The Fighter

Toni Medeiros was always a strong girl. She never liked to show her weaknesses and when she did it was only when she couldn't control herself. Toni used boxing as her way to let out all of the emotions that she felt inside... When she comes into money problems her life is put at risk and she refuses to ask for help, but when Louis finds out he's determined to help the girl he's slowly falling for...

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15. Stay The Night

Niall's POV

"Good to be back." Toni smiled.

"So, how are you feeling?" Harry asked.

"Like I said before, I just feel weak, like I don't wanna get up." Toni shrugged as she layed back in the bed.

"You should eat or at least drink something before you sleep." Zayn suggested.

With this Toni looked over at Liam and he smiled, holding something behind his back.

"Don't worry, I didn't forget." He laughed as he handed her a large Poland Springs water bottle.

"Thank you." She said before taking a big swig of water.

I had a little something behind my back that I wanted her to have, too. I made it last night while she was still here and we had went home for the night- without Liam or Zayn, they always stayed here.

"Is it my turn now?" I asked, smiling at Toni.

Confusion washed over her face as she met my gaze.

"What do you mean?" She asked.

I smiled widely as I pulled out a picture frame from behind my back. It had a collage of pictures of me and the boys and one from when Toni took a group photo with us at the gym. She was in her sports bra and shorts in our group picture, with her signature boxing gloves hanging around her neck. Dan had been the one to take the picture as we were all leaning in together. Each of us had our own pair of blue, gray, and black shorts and muscle shirts that we had worn that day to the gym.

"Aw," Toni smiled as her eyes filled with tears of joy," I love it."

I was very pleased with her reaction, but was waiting for her to notice one more thing.

"What's does this say?" She asked, pointing to words that I had engraved on the picture frame. I had done it by hand, considering that hand made gifts were the best, and did my best to have it done in cursive.

"It's a quote from a song of ours." Zayn said, smiling as he and the lads gathered around Toni to read it.

"What's the name of the song?"

"It's called 'Little Things'. That part in particular is sung by our pal Niall over here." Louis said, glancing at me to smile brightly.

I smiled back before watching Toni look at the writing and run her fingers over the indents that each word had made.

"Niall, this is amazing. Thank you so much." She smiled.

I leaned in quickly and took this opportunity to hug her again. This time we were joined by Harry, then Zayn, then Liam.

"Awwwww group hug." Louis said cheekily as he hugged us all.

Toni's POV

When everyone pulled away from the hug I looked back down at the picture. It had a collage of pictures of the boys and I. It made me feel really happy and...special to have Niall do something like this for me.

For the second time, I ran my fingers over the beautiful letters that were carved into the wooden frame.

'You'll Never Love Yourself Like I Love You'

"I'm really happy that you like it Toni." Niall beamed.

"I don't like it." I stated, watching as Niall's face fell.

"I love it." I smiled.

"Awwww," Louis cooed," I see what you did there." His high pitched, teasing voice made us all laugh.

"I love you guys." I smiled, looking down at my lap to hide the inevitable blush that would cover my cheeks.

"We love you too." They all chuckled.

"So," Harry spoke up," you have to eat something and I was just about to go to Burger King, what would you like?"

I thought about it and found myself wanting chicken.

"Could I just have a chicken sandwich with small fries?" I replied.

"I don't know, could you?" Harry teased.

"Oh, hush Styles." I retorted and threw my pillow at him.

He caught the pillow with ease and just handed it to Niall who put it back behind me.

"I'll be back, anyone want to come with me?" Harry asked.

"I'll go." Louis offered, raising his hand like a child in school.

Harry nodded and turned to the door, Louis getting up quickly to follow behind him.

"Bye guys, we'll see you in a bit." Louis called over his shoulder.

"Bye." Niall, Liam, Zayn, and I called back.

When the door closed I noticed Zayn and Liam give eachother a look.

"What's you guys' problem?" I asked.

Zayn and Liam immediately snapped their heads towards me and furrowed their eyebrows in confusion.

