Waiting For Rain (One Direction)

Samantha Blake is your average 17 year old but she does not live in the average place. Her family live in a small town called Ashville where Sam, her siblings and a few other families are the only children. That's not the only thing though. It also hasn't rained for five years in Ashville despite the constantly grey skies and even far off lightning that they never hear the thunder of. For Sam life is boring until one dreary Saturday five teen boys move into the house next door. Sam's life immediately brightens, but only until she discovers that the boys have a dark secret that could either destroy Ashville or save it.

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20. Epilogue

3 years later

 

Sam's POV

"No, I need the lemon scented one!" I scolded my boyfriend on the other end of the phone line while I stacked the dishwasher of the kitchen in our comfy country home. "Yes, honey, I know you prefer pine, but Home Brand is what we can afford right now!" I sighed, hoping that Dylan would give up the argument soon.

I was still in my parent's old home in Ashville; I had just finished my course in nursing to work at the nursing home there. Hopefully I wouldn't have my mum's hard job of handling mentally disabled patients.

I peeked out the front window to see Ben's daughter, my niece, Holly swinging on the garden swing I had bought her last year for Christmas. Ben was always away for business, leaving Holly in Dylan and my care seeing as Holly's mother was one of Ben's many 'lady night acquaintances' five years ago, and after her death Holly had been put in Ben's custody.  I smiled at the little girl's laughter, feeling the same excitement well up in me, until Dylan's persistent nagging on the phone brought me back down.

"No, Dylan, can you do the shopping without questioning everything on the list for once?!" I nearly screamed, and Holly looked at me, a scared look on her pretty little face. I assured her it would be okay silently from inside and continued my conversation.

Listening to Dylan rant and giving him the occasional yes or no I began to pace around the kitchen, looking up every few minutes to check on Holly. Each time I did look up though, my eyes were drawn from Holly swinging to the house next door where the boys used to live. I sighed, not only in frustration with Dylan, but also thinking about all the memories in that house.

Which is why, when I looked back to Holly swinging, I nearly dropped the phone in surprise. No longer was Holly swinging on her garden swing, but standing in front of it staring at a snow white wolf that had suddenly appeared in the garden. My eyes widened in surprise and I panicked, wanting to get Holly inside and to safety.

"Uh, yeah, Dylan honey? I've got someone on the other line, got to go babe, sorry, bye, " I threw the phone down and rushed to the door, going slowly from there as to not scare the wolf. I approached it slowly, calling to Holly.

"Holly, baby,"

"Yeah Auntie Sammy?" the adorable six year old turned to face me and I freaked out inside; that movement would only aggravate the wolf more.

"Come to me slowly Holly, then go inside and get changed, it's far too cold to be playing out here," I told her, and I could have sworn the wolf smiled a little. Holly smiled too and bounced back inside.

"Okay Auntie Sammy," she giggled and I mentally face-palmed myself at her ignorance. Oh well, what could I do, she was only six.

Once Holly was safely inside with the door closed I approached the animal still standing as though frozen in the garden. His ocean blue eyes followed my every move, and it was just a little creepy, but I knew it shouldn't be.

"Lou?" I asked simply and the dirty white wolf walked up to me slowly, resting his muzzle in my extended palm without hesitation. Slowly but surely I kneeled down to his level and cupped his fuzzy face in my hands. "How's it going?" I laughed, and he smiled in reply, but stepped back suddenly without warning. "You gonna come back to me properly?" I asked expectantly, watching him look left and right up the street before tensing his muscles for the oncoming change.

Suddenly before me stood a charming young man who looked exactly like my Louis only more mature. A smile crept across my face slowly, as it did on his, and before I knew it we were in each others arms laughing.

"It's good to see you Sam," he spoke up, his voice no different from when I had last seen him.

"You too Lou," I laughed "A-are the boys here?" I then asked hesitantly, not wanting to push.

"Actually, they are," Louis laughed before wolf-whistling loudly into the distance. Almost instantaneously four more wolves came scampering in the front gate and morphed into equally handsome young men, all smiling the same excited smile.

