Erase My Memories

You would think Bethany is a typical American teen girl, until she attempts suicide. She spends a couple months in a psych ward, and when she is let out, her parents send her to live with her mom's best friend in London, who just happens to have a son her age, Niall Horan. The two become very close friends, but when Bethany gets to know Niall's best friend, Harry Styles...Bethany starts to grow attached, much to her horror. And much more, Harry too has quite the past. Can the two over-look the past and present problems, or will life itself destroy their relationship?

*Includes self harm, alcohol, sex, and cursing*

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31. Chapter 30

Bethany:

“That one looks like a dog!” Niall said happily. I giggled as it flew over. This was probably the most fun I’ve had with Niall in a long time. This brought back memories of when we were kids.

“Bethany, may I speak to you in the kitchen?” I turned and Maura was standing there.

“Yeah, sure. Is everything alright?”

“In the kitchen, please.” Maura pushed so I kissed Niall quickly before following Maura into the kitchen.

“So what’s up?” Maura sighed, her eyes filled with sadness.

“Your mother…she’s in the hospital with lung cancer.” I stumbled back into the counter, speechless. “I’m very sorry dear…” Maura took a step towards me but I remand unmoved.

“Wh-what stage…?” I whispered.

“Fourth…” I felt tears start to pour from my eyes. “Your dad doesn’t want you to come home until they know for sure she won’t live.”

“HOW CAN HE SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT?! SHE’S MY MOTHER!” I screamed, pushing Maura away from me.

“What’s going on…?” Harry asked. I turned and saw Niall and Harry standing in the doorway.

“GO AWAY!” I screeched.

“Bethany…calm down.” Maura whispered.

“SHUT UP- YOU AREN’T MY FUCKING MOTHER! HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE ME?! YOU CAN’T FUCKING TELL ME TO FUCKING CALM DOWN! GO FUCKING SCREW YOURSELF!” I stormed out of the room, tears streaming down my face. I ran up to my room, locked myself in, and cried into my pillow until I fell asleep. 

Harry:

“What happened…?” Niall asked, clearly concerned. Maura too had tears running down her face.

“It’s Bethany’s business, not yours.” Maura whispered before leaving the room. I looked at Niall and we both shrugged.

“I guess I’ll go check on her…” I said.

“No- she’s my girlfriend. I can check on her.” Niall demanded.

“I’m her friend- why can’t we both just go?” I asked nonchalantly. Niall looked skeptical but finally agreed. We walked upstairs together and knocked on Bethany’s door, but there was no answer. We knocked a few more times and there still wasn’t an answer. Niall finally gave up and went out with Louis and Liam, but I stayed.

After an hour, I knocked again and there was finally an answer. Bethany opened the door with bloodshot eyes, in pajamas, tear stains on her cheeks, and her hair was in every possible angle, but…to me, she looked beautiful- breathe-taking.

“What do you want?” She mumbled, holding Tigger close to her body.

“I wanted to make sure you were okay…”

“Why would you care? It’s not like you care about anything.” Bethany turned away and walked back into her room, so I took that as an invite to come in. I did so and closed the door behind me, sitting on the edge of her bed as she curled back into a ball.

“I care about some things.”

“Like what?” I shrugged and looked away.

“I don’t know.” You.

“Well that’s helpful. Where’s Niall?”

“He went out.” Bethany went silent and I think I heard soft sobs coming from her again. It took all my strength not to cuddle up to her. I fought it for a good five minutes before I fell next to her, pulling her back to my chest, and holding her close as she cried.

 

Bethany:

Niall left me…Niall left when I needed someone most. Yet, Harry was here. Is that supposed to say something or does he feel like he owes me something for all the times I bailed him out of jail? He didn’t seem like the type of person to act like this, but it was kind of nice. I liked how my body felt against his, even if we were just cuddling. There was something welcoming about his smell and how he held me close to him.  I pressed my eyes together as small whimpers escaped my lips, and fell back asleep with Harry holding me.        

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