Evan Week - 7 Days of loving Buck
Day 7: Free Day
10 reasons why we love Evan
Buckley. (bear with me on this one, it kind of got away from me a bit)
“Hey Cap, have you heard from Buck? Is he working today?”
The last anyone had heard from him was two days ago when
they had their last shift before having two days off. Their last call was a
rough one; more so for Buck than anyone. He had been trapped with a young teenager
who was heavily injured when the house collapsed around her. Buck was the only
one to make it to her before the building became unstable and sealed off any entry
points before anyone else could join them.
There was some kind of interference messing with their radios,
so they weren’t entirely sure what happened in that period of radio silence, all
they knew was that it was bad. By the time they had cleared a path to them, it
was too late. They found Buck completely distraught with tears streaming down his
face while covered in blood, cradling her body as he rocked back and forth.
By the time they were back in the ladder truck, Buck had all
but shut down. His pain was palpable as he stared down at his bloodied hands while
they drove back to the firehouse and no matter what they said he barely reacted.
Their shift had ended by the time they were back at the station and Buck had
vanished as soon as he had put his gear away.
Bobby shrugged his shoulders, “He said he was coming in.”
It wasn’t just that he disappeared from work without a word of
farewell to anyone, but he also stopped answering his phone. Hen and Bobby had
even stopped by his apartment the following day to check up on him, much like
what they did for Bobby after the plane crash.
Buck wasn’t home. His bed was made, his work bag left by the
door and his truck was still parked at the apartment, he simply dropped off the
face of the earth. They were all beyond worried for him, Maddie especially -
knowing that this wasn’t the first time something this had happened, she just
wasn’t sure what he’d be like when he returned. The only text he answered in
that time was one from Bobby saying he’ll see him at work, so at the very least
they knew he was still alive.
As if saying his name had caused him to appear, Eddie spots
Buck walking slowly between the trucks to the locker room. He quietly gestures
to the others who were in the kitchen and they all move to rail to watch him. He
looked haggard and withdrawn to say the least; his hair wasn’t smoothed back in its usual fashion, a shadow of a beard was developing and even from this
distance they could see the dark circles under his eyes as if he didn’t sleep a
wink, which was probably true.
Hen looks to the others worry clear on her face, “Guys, I think
I have an idea that might help him.” After telling them her plan, they
were all quick to get on board.