flourish of movement for those few seconds had been too much and it caused the flowers to come up. Thankfully you’d regained enough control of your body in confusion to move away from Bucky before releasing your torments.
There was something different about these petals.
The usually incandescent yellow was a grimy borderline green shade, the petals themselves wrinkled and bent. All shows of softness gone. All signs of divinity gone and that was because there was nothing beautiful about this version of you. The version of you that was spoiled by alcohol and afflicted with the need to push down your true self. Your glitch self.
At least Bucky was there, hands - that had become accustomed to your body after only five minutes - placed themselves on your back and rubbed smooth circles. You thought you heard him whisper something along the lines of: “You’re going to be okay.” But you ignored him with ease as your own sobs began to fill your ears.
Bucky had eventually carried you into his car. Even after you’d finished ridding your stomach of the poisoned petals, you felt far too sickened and saddened by the alcohol. With your delirious mind Bucky had suspected you were about to curl up on the side of the road and so he’d seen no other option. He’d grabbed a hold of you bridal style and put you inside of his car.
Your crying lasted another ten minutes but you began to hush eventually, the sobs turning to cries turning to whimpers turning to hiccups. When you became silent Bucky did not speak to you, in fact the rest of the ride was just endless silence except for half way through when he realised that he actually had no idea where you lived.
Bucky didn’t seem to you like the type to own a car. You could envision with with a motorcycle or perhaps a sports car - from what you could tell SHIELD would pay their agents pretty well, especially if they were a superhero. It’s not like they didn’t deserve to live comfortably after facing uncomfortable things like Hydra or Ultron - but this car was just a frumpy red one, the kind a twenty-year-old hipster would buy as it was all he’d earn from his job at a cafe and the earnings he’d get for the writing he did spare time. It all just seemed so humble for him.
Throughout the car ride it felt like you were both paying far too much attention to each other, taking glances whenever possible and musing over what they were thinking or feeling. And eventually that became frustrating for you.
The car slowed to a halt outside your apartment building which seemed to have changed before your very eyes into a haven, somewhere that would save you from all the insanity you’d undergone through the night.
Bucky got out of the car first, confusing you and causing you to rush to get yourself out as fast as possible. What you did not realise was that Bucky was enacting a habit he had back from before Hydra got him, a habit he’d all but forgotten about as this was his first casual encounter with a woman since being freed from the insanity Hydra had caused him.
He watched with wide eyes, the uncomfortable feeling that had been clenching his belly since the beginning of the night now tightening. Meanwhile you walked passed him with your eyes fixed on the ground, avoiding his gaze as best you could. The only glimpse of him you got was his shoes and you were more than happy to have that be the last thing you see of him; but then you reminded yourself of what had happened, what the super soldier had seen and all of a sudden you just couldn’t let him slip away. If you were to let him leave knowing the things he did than he may blurt them out to Steve.
“I know what you think you saw tonight,” you started, voice coming out worn after being harmed during your puking session. “But it really isn’t what you think. I mean, yes I am a glitch, but I’m not broken or anything.” Lie. “I’ve actually been dealing with it quite well.” Lie. “It’s just tonight I had a bit too much to drink, that’s all it was.” At least that part had been kind of true. “If you could just keep it between us then that would be great-”
“White lillies.” Bucky interrupted you, eyes not moving away from yours even though they did everything in their power to avoid his. You’d taken to staring at lips, though they didn’t particularly interest you like Steve’s they were still nice to look at. For someone who had been repeatedly encased in ice for most of his adult life, they looked warm. The two pillows that were almost always put together in a straight line were a pinkish colour, their colour so similar to the shade of a rose that in they could easily have been mistaken for two petals. They really did not suit the rough exterior he had, with his stubbled chin and the bags under his eyes. And yet, it all came to complete something dark, mysterious and oddly attractive.
“W-What?” You stuttered out, becoming bewildered by the thoughts going through your head and his sudden interruption.
“My flowers are white lilies.” He showed no emotion as he confessed this and because of that it took you a few moments to fully understood what he was confessing. And then it clicked.
He was a glitch.
“Oh.” You didn’t really know how to respond.
You’d seen the ways others would respond to glitches, once in a restaurant whilst you were with Steve and a few other friends actually. The waitress had that familiar red print on her wrist. Even though she’d wandered up to the table with a beaming smile and a welcoming behaviour, everyone’s eyes had just been drawn to that unwanted display on her wrist which announced to the world her biggest issues. You could never forget the way Steve had gaped at the waitress, and sometimes you’d even have nightmares where you’d be stood in the waitresses place and facing the judgemental stare off of him instead.
And it hadn’t just been your table that had been rude to her for something she had no control over. As she’d walked away after gaining your orders someone on a table near yours yelled out an order for a drink, with no petals in it. The mocking words had earned him unrestrained laughter from the friends on his table as well as some chuckles from others spotted in the restaurant. Thankfully no one that you were sat with.
It hadn’t been difficult to notice the waitresses robotic movements and vacant eyes, her smile too wide and too practiced. Just like yours.
You didn’t want Bucky to think that you were judging him as harshly as the others but at the same time you just didn’t know the appropriate way you’d want someone to respond. And so you left, running up into your apartment and slamming the door shut so Bucky wouldn’t be able to run after you, even though you doubted he would do such a thing.
When you got into your apartment you raced to get to the window and tried to see if Bucky was still in the parking lot. He was. For a moment it just seemed like he was going to stand there, but then he raised his metal hand and brushed it through his hair. The shadows hid his expression from you, making you curse under your breath as you were desperate to know if you’d accidentally insulted him or something. You really hadn’t intended to.
