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)


12. The search continues

My eyes grow. Annie's dad knew my dad? And Jarret's?!

"So you were close with our dads?" Jarret asked taking a sip of his iced tea.

"I knew them for a long time." Ed answered taking the seat next to Annie. I admit, he had a lot of tattoos. Kind of like Harry. My dad has none, but my mom has one small one: a lily on her back.

"So how did you know them?" I asked. Where is the counter lady?

"Well, One Direction and I were both big artists, but I was solo. I wrote some of their songs and they sung them. I would even sit with them at award events. And I also opened for them when they performed at Madison Square Garden."

My mouth drops, and so does Annie's. "Madison Square Garden?!" That's America's most famous arena! My dad performed at MSG!

But which member is my dad?

"So how did you two get here?" Ed questions.

I look behind me. The lady is back and she's probably looking for me. "Hold on, guys." I tell everyone and run over to the counter.

My heart is racing, blood is running rapidly through my veins. Does she know?

"I'm sorry, miss Horan. But there aren't any records about you. I've been here for 20 years and I remember clearly you weren't born here."

Remembers clearly?

"What do you mean by remember clearly?"

She takes a deep breath. "Your mum, Olivia, was not just well-known for being married to Niall, but she was also the England football team." She played soccer for England? I thought she only played for USA? "You were only one, but she played for England for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. But before that, she was a famous university football player. When news got out that she was pregnant, the world flipped. It was like Kate Middleton. I worked the graveyard shift May 15, 2015 and then I looked online that the Horan child entered the world that morning. If you were born here, I would've heard sirens and paparazzi would be all over this hospital."

I take a deep breath.

Damn it.

"Well, thanks for trying." I apologize and walk away.

I see Jarret and Ed engaged in conversation. "And that's how you play an E natural chord."

"Talking about music?" I get involved.

"Ed's teaching me some simple guitar chords. I got one for my birthday but never used it. Ed is a mastermind behind the guitar!"

"Well, I wouldn't call it a mastermind." Ed laughs.

"He is, actually." Annie whispers. "Hey, did Cliff tell you about the new teacher?"

Jarret hesitates. "Yeah, we saw him back at the bakery. Heard his name was Mr.Tomlinson."

Annie starts fanning herself. "He is hot! And for a thirty year old!"

I do a double take. "Wait, you live in Doncaster?" I ask. She goes to Hall Cross?

"No. Me, dad, and my mum live in Rotherham, the city right by Doncaster. It's still in South Yorkshire, but I still don't know why I don't go to a school in Rotherham. But hey, I met Cliff at a school event so it benefits from that."

"And it benefits now." I state. "The lady said this isn't the hospital I was born in." I slouch back.

"Well, we gotta go anyway." Ed exclaims as he stands up and walks over to Annie's wheelchair.

"It was nice meeting you guys." Annie states. "Wait, can I have your numbers?"

We exchange numbers. "And if you ever go down to Doncaster, can you stop by my school and get my makeup work?"

"Sure thing." Jarret and I answer.

And the search continues.

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