Here's a standalone fic set just after the final. Please review and let me know what you think!
"Monica, would you please calm down!" Chandler sighed, watching as she rushed around the kitchen, trying to clean, prepare lunch and unpack the last few boxes that were left.
"Calm down!" She exclaimed, turning to face him. "My parents are on their way over here as we speak!"
"Honey, I know…" He placed his hand on her shoulders to stop her as she tried to move around him. "But they're not going to care if there's a few boxes that we haven't gotten around to unpacking...We only moved in yesterday!"
"You obviously haven't meet my mother!" She said sarcastically.
Chandler leaned back against the counter. "Mon, everything will be fine."
"The house is a mess!"
"No its not!" He looked around. "I know its not 'Monica' clean but.…"
"If its not 'Monica' clean then its not clean!" She claimed, cutting in.
"But like I said we moved in yesterday! Plus we have two new born babies to look after…" He continued, ignoring her comment. "I'm surprised we've managed to get this much unpacked!"
"But I want everything to be perfect…" She sighed, letting her arms drop down to her sides; exhaustion finally catching up with her.
"Oh honey…" Chandler stepped forwards, pulling her into his arms. "Everything is already perfect."
"No...no buts…" He stopped her, pulling back to look at her. "Mon, we're parents... we have two beautiful children and a new home.…"
She smiled slightly. "Yeah, okay...you're right…"
"I'm right?" He repeated. "Wow, really? I don't think I've ever heard you say those words to me ever!"
She glared at him, causing him to take a small step away from her.
"Okay, moving quickly on…" He started. "My point is, you're parents are coming to see the babies….our babies….So everything is going to go fine."
Her glare faded into a smile as she stepped into his arms, sighing contently and for the first time since they arrived in their new house, she allowed herself to relax. They stayed in that position until a cry from upstairs.
"Right, I'll finish making lunch…." Chandler pulled back slightly to and brushed a lose strand of hair behind her ear. "While you go and get our children ready to meet your parents…"
"But what about the boxes!" She looked around.
"Honey, they don't matter!" He sighed loudly.
"Okay, fine! I'm going!" She let her hands drop to her side in defeat before she turning to head upstairs.
He rolled his eyes and shook his head watching her leave. He moved to the counter to finish preparing the salad that Monica had started, thinking about his newest members to his family. A smiled appeared on his face, he couldn't believe that they'd finally made it….they're finally parents…. And not only did they have one baby but two.
"So, I was thinking me, you and Emma have a night in…." Rachel suggested putting her arms around Ross' neck loosely. "We can order some pizza in, put on a movie and finally have our first family night in."
"Sounds perfect…" He smiled, resting his hands on her waist.
"Great!" She smiled, giving him a quick kiss on the lips. "And the night can get started as soon as you pick up Emma from my Mom's."
Ross made an unhappy face. "Aw, why do I have to pick her up! Everything time I see her, she always tell me about her liposuction!"
"Okay, fine….I guess I could go get her whilst you stay here…"
"Well, honey if that's what you want!" Ross answered quickly, picking up her jacket and holding it out to her.
"Okay, then…say hi to my Dad for me…" She put her jacket on.
"Wait? What!" He stopped her from turning and walking away. "You're Dad!"
"Yeah, I spoke to him on the phone earlier… he's coming around to see what the reason for me turning down a job in Paris…." She told him. "But I'm sure you can handle that."
"Oh…maybe on seconds thoughts I'll go and get Emma…" He said, thinking about his options.
"Oh, okay then…" She called after him as he left with a small smile on her face.
Chandler had just finishing making the lunch when the doorbell rung. He headed for the front door taking a deep breath before opening it, revealing his in-laws.
"Chandler, dear!" Judy hugged him slightly whilst pushing past him into the house. "Now, where are those babies!"
"Uh, Monica just getting them ready…." Chandler closed the door.
"I can't wait to meet little Jacky!" Jack said excited.
"Well, why don't you go and sit down and I'll go see if they're ready…." Chandler told them, before making a quick escape upstairs.
Monica was in the nursery, she had just finished dressing the twins and was now just watching them. Both of them just content with looking up towards the ceiling, waving their little legs and arms in the air.
"Mon, you're parents are here…" Chandler walked in, stopping beside her and smiled down at his children.
"What?" She turned to look at him panicked. "You left them alone!"
Chandler looked up confused. "Ummm….No?"
"Chandler!" She exclaimed, startling him.
"What? What did I do?" He asked, worried.
