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19 February 2008 @ 08:17 pm
I'll Stand Right Beside You Chapter Two  
Title: I’ll Stand Right Beside You
Author: Star star55
Part: 2/?? (not sure yet)
Rating: NC-17 (overall)
Pairing: Danny/Dougie, Harry/Tom, Matt/James
Genre: AU, Romance, Drama
Summary: Life throws in the most unexpected situations, testing and challenging you. You can make it through knowing that someone will be right beside you…
A/N: This is The long awaited sequel to The Heart Never Lies. I have had a lot of fun writing this! I am glad it is done and I can start on the third part!!
This fic is entirely dedicated to Emma: orpheous87 because she beta-ed this book and the first one. Emma, you are brilliant *hugs tight*
Disclaimer: Not mine *sigh* this never happened…

You need to have read The Heart Never Lies for this story to make sense. Read it (and comment!) if you haven’t yet.

Prologue | One

Chapter 2
Meet the Lesbians Robinsons…

Danny pulled his car into the slot and got out. Locking the door, he turned and walked into the supermarket that was a few paces away. He headed in and grabbed a basket from the stack off to his left to carry his items.

He was planning to cook Dougie a nice dinner as they had just ended their first week back at uni after their break. The blond artist had been stressing that week over some paintings that Mike wanted. He had requested a few styles that Dougie didn’t normally do, and the younger male was fretting over getting them perfect. So, Danny decided a nice home-cooked meal and a nice relaxing bubble bath together is exactly what he needed.

After gathering some essential ingredients, he headed to the check out. He unloaded the items onto the bench and waited for the pre-pubescent teen to serve him. As the cashier totalled his purchase, Danny realised that a nice bottle of wine would go well with their dinner.

God, he was so gay. Harry was rubbing off on him with all his talking about what wines go well with what foods. The rich diva.

Danny popped into the liquor store that was just down the street and browsed the wall lined with wines.

“May I help you?” A male just older than himself asked as he approached Danny.

“Uh, I need a good wine,” he said, feeling completely out of place.

“Sure, what’s the occasion?”

“Uh, I’m cooking dinner –”

“Lucky woman,” the male said with a wink.

“Yeah,” Danny said dryly. “I’m cooking a pasta dish and don’t know what wine goes well with pasta.”

The shop assistant scanned the wine bottles and then pulled one out, placing it into Danny’s hand. “This one is the best for pasta dishes, it’s not too sweet and it has a great nose.”

Eh? Danny thought. “Uh, thanks, I’ll take it,” he gave a small smile and followed the male to the till. The male rang up the bottle and Danny handed over the money.

“I hope your dinner goes well,” he said with a wink.

Danny nodded his thanks and took the paper bag off him. He left the store, shaking his head lightly. If only he knew…

Danny didn’t notice there was a person standing in his way until he walked straight into them. “Sorry,” he said, looking up.

The heavyset male grunted. “This your car?”

Danny looked at the car and then back at the man. “Yes,” he said warily. “Why, what’s wrong?”

“You’re parked illegally, that’s a seventy pound fine,” the balding man replied as he scribbled on his notepad.

“Illegally?” Danny exclaimed. “How?”

“You’re over the line,” was the response he got.

“You can’t be serious,” Danny muttered.

“Watch your mouth, boy, or I’ll double it,” he said, glaring at Danny.

Danny stood, mouth agape, not believing that this was happening. It was so unfair; he wasn’t even over the line at all.

“Baby, there you are!” A gorgeous female said, flinging her arms around Danny’s neck. “Where have you been?”

Danny stared at her, wide-eyed. “Uh,” he mumbled.

She leant closer to him and it looked like she was going to kiss him. “Just go with it,” she whispered.

“Is there a problem, here, officer?” she asked, turning to face the traffic officer.

“Your boyfriend here is parked illegally,” he replied looking directly at her cleavage.

The mysterious woman scanned over the car. “No he isn’t,” she said.

“Yeah, he is, he’s over the line.”

The woman did a double take. “No, he’s not,” she said firmly.

“Don’t argue with me, missy,” the man said, putting his pen back in his pocket.

