Truly, Madly, Deeply.

What happens when you mix Harry Styles, Arabella Channing, and love? Truly, Madly, Deeply.

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8. Chapter Eight

Chapter 8

 

    A few weeks into the tour on Saturday morning, We were in a hotel room, staying and taking a 4 day break. I shared a room with Arabella and she woke up at 7 in the morning, she ran to the bathroom and threw up. I ran after her, already awake and on my phone gathering her hair in my hands, keeping it out of her face, and rubbing her back. Her wound healed now there were scars from the girl’s nails.

    “Bella? Baby? Are you okay?” She was making some of the worst noises ever, it was very violent vomiting, she was dry heaving, I got her some water and she threw that up too. I kept giving her water so she wouldn’t keep dry heaving. She stopped for a few minutes and rested her head on the toilet, tired and not caring. I frowned and pulled her to me hugging her, that toilet was nasty, she closed her eyes and gagged again. Then she threw up more, I texted Paul and he came running in about a minute later. He looked at her and sat on the other side of her, worried.

    “How long has this been going on?”

    “About 10 minutes.”

    “Airs, are you okay?” She didn’t answer, she just kept puking.

She stopped after about 20 minutes and she laid on the floor exhausted. She fell asleep and was perfectly fine.  

    “Bella? Babe? I guess she fell asleep.”

We looked at her so confused. I picked her up and laid her on the bed, covering her back up. Paul was so confused, she hadn’t eaten anything abnormal, the same thing as us, pizza. I’d even ate part of her piece and I was fine. We let her sleep, she woke up around 10: 30 and looked at me.

“Harry?”

“Good morning, love. How are you feeling?”

“I’m fine, my throat’s a little sore though.”

“Well baby, you were throwing up, fairly violently...”

She looked at me, “Oh I did, didn’t I?”

I nodded, “Oh yeah...”

“Well I feel perfectly fine right now. Is Lou awake yet? What time is it where she is?”

“Around 7:30, love. Did you wanna talk to her?”

“Yeah, Paul told me to wait until today. I wanna talk to her.”

“Alright, let me text Tom.”

Two minutes later, I handed the phone the her and she looked at me and smiled taking the phone and putting the speaker on.

“Hello?”

“Good Morning, Doll!”

She smiled hugely and I picked her up and sat her in my lap, wrapping my arms around her, listening.

“Lou!!!! How are you?!”

“I’m great! Feeling so much better, still in the hospital, but I’m fine, they’re just worried about the baby. How are you? And the boys? How’s Harry?”

“I’m good.”

I nudged her and whispered, “Tell her...”

She said, “Okay, well actually... I got hurt some girl ripped hair out of my head and scratched my scalp, now I have scars. And this morning, for some odd reason, I just start puking.”

“Very violently...” I added in and kissed her neck.

“You just randomly threw up? Like woke up, ran to the bathroom and puked your guts out?”

“Yeah, that’s exactly what she did, Lou. It was awful.”

“That sounds like what happened when I had my morning sickness. It wasn’t fun and I just kept dry heaving. Then I fell back asleep and was perfectly fine.”

I looked at her and she looked at me, no doubt thinking the same thing I was...our first time was unprotected.

“But you are fine. It’s probably some weird food poisoning or something.”

 

*Arabella’s POV*

 

When Lou said she threw up like I did this morning when she was pregnant scared me. No, I wasn’t a virgin anymore and hadn’t been for 18 days. I skipped my period too. I was two weeks late and I was never late. I turned and looked at Harry. He looked at me thinking too. He put his hands on my stomach, sliding my shirt up a little.

“Hello?” We looked up startled as Lou talked on the phone.

“Do you wanna talk to the boys?”

“Sure, Harry, that’d be great.”

He took them the phone and came back to me locking the dead bolt behind him.

“Is it possible?” He looked at me sitting at the foot of the bed. I was thinking and he looked at me, “Bella... Is it a possibility?” I nodded and he looked down and inhaled thinking.

“Harry, I’m scared.”

He looked at me, “Me too, baby.” He looked at my stomach, “Lay down for me.” I did, then  he slid my shirt up knowing I slept in a sports bra and ran his hand down my stomach. “Don’t freak out, but you have a little bump too.”

