Red, White n' Blue [Part 18]
Pairing: Billy Russo x OC
Co-written by @blanchedelioncourt
See intro for warnings.
Masterlist for previous chapters.
Billy's body moved against Daphné's as he kissed her, his body on top of hers as his tongue tangled with hers languidly. It had been a few days since their first date and when he wasn't at work, he seemed to spend his time with her. He couldn't get enough of her. They were once again at his place and it was late morning. He should have been at work but she'd convinced him at 5am when he was getting ready for work to take a day off. He owned the place after all, he could do what he wanted. And usually he wouldn't dream of just taking a random day off but she'd made a pretty convincing argument with her pretty mouth wrapped around his dick. He'd made her breakfast in bed and now they were back to making out like a couple of horny teenagers, him in his boxers and her completely naked. It was a new feeling for him, enjoying one person this much. He was loving every second though and the more time he spent with her, the more he wanted to spend with her.
He was really into the kiss when his phone started ringing. The pair of them ignored it but when it rang for the third time, he groaned and moved away, snatching the phone off the nightstand. His anger melted when he saw it was Frank though. Daphné whined at the loss of him on her naked skin. She quickly moved to kneel behind him, running her hands down his chest and leaving a trail of wet kisses on his neck as he answered his phone.
"What is it, Frankie?" He asked with a sigh, sitting on the edge of the bed with a very horny Daphné all over him.
"Leo's missin'," Frank bit out over the phone. Billy's back tensed, straightening right up as a million and one thoughts flew through his head rapidly. Daphné moved away instantly, hands off him and listened to the conversation with a concerned frown on her face.
"The fuck you mean Leo's missin'? What happened? Why ain't she in school?" He snapped, jumping up from the bed and grabbing some clothes without a care as to what they were.
"She ran outta school and no one knows where she is. Sarah's losin' her damn mind but I figured you might know where to look," Frank muttered tensely. Billy blew out a sigh as he quickly got dressed in black sweats and a dark grey tee.
"I might know some places. I'll go look and let you know," he frowned, worried about where the girl might be and if she was okay. With the shit David was in, there was every chance something bad had happened to her. But he also knew she was a sensitive girl and she was going through a lot. He really hoped she was just having a moment and that she was fine. Frank thanked him before hanging up and Billy shoved his phone in his pants pocket as he grabbed his sneakers.
Daphné was already half-dressed tugging at her skinny jeans and jumping in place.
“What happened? How bad is it? It’s Micro’s girl right?” She asked quickly, scanning the look on Billy’s face.
"Yeah, she ran outta school and no one knows where she is. I'm gonna go look for her. You comin' or you wanna stay here?" He asked, glancing at her as he grabbed a black hoodie and put it on. Worry was etched on his face as he thought of a few places she might be. The Lieberman's didn't know Billy was the one helping them financially but Frank, or ‘Pete’, had introduced Billy to the family and he'd become close to them in his time knowing them. Especially Leo, who reminded him a lot of Lisa. She'd confided in him about a lot of things and he knew how hard she was dealing with the 'death' of her dad. Billy felt like a piece of shit every time, knowing David was very much alive. But the family couldn't know that, not yet.
“I’m coming with you. I wanna help,” she said, zipping up and sheathing a hidden blade in each boot.
Before long the pair were in the car and Billy was driving like a mad man. He had a knife on him on the off chance shit was really wrong but he had a feeling it was more likely that something had happened in school that upset her. Billy wasn't above threatening a kid. It wouldn't be the first time he'd had to do it. He’d threatened to shove his fist up a kid's ass once because he was bullying Frank Jr. Jr hadn't told his dad, feeling ashamed and embarrassed about it. But he'd opened up to uncle Billy and Billy had taught him some moves and threatened the boy for good measure. And if the boy ended up changing schools after that, it wasn't Billy's fault at all.
Daphné kept silent for a few minutes as Billy drove down the avenue like a game of Grand Theft Auto. Not that she was scared of the driving but mostly worried for Billy seeing his tense face and blackest eyes.
