*Niall’s Point of View*
I roll over in bed and squint as the bright sunlight from the window hits my face. I groan.
I feel horrible lying to Emma. Okay maybe I didn't actually lie, but I didn't tell the whole truth.
I told her my aunts and uncles and cousins were coming. But they weren't. I don’t know why I did! The only people staying with me are my mum, dad, and brother. Maybe I didn't want her coming because I didn't want to add more stress. This is the first time my parents are actually staying in the same apartment together for more than a night. I don’t want them arguing and causing tension. The last thing I needed was Emma there seeing how messed up my family was. But, there was something else. There was some part of me that didn't want her to meet my family yet. I just feel different about her. I love her, I know I do. I took a huge risk telling her that last night. And when she said it back, I was over the moon. But as I was sitting outside the restaurant, while she was in the bathroom, I played it over and over in my head and I realized that she didn't mean it. She only said it because I had. And to prove I was right, I told her again when I dropped her off at Liam’s, and I saw the same look on her face as the first time: shock, surprise, and guilt.
I don’t know what has happened. I can’t stop thinking that I did something wrong. She seemed really happy when I took her out last night. We had a great time! We talked all throughout dinner and laughed! But I can tell she doesn't feel the same way as she did at the beginning. She doesn't love me like I love her.
Is there someone else? Did I say something to make her angry with me? No she’s not angry. Girls ignore you when they are angry, and luckily Emma isn't ignoring me. But what is it? I must have done something wrong.
“Niall! Get up, sleepyhead! I made you breakfast!” I hear my mother call from the kitchen.
I groan again and get out of bed. As I walk out of my room, the smell of waffles makes my mouth water.
“God, since when did you start going to sleep naked?” My brother, Greg, asks.
“I’m not naked! I’m wearing boxers!” I reply laughing.
“Don’t make fun of your brother. He’s maturing.” My mum says, smiling.
“I’m 19! I’m already mature! I've been sleeping in my boxers for years!”
“Sorry, it’s not like we see you that often to know.” My mum continues, trying to make me feel guilty like she always does.
“I saw you two months ago!”
“That’s a long time for me, superstar.”
“I’m sorry, mom, I’ll work on trying to see you guys more often. Where’s dad?”
“He’s still asleep.” She says, rolling her eyes.
“Mum,” I groan. “Please-“
“I won’t start anything I swear. You just think he might actually wake up and join us for breakfast, once in a while.”
“Mum!” I yell.
“I think I’m going to go finish in my room.” Greg says, getting up and taking his plate with him.
“Greg! Come back! Eat with us!”
“Why do you always do that?”
“I didn’t do anything!”
“It’s been 14 years since the divorce! Why can't you be civil with him?” I walk away into my room.
I plop on my bed and decide to take my mind off things and go on my laptop. As I log on the internet, I see the top story pop up. It’s a picture of Emma and Liam shopping together. Is this from this morning? They are out shopping together?
I log on Twitter and see a lot more pictures of them, smiling, laughing. Emma looks beautiful in each one. It looks like they are having such a good time together. I wish I could be there with them instead of being stuck here in this hell hole.
I feel a stabbing pain in my stomach as I read all the comments on the pictures. They all say things like “What happened to Niall?” and “I thought she was dating Niall, why is she on a date with Liam?”.
Why is she on a date with Liam? Wait, what am I thinking. She’s not on a date! She’s just shopping with Liam because her clothes were burned in the fire! Wait, what if the reason she feels different about me is because she likes Liam again? This wouldn't be happening if I had just let her stay here! She wouldn't be staying at Liam’s she would be staying here! And she would be out shopping with me instead of him! Maybe I should just invite her now? No I can't, then she will know that I lied! And she can't come now, while my family is having problems. I can't invite her over. And I can't join her and Liam because I have to stay here.
What did I do?