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Pen Your Pride

Sixteen

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The entire meeting went well enough and as soon as I knew it, Louis was talking a mile a minute just to get information out of me.

"How long have you known you are going to America?"

"Louis, it's not even for sure. I didn't want to tell you because I knew you'd-"

"I would what, freak out? That is exactly what I'm doing because you kept this from me! I just want to know how long." He exasperated.

"I've known for quite some time now. I shoot them down, every chance I get. I don't want to lose you," I said.

"Now is not the time to be saying that. You have the entire world at your feet and you're going to throw it all away for some guy you met over the internet?"

"Hey, need I remind you that I'm sitting in the car with 'that guy I met over the internet' right now?"

"No because you staying will be a constant reminder of you throwing away your perfectly amazing career for me."

"Louis-"

"Say no more," he said and pulled up to the house.

He turned the transmission off and slammed the car door. "Lou, wait!" I ran to his side immediately and I saw tears running down his face. "Please talk to me."

"I think we need a break."

He opened the door to the house and closed it in my face. As I beat on the door, Louis locked it and ran away sobbing.

[Zayn Malik]

I had fallen asleep for about 30 minutes before I heard a loud car door slam shut. Oh no, something must have happened with Louis and Harry. It wasn't that late but I had stayed up to get portfolios done. I decided to make my painting dreams come true this year and actually attempt at making art. Everyone so far has liked it, and Liam was my only muse.

Louis and Harry's conversation was inaudible so I crept downstairs and tried to interpret what they were saying. Something about America and leaving is all that I heard before Louis' loud footsteps almost shook the ground. I ran back upstairs and hid behind a wall before he walked in and locked the door. Damn. I really wanted to know what they were talking about, but I didn't want to ask Louis when it was still fresh on his mind.

Maybe I'll see if Liam knows anything.

I fell asleep again and didn't wake up until 3 in the morning; I curiously wandered where Harry went. I sneakily stepped into Louis' room and closed the door. Sounds of sobbing were no longer coming from his safe place, which meant he was either asleep or dead; probably somewhere in between.

"Lou?" I asked quietly.

There were only a few (incoherent) sobbing noises that came out of Louis' mouth, which meant he was feeling better than before.

"Louis, come on."

His face was buried in pillows and I had to pry them all off of him before he killed me. His face was red and puffy from all of the sobbing and he just looked like such a mess.

"I can't stand to see you like this, mate."

He didn't say anything, which was expected, but he pulled me in for a hug. I thought that was all he really needed to get back on his feet. Him and Harry were perfect for each other, and they would both realize it soon.

I walked downstairs to fix him a glass of water; that was probably what he needed to sleep a little less restlessly. I walked back upstairs and set it on his nightstand. "I hope you feel better soon." I kissed his cheek and went back to our room to get some well-deserved rest.

The next day, Louis was a hermit crab and stayed in his room all day. Niall, Liz, Liam, and I even offered him multiple chances to come outside or even take a shower, to which he would politely shake his head no. He was typing up a paper and probably studying for class, which he didn't even go to the next day.

"Lads, Liz and I have some news."

"What is it?" Liam asked.

"Liz and I are engaged."

"What?" I spit out my water.

"Yeah, I proposed last night."

"But... Why?"

"Well... We took a chonce," Niall said.

"What the fuck is a chonce?" Liam and I said simultaneously. To which that just received lots of laughter from Niall and Liz.

"I wish Louis was here," I sighed.

"He's right upstairs babe, it's not like he's dead."

"Well it feels like he is and we can't even get high when he's all sad."

"You shouldn't be getting high anyways, Z," Liam said, very concerned.

I went up to Louis' room and he was just lying on his bed scrolling through what I assumed to be Tumblr. "Hey mate, get this, Niall and Liz are engaged." Louis of course still didn't respond and I laid on his bed with him. I watched him reblog pictures of Harry from his latest photoshoot and my phone buzzed.

Harry: Hey Z, I want you lads to hear this from me before you hear it anywhere else. I'm leaving for America tomorrow; I feel like it would be best for everyone if I just left because I know Louis is very upset. I don't want to leave him, but if you could please tell him, it would mean a lot. Best wishes, H xx.

"Louis..."

"What?" A very feeble sound came out of his mouth.

"Harry is leaving for America tomorrow. We are probably going to go see him at the airport one last time, if you want to come."

"No." He said sternly and shut his laptop.

I took that as a sign that I should go and I went to me and Liam's room. "Li," I said and he raised his head.

"Yes, love?"

"We need to trick Louis and Harry into getting back together..."

"Trick them? It's going to take loads more than just tricking them," he laughed.

Liam and I devised a plan that he would take Louis out somewhere special to cheer him up and then blind-fold him and drive to the airport. It was a tad bit far-fetched, but hopefully we could use Niall and Liz's help as well; maybe they could drive him because it would look less staged. Harry was leaving at 4 in the afternoon which gave us a perfect window of opportunity to steal Louis away and get him his man back.

I hadn't known Louis or Harry that long, but they had a love that was everlasting. It was such a love that they shouldn't throw it away over one miscommunication. If Liam told me he got a job offer in America, of course I would be upset as well (especially not hearing it directly from him). However, I wouldn't end our relationship over one conversation.

"Alright Liam, it's time to take action."

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OKAY I HAD TO PUT THE CHONCE PART IN THERE BECAUSE IT WAS HILARIOUS. I'M SORRY. 

I saw the boys 4 days ago at Jingle Ball Dallas and that was the best moment of my entire life :) I promise I will try to update next week but I honestly can't guarantee it! I hope you enjoyed x

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