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Three years later…
Rachel had just grabbed a bottle of water from the refrigerator when she heard it. The initial raising of voices wasn't exactly scary; it was the yelling that it was almost certain to evolve into.
"Anna, don't walk away from me when I'm talking to you!" And there it was. Rachel slowly stepped out of the kitchen in time to see Anna burst from the hallway with Noah hot on her heels.
"You're not talking to me. You're ordering me around!" Anna quickly crossed her arms and breathed heavily through her nose. Noah did the same. Rachel knew that laughing wouldn't be the best idea but it was difficult to swallow her chuckle. The two were so alike.
"I'm not ordering you around. I'm saying you're too young. And guess what. Even if I was ordering you around, I'm the dad! It comes with the territory." At that, Rachel did laugh which made the other two notice her standing there.
"What's going on?" Anna took the time that Noah looked at Rachel to shoot a glare at her father.
"Joey asked me on a date and dad says I'm too young. But we all know the real reason is because dad hates Joey and he always has." Noah instantly turned back around to face Anna.
"You're damn straight. I don't like the kid because I know his type. Hell, I used to be just like him. Which is all the more reason why I say you're too young to date. Too young to date anybody, not just him." Anna released a frustrated growl and stomped her foot against the floor. They returned to a glare-off of sorts but Noah's glare was, as usual, far more potent than the headstrong sixteen year olds. Anna blinked first which brought a haughty smirk to Noah's face. "Besides, if the little punk wants to date you at all, he can bring his ass to my door and ask for my permission." Anna's mouth dropped open. Rachel was honestly a little shocked at Noah's suggestions too. It was common knowledge that Joey Green was still terrified of Anna's father due to the impression Noah had left back when he found out that Joey had kissed Anna. Though the boy's crush on Anna had obviously never gone away, he still did his best to never place himself in Noah's direct line of sight. Noah suggesting that Joey would have to face him and ask permission to date Anna wasn't very likely to happen. Then again, Rachel thought to herself, she'd seen Joey and Anna together on occasion and it never failed that he looked at her like she hung the moon and stars.
"Oh my god! Do you even hear yourself dad? Not only is that the dumbest idea I've ever heard, but it's patriarchal and archaic. It's the twenty-first century. Please, join us." Noah just crossed his arms again. Briefly, Rachel wondered if he'd been working out more. His biceps and forearms seemed to be more bulging than usual.
"Yeah I don't care. That's my condition. I'll forget the age thing if he comes here and asks my permission." Rachel knew by the look on Anna's face that no matter what her next words happened to be, they would be yelled loudly.
"Wait," Rachel started. Anna and Noah faced her again. "I have an idea. What if Joey came here and ate dinner with us all? It could give Noah a chance to get to know him a little better and it would take a little of the pressure off of Joey so he would be able to ask for permission." Anna looked at Rachel as though she'd sprouted another head.
"You're kidding me right?" She scoffed softly and smoothed her shirt down. "If Joey's too terrified of dad to even come here and ask that stupid question, there's no way in hell he would sit through a meal with him." Rachel took Anna's hand and looked into the girl's eyes.
"Anna," she stated calmly, "if that boy doesn't care enough about you to do this one little thing, then he's not worth a second of your time and you know it." Anna stared at Rachel for just a second before she gave the tiniest, almost imperceptible, of nods.
"I know. Let me call and tell him what hoop he has to jump through now. Dinner with the parents. Yay." She started to walk back to her room but Noah asked,
"He's not allergic to anything, is he? I'd hate to kill the kid on accident." Anna stopped in her tracks and just shook her head.
"You'd much rather kill him on purpose so you can take the credit," she muttered to herself. Rachel snickered.
"What was that, baby girl? Might wanna speak up a little." Noah was smirking a little as he said it but Anna started walking again.
"I said I love you guys so much!" Her door slammed shut and four seconds later, they could hear the drum intro to The Clash's 'I Fought the Law' coming from her room.
Noah and Rachel looked at each other for a moment before bursting into laughter. Noah wrapped his arms around Rachel's shoulders and placed a happy lingering kiss on her lips
"Thank you," he whispered with a smile, "you're always better at diffusing her than I am. But I think I know why my mom yelled so much when I was a kid." Rachel pursed her lips and said,
"Because you were a hellion. She told me that at our engagement party." Noah chuckled but shook his head.
"No, that's not it. It's fucking fun!" Rachel rolled her eyes at the man and took his hand. As she led him towards the couch, he quickly snagged her around the waist and pressed his lips to her neck. "This is a lot of fun too," he chuckled against her heated skin. Rachel squirmed for just a second in his arms before giving up the pretense of a fight. Just as his mouth was about to make her lose her senses, her phone buzzed to life in her pocket. "Ignore it," Noah drawled. Breathless, Rachel managed to pull away from him.