After that night the memory stuck with you for quite a while. You’d replay your response over and over again in your head, causing red to tint your cheeks. Sometimes you’d even verbally groan and whine about how stupid your behaviour had been. Soon enough it all became unbearable, but you still didn’t want to have to face him again and so you did the next best thing.
You tried not to think too much about your actions when you arrived at Natasha’s home, knocking on her door and probably interrupting her doing some work stuff seen as she opened the door with a sharp glare nestled deep in her eyes. You didn’t hesitate when asking for Bucky’s phone number, trying to ignore the embarrassment that was slowly building up inside of you as she gave you a mildly curious look. You were glad she didn’t ask about it though, barely exchanging words with you whilst you saved the number into your phone. You said a quick thank you and quickly left to return to your own apartment.
But even during the bus ride home it was completely useless. No matter where you were, bus, bath or bed, your fingers simply refused to type a message and so instead you watched as days passed and you spent them wallowing in your own thoughts, the thoughts usually relating to that mortifying memory of what occured with Bucky. You tried to drown yourself in your job to distract you from the thoughts and it seemed to be working pretty well until on one Friday morning you received a text from Steve.
Hey Y/N, I’m clearing the last of my stuff out of my apartment and was hoping you could come and help me. I find some cool stuff you might be interested in.
Though your fingers had not texted Bucky when you wanted, they decided they would text Steve that absolutely you would be there even though a part of you wished to be on an island far away from the man you’d never be able to have.
You were already acquainted with the apartment building Steve lived in, having been there many times beforehand. You always ended up arriving early, your eagerness to see Steve making you more than punctual. As per usual you tried to walk slowly (climbing the stairs rather than taking the elevator) but when you arrived he still greeted you by saying: “Ah, you got here early!”
The reaction from you was automatic, sweaty palms, a giant smile and an ache in your belly that was both painful and pleasant. You stepped into his room when he permitted you to. “You probably won’t notice much of a difference, most of the furniture already belonged to the apartment. I’m still emptying out my room though. Thank you, again, for coming to help me.”
Steve’s voice was warm and chipper as he led you towards his bedroom which looked creepily empty, his bed and desk were still there but there but that seemed to be all, in the middle of the room were six carelessly laid boxes, some of them open and revealing clothes or trinkets. You even spotted the Captain America action figure you’d jokingly bought him years ago, a gift you thought he would have thrown out a long long time ago.
Not wishing to concentrate too long on the memories which hold far too much importance to you and far too little importance to Steve, you think up a conversation. “Where’s Bucky?” You ask about his (now ex) roommate whilst following him towards one of the boxes, you push the thoughts of your shared night with his roommate to the corners of your mind, knowing you’d just feel embarrassment. Steve crouched down and you imitated him, eyes becoming fixated on his large hands and the black print of Sharon Carter’s name on his wrist.
“In his room.” Steve shrugged, sending you a resigned look whilst his lips stretched up into a saddened smile for his best friend. Bucky had said he was fine with living in separate places, said he was fine now, but almost everyone knew it was a lie. “I wanted to spend some more time with him seen as I’m moving out and all but apparently he still prefers to lock himself up. I know he’s going to miss me, though. I won’t leave until he says it.” Steve’s chuckle makes you smile contentedly, heart beating placidly at the sight of his blissful expression.
“I’m sure he will miss you,” you agreed with him, laughing along.
“If he doesn’t then I’ll just miss you for him,” you added, biting your lip at the way your voice came out softer than intended. Steve didn’t seem to notice as he continued to open the box right in front of him, his eyes gleam excitedly.
“I’m not going that far anyway,” Steve muses once the laughing had ended, and then his concentration fell onto the box in front of him. It was an open one with a book sitting on top of the rest of the stuff which had just messily been thrown in. “Anyway, this was the reason why I wanted you to come over, do you recognise it?”
He lifted up the book and it clicked instantly in your mind exactly what it was. Another present that you’d given to Steve which wasn’t a joke for once, it was an album of pictures you’d made with your two hands, believing that when you were old and grey and married to Steve it would be something nice to look back on. That was before your name turned red of course.
You had no time to prepare yourself before Steve shuffled closer towards you, beginning to flick through the multi colored pages which were decorated with memorabilia. You’d often go on day trips with Steve to explore America and get him reacquainted so it was mostly a collection of those adventures. “That was my favourite,” he suddenly said, resting on a page which was dedicated to your adventures on this random beach you’d found. You ended up camping out on it together, just the two of you as it was basically deserted excepted for a wreckage of a very old looking ship which was also photographed.
Steve takes out the picture you’d taken together which beheld a younger version of you who could be seen smiling colorfully as you hold a humongous seashell between your hands. You barely pay attention to the image though, instead you are too busy noticing the way Steve is staring at your picture, eyes deep as he slides them from your past version to the blank mask of your present self. “You looked so happy,” he muttered, voice full of emotion as he put the picture back down. You could feel a flush rise up your neck as a million thoughts raced your mind, eyes trying to find a hidden gleam in his eyes that was probably not there and never going to be.
All of a sudden he cleared his throat, closing the book and putting it back in the box. “There’s something else I wanted to talk to you about. It’s about Bucky.”
“Is he okay?” You wondered, relieved at the change of topic as that sharp pang in your chest was starting to fade again. You unconsciously put a hand on top of your belly, beginning to feel the fluttery petals heavy in your stomach as you waited for Steve to continue.
