A/N: 100% didn’t plan this, it just kind of happened. So enjoy. Basically inspired by Remember You Young by Thomas Rhett.
You watched him interact with the younger fans. It didn’t seem all that long ago that he was the kid begging for someone to sign his jersey. You couldn’t help but smile, he seemed so grown up now. But even still, you couldn’t help but see him as the kid you’d grown up with. You couldn’t help but remember what it had been like to be by his side and watch him grow.
Hadn’t it just been yesterday that you were causing hell on the Friday nights that he didn’t have hockey? Or having him sneak out after a coach set curfew so all of you could hang out? How many nights had he climbed the tree outside of your window, just so you could spend more time together? Or how many times had you stolen something out of your parent’s liquor cabinet before heading off to a party with him?
But this man before you wasn’t that little boy anymore. There was still traces of him of course. You could still see him in the dimpled smile, or whenever he had a mischievous gleam in his eyes. Sometimes even during a game after he’d gotten away with something.
You saw the boy you’d fallen in love with more behind closed doors. But even though he’d grown up, matured more than you’d thought he could, he was still your boy. He was still your best friend, the love of your life, your ride or die. He was still everything you’d ever wanted and more.
NHL Captains || 2019-20 Season
Note: Vegas, NY Rangers, Detroit, & Ottawa do NOT have a captain…alternate captains were used.
Sheary week to week for Sabres: undefined
10 NHL Seasons: Ryan O’Reilly