If There's One Thing I Wish...

Rachel Payne has just graduated high school, and her parents have a big surprise for her graduating. She's related to One Direction's Liam Payne and she's going to stay with him in London over the summer. She will take her friend and they will go on an adventure, filled with romance and drama. Thing is that Liam told all of the boys that they couldn't date her... And her ex-boyfriend is trying to win her back. And she thought this summer was going to be relaxing.

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6. Xavier

Rachel’s POV

How could he yell at me like that? It was my birthday. I had done nothing wrong. I really hadn’t. Quack! Quack! Quack! Went my iPhone. I had gotten a text from my mum. I wiped up my tears, blew my nose, and read the text. It read:

                You girls need to come back early. Xavier has leukemia. He really needs you.

                Love, Your Mum

I was going home. I had no reason to stay, except the fact that I loved Louis.

Suddenly, Lou came into the room and started rubbing my back. I wanted to cry again. I knew it was never going to happen. A happily ever after with Lou, I mean.

“What’s up?” he asked.

“I’m leaving to go back home tomorrow.”

“Why? You’ll be leaving me, forever.”

“Xavier has cancer and he needs me. I have to go. I wish I didn’t, but I do.”

He kissed me on the forehead and I made my way into his arms. His comfortable, warm arms. More and more tears slipped from my eyes. I didn’t want to leave. I would never see my Boobear again, unless he snuck over to America to see me. Would he do that for me? He would. I know he would. He loves me.

Louis’ POV

With every stroke, I grow weaker and weaker. I didn’t want her to leave me. She was so beautiful. Her head was in the crook of my neck and I felt her tears running down my chest. Hush. I thought. Don’t cry my love. I stroked her hair over and over again.

Would he do that for me? She thought. I heard it, almost as if she had spoken it to me.

“I will come to see you,” I began, “No matter what Liam says.”

She sniffled and looked up into my eyes. Her lips looked like they needed me. I crushed my lips into hers and she kissed me back. If only this moment would last forever. We parted and she started throwing everything into her bag. I helped her and Catherine get ready to leave. Cat was disappointed too. She would be leaving her boyfriend, Harry, too. They finished quickly and we went to let everyone know they were leaving.

Rachel’s POV

I sat on the couch and didn’t speak to anyone. My eyes were all swollen and red from crying my eyes out.

“What’s going on?” Harry asked.

“Xavier’s got cancer and we have to leave tomorrow morning for the United States,” Cat told the lads.

“What?” Harry began, “You’re leaving me Kitty Cat?”

He flipped his bottom lip out and wrapped his arm around Cat’s little waist. Then they kissed. They kissed quite a lot when they were together. I still wasn’t for sure that Harry was serious about their relationship.

“We’re already packed. We can go do something before we leave tomorrow, if you want.”

“No. Let’s stay here. I don’t any more publicity for any of you two. You’ve had too much fun this summer.” Liam said.

Louis sat beside me and wrapped his arm around me. I laid my head in the crook of Boobear’s neck and Zayn turned on a movie. The movie was Titanic. It was probably the worst movie for the situation at hand. I swore I cried more that day than in my entire lifetime. I finally went to bed and fell asleep after the movie ended.

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“Wake up, love!!” a familiar voice rang.

I slowly pried open my eyes to see Lou shaking me awake. I slowly got up and changed into some clothes Boobear had picked out. It was a striped shirt and bright pants. I loved his sense of style. I brushed through my hair and put it into a French braid. I slipped on my Toms ™, and then walked towards the living room.

Lou and Cat were standing at the door waiting for me. Lou had already gotten my bags and handed me my phone. I noticed an extra bag.

“Whose stuff is that?” I asked Lou.

“Mine. I’m coming with you. You can’t tell Liam, of course. I left him a note saying I was visiting my family in Doncaster. He must never find out.”

“I’ll keep our secret, Boo. Because I love you.”

We hurried to the airport and I sat by Louis in the plane. All I remember was drifting off in Louis’ arms.

When we got to the house, my mum told me everything that happened while I was away. Xavier had been having problems depression-wise and had begun cutting himself. During this month, he had fallen, and when they took him to the hospital they had found a tumor in his brain. They then diagnosed him with cancer, more specifically, leukemia.

We went straight to the hospital where he was being held and he was lying there. He was unnaturally pale and scarred. I was scared. He didn’t look like he was going to make it.

“Rachel?” He questioned.

“Yes. It’s me Xavier.”

I ran to his bedside and held his hand. For some reason, he didn’t grip my hand, and said, “I need to talk to your boyfriend Louis.”

What? He wants to talk to…Lou?

“I’ll go get him.”

Louis’ POV

“Xavier’s asking for…you…” Rachel said, walking out of the hospital room.

Why? Didn’t he absolutely despise me for “stealing his girl”? Didn’t he put me in the hospital for kissing his ex? What did he want me for?

I walked to Xavier and he acknowledged me to come closer.

“I’m going to die. I know it. Love Rachel like you’ve never been hurt. Live like she is your all. Treat her right, Louis Tomlinson. You mean everything to her and I don’t want her heart to break. I love her. You love her. She loves you. Always be there for her. Never let her go. Never make her sad. Love her. No matter what happens.”

Wow. He really did love Rachel, and he meant every word he said. He made a point. I’m her last love. Her ONLY love. I could never let her slip away. I broke Eleanor’s heart and I’m not going to repeat it with Rachel. I mean everything to her.

Rachel came in and kneeled beside him once again. She slipped her tiny fingers into his and he looked weak. He was getting weaker and weaker. He was dying.

“I love you, Rachel. Don’t ever forget that. Don’t ever forget me. I’m tired…”

In that moment, he closed his eyes, his heart rate went crazy and then flat lined. Rachel started balling. I knew she still loved him, but in a brotherly-sisterly way. Poor Xavier. He was dead. At least he knew that Rachel was happy. He died happy.

Rachel’s POV

He was dead. My friend, my ex-boyfriend was dead. It hurt so much. He was like my brother. Imagine losing your brother. It hurt. Every tear that slipped from my eyes had a different memory. Memories of us laughing together. Hugging each other. Kissing. I remember when I first met him and looked into his eyes and thought he was the one.

When his hand began to get cold, I wanted to tighten my grip to warm it. It would do absolutely no good though. He was happy. He was happy when he died. I realized that now. I was happy, so he was happy.

I let go of his hand and fell back into Louis’ arms. I cried and my tears leaked onto Louis’ shirt. I would get over this. But I would never forget Xavier. Never… 

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