You're the Only Place I Call Home

Kayleigh is a sound engineer, all on her own in Vancouver. What happens when her childhood friend comes back into her life?


1. Promises

"Do you want a gummy bear Kayleigh?"

I looked over to my best friend Niall. He looked goofy. He had a huge grin on his face and his brown hair was sticking up everywhere. He didn't even bother to put shoes on.

"Yes, I want an orange one please!"

The orange gummy bears are my favorite.

Niall and I were sitting on our favorite swings at the park across from our houses. We are neighbors, and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We loved that we could come outside and play anytime we wanted to.

Oh sorry! My name is Kayleigh Dawn Cowan, and I'm 7 years old. Niall Horan is 8 years old and he's my best friend. We go to the same school, and we both play football. It's our favorite sport, and we live in Mullingar, Ireland.

"Kayleigh, come home! It's time to get ready for bed!" I heard my dad yelling.

"Aww man! That's no fair! Okay, well I guess I'll see you tomorrow morning Niall! Bye!!" I said as I gave Niall a hug.

"Bye Kayleigh, see you tomorrow!" Niall said as he hugged back.

I ran to the house. As soon as got inside I ran up the stairs to go have a bubble bath. My dad already had it made for me. Once I was done in the tub I put on my pajamas and brushed my teeth. My dad was waiting for me in my room to read me a story before he tucked me in and I went to sleep.


I was woken up by my parents yelling. My mommy was never very happy but tonight, she was really mad. I heard footsteps on the stairs and I quickly ducked my head under the covers.

"Kayleigh? It's daddy, it's okay, you can stop hiding. C'mon, we're leaving now. I'm going to pack your things, it's fine if you wear your pajamas in the car."

"Daddy, where are we going? Is mommy coming too? How long are we going for? What about Niall?" I said sadly.

Dad took a long sigh. " Sorry Kayleigh but mommy isn't coming with us. We're going to go away for a little while. Sorry sweetheart but you won't have time to say bye to Niall."

I started crying. I was devastated. I can't leave my best friend, and why isn't mom coming with us? Life is just so confusing when you're little.

Dad had a bag of clothes packed and he grabbed my favorite doll for me to bring. He picked me up and carried me to the car and put me in the backseat. Mom came running out of the house. He quickly put my seatbelt on and shut the door. I could hear her yelling at daddy and pushing him. Dad stopped her by grabbing her hands and tried talking to her but she didn't want to listen. That's when dad got into the car and drove away.

I never seen my mom or Niall again.

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