His Princess, Without Him

Niall finds his daughter back and with that also a way to save her. That way is giving his life instead of hers. Now Lauren is alone without her dad but she still has her uncles... Will they forgive her? Will they blame her? What will management or the fans say when they find out that Niall is dead because of a six year old girl? This is Lauren's life without her daddy. The boys's lives without their friend. Directioners's lives without the funny member of the band. And a family's life with one less member. How can they stay a family after all of this?


34. News On The Situation

Still jumping, smiling and laughing I run around the house, trying to get dressed, eat and fix my hair all at the same time.

"John!" I called the best lawyer in the world first. Just so I knew what I could tell my mom, the boys and of course Emma, about the situation right now.

"Did I just dream about Paul calling me or is it real? Can we really get her back if we just adjust some things for the tours?!" He laughed loudly and I was waiting to hear his answer, not knowing what to expect about this at all.

"It is not 100 per cent sure Niall, you need to understand that there is a chance that you will not get her back but the chance has increased with almost 50 per cent when I showed the social service people the footage of Nicolle yesterday." I sighed, both relieved as dissapointed.

I thought that I would get her back for sure, that I could just pick her up today and just be happy again.

"I am trying to plan a court date, for this week or next week so we know more about the chances. And yes, you do have to adjust some things in the band, tour arangements and your personal live situation. One condition I already heard is that she can only be on tour with you for three months all add up, spread up over two periodes in a year and the remaining time there has to be an adult to watch over her when you are not around, but that has to be at home or somewhere else what she can call home. She also has to go to school. A public school or private doesn't matter but she needs to be educated."

"I can do that! I can hire a teacher so she can be educated while being with me on tour or at home. John I can do this!" I begged him to believe me, to tell me that I would be her father again.

"Niall calm down, I know you can do it. We just need to show the judge that you can accomplice to all the conditions. I will try to set up a court date as son as possible and then we; Emma, you and me, can have a talk about how we are gonna do this. Okay?"

"Okay. Thank you so much John."

"Don't mention it. This is gonna work."

"I hope so."

"I know so."

And then I hung up. I had to call the boys and Emma and my mom and dad.

They HAD to know about this as soon as possible!


"Mom! You have to listen to me, I have the best news in ages!" I almost yelled trough the phone when my mom finally picked up. It took me almost fifteen minutes to finally get her to her phone and answer it.

"What is it Niall? It's quite early and you know how busy I've been watching Theo the past days." Ohhh, I totally forgot about that. Denise and Greg were out for a week so mom promised to watch Theo for a bit.

"I'm sorry mom but I think this will cheer you up atleast a little bit." I started getting so excited only by just thinking of telling my mom that Lauren soon would be back with us.

"What is is Niall-"

"We are getting Lauren back!" I says happily, interupting her rather harshly but I just couldn't keep it in anymore. I surprised myself by not posting this on facebook or twitter before telling my family about this.

"What Niall? Wait a second, Theo please be quiet for a bit. Nana is talking to uncle Niall and I cannot hear him if youare also talking to me okay?"

"Okay Niall, one more time please. What are you getting back?"

"Lauren mom! I get my custaudy back over her! John said that there will be one final court in like two weeks and it is almost 100 per cent sure that I can get to take her home with me!" I listened carefully, hoping to hear something. To hear my mom be happy and be relieved that her granddaughter was comming back to the family.

"Mom? Are you still there mom?" I asked worried, did she just hang up on me? No  she wouldn't do that to me.

"Nana, why ya crying?" Theo was still there, mom was okay, as far as she could be okay.

"Mom calm down please... Please say something to me." I tried to get her back to reality again and luckily it worked.

"I am... I am okay Niall, but for how long? This is the third time you called me to say that she was back forgood but each time she slipped trough your fingers so easily. How and why would this be any different?" Moodkiller pretty much but I couldn't say she wasn't right about this.

"I know mom but this time it is different, I have everybody that once doubted this on my side now. Everybody at management, I have John on my side. I promise you that this time is different. If I lose her after this again I don't think I have the right to be her, or anyone's father ever again." a sigh left my lips only of thinking of that. Not being Lauren's father, that really would be the worst thing ever.

What surprised me were my mom's words after that sigh of mine.

"You will be her father Niall, I am sure that you are the right person because I still remember the happiness in your voice when you called me the day you adopted her, the sadness when you came back home and she wasn't with you and the anger when you found out about Drake.

