Buck woke up to a smack in the face with a pillow and a Frost standing by the side of his bed.
"You slept through your alarm, Sebastien."
"What?" Buck groaned. "How could you tell?"
"Because it woke me up." Frost said "Whatever it was you had to wake up early for, you're about to miss it."
"Wait, what time is it?" Buck asked as he forced himself out of bed.
"Ah shit." Buck put on the first shirt from his hamper that he could get his hands on and hastily got dressed. On the way out, he gave Frost a pat on the head. "Thanks Tina, I owe you one."
"You owe me more than one."
"And I will repay you someday." Buck said as he went out the door.
Running through the halls of Hereford, Buck was pretty sure he woke everyone else up, but right now he was more worried about what Harry would do to him if he were late to their meeting. Luckily, he didn't have to find out since he burst through the doors of Harry's office just as the clock struck eight.
"Woah there, Sebastien. Are you alright, you look like you ran a marathon."
"Well I didn't exactly have time on my side."
"I can tell." Harry said, gesturing at Buck's bed head. "Your shirt's on backwards, by the way."
"I knew that. I chose to wear it like that." Buck said, awkwardly sitting down. "What did you want me here this early for, anyway?"
"I just wanted to have a quick chat."
Buck scanned Harry's face for any hints of ulterior motives. "Whatever it is, I didn't do it."
Harry chuckled. "Relax, you're not in trouble, but you will be if you keep treating me like you do with the previous Six. She may have been my mentor, but I am nothing like her."
"Fine then. So what did you really call me here for?"
"I need you on an op." Harry said "You're familiar with Bosak, right?"
"Ela or, uh, the other one?"
"Zofia." Harry said "We had a lead on a white mask hideout somewhere in Poland."
"I'm assuming Zofia's going because she's familiar with the area."
"You've assumed correctly."
"Then why don't you send Ela?" Buck asked "She'd know a hell of a lot more about that place than me."
"I've though of that too, but we're teaming up with GROM here, and I've done my research on the agent assigned to us. She and Ela don't really get along well."
"And you think that Ela would really let something as small as that get in the way of the op?"
Harry raised his eyebrows at Buck. "Yeah, she definitely would. Even I didn't believe myself." Buck said.
"Don't get me wrong here Sebastien, I'm not trying to throw any shade. Ela's a damn good operator, she's just not as…professional as her sister."
"I already know that Harry, you don't have to tell me." Buck said "So, when do we leave?"
"What? Then why wake me up this early?"
"So you'd get used to it."
"Oh fuck you, Harry." Buck said, getting up from his chair.
"That's no way to talk to your superior Sebastien."
"Remember you told us you're only our superior when we're on operations. Right now I'm talking to you as a friend."
Harry chuckled. "Fair point." He said "Be sure to wake up early tomorrow."
"You didn't have to do all this Harry. I'll have you know I have a very reliable alarm clock."
"I hope you don't mean Tina."
Buck's smile disappeared. The man sitting right in front of him can read anyone like a book. "Shut up, Harry." He said before leaving the office.
He made his way to the cafeteria just as people were starting to pile up. If there was one thing he got out of waking up early, it was the fact that he actually got to eat the good foods that the early birds always got to feast on while he was still snoring. Once he got his food, he looked around for any of his friends, and saw Ela and Rook eating together. He made his way to them and sat down.
"Hey Sebastien." Rook greeted "You're up early."
"And you're shirt's on backwards." Ela added.
The three of them began eating, with Rook constantly stealing glances at Ela, or rather, her food. This eventually annoyed her and she set down her utencils and looked Rook dead in the eyes. "Julien, if you want some, just ask already."
Rook innocently smiled at her. "Yes please."
Ela sighed. "Open your mouth."
Buck stopped eating to watch Ela feed Rook. "Hey mom, I think you're feeding your son too much."
"Shut up Sebastien." Ela and Rook said in unison.
"I'm confused though. Are you his girlfriend or his mother."
Ela slightly leaned closer and gestured for Buck to do the same. "Well, last night I was definitely not his mother." She whispered.
"Jesus Christ, Ela!" Buck said. "Don't just drop something private like that, come on."
"Oh please. Don't act like you don't ask Julien for the details as soon as I'm gone."
Buck turned his attention to Rook, the two of them communicating through their eyes.
How'd she find out about that?
I don't know.
Ela snapped her fingers in between the two of them. "Hey, I know what those looks mean. For the record, I was only bluffing. It were your reactions that told me."
"Shit. You're pretty smart, Ela."
