Picking Up the Pieces (Sequel to Broken)

Liam, Louis, Harry, Zayn, and Niall have had a painful passed two years since the suicide. They all turn to music as a way to cope with it all. When the X-Factor comes to te UK and they all audition to make a career of their talent, some unexpected things happen: such as forming a group. What will happen when they're all thrown together? Will they be able to pick up the pieces, or will they remain Broken?

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10. Chapter Seven

Harry's POV

Liam was right. Why were we doing this? Was it even worth it? We weren't going to be able to go anywhere if we can't get over the past. Looking at Liam's pained expression, it hurts me because I know that that now is impossible for him. All because of me....if I wouldn't have let my burning jealousy for him get to me, our Libby would be here...

"We're doing this because we all have the same dream and ultimate goal. I know it's going to be hard for all of us, but we really need to just forget about it for now and go for it," Louis spoke up. His words were filled with truth and hope. If we didn't talk about it...maybe, just maybe we could do this. Actually, I know we could.

Zayn's POV

"Then why are we doing this?! Huh?! If none of us wanted this, then why don't we just go home and forget about it?!" Liam yelled hurt and angry. I understood exactly what was happening with him. I love Libby just the way he did. Though none of them exactly knew that, I did. Liam was right though, why were we? I was ready to go home, and Louis and Niall begged me to go on, so I did. Now I wasn't so sure that was the right decision. We all were having a hard time with this, and we weren't going to work if it was going to be this way the whole time.

"We're doing this because we all have the same dream and ultimate goal. I know it's going to be hard for all of us, but we need to just forget about it for now and go for it," Louis said breaking the thoughtful silence. He wants us to throw Libby away, just for a chance at professional singing? No, no. If he think that "forgetting" about it's gonna make it all go away, he has another thing coming. "Do you honestly think forgetting about her is going to make her is going to make it all go away? Because that's definately not going to make it go away. Nothing will!" I yelled, losing control of my anger. I didn't want to say that out loud, but it all just came out.

"Zayn, you know that's not what Louis means. He thinks we should just focus on this for now. Put Libby in the back of our minds," Niall said trying to calm me. When Niall said her name though, we all flinched like we'd been slapped in the face. "Really? Don't you know that even without all of you near me, I think about her every second of everyday. Now with you guys around me, it makes it a million times harder," Liam said a bit choked, putting his head down. He was trying so hard not to cry right now. It hurt all of us too see him like this. He looked like he was physically in pain. Like every breath was excruciating...how has he been living like this?

I start to get angry again, not at them, but myself. That I left Liam like this, without a friend when he needed us most. So broken and vulnerable to just the thought of her. I leaned across the table and patted him on the shoulder. He didn't look up, he just burst into tears. I can't believe this, there's no way I'm going through with this now. Not just for me, but for Liam too.

Louis's POV

"Liam...I'm sorry...I didn't mean to upset you," I said honestly getting up to comfort him. I honestly just didn't want them to leave and that was how I felt. I started to hurt looking at Liam crying, especially since he never cried. "Lou, I-I know you didn't mean it, I just d-don't know if I can do this..." Liam trailed off after crying for a while. I sigh and see the problem here. The lad, just couldn't take this. I knew that he was having a hard time, worse than we knew. I heard about his suicide attempt on the news. They never said who, but I knew who it was...I didn't want that to happen again..so I understood what we had to sacrifice. I knew everyone else felt the same way, so we'd just have to explain it all to Simon when he came...

Speaking of Simon, we heard the bell at the door and saw him walk over to our table. "Hello boys!" He said cheerfully sitting down, then turning to his assistant, "Black coffee?" She nodded her head, "Sure thing Mr. Cowell!" He chuckled a bit, "I told you to call me Simon, but thank you love." She just nodded and scurried off to the counter.

He turned back to us and rubbed his hands together. "So boys, are you excited?" Nobody jumped to speak. Honestly, none of us were. "What's wrong? Do you not like each other?" Simon asked honestly looking at us worriedly. "No, it's not that...we have something to tell you..." I trail off looking down. I knew Id have to be the one to tell him. "What do you have to tell me?" He asked suspiciously. I sighed and prepared myself..this was going to be hard.
I started with that first day of art school...I moved on to all the sweet, sweet memories that brought burning tears to my eyes. Then I said all of the terrible things that happened to her. I kept going through all of the memories that stung, sometimes I would laugh through the tears. I got to the day she...she...took her life....and everyone completely lost it. Even Simons eyes were tearing up.
We all sat in silence, tears streaming down our faces, waiting for Simon to say something. After a while he finally did, "I know this may sound absolutely mad right now, but I think you need each other. You could all help each other heal per say." We all sat in silence again, thinking. It made sense to me, but there was also Liam to think of. Liam wasnt going to take this well if we went through with it, but maybe if I helped him....

Harry's POV

I was speechless, I wanted to do this but seeing Liam the way he was just a few minutes ago...I wasn't sure he could take this, and I wasn't hurting him again. I messed up his life once, I wasn't doing it again. I decided I didn't want this, not bad enough to tear his life apart again. I simply shook my head at them. There was no words that needed to be said.

Nialls POV

I wanted to sing, but if it meant making Liam's life this hard, I couldn't. There was no way. I had to be honest with the lads and Simon. "Look, I really want to sing, but if it means making it this hard for Liam who's wanted it more than all of us, I can't. I'm sorry," I apologized looking at all of them.

Simon sat in thought and shook his head. "You know this is a once in a life time chance boys?" He questioned us more with eyes than his words. "Some sacrifices are just too big Simon," Zayn said truthfully. We all nodded in agreement. Simon was about to leave when Liam cleared his throat. We all looked at him and wondered what he could possibly want to say. "I...I think I can do this..if you guys are willing to put up with me," he said with a light chuckle. "Well if you guys are still willing to do this, lets get this meeting started."

~Authors Note~

Hey Lovelies!
Happy BooBear day(:!
Happy Christmas Eve!(:
But mostly BooBear day...okay so onto the authors note! I'm writing the next chapter it shoul be up today! Sorry I haven't updated lately, been so busy! I apologize, but keep reading please! I know it's kind of slow, but it will get better. I'm introducing some new characters in the next chapter that I know you'll love! So stay tuned(: keep commenting, every comment helps(: thanks so much! LOVE YOU GUYS!<3
Stay Lovely My Lovelies, (For Christmas I Got You a New Closing, Ya Like?)

-Ashley(: xx <3
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