After 18 Years

Darcy Tanner ran away from home on her 18th birthday, in search of her father. A little over 18 years before, her mother- Ariel- found out that she was pregnant with Harry Styles' child. She fled to America, scared to end the career that he enjoyed so much. Now, when Darcy forces Harry and Ariel to reunite will they fall back into love? Will revisiting their youth be painful or the thing that makes them happiest? Will everything be the same again, even after 18 years apart?

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32. Theo Horan

Back to Ariel's Pov.

Theo was a nice kid, very polite. He was attractive, he looked like a guy I would have gone for in my younger days. Dark brown hair and blue eyes. It was strange, seeing him again. Last time I'd seen him he was a little baby! I helped Harry babysit him when we first moved in together...

Darcy came slowly down the stairs in one of the outfits she bought yesterday. She looked beautiful- like everyday. But today it seemed to have a little more meaning. I watched Theo carefully as he saw her for the first time. His eyes widened the slightest bit, and his lips parted to suck in a fast breath. Very similar to the look Harry had on his face when we first met... Harry and I smirked at each other, he was watching too.

“Hi Niall, Aleisha- Theo...” Darcy greeted, saying Theo's name shyly.

“H-hi. You must be Darcy.” Theo replied quietly. They shook hands, and it was kind of funny to watch. They both were experiencing the kind of awkward tension you get when you meet someone really attractive.

“We're going to be late for our reservation.” Niall mumbled, checking his watch.

“Then we'd better be going. Have fun you two.” I smiled. Not too much fun... I thought about adding, but I didn't. No need to mortify my daughter. Harry took my hand, looking delighted at his good work, and we followed the Horans out the door.

“I've never seen Theo so... giddy, before.” Niall chuckled when we were in the car. Giddy? Hm. So he was excited to meet Darc. Harry shot me a very satisfied grin. He was beginning to think he was some kind of genius or something. I was about to say something about him getting cocky, when Aleisha spoke.

“So Ariel, Harry told us that it's your birthday in a few days.” She said. I glared at him. He knew I didn't like it when people knew when my birthday was.

“He'd be correct.” I muttered. Harry bit back laughter.

“Do you want to do something to celebrate?” She asked. I'm sure Niall and Harry knew my answer before the question was fully out of Aleisha's mouth.

“Not really, no.” I smiled sheepishly.

“Oh, that's fine. As long as you're okay with the girls, Niall, and I calling to sing to you.” She chuckled. I grinned, I liked Aleisha, she was very... accepting.

“Of course, I'd love that.” I said. She turned around to smile at me briefly, but then went back to pointing out where her husband needed to turn.

“No party huh?” Harry teased quietly. Niall and Aleisha couldn't hear our side conversation.

“I haven't changed that much.” I replied. Harry laughed, leaving a quick kiss on my cheek.

Lunch with the Horans was fun, refreshing. They were a nice match, both happy, upbeat. Similar. Cute, really. And you couldn't help but be happy with them.

“So, how do you think Darcy and Theo are doing?” Aleisha asked, near the end of our lunch. Harry and I smirked at each other.

“Depends...” Harry grinned.

“On how alike they are to us.” I finished.

“Do we give them more time or do we break up their fun?” Niall mused.

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Harry answered, and that was our cue to pay and leave. The scene that we saw when we arrived home, I was not ready for... Only Harry and I went in, Niall and Aleisha stayed in the car.

“Jesus..." I exclaimed, squeezing Harry's hand a bit tighter.

“Mom! Dad! We didn't know you were coming home so soon...” Darcy insisted. I heard Theo cough uncomfortably. He was still sitting on the couch, where he and my daughter had just been making out. Darcy was on her feet, panicked. I checked out of the corner of my eye to see Harry's reaction. He was grinning, not the normal reaction for a father...

“Maybe Darcy is more like young you than you think...” Harry mumbled.

“Don't you say that!” I growled. Harry chuckled. He looked like he wanted to say something else, but he didn't. It's not like Harry was mister-innocent, he may not have been as bad as me, but Darcy's behavior could easily be young Harry shining through...

Oddly enough, Theo and Darcy were having their own whispered conversation. Remind you of someone? Maybe two someones? Harry and I waited for them to finish. Darcy's cheeks turned red when she looked up, remembering that we were here.

“Niall and Aleisha are waiting in the car for you, Theo.” Harry said. Theo jumped up, ready to go. He mumbled something else to Darcy, making her smile, and then walked past us out the door. As soon as he was gone Darcy threw herself into apologizing.

“I'm so sorry mom! It just kinda happened, I didn't-” She began, I interrupted.

“It's fine Darcy. You're a good kid, you deserve to have fun. Live while you're young.” I said. Harry snorted, squeezing my hand that was engulfed in his. I grinned, Darcy didn't understand the joke I made, which explained the confused look in her eyes, but hell, I gotta say, it was funny.

“Don't worry about it.” I concluded.

“Okay, uh, then can I go out to dinner with Theo tomorrow?” She asked, looking hopeful.

“Of course.” Harry answered, but even though Harry answered she looked at me with an unchanged expression, to confirm. I simply nodded, a smirk taking over my face. Darcy now smiled a huge smile, happy as could be, and that was all I could ever ask for...

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