“Hi Lia!” Riley yelled as she heard me slam the front door. “I’m making some tea. Come and join me in the kitchen!”
“Okay, I’m coming!” I yelled back. I quickly made my way to my room where I deposited my bag and jacket before going to the kitchen where I found Riley sitting with two cups of tea in front of her and some scones. I sat down and exclaimed, “that’s great! I’m hungry!” Riley burst out laughing.
We both ate for a while without talking but I noticed Riley kept staring at me.
“Is there something wrong?” I asked her awkwardly. She kept staring but pointed out my neck,
"Where did you find that necklace?”
I smiled widely. "It was on my bedside table! It’s cute, isn’t it?” She nodded and looked down at her cup of tea.
“Yes, it is. It's been a long time since I last saw it on you...”
I raised an eyebrow but didn’t talk.
To my surprise, she lifted her head up and smiled weakly. “This necklace... You kept telling me it was the most important thing to you... Pity you don’t remember that anymore...”
“Actually I do!” I cut her off and her mouth dropped open.
She stuttered, “you...You remember?” I nodded firmly. She stood up with excitement, waiting for me to tell her more.
“It was Harry who gave it to me!” I beamed happily. But her face changed dramatically and she collapsed back on her chair. Did I say something wrong?
“Harry? You mean the guy with the curls? Niall’s friend? Are you sure about what you’re saying?” she asked me hastily, taking me aback. I blinked many times, wondering what else she was expecting me to answer apart from 'yes'.
“He’s the only Harry I know.” I shrugged my shoulders.
She took a deep breath and looked me in the eyes. “Lia... Is that all you remember?” She seemed to have calmed down.
“I had a flashback yesterday,” I admitted. “In it, I had an argument with Niall’s friend, Zayn.” She leaned her head against her hands and shook it, mumbling something I didn’t understand.
“It is weird, you know, Riley. Zayn seems to be a nice guy. I don’t understand why we weren’t friends before,” I carried on.
“Yes, he really is” she told me, sadness written all over her face.
“Riley? Are you sure everything’s alright? Because you should see the look on your face every time I tell you something...” I whispered awkwardly.
She bit her lip for a short while before speaking, “I’m sorry Lia... It’s just that I’m really happy you memories are coming back but...” She stopped suddenly.
“I can’t tell you yet,” she replied quickly. “You don’t remember enough things yet and I promised.”
“You promised? What did you promise?” I started to yell.
She sighed, “please, calm down. I promised not to tell you anything as long as your memory is not back,” she said hastily.
“Sorry, I shouldn’t have raised my voice. It’s just that I can’t help but think you’re trying to hide something from me. Is there something I shouldn’t know?” Tears formed in her eyes but she didn’t reply.
“Riley?” I stood up and walked toward her. “Why are you crying?” I hugged her tightly. She cried for a while but finally wiped away her tears.
“The only thing I can tell you is that, if you want to know the truth, you have to try to remember everything that happened before and after those flashbacks you had.”
“If I remember, would you tell me the truth then?” I asked her with anxiety.
She sighed, “I don’t know, Lia... I don’t know...”
I decided to surprise Riley today, so I went to her flat without her knowing I was coming. I had told her we would work till late. I ran up the stairs up to her flat, trying not to get damage the bouquet of flowers I was holding. Once I reached the front door, I took out the key from my pocket and opened the door quietly. I walked into the flat and closed the door as slowly as possible. I was about to go into the living-room but I heard voices coming from the kitchen. I stopped dead and listened; I recognized Lia’s voice.
“It was on my bedside table! It’s cute, isn’t it?” What were they talking about? I decided not to go into the kitchen yet but to wait till their conversation was at an end.
She sighed. “I don’t know, Lia... I don’t know...” Riley said.
It was time for me to show them I was here. It has been quite a while and I was standing there without daring to move. I was starting to get very uncomfortable.
I rushed into the kitchen and yelled happily, “hello!” I saw the two of them jump as they heard my voice.
“Niall? What are doing here?” Riley exclaimed, surprised. Her eyes were all puffy as she had obviously cried a short while earlier.
“Surprise!” I shouted but she just kept staring at me with a shock expression.
“How long have you been here?” Lia asked me, worried.
“I just came in,” I lied hastily with a wide smile. Riley raised an eyebrow. “What? I can be discreet you know!” I rolled my eyes. “But I think I’ll leave you because it seems I’m interrupting a girl moment.”
Lia nodded. “I’ll wait in the corridor then!” I waved and walked out of the flat. I sat down on a step and took my phone out, sighing loudly. I dialled the number I knew by heart and waited for it to be answered.
“Niall?” his voice asked with surprise a few seconds later.
“I have something to tell you, Zayn...”
I shouldn’t be doing this but he was the main person concerned in their conversation; he had to know.