Blinded By You

6 months ago, I lost my eyesight. But life goes on, I attend university in London and one of my best friend's is Niall Horan, from One Direction. But he doesn't know I'm blind. Will he hate me when I tell him? Will he treat me the same? Will I fall for one of his bandmates...

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19. Back Rubs & Ice Cream

Niall’s POV

Kodie continued to cry into my chest and I let her because for her to cry, it was something serious. I gently lifted her up and carried her over to a bench before setting her on my lap. She nestled her head in between my head and shoulder.

“Shh,” I whispered. I moved my hands in circles against her back, remembering this motion always helped to calm her down. I continued to rub her back until her breaths came through steadier.

I heard her mumble something, but couldn’t understand what she said because he face was hidden in my shirt. “What?”

She moved her face away from my chest, “I’m sorry for yelling at you.”

“Don’t be sorry, it’s not your fault. Everything in your life changed so quickly that you haven’t had time to catch up,” I told her, wiping the tears off her cheeks. “With everything you went through, I’m surprised you didn’t break before now.”

Kodie rested her head back onto my shoulder and we sat in silence for a few minutes. “I want you to listen to me, okay?” I asked and she lifted her head to face me.

I took her hands in my face so she couldn’t turn away from me. “You’re not a burden to anyone, you are not useless, not a waste of time and anyone would be lucky to have you as a friend. Whoever doesn’t want to be your friend is missing out and it’s their loss.”

“As for that asshole of a waiter, forget him. He’s not worth your thoughts or tears. Any guy would be lucky to have you in his life.” At this Kodie tried to turn away from me, but I kept her face towards me. She needed to hear what I had to say.

“One day, either now or in the future, you will find a guy that wants to be with you and accepts you the way you are. It shouldn’t matter whether or not you can see him, he should love you regardless. Love isn’t based on sight, it’s deeper than that and you’ll find someone who knows that. Don’t worry about the future, focus on the present.”  I lectured her.

When I was out of breath and done talking Kodie’s lips had pulled up into a faint smile. “Thank you,” she whispered before her hands were on either side of my face and she kissed my cheek. “I don’t know how I was lucky enough to get a friend like you.” She said as she pulled away.

“I’m not sure either,” I said grinning.

Kodie pinched my cheek and wrapped her arms around my neck, giving me another hug. “I love you so much,” she admitted. “Please don’t ever leave me.”

“I won’t,” I promised and I could tell she was smiling because of my words. “Now how about we go and get some ice cream to cheer you up.”

“That would be awesome,” Kodie said grinning like a madman. She always had a soft spot for ice cream. I lifted her off my lap and held onto her until she balanced herself. I grabbed her hand and headed for the best ice cream shop around, Frosty Twisters.

As we walked, I swung our hands back and forth like we used to when we were younger. I looked over at her and to my relief, she was smiling. Kodie had a really amazing smile; I guess that’s what 3 years of braces will do. Whenever Kodie smiled, everyone else smiled with her; her happiness was just that infectious.

“What flavor are you going to get?” I asked before answering my own question.

“Chocolate,” Kodie and I said in unison.

“What about you?” Kodie questioned me.

“Hmm, every flavor tastes so good, it’s hard to choose. Maybe I’ll get a scoop of every flavor,” I said, seriously pondering my choices.

“You’re such a fat ass,” Kodie joked.

I gasped, “How dare you!”

She leaned closer to me so our arms were pressed together; “But you’re my fat ass,” she corrected.

“Well then I suppose that’s okay.” I said, smiling when she laughed. I looked up and noticed we were a couple shops away from the ice cream parlor. I led her inside and up to the counter where an employee was waiting to take our orders.

“Alright, they have Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, plain chocolate, Dutch chocolate, chocolate cookies and cream and chocolate brownie sundae.” I read off all the flavors that had the word ‘chocolate’ in it for Kodie.

“Can I have a medium cup of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream with M&Ms on top,” Kodie asked the girl, who nodded in response.

When she was done making Kodie’s cup of ice cream I grabbed a spoon for her and handed the cup to her. “And can I have a medium cup of half cookie dough and half Dutch chocolate ice cream with gummy bears on top,” I asked.

The girl hesitated and I held my breath. I was really hoping I wouldn’t get recognized even though I only had a snapback, sunglasses and a coat on as a disguise. After a moment, she scooped out my ice cream and told me the total.

“Oh, let me pay for it as a thank you,” Kodie suggested, already reaching with one hand for her wallet.

“Nope, I got this.” I said and handed over the money.

“U-uh, can I get your autograph,” the girl asked quietly before I turned away.

I smiled and read her name tag quickly, “Sure thing Debbie.” I quickly signed my name on a piece of paper she gave me. “Thanks for not screaming,” I added and she smiled.

I brought Kodie to a table in the back of the parlor to avoid being seen by any other teenage girls. I wanted this to be a relaxing afternoon for Kodie.

We talked about everything from Kodie’s classes to the break the boys and I were on for the holidays. “Hey, Liam’s planning a New Year’s party; do you want to come?” I suggested.

She tilted her head, thinking it over. “Rosie and I were planning on going to a classmate’s party, but it’ll probably be boring so I think I can manage talking her into going to Liam’s instead.”

“Awesome,” I replied.

“Do you want to go back to my place now?” I asked when she had finished her ice cream.

“Yeah, but can we go get some games first. I don’t want to watch another movie tonight. Let’s make it game night,” Kodie offered.

“That could be fun,” I mused as we walked back to my car.

“What do you mean ‘could be’? Obviously since it was my idea, it’s going to be a blast.” Kodie retorted. I smirked glad to have Kodie happy and cheeky again.

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