I glance at the clock on the wall. I haven't heard from the doctor since they wheeled Liv into surgery 2 hours ago. The EMT's said that one of the major arteries in her arm had been severed. She was at risk because of the substantial blood loss. Mia had quite a gash on her neck, fortunately, it wasn't deep. I could hear her screaming and crying a while ago, so the doctors sedated her. Zayn's with her now. I wish I were with Liv now. I run my hands through my hair, tears threaten to fall.
"She'll be alright mate" Liam says, as he puts an arm around my shoulders. Just then, El walks into the waiting area, followed by Dani. Lou jumps up and wraps his arms around her.
"Are you guys ok? I was so worried when Paul called me", El says.
"We're fine" Lou says. "Not all of us..." I say, my voice breaking under the weight of the words.
"Did anyone call their parents?" Liam asks.
I shake my head, "Um, no. I never really thought of it."
Liam gets up and gives Dani a hug and kiss before going down to Mia's room. El takes his place in the chair next to me and wraps her arms around me. "You really care about this girl, don't you Niall? She'll be fine. It'll all work out. You'll see," she soothes, resting her head against my shoulder. The doctor comes into the room just then.
"Anyone here for Olivia Lexington?" he asks.
I jump up sending El toppling to one side. "Sorry El,"
"I'm Dr. Fitzgerald, I performed the surgery on Olivia's arm. It went well. We managed to reconstruct the severed artery. We had to give her some blood because she lost so much, but she's stable now. We're just getting here in a room and then you'll be able to go see her," he says.
Relief washes over me like a wave, "Is there anyway, you can put her with her sister? They're very close. I'm worried she'll panic if she wakes up and doesn't see Mia's ok,"
"Yes, we can do that. I'll make the arrangements," he replies, before walking away.
"Thank you!" I call after him. El, Dani, Harry and Lou pull me into a hug. God I love these people, they're my rocks. I settle back in my chair to wait for Liv.
I hear a creak as the door to Mia's hospital room is pushed open. Liam pokes his head in.
"Can I come in?", he asks. I nod yes. I'm laying on the bed with my arms wrapped around Mia. Everytime I move she panics and begs me not to leave. "Do you know where her I Phone is? I think we should give their mum & dad a call," he says.
"It might still be at the hotel, I didn't really pack her anything to bring. I want to change hotels Liam, I don't want her to ever go back there", I whisper. Liam shakes his head in agreement.
"I'll take care of it, Zayn. I think we've all had enough of that place." He pauses and I can see he's struggling with his words "I'm not sure if this is the right time to tell you this, but he's not dead. He's in the ICU. The police have him cuffed to the bed and guards posted outside his door. Const. Stephens wanted me to let you know, that he won't get out on bail again," Liam says, trying to sound reassuring.
My heart beats faster at the news. Mia, sensing my tension, opens her eyes just long enough to make sure everything is still ok. I kiss the top of her head, "Everything's fine, I'm fine. Get some rest." I promise.
I secretly hope, I didn't just lie to her.
I can hear people whispering. Familiar voices. My eyelids feel so heavy, and I'm sore. Damn, really sore, but why. I struggle to open my eyes and look around. I don't recognize this room. Where am I? Where's Mia? I remember shopping and then coming back to the hotel.
"No! Amelia, don't open the door!" I yell, bolting upright in my bed. The memories come flooding back. "AMELIA?!" I cry. I'm struggling to remove the IV in my arm. I have to go. I have to find my her, she needs me. Suddenly, soft warm hands embrace my own.
"Liv, it's ok", he says.
"NO! He still has her!" I sob.
"No Liv, he doesn't. She's right here. Next to you, look." he says. I look next to me and see her laying in the bed beside me, she looks so peaceful. I look back at Niall, his eyes are so blue. I'm shaking and the tears won't stop falling. "Please lay back down" he says, as he pushes me back down gently. He lays next to me and wraps his arms tightly around me. "Ssshh, I'm here. You're safe." he says. I sob into his chest until there is nothing left, and I fall back into darkness.
I pack the few belongings I had with me, in my bag. It's Wednesday, 2 days since the nightmare at the hotel and Dr. Fitzgerald is releasing me. I'm still sore and Drs. orders are for me to take it easy and rest. I look around to make sure I have everything. The room is empty, they discharged Mia yesterday, as her injuries were not as serious as mine. Zayn promised me that there would be someone with her at all times, so I know she's been in good hands. I can tell how close they've become in such a short time. I'm happy for her. Warm arms wrap around my waist and pull me out of the thoughts in my head. I jump.
"It's just me, love..." and I know by the Irish accent it's Niall. "Are you ready?" he asks.
"Yup, all set. Let's get the heck out of here!" I say. As we walk out of the hospital I see a huge black limo with tinted windows parked in front. I let out a laugh, "Seriously? A limo?!" I ask.
He smiles as he opens the door for me and holds his hand out "M'lady", he says. I giggle. He's making my insides quiver again. I accept his hand and he helps me into the car. I watch as he closes my door and runs around the back of the car and gets in next to me from the other side. As we drive through the streets of Toronto, I stare quietly out the window. I dread going back to that place. I hate it there. I see the turn off for the hotel up ahead and can feel my pulse quicken. Niall gently gives my hand a squeeze, "Don't worry, we're not going there," he says.
"What? We have to, it's paid for. Mia and I don't have enough money with us to pay for another hotel,"
He brings my hand up to his face and plants a kiss on it. "It's been taken care of love. Please don't worry,"
We drive about 15 min outside of downtown Toronto. The car pulls up to a gated driveway. The driver rolls down his window and punches in a code. The massive gates open and the car eases forward. I turn to look behind me as the gates close securely. "Geez, is this like a prison or something?" I mutter, half joking, half freaked. My mouth drops as the limo pulls up in front of a beautifully, massive white house. Niall jumps out, runs back around to open my door and extends his hand to me again. I can't hide the smile on my face. "What did you do?" I ask, unable to break my gaze from the massive house.
"It wasn't me exactly, Zayn didn't want you and Mia to have to go back to the Hilton so, Liam called Uncle Si and he rented this place for us all to share, we have it for the rest of the week," he explains.
"Simon Cowell, we just call him Uncle Si," he says, grabbing my bag out of the car. "Let's go inside there are some people waiting for you," he says.
"What about all our stuff at the hotel?"
"Taken care of. There's nothing left over there at all and by the time Uncle Si is done with that Manager, there might not be a hotel left there either. He's a tad protective."
I freeze at Nialls words. My pulse races, "He's alive?" I whisper.
"I thought you knew."
My head swims, Niall reaches for me but it's to late. I'm swallowed up by darkness once again.