I tapped with my foot, fingers and hands in the car, impatient to arrive.
"Cut it out." Eliza snapped, swatting my hand.
"Shut up," I rolled my eyes. She pulled a face and I poked my tongue out at her.
"Wow, you two are sooo mature," Harry laughed. I took one look at Eliza and within seconds we were both tickling him. He laughed and tried swatting our hands away, but there were two of us and he was obviously not wanting to hit our arms hard so we easily had the upper hand.
"Stop it kids." Jess scolded us and we all burst out laughing at how childish we were being. We spent the rest of the car ride in a comfortable silence. A huge grin split onto my face when we arrived. The second I got out of the car my (Eliza's) cousin came running out.
"Bewwa!" He screamed and jumped on me. I picked him up and rested him on my hip.
"Well look at you Ben. Your so big I almost can't hold you anymore! How old are you now. Forty maybe." I tapped my chin pretending to be deep in thought.
"No I'm not that big!" He laughed, his giggle music to my ears. "I'm only 3 and 3 cortas." I laughed at his pronunciation of quarters and kissed him on the cheek.
"Well your growing into a very fine man." He smiled bright, and there was no way I couldn't smile back. Then he frowned and touched my shoulder.
"Wha' happen Bewwa. You have a big ouchie on you arm." Harry quickly leaned forward and looked at my arm, frowning. Before he could ask I answered Ben.
"You know how your Mummy tells you not to look at your books and walk at the same time?" He nodded. "Well I need to listen to your Mummy because I walked into a bookshelf." This sent Ben into a fit of laughter.
"Bewwa you gotta lissen to mummy becos if you don' listen you end up wiv ouchies." He told me seriously. I nodded at him with a straight face.
"Okay I promise I'll listen to your mummy. You wanna go inside now?" He groaned.
"Noooo mummy makes me talk to peepal I don't know and they all speak to me like I'm stiw too. And they are so big and bowing." He huffed. Harry laughed from beside me and I laughed too.
"Well why don't you play with your sister." This sent him into a long speech about how his sister was an annoying poopy head who he hated. I went inside and started saying hi to everyone, introducing Harry as I went along. Everyone wanted to talk so much and I was more then happy to. Every now and then someone would ask me about my arm but I stuck with the bookshelf story.
"Hailie? Guys its Hailie!" I turned around in time for all the guys around my age (there were quite a few) to come and pick me up in a massive hug.
"Ey we've missed ya Ramos!"
"Good to have ya back Little Bella." I hugged them all before stepping back next to Harry.
"Hailie? Ramos? Little Bella?" He raised his eyebrows.
"I'll tell you later." I laughed, turning back to the guys.
"So this must be Harry. I'm pretty sure Jess rung up everyone coming today ranting about how, and I quote, 'lovely sweet and perfect for our baby' he is." I blushed a little and Harry shifted beside me. The guys then turned to Harry, their faces all turning serious.
"Your good to her?" Jack asked him. Harry nodded firmly, understanding that he would get asked that quite a bit from my (well Eliza's) family.
"And you understand that if you hurt her we will not hesitate to beat you to a pulp the second we see you. Ask her ex, we will hurt you. Bad." They glared at Harry and I slapped each of them on the head.
"Quit it you little twats." I rolled my eyes.
"Little? Babe you're one of the shortest people in this room." I poked my tongue out and stepped back into Harry's arms, which he quickly put around me, I knew he wasn't happy with Jack calling me babe even though we are practically family.
"Have you seem Lillian yet? She's been looking for you." I shook my head and walked off with Harry to find my six year kid cousin. When she saw me her face lit up like a Christmas tree.
"Izzy!" She squealed and jumped up. I was slowly starting to realise how many different names I have here in Melbourne.
"Hey my little Lillypilly." I picked her up and hugged her, putting her down and frowning at her.
"Now hold old are you missy?" I asked. She held up 6 fingers and I tusked, shaking my head.
"No, you see we had a deal remember, your not allowed to get any older then five years old. So I don't think your six." I spoke very seriously and Lillian giggled up at me.
"But I can't help it. I turned six in April. I'm not five." She smiled proudly.
"No you are still five." I pursed my lips.
"Nooo I'm not five Izzy. I'm six. You see, two hands, six fingers. Your smart Izzy you should know I'm not five anymore." She attempted to purse her lips like me and I caved, her adorable face too cute to resist.
"Finnnne. Your six. But no older. You promise." I held up my pinky and linked it with hers.
