Chapter 47 | I Love You Noah Alexander Jackson
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Sitting on the couches around the unlit fire pit in Emery and Liam’s backyard. Noah’s parents stand at the grill preparing the food and plating it for people handing it out. Luna plays with her new puppy Callie along with all the other cousins who adore her. The older boys are throwing a football around and my friends and I, including Liam and Emery, are sitting on the couches eating. They decided to hold a barbecue with some of their family and their close friends. Having returned from New York a few days ago, our days have been packed with preparing for finals, so it’s nice to have a day off.
Everyone loves Callie. Noah’s family have had her for a week now and everything is going great, his family has got used to having a dog around. Luna and the twins have stepped up with helping to take care of her, mostly by filling up her water when it’s empty and feeding her. Callie loves it with them, she’s always so energetic and she loves Luna. She even sleeps in her room with her. It’s fair to say Luna is her favorite.
“Come on, just let me have a bite?” Noah pouts, trying to steal my burger. I do not like sharing my food with anyone, but Noah has managed to convince me to share with him at times. Which he finds amusing, since if it was anyone else I’d kill them.
“Dude, just give up. She won’t give it to you. She almost stabbed me with a fork when I tried to steal food off her,” Dylan grumbles as I smirk. I like food, sue me.
“Just go get another,” I say, pushing him away and everyone seems amused by the fact I won’t share with him.
“I can’t. I’ve already had three and my dad won’t let me have anymore until everyone has eaten,” Noah says. “I can have this and you can go get another cause he won’t turn you away,” Noah says, and I roll my eyes.
“You’ll get fat,” I say, shoving my burger in his chest before getting up and walking back to the barbecue hearing Dylan shout about how this is favoritism. “Have some more burgers left?” I ask Noah’s dad.
“He stole your burger off you?” Noah’s dad asks, smirking and I nod my head. “Greedy bastard,” He says and I laugh before he hands me another burger. “Here you go.”
“Thank you, I won’t let him take this one,” I say, walking back to the fire pit and sitting back down. “Burger stealer,” I mumble, and Noah chuckles before kissing my temple.
“How come you share food with him and not me?” Dylan asks, pouting.
“Here you big baby,” Hannah says, giving Dylan some of her food and he instantly perks up. “What is it with you guys and food?” Hannah asks, rolling her eyes as we all laugh.
“Do Emery and Liam throw these a lot?” Liv asks.
“Never. My parents throw them all the time. Kind of just a family and friends get together thing, really. Plus, it gives my dad an excuse to grill,” Noah says, as we laugh. “My mom thinks he’s too obsessed.”
“Noah, can you and your friends come play football with us? Our cousins suck,” Alex says as him, and Max run up to us all. “They’re no competition.”
“And you two think you are. Challenge accepted,” Dylan says, grabbing the football off them and running off as they chase him.
“I wanna play. Aiden has been showing me how to throw and catch it, and I wanna show him up,” Sierra smirks, grabbing Aiden, dragging him to the grass area where they’re about to start playing. Nick gets up along with Liv, who offers to play and follows them.
“Alright let’s go show you pansys how football is played,” Liam says, getting up kissing Emery’s cheek.
“Good luck with that old man, you couldn’t keep up with our training if you tried,” Noah laughs and Liam rolls his eyes, walking off. “You wanna join in?”
“Sure, but you have to teach me how to throw it properly,” I tell him, considering the last time we played football with his family, we never threw it to each other, we pretty much just passed it.
“Deal, come on. You ok here Emery?” Noah asks and Emery nods, stuffing her face with another burger making us laugh and walk off. “I think she’s eaten more than me.”
“Do not come in between a girl and food,” I tell him and he chuckles. “You’re lucky you’re my boyfriend or else I could have kicked you where the sun doesn’t shine,” I smirk as his face drops. “Come on, show me how to throw,” I say, dragging him along as he chuckles. After getting the football off Dylan, he leads me to a more secluded area.
“Ok so,” He says, wrapping his arms around me from behind. “Hold it like this,” Noah says, positioning my hands. “Then pull your arm back and throw. Got it?” He asks and I nod my head. He runs past me and stands a good way away from me. “Let’s see what you’ve got,” He smirks and I roll my eyes before pulling back and throwing the ball. I smile when I see he has to move more backwards to catch it. “Damn baby.”
“Maybe I should be the football playing one in this relationship,” I smirk, skipping over to him, wrapping my arms around his neck and kissing him.
“And have other football players drool over my beautiful girlfriend, no thanks,” Noah says, making me laugh. “Why don’t you stick to cheering me along at my games?” Noah asks, and I roll my eyes.
“Probably a good idea. You always smell after the games,” I say, patting his cheek and walking around him.
“You’re gonna pay for that,” Noah says, wrapping his arms around me and spinning me around as I scream and laugh at the same time.
