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12 April 2008 @ 08:39 am
I'll Stand Right Beside You Chapter Ten  
Title: I’ll Stand Right Beside You
Author: Star star55
Part: 10/13
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 | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Chapter 10
Leave Me Whole

Danny almost fell over his own feet in his rush to get his camera. He located it easily and ran back down the stairs. He skidded to a halt and grinned broadly at his friends.

“Danny, put the camera away,” Matt said rolling his eyes. “We’re not going away forever; you don’t need photos of us.”

“Shut up, Matt,” Danny said. “I’ll take however many photos I want to take.”

With that, Danny started snapping photos of his friends. James and Matt were leaving for their around the world trip and Danny wanted to have photos of the occasion. He took pictures of Matt grumbling at him, of Harry helping put stuff in his car and of Matt and Harry arguing over something.

Danny laughed as Harry almost dropped James’ suitcase on his foot as he was hoisting it into the boot of his car and Harry glared at him.

“You could help instead of laughing, Jones,” Harry grumbled.

“But this is so much more entertaining!” Danny laughed. He gave in and helped Harry lift the case.

“I have no idea how the hell those two are going to manage going around the world with all this stuff!” Harry muttered to him as he closed the boot.

Danny shrugged and leant against the car with Harry. They looked over at James who was holding Tom tightly and talking softly with him.

“Tom is taking this quite hard,” Danny said conversationally.

“This is him being calm right now,” Harry replied. “He didn’t sleep a wink last night and he made me stay up with him.”

Danny smiled.

“He sat up talking about how he and James used to do things together before I met him and he told me they kissed – did you know that?” Harry asked.

Danny flushed a little and nodded. “Yeah, Tom told me the other day,” he replied. “Came as a right shock.”

“Tell me about it,” Harry said. “If they had gotten together, I wouldn’t have a boyfriend…” he trailed off.

“Don’t think about that, Haz, you and Tom are perfect for each other,” Danny said reassuringly. “You’re even engaged! You’ve been together for years.”

Harry nodded and slung an arm around Danny’s shoulder. “I know,” he replied.

Danny leant into Harry’s touch and he watched as Dougie and Matt exited the house carrying a backpack and pillow each.

Matt grinned. “We’d better go,” he said.

“Ready when you are,” James said.

Danny pushed himself off the car. “Tom, you take James and Harry, I’ll take Matt and Dougie with me.”

Tom nodded and headed to his car with James and Harry.

Danny got in his own car and started it. Soon, they were driving to the airport, talking about the things Matt and James were going to do while they travelled the world.

A while later, Danny pulled his car into one of the free slots and was unloading his boot just as Tom parked next to him. Dougie found a spare trolley to put the luggage on.

They all made their way into the terminal and booked Matt and James in and left their luggage to be taken care of.

“We have about fifteen minutes before they give us the boarding call,” Matt said as they headed to the departure gate they were leaving from. “I guess this is it.”

Harry was the first one to move. “Have a blast, mate,” he said pulling Matt into a hug.

Matt was grinning from eat to ear. “We definitely will,” he replied.

Harry hugged James and Danny stepped up to hug Matt.

“You take care of Dougie, okay?” Matt whispered in his ear.

Danny nodded. “Of course I will,” he replied.

Matt kissed his cheek and Danny clutched him tightly. “I’m going to miss you.”

“Me too,” Danny kissed Matt lightly on the lips and then shifted to James.

“Take care of Tom for me, will you?” James asked as they hugged. “And make sure he doesn’t cry too much when I leave.”

Danny smiled. “I’ll make sure,” he whispered. “You make it sound like you’ll be gone forever.”

James’ breath hitched and he faltered for a moment.

“Wait, how long are you going away for?” Danny asked.

“For a year,” James replied with a smile. “We will be back after that, I promise.”

Danny felt like there was something James wasn’t telling him but he nodded anyway and stepped back so Dougie could hug James goodbye.

Tom was the last one to hug James and he clung onto him like he would float away if he let go. They said something to each other and Tom smiled lightly, accepting the kiss James had for him.

Danny was a little shocked when he saw a bit of tongue in the kiss but he didn’t say anything. He suspected Harry knew and was okay with it.

The intercom crackled and James and Matt’s flight was announced. Matt picked up his back pack and handed James his.

“Well, that’s us,” Matt said. “We’ll come back for the wedding,” he directed to Harry who nodded.

“See you in a year,” James added with a smile.

Danny smiled back. “Have loads of fun, guys,” he said.

Harry stepped up beside Tom and wrapped his arm around his fiancé’s waist. Tom wrapped both arms around Harry and tried not to cry as James and Matt walked away.

James turned back and waved to them one last time, calling out goodbye and then falling into step with Matt.

They watched until they couldn’t see their friends anymore and an awkward silence fell upon them.

