Chapter 24.

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Niall woke up with a start, breathing deeply. He ran a sweaty hand down the side of his face, his breathing laboured. He threw his head back against the pillows, feeling exhausted. Bloody hell. What a dream. Gasping, he rolled over to the side and glanced at the alarm clock. 12pm. He frowned. He had been asleep for twelve hours straight. The bed was empty next to him which meant that Liam was at work, half way through his day already.

Niall quickly showered and got dressed and then headed downstairs to the kitchen. Tapping his fingers happily against the wood, he opened the high kitchen cabinets in search for something to eat, clicking his tongue as he did so. He scowled when he found nothing and turned round, closing the door quietly. He was about to head over to the fridge when there was a small note on the kitchen table.

Left your favourite in the fridge ;) Li x

Niall beamed happily and opened the fridge door, the coldness of the fridge immediately cooling his temperature down. He instantly spotted the bowl of chocolate and strawberries in the fridge. He grinned, devilishly diving into the delicious food and munching away at it.

His mouth was covered in the chocolate and strawberries when the doorbell rang and Niall couldn't help but groaning. He wiped what he could with a napkin, unaware that he had left a smudge of chocolate at the corner of his mouth and then went to fetch the door.

Harry was standing at the doorstep, dressed in a stylish hat with a plaid button down shirt and a white t-shirt underneath and of course, his infamous black jeans and ankle boots.

"You been at the munchies again?" Harry teased, smirking at Niall. Niall blushed, embarrassed. "What made you say that?"

"You've got a smidgen of chocolate right...there." Harry replied softly, licking the pad of his thumb and scraping the chocolate of for Niall. Niall was even more flustered and embarrassed. His face suddenly fell at the reminder of...of the dream. And how Harry had called Liam for help.

"Are you okay? You look upset about something." Harry stated and Niall sighed. "I just wanna be alone with my thoughts right now." Niall admitted but Harry frowned. "It's never okay for you to be alone with your thoughts." Harry answered and Niall scowled at him.

"You can tell me anything, Niall. You know that, right?" Harry encouraged and Niall gave a stiff nod, feeling a little irritated. "All right, fine." Niall finally gave in, stepping aside for Harry. They sat down on the sofa, Niall bringing his feet up.

"Well?" Harry pressed when Niall didn't start talking. "What's bothering you?"

"I had a dream about Luke last night."


"Liam was in it too."

"Go on."

"You were telling Luke to leave me alone, but...he wanted to talk to me about something and I wanted to him. When you walked away, I found out that he was still in love with me. Saying all these things to me, confusing me. He was saying that he could take me away, to somewhere sunny. He was saying I didn't have to be pregnant for him. That we could've done it the easier way. He was saying that I didn't deserve Liam, that I deserved him instead." Niall was crying now, bowing his head and fiddling with the fabric of his sweater over his belly.

"Why do I feel like you're holding something back?" Harry emphasised and Niall cringed at the thought. "Because I kissed Luke in it. And Liam was there." Niall admitted and Harry gasped. "You dream-cheated on him!" Harry teased and Niall chuckled weakly.

"So I'm guessing that's more of a nightmare than a dream, isn't it?" Harry reasoned and Niall smirked. "I guess so."

"Ouch, man."

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