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.


46. Surprise!


Lias POV

"It's Christmas!" Iva sings, prancing in to the bedroom.
"Lia! Niall! Wake up! It's Christmas! Father Christmas has been!" She jumps on to the bed and Niall sits up, laughing. 
"Race you downstairs," Niall tells her and she nods. 
"Ready?" I ask and the three of us stand up on the bed. 
"1, 2,3, go!" I shout and we all jump off the bed and rush down the stairs. 
"Oit!" I squeal as Niall tries to pull me back by my jumper.
"Cheat!" I shout as he rushes ahead of me, laughing.
"Loser," he looks over his shoulder and pokes his tongue out at me as he runs into the living room.
"Merry Christmas!" Belle calls, running down the stairs with Lou in tow by hand behind her.
"Father Christmas has been!" Aaliyah and Iva shriek at the top of their lungs. Harry, Zayn and Liam all come rushing downstairs at the sound and I laugh as the two girls hop around the room. 

"Alright, alright. Calm down," Zayn laughs, making the girls sit down on the floor. 
"Hmmm..." Zayn ponders, picking up a tag attached to one large present. 
"Dear Zayn," he starts in a funny voice. 
"All of these lovely presents are for you. Even the ones wrapped in pink. Merry Christmas Zayn, lots of love and kisses from Father Christmas!" He fakes shock and Liam gasps.
"Oh no! Sorry girls, no presents for you!" He says, winking at them and beginning to pick up the presents that clutter the floor.
"Stop fooling around guys, let them have their pressies!" Harry chuckles, pushing Zayn away from the presents under the large Christmas tree. An hour later and everyone has opened all of their presents. They're we're some funny ones; like a spoon for Liam with his name engraved on to the handle, which he promptly dropped after opening. A giant cuddly toy carrot for Louis from Brooke and Harry with huge googly eyes. Iva and Aaliyah both got matching friendship bracelets with an 'I' and an 'A' on a bead in the center. Brooke bought me a new head-collar for Melody with musical notes trailing up the side. Harry got Brooke a heart shaped locket with room for three pictures inside; one of Harry, one of B and space for one of their baby when it arrived. I brought Niall a new amplifier for his guitar and a few guitar picks with Irish symbols on them. He brought me a few things; an anklet, a pair of converse and scrapbook that I can fill in with memories. Brooke bought me and Belle phone cases with a picture of us together outside the house and I gave her and Belle a pair of earrings each. Zayn got given a new mirror for his room which he continued to hug to his chest for the rest of the morning. The boys ended up in a fight so I took Belle and Brooke into the kitchen to make tea.

"I've got a surprise for Niall," I tell them, checking to make sure the door is closed.

"Ooh, what is it?" Belle asks, stirring sugar into her mug.

"Well, last night I called a few people and-" I'm cut off by the doorbell ringing.

"Niall!" I shout excitedly, opening the door and rushing in to the living room. I drag him away from the boys and into the hallway. He frowns in confusion before opening the front door.

"Mum!" Niall shouts and a woman laughs. The women pulls back, tears in her eyes.

"Come in, come in." He steps back, letting her through and closing the door. She drops her bag on the floor and embraces me.

"It's so nice to finally meet you," She says and I smile.

"It's lovely to meet you too," I reply, pulling back.

"So this is the girl who's making my baby boy so happy?" The woman asks with a grin at Niall as he comes to stand beside me. 

"This is Alexia, Lia for short. Lia, this is my Mum; Maura." He smiles proudly at his mother. With chin-length blond hair and kind eyes, I could see the resemblance.

"Niall!" Iva runs in to the hallway; being chased by Harry. She jumps up onto him and he rests her on his hip, turning away from Harry as he threatens to tickle her.

"Make him stop!" She squeals, burying her face in Niall's neck. Harry stops when he spots Maura; bustling her into a hug the moment after.

"Maura! How did you get here?" He asks, pulling back from their hug.

"Well, I got a call from Paul asking if I wanted to fly over to London and see Niall for Christmas. He told me it was part of his Christmas present from Lia." Maura grins at me and I grin back.

"You sent my mum to London to see me on Christmas?" He asks, putting Iva down.

"Yes," I answer, blushing.

"I love you, Lia!" He exclaims, picking me up and spinning me around.

"Who's this lovely little one, then?" Maura asks, bending down to Iva's height. She hides behind Harry's leg, shyly.

"This is Iva, or Jelly." Harry nudges her forward and she takes Maura's hand gingerly.

"You're a very pretty little girl, Iva. And what a beautiful name," She smiles warmly and I see Iva relax.

"Thank you," She replies, smiling. The rest of the boys come in and each hug Maura; all surprised to see her.


The rest of the day goes smoothly. We all sit down at the large dining table to eat a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by me, Belle, Brooke and Maura. Whilst eating, Maura shares stories about Niall when he was younger. At one point I nearly choke on my drink. Everyone heads off to shower, get ready for bed or watch Christmas tv in the various rooms; leaving me and Maura in the kitchen. She sits at the breakfast bad, cradling a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

"It's been a lovely day," She says and I nod as I wipe down the counters with a wet cloth.

"Yes, it has. Thank you for coming," I smile at her.

"Thank you for inviting me," She replies, taking a sip of her drink.

"I've never seen Niall so happy before," Maura notes, watching as I tidy away the now clean cutlery from the dishwasher. 

"You really do mean a lot to him. I can see it in his eyes," She smiles at me and I grin back.

"Thank you, Maura." I close the drawer and wipe my hands on a tea towel.

"But promise me that you'll look after him for me when I'm not here," She lifts and eyebrow at me with a wink and I nod, beaming.

"And make sure he eats enough." Maura adds and I stifle a laugh.

"I don't think he needs me for that," I tell her with a smile.

"No, I don't think so either." She shakes her head, laughing.













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