Steve woke up the next morning to an empty bed. Casey wasn't beside him when he woke up. She never woke up before him. The night before they confessed their love to each other and made love. It was perfect. But now Steve was thinking that Casey regretted everything they did last night. Was saying I love you too much? Telling her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, too much? She told him that she was in it for the long haul and they've met each other's family. Did she regret it after everything? She's been hurt before.
A loud noise interrupted Steve's thoughts and he realized it was his phone ringing. Without look who was calling, Steve answered. "Hello?"
"Hey, Blue Eyes." Casey's voice said on the other line, making Steve relax slightly. "I got a page in the middle of the night to come to do an emergency surgery. You looked so peaceful that I didn't want to wake you. Sorry if you thought I ran off."
A happy sigh escaped from Steve's lips. "No, it's okay. I'm glad you're okay. I thought you had the day off today."
"I do. I'm on my way back to you as we speak." She replied, getting into the car she borrowed from Steve's garage. "I may or may not have borrowed your car. A taxi from your place would have been ridiculous and probably would have taken forever."
"I understand. I'll see you when you get home."
"I love you."
"I love you too." Steve said before hanging up the phone. Knowing that Casey would probably be hungry when she got home, he threw on a pair of pajama pants and a t-shirt. Fiddling around in the kitchen, Steve smiled when he found the apron Casey brought over so she could cook. It was a pet peeve for Casey to not wear an apron while cooking. Her mom and grandma always wore aprons when they were in the kitchen and ever since she was a little girl. Even though she never really cooked that much she just didn't want to get her clothes dirty. Especially while baking. Steve found out the hard way when he threw flour at her while they were making cookies for the kids on her peds floor. The next day she was over, there was a blue flower print apron hanging in his kitchen.
"Steve I'm home." Casey called out walking up the stairs from his garage. Hearing the soft jazz music coming from the kitchen, Casey turned to the kitchen to find Steve humming along to the soft music. Wrapping her arms around his torso, she kissed the middle of his back. "Smells good. How did you know I was going to be hungry?"
"Oh, I just know my girlfriend." Steve said with a small smile on his face while he plated the food. "She had to wake up early to save a young child's life."
"That she did." Casey said taking a piece of bacon from her plate before stealing a kiss from Steve's lips. "I took a nap in an on-call room before driving. I didn't want to crash your car. It's really pretty."
Nodding his head, Steve kissed the top of her head. "I appreciate that. But I would care way more about you than the car if something were to happen."
"Good to know." Pouring herself a cup of coffee, she walked over to the kitchen table. After taking a few bites and sips, she looked up at Steve. "Um so it's October and my mom has been bugging me for the past couple of days. Do you want to go to my parents for Christmas?"
"Do you want me to be there?" Steve asked taking her hands in his, Casey nodded her head slowly while biting her lower lip. "Then I will be there."
"Good. I'll let my mom know." Casey said leaning over the table to kiss him softly. "I love you."
"I love you too." Steve whispered on her lips, before kissing them again.
When December rolled around, Casey convinced Steve to make the trip a road trip. She wasn't a huge fan of flying and loved the scenery that you experience while driving. And on the plus side, she could use her car that she rarely drives while living in the city. Stark had offered to let them use one of the quinjets, but Steve declined when he heard about Casey's fear of flying. He wasn't going to force her to fly somewhere you could easily drive too. It also was to get used to the civilian lifestyle he was starting to take on. The drive was only 13 hours, meaning the two could split the drive and stop wherever and whenever they wanted.
"Is your whole family going to be at your parent's house the two weeks we are there?" Steve asked changing his grip on the steering wheel, into something a little more comfortable. He had been driving for 4 hours straight. Not letting Casey drive until they get closer to her hometown.
"Oh lord, no." Casey took Steve's free hand in her own, kissing the top of it gently. "Everyone lives in town or outside. We will only see everyone at Christmas. Don't worry."
