Thanks for the reviews! Sorry if I haven't been updating that much, I have had so much revision and homework to do L
"The Best Little Chapel, right?" Adeline checked with Phil as she entered the address into Stu's SatNav.
"Yeah, that's it." Phil drummed his fingers on the steering wheel to the beat of the song on the radio, waiting impatiently for instructions. Carlos gurgled happily on Rhea's lap, and she smiled.
"Isn't he just adorable?" Rhea asked Phil, who had begun to complain about Stu's SatNav.
"He's gorgeous. I'd love to know what it feels like to breastfeed." Alan answered instead. Rhea spun her head around to face him so quickly her neck cricked.
"What, Alan?" Phil took the words straight out of Rhea's mouth.
"Aww, he's just being paternal!" Adeline giggled. The baby laughed. Rhea rubbed his head, and kissed his nose.
"Hey, Phil, do you want to hold him?" Rhea held Carlos out.
"Umm, no, I'm fine thanks."
"Oh, go on, he's so cute!" Rhea placed Carlos gently into Phil's arm.
"What do I do?" Phil looked at Rhea for instructions, looking suddenly interested. "What if I drop him?" His face was a mask of horror.
"You won't drop him! Look, just support his head with that hand," she placed Phil's hand under the baby's head, "and hold him up with this arm." Rhea propped up his arm until he was holding Carlos safely.
"Oh." Phil gazed down into Carlos' face, and smiled. "He is cute." Carlos reached out with his arms and batted Phil's face. "Ouch!" Phil laughed.
"Why don't you tickle him? He loves that, don't you?" Rhea leant across Phil to tickle Carlos' tummy, who giggled contently.
"Alright." Phil replaced Rhea's hand and tickled him gently. Carlos stopped giggling and stared into his face. "I didn't hurt him, did I?" Phil looked at Rhea, worried.
"No, he's just intrigued by you. Just look at him." The baby was touching Phil's face again. "I think he likes your nose!" Rhea laughed, as Carlos gripped tightly on Phil's nose and pulled hard.
"Ouch!" Phil squeezed the baby's nose, and gazed affectionately at Carlos.
"Hey Phil, the SatNav is working!" Adeline shouted from the back. Phil handed Carlos back to Rhea carefully, smiling widely at Rhea.
"Do you like Phil, Carlos?" Rhea said to the baby.
"I don't think he can understand you, Rhea." Phil smirked, as he pulled out of the parking lot.
"Oh yes he can. See, he likes me more." Rhea gestured to Carlos, who had snuggled into Rhea's chest and closed his eyes.
"No, he's just a perverted baby who enjoys your boobs."Phil pointed to where Carlos' face was, and winked at Rhea.
"Phil, you just ruined the moment!" Rhea punched him on the arm.
"What frickin' moment?"
Rhea rolled her eyes. "Don't worry." Sometimes he's as thick as a wall, she thought to herself. He had looked so loving and fatherly when he'd held Carlos. Sometimes it would be nice to have that Phil around more often, Rhea said inwardly, instead of the arrogant, ringleader mood he's constantly in.
"Just leave the baby in there, I cracked a window." Phil said, sounding bored.
"What the fuck, Phil. He's not a dog!" Rhea shouted at Phil.
"Rhea, it's not even your baby!"
"What is wrong with you? You can't just leave a baby in a car, when it's this hot!"
"Then take him with you! I'm not carrying him, he smells of shit!"
"Phil, if you hadn't noticed, you smell awful too!"
"RHEA!" Adeline grabbed Rhea's wrist and pulled her behind the car. "We'll just be a minute, guys." Adeline waved off the boys.
Rhea placed her head between her knees as Adeline crouched down next to her on the dusty ground. "What's wrong with me?" Rhea took strength from Adeline's strong personality.
"I think you're just tired Rhea. Phil's not exactly easy to be around when you've got a hangover."
"But usually he is! Every time I'm hung over I go to his house and we just watch movies all day on the sofa! He's nice then!"
"Rhea, think of how much pressure is on him at the moment. Stu is so worried at the moment about Melissa he can barely think, Alan is helpless anyway, I'm too busy with myself and you're too busy with the baby to think about what has happened. Rhea - Doug and Charlotte have gone missing, and I think he feels as if he's the only one who is concerned about them."
"What? We're all worried sick about them!" Rhea spat onto the ground.
"I know, but I think we all need to pull our weight a bit more. Let's go into the chapel, I'll talk to Stu and Alan, and you can explain to Phil that we are all just as concerned as he is."
"Why do I always have to talk to Phil?" Rhea pouted.
"Because you're the only one he listens to. Trust me; he follows you around like a lapdog when he thinks no one is watching. Like when he was holding Carlos and you were telling him what to do? Rhea, he was hanging on your every word. I think he really has feelings for you." Adeline massaged Rhea's shoulders.
"You really think so?"
"I know so." Adeline squeezed Rhea's hand and kissed her cheek. "Come on, Ri Ri, let's go see what they're up to."
They both got up from the ground and made their way into the church. It was cool in there, a nice difference from the blaring heat outside, The guys were standing at a reception desk, talking about an object in front of them.
"Hey Adeline, Rhea, Stu got married last night! Haha!" Alan shouted out to them.
