“Don’t we all love crazy, stupid love stories? I mean, you know, it just… I still like to think of it as a love story. I mean, for some reason I always just saw it like that in my head, and I mean, there’s Sid and Nancy, and there’s couples and couples that you can keep riffing on, you know.” (x)
Jonathan felt uncomfortable standing on the Harrington’s front porch, his hands stuffed awkwardly into the pockets of his faded jeans. He vaguely wondered how long he should wait before retreating to the safety of his car and forgetting all about this so-called study date Nancy had planned. It had been a full twenty-five seconds since he had rung the doorbell and he half-expected a butler in a tuxedo to answer the door. However, when the heavy oak door swung open with a low groan, it was just Steve’s smiling face, his hair still damp from the shower—no tuxedo either, just a pair of jeans and a plaid button up.
For when Claire eventually is preggers, their first time with an ultrasound machine.
So here’s the thing: 1951 is at *least* ten years too early for fetal ultrasound.
HOWEVER, this was one of the first FMM scenes I wrote after the reunion (even before this prescient ask!) and at the time, I wasn’t even thinking about historical accuracy. Soooooo, I’ll ask you to put on your suspenders of disbelief (TM @stageandhistory‘s teacher) and just enjoy the anachronistic ride.
[Also, there’s a bit more of a time jump on this one than I normally go for, but I was feeling antsy to get to a landmark scene, so HERE WE ARE. (but I’ve got some planned flashbacks in the works for later, so don’t hesitate to request scenes from the months I passed over, if you’ve got a need!)]
Late April, 1951; Harvard University Hospital
The words were barely more than a muffled mumble into his shirt. Based on how tightly he was clutching me, I should have insisted to speak with him directly instead of leaving the message with the Fernacre receptionist; or at the very least, I should have been more emphatic with her that there was absolutely no emergency at hand.
I hugged him tighter in reassurance. “I’m so sorry, darling—I truly didn’t mean to frighten you. Everything’s fine, I promise.”
“But Nancy said ye were in hospital.”
“At the hospital—at Harvard—”
“Aye, not your proper hospital—and I was in the furthest pastures—” he said in a rush, cupping my head hard. “It took them so long to ride out to track me down—that—and then the Traffic—I thought—the bairn—”
God, and what must he have thought? With my being several weeks past six months, the same time at which—
“We’re fine, Jamie, I swear. See? We’re in the academic wing, not intensive care.” I pulled out of his arms and tugged him toward the open door nearby. “Come with me: I have something to show you.” Trying to suppress my grin, I ushered him into an empty lecture hall and closed the door behind us.
Standing there, still in his work clothes and smelling of horse, Jamie was breathing heavily and looking as though he meant to either cry or fight someone or both. “Please say what’s happened so I can stop this aching in my chest.”
Despite his agitation, I managed at length to get him to sit in the professor’s chair. I leaned against the desk facing him, trying to keep back the storm of happiness. “You know I had my final examinations this morning?”
A nod, a pause, and then a tentative, “…Did they go well?”
“Very well, I think. But as I was gathering my things and headed out, my professor suddenly stopped me and asked if I’d be willing to assist one of the med-tech research departments with a demonstration. I was taken aback of course, but I trust Dr. Gordon—you remember, he’s the one that’s been so impressed and supportive?— so I was willing to see what was what, at least.”
This exposition did not seem to have done anything to lessen Jamie’s tension; in fact, he looked downright ALARMED at mention of me participating in some sort of vague experiment. Well, so had I been!
I went on, hastily. “And so he led me to the research wing and introduced me, and—And well, I called Fernacre as soon as they explained what it was that they were going to be testing out, because—Oh, Jamie, it would have been absolutely magical to show you as it was happening. But I managed to get the next best thing.”
I handed him the glossy print, heart thudding. “It’s something like an X-ray, see? This was only a prototype—very few people in the world have used this technology.” He kept staring down, and I babbled anxiously to fill the silence. “It isn’t even a good likeness of the fuzzy readout I saw. I badgered someone to find a camera, and the flashbulb reflecting against the glass television screen makes it quite hard to see, and I’m sure the print itself isn’t great, either—I badgered another department to develop it for me quickly, so it’s barely more than a blur, but…”
For more than half a minute Jamie had stared down at it, turning it this way and that—
But finally, the image must have clicked into place, for he gasped and nearly dropped it.
“You see it?” I was beaming, holding back tears. “Can you see?
“Yes,” I choked out, “that’s him.”
So engrossed was Jamie in the image before him that he didn’t immediately seem to hear me. Then, he looked up so sharply it must have hurt his neck, blinking like he’d stepped into bright sun. “H—him??”
“You can’t tell in this shot,” I whispered, not meaning it to be a whisper, but so hoarse with feeling I couldn’t help it, “but the technician was certain.“
“We’re going—” Jamie was grinning like an utter addle-pated simpleton. “—to have a—a wee lad?”
I nodded, smiling back but also weeping, lips pursed tight, and suddenly unable to speak at all through the lump of happiness in my throat.
“Oh, Claire…” Jamie was on his feet in a second, laughing and holding me as tightly as in the hallway, but this time in joy. “Oh, LOVE!”
The next I knew, he was beaming into my eyes, holding my face. “I’d have been just as thrilled wi’ a wee lassie, mo chridhe, but….Jesus, God, to KNOW—!! It’s…absolutely miraculous.”
“Honestly, this is— unimaginable to me, too,” I whispered, leaning my forehead against his as I looked down at my belly (at my son!). “To be able to see an unborn child….To be able to see rightinto the womb without cutting! I never even dreamed of such a thing. Jamie, it…I saw him.”
