“It’s okay, Liz. I understand you can’t come with me.” I said into my phone as I walked down the huge mall’s second floor, searching for a good shop to buy huge paint brushes. On the other line was Liz, who was apologizing me for not being able to come with me to shop due to tons of homework. “but Cynthia, you have to carry all that stuff by yourself on the way home!” she said. I looked at my left hand which was filled with shopping bags. “that’s true.” I told her. “see! I told you!” she said. “I can call Niall! He will be here in a minute!” I told her. I heard her groan. “I don’t know how, but you are SO freaking good at saying ‘its okay. I can handle it! I understand!’” she said. I laughed. “well, my other arm is getting a bit tired. I have to hang up. Bye!” I told her. “wait. Are you carrying really heavy stuff??!” I heard her ask as I quickly hang up. Smiling to myself, I continued to walk, searching for a shop. Suddenly, something light but noticeable enough fell on top of my head. What is that? A paper? A napkin?! I put down the bags and picked it up from my head. “oh. It is somebody’s hat! I wonder where this came from?” I said to myself. Then I looked up to see the third floor of the mall. According to my calculations, the hat must have fell from the brown haired girl who is at a restaurant. She was looking all around. “shemust be looking for this. I better return it.” I said to myself. Grabbing all the shopping bags again, I made my way to the escalator with the hat on my head as it was an easy way to carry it.
Finally, I reached the top of third floor and made my way towards the restaurant I saw. A waiter came up to me. “may I help you miss?” she asked. “uh… yes, please. Can you hold on to these for a minute? I’ll be right back. Oh, and be careful. Those are fragile.” I told her. She nodded delightfully, picked the bags up and walked to the counter. Searching around for the brown headed girl, I walked into the open air area. Then, I saw a guy about my age with blond hair. Wait… is that… NIALL??? Who is he with?? IS THAT VERONICA???? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??!! Filled with confusion, I quickly began to walk towards them. For some weird reason, Niall was wobbling a bit on his seat. What is with him?
“Niall??! What is going on here?!” I cried out. They both were startled. Veronica suddenly jolted up. “what are you doing here?!” she said. “I am supposed to ask you that!! What are you doing here with him?!” I cried out. “we are out on a date! Jealous much? Niall said he doesn’t like you. He said it is all a lie. He was just playing with you!” she said. Fear struck my heart. Is that true? Is she telling the truth? My mind was whizzing with all different thoughts. I felt dizzy and unstable at the same time. I turned to him. “is that true, Niall? Tell me!” I cried out. With his eyes half closed, he looked at me. “Cynthia? Is that you?! I am so glad to see you! This freaking woman here made me go all dizzy! Tell me. what had she done to me.?” he asked. “huh?” what’s wrong with him? He seems like he is… DRUNK?
Somehow veronica knew what I was thinking. I grabbed the empty glass in front of Niall before she did. Then I smelled it. The disgusting smell of alcohol spread through my nose, making me gag. Yep. He is definitely drunk. Veronica must have put alcohol in it without him knowing. “how dare you do that to him!” I cried out placing the glass on the table with a loud noise. “what is your problem?” she asked. “you have no right to make him drunk and take the advantage of it! I knew you are bad. But I didn’t know you are this spoilt!” I said to her. “I am going to make him mine. I will do anything to make him mine even if it is to kill you!” she said through gritted teeth and raised her hand to hit me. I shielded myself and waited for the hit. But it never came. I opened my eyes to see Niall holding veronica’s arm, blocking the strike. With a small flick, he threw her arm away, making her stagger backwards. Then he got up and began walking towards her.
“what do you think you are trying to do huh? Nobody touches her. Nobody!” he said. Veronica looked a bit scared by the way he said it. And before he did something to her, I quickly pulled him away from her. Since he was drunk, it was easy to pull him away. “whoa! That is enough now.” I told him. He looked into my eyes closing in and with a simple smile, he laid his head on my shoulder and fell asleep while standing. Cute! Smiling to myself, I hugged him. “OH, YOU ARE SO NOT FAIR YOU B****!!” Veronica cried out picking up her glass of punch and threw it towards me. such a spoiled aim! It missed me and poured all over a lady who was standing a meter away from us. she gasped. Veronica’s eyes widened as she realized what she had done. Looking furious, the lady walked over to her. “she is right! You are one spoiled girl who doesn’t have any manner at all! Such a selfish girl! Ruining my dress!” she yelled at her. “what are you babbling about, monkey? Get the hell outta here! This is none of your business!” veronica replies. The woman was startled by the rudeness. “not even apologizing! Security! Please send this girl out of my restaurant! I don’t want to see her ever again!” she called. Two huge men in blue uniform came over and grabbed veronica’s arm. “HEY! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING? ILL SUE YOU FOR THIS! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THIS!” she cried out as she was dragged out of the restaurant. To show off to her, I planted a small kiss on Niall’s neck. She turned red even more!
When she left, I turned to the lady and handed her my scarf. “here, you go. You can cover up the stain with it. Its all I can do for you now.” I told her. “such a nice girl. Thank you.” She replied taking the scarf. “I heard your conversation. She is such a selfish girl I agree! And… is that your boyfriend?” she asked smiling. “no. we just… like each other and… its kind of hard to explain.” I told her. She smiled. “I understand. Do you need a lift home?” she asked. “yes, thank you. I have a lot of shopping bags to take home too. But first, I have to deal with this.” I told her. With that, we made way to the parking zone in the mall.
Finally, we reached my house. I got off of her car with Niall, who was still half asleep. “do you think you can handle it from here?” she asked. “yes ma’am. Thank you!” I replied. “ I will drop your shopping bags to your house tomorrow, is that okay, my dear?” she asked. “yes. Its alright.” I told her and turned to walk into my house. With that, she rode off.
Staggering and bumping into walls, I dragged Niall up stairs to my room. my mother came out of her room and gasped. “what on earth is going on here?!” she cried out. I explained her everything briefly. Luckily, she let me go. What a miracle!
At last, I was able to put down Niall on my bed. Exhausted, I sat down on the side of the bed. My back was aching all over and I felt very tired. I glanced at him who was sleeping peacefully. Then I thought of what veronica said. I still had doubts about it. Was she telling the truth? Does he really like me? I know she lies a lot but… there are times that you just have to make sure of it. “Niall. Can you hear me?” I asked him in a whisper like voice. Of course he didn’t reply. “do you really like me? Or are you just playing around? I know I am being a bit over concerned, but still… I have to know this.” I told him, brushing off a stray hair from his face. Slowly, his hand moved and held on to mine. It felt warm and welcoming. “don’t believe her. Its all lies. You know I love you with all my heart. I don’t want anything to happen to you. Seeing you sad is the last thing I want to see. Your presence is like cure for all my sorrows and problems…” Niall said with his eyes still closed. He is confessing without himself knowing!
“I love you more than my own life… Cynthia.” he said. With that, he went back to sleep. That was so sweet of him! He does really like me. If didn’t, he wouldn’t say that even when he is drunk! Even at the restaurant, he said he was glad to see me!
Still holding his hand, I bend down and gave him a kiss. “I love you too.” I told him. In response, he seems to smile at me! Such a sweet guy! As I was also sleepy, I closed my eyes for a minute. Without me knowing, I fell asleep.