I knock on the door to the hospital room "can I come in?" I ask.
"No I don't want visitors" Zayn says.
"Louis sent me" I tell him, still outside.
"Alright come in but make it quick." He says in a clipped tone.
"He sent me to check on you because he is at his little sisters dance or summat" I say to him, disappointed that our first conversation is about something daft like a little girls dance.
"Okay. You... You're Liam right?" He asks.
"Yeah that's me." I tell him.
"Thanks for... Yesterday yeah." He says, and I see that he doesn't apologise a lot.
"No problem... If you ever want company or whatever you can just text me..." I say, and hand him my phone, on the new contact page.
"Uh sure..." He says and takes my phone. It's awkward but after he puts his number into my phone he winces at a spot on his arm. "Oh do you want me to go get a nurse?" I ask. "No just, maybe come by some other time..." He says and I get the point that he wants me to leave. "Okay see ya later mate" and I walk out.
As I walk out of the hospital I text Niall and say "so what are we going to see?" And he texts back seconds later with "you pick baby girl" and I can almost hear him laughing at his own joke, and yeah, I laugh a bit too.
"Don't. Tell. Me. You're. That. Type. Of. Guy." Niall says to me, in a shocked voice
"Yeah mate, I'm that type of guy. Sorry." I say as we walk away from the Batman: Dark Night Rises 'coming soon' poster.
"There's only one other person who is a comic book nerd, and I bet you two would get along" Niall says to me.
"Who's that?" I ask
"A old buddy of mine, Zayn Malik." He says, and my stomach drops.
"Yeah. Yeah. I know who that is."
I say in a shaky voice.
"Oh yeah? How do you know that bloke?" He asks
"The other day I went for a run, and he was laying on the side of the road all beat up and bloody. I pulled out his phone and called his mate Louis, helped carry Zayn to the hospital and saw him again today." I explain.
"Oh wow. I know Louis too, it's sort of a small world yeah?" Niall says.
"How do you know Zayn?" I ask.
"Ahh. We were mates when we were younger and I went for a holiday for a few months and then when I got back he got into smoking with the other kids and partying with Louis and I never really hung out with him after that..." He says.
"Do you wanna go with me if I visit again and maybe fix that?" I ask, hoping I could help somehow.
"I'll think about it mate but right now I'd like to see this movie yeah?" He says and hands our tickets to the guy working the theatre entrance booth.
"Sounds like a plan" is all I say to him.