Event: Emergency Fluff Content @jeffreydeanmorganrarechar
Title: First Kiss
Character: Erastus “Deaf” Smith AU/Modern
TV: Texas Rising
Photo/GIF credits go to the original maker/owner
Erastus “Deaf” Smith paced the waiting room at Dr. Y/N Michaels Veterinarian office.
His horse, Merribelle had a run in with the towns trouble makers. They had stolen her for a ride on the many acres of land that he owned, only for Merribelle to end up with multiple wounds from some barbed wire.
Erastus, as you could tell by his nickname, was deaf, so he never heard the youngin’s come onto his property.
Merribelle was his last animal that was tied to his late wife, Lupe.
She had passed from stage 4 ovarian cancer, leaving her precious horse as the only memory for Erastus.
Even though he had photos of Lupe around the house, he had started to forget what she sounded, smelt and looked like.
Erastus came to terms with the fact that she wasn’t going to be coming back two years after the fact.
He was ready to move on, to be happy again and he knew Lupe would be proud for him not to dwell on a ghost of the past.
Twirling his cowboy hat in his long fingers, he turned to walk across the floor again, only to bump into Y/N.
“I’m sorry!” he apologized, his voice deep because of his lack of hearing.
Y/N held onto his arms, laughing softly. He could hear it, but it sounded slightly distant to his damaged eardrums.
“It’s okay, Deaf,”
He had to close his eyes at the sound of her voice.
“Hmmm?” he opened his eyes to find her frowning.
“You okay?” she signed.
He realized that he still held her arms in his hands. Clearing his throat, his gave a gentle squeeze and stepped back.
“I’m alright, Y/N. Thank you,”
She smiled and nodded.
Fidgeting with his hat, he felt like running, “Um, would you mind stopping by to check on Merribelle?”
He could tell the second that Dr. Michaels made an appearance.
“Yes of course. Is she having any problems?”
God, he felt like an ass for the lie he was about to tell, “One of the cuts is looking somewhat angry,”
Y/N checked her watch and looked back up at him, “Let me finish with my last patient and then I’ll stop by,”
Deaf slipped his hat back onto his head and tipped his hat at her, “Thanks Y/N. See you in a bit,”
Y/N waved and headed off to finish her job.
He hoped like hell that all this went according to plan.
It had been a long time since Deaf had to woo a woman. Not that he stopped once he had Lupe, but the newness of it all made him jittery.
He fiddled with the collar of his black button up shirt, then his black vest.
The steady thumping of his heart fluttering rushed to his ears, making him swallow multiple times.
At the sound of a loud neigh, Erastus turned and found Merribelle with her head sticking through the window of his bedroom.
He clicked his tongue, making the horse neigh again as she bounced her head up and down happily.
“C'mon girl. Let’s get you back into the barn,” he coaxed, taking off his jacket so it wouldn’t get dirty.
Merribelle wiggled her lips and pulled her head from the window.
Just as Deaf had Merribelle near the barn, he saw Y/N’s black Ford truck pull into the driveway.
Once again the blood and thumping rushed to his ears as he watched her jump down from the truck, her black medical bag in hand.
Her beauty showed even more out in the setting sunlight.
The wind was still gusty, blowing her hair to one side as she neared him.
Y/N wore a blue and pink plaid button up, jeans and sneakers. Her makeup stayed the same; barely there, with her glasses perched on her nose.
From the roar of the breeze he couldn’t hear her. So when she signed, he returned the gesture and she followed him into the barn.
“Hooo!” Y/N laughed, fixing her hair, “that wind is picking up,”
Deaf smiled, grabbing a carrot and feeding it to Merribelle.
Y/N walked around the horse, her brows pinched as she couldn’t find any angry wounds on the animal.
“I thought you said she wasn’t fairing well?” Y/N questioned.
Jesus, was it hot in here all of a sudden?
Immediately she came over to him and rubbed his arms, “What’s the matter Deaf?”
He rubbed his sweaty brow and blew out a puff of air.
“Would… would you have dinner with me?” he asked, lowly.
All wrinkles disappeared as her face went slack.
Slowly, when the worry was starting to eat away at him, she smiled softly.
“Are you asking me out on a date, Erastus?”
He blushed, “Yes Ma’am,”
Gathering up the gumption, he took a deep breath, “It would be a great honor to have your company, Y/N,”
Shock filled her features at his thoughtfulness.
Just as bashful, she put some hair behind her ear, “I’d like that very much, Deaf,”
Holding out his arm, Y/N grabbed ahold of it as he led her from the barn.
Dinner was enjoyed in a comfortable silence, shy smiles and hand holding making the experience all the more better.
They both washed the dishes and cleaned up and Deaf was ready to further the date.
“Care to watch a movie?”
Y/N raised a brow, “Ohhh, pulling out all the stops, I see,”
He nodded, his dimples deepening, “I’m trying, yes.”
Y/N laughed, “Then yes, I’d love to watch a movie,”
A Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein, was chosen.
Deaf sat on the end of the couch and felt rather bold when he patted the spot next to him.
“I could never say no to you,” she giggled, cuddling into his side.
They both sighed as he started the movie; making sure that he had the subtitles on.
At the point in the movie when Igor appeared, Y/N began to laugh.
Deaf watched her and felt the vibrations of her laughter as she laughed again at one of the jokes.
He couldn’t help himself.
Cupping her cheek, he turned her head towards his, softly placing his lips over hers.
Her smile faded, her laughter turning into a soft whimper as he kissed her.
Deaf took his time tasting her lips, using gentle pulls and soft caresses.
Pulling back slowly and their noses touching, Deaf opened his eyes, running his thumb over the apple of her cheek.
“Deaf?” his name left her on a whisper as she blinked her eyes.
He watched her mouth as she spoke since it came out as a whisper.
“Kiss me again,”
He smiled, obliging Y/N’s wish.