16. How to Save A Life
*Louis' P.O.V* ''Love ya too,babe!'' I screamed over the phone, probably making El deaf. Christmas is over and a new year is coming round. Which means more trips around the world and less time with El. I ended the call and placed the phone on the table,sighing loudly. ''Oh, cheer up,mate. You'll get to see her during the tour,'' I told myself. It made me feel better. I chugged down a mouthful of cold water, my mouth strangely feeling dry. Eventually,with a lack of anything better to do, I resigned to taking a seat at the piano and pressing down on some keys. Just then, Mira hopped up on the bench beside me. I patted her and she purred loudly, content with sitting beside me. Personally, I was more of a dog person but Mira was special. Just like Jamie. ''You have quite a name there,young lady-cat,'' I teased, patting Mira's head twice. She meowed loudly and I jumped a little. Cats can't understand us...or can they? I stared into Mira's green eyes,which were a darker and murkier shade than Jamie's. I raised my eyebrows and squinted at Mira who didn't seemed to be bothered and blinked lazily at me. I must really miss Eleanor. ''Come on Lou, you'll see her again soon,'' I reminded myself. ''Stop being a such a soppy old chap,mate." I diverted my attention to the piano. I wonder how Niall managed to fit all this stuff in his flat. One of the reasons why the boys and I like to hang out here was because Niall had so many things to play with. I started playing 'How to Save A Life' by The Fray, singing the words in my head. Mira laid her head demurely on her crossed paws as she hopped onto the piano. I tried not to stare into her eyes. Quite frankly, it was strange really. It was as if she could understand me. Even though she's partially blind and only has three legs, she's special. Maybe that's precisely it. Her imperfections make her unique. I laughed at myself sardonically. '' Ya know,when I was a whippersnapper, I was quite a ladies' man. The ladies loved me. And then came Eleanor. And I never want anyone else.'' I hit the wrong note. ''That's it! She's the one!'' I yelled,coming to an epiphany. Eleanor is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. No doubt about it. Just then, the doorbell rang. I jumped in my seat. Mira didn't seem to be bothered at all. Anyway, I went to answer the door. ''Hello BooBear!'' Harry yelled cheerfully, although his eyes didn't seem to match his mood. ''Hey, you're back!'' I welcomed him, enveloping him in a hug. ' 'Where's the Swift?'' He looked at his feet. I know what that meant. ''Well come on in,buddy. Niall and Jelly aren't back yet but they should be soon...is that...Zayn!'' I shouted,waving frantically as he approached. ''Hello mate,'' he greeted, sporting a new hairdo. ''Nice hair, Shaggy,'' I teased. It was shaggy now, much different from his usual bouffant hairdo. ''Niall and Jamie aren't here yet,'' I repeated as he entered, Perrie right behind him. After Zayn gave me a hug, it was Perrie's turn. ''Hey,babe! Come 'ere and give me a hug,'' I told her, as she laughed and hugged me, kissing me on the cheek. ''You'll make Zayn jealous,'' I teased. She shrugged and kissed my other cheek, before walking off to her boyfriend, humming a smashing tune. I instantly recognized it as 'Kiss You'. As I was about to close the door, the phone rang. I immediately ran to pick it up, thinking it was Niall. ''Hello?'' ''Oh hello there you sexy beast,'' I answered. ''Do you need something?'' ''Is the welcome party still on and are Niall and Jamie there yet?'' he asked,chuckling. ''Well,yes and no, Leeyum.'' ''Alright then,'' Liam acknowledged,dragging out the first syllable of 'Alright'. ''I think I'll be late,'' Liam told me sheepishly. ''Snogging Danielle, are we?'' I teased, hearing the other boys snickering behind my back, Perrie giggling. "Oh shut up Lou," he muttered, as I made kissing noises into the phone. ''Bye Louis!'' The line went dead so I put down the phone. I turned around and noticed that Mira was nowhere in sight. ''Has anyone seen Mira?''I asked, noticing she wasn't on the piano anymore. I searched everywhere but there was no sign of her whatsoever. I had a horrible feeling about this. ''Aren't you going to close the door Lou?'' Perrie, who was nestled comfortably in Zayn's arms, asked, her forehead wrinkled. Sensing something amiss, I sprinted to the door and scanned the streets, looking for Mira. Jamie's Chevy Impala was spit and span. But there was on sign of her beloved cat. ''Is everything alright Lou?'' Oh no. This is very, very bad. *Jamie's P.O.V* ''Finally! We're back in London!'' I exhaled in relief. ''And only a few more seconds till my warm , comfortable bed where I can finally have a much needed sleep. Actually, I might go into hibernation because of the exhaustion I'm feeling," I joked. Niall chuckled beside me, making me smile despite my lack of sleep. ''Ye mean MY bed,''he corrected, his eyebrows raised. ''Alright,,''I admitted. '' We do sleep together an awful lot." "Oh?" he asked innocently, one eyebrow raised. I flicked my finger on his forehead. ''Ow!'' he whined, rubbing his forehead. ''Stop thinking dirty,'' I warned, punching his arm. ''That hurt!'' he complained, taking his arm of my shoulders. ''Oh don't be such a baby, Niall,''I teased, but Niall still refused to look at or talk to me. After a while, the silence got to me. ''Fine!'' I relented. ''Ugh!'' I groaned. ''What'll make you feel better?'' He looked at me, arms crossed, and tapped his chin three times quickly. ''But everyone can see us,''I whispered, jerking my head towards the driver who had come to pick up up at the airport. He simply shrugged. ''You're horrible,'' I grunted. Nonetheless, I scooted over and pecked him on the lips. But as I tried to pull away, he held my head there, making the kiss much longer than intended. I was breathless and dizzy-but not because of the lack of oxygen. I cleared my throat, my cheeks burning. ' ''Satisfied?''He nodded, grinning boyishly. ''My dad seems to like you,'' he tells me, as I study the promise ring he gave me almost a year ago. ''Oh really?'' I asked sarcastically, the memories of me burping loudly and being my clumsy self, tripping over my own two feet and landing on my behind. ''I think so,'' he said doubtfully, grinning cheekishly. Hence, I smacked him in the chest. ''One more hit and I'm going to be admitted into the hospital,'' he complained, rubbing his chest. ''I thought Irishmen were tough,'' I teased. ''We are. But Niall's not THAT tough,'' he replied, referring to himself in third-person. ''You're ridiculous.'' ''You LOVE ridiculous.'' I rolled my eyes. I didn't mind when he started playing with the strands of my hair. ''Do you really think hee does though?'' ''Hmm?'' ''Your father. Do you think..he likes me?'' ''Definitely. What's not to like? You're gorgeous, intelligent, funny and you have a good heart.'' I smiled. ''Thank you.'' A few minutes later... ''We're finally going home,''I sighed in content,repeating it for the third time-which showed how grateful I was to be back. I looked out the window, my head resting on Niall's chest. I've missed London. I've missed Darcy and Quinn. I've missed my Impala. I've missed the boys and me course, I've missed... Hold on a minute. ''Is that Mira?'' I asked in disbelief as we rounded the corner, seeing her hop across the road because of the lack of a limb. And just as I said so, I watched in horror as a car sped straight towards her. ''Mira!''