"Don't try to get out of this Julien. I don't remember allowing you to tell others about what we get up to in the bedroom."
"Then let me make it up to you later." Rook said, tucking Ela's hair behind her ear and going in for a kiss.
"Hey, no PDA." Buck said "What you're doing isn't exactly allowed, remember?"
"Fine." Ela said, scooching away from Rook. "Zofia isn't here, is she?"
"I don't think so. Oh yeah, that reminds me, I'm supposed to go on an op with her tomorrow."
"Oof." Rook said "Looks like you drew the short straw on that one, Seb."
"You know, I never really understood why you guys don't like her."
"What do you mean, do you like her?"
Buck shrugged. "I don't feel strongly about her either way. I haven't known her long enough to make a judgement yet."
"You'd probably manage to get along with her." Rook said "You can get along with anyone. Its annoying."
Buck gave Rook another shrug. "What can I say, I'm Canadian."
"What's the op?" Ela asked.
"We just have to go check something in Poland. That's all that Harry told me, anyway."
"Why didn't he send me?"
"He said that the GROM agent we were teaming up with didn't get along well with you."
"Was it Meredith?" Ela asked. "God, I hate her."
"Harry didn't say a name, but based on your reaction, yeah, its probably her." Buck said "Care to explain?"
"No. I don't think I will."
Buck shrugged. "Fine, I'll just ask your sister when you're gone."
"I'm kidding. Maybe, I don't know yet." Buck said as he finished his food and got up.
"Going already?" Rook asked.
"Yeah, I have to get my things ready." Buck said "Besides, I'd be lying if I said I don't feel like a third wheel around you guys."
"I'll give you the details later." Rook said.
The last thing Buck heard as he walked away was Ela scolding Rook and he couldn't help but smile. He stowed away his tray and walked out of the cafeteria and to the workshop, where thankfully the person he was hoping to see was there, slouched over her workbench. Upon closer inspection, he realized that she was actually asleep. He lightly tapped on the workbench.
"Hey Emmanuelle, wake up." He said, making the French woman jolt upwards.
"Sebastien?" Twitch asked. "You're up early. And you're shirt's on backwards."
"Couldn't sleep last night?"
"The walls in the GIGN quarters aren't exactly thick, Seb." Twitch said "What do you want?"
"Someone's grumpy. I have an op tomorrow, and my drone does that thing where it doesn't detect something that's right in front of it. Can you take a look at it?"
Twitch scowled at him. "You know, just because my specialty is drones, it doesn't mean I'm your personal mechanic."
"Come on Em, its for an op." Buck pleaded.
"Just borrow a drone from the off duty operators."
"But that would mean I have to be responsible."
Twitch stared at Buck in disbelief. "You're almost forty Sebastien, act like it."
Buck furrowed his brow as he thought of how to make Twitch comply. "How about this, you fix my drone, and I give Julien the keys to my room."
"How does that benefit me?"
"Think about it." Buck said "The JTF2 quarters are on the west wing, you guys are on the east."
The idea of getting peace and quiet at night for the entire duration of Buck's operation finally made Twitch give in. "Fine, give me your drone."
"Yes!" Buck cheered. "Love you, Em."
"The feelings is definitely not mutual." Twitch said as she got to work.
Buck left the workshop, making his way down his mental checklist of what he needs to do. Drones are done. Skeleton key up next.
"Hey." Buck greeted the guard at the armory. "Sebastien Cotê, call sign: Buck, JTF2, requesting retrieval of firearm for inspection and modification before an upcoming operation."
"State the firearm being retrieved please."
"Canadian Army Marksman Rifle System."
"Sign here." The guard said, handing Buck his CAMRS and a release form. "Live ammunition is only available at the range."
Buck slung his dmr over his shoulder and walked back to the workshop. Upon entering, he saw his drones on Twitch's workbench and a note that said she'd work on them later. Proceeding to his own workbench, Buck detached the Skeleton Key from his weapon and began to take it apart to check if everything was in working order. While doing so, his hand slipped and a spring bounced off and rolled to the floor.
He was just about to get up and get it when someone already picked it up from the floor and hand it to him. Buck thanked them mindlessly and went back to work before realizing who it was that helped him.
"You're Zofia, right?" he asked "We're supposed to go on an operation together tomorrow."
"I'm aware." Zofia said flatly, before proceeding to her own workbench, which just so happened to be near Buck's.
"Did Harry brief you already?" Buck asked, hoping to get to know Zofia better by striking up conversation. "I didn't quite catch all the details when he went over it with me."
"What do you need to know?" Zofia asked as she was also taking apart her launcher.
