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Happy Ever After?
Ronnie shook his head as he placed the mobile back in his pocket. Natalie pulled a face as her own phone began ringing. Ronnie smirked slightly, knowing that Natalie was about to get the same call he had, from an equally panicky Matt Devlin.
"Oh. Yeah. Right. You sure she's ok? Ok then." Natalie frowned slightly before returning the phone to her handbag.
"Yeah." Natalie nodded as Lucy and Sarah began arguing over what pizza topping to have.
"Er, girls." Ronnie started and was duly ignored by his younger two daughters. "GIRLS!"
"What?" Sarah turned back to him as Chloe rested a hand on her baby bump.
"Up to you three but me and Natalie are going back to the hospital." Ronnie announced as Kate answered her mobile before swearing profusely at the caller. Lucy's eyes widened as she heard the other woman use expletives she had never heard before. Ronnie narrowed his eyes as Kate ended the call.
"Thanks for that but I really didn't want to have to explain those words to my nine year old." He narrowed his eyes as Kate blushed.
"Yeah, come on. I'll get the car."
James smirked as his mobile went off. He knew having a friendly word with the hospital chaplin was a good idea. He had already agreed to baptise Cameron and agreeing to marry Matt and Alesha was not a great leap as far as he was concerned. Smiling he answered the phone as he realised who was calling.
"Alesha." He laughed. "I am guessing he said yes?" George and Henry pulled faces as James laughed and turned on his heel, heading back into the maternity unit leaving the older two men wondering what had just happened.
The hospital chapel was tiny but Alesha really didn't care. Angie smiled at her as she tugged the sleeve of her dress over her arm, effectively hiding the venflon the doctor had insisted she kept in. Sighing heavily she glanced into the chapel. Somehow the flowers from the Registry Office had been brought to the hospital and Matt and Ronnie were stood at the front of the chapel next to the vicar.
"You ok?" Angie smiled as the Crown Prosecutor nodded.
"Not how I expected my wedding day. You know? When you're growing up."
"I know." Angie nodded. "No one expects to get married in hospital. I dunno, you two have to be different from anyone else."
"Ange." Alesha bit her lip as she thought about what was about to happen.
"Look, everyone is there. After the day you've had no one would say anything if you went back to your bed and stayed there. I can tell them all you are feeling unwell again. Matt would understand."
"In the last few days my cousin has murdered my auntie and another woman. James and Bea seem to have got their act together and I have had my baby." She smiled.
"And he is gorgeous."
"Like his dad." Alesha smiled as she looked in to the chapel and caught Matt's eye. "No. There is no way I am backing out now. If I faint one of them will have to pick me up, that's all."
"You know, I have a feeling Matt will always be there to pick you up."
"Oh yeah?" Alesha blushed as Angie rested a hand on the door. "Like you and Sam Casey?"
"Shut up." Angie blushed. "Get in there and marry my mate, will you?"
"Ok, ok." Alesha laughed as she turned to walk into the chapel.
Ronnie smiled as he watched his two young friends exchanging vows. Angie and Sam had been smiling and staring at each other through the entire service. He shook his head slightly as he watched the DS and the DC try to avoid looking at each other. James closed his eyes for a moment as Bea slipped her hand into his, it had taken alot to begin to trust the dark haired Irish woman again and he still wasn't used to it. Sighing slightly he hoped Matt and Alesha didn't have the same happen to them. He couldn't help but notice how the couple at the front of the chapel had yet to take their eyes off each other.
"And I now pronounce you husband and wife." The chaplin smiled as Matt kissed Alesha gently on the lips. Ronnie looked across the hospital chapel as he realised his youngest daughter was in tears as Natalie rested a protective arm around the little girl's shoulders.
"You ok?" He whispered as Lucy nodded.
"Alesha looks like a princess." She whispered as Ronnie crouched to her level. "And she got her happy ever after." Lucy wiped her eyes and sniffed as she spoke. Her father nodded as he looked away to see the young couple staring at each other.
"Weddings are happy things, you aint supposed to cry." He smiled as the little girl hugged him. Natalie wiped her own tear away as Ronnie looked up to see his boss smiling at them. "Not you an all?"
"Oh shut up." Natalie laughed as Alesha and Matt disappeared to sign the register. "It's been a Hell of a day."
"You can say that again. At least those two finally tied the knot."
"There's still that pizza at mine. We could bung it in the microwave." Ronnie shrugged as Natalie rolled her eyes. Lucy sighed heavily.
"Sorry, luv." Ronnie returned his attention to the little girl. "What's up?"
"If weddings are supposed to be happy why do people cry?"
"Because they are daft." Ronnie smiled at her as Natalie laughed.
"Just for that you are on coffee duty for the next week." Ronnie pulled a face as the small chapel began emptying. Before long they were sat alone in the small hospital chapel.
"I don't think I'm ever going to get married." Lucy stated seriously as she stepped back from her father. Ronnie raised an eyebrow.
"Oh so you are gonna save me a bit of money then? Not like your sisters."
"Oh you old romantic." Natalie laughed as she got to her feet. Ronnie met her eyes as she spoke, both oblivious to Lucy who was still talking.
"I. er." Ronnie started as Natalie took Lucy's hand.
"I think Alesha isn't up to a full blown wedding reception. I reckon we should leave them to it. Kate and the others have already. Didn't you say something about pizza?"
"Yeah." Ronnie smiled. "Yeah I did."
A/N I may leave it there or go on to an epilogue. There will be another L&O UK soon, if you want. One final review would make my day.