Breathless

Liam Payne had what seemed to be the perfect life. When his parents split up and he is forced to move away with his mom to London, he runs into people who surprise him. Meeting Niall Horan was the best thing that ever happened to him. He never thought he would fall in love with Niall, the deaf kid

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7. The Reason

CHAPTER 6

 

REMINDER!!!

 

Liam is BOLD

 

Niall is ITALLIC

 

 

 

Niall’s Mom Maura is BOTH

 

 

 

-Liam’s POV-

 

 

 

I walked out of the living room and follow Sarah down the hall to the front yard. A huge group of people were crowding around a tall tree in the front yard. They were all laughing and looking up into the tree. I walked forward and raised my eyes up to the tree. Hanging from one of the branches was Niall, his underwear was caught on a branch and he was dangling there. Everyone was laughing and pointing at him. Why are people so mean? I pushed past Sarah and found Zayn standing directly below Niall. Zayn’s face had an evil grin on it. Did he do this to Niall?

 

“Zayn what are you doing?” I shout over all the laughing and partying people. Some people were still dancing to the loud music coming from the house. I’m a little surprised the neighbors haven’t called the police on this party yet. Zayn’s head snaps over and looks directly at me. His smirk falls, he looks guilty. At least he knows he did something wrong, he knows he shouldn’t have hurt Niall.

 

“I was trying to help Niall down.” He lies, god he is such a bad lair. I roll my eyes and hurry over to the tree. Niall looks down at me with a helpless look. I have to help him get down from there. I reach up to try and help him, but I am too short. I curse under my breath and turn to look around for something to boost me up. I can’t find a latter or anything to help me get up to the tree. I hear the sound of a familiar laugh coming from behind me. I turn and see Louis clutching his stomach and laughing hard. I walk over to him and stand right in front of him. He continues to laugh at Niall’s misfortune

 

“What’s so funny about all of this?” I ask in stern voice. I admit at times I sound like a parent, but in this situation I think it’s alright. I honestly don’t see what’s so funny about torturing a boy who cannot hear. It’s cruel, he probably had no idea what was going on, and even if he did I don’t know if he could stop them from hurting him.

 

“Come on Liam, this is hilarious! Look at his face!” He says between laughs. I cross my arms over my chest, I don’t find this funny in any way. I clear my throat and Louis stands up straight no longer laughing. I think he is finally realizing I don’t find this funny. He has a look of guilt and confusion on his face. I don’t know why he looks confused but I am glad he feels guilty about laughing at Niall.

 

“Help me get him down!” I snap. I don’t mean to be mean to Louis, it’s just I hate seeing Niall like this. My heart hurts when I see he’s in pain. Like the other day when Niall was getting beat up by those two boys. It hurt me to see him like that, the way he was just lying there accepting the punches and kicks told me something. It told me he was used to being beat like that, he was used to taking punches all the time. I knew from that moment on I had to protect him, and make him realize no one deserved that. No one deserved to be beat up like that and just accept the punches. Not even the most evil of people deserve that type of treatment. No one does.

 

“How?” Louis chokes out, looking from me to the dangling blonde boy in the tree. I started to think. How could he help me get him down? I smirked and knew exactly what Louis was going to do to help me get Niall down. Louis face contorted into a scared look, I think he knew I was going to do something that could hurt him. Not that I really cared if he got hurt, I wouldn’t hurt him that badly.

 

“Come with me.” I say walking back over to the tree. I hear Louis walking behind me, once we get to the tree I turn around and face Louis. He is looking up at Niall more closely and I could tell he was beginning to feel bad for him. The look on his face read sadness and sorrow. I looked around and saw people were beginning to watch Louis and me. Great I had an audience now… Note the sarcasm.

 

“What do you need me to do?” He asks hesitantly, the people around us had stopped laughing as loudly and were looking at the both of us. The music in the house was still booming, so we still had to shout over the loud music. I looked around and people were whispering, I couldn’t tell what they were saying but they kept eyeing me and Louis. I shook off the thought and continued my quest to help Niall get down from the tree.

 

“Get down on your hands and knees” I say, Louis gives me a weird look and smirks. He gets down right under Niall. I step on his back and I hear him groan. I ignore his groaning and protests about how I am fat and need to get off of him. I reached up and attempted to unhook Niall’s underwear from the tree branch, he was hooked pretty good. I could tell someone did this to him. He didn’t just fall from the tree. There was a knot tying him to the tree. I turned and looked to see Niall was looking at me with his big blue eyes, his eyes are so gorgeous. They are so blue, I feel myself getting lost in them and mentally shake myself. I need to focus on getting him down. I look back at the knot and start pulling at it. I play with the knot for a few minutes until I feel it loosening. I guess I hadn’t really thought this plan through very well, because before I realized Niall was slipping off the tree and pulling me down with him. I fell on my back with a groan and felt a heavy body fall on top of me. I looked up to meet bright blue eyes and blonde hair. Niall was lying on top of me, I don’t know if he hit his head or something, because he just sat there looking down at me. I felt my face turning the color of a tomato as Niall sat there on top of me. Before I could even react, Niall was jumping off of me and running. It took me a couple of seconds to realize what had just happened. I shook my head and jumped up, I couldn’t just let him run off like that. I need him to know I am here for him, I don’t know why I want to be there for him so badly, but I know that’s what I am here for. I know I was put on this earth tp help protect Niall, one way or another.