"You left my mother alone! She'll be looking around to find things to moan at me about…."
Chandler rolled his eyes before bending down and picking up Erica. "Well, we better get down there then."
She nodded quickly and picked up Jack, before heading for the door and down the stairs.
"Your Mom's crazy…" Chandler whispered to Erica, who was staring up at him. "But we love her."
Chandler couldn't help but smile down at her, content with just watching her staring back up at him.
"Chandler!" Monica yelled from downstairs, startling him.
He sighed and rolled his eyes before heading towards the stairs, to introduce his daughter to her grandparents.
Ross let out a breath of relief as he closed the door to Sandra Green's house behind him.
"Well, sweetie I think we managed to get out of there in record breaking time…"
Emma laughed as if she understood and bounced up and down in his arms.
"I guess we'd better head home and see Mommy…." Ross started to walk but stopped when he realised Leonard would probably still be there. "Actually how about we stop off at the park first…."
Emma squealed happily once more and clapped her hand. "Park!"
Ross grinned at her. "Okay but don't tell your Mom that we went on the swings."
"Swings! Swings!" She cheered.
"Oh no, don't you rat me out!" He told her as they reached the park.
"Swings!" She clapped her again.
"Okay, okay…here we go…" He said, carefully placing her in one of the swings. He checked to make sure that her hair was safely away from the chains before slowly pushing her. "You like that huh?"
Emma giggled happily causing Ross to grin widely.
"Y'know, you got the same smile as your Mommy…." Ross told her. "And you're going to break so many hearts when your older…."
"Swing! Swing!" She cried out, when the swing had slowed down.
Ross did as she requested and pushed her gently and began to think about everything that had happened in the last few days. He couldn't believe that after everything they had been through over the last ten years has all changed now. They were no longer six 'twenty something' friends sitting around drinking coffee. They had all promised to stay in touch, to see each other all time and Ross didn't doubt that they would all keep that promise but it was different now.
He thought back to five years ago when he discovered the relationship between his little sister and his best friend. At first he couldn't believe what they were doing but after hearing they were actually in love and seeing them together, he saw how perfect they were each other. They all seemed to know what the other was thinking or feeling and how to make them feel better. He was devastated to learn that they weren't able to have children of their own. He knew it had always been a dream of Monica to have kids and even though Chandler had never really talked about it before they were married but after they had agreed to start trying they could really see how much he was looking forwards to becoming a father….He was so pleased that after everything they been through they were finally parents… and not just to one baby but two.
Then there was Phoebe, she had never really had a serious relationship until Mike so everyone was kind of surprised when they found out she wanted to settle down.
Everyone had made chances in the last few months, everyone except Joey… He decided that with everyone moving on, he wanted to make some changes as well…so next week he's off to L.A to hopefully find his big break in the acting world.
Then there was Rachel and himself… finally after 10 years of being on again, off again….they had decided to stopped messing around and become a proper family… the two of them and Emma.
Emma's squeals snapped him from his thoughts. He glanced at his watch. "Well, honey I think it's time we got home."
She let Ross lift her out of the swing and she put her arms around his neck.
"Lets just hope Grandpa has gone before we get back…" He said as they headed for the exit. "Then Mommy, you and me can get on with our first night as a proper family."
"Mama…." Emma repeated.
"Yeah, mama…" He smiled.
He stopped for a moment and looked down at his daughter.
"Y'know something Emma, even though me and your Mom have agreed to do things properly this time… I still don't know exactly what's going to happen to us…. But what I do know is that I'm always going to be there for you, okay?" He spoke softly and she stared back up at him, listening intensely. "You're always going to be my little girl… and nothing in the world is going to change that."
Emma smiled softly as if she understood what he was saying. He smiled back and started to walk again.
"Come on, lets go home…"
"You name him after me?" Jack asked for what seemed like the hundredth time. "You really named him Jack?"
Judy rolled her eyes but didn't comment and instead continued look over his shoulder at her Grandson in his arms.
Chandler and Monica exchanged smiles.
"Yes, Dad…we really named him Jack."
"I just….I just can't believe it…" Judy started looking from baby Jack to Erica.
"I know, isn't it great…" Monica replied, happily.
"It is great! It's brilliant!" Judy looked up at them. "Ross and Rachel are finally back together again!"
Chandler saw the look of anger in Monica's eyes and grabbed onto her hand to stop her from standing up. Whilst his father-in-law was oblivious to what was going on around him as he cooed at his namesake.
