A Promise to Keep

Katrina Grande gets her heart broken. Again. After that experience, she promised herself that she wouldn't falls in love again and gives up on men. She has a past that barely anyone knows, and she doesn't trust people very easily. But then she runs into the one and only, Zayn Malik. She's not even a fan of One Direction. Katrina doesn't want to break her promise, ever. Besides, why would Zayn even comes near her? She's just a average (actually very crazy) girl. Will she let Zayn Malik in her life and get swept off her feet or keep her promise forver?


21. Panda is caught


Katrina's POV

I looked ahead and saw that Panda started lounging in someone's yard. I cursed and made my pace go faster. 

"Panda...." I said softly and trailed off when I noticed the owner of the house coming out the front door. He looked like one of those buff, scary dudes that you only see in movies. But right now, this wasn't a movie.

The man was glaring at us when he noticed Panda getting ready to pounce on a butterfly. Great, now I have a dog that believes it's a cat that can pounce. 

"Hey! Get your dog off my property!"

Oh fuck. We're screwed.


Zayn's POV

Damn. Damn. Damn. 

We're dead. I mean, look at the guy! He's twice my size and had a beard that was thicker than my head.

I looked over at Katrina and saw that she was frozen, her eyes wide open. I glanced at Harry to see that he scratched the back of his head nervously.

"Look sir—" he started to say, but the man cutted him off. 

"Get your goddamn dog off my property or I'll bring out my gun and handle your dog myself. After all, this is my property." The man stated and glared daggers at us. Thank god looks don't kill, or else real daggers would've killed us already. 

"Okay, okay. We're getting him off. We just need to catch him," Katrina said out of shock.

"Panda!" She cried out and started walking towards the small dog.

"And you better not mess up the flowers and he better not shit on the grass! I'll give you five minutes to catch him, if not I'll take care of him myself." The man glowered menacingly, as if fire was about to blow out of his nostrils.

Man, this guy sure got a temper. I'm guessing he just moved in the neighborhood since there was empty boxes by the garage. 

I glanced at Panda nervously. I didn't want to think about what the man would do if we didn't catch the black and white dog in the next 5 minutes. 

I locked my eyes on the dog and bent over slightly. "Panda," I murmured, not taking my eyes off the dog.

Right now, he was just laying on the grass like he owned it. He glanced at me for a second then decided to close his eyes. Perfect. I just needed to sneak up on him and grab his collar to hook the leash onto it.

Katrina took a step towards him, but I held out my arm to stop her. I'm going to do this, the Malik way.

There's two options to get Panda off the propery: we scare him and we end up chasing him again, or we just catch him in the man's lawn. Neither option seemed so good to me, especially since we were on a time limit.

I started taking cautious steps towards the puppy, careful not to make a lot of sound. The man went inside his house, probably for a gun or to call animal control. I didn't want the dog to go there, he never even experienced what it was like to have a family. 

I held out my hand to Harry so he can hand me the leash. Harry complied immediatly and dropped the leash into my outstretched hand. I gripped the leash to put my excess nervous energy into it. 

I'm guessing about two minutes already passed by. I started taking larger steps towards Panda. His eyes were still closed. Hopefully they'll remain that way until I was within reaching distance.

Soon, I was two feet away. I leaned over slightly and grabbed his collar and in one quick move, snapped the leash onto it. Panda's eyes snapped open and he sprung up from his comfortable position. He started pulling back, resisting me.

Then it hit me. He never been hooked to leash. I sighed and started tugging gently. 

"C'mon Panda. It's just me, Zayn. I'm your friend. Let's get you home and safe." I started saying random things, like how good dog biscuits and chew toys are. 

As if he understood me, he started to comply and started walking by my heels, off the man's property. I walked over to Katrina and Harry. I noticed that Katrina was holding Harry's hand to calm her nerves down. His hand was nearly covering her whole hand. 

My grip tightened on the leash without me noticing it. Katrina had a look of pure relief on her face. 

"One black and white pitbull ready to go home." I joked, trying to ease any tension.

Why did I get angry when Harry was holding Katrina's hand? What's wrong with me? We are just friends. Right?


Soon, we were back at Harry's flat. None of us said any words, just when Katrina thanked me for catching Panda and took his leash.

The buff man never came back out his house. But when we were leaving, I saw him peek out his window, a phone and gun in his hands. I shuddered at the memory when we were in the lawn. 

"Thank you guys so much for helping me with Panda. He's a troublemaker, that's for sure," she said and looked down at her feet. She looked cute when she's embarrassed.

Wait, what am I thinking? 

I really need to slap myself when I'm alone.

"It's no problem. I learned a lot about dogs today, and I think I'm going to stick to just being a cat person." Harry commented, and gave Katrina his famous smile with the dimples.

"I should help you clean up and then I can drop Zayn off at his house and I'll go pick up Jaz and Riley. They must be pissed off right now," Katrina said and walked into the front hallway. She tied Panda to the doornob, making sure it was tight and closed the door when me and Harry came inside. Now Panda was locked inside.

"Anything Panda broke, I'll pay for it. Now, let's start cleaning!"


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