 

“Hold on Li, where are you going?” Louis shouts at me, I wave my hand telling him to not worry. I ran after the blonde boy running down the street. At my old school I used to be on the track and field team, I was one of the top runners. I have always enjoyed running, it’s a way for me to get away and just think. I found myself falling into step with how I used to run each morning. Not too long after I was right behind Niall, I was gaining on him. We ran down the street Niall a few feet in front of me, we passed by houses and people walking down the street. I got a few looks but I think they assumed we were just running for fun. I finally was inches away from Niall. I reached out and grabbed him arm causing him to stop dead in him tracks. I ended up tripping over him and falling flat on my face, I felt my face scrape against the hard concrete. That’s going to leave a mark, great. I slowly pulled myself up and turned to see Niall had ran, only this time I hadn’t seen where he had gone. Great! So I ran after Niall for nothing, now I don’t even know where I am. I turn and look for a sign telling me what street I was on. I heard a car driving up in the distance, I turned to see Harry’s car stopping right in front of me. I let out a sigh of gratitude for Louis being overly worried, he must have jumped in the car and tried to follow us. I walked over to the car door and jumped in, Louis was sitting in the passenger seat and a very disgruntled looking Harry was driving. I put my seat belt on and Harry drove off. I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket and I took it out. I had a new IM message from Nathan.

 

HearingClovers16: I don’t need your help, stop trying so hard.

 

 

 

I gasped at the message, is it possible Nathan is really Niall? But Niall seems so afraid of me, he wouldn’t lie and tell me his name was Nathan if he is scared of me. That would just be stupid. But I couldn’t help but wonder if Nathan is Niall. Harry ended up taking me home, him and Louis went back to Louis place to… well I honestly don’t want to know what they are planning on doing.  I walked into my room and instantly felt dizzy and sick to my stomach, I hate that I don’t know what is going through Niall’s head, I just wish he would let me in so I could help him. I want to save him.

 

-Niall’s POV- (Present day)

 

I ran as fast as I could from Liam, I didn’t want him in my life. If he came into my life everything would just get messed up, that’s why I am so distant from everyone at school. Anyone who comes into my life just gets hurt. Ever since I was a kid my father has fucked me over. I can’t let anyone know that, I can’t let anyone know my secrets. I ran down the street to my house, I was almost home when Liam tripped and fell. I was secretly happy he had fallen and not moved, it gave me a chance to run. I didn’t want him anywhere near my house, not when my father was home. I ran up to my house and up the short walk. Once I got to the door I flung it open and closed the door quickly. I slid down the door and sat in the front entrance of my house. I looked down at my shoes and tried to keep the tears from falling. I felt a hand on my shoulder and I jumped at the sudden touch, I looked up quickly and let out a sigh of relief it was only my mom. Thank god.

 

Are you alright?” My mom asks. I look back and my shoes and mentally argue with myself if I should tell her what happened tonight. I guess it is kind of my fault, I knew better than to go to the party. I knew that if I went something like this would happen, but I wanted to see Liam. I wanted to see him and pretend that I was normal. I mentally slapped myself for being so stupid and looked back up at my mom. Her eyes were searching over my face making sure I was alright, I thought she was going to be mad at me for leaving and not saying anything. I think she was just happy I got out of the house, I never leave so she was probably hoping I had found some friends.

 

Yeah, I’m fine mom just tired.” I answer getting up slowly and walking to my room. I close the door and fall on my bed hoping my father was asleep and wouldn’t come in my room tonight, he seemed to have made a habit of needing me every night now. I grab my phone out of my pocket and open up the IM app. I quickly type out ‘I don’t need your help, stop trying so hard.’ Into the box and push send. I probably shouldn’t have said that. I don’t want him knowing I am Nathan. I don’t know why I made Nathan up, I guess it was just because I wanted to get to know Liam more. I didn’t want to just be ‘the deaf kid’ to him. I wanted him to have a friend who wasn’t deaf. I want to be his friend, but I know I can’t. I know I shouldn’t have ever messaged him, it was one of my biggest mistakes in life, I know I will regret sending him any of the messages I have sent him. I know one day it’s all going to come crashing down and bite me in the ass. I just know it. Everything and anything that makes me happy always gets ruined one way or another. I just have to sit here and wait for it all to happen. I sigh and close my eyes praying I won’t have the same dreams I have been having every night. Ever since I met Liam I keep dreaming about when I was small and sick with my ear infections, the reason why I am deaf today.

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