Old Friends New Life (Completed)

Hello, my name is Ruby. I was best friends with Liam all throughout secondary school. Yes, THE Liam Payne. When he left at the end of year 11 to audition for X-Factor again I supported him fully. We stayed in contact for a while but in the end just kind of drifted. We haven't contacted in a year and let alone seen each other in nearly 2. Fancy running into him on the night I ran away of all nights. You see my dad died of cancer but I never told Liam. My mum was depressed and when Anthony came along he was really nice. Mum was so masked by their 'love' that she didn't listen when I told her of all the abuse he gave me. Things didn't help when he got her pregnant. I decided to run away in the end. That was enough, I couldn't cope with anything anymore. I went to the river and was standing on the bridge, about to jump...

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17. What...?

Liam's P.O.V.

Fluid. Fluid in the brain. Those three little words brought my whole world as I knew it, to come crumbling down around me. The girl I love has fluid in her brain. Thoughts were running through my own brain at a million miles an hour. Will she be okay? Will she need surgery? Will there be any damage? At least that's what happened until she asked the question I had been dreading even more. The one that made me tighten my grip on her further.

"What's the other one?" Her tiny voice shook as she asked it and my heart reached out for her. I wiped away the single tear on my cheek, trying to be strong for her. She needed me right now and I couldn't let her down. The doctor turned towards us yet again and both me and Ruby tensed. Waiting for the dreaded answer.

"Well Miss, you are... how do I put this? I guess just come out and say it." He was rambling and I almost wanted to punch him the face. 'You are' what??? He paused and then continued after he had thought how to phrase it. "You are pregnant." Ruby gasped and I froze where I was. The doctor talked some more but I wasn't really listening. In the end he said he would come back later, and left. Ruby started to sob into my chest but my arms wouldnt move from around her waist to help her shift position. I couldn't move. Her tears started to soak my shirt but I didn't care. The boys came back in and still I couldn't move. Pregnant? How is that possible? We used protection...? Didn't we? We had only been 'doing it' for like a month though...

"Liam? Liam! Liam?! LIAM!!!!" I was snapped out of my thoughts by Louis waving a hand in my face and yelling my name. I immediately adjusted Ruby so she was sat on my lap, and rocked her gently back and forth.

"How is this possible Liam? How?!" She sobbed harder and her body shook. I held her with all my strength as tears started to stream down my own face. I had to be strong.

"I don't know, love. I don't know. But I'm here, the boys are here, and we will all help you. Yeah?" She nodded slightly and I kissed the top of her head. By now the boys were getting really worried and I figured we should probably tell them, but I had to know if Ruby wanted to. After a couple of minutes I whispered in her ear, "Do you want me to tell them or you?" She mouthed 'you' and I nodded. Taking a deep breath, I directed my words to the boys and Paul and Charlie in the doorway. "There are two things" I began, earning gasps from everyone in the room but Ruby who was still sobbing quietly in my shirt. "First," I gulped, "She has water around her brain. They caught it early so there shouldn't be any major damage." Now for the hard part. I looked down at Ruby and her bright green eyes shone back at me. Filled with unshed tears. I knew my own were the same but I went on anyway, looking only at her and never breaking eye contact. "Ruby's pregnant." There. I said it. It was over.

"WHAT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Trust Zayn to step in as the close friend. "Did you not use protection or something? You idiot Liam." He scolded me. I took it and looked down, ashamed. I was supposed to be the responsible one here and yet I had gone and got a girl pregnant at 19. What would the public think? What would my parents think? Oh gosh... my parents... I was going to be dead meat. My thoughts started to race again but I took a deep breath and brought myself back to reality yet again.

We sat and talked for ages, figuring things out. In the end they were reall supportive. Talking about it kinda made it more real, and I wasn't going to lie, I was a tad excited. It was around 11pm when the boys actually left. Just as we were drifting off to sleep, someone one appeared at the doorway. He stepped in and I could see he had brown hair that was short at the back and long at the front, which he kept flicking to the side. His eyes were a deep shade of green, almost brown. He was wearing a black T-Shirt with 'Awesome' written on it in blue, with matching blue skinny jeans and black converse. Ruby turned and saw him. As soon as she did her eyes went wide with her mouth hanging open, and she smiled so broadly. I couldn't help it, I was a little jealous...

 

Ruby's P.O.V.

"JAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I yelled so loud I probably woke everyone in the entire hospital up, let alone my ward. He smiled and quickly strode over to me, giving me a tight hug. It hurt but I didn't let it show. Liam glared at him and I hugged him sideways making him relax a little. "So what are you doing here?" I asked Jake.

