"We don't even know if..if this Bucky is that bad, you know." Em looked at Manny as if he were to never come over to her place.
"I know." He'd stopped by after she got off work. She'd just taken off her pumps and was in her tank and yoga pants. A part of her felt a bit under dressed. She'd cleaned the make up off her face. Suddenly, she felt naked.
He was in his nurse's attire which looked pretty darn comfortable with Care Bears on them.
"Ali will be on my case if..if I didn't mention it to you." He sighed as she motioned he could sit on her couch. He did with a plop as if he really needed to take a load off.
"Well, I have no idea what I'm suppose to do." She looked at him as if she were not a miracle worker.
"Makes two of us." Manny smiled. "I don't even know what this Bucky looks like." Manny shrugged. He then explained how Ali wanted him to move in with Spencer.
"Would you?" She winced.
"I don't want to, but..but I'm just in the way..there. Who knows, maybe ..maybe Cory will marry Ali..and-" He looked so sad then.
"Oh, they both care about you." Em told him. Suddenly, he felt more like family than anyone of her own. She was not where any of them expected. She was still single. Not even a mother yet.
She looked up into his sad eyes, and took his hand.
"You're wanting me to move in with you at Spencer's, aren't you?"
"I didn't say that." He looked a bit scared then.
"Well, he's my friend, too." Although, that had nothing to do what she was feeling now. She did want to be there for Manny. She'd denied it far too long. It would be awful if someone suddenly found him and snatched him up in a whirlwind romance.
"Maybe, if you stay with me," Em said. "And..and if... you know." She grinned as if she was excited about this. "We could think about Spencer later." Spencer was definitely not on her mind at the moment.
"Uh..." Manny looked at her as if maybe she might be on drugs at the moment.
"God, you know, you're my best friend." She finally gave him a playful slug on the arm.
"I am?" He winced a little lost.
"Come on, you know, I love you." She smiled.
"Love me, love me?" He looked at her as if she must be joking.
"You know, what I mean." She winced.
"OK." He wasn't going to question it. He put his arm around her even if it were a bit awkward. She kissed him without thinking. Maybe if she didn't think too hard about this, it would work.