When I arrived at the airport I threw my hair up and out on some sunglasses. As I was walking in my phone started ringing, it was Liam.
"Where are you?"
"I just walked in, where should I meet you guys?"
"Can you actually pull your car around to the east side of the airport, there's a side door it's way too crowded."
"Sure, but we can't all fit in my car, is El here yet?"
"Yeah she was waiting for you, we just called her."
"Alright, see you in a few then."
I walked back out of the airport and got into my car. I drove around to the other side and saw El outsider her car leaning on it. She saw me coming and started waving. I pulled up right next to her. As soon as my car turned off I jumped out and hugged her.
"Are you excited?" I asked.
"So much! I can't wait to see Lou and the boys."
"Me either, it's been boring without them." I said sadly.
"I thought you've been staying with your boyfriend?"
"Well I have, but he works a lot so it was still pretty lonely at his house also."
"Yeah, he makes really good money. He works in an office that's all I know. He always says he doesn't want to bother me with his boring work talk."
"Well he seems sweet, is he coming to dinner tonight?"
"Yes! You know Demi is going to be with them right?"
"Yeah, who told you?"
"Harry. Not that I care so I don't know why he even bothered. I just want Niall to be happy you know?"
"Yeah, that's good that you guys are friends at least now. Lou told me how you guys could get pretty mean and nasty."
"Yeah it was not a healthy relationship. A lot of fighting, not a lot of loving. Sad, but it was for the better and now we are with people who make us happy."
"You just sounded so mature!"
"Yeah I did," we started to laugh, "Look!"
The little side door opened up, at first it was security and then it was Paul, and then Harry, Louis, Zayn, Liam, and Niall with his arm around Demi. Me and El looked at each other, I smiled and she mouthed "I'll take them in my car." and I thanked her. Harry and Liam ran up to me first and hugged me. Lou went straight in for a kiss with El and then I hugged Zayn and then Louis. Then came Niall.
"Hey Leese, this is Demi, my girlfriend."
"Hi Niall, nice to meet you Demi."
"You too!" She said with a huge smile. It got a little awkward.
"Um Louis, Demi, and Niall with me!" El called out. I looked over to her and smiled. Harry jumped into the driver's seat of my car and Zayn went into the passenger's seat.
"Hey!" I yelled, then Liam picked me up and put me in the backseat with him. "Well I guess if I'm back here with you that's okay."
"It better be, I missed you! Why didn't you skype us?"
"Um Brendon, he just thought him and I should spend time together."
"He wouldn't let you talk to us?" Harry asked.
"No it's not that."
"Is he coming tonight?" Zayn asked.
"Yeah. What time are we going?"
"I think like 7 right guys?" Liam asked.
"Yeah that's fine." answered Harry.
When we got back to the complex we all went our separate ways, Liam to his place, Zayn his, El and Louis to his, Niall and Demi to Niall's, and finally Harry and I went into our home. When we got inside I took off my sunglasses.
"Lisamarie." Harry said quietly.
"Harry." I said back.
"What is that under your eye?"
"What are you talking about?" Then he touched my bruise and I winced, "Ow Harry!" I said stepping back.
"What is that from?"
"Oh, you know me just being my clumsy self, I slipped in the kitchen and my face hit the corner of the counter. It hurt so bad!"
"You gotta be more careful." Then Harry pulled me into a hug, "I missed you!"
"I missed you too, never leave me again!" I joked.
"How was staying at Brendon's?"
"It was good, we kind of had a routine going."
"You don't need to know."
"Don't think I want to, but we should probably start getting ready. I'm going in the shower."
"Ok, I'll go in when you get out then."
"Ok." Then Harry hugged me again. He was acting strange.
While Harry was in the shower I decided to call Brendon. I knew he was at work and it went to voice mail, I really didn't expect him to answer. I was in the middle of sending him a text when I received an incoming call from him.
"Hey love, I'm at work what's up?"
"I didn't mean to bother you but I figured I would let you in on some things. I told Harry the bruise on my face is from me hitting the corner of my kitchen counter."
"I hope no one brings that up during dinner, that's so embarrassing. That was the worst thing I could of ever done."
"I know, we don't need to talk about it, also meet us at the restaurant at 7, I'll text you the exact one later once I find out."
"Okay, I can't wait to see you. It's only been a day and I miss you like crazy."
"Awe, you're sweet. I'll see you later baby."
I really also hoped no one brought up my bruise at dinner, I knew they would all be able to see it too, it was too dark to be covered up with make up. I turned around and Harry was right behind me, he scared the hell out of me!
"Harry! I didn't know you were there, that was a quick shower."
"I didn't go in yet."
"Ok, well I'm going to go in then."
"We need to talk?"
"Can it wait?"
"No this is really important."
"Alright, what is it?"
"I heard your conversation with Brendon."
"Why did you have to tell him you told me how you got the bruise?"
"Because I was telling him, just like he asked after he saw me."
"But you told him you had to fill him in."
"Yeah what time dinner was. You heard the conversation so why are you asking me questions?"
"What were you talking about when you said you didn't need to talk about it?"
"None of your business Harry." I started to walk away when Harry grabbed my wrist. "Harry, I need to shower."
"Lisamarie, did Brendon hit you?"
"Are you serious? No! He would never do that to me."
"Are you lying?"
"I have nothing to lie about, now let me go shower." I said breaking away from his grip.
