Two updates in one day, go me! :D
This is possibly my favourite chapter of this story that I've written so far! I really like it and there's lots of Doug and Lara in it!
Hope you like it!
"Have you got the bottles?" Gi asked as I checked in the large bag that was currently sat on the kitchen worktop.
"Yep." I replied as I saw two of Mia's bottles at the bottom of the bag.
"Yep. Gi I'm pretty sure we have everything. This is the second time you've made me check." I said, chuckling, looking up from the bag to look at Gi. She was sitting at the table, bouncing Mia on her knee, trying to keep her entertained. Gi looked up at me and smiled, laughing lightly.
"Don't be cheeky Fletcher, I just wanted to make sure." I smirked, lifting my hands in surrender.
"Alright, alright, I'm sorry." I said jokingly, making Gi grin.
"So are we finally ready to go?" I asked, zipping up Mia's bag and grabbing my jacket that was next to it.
"I think so." Gi replied, standing up from where she'd been sitting. She cradled Mia in her arms and walked over to where I was standing.
"Good," I replied, leaning down to press a quick kiss to Gi's lips. I pulled my jacket on and glanced down at my watch. "We're only half an hour late."
"Oh they won't mind." Gi said, hitting my arm playfully and I couldn't help but laugh.
"Are you sure? You clearly haven't seen Dougie when he's been sitting in the sun for too long." Gi laughed and I grabbed Mia's bag and flung it over my shoulder.
"I'm sure he'll understand." Gi replied, smirking at me. I smiled as both Gi and I began walking towards the front door.
Mia was just over twelve weeks old when Dougie and Lara, well Lara, had decided to organise a little get-together of all four band mates, girlfriends, wives and children. Due to work commitments, wedding planning and pregnancy issues we had not had much time to spend together, all of us, so we all agreed immediately, thinking it was a wonderful idea. Dougie and Lara's wedding was only two months away and they'd both been pretty busy trying to get all of their plans sorted. They boys and I had been seeing a lot of each other recently and Dougie had not stopped talking about the wedding for weeks. He was really excited but I could tell that he was terrified at the same time. Izzy was now fifteen weeks pregnant and she was just starting to show. The pregnancy had been problem-free so far and both her and Harry were very, very excited. We were all meeting in a park just on the outskirts of London and we were all going to enjoy a nice picnic together. Both Gi and I had been very much looking forward to it.
Gi strapped Mia into her car seat carefully as I put the pram and bags in the car boot. Gi and I climbed into the front of the car and shut the doors behind us. I put the key in the ignition and started to drive towards the park, that was only a short drive from our house. Mia fell asleep in her car seat quickly and Gi kept turning around to double check that she was okay. I could tell that Gi was nervous about our little trip today. This was the first time that we'd officially taken Mia out so Gi was pretty anxious about it. We had taken Mia out a little bit, we'd spent a lot of time in the garden with her and taken her on short trips to the shops or on walks and we'd had meet ups at our house but this was the first time that we'd be spending all day out of the house with her with a proper group of people.
I parked the car in the small car park that was just next to the park and I recognised Dougie's, Danny's and Harry's cars all parked up. Gi and I got out of the car, grabbed all of Mia's things and took Mia out of her car seat and placed her into her pram. I threw Mia's bag over my shoulder and picked up the carrier bag that was full of food. Gi started to push the pram and we both started to walk towards the large, open, green space, where I could already see a small group of people sitting around at the other end of the field. Gi and I walked towards the group and, as we got closer, I noticed that Dougie and Harry were stood a little way away from the group, with two cricket stumps. Harry had his back to me but, from the expression on Dougie's face, I could tell that he was explaining the rules of cricket to him, something that he had tried and failed at many times before. I saw Lara notice Gi and I and got up from where she was sitting and ran over to us.
"Hey guys!" She said excitedly. "I'm so glad you could come." She gave Gi a hug and then turned to me and gave me a hug. I kissed her cheek in greeting.
"Oh my god," Lara squealed as we parted from our embrace and she turned her attention to Mia. "Look how big Mia's gotten!" I laughed and Gi grinned as Lara looked at Gi for permission to take Mia out of her pram. Gi nodded and Lara carefully took Mia into her arms. Lara started to coo over Mia and Gi and I headed over to the group of people. Most of them were sitting on a big, spread-out blanket that was covering the grass but Doug and Harry were still discussing cricket by the stumps and Harry seemed to be getting nowhere.
"Hey guys." I greeted as I got to the blanket and placed the two bags that I had down on the grass. Danny, Georgia and Izzy were all sitting together on the rug and three gaps were present where Lara, Dougie and Harry had been sitting.
"Alright mate?" I heard Danny' familiar northern voice say. I looked up to see him walking towards me and he smiled at me and gave me a hug. I returned the hug, patting his back and smiled.
"Yeah I'm good, mate," I replied. "You?" Danny nodded as he returned to where he'd been sitting with Georgia and I sat down next to where Dougie would return to.
"Can't complain." He answered, smiling. I chuckled quietly. Gi greeted Dan, Izzy and Georgia and sat down next to me.
"I don't think we're getting Mia back." She said to me, smirking. I turned to see Lara holding Mia tightly, over where Dougie and Harry were. Mia seemed to have grabbed Dougie's attention and there was no way that Harry was going to get anywhere when Dougie wasn't even listening to him.