"What do you mean?" Zayn asked.

"We don't have a problem." Liam added with a shrug to his shoulders.

"It doesn't seem that way, but okay." I shrugged and turned to Niall.

"I'm just surprised that you didn't offer to go with Harry." I told him with a smiled.

"I'd rather stay here and make sure you're okay." Niall shrugged

He looked towards Liam and Zayn quickly before leaning to whisper in my ear.

"Plus, I don't want to leave you with these two knuckle heads."

"Hey!" Liam and Zayn protested, obviously hearing what Niall said.

Niall and I snickered at this and smiled at the two boys who looked mad.

"You know you love me." Niall smirked.

"I don't know, I've always had this thing against leprechauns." Zayn teased.

Niall gasped dramatically and held a hand over his heart.

"You take that back." He demanded.

"Make me." Zayn said, sticking his tounge out like a five year old.

I stayed silent as the two boys teased eachother back and forth.

Liam's POV

I watched with Toni as Niall and Zayn teasingly bickered back and forth; I've never seen such a big smile on her face and, for once, the smile she wore met her eyes. I maneuvered around the two lads as they playfully pushed eachother and sat down on the hospital bed next to Toni.

"Are they always like this?" Toni laughed.

"Not usually," I chuckled," they're just trying to cheer you up."

Toni smiled as the two boys heard our conversation and gave eachother a final playful shove.

"How come you guys never put that much effort into training?" Toni teased.

"Well..." Niall trailed off, scratching the back of his neck nervously.

"Zayn?" Niall threw Zayn under the bus and we all looked at him for an explanation.

"Vas happenin'?" Zayn asked, causing us all to burst into a fit of laughter.

"I'm just teasin'." Toni chuckled," but I do expect better effort from you guys on Monday."

"Monday?" I asked.

"But that's tomorrow." Zayn added.

"The doctor said I'm perfectly fine now, and I can't just quit my job. I can't really fight yet until I get back into the loop of things, but I can still train you guys." Toni explained.

The lads and I exchanged a worried glance before looking back at Toni.

"C'mon guys! Please?" She exaggerated the word 'please' and stuck out her bottom lip.

"Put that lip back, and lose the puppy dog eyes." Niall begged.

He was having just as much difficulty trying to tell her no as we were. Toni's green eyes were swimming with childlike qualities, like they belonged to a 4 year old that was begging their mum for a new toy.

I cleared my throat, catching everyone's attention, as I found a solution.

"For now, you will eat and rest. When tomorrow comes we'll talk about it again, yeah?" I suggested.

"I have to work regardless Li." Toni said sounding annoyed.

"I-

"We know that, Toni. We're not saying that you can't go, we just don't think it's a good idea to train so soon." Zayn said quickly, cutting me off.

The way he looked at me quickly before looking back at Toni nervously told me that he was scared that I would snap again.

"Wait a second," I said, holding my hand up to the lads and looking at Toni," did you just call me 'Li'?"

"I don't know, did I?" Toni shrugged and looked down at her lap.

I took this opportunity to grab her sides with my hands and tickle her, making her heart monitor beep rapidly.

I laughed and smiled brightly as Toni burst into uncontrollable fits of laughter.

"Li-Liam! St-stop!" She begged in between fits of laughter.

"Answer my question, did you call me Li?" I demanded as I continued to tickle her.

"Zayn! Niall! H-help me!" Toni called out as she squirmed and giggled.

Her laugh was so cute that it brought a smile to all of our faces.

"Oi!"

Everything stopped suddenly and we turned to see Louis and Harry standing in the doorway.

"Hey Larry!" We all yelled, except for Toni of course.

"Who the hell is that?" Toni asked.

We all started laughing at this and Harry huffed as he sat down. He absolutely hated the reasoning behind the name. In fact, he hated the sound of the name.

"You see love, people came up with the idea that Louis and Harry are gay, for eachother." Zayn explained.

