A Chain and a Key
Characters: tom holland x holland family x reader
Concept: tom surprises you with a small birthday dinner
Notes: not the usual kind of imagine but this concept came to me out of the blue and i built it up from there. i hope you guys love it as i loved writing it!
Tom’s hands uncover your eyes and you blink rapidly, trying to clear your vision. You’re standing in the Holland’s backyard where a big white canopy is set up in the center. A long table stands underneath it, adorned with vases filled with your favorite flowers. Rose gold spheres hang underneath the canopy, providing a vague light as the sun starts to set.
Nikki and Dom stand in front of you with their hands outstretched, pure joy etched on their faces. Sam and Paddy are clapping while Harry is holding a camera, filming the whole thing. A couple of your other friends and Tom’s are there too, laughing at your shocked face.
Your hands come up to cover your face as you turn to look at Tom, “I told you I didn’t want anything big!”
“It’s not big! Just dinner with friends and family,” he chuckles as he pulls you in for a hug.
You turn back around and greet Nikki and Dom, hugging them both as they wish you a happy birthday. Harrison and the twins hug you at the same time, squeezing the life out of you. Paddy follows after and you voice out loud that he’s grown a couple more inches since the last time you’ve seen him which he appreciates.
“Mum says I might be taller than Tom,” Paddy tells you.
Tom rolls his eyes playfully, “Not my fault I got stuck with dad’s traits.”
You greet everyone else and accept the gifts they brought for you. As Tom goes away to help his dad with the food, you stay behind and catch up with everyone.
“So how was your holiday with Tom?”
“How long have you been together, again?”
“Give us all the details!”
You laugh bashfully and take a sip of the drink you had gotten earlier. You start telling them about the beautiful beaches you and Tom got to explore together. “I have never seen water so blue and clear,” you comment. You tell them about how even though it was far away from where your original vacation was supposed to take place, Tom went out of his way to change the whole trip so that you got to visit Greece.
As the conversation drove off about someone else, you take a second to look over at Tom. His back is facing you as he stands next to his dad. They’re both focused on the food being prepared on the grill. You start to wonder how lucky you are to have not only Tom, but a wonderful family in your life. Like always, as if he had just read your mind, Tom turns around and looks directly at you. He winks at you and then mouths, “I love you” before facing his dad again.
“Hun,” Nikki places her hand on your shoulder, “Can you help me bring out some of the trays from inside?”
“Yes, of course,” you tell her as you stand up and follow her inside the house.
Several trays of food are set up on the kitchen island and you’re about to take one when Nikki stops you. “I actually wanted to talk to in private.”
She sounds serious, which makes you somewhat nervous. You rack your brain, trying to remember if you did anything to make Nikki want to talk to you alone.
“I just wanted to let you know that as a mother, I am very grateful that Tom found you. He’s always been a happy kid but with you, that happiness seems to have increased tenfold. You’re also such a joy to this family.”
“Nikki,” your voice trembles as you try not to cry. You try to think of words to say back to her but come up blank, your emotions taking over control.
She steps forward and wraps her arms around you, pulling you into a tight hug. “You’re a part of the family now, y/n. I can’t wait to celebrate more birthdays with you.”
When she pulls back to look at you, you both laugh as you see the tears both of you have in your eyes. Nikki squeezes your arm before taking a tray outside. You decide to stay inside for a bit longer to try to compose yourself.
Taking a tray in your arms, you walk outside and towards the table where the rest of the food has been laid for everyone to serve themselves.
The rest of the evening, you eat, you talk, you laugh with everyone. Even though you had asked to not make your birthday a big deal, you find yourself enjoying it so much. You watch as Tom tells a funny story that makes yourself and everyone else around the table laugh. You remember Nikki’s words on how Tom seems so much happier now but in reality, you’re the one who has never been happier. He’s the reason you wake up with a smile on your face and the reason you look forward to going to the gym, even though you can barely last a minute, but it’s just because he’s there that pushes you to try.
He has made you a better you. He has made you love yourself when no one else did.
The rest of the evening carries on and soon, people start to leave. As the boys help Dom clean up, you walk out the last of the guests and start helping out too. Harry has the brilliant idea to move out the table from underneath the canopy and bring in the outside furniture.
“Could we make a campfire?” Paddy asks Dom.
“I love that idea!” You comment.
“It’s your birthday,” Tom replies with a smile and all of you start moving things around to set up the campfire.
Evening was turning into dusk quickly and Tom and Harrison got straight to work on the fire. The pit was set at the center of the canopy so everyone got to sit around it.
“We call the armchair!” Tom grabs your hand and pulls you with him towards the big armchair that easily fit two people. Everyone else takes a seat either on the long sofa or the swinging bench they brought over from the patio.
Tom sits down first and holding onto your hand, you squeeze in next to him. His arms wrap around you as your legs overlap his so that the two of you fit perfectly on the chair.
The crackling of the fire as it gathered strength was a soothing sound. It reminded you of your childhood from when you used to go camping.
“Shall I tell a story?” Dom chimes in.
“You can’t really call it a story if it’s actually a joke,” Nikki replies which makes everyone laugh.