“You’re driving like you know where to go look for her,” Daphné said, breaking the silence with a soft voice. She knew Micro’s story and his family but she never met any of them, not having a reason to yet. Frank and Billy were close to the Lieberman’s and Billy was obviously very worried about Leo. Billy glanced to her before back out at the road, his hands gripping the steering wheel tightly.
"We uh… we talk sometimes. I know some places she might be," he shrugged. He really hoped she'd be there. He wasn't sure just what to do if she was in none of the spots he had in mind. Daphné nodded, staying silent, thinking back when she was sixteen and on the streets. How fast and dangerous things could turn on you. She reached out for Billy’s hand to comfort her and him at the same time.
“She’ll be fine, she’s a tough girl,” Daphné murmured, she didn’t know the kid but she had to be fine. Daphné wouldn’t have it any other way. Billy gave her a weak smile as he brought her hand to his mouth and kissed it, hoping her words were true.
Soon enough, he pulled the car up near a small park that was between Leo's school and her house. He got out, unsure if Daphné would be coming or staying in the car and in too much of a hurry to ask. He didn't mind either way. Just as he thought, he found Leo sitting under a tree, picking at the blades of grass with a despondent look on her face. His heart hurt seeing her so sad but he felt himself relax that she wasn't in danger. Daphné followed Billy but scanned the area, staying on her guard nonetheless. She saw him jog over to a girl sitting by the trees and Daphné exhaled a long breath of relief.
"Gave me a fuckin' scare, kid," he grumbled, making the girl's head snap up to him with wide eyes. Her eyes went to Daphné then, a newcomer, before she looked back at Billy with a contrite look on her face.
"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make anyone worry," she frowned sadly. Billy blew out a sigh before he moved to sit on the grass next to her, watching her carefully.
"Wanna tell me what happened? I need to kick someone's ass?" He asked with a small smile. She giggled a little and Billy smiled wider, feeling accomplished that he'd made her cheer up even just a bit.
Leo's eyes darted to Daphné then before back to Billy, a hesitant look on her face. Daphné gave Leo a friendly smile and sat down in front of Leo and Billy.
"This is Daphné. You can trust her," Billy said softly. Leo glanced between the two grown ups for a long moment before a sly grin crept onto her face.
"Is she your girlfriend?" She asked with hopeful eyes, reminding Billy so much of Lisa in that moment it was almost painful. Daphné blushed and hid her face with a small groan. She had forgotten how brutally forward teenagers could be. Billy chuckled awkwardly, his dark eyes landing on Daphné. She looked up at him grinning and tilted her head to one side waiting for his answer, her face filled with playfulness and mischief. They hadn't really talked about it but when he thought about it, it kinda felt like she was. Maybe he should have asked her, had a conversation later with her about it all. Yet his mouth opened and gave an answer anyway.
"Yeah, she is. So whatever you say to me you can say to her too," Billy gave Leo a reassuring smile, purposely not looking at Daphné, nervous for her reaction to his words. Daphné looked down and bit her lower lip smiling widely. Billy Russo, her boyfriend. She giggled feeling the overwhelming happiness of something like love in her chest.
Leo looked more than pleased with this news and instantly relaxed in Daphné's presence. She heaved a heavy sigh, shuffling closer to Billy before she lay her head against his arm. Billy leaned back against the tree and wrapped a comforting arm around her shoulder and she lay against his side as she continued to butcher the blades of grass. Billy was patient, knowing she needed time before she opened up.
"It's bring your dad to work day today," she blurted after a long moment of silence. Billy winced, feeling the stab of guilt he always felt whenever Micro was mentioned.
"Why didn't you say anythin'? I'm sure your ma woulda let you take the day off or me or Pete coulda gone with you," Billy frowned softly, looking down at her.
"I didn't wanna upset mom and you and Pete are busy. I thought I'd be okay," she replied sadly.
