Stronger

Layne Carter has had a difficult past two years. After the death of her father and her mother leaving, she is left to raise her 11 year old sister. What happens when Layne comes in contact with the boy of her dreams?

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9. Nine

"So tell me, what is something that nobody really knows about you," Louis asked me.

"You can't laugh okay," I said taking a drag on a cigarette, "I've always wanted my own clothing line."

"Why would I laugh at that?" 

"I don't know. My parents always did," I said. "What's something that nobody knows about you?"

"I've always wanted to play for the Doncaster Rovers," He said.

"I don't think that's really something nobody knows. Everyone knows that," I said laughing.

"Let me see some of your designs," He said.

I pulled out my phone and showed him a few things that I had been working on for a while. He flicked through the pictures until he came to the last one in the album.

"These are great Layne," He said.

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We decided to go get a late dinner together. We hadn't done anything all day. We were both exhausted from the traveling. I got up and slipped on a little black strapless dress with a pair of red pumps. I pulled my hair into a top knot and put on a few accessories. Louis put on a dark grey shirt, a black blazer and a pair of black jeans. 

We got into the car and drove to a little restaurant. We walked inside to see lights strung everywhere. It was so romantic in here. We got a booth to the right of the room and sat down across from each other. The waiter handed us a menu and gave us a minute to decide what we wanted. 

It was a chinese restaurant. I had decided on my go to chinese meal: chicken lo mein.

"Have you decided what you want to order?" The waiter asked.

"Yes. I'll have a water with lemon and the chicken lo mein," I said.

"I'll have the same thing," Louis added in. 

The waiter came back out with our drinks and straws. He sat them on the table in front of us. I took a sip of the drink as Louis grabbed my hand from across the table.

"You look beautiful tonight," He smiled.

"Thank you. You don't look so bad yourself," I smiled.

"So my family usually opens our presents on my birthday and just do dinner on Christmas day," He said, "You can just open your presents then instead of waiting until your birthday if you'd like."

"That's fine with me," I said with a smile cracking upon my face, "When are we leaving to go home?"

"Are you ready to leave already?" He asked jokingly.

"No, I love it here I was just wondering."

"I think we're gonna head back on the 28th."

The waiter brought us our food and sat it on the table in front of us. We thanked him and took a bite of our food. After we finished eating we sat around the table and just talked. We mainly talked about this upcoming tour of his.

"I think the tour is supposed to kick off at the end of January. Since the album was released in November, we were just recording some extra tracks over again the past month."

"Where does the tour start off at?"

"I think the first show is at the 02."

We got up from the table and paid the bill. We returned to the car and went back to the hotel. We returned to the room and decided to rent a few movies. That's what I loved about hotels. You could rent movies that were still in theaters. The first movie we rented was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I loved this book, it was my favorite of the series. 

