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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I get out of the warm bath and pull on my pyjama bottoms with a vest top and one of Louis' hoodies. I wrap it around me, breathing in the scent. Then I wrap my wet hair into a bun and remove my makeup. Then, I put on my thick wooly slippers and leave the bathroom. I pad over to the bed and lift up them bottom to reveal under the bed. I smile as I pull out the large silver gift bag with tissue paper inside. I open the bedroom door and creep down the stairs. I poke my head into the living room where everyone is settling down to watch a film. I nod at Aaliyah and she jumps up from underneath the covers that surround the floor. She runs towards me and I hand her the silver bag. We walk in together and everyone turns to Louis as he looks up. He smiles at me, then grins at Aaliyah when he sees the bag in her hand.
"Happy Birthday Lou!" She says, thrusting the bag into his lap. He's sitting on the floor so I join him as he begins to rummage through the tissue paper. He pulls out a red beanie first.
"Thank you, Aaliyah!" He exclaims, wrapping her small body into a hug.
"Look on the front," she instructs so he raises and eyebrow and does as he's told. In wonky white thread, Aaliyah has sewn "Lou" into the front. She had learnt to do it at school the other week and was determined to personalise Louis' birthday beanie for him.
"I love it, did you do that?" He asks, pointing to the stitching. She nods shyly and he grins.
"That's amazing! I could never sew like that," he tells her and she gives him a small kiss on the nose before sitting down beside Iva and watching as he pulls the next present. I spent six weeks making this: a large picture frame with a picture of me and Lou in the middle, carrots balanced on our upper lip. Then, surrounding the picture in a border are tons of little pictures of the three of us together; as well as pictures of the boys and B and Lia.
"You made this?" He asks, eyebrows raised. I nod and he puts it down on to the duvet then bustles me into a chest-crushing hug.
"I love it, and I love you." He whispers, kissing my cheek. Everyone else had already given Lou their presents earlier in the day but I wanted to leave mine till last. We all settle down after that, watching Christmas films until ten at night.
"Quick girls!" Lia gasps, ushering Jelly and Aaliyah to stand up.
"You have to be in bed, quick! Or Father Christmas won't come!" She fakes shock and the girls quickly say goodnight and then rush upstairs. Me and Niall rush after them to tuck them in.
"Goodnight girls," Niall calls as he shuts the door to their room.
"That was a really sweet present that you made Louis," Niall says with a smile as we head along the landing.
"Thanks. So what are you getting Lia for Christmas?" I ask as we take the first few steps.
"Bits and pieces. But she'll have to wait until New Year's Eve for her main one," he winks at me before heading into the living room.

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