8. The door
I hugged Tess hard when I got home and she hugged me. She had missed me and I had missed her.
"You kissed him?"
I laughed and I let her off.
"No!" I lied and I blushed slightly. "Why do you think we had to kiss?"
She frowned and it seemed like she didn't want to tell, yet she did.
"Mom said Niall kissing a lot of girls." she said a little bit unsympathetic. The words hurt, but I knew that the truth had to come out.
"I know!" I whispered tenderly. "This is why you should watch out for those guys."
She nodded with satisfaction. Mrs. Stanford turned up, just like that, without further notice. She came into my room and she seemed surprised.
"Was it boring?"
"No, but I missed my job and I'm not much to show around people."
"Niall said something about that he was tired."
I couldn't explain and I didn't want to explain.
"I'm back now and that's what matters?"
"You return to normal duties right away?"
I nodded and I showed with my whole body that I was satisfied. Mrs. Stanford saw it and actually she looked proudly at me.
"Thank you for coming home." she said happily. "I appreciate that you are faithful to us."
Niall avoided me. He seemed almost absent and it felt as if he had almost gone home. I chose to take care of Tess. In the evenings, when she slept, I read books or sat on my balcony. I was careful to lock my door, because I didn't want any uninvited guest.
Tess came creeping through our secret path.
I laughed and I looked at her.
She tittered, like only a four year old can do.
"I just wanted to say good night."
I laughed a little bit. I put me squatting down to the floor and I gave her a hug. She hugged me tightly back.
"Good night!" she whispered. I released her.
A few minutes later I heard the sound from our secret once. I giggled a little bit. She was certainly on mischievous mood and now she had came up with another excuse? I was surprised when it was Niall who showed up and I was almost going to faint.
"So that's the way she does it?" he said happily. "I knew there was an explanation."
I swallowed and I was scared.
"What are you doing here? Go back!"
He grinned and he looked at me with wide eyes. He closed the door and he quickly shook his head.
"Maybe, but I do know that you shouldn't be here and you have to go back."
Niall showed with his hands that he came with peaceful intentions.
"Why don't you trust me?"
"You know why?"
He shook his head and he took a few steps toward me.
"No, tell me?"
I hesitated. His blue eyes, combined with his face meant only problem.
"You are rich, I'm poor?"
"It has happened before that people get married even if they have different backgrounds?"
I was afraid of the truth.
"You love to seduce girls and I'm a girl and I don't wanna be the one that you had."
"You know that's not true? I haven't flirted with everyone and I don't change girls."
"Everyone says that?"
He came up to me and he stood near me.
"I work for the family and the..."
He put his hand over my mouth.
"Maggie, I don't care about them. I came here to see how they lived, that's all, and when I saw you I knew I wasn't going home until I have you with me."
I blushed. Did he seriously telling me that. I took his hand away.
"But it wont work?"
"And you know it seriously?"
"I have heard about some nannies who..."
Niall interrupted me again and I was annoyed. Why did he interrupted me all the time? "
"Rumors!" he whispered sweet. "You think too much of what you hear and what others say."
"No! As an example, said Mr. Stanford that you are such a girl who doesn't fall for guys. He said you are emotionally cold."
"Huh? But that's not true."
"Now do you understand what I mean?"
I nodded a little weak.
"But that doesn't prove if you change girls or not?"
He smiled and he tried to think. He stood so close to me as he could and I felt his breath on my face.
"I can't prove it." he whispered. "But the rumor popped up when I broke up with a rich girl. She was angry that I broke up and she started to spread all kinds of things about me. Certain things remain."
His hand slipped around my waist and he held me softly.
"Maggie, please! Trust Me?"
I was close to responding when we heard a voice outside my door.
"Maggie, do you know where Niall is?"
I was stiff in the body. Niall smiled and he let me off. Quickly, he disappeared through Tess and my door.
"I think he's with Tess." I replied quickly. I stood there and I was missing him and I felt emptiness. I realized that I had fallen for Nialls charm.