Mum reverses into the drive and rushes out and round to my side of the car to help me out. She then unlocks the door and I hop along behind her and follow her inside.
"SURPRISE!!" Eight people jump out from the darkness of the living room and one of them turns on the lights. I realise that the eight people are Aysha, Ellie, Courtney, Niall, Louis, Harry, Zayn and Liam. There are banners up everywhere saying welcome home as well as balloons and tons of food and drink on the tables. Then it's a chaotic rush of everyone hugging me and asking how I am and saying sorry over and over. The thought of them throwing a party confuses me. I know that it was planned with good intentions but what are we supposed to be celebrating? The fact that I survived a car crash? How joyous. After about an hour of hugs and dancing on crutches, I manage to escape the mass of bodies and hop my way into the kitchen for a drink. Seconds later, I am followed by Harry, "I told them not to go over the top but..."
"It's fine, really," I tell him. He looks at me with a sympathetic look on his face.
"It wasn't your fault," I say.
"It was, I can never forgive myself for it,"
I sigh and give him a hug. Then for the rest of the night, I either hide out in the kitchen or talk to the girls. The boys leave after a while but Niall says that he will text me. Then we turn it into a girlie night in and watch American police chase tv shows whilst drinking coke and eating all the leftover junk food.
It gets quite late so I decide to head to bed. I put my phone on charge and head into the bathroom to brush my teeth while Aysha gets changed into her pyjamas in the bedroom. When I've done, I go back into the bedroom and we swap over. "Hey, your phone went off while you were in there" Aysha tells me from the bathroom. I pick up my phone and unlock it to see a message from Niall.
Hey, would you like to meet up tomorrow for dinner? The boys are heading to the beach xx
Oh my god. Is this a date? I don't know what to think. Maybe it's just as friends, it doesn't mean anything. Aysha walks in as I re-read the message. "You okay?" She asks.
"Look at this!" I say and show her the message. She gasps and then starts squealing at me. "Is that the really cute Irish boy?!" She asks, her eyes wide. I nod. "Say yes!!" She tells me excitedly. I type back a quick reply with Aysha peeping over my shoulder.
Yeah, I'd love to! I'm sure the girls can survive a day without me xx
Less than a minute after I send this, my phone bleeps with another message.
Great :) I'll pick you up from yours at 4:00pm xx
I confirm and then let mum know about it before going to bed.
I wake up but stay lying down with my eyes tightly shut. Maybe it was all just a dream. I never went to America, I never got run over or nearly died, I never met Niall... Then I woke up before the best part, dinner. I open my eyes and glance down. The light blue bed sheets of the villa are still there, everything is real. I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved. Reaching for my phone, I see that it's 12:30! Wow! I've slept in a lot longer than usual! I rush out of bed and see that Aysha is already out of the bedroom. At least I don't have to worry about being quiet! I head over to the wardrobe and pick out my outfit. I decide on a skater dress. The top half is black with a white embroidered floral pattern on it and the bottom skirt part is fully black. Then I chose a pair of black heeled sandals with a floral pattern. After placing my outfit on my bed, I go into the bathroom and take a 30 minute shower. My sun burn has started to turn into a tan and my back isn't as sore anymore. A couple of cuts on my arms and legs sting though, in the cold rushing water. When I finish in the bathroom, I put on my outfit and a fresh dressing for my leg and stomach and start on my hair. First I blow dry it and then I decide to curl it and leave it down. I also do my makeup, applying powder, eyeliner and mascara. I check the time on my phone and its 3:15 already! Only 45 minutes until Niall is due to arrive, plus I don't want to ruin my dinner so I just have one piece of toast for lunch.
A car horn pips from outside at 4:00 on the dot. I grab my crutches and make my way outside. As I open the door, I see that it's Harry's car again and Niall is stood at the side of it. Harry is in the drivers seat and Liam is in the passengers. Louis and Zayn must be in the back. I hop my way over to the car and Niall helps me to get in, Zayn and Louis are at the very back and there are another two seats for me and Niall in the middle section. I sit in the seat further away from the door and then put my crutches in front of me.
"You look amazing" Niall says smiling at me. Smiling back, I can feel my face burning up again and I'm probably bright red. I don't quite know what to say so I don't say anything at all. All of the other boys are chatting so I don't think they heard. The journey isn't too long when Harry stops and lets me and Niall out. As I stand on the street with Niall, I look at the building in front of us. It's a pizza parlour! I love pizza! "Are we eating here?!" I ask him excitedly.
"Yep!" He says grinning, "I wanted to go to Nando's but I couldn't find one anywhere near, so this was second best." He explains.
"Great! I absolutely love pizza!" I tell him. Then we walk through the big glass doors and towards a lady much like the one in the 'Blue Boat' restaurant. "Table for two under the name Niall, please?" He asks. The lady checks her book and then looks up and smiles at us. "Ah yes, Mr Horan! Right this way," She then walks through the parlour and towards a small round table, with two chairs opposite each other. It's rather cosy but I like it.
The lady leaves us and Niall pulls back one of the chairs for me to sit on. I do so and place my crutches under the table. Niall then sits opposite me and hands me a menu. I scan through the pages, seeing that most of it is pizzas apart from a choice of ice cream for desert. After a while, I choose a medium sized hawaiian, consisting of just ham and pineapple. Then I choose a thick base and crust. A waiter comes over and I tell him my order and Niall gives his. He chooses a meat feast which seems to have lots of chickens and peppers on. The waiter writes everything down in a note book and heads back into the kitchen. At first we just sit in silence for a while until Niall pipes up with, "So do you eat quite a lot of food?" I laugh at this and then reply with, "yeah... Quite a lot!" We both crack up laughing and after that, we talk for what feels like hours. We talk about pretty much everything! Family, friends, food, favourite colours and then music. I think that's a topic we both love. Niall plays guitar and I tell him that he'll have to teach me some day and he agrees.
