He sighed, shaking his head and sitting, grabbing his holoscreen.
Internet was still limited for security reasons, which was enough for him to get bored quickly.
"Athena?" his soft voice echoed in his almost empty quarters.
"Yes, agent Shimada?"
"Can you send Lúcio's and Hana's files to my device?"
"Oh my God, I almost forgot how much of a little shit your are sometimes." he laughed. "I missed you. Agent Santos and agent Song. Are you happy now?"
"That would be all. Thanks, Athena."
There wasn't a lot of info in their public files, but he knew he didn't have privileged access for classified files anymore. But this would suffice.
But they were public files. He should stop thinking too much about it.
"How can this guy look good even in a stiff document photo." he shook his head.
Lúcio Correia dos Santos. Brazilian. Twenty-six. Musician. Led a revolution against abusive megacoporation Vishkar...
Then something crossed his mind. He was just a recovered playboy with nothing amazing to offer but his imposed skills.
"Do not compare yourself to others. You are your own, etc etc." he said out loud, sighing and dropping his holoscreen on his face, trying to stop this kind of thoughts.
"Does he really like me...?"
Next day and the rest of the week was pretty much the same. Breakfast, filling free time, simulation - with different agents every time, God, he missed kicking McCree's ass -
"Agent Oxton is outside." announced Athena.
"Let her in, please."
As soon as the door opened, Lena stomped into his room, brows knitted and the corners of her mouth pointing down.
"What the fuck, Genji."
"... What the fuck what." he said, faking not knowing why she was there.
She raised an angry finger at him.
"We spent six fucking years without much contact and now that we're together,
He sighed. Of course he would fuck up again.
" I'm sorry, Lena."
She sighed, her shoulders dropping a little.
"Tell me what's going on with you, sweetheart.
"Well... It's not about a crush. I mean, look at Lúcio, who wouldn't have a crush on him?"
"I wouldn't." Lena answered, smug smile on her lips.
Genji just rolled his eyes at her.
"You know what I meant. It's just that...
Lena was paying attention to every word he said, but her only reaction was to punch him on the arm. This time it hurt because he wasn't with his armor.
She punched him again, stronger this time. And punched and slapped until all his arm was red and stinging.
"Stop already! What's wrong with you?!" he grabbed her wrists and she finally stopped.
He didn't know what to say because he didn't know why she was crying. But he held her hand tightly, waiting for her to calm down.
" I'm sorry." was all he could say.
She kissed him on the cheek and they went silent for a while.
When everything seemed more calm, Lena gave a crooked smile and Genji already knew she was up to something.
"Speaking of crushes... Lúcio asked about you. A lot. Honestly, you made everyone worry."
"Yeah? What did he say?"
"Oh, so you're suddenly interested now? I thought you didn't want anything to do with him." she teased.
"You know me too well to know that is not true."
There was a faint blush creeping on Genji's cheeks.
"You like him, don't you?"
"You know I do."
"How are you feeling now?"
He sighed, thinking.
"Then go get him, tiger!"
"You say like it's easy."
"Well, ain't it?"
"... Did he really mean everything he said to me?"
Lena made a surprised expression followed by a loud laugh.
"Are you fucking serious? You're not this dense, Genji."
"What, that you are an awesome, fun, hot cyborg with an amazing ass?"
He couldn't help but laugh a bit.
"Nah, I was thinking more like an incomplete, broken guy."
"Sorry, sorry." he fell silent for a moment, then continued. "Did... Did he really say that about my ass?"
Lena's mocking smile was almost unbearable to see.
"God..." he hid his face on his hands, giving an embarrassed laugh into them.
"Are you giving him a chance, love?"
He dragged one of his hands down his face.
"FINALLY! Can't wait for you to let yourself be a little happy again."
"You're gay!" she pulled him to a hug.
Genji slept so deeply that night he almost missed the emergency call.
All agents were there, some ready and gathered up in a group in front of Winston, the others roaming around with pajamas and sleepy faces, concerned.
"...Talon again?" Lena said.
"Look at this boy all commanding and stuff. So proud of you!"
