A/N - Here you are - a little Sunday Afternoon fluff for you - what's better than that when it's a cold Sunday afternoon ?

Hope you enjoy this - it's pure mushy mush...! Thanks for all the replies - they really do mean a lot... :)


The rest of the week flew by quicker than the happy family could ever imagine and before they knew it New Year's Eve was upon them. Will had cancelled his flight back to the States, resigned from his job in Boston and had decided to stay in London for the foreseeable future and had instantly moved in with Mackenzie & Michael.

After much discussion Mac & Will had decided they would stay in London until the end of the school year in July and then move back to New York. They had already started looking for schools, a family home in New York and Will had even considered starting afresh somewhere in TV – although his constant demand was that Mac would have to be his EP – he wouldn't even consider it without her by his side.

An hour after lunch all three of them were cuddled up on the sofa, watching a Disney film that Mikey had demanded they watch, when there was a knock at the door…. Will quickly looked at his watch and pulled himself out from under Mac and Mikey…

Mac looked confused…. "Are you expecting someone..?"

Will checked Mikey wasn't listening and then softly whispered in Mac's ear… "Just Joel – I asked him to sort something for me – do me a favour and keep Mikey with you for a minute or two"…

"What are you up to McAVoy?" Mac questioned… "I may not have lived with you for the past few years but I recognise that look on your face…"

Will chuckled and dropped a quick kiss on Mac's lips… "shhh! It's a surprise - for both of you!"

With a wink and a chuckle Will disappeared out the door shutting it tightly as he went…

About two minutes later and Mac heard footsteps pass the lounge and make their way up the hallway. Then a couple of minutes ater that Will appeared back in the lounge looking extremely pleased with himself… he knelt on the floor in front of Mac & Mikey and winked up at Mac…

"Hey buddy – you'll never guess who that was at the door?"

Mikey, who was so caught up in the movie they were watching, lifted his head from his Mummy's lap and looked up at his Daddy… "Who?" Mikey asked sleepily, obviously much more interested in his film…

Will lifted him upright and sat him on his knee so that both Mac & him could see his face… "Well, that was one of the little elves that helps Father Christmas at Christmas time…"

Mikey gasped out loud and jumped on his feet in excitement – his film completely forgotten…

"He said there was a mistake last week and Father Christmas had an extra special delivery for someone called Mikey MacHale…"

The excitement was almost too much to bear for Mikey… "That's me, that's me" he squealed before turning to his mother and grabbing her hand…. "Mummy – that's me"….

Mac giggled feeling slightly giddy herself at whatever Will was up to… "I know it's you darling…"

"Anyway," Will continued… "The elf asked if I could give it to you – it's a very special present ordered by Mummy & Me - just for you…."

Mikey's eyes were almost popping out of his head whilst Mac was sitting there with a bemused look on her face and shaking her head…

"Come on then – I put it in your bedroom – it's waiting for you…" Will reached out his hand for Mikey to take and all three of them made their way along the hallway to Mikey's bedroom. Slowly and carefully Will opened the door and peeped inside – he pulled the door back to reveal a little white & brown cocker spaniel puppy running around in circles chasing its own tail…

Mac and Will both watched Mikey's face as his mouth dropped open and his eyes got wider and wider by the second…. For the first time in his short life he was totally speechless…. After a moment or two of absolute shock and surprise he raced into the room and threw himself down on the floor and was instantly jumped on by the puppy…. "Oh Mummy, Daddy look – it's a puppy… just for me…"

Mac looked up at Will's face – almost speechless herself…. She made her way into the room looking nearly as surprised as Mikey… she knelt down on the floor with her son and pulled the puppy into her arms…

"Oh Will – he's so cute…"

"He's only four months old and needs somewhere to live…"

Mikey scrambled to his feet and raced over to Will… "Oh Daddy – he can live here with us – please, please, please, please..."

Will smiled and leant down so he was the same height as Mikey…. "Sounds a good idea to me - if it's okay with Mummy… We need to find him a name if he's gonna live with us…"

Mikey spun around to Mac who was still cradling the puppy in her arms – Will was starting to think she'd fallen for him more than Mikey had….

