Being Me

Finding out Ashley isn’t Liam's kid, and that Liam loves her is the best thing that has ever happened to Gemma Daly. She’s been hiding out in her new home, Liam's apartment, from her clingy ex, Harry, since the tour ended. Sure enough, losing his girl to his bandmate is pretty tough for Harry, but how is Danielle? Where is she, and Ashley? ~Sequel to Being Danielle Peazer, please read that first so you understand the situation!

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6. Clues and Confrontations

"Hi Danielle." I smile awkwardly, the never ending silence unbearable. Even the fans outside have stopped screaming and have resolved to watching. I debate whether to shake Danielle's hand or hug her so I do both. I extend a hand and as she shakes it I pull her closer into a tight hug. I breathe in her perfume I have missed for so long, whispering in her ear,                                                          

"I've missed you so much!" I hear her chuckle in relief and pull back enough to be met eye to eye. We both grin at each other with tears in our eyes. To people passing by we looked like twin sisters who hadn't seen each other in ages but there's way more to to it than that! We aren't even related!  Danielle and I inspected each other for any changes, Danielle's baby bump has obviously disappeared and is back to her flat stomach and toned body. She has slight dark shadows under her eyes that have been covered with foundation, probably from Ashley waking her up in the middle of the night. Danielle wraps an arm around my shoulders and guides me back to our booth, 

"C'mon my boss won't mind us chatting!" After we catch up with Danielle she gets an early day off           so she can hang with us, Perrie steps in with her figure of authority,

"Now Danielle we don't want you losing your job because of us!" Danielle continues to laugh and places a friendly hand on Perrie's arm.

"Perrie don't worry! My boss is happy for me! I haven't taken a day off since I started the job! And I also haven't had so much fun since I left either. So how 'bout we go back to mine while Ashley is at school?" We go back to Danielle's home which looks nothing like I would have imagined it would be. There's stray toys lying across the hardwood floor of Danielle's, food stains blotching the cushions on the couches. I share a look with Perrie as Danielle quickly throws the clothes and toys that were littering the couch onto the floor, joining the pile. Danielle fusses with the cushions, she invites us to take a seat,

"Take a seat girls! The place is a bit messy I had to get Ashley to playschool and sort out breakfast and then get myself ready. I wasn't expecting visitors." Danielle's cheeks flush red in embarrassment as she explains the messy state her home is in. Perrie waves her hand dismissively,

"Danielle you don't need to excuse yourself! Look at what's on your plate! I'm sure looking after a child is alot of work and especially at such a young age!" Perrie didn't say it but we were all probably wondering if there was anyone on the scene to help Danielle, even just a little bit of child support from the father? We all watch Danielle stand beside the couch awkwardly except for Kristen, her gaze is fixed intently on the kitchen. Her mind is obviously on food and considering she hasn't eaten in hours I wouldn't blame her! She can't go without half an hour! I fix my gaze back on Eleanor is worryingly biting her lip and watching Danielle intently. I glance at Perrie who is deeply immersed in thought, you can almost hear the clockworks moving in her head as she thinks of an idea. Danielle rubs her hands together and clumsily takes a seat facing all of us. She sighs heavily, her chest rising and falling heavily. 

"I guess you guys want an explanation?" We all nod in agreement, she sighs again and fixes her gaze out the windows.

"I guess I didn't want to hang round, I didn't want to leave you gals but....it would just be too much to be in the same town as Liam Payne, with Ashley not being his and all......the boys would hate me, I thought you guys would never talk to me again and Gemma, I thought you'd especially hate me considering you were so close to Liam..." She pauses, collecting a deep breath. I spot Perrie opening her mouth to speak up but I stop her,

"Uh Danielle, that's the uh thing.....I'd never hate you! What you did was wrong but I wouldn't hate you for it!" I glance at the girls who nod at me to continue,

"But I did something terrible and I'm really sorry Danielle." Danielle glances up, fear in her eyes.

"What's wrong?" Her eyes are slightly scared but her emotions are bewildered,

"After you left, I consoled Liam...your ex." I stop and let reality sink in, saying the words to Danielle was alot harder than I thought it would be, she has more reason to hate me than the ohter way around. Her reaction shocks me, totally the opposite of what I would have expected. 

"Omg Gemma I am so happy for you!" She grabs me in a tight hug and squeezes me until I'm gasping for air. 

"Danielle!" I choke out, she gets the signal and lets go, muttering a 'sorry', Perrie coughs and looks at me for confirmation before continuing,

"Well that's the thing Danielle, Gemma and Liam are going over a rough patch at the moment....." The situation went from happy to awkward to happy to awkward. Danielle frowns, her eyebrows knitting together,

"What do ya mean?" I give Perrie a look, she catches it and continues speaking.

"Well uh, lets just say Liam doesn't enjoy spending the night with Gemma. They moved in together but then he started staying at each of the boys' houses every evening. It has gotten to a point where it looks like Gemma owns Liam's place. She spends more time there than he does." Danielle eyes bounce from me to Perrie before settling on me. Her eyes widen when she realises that we're both serious. Her open opens and gapes, no sound coming out. Eventually she puts together a sentence,

"Oh god I'm so sorry I didn't know..." I cut her off, speaking will stop the tears that are possibly going to form in a matter of seconds,

"It's alright, how would you have known." Danielle looks down guiltily, hurt from my words. "Oh no! I didn't mean it like that I...." It's Danielle's turn to cut me off,

"No, you're right. I shouldn't have left you guys, it was the wrong thing to do. I should have thought the situation through instead of running off with..." Tears form in her eyes as she leans forward to hide them, I wrap my arms around her and comfort her. Ten minutes later, we have Danielle calmed so she can explain her situation. 

"I-I guess that I was stupid.....but he left." She breaks down again, we all share a look as we comfort her. That explains the mess and the fact that she has a job in a coffee shop when she's an experienced and professional dancer. She checks her watch and suddenly jumps up, 

"Oh I lost track of the time! I have to go get Ashley!" She grabs her purse and her keys before turning to us,

"Um, if you guys want to come ye can." We all nod in excitement before Danielle gives us a small smile, "Great! We can go in my car!" We all agree and follow her downstairs to her car.

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