"I pinky promise. No more getting older for me."
"Good." I laughed and put her down. Then she noticed Harry.
"Izzy who's he and why is he looking at you like daddy looks at mummy?" I turned to Harry who quickly turned away and scratched the back of his neck.
"He's my boyfriend hon." I smiled.
"Ewww what if he has cooties?" She scrunched up her face and I laughed.
"I don't think he has cooties." I promised her. Harry put his arms around me and leaned his lips close to my ear.
"This is a very cute family," He mumbled.
"Mmm. I love them all so much." I sighed and leaned back into Harry. We hadn't talked that much since last night. I felt a little guilty that while I didn't talk to Harry I did talk to Riley, but Riley knew more about me then Harry did and I hated the pity I saw in his eyes when he found stuff out about me. I hated it. How I could see that he felt sorry for me. Every time he finds something out about me he acts more cautious around me and its so damn frustrating.
"Bella lunch is ready can you get all the littlies in." Eliza's granny poked her head around the corner, I smiled sweetly and nodded. Harry and I went around the house getting all the kids and then helped some of the littler ones to serve their food onto the disposable plates. Then we all served ourself. I made sure to put an average serving onto my plate.
"Hey Bell, I haven't seen your all morning." Eliza came up from behind me.
"I've been too busy enjoying to company of your family." I laughed at her.
"You enjoy these days so much more then me. All I can think of is how annoying everyone is and how uncomfortable this dress it. Ugh I just wanna get in the pool." She whined.
"Damn and you're saying that other people are annoying." I teased her.
"Oh shut up." I covered my mouth In mock horror.
"My lord Eliza watch your language." She rolled her eyes at me.
"I'm gonna go talk to some people, you can complain about your family to Harry." I smirked and walked off. I dumped the rest of my food into the bin discreetly and my way to the upstairs bathroom. After locking the door and washing my hands I knelt down in front of the toilet.
After I finished eating and talking to Eliza I looked around for Bella but couldn't find her. She's probably taking her dress off or something, people are starting to get in the pool. Or maybe she's just talking to people. Eventually I gave up and found a room, putting on my bathers ((can't remember what guys call bathers)) and went outside. I stayed talking to one of her little cousins, the topic going from lions to Lego in about 2 seconds. Eventually Bella came outside in her bikinis, her hair now fully out. I stared at her, her absolute flawlessness amazing me. Wait...was she always that thin? Eh, probably. I didn't fail to notice all of the other guys looking at her too. Back off assholes she's mine and practically family to you. I walked up from behind her and wrapped my arms around her.
"Hey gorgeous, where were you?" I asked.
"Just talking crap with a bunch of little kids." She smiled up at me. God that smile....
"You gonna get in the pool with me?" I questioned.
"In a bit." I raised my eyebrows, quickly moving my arms and sweeping her off the ground.
"How bout now." I grinned cheekily.
"No don't you dare Harry." Her eyes grew wide. I smiled evily and smarted walking towards to pool. "No put me down Harry." She slapped my chest. The others all watched laughing at Bellas attempts to escape my arms. I got to the pool and looked down. "Please don't Harry please please pl-" I stepped forward, plunging into the water, Bella still in my arms. I pushed up from the bottom of huge pool till we came above water.
"Ugh I hate you Harry." Bella whined, arms around my neck. I leaned forward and kissed her.
"Too bad, your stuck with me."
"Lou I'm just going out with Dani for a bit." El poked her head around the corner to tell me.
"Have fun, I'll see you when you get back." I gave her the least fake smile that I could manage, but I don't think it was very good. We were staying at Eliza's for the day while they were at their family thing. As soon as I heard the front door close and girls voices fade away I let out a frustrated moan.
"Mate what's wrong." Liam asked, coming into the room and sitting down on the couch across from me.
"Liam I gotta break up with her, I'm about to snap if I stay with her for one more minute I swear to god Liam I need to break up with her" I gushed.
"Woah slow down. El? You want to break up with El, why?" He leaned forward, waiting for my answer.
"You want the short of long version?" I asked.
"Mmm...short. Let's go with short for now." I nodded at him.
"To put it simply. I don't love her anymore." At this Liam's jaw dropped.
"What? But you two always seemed like you would last forever. Everyone thought you two would end up married." He looked so confused.
