Pinky Promise

After a series of terrible events in her life, Tessa DeGennaro finds the one person that makes her happy: Harry Styles. It isn't long before they fall head over heels in love for eachother. But the question is, is this love going to last forever, or is it all too good to be true?

**Warning! Some scenes are graphic and there is some foul languauge**


17. Parting Gift


*Harry's POV*

I woke up in Tessa's bed alone. She left a note for me.


I left for work, but you're welcome to stay here if you'd like. The boys leave at 8pm tonight, so I'm taking off work early to say goodbye to them. Pick me up at my house at 7, and make sure you give Louis his clothes back! He needs to pack them.

If you want, you can just stay at my place for the remainder of the time you're here. Just so you won't have to pay the rent on your house anymore, and so you can protect me from the monsters and murderers that live in my closet.

See you soon, I love you.



Even her handwriting was perfect. How is that possible? This girl doesn't have one flaw. I rolled my eyes, got out of bed and texted her:

I got your note baby(: it made me laugh. I'll take care of everything, which involves moving my stuff into your house so I can protect you. And I love you too(:


We're moving in together... I wondered if this would work out. I really hope so, because if it does, I want her to move into my flat back in England. And I want her to meet my mum.


I ate breakfast and drove over to our house. I'm sure Liam was all freaked out because today was the last day, and he was usually the one to organize things. And Louis was probably going mad without all his clothes. When I pulled up to the house, Lou came rushing out to my car.

“WHERE'S MY STUFF!?” He yelled. “And why are you wearing the same clothes from last night?” He winked.

“It's in the back.” I chuckled.

“ANSWER THE QUESTION HARRY!” I blushed and laughed. “Did you do the naughty?” He pointed a finger at me. I didn't respond. “DID YOU!?” He opened the car door and shook me in my seat.

“Yeah!” I finally said.

“I KNEW IT! HOW WAS IT!? TELL ME EVERYTHING!” Louis ran to get his things from the back and then pulled me out of the car. This was gonna be a long day...


-7 pm-

I didn't tell Lou any details, but I did tell him that we did “the naughty” and that we were moving in together. All the guys were happy for me, and they really liked Tessa. I told them we would send them a demo of the finished song in a few days. I think we still wanted to tweak some parts, and finish up the last verse. I'm gonna miss the boys, and the fact that I won't get to see my mum for too long. Being on the road a lot, you really start to miss home, and it makes you appreciate the little things. Like sleeping in your bed in the room you grew up in. Seeing your friends, sleeping late... I guess that was the one thing I didn't like about being here. I didn't get to see my friends and my family. They were upset about it, but at the same time, they were happy that I found someone I'm happy with.


I just finished putting all my things in Tessa's house when she pulled into the driveway. When she saw my car, she smiled and ran to the front door. I walked outside and kissed her.

“Hi,” she said.

“Hey,” I smiled, “how was work?”

“Ok,” was all she said. that was when I noticed her eyes were red and puffy. I started looking at her a bit more closely and she seemed to notice because she looked away from me.

“Babe is everything alright?” I asked.

“Yeah, Mike and Jo Ann just aren't too happy about me leaving early..” Her voice trailed off.

“Come inside and tell me what happened,” I kissed her forehead, wrapped an arm around her and started to lead her inside.

“No, we don't have time for that. Grab your keys and I'll tell you on the way to the airport.” She said. I just nodded and ran inside to get the keys. When I came back outside she was still in the same place she was before, except her arms were wrapped around herself. When I got closer to her, I saw she was crying.

“Baby what's wrong?” I wrapped my arms around her and she leaned into my chest. This poor girl. Why does everything bad always happen to her? Can't someone just cut her a break? She doesn't deserve this, especially from her own parents...

“I can't take it anymore Harry.” She cried.

“Tell me what happened,” I said. Tessa cried a little bit more until she started walking to the car. I didn't let her go. When she sat down, she looked up at me with weary eyes. My heart broke a little bit, just from looking at her.

“We argued for an hour. About everything-” She stopped talking when I lifted up the sleeve on her left arm to reveal cuts and yellowing bruises. We were both speechless.


*Tessa's POV*

He found them. The cuts and the bruises Jo Ann gave me today. How could I be so stupid as to not cover up the cuts? Harry didn't need that burden.

“What are these?” A tear fell from his cheek. I didn't know what to say... “Did she do this to you?” He asked. I nodded and he pulled down my sleeve. “Tell me what happened, now.” Harry seemed almost angry now. This is why I didn't want him to know. But I had to tell him now...

“We were in the back alley behind the diner. And we were arguing... I told her to go to hell and she pushed me against a broken window. The glass cut my skin and when I fell, she lifted me up by my hair and pinned me against the wall. Her grip was so tight that it left bruises... Mike walked outside and when Jo Ann wasn't looking, I ran to my car and drove away.”

“I wanna talk to her. Now. This is unacceptable. And I wanna go to the police-” I cut him off.

“Harry please don't. I'll be okay. I don't want to go to the police and I don't even want you going near them.”