“As far as they could tell.” I sighed and smiled, giving in. “Yes…yes, he’s alright.”
If two sane people could be delirious with joy and relief, it was us. We must have looked quite out of our senses to any passerby, so intensely we were beaming and grinning and clinging tightly to faces and hands.
Without preamble, Jamie stuck the precious photograph in his breast pocket, swept me up into his arms (ignoring any protest against handling my massive bulk), and settled back into the chair, cradling me in his lap.
We sat there in beatific silence for I don’t know how long, with soft touches and wordless sounds of tenderness and awe.
At last, Jamie simply couldn’t contain himself. “What will we name him? Our—son?”
We hadn’t discussed names at all, to date—both of us perhaps afraid to tempt fate until the birth was closer at hand. But I had seen him, today—seen the outlines of his tiny feet move at the same exact moment I’d felt him kick—And it changed everything. There was still risk, and there was still fear; but the hope in me was glowing and radiating throughout my entire being. This child, this little boy, was alive and well. He would be well. And he needed a name.
“Well, let’s see….” I beamed and traced patterns on Jamie’s shoulder. “I suppose we can’t have a Brian AND a Brianna.”
Jamie laughed, “No, indeed. The first Brian Fraser will get the big head up in heaven. Though what about your Da? Henry’s a good, strong name, aye? What d’ye think?”
“I’d very much like to use it as a second or third name… but I can’t quite see it as his first.”
“’His,’” Jamie echoed in a gleeful murmur. “…He’s a him.”
My delighted giggle hit me mid-kiss. “Yes, darling,” I crooned against his lips, “he’s a him.”
Jamie brightened. “Say, now, what about Robert? That was my wee brother’s name, and one of my Da’s as well.”
I must have made a face at this, for he smiled and rubbed my belly, leaning down to whisper confidentially, “Your mam doesna like your name onebit, wee Rabbie.”
I laughed and amended, fairly, “If you feel strongly about it, I might be persuaded. I’ve just—Honestly, I’ve never liked the name Robert. Robert…. ROBERT….” I tried the name several more times, making grotesque faces as I tasted the syllables. “No, sorry, just won’t do.”
Jamie wasn’t offended, and in fact, we both repeated the rejected name a few more times each, trying out ridiculous accents and intonations to completely rule it out as a frontrunner until we were little more than a mass of giggles there in the professor’s chair.
Then, as if by magnetic force, we quieted and turned our eyes back to my belly—to our little him.
We were still for a long time, both of us imagining we could see our son curled up asleep, as I had so briefly and hazily today.
“Lambert?” Jamie said.
I smiled fondly, but shook my head.
“William?” I offered softly, a while later. “For your brother?”
Jamie made a sound of acknowledgment, thinking, but said nothing.
There was a bird singing outside the tall, sunny window. Leafy sun-shadows spangled the walls and a tiny breeze brought the scent of spring to surround us.
And as a second bird chimed in outside our little haven, Jamie’s hand tightened lightly, significantly, on my belly, eyes shining. “What about…Ian?”
“…Ian…” I breathed back, putting my hand over his, feeling something settle perfectly into place. “Oh, yes, that’s….Ian…”
Not the blood-brother long-mourned: the brother of Jamie’s heart whose loss was still an open wound. They’d known each other all their lives; had fought together and defended one another, had been each others’ champions in battle and at home. And it struck me for the first time that Ian Murray was the only brother I myself had ever known, too. Ian had been a true kindred spirit, ever an ally in our den of blood-Frasers. And beyond that, Ian was—had been my friend. I missed his ready smile and his wit, his compassion….
It was painful—but perfect.
“Ian…Henry,” Jamie murmured reverently. “A fine name.”
“Ian Henry…Fergus?…” I offered, my voice cracking.
I felt the convulsion go through Jamie and I touched his face. I know, love. I know.
Lord, the grief—the grief of holding one son between us and longing for the one we’d left behind; and for Jamie, how much more raw that grief. For Fergus had been there with him for those two broken years, had been a joy and a comfort to him when little else could be; and we could never see him again.
“Aye,” Jamie said at last, smiling weakly through reddened eyes. “Ian. Henry. Fergus. Beauchamp—”
“Fraser,” we finished together in a whisper, all four hands covering our little boy. Life and loss, joy and mourning, so inextricably intertwined.
There were tears in Jamie’s eyes, as there were in mine, and his voice was deep and husky with love as he looked down at our hands and rubbed gently. “You’ll do them all proud, Ian.”
And damn me, if our little guy didn’t kick, right on cue.
Summary: Bucky thought he finally found the one but it turned out to be your sister. And being the big sister you are, you went to talk the bastard who played with your sister’s feelings. Unbeknownst to him, you are his superior in the army and is more than prepared in giving him a hard time.
Pairing: 40s!Bucky Barnes x bamf!reader
Warning: Language that Cap doesn’t approve of. Extremely long. Probably going to have a part 2. 40s!Bucky is not my specialty. Tell me if you want more oneshots or not please. This is a Soulmate Au where everyone has two different eye colors, one of their own and one is their soulmate’s. Once they meet each other, the eyes revert back to their own color. (bucky has brown eyes in this fic) ([Y/N/N] means your nickname)
“You know, Buck. When my Ma and Pa first met, their eyes changed instantly.” Steve shrugged as he murmured his words.
“I know that, Steve. It’s kind of hard to forget when you mention it every single time I’m with Nancy.” Bucky sassed as he leaned back to his seat in the booth. It was the same diner where he and Nancy first met. It became their agreed on place to meet. The first time they saw each other, it was a sight. They both had one brown and one [Y/E/C]; it was a perfect match.
