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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18. Chapter 17

Chapter 17

 

“LIAM!” A voice yelled in my ear. It was like it activated my hangover and all I could feel was the pounding in my temple. I groaned and rolled over to escape the person.

“Liam!” The voice yelled again. I groaned even louder and hid myself under the covers. Why the hell do I have such a massive hangover? I relayed the events of the night before in my head. I remembered the fireworks, the pizza and then anger washed over me as the image of Tanya and Niall kissing flooded my head. Yep, now I know why I have such a big hangover.

The covers were stripped from me and bright ray of sunlight hit my eyes. I groaned and stuffed my head in a pillow. “Cover the windows.”

“Liam, it’s noon. We still have to open the presents,” the same voice shouted.

“My god, can you not yell?” I growled.

“I’m not. I’m talking normally,” the voice said.

“Then shut up,” I told them and tried to push my head further into the pillow to block all sunlight. I heard the person sigh and the bed dipped beside me. I peaked to my left to see that it was Zayn.

“Wake up before I smash your head,” he demanded.

“No,” I refused and moved away from him. Then a pillow hit me across the head and the throbbing increased. “Damn it, Zayn!”

“Here, some aspirin and water,” he said with a soothing voice.

“Why didn’t you say that earlier,” I groaned before taking the two pills and popping them into my mouth before taking the water off his hand. The throbbing in my forehead decreased to something bearable. I sat up in my bed and squeezed my eyes. I took a deep breath before pinching the bridge of my nose. Does the throbbing ever stop?

“So, what happened?” Zayn asked. I opened my eyes to look at him. He was sitting on my bed with a look of amusement on his face. “You don’t usually get hammered like that on Christmas.” He paused. “Oh, by the way, merry Christmas.” He grinned at me.

“Merry Christmas, “ I mumbled.

“So why’d you get smashed last night?” He asked.

I shrugged. “I don’t know, maybe because I haven’t had the chance to in three years,” I lied.

He narrowed his eyes in suspicion. “Mhm.”

“I’m serious!” I lied again.

He just nodded his head but I knew he really didn’t believe me. I mean, it was a pretty crappy lie but I didn’t want admit how I’m probably sort of crushing on Tanya and I caught them kissing last night and I got really jealous so I drank half my weight.

“Well, anyway, we’re opening our presents here,” he announced.

“Sure, no worries,” I replied sarcastically but I was okay with it. I got off the bed just as Zayn slipped out of my room and I went to go take a shower.

My head still throbbed but it was bearable. I never threw up whenever I was drunk, I guess I could hold my food in better than anyone else. I knew it was a stupid thing to get drunk last night. I also knew it was stupid to be mad at Niall the way I am but I can’t help it. I needed time to think. I needed time to sort out my feelings for Tanya.

I got out of the shower and got dressed into a black shirt and some grey jeans before slipping into the living room. Everyone was there already. They had all their presents laid out in front of them with some food on the coffee table. They were all laughing at how Eleanor woke up to find Harry asleep on the dining table naked. When I entered the room they all greeted me excitedly before telling me to grab my presents and to take a seat. I avoided looking at Niall’s face so that the images of last night didn’t reappear in my head.

“How did you end up naked, Harry?” I asked as soon as I sat down on the floor in the space between Perrie and Tanya.

He shrugged before grabbing a chip from the table. “I guess it’s because I was drunk and I usually sleep naked when I’m drunk.”

I laughed. “Then how did you end up on the dining table?”

He smiled in amusement. “I wonder.”

“Okay, shut up. Let’s open our presents,” Eleanor clapped excitedly.

We all grabbed a present each and unwrapped it all together. The first present I unwrapped was from Zayn and Perrie and they got me a few DVDs and an Xbox game. Then next one was from Louis and Eleanor and it was two new shirts and a G-Shock watch. Harry gave me a karaoke machine and a plaid shirt and Niall gave me a pair of Timberlands.

“Last present! Which is obviously from Tanya,” I announced as I lifted a square wrapped presents. It felt heavy so I assumed it was a book or something.

“Liam, I’ve got yours too!” She shook the gift bag and I grinned at her.

Eleanor had Harry’s, Harry had Niall’s, Niall had Harry’s, Perrie had Eleanor’s, Louis had mine and Zayn had Tanya’s. We all unwrapped our last presents together. Once all the wrapped paper was off, I stared at it. It was a photo album. I opened it and every single slot was filled with a photo of Tanya and I when we were away. It was so touching and it held the best of memories. There was a photo of the both of us with Sam and Marsha. There was another of us with Asya and Hamisi. There was another of Tyler Dawson and I. The album just held a lot of memories and I’ve never felt so happy to look through all of it.

“Damn, Liam. Thanks for the suit!” Louis grinned as he held the cuffs of the jacket.

“No worries,” I called back to him. “Tanya this is beautiful, thank you.” I held up the album to show her and she smiled back.

“Thanks for the albums, Liam, I’m going to now educate myself in the subject of One Direction.” I laughed but got myself ready to watch her open the necklace. The jewels on the pendent reflected on to her shocked face. Her eyes widened as she picked it out of the box. The pendent sparkled and caught every eye in the room. “Wow,” she breathed.

Louis whistled as he caught sight of the blue jewellery box. “Damn, Tiffany & Co.”

Her eyes reached mine and I smiled at her, trying to contain my excitement for her reaction. She looked down at the necklace and back up to my eyes then grinned happily as she lifted it out of the case. Eleanor and Perrie gasped at the sight of the pendent. They crawled over to her and gushed at how beautiful it was. She never said thank you but I knew by the look of her eyes that she really was thankful for the gift.

“How much did that cost?” Harry asked me as his wide eyes moved from the present and back to me.

“A lot,” I replied vaguely.

“I’m guessing a couple of thousand pounds,” Niall guessed. I just shrugged in answer to him. I was trying my hardest not to ignore him but the urge to do so was slightly overwhelming.

After the girls were done admiring the necklace I gave her, I packed up my presents and dumped them into my room. I sat on my bed to check my phone and found a couple of merry Christmas messages to which I replied.

“Thank you.” I jumped at the sound of the voice and almost dropped my phone. I turned to face Tanya who was leaning on the doorframe and wearing the necklace.

“Hmm?” I asked, not registering what she said.

“I said thank you. For the necklace,” she repeated as she lifted a hand to hold the pendent. “It’s so beautiful. How much did it cost?”

I smirked. “You’re not allowed to know the cost of a present. It’s a world known fact.”

She rolled her eyes but then her face turned serious. “Honestly, Liam, this must have cost a fortune! And all I gave you was a stupid photo album.” She scoffed as if the present she gave me was worthless.

I shook my head and waved her on to the bed beside me. When she sat down, I wrapped my arm around her shoulders and she leaned her head against mine. “Your present was the best present I’ve ever gotten in my whole life. It was better than the car I got for my birthday and better than the Xbox I got last Christmas. Who cares if it didn’t cost much, your album is priceless to me.”

She was silent for a bit as she kept her head rested on my shoulder. “You’re totally in love with me,” she said after a while.

My heart jumped as though she called me out on a secret I intended to keep to myself. I shook my head at the feeling and took my arm off her shoulders to give her a light shove. “As if.”

She laughed as she got off the bed and grabbed my arm to bring me back to the living room where everyone else was watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I picked a seat far from Niall so I could get over the crazy jealous feeling that was growing right in the middle of my chest.

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