Evelyn and Jack Sparrow, her brand new beagle puppy, are both asleep on the floor in the den. They’re curled up on the shag rug, and look adorable. The guys and I are all out in the kitchen talking and having a beer. It’s nice now that things are basically settled, and everything seems to be working really well.
We do have to work on starting up with business here, but that shouldn’t be too difficult. I mean, it doesn’t seem as though anyone has a firm or serious claim on this area, and trust me, while we were out today, we were looking. I mean, obviously there are people here, but we might be able to convince some of them to join and work for us now…
Harry changes the subject, and says, “Well, I think that Jack Sparrow was an excellent idea Louis.”
I nod a little, “Thanks man. I mean, Evelyn has always wanted a pet, and I think that with all this stress and shit that’s happened she deserves something special. She’s been so… I just, I’m surprised with how she’s taken all of this actually.”
Niall agrees, “Yeah, I don’t know, I guess I would expect her to be a little more upset or scared, or I don’t know… something. Liam did threaten to kill her.”
I say, “But that’s not going to happen.”
He nods, “I know, but you’d still think she might be somewhat afraid or something…”
Zayn shrugs, “She trusts us, and more than that, she trusts Louis.”
Niall and I both nod, and I say, “I just want her to be happy and feel safe. I don’t know what I would do if something actually happened to her and what happened out there with Liam and those men was much too close for my liking.”
They all nod, and I say, “Just, until we can be sure everything is okay and Evelyn is truly safe, I don’t want her by herself. I know it’s asking a lot of you guys, because it could end up causing you to have to go against Liam, who we were all friends with for a long time… but please, you came here with me, and so I’m hoping I can get your help…”
Harry says, “Of course we’ll help you Louis. You’re one of our best mates, and we all care about Evelyn. She’s like a little sister to us. We want her safe as well.”
The others agree, and then we just talk about how we’re going to recruit some new help and get some more members. We also talk about the need for a new supplier as well. It might not be exactly easy getting started up, but once we do, things should go quite well here. Evelyn likes it here anyways, so I want to at least really try to make this all work so we don’t have to leave and go somewhere else.
After a while we all decide to head upstairs, and so I carry Evelyn. After I tuck her in and get her and Jack Sparrow settled, I hear a quiet knock on the door. Evelyn is getting settled in the bed and finding a comfortable position, but I’m pretty sure that she’s basically asleep though. She didn’t wake up on the way upstairs anyway.
I open the door quietly, and see Zayn standing there. He asks quietly, “Can I talk to you for a minute?”
I nod a little, and ask, “Is everything alright?”
He nods, putting his hands in his pockets and then says, “Look, I know things got really tense between us before over Evelyn, but right now, seeing as the… the dynamic of how everything is going to work seems to be changing, I need to talk to you about that, about what happened.”
I sigh a bit. Things got tense because Zayn and Evelyn were a bit too close if you ask me. She’s the love of my life, and I don’t ever want to lose her. Zayn more than any of the other guys (until the whole Liam thing of course) makes me fear that one day I might. They just have such a strong relationship, and what if one day she decides she wants him, or that he can give her something I can’t?
I mean, I know it’s something stupid and almost ridiculous to think about, but I just love her so much. The thought of losing her for any reason scares me to death, and I don’t even know what I would do if I lost her to one of my best friends. Don’t get me wrong either, I trust Zayn, and I trust Evelyn too, I just… I remember how sometimes I thought he might even be better for her. I bet he wouldn’t get angry with her like I do sometimes, and I just, I don’t know.
I look at Zayn and ask, “Well, is there anything specific you’d like to talk about, or just that subject in general?”
Zayn says, “Listen Louis, I know how much you love Evelyn, and I know how much she loves you back. I’m so happy for both of you, truly and honestly. I just, sometimes I miss her… you know, just being friends with her. She’s so… Evelyn. She’s like a little sister to me, and I know sometimes you question it, but honestly that’s all she is to me, and that’s all she’ll ever be to me. Sure, I know why you would be concerned. If I was lucky enough to find someone as perfect for me as Evelyn is for you, I would keep a hit list to make sure I didn’t lose her. That’s the thing though; Evelyn is perfect for you, not me. I don’t have any interest like that. I just feel like since I’ll be spending more time protecting her now, and just being around her, it would be nice if I didn’t have to constantly remind myself not to be a friend to her, you know? It would be nice if I could have one of my best friends back.”
I just think for a minute. I know he means what he said, and I can trust him. I mean, I can keep an eye on them in the beginning too. I can make sure everything is fine, and then eventually I suppose I won’t worry as much anymore. I nod a little, and say, “Yeah. I guess I was just so worried about losing her. I’m sorry Zayn, I just love her; I really do. I was scared. But thank you for coming to talk to me. It really means a lot, and I appreciate it.”
He nods, and then pats me on the back and says, “I promise you won’t regret this. And hey, if something bothers you, just let me know and we can talk about it and make sure things don’t have to be like this again, yeah?”
I nod, “Yeah.”
He leaves after that, and I head over to Evelyn and my bed. I strip down to my boxers before climbing in on my side, and pulling both Evelyn and little Jack Sparrow close. She adjusts a little in her sleep so that her cheek is pressed against my arm. I kiss the top of her head lightly, and then close my eyes as well.
For a while, I just think. Not really about anything in particular. A lot of memories with Evelyn pop into my head. They’re mostly all of her, for some reason or another with a grin plastered over her face. Her smile is amazing, and her little giggles and laugh make my heart melt. All I know is that as long as I have Evelyn, and she’s happy, I am too.