Not going to lie, I was nervous for this Duet with the boys. My kids, Lou and Lux were in the crowd. Not to mention a bunch of people I didn't know, they were probably expecting me to be some kind of one hit wonder because of the performance I did way back when.
I've sang after the tour, but it was nothing crazy. Just like during karaoke and at home. We decided our first song was going to be Alive, by them, I needed something fun and hard hitting. I didn't want to worry about hitting the wrong note at the wrong time, even if we did rehearse for hours.
Niall was playing his guitar, which relaxed me a lot. He knew what notes we could all hit, especially the boys. I sucked in a deep breath whenever I was handed my ear pieces, I stuck them in and gripped my mic with such a force. I was not excited, but was overly excited at the same time.
"You're going to do great baby girl." Niall whispered in my ear and I just smiled, nodding my head and gripping the mic a lot tighter.
"I'm going home after this. Oh my god, after your show." I said and looked at him. "I'm so uncomfortable right now." I whined and Harry slapped my back, making me cough a little. "Hey! What the hell!"
"You're going to be fine, stop being such a baby." He laughed. Easy for him to say, Dick.
"I have a special treat that no one knew about. Mrs.horan herself is here today with the boys and she's going to sing a duet with them." They made me walk out first, my hand waved at the crowd awkwardly and I wanted to puke. "What are you singing first?" Al asked when we sat down on the stools.
I cleared my throat. "Alive." Zayn said with a smile.
"She needs something fun she said." Louis rolled his eyes. I gave him a dirty look and everyone laughed.
"My mother told me I should go and get some therapy. I asked the doctor, can you find out what is wrong with me?" I get to sing the hook with them and I just hope I do it right, there's honestly no beating Harry or Zayn whenever it comes to being a loud singer. Especially zayn.
Niall's letting me sing half his part, which I thanked him so much for because it was my favourite part of the whole song. I got to change the lyrics a little too and I was excited about that. Niall's fingers strummed a little harder against the strings.
"Went to a party just after the doctor talked to me. I met a guy, I took 'em right up to the balcony, I whispered something in his ear that I just can't repeat. He said okay but he was worried what his mum would think." I smiled at niall, winking at hi while I sang his part with a little twist in it. He just laughed and shook his head.
We were handed water bottles after we finished the first song. We looked at each other, not knowing what to sing next. Lou and Lux both yelled out Teenage Dirtbag. "Now that's going back in the past." Liam said but we all agreed it would be fun.
"Are you and Niall going to be singing a song together? I've been waiting to ask you, I think would all want to hear you two sing a little love song." Al said, his hand under his chin with a big smile on his face. I looked at Niall, he just looked at me as if to say it's up to me. "How about you two go out back and figure it out while I talk to the rest." We nodded and went out back.
"What the hell are we going to sing?" This was so stressful, I was terrible with making decisions.
"I know." Niall said, looking up at me and I cocked an eyebrow. "Member her that song we use to always sing around the kitchen when we would be cooking? It's by Pink and that other guy?"
"Ah... Just give me a reason?" I asked and he snapped his fingers. "Yeah that's a good one!" We spent 20 minuets rehearsing before we walked back out and sat on couch with the others.
"Now, before you guys perform." Al clapped his hands together. "I must interview you both." Niall and I both nodded. Of course it would be me first as a picture showed up on screen, I don't know when it was taken but I looked half decent in the photo with Alec and Ciara holding my hands. "You two have beautiful twins."
"Thank you." We both said, proud smiles on our faces.
"Alright, Braelynn. What is it like to be married to a very successful man like Niall?"
"It can get stressful." I admitted. "But worth it when you get to see him do what he loves." I smiled.
"I know that you are an amazing singer, so why did you stop after the tour was over?"
"I hate the idea of a sellout. I didn't want to be known as "that girl." I sighed. " I didn't want to have the help of One Direction helping me out with a career in music, I had my fun on tour, I got the experience and then I got married to the most handsome man on earth and he blessed me with two beautiful kids."
"And niall, how do you feel about leaving her back in Dublin for so long?"
"I feel sad, I miss her and the kids but I love what I do." I watched him smile. "I love the lads and I love my fans, I don't think I could ever pick one over the other. It's just about trust and knowing how to separate the two, some people can't do that and that's the reason why there's so many people who are successful getting divorced. They get too involved with the money and fame, it's honestly a shame."
"Alright well, let's hear the two of you."
We both stood up, I fixed my shirt and cleared my throat while we sat down at the stools again. Everything was quiet as Niall got out his guitar and got situated with it. We turned the mics on and looked at each other. He gave me a quick kiss and his fingers strummed the wires.
"Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I your willing victim
I let you see the parts of me
That weren't all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them.
