I straightened my uniform. My first court session, and I'm not even nervous. I know what I did. And I know that I'm never gonna see Nikki again. And I know I'm stuck in prison for the rest of my life. So what else can they do to me?
I was led to the court room by two cops. Special escort you could call it? Everyone in the room turned around when I walked in. And the cameras. They were all pointed at me. I stood at my podium, ready for whatever was about to happen. I know I deserve death. Whatever happens, happens.
"That was great!" I threw the last of my popcorn away while Karen finished laughing.
"It really was! What do you guys want to do next?"
I looked at the time on my phone. 7 PM already. "Karen how about we head back to your house? If that's okay with you."
"Sure." Her face sank. "When are you all leaving?"
Liam looked at me, then back to his mom. "Tonight."
I pulled Liam by his arm back over to the trash can. "Are you serious? You're mom could be dying! What's wrong with you?"
"She's faking it."
Liam turned around to make sure no one was listening. "Hold on. I'm gonna go give Taylor to my mom so she stays entertained." He walked over to Karen, faked a smile, then came back over to me. "Trust me. My mom's faking this. All of it. I can tell."
"Why in the world would someone fake having cancer?"
"Don't you think it's funny that she texted me that she 'has cancer'? Wouldn't you call somebody to tell them that? Or if it's possible, tell them in person?"
"Good point. But also a very small point. Ask her. I bet she won't be able to lie to your face....if it is a lie."
Liam nodded and stormed over to his mom. "Mom. I know you're faking this!" He rubbed his forehead in stress.
Karen coughed. "Faking what Sweetie?"
Karen looked down at the ground and started crying. "I'm so sorry I did this to you. I'll pay you back for the plane tickets, and anything else you had to pay for to get here. I just..I just wanted some time with you. You don't even call me anymore Liam! How am I suppose to just let my only son get away?"
"That's not an excuse for faking cancer."
Karen handed me Taylor. I noticed a few people were watching us.
"Yes it is when you're lonely!" Karen rubbed her temples. "I already told you I'm sorry. I'll leave now." She started to walk off, leaving Liam and I as confused as hell.
"Wait- mom!" Liam yelled to her from across the movie theater. "We need a ride to your house. And then to the airport." I noticed Liam rub his back as he yelled.
Karen turned around and nodded, knowing that there's no way out of this one. We followed Karen to the parking lot. Once we got in the car, I buckled Taylor in, and sat in the back next to her. The whole ride was Karen's sobs and Taylor's yawns. Everyone wanting to just be home.
"Do you swear say the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" The judge raised his eyebrows, waiting for an answer.
"I do." I raised my right hand. The judge nodded, queuing me to sit back down. Everyone in the room had their cameras pointed at me, like they thought I was gonna do something interesting. I looked up at the ceiling while the judge droned on. Pretty nice ceiling. White tiles with gold trim. My mom had some-
"Oh I'm sorry. What was that?"
The judge sighed."Did you shoot Liam Payne?"
"Yes." I heard a few gasps from behind the cameras.
"Was it on purpose?"
"Yes." Again with the gasps.
"Was it in self protection?"
"No." I heard one person begin to gasp, but I cut them off. "Shut up! I shot the guy! Run it through your tiny little brains already!"
The judge mockingly laughed. "So from what I'm hearing, you just shot this man for no reason?"
"Incorrect. He stole my...girlfriend I guess you could call her. She was cheating on him with me, and I'm pretty sure he knew. I didn't want him to get in the way of things with me and Nik-"
"No extra names sir. The press don't want to have to take the time to edit it out." The judge straightened his robe.
"Okay....so yeah, that's about it. Do I regret it? Of course! But I know I must be punished for it."
"Good. You're smart. Mr. Harry Styles, you will return here tomorrow. But next time, we'll have witnesses."
"Do you have everything?" I helped Liam pack his suitcase in his mom's car.
"Yep. Just ordering the tickets." He pressed another button on his phone. "Done! 3 tickets to NYC. Soon we'll be home. Just us three. The way it should be." Liam kissed my forehead and put his phone back in his pocket.
"Hm?" He looked up at me from tying his shoe.
"Are you okay? I saw you rubbing your back today. Please tell me when it hurts. I need to know."
"No...no you don't. I'm 27 years old, I think I know when I'm in pain."
"Oh. Okay." I shut the trunk and went back inside to get Taylor. She was on the ground with Karen, playing blocks. "I just want to say..it was really nice to meet you."
Karen looked up and smiled. "You too." She stood up and hugged me. I felt her whisper in my ear. "I'm really happy Liam chose you to spend the rest of his life with." She bent back down and handed me Taylor. "Let's get going."
We walked outside to the car, where Liam was waiting.
"Nikki!" Liam yelled from the passenger seat.
"What?" I ran to the back and put Taylor in her carseat.
"You'll never believe who just called me. The judge from Harry's trial. He wants us to come in and speak against him."
"Well...are we going?"
"Do you want to?" Liam turned around and faced me in the back seat.
"Yes. I do."
Liam smiled and leaned back to kiss me. "I love you."
"I love you too."
I saw Karen smile while she drove. She definitely made me feel better. About everything.
"Wow is it good to be back home!" I threw my bags on the couch.
"Shhh Taylor's asleep." Liam walked quietly into the nursery and laid Taylor down. "Ok, now we're good," He whispered and shut Taylor's door. He walked over to me, and put his arms around me. "I missed us. We didn't have any time alone when we were with your mom."
"Oh you mean for that one day?" I laughed and made my way to the kitchen. "Do you want something to eat?"
"Nah I'm good." Liam followed me to the fridge. "Just in need of a cuddle." Liam smiled and grabbed my hand.
We sat on the couch, wrapped up in a blanket and watched Bambi. And the night only got better.
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