*Emma’s Point of View*
I open the door to Liam’s apartment. I hold the door open for him as he walks in, arms full of my shopping bags.
“Thank you for carrying them in for me.” I say, giggling at how much he was struggling.
He throws them down onto the couch. “My pleasure.” He sticks his hand out. “Where’s my tip?”
I laugh. “Oh please. I could have carried them myself if I had known you wanted money. And I could have done it with fewer struggles.”
“I wasn’t struggling! It’s just awkward having your arms covered with 20 bags on them.”
“Whatever you say, Liam.”
He helps me unpack all my clothes. In the middle of hanging them up, I say “I don’t know why we are doing this, I’m just going to be re-packing this when I find a new place.”
“I don’t want to think about that now. I like having you here.” He says.
“It’s only been one day!” I laugh.
“Yeah, but it’s been the most fun I have had in a long time.” He smiles at me and I smile back. His phone starts to ring, and he looks down at the screen. His smile quickly fades. “Hold on, one second.” He says, and I nod. He picks up and puts the phone to his ear, “Hey babe.” He leaves the room and I go back to hanging up my clothes.
He must be talking to Tiffany.
After a few minutes, Liam’s voice raises loud enough so I can hear what he is saying.
“Why do you always do this?... I can’t put up with this anymore… No, I do, I mean it this time… I can’t do this right now!... No, nothing is happening between her and I… I can’t do this anymore! I need a break!... I’m sorry Tiff, I’m sorry.”
He storms back into the room. “Are you okay.” I regret asking as soon as the words leave my mouth.
“Does it look like I’m okay? I just broke up with my girlfriend! The girl who everyone said that this girl was the one! My whole family loved her, the fans actually liked her, my friends like her, and now it’s over! But it’s for the best! She always accused me of seeing other girls, cheating on her, but I haven’t! I never have! It’s not me, I would never! But she won’t believe me! And when I try to prove it to her by taking her out to a fancy dinner, showing her how much I love her! But every time, a few hours before our date, she always cancels! Every damn time! How am I supposed to show her how much I care if she always cancels! I’ve tried so many times before to break it off but I love her too much! I don’t know what I’m going to do now! I don’t know how I will get over her!”
As he says this long speech, I feel like everything around me is crashing down. Liam and Tiffany were the perfect couple. They are the ones who made me believe that Niall and my relationship could keep going! Now that they are over, how can Niall and I last? Liam slumps down onto the bed. I stand there awkwardly, mind racing, not quite sure what to do. So, I sit next to him, draping my arm over his shoulders. “If it was making you that miserable, Liam, then it was the right thing to do.”
“Yeah I guess. I mean, when you start developing feelings for someone else while in a relationship, it’s not a very good sign is it?”
“You are developing feelings for someone else?” I ask, moving my arm away.
“Don’t judge me! I know Tiffany is your best friend but please you can’t tell her anything. Please promise me!” He begs.
“I won’t. To be honest, the main reason I didn’t want to ask to stay with her was because, well she’s been acting differently lately. Like more mean.” I say, feeling a little guilty. I was talking bad about my best friend to her boyfriend that just broke up with her! I’m a terrible friend.
“I know exactly what you mean! She is acting meanly! Out of nowhere! What is happening to her?”
“I don’t know, she is under a lot of stress with her family and everything. Or maybe she’s just PMSing.” I say, knowing that I was digging myself into a deeper hole.
“That’s no excuse.” He says.
“Wait a second, who’s the other girl?” I ask, scooting a little closer to him.
“What other girl?”
“The girl you said you are developing feelings for.”
“Does it matter?”
“Yes it does!” I yell.
“Why? Why do you want to know?”
“Because I’m a nosy person! Do I know her?”
He laughs, “Yup.”
“Who is she?!” I say, dying in agony.
“She’s this really great girl that I blew it with a while ago. She has the most amazing laugh, she’s beautiful, and always makes me smile. But it’s too late.”
“Why is it too late?” I ask.
“She has a boyfriend. And she is perfectly happy and I can’t ruin it.”
“Who is it? Liam just tell me!”
“Emma, it’s you!”
I feel myself stop breathing. “Wha- what?”
“This past month, ever since Tiffany started acting different, I’ve been developing feelings for you. That’s why I was so happy when I found out you were staying here, because I get to spend more time with you! I see how happy you and Niall are and I realized I wanted that. You guys are perfect.”
“We aren’t perfect.” I say.
“Are you kidding? Niall just told me that you said you love each other!”
“But what?” He says.
I jump to my feet and start to pace. “I was pressured! I was going to break up with him when he told me he loved me! What was I supposed to do?”
“You were going to break up with him? You don’t love him?” Liam asks.
“No! It’s not a good relationship! It’s not what I want! I want someone I am comfortable with! Someone I can talk to for hours with no drama! Niall and I don’t have that.”
“I want the same thing.” Liam says standing up.
“Don’t we all? I just don’t know where I’m going to find someone like that for me.” I say looking down.
Liam puts my hand in his and lifts my chin with his other hand, “I do.” He says. And we kiss, for a few seconds before he pulls away. I feel sad when he does. It was the most amazing kiss I have ever had.
“I’m so sorry.” He whispers.
“I’m not.” I say. And I pull him closer to me. A few seconds later we collapse on the bed.
I’m a horrible friend. I’m a horrible girlfriend.
No, I’m horrible human being.