"911 what's your emergency?"
My eyes were still glued to Harry. "Oh, um my fiancé just got shot. I have the man who did it, he's not moving..."
"Okay what's your address?"
I gave it to her, and she told me they'd be right there. I set the phone down and put a towel over Liam's back so the blood doesn't get everywhere. "Liam can you hear me?"
I saw his head lift up and then down again. I started crying and couldn't stop...and then I heard Harry's voice.
"Nikki. I can't...I can't believe I just did that." Harry started walking toward Liam.
"NO! Back up! Don't touch him!" I threw my body over Liam, making sure not to touch the bullet. "Leave Harry. I never want to see you again." I wiped the tears off my face and tried to shut the door on him.
"I'm staying. Let the cops come and get me."
"Fine. I'm not arguing with that. But you're gonna wait outside."
He looked shocked that I didn't tell him to stay. " Harry sat down on the porch when we started hearing the sirens. 4 men came running in the apartment. They quickly put Liam on the gurney, not asking me any questions or anything. Then the cops came. Both of them handcuffed Harry and shoved him in the back of the cop car. I tried not to look at him.
"Are you coming ma'am?" One of the paramedics gestured for me to get in the back of the ambulance. I sat right next to Liam, and held his hand.
Every now and then, Liam would try to talk, but the paramedics said it would mess up his breathing. "Oh my god I left Taylor at home!!"
Liam's eyes shot open when I said that. I immediately called my mom.
"Liam just got shot, I left Taylor at home, and I need you to watch her!"
"WHAT?! Don't worry I'm on my way to your house right now!"
"Don't forget, the extra key is in the plant."
"Got it." She hung up as the ambulance pulled up to the hospital. The paramedics rushed Liam into the ER, and told me to wait.
I spend way too much time in this waiting room. First Louis, now Liam! It's like history is repeating itself...someone goes to jail, someone gets hurt. And both times, those were all my fault. Poor Liam. He got shot. Shot. And in his back.....he may never be able to walk again....
"Nikki?" The doctor's eyes wandered around the waiting room looking for me. It was the same doctor Louis had. This guy must think I'm insane.
"That's me." I stood up and shook the doctor's hand.
"Oh I know you...didn't you hit Mr. Tomlinson with your car?"
"Yeah...I have really bad luck with hurting people."
"Hm. Well I'm doctor Handle. But you can call me Doctor H. Or Doc." He smiled.
"Oh yes." His smile went away. "Mr. Payne got lucky. The bullet barely missed his spine. About two more inches, and he would't be able to walk."
"So he's gonna be okay?"
"Yes, but he'll have a long recovery. Off from work for about 2 months. The back is one of the hardest places to heal."
"Oh well he doesn't have a job so that'll work."
Doctor H's face dropped. "I'm hoping you have a job?"
"If you consider Papa John's a job, then yes I have a job."
"Oh. Well you know we do have a paying internship program here."
"A paying internship?"
"Yep....well not exactly. It's not really an internship. It's more of a personal assistant."
"I'll take it!"
"Perfect! I'll bring the paperwork back in a second." He started walking away.
"Wait! Can I see Liam?"
"Um...no. They're still trying to get the entire bullet out."
Doctor H kept walking. I can't believe he just gave me a job. I've always secretly wanted to be someone's assistant.
Doctor H came back in the waiting room with the paper work. "All you have to do is sign here!"
I signed my name.
"Thanks!" Doc smiled. "Oh you can some see Liam now. But he's still asleep. Probably will be for the next hour or so."
I followed Doctor H into Liam's room. Liam looked like he had been crying. Before they even knocked him out too. I walked over to him and put his hand in mine. I couldn't help but cry. I almost lost him. My world. The only guy I truly love. He was almost gone.
"Nikki?" I looked up and saw Liam smiling at me.
"Doctor H said you're not suppose to be up for another hour." I smiled back at him.
"Knockout pills don't last very long on me." He pulled my hand up to his mouth and kissed it. "Come here."
I got closer to him. "I can't believe I did this to you."
"It wasn't you! Don't blame yourself for this!" He kissed me softly. Our first kiss since I started with Harry. It was so much better with Liam. So real. "I love you Nikki."
"I love you too."
"What did you do about Taylor?"
"My mom's watching her don't worry."
"I won't." He smiled and wiped the tears off my face.
"I got a job. As Doc's assistant."
Liam raised his eyebrows. "Pays more right?"
"Yep! But the hours are harder. 9-7."
"Wow that's a long time you're gonna be away..."
"I know but I promise I'll make up for it." I winked at him and he just laughed.
"So I'm expecting a gourmet meal when I come home?"
"Totally!" I laughed and kissed him again. We sat in silence for a few minutes, just staring at each other. "I'm so happy you're okay. And I'm so happy we're engaged. And that we have Taylor."
"Me too. I'm beyond happy."
Doctor H walked in the room. "Hey guys. I have good news!" Liam and I both smiled at each other. "You can go home tonight Liam!"
"That's fantastic! Thank you so much Doc." Liam shook Doc's hand.
Doc left the room again.
"Why haven't I met your parents?"
"Oh...they're divorced. My dad lives in Cali and my mom is a lawyer."
"Well I'd still like to meet your mom!"
"She doesn't really talk to me anymore."
"What? Why not?"
"She wanted me to be a lawyer like her and my sisters. When I went to school to be a teacher, it really pushed her buttons."
"I'm so sorry." I held his hand again.
"It's all better now though. Better than it's ever been." He smiled, making my heart melt just a little more.