"Welcome my son!"
Maura hugged Niall hard and then she looked suspiciously at Harry. Niall saw that she seemed to try to be nice, but she had a habit of being suspicious.
"And you, Harry?"
Harry nodded and he blushed. Niall smiled and he saw at Harry that he really tried. He stood and he fought with a smile. It didn't look fake, but Niall who knew Harry, seeing that he just simply fought.
"Are you hungry?"
Niall noted that Maura just looked at him and just asked him.
"No, we ate at my dads place."
"Oh!" she muttered out disappointed. "Does he have food?"
Niall sighed. Maura went to the kitchen and Niall followed. Harry came last, and he seemed more nervous than ever. Niall just felt safe. He wanted to have this done and since Bobby approved Harry, Maura should do the same.
"I have something to tell mom."
Maura sat down on a chair and she let her hands rest on the kitchen table.
Niall sat down and he looked straight at her. Harry chose to stand in the door and he seemed unsure whether he wanted to stay or not.
"I have hidden a thing for you in four years." Niall started. He wanted to emphasize that this wasn't just a thing that happened, or any phase he went through. "I met Harry on that island four years ago."
Maura looked at Harry quickly, and then Niall again.
Niall smiled and he looked down at his own hands, which lay on the table.
"And I met him a few weeks ago and we started hanging out together."
"You don't need to explain how you meet your friends. It's unattractive."
Niall looked up at her.
"Harry isn't only a friend, he's my boyfriend!"
There was silence. It was so quiet that you could hear the neighbor playing music at a low volume and some children were playing on the road. Maura just stared at Niall. It was as if she didn't understand.
"What do you mean?"
"Harry's my boyfriend, mom. I'm gay!"
She didn't understand.
"Are you gay?"
Niall nodded. He gave Harry a quick glance, just to assured that he was still standing there, and then he looked at her again.
"I've known about it for a long time, but I have chosen to hide it from you. I didn't dare to show who I was and I tested girls, just to be sure about myself, but it's a boyfriend that I want."
Maura was thinking and Niall could see that she was thinking hard. She frowned and she looked straight at Niall.
"You mean that you love guys?"
She didn't believe in words.
"Is my son gay? But Greg has kids and wife. You talked about that you wanted to have children?"
"Yes, it was what you wanted to hear. I dare not say that I didn't want to marry a girl."
She stood up and she looked cold at Niall. The chair almost tipped over behind her.
"GO out of my house!"
Niall was startled.
She looked angry and she glared at him.
"Leave my house. I don't want that shit in between my walls. You're not my son anymore!"
Harry hugged Niall hard. They sat in Bobby's couch and Niall just cried. He shook and he crawled almost up into a little ball.
"She'll get over it!" said Bobby uncertain and he suffered as much as Niall. "She will understand."
Harry swallowed. He had seen the anger in her eyes, and he saw that she was a determined woman. She wouldn't approve Niall, as Niall was right now. She didn't want to have a son who was gay.
"I don't think so." whispered Harry because he looked over at Bobby. "She was angry, she was so angry."
Bobby sat down and he sighed.
"Yes, the woman has her principles and one can't upset her before the was are loos around her."
Niall buried his face against Harry's neck. He sat slumped in Harry's lap and he refused to leave him. Harry felt that the shirt was damp with tears. He held his arms around Niall hard and he didn't want to lose him.
"What do I do now?" Niall whispered. "Should I just let her be?"
Harry nodded and kissed him softly on the cheek.
"Yes, it's best to let her be and we don't need her? We have Bobby on our side and I think it's good enough."
"I knew my mom would be angry, but not angry like that."
Harry hugged him.
"Maybe she'll get over it?"
Niall shook his head quickly.
"You don't know my mom."
When they went back to the airport was Niall anything but happy. He didn't smile and he just looked tired. He helped Harry with the bags and followed him. Harry chose to take Nialls hand and he brought him to the aircraft. Niall didn't even seemed aware that they were on their way home again.
When they came home to Nialls apartment, did Harry help Niall to come into bed. Niall was tired and that he felt small and weak. Harry stripped off his clothes and he made sure that Niall had the pillow under his head and covers over his body. Then Harry washed up their clothes, cleaned up a bit, bought some food and made sure everything was as it should.
"Why do you love me?"
Harry sat on the bed and he looked at Niall. The Irishman looked up at him with his blue eyes and it was a major issue. Harry smiled.
"You know why?"
Niall shook his head.
"You haven't told me exactly why you love me."
Harry lay down in bed, next to Niall and smiled at him.
"You make me smile and you make me feel so good. Every time I see you, tingles my stomach and I always want to be near you, every time I'm not and even when I'm with you. I love the way you laugh, I love when you talk and I love your voice. "
"You're like a revelation, and I want to dedicate my whole life to find out how you succeed."
Niall blushed and he smiled bigger.
"So you love me?"
Harry let his hand slide through Nialls hair and he nodded.
"I love anything that has to do with you and you can't doubt it."
Niall nodded and he looked almost happy again, but then he became a little more serious. He thought for a while and then he seemed to have decided.
Niall smiled again, even though it was an uncertain smile.
"We can do this without her, and who cares if she hates gays or not?"
"Maybe she will come back and say sorry?"
Niall shook his head.
"No, she's lost!"