Humane (Liam Payne)

{BOOK 2 - COMPLETE} On the outside, Parker Harrison's life seems perfect. A loving family of her and her brother, Garrett and their parents. But behind closed doors, things are not as they seem. Garrett moves out as soon as he can, getting as far away as possible with the ability to still see Parker, leaving her to feel empty and guilty.

When she runs away from home, and her parents report her missing, the last thing she wants is to be found. When she crashes into Liam Payne, things start to change. He becomes an unlikely ally to staying hidden, and he opens up his arms to her.

Liam is desperate to find out why Parker is the way she is. And when he does, it's in no way what he expected.

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6. Chapter 5 ~ Liam

Chapter 5~Liam

Ever since I ran into Parker in the alleyway five days ago, she has been on my mind more than ever. Now, I know that she doesn’t want to be found, and that she’s living on the streets. Who does that? I want to know so badly what happened, but she didn’t seem up for story time. I didn’t tell the boys. Parker asked me not to say anything to anyone, right? I was going to keep my promise.

Today, the lads and I were heading to the beach since it was much warmer today. It hadn’t rained in a while and we really like Miami. It’s a great city with great people. After all of us packed up and met at Niall’s flat, piled in the car—it was easier to take one vehicle—we headed to the gas station. Niall forgot to put gas in his car, and the light was on.

“How do you forget to put gas in your car?” Louis laughed from the back seat. I was in the passenger seat. In the back was Zayn, Louis in the middle and Harry. Harry was probably texting Amabel. They were constantly having some kind of contact. It was cute, actually. Harry seemed to be a different person when he was around his girlfriend. He was happy.

“I don’t know!” Niall said. “It must have slipped my mind or somethin’.”

I turned on the radio; a song I didn’t know was playing. “So Liam,” Zayn said. “Have you seen Parker?”

I straightened at the name of her name. “Um…”

“OH MY GOD! He has! Look at him, he’s blushing!” Niall cried.

“Okay, are we a bunch of teenage girls?” I snapped.

“Do you know where she is?” Harry asked.

“Yeah. I ran into her yesterday but I can’t tell you where she is.”

“Why not?” Niall said.

“She doesn’t want to be found.” I explained.

Harry scoffed. “She’s crazy.”

“She’s not crazy,” I defended her; “she’s been through a lot. She won’t tell me what exactly, but I need to know.”

“Mate, you hardly know her.” Zayn pointed out.

I sighed, and looked out the window as we pulled into the gas station. “She’s different.”

Louis laughed humorlessly. “That’s what I said about Eleanor before she cheated on me. Don’t waste your time, mate.”

“Louis!” Harry scolded. “Don’t be an arse.”

I shook my head. What Louis went through was horrible. When we went out one time, Louis saw Eleanor with a guy named Chuck, and apparently they had been having an affair for a long time. Louis was crushed, but Amabel really helped him get through it. That’s why Louis and her were such close friends. As for Niall, no one knows what’s going on between him and his girlfriend, Sam. Things have been shaky lately and Niall is completely in the dark. I hope things work out.

Louis, Zayn and Harry stay in the car while Niall filled up the tank. “Hey, Liam, can you get me water or something?” Louis asked. I groaned. He was always asking people to do this for him; lazy boy.

“Sure.” I said, a pocketed the few dollars he put into my hand. I got out of the car and jogged to the general store that was in front of the gas station. I aimlessly walked through the aisles, looking for the drinks that were most likely in the back.

As I was glancing around, I saw someone —who looked like a girl— with her hood up and putting things into a basket. I frowned and came closer. It looked like Parker. A smile played on my lips as I tapped on her shoulder. She swiveled around and her eyes widened when she saw me. “What are you doing here?” She whispered frantically.

I laughed. “The same thing as you.”

She bit her lip. “Sorry, I was just passing through.”

“Are you leaving?” I sure hope not. She didn’t have to live like this. It wasn’t right.

“No,” she sighed, “I just needed a few things.”

“Oh.” I said. Silence fell upon us before I said “You know that spare bedroom is still available if you interested.”

She gave me a tight smile. “Again, no thanks. I’m fine, as long as no one sees me.” The cashier walked past the isle and Parker flinched and puller her jacket so her face was hidden.

“Are you sure you don’t want to stay with me?” I stepped closer, but she stepped back—again.

“I’m sure.”

I nodded, and then I had an idea. I wrote my number and address on a scrap piece of paper and handed it to her. “You might need this.”

She took it, saw what it was, and frowned. “I don’t get you.” She replied.

“And I don’t get you.” I answered, and she smiled a little bit before brushing past me.

“I got to go, Liam.”

“Wait!” I called after her, and when she turned around, I smiled at her. “I didn’t tell anyone where you’re staying. Just to let you know.”

She nodded. “Thanks.” And then she was gone. I sighed, grabbed water for Louis, paid for it, and jogged back to the car.

“Yay! Thanks, Liam!” Louis cried when I gave him the water.

“Sure.” I said.

“Hey, I think I saw Parker.” Harry told me.

I turned to face him. “Really?”

Harry gave me an ‘are you serious’ look. “Mate, she walked out of there like…5 minutes ago. I know you saw her.”

“Is she okay?” Zayn asked.