I gasped and he looked at me, “Calm down, okay? We’re gonna take care of this.”

“How?”  I knew I was. I had this feeling. I was positive. I was so scared. A baby. Oh my god. This wasn’t planned for. I am not ready. Harry is 17. I’m 17. We’re too young.

He finally answered after thinking, “ I don’t know... I’m not killing it. I couldn’t do it, and I know you couldn’t do it either.”

“No, I couldn’t. I won’t. But Harry, I’m scared.” I felt tears form in my eyes and my lip quiver. He caught my tears and pulled me up slowly still in his arms.

“I know, Bells. It’s gonna be okay. We’re gonna figure it out, I promise.”

He looked at me and put his hands on my stomach, protectively. He put his ear against my stomach and looked at me as he listened. “I don’t hear anything, but that’s normal right?” I shrugged and he kissed my tummy gently, “We’re gonna take care of you, little one. Mummy and daddy are gonna take care of you if you’re in there.”

    “But you don’t want kids yet, Harry. I’m not ready for them either.”

    “Nope, but I have one and it’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be fun. I have my own little family now, and I’m gonna take care of it, I promise.”

    He kissed my forehead and smiled, “I love you.”

    I looked at him so crazily and so in love, “I love you too. Harry... How are we gonna tell the others?” More tears flowed.

    “We aren’t yet. Let’s make sure first.”

    He left the room after handing me tissues and I got dressed putting a shirt and shorts on, Harry came back with a bag about 15 minutes later and handed it to me.

He got me a pregnancy test. Well, two. He looked at me,

“I’ll be right here, love.”

I nodded and took one, I set it on the counter and put my hair up and did my makeup while I waited, I also brushed my teeth and got my phone looking at twitter. I got up a few minutes later and checked it.

“Harry, can you come here?”

He walked in, “Yeah, baby?”

“Can you double check this one?”

“Sure,” He looked. “It’s positive, Arabella.” He wrapped his arm around me and kissed my head. “It’s gonna be okay, love. I promise. We will be okay. I want this, I’m not gonna let anyone hurt you or the baby, alright?”

I turned and buried my face in his shirt and cried. He held me and rubbed my back, calming me down.

“I’ll tell, the boys and Paul, alright?”

“I wanna be there, you’re not catching all the fire.”

“Alright, when do you wanna tell them?” I shrugged and he wiped my eyes and kissed my forehead. “It’s gonna be okay, I promise. Trust me.”

“Okay, I trust you, Harry.”

“I love you, Arabella.”

“I love you too, Harry.”

He got down on his knees and slid my shirt up a little resting his hands on either side of my small tummy, he kissed my stomach and whispered softly,

“I love you too, little one. Your mummy’s scared, but it’s gonna be okay, daddy’s gonna take care of you and mummy, I promise.” He kissed my stomach again and put my shirt back down, and stood up, smiling. He looked at the test and put it in his suitcase hiding it. I looked at him and ate a granola bar quietly, he looked at me and sat next to me as I finished chewing.

“I’m glad you’re eating, now you’re eating for two or maybe more...”

I don’t remember anything after what he said. I woke up with, Paul and Harry in my face looking at me, the boys were watching anxiously and I looked around.

“What happened?”

“You fainted, pumpkin,” I heard Paul say.

“Bells, are you okay?” Harry asked.

“I don’t know...”

“Okay, Harry let's back up and give her some air.”

I looked up and inhaled slowly and exhaled slowly too.

“Harry, what made her faint?” Liam asked worried.

“Well...um.... I told her she might be eating for two or maybe more...”

There was a dead silence in the room as all eyes flashed at me.

Paul looked at him, “Wait a minute... She isn’t....Is she?”

Harry nodded, “Look at her stomach, she’s growing. Lou accidentally told us that her puking could be morning sickness, and she took a test. It was positive.”

Paul sat next to me on the bed and put his hand lightly on my stomach through my shirt and looked at me, “I actually think you are...”

Niall looked at me and sat next to me, he put his hand on my stomach and looked at my tummy. “I think she is too...”

Louis stepped up and touched my abdomen and nodded, “She is for sure, my mum was just like this with my sisters.”