After watching Catching Fire we rented another movie. This time we watched Love Actually. I hated to admit it but I'd never seen this movie. Louis suggested watching it.

~~~~

"Happy Birthday baby," I said kissing Louis on the cheek.

"Thanks love," He said giving me a light peck on the lips. 

"What do you want to do?"

"Lay here with you," He said wrapping his arms around me. 

"How about we order room service like we did at that bed and breakfast and just lay here," I suggested.

"We have to be at moms house at 6:00," He said, "She's cooking us a dinner."

I picked up the phone and ordered us breakfast. We laid in bed talking until there was a knock at our door. I got up to get the food as Louis's phone rang. I sat the food on the bed while he was talking.

"I'll be back the 28th mate," He said, "I'll see you all then. Miss you guys. Goodbye."

He hung up the phone and moved the tray so I could get back into the bed, "Who was that?"

"The boys. They called to wish me a happy birthday," He said.

We started to eat our breakfast. I ordered us hash browns, pancakes, bacon, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. We continued to eat our food as Louis' phone rang again. This time it was his mom.

"Thanks mom. I love you too," He said, "Yeah put them on the phone."

"Thank you ladies," He said with a smile on his face, "I'll see you later. Yes, I'll tell her you said hey."

He hung up the phone once again and looked at me, "Michelle say hi."

We finished eating our breakfast without any interruptions. It was about 1 o'clock already. I got up and got dressed for the day. I hopped into the shower to get a good cleanse. I washed my body with my pink chiffon body wash from Bath & Body Works. I got out of the shower and blow dried my hair. I sprayed shine spray through my hair and curled it into my usual look. I decided to do my make up a little different today. I dusted a brown sparkly eyeshadow over the lid and put a dark red through the crease. I finished off the look by winging out my eyeliner and brushed on mascara. 

I walked out of my bedroom to pick out some clothes. Louis was on the phone again. I pulled out a pair of black jeans, a red short sleeve peplum top, and  a pair of black heels. Louis hung up the phone and looked at me.

"It is ridiculous how long it takes you to get ready," Louis said.

"Sorry," I muttered.

He laughed and walked into the bathroom while I got dressed. I put on a silver chunky bracelet along with my Michael Kors watch. I put a silver diamond necklace around my neck and slipped my David Yurman ring on my right hand.

I sat down on the bed and waited for Louis to come walking out of the bathroom. He came walking out with nothing on. I hadn't seen him naked before, we agreed on taking things slow.

"What are you doing?" I asked laughing. 

"I had to get dressed eventually," He said laughing.

He pulled out a burgundy sweater and black pants. He paired it with his Vans. I grabbed my purse and we walked out the door. It was almost 4 o'clock by the time we both got ready. We decided to go ahead and head over to Louis's mom's house. 

We walked through the front door to see Louis's mom cooking in the kitchen. I walked over to the counter and greeted her. I offered to help her and she accepted. 

"What do you need me to do?" I asked.

"Can you start cooking the macaroni?" She asked.

"Of course."

"Louis. Go sort the presents into piles in the family room," She said.

"What do you mean?" Louis asked.

"Go put all the presents into a pile by who's they are. Like put mine in a pile, put yours in a pile, put Layne's in a pile."

I boiled the macaroni noodles until they were done cooking. I placed them into a crockpot with milk, cheese, and butter. I let it cook until the rest of the meal was finished. Louis's dad came back inside with a plate of steaks that he had just grilled. There was a ton of food to choose from.

I grabbed the plates from the cabinet along with silverware and sat them on the counter top. I helped Johannah place the food buffet style along the counter. 

"Dinner's ready," She shouted.

Everyone joined us in the kitchen. We all gathered around the kitchen as Johannah said grace: "Thank you Lord for having us all here on this day. We thank you for blessing us with my beautiful son Louis. We also thank you for his beautiful girlfriend Layne. Thank you for blessing us with this meal and take it to the nourishment of our bodies. Amen."

"Lets fucking eat!" Louis shouted.

"Louis!" Johannah shouted.

I grabbed a plate and filled it up with a steak, macaroni, mushrooms, green bean casserole, and bread. I took a seat at the table next to Louis who was already eating. The kids had their own table around the TV in the family room. Mark and Johannah joined us at the table. 

"This steak is delicious," I said taking another bite.

"I'm glad you think so," Mark said, "So tell me a little about yourself. I haven't had the pleasure in getting to know you yet."

"Well I'm 18, I'll be 19 on the 27th. I go to school and hope to go to Uni to study fashion. I doubt I'll get to go to uni though. I wouldn't have anyone to watch after my sister and I would never have enough time to get everything done. There isn't much else left so say," I said.

Louis looked at Johannah and Mark with a look in his eyes. Mark looked at Johannah and nodded. 

"We would love for Michelle to stay with us while your at Uni. I can tell you are going to be around for a while and if she likes us enough we'd be willing to take her in," Johannah said taking a sip of wine.

"I couldn't burden you with her like that," I said.

"It's no trouble at all," Mark said.

"Thank you both so much," I said, "I'll talk to Michelle and see what she thinks."

We all finished eating our dinner and took our plates to the sink. I went into the family room and grabbed all of the plates and emptied them into the trashcan and washed them off in the sink. I put all the dishes in the dishwasher while Johannah cleaned the rest of the kitchen. Mark and Louis were already sitting in the family room waiting to open gifts. 

