Meant to be - Montgomery de la Cruz
A/N: Before anything, I want to leave clear I’m not a fan of Montgomery’s behaviour in the show, but I really like the actor who plays him and I wanted to give it a shot writing about him. So in this AU Montgomery has already realised he’s been a dick and has changed for the better; then, this fluff takes place :)
As always enjoy!!
“Monty, you need to relax. Everything’s gonna be totally fine.”
“Oh, believe me, I can sense it’s not. What if I embarrass myself? Or say something inappropriate? I’d only worsen the bad reputation I already have.”
You couldn’t do nothing else but watch the way his shoulders sank down after his words, regret taking over his countenance.
Even though you tried to look for the softest way to answer, you also knew you had to be honest, otherwise you wouldn’t help him.
“Okay, the image you worked yourself over these years wasn’t the best one, true, but you can’t cling to that, you need to move on.”
He hung his head low, watching the nervous interaction between his fingers. It had been a long time since he last felt okay with the jerkish manners he used to have. Although it took him a while, he eventually realised he needed to change.
It wasn’t until then that he understood the happiness he had been looking for in his tough and cruel behaviour had always been in being kind and respectful to others.
Using a low, if not barely audible voice, he asked “You know I’m in the process of changing that, right?”
With that question he intended to erase once and for all, the insecurities that in occasions crossed his mind. He feared you continued thinking that old Montgomery still existed. He dreaded the idea of you not trusting his will of amending all of his past mistakes. But, most of all, he despised the idea that you didn’t believe in him.
“Of course baby, you should be very proud of yourself”
You walked towards his standing figure in front of the views his window offered, wrapping your arms around his chest and placing a soothing kiss on the crook of his neck.
“You don’t have anything to fear, my mom’s gonna love you, and, despite what others may think, you’re a good person, don’t you dare to forget that, you hear me?”
He tilted his head in your direction and gave you a wide grin that reached his eyes, before placing a chaste kiss on the tip of your nose.
“You really think that?”
“Baby, I’ve thought that all along”
He turned completely to face you, placing one hand at the small of your back and the other cupping your cheek. Staring at your orbs he understood why he wanted to change for the better so much: the cruelty he had been filled of until then would only have ruined the kindness and innocence you possessed. He didn’t want that, he intended to give you as much as you gave him.
“I love you”
“Are you still nervous?”
“No, I’m fine”
“Baby, your hands are sweating”
“I just hope I don’t embarrass myself, just that”
You chuckled, looking for your keys in your back pocket. The smile erased from your face when you didn’t touch the cold metal. “Ugh, I think I left my keys at your place” “Why is it that I don’t find it any surprising?” He laughed when you rejected the peck he was about to leave on your lips. “Let’s just knock” he suggested.
“Who’s there?” Your mother asked from the other side “Us” “I like the way that sounds” she mumbled to herself, before unlocking the barrier that separated you.
“Mom, this is Montgomery. Monty, this is my mother”
“Monty? Is he your boyfriend Monty?”
“Like, your boobear?”
“Boobear?” he interrupted, giving you an amused look. You could feel the burn coming from your embarrassed face.
“Mom! You were the only one who knew I called him that way!”
Monty looked at you with loving eyes, action your mother didn’t ignore. The fact that you called him that when talking to you mother made him want to run to the highest point on Earth and shout out loud to the world how much he loved you. Such a simple fact made him genuinely happy.
“Hey, it’s cute, like, really cute”
He broke the hold of your hands, just to cross one arm around you waist and place a peck on your temple, whispering “my cute boobear”
“Hello Mrs. Carter, I’m Montgomery de la Cruz. Nice to meet you, ma’am”
“Call me Diana. I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long, it’s nice to finally meet you”
Your mother opened her arms to receive him with a warm hug. You knew Monty loved hugs, and were sure that would, if not erase, calm his nerves.
You bit your lip to not giggle when she looked at you in between the hug and made a sign of approval.
“What are we still doing here? Come on in!”
The afternoon was being lovely. Your mother and boyfriend turned out to get on really well. The conversation between both went smoothly and there weren’t any uncomfortable silences nor awkward sentences to break the ice.
After getting to know each other properly, your mother started talking about you. If there was anything you feared, that was her speaking about “her beautiful baby girl”, because that meant having to share your childhood pictures and, what was even worse, anecdotes.
“Look at you in this picture babe, you’re the cutest” Monty couldn’t get his eyes off your ten year-old self dressed up as Jessie from Toy Story at Zach’s eleventh birthday party. You glanced at it and shrugged as the corner of your lips lifted slightly, remembering the story behind that picture which actually involved him.
What you didn’t expect was your mother bringing your thoughts out loud.
“Did you know when she saw you were dressed as Buzz Lightyear she told me “See mommy, we’re meant to be” she’s had the biggest crush on you since elementary school, haven’t you sweetie?”
“Mom! that’s enough, stop it please, you’re embarrassing me!”
Monty laughed along with your mother. Seeing you still got embarrassed even though you were already dating just potentiated the soft image he had of you, and weakened his willpower to restrain himself from bathing you with kisses constantly.
Monty had never been reluctant to public displays of affection, he didn’t go too far either. He liked to show he cared about you and didn’t wish anything but to make you happy, so that didn’t stop him from getting up from the sofa he shared with your mother to the armchair where you observed their interaction, and kiss you on the cheek.
“You guys make a beautiful couple, honestly. Monty, you’re a really nice guy. I feel like you both complement each other so well” Your mother said giving you both the sweetest smile.
“Yes Diana, we do“
Your joy was her joy.
“Thanks for the lovely evening Diana, you’ve been really nice to me, hope to see you soon”
“Of course Monty, there are lots anecdotes I haven’t told you yet” She whispered this last part.
“And I’m looking forward to you telling me all of them” They snickered conspiratorially.
He walked towards you and held you by the small of your back “Mom, I’ll guide him to the door”
“Okay, see you soon, darling!”
Outside the warmth of your house it was already dark, the only illumination being the dim light of the lampposts. You hadn’t realised how much time you had spent with your mother until then.
“So… did you have fun?”
“Your mother is so cool, I had the time of my life looking through your pictures” He didn’t wait any longer to kiss you slowly yet intensely in the mouth. “You went from adorable, to adorable and hot”
“Shut up!” you giggled, throwing your arms around his neck. “Let me remind you how you persistently claimed you were going to embarrass yourself, and how it didn’t turn out like that”
“My poor boobear! Nevermind, to me you just got even more lovely, seriously”
You brought him by the hem of his shirt and whispered into his ear
“I love you… boobear”
“I love you too. By the way, the eleven year-old you was right from the start, we were meant to be together”