"Oh God." Rhea glanced at Adeline, biting her lip. "Char-"
"And we know who Carlos' mum is!" Alan beamed at Carlos, who was nestled in Rhea's arms.
"Oh, ok." Rhea frowned. "Why did Stu get married last night?"
"I don't know!" Stu said, bashing his head against the desk. Phil patted his friend's back consolingly.
"Do you do annulments?" Phil asked the man who was showing them mugs and hats with pictures of Stu and the girl Rhea had seen leaving the apartment earlier this morning on them.
"Do you have her address?" Adeline pitched in, and snatched the paperwork off of the man. "Thank you!"
"Come on Stu, we can go find her, she'll know where Doug and Charlotte are, we can return the baby and you can get annulled, Melissa won't know anything about it." Phil helped Stu place the boxes into the boot of the police car. Alan stepped in the passenger seat and Adeline held Rhea's and Stu's hands in the back. As Phil closed his door, an orange car drove up behind them. Men climbed out, and began to hit the police car.
"Hey, there's a baby on board!" Alan shouted.
"I don't know where he is? What are you on about?" Phil was screaming at the men, and one suddenly pulled out a gun.
"Shit Phil, they've got a gun!" Rhea cursed from behind him. Shoving the car into gear, Phil reversed and ran over the man, who pulled the trigger and hit the man from the chapel in the shoulder.
"Shit, they shot Eddie!" Stu screamed, hanging up from Melissa.
"Oh my God!" Adeline tried to comfort the baby.
"What the fuck was that?" Stu shouted again. Rhea closed her eyes and put her hands over her ears as they drove on.
When they all arrived at the right numbered flat, they were greeted by a young woman with gold curls. She took Carlos (who turned out to be Tyler – Alan was very upset) from Rhea, and kissed Stu fully on the mouth. Phil's eyes widened and Adeline and Rhea looked around, feeling awkward. As the group started to file into the flat, Rhea grabbed Phil's hand.
"Can I talk to you a minute?" Rhea gripped onto both his hands and looked into his eyes. "I'm sorry I shouted at you earlier, Phil. It was completely wrong. Now, I just want you to know that all of us are as worried about Doug and Charlotte as you are. You aren't in this alone."
Phil didn't meet her gaze and hung his head. "I'm sorry too. I just thought that all you cared about was the baby. You weren't paying anyone else any attention."
Rhea placed her hands on his face and pulled it up so he had to look in her eyes. "Phil, of course the baby wasn't all I cared about, I was still so worried about things. Carlos was just an enjoyable distraction to the chaos that was going on. You weren't jealous were you?" Rhea couldn't help but laugh as Phil turned a shade of scarlet. "Phil Wenneck, were you jealous that I was giving a baby more attention than I was giving you?"
Phil nodded his head meekly and said, "Maybe."
Rhea laughed out loud. "You're such an idiot!" She ruffled his hair and kissed him lightly. Phil, regaining his confidence quickly, wrapped him arms around her and held her tight, smelling her hair, and nuzzling her ear. He began to plant small, soft kisses along her smooth cheek, and soon their lips were attached, and Rhea begun to smile. She loved how at home she felt in his embrace, and she tightened her grip around his body. Phil broke away, but they still held each other.
"Rhea, when we get back to LA, do you want to start over? Do you want to maybe, like, go out on a date or something? Phil said bashfully, wrapping a curl of her hair around his finger.
"I'd love to. But no sex. None of that until the third date." She winked at him.
"I don't mind. You're worth the wait." Phil stuck his tongue out at her. "Although, I think we've already done that, so what's the point in waiting?" Phil looked hopeful.
"No buts. I want to remember it when we do." Rhea tugged on the belt loops on his trousers, laughing.
"True." Phil kissed her again, more fiercely.
"Rhea, Phil, get in here! Charlotte's inside!" Adeline came rushing out of the door and ran straight into the two of them, breaking them apart. "Woops – sorry! But come on, come see Charlotte!"
Rhea raced inside after Adeline, and into Charlotte's arms.
"Charlotte! Oh Charlotte, I'm so glad you're safe!" Rhea kissed Charlotte's head and hugged her tightly. Charlotte returned the hug, sniffing.
"I was so scared that you'd never come back, and that you'd go to the wedding without me!" Charlotte wiped the tears from underneath her tired eyes. "I couldn't remember a thing from last night, and I didn't know where I was, or why I was here, or where you were. Luckily Jade came back this morning and found me crying on the floor."
"Charlotte, you didn't need to worry, we would never leave you anywhere! We haven't been able to stop thinking about you! But you're safe now." Rhea smiled through her tears of happiness.
"Rhea, where's Doug?" Charlotte spotted the missing person from the group. #
"Well, that was what we were going to ask you..."
Suddenly, the door was knocked down, and two police officers barged in, shouting and screaming. Everyone held up their hands, and Rhea said quietly, "Oh, what now?"
Sorry, there was a lot of cute and fluff based stuff in this chapter! It's just that I held my PE teacher's baby yesterday and I wanted to show all the feelings and shizz you get when you hold a baby :') and I thought it would make Phil seem adorable :P
Please review and tell me what to do - I don't know whether Charlotte should make a big fuss about Stu marrying Jade or not. Please help? J xx