Do you Promise?

Alyssa is abused at home, bullied at school, and doesn't have many friends. One day she runs away from home and right into the arms of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Irish boy. But what happens when others fall for her? And what about the past she left at home?

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15. The End

Niall's P.O.V:

I sat down beside Alyssa. Today was her last day. She looked horrible. Her skin was pale and she almost never moved. I couldn't bear to see her like this. The boys were all around me. They had all formed friendships with her for life. Zayn couldn't hold back tears. Liam was comforting everyone. Louis was an emotional mess. And Harry was the worst. Harry wouldn't talk to anyone for the past week. So when he whispered in her ear, "It'll be alright," we all were shocked. She weakly smiled at him and whispered into my ear, "play my favorite song, Ni." Tears slipped down my cheeks as I silently nodded. I quietly told the other boys. Louis and I grabbed our guitars and we all stood in a half circle facing her.

Liam started off, his voice a little shaky.

"Shut the door

Turn the light off

I wanna be with you

I wanna feel your love

I wanna lay beside you

I cannot hide this 

Even though I try.

Heart beats harder

Time escapes me

Trembling hands touch skin

It makes this harder (At this part he got choked up, but continued, tears falling freely)

And the tears stream down my face."

Harry stepped forward, his eyes red and puffy.

"If we could only have this life

For one more day.

If we could only turn back time"

We all gathered ourselves together and sang, and she smiled, touching my hand. Grace was sitting on her lap, our ten month old smiling, completely oblivious to what was going on.

"You know I'll be your life

Your voice

Your reason to be

My love, my heart

Is breathing for this

Moment in time

I'll find the words to say

Before you leave today."

I stepped forward, forcing my voice to become strong.

"Close the door

Throw the key

Don't wanna be reminded

Don't wanna be seen

Don't wanna be without you

My judgment's clouded

Like tonight's sky"

Louis stepped up, wiping his face.

"And a silent voice is numb

Try to scream out my lungs

It makes this harder

As the tears stream down my face"

(Harry)

"If we could only have this life for one more day

If we could only turn back time."

As we all sang the chorus, I could see her slowly fading. I wanted to jump beside her, to tell her to stay with me. But her dying wish was that I'd sing this for her.

"You know I'll be your life 

Your voice

Your reason to be

My love, my heart

Is breathing for this

Moment in time

I'll find the words to say

Before you leave me today"

Zayn had finally gotten control of his voice as his solo came up.

"Flashes lights in my mind

Going back to the time

Playing games in the street

Kicking balls with my feet

There's a numb in my toes

Standing close to the edge

There's a pile of my clothes

At the end of your bed

As I feel myself fall

Make a joke of it all"

She was fading quickly, but Grace wasn't noticing a difference. She was still laughing and clapping.

(Chorus)

"You know I'll be

Your life

Your voice

Your reason to be

My love, my heart

Is breathing for this

Moment in time 

I'll find the words to say

Before you leave me today" 

We sang the chorus one last time, and I looked at her to see her reaction. But her face was emotionless. She wasn't breathing. 

 

Alyssa was gone.

And Grace was finally beginning to notice. She frowned and her blue eyes became teary. "Ma-ma." Her first word. I should've been happy, but how could I? My beautiful light was gone. I sat in a chair beside her bed all night, crying and praying to God that maybe she was sleeping and she'd wake up.I grabbed Grace and took her to get a bottle.

She was all I had left of Aly.

**************

I couldn't stop the tears as I carried her casket and lowered it into the ground. This was when it really hit me that she was gone. I wouldn't be going home to her beautiful smile. I wouldn't have to reassure her that her food was good. I wouldn't be able to kiss her again, or hold her in my arms.

 

They asked me to give a speech. I wiped the tears from my eyes and looked to the sky.

 

"Alyssa was the most amazing girl I have ever met, even when I met her on the street. I knew right then that she was the one. She was the girl I had been looking for. She was my angel. And now I know that she's up in heaven, one of God's angels. I won't ever forget her, or the year I had with her. I love you, Alyssa, and you will live on forever in my heart and in your daughter."

As if on cue, the sun came out and a ray of light shone on her grave. I smiled through the tears as Grace came running up to me, smiling and saying "Da-da." I looked up at the sky one more time, and I swear I could feel her presence beside me.

 

*14 years later*

Grace's P.O.V:

Today was the day, 14 years ago, that my mom died of a stomach tumor. I don't remember her, but my dad says that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. I walked into the living room where my dad was going through an old scrapbook of pictures.

"Hey, Dad. Whatcha doing?"

He looked up, tears streaming down his face. "Just looking through some old pictures." I walked over and sat beside him on the couch. There were pictures of a younger girl, maybe 19, 20, kissing my dad on the cheek. There were many of her smiling, and them making goofy faces. I felt my eyes stinging, looking at all these happy pictures of her.

I laid my head on my dad's shoulder. "You really loved her, didn't you Dad?" He nodded. As he was flipping the scrapbook shut, I saw something. "Wait." I opened it back up to the last page. It was a picture of my mom, my dad and I when I was a baby. We were all smiling. 

My dad say it, and he got choked up. "That's-that's the last picture of all of us together. I didn't even know she put it in here." Underneath the picture, in small, perfect cursive, it read:

"Dear Niall and Grace,

I love you, both of you, so so much. I know I'm leaving soon, so I need to say this. 

For Niall:

In the coming years, remember the good times, not the bad. Please promise me that. I don't want you to dwell on my pain. Protect Grace and love her with all your heart. Do you promise me this? I love you and will miss you.

For Grace:

You probably won't remember me, but help your father through this. You were my life, my pride. Please promise me you'll stay in school and become the successful young lady I know you're meant to be. I know I won't be there for your prom, or your first boyfriend, or your first break-up, but your father is. Promise me you'll always love him. He's doing his best. So do you promise? Do you promise to do all of these things? I love you, Grace."

 

I traced the words 'I love you' with my finger as tears blurred my vision. I hugged my dad and looked up at the sky. "I promise, Mom. I promise."

 

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