“C’mon, Tom,” Dougie said. “Let’s go out for a bit.”

He took Tom’s hand and they walked off ahead of Danny and Harry.

“Looks like it’s just you and me for the afternoon,” Danny said bumping shoulders with his friend.

Harry smiled lightly. “So, X-box then?”

Danny nodded. “Sounds good,” he replied and walked with Harry back to his car.


“Adam!” Dougie exclaimed happily.

Danny looked up to see Adam, their art teacher from high school be enveloped in a massive hug by Dougie.

“I am so glad you could make it,” Dougie said as they parted.

Adam grinned brightly at him. “Like I would ever miss your own art show,” he said.

Mike Harold had organised an art exhibit just for all of Dougie’s work because he had so much of it. Mike wanted the public to be able to come out and see his incredible work and purchase as well. An amazing number of people had come out to see Dougie’s work and he was astounded at the amount of praise he was receiving.

So far, half of Dougie’s paintings had sold and there were two couples trying to out-do each other on who could give the highest price. It was only ten in the evening as well, the gallery was going to be open for at least another three hours.

Dougie grinned at Adam, adoration shining in his eyes. “Thank you,” he said. “It means a lot to me that you could make it.”

Adam smiled and looked around the large hall in awe. “You certainly have done a lot of work since I saw you last.”

Dougie nodded. “I’ve had a lot of inspiration,” he replied.

He said to Danny that he was going to take Adam around the hall to talk about the paintings together and Danny nodded, wanting to take a look at the paintings himself.

Adam was right, Dougie had done a lot of work in the past year that even Danny was amazed at the quantity. Danny slowly walked around looking at the walls that were lined with Dougie’s art and he smiled at the memories some pieces brought forth.

There was one painting that Dougie had done shortly after they had moved into their house and Danny loved it. It was a scenic painting and it was just so inviting that Danny loved it. The detail was brilliant and so captivating. Each person that had looked at it so far had commented on how beautiful it was.

It was selling for twenty thousand pounds. Dougie nearly had a heart attack when Mike told him it would be selling for that much but Mike said it was definitely worth it.

Danny came to a stop in front of a photograph and he wondered when Dougie had taken it. It was a photo of Dougie’s art and Danny had a hard time making out what it was painted on. Only after looking at it for ten minutes did Danny realise it was the photo Dougie took of the painting he did on his back all those months ago.

He grinned to himself. The painting itself was gorgeous and being done on his skin made him love it even more. It was of a hand playing a guitar and there was musical notes scrawled across Danny’s back along with some lyrics that made Danny’s breath catch in his throat. He stood staring at the photo for twenty minutes, soaking in the detail and its brilliance.

Dougie approached him after a while and said that Adam was looking around the rest of the gallery by himself.

“I forgot you did this,” Danny said with a smile.

Dougie smiled back. “I had to add it to the collection, it was one of my favourite paintings,” he replied.

Danny was about to say something else when they were interrupted.

“Mr Poynter, a pleasure to meet you,” a balding man in a grey suit said with a smile.

Dougie had just been approached by Graham Welling, a rich man that had a love for art. Danny let his lover be flattered by the old man and watched on as Dougie flushed each time Graham told him he was such a brilliant artist and how he had a raw and extreme talent and was so modest out of all the artists he had ever met.

Mike approached them moments later and shook Graham’s hand.

“Mike, I want to make your brilliant client an offer,” Graham said.

“By all means,” Mike replied with a smile.

“The painting The Human Psyche, it would be a fantastic addition to my collection,” Graham said as they moved towards the painting.

Danny gave Dougie’s hand a squeeze and Dougie smiled back at him. He asked Dougie in a whisper how he was as Graham and Mike talked about the fine detail of the painting. Dougie said he was feeling great and that he was amazed at the response he had received on his work already.

Danny gave him a brief kiss and wrapped his arm securely around Dougie’s waist. The blond leant into him and Danny grinned.

“Dougie,” Graham turned to him. “How would you feel about letting me take this fantastic painting off your hands for three hundred thousand pounds?”

Dougie’s eyes widened dramatically. “Three…” he trailed off.

“Yes, I think I am ripping you off as well,” Graham said with a short nod. “Four hundred thousand seems to be fair enough.”

Danny was certain his lover was about to keel over. He gently squeezed Dougie’s hand in his own, trying to keep him grounded.

“Mr Welling, that is too much, I cannot take that amount of money off you for this one piece,” Dougie protested.

“Nonsense, it is worth every penny,” Graham smiled heartily. He turned to Mike. “I’ll take it for four hundred thousand, Mike.”

Mike nodded, smiling broadly. “I will put a sold tag on it right away.” Mike flagged down one of his colleagues and they scuttled over to put a sold tag on the painting.

