Bandage

Anneliese Marie was diagnosed with ventricular septal defect(hole in her heart) at birth. Her life, for the past twenty years, has been fragile and hectic. Nothing ever certain, nothing ever concrete. Nothing ever secure. She lives with her sister, Felicity in a moderate London flat since her parents death four years prior at the age of sixteen. But she mostly finds herself in hospitals rather than home. One day, after being rolled into a recovery room after yet another surgery, Anne finds herself next to Liam Payne-a boy in the popular band One Direction. She also finds herself falling in love with him. But with her situation, could anything lasting and worthwhile ensue between the two?

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I woke up to the sound of hushed laughter.

I opened my eyes to see the room was still dark and the curtain that separated me from the mystery boy drawn shut. I shifted over to the side of my bed, trying to get a better listen in. Someone on the other side of the curtain made a shushing sound, and the laughter died.

“There is someone else in the room guys, and she’s sleeping. Don’t wake up the poor babe.”

“I still can’t believe that they roomed you with a girl. I mean what if it turned out she was some crazed fan?” The voice was that of another boy.

So this guy-oh what was his name- was having guys over in the middle of the night? That was beyond weird.

“I’m pretty sure she just got out of heart surgery or something like that.” The first boy said.

“Oh well she won’t be doing anything crazy for a while then.”Yet another boy spoke, he had a low tone and a slow way of speaking.

There was some more laughing, and a loud smack. “Ow, Liam what was that for?” The slow talker asked in stubborn tone. Liam! That was his name!

“You deserved it Haz. Now get out, all of you. I have to get my rest now.” The group of boys said their goodbyes and slid the curtain back.

I quickly faked slumber, not wanting them to realize I was spying on their conversation. All four boys filed out of the room, and the door shut, leaving nothing but pitch darkness. “You can stop pretending your asleep now. They’re gone.”

I sighed and sat up in my bed, reaching over to turn a lamp on. “Not a very convincing actress am I?”

Liam chuckled and shook his head. “I’m afraid not,” he replied, flipping on a lamp of his own. “I’m sorry my friends woke you. I really didn’t mean for that to happen.”

I waved off his apology. “Don’t worry about it. It was entertaining.” I giggled and pulled the covers up around my waist.

Wait a minute. He had four friends, all boys. And his name was Liam. My eyes shot to his.

He really did look like him. Like one of the boys from the band that I had heard so much about lately.

“Are you Liam?” I ask abruptly.

He nods a smile appearing on his face. “Yes.” He replies.

“From One Direction?” I ask stumbling on my words a bit.

He chuckles, ducking his head a bit. “Yes, that’s me.”  

I could tell by the way his shoulders dropped that he was expecting me to go crazy. Poor boy. This is probably some of the only real peace he gets from all those fans.

I sigh loudly and sink back into my pillow. “Oh, I expected you to be more handsome.”

His head shot up, his eyes locking with mine. I smirked, telling him silently that I was joking. His shocked expression slowly turned into a large smile, and he started to laugh. I joined in and we were both laughing so hard we had tears streaming down our faces by the end of it.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if half the hospital were awake by now,” He said after he had calmed down. I nodded my head, still choked up with giggles.

“What’s your name?” Liam asked.

“Anneliese Marie James, but please don’t call me that.”

“Why not?” He chuckled.

“Why would you want to? My name’s a lot to handle.”

“What if I want to call you Anneliese Marie?” He stumbled over my name, cutely destroying the pronunciation.

“Just call me Anne, or Anne-Marie. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.” I laugh.

He agreed with me, running a hand through his hair. Another silence fell until I had to ruin it by opening my mouth. “How long are you in for?”

He smiles-he almost never stops smiling but I’m not going to complain- “About three days.”

My face fell. “Oh, that’s nice. I’m going to be here for at least another week.” I looked down, playing with the frays on my blanket.

“Well, we’re just gonna have to make the most of it aren’t we.”

My eyes flicked up to his. His eyes were wrinkled together and his dimples showing as he grinned. “What is there to do around here?”

I shrug. “I usually just sit around and eat the free Jell-O.”

Liam laughed. “May I join you tomorrow?”

I duck my head, nodding slightly.

“Great, it’s a date then.” Liam pulled the curtain closed, not giving me a chance to even respond.

Sinking back under my covers it felt like my face would never stop grinning.

I was growing attached to this boy wonder, and I couldn’t even think about what I would do when he was gone.

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