“Hey can we get everyone’s attention?” We hear Liam shout. “Yo Noah, flirt with your girl another time!” He shouts and Noah puts me down as I drag him to where everyone is surrounding Liam and Emery. Thankfully, everyone looks as confused as us. Noah stands behind me with his arms wrapped around my waist from behind his head resting on top of mine.
“So Liam and I actually have some news we’d like to share with everyone, and that is that we’re having a baby,” Emery says, smiling and everyone bursts into tears and cheers. Literally, Sarah is already crying and hugging the daylights out of Emery whil everyone goes to congratulate them.
“Thank the heavens I thought I was going to die before I got great grand babies,” Grandma Rose says.
“Grandma!” Liam says, and we all laugh at her bluntness. Managing to get through the crowd that is congratulating them, I run straight to Emery hugging her.
“Congratulations. You’ll make an amazing mom, now I know why you were eating so many burgers,” I say and she laughs, nodding her head. I see Noah smiling at his brother before coming to hug Emery.
“You do realize I’m gonna spoil my nephew or niece, right?” Noah asks and they laugh, nodding their heads.
A new Jackson baby....just when you thought this family couldn’t get any bigger.
“Where are we going?” I laugh as Noah leads me away from his house. After congratulating Emery and Liam repeatedly, everyone had slowly started to leave. Noah, however, said he wanted to show me something. So here we are walking through the forest that is behind Noah’s parents’ house, which he drove us to.
“You’ve asked me that ten times,” Noah laughs. “You seriously suck at receiving surprises,” Noah says, and I stick my tongue out at him. “Ok we’re here,” Noah says, leading me through the last few trees until we reach a clearing. In the middle of the clearing sits a blanket with some snacks on and some fairy lights are spread around the trees illuminating the clearing, as do the stars above us.
“This place is so cool,” I tell Noah, standing in the middle of it and twirling around. “How did you find it?”
“Liam and I used to play in the woods when we were younger. Mom hated it. I found this part alone and come here whenever I need to be alone, really,” Noah shrugs.
“When did you bring this out?” I ask him, sitting on the blanket, and he comes to sit beside me.
“Early today, before we even went to Liam’s place. Wanted to sneak away for a bit afterwards,” Noah says and I smile, leaning over to kiss him. “Did you enjoy the barbecue?” Noah asks, running his hand through my hair as I smile, enjoying the feeling of it while my head rests on his shoulder.
I nod. “Yeah, I never did stuff like this growing up because our family was too small and I didn’t have many close friends in high school, and if I did, they never lasted past high school. I like doing stuff like this with your family.”
“My family loves you, I’m pretty sure they think of you as family now,” Noah says and I smile. “I’m pretty sure you’re invited to every family event we will have in the future. They probably want you there more than me.”
“I didn’t expect Emery and Liam to announce they’re pregnant, did you?” I ask him and he shook his head.
“No definitely not, it’s weird I mean it feels like yesterday when Liam and I were just kids and now he’s having a baby himself,” Noah says. “He’s nervous though, he’s never been good with babies. When the twins were born and Luna was born he wasn’t sure how to hold a baby or act around one.”
“He has all your family ready to help though, he won’t be alone. He just needs some teaching about babies,” I say, and Noah nods. “Were you like him when your siblings were babies?”
“No, the opposite actually. I don’t know why we were so different about it. But I liked being around them as babies. I knew what to do and how to make them laugh,” Noah explains. “I mean I’ve always known I want a lot of kids.”
“You’ll make a great dad. Luna loves you and so do the twins. I mean, if you can deal with the twins you’re set for life,” I say and he laughs.
“That means a lot,” Noah says, kissing my head. “You’ll make a great mom. Luna loves you too, you’re great with kids.”
“Little ones, yeah. But past the age of twelve I’m screwed. I mean, after my mom died I had to figure everything out by myself really because there were some things my dad couldn’t teach me that a mom could,” I say. “I want a big family, though. I enjoyed it just being my dad and I and having a close bond but I’ve always wanted siblings. I mean I kind of have that now with Reece which is great.”
“How is that? Having Reece and Catherine about?” Noah asks.
“It’s good. Dad’s happy, which makes me happy of course, and I’m glad he’s not alone. I did worry he’d start talking to Blue a lot more,” I say and Noah laughs.
“Well, he does understand what you tell him,” Noah points out and I nod. “Strawberry?” Noah asks, holding a chocolate-covered strawberry and I take a bite of it. Noah chuckles, wiping some of the chocolate from around my mouth.
“All gone?” I ask him, and he shakes his head before leaning in to kiss me. “Yes it is,” I giggle, and he nods his head before kissing me again. I sigh in content as he pulls back from the kiss, smiling at me.
“I love you so much Avalon Rose Miller,” Noah breathes out, cupping my cheek and I can’t help but smile with watery eyes.
He loves me.
“I love you too Noah Alexander Jackson,” I tell him and he smiles before I lean in to kiss him. “And I always will.”