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**

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*Tessa's POV*

Harry visited me at the diner every day. And we talked constantly over the phone, he became by best friend. A best friend who likes to flirt with me, a lot. I wanted to flirt back so badly, but I just couldn't shake my feelings for Nico. It's been two weeks since I saw him last. And some people may say that distance drives two people apart, but for me, it only makes me miss him more. What made me cry at night was the fact that I didn't know if he was missing me or not. Why hasn't he called? Did he just forget about me? How long was I willing to wait? For a while, the answer was forever, but I'm not so sure anymore.

 

Harry thinks he's cheating on me, but I don't think Nico would do that to me. He told me he loved me, and he promised me that he would never leave, even if we went all the way. He has to keep his promises, he just has to. Harry doesn't like him though, I think it's because he's jealous. Or protective. I wasn't sure which one it was.

 

He visited me at work today, like he usually did. It makes working at the diner enjoyable. For one thing, Harry helps me work. I taught him how to be a waiter and he knows where everything is. But he can't get paid, Mike and Jo Ann would kill me if they knew if Harry was helping me. Harry understands though, he doesn't mind the fact that he isn't getting paid. We've been making a lot of money lately, mostly because of Harry. When his fans started showing up at the diner, Harry said he would only give autographs and pictures if they bought something from us. So business was booming.

 

We had fun at work, Harry and I. If it wasn't a busy day, we would play tag around the diner. And he would tease me by squeezing my waist while I was tending to people's needs on a busy day. It was so funny. The best part about it was that he kept my mind off of everything, even if we weren't with each other. He always called me, especially before I went to sleep. Harry liked to sing me to sleep, I don't know why. But it calmed me down and it kept my mind off of the distance between Nico and I.

“If you can't sleep tonight, call me. And if you have a nightmare, I'll come and get you and we can fall asleep at my place,” he would tell me that every night. It was nice having him around and I was glad I made friends with him.

 

Harry left early tonight, I saw that he was getting tired so I made him leave. I didn't think it was fair that he did all this work for free, and I tried to get him to relax as much as possible, but he insisted on helping me every chance he got. And although I feel bad, I really love the extra help. Especially because it's him helping me, he really makes me happy.

 

Unfortunately for me, a busy diner also means a lot of cleaning up to do. After over two hours of cleaning dishes by hand, I had eleven tables to clean. The only thing that was keeping me sane was Taylor Swift. Harry brought in a stereo system so I always had music on in the diner. Taylor's new album Red was on shuffle right now. Singing along to “I Almost Do”, I started cleaning the first of many tables.

 

I've always loved singing, I wasn't too bad at it either. By the time I hit fifteen I was singing and listening to music every single day, it was my only escape from the real world. Well, I became so passionate about it, I decided to try and get better at it. I looked up how to sing better and I practiced every day. Before I knew it, people were complimenting me on my voice, even the people that have amazing voices. I also loved to play the piano and the acoustic guitar. Sometimes I wrote my own songs, but I never sang them in front of people, I didn't think I was good enough for that, even after three years of real practicing. So now I got to sing every day at the diner, and I loved it so much more than the silence. “Stay Stay Stay” came on, I thought this song was so adorable, I loved it so much.

 

Before I knew it I had three tables done and I was singing and dancing around the diner. It was the first time I was happy on a rainy day. For some reason, this song reminded me of Harry. He just made me happy all the time, and although Nico did that too, he caused me a hell of a lot of pain. Three years of agonizing waiting and crying and lies and everything else you could possibly imagine. With Harry all I felt was love and warmth and happiness. Sounds corny, but it was true.

 

The thing I loved the most about Harry was the fact that he wasn't scared to be with me in public. When Nico took me out on a date, he would only hold my hand or kiss me if we were alone. I was lucky if he held my hand under the table at dinner. Every Sunday when Harry and I would hang out, he always held me by the hand or the waist. It didn't matter where we were, and I loved that about him.

 

Six tables were finished, “All Too Well” just began to play. A car pulled up in the parking lot, it wasn't Harry's. It was Nico's car, I smiled. And I know I keep saying this, but I miss him so much it's unreal. And here he was, in the rain, standing in front of me. Finally, ready to love me. He ran into the diner before he could get hit too hard by the rain.

“What the fuck? Turn down the music it's way too loud. And Taylor Swift sucks anyway,” he snapped.

I walked over to the stereo and turned down the music, just a bit. I could tell Nico was in one of his moods, and I needed this music to keep me calm. “What's your problem, first of all? And second of all, we haven't spoken in weeks and this is all you have to say to me?” I turned to him and he was just looking at the wall. I walked over to him and put my hands around his neck. “I'm sorry, I just missed you, that's all.” He still wasn't looking at me, he wasn't even touching me.

“Can we talk?” He asked.

