Ericka's Opus: The Journey of Discovering Myself

Ericka Madison Horan. The 15 year old daughter of Niall Horan and Olivia Horan (former Carsons/Clifton). Only child, plays soccer like her mom and writes music like her dad. When she was about 8, she's been working on composing one of the greatest opus of all time, and hasn't stopped since. Most would say that's something a prodigy would do, but it's her past time. But when something from the past comes up that could change her life, Ericka realizes that life is not just about the music, it's about the journey. (Third installment of Start of Something New trilogy)

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6. Seeing old friends

<Niall POV>

"And so after we sang a few lines from that old Justin Bieber song 'Baby', I cover my mouth and say 'Help!' a few times. And behind me, Lou jumps up and rips open his button-down shirt, revealing a superman shirt underneath!" I explain an old story to a few friends at the Slippery Rock Charity Event. Yes, me and Olivia drove all the way to Pennslyvania. It was an okay ride, but we had to stop a few times so I can stretch and get something to eat.

I've been living in America for over fifteen years, now. I seem to have lost my trademark Irish accent and replaced it with a thick American accent. At first, it was hard to sound American and not Irish. But after a while, I got the hang of it. But when you're a married man and you have a fifteen year old daughter who is having dinner with a boy, you have to get the hang of something.

"So, what happened after that?" Andrew, someone I work with, asks.

"I remember seeing that." Lainey, another co-worker, answered. She was a pretty big directioner back when I was in One Direction. But when I started to work at Cleveland State University as the music director and she was the Integrated history professor, we developed a nice friendship. She and my wife, Olivia, have gotten along well too.

"Alright, Lainey," Andrew spoke, "If you remember 20 years ago so well, why don't you tell us then."

I stepped back. I've known Lainey longer than Andrew, and learned one thing about her. Don't mess with Lainey Phillips. "Louis yells 'SUPERMAAAAAANNNN!' and then they continue the video diary."

I step my to my original position and we continue to talk about what happened to us about a bajillion years ago. "Hey, Niall." I hear Olivia come behind me. She kisses me on the cheeks. "Hi Lainey. Hi Andrew."

If I had to describe how much Olivia has changed, I would say that she has become so different since when we first met. She barely wears makeup because she's pretty famous herself for being on the USA soccer team. Yes, Olivia Riley Horan is on the US women's soccer team while I, Niall James Horan of One Direction, work as a Music Proffessor at Cleveland State University as a part time job and am also a helper on the sidelines with Olivia.

"Hey, Olivia." Lainey hugs her. "So how's Ericka doing?"

I answer for her. "Oh, she's doing fine. She's having dinner at her friend's house. And no, not Erin. It's her other friend who's a year older than her. Uhh...Jarret."

We were all having a great laugh, and Andrew got drunk so Lainey had to drive him home early because she is not a drinker and all night, she had water, punch, and soda.

I was sitting at a table with Olivia and we were talking. "I can't believe after fifteen years, we're still going strong." I tell her.

"And people thought we wouldn't last for a year when we announced our engagement." She said. "If it wasn't for Alexa, Austin, Jake, and the boys, we wouldn't be here now. Having dinner at Slippery Rock, have Ericka, or still be living in Rocky River."

I sigh and take a sip of my beer. "I wonder where everyone is now."

"Niall? Olivia?" I hear a voice ask behind me. It wasn't a voice I was familiar with. It was a british voice. I turn around in my chair and look up. I see a man with long curly/straight blonde-brown hair around my age wearing a suit. He had a woman with him. She was dark skinned and she had extremely dark curly hair. She looked older than the man. But who is he? God, he looks so familiar.

"Uhh...May I help you?" I asked him.

"Niall, don't you remember me?" I shake my head no. "It's me." I stare at him blankly. Then something begins to form from his face. A face that I haven't seen in fifteen years of my life. Is it?

"Liam?" Can it be Liam Payne from the band?

"Sup, Nialler?" A smile grows on my face and also his. We hug each other for a while, patting each other on the back. It is Liam!

We let go and I see the woman. "Is that Danielle?" I ask. He nods his head. I look down and see a ring on her left hand ring finger. I look at Liam and he nods again. He and Danielle got married! "Congrats, man!"

"If only you were at the wedding, but me and the boys lost all contact with you two. And then last year, Harry and Emma moved back to America with their son. Oh, and if you want to know about Louis and Zayn, Lou and El got married and they have fourteen year old twins. A boy and a girl. The boy's name is Tommy and the girl's name is Tamera or Tammy for short." He must have named the kids. He said he wanted to name is son Tommy Tomlinson, but Tommy and Tammy Tomlinson?

"And Zayn?"

"Oh, Zayn and Perrie got married. They just had a baby boy named David. So how's it going, Liv? Heard you made the US football team."

Liv stood up and gave Liam a big hug. "Yes, I did. And at the next Summer Olympics, we are going to kick some British butt." She taunted.

"Like when we had that football game in your backyard back when we first met." He mentions. "So have you seen Harry and Emma in the past year or so?"

Harry? Emma? We haven't seen them since our own wedding. "Well, I heard that they moved to somewhere in Ohio. I think it's in some town called Rocky River or something."

I look at Liv, and she looks at me. "W...We live in Rocky River. Our daughter goes to high school there."

"Oh, so you never saw their son, Jarret?"

Ericka gets a ride to school from a kid named Jarret. He's from England. "I think Ericka knows Jarret, but just doesn't know that his parents were close with us." I tell them taking a sip of my drink.

"Well, you got to be careful with Ericka around him. Hey Niall, mind if I see a picture of her if you have one?" Dani asks. I pull out my wallet and open to the picture that they took for high school soccer. I give it to them and they just stand there looking at the picture. Then I see a phone buzz. It was mine. I got a text from Lainey.

From: Lainey "Andrew is getting into serious trouble that I can't control him! Come quick!"

"Who was that?" Liam asks.

"A friend of ours, Lainey Phillips. We have to get going back to the hotel. It was nice running into you guys but we got to stop another friend from getting into too much trouble. Liam, give me my wallet! Alright, we should meet up again, see you guys later bye!"

 

AN: This is just something I came up with. So I'm going to make this quick because I'm publishing this on a Thursday morning. So I will only be able to update on weekends because I'm pretty busy during the week. So if you go "WHERE IS SHE?!" I'm just really busy with school and basketball and such. Thanks for understanding.

Maddie

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