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Alex leant against the lilac wall of the room where Shaz and Chris were holding their wedding reception. She couldn't help but smile as she watched the young couple preparing to have their first dance as husband and wife. She sighed as she heard the familar introduction to Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars. She loved the song and couldn't help but sing along as she felt Ray come to stand next to her.

"Alright Ma'am?"

"Ray." Alex nodded.

"I reckon those two will be ok."

"I hope so." Alex smiled at Ray. It was hard to believe he was now one of her best friends. They had fought almost non stop from the time she had arrived in the team. She knew that was down to Ray being fiercly protective of his friends. As far as he was concerned Fenchurch CID were family. When she had found out about his turbulant family background she understood why. Slowly they had come to like each other, now Ray was the annoying brother she had never had. "I really hope so."

"Yeah." Ray sighed. "Look, I just wanted to say thanks. For being ok with Maya. I know it wasn't easy for you or Annie having her around again but she 'as changed."

"She hurts you, I think Annie will kill her." Alex folded her arms. "And she wont be the only one."


"Look, I admit I was surprised when I found out you and her were together but if you are happy." She met his eyes as he smiled.

"I am."

"Then that's all that matters." She touched his arm as he looked at the floor, blushing a shade of red Alex didn't think he was capable of. Both looked up when they heard Sam and Gene walk towards them. Alex folded her arms as she tried to work out if either of them were remotely sober.

"Where's Annie?" Ray asked as the song died away and other couples began filling the dance floor. Sam smiled at the mention of his wife's name.

"Annie's lovely."

"Yes she is, you dozy sod." Ray laughed "But where is your wife?"

"Oh." Sam rocked back on his heels as if trying to think where he had last seen her. Alex raised an eyebrow as Gene smirked.

"Talking to Phyllis and Viv. The kids are with them. Phyl offered to take Ruby and Danny home. Molly looks as if she'd fall asleep on a chicken's lip so I said she could go too. I know the kids were going to 'ers anyway but." He watched as Alex took his hand. He knew she hated the children going to bed before she had seen them. He tried not to blush as she kissed his cheek and walked off to where Phyllis was stood talking to Annie as Danny slept peacefully in his mother's arms.


"You alright, Shaz?" Chris whispered as Shaz met his gaze.

"Course I am." She sighed as he tugged her towards him. She blushed slightly, knowing that all their family and friends were there and that the majority were watching them. Chris kissed her hair gently as she wrapped her arms around his waist.

"Good." He sighed. "No regrets then?"

"None." Shaz suddenly fell quiet. "You?"

"Never." He smiled broadly. "Best day of my life this is."

"And we had no armed robbers, car chases or taxi drivers having 'eart attacks." She teased as he nodded.

"God, remember Annie and Sam? How they didn't end up getting killed on their wedding day is anyones guess." He shook his head sadly as he remembered the way Sam had reacted when he had heard that Annie had been hurt on the way to the church. The service had still gone ahead but later than expected. Chris had been terrified the same would happen to them. The fact that Shaz had turned up at the church with her father and Molly and Mary as bridesmaids had been a relief. He still couldn't shake the feeling that something was going to go wrong.

"You remember Ma'am and the Guv?" She sighed as he kissed her neck.

"Shaz? Can we not talk about the others? I'd really like to just focus on us for tonight." He smiled against her skin as she nodded.


"Bolls?" Gene walked towards her as she looked up at him.

"Molly and Ruby can stay with Phyllis until lunchtime tomorrow. They're fine." She held his gaze as he leant against the wall.


"Gene?" She took his hand and rested it on her stomach as the baby kicked. He held her gaze and smiled slightly as he felt the child kick his hand away.

"Definately a Man United striker that one."

"And what if we are having another girl?" Alex smiled as he tugged her towards him.

"Well, there is a Ladies team aint there?" Gene watched as Alex rolled her eyes. She knew he really didn't care if they had another daughter or son, aslong as her and the baby were healthy. He kissed her gently on the lips as the DJ changed the record to Spandau Ballet. She couldn't help but smile as she recognised the song.

"Bloody Spandau Ballet." Gene huffed as he felt Alex giggle against his chest.

"Our song." She pulled back as the song reached the chorus. Gene rolled his eyes.

"Yeah, I remember. I also remember that idiot knocking the door at exactly the wrong moment." He rolled his eyes.

"I wish I'd ignored them." Alex sighed.

"Yeah, so do I." He tugged on her hand as the song came to an end. The wedding guests and family members began spilling out of the reception hall as the newly married couple began to prepare to leave. Gene smiled slightly as the two youngest members of the team made their way towards the car. Gene kissed Alex's neck as she turned to watch the young couple leave for their honeymoon. She couldn't help but smile as she remembered how her and Gene had practically run from Luigi's half way through their wedding reception.



"We're alright? Aren't we?" Alex asked as he tightened his hold on her. "I know we've been arguing, I know things have been difficult since everything with Chas Cale but." She sighed.

"No." Gene sighed as she tensed in his arms. He immediately realised his mistake. "We're going to be better than alright. This is me and you Bolls. I said it the day Ray caught us in my bloody office. We're dynamite.."


A/N Anyone reading? Please review.