"Okay, good." Letting out a large breath of relief, Steve turned the Christmas music back up. Enjoying the new songs that have been released since the last truly listened to Christmas music. And it made it feel more like Christmas. Steve felt like he hadn't truly had a real Christmas since coming up from the ice. Yes, the team did Secret Santa together. But that was only when everyone was all together. Which was rare. Now with Casey, he was having a real Christmas. Something he knows that has been missing from his life. Christmas was his favorite holiday growing up. He had memories of him and his mom opening presents on Christmas morning. The presents were never much, with his mom having to work day and night to keep them living under a roof. "This is my first Christmas."
"You are in luck then. Acme has the best Christmas decorations and best festival in the county." That started Casey on telling him every story she could think of with herself and her family's experiences at every festival. The good and the bad. Which in turn made Steve began to picture a little boy running in front of himself and pregnant Casey with a cotton candy stick in hand. A thought that he never figured he would have again.
Casey sighed happily as she drank her coffee from Starbucks while taking them to her parent's house. Her childhood home, where her twin brother was going to meet her boyfriend for the first time. Nerve racking isn't exactly what you would call it. Maybe nerve-quake was the best way to describe what she was feeling. She and Aiden told each other everything, taking in each other's word like glue. Luckily for the first two days, it was just going to be her parents and Aiden. Something Casey wouldn't have to worry too much about. It was her father's side of the family she was more worried about. There was a lot of military backgrounds there and Casey didn't know how Steve was going to handle it. Captain America was a big deal for the Montgomery's. Anyone who joined the army wanted to hear stories from their Great Grandparents and Grandparents. When Casey turned 18, and she told her parents that she was going to school to be a doctor, Frank thought it was so she could be a surgeon in the army. Even though he didn't join the army, he knew that both his children had interest. While that thought did cross her mind, she wanted to stay and save kids. And it never came up again until she met Deputy Director Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D to be one of the personal doctors for the Avengers.
"Last chance before you can't turn back." Casey said as they passed the 'Welcome to Acme, Tennessee' sign. "We can go back to New York and spend Christmas with your friends. I had fun when we went for Thanksgiving. Peter was a riot. Yelling when he saw my powers fix Sam's finger after he cut it off."
Laughing slightly at the memory, Steve shook his head. "No, I want to meet your brother. In person not on Facetime."
"Okay." She said softly when she pulled into the driveway. Turning towards the super soldier sitting next to her after putting the car in park, she took his hands in her's. "Are you sure you want to do this? We can turn around and go back to the airport."
"I want to do this." Steve said freeing one of his hands, he gently placed it on her cheek. "You and I both know that if I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't be here. And that means losing you which is something I don't plan on doing any time soon. I'm here until you tell me to leave."
Capturing his lips, Casey gave him a mindblowing kiss. Well, every kiss Casey gave Steve, he thought was a mindblowing kiss. But it felt like she was adding even more emotion to this kiss. And he wasn't complaining, in fact, he wanted to make the kiss more passionate. Which was exactly what he did, without breaking the kiss he pulled her onto his lap. Which in turn made Casey gasp, giving Steve more access to make the kiss deeper. The two didn't want to stop their make out session until there was a knock on the window making them pull apart quickly, making Casey hit the back of her head on the side of the door. Rubbing the back of her head, she rolled the window down to find her brother standing on the other side.
"Hey Case, mom wants to know when y'all going to stop sucking face and come inside." Aiden said glancing quickly over at the guy who his twin sister was straddling. He knew who he was, saw him on Facetime more times then he could count. So he wouldn't be shocked when Captain America walked thru their childhood door. "So fix your head and come inside. Mom made meatballs. And she keeps slapping my hand when I go near the pot."
"Well, you probably deserve it." Casey said turning her head to her brother. "Can you get out of the way so we can get out of the car?"
Nodding his head, he opened the passenger door and helped Casey get out of the car. Off of Captain America's lap. Aiden didn't know how he was going to get over that. Deciding to ignore the super soldier until Casey introduced them, officially, he pulled his sister in for a bear hug. Swinging her around, the brother and sister laughed throughout the hug. "I missed you Case."
