Gotta Be You

I know how they both feel and now all that’s left to do is to find out how I feel.

And right now, my heart is stuck in the middle of a tug-o-war. Niall pulling hard on one side and Harry pulling just as hard on the other.

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52. Fighting Back

Isla’s POV

 

It’s been over an hour and the tears were still falling down my face but I felt numb. Seeing Niall’s unconscious body lying on the floor was slowly breaking me piece by piece until I couldn’t feel anything. He could be dying and there was nothing I could do.

Suddenly, I felt someone grab my face roughly, forcing me to look into his eyes.

“See what you did, this is all your fault. You’ve caused the man that you love to risk his life for you.” James spoke so calmly but you could hear the venom in his voice. “Do you know how many of people’s lives you’ve screwed over because you can’t make up your damn mind about who you want?”

I tried to keep my face emotionless, not allowing him to know how much his words were hurting me.

“What do you have to say about that?” he asked. Realizing that the tape was still over my mouth, he ripped it off causing the skin around my mouth to burn.

I wanted to yell out in pain but I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of getting what he wanted. He wanted to show that he was in control.

“Too bad you couldn’t tell him that you love him back. I bet he would’ve loved to hear that as his last words.”

“He’s not dead,” I spat.

He smirked at me and narrowed his eyes. “Oh, we’ll see about that.”

“Why are you doing this to me?” I could feel tears forming again but I refused to show him that I was weak.

“I told you already, I wanted to give you what you deserve,” he spat.

I looked at him with sad eyes, trying to find anything that could tell me that he could change. That he could be saved. But there was nothing. All I could see was hatred and anger inside his eyes as I stared into his soul. He was a monster and there was no saving him.

“Why won’t you let me be happy?” I breathed.

Something changed in his eyes for a second but it disappeared before I could figure it out.

“Because no one deserves to be happy in this messed up world.” He remained emotionless as he slowly moved away and stood up.

I thought over his words, surely there was a deeper meaning behind them and I wish that I knew what it was.

Maybe if I knew, I would be able to help him. Maybe I would be able to rid of the demons that were for sure taking over him.

He noticed me looking at him and he scowled at me before he turned his back to me.

I heard a soft groan and once I realized it didn’t come from James, I sat up straight in the chair I was still tied to and focused my eyes on Niall. He was moving slightly but his eyes remained close.

“Niall.” I cried out.

“Shut up!” James yelled. I cowered back in my seat as I watched James walk over to Niall.

“Don’t hurt him!” Again, I tried to sound strong but you could hear the fear in my voice.

James ignored my pleas and crouched down to grab the front of Niall’s shirt before pulling him up roughly. Niall was still dazed and he swayed as he tried to maintain his balance. His eyes were starting to open but they were glazed over. James pushed him against the wall, still holding onto the front of his shirt.

“Look who’s finally awake,” James drawled.

“Please, James. Don’t hurt him,” I was now sobbing, trying to let my pleas get through to him.

James looked at me over his shoulder with an evil smirk.

“Since you said ‘please’.”

Not a second passed before James drew his arm back and swung it forward, coming into contact with Niall’s jaw. Niall’s head whipped to the side as he groaned out loud. He grabbed James’ arm that was still grasped in his shirt and tried to pry it off but he was too weak against James.

“James! Stop! You’re going to kill him!” I yelled. I was surprised no one outside could hear us. But then again, we were in a run down motel that no one in their right mind would stay in. We were probably the only one here with the owner all the way on the other side of the motel.

“That’s exactly what I was hoping to accomplish, my dear.”

A rush of adrenaline washed through my body as anger grew inside of me. I tried as hard as I could to free my hands from the tight bind of the ropes around my wrists. I could feel the rope digging into my skin but I just made myself numb to it as I tried to free myself.

I had to save Niall.

I could see his eyes rolling to the back of his head as James threw two more punches at him. Blood was now coming out of his nose and mouth and his eye was swelling up.

Just when I thought my hand was going to rip off of my wrist, one of my hands broke free and I quickly used it to untie my other hand. I stayed quiet as I quickly tried to untie the rope around my waist and ankles. Once I was finally free, I grabbed the lamp off of the side table, walked over to James.

James realized what had happened and he let go off Niall causing him to fall to the ground. James marched over to me and he was about to grab me before I brought my knee up as hard as I could, hitting him in his groin.

He doubled over in pain as he groaned and, not wasting a second, I brought the lamp up before bringing it down with all of the strength I could gather. I heard a loud crack as it came into contact with his skull before tt smashed into a million pieces.

He immediately fell to the floor unconscious.

