London, Valerie’s POV
After dinner, which I got compliments on from everyone, including Amber, Denise made her announcement.
“Niall, come July, you’re gonna be an uncle,” she said.
“Holy Nando’s!” Niall exclaimed. “Do you know what the sex is yet?”
“No, she’s only two months along. We’ll find out in two or three months,” Greg said.
“Well, since you’re pregnant, let’s talk baby names!” I suggested.
“You should name it Niall,” Niall said.
“Nah, I don’t want any confusion,” Denise said.
“Hey, if it’s a girl, you could name it after the nurse who delivers her. That’s what I did with the nurse who saved my baby’s life,” I chimed in. “Or if it’s a boy, you could name it after your obstetrician.”
“Our obstetrician’s first name is Thaddeus, so I don’t think so,” Greg said with a laugh. “We like Theo for a boy.” He looked at Amber. “What do you think, little one? Are you excited?”
“Yeah! I’m gonna be a sister AND a cousin!” Amber said.
On New Year’s Eve, Niall flew to Mullingar for his mom’s wedding, which was set for the next day. We decided it was too risky for me to fly, since I was pregnant with a baby that was almost born prematurely. He was sorry he couldn’t give me a midnight kiss, but he promised to Skype me as soon as the clock struck twelve.
That night, the rest of us gathered around and watched a New Year’s Eve special on TV. Liam poured champagne and apple juice, and by 11:59 pm, we were all ready to toast each other and kiss. As soon as the clock hit midnight, I turned Skype on…only to find Niall was offline.
“Niall’s not there! He PROMISED!” I cried after making this discovery.
“Val, calm down!” Sarah said. “Maybe he got wasted.”
“And that makes it better?! He could be kissing another girl right now!!!”
“Chill the eff out!” Shaza said. “Why don’t we go to bed? You’ll feel better in the morning.”
I took a deep breath. “Okay.”
Mullingar, Niall’s POV
I pulled away from Sasha after a full minute of making out. She’d seen her boyfriend kissing another girl, and I’d felt sorry for her.
“Thanks for the kiss, Niall,” Sasha said. “”I can see why Valerie loves you.”
“My pleasure,” I said.
“Will you pretend to be my boyfriend so my real one gets jealous?”
“Of course. Anything to get you and your real boyfriend back together.”
London, Valerie’s POV
The next morning, I got a call from Niall. Hoping he was apologizing for breaking his promise, I picked up. Before he could say anything, I said, “You’ve got a hell of a lot of explaining to do, Horan! You broke your promise!”
“Babe, I was drunk!” Niall defended.
“You don’t sound like you were drunk last night! You’re cheating on me, aren’t you?”
“I am NOT! I saw this girl who’d just seen her boyfriend with another girl, and I felt sorry for her, so I kissed her!”
“Uh-huh. I’m packing up and moving out. You’ll never see me again!”