"I missed you too, A." Casey replied when her feet touched the ground. Looking behind her brother she found Steve pulled their bags out of the trunk and was walking towards the brother and sister. What she didn't see was Steve staring at the southern style home picturing the little boy from earlier along with a little girl playing on the front porch. "Aiden this is Steve Rogers, my boyfriend. Steve this is my brother, Aiden."
"Nice to meet you." Steve said holding out his hand towards Casey's brother. Remembering what Casey told him about Aiden. He was in the military, did his two years to make the family happy. He was going to continue but then he met his now girlfriend. And as much as he wanted to fight for his country, Aiden wanted to stay and date Amelia. Knowing he could go back if things didn't work out.
Shaking the super soldier's hand. "You too, Captain America."
"Uh, Steve will be just fine." He said pulling his hand away, glancing over at Casey who was glaring at her brother. "I'm only Captain America when the world needs saving."
"Okay." Nodding his head, Aiden lead the couple inside the house and into the living room where everyone was sitting. "I got them. We can eat now."
"Oh, I'm glad you only got us to fill up your empty stomach." Casey said taking Steve's now free hand. "Everyone this is Steve. You already know mom and dad. But this Amelia, Aiden's girlfriend."
"It's nice to meet you Steve." Amelia said pulling him into a hug which shocked Steve. He still isn't to this day used to how forward people are. "Sorry, I'm a hugger. I know your military and all but you know."
"It's okay." Steve said when they pulled away from the hug. "It's nice to meet you too Amelia."
Smirking over at her boyfriend's twin sister, Amelia pulled her into a hug. "He's so much dreamier in person."
Nodding her head in agreement, Casey winked over at Steve. "Oh, I know. You should see him do push ups. Just randomly gets down on the floor and starts."
"Just trying to impress you." Alice said wrapping her arms around her daughter. "Did he get buffer? I feel like he got buffer."
Shaking her head, Casey laughed. "Maybe, I'm sure it's possible. I see him everyday, I don't notice the changes until he points them out to me."
"As much as I want to talk about how buff my sister's boyfriend is." Aiden said making everyone look over at him. Aiden and Casey looked identical. Would be, if they were the same sex. They had the same dark blonde hair and same blue eyes. The only difference was Aiden stood almost the same height as Steve. "Can we eat now?"
Nodding her head, Alice smiled over at her son. "Yes, now we can eat."
After the enjoyable southern dinner, where Steve got to enjoy the back to back banter of Casey and her brother. He found himself sitting in the living room with Frank and Aiden while the girls cleaned up the mess in the kitchen.
"How did you and Casey meet?" Aiden asked during a commercial of the Tennessee Titans football game. They were playing the New York Giants which was Steve's team. It was a close game which made it much more fun to watch.
"At a club." Seeing the raised eyebrows of the brother and dad, he thought he needed to explain more. For as long as he's known Casey, he had never seen her drunk or wanting to drink. "Casey was there for Charlie. And I was dragged there by one of my teammates. Some guy was trying to hit on her and she found me standing at the bar and we pretended to be a couple to get the guy away from her. And we've been together ever since."
"How did she find out you were Captain America?" Frank asked turning the volume down on the TV. He wanted to know more about the man his baby girl brought home for Christmas. He may know about the War Hero and Super Soldier that had saved the world more times then he could count. But Frank also knew that there was something that Casey thought was special about the real Steve Rogers. And he wanted to get to know that man.
Smiling softly at the memory. "She told me about all the sick kids that loved the Avengers. So I showed up at the hospital in my uniform to see the kids in pediatrics. She recognized my voice. Basically knew it was me, the moment our eyes met. But didn't say anything until we were alone."
Nodding his head, Aiden slapped Steve on the back. "If you hurt her I will come after you, superhero or not. She's my twin sister."
"I'm sure you'll have help. There is a bunch of my teammates who will back you up. But I don't plan on hurting her."