The Rebound Girl ~ Book 1 ~ Completed!

Liam is having a hard time after his break up with Danielle and when he meets Bess Boone he sees her only as the rebound girl. When Harry begins to really fall for her though things are bound to get complicated. In the meantime, Bess is fighting depression.The story contains cigarette use, a little bit of bad language, and some possible mature content, so, be aware of that.

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21. Spaghetti Bolognese

I placed two plates with spaghetti Bolognese on the small round dining table and lit up a couple of vanilla candles. The girls were in their rooms. Mina was with her long term boyfriend and Sophie with a musician she had met at the record company. I looked myself in the mirror, I still had on the clothes Liam had bought me, and a minute later, there was a knock on the door. I opened and saw Liam’s smiling face.

‘I brought brownies,’ Liam announced, presenting a white paper box.

‘I love you,’ I joked and kissed him on the cheek. When I pulled back, he leaned in and kissed my lips. I was a little taken aback but I didn’t complain! He came inside and I closed the door.

‘Don’t friend zone me, Bess, I won’t allow it,’ Liam said seriously and very strictly.

‘You would make one hot teacher,’ I told him, adding playfully, ‘Mr. Payne.’

Liam laughed before he said, ‘I’m in for a little role play if you’re up for it.’

He was being serious and I was suddenly blushing. I cleared my throat. ‘Dinner will get cold. Let’s eat, yeah?’ I said and Liam nodded. He followed me to the table and when I turned round, I realized that he had been staring at my butt. His eyes flung up to my face and I narrowed my eyes at him. He was being all kinds of naughty tonight.

‘This smells amazing,’ Liam commented, sitting down. ‘I haven’t eaten anything all day,’ he complained and his stomach rumbled a little. I smiled, sitting down too. We began eating and Liam told me all about his day at the studio. My phone buzzed and I picked it up. It was a text … from Harry. I read it: ‘It felt really nice seeing you today. I miss you.’ I didn’t reply and put it back down. Liam then told me about how he couldn’t wait for their performance in Madison Square Garden while he seemed to really enjoy my spaghetti. My phone buzzed again. It was another text from Harry. He wrote: ‘It’s lonely at the hospital. Please come.’ I pursed my lips, shaking my head. This boy really believed that he could come and go in my life whenever he wanted. I had suddenly lost my appetite.

‘What’s the matter?’ Liam asked and put a big roll of spaghetti in his mouth.

‘It’s really nothing,’ I replied and when Harry called, I rejected his call and turned the phone off. Liam nodded and asked no more questions but I could see it in his face that he knew who had texted and called me.

When Liam ate all his food, he patted his stomach. ‘That was …’ he breathed and whistled. I laughed a little and got up, gathering the plates. I put them on the counter and stood there for a moment with my back to Liam. I closed my eyes, thinking of Harry. What right had he to want me back now? But what if he didn’t really want me and just didn’t want Liam to have me? Liam hugged me from behind, pulling me away from my thoughts. He put all my hair over one shoulder and sighed into my ear. I shivered against him and he hugged me tighter.

‘I can love you more than him, Bess,’ Liam promised, breathing into my hair. I unconsciously tilted my head to the side and Liam planted soft kisses on my neck until my stomach ached from all the butterflies. I turned round and stared in his eyes.

‘I know you can,’ I said and his eyes widened a little, as if he couldn’t believe that I had finally caved in. ‘Come on,’ I told him, taking his hand and as I led him to my bedroom, the innocent yet lustful look in his eyes assured me that I had made the right choice.

*

I woke up by Liam’s soft singing, ‘I won't let these little things slip out of my mouth … ’

I opened my eyes and saw him walking around the room in his boxers. I sat up, folding the bed sheet around me, and rubbed my eyes, yawning in a not very lady like manner.

‘Morning, beautiful,’ Liam said, kissed my forehead and sat on the bed. He placed a tray with breakfast between us. He had made toasts with butter and jam, two cups of tea and he had also sliced an apple and a banana. Did I deserve all this? I didn’t think that I did.

‘You’re spoiling me, Payne,’ I told him, taking a banana slice and putting it in my mouth. Liam put his hand at the back of my head, pulled me to him and kissed me, taking away half of my banana slice. He pulled back and chewed the fruit, half smiling. I grabbed my pink onesie from the floor and asked a little embarrassed, ‘Do you mind looking the other way so I’ll get dressed?’

Liam was supping his tea now and he chuckled. ‘Love, I’ve already seen you naked, remember?’

‘Last night was different,’ I complained.

‘How was it different?’ he asked, humoring me. He put his cup down.

‘Liam, please,’ I pleaded. Last night the lights were off and we were under the covers. Now, in broad daylight, every little flaw would stand out. I didn’t tell him any of that though.

Liam nodded, got up and turned the other way. I quickly got out of bed, put my onesie on and zipped it. Liam then turned round and moved closer. He grabbed my chin with his thumb and forefinger and said, looking into my eyes, ‘You’re perfect to me, Bess.’ A loud thud was heard from the kitchen. Liam and I looked at each other before we walked out of my room.

Sophie was sitting on the sofa and her musician was in the kitchen. He had dropped a jag of juice on the carpet and it was now spilled all over.

‘Sorry,’ the musician said, shrugging. He was only in his boxers too.

‘Don’t worry about it, baby,’ Sophie told him. ‘I’ll clean it up later.’ She never cleaned up anything.

When the musician saw Liam, he asked, ‘Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere?’

Liam chuckled. That must have been a first for him. ‘I don’t know, mate, do you?’ Liam asked, smiling.

‘Ben’s from America,’ Sophie explained. ‘He’s in a rock band. I call him Benjie.’

I shook my head and Liam whispered in my ear, ‘I have the day off. Let’s spend the whole day together, in your room.’

‘I thought you were a good boy, Liam,’ I said, smiling.

‘But I am,’ Liam said, pouting. I got his face in my hands and when I kissed him, he wrapped his arms around me. There were knocks on the door.

‘I mean, honestly, could you all be making any more noise?’ Mina complained, coming out of her room. Her boyfriend was right behind her.

There were more knocks on the door and I went to open since nobody else looked bothered. It was 9 in the morning so I wondered who it could be. When I opened, I saw Harry.

‘Hello,’ he said simply and fell silent for a moment before he went on, ‘I lost count of how many times I called you after you turned off your phone last night. I think I deserved it but I needed to see you.’

I opened my mouth but felt as if I had lost my voice.

‘Morning, mate,’ Liam told him, standing behind me and putting his hands on my waist.

‘Did you spend the night here?’ Harry asked even if he already knew the answer.

‘I did, mate,’ Liam replied coolly.

‘I’m going to punch you now,’ Harry said seriously, moving closer.

‘What!? NO!’ I protested, standing between the two.

‘Bess, move out of the way, love,’ Harry said and Liam chuckled, daring him, ‘You have a broken wrist, mate, do you really want to have a broken nose, too?’

‘Stop it you two!’ I demanded. ‘You’re acting like children,’ I complained, looking from the one to the other. ‘Please leave, both of you.’

The two boys stopped and stared at me, wide-eyed.

‘Liam, go get your things,’ I ordered. He bowed his head and went to my room.

‘I want you back,’ Harry said but I turned away. Liam returned and he was dressed now.

‘Bess, please,’ they both said from the hallway but I shut the door.

‘Who needs a telly when you’re living with Bess,’ Sophie joked and Mina, her boyfriend and the musician all agreed.

‘Piss off,’ I told them and went in my room.

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