“You’ve been together for more than a week, Buck. And your eyes hasn’t change a single shade.” Steve tried to knock some sense into Bucky’s head. He has been trying to for a while now. He was there when Nancy and Bucky met.
“I’m aware. But my folks, it took 2 days, Steve. Two whole days.” Bucky, unlike his friends, still held on to the slither of hope that Steve was just being impatient.
“It’s been 10 days, Bucky. I don’t think she’s the one,” Steve lowly murmured. Bucky opened his mouth to answer but whatever he was supposed to say faded away. He took a deep breath. He knew, deep down, that Steve had a point. “You think I haven’t been counting?“
“You’re going to be drafted in a few days.“
“Are you really going to let her think you’re soulmates and make her wait for you until you come back to tell her the truth?” That sentence made his chest tighten.
“No.” Bucky knew exactly what he had to do, no matter how hard it was, he had to do it. It was unfair to Nancy and he knew that. All he wanted was to meet his soulmate before he gets shipped to England. That was his only wish and that was enough to blind him on obvious facts. That Nancy [Y/L/N] isn’t his soulmate. He had to set things straight, even if he had to hurt the woman who has done nothing but want to meet her soulmate but met someone like him instead.
“Oh, you should meet him, [Y/N]!“
Nancy twirled around in her dress as she removed the curlers in her hair. There were clear happiness in her eyes and [Y/N] couldn’t help but smile at her sister. Nancy was such a hopeless romantic, the state of the war not affecting her carefree personality one bit. [Y/N] sat on the bed and grinned at her little sister. Nancy sat beside [Y/N] then placed her head on her older sister’s shoulder. “He’s amazing! He’s funny! He so gentlemanly and very suitable for the war! He has a rank too!“
Requested by @bitweird1:
Could you do a preference for what the Gotham villians would react like
if they thought you died but then they discover you didn’t? Including
Sid and Nancy?
A/N: Heyo, I’m guessing by Sid and Nancy you mean Bruce and Selina? I’m gonna go with that cause that’s the only time I’ve seen the term used in this fandom XD Correct me if I’m wrong. Also, sorry for taking so damn long to do this. I’m a mess.
A/N: There’s some mention to one of my ask fics (the star gazing & pillow fort one with motorcycle Betty) that may confuse you a little if you didn’t read it
“This is so cliché, I love it.” Veronica’s laugh bubbles out of her mouth as she reaches out to tangle her fingers with her girlfriend’s.
“I figured you would enjoy a classic go karts and mini golfing date.” Betty smiles at Ronnie, “I liked the idea of taking it a little old school for our five year anniversary.” Veronica tugs impatiently on her hand, pulling her towards the entrance.
“You make us sound old when you say it like that, B.” Betty just shrugs as she follows behind her girlfriend, admiring her curves and the perfect swell of her ass. When she finally tears her eyes away from the view, she catches sight of Veronica’s pleased smirk and rolls her eyes playfully, a soft pink tint coating her cheeks.
“We’re only twenty-three Ronnie. There’s plenty of years ahead of us to look forward to.”
“Well,” Veronica turns around, walking backwards as she draws out the word, “What I’m looking forward to right now is beating your ass in go karts and mini golf.” She winks at her before turning back around and tugging Betty up to walk alongside her.
When they reach the kiosk, Veronica starts to dig through her purse before her girlfriend stops her, handing the man the necessary amount of money for karting and mini putt. Ronnie pouts as they walk towards the race track.
“I wanted to pay.” Betty just shakes her head, a fond smile playing on her lips.
“Trust me, you don’t need to pay for anything with the amount of…gifts you gave me. The one I woke up to, the one in the shower, before and after breakfast. Not to mention the amazing antique typewriter you got me.” Veronica’s pout turns into a smug smile as they stand in line.
“I’m surprised you’re even walking straight.” The blush that spreads across Betty’s cheeks earns her a beautiful laugh.
“If we’re being honest..it’s taking everything in me to walk normal.” Veronica laughs again, the sound sending Betty’s heart fumbling.
“Hey! Don’t laugh at me, this is your fault.” She whines, her bottom lip jutting out.
“Awwww, I’m sorry baby.” Ronnie coos, a mischievous twinkle in her eye. “I’ll kiss it better when we’re somewhere more private.” Betty’s face somehow flushes a darker shade of pink as she listens to her girlfriend’s giggles and watches her get into one of the many awaiting karts before she shakes herself out of her stupor. Reaching into her front right pocket, she sighs in relief when her fingers brush velvet. Her heart races, yet she feels serene as she follows Veronica.
“I can’t believe I lost. I literally work with cars.” Betty groans, following a grinning Veronica.
“Well believe it babe and get ready to lose at mini golf too.” Betty just smiles and wraps her arm around her girlfriend’s shoulders.
“Care to place a wager, gorgeous?” Ronnie side eyes her, head tilting in curiosity.
“What are the stakes?”
“Winner gets a lap dance and loser has to clean up Cate’s potty accidents for a week.” She pauses as she lets out a little laugh “I can’t believe you convinced me to name our dog Cate Blanchett.” Veronica’s arm snakes around her waist, snuggling into her side as they walk towards the kiosk.
“I mean, you get to name our next dog Nancy Drew so I’d say it’s even. And you’re so on. I hope you have a song in mind, ‘cause I want that dance as soon as we get to the apartments.” Betty shakes her head, grabbing their clubs and balls.