The look in your face is the same Denise and Greg have for Theo and the same as me and your father had for you and Greg. It is the love of a parent to his or her child, you are a good father Niall... It is just slightly more complicated than the situation others have." she said softly trough the phone.

"Thank you mom, that means alot to me. I just wanted to let you know and I promise that you and dad will be the first to hear when I know more okay?"

"Okay sweetheart, I love you... I miss you Niall."

I sighed. I mean, of course I miss her too, lately I have been losing the strong bond I once had wih my family. I didn't called as much as I used to and when we called it wasn't like in the old times where the amound time spend on my life was equal to the time we talked about them. Now it was almost only about me and how I was feeling and doing.

"I miss you too mom. You should come here soon, I have a room where you and Chris can stay if you want to."

"I will ask him Niall, thank you for the offer. I would love to spend some time with you after so long."

"Great! I love you mom. Bye."

"Bye Niall."

I hung up and called my dad, to hear almost the same as mom told me. That he was happy but also had some doubts.

I figured that called each of the boys seperately would cost so much money on my phonebills and take too much time. So I texted, if they wanted more information they could call. I had to find a way to tell Emma.

I couldn't text since she wasn't allowed to have her phone with her while she was working. Her break wasn't in less than 3 hours so I had two options.

Number 1; waiting for three more hours to call her and tell the news.

Option number 2; Go to her work and tell her to call me as soon as possible so I could tell her what John told me about the situation around Lauren.

Option two souner kore appealing to me, and probably to Emma too at the moment. I promised to let her now when I knew more from John.

I fixed my hair again as I locked my door and made my way to my car. Time to pay Emma a little visit.


I made sure that Emma's boss wasn't near to see me and her talking, even if it only would be for a little while.

"Em," I whispered when I saw her talking to a collegue. "can I talk to you for a minute please?"

"Niall?! Yeah sure... What's wrong? I'm sorry for not calling but I kinda already was late for work so I had no time but they agreed! They are keeping tomorrow evening free so they can come. Caleb will come too if it is no problem to you or anything."

"Are you serious?! Oh my this is great Em, really great but not why I'm here..." my news, together with Emma's, would definately make today fit in the top-5 days if the past months.

"We... We are getting her back. John called me this morning, telling me that the chance now is almost 70 per cent and if we can prove we can deal with the conditions it might be around the 75 maybe even around the 80 or 85 per cent!"  I said happily and enthausiastic, almost jumping up and down.

"Are you kidding me!? Niall how long do you already know this? Why didn't you came sooner to tell me. This amazing really... And when do you know those conditions? And when can we pick her up or will there first be another court amd stuff?" she was almost as happy about this as I was and that made me feel slightlt more comfortable about it. She would be there for me, to comfort me, to calm me down and to help me keep having faith in all of this.

"One question at a time please.. I thought  you were busy working so I waited and called my parents first. I already know two conditions and the others we will probably hear in one or two weeks when there is a court date set up by John.. I don't know more than that but I just thought that I had to tell you." I said and hugged her tight, almost forgetting we were not at my place but at Emma's work and that everybody can see and hear us right here, right now. 

"God this is amazing Niall, what about you come to my place at 5 and we call John together?" I agreed and quickly made my way out so Emma wouldn't get in troubles with her boss or anything. 


"Hey Niall!-" It was about 5.30 and Emma and I sat in her room, calling John to hear more about the things he had to tell about Lauren. 

"We set the date in 10 days so I thought it would be a good idea to sit together again in like a day or two, maybe three." I smiles and pulled Emma on my lap while listening to John

"So we can discus all the things you habe to remember and so. There also is a chance that this court won't be the last one. If we win this one we will have one more like a month or so later and that one will deside wether or not Lauren will come back."

Two more courts, I could survive that.

"So what about we meet each other in two days at Niall's place? You two think of a time and let me know okay?"
"Sure John, we will talk about it and call you when we have a time that is good for both of us." Emma said and pecked my lips softly when I wrapped my arms tighter around her.

"Great Emma, I'll see you in two days, bye" he hung up and I started tickling Emma with a smile on my face that was almost not removable, that was until she, accidently, kicked me in the lower area with her feet and I directly stopped tickling.

"Oh god Em, don't you want a baby or anything?" I groaned softly in pain and she laugher softly before kissing my cheek softly 
"You still love me, I know you do"

And she was right, I still loved her to death.

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