I wanted to start the new year off with a new story so here it is! I've been working on this one for a while and since I already am working on so many stories, I made myself write 5 chapters of this before I posted it so I have those all done! So even if I can't write on this one for a while because I'm working on others, you'll still get updates!
So this story will be written in the same format that my story Never Alone is written in. If you're not familiar with that story it's written as one chapter is a excerpt of one year in their lives and the next chapter is the next year and so on. It may not be exactly a year apart but it's sometime within the next year.
This story is about how our favorite couple Nick and Jeff start off their family together. I've never really read much about daddy Niff so I decided I wanted to write it! Enjoy :)
Jeff leaned his head on his husband's shoulder and closed his eyes. Why was this so difficult? Why couldn't they just go to one website, find all of the information that they need and be done with it? But no, they had to search through endless web pages that Google recommended for them to look at. But there wasn't one page that gave them all of the answers. One page had options for heterosexual couples looking to adopt, but strictly saying that they wouldn't go through the procedure with homosexual couples.
"Isn't that illegal?" Jeff asked as they browsed upon that page. "Like, racism or sexism. Sexual orientationism?"
"No, because it's their business, they refuse to the right to provide service to anyone for whatever reason," Nick replied with an annoyed eye roll. Jeff sighed as Nick clicked through more pages. There were pages with babies from Africa that needed adopting that the men considered but once they saw the money it would cost to bring them over with all the medical necessities, they knew that there was no way they'd be able to swing it. Between Nick's salary as an elementary school teacher and Jeff's salary as a choreographer for a dance club in Chicago, they could afford a decent amount, but not the price that this company was asking for.
They had been in a small town just outside of Chicago for about 3 years now. They had moved there after living in the hustle and bustle of Chicago itself for four years while they both attended college there. Jeff was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance there, where he studied along Mike Chang who he knew from his competing days back at Dalton. The two became good friends and still remained in touch even after Mike had graduated and moved to New York to become a dancer in a show that their friend Blaine had written. Blaine had become a very successful playwright and handpicked Mike for the role in his new show. Once Jeff had gotten in to such a prestigious school, Nick knew there was no way he would let Jeff jeopardize that. So when Jeff wanted to stay in Ohio with Nick, Nick knew he had to get into a school in Chicago. So he did. He went to Chicago State University. The two schools were only twenty minutes away from each other so the two shared a small apartment right in the middle. It seemed that in the beginning they never got to see each other. One always had class while the other was off and once was doing homework when the other was free. But never did they lose their way. They remained strong through it all and in the end, it all paid off.
The two graduated on the same week. Jeff on Monday and Nick on Friday. The week was filled with partying, seeing family and just celebrating the fact that they were finally free and there were no more professors lecturing them day after day. On the night of Nick's graduation, both Nick and Jeff's families threw them a huge party at a local restaurant, reserving a private room just for them. Both sets of parents were there, Jeff's younger brother Logan and Nick's sisters Maggie and Lauren. Towards the end of the evening, Nick and Jeff drove back to their place and the families drove to their hotel for the night. They walked into their apartment and Nick collapsed on the couch. It had been an exhausting week and he felt like he could sleep for a week. As he snuggled up to a pillow Jeff walked over to him and kissed his forehead.
"The party's not over yet, baby. Come into the kitchen," Jeff said, pulling his sleepy boyfriend up. Nick groaned in protest but did as his boyfriend said. He stood up and let Jeff drag him into the kitchen. Sitting on the counter was an ice cream cake with the word 'Congratulations' written on it. There were candles in it and the light in the kitchen was turned off. Nick smiled at the fact that it was ice cream cake. He never really cared for actual cake so much so Nick thought it was sweet of his boyfriend to make the gesture.
"Babe, we've already had our graduation cake. And you only put candles on a birthday cake," Nick said, turning to Jeff and wrapping his arms around him. Jeff smiled and removed himself from his boyfriend's grasp, taking Nick's hands in his own.
"I wasn't congratulating us on our graduation. And I like the candles because they make this moment even more romantic," Jeff said with a smile. Nick gave him a confused look.
"What are you congratulating-," Nick was cut off as Jeff got down on one knee and held up a small, black velvet box to Nick.
"Nicholas Duval, you are the love of my life. I can't imagine myself being with anyone else in this world. I never believed in soul mates until I met you. And now I know it has to be true. Because you're mine. And I'm yours. And if you'll do me the honor, I'd love to become your husband as well. So Nick…" Jeff said, opening the box, revealing a shining gold ring. "Will you marry me?"