Winston gave an embarrassed smile. "Hey, someone has to do it, right? By the way I'm coming with you. I'm not the most discreet but if the need happens I'll be with you."
"You shouldn't be so happy about it..." he couldn't help but smile while leaving to prepare for it.
Genji was right beside her, arms crossed, unmasked and with the most sleepy face he could bear. He yawned so largely she opened her arms.
He chuckled. "Since when you turned 50 to make dad jokes?"
"Well, I still made you laugh. Had sweet dreams, sleeping beauty?" Lena teased.
"Actually, yes, I did. It's a pity bad people exist and don't respect my bed hour."
"Cannot wait to see you kicking ass out there again."
"And I can't wait to see your ass getting kicked."
"Thanks for the vote of trust."
"Hey, you are not wearing your faceplate. Aren't you supposed to hide your sleep-swollen eyes? You look hideous."
He smiled as well, looking at the piece held on his hand.
"Yeah, well, people should get used to it."
"Lena? What's up?" Hana approached them with a face as sleepy as Genji's, but washed in concern. Lúcio was right behind her, just as concerned. They were both in sleep garments, bare feet.
He licked his own lips, seemingly unknowing of the whole situation, even though he did know about the gravity of it.
He smiled, feeling like he missed the weird-sounding brazilian petnames.
"Yes. I apologize for making you all worried. I... Needed to think. And think I did."
He gave a smile just as crooked.
"Yeah... You were."
"Wheels up in two. Assigned agents, please present yourself on the runway for departure." Athena voice could be heard.
"That's our cue, Genji." Lena said. He nodded.
"That would be awesome. We will be back in a couple of days, alright? Don't go anywhere." she just smiled as response.
They started going to the ship but suddenly Genji stopped like he just remembered something, and turned back to Lúcio, leaning in and kissing his cheek.
Lúcio just looked like he had a shutdown. Genji chuckled. "See you later."
Lena and Hana were trying not to explode so they just looked at each other with almost visible sparkles around their eyes. They waved frantically to one another, excited.
"Genji, Genji, Genji!! Lena was around him, jumping and blinking excitedly. "I can't believe you just did that, OMG!"
She giggled and cheered.
"I hope this is nothing and we get back right away so you can smush butts together!"
Genji chuckled. "Classy."
"WE HAVE TO RETREAT, WINSTON! N... NOW!" Genji's voice was failing, his body partially destroyed.
Winston was still huffing, and Lena was somewhere between the now and another time. The thought of losing them was terrifying.
Winston took another deep breath and grabbed Genji and the afterthought of Lena, jumping away from the mess, from Doomfist, from the miscalculation and mistake he's made.
Genji was hurting, breathless, but he knew she was more important.
He woke up suddenly, gasping for air. He realized he was on a bed after some time. The door slid open and he saw Angela,immediately feeling relieved.
"Hi, Genji. How are you feeling?"
He looked at the doctor's face for a bit, feeling nostalgic.
"Angela... I thought you were in Germany for your research."
"I was. But Winston called me and I ran here when I heard the news. He was very concerned."
"Sorry..." he jolted again, grabbing her hand.
Angela got a little bit startled with the sudden movement, but put her own hand on his.
He let a long, relieved sigh out.
"Good. God, what a nightmare. I didn't think it would be like this so soon."
"Neither did I, but here we are!" she clasped her hands.
"You owe me one."
"I owe you more than one."
When they finally fell a little silent, he noticed a nice, steady music filling the room.
"Hmm? Oh, right. That new agent, Lúcio? Nice guy. He is a medic too, was really worried about you and wanted to help, so he offered his device to help with your recovery."
"...For how long have I been out?"
"Couple of days. It was bad, but you've seen worse."
She squinted at him.
"You JUST woke up. You won't leave this bed at the very least until tomorrow."
His head dropped on his hand.
"Am I allowed visitors?"
She squinted again.
"Who do you want to see?"
"Yes, please. Thank you, Angie."
She squeezed his nose.
"Take fucking care next time, I can't heal you all the time, alright?"
"Nnnh alright, promise."
Genji then leaned on the headboard, letting the music fill in his ears.
