Change My Mind

She devotes her life to raising her 8 year old daughter Alexis. Alexis knows that her mom is lonely, so she calls into a local radio station and makes a 'wish'. What happens when someone special hears that wish and fate pushes them together... Will all her dreams come true. NOT MINE Credit- kelsea2253

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12. Chapter 12

Ben's POV

I think I'll do a little snooping around this morning as I see both cars leaving. Just before the gate closes I run through and walk for what seems like forever before reaching a massive house. Faith and Alexis are doing well for themselves. I duck behind a bush when I see movement in the garage. An older looking gentleman. Time for some answers. I straighten my jacket and saunter into the garage. "Erm, excuse me... I'd like to ask you some questions about the people who live in this house...", I say.

"Who are you?", he asks, turning to meet my gaze.

"I'm a detective with the London PD...", I answer, smoothly. "We're just investigating some break and enters in the neighbourhood. Can you tell me who lives here?"

"Harry Styles, Faith Styles and their daughter Alexis, as well as, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne...", he answers.

"Why do those names sound familiar?", I ask.

"They're musicians. They're 'One Direction'...", he says. Faith's doing really well for herself. I didn't think she had it in her. This little reunion could prove to be very profitable for me.

"Thanks", I say, as I turn and walk back up the driveway.

Niall's POV

After getting back from Lexi's school, we all make our way to the kitchen, Faith pours herself some coffee. Since Benny arrived, none of us has really had any time to spend with her. I thought by bringing her here, she wouldn't be as lonely but most mornings she's completely secluded. It bothers me. I have feelings for her I can't explain, though I'm not sure if they're ones of love. I'm not the only one either. I know Harry likes her, and Zayn does too. Whether he wants to admit it to himself or not. It's Friday and the last thing I feel like doing is locking myself away in that back office pouring over notes and lyrics.

"I hope you boys don't mind, but Simon has plans for me this weekend. He's picking me up in about 10 minutes, so we won't be working today. I will return Monday and we will pick up where we left off", Benny says, with a smile, grabbing a bag and heading for the front door. Eyes fill with excitement all around the room. Just then Faith's phone rings.

"Hello? Um, sure. I'll ask Lexi when she gets home but I'm positive she'll want to go... Great I'll drop her off then. Thanks. Bye..."

"Who was that?", Harry asks.

"One of Lexi's friends' mom. Lexi is invited to a sleepover tonight..."

"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?", Louis smirks, looking around.

"PARTY!", Liam shouts and we all chuckle.

"Actually, I think I'll pass...", Faith says. I walk over to her and grab her hand in mine pulling off the 'fake' rings.

"Oh no, you don't... You get to be yourself for the entire weekend and we're going to have some fun...", I say.

"Let's call the girls and have a pool party!", Harry shouts. Faith smiles.

"Good thing they made me buy a swimsuit...", she says, topping up her coffee.

"How can you drink so much of that?", Zayn asks, staring at her.

"A morning without coffee is like...something without something...", she giggles, with a quirky smile, adding her milk and sugar. Everyone laughs.

"Well, that was very profound...", Zayn chuckles.

"Yeah, that's me profound..."

******

It was after dinner by the time El, Perri and Dani showed up. Faith had excused herself and told us she would meet us at the pool. We all made our way through the house until we reached the beautiful room. Quite honestly, it's my favourite room in the house. The room smells of chlorine when you walk in and it's always warm and balmy. There's a large rock wall water fall feature at one end that houses a waterslide and when you dim the lights it's absolutely the most romantic place ever. Harry turns the stereo on low, and we all slip into the water. Perrie and Zayn generally stick to the shallow end of the pool as he is not a great swimmer.

Our heads whip around at the sound of the door opening. Faith walks in carrying a towel in one hand, a beer in another.

"Is that coffee flavoured beer?", Louis teases.

"Is yours carrot flavoured?", she answers back, sticking her tongue out at him. I watch intently as she sheds her outer clothes. She pulls her shirt off over her head, then she pushes down her pants and steps out of them. She has on her swimsuit, of course, but that didn't diminish the excitement of watching the whole event. I glance around. I am not the only one caught up in the moment. She has on a pure white 2 piece bikini, with what lookes like crochet detailing that runs along her taut midriff. The top is a halter style that wraps around her neck. The crisp white against her skin is beautiful. She is beautiful. I continue to watch as she gathers her hair and ties it back in a high messy ponytail. My mouth is instantly dry. She slips quietly into the water and swims over to the rock wall. She puts her hand under the cascading water, allowing it to dance across her silky skin. It's absolutely breathtaking and my heart jumps into my throat.

"Let's play a game of 'Truth or Dare'...", Louis says, pulling me from my thoughts. We all gather around in the middle of the pool. Faith lingers by the wall.

"C'mon Faith!", Harry says, swimming over, wrapping his hand around her wrist and leading her back to the rest of us. "I'll go first... Boobear, truth or dare?"

"Dare!", Louis screams.

"Give a piggyback ride to the player on your left....", Harry says. Louis glances to his left, Liam smirks. We all laugh as Lou holds his breath and dunks under while Liam climbs on.

"Giddy UP Horsey!", Liam shouts, while the two of them flail around the pool like idiots.

"My turn! Dani, truth or dare?", El says.

"Truth...", Dani answers.

"If you were marooned on an island with just one person, who would you want it to be?", El asks.

"That's an easy one...LEEYUM!", she answers, with a giggle.

"Okay, me next! Faith, truth or dare?", I shout.

"Truth..." she answers.

"Have you ever peed in a pool?", I snicker, trying to keep the mood light.

"Erm, just now actually...", she teases.

"Ewww!", Liam and Louis say, taking a step back.

"I'm just kidding. No I've never peed in a pool!", she giggles.

"My turn. Niall, truth or dare?", Perrie asks.

"Dare!", I answer.

"I dare you ... to kiss Faith..." My eyes immediately lock on hers. She drops her gaze quickly and says nothing. Harry and Zayn are both staring.

"C'mon Perrie. Pick something else...", Zayn snaps.

"Why? It's just a kiss...", she snaps back. I can tell by the look on Faith's face she's ready to bolt.

"Faith, If you don't want me too, I won't...", I reassure her. She remains quiet, lost in her own thoughts.

"I don't know what the big deal is... Maybe this is just what she needs to help her get over Lexi's father... It's been 8 years. Don't you think it's time for some closure...", Perrie says.

"Perrie, enough!", Zayn snaps.

"Why do you care so much if Niall kisses her?!", she argues.

"Fine, Niall you can kiss me...", Faith says, interrupting their argument.

"Faith, you don't have to...", Zayn says.

"Maybe she's right, maybe this is what I need... Do it!", she says, tears brimming in her eyes. I take a step towards her and lift my hand to brush a wet strand of hair away from her face.

"As much as I want to Faith, I can't...", I whisper. Sobs erupt from her core then as she turns and makes her way out of the pool. We all watch silently as she grabs her clothes and leaves.

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