Up At The Lake

It had always been the five of them, just friends. Every summer at Zayn’s parents house in Wild Pines Country Club was the same. Louis and Liam were lifeguards, Harry and Niall were camp counselors and Zayn was a waiter at the clubhouse. They kept to themselves, and nothing ever changed. That is, until one summer made them second-guess what all the ones they spent together really meant. 
AU. Larry and Niam.

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4. A Lot To Consider

 

Louis’ strong arms grabbed Harry’s body as it floated lifelessly in the cold pool water. He pulled him to the surface and then up to the hard concrete beside the pool. He knew what he had to do, he had practiced this a million times, he had taken a dozen lifeguard courses, yet looking at Harry’s purple lips and still body, he froze. “Hurry up and do it already, Lou!” shouted Liam. He was pacing back and forth frantically a couple feet away from the two. Louis took a deep breath and began the chest compressions. He counted them out in his head. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. He couldn’t tell if it was working yet. This was the most scared he had ever been in his life. If he ever lost Harry.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. He thought he saw Harry’s mouth move a little, but he concentrated on finishing the pumps. Harry had to live.. 22.. 23.. 24.. 25.. At that moment, Louis realized what was about to happen. His lips and Harry’s lips would.. 30.. Louis moved his hands from where he had been pushing Harry’s chest. He used two fingers to tilt back Harry’s chin and used his other hand to hold Harry’s nose closed. He moved his lips toward Harry’s. He knew he wasn’t kissing him, but for some reason his heart was beating faster than ever. His lips touched Harry’s and he blew a quick breath in. Harry’s eyes shot open. Louis let out a quick sigh of relief, but knew he had to give him one more breath. He moved his face in closer to Harry’s. He was much more relaxed this time, he knew Harry was going to be alright. His mouth breathed into Harry’s once more, but this time, Louis didn’t back away. Seconds passed. They felt like minutes. Suddenly, Harry’s hand pushed at Louis’s chest. Louis tumbled over onto the cement. He looked around. It hadn’t been until then that he noticed the large crowd of people that had been watching him give the CPR. He looked back at Harry, but he had already gotten up onto his feet and was trying to make his way through the crowd. Once he had gotten past all the stunned people, he ran. Louis shouted at Harry. “Harry, come back!” Where the hell was he going? Harry felt tears coming to his eyes as he heard Louis’ shouts behind him. He kept running. He made his way to the street just as Caroline’s car pulled up. Her face looked concerned. “Harry, are you okay?! Ed called me as soon as he saw what happened...” she saw there were tears streaming down his face. “It’s going to be okay.” She assured him. Her arms wrapped around his broad shoulders as he began to breakdown. “I’m going to take you home, sweetie.” He wiped his face, nodded, and got into her car. Louis ran after Harry, completely out of breath. He could see the whole exchange between Harry and Caroline going on, and he couldn’t help but to feel a pang of jealousy. This was stupid, the whole thing, he shouldn’t be having this feelings. He shouldn’t have done that. He had made Harry so upset. He hated himself. WHY HAD HE KISSED HIM? I mean it wasn’t supposed to be a kiss, but that’s exactly what it ended up as. He knew he had feelings for Harry before this. Yeah, he had hid them, but he was sure Harry had them too. That is, before now. Louis felt an arm wrap around his shoulder. He turned to see Liam standing there with a sympathetic look on his face. “Go home, Louis. Simon said you can have the rest of the day off. After all, you saved Harry’s life.” Liam knew what was going on. It was just like what had happened with him and Niall. He had so much he could tell Louis about how to cope with Harry’s confusion, but he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. Niall was still so unsure about everything, and he couldn’t put him in that position. No one was supposed to know. “Thanks mate, I’ll see you at home.” Louis walked over to his car and watched as Liam walked back into the pool area. He rested his head on the steering wheel and started sobbing. He had ruined it. Him and Harry. Their whole friendship was over. Whatever could’ve been, never could now. He had blown it. He wiped the tears from his face and started the car. He had to talk to Harry. He had to fix this. -o- “Thanks so much for the ride home. I really appreciate it.” Harry said to Caroline as she parked the car in front of Zayn’s parent’s beach house. “Anytime, dear. I just wanted to make sure you were okay.” Caroline reassured Harry. Caroline could tell that Harry was confused and still very upset. She laid her hand on his thigh and tried to calm him down by running her hand up and down his leg. It seemed to be working, as Harry started taking deep breaths. He was looking out the window, but didn’t seem like he was going to be leaving the car anytime soon. Caroline didn’t know if it was the right time or if she was in any position to be asking what went on at the pool. Harry was her co-worker, after all. Caroline decided to take the risk anyway as she ran her hands through his curls. “Do you want to talk about it?” Caroline almost whispered. “Not really. Maybe another time.” Harry answered. So many thoughts were running through his mind and not just about Louis. “I don’t really feel like talking right now.” At that moment Harry leaned over and kissed Caroline. It started out as a soft and gentle kiss.  She didn’t move toward him, but she lifted her face, and he curved his hand around her neck, deepening his kiss ever so slowly. Her hands found the collar of his shirt and she tightened her fists into it and held on, moving her mouth under his, tasting the chlorine on his lips. This kiss didn’t give him the same feeling Louis’ had, even though now he was kissing a hot girl. When Louis had kissed him, it had just felt so right. Of course Harry was into Caroline, but everything just seemed a little … weird. She slowly wrapped her arms around his upper arms and – pushed him away? There was a look of panic in her eyes. “Harry, I’m so sorry, but this can’t happen again.” Harry was a bit confused. Did she not like it? Was he that bad a kisser? Was she married?! “Ohh...okay.” Harry responded. “I’m your boss a-and I’m a lot older than you. I could get into a loooot of trouble. I don’t want to lead you on or-or-or give you the wrong idea or anything.” Caroline stuttered nervously. “I understand.” Harry stated, coming out more harshly than expected. He opened the car door and got out. Not another word was exchanged between the two. As Harry was walking up the front steps, he heard a car drive into the driveway. Everyone was at work, so he was unsure of who it could be. When he turned around he saw that it was Louis’s car. Shit. Harry didn’t feel like talking to Lou. Not about the incident at the pool, or about what had just happened in the car with Caroline. So he ran into the house, up the stairs and locked himself in their room. They could always discuss matters later.
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