I grabbed my bag off my chair as soon as I was done eating. I jumped in my car so I could drive home and help Paul with Louis. I had a nervous feeling in my stomach the whole way home; I hadn’t left Lily with Liam by herself in a long time. I quickly erased the thought because Liam’s awake now, so she’ll be okay. I pulled into the driveway and quickly got inside.
“Paul? Louis?” I called out.
“In here!” I heard Paul yell back.
I enter the bathroom just as Louis is putting his shirt on. “Hey,” he smiles.
“Hi,” I smile back. Since you didn’t get to finish eating, I brought you a smoothie.”
“Thanks,” he said, taking the cold smoothie from my hands. “Mm, strawberry.”
“I’ll leave you two together now, I have to go. I’ll come back and check on you and Liam periodically,” Paul said, pointing at Louis. Louis nodded his head, then Paul left.
“So Liam wants us to buy a house with him and Lily,” I said, rubbing Lou’s back.
“Really now?” Louis asked. I nodded my head. “Well, what do you say?”
“I’m up for it. It would be easier for you and Liam, and for Lily and me. I’m still afraid, so I’d rather not leave her yet,” I admit, looking down.
“You have every right to be,” Louis said, tipping my chin up. I smile at him weakly. “Come on. I’ll call Liam so we can start talking about buying this house. Of course it won’t be until after he gets out, but we should start looking.” Louis started to roll away into our bedroom.
For the rest of the day, Louis sat in our room on his laptop. Finally, he told me he was tired, so I helped him into bed.
“Thank you for helping me,” Louis whispered.
“It’s my pleasure,” I answered, smiling at him. After he’s in the bed, I crawled in next to him. Everything was peaceful, until about three am. A shriek of pain was called out into the silence.
“Taylor!” Louis screamed. “Taylor!”
“Louis what is it?” I asked in a panicked tone.
“Taylor! It hurts! It hurts real bad!” I lifted up Louis’ shirt to look at his wound. He clutched onto the sheets as he only felt pain.
“Louis, it’s infected. I’ll call the hospital.”
The paramedics arrived quickly and took Louis away. I followed Louis and started getting in the truck.
“Whoa, ma’am. You’re not allowed. This is too dangerous. His wound is serious, and even though it has healed, and hasn’t healed fully, making it prone to infections,” a paramedic informed me. I nodded, backing away to my car.
I called Lily as soon as I was in the car. “Lily, I’m on my way to the hospital.”
“Taylor, it’s three am and Liam and I are fine,” she said.
“I know, Lily. I’m not coming for you. It’s Louis.”