Paul looked at Harry, “What are you two gonna do?”

“We’re gonna keep it, Paul. It’s a baby we made and we’re not killing it and I’m not giving it away. I refuse. We’re keeping it.”

I looked down quietly and wrapped my arms around my legs resting my forehead on my knees hiding my face. I felt someone wrap their arms around me, it was Louis as hot tears dripped from my eyes and onto my legs.

“We’re not gonna let our sister and brother go through this alone. We promised we have their backs, we’re gonna keep the promise, no matter what. Besides, babies are fun. We could take turns holding it and feeding it. We’d be uncles and Paul would be like a grandad. It’s gonna be okay guys, we can do this. We’ve done it with Lou, we can do it with Harry and Ara.” He kissed my head and I felt more arms wrap around me I looked up and we had a huge group hug. I smiled a little and Paul looked at me when we pulled apart, he wiped away my tears.

“It’s gonna be okay, pumpkin. We’ll take care of you, like you take care of us. We’re a family, and we’re sticking together.”

I hugged him and he picked me up and hugged me as my feet dangled off the ground I hugged him back and smiled a little, he set me on my feet and looked at my stomach.

“We’re gonna have to call, Lou for a doctor for the little nudger and Bella.”

Harry wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek, “It wasn’t so bad. We’re gonna be okay, you and the little nudger and I, we will be okay.”

I believed him.

For a while we hung out in the boys room and watched TV and looked on Twitter. I kissed Harry’s cheek,

“I’ll be right back, I’m gonna call Lou and ask her some stuff.”

He smiled and kissed me gently, “Okay, love. Behave”

“I won’t, booger.”

“Alright, you take care of my baby.”

I smiled and looked at him, “I have been haven’t I?”

He surrendered, “Okay, you got me.”

I smiled and went to our room, I called Lou.

“Hey, Lou?”

“Hey, doll! What’s going on?”

“Well Lou, I have to ask you some questions.”

“Sure, dear, anything. What about?”

“Well..... I’m pregnant.”

There was a silence and she said, “It’s Harry’s right?”

“Yes, it’s Harry’s baby.”

“How do you know you’re preggers?”

“Because I took a test and I have a little bump, it’s tiny, barely noticeable but it’s there. Also, the morning sickness. You’re the one that helped me realize it. I’m also two weeks late and you know I’ve never been late. What do I do, Lou?”

“You need to calm down, you need to trust Harry. He will take care of you, so will the other boys, and Paul of course will, he’s like your dad. I will take care of you when we join back up, I’m getting released soon, and I’m coming back on the road. I will take the room in your bus so we can be together if need be. It’s gonna be okay, Ara. I promise.  You’re well cared for, I’ll take you to my doctor, she’s in Britain though. That shouldn’t be too big of a problem. Eat healthy, you pretty much do, drink a lot of water, keep snacks on you at all times. I’ll bring you some vitamins and I’ll bring you ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting.’ This is gonna be fun, two babies together, pregnant together. Of course yours wasn’t planned and you’re almost 18 but still, it’s gonna be okay. Ara? Are you there, doll?”

“Yes, I’m here, I was just listening to everything and thinking.”

“What are you thinking?”

“I know I should trust all you guys, and I do, but I’m still scared. The public is gonna hate me when they find out, I don’t want the baby getting hurt. I’m scared, Lou. I trust you guys, but I’m gonna be a mom, Harry’s already accepted the dad role. I’m not ready to be a mom, I will be I’m sure. It’s just overwhelming and I’m scared I won’t be a good mom. Harry’s gonna be a great dad, but I’m worried I won’t be a good mom to this baby.”

“Arabella Channing! How can you say that?! You took care of me when I was sick out of the goodness of your heart. You take care of the boys all the time, you take care of Paul and everyone knows you take care of Harry. You take care of everyone, you’re like a mum to all of us, even if you are younger than us. You have a natural, protective, motherly instinct. You will be fine.”

“Alright, Lou. Thank you so much.”

“No problem, doll. Feel better and make sure you have snacks and water all  the time. Keep a bag with you. I love you, Ara. You’ll be fine.”

