“Diana! Dinner is ready.”
We heard my mum shout from the other end of the house. We had a one floored house and it was huge. It had 4 bedrooms which I never really understood why we needed. I had gotten one of the rooms as an office for all my photography when I was a young teenager. My mum said it was important for me to have my space and so I had gotten the room just beside mine.
Both Niall and I got up from my bed and went out to the kitchen. My dad was sitting by the table as well. He looked at Niall strangely as he sat down beside me and rested his hand on my thigh. As my dad cleared his throat Niall moved his hand away from me and looked at me with an apologising expression written across his face.
“So, how was the flight back?”
“It was alright. Ryanair isn’t really my favourite company though.”
“Then why didn’t you take another?”
“Because it’s much easier to fly directly to the nearest airport.”
He took some of the casserole and passed the ladle to Niall who took quite a portion himself. As we had all gotten some food the silence filled the room and I felt awkward but only because of the things I was about to tell my parents. I knew my mum would approve straight away. She loved Niall and saw him as part of the family, as for my dad it was completely different. He thought spending time in England was a waste of time.
“So how long are you staying home for this time?”
“We don’t know to be honest. I’m going back to London with Niall as I’ve gotten my residence permit for England.”
“You’ve gotten what?”
My dad choked on his food before he spoke.
“I’ve gotten my residence permit. I need it to stay in London for longer than 3 months at the time.”
“Why would you spend so much time over there?”
“Because my boyfriend lives there and I love him and want to spend time with him dad.”
“No Diana! It’s a no from hear you can’t just stay there for so long. How are you going to survive over there with no job?”
“I’ve got a job over there!”
“Running around the streets, snapping pictures of celebrities is not a job! It’s a phase and you need to get over it! I thought you had matured enough to know this! It’s illegal and you’re gonna get yourself arrested some day!”
“The world is different dad! People know my name and my manager thinks it’s better for me to actually stay on the streets! It’s what’s making my name!”
“You have a name! It’s Diana May!”
“Not like that! You just don’t understand how important this is to me, do you? It’s not just a hobby anymore dad! It’s my life. It’s what I get money from! Meeting these people is showing millions of people what we’re all able to do! I’ve become the name of that with the crew from London and LA. So stop trying to take it from me. I’m 20 years old. I know what I can’t do!”
“So you’re just gonna run off to England and stay there on your own for the rest of your life?”
“No I’m moving in with Niall as soon as everything has been transferred. I already spoke with everyone about it and it’s settled. You can’t stop me.”
By those words everyone was silent again. I guess Niall was the one to be confused the most as I had been discussing with my dad in Swedish and it was confused for him to listen to it all.
I lay my knife and fork down and left the kitchen after that. Niall was soon behind me and shut the door to my bedroom.
“What just happened out there?”
“My dad being a dick as always.”
“But what happened?”
“He doesn’t want me to move to England. He thinks it’s bad for me to stay there and that the job I have is just another phase that I need to get through.”
“I told him we’re moving in together and that’s when everyone was silent.”
Niall sat down beside me and held me tight into him.
“We’re gonna figure it out. Maybe you should stay here for a bit and get him used to the thought.”
“I’m not a child anymore Niall. I can do this and he’s not going to take that away from me.”
“So you’re coming home with me?”
“Of course. As soon as I’ve changed my address to yours I’ll be home with you in London.”
“Doesn’t he understand it’s where you belong?”
“No, no one does.”
“Everyone’s different Diana. That’s what makes us special.”
I rested my head on his shoulder and closed my eyes for second. Just trying to relax to the sound of him breathing. It always calmed me down when I lay like this on him.
“When do you wanna go back to England?”
“As soon as possible. I don’t like being in Sweden. So many people know me here and I don’t wanna be the one everyone is staring at once again. I’ve tried that my entire life besides when I’ve been in London. London is my home, and it will always be my home. I’m accepted there.”
“You will be accepted everywhere from now on. People just need to get to know how amazing you are. Also just try and calm down with the celebrities maybe?”
“Or maybe I should just keep doing what I do, maybe even go to LA and meet up with everyone there just to make it all better for me.”
“You’ll figure it out. You always do.”