“You’re overconfidence will be your down fall, beautiful.” Veronica just laughs, accepting the club and ball handed to her.
“Don’t stand there and laugh at me!” Veronica whines. They’re on the fifth hole and Betty has discovered, to her amazement, that Ronnie has no idea how to play.
“I’m so sorry,” she trails off into a few more quieter laughs, “you were just so confident that you’d beat me and-” a snort escapes her mouth, “and you don’t even know how to swing the club.” Her girlfriend just huffs, pouting for the second time that night.
“Okay, okay, c'mere. I’ll teach you.”
Slowly, Veronica makes her way towards Betty and comes to a stop in front of her.
“You don’t need to be so stiff.” She whispers, pressing herself against Ronnie’s back and resting her hands on her hips. She gives them a light squeeze, smiling at the hitch in Veronica’s breath.
“Bend your knees slightly….Good. Now,” Betty moves her hands to rest on top of her girlfriend’s, moving them into the correct positions on the putter.
“This is where your hands should be.” Veronica nods, trying hard to focus on the mini lessons, but finding it difficult with the warmth of Betty against her.
“You don’t need to swing so hard. Just like this.” She swings their arms gently, watching as the ball rolls through the miniature windmill and into the hole on the other side.
“Okay?” She nods again, letting out a breath she didn’t know she was holding when Betty finally pulls back.
They move onto the next hole and Veronica tries once before asking Betty to show her again.
(Betty wins, but Veronica doesn’t mind giving her favorite girl a lap dance. Especially when she knows it’ll end in her favor.)
(She might’ve minded cleaning up after the puppy if she wasn’t so cute.)
They walk hand in hand towards Betty’s car, her free hand brushing her pocket to make sure the slight bulge is still there.
“This was fun.” Veronica watches as her girlfriend nods in agreement.
“Do you have any song requests for me when we get home?” Betty opens the passenger side door to the jeep for her before wandering around the front to get into the driver’s seat.
“Uhm actually…we have one more place to go.” The car starts and she pulls out. Glancing over towards the girl in the seat next to her, she notices Veronica already looking at her and her gaze darts back to the road as Ronnie continue to study her curiously.
“You seem nervous…Where are we going? What are we doing?” There’s a sudden gasp and Betty’s eyes flicker towards her in panic before Veronica continues.
“Has this all been a ploy to gain my trust just so you could take me out into the woods and murder me?” It all comes out in a rushed breath and the absurdity of the statement startles a laugh out of Betty.
“No, nothing like that.”
“Then where are we going?”
They drive into a familiar abandon parking lot and Veronica’s eyes widen in concern.
“Lovers Look Out?”
The car shuts off and Betty turns in her seat to ease her girlfriend’s qualms, her hand instinctively reaching out to grip Ronnie’s own.
“I know you probably don’t associate this place with good memories, but I was hoping to change that while we’re in town.”
She just nods at Betty’s words, trying to stop herself from thinking back to that part of their past.
“Hey, it’s okay.” She looks up at the soft tone in Betty’s voice.
“I promise I won’t leave this time. I’m never leaving you, okay?” A nod and Betty is leaning across the center console to pull Veronica into a gently kiss. Foreheads pressed together as lips barely brush.
They’ve been laying quietly in the field for a few minutes, in a blanket fort eerily similar to the last one, before either one of them breaks the silence.
“You see that there?” Betty asks quietly, finger tracing the constellation as Veronica snuggles deeper into her side and nods.
“That’s Adromeda. She was an Ethiopian princess, daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia. Her mother, Cassiopeia, loved to brag about how beautiful she was and had dared to say she was even more beautiful than the queen of the gods, Juno-”
She listens, enraptured as her girlfriend points to the many different pictures the stars make up, telling the stories in a way that leaves her in a trance. Eventually, they drift away from actual constellations and to made up stories and fairytales.
“That one reminds me of our fur baby back home.” Veronica murmurs, still pressed into her girlfriend’s side. Betty huffs out a laugh, looking at the bundle of stars Ronnie is pointing out. They settle down into another comfortable bout of silence before Betty is sitting up, pointing to a specific star in the sky. It’s much brighter than all the other ones and it’s intense blue hue has Veronica wondering how she hadn’t noticed before.
“That star right there, that’s your star.” She looks over to the girl sat next to her. Noticing how she’s practically shaking. Shaking with what? She doesn’t know.
“What do you mean that’s my star?”
She digs into her back pocket and grabs her wallet, pulling out a folded up sheet of laminated paper. Betty hands it to Veronica, watching nervously as she opens it.
“You did not name a star after me, Betty. That’s so gay.” Ronnie teases fondly before noticing what the name of the star is.
“Why’d you name it ‘Veronica Cooper-Lodge’?” She questions, her eyes drawing away from the paper in her hands to the kneeling girl in front of her. She notices the small black box gripped tightly in Betty’s hand and her lips part in a silent gasp as she realizes what’s happening.
“Veronica, when you first swept into Pop’s wearing that ridiculously attractive, stupid cape, I had knew then and there that you would utterly ruin me.” She pauses as she takes in a shaky breath, eyes never tearing away from her girlfriend’s gaze. “And when you kissed me at tryouts, I realized how..screwed I was. Because somehow you had wormed your way into my heart and broke it, all within a week of me knowing you. And yet, you were also the one to mend it and I’ve never met anyone who had, has, so much power over my heart.” They’re both crying and it takes everything in her to stay put and finally get the words that have been crowding her brain since they met, and not to reach out and hold Veronica.