“He is. I just can’t help but feel a little worried,” he glanced back at the door of the room, making sure that Bucky wasn’t anywhere close enough in the vicinity to overhear the conversation you were about to have. “I insisted on finding him another roommate so that he’s not alone all the time but he insisted I don’t.” Steve sighed, hands beginning to fidget in his lap, “Bucky is someone who can get by perfectly on his own, but he’s also the kind of person who shouldn’t be left alone for too long. It’s just, with what happened at the engagement party, it seems you two are kind of close.”
You nod your head, not letting on just how much you actually understand Bucky’s situation.
“I’m afraid he’ll lock himself up again when I leave. So I was wondering if you could check up on him? From time to time? I don’t mean everyday, and I’m only asking you because you’re the closest one to him after me. He doesn’t really have friends-”
“Of course I can,” you agreed immediately, returning the hopeful smile that Steve directed at you after hearing your reassuring words. The way his eyes had flooded with contentment made you feel both gratified and hurt, and the way you suddenly realised how you’d probably agree to any of his words was frightening. It was painfully obvious, how you would do absolutely anything to keep that gleeful look on his face at all times.
“Thank you.” Steve thanked you softly and you just shrugged, not really knowing a suitable response. It had yet to hit you that you’d just signed up to spend time with a man who you felt extremely uncomfortable around, your mind too absorbed with the fact that you were making Steve happy.
“It’s fine. Anything for you,” the words spilled out too easily and it made your heart race erratically, nervousness only growing sharper when Steve let out a laugh.
“You’re one of my best friends Y/N,” he suddenly said, hand reaching out and squeezing your shoulder. You hoped he didn’t notice the way you tensed up under his touch. “Ah, I’m sorry, I guess moving out turns me really emotional.”
You swallowed down the lump (or petals, you weren’t entirely sure) in your throat, your fingers brushing your chest as a way to try to ease the clenching. “You’re just moving a couple blocks away.”
“Don’t tell Sharon but I actually prefer smaller apartments. The one she picked is too big.” He said quietly, as if trying to keep it a secret even though you were the only ones in the room. You still smiled at his playful eyes, feeling even more petals swirling uncomfortably as you tried to keep them down.
“I won’t,” you choked out a laugh, a strange noise that barely passed as a chuckle. Steve, as charmingly oblivious as he always was, only continued to smile, staring curiously as you suddenly got up. “I’m just going to pop to the bathroom.”
“Sure! You can help me carry this box to my car when you get out.” You nodded at his chirpy words, trying to keep your feet from running as you got out of Steve’s empty bathroom.
Much like how they did a couple of days ago, the petals flew out of your mouth the moment you stepped inside the small bathroom and you hugged the toilet almost desperately as the petals piled up progressively. You soaked on the temporary numbness as the familiar shaking took over your body, eyes unfocusing as you tried to fix them on the colourful petals. They were a beauty that you’d never stop marvelling, so strange and dangerously enthralling. You actually found it rather ironic how they were the outcome of pain from unrequited love, a sharp and merciless feeling that couldn’t compare to the smoothness and gentleness of the petals. You took one into your hand, silently wondering why you couldn’t be as beautiful as them, still coughing slightly as you waited for the heaving to finally vanish.
You turned at the sudden noise that had been so quick and soft that you weren’t really sure how you were able to hear it in the middle of your loud thoughts. Your eyes widened when you spotted Bucky’s surprised one’s. Your heart skipped a beat when you noticed that you’d foolishly left the door open in your panicked rush to reach the toilet and empty out the petals.
He was holding onto the doorknob tightly, staring down at your limp form which was still hugging the toilet. It was at that moment when another wave hit you and more yellow petals came spilling out of your mouth, no way for you to restrain them as Bucky continued to gaze openly. You tried to control yourself from hurling again, mortification flooding you thickly as you looked up at his frozen figure. You couldn’t help but think about how this was the second time you’d inconvenienced him with your illness. He was still staring, metal arm gripped in a fist whilst the rest of his body seemed unsure as to what to do. “I- do you need-” words seemed to stutter out of his lips that he had no control of.
“Bucky!” Steve’s voice made Bucky snap his head towards a spot which you couldn’t see, all you could do was be acutely aware of your heart thumping so strongly that it barely allowed you to hear the conversation outside of the bathroom. “Have you seen Y/N? She told me she’d go to the bathroom, but it’s taken her a while…”
He doesn’t finish his thought as Bucky is quick to reply, “no.” He slipped out the lie with a quick easiness that reminded you of your own regular blank facade. “I haven’t seen her.”
“Ah… strange. Well, I’ll take this box to the car, and give her a call later. I’ll see you tomorrow though, okay?”
Bucky nods mutely, eyes fixed on a faraway spot where you hear fading steps that stop when the main door is opened and closed shut. You couldn’t help but exhale in relief, curling your hands into fists as you grimaced at the cold sweat that coats your palms profusely.
The brunette is still there in the doorway and you’re not quite sure whether to be relieved or unnerved. “They’re very pretty,” he said.
You looked up in surprise, noticing his eyes are fixed on the petals that were scattered on your lap. You snort, grabbing one of them and giving it a dry look. “Thanks.”
“Is it Steve?” You winced at his blunt question, choosing not to answer as you diverted your eyes from his wide, curious gaze. Eventually, after a few awkward seconds, he left. Leaving you to stare at the empty space outside of the slightly opened door in deep confusion.
Just as you started to pick up the petals strewed on the floor Bucky returns, steps hesitant as he slowly entered the bathroom with a drink between his hands. His eyes were still wide and nervous as he crouched down, joining you on the floor whilst silently extending his hands towards you. “Lemonade,” he explained, gnawing on his bottom lip dubiously. “It really helps with… that. Stops the coughing.”
