Buck was very proud of himself, getting one of the most popular girls in school to go to the school dance with him.
Abby was beautiful and totally out of his league. His little sister May had even told him that.
How could May know something like that, she was eight years old and had never met Abby.
“Dad I need help.” Evan yelled out into the living room.
His father laughed as he walked into the boy’s bedroom. “I don’t know why you’re freaking out so much son. You have been to plenty of school dances before.”
Evan knew he had to agree with his father. “Yes but this is the only one that could directly determine my future.“
The older man playfully rolled his eyes as he fixed his son’s tie. “You know what your mother says about being overdramatic.”
“It’s part of my personality dad. I can’t help it.“ Evan smiled, looking at his watch and realizing what time it was. “I don’t understand. She should have been here by now. She was supposed to be here an hour ago.”
Bobby, ever the optimist, replied. “Maybe she got lost. Give her a little bit more time to show up. I’m sure she will.”
May, who was in her bedroom across the hall, had heard the whole thing. She took out her phone and dialed the number on speed dial directly under her older brother’s. The young girl was determined to fix this.
A voice picked up shortly after. “If it isn’t my favorite Nash.”
“We both know that’s not true Eds.” She told him with a blush. “What are you doing right now?”
He raised his eyebrow. “Catching up on the Dodgers games I missed because I had practice.”
“You should go to the dance.” She told him.
Eddie sighed. “May you know dances aren’t my thing.”
“Sorry. Let me rephrase that.” The girl paused and cleared her throat. “You should take Evan to the dance.”
“He’s going with Abby.“ Eddie reminded her with a bitter taste in his mouth. He didn’t wanna think about Evan going on a date with that girl.
“The bitch stood him up.” She told him, trying to keep a handle on the anger she was feeling.
“Language.” He lightly scolded, the father side of him taking over. “I don’t see what difference my taking him would be.”
“It would show him the person he has been waiting for has been in front of his face this entire time.” She said as if it was obvious.
Eddie sighed, running his hands through his hair. “I’m happy that you would be supportive of our relationship if we did one day start a relationship but I don't want to shove it down his throat.”
“Eddie please.” She begged. “You know how he gets when he is sad or disappointed. I want my brother to be happy. You and Chris make him happy.”
“Distract him until I get there.” He sighed, getting up off the couch. “I need to get Christopher ready first.”
“On it boss.” May replied with a smile.
“Mom, she stood me up. It's been two hours and nothing.” He buried his face in his mother's chest.
Athena combed her fingers through her son’s blonde curls. “Then she doesn't deserve you? I always thought that family had a chip on their shoulder.”
“But she was the first girl who seemed to like me for me and not because I was Eddie Diaz’s best friend.” He explained why he seemed to be devastated.
“Ev, I’m sure you’ll find the person you're meant to be with.” His father replied, trying to calm him. “You're only sixteen. You have your whole life in front of you. I didn't meet your mom until…”
“Until you were very old.” May answered for her father.
Athena shook her head. “Watch it young lady or you will be grounded.”
“The way she went about it might have been wrong but your sister is right.” Bobby laughed. “You are only in high school. You don’t need to worry about this stuff right now. You are more likely going to find someone in college.”
“Who knows. The person he has been looking for could have been in front of his face for a long time now.” She smirked before going to answer the door when the bell rang.
Evan raised his eyebrow in confusion. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
May bit her lip as she opened the door. “Ev, there’s someone here to see you.”
Evan didn’t bother looking up. “If it’s Abby I don’t want to..”
“Ev.” A tiny voice exclaimed as the boy ran to the blonde.
“Christopher?” The young man looked up and immediately opened his arms for the toddler.
The little boy ran into his open arms like it was where he was meant to be. “Hi.”
Evan buried his face in Christopher’s shoulder. “My baby boy.”
Eddie was watching them with tears in his eyes. How could he want anything else than what was right in front of him. “We heard you could use us.”
Athena looked at her husband before getting off the couch. “We will leave you three alone.”
Evan nodded and could vaguely hear his sister protest with. “But I want to watch.” However he couldn’t say for sure because he was too focused on Eddie.
The older boy looked him up and down. “You look beautiful.”
Evan blushed. “You’re just saying that because it’s what you’re supposed to say.”
“Christopher can you let go of your papa so daddy can have a turn.” He asked, watching the toddler step aside.
Evan gasped at the choice of words and shook his head with doubts. “Eddie, I’m not….”
“Yes you are.” Eddie countered. “You’ve been there since the second he was born. You were there for his first steps, his first word was your name. You are his father just as much as I am. We are a family.”
“Eds. I…” Evan stammered. “I don’t understand. What exactly are you trying to say?”
Eddie laughed at his adorableness as he caressed Evan’s cheek. “I’m saying that I love you. Besides Chris, you are the most important person in my life. I don’t think I could live without you.”
Evan was pretty sure all the air had left his body. “You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for you to say that.”
“I’ll keep saying it for the rest of our lives if that’s what you want.” Eddie finally pulled him in for a kiss.
When they pulled away from each other, Evan burst out laughing. “You know that kind of sounded like a marriage proposal.”
“It could be if that is something you want.” Eddie said with no hesitation whatsoever.
Evan pressed his forehead against Eddie’s. “I don’t think my mom would like the idea of her teenage son getting married.”
Eddie began to trace the birthmark over Evan’s face. “I’m pretty sure I could handle her.”