"Hey, me and Pete are never too busy for you or Zach. Ever," Billy said firmly. Leo moved from where she was squished against his side to blink up at him, eyeing him carefully before a little smile tugged at her lips. She moved to hug him and Billy hugged her back, stroking her hair softly.
Daphné smiled and watched the two of them. She knew the pain Leo was feeling with the lack of a dad, not knowing who her own father was. Seeing how patient and kind Billy was to Leo, how thoughtful and considerate… Daphné never really had given any thought about children, her life being so chaotic and all. But looking at Billy right now, uncle Billy, she knew he’d be a wonderful dad. Billy hated the bullshit take your dad to school shit too. He didn't even know who his dad was and it was hard enough being in school with everyone knowing he lived in a group home.
"Thank you, Billy," Leo murmured after a moment.
"Don't gotta thank me. But next time, don't just run off. Gave everyone a goddamn heart attack. I'm too old for this bullshit," he snorted, giving her a stern look when she moved away. She shot him a sheepish smile.
“He is getting old...” Daphné said, speaking up for the first time. She grinned at Billy’s offended face and leaned forward closer to Leo.
“I found a grey hair the other day, don’t tell him,” she added whispering to Leo who exploded in a fit of giggles looking at Billy with a wide grin.
"Alright… Ice cream?" He asked, looking at Leo and then Daphné with raised brows and a grin. Leo made an excited noise and hopped to her feet as Billy stood and helped Daphné up.
"You're not gonna make me go back to school?" Leo asked, wide eyes blinking up at Billy.
"Nah. They won't miss you for one day. You're goin' in tomorrow though," he pointed at her, giving her his best firm look and she nodded rapidly. He shot Frank a quick text to let him know he'd found Leo and he was taking her for ice cream so Sarah could stop worrying and then he led her and Daphné back to the car.
Billy opened the passenger door and Leo squeezed herself in the backseat. Daphné surprisingly followed her and sat in the back with her, giving Billy a wink. Leo gave Daphné a sheepish smile that didn’t last very long when Daphné started teasing and bossing Billy around like their personal chauffeur to make her laugh.
“Chauffeur! To the ice cream parlour with haste! Allez! (Go!)” Daphné said, her voice thicker than usual with the French accent. Leo giggled and surprised Daphné with French of her own.
“Merci beaucoup! (Thank you very much)” Leo said with very good pronunciation. Daphné gave her an impressed smile and a thumbs up. It didn’t take long for the girls to bond and chat like friends. Daphné really liked her, she was a gorgeous, smart and kind kid and felt like a little sister. They chatted about Leo's French classes, about boys she fancied at school and the stupid cheerleaders bullying other girls.
Once they got to the ice cream parlour, Billy and Leo made a beeline to their usual booth and Leo sat on one side, letting Billy and Daphné sit together on the other. Billy grabbed a menu and looked over it, sharing it with Daphné as Leo kicked her feet under the table and looked around.
"I don't know why you always look at the menu. You always get the same thing," Leo snorted amused, resting her chin on her hand as her eyes darted between Billy and Daphné. Billy gave her a mock unimpressed look and leaned over the table to flick her nose, making her yelp and swat at his hand. Daphné gasped and did the exact same to him laughing at his little 'ow!'
"Well if it isn't my two favorite people! What brings you here on a weekday?" An old woman asked as she approached the table. Her hair was grey and pulled up into a bun, the blue apron she was wearing showing she worked here. She actually owned the place.
"Hey, Lillian. Some emergency ice cream was needed," Billy said with a wry grin, making the woman smile as she looked at Leo.
"Well, in that case I'll make sure you get a few extra scoops," she said warmly, reaching out to pat Leo on the shoulder as Leo beamed a smile.
"And who's this beautiful young lady?" Lillian asked as she turned her eyes to Daphné.
"This is Daphné, Billy's girlfriend," Leo grinned gleefully, enunciating the word girlfriend as her eyes sparkled with mischief. Billy actually blushed when Lillian's eyes widened and she looked at Billy with a bright smile.