“I know and I will get the snacks and a bag. I love you too, Lou. Get better soon. Come back to us, I need you.”

“I will as soon as I can, cheerio.”

“Bye.”

We hung up and I laid on the bed looking at the ceiling and thinking. It was 3 in the afternoon. I asked Paul if I could go to the hotel store, he nodded and looked up from his skype conversation with Clodagh, “Yes, but take a boy with you please.”

“Okay, I will. Want anything?” I hugged him, he smiled, hugging me back and I heard her say ‘Awe, that’s so sweet!’ While he said, “No, I’m good.”

I looked at her and smiled, “Hey Clo.”

“Hey, Ara. How are you? Paul told me, it’s gonna be okay.”

“I’m fine, I know, my family has my back. They’re great.”

She smiled, “You guys are exceptional...”

“Clo, you know you’re part of the family too, right?”

“I am?”

“Yeah, of course! I’ll let you get back to Paul, talk to you later.”

“Alright, feel better. Talk to you later, Ara.”

“I will,” I called back leaving the room, I walked into Niall and Louis’ room where the boys were.

“I’m going to the store, anyone’s welcome to come, but Niall is for sure coming,” I whispered. He got up smiling and Harry stood up, Zayn and Liam were asleep, so Louis got up too and walked to the door. Harry grabbed my hand and smiled.

“How’d the chat with, Lou, go?”

“It went well, I told her and she told me I needed to do some things and she was getting released soon, she would bring me some things. She calmed me down. It went well.”

“That’s good, I’m glad. You seem more... at ease. It’s good.” He kissed my head, dropping my right hand, he put his arm around my shoulders and held my left hand loosely, more comfortably.

“Hey Niall, Lou, told me I needed snacks, so I need you to help me pick out which ones. I need a lot apparently, because I’m supposed to have them at all times along with water, according to Dr. Lou. So would you help me?”

“It’d be my honor to help a lady with such a quest,” he bowed quickly and playfully while we laughed.

We go to the store and he told me to get this and that and what not to get, because of certain reasons. Harry went back to holding my hand and Louis was following us playing with certain things, making us laugh.

I had a lot of crackers and granola bars and a few packs of gum and a couple of waters, and a soda for Paul. I went to get my card out of the wallet and Harry grabbed the wallet and handed the cashier his card, I looked at him and he smiled, as I glared at him. We walked away when I grabbed the bag, he went to grab my hand, but I moved the bag, he took the bag with his other hand my wallet still in his other hand.

“I told you, I’m supporting you, Ara. The baby is mine too. I’m gonna take care of you two, like I said. Please, you have to carry it for nine months, let me care for you while you care for it.”

I looked at him sighing, “Oh, Harry... I try to be mad at you, but you won’t let me.”

He grinned, “It’s  because you love me.” He kissed my nose and kept walking with me sliding my wallet back into my bag.  I stopped at Paul’s room and gave him a pack of gum and the drink he smiled and mouthed ‘thank you’ still talking with Clo, I shut the door to Paul’s room and Harry opened the door for our room, holding it for me.

“Thank you, booger.”

He laughed and shut the door behind me, wrapping his arms around me. “Arabella Caroline Channing, do you know how caring you are? Do you know how beautiful you are? Do you know how much I love you?”

I laughed and shook my head, “I don’t wanna know how much you love me. I’m not putting a boundary on our love.”

“You got me...” He smiled and kissed me, I kissed him back sweetly, he opened a water, took a sip and handed it to me, putting the rest of the waters in the fridge. I drank some water still not hungry, he looked at me,

“Eat something.”

“But I’m not hungry.”

“So? The baby could be hungry.”

I looked at him, knowing he could be right.

“Okay...fine,”  I got a granola bar and ate it. “Are you happy now, daddy?”

He laughed and winked, “Oh, I like being called that. No joke though, it’s got a ring to it. Daddy. It’s nice.”

Sitting on the bed and sliding my shoes off, he looked at me, “You look cold, love. Here.” He put one of his hoodies on me and got a pair of my socks, sliding them on my feet, he went to get pants and I shook my head.