Nick's hand was covering his mouth in surprise, his eyes wide. He couldn't believe this was happening. They had vaguely talked about marriage and said it was something that they were both definitely interested in but he never imagined this would come so soon. But he was overwhelmed with happiness. Tears began to flow out from his eyes and down on to his face.
"Y-Yes," Nick stuttered. "Yes, I'll marry you."
Jeff wasted no time in slipping that ring on Nick's finger and standing up to kiss him. He held Nick against his body, holding him closely that he never wanted to let go. They kissed, both of their tears wetting each other's faces. Nick looked down at his ring once they were done.
"It's so beautiful," Nick said, looking back up at Jeff with pure adoration in his eyes. Jeff smiled and pecked Nick's lips.
"I'm glad you liked it. It took me three months to find the perfect one," Jeff said. Nick's jaw dropped.
"Three months? Jeff, I would've been happy with anything you had given me," Nick said, pulling his new fiancé into his arms.
"I know. But I needed to find the perfect ring for the perfect man," Jeff said with a smile. Nick pecked his lips before taking his hand to bring him into the bedroom for the night. Jeff quickly blew the candles out as he walked past them. The cake could wait until tomorrow. It might melt but that's a chance both men were willing to take.
The next few months consisted of making plans for the big day. It would take place in New York since gay marriage was not yet legal in Illinois. When the day finally arrived, all of their friends and family flew out to New York to see the wedding. It was the happiest day of both men's lives. They couldn't imagine anything greater.
About a year later Jeff was on the couch, flipping through a magazine as Nick sat next to him, snuggled into his side. Jeff got to a page in the magazine about a celebrity couple welcoming their first child. Jeff just got lost in the picture of the little baby. It was so precious. Jeff had always wanted to be a dad. When he was only three and his brother Logan was just born, he was always taking on any kind of responsibility his parents would allow him with the new baby. Well, maybe not at first. At first he detested having a baby brother. He wanted all of his parents' affection. But eventually he came around and became a third care giver to Logan. Jeff had always loved children and visited Nick's work as much as he could. Not just to see Nick, but to see the kids. Some of his favorite's faces would light up when he walked through the door and they would yell "Mr. Jeff!" It warmed Jeff's heart when that happened. He could only imagine the day when he'd walk through the door of his home and his own child's face would light up and they'd scream "Daddy!" Jeff didn't realize how long he was staring at the picture of the baby but Nick did. He watched Jeff's face as he looked at this child. He could just see the longing and the want in his eyes. And that got Nick beginning to think of what it would like to have a baby. And the more he thought about it, the more he liked the idea. But he didn't want to bring it up to Jeff until he was completely sure.
So one night, about a month after Nick first saw Jeff looking at the baby in the magazine, they settled into bed and Nick curled himself up into Jeff's side. Jeff wrapped his arms around his Nick and kissed his forehead.
"Jeff?" Nick asked, looking up at his husband.
"Yes?" Jeff asked, looking right back down at Nick.
"Have you ever thought about what it'd be like to have a baby?" Nick asked. Jeff had an immediate smile spread across his face.
"I would love to have a baby someday, Nicky. What about you?" Jeff asked, tilting his head in curiosity. Nick smiled and pecked Jeff's lips.
"I'd love to be a daddy with you," Nick said and nuzzled his nose against Jeff's.
"Wouldn't it be something if we could actually have a baby together? Like, biologically be both of ours. That'd be amazing, wouldn't it?" Jeff asked, rubbing up and down Nick's arm absentmindedly.
"It would be, Jeffy. I'd love to see a boy with your bright blonde hair and my dark brown eyes. Or a girl with my colored hair in curls and your gorgeous eyes," Nick said dreamily, closing his eyes.
"Mhmm. Maybe one day they'll have the technology, baby," Jeff said, pressing another kiss to Nick's forehead. And from that night on they began to talk more and more about it. And now, about two years later, here they are actually being proactive in their research, trying their hardest to actually get a baby. But it was proving harder than either of the men thought. And this was just the beginning.
"I just want a baby…" Jeff whined, hiding his face in Nick's neck. Nick sighed and kissed into his husband's hair.
"I know, sweetie. So do I," Nick said. Jeff looked up at Nick and pecked his lips before laying his head back down on his shoulder, and looking at the computer screen.
"What about a surrogate?" Jeff asked. The men heard a door open behind them and saw Nick's little sister Maggie walk in. She had moved to Chicago for college as well and was always over their apartment, visiting the two.
"Hey Maggie," Nick said, turning his attention back to the screen. Jeff smiled at her and waved.
