Hide & Seek
Summary: Bucky wakes up to his favorite things in the world. His sons and you.
Pairing: Dad!Bucky x reader
A/N: unbeta'd, Ill edit later. Don't copy, or repost but I'll appreciate likes comments and reblogs.
Hushed giggles and pattering of mall feet wake Bucky from his nap. He blinks slowly, shielding his eyes from the soft golden rays streaming through the swaying living room curtains. He touches his chest with a smile, knowing you must have taken the baby when he fell asleep.
The last thing he remembers is watching his babbling newborn stretch his chubby arms before yawning in his face.
Bucky’s enhanced hearing picks up more giggling. Closer and louder. Little voices whispering. A flash of orange darting across the hallway catches his attention.
Rubbing the drool stain on his henley, Bucky lolls his head to the side. His oldest son skids to a stop, his lively eyes widening comically before he gasps and runs away.
“What?” Bucky chuckles, scrubbing his hand down his face.
He sits up when he sees you saunter around the corner, his blue eyes brightening as you make your way towards him. “Hey, honey.”
“I missed you.” Bucky grabs your hips the second you’re within reach, pulling you on his lap.
Looping your arm around his neck, you chuckle, “Bucky, you were asleep for ten minutes, how could-.”
He cups your face, gazing at you with such awe and love that your breath hitches and your heart races. No matter how many times he gives you that look, you’ll never get used to it.
“I love you.” He murmurs, his hand moving up your thigh to your waist, soft lips brushing over yours until your own parts and his tongue slides in your mouth. Sliding your hands in his soft, short chestnut locks, you bring him closer, the kiss deepening as he slants his head. He’s always so eager to have a taste of your lips.
“He got mommy. Leave her. We gotta go,” your son whispers loudly to his brother, small feet slapping on the floors as they run into the kitchen. “Go, go, go.”
You break away, resting your forehead on his, laughing, “right, almost forget, you’re playing hide and seek with our boys.”
“What?” Bucky repeats for the second time in five minutes. His curious blue eyes sweeping across the open living room, he spots his eldest hiding under the chair, and his middle child peeking at him from under the sink.
You nod, patting his chest. “And you’re losing.”
Bucky tilts his head, “I am?”
"Yep.” You stand up and back away, giving him a playful look. “There’s five minutes left and if you don’t find them, you’re taking us out for pizza.”
You both grin when you hear a chorus of yeahs erupt from the ‘hiding spots'.
Bucky stretches his arms over his head, rising to his feet. “What do I get if I win?”
“If you win, we take you out for pizza.” You lean whispering that it was your son’s idea of course.
He places a warm kiss on your lips, happily sighing. He couldn’t wipe the grin off his face if he wanted to, these are the moments he lives for now. Bucky will never understand how he got so lucky to have you and his boys but he’s going to cherish every minute of his life with you.
Bucky saunters in the kitchen, stomping loudly around the table, pretending that he cant see his colorful shirt sticking out. Your son scoots back, holding his hand over his mouth, squealing as Bucky gets closer.
You sit on the coffee table and watch as your supersoldier opens and closes the cabinets, loudly calling your sons names.
“Are you in here?” He shouts, opening the fridge. You wave at your boys, gesturing for them to run. Bucky keeps his head down, waiting for them to flee the kitchen before turning around.
They hide behind you, giggling into your back.
“Where are they?” He asks.
“Who?” You shrug, you look back at their happy faces, a perfect combination of you and Bucky staring up at you. “It’s just me.”
“Alright, guess I’ll go look upstairs.” He replies slowly, stomping down the hall.
They slink out when they think he’s gone. For a brief second, your house is quiet.
Then Bucky springs out from the hallway and chaos erupts around you.
They scream running around the living room as your husband chases them. Bucky pretends to stumble and miss each time he gets close enough to grab them.
