War Cry

*unbelievably slow updates* One Direction is put onto a three year break. All of the guys have decided what to do with their lives in the meantime. Liam Payne chose to go into the army. He was glad to meet his best friend, she was nice and funny and someone so easily to get along with. She made his army experience a lot more enjoyable. But what if another band member finds her just as enjoyable as he does? Would he be jealous? Or would he be happy for her?

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14. Chapter 13

A/N: I feel like I should remind you that their first year in the army was in 2014 and they are now leaving in November 2017.

 

AnnaSophia Robb is Cali Kennedy.

 

Chapter 13

 

“You’re damn lucky we have nothing big going on tomorrow,” Gregory said before he took a swig of the beer in his hand. It was the last night of my three years in the army. This was it.

“Please, sir, you would want to celebrate like this even if there was,” I jested. It wasn’t a big celebration or anything. There was alcohol and a late night barbecue and that was it. I didn’t even think they’d make a big deal out of this seeming, as when Sam left, they didn’t do a barbecue. But I guess it was because Tanya and I left a pretty big impression on this base.

“I’d say I hope I’ll hear from you but I’m sure everything you do would be broadcasted on the radio,” he joked. I rolled my eyes.

“Just because I’m in a boy band,” I started.

“Yeah but my niece listens to you and you should’ve heard how much she freaked when I told her you almost go blasted to pieces,” he replied with a laugh and I laughed along with him. Then he excused himself and I walked to Tanya who was talking to Jessica.

“Hey, Tan and Jess,” I smiled at the pair of them.

“Speak of the devil,” Jessica muttered.

“What? What were saying about me?” I asked them. “Were you talking about how amazing and incredibly good-looking I am?” I smirked.

Tanya rolled her eyes. “Whoa, there Mr. Big Head. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.”

“Don’t deny it, Tanya.”

She pretended to gag and I gave her a light push. She gave me a mock glare and stomped away dramatically. I laughed at her antics.

“Are you and Tanya together?” Jessica asked. I looked at her confused.

“No?” I said but it came out more like a question.

“Oh, you two seem like you are,” she stated.

“No, we’ve never been like that together. She’s my best friend,” I told her.

“Do you want to be?” She asked.

“Want to be what?”

“Like that together?”

I blinked. “No.”

“Oh, you’re eyes have this longing look whenever she walks away and you only laugh around her and you only smile because of her and you only ever want to work with his and I don’t know. You just seem like you’re in love with her or something.”

I blinked once. Then again. Then again. Then once more. Me? In love? With Tanya? I glanced at Tanya who was laughing her head off at something Brad had said. I didn’t feel like I was longing for her or I was looking at her longing. Then I felt some sort of déjà vu, like I’ve already spoken about this with someone.

I racked my brain, trying to figure out who it was when I suddenly remembered. Marsha had brought this up when we were in Kenya. How the hell did they get that sort of assumption? Tanya and I were best friends, nothing more and nothing less.

“No, I’m not,” I told her with a shake of my head.

“Are you sure?” She asked.

I laughed. “Of course I’m sure. I think I’d know if I’m in love with someone.”

She pursed her lips. “You never know.”

I rolled my eyes and gave her a light shove on the shoulder. She pushed me back and walked over to where Alex and Jonathan stood with beers in hand. I didn’t know how to take what Jessica said. Was I supposed to figure out what I was feeling for Tanya? Was I supposed to talk it through with someone? In the end, I just brushed off what Jessica said and pushed it to the back of my mind where I kept the conversation I had with Marsha so I could forget about it.

 

“Liam,” a voice grumbled. “Wake up.”

I groggily rolled over and sat up. It was still dark with a hint of sunrise in the distance. I searched blindly for the voice that urged me to wake up. I found Alex hovering over me in his singlet and bottom fatigues we all slept in. “What?”

“It’s 5am, your flight is in an hour,” he replied. Alex was our designated driver all because he rises freakishly early and doesn’t grumble about it.

“Yeah, yeah, I’m coming,” I mumbled and rolled over. I was used to getting up at 5 but since we were drinking until late the night before, I couldn’t find the strength in me to wake up on time. I lay on my bed for a little while longer, my eyes still closed. I couldn’t believe the fact that I was going home today. I was leaving the army life and going back to being part of the biggest boy band in the world.

No more waking up at 5 in the morning. No more heavy backpacks that I could barely run with. No more helmets that fell over my eyes when I ducked my head. No more fatigues to be worn. No more gun shooting and under pressure detonating. Everything to do with the army world is over. I’m back to being just Liam Payne.

“Liam!” Tanya shrieked. I opened my eyes with a groan and sat up. “I am not your mother! Get your ass up and get ready!”

“I’m coming,” I growled. I stretched once more before getting out of bed and putting on my fatigues. I packed my bags the night before so all I had to add to it was my necessities.

“If you are not done by the time it is 5:20, I will kick your ass!” Tanya yelled as she walked past my bunk.

“Do you have an obsession with my ass today?” I yelled back.

“Shut up!” She countered, her voice further away this time.

