Three weeks have passed and today was the wedding. Things with Liam have been okay I guess... I don’t know what to think of him now that I know what he did to help me. And his birthday present was so thoughtful!
I thanked Peter for giving me a position in his office but the summer was nearly over so there was no point me accepting.
From early morning today there were people coming and going in the house. The caterers and the florist were the first ones to come. The makeup artist and hairdresser came a few hours later to make us girls beautiful and the last one to show up was the photographer. I lost the count of how many times our door bell rang.
When I finally saw my mom I her wedding dress, I left speechless. She was so beautiful and radiant. She had a big smile on her face and her eyes were shining like the stars on a clear night’s sky. She was happy and I was happy for her even though I am too confused lately with all these changes and Liam’s behavior.
The ceremony was nice and simple and my mom couldn’t stop smiling... After the ceremony that took place at the garden of what I call now my house, we hosted a party to celebrate. The catering service that mom has arranged did miracles. We ate all kinds of tasty finger food brought to us and danced. It was almost afternoon and the guests started to leave. Mom and Peter, changed and got ready to leave for their honeymoon. They decided to do a weekend sailing trip.
We were all standing by the entrance to wish them a nice trip and say goodbye. Mom hugged me and Zoe saying “We have left money for you on the kitchen counter in case you need anything. The fridge is stocked and there also some leftovers from earlier.”
At that time Liam joined us. Peter looked at me and Liam “Please behave...no parties while we are away. We’ll be back before you know it!”
“Zoe please listen to your sister and Liam.” Mom said to my sister.
“Don’t worry mom!” I said smiling at her.
A few minutes after mom and Peter have left, Mark came back. He was here during the ceremony keeping company to Liam. When I opened the door and saw him there standing... He was wearing a sleeveless white t-shirt and his swim pants. He was looking good. Not as good as Liam though. Where did this come from? I discarded that thought immediately.
Mark smiled at me when I opened the door “Hey.”
“Hi, come on in. I think Liam is out back by the pool.”
“Oh! Okay... Will you be joining us?”
“Maybe...” I said smiling shyly.
A few minutes later, I made up my mind so I went upstairs to change into my bikini and join them as Jenn and Zoe were already at the pool with the boys. When I stepped outside at the patio and my sister saw me “Hannah come swim with us!”
“I think I’ll pass.”
“What? Why? The water is great....get your ass inside!” Jennifer yelled at me.
“Naaah! I think I’ll enjoy the sun as long as it lasts.”
From the corner of my eye I saw Mark and Liam getting out of the pool and running to me. Oh... Oh... I don’t like where this is going... So I tried to run away before they catch me.
“Don’t you dare!” I screamed.
“Oh! We will...stop running!” Liam yelled laughing at me.
They managed to catch me though and before I know it, I was being dropped in the pool and they followed me in.
“Oh you are in big trouble now!” I said laughing
I splashed them and tried to sink them... Jenn and Zoe also joined me. We were having so much fun and too be honest I haven’t seen Liam so carefree as long as I know him. It was nice to see him enjoying himself. The hours passed quickly and started to get dark.
Zoe got out of the pool whining “I’m hungry!”
“Let’s get inside to change into dry clothes and I’ll make something for dinner.” I said to calm her down.
“I’m going home. It’s family game night.” Mark said.
“Okay man. Talk to you later...” Liam told him showing him out.
I went straight in the kitchen to get the leftovers out and some vegetables to make a salad when Liam came in the kitchen without me noticing.
“What can I do to help?”
I jumped on my feet. “Hehe! Don’t be so jumpy!”
I turned to face him “You startled me. You can cut the vegetables for the salad if you want.”
He took a place at the cutting board next to me and started preparing the salad. I sliced some tomatoes and when I went to place them inside the salad’s bowl, I accidentally grazed Liam’s hand. I felt like I was hit by electricity and the hair all over my body stood up. He turned and looked into my eyes and then his eyes dropped to my arm. Did he feel that too? Is that possible?
His eyes returned to mine. “What is it?”
“Nothing... Just a little cold. I should have changed into dry clothes first.”
He took off his T-shirt and gave it to me. “Here put this on.”
“I can’t take you t-shirt...”
“C’mon Hannah take it. You need it more than I do.”
By the time we have everything ready, Zoe and Jenn came back and helped us set up the table outside at the deck for dinner. After dinner me and Jenn washed the dishes and then joined Liam and Zoe in the living room for a movie. It was around 11pm when Zoe went to bed and an hour later we all called it a night.
I was so tired that I didn’t even have energy to change. I lied on my bed with Jenn beside me.