You’re almost in tears from laughing so hard. After a few minutes, you announce that they’ve won. Bucky holds his hands up in defeat, letting them tackle him to the ground. The room filled with chants of pizza as they jump and climb on him.
You join them on the rug, poking your oldest in his belly. “So what’s this about leaving me behind huh?”
He looks at you, his toothy grin matching Buckys. “Had to. Daddy told Uncle Sammy that you can’t handle-”
“Who wants pizza?” Bucky interrupts, plucking the boys off the floor, using them as shields as he backs out of the room. “Love you, doll.”
You smirk, arms folded across your chest as you watch your husband run from you, “Love you too Bucky.”
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Kobik - Chapter VIII
Chapter plot: The aftermath of the explosion brings up questions of what comes next with you and Bucky's future with Kobik will be.
“Are you sure you guys gonna be okay?”
It had been a few hours since you had gotten back home. Even though you protested Kobik using her powers so that she could conserve energy, she conjured up a small bed in your office for her to sleep in and was now thank goodness dead asleep.
After dealing with some organization called ‘SWORD’ that Bucky and Sam were reporting to on a video call, Bucky managed to convince them that he could handle the rest when it came to the aftermath of this ordeal. At least when it came to keeping Kobik until further notice. But he wasn’t stupid enough to think that they weren’t most likely keeping close eyes on you guys.
“You know you can stay the night here, Sam,” you insisted.
Bucky held a smirk on his face.
“He would, but Sam’s got a date in Louisiana in…18 hours?” Bucky dramatically checked his watch and winked at Sam.
“Okay, Cap,” you nodded impressed going in to give him a big hug goodbye.
“By the way,” he said after hugging you.
“I haven’t had a chance to say congratulations.”
Bucky smiled and wrapped an arm around you tightly.
“But the world is in trouble if this kid is anything like either one of you,” he shuddered pointing a finger at the both of you.
Bucky punched him on the arm.
“I’ll see you soon, okay?”
“Hopefully not too soon,” Sam quipped.
“And say goodbye to the little fireball for me when she wakes up. I’m going to miss her.”
A sudden wave of sadness hit you because of his words.
Missing her. Something that you dreaded thinking about. In the few days that you had gotten to know her, you came to love her. You wanted to protect her at all costs from anyone. But now, it seemed like one of her biggest threats was herself. How were you supposed to protect her from…her?
The only solution that you could think of is keeping her away from anything or anyone who could threaten her. Anything that could make her feel sad, angry, or unsafe. To shield her from the world. If she was in a warm, loving environment like Bucky said, she would be fine. She could live a normal life. She could live a life where maybe she’d feel content enough to grow, or stay the innocent little 4-year-old if she pleased. Maybe that environment could be with you…
Being stuck in your thoughts about this made you not even realize that Bucky had walked Sam outside, probably to talk in private about what came next.
What would come next?
“You need sleep,” Bucky sighed when he walked back into the apartment.
But you didn’t want to sleep. You wanted answers. And he knew that by the look in your eyes.
“Y/N, we can talk about this tomorrow.”
His eyes looked tired, but you at least needed his attention for a few more minutes.
“No, I want to know now,” you stated.
“Please, let’s just—”
“You don’t have to give me an hour-long discourse about it, but I just want to know what’s going to happen to her in the next few days. Is she going to be interrogated like a criminal? Put in a cell to be experimented on?”
He hesitated for a moment but sighed lightly placing a hand on your back walking you over to the couch.
“We’re not sure yet,” he said.
“But there’s no way that anything like that is going to happen. Do you really think that I would allow it?”
You shrugged. What if he just wouldn’t have a choice in the matter?
“Right now all we have to focus on is the fact that SWORD will be questioning Kobik at one of the New York branches tomorrow. I’ll be taking her. But I won’t leave her side.”
“I’m coming too,” you stated.
“Y/N they’ll never let you in. I barely have clearance to go in there myself.”
You gritted your teeth and flared your nostrils in protest, but couldn’t find a way to defy his logic.
