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**


19. Secrets (Part 1)


*Tessa's POV*

There's been a lot going on lately. Ever since the incident with Nico, Harry and I haven't been the same. He would still kiss me and tell me he loved me, but his mind was always somewhere else. And if I ever tried to ask him what was wrong, he would tell me he was tired. I know enough about Harry to know that something else is going on. I thought maybe a day or two away from the diner would help him relax a little bit.


And as I was just about to start closing up for the night, I couldn't help but wonder if any of this was my fault...


*Harry's POV*

I've been looking at them for hours now, all the twitter hate. The talk I had with management wasn't too helpful either. I knew I made a lot of people mad...

People on twitter were saying they hate me, and that I was a bad influence on the younger fans.


I didn't regret punching Nico, he deserved it. The thing I hated about it was the fact that Tessa had to see it. I knew a small part of her will always have feelings for him, and that it hurt her to see him so broken. You could tell by the way she looked at him.

Now there were articles and twitter trends about Tessa, calling her a lot of nasty things. We were just beginning to get support for our relationship, now everyone hated her. Some of the fans and articles were saying that Tessa and I weren't going to last long, and that I should just move on now before she breaks my heart. One trend on twitter was: #KillTessa


But what made everything worse was the secret I'm forced to keep from her. I didn't know if telling her would only drive us apart, or bring us closer. And that if I didn't tell her, she would be mad at me. Just thinking about it all made me break down into tears...


*Tessa's POV*

It was finally time to head home. I felt a familiar ache in my shoulders and neck from constantly working. Not only was Harry not here, but some old guy who sat in the diner all day made me shut off the music. And even though it was another busy day on the coast of Point Pleasant, there was a painful silence in my mind.

I couldn't stop thinking about Harry, I hated seeing him like this. For the past three days, he's been really distant. I swear I saw him cry once when we were about to go to sleep, but he denied it.


I didn't know if it was all the hate we were getting or not. I saw the things they said about Harry and I, and I knew he wouldn't take it well. But he never got this upset over it before, so it had to be something else. I just didn't know what it was...


I was so lost in thought that I didn't even realize the light was red, and I almost got into an accident. Everything was just really stressful right now. Jo Ann saw it as a perfect opportunity to start arguing again. She said she hated Harry, and that I was a whore and a cheater. The things she said about me didn't even effect me anymore. Over the past few years, she's broken me down into nothing but a lifeless soul. Her cruel words only made me numb, to everything.


These past few days made me remember what it's like to just give up. To feel so weak that finding the strength to wake up everyday becomes difficult... It made me remember what it's like to desire death more than anything else in this world.


Normal people wouldn't usually feel like that if this happened to them. But before Harry came along, I felt like dying every single day. And everything, even little things like someone you don't know being rude to you, made the feeling stronger. So when my relationship with Nico crumbled, things with Harry became tense, abuse from strangers, and constantly fighting with Jo Ann built up in a matter of three days...The feeling came back.


I know I would never do it, I would never kill myself. Every time I come close to picking up a bottle of pills, with bad intentions, my mind wanders back to the promise I made to Alex and Tom so many years ago. And I just can't do it. I promised them I would find the strength to keep breathing, even if it meant feeling like this every day. But this time was a little different. This time, I actually have something to live for.


Even though things with Harry are bad right now, they aren't going to stay like this forever. Even if things with Jo Ann never get better, and Harry's fans always hate me, it doesn't matter. Because every day, I get to wake up knowing that somebody cares about me, and that someone actually loves me. His name was Harry Styles, and as long as I had him, I could find the reasons to keep myself alive.


That's when I pulled into the driveway.


*Harry's POV*

I heard Tessa's car in front of the house. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't stop crying. I didn't know if I should tell her or not. On one hand, she has every right to know. But on the other, I had no idea if telling her would bring her to leave me. Just the mere thought of losing her made another tear fall from my face and onto the couch.

She opened the door and walked in. When she saw me, her face filled with concern and she ran over to me.

“Harry,” I pulled her into a hug and cried into her shirt. “Harry I know something else is wrong. I know it's not just the things people are saying about us, it's something else. And if you really loved me, you would tell me what's bothering you.” Her voice got shaky when she looked me straight in the eyes. “Harry please, this is driving me crazy. I need to know what's wrong so I can help you... Please let me help you,” Tessa started to cry and I just lost it. I knew that keeping this secret would only tear us apart. I took a deep breath and told her everything.


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