It was a soothing, soft tune, and it made his body feel warm, like laying down on grass on a sunny day.
Not much later he heard the slide of the door again, and it was hard to open his eyes again, but he did.
Lena was there, freckled cheeks rosy and smile wide as ever. He sighed, relieved.
"You scared the shit out of me, dumbass." he said, a touch of softness on his voice.
"Oh, /I/ scared you?" she said, pulling away from him. "I wasn't the one tore into pieces."
Her smile turned into something more concerned and she sat on the bed beside him.
"Genji. There's something big happening. Talon is getting stronger by the minute and we... Well, we have this."
"'This' you mean, a broken cyborg? Or 'this', a whole crew of hand-picked prodigies and geniuses from all around the world
She bit her lip.
"Yeah. Yeah, you're right. It's just... That took me by surprise. I felt we were so unprepared for it I feared we're no match for them. Am I wrong?"
"I honestly do not know. But what good will it do if we don't believe in ourselves? We're gonna do great just like we did before. 'Don't think so little of yourself', someone said to me, once."
"Alright. You're right. We'll win this too. We definitely will."
He smiled to her and she hugged him again.
"How were things going while I was out?" her asked, absent-mindedly looking at the little speakers beside his bed.
"Stolen tech. Amazingly adapted, but still." she raised her brows, teasing.
"We are all criminals now in the eyes of government. Also, doing stuff behind the curtains isn't exactly new for me."
"You got it."
Hopefully tomorrow would be a better day.
The fingers felt strange but he was used to getting accustomed with new limbs every now and then. He flexed them, feeling them perfectly responsive.
"I am going to be around for some time before heading back to Germany, so if you feel anything off, just call."
"Flattery won't get you anywhere, Genji. A drink maybe will."
"Ah, yes." he trailed his fingers on his own hair with his prosthetic hand. "And God knows I need one now."
"Nice. Time to have some fun."
He got up from the bed, legs tangling on themselves a bit, but fine overall. Angela helped him stabilize.
"I'll live. Again. Thank you."
She smiled and let him go, and he finally left the stale mood of the med bay room.
Lena was outside, waiting for him, Angela left her coat and followed him close behind, smiling reassuringly for her.
In the future. Not now. Now they would chat, sing and drink.
The day went on like usual, at least for the other agents. Genji and Lena weren't allowed to go to simulation training yet, so they mostly wandered around base with Angela. It was nostalgic for everyone.
"Nothing has really changed, except for some new faces, it seems."
"Are you still refusing to socialize, Genji?" she asked.
"Rooooasted" Lena teased. Genji could only laugh, but not argue against the distrust.
"You know I've changed. I'm a little more... Accessible now."
Lena immediately smiled from ear to ear for him and answered the question herself.
"We did make some friends, right, Genji? One in special. Tell her about it."
"Yeah, well, Hana and Lúcio. They were with us since they arrived, so we... Kind of bonded. They are good ones."
"Oh, yes, I remember them. They were outside your rooms all the time,
" Wait. How /did/ I arrive? I only remember getting my ass kicked and... Worrying about Lena."
"You are gay." he answered.
Angela smiled at the and started.
"Well, you were..." Angela stopped to think how she could explain, but was beaten by Lena.
"Like a pile of scrap."
"... Like a pile of scrap." she agreed.
"Seems your hobby is to bail from death. Keep kicking, Genji." Lena wiggled her eyebrows to him.
"Funny. I think my hobby is to give Angela headaches."
"If I didn't know what I was signing up for back then, honestly I'd agree."
They were interrupted when Hana jumped on him on the couch, eyes watery and face warm, probably fresh out the bath.
"You're well!" she shook him by he shoulders. "You scared the shit out of us!"
"Welcome back." he said, simply. He was also fresh out the bath, towel hanging over his shoulders, hair loose.
It felt like Genji hasn't seen them in years and he was relieved to see their faces.
"I'm sorry. I hope I won't scare you like this again."
"I hope so, or I'll kick your ass myself." Hana said, detangling herself from him and going to grab some snacks too.
"Come sit here."