"Mummy – can he live with us?" Mikey asked – his eyes wide with hope and anticipation…

Mac looked up at Will who was standing there with a mile wide smile spread across his face….. "I should think so gorgeous…" Mac honestly thought at that moment she'd never seen her son so happy….

"I told you Father Christmas would bring me a puppy if I was really, really good…" Mikey gloated to Mac….

Will came to join Mac & Mikey on the floor…. "You have to look after him really well though…"

"I will, I will.." Mikey promised…

"I think Daddy will have to help you won't you Daddy?" Mac said glaring at an amused looking Will…

Will winked at Mac and nodded – he knew exactly what she was thinking – although she adored the puppy instantly there was no way she was getting up early to walk him – that was well and truly Will's responsibility… "Oh – I'll help Mikey walking him but it's Mikey's job to give him his breakfast and dinner every night… You have to make sure he gets enough food or he won't grow big and strong like you…"

"Oh – I will Daddy – I promise…."

Mac giggled as Mikey carefully pulled the puppy from her arms and started to talk non-stop to the poor little thing…. She reached for Will's hand and together they got up and perched on the edge of Mikey's bed…

"How the hell did you manage that McAvoy?" Mac giggled… "You'll never top that as a Christmas present ever!"

"Good surprise?" Will asked looking so pleased with himself…

"Great surprise" she whispered back and leant in for a kiss…. She couldn't remember the last time she'd seen Mikey this happy – infact, as she watched him pull the little puppy into his arms again and plant a long kiss on the puppy's nose she was convinced she and Mikey had never felt as happy as at this very moment… She wrapped her arms around Will's waist and pressed her head firmly against his chest so she could hear the beating of his heart…

"You've made his year" Mac whispered

"Well – he's made mine too… you and him between you…"

Mikey raced over to Will and threw himself into his spare arm… Will pulled him round so he was sitting in between him and Mac and placed a soft kiss on his mop or blonde hair…

"Patch" Mikey announced all of a sudden and for a moment Mac couldn't quite think what he was talking about…. "Mummy – he has a big patch of brown fur over his eye – we should call him Patch…."

"Hey buddy – perfect name" Will replied as the puppy bounded over to its new family….

Will picked up the puppy and bought him into the family huddle…. "Welcome to the McAvoy family Patch"

As Mac heard Will speak her heart swelled with pride… "McAvoy family"…. That's what they were she finally realised – they were a family and boy it was the best feeling in the world.


Later that night, as Mac was lying in Will's arms after they'd made love, she tried to hide the single tear that had rolled down her cheek but of course Will spotted it... The look of concern that spread over his face as he manoeuvred Mac so she was lying next to him melted her even more which of course caused another tear to escape...

"Hey, what's the matter?" Will whispered tenderly wiping the tears from her cheek...

Mac shook her head and tried to pull herself together... "Nothing – just ignore me..."

"I can't ignore you" Will murmured pressing a soft kiss to her forehead... "Not when you're crying... what's wrong?"

"Nothing's wrong… I'm just so happy Will... I don't remember ever feeling this happy and contented before – even in my wildest dreams did it ever feel as good as it feels right now... I can't believe how much Mikey loves you already too... it's just all too perfect..."

"I think we've earned perfect after everything we've been through..." Will whispered into her ear...

Mac nodded in agreement and let her hand wind around his neck... "I was watching you two in the park this afternoon playing football and I couldn't believe that just watching you two kick a ball around and play with a puppy could make me so stupidly happy... It really is the simple things in life that make it eh?"

Will chuckled and bought her body even tighter into him if that was possible. Mac thought back to that afternoon and allowed a smile to appear on her face... She giggled to herself at the memory of Mikey running around the park in Will's New York Jets t-shirt – it was way too big for him and he was wearing it over his coat but he hadn't taken it off since the moment Will had shown it to him that morning...

"You know you're not going to get that shirt back now don't you?" Mac said to a sleepy Will... "He's sleeping in it now..."

"ahhh – that doesn't matter – he can keep it" Will replied... "We'll get him one of his own when I take him to a game!"

"You're going to be too soft with him – I can tell" Mac teased...

Will nodded and smiled at the thought... "I think he's going to be like you – he's gonna be able to get anything he wants from me just with a smile or a pout!"

"See – I've trained him well" Mac laughed...

