Making The Grade - St. Paddy’s Day
A/N: This is canon, and occurs shortly after MtG ends. Enjoy!
Niall had been insistent that Poppy come out for St. Patrick’s Day with him, despite her lamenting that he should go out and enjoy time with his friends. He whined and nibbled at her earlobe, pulling her off his desk and onto his lap in his tiny office. “C’mon puppy, ya gotta come out. All my friends wanna meet you.” Poppy groaned at the nip of his teeth against her skin and at the ridiculous pet name he’d started using more frequently.
“I didn’t think it was possible to make my name any more obnoxious, but you’ve done it Horan.”
Niall giggled softly into her skin and trailed his fingers across the perpetually tattered cuffs of her cozy sweatshirt. “You love it. Please come out with us. All my mates are flying in - even my idiot cousins that I haven’t seen since last Christmas.”
At the mention of Christmas, Poppy’s resolve crumbled. Three months earlier, Niall had cancelled his plans to fly home to Ireland for Christmas when he found out Poppy was spending it alone, holed up in her apartment. She had argued with him that he hadn’t been home in a year, but his insistence that no one should be alone on Christmas was steadfast. It had ended up being one of the best holidays she’d ever had. Poppy sighed and twisted her slender fingers with his thick ones. “Ok. I’ll come. I’ll meet you guys out though, I’ve got to finish some articles. How will I be able to find you?”
Niall grinned mischievously and pressed a kiss to her cheek. “You won’t be able to miss us. Trust me.”