The sound of leaves crunching underneath Niall’s boots was a sound Niall loved because it caused the little girl holding his hand to giggle. He would purposely walk into a pile of fallen leaves just to hear the lovely sound of his daughter’s laugh as she tried to stomp on them as well. She would frown a bit as she tried to stomp on the already crushed leaves, but Niall would quickly just step into a new pile causing her to smile again.
“Ya like crunchin leaves do ya?” He asked as he looked down at the tiny redhead that was looking around the park for more leaves. She quickly looked up at him and gave him a smile as she nodded her head. “Looks like a good pile up there.” He told her as he pointed towards a small pile on the path in front of them. He heard her make her excited noise as the grip on his hand got a little tighter.
“Crunch daddy! Crunch!” She told him with excitement in her voice causing Niall to chuckle as he let go of the little girls hand. She looked at him with her big brown eyes and Niall just smiled at her as he noticed her little cheeks turning a bit pink from the slight chill in the air.
“Go for it love!” And she was off, the pile was soon being destroyed by his toddler and he couldn’t help but laugh as she walked around in a circle making sure to get every last leaf.
“I crunch daddy!” She shouted as she ran back towards him with a proud expression on her face. Niall quickly knelt down and opened his arms so his wobbly daughter could run into them. She quickly wrapped her arms around his neck as his arms went around her tiny frame.
“No leaf is safe around ya my petal.” His voice was soft and sweet as he leaned in and gave her a quick peck to the cheek causing her to giggle. She soon was wiggling her way out of his grasp and when her feet hit the pavement she reached up and grabbed Niall’s hand so they could continue their walk through the park.
He looked down at his daughter who was now marching beside him trying to stomp on as many leaves she could. He couldn’t help but let a grin take over his face as he gripped her hand a bit tighter. Soon the pair was out of the park and in front of a school that at any minute his oldest daughter would be walking out of.
“Sissy!” Niall smiled as he saw his daughter appear from behind the schools double doors, her wavy brown hair was blowing in the breeze as she made her way towards them. The toddler by his side was bouncing up and down as she saw her sister get closer.
“How was ya day love?” Niall asked as he offered his hand out for her to take once she was close enough. She smiled at him as she slid her backpack off and placed the handle in his outstretched hand causing him to raise an eyebrow at her.
“Was good, got invited to a birthday party this weekend!” Her voice was full of excitement as she bent down and placed a sweet kiss to her little sisters cheek. “Sydney is having a Disney themed party.” She added as she stood up and finally looked at him and gave him a big smile.
“Oh if it’s Disney ya jus got ta go then!” Niall told her causing her to laugh a little as he slid the young girls backpack over his shoulder. The threesome soon began their walk towards the park, Niall loved the fact there was a park on the path to pick up his daughter from school. It added a bit more time to their journey and he treasured each moment he got to spend talking to his school aged child about her day as his toddler marched along beside him mumbling and giggling the whole way.
“Dad can we go swing for a bit?” He was soon brought back to reality by his oldest daughter’s voice, he looked at her and when he was met with her big blue eyes and a sweet grin he couldn’t do anything but nod his head. She smiled as her eyes got wide with joy before she turned around and took off towards the swing set.
“Daddy swing?” He looked down at the tiny girl next to him and couldn’t help but laugh at her puzzled expression. She pointed towards the swing set her sister was currently on and then looked from the swings back to Niall.
“Ya wanna swing petal?” He asked and she nodded her head wildly causing a laugh to escape from Niall. He looked down at their hands as he adjusted the backpack on his shoulder. “You’ll always hold ya dad’s hand won’t ya my love?” He asked and when she just gripped his hand tighter as she lead him towards the swings he just smiled.
Niall knew this was coming, the days where his oldest didn’t want to hold his hand as they walked in the park or have him call her his little princess when others were around. He knew the days of her asking him to give her piggy back rides and getting rid of the monsters under her bed we’re slowly coming to an end. She was getting invited to parties and being asked to sleepovers, she was getting older and he couldn’t stop it no matter how hard he tried.
But he knew for now as his oldest started venturing off without him that the little redhead holding his hand would need him for at least a few more years. He knew she would let him hold her hand as they walked, she would laugh at his jokes even though he was well aware she didn’t understand them, she would let him give her kisses in public and she would need him to double check her room “just ta be safe” before going to bed. He knew both his girls would eventually grow up and he’d be left with just him and his wife in a big empty house, but for right now he would cherish moments like this where he was still their hero and could solve all their problems with a hug and a kiss to the cheek.
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