You continued to stare at him strangely. He looked almost like a scared child even though he had a metal arm, long brown hair and a stubble covering half of his face. Bucky exhaled shakily then, lips curved into an unexpected and almost embarrassed smile.
“Thank you,” you mumbled. The atmosphere was heavily awkward as you took the drink from his hands, fingers connecting briefly before you lifted the glass up to your lips.
You were unable to make eye contact as you drunk the liquid as fast as you can, not really sure how to behave in front of a stranger that held one of your deepest darkest secrets. There was no point in calling him a friend as the two of you had barely exchanged actual sentences with each other.
Bucky gently took the glass from your hand once you were done, and as he did it there was no reticence or disgust in his movements when he started to pick up the petals from the floor. You helped him clean up the bathroom, the silence turning somewhat comfortable when you finally flushed away all the evidence. It didn’t really hit you until you were done, breaths turning shaky as you both finally get up from the floor. Your mouth felt like bursting with hundreds of questions as you walked out of the bathroom, not really knowing what to do except to stand awkwardly in the middle of the hallway.
Neither of you managed to actually start up a question, and so you just stood there quietly, wondering about his soulmate, eyes inevitably travelling down to the metal arm and wondering if that’s where the name had once belonged. He was wearing a black sweater that looked wide and cozy, big enough for him to cover his hands easily as he pulled at the sleeves self consciously the moment he noticed you staring.
He put them behind his back then, making you blush in embarrassment before looking up at him, eyes connecting. You tensed up when Bucky finally opened his mouth to speak, “she was called Velma,” he revealed.
“You don’t have to tell me,” you quickly responded, knowing from experience how uncomfortable he must have felt. “We can just pretend we don’t know or… or something.”
“No, no. It’s- It’s okay.” Bucky’s reply was just as awkward as you had been, his exterior finally showing something other than stoney expressions. He slipped in his hands into his jean pockets and for a second he allowed himself to move his eyes away, to show signs of embarrassment. “Do you, um,” he looked up again, licking his lips which had become uncomfortably dry, “do you want to stick around here for a bit, maybe talk? I can make you some food if you want, no, wait there’s no food, I can buy us take away though.”
“Ah, takeaway. Nothing like junk food to mend a broken heart, right?” You mused jokingly, a small smile appearing on your lips.
Soon the edges of Bucky’s own lips were bending upward so they matched the expression on your own. “Then let’s consider it like a band-aid over a deep wound,” he said, “a petty attempt that makes it seem like we’re trying.” He reached out and grabbed the cell phone from the kitchen side. It was a nokia phone and you could remember lending it to Steve on the first day Bucky moved in with him. Steve didn’t want to give Bucky an iPhone or something too complicated as it was going to be Bucky’s first cell phone.
He shook it in your direction, asking you one more time wordlessly if you wanted to stay.
No, you didn’t want to stay. But here he was, a man that had only been able to open up to Steve so far, willingly peeling away a layer of his iron skin and allowing you to see the part of him society forced him to keep hidden. How could you possibly say no to him after that? Knowing full well from experience that he was like a door, the kind that automatically locked on it’s own once shut. To leave would be to shut the door and have it lock on you forever, the key left inside.
“Pizza good with you?”
He nodded his head and allowed you to call up and order because you had a better idea over what was good around Steve’s apartment. During the wait you talked about small things with Bucky, things like the cat you always see outside your apartment and the flower pots outside of Bucky’s window on the fire escape, he didn’t know who put them there but he liked them and he started watering them. You were in the middle of talking about Bucky’s favourite movie - which also happened to be the first one he watched, surprisingly it was Batman, he seemed to like the story of a man trying to be good and having the world being against that, that’s when a knock sounded at the door.
Bucky was the one to go and get it, he returned holding two pizza boxes and a big box that was leaking fries out of the side. It held probably more food than the two of you could have consumed, but that didn’t mean you weren’t going to spend the night trying.
“Here it is,” he announced, “our petty attempt to make it seem like we’re trying.” He referenced what was said earlier, taking a greasy pizza between his fingers. There was no hurt in his words, in fact he spoke like he was making a really funny joke. There was resignation as well, the kind that told you he’d stopped pitying himself a long time ago.
“We’re so sad,” you blurted out, a breathy chuckle escaping your lips. He joined in with your laughter, snickering under his breath before taking another huge bite. “So, tell me more about Velma then.” You couldn’t help but wonder about the aforementioned character. You’d measured his reaction carefully after mentioning her in case the subject was too uncomfortable for him. Bucky barely stiffened, finishing his third slice and sending you a quick, curious glance.
“You never answered my question,” he pointed out, making you recall earlier when he found you on the bathroom floor and asked you if it was Steve. During that moment you weren’t able to find it in yourself to answer his question, let alone formulate the words to reply. “Do you want some french fries?”
You shrugged, thoughts of keeping a balanced diet completely gone as Bucky moved the box over towards you, allowing you to take a handful. “This is so gross, but I’m not complaining,” you said, imitating him as you threw more than one of the fries into your mouth. “It is Steve, by the way,” you added after you swallowed, feeling your heart stutter when the words came out. “But you probably knew that already.”
Bucky nodded without hesitation, “it is quite obvious.”
You’d blushed hotly at his plain words, shoulders automatically slumping, “Natasha me told that too. But I’m not really worried about them noticing, their soulmates turn them blind-”
“-to anything around them, yeah.” He took the words right out of your mouth, sharing a silent look that spoke more than your mouths ever could. You quickly averted your eyes, clearing your throat at the sudden feeling of intimacy.
