Trouble in Paradise ~ Book 2 ~ Completed!

It’s been a year since Harry and Bess got married and their beautiful baby girl, Emma, was born. Bess works for the boys’ management now and the three of them are together always. When Harry suddenly starts being all distant and moody though, Bess doesn’t know what to think. But the real problems between her and Harry begin when she gets closer to one other member of the band. ~ Sequel to The Rebound Girl ~

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4. A Messed Up Situation

Zayn’s POV

After their three hour rehearsal, the boys had an hour lunch break. They gathered in the TV room and found Paul playing pic-a-boo with Emma. When the bodyguard saw them, he cleared his throat, folded his big arms and said in a gruff voice, ‘I’ve brought pizza.’

Emma was sitting on the floor, giggling, and Louis picked her up. ‘You’re still manly in our eyes, Paul. Don’t worry,’ Louis jested, smirking. Niall and Liam looked at each other and snickered before they sat on the sofa, grabbing a slice of pizza.

Paul pointed a warning finger at him, saying, ‘Watch it, Lou.’

‘Where’s Bess?’ Harry asked. ‘I can’t find her anywhere.’

‘She said she wanted to be alone for a while and then left me with Emma,’ Paul replied.

‘Her phone’s here, mate,’ Liam said. ‘So, she must be somewhere in the building.’

‘Yeah, but where?’ Harry asked, running a hand through his hair. It was a massive building.

‘Calm down, Haz,’ Zayn told him, patting him on the back. ‘She’ll come to you when she’s ready, yeah?’

‘I messed up, mate,’ Harry said, looking at him. He was so frustrated. ‘I really messed up.’

‘You did a mistake, Haz,’ Zayn said. ‘We all do. So, stop worrying and eat something.’

Harry nodded, reluctantly joining the others. Zayn knew that the only thing Harry wanted to do right now was find Bess and hold her in his arms. Zayn grabbed two slices of pizza, his jacket and headed to the door.

‘Where are you going?’ Niall asked with his mouth full and a few bits of food flew out, landing on Louis’ lap.

‘If I weren’t holding Emma, you’d be dead right now,’ Louis told him with his eyes narrowed and Emma clapped, flashing a toothless smile.

‘Sorry, mate,’ Niall replied after he had swallowed, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand.

‘I’ll go call Perrie,’ Zayn lied. Everyone shrugged and went on eating. The truth was that Zayn knew exactly where Bess was and he was heading to her right away.

*

Bess’ POV

I was sitting on the roof wall with my legs crossed, smoking a cigarette. After I found out I was pregnant with Emma, Harry made me promise him that I would quit. And I did. But I missed it and some days, when I really needed one, I sneaked outside to smoke. Today though not even a whole pack could calm me down. When I saw Zayn coming up on the roof, I threw it on the ground and smashed it with my boot. Really clever, Bess, I thought. As if he couldn’t smell it on my breath. He walked closer and I hugged myself. It was cold up here.

‘I brought lunch,’ Zayn said, sitting next to me. He offered me a slice of pizza and I looked at it, biting my lower lip.

‘I shouldn’t,’ I told him. ‘I’m on a diet.’

He chuckled. ‘Are you kidding me? Why?’

‘That’s really sweet of you but no thanks,’ I said, pushing his hand away. The mere smell of that slice was making me hungry. I asked, ‘How did you know I was up here?’

‘A smoker knows where other smokers hide,’ Zayn replied. He took a bite of his slice, chewed and swallowed before he said, ‘Harry’s going bananas over you. He’s afraid you might leave him.’

I chewed my lip, hugging myself tighter, and looked at my knees. ‘Seeing him kiss that other girl,’ I began. ‘I felt as if I was ripped apart, by his hands.’

‘I’m not defending him for what he did but he was drunk and he was missing you,’ Zayn said. ‘And at the end of the day, it was only a kiss.’ I looked at him and he went on. ‘Like when you kissed me today. It was only a kiss, right? I mean, you didn’t feel anything. Did you?’ I felt as if he was fishing for answers now.

‘Nope,’ I replied, shaking my head back and forth. I really hadn’t thought about it, if I had felt anything when I kissed him. I thought I didn’t. But did I? I don’t know. ‘I only wanted to make Harry angry,’ I added, sniffing. It was really cold and the grey, grumpy clouds that moved over heads promised to pour down rain soon.

‘Yeah, but, why did you kiss me, Bess?’ Zayn asked, staring into my eyes. I swallowed hard and turned away. ‘Why not Louis or Niall?’ he insisted. ‘I know why you didn’t pick Liam. There’s too much history there and things might have gotten complicated again. But why me?’

‘I - I don’t know,’ I replied, stuttering a little. ‘I really don’t. I’m sorry if it bothered you that much.’

‘It didn’t bother me!’ he said quickly but when I looked at him again, he cleared his throat and added, ‘I was just wondering.’

‘How’s Perrie?’ I asked, changing the subject.

Zayn shrugged. ‘It’s our two year anniversary this weekend and she’s booked a suite in a hotel in Switzerland,’ he said, indifferent. ‘She’s spending money like crazy.’

‘Oh,’ I replied. I didn’t really know what else to say to that. We both fell silent and he finished his pizza.

‘Anyway,’ he began, getting up. ‘Harry’s really bummed about this. Don’t be too hard on him, alright, love?’

‘Zayn, the advise master,’ I told him, smiling.

‘Yeah, real cute,’ he replied, laughing little. He lingered, looking at my face, but then chuckled and turned to leave.

‘Zayn,’ I called and for some reason, he froze. He turned round. I hesitated but asked, ‘Did you feel anything? When we kissed?’

Zayn shrugged before he replied, ‘Doesn’t matter. You’re married to Hazza.’

‘So, did you?’ I asked, all agitated now.

‘I’ll talk to you later, Bess,’ he simply said over his shoulder, walking away.

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