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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9. Zurich 1 - Ice Skating

We reached the hotel in the morning hours and we all went straight to bed but at noon, Lana called both us and Zayn and Perrie, waking us up. ‘I’ve made plans for the whole day for all of us,’ she told everyone ecstatically over the phone. So, we all got up to get ready.

I walked into the bathroom, yawning and stretching my arms. Harry was brushing his teeth in front of the mirror and was wearing only black pajama pants. I hugged him from behind and rested my cheek between his shoulder blades. ‘Morning, baby,’ I told him, holding him tightly against me.

Harry spat toothpaste in the sink and wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. He was still distant to me. ‘Go get dressed, beautiful. Everyone will be here in a while,’ he said, flipping his hair, fixing it.

‘Let’s tell them that I’m ill and then spend the whole day in the suite. Only the two of us,’ I suggested, hoping he would say yes. All I wanted to do was spend time with him and fix things. Still hugging him from behind, I touched his chest and gently dug my fingers into his skin, adding, ‘Pretty please?’

Harry took my hands, intertwined our fingers and kissed my knuckles. Then, he simply said, ‘No,’ and let go of my hands. He walked into the bedroom and I followed him. All this because of a stupid dream, I thought. When would he let it go!? I watched him as he changed into a knitted jumper and a pair of jeans. He was still barefoot when there was a knock on the door. A second later, everyone walked in. Zayn was holding hands with Perrie and Liam with Lana. They were dressed in full winter attire: thick jackets, knit beanie hats, scarves, gloves and boots. It was freezing cold in Zurich and was snowing nonstop.

‘Aren’t you ready yet?’ Lana screeched, glaring at me.

I was still in my pink pajamas and my hair was in a messy bun. My fingernails and toenails were painted pink, too. Zayn absentmindedly ran his eyes over my body, focusing on my mouth, breasts and hips. Stop it! I wanted to yell at him. Both Harry and Liam noticed. Perrie didn’t, she was texting.

Harry came up behind me, sneaked his hands under my pajama top and placed them on my tummy, below my bellybutton. Zayn was staring at my toenails but after Harry did that, he lifted his eyes up to us. I felt as if Harry was showing off, as if he was marking his territory, but it didn’t matter. I always welcomed his touch no matter what.

‘I think I know now it wasn’t your fault,’ Harry whispered into my ear, pulling me to him. My butt pressed against his pelvis.

‘Aw, look at you two,’ Perrie said. ‘You’re the cutest couple I’ve ever seen,’ she added, tilting her head to the side. She honestly had no idea what was going on.

‘What about us, baby?’ Zayn asked her, smiling, and gave her a peck on the lips. I glared at him, thinking, really, Zayn, really? Now he remembered that he had a girlfriend?

‘We’re cute, too,’ Lana complained and Liam kissed her forehead. ‘But anyway,’ she went on. ‘Harry and Bess go get ready because we’re going ice skating, then, we’re having dinner at a perfect little bistro I found, and finally, we’re drinking hot cocoa in front of the hotel’s fireplace.’

That actually sounded like the perfect day. Except for one thing. I couldn’t ice skate. I couldn’t balance on those thin blades even if my life depended on it.

‘Don’t worry. I’ll catch you when you fall,’ Harry reassured me, as if he had read my thoughts, before he said to the others, ‘We’ll be ready in 5.’

*

Harry was hugging me from behind while we ice skated. Our fingers were interlocked and I squeezed his hands every time I thought I would fall, which was at least once every minute, while my knees were trembling all the time. Harry though was ice skating like a pro. When I slipped again, he held me tighter, not letting my fall down, and laughed loudly.

‘It’s not funny,’ I complained, whining a little.

‘I love how clumsy you are,’ Harry chuckled before he gently kissed the rim of my ear. Oh, now he was being all romantic! Now that I couldn’t balance on my own two feet!

Liam and Lana were skating hand in hand while Zayn was chasing Perrie. ‘Catch me if you can, Malik,’ Perrie called over her shoulder and Zayn skated fast after her. There were a lot of people and a few took pictures of us. Others minded their own business.

‘Did Zayn make any move on you?’ Harry suddenly asked and I turned unyielding in his arms. ‘Did he touch you in any way?’

‘It was only a dream, baby,’ I replied but my voice cracked in the end. ‘Please, just … let it go.’

‘I saw how he was looking at you in our suite,’ he told me, very serious.

‘I feel nothing about him,’ I cried.

‘I know,’ he replied, pressing his cheek against mine. But then, he groaned, ‘But he does.’

‘He doesn’t, Harry,’ I objected. ‘He’s in love with Perrie.’

Harry turned me round. We both joined our hands behind each others’ backs, resting them on each others’ butts.

‘Zayn’s like a brother to me,’ Harry said. Pouting, I watched his lush lips while he went on, ‘I know him better than he knows himself. And right now, he fancies you.’ I looked into his eyes and opened my mouth to object again but he didn't let me. ‘Promise me that if he makes a move on you, you’ll tell me.’

‘He won’t because he doesn’t like me that way,’ I insisted. Was I in denial? I hoped I wasn’t.

Harry grabbed my butt with his gloved hands. ‘Promise me,’ he repeated, brushing his lips on my nose. His eyes were closed.

‘Fine,’ I said. ‘But believe me, he won’t.’ The minute I said that, I caught Zayn staring at me. He was hugging Perrie from behind now and he kissed her hair while looking right at me.

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