Now Or Never

Niall and Emma got along from the day they met. Both the same age, Niall being 6 months older than Emma. They’ve known each other since they were three. The two spent every day with each other. And by coincidence they were in the same classes. They were two peas in a pod, the best of friends, almost like siblings I guess you could say. Until one day everything went downhill. As they were both 8, Emma’s mother died. In addition, her father started drinking and smoking and eventually went into depression. Emma and her father had moved from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, California. The two inseparable were torn apart.

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21. Home 'Alone'

~Narrative POV~

“Emma!! Dr. Davies called!! She asked if you wanted to go and get your cast off today!! Do you wanna go?!” Harry yelled from the bottom of the stairs.

“YES!! Let’s go NOW!!” She tried walking down the steps as fast as she could but didn’t work out so well. Harry laughed at her. He walked up to where she was and carried her like a bride.

“I can’t take you, I’m going to do some extra credit at school. Is it alright if someone else takes you?” He asked, feeling bad he couldn’t take her for himself. She nodded her head as a yes.

“I can’t take her.” Zayn, Liam, and Louis said all at once then laughed.

Louis: “I’m going to the arcade to meet up with some friends.”
Liam: “Turns out Dani is coming today, so I’m going to pick her up at the airport.”
Zayn: “I’m going to school, too. A friend of mine wants me to help with the background music for their recording. So, I’ll be riding with Harry?” He looked Harry for approval and he nodded.

“Sorry, Em.” They all said once again.

“Dani is coming!! And it’s fine. I can just go tomorrow.” She said.

Niall walked in with a water bottle in his hand. “I can take you.” He offered. Zayn and Liam glared at him.

Emma laughed to herself. “I can’t believe we all have our own car, and somehow manage to fit it in the driveway. Thanks, Ni.”

“It’s nothing. Well I guess we’ll wait for everyone to leave so I can get my car out. Seeing that you guys blocked it makes it hard.” We laughed.

“Actually, I’m heading out right now.” Harry added. Everyone else said they were too so Niall and I just left to get my cast off.

-

It was quiet in the car at first until Niall broke the silence, “So how is it dating Harry?” He asked.

Emma looked towards him but he avoided contact. Both hands on the wheel and eyes completely focused on the road. “Hmm? Oh, He’s a great guy! Actually, to me he’s perfect. I could probably die happy right now. He’s a really sweet guy, he makes me so happy, and I really love him.” She smiled and looked out her window and into the clear blue skies.

“You seem happy.” He smiled. To Emma, it was a real smile like he was happy for her. But really, on the inside, he’s hurting. It wasn’t anger, it was more like grief and emptiness, like he was incomplete without her in his arms.

“And in love.” She added. Those words stabbed him right in the heart. He couldn’t stand to listen anymore, his grip on the steering wheel tightened but he kept his fake smile drawn on his face. After hearing her talk about their relationship, he regretted ever asking the question, wondering why he even asked. All it did was hurt him even more.

“We’re here.” He announced and they got out the car.

-

It didn’t take too long to get the cast off so Niall and Emma went straight home. During the car ride they said nothing once again and just turned on the radio, Emma singing occasionally.

As soon as they got home they sat on the couch and watched TV with nothing else to do. The others weren’t home yet. It’s only been an hour and a half and they all seemed busy so it didn’t look like they were coming home soon. Or at least that’s what they thought.

Sitting on the couch they turned on the radio and just talked. “Do you want a pop?” Emma asked Niall. “Pepsi.” He accepted. She came back with two Pepsis in her hand, “Thanks.” He accepted the can.

She next to him to him on the enormous couch they had. They talked for a few hours and nobody was home still. They laughed and smiled together. “So, Ni. How’re your parents?” She asked him. He looked down at his hands with his elbows and forearms on his lap, bending over.

He processed how he was going to explain what had happened to his parents, “Two years after you moved, we got into a car accident. We were on our way to celebrate my birthday. I celebrated two birthdays with just my parents because you weren’t there. But when we got into that car accident, my dad unbuckled himself and jumped to the back. He held me with all his might and protected me. He passed away right then and there. My mom died in the hospital while being treated. If it wasn’t for my dad, I might’ve died. He saved my life. He gave me a second chance in life…. He’s my hero.” He finished.

Throughout all the talking, he didn’t look at Emma once. But once he finished, he looked towards her and tears were pouring out of her eyes. She immediately engulfed him into a hug. He was hesitant at first but squeezed her tightly. They stayed like that for a minute when Niall joked, “We aren’t very lucky are we?”

~Harry’s POV~

I walked in through the back door to try and scare Niall and Emma. I snuck around the corner and took a peek at them listening to music. I froze right on the spot, they were hugging. I waited for them to pull away and it took a while. I didn’t want to jump to conclusions so I just kept watching. I know it’s wrong but I can’t help it. I saw Emma wipe tears from her eyes. Why was she crying. They stared into each other’s eyes forever and then….. their lips connected…….. 

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