See Through

Olivia Adams isn't alive, but she isn't dead either. Somewhere between heaven and hell lies perpetual purgatory, and she's inevitably stuck in it. There's unfinished business to be tended to, but the question of what it is remains unanswered. She walks the streets of New York City with tears in her eyes, but nobody notices the girl that barely exists. Until a beautiful day. Niall Horan has found her, and he sees and feels and hears her. She's falling in love with him, even though she's frightened since her last lover took her very own life. Through Niall, Olivia is able to reconnect with her sister, Jessi, and exist as if she never left. But, what happens when a dark mass tries to ruin any chance Olivia has of living again? Will the mass get to her, allowing her spirit to move on? Will she be able to fight it off long enough to become human again? Or, will she forever remain see through?


8. No Boundaries


Niall's POV


Olivia shows up in my bedroom out of no where to apologize. Apparently she and Jessi got in a small argument and she just wants to make things better. I feel bad for yelling at her like I did, but at that time I was just angry. Now, I'm cooled down and I'm ready to talk to her again.

“Hi,” she says quietly, sitting down next to me as I strum on my guitar. “Are you still mad?”

“Not really,” I say through a few chords. “I just want to know why you did it.”

“Because I was jealous,” she admits. “You're the first person that I've spoken to in a year, and that alone is reason enough to be attached to you. I didn't want to lose you to Jessi, but I guess you can't lose something you never had.”

I stop playing and look into her eyes, placing a soft hand on her cheek. She feels different than before. Usually when I touch her, I feel light skin. Like she's solid, but she isn't. Now, she feels more real and more...there. “I'm so sorry, Olivia. I had no idea.”

“It's not your fault you don't feel the same way about me.”

“Who says I don't?”

“Jessi, of course. She said we could never be together. Niall, you breathe and sleep, eat and exist. I don't because I'm dead, and I realize that we're in two completely different worlds. You have the chance to fall in love with Jessi, because she's alive. I'm not. I don't even exist.”

She begins to cry, and I find it amazing that she can cry real tears and feel real pain. “Olivia, look at me.” I grab her chin and make her face me. “As long as I can see you, and feel and hear'll always exist to me.” I smile and wipe the tears from her pale, ghostly face. Something comes over me. I don't know if it's sympathy for her, or if it's a real feeling of hope and joy. Either way, I lean over my guitar and plant a kiss on her perfect, soft lips. Her kiss is different from Jessi's. Hers is electricity, and it has no boundaries or cautions.

Her kiss is truth.

Her kiss is energy.

Her kiss is real and alive.

“Niall...” she whispers, touching her forehead to mine. “Did you feel that?” I laugh and nod, kissing her once more. This time I take the sides of her jaws in my hands lean into it, giving her every ounce of affection I have. Nothing – no one, could ever live up to this feeling I have in the bottom of my heart.

How does this happen? Jessi is everything I thought I wanted in a romance, but being here with Olivia is proof of everything I never knew I could have. “Dude!” I hear Liam's voice at the door and jerk away from Olivia. “What on earth are you doing!? Were you kissing that ghost!?”

“She's not a ghost!” I yell at him, defending her right to be normal. “She's a human being!”

“If she were human, I'd be able to see her like you and Lena. She's not real.”

“Well,” I begin, taking her hand, “she's real to me.”

“Seriously, Niall. You need to see a therapist.” He shakes his head and exits my bedroom leaving Olivia and I in our laughter. The sound of her laugh is so soothing that I don't even care what the guys say. She's not dead, not in my eyes, because she's here with me right now.

Then, the guilt strikes me. I kissed Jessi just last night, and now Olivia is wrapped up in my embrace, the taste of her lingering on my lips. But, Jessi isn't necessarily my girlfriend, right? I mean, I never actually asked her to be, nor did I ask her on a date. That means I'm free to do as I please...right?

“Do me a favor and don't tell Jessi about this,” Olivia says like she read my mind. “She'll be so upset. She does care a lot about you, and I know you care about her.”

“I do,” I say, “but more as a sister than anything else I think. It's weird how my feelings just change all of a sudden. Confusing, actually. But...” I position myself to ask this question, not sure of what she'll say. This is the craziest idea I've had in my entire life, but I'm willing to give it my everything for Olivia. I'm willing to give her another chance at love. “Do you want to be together?”

Her eyes fall to the floor and she looks like she might cry again. “Yes, I do, but it's not possible.”

“What do you mean, not possible? If we're together, then we're together, and that makes it possible whether it goes against nature or anything else. We can do this. Just tell me what you want, and I'll make it happen.”

“I want you to be with Jessi.”

“Why Jessi?”

“Because I know how she feels about you, and her falling for some one is very rare thing. I had my chance to live and love, and now it's her turn.”

No matter how I try, I can't hide the uneasiness in my stomach. If I'm with Jessi, I'll be constantly on the edge of a mental breakdown thinking about Olivia. “Are you sure that's what you want?”

“I won't like it, but it's the least I can do for her. I left her pretty high and dry, and yes, I was awfully mean to her when we were growing up. I ruined a lot of things, but I refuse to ruin this. I'm better than that.”

Before I can continue, Jessi calls me in hysterics and I rush to her aide without Olivia. Upon arriving at her apartment, I find her and Andrea going nuts in the kitchen, pacing back and forth and chattering about how I'm in danger. I try my best to calm them down, and finally they're both at the point where they can tell me what's going on.

Andrea tells me what the investigator said, and I'm twisted in my own mind. “That's crazy,” I say. “I was just with her and she was being sweet and caring. She's not bad!”

“That's the thing,” Jessi says. “He said that they're good at first, but they can turn on you in the blink of an eye. Niall, please. You can't let her hang around anymore. I don't want anything to happen to you. These people are experts and they know what they're talking about.”

“How am I supposed to do that? I can't make her leave me alone.”

“You can!” Andrea says. “Just tell her you made a mistake about this whole thing, and you don't want to see her anymore. It's for your own good, and Lena's too since she can see her. A normal threat you can fight off, but you can't fight the paranormal.”

I put my head in my heads and evaluate the decision I'm about to make. Do I go on and continue to talk to Olivia, or do I risk my life? I don't want her to harm me, but I don't want her to go either, so where does that leave me? I think I know what I have to do, and Olivia isn't going to like it very much.

“Okay. I'll tell her I don't want to see her anymore.”

After what happened back at my place, I hate the thought of being without her. But, I can't risk my life. I just can't.




Olivia's POV


It's going to kill me seeing Niall with Jessi, but I'm already dead so what's the difference? Niall's phone rings and he leaves, not exactly knowing that I'm following him. I stay close behind and try my best to hide from his view, and it works. I enter Jessi's apartment behind him and sneak away to her bedroom, where I listen in on their conversation. What I hear, I don't like. At all.

Niall has betrayed me. He picked me up, only to throw me down again into a million little pieces. I thought he felt something for me! Hell, did that kiss back there not mean a thing!?! I'm so mad I could spit nails.

I'm so mad I could...I could kill somebody.

I don't know what's happening to me, but I don't feel like Olivia Adams anymore. I'm stronger, I''m better.

And they haven't seen the last of me, regardless of whether or not he tells me to stay away.




Author's Note:  Okay, so I re-wrote this chapter about three times because I wasn't sure where to take it. My plans for this story was to have Olivia's "unfinished business" to have something to do with Jessi and Niall. But, many of you have said you don't like Jessi, so I don't exactly know what to do here. I think I'll take a small break from writing this for a couple of days and come up with a new plan. Leave some comments so I have an idea of what you guys would kind of like to see happen in the story. So, first off, question...why don't you guys like Jessi?

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