After a hard mission, Gabe and Jack hoped to steal junk food from the fridge and hit the sack hard and long.
They managed to stumble his way to the kitchen and went rooting through the fridge first, looking for quick and easy things to grab. Luckily some of younger operatives went shopping last so there were ready to eat things of food just waiting to be grabbed. He grabbed a thing of sushi and two colas and was about to ease out to see how Jack’s raiding the cupboards was going when he heard something behind him.
Quickly he turned around and saw—
“…who are you?” He asked as Jack eased out of the cupboard with a bag of chips.
A young girl hummed happily as she dug around in a cupboard and came out with a bottle of juice. She hummed as she unscrewed it and started to sip, turning and seeing them and freezing like a deer in headlights.
“Mmeeeellllooodddddyyyy?” Lúcio called, wheeling into the doorway. “Oh, there she is… uh… hi Gabe…”
“Why is there a kid on base?” He asked as Lúcio wheeled in behind the girl and gently tapped her shoulder. She wheeled around, visibly relaxing at the sight of Lúcio before eagerly crawling into his lap and squeezing close to him.
“This isn’t a place for children,” Jack pointed out.
“Uh… well… I sort of… adopted her? And since I live here she lives with… me,” Lúcio grinned sheepishly.
“…okay,” He said quietly, “What’s her name?”
“Melody,” Lúcio grinned before gently tapping Melody’s shoulder. Lúcio attempted several rather basic hand signs.
“Hard of hearing?” He asked.
“Uh yeah, we’re both learning ASL, she knows more than me though,” Lúcio chuckled.
“Here…” He said. Melody was pointed his way and he sighed out that his name was Gabriel and it was nice to meet her. Melody broke out into a grin and eagerly signed out that it was nice to meet him too.
“Wait, you know ASL?” Lúcio asked incredulously.
“Blackwatch, I had a few people that used ASL to communicate,” He explained. “Learned to better communicate with them.
“It was also standard procedure for any commanding officer in Blackwatch and Overwatch,” Jack said as he popped open the bag of chips.
“Man, everyone knows more ASL than me,” Lúcio sighed.
“I can teach you some, it’s easy once you get the hang of it,” He shrugged, “Tell you what, I’ll even look after little Melody if you need a sitter.”
“…Bro I love you,” Lúcio said as he walked out of the room with his snacks.
“Yeah yeah, nap time now though,” He said as he left.
“Why did you just volunteer us for babysitting duties?” Jack asked.
“Closest thing we’ll get to grandkids for awhile, Jackie,” He smirked, “I want to enjoy this.”