Without Her

*Third book in the Different From the Rest series* After Kady's death, Liam is clueless on what to do. He always relied on Kady to take care of their daughter. His wife is now dead and he must take care of a God-loving toddler that thinks death is a good thing. Told in only Liam's point if view he must learn the ups and downs of parenthood, how to change his ways, and move on after a heart wrenching loss of the love of his life.

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2. Funeral

"Why is it that I got a call from your school?" I ask Nadi Drew. She shrugs, "I don't know, I was just talking about how I'm happy Mommy's in Heaven, it's a better place there." I buckle her into her car seat, "Don't talk about that at school. You can talk to me about this at home, but not at school." I walk around the car and I buckle myself in and I start to drive away, "But why doesn't everyone want their Mommies to go to Heaven, Daddy?" "Because they want to see their moms everyday, you can't when one's in Heaven," I try to explain. She starts to talk again, but I shush her and she doesn't protest. All I say is, "I don't want another phone call from your school." "Follow me," I take Nadi Drew's hand and I lead her to the front of the church where close family members and friends are. El, Lena, Peyton and even Niall are teary eyed. So is Ms. Brown and Samara. Lou looks like he's about to cry and Zayn, Perrie, and Harry are staying strong so far. Oddly, Kady's stepdad, Anthony, is here. He's fine, responding to a text every so often. Douchebag. An elderly priest walks up to the microphone signaling that this is starting. I pick up Nadi Drew and place her on my lap. The priest starts talking about Kady, "Mrs. Payne was a wonderful woman. She was young and brought a smile to my face every time I saw her. I think it was something about fighting a sickness for so long and she was so determined to live, not for herself, but for her husband and daughter." "Is that me?" Nadi Drew whispers into my ear. I nod my head, then I point to the priest as to say, keep listening. "I will never forget this fine lady. She was very polite and would say hi to me on the streets. When she was going through the sacrament of Healing of the Sick, I was the one helping her. She knew she was going to die, but tried to make the best of her last days." "I told you, I'm not the only one that thinks Heaven is a good place," whispers Nadi Drew again. Shut up kid. "Now, Mrs. Payne has asked Niall Horan to speak first," obviously. Niall grins, swallows a lump in his throat, and holds back tears. He goes up to the podium and takes out a slip of paper from his pocket. He stares at Kady's coffin for a while, then starts to speak, "Ever since I met Kady, I knew there was something special about her. Something behind that award winning smile and those soft blue eyes. Though this was before her illness, I knew there was always something that she never let other people see. She was outgoing and loud, which covered up a bit of it. But only till this morning have I truly figured out what it was. I have always had suspicions, but none seemed logical. She was a happy girl with a happy life that many would die for. The one thing she was really missing was someone loving her. I don't mean her family, but rather friends, male or female. She had people who she called "friends" but all they are is cheap plastic in a sidewalk gutter. When she really needed them, they left. I think by her finding Liam and eventually trusting him gave her confidence. But, that's not what I want to talk about. Kady was one of my best friends and I knew as long as she loved Li, then I'd love her. There are so many things I wish I could say to her right now, but there's no going back. You must leave the past behind you before you can move forwards…" Niall keeps talking, but I can't even listen anymore. It's just getting to be too much. Nadi Drew puts her face into my shoulder, "Mommy's not coming back, is she?" "No, I'm afraid not, you just have to find her." She nods her head and I put a protective arm around her. "Thank you Mr. Horan. Next, Mrs. Payne has asked for Mrs. Eleanor Calder-Tomlinson to speak." Just as predicted. Then Lena will speak, the priest will do a few more of those fake prayers, and everyone will leave. Everyone mentioned in Kady's will would be called to the back of the church to review it with the lawyer as planned. El walks up to the mic, straightens her dress, and puts on the toughest face she can muster though she's been bawling since Niall started to speak. "Hi, for those of you that don't know me, I'm Eleanor Calder-Tomlinson, Louis' wife." I look behind me at all the guests. People are watching from outside, everyone wants to see the funeral. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. El continues, "I have had the pleasure of watching Kady grow up. I knew her from when she was fourteen to when she was twenty-one, about one third of her life. She could cheer me up when I was having a bad day, she had that affect on people in general. She was never really the kind of person Liam would usually date, he liked the more quiet, reserved girls. But I'm glad he made the exception. I remember sleeping over at her house and helping her get ready for prom as if it was yesterday. She wore a long royal purple dress with the special black pumps Liam got for her for her birthday all those years back. I also put a curled high ponytail into her hair and only put on light makeup. After, Kady told me Liam said she looked beautiful and couldn't stop thanking me. That's when I was certain Kady was a truly good person. I can't even put it into words of how much Kady means to me." El walks off choking back tears and I have a feeling she wasn't done. The priest talks, "Okay, the last person Kady wants to speak is Mr. Liam Payne."
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