“Why?” He said, really angry now.

“Because if we go to the police, they'll go to jail. And that's gonna ruin the relationship they have with their grand kids. Danielle and Michael both have kids, and they're almost old enough to understand what jail is. I don't want them growing up knowing that their grandmother spent time in prison for assault. Even if I haven't met them, they deserve a good relationship with their grandparents... So please, just leave this alone and go to the airport. I'll be alright,” Harry was still crying a bit and I felt terrible for being the cause of it.

“Okay,” he nodded. “Just know that I love you, and I'll always be there for you.”

“I love you too Harry. You have no idea how much you mean to me.” He kissed me and walked over to the drivers side. I wanted to go to the police, and I wanted Harry to say something to Jo Ann. But we just can't. It's selfish and wrong, no matter how much she deserves to be punished.


I think Harry was upset because he couldn't protect me. When I was explaining everything to him, he looked so crushed. Like, absolutely distraught that such a thing could happen. And I love the fact that he cared so much about me, but what mattered the most was that he respected my decision not to go to the police. That's what was important to me.


The car ride was mostly silent. When we did talk, it was about plans for the remainder of the summer. When we got to the Newark airport, the paparazzi and fans were crowding the car. Harry turned to look at me, his face filled with concern.

“There's gonna be a lot of people outside. They're gonna ask us questions, grab at us...Everywhere,” I giggled when a small smile appeared on his face. “And they're gonna be saying a lot of stuff. Just stay close to me and keep walking. You don't need to answer questions. I'll protect you, alright babe?”

“Okay,” I smiled.

“I love you,” he said.

“I love you too babe,” we kissed and he got out of the car. People we immediately in his face with cameras and questions. Harry just kept walking, completely unphased by everything. He got to my side of the car and helped me out. Harry had a tight grip around my waist. I was blinded by the flashing cameras, and assaulted with one thousand questions.

“Just keep walking baby,” he whispered. I smiled and wrapped my arm around his waist. I felt him smile too and soon enough, we were reunited with the boys. They all ran over to us, thanking us for saving them from boredom. When Louis saw me, he smiled and hugged me.

“Hey Tessa,”

“Hey Lou,” I smiled.

“...I thought I told you my name was Debbie.” He shook his head in disappointment.

“Sorry,” I chuckled.

“You're gonna watch over my little Harry, right?” He teased.

“Yes,” I laughed.



The mood between Harry and I had lightened up. Louis always found a way to make Harry laugh, and I was grateful for that. And the guys always found a way to make me laugh. Niall and I spent a good hour at the restaurants in the airport. Liam, Zayn and I were playing truth or dare. Harry was always holding my hand and Louis made fun of our relationship. It was all in good fun. They really were the five greatest people I knew and I was so grateful to have them in my life.


When it was time to say goodbye, things got emotional. I exchanged numbers with everyone, and cried harder and harder each time I hugged them. Everyone was on the plane, except for Louis. It was weird how close we got in the short time we knew each other. If I wasn't with Harry, I was with Louis. We could tell each other anything and everything, and we got along so well.

“Is saying goodbye always this hard?” I cried.

“Not usually,” a small tear ran down his cheek too.

“I'm gonna miss you best friend.” I smiled.

“I'm gonna miss you too,” he said.

“You will call me as often as possible Louis Tomlinson. And next time, you're bringing Eleanor with you.” I smiled as another tear escaped my eye.

“You got it kiddo,” he smiled. “One more hug for the road? As a final parting gift?”

“Obviously!” I said, hugging him one last time. I felt something fall from my back and Louis started laughing. I looked at the floor to see a giant lock of my hair dispersed onto the tile.

“You didn't...” I said maliciously.

“Told you I would have the last laugh.” He winked, tossing a pair of scissors into the garbage.

“LOUIS TOMLINSON!!!!!!” I screamed and pushed him. He laughed and ran to the gate.

“Bye babe! See you soon!” He looked back at me and within seconds, he was gone. Harry was just coming back from an Auntie Ann's when he saw the hair on the ground.

“Did Louis do that?” He laughed.

“YES! I AM SO PISSED OFF!” I screamed, everyone around us was staring at me.

“It's alright baby, it'll grow back.” Harry pulled me into a hug and took a bite of his pretzel.

“I'm gonna kill him...” I said under my breath.

“Let's just go home,” he chuckled and started making his way to the car, pulling me with him.


*Harry's POV*

Her hair was shoulder length now, and it was always pin straight. Tessa made sure of that. But she looked beautiful anyways.

The rest of the night was better. Happier. Granted, she was mourning over her hair for a good hour, but we spent the rest of the night eating junk food and playing music. She fell asleep with a big smile on her face. And I couldn't help but notice her whispering my name while she was dreaming. I pulled her in closer to me, and slowly got my phone from the bed side table. I wanted her to know how beautiful she was when she was sleeping. I kissed her forehead and took a picture.


I set it as my background, sent the picture to her, and fell asleep, wishing this moment could last forever.

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