AN: This won't be like my other story "Why Ross" this will be a more traditional Friends story. Also Have a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.
Summary: This is AU season 5. Ross never cheated on Rachel, they never broke up and the wedding at the end of season 4 was theirs. Monica and Richard never broke up and now he's started abusing her. Chandler and Kathy never got together. Ross and Rachel live in Ugly Naked Guy's apartment, Phoebe's is the same, the guy's are the same, and Monica and Richard live together. This will be C+M and R+R.
Disclaimer: I didn't get Friends for Christmas so I own nothing.
Chapter 1: New Beginnings
The wedding had been beautiful, it had been a giant affair Chandler had been Ross's best man and Monica had been Rachel's maid of honor. They had been engaged for six months, they both wrote their own vows then they were off on their honeymoon. They would go to London, Paris, and Rome they would be gone for a three weeks. Judy had been so happy, she hadn't even made any comment to Monica on when she and Richard were going to be married. Monica and Richard had been going great they were both very in love with each other, this made Chandler just a little bit jealous, he didn't like Richard true he used to idolize him their was just something about him that made Chandler uneasy. But he kept these feelings to himself he didn't want to ruin what Monica and Richard had, so he kept his mouth shut.
Monica and Richard were returning home after the wedding, this wedding was making Monica think about what she wanted 'I love him and he loves me but is he ready to take it to the next level and marry me?' she thought, 'I'll talk to him after the wedding' she decided, not wanting to ruin her brother and her best friends special day. The rest of the day went as would be, Joey trying to sleep with the bridesmaids, Chandler striking out with every girl he talked to, and Phoebe just being Phoebe. The night went great for Monica too she and Richard danced all night; he made her feel like a queen. Chandler watched Monica and Richard with envy, he knew he should be happy for them but, he just couldn't. 'Do I want what they have, or do I want Monica?' he began to ask himself.
The rest of the night went on until it was time to go home for the night. Joey was going home with a bridesmaid, so Chandler had to go home alone, he caught a ride with Monica and Richard. The ride went in absolute silence until Chandler said "That's good about Ross and Rachel they are really happy together" "Yeah they'll do great" Richard said. They finally got home around ten, Chandler went to bed and Monica decided that she and Richard were going to have a little talk. "Well I'm beat lets go to bed" Richard said, "Hold on a minute Richard, we need to have a little talk" Monica said, Richard got worried at those words. "What about?" he asked "The future" Monica answered truthfully.
"What about it?" Richard asked, "Richard this wedding has gotten me thinking, we've been going out for a long time and I think I'm ready to have kids and get married" Monica said wondering how he would react to this. "Monica I'll marry you but I don't want anymore kids I'm sorry if you do but I just don't" Richard said to her. "Then this isn't going to work Richard, we won't work I think it's best if we break up" Monica said, "Come on Monica I've made sacrifices for you and I think it's about time you made one for me" Richard said getting angry. "Richard I've come to a point in my life where I want kids and if you can't understand that then this is over" Monica said a hint of sadness in her voice. "No, this isn't over until I say it's over!" Richard screamed, "Richard get out now this is my apartment and I say get out" Monica said trying to keep her cool.
By now Richard was furious, "No Monica we are not breaking up and that is that!" Richard screamed, Monica was getting afraid now she wished someone was here with her. "Richard I'm sorry but I just don't want to be with you anymore" she said confidently then Richard slapped her across the face so hard that she fell backward onto the floor. "We are not broken up, and you will tell no one of this" he told her going to bed. Only after he had gone into the room did Monica allow herself to cry, she wouldn't give him the satisfaction of seeing her tears. 'Maybe he really does love me and he is just afraid of losing me' Monica thought, 'Yeah that's it, I just made him made as long as I don't do it again he won't hit me' she thought.
She knew she couldn't just lay here on the floor all night, so she went to put some ice on her face to hopefully prevent bruising so no one would know. 'I'm safe from Ross and Rachel I'll be fine before they are back, if I put enough makeup on Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe won't notice besides it was just this one time' she thought before she went to join Richard who was all ready asleep. While across the hall Chandler was becoming more and more convinced that he may be in love with Monica 'Even if I am in love with her, she has Richard the perfect boyfriend, I'm nothing compared to Richard, she's taken man just let her go' was what he thought to himself before falling asleep for the night. At that exact moment somewhere across the Atlantic a couple very much in love were getting ready to go and celebrate their love for the rest of their lives, unaware of what would change while they were gone.
Please R and R