Two weeks later
Louis and I have gotten intimately close again, sneaking around behind everyone’s back but I was starting to have the full force of always using the lounge, my back aches and my muscles burn from keeping myself from falling off the small space. I only wish I had a bigger place and London didn’t sleep right beside my bed. When Louis falls on my bed beside me he kisses me lips, leaning on his side and observing the book in my hands, I can’t help but giggle when he places his hand over the words, but when I don’t take my eyes off the book, waiting for him to remove his hand I covers my eyes with the other hand, gripping the book and throwing it to the end of the bed, a kiss is pressed to my lips before he takes his hand away.
“You smell like London.” I say and he looks at me, “and me.” he squints, “You used our soap, you smell like a girl.” His lips form an O shape and he scrubs his hand over the head before smelling it, “you used the shampoo too, didn’t you.” She smiles showing teeth and I laugh.
“Hey I have to go, I’ll see you later okay?” I nod and he kissed my lips.
“Go home and shower before you go to hers.” I say reaching for my book at the end of my bed, I feel his eyes on my before I look towards the door way where he stands half in half out.
“How did you know?” I shrug.
“You would have told me why you had to go if it wasn’t her.” He smiles before coming back towards me and crawling on the bed, his lips pressed to mine before he stood back up.
“Thanks for the tip.” I smile and watch as he leaves, I listen as he says bye to London before the door clicks shut and I go back to reading.
“Hey bubba.” I say as I plop down beside London on the lounge, “Do you like Louis?” I ask and she nods, “Why?” she gives me a shrug.
“His funny. Like Liam.” I smile.
“And you like Liam too?” she nods.
“And the funny talking one.”
“Niall?” she nods, “What about Zayn and Harry?” she shrugs holding her hands out to her sides. “Do you know who Zayn and Harry are?” she shakes her head, “The curly haired one and the one with the snake tattoo.”
“Oh.” She pauses before nodding, “Yes.” I smile.
“Good.” I kiss the top of her head and sit back watching the cartoons that are playing on the TV.
“Mummy.” London calls me after a moment and I look down at her.
“Why is Louis always here?”
“You noticed that, huh?” she looks up at me, “Louis is a very close friend of mummy’s.” I tell her, “Before you were born mummy lived here, I was friends with Louis then too.”
“And Liam?” I nod.
“And Liam.” I nod, “Also Harry, Niall and Zayn.”
“What about them girls?”
“No.” I tell her.
“I met them the same time as you.” We go back to watching the TV and after a few shows I get an idea and I know Louis will love it, I can picture the smile on his face already. “London, will you do me a favour?” I ask her and she looks up at me, “Next time we see Louis, call him Daddy.” She doesn’t say anything about it, just looks at me, “Is that okay?” I ask and she shrugs.
“Daddy.” He replies and looks up at me, “Does that mean I have a mummy and daddy?” I smile and nod.
“That means you have a mummy and daddy.”
Two days later
I slipped into a faded batman three quarter sleeve shirt, black jeans and a green BB jacket, slipping my phone inside the pocket and pulling my hair over my shoulder before plaiting it there, I sat on the lounge beside London, slipping a pair of black toms on before slipping London’s on, “Come on, let’s go.” I say as I get up from the lounge, “TV off.” I say and she pushes the button on the remote before following me to the door after I grabbed my keys, she pressed the elevator button and it arrives shortly after and we step in going down to the underground garage, I strap London into her car seat and get in the front starting the car and heading towards the shops.
I stand looking in a jewellery shops window, London’s hand in mine as she’s off in her own world, I feel her hand tug at mine.
“Mummy, look.” I look down at her to see she is pointing; I grip her arm pushing it down before looking in the directions he was just pointing, Louis and Eleanor stand across from Liam and Sophia.