Now you've been talking in your sleep, ah oh
Things you never say to me, ah oh
Tell me that you've had enough, of our love
Our love. Just give me a reason, just a little bits enough."
(Just listen to the song... It keeps deleting my work because I'm going back & reading the lyrics for the song.. Stupid app.)
We combined our voices, holding hands and singing our hearts out. I was so proud of everything my life has become, and I didn't fully realize until this moment with niall. We've never actually sang together until right now, and we sound damn good.
"Can learn to love again, oh oh! We're not broken just bent and we can learn to love again!" I finished the song and everyone started clapping, I looked back at the boys and they had huge smiles on their faces. Our kids ran on stage and hugged us, Niall picked up Ciara and I picked up Alec, holding him close to me and kissing his cheek.
We sat down with them on our laps back on the couch and Ciara went right to Harry, Alec stayed with me. She's always loved Harry, he's her favourite uncle she says. "Is Harry your favourite?" Al asks her and she nods, hiding her face from him by nuzzling it into Harry's neck. "Isn't that cute."
"He's always been the favourite of her's, we don't know why." Liam said and I laughed. I know why, it's because Harry spoils her with everything she wants.
"Speaking of cute, how darn cute was the song!" Everyone screamed and cheered. "I still think you should go back on tour with the boys. You'd be crazy not to, your voice is amazing Braelynn." He complimented.
"Thank you, but going back on tour isn't an option." I said and waved the idea off.
"Why not?" He asked, this guy is relentless.
"Because, I wouldn't put my kids threw all that moving around and not sleeping bullshit. I could barely do it, and I'm a little too old now for that stuff anyway." I laughed.
I wanted this interview over, I just wanted to watch the boys show and then go home. Home to Dublin, this place has imprinted enough memories on me for a few years.
"But mama! I'm not tired!" Ciara screeched at me while we were waiting for the boys.
"You need a nap Ciara, you're going to be cranky as hell and I'm not dealing with you screaming and crying the whole show. Not a nap like what babies take, just a nap kind of like what mommy takes, okay?"
"Can daddy stay with me then?" She whined.
"No he's getting ready." I said and laid down with her.
"Guess you'll do." She whispered and I looked at her, so sassy sometimes I swear she was Louis'.
She closed her eyes and cuddled close to me, Alec was with the other boys watching them. He's taking a great liking to what his dad and all his uncles do, he tells me everyday he wants to be just like his dad when he gets older. He can play the guitar almost as good as Niall, he's way better than any 12 year old. He's in classes with 15-16 year olds, Niall tries to never miss a practice, says he's never felt so proud in his life.
Ciara has Niall's soccer gene. She's obsessed with it and has been playing since she was 5 years old, she can kick like someone who plays in the Olympics. I haven't seen her miss a goal yet, which also has Niall bragging.
I listened to the boys on stage, smiling whenever I heard Niall's voice surround my ears. His voice gave me goosebumps and I loved it.
Within a half hour I was waking my sleeping beauty because it was time to go watch the boys. "I'm not ready." She whispered. "Tell daddy to wait, I'm still sleepy." She said as I sat up with her in my lap. I laughed at her words.
"He can't wait, baby. How about I carry you?" I suggested and she nodded her head. She held on to me very lazily with her arms around my neck. She wasn't very tall, which was a plus to carry her and she was a tinier 12 year old which made it that much easier.
I walked back stage with a blanket over her and my arms holding her up. I stood back and leaned against the doorframe as I waited for the boys to finish their little "pre show chant." I smiled whenever I seen Alec joining them.
Niall walked over to me with my little boy and looked at me with a funny look, pointing to Ciara. "She's really sleepy and she wanted me to tell you to hold the show until she woke up." Niall laughed and walked behind me to kiss her forehead.
"Daddy loves you baby." He whispered to her and kissed her cheek again. "Do you want earplugs for her?" He asked and pulled Alec close to his side.
"No I want her to wake up, her sleeping schedule will be all messed up." He nodded his head and knelt down to hug Alec before giving me a kiss and saying he'll be watching.
"Wait, babe!" He called after me. I turned around, "Alec has to stay behind here. He's part of our surprise." I looked down at Alec who had a huge smile on his face.
"Oh you just wait mum, you'll never forget this concert!" He screamed and ran over to Niall who just gave me a wink and turned around, walking toward the stage with his son by his side. I had to get a picture. I pulled my phone out really quick and snapped it, sending it to Twitter and Instagram with the caption of "Like father, Like son."
It's like 2 am right now so I'll try and finish the rest of this chapter (like a part 2?) tomorrow. My laptop is broken and I've been busy with appointments for braces and my wisdom teeth! I love you guys so much it's crazy xxbella