"So do you sing?" He asks.
"Kinda" I say nervously.
"I bet your really good!" He smiles at me.
"Well most of my life, people have been telling me I'm talented, that I can really sing and I shouldn't put my talent to waste but to be honest, I'm scared." Suddenly Niall's expression turns sombre and he sits there for a while thinking, before asking "why?"
"I don't know. I think it might be partly because I don't believe I can sing and partly because I don't want to let people down and what if I do let people down? What if I'm actually a terrible singer and everyone sits there and laughs at me? I'll never be able to sing again." I can't even look at him. I've told him too much, trusted him with too much. Then he sighs and say, "I believe in you." Then after a couple more minutes of silence, Niall changes the subject back to food and I can't help but laugh at how cute he is. Just then a waiter strides towards us with two pizzas. "meat feast?" He asks and hands it to Niall and then passes me my hawaiian and leaves for the kitchen. As I look down at my plate, I realise its a weird shape. Not like a circle but like... A heart?!... My actual heart starts pounding at over twice the speed it already was.
"I need to ask you something." Niall tells me and takes my hands in his across the table, "you see, the thing is, I like you.... Almost as much as food and I don't want you to disappear out of my life as soon as this holiday is over!" He tells me in a jokey voice, "so, I need to ask you, will you go out with me?" I laugh and lean across the table to give him a hug.
"Of course I will!" I reply. My heart hasn't slowed down at all but now it's out of relief. Then we start to dig into our pizzas which are eaten in 10 minutes flat. For desert we both decide on the 'Make your own ice cream' which basically means that we are given a bowl and get to fill it with ice cream from a machine. Then we get to choose sauces, toppings, sprinkles, sweets and loads more to put on it. By the time we have finished, our bowls are overflowing with ice cream! We head back to our table and barely manage to eat it all. Well I barely manage to eat it all anyway! Niall eats it like there's no tomorrow! I don't know where he puts it all! When we are finished, Niall pays and we leave. "Is there anywhere that you want to go before I call Harry to pick us up?" He asks.
"Yeah but I'm not sure where we can go," I reply. I haven't really got to know the area much yet.
"I know the perfect place!" He says grinning, "I think it's down this way!" I follow him on my crutches, down a small cottage type road with houses on either side, until we get to an area with lots of shops in a circle and a water fountain in the middle that has seating all the way around. "Is this okay?" He asks nervously.
"This is amazing!" I tell him and hop over to sit at the fountain. Niall walks over too and sits right next to me. "Hey, do you want to throw a penny in the fountain?" He asks, holding out an American penny in his hand.
"Yeah sure!" I say excitedly, "But you have to do it with me at the exact same time and we both have to make a wish!" I tell him. Niall nods to agree and takes another penny out of his pocket. Then we turn to face the fountain.
"Okay, close your eyes!" I tell him. I close mine too even though I'm certain he hasn't closed his. "Okay, throw it on the count of three!" I say, "One, two, three!" I toss my coin in front of me as I wish and wish as hard as I can. I wish that this holiday could never end. I wish that Niall and I could be together forever. I wish I had more time with him. I wish he's wishing the same. Then I open up my eyes and see Niall is looking at me. "What did you wish for?" He asks eagerly.
"Can't tell you or it won't come true!" I tell him and stick out my tongue at him. He mimics me and we both burst out laughing. I think people are looking at us but to be honest I don't care. In this one moment everything is perfect.
Until Niall's phone starts ringing from his back pocket.
"What?" He says down the phone, "I'm at the fountain... Okay, see you in a minute." Niall says before hanging up.
"It was Harry, apparently they've got into some trouble and we have to go as soon as possible." He informs me. The we get up and make our way over to the road. When we get there, Harry is already waiting for us and the front end of his car is completely smashed up. What the hell has happened? Me and Niall jump in and sit in the same seats as on the way to the pizza parlour.
"What the hell happened?" I ask as soon as I'm belted in.
There's a minute of silence until Zayn pies up, "Okay, so we were coming back from the beach when we see this proper fit girl. So we walk over to her and start talking when her ex turns up and punches Louis in the nose! So I punch him in the stomach and then he tries to punch me but I dodge and then we ran into our car and Harry accidentally crashed into the ex's car and then we drove off because he threatened to call '911'." All of the boys burst into laughter apart from Louis. I don't blame him! I turn around and see that his nose is pouring out blood and it looks like it might be broken. "Are you okay Louis?" I ask.
"Yeah I'm fine." He replies, turning to face out of the window instead. It's a long drive home and I rest my head on Niall's shoulder because it's getting late and I'm so tired. He holds my hand in turn.
We finally reach the villa and Harry pulls into the drive. I grab my crutches and Niall helps me out and walks me to the door. I stop before I go in and turn to him.
"Thank you for today, it was perfect," I say.
"It's okay, I'm just glad that we got to spend some time together before we have to leave America." Niall replies. I look at the ground. I cant stand the thought of us not seeing each other after this holiday. Then Niall lifts up my chin with his forefinger and kisses me but this time it's not on my forehead. He kisses me on the lips!! It isn't a full on snog, just a peck on the lips and I feel a kind of spark. Then Niall pulls me close into a bear hug before turning to leave. I wait by the door and wave them off. Then I open the door and head straight up to my room.