All Because Of Him.

someone leaves a baby on Dan and Phil's doorstep

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22. First Night Back

Dan’s POV

I couldn’t believe my eyes. My baby was here. He was right in front of me. And I sure as hell wasn’t going to miss a second of having him back.

The moment Mel handed him back to me, I felt whole again. The piece that was once missing in my heart was just pieced back together and I was determined to make sure no one ever took that piece away from me.

“Hey baby, I’ve- we’ve missed you so much. I don’t ever want to lose you again. “ I whispered into my baby’s ear as I held him tightly against my chest.

“I’d hate to ruin this moment, but we have to go over legal terms and conditions with both you guys and the Turners. “ Mel spoke up, signaling us to go sit down at her desk.

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Mel went over the paper work once more with us, but I wasn’t paying much attention. I was more focused on the fact that Phil and I were one step closer to officially making Liam ours.

‘Phil and I have made it this far, but what will happen when all of this is over? Will Phil want to leave me to find someone else? Is Phil just helping me because he feels obligated to? Inevitably, Phil will realize how ludicrous this whole thing was and get a divorce. Whilst I just let it all happen because I don’t have any bloody control over Phil since he isn’t really my husband; Phil is just my best friend who agreed to help his ridiculously desperate friend adopt a child. He’ll leave me to find himself someone good enough to start a real family with. Of course he will legally still be one of Liam’s dads, but that’s probably the only reason he’s going through with this; he doesn’t want this baby to go thinking his whole life that no one wanted him twice. Yeah, let’s face it. At one point, the perfect world that is “Dan and Phil” will one day come to an end—‘ I lost my train of thought when I felt Phil shrug me.

“You zoned out didn’t you, Dan?” How long have I been questioning the future?

I quickly snapped out of it in search for Liam who was in the arms of Mrs. Turner. The Turners were saying goodbye to Liam as Phil was gathering our things together.

“Yeah, sorry. Did I miss anything?”

“Don’t worry about it. It wasn’t anything too important. Now let’s go get our baby and go home.”

Phil and I went over to the Turners to get Liam. I expected the Turners to be civil around the baby, but they threw dirty looks our way. How dare they just judge us before getting to know us. I wish I could give them a piece of my mind, but I didn’t want to upset Liam with all the arguing so I let it slide.

“Hi, Mr. and Mrs. Turner! Do you have the baby bag that was left with Liam a few months back?” Phil asked politely.

“No, we wanted this child to have a fresh start so we disposed of it. Oh and Mr. Howell, don’t get used to this. Soon enough this baby will be ours. Face it, in this world, a baby is better off with a traditional family. “ Mrs. Turner spat at us, leaving before I could get a word out about the heteronormative behavior society has implanted inside this close-minded woman’s head.

“Anyone can raise a child as long as they genuinely care for them. Gender roles shouldn’t have anything to do with parenting. So what if you and I are both males? I can’t believe people still have the audacity to criticize us instead of accept that we are living in a time where everyone is different, and that it should be okay not to be a heterosexual couple. Not every family has a mom and dad, but that’s okay because our baby will have two daddies who love him so very much. Isn’t that right, Phil?”

“You got that right, Danny. And I’m sure that our little Liam will have it no other way.” Phil said holding onto a sleepy baby who paid no attention to our conversation.

“Let’s go home, Philly. “

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Once we got home, I realized that Liam had gotten so much bigger. I mean he was still tiny infant, but Liam was no longer a 3 month old baby. He was now, an almost 7 month old baby who began to explore everything and anything that he crosses path with. I’m glad Phil convinced me to let him baby proof the flat or else this whole place would not be a safe place for him. I don’t need him to fall down the stairs. That would be bad.

When I went to go set my little lima bean down, I noticed his onesie said “I love my mummy.” There was probably no meaning behind it if it was any other family, but knowing the Turners, I doubt this was unintentional.

“Phiiilll, come here!” I yelled from our room. I needed to show Phil how the Turners probably put that onesie on him on purpose. But instead of just seeing Phil, Joe and Caspar appeared with a blanket bundle and a big bag?

“Surprise Dannyboy! We brought gifts for your lad!” Joe exclaimed, presenting us with balloons and a bag full of gifts.

“Not to be rude or anything, but what are you two doing here?” How did they even know we got him back today??¿

”We were just in the neighborhood with our daughter vlogging."  

"Wait what do you mean daughter?" I exclaimed. There is no way these two dimwits convinced someone to give them their child. 

"Oh you know our daughter, Emma Lee!" Of course it was that creepy doll. 

"We popped by to cheer you guys up in case you two felt like you were going to lose to the Tumps? Turnips? Trunks.” 

“Turners. “I corrected.

“Oh and here I thought you two popped by to wish me a happy early birthday." Phil chuckled at the sudden look in their face.
They obviously didn’t know it was his birthday.  

