He attempted to look reproachfully at Bucky, who knew how much he hated the title, but the grin of sheer happiness that was splayed across his best friend’s face ruined the rebuke before it even had time to prepare itself. Instead, he offered his hand to this “G” and greeted her the only way a man could properly meet a lady.
She looked hesitant to take his hand, and Steve could see that her eyes looked red and swollen, though he couldn’t tell if from irritation or crying. When she finally did take his hand, Steve shook it gently, giving it a light squeeze before releasing it.
“I um…sorry about that…”
She said, as though not only the situation itself, but also the act of apologizing for it were awkward for her.
“Don’t worry about it.” He assured her, “It’s not the first time this sort of thing’s happened to me.”
Bucky looked a little horrified at that, especi