“Of course,” I let go and he sat at a table, I sat across from him. Nico sighed and looked out the window. There was a long silence between us. I just watched and waited for him to speak. This can't be good. He was always bad at expressing his emotions, especially in person, so this has to be it. This is not good...

Nico finally looked at me, his expression blank. He shook his head and said, “I can't do this anymore.” It took a minute to sink in... What the hell does that mean?

“What?” I said, leaning back in the chair.

“I can't be with you anymore, there's someone else.” A small tear fell from the corner of his eye. Oh my god, Harry was right. He really was cheating on me. I felt my eyes watering and it wasn't long before I started crying. “I'm sorry,” he said. “I really am, I swear.” That broke my heart. I knew every part of that sentence was a lie, a cold hearted lie.

“That's bull,” I said and got up from the table. I just couldn't bare to look at him right now.

“What's that supposed to mean?” He got up and followed me.

“You know what it means. It means that you didn't mean a single word you just said. You're not sorry at all, are you?” He cut me off.

“Obviously I'm fucking sorry, I just said I was. I hurt you and I'm sorry.” His words were colder than ice.

“You don't just take someone's virginity, cheat on her, not talk to her for over two weeks and be sorry about it. What makes it even worse was the fact that I'm your friggen best friend, Nico. Do you think I'm stupid or do I just mean that little to you? I know you're not sorry.” Tears were pouring from my face, I don't know how my voice was so calm but it just was.

“Well what else do you want from me? I didn't talk to you for so long because I didn't know how to say what I just said. But everything I do is wrong according to you.” Nico couldn't even look me in the eyes.

“Don't turn this back on me! This is your fault, not mine. I'm tired of taking the blame and being the first to apologize every single time we fight. I'm done!” I turned around.

“What the fuck does that mean?” I broke down in tears.

“IT MEANS GET THE FUCK OUT! I HATE YOU! YOU'RE A LIAR AND A CHEATER AND I NEVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN! I'M DONE TRYING TO GET YOU TO BE WITH ME, BECAUSE IT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I'M DONE WITH ALL YOUR LIES AND YOUR BULLSHIT! I'M DONE WITH THE FIGHING AND SCREAMING AND THE CRYING AND FEELING LIKE COMPLETE SHIT BECAUSE OF YOU ALL THE TIME.” I breathed out, completely drained. “Go be happy with whoever you replaced me with, I don't ever want to see you again.” Tears were streaming from both of our faces.

“So that's it then? We're done because of one fucking mistake? You're gonna end everything we ever had because of one thing? We had so much planned... I mean you're my best friend, I can't lose you just as much as you can't lose me. Are you really ending it all for this?” His voice broke from crying.

“No, Nico. I'm ending this because of all the mistakes you've made over the past three years. I'm ending this because I don't want to take the fall for you anymore. It's over because I don't mean as much to you as you did to me. Now you're nothing to me, everything we ever had is nothing to me. And clearly, everything we had planned meant nothing to you when you were in bed with that other girl. Plan all that stuff with her.”

“But she can't replace you,” Nico tried to walk closer to me but I took two steps back. Stay strong, this is all for the best. You can't be happy while he's in your life.

“She already has...” My voice broke as I walked to t he door, opened it and turned to look at him one more time. “Goodbye Nico.” I said. And with that, he turned around and left. It was 11:30 at night, I should've been home by now. But the tables were only half done so I had to stay. “Sad Beautiful Tragic” began to play as I walked to the corner of the diner. Taylor started singing and that's when I collapsed to the floor crying. I curled into a ball as the tears spilled from my eyes and collected into a puddle onto the floor. All I could say was, “what did I just do?”

 

I was like that for about ten minutes when I felt my phone vibrating in my back pocket. It was probably Harry. And if I didn't answer the first time, he got worried and wouldn't stop calling until I answered. Stay as calm as possible, don't make it sound like you're crying, and answer the phone. I pulled out the phone from my back pocket and answered.

“Hello?” My voice broke. Well, staying calm failed.

“Tessa are you okay?” Harry immediately sounded concerned.

“Uhm, yeah,” I said.

“Stop lying. Where are you?” He asked.

“The diner,” I sniffled.

“I'll be right there baby, stay right there, okay?” I heard his car start in the background.

“Okay,” it was the only thing I could manage to say. I was shaking a little bit and I still haven't stop crying. Harry hung up the phone, I just let mine drop in the puddle of tears on the floor. This was one of the worst nights of my life. I just lost my best friend, forever.

 

*Harry's POV*

I called Tessa expecting her beautiful tired voice. I was going to sing her to sleep tonight, she liked that. But instead I heard a shaky, crying voice over the phone. I knew something was wrong so I immediately grabbed my car keys and walked to my car. I don't know why I fell so hard for her as quickly as I did, my feelings for her hard to understand. I just knew she had to be mine, and I had to protect her no matter what. I drove to the diner and found her huddled in a ball against the counter. I ran through the rain, opened the door and straight to her. I took her in my arms and she wrapped around me tightly. There was a puddle, of what I'm guessing was tears, next to her. It was huge, I could tell she had been here for a while. She still hasn't stopped crying.