"It could be the theater Noah, or Kurt." When she pulled the phone out and looked at the screen, she sighed. "Or your mother."
Noah winced but Rachel just smiled and answered the phone. Ever since he'd proposed, his mother had been calling Rachel at least three times a week (she called her more than she called him) to discuss one wedding thing or another. More than once, they'd considered just going to the courthouse to get it over with a be rid of the stress but he already knew how much Rachel wanted a Temple wedding so he was going to do whatever he could to make that happen. Plus, anytime the subject of eloping came up, Anna would always threaten to call her Bubbe and rat them out. That usually deadened the idea for a while.
It didn't surprise him how much he wanted to be married to Rachel. Being with her was as natural as breathing. And she'd never fit into their family, like some outside force that didn't quite belong. Rachel was a part of their family, had been since she'd first appeared. She was the missing piece he hadn't known he'd been looking for. She was a mother to his daughter and the love of his life. Together, the three of them could face anything.
He heard Rachel say goodbye to his mother and turned from the spot he'd claimed on the couch. She walked around and gracefully fell onto the cushion beside his. Noah quirked an eyebrow at her and held her gaze until she answered his silent question.
"She wanted to know if she could go ahead and RSVP before we send out invitations," she paused, hesitating which only made Noah worry about what else his mother had said.
"And?" he prompted.
"And," Rachel drew the word out, "she says she has a plus one." Noah's eyes went wide.
"Ma's bringing a date to our wedding? First Anna, now my mother. If Bex calls next, I'm gonna wonder if it's something in the bloodline. Are all the women in my life dating? Are you dating someone I should know about?" Rachel laughed out loud despite how shocked she was at how easily Noah was taking the news.
"You're okay with this? Miriam was worried you might not like the idea. That's why she called me first." Noah thought for a second before answering.
"Yeah, it's cool. I want her to be happy." Rachel smiled. He and Anna were both so wonderful. "Just for laughs, maybe I should call her and tell her that this dude's gotta ask my permission too." There was always that mischievous streak to keep her on her toes.
"Don't push your luck. I highly doubt that's going to work twice." With a deep chuckle that tingled in her bones, he tugged her closer. He almost had her flat against the couch when they both heard Anna's door open. Pulling away like reluctant teenagers themselves, Rachel and Noah righted their clothing before Anna reentered the living room.
"Well Joey agreed to come for dinner and to ask permission to date me. That's if he doesn't die from pure fear first." Anna stepped over Noah's and Rachel's legs before sitting down in her spot beside Rachel. "Thanks for the idea," she nudged Rachel's shoulder, "it didn't totally suck."
As Noah got up to look at the movie collection, Anna placed an envelope on Rachel's lap.
"What's this," she questioned. Anna shrugged her shoulders with a small smile.
"Well, I figured since the wedding is getting closer, it's almost official. And I'll be gone on the actual holiday so I wanted to give it to you early." Rachel shot another curious glance at Anna before moving her fingers under the envelope's flap.
She gasped when she saw what was inside.
As carefully as she could, Rachel slid the handmade Mother's Day card out of the envelope and held it in her hands. It was a simple card, three stars drawn on the front. On the inside, there was a small picture of the three of them, Noah, Rachel, and Anna, that had been taken at the engagement party. Below that, it said, Happy Mother's Day, Love Anna.
Rachel didn't realize there were tears falling from her eyes until Anna nudged her again. "Hey quit that," the girl laughed. "You can't cry every time I do awesome stuff. We'll get flood damage." Rachel laughed and hugged Anna. "It's just, you've been more of a mom to me than I could've ever asked for. I think it's because you were my friend first." Rachel wiped her tears away and kissed Anna on the cheek.
"Thank you sweetie. I love you."
"Love you too."
Noah put a movie in the player and walked back over to the couch. "And I love you both. Now shut up so we can watch the movie." Both women lightly slapped at his chest but they all laughed and settled in to watch the movie. It was family night after all.
a/n: Well that's the end. I hope everyone has enjoyed reading this story as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I'm so thankful for all of my readers. You're all amazing. As of right now, I don't have any multi-chapter story ideas in the works (which actually scares me just a bit because usually by the time I finish one multi-chapter, another one is working itself out in my head) but I have a lot of one-shot ideas that I'd really like to work on. So I'm not gone yet! Keep a look out for the rest of my work (you know, author alert me and such). As always, I can't thank you all enough for the support. It means so much to me. Hearts bbs!