"Hi." Genji chuckled. "Heard you helped with my recovery. Thanks a ton, Lúcio."
"Hey, no problem, man. It's what I do. You owe me one now."
"I guess I do."
They stood there is silence while nibbling some snacks until Lúcio pointed to Genji.
"Hey, this is new for me. I didn't know you wore actual clothes."
"... I wouldn't mind" Lúcio said, staring at where Genji showed, voice almost inaudible.
"Nothing. Are you ready for karaoke night?"
"Of course. Now that you're finally back to us, the more reason to celebrate."
Genji gave a sheepish smile.
"Sorry for being late."
"No problem... In the end, the kiss didn't give you any luck, huh? Sorry about that."
"Maybe it was the wrong kind of kiss."
Lúcio looked back at him, but before he could say anything, Lena surged to tell them to get ready, because the karaoke was all set and that they should start drinking asap.
"I'm staying right here." Genji answered.
Lúcio started leaving, pulling Hana with him.
"No~thing~. I just saw you there. Chattering."
"We are... Not a couple."
"Yet." Lena said, insufferable smile still on her lips.
"What makes you think we are even going to click if something happens?"
Lena just nodded frantically.
"We will see..."
Lena gave a little punch on his shoulder.
"Hey, you're not chicken out on me, are you? Just try, you're doing great! What is the worst thing that can happen?"
Lena paused, giving an appalled smile.
"Are... You really that worried about that?"
He didn't answer, just looking at the floor, fidgety messing with the snack packing he was holding. She sighed, patting him on the back.
He couldn't help but snort and chuckle.
"I can't believe you just used an ancient anime quote on me."
"That's how I roll. Also, you're singing with me tonight."
They arranged a small space in the break room, which wasn't that small, but having Reinhardt automatically made the place crowded.
Angela and Rein sang passionately that - Lúcio's words - goddamned Hasselhoff.
They were laughing and having fun like they didn't have for a while.
Genji rolled the glass between his fingers, examining its content.
"Honestly I have no idea. It was Angela's and she shoved it into my hand when she went to sing again, when she came back she was already with another drink. So now it's mine."
Genji chuckled. "I think you're on an entirely different level. What is that?" he pointed at Lúcio's drink.
"Okay, next song is gay because I'm gay as fuck and I miss my girlfriend. Emily, whenever you are right now, know that I love you and your cute butt."
"Shut up Gengu, she's not here with me and I'm suffering, let me be gay in piece." he answered with just a muffled laugh.
The song started, soft and melodic, but not exactly sad. But it was definitely cheesy.
"Oh, this is a good one." said Lúcio.
"Cheesy, but yeah, good. Anyway, what is that you're drinking?"
"It's catuaba. Cheap drink I brought with me from home, it's kind of sweet. Want some?" he handed the bottle to Genji.
"Oh, sure. I like the label."
Lúcio chuckled. "You get used to it." he grabbed the bottle back, taking another sip. "Oh. Indirect kiss."
Genji almost snorted out his own drink. "You're watching way too much anime."
"Hmm. Then what about a real kiss?"
Genji paused, looking at Lúcio, who was looking at him too, expression dead serious. Genji's head was feeling light, and he suddenly - finally - felt brave enough to lean in and press his lips against Lúcio's.
Neither of them were capable of holding back a chuckle that turned into a laugh against the lips of one another, until they were incapable of continue, peeking at Lena, now singing-screaming the song.
They looked at each other again, and Lúcio whispered. "You wanna get out of here?"
"Hell yes." Genji answered, already pulling Lúcio by the hand and leaving the room.
"If I knew it was gonna be like this I'd have tried harder before..."
"I think it was perfect timing, though. Not too soon or too late."
Lúcio made an upset expression, but he was more adorable than anything.
"True. I mean, it's not that I wasn't also waiting, but I think I teased too much."
"Hm. Everything is in the past now. And also, too much talking, too little kissing."
"My whole life before meeting you." Lúcio answered, and they resumed said kissing for another long time.
Genji thought Lúcio fit so perfectly with him it felt weird. Kind of scary. And he didn't want to stop, not now, not ever.
He could get used to this.