"So you grace me with your presence on a weekday and you give me good news? I'm honored!" She chuckled, pinching Billy's cheeks as he moved away with an embarrassed scoff.
"Lill, stop," he huffed with a snort, wiping a hand over his face as he wished the ground would open up and swallow him whole. Leo was giggling like an idiot and Billy shot her a glare.
"Well, Daphné, it's a pleasure meeting you. I've known this one since he was a young boy and I'm glad he finally saw sense and decided to settle down," Lillian smiled brightly at Daphné as she slapped Billy's back softly. Billy was dying of embarrassment and he was wondering if it was a good idea to come here. Daphné loved Lillian already and beamed at her. It was wonderful to learn about Billy and have him share these special moments and places with her. She loved him even more for it.
“Enchanté! (pleasure to meet you!) How did you two meet?” She asked curiously, rubbing Billy’s back to ease him from the awkward spotlight on him.
"Billy used to come here as a kid and Lillian would give him free ice cream to cheer him up 'cause he was always so sad," Leo said in a not so quiet whisper across the table to Daphné. Billy groaned and rolled his shoulder. Lillian, sensing his discomfort, chuckled a little before she took her pad from her pocket.
"Alright, kids. What can I get you? Usual for you two?" She asked, letting Billy sigh in relief.
"Yeah, two chocolate chips and two chocolate milkshakes for us," Billy replied, turning his eyes curiously to Daphné wondering what she might get. This place was important to him, he used to bring Lisa and Jr and he'd brought Zach here too. It was now his and Leo's spot and it felt slightly intimate to bring Daphné here too. Lillian was the closest thing he had to family as a kid. He'd met her when he was 8 and she'd always looked out for him. He'd never forgotten about her and always came to see her. He'd even paid off debt she'd gotten in since her business wasn't as popular as it used to be and she'd been struggling. She tried to refuse his money at first but he'd been adamant the place needed to stay open and in the end she'd relented. The ice cream parlour had been passed down in her family for generations.
“I’ll have one small pistachio served in a waffle cone and a small raspberry milkshake please,” Daphné asked politely with a smile. When Lillian left to prepare their order, Daphné leaned over the table closer to Leo with a wicked smile on.
“You have any more good gossip about that handsome one?” she whispered, winking and pointing to Billy with her thumb. Billy gave Daphné a weak dirty look before he raised a brow at Leo, challenging her to see what she'd say. Honestly, the girl had dirt on him and he wasn't sure if she'd be loyal or not. She seemed to have already taken a liking to Daphné and he might just be in trouble. Leo looked at him, a sly grin on her face that had Billy's eyes narrowing playfully.
"He cries when he watches Bambi," Leo supplied, still watching Billy gleefully as his mouth fell open, eyes widening.
"Don't listen to her, she's talkin' out of her ass," Billy huffed as he crossed his arms over his chest. Leo was in fact not talking out of her ass but Billy refused for his rep to be tarnished because he got emotional over a goddamn cartoon deer.
"That's my girl!" Daphné said grinning and reached over the table, giving Leo a fistbump. She loved the softer side of Billy, the one under all the tough walls and cockyness.
Billy pulled up outside the Lieberman's home and Leo unbuckled her belt and leaned forward over the seats, wrapping her arms around Billy from behind.
"Thank you for today," she murmured softly. Billy pat her arm as he smiled, glancing over his shoulder at her.
"Anytime," he replied as she moved away. She gave Daphné a smile then and comically reached her hand out for her to shake.
"It was nice meeting you and I'm glad Billy found his person. You're cute together and he must really like you," she murmured shyly. Billy tried to hide the heat creeping onto his cheeks as he glanced out of the window and tapped his fingers against the steering wheel.
“Aww! I’m pretty fond of him too!” Daphné said, looking at Billy and caressing his hair.