"Just as well he's not a girl" Will replied... "It's hard enough being a boy and letting him get away with anything – I'd stand no chance if there was a mini Mackenzie wrapping me round her little finger!"

Mac snuggled against his shoulder and gently traced her fingers through the soft hair on his chest... "mmmm – the baby girl comes next"... she said it so quietly and so nonchalantly that Will almost missed it...

His head shot up in an instant almost pushing Mac's head away... "Really? You want more kids?"

Mac nodded and couldn't help the smile that followed... "Yeah – a little girl... I've already thought about names – she'd have to be 'Kathleen' after your Mother..."

Words failed Will at that moment and all he could do was pull Mackenzie into him and hold her tightly – he hoped and prayed she'd realise from the way he held her just how much that would mean to him... After a minute or so Will pulled away slightly... "We could always start working on making her – they say practising is the best bit about having a baby!"

He stroked her hair tenderly and kissed the tip of her nose as she giggled...

"How on earth did you manage to persuade Mikey to stay in his own room tonight? This has to be the first night in three years he hasn't snuck in here..."

"We had a chat – you know – man to man.."

Mac giggled again and poked Will in the chest... "Come on – what did you say?"

"I told him I'd be kissing you all night long and that made up his mind for him!"

"You never did?" Mac replied – shock written across her face...

"Of course not" Will giggled... "Hey – did you see his face when he caught us kissing earlier?"

"He doesn't think it's very cool believe me... Apparently it's okay to kiss your Mummy but when he sees it on TV he thinks it's disgusting..."

"He'll soon change his mind when he gets himself a gorgeous girl like you!"

Mac giggled and gently rested her hand on his face… "Come on – tell all McAvoy…. If you want any kind of privacy in this room at night time you need to tell me your secret!"

"Well, I explained that Patch would be scared without his Mummy so Mikey had to stay in his room all night to keep Patch company and… if he did then maybe we'd all go to the park near Grandpa's tomorrow with Patch!" Will revealed – looking proud of his revelations… "he wanted his Nanny & Grandpa to meet Patch too!"

"Ah –see – you're an experienced parent – into bribery already" Mac joked…

"I thought it might be a nice idea... you know - if I met your Mum & Dad again – a new year and a new start?" Will whispered…

"Perfect idea" Mac confirmed secretly overjoyed at the thought of them all turning up at her parents house together as a family… she knew her parents would be so proud of her and the way she'd turned her life around in the last week... "They'll love it…" she said gazing into his deep blue eyes – she had always gotten herself lost in those eyes…

For a moment they were both quiet – lost in their own thoughts but Mac soon giggled…. "Hey - did you see those two rascals earlier? I'm' not sure who looked cutest – Mikey trying to hold Patch's paw or Patch stretched out on the sofa alongside Mikey"….

Will smiled at the thought of Mikey & Patch cuddled up together and then moved himself so he was positioned just above Mac – he leaned down and kissed her softly but passionately… "This privacy you were talking about?"

Mac giggled – knowing exactly where his mind was headed at this moment… "hmmm - Yeah?"

"Well – whilst we've got some – we should use it you know – absolutely no point it going to waste…"

"Oh yeah – since when you could you manage it three times in one evening Mr?!" Mac joked dropping a hot kiss on his lips…

"I don't hear you complaining… I've got six years of catching up to do" Will mumbled into her neck as he began to drop little tender kisses up and down her shoulder…

At that moment the TV that was playing softly in the background announced to all that it was ten seconds to midnight…. Will turned up the tv slightly so they could hear Big Ben bring in the new year and then softly whispered to Mac… "Happy New Year"

Mac didn't get the chance to reply as his lips met hers in a long, loving kiss that lasted minutes into the new year…. When they finally pulled apart and settled their heads back down on the pillow Will casually traced a finger all the way down her soft cheeks and let it linger near her lips… "Hey… have I told you lately that I love you?"

"hmmm - only about a hundred times today" Mac whispered…

"Well I mean it Mackenzie…. I love you more than anything else in this world and I always will…"

"And I love you too" Mac replied with such intensity in her eyes it took Will's breath away…

He smiled and gently swept the hair of her face and tucked it behind her ear… "You know - this is what it feels like Mac…"

"What?" Mac asked? Confused at his statement…

"Happy ever after" Will whispered as his lips met hers once again.