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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33. Manager

 

Once me and Niall have finished talking, I head over to my room to check on the girls. I wanted to see if Brooke and Lia had got anything out of Belle. I walk in and find the rooms empty so I follow Niall through in to Lia's room. There, sitting on the sofa is Brooke beside Belle. The small child is sitting on the floor with Jelly; the two of them playing with dolls. I smile at Belle and she smiles back a little, hiding her face behind her hair.

“Everything alright?” I ask Lia as Niall comes up behind her and hugs her whilst she makes tea.

“Fine,” She nods, offering me an encouraging smile.

“Go talk to her.” She whispers and I bite my lip. What would I say? Carefully, I make my way over to Belle and sit on the sofa beside her. She shuffles away slightly; putting distance between us. I clear my throat and smile again.

“Are you okay?” I ask and she nods, biting her lips. Damn, it was cute.

“I'm Louis by the way, I forgot to introduce myself last night.” I tell her, looking at Iva as she brushes the hair of a doll with the other girl.

“Who's this then?” I ask the little girl and she turns to face me, her green eyes showing her relation to her sister.

“I'm Aaliyah,” She says shyly.

“That's a lovely name.” I reply with a grin.

“Mummy!” She exclaims and I look around, scanning the room for a woman.

“What's wrong?” Belle asks. Wait... Mummy? Aaliyah was Belle's child?

When are we going home?” She asks and Belle bites her lip again.

We're not, baby.” She replies, softly, her voice cracking slightly.

Why not?” She frowns, visibly upset.

Because...” Belle starts but it's obvious she can't bring herself to explain.

Because there are monsters in your old room so I came and told your Mummy that you can live with us until all of the bad monsters are gone.” I tell her, looking in to her large green eyes.

We can have a sleepover!” Iva exclaims and the two girls dance around excitedly.

Come on, I’ll show you my bed!” Iva takes Aaliyah's hand and the two of them run into the bedroom.

Thank you,” Belle murmurs and I smile.

Anytime,” I reply.

Do you-” I start but I'm interrupted by Lia answering the door to someone.

Where is she?” A male voice rumbles through the room.

Wait, what who are you?” Brooke demands, crossing her arms over her chest.

I'm the manager,” he states, glaring at Brooke.

Why are you here?” She demands again. Wow, this girl had some guts. This guy was huge.

Where's the girl?” He ignores her question, pounding in to the room. Instinctively, I step up from the bed and position myself infront of Belle. Lia runs in to the room and I hear her telling the girls to stay inside.

What do you think you're doing?” Niall asks, stepping infront of the man.

Out of the way,” He growls, shoving Niall to the side.

You!” He shouts, pointing a finger at Belle. I square up to him, putting myself between the two of them. Belle begins to shudder and looks as though she was going to cry.

I told you to get out by morning!” He shouts at her, ignoring me. I try to push him back but he shoves me away. I stutter back and bite my tongue to stop a round of abuse spilling out.

You dirty little no for good-” The man starts but I stop him; sending a fist in to the side of his face. He falls to the floor, clutching his hand to his face.

Niall!” Lia exclaims as Niall hits him over the head with a pot and sending him out cold. His limp body lies motionless and I shake my knuckles out, trying to regain feeling. Belle begins to cry so Brooke puts an arm around her and leads her out of the room. Niall puts the pot down on the floor and runs a hand through his hair as Lia rushes in to the bedroom where the young girls are.

What the hell happened here!” Zayn exclaims as him, Liam and Harry come running in to the room.

Nothing,” I mutter, taking a seat on the bed.

Yeah, it looks like nothing!” Says Liam, checking the pulse of the manager on the floor.

What did you do to him?” Harry asks, lifting an eyebrow at me.

I punched him and Niall hit him over the head,” I explain and Liam gapes at me.

You did what? To the manager! Louis we're gonna get kicked out!” He exclaims, standing up and glaring at me.

We won't,” I shake my head.

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