“Everything was perfect today. Your mom was gorgeous and was smiling all the time.” Jenn said.
“Yeah... I am happy for her and Peter.”
I heard her light breath... She was asleep already. Shortly after I fell asleep too.
The next morning I came back from a deep sleep feeling ticklish. When I opened my eyes I saw Liam sitting on my bed beside me with a lock of my hair in hand. What the hell?
“What are you doing here?”
He gave me a little smile. “Good morning to you too sleepyhead! I came to wake you up.”
“Where is Jenn?”
“Downstairs with Zoe making breakfast. Did you sleep well in my t-shirt?”
What kind of question was that? I looked at him a bit confused. What the hell is going on in his head? Why did he ask me that? I decided to play it cool and not show any evidence of taking me by surprise with his behavior.
“Uhm… I was too exhausted yesterday night to change.”
“It’s okay. Keep it!”
He got up to leave. “I am going down for breakfast. Join us when you’re ready.”
When he walked out my door a sigh left my lips. He is acting strange... I am so confused. Finally, I decided to get up and go take a shower. I got dressed in a pair of yoga shorts and a t-shirt and then I made my way downstairs for breakfast.
Walking to the kitchen I saw everyone sitting by the kitchen island talking.
“Good morning!” I said.
“Morning!” Jenn said looking at me a bit confused. “Is everything okay?” She asked. I nodded.
“We made pancakes!” Zoe said with a big smile on her face.
When we finished breakfast and washed the dishes, Liam got up to leave. “Going at Mark’s if you need anything, call me.”
“Okay. Have fun!”
He was out the door in no time. Me , Zoe and Jenn decided to spend some girly time. We did some cleansing face masks and paint our toe nails with nail polish. I heard my phone ringing...
“Hello honey! How are you guys doing?”
“We are fine. Don’t worry! Liam is at Marks’. Us girls are having fun at home doing some girly stuff.”
“That’s great sweetheart”
“Where are you?”
“We’re still on the boat but close to the marina that’s why I have signal. We expect to be back late afternoon.”
“Okay mom. See you guys later!”
A few hours later Liam came back from Mark’s house while we were having lunch.
“It smells nice in here... Did you cook?”
“Yeah... grab a plate.”
“What is it?”
“It’s penne with chicken, baby spinach, garlic and parmesan cheese.”
He helped himself and took a seat next to me. “This is delicious...”
“Thanks!” I said proudly.
After lunch Jenn helped me tidy up the kitchen and then got ready to leave. “I had a really nice time. Talk to you later!”
I gave her a hug ” Thanks for being here. Drive safe, okay?”
She walked to her car. “Yeah...bye!”
I was in the kitchen making myself a drink when I heard the front door and then my mom yelling “Hello!”
“Mom! In the kitchen.” I heard her footsteps and soon enough I saw her. I ran towards her and hugged her.
“Okay good. Let me settle my things and change. Zoe? Liam?”
“I think they are upstairs.”
When mom left to get upstairs, Peter joined in the kitchen. “Hey Hannah!”
“Hi. Did you have a nice time?”
“Yes. Next time we should all go for sailing. Liam?”
“Not sure where he is. Maybe in his room.”
“Oh! Okay... I’ll go and check.”
A few minutes later mom came back downstairs. We decided to order pizza for dinner and the four of us made ourselves comfortable on the sofa to watch a movie. Liam didn’t show up. I guess he didn’t want to join us for a movie and he wanted to stay alone in his room. I was battling inside my head of what to do. Minutes later I made my decision.
“Where are you going?” Zoe asked full of curiosity.
“Just grabbing a plate...”
I put 2 slices of pizza on the plate and made my way up to Liam’s room. I knocked and waited. He opened the door and looked at me surprised.
“You didn’t come downstairs for dinner... We ordered pizza so I brought you some.”
“Thank you. I’ll eat if you eat with me.”
“I have already eaten but I can keep you company.”
I walked inside his room and handed him the plate with the pizza. I sat on the bed beside him. I saw his guitar leaning at his nightstand and a notebook with a pen on it.
“Have you made any progress with that song?” I asked him pointing to his guitar.
“Yes. A little...”
“I am going to when it’s finished. I promise!” He said looking me in the eyes.
My phone went off that moment. “It’s Jenn. Need to take this.”
“No problem, go ahead.”
I answered the call and I heard my best friend sobbing...
(A/N:I know I am bad leaving it like that... please don't hate me! I hope you like the story so far. Let me know what do you thing it's going to happen next. Why Jenn was sobbing on the phone? Stay tuned for next chapter.)