“Tell me about your soulmate,” you probed again and that time you were successful, because Bucky’s cheeks slowly turned a richer colour as a faint pink spread to his ears and neck, and it made you wonder if your eyes shined the way his own did when you ever thought about Steve.
“She was called Velma, and… she isn’t alive anymore. Her name appeared on my wrist before Hydra got to me.” He explained, voice turning quieter as he pronounced the words delicately. “Hydra cut my arm off that had her name on it and then… I could never forget about her, no matter what Hydra did to me, she was my soulmate after all, but I guess you know how painful that is. Not being able to forget and also not being able to love.”
“Yeah, I do.” Of course you knew. No one would ever be able to understand as much as you, understand that feeling of loving but hurting at the same time, of desiring to give your soulmate your bare heart even though you’re perfectly aware of the fact that they have no use for it and they never will. It’s a strange, complicated feeling that’s hard to put into words; but Bucky understood, you understood and that girl at the restaurant probably did too.
“Hydra didn’t just take my arm, they took her name. They took her name and all they’ve left me with is white lilies. I can’t even remember that much about her, I just remember how much I loved her.” He tried to laugh about it all, but the fake chuckle came out just as a dry, choked up sound which clutched at your heart. He swallowed, pushing away the unfinished plate of french fries. “Nevermind.”
“I’m sorry.” They were the simplest words and the most suited to this situation. There was nothing else you could do other than say those words because it wasn’t like you could go bring Velma back from the dead. “I’m sorry you have to feel this way, it’s the curse of being a glitch.”
“Yeah,” Bucky agreed, angrily wiping a stray tear that had dared to try and float it’s way down his chin. “We’re biologically programmed to love and suffer. Or should I say we’re biologically programmed to be the most dramatic species ever.”
You couldn’t help but laugh out loud at Bucky’s statement, he certainly wasn’t far from the truth and it made you wonder if that was how everyone else perceived your kind. If they all just saw you as longtime sufferers that lived for delusions, dreaming and realities that were far too ridiculous to be taken seriously.
“Well, we can at least try to avoid that drama today,” you said, getting up and going over to the DVD stand in the frontroom and picking one of the very few that had been left. It was an action movie, the only one left there as Steve had taken the rest and left only romance movies and some of the disney ones you’d accidentally left over at his whilst trying to get him into them.
An hour later and you and Bucky were somewhat snuggled up in the couch, somehow the two of you had managed to get closer, shoulders now touching and your head could have easily moved to rest in the crook of his neck which it threatened to do as sleep began to weigh on you. You looked over to Bucky to see how he was faring with the rather dull action movie that was playing and he actually seemed to be enjoying it.
He was still munching on the pizza which you’d given up on before him, alternating between eating and taking sips of lemonade (a drink he seemed to have stocked up on, and for good reason). His blue eyes were wide and focused, deeply concentrating on the movie and the sight inevitably made you smirk fondly. It had become quite clear near the beginning on the movie that Bucky had actually seen it before as he managed to recall some of the lines as they were being spoken and he didn’t jump when random explosions happened like you had.
“You look like a kid right now,” you mused, voice mixing in with the characters dialogue in the movie. Bucky’s eyes slid from the movie to throw you a glare which had you quickly raising your hands in defeat, “I never said it was a bad thing.” You tried to defend, “with our shitty situations it’s awesome that you have things like moves to make you happy, you know?”
Bucky’s glare vanished but he remained serious as he put his lemonade down onto a table beside the couch, he mulled over your words for a few seconds before replying. “Happiness? I don’t think I know what that feels like, not yet. But I still like to try and search for it.”
You both shared a look then and you noticed the way his deep eyes turned warm and sympathetic. It was still a stare that left you slightly perplexed, especially after getting use to being part of the most misunderstood group of humans in the entire world.
“I should probably do the same,” you responded after a few seconds, finishing the conversation as the loud noises of the move forced you to focus on it again. Even though it was an action movie you spend most of it unable to keep a straight face, giggling to yourself every time Bucky would repeat lines and throw spoilers seconds before it would happen on the screen.
“Are you sure they aren’t your soulmate?” You asked, pointing out the main protagonist of the movie right before the movie finished.
Bucky began to stretch out his limbs. “Hmm, I wish he was. Him, or you.” He pronounced the words so casually that their meaning didn’t hit you until a few seconds later. And the sudden blush was hot in your face as the embarrassment crawled up your spine, the flush only spread quicker when you noticed Bucky’s own blank stare and the way his cheeks were dusted in traces of red.
Your body seemed to react faster than your own befuddled mind, choosing to laugh it off as your awkward chuckles cut through the sudden atmosphere that had thickened thanks to Bucky’s statement. “I’m in second place then? I see it is,” you said, hoping that your voice came out natural enough.
Bucky could only smile in relief, getting up and started to pick up the rest of the takeaway. Together you’d managed to eat one and a half pizza and an entire box of fries, as well as one bottle of lemonade. “Come and help me clean this up then. Steve thinks I’m going to let this place fall apart and I have to prove a point.”
It was way too late when you finally finishing making the living room looking and immaculate and Bucky insisted that you stayed the night considering there was a spare bed. Even though it was slightly awkward at first, the bond that had formed between you two was growing strong enough to push away all that embarrassment and so you remained in that living room with Bucky for the rest of the night, talking with ease about things that you’d always keep netted to your tongue, disguising the words with silence instead so no one would ever find out about you.
“So what do we talk about now?” He wondered out loud, closing his eyes tightly as he rubbed at them, leaning his head on the back of the couch.