Graham shook Dougie’s hand once more and smiled brightly at him. “Such talent for someone so young, you’ll make yourself millions, my boy.”

Dougie smiled weakly and watched as Graham and Mike walked off talking.

“Danny,” Dougie breathed, turning to face him. “I – I, oh my god.”

“Dougs, you just sold a painting for almost half a million quid,” Danny gaped.

“I can’t believe that,” Dougie whispered. “I think I’m going to faint.”

Dougie swayed a little and Danny just tightened his arms around his lover’s waist. “You’re alright,” he said. “I’ve got you.”

Dougie steadied himself and he looked up at Danny. “I think I can retire now,” he grinned.

“I am so proud of you,” Danny whispered.

Dougie smiled and kissed Danny softly on the lips. “I love you,” he said.

“I love you too,” Danny replied, arms staying locked around Dougie’s waist.

They parted a few minutes later when Mike re-approached them. He couldn’t be happier either since he got ten percent of all Dougie’s profits. He spoke of the sales Dougie was making and Danny could tell it was all going over his lover’s head. Dougie asked Mike if he could go home as he was overwhelmed and Mike agreed with a smile.

An hour later, Danny and Dougie were curled up on their bed together watching a DVD.

“Danny,” Dougie said.

Danny shifted so he and Dougie were face to face. “Yeah?” he asked.

“This isn’t going to change anything between us, is it?” Dougie asked, biting his lip.

Danny frowned. “Why would it?”

Dougie let out a little sigh. “I’ve seen money change people’s relationships; I don’t want that to happen to us.”

“Dougs, it is not going to happen to us,” Danny said with conviction. “I fell in love with the boy who became my friend when we were eight, the one that kissed me when he was thirteen, the man that is in front of me now. I love him for him not for the money he may happen to make.”

Dougie’s eyes softened and he captured Danny’s lips in his own for a gentle kiss. “How did you know I was the one for you?” he asked after a moment.

Danny smiled. “I just did,” he replied. “When we met when I was eight, I knew I had to befriend you. You were so alone, and I felt drawn to you,” he said honestly. “I grew to love you as more than a friend when we got a bit older and you were talking about girls. I knew I didn’t want any girl – I had who I wanted right in front of me.

“What about you, how did you know it was me?” Danny asked.

“It was because of a few things,” Dougie said. “When Bailey came back, I was livid but you knew that. I didn’t want him to have you because I was worried you would get hurt but there was more to it than that. I had to question myself to why I was so adamant that you and Bailey not get back together. I slowly began to realise it was because I wanted you.

“It was hard because I was dating Nicola but I couldn’t get you off my mind,” Dougie continued. “I knew you always intrigued me, with your unwavering kindness to everyone and your big smile.”

Danny smiled at this.

“It turned into lust and soon, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I wanted you but was too scared to do anything even though I knew you were gay,” Dougie admitted. “Then when Nic dumped me all I could think was that I could be with you.”

Danny nodded, encouraging his lover to go on.

“So I kissed you,” Dougie said. “And you put me in my place. I was really hurt over that,” he whispered. “I knew you were right though, I couldn’t just be with you so soon after breaking up with her.”

Danny stroked Dougie’s arm as he spoke to him. If it were possible, he was falling even more in love with Dougie.

“If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that we are meant to be together,” Dougie said. “No one has ever been there for me like you have been. No one knows me as well as you do, no one else is my soul mate.”

Danny smiled softly, arms tightening around Dougie’s midsection. “See, I did say you would find the perfect person for you and they would be the other half to your soul,” he said. “I am just glad it was me.”

“It could never be anyone but you,” Dougie said honestly, lips closing over Danny’s.

Danny smiled into their kiss. He was so glad that Dougie and he were together, and had been together for over a year now. Every day he appreciated that he had this wonderful male in his life and every day he wished nothing bad would happen so he could keep on being so happy with him.


Comments are ♥
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~*Star*~: Danny Dougie My Lovestar55 on April 11th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I re-read this as I was coding to post and I'm thinking "This is bloody fluffy!"

I love Dougie's art too =D

Aww thanks *cuddles*
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~*Star*~: James Ever Changingstar55 on April 12th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
And I love that icon of yours
I seriously squeed over that bit on the DVD =D

Ahhhh you'll have to wait and see if James is keeping something from them *is sneaky*
You might not even find out what it is at all... =D

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bloommania1221bloommania1221 on April 12th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
AW!! I just never stop smiling when I read your story
its just to lovely
the love between Danny n Dougie
I was heka shocked on the amount of money Dougie was getting for his paintings
I didn't kno a single painting can make that much haha
~*Star*~: Danny Licking Dougie's Earstar55 on April 12th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Aww I'm glad =)
I love them so much
Yes, well I know that is a bit out there but this is just to show how brilliant an artist Dougie is =)
It all relates ^_^

