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?


13. Chapter Ten

Harry's POV

Throb. Throb. Throb. I wake up with a massive pounding headache. I always got headaches from stress and today wasn't any different. I kept thinking of Libby, and the guilt got to me. I killed her..I killed her...I killed her...

"Harry, Simon needs us," Niall said from the doorway. I nod numbly and force myself to get up. I go through the motions of getting up and dressing myself. My hair was probably a mess, but I didn't feel like brushing my hair. So, I just throw my gray beanie on.

As I start walking towards Simons office I bump into someone. Sure enough, it's Lexi. "Sorry...again," I said looking up at her. "Hey Harry. I'm glad I saw you again, I wanted to give you my number," she said handing me a slip of paper. "Thanks," I said with a smile. I didn't sound too enthusiastic, but I tried. I was still a bit down about Libby..."Well, just text me whenever," she said smiling at me and walking away.

Perfect timing for me to have my chance to charm her..but all I can think about is Libby. I wish I cared more about how bad I messed up, still the guilt crushed me though....

"Hey mate!" I heard someone say cheerfully from behind me. I turn around to a bright eyed Louis. "Hey Lou," I said flatly, me depression evident. "What's the matter?" He asked flinging his arm around my shoulder. I couldn't tell Louis this, he'd kill me without any warning. (A/N: hehe do you see what I did there? Sorry, I was listening to Heart Attack..) I sighed and shook my head.

Louis looked at me for a moment before a grin spread across his face. "It's a girl! Isn't it?" He practically yelled to the world. It was a girl, a dead girl. "Yep, that's it,"
I said forcing a smile. "Oh Haz, back on the market!" He said again with a grin. If only he knew....

"I'm going to have to tell all of the other boys!" He yelled at me laughing. "No! Don't!" I practically yelled at him. They weren't as gullible as Louis when it came to things like this...."Too late!" He yelled darting down the all towards Simons office. Fantastic.

Once I got there the boys were all looking at me with sly grins planted on their faces. I knew Lou had already told them, so I just forced a smile and took the only empty seat next to Liam. Of course that would be the only seat open...I take a deep breath and try not to look at him. If I look at him, all the pain of the memories and guilt will surely break me, and I didn't need that now. I took a deep breath an prepared for the meeting. It was gonna be a long one....

Simon's POV

"Alright boys, lets go over some things. First of all, I noticed you have failed to get together. Second of all, we need to talk about training," I said looking from Liam, to Harry, to Niall, to Zayn, and finally to Louis. They were all so quiet and nervous. I hated this, they were all so talented, but they were held back by the past. I sigh and notice Harry's especially out of it today. He's normally the most grounded...something was up.

"Okay, well that's what I want you to work on. I want you all to go out on the town today. Training will start next year and you'll be working with a vocal coach and a dance coach. Then you'll get some time with me just about training for stage performance and content," I said summing up the meeting. They all nodded, none of them saying anything. "Alright you can all leave...except for you Harry. Stay," I command wanting to get to the bottom of it.

He sat back down nervously fiddling with his hands, never looking up. "Harry, I just want to know what's going on with you," I tell him, trying to calm him. He lets out a breathy sigh and I can tell he had no interest in telling me. "Come on Harry. I need you to trust me you can tell me," I urged him. "You can't tell anyone.."
He finally said. I just nod and wait silently for him to start.

"It's a skeleton in my closet....I didn't mean too..honest..I-I was just upset..." Harry confessed tears brimming his eyes. "Son, it's okay. Just tell me what happened," I said patting his hand. He was really upset..it must have been bad. "I-I gave Danielle...Li-Libby's mobile...and then to make it worse...I-I shagged her after she got the number..." Harry trailed off bursting into tears.

I already knew all about what happened to Libby, and how the boys felt about her. Harry loved her and I could tell he still wasnt over her. The guilt must be terrible..."Harry, it's in the past. It was a mistake," I say softly. "No, I knew what I was doing...I still gave it to her..and it killed Libby. My beautiful Libby," he muttered, and I could feel the emotional pain emanating from him. I got up and sat next to him and started to rub his back. After doing this for a few minutes, he looked up at me with innocent green eyes, "Promise not to tell them...especially Liam," he demanded softly.