"Exactly." Now he looks even more confused. "Everyone just assumes we are meant to be together but I don't want to be with her. I don't love her. Don't get me wrong she's great and I want her to stay in Australia and stay friends and stuff but I don't want to be her boyfriend anymore. You know maybe she feels the same." I thought out load hopefully. "Yeah....I just-I need to break up with her. When should I do it. I want to do it as soon as I can..." I muttered.
"You can't do it here." He said straight away.
"Why not." I whined.
"Because of Bella. If El ends up upset then Bella and the girls will comfort her, but Bella doesn't need that. It's gotta be hard enough already being back here in Melbourne, she doesn't need anything extra." I sighed and thought about it for a minute.
"Liam....I'm saying I don't think she will need to comfort El." Before he could respond Harry, Bella, Eliza and her parents walked back into the house, Bella, Harry and Eliza still in there bathers. I studied Bella's body for a moment. There's no way she was always this skinny. I briefly made eye contact with her but, sensing I was curious about something, she looked away quite quickly. Eliza's parents went off into their room, Bella and Harry walked somewhere else in the house and Eliza slumped down next to me on the couch, throwing her towel to the side.
"How was seeing all the family?" I asked. She shrugged.
"Eh okay I guess. They all talk sooo much though." She groaned. "I mean seriously they never run out of things to say." I laughed at her and shook my head. "Anyway, what did you do?" She turned to me.
"Not much really. Just watched a shitload of tv." I smiled. "So what time do we need to be at the airport tomorrow?" We were going to the beach tomorrow and while Niall, Liam, Dani, Jamie, El, Zayn and Luke were leaving super early in the morning and driving up, Harry and Bella, along with Eliza and I were just flying up and their friend was going to pick us up from the closest airport and drive us the final hour or so.
"We should probably leave at about nine so we will be there at about quarter to ten. That should give us plenty of time. Anyway I'm gonna go have a shower 'coz my hair reeks of that chemical shit they put in pools." She laughed and stood up, heading towards the bathroom. I smiled and watched her walking away before turning my attention back to the tv. Then I heard a door open and a shocked squeal before Eliza's load voice,
"Lock the fucking door next time!" Seconds later she came back into the room and sat down next to me again.
"Ew ew ew I'm totally scarred for life." She rubbed her eyes and shook her head.
"I'm gonna assume that the shower was already...occupied by a certain couple." I smirked and Eliza groaned.
"Yes and now I'm never gonna get that image out of my head." She huffed and shifted on the coach, leaning against my shoulder.
"Yeah." She looked up at me.
"Can you like maybe put something on that's not a completely shit show." Laughing I picked up the remote and changed the channels until I found something I knew she would like.
The blaring sound of the alarm we had set rung through my head, forcing me to wake up and stop the horrid sound. I groaned and ~needing to lean over Bella because I was on the wall side of the bed~ turned the alarm off. I sighed and re-wrapped my arms around Bella, hugging her bare body to mine again.
"Bella." I cooed into her ear. I got no response. I attempted to turn her around to face me but she stayed facing away. "Bella we'll miss our flight and have to drive ten hours. Ten hours with Louis and Eliza in a car together." This woke her up.
"I don't want to get up." She whined stubbornly.
"We have to get up. We're getting a plane to the beach. Remember, the beach you love so so much. We have to get up." I tried to reason.
"Mmm you sure about that?" I could practically hear the smirk in her voice. She shifted slightly, rubbing her bare ass on my crotch. My breath caught and I shook my head, sitting up.
"No no no we have to get up." I got up quickly before Bella could do anything that kept me from getting up. Walking over to out packed suitcases I grabbed the clothes we had left out for today. I smiled at what Bella had left out. Picking up Bella's clothess, I quickly opened the suitcase and picket out the comfiest looking bra and some underwear for her. I threw them across the room and they landed on the bed next to Bella. Putting on my own clothes, I noticed Bella falling back to sleep.
"Bellaaaa." I whined. She still didn't move. I huffed and left the room, pulling Louis away from whatever conversation he was having with Eliza.
"Haz what are you doing?" He asked as I dragged him down the hall.
"Can't wake Bella up." I stated simply.
"What so your making me?"
"Yep. But don't take the sheets off her." I quickly added. Louis doesn't need to see Bella naked.
"Bella, get your ass out of bed." He shouted. She just pulled the sheets closer around her.
"Okay I didn't wanna do this. But if your not up in the next five second I'll rip these sheets off you and you'll be stuck with a grumpy Harry all morning because I saw you naked. Five....Four....Thr-"
"I'm up I'm up." Bella quickly sat up, holding the sheets in place. "Now get out so I can get dressed." She shoed Louis away and got dressed, still half asleep so she didn't even notice me watching her.
