You stared at Bucky’s eyes thinking if you were just dreaming or was it all real. He grabbed your hand and leading you to the bridge where the rest of the team where waiting. You took a sit across Bucky and Steve but you just sat there like a statue, your brain is still trying to process everything.
“What happened to [Name]?” Steve whispered to his best friend. Bucky frowned, his eyes on you the entire time.
Natasha sat beside you, nudging you arm “Did Barnes broke you or—“ she teased but you huffed in response. Natasha knew you have this crush on Bucky but you didn’t really expect him to kiss you. Especially at work, out of all the places he can do it, he did it at work, in front of Natasha.
“Whatever Nat” you rolled your eyes at her, pivoting your seat the other way it’s just better to focus on the briefing and the mission.
The mission was flawless regardless of the ordeal from earlier, Steve and Bucky back up as usually giving them entry to the HYDRA base, get the info you needed and escaping without injuries, in some missions you weren’t so lucky but the universe seemed to be in your side today. The Quinjet landed back at the base and you bolted out of there before Steve and Bucky could say a word to you.
“[Name] Wait!” Bucky called out your name but you just keep going. Steve cleared his throat, raising his eyebrows at him.
“Okay, what is really going on Buck?”
You weren’t emotional prepared for this; you need sometime to calm down before talking to Bucky and asking for an explanation. Taking a hot shower and talking to yourself for about thirty minutes, you hopped out of the shower, drying yourself and grabbing something comfortable.
“Alright, just asked Bucky what happened and that’s it—I’m sure he had a perfectly good reason why it happened right?” You said to yourself, you started to second guess everything as the minute pass by, did you like it that he kissed you? But you’re scared that this could also ruin your friendship with him. A soft knock snapped you out of your thoughts.
You shook your head before answering the door, “Hey” he gave you a lopsided smile, “I was wondering if we can talk?” Bucky asked gazing at your [eye color] orbs.
You nod opening the door more indicating for him to come inside, you were about tell what you have been practicing all evening when he beat you to it.
“I’m sorry about the kiss” you looked at his confused. That was unexpected, you almost felt somewhat sad but you shouldn’t because it’s for the sake of your friendship.
“Oh… oh yeah! Of course! It’s not a problem,” you said trying not to sound upset because you’re not, right?
“Catherine was around and she asked me about moving on. I panic and I saw you and yeah-” Bucky explained looking at his feet like it was the interesting thing in the world.
“So you kissed me because of Catherine?” Bucky nodded, “Because?”
“I wanted to let her know that I moved on so I told her that you’re my girlfriend” without thinking you punch Bucky in the arm, he flinched at your playful attack looking at you with a confused expression.
“Don’t pretend that hurt James! Why did you tell her that!” crossing your arms over your chest, you are beyond pissed about his reason. You just can’t lie about a non-existing relationship.
He rubbed his arm looking at you with his sad eyes, “I’m sorry, like I said I panic and I saw you and that’s all I can think of”
“So what happens now?”
“You get to be my pretend girlfriend” you punched Bucky’s arm again causing him to hiss at the pain.
“James Buchanan Barnes. You completely have lost your mind”
“Ow, I’m sorry [Name]. Please” he begged grabbing your hands in his, “Just for a while so she’ll leave me alone” you sighed, buying into puppy dog eyes. You thought that it wouldn’t hurt helping him out with his situation. But how do you really feel about this whole thing?
“How long, is a while exactly?” you asked feeling your cheeks warm up as he held your hands.
Bucky shrugged, “We’ll just see how it goes, I guess” you sighed for the third time. This is more stressful than all the times Natasha play matchmaker.
“Does Steve know?” Bucky nods, “Fine, fine. I’ll play along but you are buying me all the lunch and dinner”
“Deal!” he smiled brightly with sparkle in his blue eyes, “You’re the best” he engulfed you in his arms, hugging you. Let’s just hope everything will work out in the end.
You and Bucky pretended and acted as couple, showing small affections here and there. Bucky wasn’t the public display of affection kind of guy but he does have his own ways. He’s more of a low key romantic, like with a simple of opening the door; he would placed his hand on your mid back letting you go first. He would glance at you and smile at your when your not looking. Letting you know to be safe on your solo missions. Which you always thought you guys have that understanding before leaving on solo missions but actually hearing for the first time makes a difference. At one point, you weren’t even sure what’s actually pretending and what is real. It’s not helping your feelings about Bucky at all.
You were sulking on the couch when Natasha walked in, “Hey where’s Bucky and Steve” she asks taking a seat beside you.
“Grabbing some dinner to go,” you said not moving from your position.
“Why didn’t you go?”
“Bucky said I should stay since they won’t be out to long,” you sat up straight with a frown plastered on your face, “I’m so confused Nat. I don’t know what to do”
Natasha gave you a small smile, “I think you know what to do [Name]” you hate it when Natasha’s right. There is a simple solution to the problem but you refused to face your true feelings about him.
“No but’s [Name]. It’s better to be honest then just hurting yourself like this. Do you and Bucky a favor, just tell him okay?”
“Tell me what?” Bucky and Steve walked in holding paper bags for tonight’s dinner, Bucky looks at you curiously setting the bags by the coffee table. Natasha gently nudged you giving you a push.
“Hmm—I—I was going to say—“ your heart raced and your hands starts to get clammy, “Did you get that dessert that I told you about?” you changed your mind last minute, inspecting the bag for dessert that you told him to picked on the way.
Steve and Bucky chuckled shaking their head at you, “What kind of boyfriend, do you think I would be, if I didn’t pick up my girlfriend’s dessert that she told me to get” he stood beside you taking the nicely wrapped dessert.
You looked at the nicely decorated box with a pink bow on top, “I told him to get wrapped up”
“Since when did Bucky learned to be so romantic”, Natasha commented, smirking at the couple.
Steve chuckled, “He’s always been like this even back then, it must be [Name]. She got the charm to her” you felt your cheek warm up not looking at your friends. Since you and Bucky had this pretend relationship, Natasha would take all her chances to embarrass you.
Dinner went smoothly with the occasionally teasing from Natasha, the guys decided to play a movie while having dinner. It was around midnight when everyone made there way to own rooms, Bucky dropping you off at yours.
“Thank you for dinner and dessert again” you smiled at the super solider
“Anytime for my baby doll” he grins, “I love seeing you smile and I would to keep it that way” you looked away, trying to hide your blush. “I mean it [Name],”
“I— Goodnight Bucky” you tiptoe giving him a quick peck on his cheek and quickly entering your room. You leaned against the door taking a long breath, “You’re such an idiot [Name]”
Bucky leaned against your door, giving out a happy sigh “Goodnight [Name]” he whispered before heading to his own bedroom.