I know I said this story was on hiatus but I had a creative burst.
It took some doing but not more than a month later, Mark, Reggie, Roger, Maureen, and the twins had two very important dates ahead of them. In three weeks they would all be moving to the new town homes, and in ten hours Maureen and Roger were getting married.
At the moment, it was four in the morning. Maureen was sleeping at Mark and Reggie's and Mark was on the couch of the loft. Roger was awake and pacing in the kitchen area.
"Roger." Mark groaned as his best friend walked by the sink for the hundredth time. "I understand that you're nervous, but can't you be nervous in your own room?"
"As I recall, I was up with you at three on your wedding day Marky." Roger retorted. "Besides, I'm not nervous. I'm pondering."
"Pondering, right." Mark replied and turned over on the couch. "And what, pray tell, are you pondering?"
"Just, everything." Roger said. "I'm a family man now and I never thought that would happen. I guess I'm just ready to get this new life of mine out on the road."
Mark turned back over to face Roger. His green eyes were shining and there was a small smile on his face that made Mark grin. "It's because you're sprung off of Maureen, you know." He taunted. "Ever since the two of you started," he waggled his eyebrows suggestively. "you've been a lot more pleasant to be around."
"I just lover her I guess. Ever since Mimi-" Roger broke off and sighed. "Maureen's easy for me to love."
"You're the first person who's ever been able to say that." said a voice from the doorway. Joanne walked in and sat in the chair beside the couch.
"Shit Jo." Mark said. "March in at four a.m. while were in our boxers why don't you?"
"Oh please." Joanne replied and rolled her eyes. "Neither one of you has anything I want. Believe me." she crossed her legs. "So Roger, you ready to marry the human hurricane today?"
Roger chuckled. "Yeah. I am. I'm ready to start our little tumultuous family off right for real."
"You should her some sleep Rog." Mark remarked. "You need to be rested for today. I mean all of Maureen's family members in one place is not going to be a picnic."
"Ooh I hadn't thought about that. They're going to eat you alive Roger." Joanne chimed in almost gleefully.
"Thanks." Roger replied dryly. "That's just what I needed to hear." he smiled tiredly at them and headed into his room. "If I'm not up by eight, send the twins in, okay?"
"Can do." Mark answered as Roger closed the door.
A few minutes later, he faded off to sleep and "woke up" again in the pink room where Mimi, Angel, and April were always hanging out. He knew what this visit was about so he sat down and waited for the girls to arrive.
He didn't have long to wait. A minute later, Mimi and April filed in followed by Angel who was sporting a new pair of snow white angel wings.
"Hello ladies." Roger greeted them. "Uh. Nice wings Angel."
"Thank you." she replied. "I had to do a little bargaining with the man in charge for these." she sat down. "So now to business."
"Today's the big day, huh Roger?" April said happily. "The sex god is finally off the market."
Mimi rolled her eyes. "Don't make his head any bigger than it already is April." she admonished. "I'm proud of you though Roger. This is a huge step for you."
"And there's no one better to do this with than Maureen. I always thought you two were good for each other." Angel told him. "You make the cutest couple."
"What about me?" Mimi demanded. "I was cute with Roger."
"Of course you were love." Angel soothed. "You were the cutest. But since you're not there anymore, Maureen's the next best thing." she patted her friend on the shoulder and gave Roger a look.
He grinned at all of them. "I wish you guys could be there with us today. This is a crazy time for the ones you left behind."
"We didn't leave you guys behind Roger." April responded. "We're always watching."
"That's right." Mimi added. "And we'll be there for you today too." she came over and brushed a strand of blond hair out of Roger's face.
"Ooh, I want to be the flower girl." Angel squealed and gave Roger a hug. "Tell Collins that I love him okay?"
"Yeah and say hi to Mark, Maureen and everyone for me too." April chimed in. "And Reggie. Say hey to her too."
"She's a great girl." said Mimi. "So perfect for Mark. We like her up here."
"We all do." Roger responded. "I'm sorry to cut this short, but I need to get some real rest for this wedding today. All of mine and Maureen's family in the same place you know."
All the girls winced and patted Roger on the back. "It'll be fine." April encouraged. "You're charming enough to handle it."
"When you want to be that is." Mimi added. "God night Roger."
The next time Roger opened his eyes, it was to stare into the deep green ones of his daughter, Harmony. She was standing over the bed staring intently at her father. "Uncle Mark says to get up." she said softly.
"Thank you Harmonica." Roger replied with a yawn. "Are you excited for today?" he asked as he got up.
"Yes Daddy." she responded. "I'll bet Mommy's going to look really pretty at the wedding."
Roger picked her up. "Of course she will. And you and your sister are going to be beautiful too. I think I'm the luckiest man in the world to be surrounded by so many lovely ladies." And as he said it, Roger Davis knew it was true.
A/N: So even though it sucked and was totally abrupt, that was the end of Moving Up and Moving On. I think I'm going to turn this into another trilogy and go ahead and write a sequel to this story. I need some feedback though. What do you want to happen in the next one? Oh and Mark, Roger and their families are moving! I need to people to send me ideas for crazy neighbors for them. I'm open to all suggestions and comments.