“No pants, I want these shorts. It feels good.” I grabbed my bear and he laid next to me covering me up to my waistline. He moved over between my legs propping himself up with his elbows and  slid the hoodie up a bit putting  his hands on my stomach, kissing my tummy gently. Smiling and closing my eyes as he rubbed my stomach, I fell asleep just like that.

 

“Harry’s POV*

 

I was so excited! We’re  gonna have a baby. I was going through names and everything. Arabella, was scared and I understood why, she had a baby in her, she was scared of the public hurting her or the baby. I’m here one hundred percent of the way. I’m gonna support her whether she wants it or not. I’ll be at as many of the appointments as I could be. It’s my baby too. I wanna be here for it, and my love. I had to let my mom know, but I wanted to do that with her either by skype or phone call, maybe in person. Most likely in person so we could give her a sonogram or tell her we were going to get one. I’m gonna be a dad, Bella’s gonna be a mum, yeah we’re young, 17, she’s three months and five days older than me. Not much  older, and so much better than Caroline. She didn’t matter. What matters is my family right now.

She moved her head a little in her sleep. I was laying with my head on her stomach, ear pressed against her skin, listening, my body between her legs, her snuggled up in my hoodie. Her heart’s beating a slow, steady pace while she slept serenly. I rubbed her legs slowly.

When we ended the tour, I wanted to go back to London, and I wanted her to live with me in my flat. It has three bedrooms a big kitchen plenty of room for us. Almost fully furnished, it just needs baby stuff. My mom would take care of it, when we tell her. My mom’s great, if I ask for something, she does it. I’m not dependent on her, but I do need her when I’m on tour, so she can set up my house. She sends me an email and I pick what I want from it, she orders it and puts it in the house. She loves it. She already loved, Bella. She asked about her a lot, Bella loved her too, like her mom. My Bella. So perfect. I fell asleep with my head on her stomach, not letting go of her.

I woke up to her running her fingers through my hair and asking me to wake up, “Wake up, sunshine.”

“Huh?” I asked sleepily.

“Can you let go of me?” she asked nicely.

“Why?” not wanting to let her go.

“Because I need to go to the bathroom.”

“Oh, okay” I moved for her and let her go to the bathroom, she got up and went while I laid there, she came back to me and cuddled next to me, I dozed off again and she played with her phone.

Paul came in around 6:00pm. “What do you guys want for dinner?” She looked at him,

“Where are we?”

“D.C.”

She smiled and looked at him, she got up and whispered something in his ear and he smiled. “ I want it to be a surprise, dad. So please, just tell them to get ready.”

He nodded, “Alright, honey.”

She went to the bathroom and put jean shorts on and a ruffled shirt with sandals and her bag with snacks. I was so proud of her, taking responsibility of something she was terrified of, and taking care of the baby and herself. I got up, got ready and sat in the chair waiting for Paul. She walked by and I pulled her onto my lap, she laughed and I held her not letting her go. Never letting her go.

Paul walked in and smiled at her laughing, “It’s good to see you laugh, bub.”

“Thanks, dad,” she smiled and stood up pulling me up to my feet too. “Let’s go to dinner, I’m excited to see your faces when we get there!”

We walked to the hallway and the boys chattered excitedly to see the surprise dinner. We got to the car, I made sure she was in the middle not getting touched and we got in the car and headed to our surprise dinner. We drove for 15 minutes and then got out all of our eyes popped open as we saw the “Nando’s” sign. Niall hugged her tightly and she laughed, we went inside and got our food, we ate, and went back to the hotel getting there around 9. We went to our room and the boys followed us there wanting to hang out. She got in my pajamas and sat in bed with her iPad, looking things up, I sat next to her watching TV and her. The boys put “Titanic” on, and I watched what she was looking up, once in awhile, I would look at the movie but I read what she read and kept an arm around me the whole time. She fell asleep sitting up with her iPad in her lap, leaning against the headboard with me. I put her stuff away and pulled her down a little by her legs and covered her up kissing her cheek good night. We watched TV until midnight, they went to their rooms. I showered and put shorts on, brushed my teeth and crawled in bed with Ara, wrapping an arm around her protectively, and keeping her close to me. I could fall asleep to this every night for the rest of my life. My lover and me cuddled up, sleeping.

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