"Well you know I was supposed to be joining you guys on tour for a while?" I nodded, "I decided to come early, especially since I found this dousche knocked you up." He half smiled and  Liam looked both guilty and infuriated. To be honest, I was a little excited for this baby now. I could tell Liam was. I tightened my grip and glared at Jake who put his hands up in mock defence. I giggled but quickly stopped as Liam removed my grip, got out the bed and left the room before I could utter a word.

It was around 3am when Jake finally left after being kicked out, and Liam still hadn't returned. Without him there, everything came back to me. I was alone... in a hospital. I could practically see her running onto the street, the car, her scream. Oh god.. her scream. I clamped my hands over my ears in an attempt to make it stop, but it just wouldn't. I tried to drown it out with my own, but it still wouldn't go away. I rocked bacl and forth on the heels of my feet and was vaguely aware of nurses and doctors rushing in all around me. They couldn't do anything. They weren't what I needed. I needed Liam.

"LIAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I screamed as loud as I could. Nurses tried to hold me down as a doctor came towards me with a needle. I screamed for Liam even more and struggled against the nurses hold as much as I could. More images flashed as they crowded round. Her lying on the bed and the moniter stopping. Me being pushed againts the wall. Them trying to save her. So many doctors and nurses you could barely see her. I stuggled even more and cried out for Liam as the screams taunted me. "LIAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" His voice couldn't have come soon enough.

"RUBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" He rushed over but couldn't get through. A doctor pushed him back and the images felt like they were burned in my brain. I struggled and struggled and eventually broke free of their grip. In the split second I could, I jumped off the bed and into Liam's arms as he was waiting by the wall with tears running down his face. His arms immediately wrapped protectively around me and held me close. The nurses looked stunned and the doctors still came forward the needle. "Shhhhhhh, I'm here now. I'm SO SO SO sorry." He rocked me gently back and forth and my sobs became quieter, but the screams wouldn't stop. With my hands back over my ears I buried my face into his shirt.

"Make them stop Liam. Make the screams go away." He looked confused but soon realised what I meant. She gently and slowly removed my hands and held them in his own. I looked up and met his gaze.

"I can't do that, love. I would love to but I can't. But they can. Just let them give you the small needle and I promise, it will all go away now." I started to struggle a little but he held me tight. It wasn't like the nurses grip,more comforting. Eventually I stopped and nodded a little. He smiled as best he could through the tears still running down his cheeks and kissed my on cheeks to wipe away my own tears. I was only looking at him, until I felt a sharp and painful prick in my upper arm. I flinched and Liam held me close to his body as I watched the needle being injected. Once it was removed I started to feel a little sleepy. As Liam had promised, the screams stopped and I slumped againts his damp, toned chest. He released my hands and wrapped his arms around my waist as he rocked me gently and sung 'Little Things' just like always. Unable to keep my eyes open any longer I drifted off into a deep sleep.

 

Liam's P.O.V.

Her eyes fluttered closed and I breathed a sigh of relief. The nurses looked stunned and the doctors impressed. I couldn't smile in any way though. All I could think was that I should have been there in the first place. I shouldn't have stormed out on her like that. I had only gone down to get a coffee from the cafe and when I came back nurses and doctors were rushing to her room. I finally reached her and found her struggling. I tried to get through but they pushed me back. I was pressed againts the wall, helpless. A couple of minutes passed and I was surprised to have her jump in to my arms. My grip immediately went around her. I shook my head of the thoughts and slowly, shakily, stood up with her in my arms and laid her on the bed. I didn't bother to put the covers over her. I ordered the doctors to do the procedure whilst she was out so I could take her home. They said they wouldn't but with bribary they did.

Around two hours later they wheeled her back in. They said to come back in three days time to get checked up. I nodded and thanked them before slipping her into a tracksuit and carrying her to the car waiting with Paul driving. He looked sympathetic and I thanked him for coming at 5am. I hadn't slept in two days and the effects were starting to sink in. I laid Ruby in the back and sat opposite, looking at her broken body. She was going to be a mum. I was going to be a dad. Woah... I'm going to have a little baby. A little girl or a little boy? Are we going to get a house together? The boys are going to be the best Uncle's ever. This baby is going to be so loved and spoiled. My thoughts became fewer and I fell into a gentle sleep. I didn't open my eyes when Paul and Charlie got us out the car and took us to our hotel room. I heard Louis talk to Paul with someone else... Shelby? That's weird... Oh well. I felt myself being put in bed with my shoes taken off and the sheets over me. As the door closed quietly I blindly reached out and found Ruby's body, pulling her tight against me. One of my hands wondered to her stomach and I thought about how everything was going to turn out fine. Fingers crossed.

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