“I’ve never found someone who just…gets me like you do. We’re soulmates, we fit together in all the right ways, similar and somehow different enough to compliment each other. Fate threw us together for a reason and who am I to deny destiny?” Betty pauses to shakily open the box, the ring glinting in the moonlight. Their eyes don’t stray from each other.
“Veronica Lodge, will you go full dark, no stars and marry me?”
AHSJDNEKSIJE MY HEART MY LORD FUKDKE. THANK YOU
This is for the Writer’s Guild Soulmate AU Day, which was yesterday, and I forgot. I suck. Anyway, this AU is where you see in black and white until you meet your soulmate! Please enjoy :)
Nancy Wheeler had grown up grey. Her whole family had, she supposed, but it had always been her life’s goal to see the world as it really was first.
She remembered, solidly, wandering around the park at six years old, imagining what green was like. She remembered lying on her back and watching the clouds drift by, wishing she knew what blue was like. She had an idea. She thought it would be bright and patient. She thought that blue might be her favourite almost-colour.
When she asked her mother what the world looked like, with those different hues and shades, her mom stared back blankly.
“Nancy,” she’d said, lips tugging upward into a swift (albeit false) smile. She’d rounded the counter, brushing flour off her hands. “You don’t need to worry about all of that right now, okay?”
“Why can’t you just tell me?” Nancy’d stared up at her, brow knit with confusion. What was wrong with asking?
A/n: I don’t know I just thought of this off the top of my head. I don’t want to start this book off on a sad imagine but I love making myself cry. Also part 2 to this?? And I altered the events in stranger things and traits to Nancy in this. Enjoy((:
“Barb shut up! Ohh my god, you did not!” I gasp out as she tries to convince me that she is the queen at match making.
“What? All I did was told Nancy to slip in a good word about you to Steve!” Barb said while holding her hand to her chest dramatically.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea for Steve’s ex to try and set me up with him but thanks for the effort.” I sigh as I rest my head on my hands while sitting in the cold school chairs, trying to get my thoughts straight before our free period ends.
“(Y/N)! I love Nancy with all my heart but you liked him since 3rd grade and Nancy knew that but she went on to date Steve! She realized that it hurt you later and that she was just trying to be different and she didn’t have true feelings for Steve! She’s trying to build your trust back up and she said this is the least she can do!” Barb said with a slight muffled voice as her head rests on the desk.
“I told her that it wasn’t her fault and that I forgive her she shouldn’t do anything else for me I’m perfectly fin-”
“Hey (Y/N)!” I whip my head back and Barb perks up from the sound of Steve’s voice echoing as he comes closer to us. “Hey I was looking for you all over the place.”
“Ohh hey look what time it is I should really get a snack before class starts! I’ll leave you to at it.” Barb winks at me as I turn and give her a distressed look that reads ‘Help me’. Barb ignores me and grabs her books and walks away with a little hop in her step.
“So umm… (Y/N) I heard you like popcorn? Uhh so would you like to go to the movies with me?” Steve stutters out as he shoves his hands in his denim pockets.
I let out a small laugh under my breath as I look up at him and say, “Was that supposed to be smooth or something? Because it wasn’t. I think you are losing your charm, Steve.”
“Wait no- I uhh.” Steve blushes and avoids my eyes.
“I’m kidding Steve! If you are… Trying to ask me out that umm I’ll go with you or something.” My confidence flattens as he stares at me with his captive gaze.
“Really?! I mean cool. I’ll pick you up at 7 on Sunday!” He says as he runs his hands through his hair.
“I’ll see you then.” I let out a small smile as I try to contain my excitement. Steve turns around and starts walking back to his locker and I let out a breath as a big grin spreads on my cheeks.
[2 months later]
Steve and I have been dating for a month now and it’s been nothing but joy. Nancy has been really sweet to me but occasionally has her moments were she hangs if of Steve or something along those lines but I shouldn’t be jealous. I don’t want to be a clingy hover girlfriend when we have only been dating for 1 month but we already established that we love each other so I guess you can say we are semi-serious.
Steve’s birthday was today and we went out to lunch and had a day trip to the city then he dropped me off at home. It’s 8pm right now and I’m outside of Steve’s house. I wanted to surprise him and give him his gift and a letter that I poured my heart out into. Corny but I really love him.
I climb up his house and mentally thank my mom for always making me do mountain climbing when we went on vacation. I safely land on Steve’s roof and make my way to his window but freeze at the sound of Nancy’s voice coming from Steve’s room.
“Seriously Steve, why are you still dating (Y/N)? We already know that we got back together, why don’t you just tell her? Don’t wait to long and break her ugly heart even more.” Nancy lets out. I creep over to his window and peek in to see Steve shirtless holding an equally exposed Nancy with a blanket covering them. From the open window I can here clearly what they are saying and my eyes start to weld up with tears.
“I know, Nanc. I’m going too. Eventually. She’s just a there to pump up my coolness level you know.” Steve makes a gesture with his hands as he says cool and I clear my eyes as I hop threw the window and throw his gift at them.
They sit straight up and Nancy makes an effort to cover her exposed chest with a blanket as her eyes widen.
“I feel real loved right now Steve. Ohh and Happy Birthday, boyfriend.” I say with venom dripping from my voice as tears start to fill my eyes once again.
“(Y/N)-” Steve tries to get out as he stands up and tries to grab my wrist. I twist my hand and pull it from his grip.
“So how long has this been going on, huh? I mean it’s not like I care because I mean I’m just a ugly stupid girl I bet you guys are surprised that I figured that, right?” I say as I look around Steve to Nancy who is glaring at me.