Niall was still conscious but I could tell that he was slowly losing the battle. I quickly ran over to him and got down and pushed Niall so he was lying on his back. I could feel his breath getting shallow and his pulse weakening.

I grabbed both sides of his face with my hands.

“Niall. Niall, stay awake. Open your eyes. Niall. Niall!” My voice started to get frantic as I tried to get through to Niall. I started to cry again as I rested my face in the crook of Niall’s neck. I fell limp on his chest as my sobs wracked through my body. I took one of my hands and ran it slowly through his hair. Instantly, it brought back many memories of when we’d hold each other and I would be doing this exact same gesture.

Shooting straight up as realization came into my head. I looked around the room for my phone. I remember James throwing it on the bed after he talked to Niall. I quickly got up and ran to the bed. I grabbed the phone with shaking hands before unlocking it. I quickly clicked on Harry’s name and brought it up to my ear, trying to take deep breathes to calm myself down.

Harry picked up after the first ring.

“Isla? Is that you? Are you okay?” he spoke quickly and worriedly.

“I’m fine. But you need to come help me. James is unconscious right now but Niall--he…he’s--I don’t…just come. Please! We’re in the motel on Queen and Bell. Please hurry!” My voice went shrill, I couldn’t think properly and I was starting to sound belligerent.

“Okay, we’ll be there right away!”

“And call the police. Just tell them what you know. I have to make sure that Niall’s okay.”

“Okay, I will.”

I didn’t know whether thanking him would be appropriate in the current situation so I just hung up and quickly got back to Niall. He was still breathing but it was shallower than before.

“Niall. Please wake up,” I said as I looked at him through my tears. “Don’t leave me, Niall. I love you so much. You can’t leave me.”

I rested my forehead against his chest, listening to his weakening heartbeat. I don’t know how long I’d stayed in this position as I waited for help to come but it seemed to take forever.

Silence filled the room but then the sound of tinkling of glass made me freeze in my spot. I slowly turned my head around but stayed over Niall’s body protectively as I watched James march over to me.

“Please! Please, no!” I cried.

I used my body as a shield over Niall’s body, thinking that James was coming for him. But then I felt him grab my hair before forcefully pulling me up and spinning me around to face him. I shrieked as I felt some of my hair being ripped from my scalp. He looked at me with menacing eyes as he grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground.

Before I could get up, he got down and sat on my waist and pinned my arms over my head.

“Maybe we can have a little fun before I kill you.”

He trapped both of my hands in one of his and he put his other hand under my shirt, cupping one of my breasts.

“No! Stop, don’t touch me!” I screamed, tears spilling out of my eyes.

I thrashed around, trying to free myself but he only tightened his grip on my hands. I yelped as he squeezed roughly and before I knew it, I spat in his face. His eyes darkened as he released my breast and wiped the spit off of his face.

After he wiped it on his shirt, he swung back and slapped me across the face. I gasped in pain, quickly trying to blink it away.

Suddenly, he put his hand around my neck and squeezed. I thrashed around even harder as I started to suffocate under his hold, trying to gasp for breath. His eyes were dark but they were blank, no emotion held in them.

Everything was starting to blur and just when I thought my life was over, James released me as the door was forcibly opened. Four police officers quickly came in with guns in their hands. They scanned the room before pointing it towards James, who now had his hands up in the air.

“Freeze!” one of them yelled.

I coughed uncontrollably as I tried to get air back into my lungs. Three of the officers kept their guns pointed at James as one put his gun away and went down on one knee to check on Niall.

“Someone get the paramedics here!” he yelled. Instantly, two paramedics came rushing in with first aid kits before they started tending to Niall. I didn’t take my eyes off of him, even when one of the police officers took James off of me and handcuffed him before leading him outside. I stayed where I was, shaking uncontrollably as my body was still in shock.

The same cop that checked on Niall approached me and started to reach for me.

“Don’t touch me!” He quickly pulled away and took a step back. I don’t know why I was acting this way; I guess I was still in shock from what had just happened. I didn’t want anyone to touch me right now.

“We need to make sure you’re okay,” he spoke softly to me. He looked over his shoulder. “We need another paramedic over here.”

Another paramedic came in and knelt down beside me. He took out a penlight and was about to bring his hand up to my face.

“I said don’t touch me!” I tried to move away but the paramedic held me down with his hands.

“Ma’am, we need to make sure you’re not hurt,” he spoke soothingly.

“No! NO!” I continued in my attempt to free myself. Suddenly, it felt like James was the one holding me down. “Let go of me, James!”

“My name is not James. My name is Mark and I’m here to help you.”

I calmed down slightly but I was still frightened.

“Let me see her!” I heard a voice yell from outside the room.

Harry.

“Sir, you’re going to have to wait,” an unfamiliar, stern voice said.