"Well we might have not gotten you any gifts but we have a few gifts for Liam! And if he was here, we’d let him have a playdate with our beautiful daughter. “ I wasn’t sure if Caspar was joking or not about Emma Lee since he sounded so serious, but there was no way in hell that I was going to get that creepy doll anywhere near my son.

“Thanks for the gifts, but you two should really get going-“ I stopped mid sentence hoping Phil would finish it off.
“Uh yeah, we have to get packing. My mum wants me to go up north for my birthday.”

“See ya around guys-“ And just as they were saying goodbye, Liam decided to wake up and scream at the top of his lungs.

“You guys weren’t going to tell us you got him back?!” They exclaimed in unison as I rushed over to Liam to quiet him down.

“I’ll go make some tea.” Phil, Joe and Caspar headed to the kitchen while I cradled Liam in my arms so he would calm down. I remembered that he would usually calm down when Phil and sang to him. So I quietly sang the first song that came to mine.

We're soaring, flying
There's not a star in heaven that we can't reach
If we're trying
So we're breaking free-

“Aw you’re such a good dad, Dan. You even got him to calm down. Here Phil made me come give you Liam’s baby food. Stuff looks bloody nasty, but he’ll probably like it.” Joe said, making me smile. He was one of the first people to call me a dad. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be a father, but when Joe just called me one, it just felt right.

“Thank you. Do you want to feed him?”

“I thought you would never ask.”

“Come to uncle Joe, buddy! Oh and Dan could you go get the the bag of gifts and unwrap the red one?”

“What’s in it?”

“Just open it.”

Once I unwrapped it, I saw the cutest little baby outfit. It was a baby pink onesie that said “I love my daddies” and white dungarees. There was also cute pink socks and and white shoes.

“Aw thanks Joe. I’ll put this on him after his bath.”

“You’re welcome, but I meant the blue box.”

As soon as I unwrapped it, I saw a “I love my uncles Joe and Caspar”onesie and a bunch of mini Sugg Life hoodies, shirts, and onesies.

“Thanks for the merch?”

"I hope you like it, and as much as I'd love to stay and chat I got to go!"  He gave me the baby back and ran out of the room, yelling to Caspar go hurry up and leave. Once Liam started crying, I realized why they left all of a sudden; Liam was in need of a bath.

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After he was nice and clean, Phil and I sat on the sofa as Liam played with his building blocks. and giggling as they all fell in front of him.

"What are we going to tell my parents? They're going to flip that we didn't tell them sooner. Not to mention the part where theres still not a 100% guarantee that we'll get to keep him. And I know we gave have to be optimistic, but if we don't get him back, they're going to be heartbroken. I can't do that to my parents, Dan. "

"I never really thought about that. I always assumed that Liam was going to automatically be ours just like in the fanfiction. "

"If only it were that easy. We could just skip all these random obstacles and go straight to the part where Liam is given to us. But no this is real life, Dan. So we have to suffer with the in-between chapters. "

"Phil Lester! You're a genius! I love that wonderful brain of yours! In order to do this, we're going to have to think like a teenage fangirl who wants us to suffer in her fanfic by making our lives as difficult and ridiculously impractical as possible!"

"Where are you getting at?"

"We have to make up the most elaborate bullshit excuse as to why Liam is with us. For example, we could say that this is- uh help me think of someone."

"Troye!"

"We barely ever talk to him but yeah sure. So we say we have to babysit Troye's cousin whilst he's on tour and traveling the world."

"That's the most unbelievable excuse I've ever heard in my life! My parents would never buy that!"

"So?"

"Okay how about we say a friend called in a favor and wanted us to babysit for the weekend?"

"Laaaaame! "

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I couldn't sleep. I don't know what it was. Even having Phil next to me didn't help my problem. Something didn't feel right.
"Phil, wake up!" I loudly whispered as I gently shook him.

"Go to sleep, Daniel."

Well Phil just wants me to get killed by some axe murderer that's probably watching me right now. I couldn't quite see anything but I could make my way around the room. As I got the door, I turned on Phil's light to find no axe murderer in the hallway. Thank God.
I was going to make my way back to bed seeing as there was probably no killer on the loose, but I heard Liam crying in the nursery.

"I'm on my way, baby!" I called out to him, quickly going into the nursery only to fall, causing for Liam to shriek. I couldn't make out what I stepped on because it was dark, but it looked like a small bundle. Fuckfuckfuck. Liam wouldn't stop screaming. What the hell did I step on? I didn't step on Liam now did I? Did I? I frantically tried to turn on the lights. All that was running through my head was 'what if I did fall on Liam and that's why he's shrieking??'
"I can't fucking find the switch! I'm coming Liam!" The crying got louder by the second. As soon as the lights turned on I was blinded and the fact that was still half asleep didn't help my vision. I saw what I tripped on. It was a small body.

FUCK.

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