“Shit.” It comes out almost whispered after they look over towards us; I kneel down and turn London towards me as they start making their way over. “Do you remember what I said about Louis the other day?” I ask holding her upper arms and she nods, “Okay, I don’t want you to say it, Okay.” She looks at me confused, “London, tell me you won’t say it.” she nods, “Promise?” she holds her pinkie out and I smile taking it, “Kiss it.” we both kiss our thumbs, our pinkies still locked, “Lock it.” our thumbs are pushed together, London smiles.
“Put it in a pocket.” She says and we both shove our hand in our pocket.
“Good girl.” I smile.
“That was so cute.” Sophia gushes and I look up to see they had made it the distance, I stand to my full height and smile, “What was it?”
“A promise.” Louis says looking directly at me, Eleanor looks up at him but he doesn’t notice and I nod.
“Yeah, that.” I look at him, a small smirk on his lips and I don’t know why a blush craps to my cheeks and I look down, fastening London’s hand in mine again.
“What was the promise?” Eleanor asks and I look to everyone’s face and I know they all want to know, I just hope London doesn’t blurt it.
“Ah, I said she could call my parents later.” I catch a glimpse of Louis and I don’t know whether the smug look he wears is saying he knows im lying but I just look away not thinking of it.
“Want to come to lunch with us?” Liam asks and I observe their faces before shrugging.
“Sure.” I say and we all make our way towards the escalators where we went to the roof and into a restaurant, I sit across from Louis and Eleanor, London beside Louis as I sit beside Liam who is beside Sophia.
“Can I tell you a secret?” I hear London’s small voice and look up to see her looking up at Louis, he nods and leans down, she cups her hands around her mouth before saying something to Louis, his eyes flick to mine and I frown, I can’t tell what his expression is and I look from London to him again, don’t frown. He mouths and my face releases, what did she say? I mouth back and he locks his lips with a fake key, my lips a sealed. He mouths back and I pick up my drink taking a sip, when I take a glimpse down the table Eleanor catches my eye before she flicks her eyes away, I grab my phone out and open a new text to Louis.
ME: What did she say!
When I look up his watching me, his hand moving from the table to collect his phone from his pocket before he reads it from under the table slightly, a small smirk played on his lips.
LOUIS: It was a secret. Between me and our daughter.
He reads the text before placing his phone face down on the table, I frown at him and when he mouths telling me to stop I quickly flip him the finger before recovering by pretending to scratch my neck, he smiles with a bit of a laugh and it causes me to do the same, looking down at my lap to recover.
“Mummy.” London is now standing beside me.
“Yeah?” I look down at her.
“I need to go to the toilet.” She tries to whisper and I smile at her failed attempt hearing the others chuckle slightly, I excuse us from the table, and I grip London’s hand and lead her though the tables and down a hall to the toilets.
LIAM: stop flirting with your ex while you girlfriend is watching. Don’t flirt with your ex at all!
I read Liam’s text and look up at him, his eyes hard and I frown placing my phone back on the table but it vibrates again.
LIAM: she keeps looking to Ellen, she know what you’re doing.
ME: what am I doing Liam?”
LIAM: stop flirting with her.
I shove my phone in my pocket and soon the food comes, Ellen is still not back to the table with London and Sophia offers to find her but I tell her I’ll do it, after getting a stern look from Liam I made my way down the back and towards the toilets, I pressed the button for the parents room and the door slid open, Ellen was just about to leave and we almost crash, a laugh fell from both our lips.
“Isn’t this what happen the day we meet?” I ask and she bits her lips looking down, “Come one, let’s get back to the table, the foods here.” I say and she nods lightly before we started walking back to the table, London walking in front of us.
“Liam says were flirting.” I say and she looks up at me before straight ahead again.
“Are we not?” she asks and I laugh.
“Yes but we should really stop, if we don’t want them suspecting anything.” she nods.
“Tell me what London said.”
“She said she wanted a dad.”
“That’s it?” I nod.
“What did you really promise each other?” I asked.
“I’ll tell you later.” She says as we reach the table, I take my seat back beside Eleanor and London and Ellen takes hers across from London and beside Liam and we all eat.