Thanks hon ♥
ElieBelsoolmates on April 12th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
aw it was a sweet chapter. I was a bit sad about Matt & James leaving, I hope they will be back for Tom & Harry wed :( I hope they will be back end of the story!
and Dougie's art sure sounds great. I'm glad you said what Doug gad paint over Danny's back, I was curious about this one :)
3 chapters left only, I think I'm gonna cry :(
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie ILUstar55 on April 12th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
They will be back, don't worry =)
I'm glad you like it!
It's going to turn into Danny's leg tattoo as well ^_^

Aww, don't cry! *hugs*
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a_glance_behinda_glance_behind on April 12th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Mmmmm. <- That was a contented sigh. i loved that. It was so... beautifully sweet. Put a smile on my dile. =D

OOh. We found out the mysterious chocolate body painting. And It was well worth the wait. That was SO sweet. Bah.

Again. I loved it and i love you. Thankyou for writing this!
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie Cuddlesstar55 on April 12th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Why didn't you remind me that I hadn't posted this week? I feel terrible =(

I'm glad you liked the body paint part =D

I love you too *huggles tight*
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liisemojliisemoj on April 12th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
*points at Danny* Propose damn you, PROPOSE!!!!

Wow, I always seem to end up reading this.. I even read the "The Heart Never lies" just to read this, and I'm soooo looking forward to read the next chapters...
~*Star*~: Danny Dougie My Lovestar55 on April 12th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I am glad you are liking it =)
Don't worry, the next few chapters will be out soon!!
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x_lu_galleta_xx_lu_galleta_x on April 12th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
he was falling even more in love with Dougie.

“If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that we are meant to be together,” Dougie said. “No one has ever been there for me like you have been. No one knows me as well as you do, no one else is my soul mate.”

Danny smiled softly, arms tightening around Dougie’s midsection. “See, I did say you would find the perfect person for you and they would be the other half to your soul,” he said. “I am just glad it was me.”

“It could never be anyone but you,” Dougie said honestly, lips closing over Danny’s.

Danny smiled into their kiss. He was so glad that Dougie and he were together, and had been together for over a year now. Every day he appreciated that he had this wonderful male in his life and every day he wished nothing bad would happen so he could keep on being so happy with him.

this was the sweetest thing ever ♥

oh goood! I loved it! Each word of the chapter!

You're great!

Amazing as always
~*Star*~: Danny Jones Hottstar55 on April 12th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you!
I am glad you like it so much, it means a lot!!
young_tom155young_tom155 on April 12th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)

Iwas like .... that must be a mistake surely ... WOA! its not!!!

Dougie, can you buy me a new car? :P
~*Star*~: Danny kissing Dougiestar55 on April 13th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
I needed a large figure to show how talented Dougie is... I think it's a bit much but hey, it's fiction ^_^

Lol, and buy me a house?
danny_jones_fan on April 14th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
OMG i love it....i can't wait for the rest of the fic...please add the rest soon.
The end is so cute.
~*Star*~star55 on April 14th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I shall add more soon!!
Thak you =)
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oh_livia1 on April 14th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
You should add a warning to this!
"Don't read if you've just watched the season finale of Skins and have been bawling for about 40 minutes straight as this will send you into emotional turmoil."
Okay...I exaguurate but still.
Gaah, Tom crying at the airport as they wave off Matt and James :(
Im abit suspicious of Tom and James though.
Oh and congrats to Dougs on his fortune!
~*Star*~star55 on April 14th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Aww hon *hugs*
I was a bit tear-y when James and Matt left
Tom and James are just good friends. There's nothing going on.
They were just curious to what could have been with them.
Thanks for the lovely comment ^_^
Sabrinabffimagine on April 15th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)

Star you make me squee so much it's ridiculous! :)

~*Star*~star55 on April 15th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Aww I'm glad *hugs*

Don't over-squee though =)

Rebecca.: Danny Forever In Your Eyesstolenglancesx on April 19th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
this was just omg sooo awesome.
it was toooo cute and fluffly and awesomely adorable to read :)

i love this series!!
-cant wait for more-
~*Star*~: Danny Jones Hottstar55 on April 20th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Ooh thank you =)
I'm glad you liked it so much!!
l e x c e e b e e 。lostseouls on April 20th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
0-0 thats alot of money.
dougie must be the artist ^_^
this chapters so cute!
i wonder what matt & james
are hinting at .. i 'saw'
something when they left.
that part made me cry ;-;
~*Star*~: Danny Moonlightstar55 on April 20th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
It is... but Dougie's a brilliant artist and I had no idea how else to portray that...

*zips lips* I shall not say a thing

*hands more tissues*
I keep making you cry, I'm sorry =(
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