“Seems like mum is about to take over your career, dad,” Harry chuckles.
“Shut it, Motorola.”
“I think we should do gifts,” Tom tells everyone and you turn to look at him so rapidly, you feel your neck crick.
“What do you mean ‘gifts’?” You ask, completely shocked.
“You can’t have a birthday without gifts, love,” Tom chuckles before kissing your forehead.
“Me, first!” Nikki stands up and heads inside and then comes out a few seconds later, carrying a huge book. “I hope you like it.”
“What is it?” You’re suddenly excited because if there’s anything you know, is that Nikki always gives the best presents.
You open up the book and find that it’s actually a photo album. The most prettiest flowers have been captured. Flowers of different colors, sizes, close, and far. Then you notice the similar background in all of them.
Each of the pictures is actually you holding a flower, smelling it, smiling down at it. Nikki had captured every time you admired a flower.
“This is… wow. Thank you so much!” You stand and give Nikki a huge hug. “I love it, Nikki. It’s beautiful.”
You both take your seats again and then Paddy jumps up and hands you an envelope. “Technically dad bought it but I was the one with the idea.”
You laugh as you open the envelope and take out several tickets for a Coldplay concert. You almost screech loudly but hold it in by covering your mouth. “You’re kidding! Oh my God, Paddy!” You pull him in for a hug and then turn to face Dom. “Thank you to you too, Dom.”
Dom nods his welcome and then winks at Paddy.
“I got your gift right here,” Harry tells you as he lifts his camera. “You won’t get it until a few days, though.”
“Of course. Thanks, Harry,” you smile at him.
Everyone else gives you their thoughtful gifts until it’s Tom’s turn.
“I’m guessing tonight is my gift from you,” you tell him, holding onto his arm.
“Sure, but we’re not done yet,” he tells you before he sits up. “Tessa!”
Tessa, who was laying by Paddy’s feet, suddenly raises her head. “Tessa, go get y/n’s gift! Go get it, girl!”
Tessa responds with a bark before launching herself into a run back inside the house. You raise a questioning eyebrow at Tom but he just smirks back.
Tessa comes back outside with a large yellow envelope in her mouth. She bounds straight towards you and places it on your lap. “Thank you, Tessa,” you tell her while scratching her behind the ears. You take the envelope and open it carefully. Reaching inside, you find a large packet. You take it out and hold it up as you try to read it, using the light emanating from the fire.
“Adopt… Adoption?” You read out loud and look over at Tom, confused. “These are adoption papers?”
“Keep reading,” he tells you.
You continue to read down and then you gasp. You can’t look away from the words that have completely swelled your heart with pure joy.
Tessa has just handed you adoption papers for her. Not only Tom, but now you, share Tessa as your pet.
Tessa’s head lays on your lap as you lean down to kiss the top of her head. A few tears leave your eyes but they’re tears of joy. You’ve always loved Tessa like as if she was your own and the cute thought of her bringing you the papers that make it official is possibly the best gift you could ever ask for.
“What is it?” Sam asks, with a grin on his face, showing that he most likely already knows what it is.
“Adoption papers for Tessa,” you tell them as you wipe your eyes.
Everyone starts to clap as Tom stands and raises his hands. “Wait, wait, wait! Before we start to really celebrate, I want to give my gift next.”
“Tom,” you start.
“Just, hear me out,” he chuckles, knowing you would protest.
You stay quiet, reluctantly, and watch as he reaches for his back pocket. “I never knew much about relationships. The only prime example that I have are my parents, which I can’t complain, because they’re the ideal couple,” he smiles at his parents. “Yet, somehow, meeting you and getting to know you reassured me that this is what it’s supposed to be like when you’re in a relationship. As friends, you have always been there and you still remain to be at my side no matter what, even though I know it can be difficult given what I have to do as an actor. You’re incredibly patient, kind, witty, funny, and beautiful. God, you’re so beautiful.” You feel your cheeks heat up and you’re grateful that it’s too dark for everyone to notice.
“Basically,” he pulls out something that is wrapped in a black cloth and starts to unwrap it, “We’ve been together for a while now and I have never felt as confident as I do now to be able to give you this.”
He takes whatever was wrapped in the cloth and pulls it up. A thin silver chain comes into view and hanging from it… a key.
“Now, please don’t reject it because then I’ll look like a fool.” Everyone laughs as he hands you the chain. “I believe we’re ready for the next phase in our relationship and I hope you do too. Will you move in with me?”
You shake your head in complete disbelief as you look down at the single silver key in your hands. You look at Tessa and then at the rest of the family who are all grinning from ear to ear, waiting for your answer.
You glance at the key once again and then slowly place it around your neck. As you do, you feel it in your heart that this is the right thing to do. There’s no one else in the world you wouldn’t want to share a roof with.
You stand up and face Tom, “Yes, I’ll move in with you.” His face splits into a huge smile before he wraps his arms around you, hugging you so tightly, your feet lift off the ground. Everyone else cheers and claps around you.
When Tom finally lets go, he kisses you softly and whispers, “Happy Birthday, baby.”