“What do they even do anyway? Are they like a new SHIELD or something?”
Bucky paused to think about it, and then shook his head.
“They’re…They specialize more in for the lack of a better term ‘extraterrestrial anomalies’.”
“Okay, but she’s not an alien,” you argued.
He shot you that ‘you know damn well what I mean’ look.
“Anyway,” he continued.
“When they first approached me not long after I found out about her, I didn’t trust them at all. But after hearing them talk about their history good and bad, and maybe making both legal and illegal research on them I trust them…cautiously.”
You snorted. Classic Bucky. But you couldn’t lie, it was one of the big reasons why you loved and trusted him so much.
“I’ll make sure that she’s okay. And then I’ll bring her straight home.”
“Is this where she is now?” you asked hopefully.
He hesitated. And not in a good way.
“I don’t know,” he answered solemnly.
“Bucky, we love her. And I think she loves us. We could be good for her…She might be a good big sister…”
One side of his face curled into a soft but solemn smile. One that shifted into adoration the longer he looked at you.
He scooted closer to you and carefully placed his hand on your belly and rested his head on your shoulder.
“Our kid would be lucky to have her in their life,” he stated.
“But?” you questioned.
“You know that’s risky…Not just for the kid, but she is a risk to herself.”
“Y/N she needs help. We both know it. She needs the kind of help that we can’t give her by acting like she’s a normal child. She needs room to grow into her powers and figure out how not to end up in incidents like…Like tonight.”
Again, you wanted to protest. You wanted to find a good counterargument. But a wave of exhaustion swept over you, and you just couldn’t.
“Come on,” Bucky whispered and picked you up taking you to bed like a child. This you didn’t protest to. Being in his arms after having the day that you had was so comfortable. Even if one of his arms was made of vibranium. You didn’t even make it to bed before falling asleep.
Before Bucky and Kobik walked through the door you had a stack of grilled cheese sandwiches set up on the counter. It was one of Kobik’s favorite things to eat for lunch.
“Y/N!” she exclaimed running over to you to give you the biggest hug.
You hadn’t seen her since the previous night when she was exhausted and in distress. And although they had left at almost noon, you were still heavily asleep by the time they left.
“Guess what I made?”
She looked up at the counter and beamed.
“Can I have one?”
You gave her a sarcastic frown and stuck your nose in the air like a snooty queen.
“No. They’re only for me. You can just watch me eat them.”
She giggled. It felt so good to hear her laugh like that again. And you were glad that she didn’t seem completely traumatized from having to rehash all of the events from last night. Or rather even just the past week.
You grabbed a plate and handed one to her and told her to sit on the couch and watch tv. She happily complied which left time for you and Bucky to talk about what was going on.
Bucky walked up to you and kissed you on your forehead.
“Glad to see you up.”
“Glad to see the both of you back.”
The sound of the Sponge-Bob theme song blasted in the living room. She really loved that show.
“I see you haven’t given her up yet,” you remarked crossing your arms.
He looked at you guiltily. So you placed a hand on his arm to let him know that it was okay.
Over the next ten minutes, Bucky explained to you how they had taken over the problem with whoever was trying to kidnap Kobik. Unfortunately, the situation was too big and too dire for them to have clearance to disclose what it was and why they wanted and needed Kobik. But it was safe to say that for now, she was safe.
“What about the parking lot?” you asked.
“I mean she fixed the apartment back to how it was, she could—”
Bucky shook his head.
“That would raise way too many questions. Ones we don’t want the world to have even more questions about. We just have to leave it be. Trust me…Kobik wasn’t thrilled about those orders from SWORD.”
You knew that you weren’t going to like what was going to come next.
He leads you to your room and sat you down on the bed.
“She really isn’t staying with us is she,” you sighed.
You took in a deep breath and tried not to cry. So this was really happening.
