Playing with Fire

When Jackie Castiato returns to the States she doesn't know what to expect. She's been gone for about seven years! But when she reunites with her childhood menace she finds out that he's transformed into a member of a international heart throb British-Irish group One Direction.

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22. Responsibilities

Chapter 22

Candy's P.O.V. 

As soon as Liam said that, my happy grin instantly transformed into a worried face.
"Guys. Is everything okay?"
"Not exactly." Louis said rubbing the back of his neck looking nervous. 
"Alright, alright. Enough of this reality tv drama. What's wrong?" Bell spat.
"We have to go on tour. In August." Zayn said.
"August?! Guys, that's a month away, my birthday's in August!" Jackie choked. 
"Jack. I know, I know." Zayn said quietly. 
"But it's not just any tour, there's the Queen's Jubilee. We have to attend that imperatively." Liam said softly. 
Bell stood there. Speechless. Her eyes got glassy. As did mine and Jackie's. I couldn't believe what they were telling us. 
"Please tell me it's in America." I said softly. 
"It's a European tour." Niall said. 
"How long will you be on tour?" I asked. 
"For about eight months." Harry said.
"Please tell me you're kidding!" Bell cried. I saw her tears streaming down her face. 
"Bell. Please don't cry." Harry said walking over to her. He sat down beside her and she slowly lay her head on his shoulder. 
Jackie avoided eye contact. She had tears in her eyes but refused to let them out.
I felt tears. I had no shame. I let that tear fall. I brushed my hair behind my ear. 
Niall reached out his hand to me and said,
"Let's take a walk."
"Alright." I said wiping my last tear, forcing a smile. I didn't want to make this harder than it had to. 
We walked outside and he walked me out into a garden. 
"You GUYS have a garden? How manly." I said, trying to lighten up the mood.
"I live with British guys. They drink tea. They say the word 'lovely'. Nuff' said." He said. 
I laughed. I slid my arm into his. I lay my shoulder on his. 
"I'm sorry I have to do this Candy."
"It's alright. I'm not even mad! Like you said you have to do this. I totally understand." I said trying to be reasonable. 
He turned to me. 
"Candy."
"Niall?" I said with a light laugh. 
"I really love you." He said. 
I smiled. I turned away trying to hide my reddening face. 
"I love you, too." I told him.
He put his soft hand on my chin and turned it to face his.
He reached in his pocket and pulled out a little box. He opened it and pulled out a gorgeous necklace. It was so delicate. It was two hearts overlapping each other. He held the necklace out to me. As I took a closer look, I saw that the big heart and the little heart had engravings on them. The big one had "Niall" engraved on it and the smaller one had "Candice" engraved on it. Next to my name was a small diamond heart. 
Even more tears welt up in my eyes. 
"Candy, please don't." Niall said, his voice cracking. 
"I can't help it." I threw myself into his full embrace. I sobbed. 
"Eight months?!" 
"I know. I know." He stroked my hair. I loved it when he did that. He picked up my face and told me,
"I'll video chat with you every night. I'll call you as much as I can. I promise that a couple hundred miles won't break us apart. Do you hear me?"
"More like thousands of miles."
"Candy."
"Yes, I hear you. Just don't leave me for those beautiful toothpick European models!" I told him jokingly. 
"Psh, none of them amount to you."
I blushed. 
"Niall! You know I hate when you make me blush and make me get all giggly!" I told him playfully punching him in the shoulder. 
He grabbed my waist and pulled me closer so our foreheads were touching. 
"Well I love making you like this." He said. His breath was hot my lips. He pressed his lips to mine. Once I parted my lips, he quickly took advantage and his tongue entered my mouth. He inhaled through his nose sharply. His tongue made little circles on mine, giving me goosebumps. His hands were pressed tightly on my back. I wrapped my arms around his neck holding him tightly. I felt bolts of excitement and pleasure run through my body all at once. His tongue left my mouth and he started to work his way down to my neck. 
He kissed me roughly, and I bent my neck so it would be easier for him. He was sucking so roughly, I felt like the blood stopped. 
"Where are those two?" We heard Harry say.
As we heard his voice, Niall slowly took his warm lips off my neck and pressed his forehead onto mine again.
"We should get going." He whispered.
"Yeah." I said biting my lip.
He grabbed my hand and we ran back to the house. 

Zayn's P.O.V.