“It’s my job to argue with people,” she replied, all previous airhead like behaviour gone from her tone of voice. “I’m a lawyer and if you don’t shred that parking ticket, I will sue you for all you’re worth.”

The parking inspector looked at her incredulously as did Danny.

“C’mon, shred it,” she said sternly.

He grumbled and shredded the parking ticket and threw it in the trash can a few paces away. “Happy now?”

The woman nodded. “Much,” she replied. “Make sure you know what you’re fining people before you write out the tickets next time.”

He nodded and walked off, grumbling under his breath.

“Uh, thank you,” Danny said in awe.

“Don’t mention it,” she said with a smile. “Oh, how rude of me, I’m Natalie.”

Danny shook her hand. “Danny,” he replied. “So, are you really a lawyer?”

She smiled and nodded. “Yeah I am. I’m doing my last semester in law school now and I already work at a law firm,” she replied, her soft curly brown hair bouncing in the sunlight.

“Wow, that’s cool,” he replied stupidly.

Natalie smiled at him. “Having a romantic night, huh?” she asked gesturing to the bottle of wine he still held in his hand.

He looked down at his hands. “Uh, yeah, I thought it would be nice to make my boyfriend dinner.” As soon as the words left his mouth, he knew he shouldn’t have said them. She could be a homophobe for all he knew.

“Aw, that’s so sweet,” she gushed.

Okay, not a homophobe. Danny smiled back at her and they chatted for a few minutes before he said that he’d better go if he didn’t want his meat going off.

“Call me, if you ever need a lawyer,” she handed him a pale pink business card. It had her name and contact details printed on it in a lovely purple colour. Danny figured she had them designed herself.

“Thanks,” Danny replied.

“Let’s just hope you never need one,” Natalie said with a wink.

They said their good byes and Danny got into his legally parked car and drove away. When he got home, he put the meat in the fridge and set about to start preparing the meal. He knew he still had a few hours before dinner as Dougie was out shopping with Harry and Tom for the afternoon.

He carefully followed the recipe that his mum had written out for him last night just for this occasion. He added the ingredients when specified and watched as the sauce started to simmer nicely in the pan. Feeling quite proud of himself, Danny opened the bottle of red wine and had a glass.

Dougie arrived home just as the sauce finished cooking. He turned down the heat and greeted his boyfriend with a kiss.

“Wow, that smells awesome,” Dougie said with a smile.

“Thanks,” Danny replied. “Go wash up, dinner will be ready in a few minutes,” Danny instructed and turned back to his pans once Dougie had left the kitchen.

He added the raw pasta to the boiling water and set the timer to buzz when the pasta had cooked. He stirred the sauce and put a little on a teaspoon. He brought it up to his lips and blew softly to not burn himself. He tasted the sauce and smiled to himself. It was perfect, just like his mum made.

Dougie came back into the kitchen just as the buzzer went off to say that the pasta had finished cooking. He set the table while Danny drained the spaghetti. Danny dished up their meal and poured them each a glass of wine.

They talked about Danny’s incident with the parking inspector and the mysterious woman that saved him from a hefty fine. Dougie had chuckled when he had mentioned about the guy in the liquor store thinking he was cooking for a woman and Danny’s reaction to it.

Danny gently rubbed Dougie’s foot under the table with his own, causing the young artist to smile at him. They finished their meal and did the dishes over their second glass of wine.

With the dishes done and put away, Danny leant against the counter and pulled his lover into his arms. They kissed gently and Danny snaked his hands up the back of Dougie’s shirt. Dougie smiled against his mouth and pulled away from the kiss.

Danny stared at him with lust filled eyes and Dougie pulled his shirt off over his head, revealing his smooth chest. He let the article of clothing drop to the tiled floor and pressed himself against Danny so they were flush against each other.

Dougie bent his head to kiss Danny’s neck, trailing little kisses and licks across it and over his Adam’s apple. Their lips met again in a heated kiss and Dougie’s hands slipped up Danny’s shirt and across his back. He gently massaged his back before pulling the still buttoned shirt over his head.

“C’mon,” Dougie said huskily. “I want that bubble bath you promised me.”

Danny nodded dumbly and let Dougie lead him by the hand up the stairs to their bathroom.