Nancy opens her mouth and starts, “It’s not like he ever loved you I don’t know why you are freaking ou-”
“NANCY GET OUT.” Steve says has he clenches his fist and looks at me with regret.
“Wait what?” Nancy says.
“I said get. Out.” Nancy jumps up and grabs her clothes and runs out the born hoping to now be spotted by his parents.
“So how long? Huh Mr cool guy?” I cross my arms and don’t care to look strong anymore as a waterfall of hears stream down my face.
“30 days…” Steve breaths out as he looks down.
“Ohh so wait? Only a day after we started dating huh? Ohh I feel so important Steve. I feel so needed! Did you ever even like me?” I
Steve starts to look mad as he snaps his head up to look at me and says, “Hey how is this my fault?! You are always hanging out with that freak Byers and I never say anything about it so it’s only fair if I get to stay with Nancy and I mean I loved her before I never knew you were a thing?”
I squeeze my first so tight that I can feel my nails starting to puncture my skin. “Jonathan? Seriously Jonathan? Don’t bring him up in this! I never cheated on you and I’ve known you since we were 5 STEVE 5 YEARS OLD!”
“Well why can’t I bring Jonathan in this and 5 years huh? I don’t remember that and of course I’ll bring Jonathan up in this! It’s only fair!” Steve starts to yell as somehow he tries to accuse me for his actions.
“Fair?! Why is it fair?! I never slept with Jon, never kissed Jon, and why would I not do that? BECUASE I LOVE YOU AND I AM ACTUALLY FAITHFUL!” I yell out.
“Ohh shut up, will you? You have slept with Jonathan and you know it!” Steve tries to blame me again. But he does something that I thought he never would. He backhands me on my cheek and my head snaps to the side and I feel blood trickle down my nose. I knew Steve was aggressive but ever to people he 'cared about’.
“You know what… I’m done. We are through. I’m done with your crap. I should have known you were still hitting it up with Nancy with her hanging off you all the time. I should have known that someone like 'The Steve Harrington’ would never find interest in someone like 'me’. I mean it’s all my fault that YOU slept with Nancy. You know what? I actually thought that you needed me more than I needed you. But hey I’m to stupid to even have any though of my own huh?” I wipe the blood that drips down my nose because of Steve’s slap. I let the tears fall down my face as I threw my gift at him and ripped the letter and climb through his window in a rush and run towards the forest.
Steve stares out the window in shock that he lost his temper and smacked you. Steve gaze falls as he looks at his red hand and the small drop of blood that has fallen on his floor next to your gifts to him and Steve thinks about what he had just done.
After getting news about a family reunion coming up, the reader decides to set up a plan to make her look like she isn’t as single as she actually is. But when all her candidates can’t go, she’s left with the only person who she least expects to go along with the plan.
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A/N: As requested here is part 2! i went a little overboard on this, but trust me you guys it’s gonna get better! I might add a smut part, cause everyone digs that. If you want to be tagged, ask and I will kindly do so and if I forgot to tag you please tell me. *Gif isn’t mine
“And remember my Mother loves it when men are absolute gentleman,” You said as you stopped the car in front of your family beach house.
“Y/N, I grew up in the 1900s, I’m probably more of a gentleman that every single one of those men in that house combined,” Bucky insisted as he tugged down his long sleeved gray henly.
Sadness washed over you as you realized that he was trying to conceal his metal arm. It dawned on you, Bucky was probably struggling with himself about this whole situation. For your sake, he went along with the plan and it made your heart swell.
You reached out and stopped his hand, instead you rolled up the sleeves on both of his arms and smiled, “You don’t have to do that.”
“But won’t your family be afraid?” He asked.
You shrugged, “Does it look like I care what they think? We’re dating, well fake dating, and when you’re fake dating, you love that person unconditionally. Even if they have a metal arm.”
He smiled slyly at you. “Then let’s get in there and fake the shit out of this.”
You stepped out of the car and breathed in the Californian air. The sea breeze engulfed your senses and you were suddenly a teenager again. An angsty one, but a teenager nonetheless. Memories of you sitting on the warm sand with the sun beating down on you flooded your mind. You missed it.
“Go in without me, I’ll be there in a bit,” Bucky said.
“What?” You snapped your head in his direction. “We’re supposed to go in together.”
“Trust me,” He added. “Have a little faith in me, doll.”
You groaned, “Just hurry up.”
With a last deep breath, you walked towards the house. You smoothed down your black striped t-shirt dress and made sure your black boots were spotless. The noise was heard even before you got inside. Your family was loud, so it would be a surprise if you got through the night without an argument breaking out. You spoke too soon.
“The pot is mine!” You recognized the voice as your Aunt Nancy.
“Nuh uh!” Your Aunt Betty remarked. “See that dent right there! Susie made is when she dropped it on the floor! Now give it here you old hag.”
Bickering followed quickly and you heard your Mother trying to break the fight between her two sisters. You opened the door, knowing it would be unlocked and stepped inside. All eyes were on you. The entire family was there. Your grandpa was there from your Mother’s side as well as both your grandparents from your dad’s side of the family. Your mother had three siblings. Your Aunt Nancy and Betty were her sisters and Uncle Matt was her brother. Nancy, Betty, and Matt were all married. Nancy has two kids, Betty has five and Matt has one.
Your Dad’s side of the family was much bigger. He has five siblings. Your Uncle Danny, Joel, and Freddy. Aunt Hazel is the second to youngest and the only girl. Uncle Joel is the youngest and constantly getting a new partner. It would be no surprise if he has a new boyfriend or girlfriend by next week. Danny has four kids, Freddy and Hazel both have two. By the looks of it, Aunt Hazel has a third one on the way.
