"Well. Isn’t this a bizarre reunion?" Bucky folded his arms loose over his chest, glancing between the two ‘firebugs’. His tone utterly deadpan, without the youthful shine his voice once had as it rang out over the din of the firefight. Again. And again. And…again.
"Is it our ten year high school reunion, already?" For all the dryness of his commentary, there is a vague shadow in his face that suggests fondness. Not enough to call it a smile, but agreeable.
A hesitant smile curled the corner of Jim’s mouth, his own arms hanging by his sides, fists loose. “Bizarre? Maybe. I’ve seen stranger.” The fighting around him was almost deafening, but it was thrilling in its own way — familiar.
"I think we’d have to go to high school and graduate, but, maybe," Jim tilted his head, arching a brow. "How’ve you been?" What a loaded question. How long has it been? Seventy years?
[ Her arms tighten around him for a moment, Jac knew she missed him but how much hadn’t really hit her until just now. Just the warmth emitting from his person even while dormant was enough for her realize he was here, she didn’t really need anything else. ]
You were always good at that—saving lives and all. Suppose they couldn’t keep you retired for long, could they?
[ This was so comfortable, having Jac in his arms, content to talk the day away. He grins to himself, wondering why he would’ve ever been nervous about finding Jackie, and letting her know that he’s alive. Honestly.
Jim hums in the back of his throat for a breath before he replies. ]
They didn’t even try, honestly. It would’ve been a wasted effort from the start.
I’ve missed you too, Jim. Quite a bit in fact. [ Jac smiles wide, pressing her cheek into the man’s chest as she holds him. She’s barely managed, but fights back the tears she felt welling up at being so overjoyed. ]
I’ve been well, dealt with a few invasions here and there—nothing I can’t handle. I’m teaching now too, at Braddock Academy with Joey and the lot. What of you though? You’ve been well I hope?
[ Jim dips his head and presses the side of his head to the top of Jac’s. He feels like he’s going to burst — Jac’s here, he’s here. Life’s great. ]
Braddock Academy? I’m glad, I can see you as a teacher. Myself — well, I was residing as a mechanic in a small town farther south. But, uh — I’ve been dragged back into the life by Cap and Bucky. Saving the world, that kind of thing.
Oh dear Lord—Jim! I—
I’m so glad to see you, I can’t believe I had no idea. You’re alive!
Yeah I — [ He laughs, embracing her. ] — I am!
It’s great to see you too, Jac, I — I’ve missed you. How’ve you been?
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