13. Emotionally Exhausted
Someone was shaking me. I must have fallen asleep after the phone call from Lilly. As I opened my eyes, my vision was blurry and out of focus. I rubbed them, not caring that I never took off my makeup. "Victoria? Victo-oh good you're up!" A cheer voice said. It definitely wasn't my mother. And unless my little sister sounded exactly like Niall, it wasn't her either.
Once it finally sunk in, I hastily sat up. "Niall. Oh my gosh what are you doing here." I said plainly; although it surprised me, I was too tired emotionally to put any meaning into my words.
"I haven't seen you in almost a week and you haven't answered any of my texts." Niall admitted, concerned. "Oh...sorry. I really am. Don't take it personally, I've just been...really...confused lately." The look of concern on his face turned into one of genuine worry. Before Niall could ask any questions, I changed the subject. "Did you see my mom?" He shook his head. "Your sister let me in." The only thing I could think of was to check if she sent me any texts. "Your father is threatening to take custody of you and Stephanie-I'm at the lawyer's office, then have some errands to run. be home late." "Oh my.....g-g-go-" I choked. "What's wrong...?" Niall asked softly, putting his hand on my knee. I stared at him. The tears began to well up in my eyes, and finally spill over. I couldn't go live with my dad. He was crazy. Not only was he a neurotic control freak, he was too lazy to ever do anything right-leaving my mother to clean up the mess. She was my only anchor on reality. I couldn't lose her.
I leaned into Niall's shoulder as he put his arm around me. I began to sob uncontrollably. "What's wrong?" He repeated, and picked up my cell phone; reading the text. Niall's mouth dropped open and he instantly held me tighter. "Just tell me what I can do to help. I won't let anything bad happen to you, I promise."
"There's nothing you can do. It's all up to the court and we have no way of proving any of what he's done to the family." He pulled away and made me look straight into his now wide, deep blue eyes. "Look at me. You know me well enough by now that me doing nothing is not an option." I tried to suppress a sniffle. "Remember that time we were listening to the radio and randomly started to lip sync to Oath? Well me oath to you now is that I won't let anyone hurt you or your mum and sister."
I never told her that I loved her. I wasn't planning to anytime soon. Whatever it took to allow me to still see Victoria, I was going to make sure everything was alright.
I couldn't bare to see her like that. Although my parents went through a divorce as well, it was never this brutal. It was bad enough for me, and I wasn't going to let Victoria face it alone.
It was comforting to know Niall was there for me. Kyle was my best friend and he was always there for me too, but he never went to these lengths. I didn't resent him for it; it wasn't his fault. Expecting everyone to take pity on me was useless, besides the point that I hated pity. I couldn't help but hug Niall again. The feeling that I felt when Sam spoke about Niall-I finally knew what jealousy felt like. Sitting here like this on my bed with Niall though....I could forget about all of that-even forget about my most recent problem for at least a moment. "Lets go for a walk. Clear your mind a bit." Niall mumbled into my hair; receiving a nod from me in response.