Chapter 22: Cecilia

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We barely step out of the car and I immediately recognize the two detectives from Kick's case, standing in front of the cafe a few buildings away and talking to each other over steaming cups of what I assume is coffee. I tell Harry I'll meet him inside and I walk down the block towards them.

I also assumed they were here to speak to me; but the disinterested looks on their faces as I approach tells me I'm mistaken.

"Hello Miss Braddock." One of them speaks, very politely and smiles a welcoming smile. I stare for a minute in confusion. "Don't worry, we don't have any more bad news for you today."

I suppose I should be relieved to hear that, but I'm too concerned with why they are here to care about why they aren't.

"So what are you doing out here?"

"We can't exactly say." I follow their gaze over my shoulder and down the block, they suddenly look to be in a hurry and seem very focused on Zayn and Perrie who approach the shop from the subway opening just at the other end of the street. "Excuse us, Miss Braddock. We'll be in touch."

They rush away from me and off towards my friends, and my head is spinning with the possibilities of what they want to question them about. I watch as they stop them in the street and approach them as Perrie starts to go off.

"Question him about what? What exactly is this? He doesn't have to speak with you!"

"Ma'am, don't get belligerent with us."

"Don't you dare speak to me as though I have no rights you-"

"Celia," Zayn's voice is quiet and calmnand he even manages a smile as he speaks to me. I feel like crying but know I can't. That would be overdramatic and unhelpful. "Take Sweet P inside, I'll be in in a minute."

I nod and take Perrie's hand, she resists for a moment, looking at Zayn with worried eyes before reluctantly following me across and down the street.

"What is going on?"

She breathes out the question and I pull her in for a hug.

"It's just questions."

I assure her, and hope that I'm right as we walk into the shop.

Sorry it's short but it's important, I had an unexpected job come up but I promised a double update and I didn't want to disappoint you. I love you, thanks for reading ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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