"And then the mother cat found her kitten and they lived happily ever after"
Jack looked around to see if anyone was actually starting to drift off, but the littleun's were wide awake - except for Bill who was snoring away as always.
"Oh come on, that's the fifth story I've told you, you must be tired by now" Jack groaned, rubbing his eyes.
"Tell us another one daddy, please"
"Yeah, tell us the one about how you and mummy first met"
"You know how we first met, you were there" Jack shook his head, "No more stories, you need to sleep"
"I'm thirsty" whined Tom, "I want a drink"
"You're not thirsty Tom, stop lying. You had a drink before bed, I saw you. Now go to sleep. That means you too SamnEric, it's been an hour already, sleep. "
"Daddy, I need the toilet" Percival said.
"You can't go to the toilet, it's too dark. I know where you can go though. To sleep"
"What about our goodnight kiss?" Petey asked, "Mummy always gives us a goodnight kiss"
"Well your mother's not…alright, alright. There, done, now go to sleep. Why are you crying Johnny?"
"I want my teddy bear"
"Your teddy's not here Johnny, its back in merry old England. Sleep with Percy's pig instead. Now close your eyes and sleep"
"Can I have a glass of water?" Eric asked.
"I am not walking all the way down to the river at this time of night. Now go to-"
"Daddy?" Sam mumbled.
"What is it now?"
Jack blinked, "Why?"
"I'm scared of having nightmares about the beast. I had one yesterday and it was horrible"
Feeling guilty, Jack sighed, "Alright, alright. One more story and that's it"
A small cheer went through the crowd of littleun's and they gathered round to hear Jack's story.
"I can't quite describe the feeling I felt when I first met your mother. You could say it was a ravenous feeling – I hadn't eaten a damn thing since we'd got on that plane – but it was certainly a feeling I'd never felt before. I can still remember how gorgeous he looked in that school uniform. How the maroon red really bought out his eyes, how those shorts showed off his legs really well. And I remember seeing him on that hill, holding the conch, with the wind in his hair. And I remember thinking, "wow, he's the one. He's definitely the one." I also remember thinking, "Gee, it's roasting. Time to strip off" And then came married life and parenthood and I can still remember the joy I felt when Petey caught his first pig. My, that was a happy moment. Boy, if only my father was here to see this. He would have loved this, he would have been so proud of you guys…"