“Don’t forget to ask your mom and reach out to Billy so I can help with those French classes, alright?” Daphné asked Leo with a grin, shaking her small hand. She was excited at the idea of spending more time with her. They really bonded quickly. Leo nodded brightly, hopped out of the car and ran up the path as the front door opened, Sarah was standing there and embracing her as she got to the door. Sarah gave Billy a wave that he returned before he started the car back up and pulled out.
Daphné unbuckled her seatbelt and crawled like a liquefied cat to the passenger front seat, Billy eyeing her warily as he drove.
“So, girlfriend uh?” She asked once safely seated with a smirk tugging at her lips and a small blush to her cheeks. Billy chuckled, rolling his shoulder as he felt a wave of insecurity hit him. He should have known she'd mention it.
"That a problem?" He asked, a playful lilt to his voice voice hide his anxiety.
“I mean, I think it’s getting somewhat obvious I’m quite fond of you so…” she said with a small shrug and giving him a shy smile.
He felt his stomach flip around on him, a smile creeping onto his face that he was powerless to fight. He hated how much of a girl he was being about all of this but he couldn't help it. She made him feel all kinds of shit he wasn't used to.
“If you’re okay with this… us and uh...monogamy,” she said, sounding like a complete idiot and cleared her throat looking outside the window. She really was outside her comfort zone at the moment. They finally had something nice they both enjoyed and she felt this talk was gonna screw everything up. She played with the hem of her shirt nervously, feeling anxiety fill up her chest.
"I'm good with it," he murmured softly, glancing to the side at her as he took one of her hands in his and gave her a shy smile. He was, surprisingly. Never did he ever think he'd want to be in a relationship but he couldn't imagine anything else with her. He wanted all of her. He wanted her to be his and for him to be hers. It was a strange feeling but it wasn't unpleasant either. It made him nervous. Sex he was good at. It was easy and he knew what he was doing. Relationships were new waters he hadn't yet navigated and he wasn't really sure what to do or how things should be.
"I uh… I'm gonna meet with Frankie for a bit. Not seen him in days. I'll drop you at yours?" He asked hesitantly. It almost felt weird to not have her spend the night with him but he missed his best friend and he wanted to talk to him.
“Oh! Oh.. uh, yeah okay. Thanks,” she said with a smile before looking down at her lap again. The anxiety was eating at her even with his earlier words. She couldn’t help but feel like he might just need to get away from her as soon as he could. Rejection and disappointment eating at her chest.
"I just wanna touch base with him," Billy said carefully, watching her. He didn't like the look on her face and felt like he'd already done something wrong.
"It's okay. Can't have you all the time uh?" She teased with a wink and a smile at him. She was being clingy and she tried to shrug the anxiety off and live in the moment for now.
After dropping her off, he made his way to his place, knowing Frank would already be there waiting after he'd agreed to meet via text earlier. Frank had a key to his place so he wasn't surprised when he walked in and Frank was sitting on his sofa with his socked feet kicked up on the coffee table as he sipped a beer. Billy was just glad the asshole had taken his shoes off this time.
"Leo alright?" Frank asked, watching as Billy toed off his sneakers by the door before he grabbed a beer for himself and moved to sit next to him on the couch.
"Yeah, she's better," Billy sighed, leaning back as he took a long sip of his beer.
"Can't wait for all this shit to be over so Micro can go back to his family," Frank murmured, eyes on the TV that was playing something he really didn't give a shit about. Billy hummed in agreement. It made him feel dirty keeping something like that from the family, especially Leo when she trusted him so much. But them knowing would only put a target on their backs and he'd rather feel like a piece of shit than let anything happen to them.
They made casual small talk as they watched TV and Billy tried to figure out how to ask what he wanted to ask without sounding like an idiot.
"I… uh… how d'you know when you got feelin's and shit for someone?" He blurted, unable to look at Frank as he took a long pull of his beer and glared at the TV. He felt Frank's head whip to him, felt his gaze burning into him and it made him squirm.
"Holy shit…" Frank laughed, shaking his head incredulously. Billy glared at him then, a deep scowl on his face as Frank held his hands up in surrender.