“She’s fine, okay? But yeah, I talked to her. She’s staying on the streets, but I can’t tell you where.” I said.

“Why’s that?” Niall questioned.

I sighed. “She doesn’t want to be found. I already told you.”

Louis scoffed. “She is messed up, mate. Seriously, don’t waste your time.”

I just shook my head and stared out the window as Niall drove us to the beach. I couldn’t let this go. But maybe Louis was right. Was I wasting my time worrying about a girl I hardly knew?

“Do you fancy her?” Harry smirked, nudging my arm.

I frowned. “Of course not. Why would I? I don’t even know her.” That was the truth. Yes, I was concerned, but I certainly didn’t fancy her. I knew nothing about her, not that she would tell me. Then again, I didn’t ask.

*****

“This beach is really nice. Is it private?” Louis asked when we pulled into the parking lot.

“I don’t know.” Niall mumbled as we got out of the car and grabbed our things, making our way to an unoccupied sector of sand. The water was a beautiful crystal blue; you could see the white sand at the bottom until you got maybe fifteen feet out. The sun was shining and there was a light breeze. The Weather Channel said 85, but it felt more like 75. At this time of year, this was unusually warm temperatures.

Niall, Louis and Harry go swimming, leaving Zayn and I in the sand to relax. It’s just what I need—relaxation. We haven’t been busy since management gave us that break—thank God—but a part of me is expecting them to call at any time asking for the break to be over. It seems like something they would pull on us.

“What do you think is up with Sam and Niall?” Zayn suddenly asked.

I puffed out my cheeks as I let out my breath. “I have no clue. I guess things aren’t going so well. I feel bad for him.”

“Me too. You never know with women.” He lay down on the sand, slipping his shades on his eyes. I nodded, although he didn’t see me.

“Um, excuse me?” A feminine voice asked. When I raised my head, two girls were standing over us. I smiled politely.

“Yes?”

“I really hate to bother you, but could we get a picture?” The girl asked. I placed her at 17 years old, her friend the same. They both had blond hair, only it didn’t look fake, like some of the girls I saw here in Miami. These girls were natural blondes, with it becoming darker underneath.

“Of course,” Zayn interjected, sitting up and immediately and signing autographs for the girls. Harry, Louis and Niall took this moment to come up and take pictures as well. These girls were really nice and calm about this. They didn’t cry, they weren’t demanding more pictures. And I understand why Louis and Zayn were practically drooling over them. They were really fit. I thought they were fit too, especially the one with the big black-rimmed glasses.

“Thanks so much.” The one with the glasses said, and her friend nodded.

“It was great to meet you.” Harry sing-songed and the girls laughed, and then walked away.

It was always nice to meet fans that weren’t all over you. Don’t get me wrong, we love every single one of our fans, but when you’re relaxing, you don’t want screaming and crying girls asking you for your underwear or something. Having fans that politely asked you for a picture or an autograph was…not as intense as being mobbed.

“Damn, the one with the glasses was really fit, hu?” Zayn gushed after the girls left. I nodded. “I should have gotten her number or something.”

“Why didn’t you?” I asked.

He shrugged. “I saw you checking her out.”

I smiled. “And I saw you checking her out.” Zayn was always hooking up with girls. He had been single for a long time, the longest of all of us.

Those girls were the only ones that confronted us during the day, and I was grateful. Zayn refused to get in the water—which I didn’t understand after all this time—and Niall and Louis went to go get food for the blond.

“Hey Liam?” Niall asked when he and Louis got back.

“Yeah?”

“Do think Sam is cheating on me?” He looked at me pleadingly. I didn’t think that at all, I just thought they were going through a rough patch. Every couple has that at one point or another.

“No. I don’t think it’s that.” I reassured him, and he nodded to himself before calling her. She didn’t answer, and he bit his lip. I knew this was frustrating. Did Amabel know what was going on? She and Sam were best friends. “Should I call Amabel and ask her if she knows anything?”

Niall nodded. “Thanks mate.”

I nodded and pulled out my phone.

“Hello?” She answered.

“Hey, Amabel it’s me.”

“Hey Liam! What’s up?”

“Umm,” I said, and got up and walked away so Niall wouldn’t have to hear this. “Is everything okay with Sam? She and Niall aren’t doing so well. The lads and I are concerned ‘cause Niall is really upset. He’s in love with her and she isn’t answering her phone.”

“I honestly have no clue. Sam won’t talk to me. She seems…distant. I’m sorry, Liam. I’m worried too. Do you think she’s cheating?”

I shook my head, but remembered this conversation was over the phone, and not in person. “No, I don’t think so. Niall thought that same thing. I think it’s just getting bumpy or somethin’.”

“You’re probably right.” She sighed. “I gotta go, Liam. Thanks for calling, tell Harry I said hello.”

“Will do.” I said, and hung up. When I returned, Niall was looking at me hopefully. I just shook my head, and he sunk into his chair. “Sorry.”

“It’s alright. I just miss her, is all.”

“Who was that on the phone?” Harry asked.

“Amabel. She says hello.” I answered, and Harry’s face lit up. His smile grew five times bigger and at the mention of her name I knew his world got so much better. She completed him. A blind person would be able to see just how  in love they were.

I just hoped things with Sam and Niall would work out. Niall needed this. 

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