“Y/N!” Your Mother exclaimed in glee. “I can’t believe you were able to make it!” She pulled you into a hug. “It’s been so long.”
“Yeah, well I left California for a reason,” You mumbled and hugged her back.
It’s true. No matter how much you missed your Mother and Father, there was a great reason as to why you left in the first place. It was your aunts. Mostly from your Mother’s side. They were such hypocrites and always had something to day about you.
“Ha! See, I told you she was still single Flor,” Your Aunt Betty told your Mother.
“Oh quiet you,” Your mom shut her up. “It’s alright, I understand.”
Before you could say anything, your sister spoke up.
“Still dressing in black I can see,” She remarked and embraced you.
“Missed you, Erika,” You smiled. “Let me see the rock.”
Erika flashed you her engagement ring that was on her finger. No doubt waiting for the exact moment in which she could show you her new jewelry. After all the greeting and embraces from family that actually missed you, the comments began.
“Did you gain weight?” Aunt Nancy asked.
“Yes, it’s called muscle, something you don’t know about,” You shot back.
“Well, would you look at that? The girl grew a backbone,” Betty laughed. “Yet she couldn’t find a man.”
You were being torn apart by your aunts and you were at that breaking point. Just as you were about to snap at them, a voice form behind saved you.
Everyone turned their attention to Bucky who walked into the house. He held a bouquet of flowers and you silently thanked him. He walked over and planted a long kiss on your lips. You weren’t expecting it, but were quick to melt under his touch.
When you faced your family once again, they were all gawking at the man that just entered the house. Your Mother smiled widely and you sister seemed to nod in approval.
“James Barnes,” He greeted.
“This is my boyfriend,” You added.
“These are for you Mrs. Y/L/N,” Bucky gave the flowers to your Mother. “I wasn’t sure what flowers you liked so I decided to go with Y/N’s favorite; asters.”
You didn’t know how he found out that those were your favorite flowers, but at that moment, you didn’t care. He just made himself look like a gentleman, and that’s all you cared about.
Bucky shook hands with all the men of the family and hugged each woman. You couldn’t help but notice Aunt Betty’s glance at his metal arm, you knew immediately that she was going to give you shit about it.
“Let’s eat!” Your father announced.
“So James, where’d you meet Y/N,” Your Mother asks.
“Please, call me Bucky,” He smiled before looking at you. “We met at work.”
“As you all know, I am Tony Stark’s secretary,” You added. “And Steve Rogers happens to be a close friend of mine. He introduced us.”
“You know Captain America?” One of your nephews asked.
You nodded, “Bucky here is his best friend.”
“He and I go way, way back,” He chuckled.
“You sure did have a great life in New York,” Erika stated.
You intertwined your fingers with Bucky’s. It was metal arm, he looked at you, as if surprised that you’d do such a daring move. “It’s great! Mr. Stark gave me an amazing room in his tower.”
“But she hardly sleeps in it cause she’s always with me,” Bucky added before the both of you burst into a light chuckled.
“How long have you been together?” Aunt Hazel asked.
“A little over a year,” He replied.
“A year?” Aunt Nancy spoke up. “You mean you’ve been hiding this hunk for over a year?”
You cringed at her statement. Bucky squeezed your hand. You couldn’t wait til this day was over.
“And remember that tomorrow is the barbecue by the beach!” You mother called as you left the house. “Nice meeting you Bucky.”
“Nice meeting you too Mrs. Y/L/N.”
“That was terrible,” You mumbled.
“Did I do something wrong?” Bucky asked, genuinely concerned.
“Oh, no, you did great. Did you see their faces when you came in?” You laughed.
“What’s the deal with your Aunts?” He continued.
You shook your head, “They’ve always been like that. Now you can see why I left. They’re not the best people.” You handed Bucky your phone that had the Google Maps open. “Tony is letting us stay at one of his houses.”
“How much did you have to pay for him to do that?” He mumbled.
“Nothing at all,” You replied matter-oh-factly.
Honestly, Bucky, you surprise me. You had such good manners,“ You smiled. “Is that how you got your reputation as a certified ladies man?”
He laughed. It was a joy-filled laugh and it made you want to hear it again. You weren’t sure if it was because you hardly heard him laugh, but now that you did, you wanted to make him laugh again just so you can hear him. So you can be the reason for that laughter. For that happiness.
“Your family’s pretty cool,” Bucky said, ignoring your question.
You rolled your eyes, “Did you hear my nieces and nephews?” A migraine blossomed into your head at the simple memory of all the screaming and crying that you endured for the past three hours.
“And you’re gonna have to handle that all day tomorrow as well,” He noted as if reading your mind.
“Yes and no,” You paused and scrunched your nose. “We can go, make an appearance then maybe leave the barbecue and come back to the house. It’ll be fun!”
“Whoa,” Your mouth was agape as you stared up at the grand Stark mansion. The house sat on a hill, overlooking the beach that was far below. You were astonished at the trust Tony had in both you and Bucky to stay in his beautiful home.
“Holy shit,” You heard Bucky whisper next to you.
The inside was even better. Tony’s exquisite taste in home décor shone brightly in the interior of this home. Each item, no doubt was hand-picked by Tony. The vibrant colors blended together perfectly. You rushed towards the closed curtains and pulled them apart. Just as you imagined, the windows had a captivating view of the beach. The windows stretched from floor to ceiling, never missing a single detail of the scene that was before your eyes.
Bucky let out a low whistle, “Stark must’ve paid a fortune for this view.”
“Yeah, probably worth than both of us combined. So try not to break anything.”
