I run through the house towards the front door. I know I heard the limo pull up outside. I can't wait to see Liv. I swing open the door to see Niall carrying her up the front steps. I step aside to let him through. "What happened?" I ask. He carries her into the Kitchen and sits her on a chair supporting her so she doesn't fall over. "What happened?" I shout, at Niall again.
Zayn, Lou and El enter the kitchen. "Someone grab me some water!" El is the first to respond and fills a glass for me. "Olivia, open your eyes. It's me, Amelia," I slap her cheeks a bit and hear her moan. "Here, drink this." I say, as I bring the glass to her lips and tip it back. She chokes on some of the water and begins to cough. Tears of relief spring to my eyes as I wrap my arms around her. "You have GOT to STOP scaring me like this!" She hugs me back and begins to sob.
"I'm sorry I let him hurt you,"
"Liv none of this was your fault! If anything, it was my mouth that caused all this. Please stop crying," I wipe her tears with my thumbs. By now Harry, Liam and Dani had arrived on the scene. El and Dani come over to help me with Liv. El has a box of tissue and Dani has a cold, wet face cloth. I straighten and glare at Niall. "I'm going to ask you one more time before I kick your Irish ass! What happened?"
Zayn slips his arms around my waist. "Calm down," he whispers.
"Mia, it's not Niall's fault. He thought I knew. We were talking and he thought I knew." Liv sniffs.
"Knew what?" I ask. "What are you talking about?"
Zayn sighs from behind me as he unwraps his arms from my waist, "Can you sit down a second love," he says. He sits down in the chair next to me and takes my hand in his.
"Something's wrong. What's wrong?" I ask, feeling sick to my stomach.
Zayn looks at me, "He's not dead. He's in ICU at the hospital,"
I can feel all the colour drain from my face, "What? I th-thought", I say, confused.
"Look, I don't want you to worry about this. Constable Stephens has assured me, he's not getting out this time. Uncle Si has made sure that you both will have security where ever you go, and this house is like Fort Knox," he reassures.
I get up from the table unable to process this news. Numb. I walk to the bathroom and look in the mirror. I see the bandage and peel it off, 18 stitches to close the gap on my neck. I can't hold it in anymore. I vomit in the toilet, I vomit until there is nothing left, and lay on the cool bathroom floor. It's not over. I feel Zayn's strong arms around me. He carries me to my bedroom and lays me on the bed. He settles beside me , worry written all over his face. He strokes my cheek with the back of his hand. "Please, I can't stand to see you like this. He won't get near you again. I promise,"
I reposition myself so that my head is now in his lap. "I'm glad I got to know you better Mr. Malik. I almost believe you..." I whisper, as I drift off to sleep.
I watch as Mia gets up from the table. I know how she feels. Zayn follows her out of the room. "Liv, I'd like to introduce you to two of our very best friends, Eleanor Calder and Danielle Peazer. When one of the 5 of us can't be with you and Mia," Niall says...
"Then one of us will be...", El finishes with a smile. They seem really nice. El grabs my hand "Let me show you your room, ok?" she gives it a tug.
"Ok," I say, as I get up to follow her. Dani follows as well. El leads me up a huge wooden staircase and down a long corridor, to the last door on the left.
"The house has 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, so we each get our own suite. I'll be in with Louis just across the hall and Dani will be with Liam beside you,"
I do the math in my head, "Who's the extra bedroom for?", I ask.
"Paul, the security guy." El answers. She opens the door and steps aside so that I can get by. There is a king size canopy bed in the centre of the room, draped with white flowy fabric and a white antique dresser on the far wall. El walks past me and opens a door, "This is your closet, all your stuff is here from the hotel and Niall had me go buy you a few more things to replace what got taken into evidence at the hospital,"
"He didn't have to do that, thank you" I say, feeling awkward.
"He really likes you Olivia and he's the sweetest guy you'll ever meet," she says. My cheeks flush.
"Stop it El, you're embarrassing the poor girl," Dani interrupts.
"I speak the truth!", she replies, winking at me. "And this last door leads to your own 4 piece ensuit bath. If there is anything that you need don't hesitate to come knock on our door. Maybe when your feeling up to it, the four of us girls can do a little shopping", she says. I smile at her. She's bubbly and warm. I can see why Louis loves her so much, I really like her too. They leave me to get cleaned up. It's only after I'm alone that I notice how badly my arm is throbbing. I lie down on the bed and just get comfortable when I hear a soft knock on my door.
"Yeah?", I say. Niall peeks his head in.
"You ok?" he asks.
"Yes, my arm just hurts a bit," I complain. He closes the door behind him and comes over to the bed.
"May I join you?", he asks.
"Ok, but no funny business," I tease. He carefully lays next to me and wraps his arms around me. He brings his face in close and rests his forehead on mine. We look at each other silently for a while.
Then out of no where he says "I really, really l-like you."
My cheeks flush again. He tips his lips towards mine and plants a soft, slow, deep kiss on me. There go my insides again. I fall into a dreamless sleep, I know he'll be there when I wake up.