I got myself ready to leave then I walked out and headed for the car. No one was up that was a rarity since everyone usually got up at 5 or earlier. But I guess since we were drinking the nigh before, no one was ready to get up. I leaned against the car door to wait for Tanya who wasn’t ready by 5:20, the hypocrite. She finally ran outside with her bag in her hand, her shoes half done up and her hair out loose.

“I’m here,” she said, out of breath.

“Well, well, well, look who wasn’t ready by 5:20,” I smirked as I got into the back seat of the car.

“Shut up,” she grumbled before getting in beside me.

Alex chuckled at the both of us and started up the car, speeding towards the airport. We barely spoke on the way to the airport. It was like the time when Sam picked the both of us up back in 2014. Once we got to the airport, Alex helped us unload our bags and we said our goodbyes to him at the doors. I didn’t know whether I was upset about leaving but I knew I would miss being in the army. I’ve just been so used to being in the army that I won’t ever forget what it was like to be in it.

 

We arrived at Heathrow airport 12 hours later. It was 6:30 in the evening in London when we walked through to baggage claim. It was an eerie feeling, being back in the city where there are no bush lands or deserted areas. It was just full of buildings and lights and people with clean clothing.

“Well,” Tanya said awkwardly.

“Well,” I repeated. I didn’t know if I should promise to keep in touch because I didn’t think I would be able to keep in touch.

“It was a good three years, Liam,” she said. I nodded in agreement and then it went silent. In my whole three years of knowing Tanya there was never an awkward silence and I didn’t know how to handle this one.

“Good luck in university,” I told her.

“Thanks. Good luck with your tours and such,” she answered.

“I don’t go back on tour until next year, actually,” I said.

“Oh, well then, good luck then,” she said.

“Liam!” I turned to find Harry running towards me, knocking people on the way. I smiled as he half-tackled me into a hug. “Man, I missed you!” He grinned. Then he turned to face Tanya and smiled, “hey, you’re Liam’s army friend! Tanya, right?”

She nodded with a small smile on her lips, “And you’re Harry Styles.”

He grinned. “The one and only!”

Then Zayn, Niall and Louis showed up behind him. They each gave me a hug then turned to introduce themselves properly to Tanya. Then it went chaotic from there. They were all so loud and happy. Tanya looked shocked and surprised as they all fell into easy conversation with her.

“Tanya!” A voice squealed from behind her. We watched as a flash of blonde hair came barreling towards Tanya.

“Oh! Cali!” Tanya laughed as she stumbled back when Cali dove into her with a hug.

“Oh, man! I missed you!” Cali shrieked.

“I missed you too. God, you look much more older now,” Tanya replied.

“Well, yeah. I’m 20 years old,” she replied with a roll of her eyes. She actually did look older. I remember chatting with her on Skype two years ago and she had that young adolescent look. Now she looks more mature and older.

I turned to the rest of the guys and told them that we should go but then we were stopped by another squeal off Cali. “One Direction!”

“Shh!” Tanya said immediately and Cali ducked her head in realisation.

I chuckled. “Hey, Cali!”

“Oh, man! I’m actually meeting you in person!” She squealed and gave me a hug. She was a very lively person and more daring than I thought she was.

“Damn, Cal. You’re going to suffocate the guy,” Tanya chastised. Cali gave a small ‘oops’ before pulling away from me. She then said hi to the rest of the guys with a bright smile on her face.

“Cali, let’s go find mum and dad,” Tanya called. Cali pouted in disappointed but obeyed anyway. We each said our goodbyes and Tanya and I hugged for longer than necessary. I was going to miss her. I spent the majority of my three years protecting her and always with her. It’s going to be odd not hanging around her as much as I did. Now I’m going to be dragged back into the music industry and she’s going to go to university and then we’ll barely have enough time to see each other.

We waved as we went our opposite ways.

“So how was the army, Liam?” Zayn asked as we all got into the van, avoiding the flashing lights of the cameras that greeted us when we walked out.

“It was exactly how you’d expect it to be. Blood, horror and fun,” I replied.

“Did you like it?” Niall asked.

“Yes but no. Like it was a great experience. You don’t realise how tough everyone else has had it until you’re actually part of it. I was glad I got to help people and protect them and save them but there are things you can’t be unseen,” I told them. I remembered when I walked in to find a man with two guns held to the back of two girls’ heads. I remember him pulling the trigger and the sound of the two girls dropping to the floor. I remember seeing the fear in the little kids’ faces when we saved them from a Taliban raid at their school. I remember seeing Tanya getting shot in the collarbone. I remember the crying girl in the shack, begging us to leave her there to die.

“Would you ever go back?” Someone asked. At this point I wasn’t paying attention all that much. I was just drowning in the memories that kept circling in my head. I gave them a shrug and sunk back into my chair. I mumbled to them that I was going to sleep and I heard a murmur of okays. I then closed my eyes and tried to push away the vivid memories of my time in the army and tried to ignore the lightness of my heart as if something’s missing.

 

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A/N

 

I am trying my very hardest to write and update for you guys. I really am. But I’ve been so focused on school and my subjects and stuff that I never have the time. Sorry.

 

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- Winona

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