"Hey guys, how's life?" I giggled as I hugged each of them in turn and ruffled their hair, except Zayn's; I knew if I even touched it I would be pinned on the wall literally in seconds.

"We're fine, m'lady," Harry kissed my hand politely, making a pink tinge creep across my cheeks. "How are you?"

"I-I'm fine, thanks,"

"You don't seem fine," Louis looked in concern at my weary face. "Do you want to go inside?" He led me back through the front doorway and to the kitchen where he forced me to sit down on a bar stool. The boys followed us in, and so did Holly.

She paused at the doorway, looking warily at the boys. "Who's this, Auntie Sammy?"

"Oh, these are some old friends of mine; Holly, this is Louis, Harry, Liam, Zayn and Niall." I pointed to each of the boys in turn, "Boys, this is Ben's daughter, Holly,"

"Hi," Holly waved shyly. Niall dismounted his stool and crouched in front of Holly smiling, and I was worried she would get scared.

"How are you, Princess Holly?" Niall planted a soft kiss on Holly's hand and she giggled.

"I'm fine thank you, Sir Niall," Holly giggled back, "Would you like to come to my castle?" she asked, taking Niall's hand as he stood up.

"Of course, Your Highness," Niall smiled before being dragged upstairs by Holly, probably to her bedroom for when she stayed with me. Niall was always so good with little kids. The boys' attention turned back to me.

"If she's Ben's kid, why is she here?" Liam asked.

"Oh, well, he's always busy so I'm kind of like her babysitter," I explained, though I was sure they could recognise the sadness behind my voice.

"What's the real problem, Sammy?" Louis rubbed my back protectively, and I could feel the tears ready to spill. I didn't want to speak because I knew my voice would crack and that would be the end of the conversation.

"I-I-I'm not in a very happy relationship, I have no time for a social life because of Holly and Ben's stupid requests, and I miss you guys!" I broke down crying on Louis' shoulder and he wrapped his muscular arms around me. As his arms made contact I felt that fizzy warmth I always felt when I was with him.

"Well, what would cheer you up at the moment? How about we go for a run?" he smiled cheekily and I smiled back, but my smile quickly turned into a frown.

"What about Holly?"

"Oh, we can arrange something," Louis kept smiling that cheeky smile while pulling a phone from his pocket. His attention turned to the person on the other end and I listened in intently. "Hey El, could you come over? We need some childcare services, thanks, love." He hit end and I looked at him expectantly, but the real emotion behind my eyes was sadness; Louis had a partner. "Oh, don't worry, Sam, she's just a friend," Louis laughed, obviously realising how I would feel about who he was talking to.

Just then Harry stood from the island bench seating. "I'll give her directions," he declared before striding outside, shifting and bounding off down the street. Minutes later he returned with another wolf; her coat was light brown and her eyes were as well. She shifted with Harry as they entered the front yard and they were soon in the kitchen with us.

"Hi, I'm Eleanor," the girl smiled, reaching out to shake my hand. "So, you guys want to get going?"

"Yep, I'll just go get Niall and Holly," I replied, before bouncing off the stool and sprinting the stairs to Holly's room that used to be my own. I paused at the door, watching Holly and Niall play. Holly was a princess and Niall was her knight, and they were having a tea party before I intruded.

"Sorry to break up the party Your Highness," I played along, "but Sir Niall has to go now, and another princess is going to play with you! Come and meet her!" I ushered them both out of the room, snatching Niall's dress-up knight's helmet from his head as he exited with a smile.

"Holly, This is Eleanor; Eleanor, this is my niece, Holly," I introduced the two.

"Princess Holly," the little girl corrected me.

"Oh, sorry. Her Highness Princess Holly of the throne of England." Holly seemed satisfied with that.

"Well, Princess Holly, I'm princess Eleanor; what are we going to do today?" And with that the two disappeared up the stairs.

"Okay boys, let's go!" I pointed to the door and the boys filed out, shifting in the yard while I put on a pair of purple converse. "Let's go!" I yelled, before sprinting down the street, my heart bursting with happiness to finally be back with my boys, my special boys.

 

The End xx

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