Twenty Nine

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"I don't understand why it's taking so long for her to heal," Bucky stressed to Steve and Nat.

"She died. It took the entirety of Central Park to barely get her faint pulse," Nat told him as she sat at the stool at the counter.

"You have to remember it's gonna take time," Steve spoke softly. "You just need to be patient with her."

"It's not her I'm frustrated with," Bucky mumbled as he leaned against the counter next to Steve. "What if something happens and she can't do anything? I've counted on her to save me this whole time. I haven't saved her, she's always saved herself."

"Maybe, she doesn't need someone to save her. Maybe Eve just needs someone there," Natasha reasoned with him. Her words resonated with him in a comforting way. Maybe it was time for him to stop thinking in a 40s way. After all, they are in a new century.

"Hey, Eve," Bucky said gently as she woke up at the presence of him sitting next to her on her bed. A smile rose on her lips at the feeling of his on her forehead.

"Bucky," Eve whispered before raising her hand to bring his lips down to hers.

"How are you feeling?" he asked once they parted, laying down behind her and draping his arm over her waist while bringing his forearm up close to her.

"Better now," Eve answered. She felt Bucky let out a sigh as he shifted closer to her. Eve debated on whether or not to talk to him now about finding her mom. He seemed to finally start slowing down and relaxing, so she didn't want to stress him out again.

Suddenly, Eve felt her body start to shake as panic began coursed through her. She felt her heart beat out of her chest and skip beats, taking her breath away. Her eyes couldn't stay in one place too long as they spastically looked around.

"Eve? Hey, it's alright. I'm right here," Bucky said when he felt her shake. He raised his head to see the afraid state she was in so he laid his head back down and pulled her closer into him.

Eve couldn't stop the shaking, but him holding her close was enough to comfort her. Her mind wondered to how her new father was now dead, her new mother is somewhere in this world, she has siblings that are now dead.

"I love you," Bucky whispered before kissing the side of her head, snapping her out of it. The shaking subsided as her heartbeat started to fall into a normal rhythm again. She felt herself let out a breath as she sunk back into Bucky while lacing her fingers into his.

Eve woke up to realize she and Bucky were in the same position as when they fell asleep. She stretched out, unlacing their fingers as Bucky woke up from the movement.

His eyes fluttered open before looking down at her, a smile forming as he saw her sleepy face.

"Good morning, darling," Bucky sighed as he rubbed his eyes. He didn't realize what he said, but she did.

"Darling?" Eve smiled like a kid at him.

"Oh, I'm sorry, do people not say that anymore?" Bucky asked, but she leaned up to kiss his lips. He then grabbed her waist to pull her on top of him. They both missed how each other felt more than they could say. Bucky had been waiting so long to have her back.

"I like that," Eve said once they pulled away. A second later she leaned down and kissed him again, his hands moving up to her back to bring her closer.

"I'll keep that in mind," Bucky said with a smile on his face. She laid down and snuggled herself into him as he wrapped his arms completely around her.

"So what do you think about me finding my mom?" Eve asked Bucky as she read through the files while sitting at the desk in her old room. She's read over the name a thousand times by now but is always enchanted by it. Anne-Marie Delacroix.

Eveline Delacroix.

That was the weirdest thing to think about. As far as she can remember, her name was Eve. Then she learned it is Eveline. Then added Delacroix.

"I think you should find her," Bucky answered honestly from her bed. "She's your family."

"Did you look for your family?" Eve asked then turned to look at him. He sort of looked down for a moment before answering.

"I did."

"Did you find them?" Eve questioned cautiously.

"All I could find was my mom's grave," Bucky admitted.

"Did you have siblings before?" Eve asked him as she sat down next to him on her bed.

"I don't know, I haven't remembered that part yet. All I could remember was my and Steve's moms," Bucky said as he rested his hand on her thigh as she laid her head on his shoulder.

"I think I'm gonna try to find my mom," Eve told him after a moment. "I understand if you want to stay here, but I wouldn't mind having you tag along."

"I would say I'm with you til the end of the line, but that's more of a Steve and me thing," Bucky said, making Eve laugh at him.

"I can't compete with Steve Rogers," she said while raising her head to look at him.

"I know, but you're a close second," Bucky smiled. Eve nudged him as she shook her head in disbelief.

"I hate you," Eve laughed.

"Yeah, yeah, I love you too," Bucky rolled his eyes and kissed her.

"Fury," Eve's voice echoed through the large and mainly empty room. The sound of her and Bucky's footsteps could be heard as well. Nick turned around from looking out at the city through his office window panes.

"Eve, Barnes. I wasn't expecting you," Fury greeted them. Bucky stood behind Eve, jaw locked in anger at Fury. He knew if he spoke to Fury, his metal fist would be up Fury's ass. Eve probably wouldn't appreciate that.

"You owe me a favor," Eve told Fury as she laid the file on his desk.

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