"Stop staring at me creep," she laughed and winked. Okay so maybe she did notice. Oh well.
~~~~~At the airport~~~~~~
"Yes I promise, for the thousandth time, I'll call you once the plane lands. Go away mum." Eliza whined, trying to get her Mum to leave.
"Are you sure you don't want me to wait until you get on the plane?" She asked again.
"No Jess you have better things to do, thankyou for bringing us though, we'll call you when we land. I love you." Bella gave Jess a huge hug before Jess hugged a resistant Eliza and warmly welcomed Louis into arms aswell. Finally she turned to me and I leant down, giving her a hug.
"Take care of her Harry. She's not perfect but I doubt you'll find anyone better." She spoke quietly into my ear. I nodded ever so slightly before standing back up straight. We watched as she left the airport. Sitting down in the airport, waiting for our flight to be called, I noticed some girls, maybe 15, watching me and Bella. After about five minutes of taking tiny steps forwards and backwards, the girls came up to us.
"Umm.....hi." They spoke very nervously. "We just wanted to say we are such huge fans of both of you." I smiled and thanked them, turning to Bella and wondering why she hadn't said anything. Then I noticed she was leaning on her arm, asleep. I chucked quietly to myself before going to wake her up.
"Oh you don't need to wake her, let her sleep." The second girl said quickly.
"No its fine our flight is soon so she should be awake anyway." I shook her slightly and her eyes drifted open, she blinked a few times before noticing the girls standing in front of us.
"Oh hey, sorry I guess I fell asleep." Bella giggled and I couldn't help smiling, the way she giggled was just so incredibly cute.
"Umm would you mind maybe signing this." They held out an A4 poster of me and Bella. We both nodded and I took the sharpie, signing my name and a little message, then handing it to Bella to do the same. They politely asked for a picture and we both happily stood up.
"Oh my God Bella what your wearing is so cute!" We both laughed and she nodded a little.
"And you are so beautiful, seriously." At this Bella just blushed and looked down. I frowned a little at her reaction but then forgot about it while we took the picture. They walked off and our plane number got called. Bella assured me we could wait another minute so we stayed sitting down. It was then I noticed two other girls looking at Bella. But these girls were definitely not fans. One looked a few years older then Bella. She had bags under her eyes and was staring at Bella with disbelief written all over her face. The other woman looked maybe 40 or so. She was wearing a very sophisticated outfit but the colour slowly drained from her face as she looked at Bella.
I studied the two women, the resemblance making it clear they were related, probably mother and daughter. They watched Bella nervously, and the younger one took a step towards us but the older one pulled her back, shaking her head and saying something to her sadly. The mother started to tap her foot nervously, then took out a book and started writing quickly in it. Eventually the two women took one last look at Bella and walked off. As they left the airport the walked past me and Bella, yet they kept their gazes firmly ahead. Confused, I watched as tears spilled from both of their eyes. A page slipped from the book she was writing in and my curiosity got the best of me. I picked up the page and read it, becoming stiller and stiller with each word.
My name is Jennifer Ramos. I am a recovering alcoholic. I have been sober for 2 years and 11 months. I am divorced from my drunk husband. I kept the name to keep the connection with my children. I have three daughters. My eldest was a drug addict. She was sober for 8 months before she relapsed, then was sober for 2 years before she relapsed again. She is now 3 months sober. My middle daughter left us years ago. I am glad she left because she now has a better life, even though I am devastated it is not with me. My youngest daughter lives somewhere with a foster family. Social services took her after the trial with my middle daughter. I hope she is okay. I have friends who keep an eye on her and they say she is okay but I know they are lying. I love my children. I love my self. I pledge to stay sober so that maybe one day I can rebuild a relationship with my younger two children. I have three beautiful children. For this I am grateful. I am a successful business woman. For this I am grateful. I got out of a horrible marriage, for this I am grateful. I am learning to love myself. For this, I am grateful.
The paragraph was written over and over again, covering both sides of the page. Holy fuck. What do I do with this? Do I show Bella? That was her mother and sister for gods sake. Her mother and sister. She told me she didn't regret leaving. I can't show her this. Can I? Fuck no.
I crumpled up the paper and shoved it deep into my pocket, walking onto the plane next to Bella, silent, and I planned to stay silent about what I had just found.
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