Rescue Me

Lia has lived in the slums of Rio, Brazil all her life and when Lia steals from a shop one night, two boys chase her and pin her to the ground. But what Lia doesn't realise is that this one Irish boy with kind blue eyes will be the one to show her new things and teach her about the world. Maybe even teach her about love.

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25. I Love You

Lia's P.O.V

I bury my head under the covers, the darkness suffocating me. Someone knocks on the door but I don't answer. I wouldn't know what to say. I felt bad because I hadn't spoken or seen Niall in a long time. I missed him even though he was just outside the door. The knock sounds again so I sit up, squinting in the darkness. The door creaks open and something is placed on the floor. The door closes and I wait for a few minutes. Finally, I crawl over the room and switch the light on. A guitar rests on the floor. I pick it up and take it back to the bed. I've been sleeping in the same bed that my mother did. I wanted to feel as close as possible to her. I didn't want to let go but I knew I had to. Tears well up in my eye but I take a deep breath and begin to play the guitar softly. My voice is sorrowful as I sing the words of a song my mother used to sing as a lullaby to me when I was a child.

Niall's P.O.V

"I can hear her, Niall." Zayn informs me, walking in to my room. I smile a little for the first time in weeks.
"The tour starts on Saturday," Zayn continues, sitting down on the bed beside me. I just nod, my smile disappearing.
"She did say she was coming, didnt she?" He asks and I think back to that night. It felt like years ago.
"Yeah, but I don't think..." I trail off, close to tears.
"Listen, mate you need to convince her to come or... You'll have to leave her." Zayn stands up and leaves me to my thoughts in my room. I bury my face in my hands and close my eyes. I couldn't leave her behind. I wouldn't.
But what if she didn't want to come?
I drag my hands through my hair and the door creaks open. Half expecting It to be one of the boys I grumble a 'go away'.
"Niall?" The soft voice that I haven't heard in weeks ask. My heart picks up pace as I look up and see Lia standing awkwardly in the doorway. Her hand rubs up and down her forearm. She closes the door and I motion for her to come over. She shuffles across the floor and I look her up and down. She looked terrible. She looked heartbroken.
She looked lost.
"Yeah?" I reply finally as she sits on the end of the bed beside me. I longed to wrap my arms around her and kiss her forehead but i knew I couldn't.
"I've been thinking..." She starts, looking down at her nails.
"What about?" I prompt when she doesn't reply.
"The tour," I glance at the side of her face but I can't read her expression.
"You don't have to come, Lia." I tell her and she nods.
"But I want to, I think it will be good. I can't spend the rest of my life hiding away and moping about. It would have been what mum would have wanted." She takes a deep breath and pride swells inside of me.
"You're extremely brave," I tell her before biting my lip.
"I love you, princess." She smiles and it makes me smile too. Lia leans her head on my shoulder and I kiss her head.
"I love you too, even though it scares me. I do." She replies, her voice warm. My stomach does flips and I hold her close to me, wishing away her pain.
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