Johannah and I joined them by sitting in front of our piles. I started off by opening a card from Johannah and Mark. There was a $50 dollar bill inside.

"Merry Christmas Layne. We hope you have enjoyed spending the holiday's with us this year. We hope to see you again next year. Thank you for being so special to Louis. He cares a lot about you. 

Happy Holidays!

Love,

Mark and Johannah"

"Thank you!" I said to them. I got up and gave them both hugs.

The rest of my gifts were from Louis. I had five bags sitting in front of me from Yves Saint Laurent, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Lipsy London, and Burberry. I took the card and sat it in my lap. I was going to open that last. I started off by opening up the Burberry bag. There was a scarf and a wallet inside. I placed them in my lap and opened up the Miss Selfridge bag. There was a black skater skirt and a burgundy lace top inside the bag. I placed it back inside the bag along with my Burberry stuff. I opened up the Lipsy bag and pulled out a black hoodie similar to the one Johannah bought Michelle. I placed it back inside the bag and opened the bag from Topshop. There was a blue blouse with black lace around the top and a green MOTO shirt. I placed it back in the bag and opened up the last bag from YSL. I pulled out a leather one shoulder black dress, a black trench coat, and some makeup. 

I opened up the card and read the message inside.

"Merry Christmas.

I love you so much, you mean the world to me. I don't know where I would be without you right now. You have been my rock this past month will all of the stress from work. I know we haven't been together that long but I know I'll never question my love for you. You are perfect for me and I don't want anyone else.

I have one more surprise for you but it is back in the hotel. 

I love you so much Layne Frances Carter.

Love,

Louis William Tomlinson"

I jumped up from where I was sitting and jumped into Louis' arms. I kissed him lightly and pulled him into a hug, "Thank you so much babe."

"Anything for you," He said.

I sat down in the chair beside him while he opened up his gifts.

 

Louis POV

There were two bags and a card sitting in front of me. The first bag I opened up was from Selfridges. There was another Boy London sweatshirt sitting in the bottom of the bag. I took it out and looked at it. I gave her a smile and placed it back in the bag. I love Boy London stuff. I opened up the YSL bag next. I pulled out a grey sweater with black sleeves and a plaid shirt. I loved them both. I felt bad about Layne spending so much money on me though. I placed it back in the bag and read the card from her.

"Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas babe. I love you so much. You are my world. I know we've only been together a little over a month but you are everything. I hope that I make you as happy as you make me. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such a caring boyfriend. You are everything I've ever dreamed of. This is our first Christmas spent together and I hope there are many more to celebrate with you. 

Yours Truly,

Layne Carter"

I walked over to her and kissed her again. I pulled her into my lap and wrapped my arms around her waist, "Thank you for everything."

"Anytime," She said.

We waited for everyone to finish opening their gifts before we left for the night. It was getting late and my sisters were ready to go to be for Santa to come. Layne and Michelle walked into the other room to talk about the idea I had about Michelle living here. I gave my sisters, my mom, and Mark a hug before going out to the car to wait for Layne. 

 

Layne's POV

"Michelle," I said, "You know I have to go to UNI next year right?"

"Yeah," she said.

"And you know I'll be super busy right?"

"Stop beating around the bush," She said, "get to the point."

"How would you like to move in here with the Tomlinson's?"

"I would love to," She said, "I just don't want to lose you."

"You aren't going to lose me," I said.

I gave her a hug and kissed her on the cheek before heading out to the car where Louis was waiting on me. I gave Johannah and Mark a big hug before leaving.

"Thank you for everything," I said.

They hugged me again. I walked out the front door and hopped into the car with Louis. He drove us back to the hotel.

"I feel bad," I said.

"What's wrong?" He asked.

"You spent so much money on me and I didn't get you hardly anything," I said.

"Layne. I didn't want anything else from you. You have a sister to support. I would feel guilty if you spend a ton of money on me."

I didn't say anything else. We arrived at the hotel and walked into the lobby where there were many fans waiting with bags. They must've found out that we were staying here. They were singing happy birthday to Louis. He gave them all hugs, took a few pictures, and got the bags from them. We got in the elevator and went up to our room. I sat on the bed where Louis sat beside me. He kissed me and looked deep into my eyes.

"Layne, I love you," He said.

"I love you too," I said.

He pulled a tiny box out of his jacket pocket and opened it. The ring I was looking at in the Tiffany store was in his hand.

"This is a promise ring. I promise that I will always love you Layne. One day I want you to be my wife. Just promise me that you'll always love me," He said.

"I promise," I said kissing him.

He slid the ring on my finger and kissed me again. The ring was gorgeous. I got dressed for the night and crawled into the bed. I plugged my phone onto it's charger and noticed that I had a missed call from some strange number. I asked Louis if he knew the number and he said he didn't.

I put my head on Louis chest and fell asleep to the sound of his heart beat.

 

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