I wasn't sure I could. This was a big secret to keep...a hard one to keep. "Harry..I don't know. It will be extremely complicated.." I trail off sadly. I don't want to hurt the poor boy more, but he was making my life complicated. "Please..Simon..aren't things already complicated?" He said, his voice getting louder. I sighed, he was right, and the look in his eyes..the pain that clouded them....

"Okay..okay. But you eventually must tell them," I find myself promising against my better judgement. "Thank you Simon. So much," Harry thanked tears still coming down. "Harry, just get better an have a fun time today," I said guiding him to the door. He simply nods and leaves. This was incredibly stupid of me, but it felt extremely right of me to do. I can only hope that none of the boys find out I'm keeping things from them. What have I gotten myself into?

Harry's POV

I didn't want to tell Simon, but I needed to tell someone. He seemed to be the most trustworthy. Honestly, it helped me a lot to tell him. I could actually focus on life. I sighed and took a breath before walking back down the hall to my bedroom.

I saw Niall sitting on his bed reading. Niall..reading? That was really strange. Then I noticed the pencil in his hand too. "Hey Ni, whatcha doing?" I asked him genuinely curious. He quickly turned red and immediately hid the book. "N-nothing," he answered nervously. "Nialler you can tell me," I assured him with a light laugh. He just shook his head. "Maybe another day," he said getting up and walking towards the bedroom door. He left and I sat down, when Niall came running back. "Oh yeah! We're all going to get a bite! Come on!" He said quickly. Oh Niall.

"Okay," I said getting my shoes on and walking out with him. I was really nervous..I wasn't sure how it was gonna go today. We met the boys downstairs in the living room. They all looked pretty good today. None of them really looked to be upset of uncomfortable. We all greeted each other...like we'd never met and left.

The car ride was full of music and singing, we didn't really talk. I guess we were all afraid of running out of things to talk about at lunch. Louis picked a nearby Nandos and we all got out.

As we're walking in, I can't help but notice Liam looking down. I couldn't see his face, but I knew it brought back when we were here with Libby. I sigh and look at him..I did this..now I have to look at him for a torturous amount of time. A small forever..to say the least. This was going to be hard..

Liam's POV

I walk in to Nandos and immediately miss her again. It's quite strange how all the little things hurt me so much. "Table for five!" Lou says cheerfully to the hostess. I wish I could be like Lou, just brush things off and move on.

We all followed the hostess to the table and say down. "So the usual lads?"Niall asked everyone. They all laughed and nodded. I simply say there. I didn't know, what did I even used to order here? I forget, it's been such a long time since I've been here. "Liam?" Niall questioned. I sighed and looked up, "Honestly, I don't even remember what I used to get," I admit softly. They all laughed at me and I forced a smile.

Niall picked up on my depression quickly and said, "Well too bad that's what you're getting Payne!" I laughed a little and looked down again. They all fell into foolish conversation, the kind I missed. I sat and listened contributed with a nod here or a "okay" there. Just enough to make it seem like I cared. "So I think we should talk about the competition," Louis said casually.

"Yeah, I don't like lying," Niall added. "Me neither," said Zayn softly. "None of us do, but right now it's for the best," Harry said. They all sat and thought about it. "I think so too, but maybe we should later on come out about it.." Louis suggested. I was honestly getting angry...why did we have to discuss this? I mean, it wasnt like anyone cared about it anyways! I know that they didn't want to lie..neither did I..I wanted it to go away!

I just wanted Liv to disappear, forever. I don't ever want to think about this again..I want closure. I don't want this..I wanted to forget. "I think we should forget about her and never say her name again. I think we should lie. I think we should pretend we never met and Liv was never here," I found myself saying. They all looked shocked at me. I didn't care though..I wanted this...

~Authors Note~
Sorry I haven't been updating my stories much. I hope this got some of you more I there's interested though. I'm not completely sure if I liked this chapter..so comments would really help(:
I hope you all had a great New Years(: I hope that all of you make a resolution that will make this year ten times more amazing than the last(: thnks you all for the support of 2012, it got me here to 2013. Please keep it coming(: ill try my best to become a better author for you guys...as always LOVE YOU GUYS! <33333

Stay Lovely My Lovelies,
-Ashley(: xx <3
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