"Wait, they aren't?" She asked, looking quite puzzled as she looked at the two boys in question.

"Absolutely not!" Harry exploded as he stood up quickly.

With this Toni burst into laughter again, her face turning red as she held her stomach.

"I'm only teasing!" Toni laughed, gaining control over herself once again.

"I didn't find it very funny." Harry grumbled as he sat back down.

"I'm sorry Haz, I take it back." Toni said quickly.

"It's okay." Harry said as he noticeably relaxed.

"So, as I was saying." Zayn started, annoyed that he'd been interrupted.

"Fans came up with a relationship name for them, thus taking both of their names and mixing it." Niall said quickly, just to annoy Zayn further.

"So they came up with Larry?" Toni laughed, sounding unimpressed.

"Larry Stylinson." I corrected, earning a glare from Harry.

"Ok, ok. I give whoever came up with it a lot of credit. It makes sense." Toni nodded understandingly.

Louis took this moment of pause to pass out our food from Burger King.

As we all dig in I noticed Toni raise her hand.

"What it is love?" Louis asked.

"Well, I don't see you two flirt or anything like Zayn and Niall do." Toni said suddenly causing me to choke on my food in laughter along with Harry and Louis.

"We do not flirt!" Zayn said quickly as he and Niall turned red with embarrassment.

"Hold on," Louis said raising his hand for Zayn to be quiet," I wonder...what would they be called?"

We all sat back and thought about it for a second, everyone except Zayn and Niall.

"Oh! I got it!" Toni said after a moment.

"What do you got?" I asked, curious to hear what she's come up with.

Toni took a sip of her drink and swallowed quickly before looking to Zayn and Niall.

"I'm not insinuating that ya'll are gay, but if you were..."

"We aren't." Zayn said after she trailed off.

"Your name would be ...Ziall Halik."

Louis, Harry, and I fell back in our seats with this new name and laughed even harder when we saw Zayn and Niall turn an even brighter shade of red.

"I think-" Zayn stood and cleared his throat," I think it's come time to turn in for bed."

"I agree." Niall said, quickly shoving the rest of his burger into his mouth.

"Alright, alright. I'm sorry." Toni said quickly.

"It's okay Toni, we know you were just joking."

"Now you know how Louis and I feel." Harry pointed out.

"What do you mean?" Louis demanded, plopping down on Harry's lap.

"We are perfectly happy together are we not?" Louis demanded, causing us all to laugh.

To make it even worse, or should I say, better, Louis grabbed Harry by the face and kissed his cheeks.

"Alright, bed time." I announced.

"Easy Daddy Direction, we're just having fun." Louis smirked.

Harry pushed Louis off of his lap and hastily wiped his face, desperate to erase any trace of Louis. To this, Louis held his hands over his heart and gasped dramatically.

"How swiftly you dismiss our love." Louis scoffed.

"It's okay Louis, I still love you." Toni said, opening her arms out to him.

Louis did not waste a second to jump onto the bed with us and snuggled into Toni's arms.

As Toni rubbed Louis's back, he pretended to cry.

"Shame on you, Harry." Toni scolded over Louis's shoulder.

"What?! I didn't do anything!" Harry said defensively.

"You broke my heart." Louis pretended to sob.

"It's okay." Toni cooed jokingly as she rubbed his back.

"Alright, I mean it," I announced loudly," Toni's got to rest. Everyone get a spot and settle down."

"Ok, c'mon Lou-

"No! Don't leave me." He shrieked and held onto Toni tighter.

I sighed and went to pull Louis off, but Toni raised her hand and shook her head.

"It's okay, he'll fall off eventually anyways." She shrugged.

I nodded, but I secretly eyed Louis with envy; he got to snuggle up to Toni, all because of a silly game that he pretended not to quit.

With another sigh I got up and waited for everyone to settle down before shutting off the light.

"Goodnight everyone." I said quietly as I layed out on the recliner that way right next to Toni's bed.

"Goodnight." Everyone replied back in a whisper.

 

 

 

 

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