"Uh, Judy….why don't I give you a tour of the house…" Chandler said, thinking he was doing a good thing….getting Judy out of Monica's way.
"What!" Monica turned to glare at her husband, panicked…she hadn't had chance to get the house how she wanted it.
"Oh, what a lovely idea!" Judy gushed, standing up.
"Okay, great!" Chandler smiled, moving to hand Erica into Monica's arms and caught sight of his wife look, causing him to back away slightly, confused.
Monica sighed as the two of them headed out of the room leaving her with her children and father.
"I can't believe you named him Jack…"
"Yeah, Dad…I get it…you're happy about it…" Monica stated but she still couldn't help but smile at the happy look on her Dad's face.
"I also can't believe my little Harmonica is a Mommy…" He looked up at her.
A smile spread across her face as she looked at her children.
"Nor can I…." She whispered. "I waited so long for this…."
"I know, Sweetie…" He reached out a free hand and squeezed hers. "and we're so happy for you."
"Mom doesn't seem very happy…" She mumbled.
"What?" Jack looked at her surprised. "Of course she is."
"Well, how come she's more interested in Ross and Rachel dating again then her new born Grandchildren."
"Oh, honey…she isn't interested in them…she's just surprised….we'd never thought that they'd be able to work everything out." Jack replied.
"Okay, fine but why does she have to bring it up now…when she should be thinking about Jack and Erica."
"That's just how she is, honey…" Jack tried explain. "She's always been able to relate better with him…maybe its because of the way her Mother was with her."
Monica didn't comment, she just looked down at her own daughter in her arms….vowing not to treat Erica like that.
"But honey you'll always be my little Harmonica…." He told her softly. "No matter how old you are…No matter how many kids you have…"
"I know…." She smiled at him. "Thanks, Dad…."
"No problem, honey…." He replied. "I still can't believe you named him Jack."
"Daddy, come on in…" Rachel ushered Dr Green into the apartment.
"Why aren't you in France?" He asked, straight away not even bothering to take off his jacket.
Rachel sighed. "Because….because I wanted to be here with Ross."
"With wet head!" He exclaimed, loudly.
"Daddy, please don't call him that…" She rolled her eyes.
"You were on your way to France to make a career for yourself!" He stated. "You left home all those years ago so you could earn yourself a living…and now you're giving all that up!"
"I'm not giving that up!" She argued back. "I can still have a career right here in New York."
"If he loves you like you say he does then he'd move with France with you!"
"Ugh, Daddy why can't you understand?" She moaned. "I'm not just staying for him! I'm staying because I love it here! It's my home!"
"Then why were you going to leave?"
She throw her hands up in the air frustrated. "Because I thought it was what I wanted."
"Well, do you want then?" He asked confused.
"I want Emma to have a proper family….I want to be with Ross….I want to be happy."
"And you really believe you'll be happy staying here?"
"I know I will."
He was quiet for a while not sure what to say.
"If that's really what you want then I'll be happy for you…" He said softly.
"Really?" Rachel asked, slightly surprised.
"Really…." He smiled gently. "I just want you to be happy, Sweetpea… That's all I've ever wanted."
"Thank you, Daddy." She moved forwards, stepping into his open arms.
"You're welcome…" He held her tightly. "Now, if he hurts you again, he'll have me to deal with."
"He won't…" Rachel calmed stepping back before smiling. "But I'll warn him anyway."
"Right, well I'd better get going…" He moved towards the door.
"Okay, thanks, Daddy…" She followed, kissing his cheek. "I'll see you soon."
Rachel closed the door behind him and went to sit on the sofa, deep in thoughts about everything that had happened. She hadn't realised 30 minutes had passed until the door opened and Ross walked in with Emma in his arms.
"Hey, there's my baby girl!" Rachel grinned standing up, moving to take hold of her.
"So, how'd it go with your Dad?" Ross asked as he handed over Emma.
"It went really good…" She smiled at him.
"It did?" He asked, unsure.
"Yes, it did!" She assured him. "He said he was happy for us."
"Are we talking about the same man?"
"Ross!" She shot him a look. "He just wants the best for me."
"Okay, I'm sorry…" He held up his hands and decided to change the subject. "So, shall I order that pizza now?"
"Yeah, that'll be great." She smiled at him. "And we'll picked out a DVD."
"Okay." He smiled back picking up the phone.
He ordered the pizza and hung up, he didn't speak, he just stood in the doorway slightly and watched Rachel and Emma, playing on the sofa…. The two most important girls in his life.