"Hey Mag," Jeff said. He was still amazed sometimes at how much she and Nick looked alike. They had the same dark brown, almost black hair. Although, hers was almost always pulled up into a sloppy yet stylish bun on her head. They had the same nose and eyes as well. If there wasn't a three year difference between them Jeff would've sworn they were twins.
"Hey guys. What're you up to?" Maggie asked, pulling up a chair and sitting behind the two. She gasped when she saw what was on the screen. "You two are getting a baby?!"
"If only it were that easy…" Nick said with a sigh, clicking on yet another web page.
"Nicky, did you hear what I said? How about a surrogate?" Jeff asked again.
"Oh, right," Nick said, typing in a new search to the Google box. Both men's eyes widened when they saw the cost for a surrogate.
"Wow…" Jeff said.
"Yeah, we can't afford that Jeffy…" Nick said. Maggie leaned in closer to look at the figure.
"Wow! That's a huge amount. I'd do it for half that," Maggie said jokingly, at first. Then she actually began to think about it. "Hey guys…"
They both turned to look at her.
"What would you say if I said I'd be the surrogate mother?" Maggie asked with a slight shrug of her shoulder. Both men just stared at her.
"No way, Maggie," Nick said.
"But why?" Maggie complained, just like her teenage-self used to do to get on Nick's nerves. "I'd do it for a whole lot less than that, I need money for law school, and this way the baby could have DNA from the both of you."
The last point is what caught Nick and Jeff's attention. DNA from both of them? They hadn't thought that possible. But it will still Nick's little sister.
"I'm 22 years old; I can make my own decisions. And I want to do this for you guys. I'd love to be able to give you the greatest gift. A child. Please let me do that for you guys. Please?" Maggie asked, putting up her hands in a begging motion and jutting out her lower lip, before realizing how juvenile that must look and pulling her lip back in.
"I don't know, Mag…" Jeff said, looking at Nick skeptically. Nick sighed and rubbed his forehead.
"How about this? You let Jeff and I discuss this for a week. And in the meantime, you seriously think about this. I mean seriously think about it. This is a lot of responsibility and you don't even get to keep the child in the end. I need to know if you'll be able to deal with that. Do we have a deal?" Nick asked. Maggie smiled brightly.
"Yes! Deal! Absolutely! I'll go home right now and do my research and I'll see you guys in a week," Maggie said with a wink and was out the door.
"Are we really going to consider it?" Nick asked once she was gone. Jeff sighed.
"I don't know. I mean, she really wants to do this. And the baby would have DNA from the both of us…" Jeff said.
"Yeah, but is that really worth putting Maggie through a whole grueling pregnancy right now? I mean, she wants to go to law school," Nick said.
"But she didn't get in for this year. So she has a whole year before she can apply again. And she could really use the money for law school next year. We could pay her first year's tuition if she did this for us. It's kind of a win, win Nicky…" Jeff reasoned. Nick sighed, thinking it over.
"How about we give it the week like we said we would? I mean, in theory it is a really good idea but… I don't know," Nick said.
"I know how you feel, honey. She's your little sister. And Maggie's just a little…" Jeff said, trying to find the right word without insulting his sister in law.
"Immature?" Nick finished.
"Yes!" Jeff said thankfully, glad he wasn't the one who said it.
"I know she is. But anything she's ever really wanted she's put her mind to and done it, that's one thing I do have to give her credit for. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what she decides at the end of the week. If she's really serious about it or not," Nick says with a shrug, closing the laptop and standing up. Jeff nodded and stood up as well. Nick took Jeff's hand in his and kissed the back of it.
"Can we have cuddles now?" Jeff asked, looking adorable. Nick smiled and pecked his husband's lips.
"Yes, we can have cuddles now."
A week later Maggie knocked on Nick and Jeff's apartment door with a file of papers in her hand. Jeff opened the door, shirtless and rubbing the sleep out of his eyes.
"Good morning, Jeff!" Maggie said brightly, allowing herself into the house, walking right past Jeff. Jeff closed the door, still rubbing his eyes.
"What time is it?" Jeff mumbled. Maggie looked at her watch.
"It's eleven o'clock. What were you still doing in bed? Where's my brother?" Maggie asked, looking around. Nick came into the room, pulling his sweatpants up over his hips.
"Who is it Je- Oh, hi Maggie," Nick said, a slight blush coming over his cheeks. Maggie rolled her eyes.
"So you two were up all night screwing each other so you're useless bums this morning," Maggie concluded, laying her folder down on the kitchen table and spreading out some of the papers inside.
