"Okay guys," Niall said right after Harry took Pam to her room. "we have rehearsals tomorrow. Oh, and remember that we're leaving to LA in 3 days."
He headed to the front door.
"Where are you going, Niall?" Liam asked.
"There's something I gotta do."
None of us was convinced about what he said but he left anyways after a goodbye and a don't wait for me, I'll be right back.
Harry came down again and after some minutes of talking everyone said their goodnights and went to their rooms.
I was about to go to the room I shared with Ashton when I heard sobs coming from Pam's room. I couldn't stop myself and changed my direction.
"Pam?" I knocked on the door frame. "Are you okay?"
She tried to cover her crying and turned away.
"Ye-yeah. I'm f-fine."
"No, you're not."
"I-I'm okay, Lu-Luke. It's be-better if you go to sleep now."
"Pam... I..." I hestitated.
"I'm okay, Luke." she stated.
"Fine. Goodnight, Pamela. You know where yo find me." I whispered as I walked to the door.
"No, Luke. Wait." I stopped walking and she sighed. "You're right. I'm not okay."
"Do you want to talk about it?"
"Wou-would you stay with me?"
My heart raced again.
"Of course, pri-" Don't call her princess, Luke. "Of course, Pam."
"But, would you please close the door?"
"Umm... Yeah, sure."
I did what she asked and when I turned around she was sitting on her bed patting a spot beside her.
I gulped without her noticing and sat cross-legged beside her.
I could see the trace her tears had left on her rosy cheeks. I had an impulse and wiped them with my thumb.
"What happened, sweetie? Why do you spent your tears?"
"I'm just so scared. He-he-what he did to me is something that changed my entire life."
"What did he do? Did he hurt you?" My voice started to get a bit louder and my attitude was protective.
"Mark used to be my classmate. He was a really nice guy, even though he wasn't handsome. Not even a bit.
"At some point I realized he acted weird when he was around me and he gave deathly glares to the guys that I talked to. Finally he confessed me he liked me. I was surprised but still, I didn't felt the same way about him. He seemed hurt and all but he never said anything else about the subject. Then he changed to another school."
I payed attention to everything she was saying. "Some time later he reappeared and made it look like we had been friends our whole life. He was cool, and he was handsome now, but there was something about him that didn't let me trust him at all.
"My friends were crazy about him. Clary felt the same way as me and we decided to keep our distance from him. Constantly he tried to call my attention and act like a gentleman to impress me."
She made a pause and her voice began to break.
"Then, one night I was walking home from Clary's house and a man with covered face forced me to go with him. I begged him to let me go and he just laughed. It was Mark.
"After that he-he tried to r-rape m-me. I-I couldn't think, Luke. I was so scared." I felt my hands form into fists. I wanted to kick his ass. "Then I kicked him between his tights and I escaped.
"I got to Niall's house, which thank God was close from that horrible place where he kept me. He tried to capture me again but my uncle shot his arm and the police came... I thought I would never see him again. But now- now he's here too and I feel like he's going to come at any second and take me with him." She cried again. "I don't want him to take me again. I do-I don't wanna see him again, Luke. Can you protect me? Would you protect me?"
"I'll protect you until I die, sweetheart. I'm here for you. I'm never going away." I pulled her into a tight hug. Her tears got my shirt wet, but I didn't care. The only thing I cared about was her being safe.
"Would you stay with me?"
"I will stay with you forever, if you want to."
"Can I ask you a question?"
"Why are you asking me to stay and not anyone else of the boys?"
Because you're all I need to feel alive.
"Because I know you can be trusted."
"Really?" he smiled like a little kid.
"Yeah." I smiled back at him.
"And, what else do you think about me?"
"I think...you're adorable." I smirked.
He blushed like crazy, what made him look even cuter.
"Your eyes are so beautiful." After he said that he looked so ashamed. Instantly he inhaled and continued. "They always light up the place, wherever you are. They always show joy and happiness. They're like colors of the sky, the ocean and the earth all together. Don't let tears change that." He softly pulled away some hair that had fallen over my face and placed it in the back of my ear.
"You really meant all of that?"
"Totally. And it's been one of the most difficult things to say in my life." he chuckled, still blushing.
"And," I copied his question, teasing him. "what else do you like about me?"
"What I like about you? I like the way you're always trying to make people feel better. I like the way that your hair falls on the side of your neck. I like how you keep it natural by not wearing that much makeup. I like the way you don't try for people to like you and how you don't pretend to be something you're not. I like the way your face turns red whenever someone compliments you. I like the way you are strong, even though it's totally okay if sometimes you're not. I like the way you stand up for the people you love and for what you believe in. I like your voice. I like your passion for the music. I like..."
He paused for a moment. I was surely blushing and quietly crying again, but now, they were happy tears.
"You know what? I don't LIKE anything of it, now that I think about it."
My heart dropped. "W-what?"
"Yeah, I don't like anything of it because I love it. I love all that has to do with you. Everything about you drives me crazy. I couldn't say it before, Pam, but I-" he inhaled again. "I love you. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. I love you. I don't care what people has to say.
I found it hard to breathe. I didn't know what to say. I never expected him to say that.
He grabbed my face with both of his hands and got a little bit closer to me, not breaking eye contact.
"I would never lie to you, princess.
"I...I love you too, Luke." I let it out.
His blue eyes widened and the biggest smile appeared on his face.
"May I kiss you?"
OMG I'm so close to 1k ☺️ thank you all. I cried writing this chapter bc of the feels 😭💜 I hope you like it as much as I do and I'm sorry about the hangcliff😂
Andrea :) xx