"Well for one, why I'm going with you instead of your sister. As immature as Ela is, I doubt something as little as a grudge would throw her off so much that she wouldn't be allowed to go on this operation."
"Why are you talking like you know her?"
Buck was taken aback by the question. "Well, I mean, she's my friend."
Zofia sighed. "Look, if Harry or Ela hadn't told you that, then you probably shouldn't need to know. If it comes from Meredith herself, then I won't stop her, but if you want it to come from me, it won't be happening."
"Fair enough." Buck said "Sorry for prying."
"Well, you care about Ela so I can give you that."
Buck finished reassembling his Skeleton Key, cocked it a few times just make sure he put everything back properly and set it to the side so he can begin disassembling his dmr.
"By the way, what's my story?"
"I beg your pardon?"
"Well, the GROM agent we're teaming up with already knows you." Buck said "What about me? What do I tell her?"
"Oh, that." Zofia said "You'll be posing as my husband."
Buck stopped working. "Sorry, did you say husband?" he asked, to which Zofia nodded. "Yeah, I…I'll be right back."
Harry sat behind his desk, going over some files when he heard footsteps rapidly approaching his office. Seconds later, Buck burst through the door.
"I'm her husband?" he demanded.
"Congratulations Sebastien, you're now married."
"Not funny Harry."
"Alright look, I'm sorry for not telling you." Harry said "It just so happened that Meredith had always wanted to meet Zofia's husband, who wasn't available at the time so I had to improvise."
"I'm flattered that you think I'm husband material Harry, but why did you choose me?"
"Well for one, you two aren't that far apart in age."
Buck raised his eyebrows. "Jordan, Erik, Miles, James, Seamus, Marius, Masaru-"
"I get it." Harry said, cutting Buck off before he could drop any more names. "Its just that, they aren't comfortable around her. At least not enough that they can pose as her spouse."
"What makes you think I'd be any different?"
"Because you get along with everyone."
Buck wanted to argue but he knew Harry was right, and Harry knew that he knew so he continued. "Relax Sebastien, I've seen you with your female friends, the way you act around them can make anyone think that you two were together. You'll be fine."
"You think so?"
"Of course. Its almost as if it comes naturally to you." Harry said "Unless the reason you act that way is because you really are in a relationship. I hate to be that guy but you know those aren't allowed right?"
"I'm not dating any of my fellow operators Harry, just like you said."
"Just checking, Sebastien." Harry reassured him. "Just act normally around Zofia, you're already a sweet, loving, kindhearted man."
Buck eyed Harry suspiciously. "You're not gay, are you?"
"I have a wife, Sebastien. I'm just explaining to you how fit you are to be a husband."
"You sure you're not gay?"
"Get out of my office."
Buck chuckled as he got up. "Relax man, I'm just messing around."
"You tell anyone how I described you and you're suspended, you got that?"
"Yeah, yeah Harry. I understand." Buck said, and although he was laughing at them, Harry's words stuck to him, even until the end of the day.
Later that night, Buck was sitting by the coffee table in the JTF2 quarters common room, scrolling through his phone with the tv turned on in the background. Frost sat down beside him, cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other.
"Don't you have to wake up early tomorrow?"
"Relax mom, its not even ten yet."
"And you have to wake up at six." Frost rebutted. "Emphasis on you which means I won't be waking you up if you miss your alarm again."
"That's what you said last time." Buck said "But if it makes you happy, then fine I'll go to bed."
"Bring the kettle here before you do, I left it on the counter."
Buck switched off his phone and walked to their mini kitchen. "Hey Tina, would you like me as a husband?"
Frost choked on her tea. "That came out of nowhere." She said "Why do you ask?"
"Well, Zofia and I have to pretend we're married for tomorrow's operation and I don't know if I'd be able to pull it off. I just want to know if you think I can be a husband."
"Just treat her like she's your best friend. That's what spouses are supposed to be, anyway. Although if you can, be more intimate with her."
Buck thought about what Frost said as he placed the kettle of tea in front of her. He stared at her for a second before placing a kiss on her forehead, essentially melting her into a puddle on the couch. "Good night."
"Wh-what the hell Sebastien?"
"Like that? Or should I have kissed you on the lips?"
"You should have given me a warning!" Frost said, flustered.
"Then it wouldn't have looked natural."
Frost threw a throw pillow at him. "Go to sleep already!"
Buck chuckled. "Good night, Tina." He said as he went into his room and lied down on his bed, knowing full well that when he wakes up tomorrow, he's going to be a married man.