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Maddie smiled as she walked down the street with her brother. There weren't many times they could do something like this anymore.

Sure they both see each other almost every day but they have their own family who were the major priority in their lives

Evan looked at his sister and raised his eyebrow. “Everything okay?”

Maddie snapped out of her train of thought and nodded her head. “Just thinking about everything that has changed lately.”

“It’s still weird to think of your baby brother as a married father of two, isn’t it?” Evan asked with a knowing smile.

“Little bit.“ Maddie laughed, leaning against her brother.

They heard a scream coming from an alleyway not too far from them. Buck being the hero he was, ran toward the noise.

Maddie ran after him but she couldn’t keep up. He was too fast for her.

Not long after she watched him disappear down the alley, Maddie heard what sounded like a gunshot. This caused her to run even faster than she was.

Before she could reach the entrance of the alley she saw what she thought was a young man running out of it.

When she got to the entrance and looked down the alleyway, Maddie was horrified at the sight of what was going on. The girl was huddled in a corner, her knees pulled up to her chest and she was shaking uncontrollably. Evan was lying in the middle of the alley with what looked like a darkish substance pooling around him. Maddie ran over to him and got down on her knees. She could see a bullet hole in her brother’s side. “Everything is going to be okay. I’m going to call 911 now.” She told him, taking off her jacket and using it to apply pressure to his wound.

“Eddie.” Buck muttered as he tried to get a hold of her arms.

“Eddie will be here soon. I need you to trust me on that, okay?” Maddie promised before using her free hand to take out her phone and call 911.

“911, what is your emergency?” A familiar voice said.

She breathed a sigh of relief. “Josh. Thank goodness it’s you.”

“Maddie?” He questioned. “What’s going on?”

“We heard a scream and my brother went to stop it but now he is shot in the middle of an alley.”

Josh bit his lip. “Where was he shot? Can you tell me anything else?”

“On his side. I’m keeping pressure on the wound. His breathing is slightly shallow but he is awake. There’s also a girl here. I think she’s in shock.” She whispered. “He’s asking for Eddie. It’s really the only thing he’s said so far.”

“I’ll dispatch Athena and the 118.” He told her before turning to May. “Call your mom now.”

That caught the young woman’s attention. “What happened?”

“Your brother has been shot.” He whispered softly.

She immediately knew which one it was because why would her younger brother be in an alley.

It didn’t take long for her mom to answer. “Dispatch I’m already on my way to the scene.”

May sighed. “Mom.”

“What is it sweetheart?” She asked. “I don’t have much time to talk right now.”

“It’s Evan.” May replied with a shaking breath. “Evan is one of the victims.”

“Shit.” Athena whispered, pressing on the gas. “Anyone tell Bobby, Eddie or Maddie?”

“Josh is telling them right now. He dispatched the 118 to the scene.” May explained. “Maddy is actually with Buck. She's the one that called it in.”

Athena breathed a sigh of relief. “Tell Maddie I'll be there in a few minutes.”

May nodded as Josh sighed. “Captain Nash. There is something that I need to tell you about the scene you're going to go to.”

“Josh, Athena will give us all the information when we get there.” Hen told him.

“Guys please. This is important.” Josh was starting to get a headache. “It's about Buck.”

“What about Buck?” Eddie asked. It was the blonde’s day off and as far as he knew he was going out to lunch with his sister.

“They were walking home when they heard a scream. Buck ran in to stop whatever was going on and he got shot in the process.”

“Oh my god.” Hen gasped, putting her hand over her mouth.

Eddie looked at Bobby with teary eyes. “I don't know if I can do this.”

“You just have to try and remain calm.” Bobby smiled softly. “I won't make you leave his side if you don't want to.”

He nodded his head. As soon as the fire truck stopped, Eddie was out of it faster than ever before. “Maddie.” He called out.

Maddie looked up at the sound of the voice. “Eddie! Over here.”

Eddie sat out on his knees as soon as he was by his husband’s side. “Dios mio. Baby.” He whispered as he looked the younger man over.

“I thought getting shot would hurt a lot worse than this.” Buck tried to joke before coughing.

Eddie looked at Hen, worry clearly etched across his face.

“It looks like it's a through and through.” She replied, hoping her words could calm him down a bit. “I can't tell what damage the bullet caused in this lighting but we are going to get him to the hospital. He's most likely going to need surgery.”

Eddie sighed, wondering how danger could always find the man he loved as they loaded him into the ambulance.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Eddie was pacing around the waiting room. Evan had been in surgery for five hours now and still no word on his condition.

A woman walked into the lobby. “Family of Evan Diaz?”

Eddie stopped in his tracks. “I'm his husband.”

The doctor nodded her head before speaking. “Luckily the bullet missed anything truly vital but we did have to remove his spleen. It was nicked and we were afraid it could rupture. He did need a blood transfusion during the operation and he might need another one. We will see what happens as we monitor him closely.”

Eddie ran his fingers through his hair. “When will he be able to go home?”

“If there're no further complications I would say tomorrow or the day after. I would also recommend that he doesn't work for at least four to eight weeks.” She explained. “He is allowed to have visitors but preferably one at a time. I hope you understand.”

Eddie nodded his head. Even though it had been a few years since the pandemic, hospitals were still very cautious of patient safety.

After looking at everyone else and getting their approval the man followed the doctor to his husband’s room.

The woman stopped just outside the door. “If he's not awake by now he will wake up in a few minutes.”

Eddie whispered his appreciation before walking into the room. The only thing he could see that was outwardly wrong with his husband was a small gash on his forehead which Hen already patched up and bruising starting to appear on his left eye socket. The brunette knew that under Evan’s hospital gown was where the real damage had occurred.

The sound of Evan’s voice made Eddie jump. “Hey you.”

It took him a second to calm down his breathing and heart rate. “I didn't know we were awake.”

Evan smiled. “I woke up a few minutes ago and was only resting my eyes.”

Eddie walked over to his bed. “You scared me so bad. Never do that again.”

“Now you know how I felt when you got shot.” Buck chuckled to himself.

“Evan.” Eddie warned with his dad voice as Christopher liked to call it. He thought it was too soon for jokes like that.

“I’m sorry.” Buck blushed. “Where is Christopher?”

“With Abuela. I told her to tell him what happened because I don't think I would have been strong enough to tell him myself like you did.”

“Are you forgetting the part where I broke down and our now fourteen year old son had to comfort me?” Buck asked, raising his eyebrow.

“Yes but at least you got completely through telling him before you broke down.” Eddie took his hand. “I don't think I could have walked into the house without crying.”

“Eds, I'm going to be fine. Just like you were. I'll be sore, yes but completely fine.” Buck tried to reassure him.

“Why do you keep doing this?” Eddie asked, tears once again in his eyes.

“I'm a firefighter babe. Helping people is what I do, you know that better than anyone.” Buck sighed because it sounded like Eddie was about to ask him to quit his job.

“Almost every single time you have been seriously injured was when you were off duty. You were off duty when I got shot for fucks sake.” Eddie pointed out.

“What am I supposed to do?” Evan asked. “Not help people when I'm off duty?”

“Of course not.” Eddie smiled. “I just ask that you assess the situation before going in blindly. It also does not help you have a habit of pushing yourself to your limits.”

Buck sighed, understanding every point Eddie was trying to make. “I'll be more careful next time. If there is a next time.”

“Good.” Eddie replied, crawling into bed with his husband and cuddling into his side that wasn't hurt. “Now can I go to sleep? I think I've been awake for over 48 hours.”

“You can sleep baby.” Buck kissed him on the forehead. “I’ll be right here when you wake up.”