“I don’t know,” you laid next to him, placing your legs onto the couch with your feet pressing against his side. In your position you were able to see the moon from the window, it’s dull glow reaching inside of the room and reflecting itself on almost every surface of the room. “We can talk about anything though, we’re both glitches so there’s nothing to hide.”
“I don’t know about that. I think holding myself back has turned way too normal for me to let go,” he yawned deeply, stretching his real arm out, making you wonder the mechanics on his metal arm. “I have an idea,” he suddenly said, reaching out with his arms to grab a hold of your legs so he could hoist them onto his lap and allowed you to get a little more comfortable. “Let’s sleep.”
“Here?” He didn’t respond. “Sure,” you said, trying to close your eyes as you leaned back onto the armrest. It was a challenge for you to contain the urge to fidget as you blinked up at the ceiling. The silence was too unnerving and you found yourself staring at the open windows, quietly remembering the events of the day as you bit into your bottom lip hesitantly.
“Did you really mean what you said earlier, about me, being your soulmate?” You blushed faintly when you felt him moving against your side, making you feel slightly guilty at the fact that you’d made all trace of sleep fade from Bucky’s brain.
“Why do you ask?” He asked softly, voice slightly rough and sleepy.
“I’m just… curious, I guess.” You don’t tell him that it’s probably the energy that’s coursing through your veins that’s making you talk, unable to fall unconscious as you waited for Bucky to continue the conversation.
“I mean, if I had the choice… you’re pretty cool, I guess.”
You can only smile at the awkwardness in his tone, biting your lip again. “But I’m not Velma.”
“And I’m not Steve.”
Those were good points, though also slightly upsetting points. There was a brief silence for a few second, and the sigh that left your mouth was too loud in the stilled atmosphere. “Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if there might be another way to fix this, one that isn’t the surgery.”
“You mean like falling in love with someone else?” Bucky caught onto your words instantly and your heart inexplicably stuttered in a strange nervousness.
“Yeah, why not? Why not love two people at the same time?”
You felt him move again and afterward you finally dared to turn your head towards him, immediately finding his eyes staring back towards you. Your words seemed to linger in the air as you stared at each other, thoughts becoming muddles as you scanned his face in deep curiosity. You couldn’t deny how attractive he truly was. Even though all of your love and attraction was only pointed at Steve Rogers, you weren’t blind to how Bucky possessed some naturally alluring features.
But there were no butterflies in your stomach and your heart didn’t race the way it always would when you thought about Steve. In that moment it was almost frustrating and you had this sudden ridiculous desire to want Bucky but being completely unable to do it.
Yikes this was supposed to go up on Ash’s birthday, but you get the point. Enjoy!
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Another drunken line of girls passed by me on a
determined path to the bathroom, bumping the cheap tiara on my head in the
process. I huffed in response while adjusting the ridiculously glittery
‘Birthday Girl’ sash my friends bought and took the opportunity to swipe the
newly freed seats near the bar so I could people-watch. An overflow of sweaty
bodies wriggled and swayed on every inch of the dance floor free of inhibition
due to their intoxication levels. Some men were getting encouraging pats on the
backs from their wolf packs of friends before shooting their shot with
whichever girl happened to be giggling their way. People throughout the club
whooped and hollered when the DJ switched to some vaguely different genre of
party music that the lively crowd could fist-bump and grind to.
After straining my neck to check the entrance of
the club for the umpteenth time in the past 15 minutes, I turned back around to
see a mesmerizing pair of hazel eyes peering into mine. I hadn’t realized how
deeply I was staring until the wavy-haired individual tried speaking to me over
the loud music.
“I’m sorry, what?” I shouted closer to him.
“I asked if you wanted a refill,” he said loudly
while gesturing to my half empty water.
My phone buzzed in my hand, indicating I was
getting a text. I briefly looked down at the preview of the message from my
friends’ group chat.
Sent at 8:43pm
1: Y/N I’m so sorry honey I can’t make it :( I
thought I could cram for this test but there’s way more content than I thought
Sent at 8:44pm
2: ^^ me too :/ my boyfriend’s game went into
overtime and I’m pretty sure they’re celebrating after. Maybe another time?
I rolled my eyes and looked back up at the
stranger clearing the table of leftover drinks and glasses.
“Actually, I think I was just heading out,” I
said standing from my seat.
“So soon?” He asked with raised eyebrows.
“Yeah, clubbing on your birthday just doesn’t
have the same ring to it when you’re by yourself,” I replied.
“You don’t have any friends coming to celebrate
with you?” He questioned as he wiped the table down and went behind the bar
I followed his trail and answered with evident
irritation, “Nope, they suddenly had other plans that were more important this
“Well,” he planted both of his hands on the
counter, “I, in good conscious, can’t let you end tonight as the unhappy
“And why is that?” I asked curiously.
“Because I’m going to become your new favorite
barkeep,” he said with a proud smile. “And it is with this new title that I
solemnly promise,” he raised his right hand as if he was taking an oath, “…to
ensure that the rest of tonight does not suck for you.”
A small smirk grew on my face at the mischievous
man in front of me.
“You can’t be serious, right?” I asked
incredulously. “I don’t even know you!”
“How about this, birthday girl” he glanced at a
few people walking up to the bar, most likely to order new drinks, “My name is
Ashton. I like going on adventures and buying vanilla scented candles. My
favorite part of movies are the trailers and I don’t understand how zodiac
signs work. I’m gonna come back over here at 9 when my shift ends. If you
decide by then that you don’t think an innocent night of fun with me is better
than sitting at home by yourself, I will personally call you an Uber and let
you go home,” he smiled walking away.
