"Samantha!" Mum cried in shock.
Maybe I did look terrible. I definitely felt horrible.
"Come in, go to bed. I'll be in there soon." Mum worriedly said.
Niall helped me into my room and closed the door behind me.
"Thanks." I whispered.
"For what?" Niall asked.
I slowly walked up to him and wrapped my arms around his neck. I looked into his eyes and smiled.
I was about to give him a kiss when I felt a huge lump in my throat rising. Oh no. I ran as quickly as I could into my bathroom. Luckily, I made it in time. I was sitting on the floor, leaning my head into the toilet bowl.
I felt Niall grab my long hair and pull it back.
"Thanks." I whispered.
I turned around and still sat down.
"Do you want me to get you something?" Niall asked.
"Could you please get me an aspirin?" I asked.
"Sure thing babe." Niall said, giving me a kiss on the forehead.
"Morning sleepyhead." A somewhat familiar voice said next to me, but it was unrecognisable at the time.
"What time is it?" I asked.
My eyes finally adjusted to the light to see the unrecognisable voice belonged to my little brother, Mike. I rose from my comfortable but damp, probably from sweating, pillows but felt my head spin and lied back down.
"Uh, three in the afternoon I think, sis. What's wrong with you?" Mike asked, feeling my forehead and then his to compare the differences in temperature.
"I don't know. I feel awful. Where's Niall?"
"He went out about an hour ago to get some aspirin because we don't have any. He must've gotten mobbed or something." Mike explained.
I patted my bedside table, feeling blindly for my phone. A cold rectangular device met my hand and I picked it up. I dialled Niall's number and it took no longer than five seconds for him to answer.
"Hey babe, sorry I'm taking so long. Damn fans and traffic." Niall sighed.
"It's fine. Meet as many fans as you need, take as many photos. Don't be quick just because of me. I'm fine, really. I've got Mike and I only just woke up anyway."
"Oh God, sorry you had to wake up without me Sammy. Is there anything else you want?" Niall asked.
I thought about it for a second and then something came to mind, "Can you please get me some tuna sushi and a magazine?" I asked.
"Sure thing babe. See you soon. Love you."
"Love you too." I responded and hung up.
"Fans?" Mike asked.
I nodded and put my phone back down.
"Man, I don't know how Niall can handle that much attention."
"I don't think he loves attention, but I think he enjoys what he does. He absolutely loves his fans and what they've done for him. Obviously, there's times he just wants to get from one place to another without being noticed, but that just comes with the job." I explained, "It's actually really cute. Sometimes, he calls the fans his 'girls.'"
"That's sweet." Mike agreed, "I'm going to tell Mum you're awake. Are you okay with seeing her?" Mike asked.
"Yeah, that's fine." I sighed. I had nothing against Mum, I guess, other than the fact she forgave Paul. But, she's still my Mum, and I still love her.
Mike nodded and stood up, leaving the door open when he left. Within a matter of seconds, Mum appeared in the doorway with a glass of water.
"Oh Sammy." Mum sighed, looking intently at my pale face, "I'm sorry for everything. For Paul, for being a terrible Mum to you all these years."
"Mum.-" I protested, only to be interrupted.
"No. Sammy, I'm a terrible mother. I was so selfish. I expected so much of you and always expected you'd be fine with moving from different cities all the time. I need you to know that I'm so proud of you. I'm so proud that you have managed to graduate although being moved all the time. I love you Samantha, I really do. I just needed you to know that before you move out and grow up and forget all about me."
"Mum, I'm not going to forget about you, and I do know that you love me. I love you too."
A tear quickly escaped Mum's eye but she wiped it away and gave me a hug.
"Thank Niall for me." Mum whispered.
"For what?" I asked.
"For taking care of you when I couldn't over here in New York. I can't begin to explain how big of a help he's been through everything. Keep him around, Sammy. He's incredible."