"Hey! We never walked into your house after you and Brandon just did it!" Jeff said, feeling a little more awake at the mention of his and Nick's activities from the night before. Maggie frowned, hating her ex-boyfriend being brought up.
"Do you want to hear what I've thought up or not?" Maggie shot back.
"Yes, we do. Jeff's just a little grumpy before I pump him full of coffee," Nick said, taking a seat at the table, pulling Jeff down to do the same.
"Pump me with something, alright…" Jeff mumbled under his breath.
"Jeff!" Nick warned with a glare. Maggie ignored the two and showed them some of the papers in her folder.
"I did my research on this. And the most difficult concept that I was dealing with was giving the child up once it was born. But I went to many websites and I found the same thing basically anywhere. Women said that it was much easier to give the baby up for two specific reasons. One, if they knew the baby was going to a good home, which I most definitely know will be the case. And number two, that they still get to be in the baby's life somehow. And I will still be his or her aunt so I actually am positive now that I will be able to hand the baby over to you guys. Especially when I see the looks on your faces once you see it," Maggie says with a smile, just imagining it. "I mean, even just thinking about it, picturing your faces, I get a little choked up at how happy you two will be."
"So you really want to do this?" Nick asked.
"Yes!" Maggie said with a look on her face that almost said "Duh! What do you think I've been sitting here telling you?" Nick and Jeff exchanged a look before Jeff nodded slightly.
"Okay, Maggie. We're in," Nick said. Maggie's face broke into a grin.
"Really? You're going to let me do this for you guys?" Maggie asked, standing up out of excitement.
"No, no, you're doing this for us," Jeff said with a smile as Nick and Jeff stood as well. Nick pulled Maggie into a hug.
"Thank you, little sis. And we'll be paying your first year's tuition at law school," Nick said. Maggie hugged him back tightly.
"Thank you, thank you guys so much!" Maggie exclaimed, pulling Jeff into the hug as well. Jeff chuckled and hugged her back.
"Now how do we begin all of this?" Jeff asked, once the three were done hugging.
"Oh! I know that!" Maggie said with a smile, digging through her folder. She pulled out some paperwork that both parties would need to fill out in order for the whole ordeal to take place. "And in the off chance you said yes, I already made us an appointment…"
"Of course you did," Nick said with a smirk and playful eye roll.
"I assume it'll be Jeff's sperm…" Maggie asked carefully.
"Ew, of course it will be!" Nick said, slapping Maggie's arm with the paper that was in his hands.
"Just checking!" Maggie said, holding her hands up in surrender.
"I'm not having sex with Maggie, am I?" Jeff asked with some horror in his eyes at the thought of lady parts and cheating on Nick.
"Yes!" Maggie said a little too enthusiastically, never hiding her thoughts about how sexy she thought Jeff was.
"No!" Nick said, pushing his sister's shoulder so she'd back off of his scared husband. "No babe, its artificial insemination. You know, what we read about?"
"Oh…yeah," Jeff said, leaning into Nick's arms, relief flooding his body. Nick wrapped his arms around Jeff. "So I just drop myself in a cup?"
"What a beautiful way of putting how our child will be created…" Nick said sarcastically. Jeff chuckles.
"What do you want me to tell our kid? Well, when daddy and I wanted to have you, I went into a room and masturbated and then they put it in your aunt?" Jeff asked with a chuckle. Nick chuckled as well.
"Well I guess there is no good way of putting it technically. We'll just tell them that they were created with the miracle of life thanks to some doctors," Nick said. Maggie cleared her throat loudly. Nick chuckled. "Oh, and your Aunt Maggie."
Maggie smiled in thanks. Jeff had a smirk appear on his face as he looked up at his husband.
"Can you be in there and help me…create the life?" Jeff asked. Nick smirked in return.
"I sure can, baby," Nick said, pressing a kiss to Jeff's lips. Maggie playfully gagged and covered her eyes with her hands. Nick playfully smacked Maggie in the arm as he continued to kiss his husband.
Their first appointment to set everything up was just four days away. And then Nick and Jeff Sterling-Duval would be on their way to starting their very own family.
How's it look so far? Good, I hope!
If you go to my tumblr (StarGleekAmyR5) there is a link on my page to 'Fan Fictions' and if you scroll all the way down on that page there is a link entitled 'Face Claims?' if you click on that you'll be able to see the faces that I've chosen as some characters in this story. So far I have Nick's sisters, Jeff's brother and a few other characters you haven't seen yet. So go look!
And stick around for chapter two! Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed!