Kiss Me

Niall Horan had never had a problem with not having a girlfriend while all the lads had one, until now, especially when the only girl he wants sees right through him. Niall tries to get the girl of his dreams, and lifelong best friend, Juniper (who he calls Junie and sometimes Jay) to fall as deeply in love with him as he is with her.

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18. Guardians

Juniper's POV
"NIALL! JUNE!" An ecstatic voice choruses from the living room of the house as Niall, Louis, and I enter the Horan house.
"Mum!" Niall says, crashing his mum in a huge hug as she meets us at the door.
"Hi, Mummy Maura," I say, stepping forward and hugging her tight.
"Hi sweetheart," She says, smiling at me, then moves to hug Louis as well.
Then Dad comes into the house and Mummy Maura stops in her tracks.
"J-John?" She stutters out, tentatively reaching a hand out to him, but pulling it back.
"It's me," Dad says, stepping closer to her. "I promise."
Mummy Maura then hugs my Dad briefly and smiles at him. "How on earth can you explain yourself? You're supposed to be dead! We buried you five years ago!" She says, glaring at him suspiciously.
Maura leads us into the living room and sits us down on the couches as Dad explains everything to her. She nods occasionally but remains silent throughout his entire story. Her eyes squint as she analyzes every word. I can see the gears moving in her head and remind myself to ask her what she's thinking later.
"Well sounds like you have a hell of a lot of explaining to do to your wife and son," Maura says, standing up and going into the kitchen, Louis follows her, I guess to help with drinks. Niall, my dad, and I just sit and chat while we wait on them to return.

Louis' POV
I can see Maura thinking really hard about every word that comes out of John's mouth and I can tell she is suspicious of him as well.
"Well sounds like you have a hell of a lot of explaining to do to your wife and son," She says, standing and going to the kitchen. I stand and follow her, hoping to get some answers out of her.
"Maura," I say quietly once we are in the kitchen.
"Do you trust him?" She asks, looking me dead in the eye.
"No," I answer honestly, both of us speaking at a near whisper. "I don't know the man personally, but I can tell there is something off about him."
"Good, me too," She says. She then grabs my arm. "I need you to stay with Junie at all times, do you understand me?" She asks quickly, anxiety riding her words.
I gulp and nod. "What about Niall?" I ask.
"I know they are dating now, but they are both to naïve to see the fault in the man. He just isn't the John I knew. I don't know if it really is him and if he's just different, but he for sure isn't his personality inside this physical clone," Maura says, sadly and sternly holding my gaze.
"I put all three of you in the same room and John in another," She says. "You can guard her that way and be at her side when he meets the family. And if you can, tell Niall. I don't know if he'll agree with you, but it's worth a shot. Don't tell Junie though, it'll break her heart."
"I'll do my best," I reply, trying to answer all of her demands in one sentence.
Maura nods in thanks, kisses my cheek, and together we carry the drinks into the living room.

Niall's POV
"Hey man, can I talk to you?" Louis asks from across the room on the air mattress.
We are all settling in for bed. Junie is down the hall in the shower and John is in his room.
"Sure, Lou," I say, going and sitting next to him.
"So, I'm going to say something, and I want you to try and refrain from getting angry until I finish," Louis says, meeting my eyes pleadingly. I warily nod my head, permitting him to continue.
Louis takes a deep breath and says, "I don't trust John. I don't think he's telling the truth. Something about him just doesn't seem right."
My eyebrows furrow in confusion. "Why would you say that?"
"I don't know him personally, but I can tell when someone has a suspicious quirk to them. Your mum sees it too. I talked to her in the kitchen earlier. She asked me to try and talk to you when Junie wasn't around. we don't want to make her nervous or upset until we know for sure," Louis explains, looking at me for a response.
I nod and look at my hands, letting this new information sink in. I rack my brain for anything about John I might fins suspicious. I mean, other than the fact that he should be dead, he seems to have nothing wrong with him. His facial features are a bit different, more young. But he had said that was part of the whole hiding thing. Now I'm starting to question it. He seems familiar. Not just as John, but as someone else. Someone I can't seem to put my finger on.
"I believe you, Lou," I say, looking back up at him.
He looks at me, surprised. "You do?" He asks.
"Yes. I do. I don't think 'John' is telling the truth. At least not all of it. And I'm with you. We need to do everything we can to protect Juniper and her family," I say. Louis nods and we shake hands.
"It'll be okay, Ni," He says as I stand up. I nod and make my way to mine and Junie's bed.
A few minutes later, Junie and I are all snuggled up, Louis is passed out on the blow up mattress, and the moonlight is dancing in small streaks on the bedroom floor. Junie dozes off and I kiss her head goodnight. As my eyes flutter shut I swear to myself I won't let her get hurt. Her or her family. Our family will be safe so long as I live.

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