I couldn't really sense Jackie's reaction. She looked angry but the sadness really overwhelmed her facial expression. I saw tears in her eyes. She would not let them fall. She pursed her lips in a straight line. Harry and Bella went off to look for Candy and Niall when I sat next to Jackie. 
She turned her face completely away from me. I could only see her damp ponytail.
"I'm sorry Jack."
I heard her sniffle. 
"Sweetheart, please look at me." I said unsure if I could handle seeing her cry. 
She slowly turned to me. Tears were slowly falling, the old ones leaving its trail. Her grey eyes were sparkling with the amount of tears flowing in her eyes. 
"Please don't cry." I said wiping her face up. 
"Babe, eight months? Like you said! I feel like a half when I'm not with you for a day. Imagine eight freaking months!" She said. 
"You don't think this will be hard for me?" I told her. 
She turned away again. 
"Jackie. Look at me."
She turned her head at me. 
"I don't care how far apart we are from each other." I held her hand, "I love you so much. And nothing can ever break what we have."
She let go of my hand and wrapped both of her arms around me. And squeezed me tightly. 
She whispered into my ear,
"I love you even more."
"Impossible." I told her. 
"I actually have something for you." i told her.
She furrowed her eyebrows. 
"Early birthday present." I explained. I reached into my pocket and pulled out the box with the necklace I bought her. It was a silver locket. On the front it had a "J" gracefully engraved on it. On the inside I put a picture of us when we were about nine making a silly face. 
"Zayn. You didn't have to." She said with a glowing smile. 
"Yes. Yes I did." I said with a smug smile. I knew she would love it. 
As she took the box and opened it, she held the box with one hand and put her other hand on the mouth and gasped. 
"Oh God. It's so beautiful!" She nearly squealed. She jumped to hug me. 
"Open it!" I told her. 
"It's a locket?" She said smiling, dumbly staring at me, not opening it. 
I laughed, "Yes Jack."
"Awwww!" She still wasn't opening it. 
"Allow me." I said being the gentleman I am. I opened it and showed her. 
She squinted until she realized what it was. 
"Zayn. This is the best birthday gift ever." She said, her eyes full of happiness and love. 
"I knew you would love it." I told her. 
I reached for her and squeezed her tightly. I knew she was going to miss me, but I knew I would miss her more. I don't know what it was about her that made me not want any other woman. 
She handed me the necklace, and pulled her hair to the side. She turned around and I put the necklace on her. She turned around and looked down at it. 
"I love it." She said with gleaming eyes. 
"Good." I said with a smile.
"So when are you leaving?" She said holding the locket.
"The 24th." I told her. 
"I bet time is going to fly by." She said with a fallen face. 
"Jackie, I'm not leaving for an eternity." 
"But it's going to feel like it." She replied. 
"It won't." I lied. I knew it was going to be a long eight months, but I wasn't going to reassure her of that. 
"Well, we'll make the best of the time we have left." She said lightening up. 
"Exactly." I told her smiling. 
We both knew that it wasn't going to be as easy as it sounded. 


~ The Next Day ~ 


Bella's P.O.V.

I woke up and I just stayed in bed. It was one of those days where I just wanted to sleep all day. I was just going to have a lazy day and bum around my house. As I lay in my bed I yawned loudly and got out of bed and walked downstairs to the kitchen and made myself some breakfast. I heard stomping from the stairs. 
"Good morning daughter!" She said cheerily. 
"Hi mom." I said. 
"You look full of life." She told me sarcastically.
I smiled hugely. 
"So how's Harry?" She asked. I told her about Harry and she was always so cool about him. She wasn't one of those moms that were super protective moms that didn't let me date. 
"He's good." I said with a cheesy smile. 
"That's good."
"Yeah."
"So did you get any letters from college yet?"
"No, not yet."
I hadn't told her I put in the application form for Cambridge. I didn't know when I would tell her I was going to study in London. Maybe now. I hesitated on whether I should get it over with and tell her as soon as possible. 
"Mom?"
"What's up, sugar?"
"I need to tell you something."
She raise her eyebrows in worry. 
"Is everything alright?" She asked me. 
"Yeah! Everything's fine. It's about school."
"Oh." A look of relief overcame her face, "Then what's up?"
"I want to study somewhere else."
She looked way more relaxed than I thought she would be. 
"Oh really? Where? New York? California?" She said with my smile. 
"More like the United Kingdom."
"Wait. The UK? As in London?"
"Yes Mom."
"Well? Where do you plan on getting money from?"
"Mom, I have money for college."
"Bella."
"Mom?"
"No. You're not going to the UK."
"Um, yes I am."
"Excuse me?"
I tried to say it more politely. 
"Mom, I'm going."
"Bella, you're not and thats final."
I felt my neck getting hot. 
"I'm eighteen, I can do what I want, when I want Mom. I'm not asking for your permission. I'm telling you I'm going to the University of Cambridge." 
I never talked to her like this but it was the way she was patronizing me made me react the way I did. 
"But you still live under my roof."
"Ugh, whatever." I said walking away from her. 
I walked out of the kitchen and outside. I went to go check the mailbox. Nothing. 
I walked back into my house and went up to my room. I lay on my bed just like I did earlier and tried to go back to sleep, but I couldn't. 
I grabbed my phone and check if there was any calls or texts. Nothing.
I started to think about old times with Jack and Bell. We did such stupid things. I remember one time they dared me to drink a shot of ketchup. It was the nastiest thing in the world. I remembered when we all agreed to get a matching tattoo when we got older. 
I gasped. I reached for my phone and called Jackie and Candy.
"Hello?" Jackie said. 
"Hey!" Candy said. 
"Hey guys! I'm picking you up in ten minutes. We're getting tattoos!" I said excitedly. 
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