The blonde turned on the taps and poured some of the liquid into the bathtub, watching as bubbles formed under the pressure of the water. He turned back to Danny and they kissed softly, undressing each other slowly.

Danny got into the water first, feeling the heat engulf his body, instantly causing a soothing effect on him. Dougie climbed in after him and sat facing him. Their knees touched and Danny smiled, taking Dougie’s bubble covered hands in his own.

He gently massaged his lover’s hands with a wash cloth and then made his way over the rest of his body. After they had made sure each other was clean, Danny leant back in the tub and Dougie lay against him, back to his chest. Danny’s arms wound themselves around Dougie’s waist loosely and the blond tipped his head back to lean against Danny’s shoulder.

Danny kissed the exposed neck and Dougie let out a little sigh. “Love you,” he whispered.

Dougie turned to look at him. “Love you too,” he placed a small kiss on the corner of Danny’s mouth.

Danny stroked the skin of his boyfriend’s stomach in small circles as they kissed. Dougie teasingly bit his lower lip, pulling at it gently, worrying it between his teeth before letting go. Danny’s arms tightened around the small waist and he was just deepening the kiss when the doorbell rang.

He pulled back with a groan, knowing that he couldn’t ignore it. He got out of the bath and quickly dried as much of himself off as possible before throwing his bathrobe over his naked body and traipsing down the stairs to answer the door.

It wasn’t late by any means, it was coming up half past six but Danny wanted nothing more than to spend a nice relaxing night in with his beautiful boyfriend.

He opened the door with a ‘hello’ and was surprised with who he saw standing there.

“Natalie?” he exclaimed.

“Danny?” she said, just as amazed.

“What…?” he trailed off.

“We’re your neighbours, and we thought we’d come greet the new couples on the block,” Natalie replied with a large smile.

Danny stared at her for a moment before gathering his bearings and letting her and the woman standing behind her in the house.

“Dan, who was at the door?” Dougie asked coming into the living room, towelling his hair dry, clad in only his bathrobe.

“Uh,” Danny mumbled. “Do you mind if we get dressed?” he asked Natalie.

“By all means,” she smiled.

“Make yourselves comfortable,” he said as he and Dougie headed up the stairs to their room.

“Who are they?” Dougie asked once their bedroom door was closed firmly.

“The brunette is Natalie, the lawyer I was telling you about, no idea who the red head is though,” he replied.

“What do you think they want?” Dougie asked, slipping a pair of loose fitting trousers over his boxer shorts.

“Natalie said they’re our neighbours,” Danny replied buttoning his shirt up.

Dougie raised an eyebrow at him and Danny just shrugged. They kissed briefly once they were completely dressed and made their way back downstairs.

Natalie and the other woman were sitting on the couch with their backs to them. The two women kissed lightly on the lips and Dougie shot Danny an incredulous look.

Both women were around the same build, Natalie had long curly brown hair with blond streaks and the brightest green eyes that Danny had ever seen on a person before. She had the cutest smile that lit up her whole face, making her eyes sparkle. The other woman had deep dyed red hair and bright blue eyes, she had a very calming aura about her and she seemed fairly laid back even though Danny hadn’t heard her speak yet. She had an arm around Natalie’s waist and Natalie was slightly leaning into her touch.

“So, uh, hi,” Danny said stupidly as he and Dougie sat on a single arm chair together.

Natalie looked at him with a grin, green eyes sparkling. “This is from us,” she handed them a small box which they accepted gratefully.

“It’s nothing flashy, we just thought you’d like it,” the other woman said in a notably non-British accent.

Danny and Dougie unwrapped the small box and smiled at the ‘welcome’ plaque that was inside.

“You can hang it on your front door,” Natalie said with a smile.

“Thank you,” both males said in unison.

“We just wanted to welcome you properly to the neighbourhood,” the other woman said. “Oh, sorry, I’m Riley,” she outstretched her hand for them to shake.

Danny and Dougie introduced themselves to the two women properly and started talking about how they liked the area so far. Danny said he loved it and that he felt like he was completely at home here. Dougie just nodded in agreement, his shy side coming out, making him quiet.

