She Taught Me How To Love

"If anyone asked me what impact Leigh had on my life, I could easily tell them. She taught me how to love." After four long years of a highly successful career, news of his childhood sweetheart sends international pop sensation Harry Styles into a whirlwind of emotions he believed had been forgotten all those years ago. As he struggles to become the person she always believed he could be, he learns once more that it is possible to love with the entirety of his heart.
©Ohhipstaplease 2014


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21. Six Months

CHAPTER NINETEEN

Six Months

As I sat upon the porch waiting for Edie to arrive, I silently prayed that the knot in my stomach would undo itself. I looked up and saw through the fog that was now descending upon us, Edie was parking in the driveway. I nervously shifted in my seat and and felt the knots grow tighter as she approached.

"Hello." 

"Hi." I manage as I look up at her.

"How are you?" She says taking a seat next to me on the steps.

"I'm alright. Thanks for calling."

"Yes, well..."

"Look, if it's about..."

"Yeah, it is" she says blushing slightly.

"If you don't want anything serious, I understand. I'm sorry for getting mad at you the other day. I had no right to, I wasn't really thinking about how this separation would effect you."

"Harry. It's alright."

"Look Edie" I tilted her chin towards mine, knowing that she was too embarrassed to face me "I don't want this to be some fling." She nods silently, "But that being said, I don't want to rule out anything. I like you Edie, I truly do. But, after Leigh and having Emma, I don't want to rush into anything. And that's not because I don't want a relationship, don't get me wrong."

"Harry," She smiles "You're babbling."

"Sorry" I run a hand through my hair and face her once more "Look, you're right, i'm going to be gone for almost half a year. And the limited time I do spend here is going to be dedicated to Emma." She nods silently and turns away a bit "But that doesn't mean it couldn't include you too." She smiles as her blue eyes lock onto mine "What i'm saying is that, maybe this time we truly could be friends."

"It would be an honor." She says offering her hand

"Friends don't shake hands" I say wrapping her in a hug. As she pulls back I look at her once more "I know you think i'm this person that Leigh described to you, but i'm not anymore."

"Really?"

"At least, i'm trying not to be."

"Harry?"

"Yes."

"Do you even know what Leigh would say about you?"

"I could imagine."

Edie shakes her head "Leigh knew that one day you would get it together. She didn't bad mouth you Harry, she spoke about you as if you were...well as if you were her person."

"Her person?"

"She knew you in this way that...I don't know how to quite put it..." She look out into the foggy scenery, or lack thereof, before finally speaking again "When Leigh talked about you, she knew that you would become the person she saw in you. She knew that at the time you were conflicted, but that eventually you'd be the person she knew you were."

"And what kind of person was that?"

"Honestly, the kind of person you are now."

"Yeah?"

"Kind, honest, cheeky, and..."

"And?"

"A good dad" I chuckle as she leans her head against my shoulder "So, six months?"

"Six months."

 

–❈–

A Few Days Later

"Are we ready?" Louis says as he grabs the last of the suitcases and places them by the doorway. 

"I carry my." Emma says as she snatches her small pink suitcase from Louis' hands. 

"You carry your what?" Louis says looking down at her.

"This." She tugs it towards her and looks at him defiantly.

"Suitcase, honey. Suitcase."

"Suitttt case."

"Close enough." 

"We have everything?" I say as I count the suitcases one last time.

"Yeah."

"Everything is turned off?"

"Yes."

"What about chargers?"

"Harold, we're ready." 

Louis looks at me with a smile as I smile back.

"We're ready, huh."

"Ready!" Emma says jumping up and down with her light suitcase.

"Alright, let's go."

I grab Emma's small hand in mine and take one last look at our beautiful house. This was it. We were leaving. 

–❈–

After airport check ins and one minor tantrum from Emma, we were finally on the plane. South America bound, eager to start this tour. So many months of planning and rehearsing, all finally coming to light on that stage.

And then I turn to look at Emma, she was curled up in the large leather seat next to me, finally asleep. I smiled at her, and lifted my head only to see everyone else was also snoozing. I turn to look out my small window, clouds upon clouds only separated by hues of orange and purple. 

It seemed as if things were good. They were finally good. I have no other way to really phrase it.

I believe so deeply that it is because of Leigh. It was her who gave me the strength to continue on when I didn't know how. It was her who gave me my beautiful daughter. 

Leigh.

She was the epitome of love. Her loving soul, her kind nature, her astoundingly beautiful essence, it would forever live within me. Love never truly dies after all, it lives on in our hearts forever more.

My daughter Emma, she is the reason I am here today. For her, I would gladly climb any mountain, I would conquer any feat. And I have. And I will continue to do it. For you Emma, I will do anything. 

And Edie. Six months. Six long months til we see each other again. But as Leigh showed me, if you love someone you let them go. And even though I didn't come back when I should have, I swear I'll never make the same mistake again. 

"Harry?"

"What, Louis?"

"Put the journal away, we're about to land."

I swear i'll never make the same mistake again. Love is love, and I plan to cherish it. In any way or form that I find it. In Edie, in Emma, in Leigh, in the boys. I will protect all of them, and love them until the day I die.

I close the journal and watch as one by one, Louis begins waking everyone on the plane. Zayn of course, refusing to even move. 

"Welcome to Bogota, Colombia. We will be landing shortly."

"Are we ready?" Liam says clapping his hands.

"Yes!" Niall says anxious to get up.

Emma rubs her little eyes and looks up at me. "Here?"

"Yes, baby we're here."

"Home?"

Niall looks over and smiles at Emma, "Princess, home is where your family is."

She looks around and looks up at me confused, "Home?" she says pointing to me and Niall.

"Yes."

She drowsily lays back onto her seat and immediately falls back asleep.

"It's going to be one hell of an adventure for her." Niall says to me.

"For all of us." I say smilingly.

 

 

 

 

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