The two of you began your search for the bedrooms. You considered the idea to call Tony and ask him for directions, but decided against it since it was already late in New York. You found the kitchen, which is equally as glorious as the house itself. You found his tech room, that you decided to keep shut to indicate that it was off limits. Finally you found the bedroom. Turns out, that was the only bedroom there was.
Bucky scratched the back of his neck, “Well, I can take the couch. It must be comfortable as well, right?”
“Are you sure? I can gladly take the couch,” You intervened.
“Y/N,” He said. “I insist.”
“So big of a house and you’d think that Tony would spare rooms,” You exhaled. “But then again, this home was for him and Pepper.”
“At least each room has a spectacular view,” He gazed out into the stretched out view. The sun was just beginning to set. Orange, red and rosy fingers seemed to streaked across the clouds. The colors reflected off the water, adding an even more profound beauty to it all.
You and Bucky spent the rest of the night sitting on the couch, eating pizza and watching whatever was on the TV. The pizza delivery guy seemed to be a bit bummed out when he only received a five dollar tip. Maybe he thought that you and Bucky were cheapskates, considering the fact that you were ‘living’ in a home as magnificent as this one.
After two movies, two boxes of pizza and several mindless conversation, you and Bucky decided to call it a day. You dug through your bag in search for your sleeping shirt. Realization struck you and you dragged your hand down your face as you groaned loudly. You had left you sleeping shirt back at the facility. How could I fucking forget? You mentally scolded yourself.
“Bucky,” His name fell from your lips as a groan and slumped towards the bathroom.
He stood over the sink. His dark locks were pulled back in a bun to keep them out of his face. He looked up and quirked an eyebrow at your state.
“This is gonna sound a bit strange, but do you have a shirt I can borrow? I left mine at the facility.”
He shook his head, “Oh Y/N, always so forgetful.”
“It wasn’t my fault!” You insisted and followed him out of the bathroom.
He reached into his bag and tossed you one of his shirts. You unfolded it and the letters read ‘Pink Floyd 1972 World Tour.’ You shrugged and decided that it will do.
“Thanks, Buck,” You smiled.
“Your welcome and get some sleep! I don’t want you complaining about how tired you are when we’re about to get ten hours of sleep,” He called.
You tossed him a pillow and blanket before standing up straight and saluting, “Yes sir.”
He rolled his eyes and smiled, “You’re the worst fake girlfriend ever.”
The Clash was playing. She had no idea why she was listening to them, but Jonathan had made her a mix tape. ‘For Christmas,’ he’d said, when he’d handed her the cassette on New Year’s Eve. They’d gone to the Byers’, her and Mike - to get away from home, at their mom’s insistence.
That had been an odd conversation. Nancy’s mom had seemed torn at the prospect, but she had reiterated over and over that Mike 'needed to get out of the house,’ and 'be around friends.’
Nancy hadn’t wanted to go out. For the first time in a while, all she’d wanted was to be alone. To curl up on her bed and drown herself out with classic pop hits her father despised. She wanted to cry.
Fluffy prompt possibilities: Alya sets out a challenge to her blog followers to find some way to convince her totally doubtful BFF that LadyNoir is totally real. Adrien/Chat takes up the challenge. Fluffy shenanigans ensue. :)
“This is so ridiculous,” Marinette groaned, watching the screen fill with comments. “You realize none of this is actually proof, right? Just because people think Ladybug and Chat Noir are together doesn’t mean they actually are.”
“You are such a Negative Nancy,” Alya grinned. “Of course Ladynoir is the real deal. Have you seen the way they look at each other?” She clicked on the photos tab. “Seriously, M, look at his face and tell me he’s not head over heels in love with her.”
Marinette studied the photo of Chat Noir. He was looking at Ladybug as she talked to a reporter. His eyes were soft and he had a small, sweet smile. “They’re partners, probably even best friends. It makes sense that he would look at her.”
“You’re being stubborn.”
“I’m being realistic.”
“Adrien,” Alya called, waving him over. “Please enlighten us with your thoughts on Ladynoir.”
“Ladynoir?” he asked, a pink tinge painting his cheeks.
“Don’t act dumb with me, Sunshine. You know exactly what Ladynoir means. Remember, I know your screenname on the Ladyblog,” she smirked.
“Uh, Ladynoir, right,” Adrien smiled, his cheeks reddening. “What about it?”
“Do you think it’s real? Are they actually together? Marinette’s not a believer.” Alya turned to her friend. “For shame.”
“Oh, well, I think it’s nice to believe they’re really together. I mean, they would make a great couple, right? Ladybug is strong and brave and beautiful and smart and…and Chat Noir is…awesome?”
“Sure, he’s awesome, funny, sexy, and all that,” Marinette conceded, “but that doesn’t mean they’re dating!”
“I think the lady doth protest too much,” Alya teased. “Admit it, M, you’re a total Ladynoir shipper.”
“I am not,” Marinette replied, crossing her arms.
“I definitely am,” Adrien said confidently. “Like, one hundred percent. And, uh, you’re a Chat Noir fan, huh? That’s pretty cool.”
“Adrien, you have a free period now, right? So does Marinette! You should absolutely take this time to sway her to Team Ladynoir. Don’t let me down, Sunshine.” Alya winked and stood up from the table.
Marinette looked back at her desperately but Alya just grinned before going back into the school.
Adrien propped his chin in his palm. “So what else do you think about Chat Noir, Marinette?”
I could seriously just keep going with this one and have lots of fun, but I may save that for another time. Thanks so much for the fluffy prompt, @overworkedunderwhelmed ! <3