They discovered that Riley was from Australia but had moved to England when she turned eighteen to study at the university that Danny and Dougie attended. The university had a major focus on the arts, but it wasn’t centred on it.

Instead of spending a nice relaxing night in, Danny and Dougie ended up getting to know the female couple from across the road. Both women were older than them, with Natalie being twenty three and Riley being twenty two. They had met and fallen in love in a book store when they both reached for the last copy of a Harry Potter book and got talking about the series.

They had moved into their house across the street two years previously after being together for a year. They helped to run a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender focus group that met once a week on a Thursday evening at the university and invited Danny and Dougie to come along.

The group was like a support network for new couples or those that were discovering their sexuality. Dougie stayed quiet on the subject, but Danny said it sounded like a good idea, as he knew there were a lot of people out there that didn’t have the same support that he and Dougie did when they came out.

They spent the night getting to know each other and it was bordering on two in the morning by the time they realised what the time was. Danny smiled at them and they hugged before leaving.

Dougie had already made his way upstairs, leaving Danny to say the final good byes to their guests. Once he had securely locked the front door, the Bolton male headed up the stairs to the bedroom.

“Well they seem nice,” Danny said with a large grin.

Dougie just nodded in agreement and turned to take his clothes off, slipping a t-shirt to sleep in over his head.

“Dougs,” Danny said. “What’s wrong?”

Dougie shrugged, keeping his back to Danny. “Nothing,” he replied. “I’m just tired.”

Danny came to stand behind his lover, arms automatically going around him in a loving hold. He gently kissed the back of Dougie’s neck. “Love you,” he whispered.

Dougie sighed at his touch.

“So, what did you think about this gay and lesbian group?” Danny asked.

Dougie turned in his arms to face him. “It sounds like a good idea,” he replied. “It will be nice to meet other gay people that aren’t Tom, Harry, James or Matt.”

Danny grinned. “It will,” he kissed the tip of Dougie’s nose and the nuzzled his neck. “Nat and Riley seem really nice,” he added.

Dougie nodded. “They do,” he replied. “I can’t believe they’ve been together for so long!

“I know, it’s great,” Danny said with a smile. “It is so nice to know that they are still going strong after all this time.”

“I think we will be just as strong,” Dougie said, reaching up to play at the curly tendrils of hair at the nape of Danny’s neck.

“I think we will too,” he agreed. “Stronger than anything else in the world.”

Dougie kissed him softly. “Do you think there will be many people at this group?” he asked, pulling back a little.

Danny’s arms tightened around his waist. “I don’t know, Nat said there were a fair few people that went, so it’s a possibility,” he responded.

“Oh,” Dougie said.

“Don’t worry, I’ll be there, you don’t have to be shy,” Danny said with a small kiss to his lips. “We already know Nat and Riley, so we can talk to them as well.”

Dougie nodded. “I love you,” he said.

“Love you always,” Danny replied softly giving his boyfriend a loving kiss.


Comments are ♥
Current Location: PoynterJones Paradise
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: The Heart Never Lies - McFly
blackeyedwicca on February 19th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Awww, so cute!!

I like Nat and Riley ^^
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie Cuddlesstar55 on February 19th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Me too, they're cool (that's also them in the header...)
(no subject) - blackeyedwicca on February 19th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - star55 on February 19th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blackeyedwicca on February 20th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
angelaangelaizapunx on February 19th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
I was wondering who the girls in the header where...

Anyway, great chapter! I love this story a lot. Although it's a little sad that Dougie and Danny don't get any time, "alone".
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie Kissingstar55 on February 19th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Hee! Now you know =D

Thank you, I am glad you like.
Don't worry, they get their "alone time in ummm chapter 5 =)
(chapter 3 is too full of everything to have any alone time really)

Thanks =D
ponnisponnis on February 19th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
So that's the girls in the header!
Riiight. They seem really nice. :]

Bless Dougie for being all shy, though.

And that group thingy was kinda genius.

Great add, as always :)
~*Star*~: Danny Licking Dougie's Earstar55 on February 19th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
*nods* That would be them =D
They are very nice.

Yeah, he's a shy boy inside.