I walked away and went to the bathroom and started the shower. I can't believe Harry just asked me that. I hope no one else does. After my shower I dried my hair, straightened it and put my bangs back with a thin black plastic headband. I got into a black strapless dress that actually zippered in the front all the way down. The zipper was gold so I put on back stockings and gold pumps. I did my make up, put on lotion then went to go find Harry. He was waiting in the living room. He was just wearing some grey slacks, white tee, and navy blazer.
"You look nice." I said walking in.
"So do you, is that new?"
"Yeah I got it when I went shopping with Melanie."
"Nice. Ready to go? I'll drive."
"Sure, I just need to let Brendon know the address." I texted him and then grabbed onto Harry's arm and out the door we went.
As we were getting into Harry's car I saw Demi and Niall. They were holding hands and she was also holding his arm and she kept kissing him. He looked so happy and he kept laughing.
"Are you ok?"
Harry knew what I was looking at, "I'm happy that he's happy."
"I know what happened the night before we left."
"Oh do you?" I asked, still looking at them.
"This is what's best. I think you have both moved on now. And I'm assuming you haven't cheated on Brendon?"
"No, god he would kill me. I mean he would just be so mad."
"Right, well lets be on our way."
When we got to the restaurant we all went in when I got a text from Melanie. I freaked out! I texted her where we were going instead of Brendon. So I texted him quickly. We all ordered drinks while we waited for him. When he got there he told me to meet him outside. I excused myself and hurried outside.
"Bren, I'm so sorry. I don't even know how I mixed that up."
"You really are so stupid sometimes."
"It was an honest mistake, you don't have to be so mean."
"Excuse me?" Brendon said stepping closer, then he pushed me and I fell to the ground.
"Brendon." I whispered. I had tears in my eyes.
"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to."
"Hey! Get away from her." It was Harry.
"Harry stop, it's fine. I tripped. I don't even know why I try and wear heals." I said while getting up.
"Lisamarie I saw him push you."
"He didn't, I was falling and he reached out to grab me but missed."
"Calm down mate she's alright, lets go eat." Brendon said.
"Don't call me mate." Harry said harshly.
"Harry, stop." I said getting up. "Lets just get some food, I'm starving." Harry stormed off back into the restaurant. "He can just get protective sometimes." I said defending Harry.
"Lets just go inside." Brendon mumbled.
We walked inside and everyone was looking at us, except Harry. He looked so angry. Before we sat down I introduced Brendon to everyone. Of course we ended up sitting across from Demi and Niall. I smiled at them and when Niall smiled back Brendon gave him a dirty look. I lightly slapped his arm and he punched my leg.
"Ow Brendon!" I accidentally screamed. Then I saw Harry look over at us.
"What happened?" he asked angrily.
"Nothing, I accidentally stepped on her toe when I was moving my feet. Calm down." Brendon said through his teeth.
Harry stood up, "Don't tell me to calm down Brendon."
"Harry please sit down." I begged.
Harry sat down, "So Leese how did you get the bruise under your eye?"
My eyes grew wide and everyone was looking at me, "Yeah how did that happen?" Niall asked.
"None of your business Niall." Brendon said.
"What? It was just a question?" Niall looked confused.
"I mopped the floor last night when I was cleaning our flat, I walked in the kitchen but I slipped, because you know how clumsy I am, I hit a corner of the kitchen counter." I said with a fake laugh.
"Oh wow babe, are you alright?" Liam asked with concern.
"Yes, Liam I'm fine." Harry growled. "Harry just shut up."
"Ok Lisamarie." Harry said as he sat back.
Everyone was pretty quiet for the rest of the dinner. When we were all done Brendon offered me a ride home so I didn't have to ride with Harry. I was actually nervous to be around both of them right now. But I got into the car with Brendon.
"That was absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing. I hate that you live with him." Brendon said in such a mean tone.
"He's just worried, but they're all accidents and it won't happen again, right?"
"Of course not babe. You have nothing to worry about."
"I know. I'll talk to him, but I'll give him some space."
Brendon pulled into the complex and he got out to open my door. He took my hand in his and walked me to the door. We kissed goodnight and he was on his way. Brendon means well, I know he does, he is just very stressed lately. I went in and I saw Harry was in the living room so I walked to my room very quickly. I changed into some cotton shorts and a hoodie. I went to the bathroom to take my make up off and put my hair up. When I was finished I went out to the living room and sat next to Harry. He looked at me and shook his head.
"How could you let him treat you like that?" He asked without looking at me.
"Harry, he is the best. He really is, this is not his fault. These are accidents. I swear, it's not going to happen again."
Harry turned towards me and his eyes got wide, I looked down to where he was looking, there was a huge bruise forming where Brendon punched my leg. "Was that from tonight when you said ow at dinner?"
"I hit him and he just hit back, we were just playing around."
"Doesn't seem like a game. I don't like him."
"Well you don't have to, I do, and I do. Brendon is one of the best things that's ever happened to me."
"Why can't you see that he isn't good for you. I love you and I care about you."
"Thank you Harry but please, I'm a big girl. I can take care of myself."
"Promise me one thing?"
"Be safe. Always, protect yourself, don't get stuck with this jerk."
"Harry I love you." I said leaning in to hug him.
After our talk I went to bed. I was thinking about everything, Niall with Demi, me with Brendon, Harry, the dinner. How Brendon treated me. It was only because I made him angry. And I just won't upset him anymore. I was determined to make this work, I really was.