"Where is Mia?" I heard Izzy ask Gi.
"Oh, Lara's got her." Gi replied, laughing. "I wouldn't be surprised if she asks if she can keep her." I heard Izzy laugh as I saw Harry huff in annoyance and give up on Dougie, turning to walk back towards where we were all sitting.
"Hey Tom, hey Gi." Harry greeted, smiling at Gi and I as he came back over to the rug and sat down behind Izzy, wrapping his arms around her and resting his hands on her baby bump.
"Hey mate." I greeted.
"Hi Harry." Gi said.
"Did you manage to explain the rules to him yet?" Izzy asked Harry, an amused tone to her voice. I chuckled as Harry shook his head.
"Nope," Harry said, sighing. "Mia's got his attention now so all hope's been lost." We all laughed and I couldn't help but grin.
Dougie and Lara joined us after a couple of minutes but Lara still wanted to spend time with Mia. It was very sweet to see and it was obvious that she was quite broody. Dougie was showing this too but he wasn't quite as obvious as Lara. It was nice to see how settled they were and how happy and excited they were about the wedding. We all sat around and ate our food together, after Gi and I had fed Mia, and chatted about everything. Gi, Georgia and Lara discussed 'Baby Judd' a lot and it was nice to hear how excited both Izzy and Harry were. Dougie had Mia in his arms now and he had her feet resting on his outstretched knees. He grinned down at her and pulled faces which made her laugh and he was ignoring all rest of the conversation that was being made, his attention solely focused on her. Gi was sitting next to me, chatting to Lara about the wedding plans and I was quietly talking to Danny.
"So what do ya reckon about touring?" Danny asked as he took a bite out of his sandwich. I looked up at him from my plate of salad and shrugged.
"Dunno mate," I replied. "Well if the album's going to be out next spring then we could tour it after the release. Then Mia will be a bit older and I can travel home in between shows or Gi can bring her on the road for a bit." Danny nodded and we both glanced over at Doug to see him grinning like an idiot. I chuckled quietly as Dougie pulled another face at Mia and I could hear Mia's little, high-pitched laugh. Mia hadn't cried at all since we'd arrived and she'd been in a very good mood which was a pleasant surprise. She'd slept fairly well the night before so she hadn't fallen asleep yet either but it seemed like Dougie was wearing her out. I took my phone out of my pocket and opened the camera.
"Hey Doug," I said and he looked up at me. I snapped a photo and Dougie scowled at me.
"Dude!" He exclaimed. I grinned at him and he couldn't help but smile back. "I told you I'd be her favourite uncle." he gestured to Mia and repositioned her so that she was lying in his arms.
"I don't think you've given the others much of a chance," I said, chuckling. Dougie smirked.
"Na," Doug replied. "Me and Baby Fletcher just have a special bond. Don't we?" He smiled down at Mia and ticked her stomach, making her giggle.
"She has a name now, do you still have to call her that?" Gi asked Doug, joining in on our conversation. Dougie turned to her and grinned.
"Course I do Gi, it's our thing." Gi looked at me and we smirked at each other and I rolled my eyes. Uncle Dougie, what a great example!
"Right!" Harry started, standing up from the rug and helping Izzy up. "Game of cricket?" Gi, Georgia and Danny all cheered with enthusiasm and I couldn't help but laugh when I heard Dougie groan beside me.
"You're alright, Hazza," I said. "I'll stay here with Mi, you guys go ahead." Harry nodded and Dougie shot me a death glare.
"Thanks dude." He muttered sarcastically as he carefully passed Mia to me and I smirked at him, punching his arm lightly.
"No problem, mate," I replied. "I think it's about time I spent some time with my daughter though." Dougie chuckled before turning and following Harry towards the cricket stumps.
Danny, Georgia, Harry, Dougie, Gi and Izzy all messed around for a while and played a rather dysfunctional game of cricket. Izzy was mostly just watching and Harry was getting quite annoyed at the others for not taking the game seriously, his competitive side was kicking in. I sat on the grass with Mia asleep on my lap, watching the game. The highlight of the game was when Dougie hit the ball and ran to the other stump. He slipped on some mud and fell flat on his arse, much to the amusement of Danny and Harry. Danny jumped on top of him and before I really realised what was happening, Dougie was being squashed against the ground by Lara, Danny, Gi, Georgia and Harry. I quickly got my phone out and started to type a tweet.
Had a great day in the sun with the wife, dannymcfly dougiemcfly mcflyharry georgiahorsley izzyeyesalight and Lara
I posted the tweet and remembered the photo of Doug and Mia that I'd taken earlier. I added the photo to a new, blank tweet and typed out:
Think my daughter may prefer dougiemcfly to me! :(
I posted the tweet and looked up from my phone to see Dougie chasing Lara around the cricket stumps like a couple of kids. They looked pretty adorable. I grinned as Doug grabbed Lara around the waist and they fell over together, laughing as they did. Dougie grinned and kissed Lara quickly before jumping to his feet and helping her up. I looked down at Mia and smiled at her peaceful, sleeping state. Dougie had definitely warn her out and I had a feeling that it wouldn't be long before he was wearing his own kids out too.
A/N: Hope you liked it, I enjoyed writing it and am pretty proud of it!
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