Aw thanks!!
Amy x: Finding Nemoelijahluv on February 19th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
awww that was really cute! ^_^
~*Star*~: Danny Sexystar55 on February 19th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I am glad you liked!!
ps, love your Nemo icon!!
beckystark06 on February 19th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
This makes my bubble inside :)
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie This Is Lovestar55 on February 19th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks, I am glad I make you bubbly =)
jadespademarmalade.trohmaniac13 on February 19th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
-points to header-
i know who nat & riley are now. :)
awh; i love this story, tbh.
it makes me giddy on the inside. :D
lovely. C:
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie OTPstar55 on February 19th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yes!! That is them =D
Thank you, I am glad you like!!!
mcflysstargirl on February 19th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
~*Star*~star55 on February 20th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
you alright? Didn't hurt yourself then?
Sabrinabffimagine on February 20th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
OMFG Star I love Nat and Riley :)

Your header makes me squee in so many ways!

~*Star*~star55 on February 20th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Aww thanks hon!!
I love Nat and Riley too, they're so cool =D

Rebecca.: pugsleystolenglancesx on February 20th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
dude i totally thought i replied to this yesterday after reading it!

but wow that was so good.
really nice to meet nat and riley. i saw them in the header, and was all 'hmm. who are they?' lol
nice to see them welcoming the guys to the neighbourhood.
and i loved how natalie saved danny from the cop =]
made me smile.

and aww at shy dougie.
so cute.
i cant wait for more!!
~*Star*~: Danny I love Doug Triple Xstar55 on February 20th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am really glad you like =)
Nat and Riley are cool, they feature quite a bit in it =)
Natalie is awesome, she's a kickarse laywer =D
Thanks hon, I hope to post more next week =)
oh_livia1 on February 22nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
My laptop has only just been resuscitated so I've got alotta catching up to do with fics and such.
I got a warm, fuzzy feeling throughout this.
Their bath together was really gorgeous :)
~*Star*~star55 on February 22nd, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh yay!! I am glad your laptop is working again!!
Aww =)
Thanks, I loved their bath scene as well =D
a_glance_behinda_glance_behind on February 24th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Naaw. I love this story. It's sooo sweet. Can't wait to read more and find out what happens. =D

Awesome chapter!! I love the thought of them living together. :P
~*Star*~: Danny Licking Dougie's Earstar55 on February 24th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Aww thanks *hugs*
I'll post more tonight or tomorrow =D
Me too! They're doing the grown up thing by living together =)
(no subject) - a_glance_behind on February 24th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - star55 on February 24th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
12bear_hugs on February 26th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I missed this chapter! Shame on me :(

ooh Natalie and Riley seem cool! haha we're finally introduced to the mysterious two girls on your header ♥
~*Star*~star55 on February 27th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Aww it's okay *cuddles*

*nods* yep!! That would be them =D I love Nat and Riley =)

live like you’re in a movie: Pones lovecoloured_dream on March 6th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)

So that’s who the girls in the header were.

Shy Dougie’s so cute.

I’m sorry I’m so far behind. I promise I’ll catch up.

~*Star*~: Danny Dougie Lovestar55 on March 7th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
*nods* yup =)
He is, isn't he? *squishes him*
It's okay, I understand *hugs more*
ElieBelsoolmates on March 15th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Alright I have to aaawww again! The bath scene was way too sweet. Damn girls for breaking the moment but well they had a nice night with their friends so it was kind of worth it.
I laughed when Danny opened the door to Natalie, what a coincidence!
And the wine guy with his "lucky girl" made me laugh too, kind of.
*on chapter 3 now*
~*Star*~: Danny xxxstar55 on March 15th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I loved writing the bath scene =)
It was a bit annoying that Nat and Riley broke the mood but they gained two new friends in the process!!
Lol me too. Danny with a girl, pft, as if ;-)
l e x c e e b e e 。lostseouls on April 19th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
boo for dougie to be shy ):
ohwell ; why we love him (:
this is pretty much amazingg.
'stonger than anything in the world'
i was tearing . this is SO good!
~*Star*~: Danny & Dougie <3star55 on April 20th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
He's a bit of a shy character...
Thank you, I am glad you like it so much!!