“You should add ‘cocky’ to that little bio of
yours,” I playfully said with my arms crossed.
“Not cocky!” He shouted over his shoulder, “just
Promptly at 9:00, Ashton popped out of a room
near the back of the club in his normal clothes and re-approached me at the
“So, birthday girl,” he leaned on the counter,
“what’s our verdict?”
“Well seeing as you made such an
appealing case and I don’t want to put this outfit to waste, I think one night
of adventure couldn’t hurt,” I said in a posh tone of voice.
“Then what are we waiting around for?” He asked
holding his hand out. I grabbed it and he helped me out of my seat. “Let’s get
this party started.”
With that, Ashton led me out of the club and
towards the parking lot. He pulled out his car keys and hit the unlock button,
bringing my eyes to the flashing headlights on a black mustang.
“This is you?” I asked in disbelief.
He shrugged and replied opening the passenger
door for me, “Well I can’t have the birthday princess walking around on her
feet all night now, can I?”
“How considerate of you. And when did I upgrade
to princess?” I said getting into the car and reaching over to open his door.
Ashton entered on his side of the car and
strapped on his safety belt before brandishing that smile of his once more to
answer, “When you decided to spend your night with me.” With that remark,
Ashton revved up the engine and we dashed through the streets filled with
My eyes scanned the various strings of bright
lights and neon signs on the buildings near us as the car slowed to a stop.
Ashton and I exited the car and re-joined hands as he led me towards the
entrance of a building that had a string of people waiting in line to enter. We
approached the bouncer - who could easily be mistaken for a ten-foot brick wall
- with an icy glare.
“Sam!” Ashton shouted with open arms. The
bouncer turned around and suddenly smiled widely, “Ashton!” The two shared a
brief hug and fell into small talk.
“How long has it been man?” The bouncer said.
“It’s definitely been too long, buddy, but I was
just in the neighborhood and wanted to show my friend here a good time,” Ashton
said gesturing to me.
I shook Sam’s outreached hand and smiled, “Hi,
“Nice to meet you, Y/N. Any friend of Ashton is
a friend of mine.”
“Do you think you can let us in? I want to
introduce her to Mitchy,” Ashton politely asked.
“Of course, but you know the drill man,” Sam
giving a side eye towards the line of hopeful club goers beginning to look
Ashton nodded understandably and leaned towards
me to whisper, “Just go with it.”
Before I could ask what ‘it’ was that Ashton was
referring to, Sam started shouting.
“Look dammit, I’m not gonna say it again: if you
want in you have to wait in line just like everybody else!”
“Fine! No need to get all testy,” Ashton shouted
back while we walked backwards with displeased expressions.
While the people waiting in line hooted their
agreements at Sam and went back to their own business, Sam winked at us and let
down the rope for us to enter while whispering, “You guys enjoy your night,”
with a thumbs-up.
I laughed at the switch in his demeanor and
followed Ashton into the building. My eyes glimmered and a smile grew on my
face as I looked over the chandeliers and walked down the slightly spiraled
staircase past a few bottle girls that could very well be models. The all white
decor on the top and bottom levels of the building were being splotched with
reflections of the blue pink and green lights from the tiled dance floor and
the DJ’s station. I was disrupted from my cotton candy dream when Ashton
continued to lead me to the bar where a tattooed man in sunglasses stood.
“Ash is that you?” He called out.
“You’re pretty popular around here, huh?” I
asked Ashton with a smirk.
“You could say that,” he chuckled and bro-hugged
the man at the bar.
“Is this the pretty girl you were texting me
about?” The tattooed pointed towards me, causing me to raise my eyebrows.
Ashton turned beet red and the man stepped up to
me, “My name’s Mitchy, one of Ashton’s good friends. Unless I’ve got the wrong
glasses on, you must be the birthday girl.”
“That’s right,” I said adjusting my sash so the
letters were in the right place. “And this one over here is my event guide for
the night,” I said nodding towards Ashton.
“Well he brought you to the right place,” he
said leading me to a bar stool and going behind the counter. “First two rounds
are on me!”
“Mitch, you don’t have to do that man,” Ashton
said waving his hands.
“Nonsense! First round is for her birthday, and
the second is for yours,” Mitchy continuing to conjure up a suitable beverage
to start the night.
My head quickly whipped around to Ashton with my
mouth agape, “When is your birthday?!”
“It might also be tonight,” he said nonchalantly
with his fingers interlaced in the countertop.
“Seriously?” I questioned.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” he shrugged.
I took the plastic tiara off of my head and
placed it on his and said, “Guess who’s the birthday princess now?” making
Ashton laugh with an accompanying clap.
Mitchy slid two shot glasses towards us layered
with various spirits. Ashton reached for one, but Mitchy lightly swatted his
hand away and held up a finger as if to say ‘wait for it’ while pulling a
lighter out of his pocket. My eyebrows were furrowed until Mitchy sparked a
flame and lit the upper layer of our shots aflame.
“Holy shit. What is that?” I said staring at the
“It’s informally titled flaming liquid cocaine,
but tonight it’s your birthday candle,” Mitchy stated proudly.
“In that case,” Ashton began, “make a wish,
Mitchy counted us off on three and we blew out
the flame, quickly picking up the glass to down the liquid. I shook my head as
warmth crept through my belly and up my spine. “Oh my god that tasted like
“Lucky for you, not-so Saint Nick has another
one of those coming up,” Mitchy said re-sparking his lighter, making Ashton and
I whoop in response.
