Chapter Thirteen

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Chapter Thirteen

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend

Somewhere along in the bitterness

And I would have stayed up with you all night

Had I known how to save a life

"I like this one." I said a few mornings later, pointing at the picture of the two room flat I had just found.

"Why?" Niall looked over my shoulder, setting the coffee cup down on the table next to me. Blake was sitting in a high chair, silently eating his cereal.

"Well it's got two rooms for one, and if Blake is going to be staying with us for a little while then we should probably get a two room flat. Then it's just down the street from my school, so I won't have to drive every day to get there. It looks like the neighborhood is nice too." I looked up at him with a smile, only to have it returned with a blank expression. That was all I really got from Niall nowadays, a blank expression.

"How far away from home is it?"

"The same amount of time as before."

"What about a guest room?"

"Do you think we're really going to end up with guests? Honestly Ni, the only person who would even want to spend the night at the place is Liam."

"Okay, add it to the list then."

"You don't like it."

"I said to add it to the list."

"But you don't like it."

"You do though, so add it to the bloody list."

"I'm not going to add it to the list if you don't like it." Niall let out a sigh, standing up straight as he looked at me.

"Why are you making things so goddamn difficult?"

"I want you to be happy... Why aren't you happy?"

"I.... I am happy."

"No you aren't."

"I know, but I'm really trying."

"Why aren't you happy Niall?" I stood up from the table, walking over to him as he stayed where he was. He looked at me with sad eyes, biting his lip softly as I grabbed his hand.

"I don't.... I don't know. I want to be, but for some reason I just... I feel like everything is kind of crumbling underneath my feet right now." He sighed, leaning against my chest as I took in a deep breath.

"How can I help you?" It was all I could say, cause honestly I didn't have a clue. I hardly had a clue anymore.. I felt so in the dark where all of this was concerned.

"Just hold me." He whispered, his voice muffled from my shirt. His hand balled up the material as he tried to get as close as he could, not that I was minding. I liked having him close, I liked the idea of keeping him safe while he was there.

"Do you want to lay down for a little?" I whispered, kissing the top of his head softly as I started to sway a little. Blake was now finished with his cereal, looking at us with wide blue eyes.

"Can't. Blake needs someone to watch him."

"Well I was just meaning you. You look exhausted. I can handle him for a few hours."

"I can help..."

"Niall, you look like you're about to fall asleep on your feet. I can do this, trust me."

"Promise me you won't crush him if he bites you?"

"One, I find that offensive, two he's a kid not a turtle. I won't kill him for biting me." I chuckled, shaking my head a little at how ridiculous that sounded.

"I never know with you... I'm just being cautious." His giggle was muffled, but that didn't make it any less beautiful. I loved it when he laughed...

"I won't kill him if he bites me." Niall pulled out of my embrace, giving me a half smile before kissing me on the cheek.

"I trust you, if he falls asleep don't be afraid to come join me." He kissed my cheek again, giving a small smile at Blake before leaving us in the kitchen. He was still staring at me.... It was kind of unsettling.

"You remind me of my cat. All she does is stare at me too." I leaned against the wall, staring right back at him. He blinked, but that was about it....

"Are all children like this? If so, I don't think I want any." I said to myself, getting a little antsy underneath the toddler's stare. He was too much like my cat... I didn't like it. I wonder if he liked to be petted?

Only one way to find out...

I walked over to him, my hand tentatively petting his head. He grabbed ahold of my hand though, glaring up at me.

"No." He said, his voice high pitched and obviously irritated.

"No?" I was kind of shocked to say the least, trying to take my hand back but failing because... He was kind of stronger than me.


"No. No touchy." He was still glaring at me, his grip on my hand almost turning my fingers purple.

"Can I have my hand back?"

"No. Mine."

"I kind of need it..." I tried to take it back again, only to have him grip it tighter.

"Mine." He stared in my eyes almost like he was challenging me...

If I didn't know any better I would say he was Niall's kid...

Jesus Christ.

What had I gotten myself into?


So I have two questions that I want to ask you guys.

The first being: who would be interested in doing a character ask? Basically what it would be if some of you don't know what that is, you could ask any character in this story whatever it is you want. So yeah, if you're interested just say it in your comment :)

Second: This is concerning Liam. I have three different ships for him that three majorities of you want. They are as follows,

Lilex: Liam and Alex

Like/Luam: Luke and Liam

Ziam: Zayn and Liam

So my question concerning this is what do you guys want more? I'm just curious :)

And send me fanart!








PS: how about that new cover? Credit to HunterMay18 for making it cause she's a babe.

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