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We all made choices we regret; choices that tear us apart. We deplore them so much we wish we could start all over again.
But even with a second chance, can what has been broken be fixed?

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18. Chapter 17

“Niall!” I yell as loud as I can as I stand under the porch. But my scream only echoes through the empty street. I start to run to Niall’s house hoping he hadn’t already reached it. But the closer I get, the emptier the street is; there is still no sign of him.

I finally stand in front of the front door, my body shaking. I take a deep breath and ring, hoping he would open the door very soon. But the door remains closed and I don’t hear someone coming to open it. How come there is no one in the house? I sit down on the stair in front of the house and sigh loudly; I was expecting him to be here.

“I would never have thought you would come so early,” I suddenly hear a voice chuckling beside me. I turn my head hastily and I see Niall walking toward me, a weak smile on his face. He steps closer and sits down next to me; he looks ahead and carries on, “I’m glad you are here. You can’t imagine how much I would have hated myself if you hadn’t come.” He is about to keep talking but I cut him off.

“Listen Niall, I am not here to hear you blame yourself.” I can feel his stare on me but I ignore it and look down at my hands instead. “As you said, we have to talk. But before we do, I have something to tell you; I owe you apologies to be honest.”

“Eileen,” he interrupts me but I don’t let him speak.

“I want to apologize for being selfish all those years ago. I knew how much you wanted to audition but I only thought of myself and I am really sorry for that.” I wipe away a tear rolling down my cheek and carry on, “I am the one to blame for all that happened. I perfectly understand if you were mad at me but I didn’t know that my words would be so affecting,” I say in a whisper. “I am really happy for you with all the things that happened to you. At least, your dream came true.” I smile at him before standing up. I finally apologized. But the curious thing is that I don’t want to know what he is going to answer; I am so afraid of what he could say. I start to walk away but he grabs my wrist, making me stop.

“You shouldn’t have apologized; you’re not the one to blame. We both are to blame. You said you’ve been selfish and I have been stupid. I have been stupid enough to deny my best friend during those last three years. I wanted to call you every day but I didn’t. If I called you, if we saw each other your life would have changed and probably not in a good way,” he whispers looking down at the ground.

“But there wasn’t a day that went by I hadn’t thought of you. I missed you, Eileen. I missed my best friend.”

I stare at him tearfully. It seems we both have been selfish but on the other side, we both missed each other. I step closer to him and say in a whisper,

“I missed you too. But now that you’re back, I won’t let you go ever again.”

“I won’t do the same mistake again. I promised I’d be your best friend for ever and I will stay by your side for ever from now, Eileen.”

I nod, half laughing half crying, as we hug. I rested my head on his chest, smelling the familiar perfume I had almost forgotten.

"Welcome back home, Niall."

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