“What do you mean you can’t dance?” Ashton was
baffled bringing me onto the dance floor.
“I said what I said! Unless there’s instructions
in the song, I can’t dance for shit!” I told him.
Ashton laced our fingers and brought us closer
together, slowly beginning to sway us into the tempo of the upbeat song
currently playing, “I don’t believe that for a second.”
“Alright, but don’t say anything when I step in
your toes,” I retaliated making his glazed eyes squint while he giggled.
As many times as I stumbled, Ashton kept me on
my feet and in a great mood. He wasn’t exactly the world’s best dancer either,
so most of our dancing was simply us goofing off with each other and singing
the lyrics we knew. Eventually the liquor filtered through his system and he
got a lot smoother in his movements.
It was when Ashton began body rolling that
a small circle formed in the dance floor around us with other club goers
chanting and cheering his freestyle session on. I giggled when he looked around
and realized what was happening before setting his eyes on me. He did a
dramatic pause and cracked an imaginary whip, making said cracking sound with
his mouth. He then whipped the imaginary rope around me, tightening the knot
with both hands and started his gradual pull. When the crowd saw I wasn’t
shifting with his faux lasso, a few girls behind me gently pushed me towards
him. The crowd got louder as we got closer and the drop in the song was
approaching. Ashton “released” his lasso and spun me twice into his arms before
creating a picture-perfect moment and dipping me at the bass drop of the song,
causing the crowd to cheer and applaud.
We fell into a fit of laughter while the crowd
went back to their own dancing. He pulled me upright slowly so I wouldn’t get
too dizzy. As our giggles faded, our smiles remained as we recognized how close
we were in proximity. The DJ switched the song to a slower, more promiscuous
one. Ashton brushed the remaining strands of hair out of my face and my breath
hitched when he brushed his thumb over my bottom lip. I took his hands in mine
and slid them down to my hips, both of us swaying and grinding softly to the
music. I turned around so his front was pressed against my backside like a
second skin. He kept his hands lightly roaming on my sides and thighs, rolling
his hips against me while I pushed my ass on him as rhythmically as I could. My
head lulled to rest on his shoulder, allowing me to feel how quickly his pulse
had gotten from our actions. We continued like that, occasionally altering the
pace, until the song ended. We faced each other with flushed cheeks, still
close in each other’s arms.
“Do you want to get out of here?” He exhaled.
“Oh my god,” I moaned while throwing my head
“Fuck, I know,” Ashton groaned equally
The McDonald’s cashier behind the counter
judgmentally stared at both of us individually going through our second Big Macs.
“It’s even better than the first one!” He
shouted with a mouthful.
I gasped and set my burger down to take the bun
off and add French fries into it. When I replaced the bun and took a bite, I
nearly melted in my seat. “This is the best night ever,” I said taking a sip of
my chocolate milkshake.
“I told you!” Ashton victoriously yelled dipping
fries into his shake.
And laughed at his boasting and waved away the
few other drunks in the restaurant to high five him.
“I’m now your favorite barkeep and newly
officiated birthday buddy,” he smiled. “And why do you keep laughing,” he said
“Because you have really deep dimples so your
smile is super cute okay! I mean look at you,” I whisper shouted touching his
face. “It’s like you’re sculpted to be perfect,” I commented lowly making him
“It takes perfection to know it,” he attempted
to compliment me back, but the moment was stolen by me laughing at the fact
that he was trying to bring his straw to his mouth with his tongue and failing
“Dammit, I’m trying to say you’re beautiful and
I’m fucking it up,” he laughed and covered his face.
I removed his hands from his face and kissed his
cheek, making his laughter falter.
“Thank you for tonight,” I smiled.
He smiled back and wrapped me into a side hug,
“Right back at ya, birthday princess.”
The kea can sometimes be a bit too smart for its own good, in fact, particularly when it comes to finding (or stealing) food. The video below shows some kea breaking into sealed garbage bins.
Even more remarkable was a case last fall in New Zealand’s Milford Sound, specifically a particular one-way tunnel. Workers were puzzled when traffic cones in the tunnel kept moving around, apparently one their own. A CCTV camera solved the problem; the local kea were waiting for the sound of approaching cars, and then dragging the cones into the middle of the road. Some researchers speculate that the intelligent birds figured out that cars would slow down or stop for these cones, and were trying to stop traffic so that they could beg for food!
Warnings: SMUT (oral male receiving, fingering, unprotected sex), fluff
A/Nt: This is for @thing-you-do-with-that-thing Kari’s Favorite Things Challenge. Congratulations Kari! My prompt was “Going to the movies” and I chose Dean, obviously. This is unbetaed so all errors are mine alone.
You walk into the bunker library to find Dean sitting in
front of his laptop with a huge smile on his face.
“What’s up babe?”
“Look what I found,” he says, turning his laptop toward you.
You look at the screen; it’s a website for a drive-in movie
theater a few towns over. You grin back
at him. “I have a feeling were taking a
“Y/N I’ve always wanted to go to a drive-in. Sitting in Baby watching a movie with you sounds
like a perfect night to me.”
He pulls you into his lap kissing your back.
“What do you say? Can
I take you to the movies?”
“Of course,” you say leaning sideways to look at him.
He dips you down, his lips trailing up your throat before he
captures your mouth with his. Your hand
grips the back of his neck and his free arm pulls you closer as the kiss
deepens. You break away to catch your
breath. “What’s showing?”
You laugh. “Ok, well
when do we need to leave?”
“It’s a two hour drive, if we’re on the road in a half hour
we could make the nine o’clock show.”
“I’ll get ready,” you jump off of his lap and dash to your