“What's wrong baby?” I asked.

“You were right,” her voice broke, she was breathing so heavily.

“About what sweetheart?” I put my hand on her waist.

“He just walked into the diner and-” she sniffled, “and said he was cheating and that he didn't wanna be with me anymore.” She whimpered and began shaking. I have never seen anyone cry this hard before. I knew immediately who she was talking about: Nico. From everything Tessa told me, he sounded like a proper jerk. Tessa deserved so much better than him, he doesn't treat her right, obviously.

“I'll kill him for making you hurt like this,” I said.

“You don't have to, I'm done with him. I told him I never want to see him again.” She said.

“Well what do you want me to do baby?” I removed the hair from her face and put my hands back on her waist and pulled her in closer to me. Tessa's face was curled into my neck, I felt her tears fall into my shirt.

“Don't leave me. Please just stay,” she whispered.

“I couldn't leave even if I wanted to. Come on, we're gonna go back to my house, okay?” I kissed the top of her head and picked her up.

“Can I fall asleep? I'm so tired Harry.” I was just glad she stopped crying.

“Of course baby. If you're still awake I'll bring you up in my room and give you clothes to wear tonight,” I whispered.

“Okay, do you think you can sleep next to me tonight?” I felt her eye lashes flutter against my skin and I got butterflies.

“Anything you want love,” I whispered and opened the door to the diner. I made sure to lock it before I left. “Try and fall asleep baby, tomorrow is Sunday so you can sleep late.” I kissed her forehead and felt her nod her head against my neck. I tucked her in close to me to shield her from the rain and quickly put her into the passenger seat of my car and drove off.

 

*Tessa's POV*

Harry came to get me in what seemed like a matter of seconds. He wrapped me in his arms and everything just felt right. He smelled so good and he was so warm... He would kiss the top of my head and call me baby. After a while, I started to calm down. I realized that the memories I had with Nico were really great, and he was an amazing friend. But he wasn't the same guy I fell in love with three years ago. He was manipulative and cold, and the love that you thought you felt for him was all just his facade. His way to get you into his bed. And I knew it the whole time and I still fell for it. The night Nico and I shared two weeks ago was magical, but it was also a mistake. He wasn't meant for that moment, someone else was, but it's too late now.

 

Harry was gonna let me spend the night at his place, curled up next to him. I knew he wouldn't mind, I didn't either. I just don't want this to be another mistake, where I fall in love with him and when he leaves New Jersey, he forgets about me and leaves me for some girl who I could never compare to. I was so afraid of that happening. Be very cautious about this, if you're gonna let yourself fall, be sure he's gonna fall too.

 

The car ride home was short and silent. Harry parked the car in the garage and carried me inside. I heard two voices, but I didn't know whose they were. I just pretended to be asleep and I would open my eyes when I was in Harry's room.

“Who is that?” I heard a guy walk over to Harry.

“SHHH! She's sleeping, this is Tessa. She's gonna stay here for the night.” Harry whispered.

“Oh sorry mate. Is this the girl you've been talking about?” He asked.

“Yeah,” Harry responded.

“She really is beautiful mate. You gonna make her your bird?” What the hell? Birds are animals, not people.

“I'm gonna try,” whatever that means. “I'll be upstairs, try and be quiet so she can sleep. She's had a rough night,” I felt Harry walk upstairs. He put me on his bed and I pretended to wake up.

“Harry?” I said sleepily. He turned to look at me a small smile covered his face.

“Hey babe, I didn't realize you were awake. Do you want some clothes for tonight?” He put his arm around my waist. I just nodded, I really was tired. “You have to stand up for me okay? I'll pick out some clothes for you and then I'll let you change in here, okay?” He walked me over to the closet.

“Okay. Promise you'll come right back?” I asked.

“I'll pinky promise,” we locked pinky's and he gave me a shirt and a baggy pair of shorts.

“I'll be in the bathroom on the right, when you're done changing we can go to sleep.” Harry kissed my forehead and walked out. I immediately changed into his clothes and climbed into his bed. The shirt said “Hipsta Please” it was cute, and I liked it. His bed was really warm, I just wanted Harry next to me so I can go to bed. I'm glad I get to sleep late tomorrow, I don't want to work. I reached over and turned off his light and lied down on my side. My heavy eyelids closed over my eyes before I could even put up a fight. Not too long after that I felt Harry slip into the bed next to me. He flipped me over so my head was laying on his shoulder and my arm was around his waist. He had is arms wrapped around me. I was so comfortable.

“Go to sleep now baby,” he kissed my forehead, “I won't leave you, I promise.” Before I let sleep overcome me, I held up my pinky and he locked his to mine. Then he grabbed my hand and I fell asleep, thinking that nothing could make this moment more perfect.

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