"Hey man, this is good. You think you love her?" Frank asked, still wearing a shit eating grin.
"Woah, woah, woah. Nobody said anythin' about the L word, let's not jump the gun,'' Billy muttered with wide eyes. He'd already been wondering if that's what he'd been feeling. He'd never experienced it but he'd seen shit in movies or TV shows or heard about it in songs. He'd started to think that was exactly what he was feeling but it scared the shit out of him.
Frank eyed him for a long moment, not wanting to freak Billy out and choosing his words carefully.
"When I met Maria, I just knew she was the one, you know? I think when you know, you know. When you can see a future with someone, can picture a life with 'em and shit," he shrugged, sipping his beer but still keeping an eye on Billy to gauge his reaction. Billy raked his teeth over his lower lip. He'd been thinking more and more about a future with Daphné. Things he'd like to do with her, places he'd like to go. Holidays spent together and all of that bullshit. He just wanted to share all of his time with her. He was deep in thought as Frank nudged his arm playfully.
"Ain't no need to rush it, right? Just let it happen on its own. Despite the bullshit at the start, I think you're both good together. You make each other happy. And I gotta say… it's nice seein' you like this,'' Frank smiled fondly.
Billy tried to ignore the heat in his cheeks as a stupid grin painted his lips, fingers tapping against the glass bottle in his hand.
"I just… can't imagine life without her now, I guess. It's weird. One day I couldn't stand her and suddenly I'm wantin' to spend Christmas with her and shit. Asked her to be my girl today," he admitted bashfully. Frank snorted, slapping Billy's thigh with a wide grin.
"Only you'd fall for goddamn Nightshade," he teased, making Billy let out a laugh. Sometimes he forgot about her alter ego, forgot what she was capable of.
"Hey, you told me to pick quality over quantity. I just hadn't found anyone special enough yet," Billy murmured with a lovesick smile. Frank resisted the urge to tease him, knowing this was actually a pretty big deal for his best friend. He was actually happy about it despite his earlier reservations when it was just wild and kinky sex they'd been having. Now feelings were involved and he could see how happy they made each other, saw the way they looked at each other. He couldn't think of two people better suited for each other.
An hour and a few beers later Frank's phone vibrated in his pocket. He took it out and saw a new text message from Daph. Frank snorted and opened the message app slightly away from Billy's gaze.
I think I've done something really stupid Frank… - D.
What now? - F
Are you still with him? -D
Frank's eyes darted to Billy before back to his phone, apprehension building inside of him.
Yeah, why? - F
Daphné didn't know how to ask or how to tell Frank about their day and the conversation they had in the car. She just stared at her phone swallowing thickly.
How is he…? - D
He's good. But I doubt you text me to ask how he is. Spit it out, Daph - F
We had the weird girlfriend/boyfriend talk and it was weird and I'm freaking out because I kinda told him I like him or fond of him or some shit and now I'm freaking out because I think I fucking love him... -D
Daphné regretted the text the moment she hit the send button.
Frank had to bite his lower lip to stop the shit eating grin working its way onto his face. He didn't need Billy noticing and asking questions.
Is that a bad thing? - F
Daphné sighed reading the question.
It's probably a very bad thing because he's Billy Russo and we all know he doesn't do love… -D
And now I feel like an idiot for falling into the pussy trap. -D
Daphné actually snorted at her own joke.
Same thing could be said about you, Daph. There's a first time for everything. Take it from his best friend, you got nothing to worry about - F
...still hate your face for always being right though! Thx… -D
Nah, you love me. You two idiots need to just roll with it and let it happen before I bang your heads together - F
Frank locked his phone and put it back in his pocket, eyes going to Billy who was sipping his beer as he relaxed and watched TV. He couldn't help but smile to himself. He'd wanted Billy to find happiness for the longest time and he hadn't expected he'd find it with his other best friend. He was happy for them both. They had a lot in common and Frank could see why they were drawn to each other. He just hoped everything worked out, otherwise he'd find himself in a very uncomfortable situation in the middle of them.
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