“Harry?” I said. “Harry! Let me see him, please!” I looked up pleadingly at the paramedic.

“If I let him come in, will you let me help you?” he asked. I nodded before he looked at me for a second. He looked over his shoulder. “Let him come in,” he shouted.

A second later, Harry came rushing over. He knelt down on my other side as he looked at me worriedly. He grabbed one of my hands and watched as the paramedic started doing his job. I paid no attention to him, I just listened to his instructions, not saying a word. I just kept my eyes on Harry’s until the paramedic was finished. Just looking at Harry helped me calm down.

“Niall? Is he okay? Where is he?” I asked frantically as I tried to look at the spot where Niall’s body was but he was gone.

“Shh shh. Everything will be fine, Isla,” Harry said. He didn’t answer my question. I knew he was just trying to calm me down and he didn’t want me to worry.

The paramedic said that everything seemed fine but that I still had to go to the hospital to get an x-ray on my throat and my lungs because of what James did.

I was put on a stretcher and they brought me out of the motel room. I never let go of Harry’s hand and he never left my side. As they brought me outside, I saw the fear-filled faces of El, Louis, Liam and Zayn as I passed by them.

“She’s okay, they just have to bring her to the hospital to do extra tests,” I heard Harry explain to them. “Just meet us at there.”

I was now at the back of the ambulance. They pushed me inside and Harry sat down on the bench beside my head, his hand never leaving mine.

Suddenly, panic grew inside of me.

“Is Niall okay?” I asked Mark, the paramedic.

“I don’t know, miss. They took him straight to the hospital once we got there.”

Tears pooled in my eyes and they fell quickly on the side of my face. I felt Harry’s grasp on my hand tighten.

“He’ll be okay,” Harry said. He started to lightly rub his thumb over the back of my hand.

I know that he was just saying it to comfort me but just hearing it gave me hope.

Niall had to be okay.

The ride to the hospital remained silent as the paramedic continued to monitor me. Harry had brought my hand up to him and placed his lips on it. And he just kept it there for the entire ride to the hospital.

“I'm so glad you’re okay, Isla.”

I brought my eyes up to look at Harry’s. He was looking down at me with pain in his eyes.

“When I found out that James had you, a million horrible things when through my head. I was scared out of my mind. And the fact that I couldn’t help you, it tore me apart. I thought I was going to lose you. Just when things were starting to be okay between us, this had to happen. But I’m glad you’re okay.”

I just continued to look at him and gave him a reassuring smile.

I felt the ambulance stop before the paramedic stood up.

“We’re here,” he said. The back doors opened and another paramedic appeared before he brought the stretcher out. They pushed me through the doors of the hospital and my nostrils were immediately filled with the smell of rubber and antiseptic.

Harry’s hand had left mine as the paramedics wheeled me in but he stayed close by. They brought me into one of the rooms and they helped me transfer to the hospital bed. Since the paramedic said I was okay, I was able to move around by myself.

Harry had to wait in the waiting room as a doctor came in and did some more tests. They told me that there would be some bruising on my neck but that was it. They had me do an x-ray and when they came to the conclusion that I was okay, they brought me to another room and told me to rest for a few hours.

When the doctor left, Harry, El, Louis, Liam and Zayn came in. Each of them gave me a hug before they sat down on the couches placed around the room. Harry grabbed a chair and sat down beside the bed right beside me.

“Have you heard anything about Niall?” I asked.

They all shook their heads, sadness written all over their faces. But one glance at Harry told me that he was hiding something from me. I know he was only keeping it from me so that I wouldn’t worry, so I just left it.

I was feeling tired and I just wanted to sleep.

“You should get some rest,” Harry said. My eyes were already starting to droop as I nodded.

I wanted to sleep but it was mostly because I wanted to rid my thoughts of what was happening with Niall. I know that if I stay awake, I will come up with a million horrible scenarios of what could happen to him.

I had to take my mind off of it so I closed my eyes to allow sleep to take over me.

Just as I was about to drift off to sleep, I opened my eyes halfway and looked around at all of them.

“Don’t leave me, okay?”

I didn’t want to be alone when I woke up.

My eyes quickly closed and I quickly drifted off to sleep before I could hear their response. But not before I felt Harry hold my hand again.

 

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Let me know what you think of this chapter!

James is finally gone! I can assure you that. No more James :)

What do you think happened to Niall??

So I've been thinking about the rest of the story and I think that it's slowly coming to an end :( I think I've put enough twists and drama and suspense.

Don't worry though, I'm most likely going to be writing a sequel. I don't think I can stop writing about Isla. This story is my baby and I don't know if I can stop writing it. :)

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