"So, today didn't go that bad, did it?" Chandler asked as he watched Monica changing Erica.
"I guess not…" She reluctantly agreed, picking up Erica when she had finished and handing her to Chandler before starting to change Jack. "It could have been worse."
Chandler just smiled, not bothering to comment knowing what sort of reaction he would get if he did.
"And you're not mad that I showed your Mom around before we've finished unpacking?"
"Well, I was…" She admitted, lifting Jack up into her arms, trying to rock him to sleep. "But it gave me chance to talk to my Dad."
"Yeah?" He glanced from his daughter to her.
"Yeah…" She smiled, watching as baby Jack's eyes fell closed.
"So, he seemed pleased that we named him Jack."
"Yeah, he was over the moon…" She replied. "Thank you."
"For what?" He looked up, frowning slightly.
"For agreeing to it."
"He's their Grandfather…and your Father…I'm glad we named our soon after someone who's close to you and loves you." He shrugged and then made a face. "Besides, what else were we going to call him? Chandler?"
"Aw, Chandler Junior would have been cute!" She claimed. "We could have called him C.J for short."
Chandler rolled his eyes and looked down at his son, sleeping in his wife arms. "Jack suits him better though."
"Yeah, I guess it does." She smiled down at the baby once again.
Chandler grinned and kissed her cheek before turning his attention to his daughter, who was stubbornly refusing to go to sleep.
"Right, I'm going to start unpacking the stuff for our bedroom…" Monica said as she gently placed Jack in the crib.
"Aw, Mon…can't we have the night off…" He whined. "I'm exhausted."
"Oh come on, we haven't got much more to do." She kissed him quickly before doing the same with Erica. "So, I'll get started and you can come and help once our baby girl is asleep."
Chandler sighed loudly as he watched her leave. He couldn't wait until everything unpacked and in its perfect place…then maybe they'll both be able to relax and just enjoy their new house and new born children.
"Okay, Missy you got to go sleep…" Chandler said softly to Erica who just stared back up at him. "Okay, I know you haven't known me for very long but I'm your Father…you've got to do what I say."
She still refused to close her eyes and Chandler decided to try something else. He walked over and sat down in the rocking chair that was placed in the corner. He slowly rocked back and forwards, he glanced quickly across room and quickly checked on Jack to make sure he was still asleep.
"See, your brother is sleeping….you've both had a hard couple days haven't you? Being born and meeting your new parents and all…. And me trying to give you away to a King…sorry about that." He stroke her cheek gently with his finger. "I freaked out for a little bit but I didn't mean it…Although it would be kind of cool to have the King as your father."
She gave a small yawn in response but still didn't close her eyes.
"You'd live in a big castle and you'd have a huge bedroom with lots of toys to play with…. And you'd never have to eat your vegetables…." He grinned down at her, as he saw her eyes closing slowly. "But I guess you're stuck with me…I promise I'll do the best I can."
He carefully stood up and placed her down in her crib. He leant down and kissed Jack on the forehead, glad to see he hadn't be woken by his talking. Then he kissed Erica goodnight, looking down at her sleeping for a few seconds.
"You always be my little Princess, anyway…" He whispered quietly before silently leaving them to sleep.
When he walked out of the nursed, he ran into Monica.
"Jeez, Mon….scare the hell out of me…" He held a hand to his chest. "Sorry, I took so long…but Erica refused to go to sleep…"
She didn't say anything, she simple took his hand and started to pull him towards their room.
"Mon, please…it's late now…can't we wait till the morning to finish the unpacking…" He pleaded weakly.
He was surprised when she pushed him onto the bed and sat down his lap, kissing him softly.
"Okay…" He started slowly, in between kisses. "This is new…."
She smiled at him softly and kissed him again, wrapping her arms around his neck.
"Wow, wait Mon…" He pulled back slightly. "What's going on?"
"What? Can't I kiss my husband without him getting suspicious?" She asked before starting to kiss his neck softly.
"Well, no….not when you're choosing this over unpacking and cleaning…" He stated. "So, come on, tell me what's really going on?"
"Okay, fine….I saw watching you with Erica…"
"And?" He prompted.
"And what?" She shrugged. "I like watching you with the babies…. It's sexy."
"Sexy?" He repeated, raising an eyebrow. "Really?"
"Yes, really…" She grinned at him, leaning in and kissed him again. She started to push him backwards onto the bed when a cry made them pull apart. They looked at each other and smiled before moving to get up to go and tend to their children.
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