“There’s um…There’s a couple. They’re scientists that specialize and are top in their field in cosmic energy. And they’re really interested in her case.”
“As for what?” you questioned.
“A little lab rat? To live the same kind of life that she did in a lab like the one in Europe to study her?”
“She was happy there, Y/N. And they never treated her like a lab rat.”
“And she can be happy here, James,” you argued.
“Despite your argument about whether her old home wasn’t good enough, this is going to be different,” he reassured.
He took your hand in his.
“They’re a couple. They’ve wanted a child for a long time but it just never happened for them. When they heard about Kobik and saw her they were thrilled at the prospect of being able to keep her with them. They can help her the way that we can’t. But they can also give her the stability that we could.”
A pang of jealousy hit you. You wanted to be that for her. You wanted to be everything that they could be. But you weren’t. And you hated facing that.
“So you spoke to them?” you choked.
“How do you know that they can be trusted?”
Bucky used his hand to wipe away the stray tear that fell down your cheek.
“I met them.”
He smiled that specific smile that always reassured you that things were going to be okay.
“They’re lovely, Y/N. I think you’d really like them. In fact, Kobik is going to meet them tomorrow. And they want you to come.”
Good because you wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“The best part is that they only live an hour away. She can come to see us whenever she wants.”
You lit up and nearly burst into tears.
“See? She can still be a big sister…But like a sister permanently away at boarding school.”
You rolled your eyes. But you were so relieved that she wasn’t going to be far.
“She’s going to be okay. We’re all going to be okay.”
“Y/N? Is everything okay?” Kobik asked walking into the room.
Your heart felt warm again at the sight of her innocent features. No longer in terrible distress, but just like an innocent little girl again. And you realized that maybe she might have felt that way because she had hope. Hope that she wouldn’t be the cause of another disaster like the parking lot, or even worse.
“Hey Kobi,” you chimed.
“New nickname?” Bucky asked.
Kobik jumped up on the bed and sat against you laying her head on your shoulder.
“Kobik, do you know where we’re going tomorrow?”
She turned to you looking a little sad. But nodded.
“Am I leaving you already?” she pouted.
Bucky shook his head.
“They want to get things ready for you first,” he stated.
“Tomorrow we’re just going to meet them. You can see how you like them. And I think you will.”
“They’re going to help me with my powers, right?”
There was a hopeful look in her eyes. This told you everything that you needed to know. She really did need help. And she wanted it.
You put your arm around her and gave her a comforting squeeze.
“Yeah, kiddo,” you said.
“But you know what? We’re going to be right here for you. And you can visit us any time you’d like.”
She smiled and leaned in to snuggle.
“She’s lucky to have you,” she sighed.
“Her,” she said matter matter-of-factly and then pointed at your flat belly.
You paused and turned to Bucky who carried the same confused expression as you.
“Uh…Wait did she say?” he asked.
“How do you know that?” you questioned.
“I felt her.”
You thought about when Kobik touched you and relived or rather felt your memories, including your emotions. But you didn’t think that she could feel your baby. Or if she even knew about it…Her…
“Well, Kobi,” you said softly, and still in complete shock.
“She’s gonna need a big sister. One that can come visit her every once in a while. You think you’re up for the job?”
She nodded happily.
“I can’t believe in 6 months I’ll be a big sister.”
Bucky’s eyes widened.
“I’m sorry…What?” he choked.
He narrowed his eyes at you.
“Six months? That means—”
You gave him a guilty look. How could you not have noticed for all of this time?
You and Bucky just stared at each other some more before Kobik poked you.
“Are you guys gonna be okay?” she asked.
“And can I have another grilled cheese on the counter?”
You would laugh if this wasn’t one of the most surreal and yet happiest moments in your life. But you still were at a loss for words.
Bucky intervened before you could answer.
“How about you both get food, and I’ll call your doctor since apparently, you have an aversion to it.”
You narrowed your eyes stuck your tongue at him and followed Kobik.
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