Hannah's Birthday - Part 1
His voice echoed in my ears... It’s not what you think he whispered me. That’s the problem right there... I don’t know what to think! Liam is a mystery that I’m trying to solve.
I’ve tried to ignore him during breakfast. After finishing my pancakes , I took the newspaper to have a look at the adds for summer jobs. My mom already left the kitchen and I expected him to leave too but he didn’t.
“What are you looking?” He asked me full of curiosity.
“I need to get a job.” I said with a sigh.
“I need money... to finally get myself a car!”
“My dad has a friend who owns a dealership. Maybe he can help you get a car in a good price.”
“Okay. I’ll ask him.” I said not averting my eyes from the newspaper.
I guess now he talks to me... I didn’t say anything else and resumed what I was doing. After a while, he got the hint and left.
I didn’t want to bother her so I left her alone in the kitchen and went to my room. Clearly she is still annoyed with me. If she only knew the truth! I left a sigh and decided to call my dad.
“Hey son! Is everything okay?”
“Yeah dad. Don’t worry... I just wanted to talk to you about something.”
“Okay...What is this about?”
I explained to him about Hannah looking for a job and also wanting to buy a car.
“I see...” He said after I told him everything.
“So... Can you help her?”
“I’ll see what I can do. I will have to discuss this with Betty first and then speak with Hannah.”
“Okay. Thanks! Dad?”
“Don’t tell her it was my idea.”
“Why? what’s wrong? Am I missing something here?”
“No. Just don’t!”
“Okay. I have to get back to work now... we’ll talk later.”
** In the meantime in the kitchen **
There is a waitressing job at the local dinner close by listed. I decided to make a call but unfortunately the job isn’t available anymore. Damn it!
My mom stepped into the kitchen so I closed the newspaper and put it away.
“Are you busy?”
“Okay great! Do yo think you can do some grocery shopping? I have already made a list.”
By the time I was about to get up from the kitchen stool, Liam walked in. Mom looked at him and asked. ” Liam can you please go with Hannah to help her buy some groceries? I gave her a big list.”
“Sure, no problem.”
Nice mom...Thanks! I muttered to myself. I looked at Liam and asked him if he was ready.
“Yeah... Let’s go!”
** On the phone **
“Jenn! How are you sweetheart?”
“Hello Mrs. Miller! I’m fine. You?”
“I’m fine. I called you cause Hannah’s birthday is in two days and I had an idea...”
“Sure. I would like to help!”
“Any luck with the job hunting?” Liam asked.
" Not really.” I said a bit disappointed.
I wasn’t in the mood for small talk. Thank god Liam didn’t push it! We drove in complete silence and after an hour we were back home. He helped me unload the car and put the bags inside. Mom was in the kitchen making lunch.
“Did you get everything on the list?”
“Okay. Thank you.”
“How’s the wedding preparations going?”
“Very good. Only the dress left.”
“So the wedding is still on?”
Mom turned to me and looked me in the eye a bit confused. ” Of course it is. Why would you even ask me that?”
“No reason... Just to make sure.”
I saw a worry pass my mom’s face but quickly her features softened. Really smooth Hannah! I chastised myself! Why couldn’t I keep my mouth shut? When I was about to leave the kitchen and go up to my room my mom broke the silence. “Don’t think I bought it for one second! We are going to have to talk about this...”
Shit! Of course that wasn’t something I was looking forward to do. I went up to my room and texted Jenn.
Me: Hey you!
Jenn: Hi, what’s up?
Me : I miss you!
Jenn: Cut the crap Hannah... What’s really going on?
Me: I may have asked my mother if the wedding is still on...
Jenn: What? Why?
Me: I don’t know...
Jenn: Bullshit Hannah! Anyway... I am a bit busy right now! Skype tonight?
Me: Yeah... same time?
Jenn: Yes. Talk to you later. Love ya!
The rest of the day flew by quickly. Around dinner time I decided to go downstairs and help set the table. I was climbing down the stairs when I heard mom and Peter talking about me. I wasn’t sure what exactly they were saying because I only managed to hear my name and they stopped because I guess they heard that someone was coming downstairs.
After dinner Zoe, mom and Peter went to the family room to watch a movie and I once again went up to my room. I lied down on my bed, put my favorite music on, closed my eyes and tried to sort out my thoughts and my feelings that were all over the place. Next thing I know is me waking up at some point in daylight. I looked at the time, it was almost 8:30 am Damn... I missed the Skype call with Jenn last night! I texted her quickly saying sorry and then got up to hit the shower.
I rushed into the bathroom, closed and locked the door behind me. When I turned and started to untie my bathrobe, I stopped there frozen because within seconds I realized the water was running , quickly stopped and then the shower curtain being dragged open before I could even comprehend what was happening, I was being met with a half naked Liam dripping all over the place. I was taking him in and... felt my throat getting dry... omg! his body... perfect abs and chest... we locked eyes.
After what felt like hours he broke the silence smirking at me.
“See something you like?”
Oh my god! He caught me ogling him... very nice Hannah! I reminded myself to hit me on the head and stop staring... I was so embarrassed and angry at the same time.
“Get over yourself! You just took me by surprise... Why the hell didn’t you lock the door while taking a shower?”
“I guess I forgot!” He said flatly looking at me with that stupid smirk on his face. “The bathroom is yours...”
“You forgot? I thought I was alone in here... I could have been naked!” I raised my voice to let him know that this wasn’t okay.
“Don’t flatter yourself! I wouldn’t look at you!” He unlocked the door and left.
I was standing there trying to digest this. What the hell just happened? His words were like a slap to my face. What did he mean by “I wouldn’t look at you”? Wait... Is it cause he thinks my ugly? I don’t consider myself beautiful but I am not ugly... maybe just cute? Minutes later, I finished my shower and went back in my room to get dressed.
I felt my blood boil inside me and tears threaten to make an appearance. I was beyond angry.
First of all because I felt somehow hurt by his comment and secondly with myself for feeling hurt in the first place. Ugh! I need a distraction... I decided to clean up my room and then I helped my mom with tidying and cleaning around the house just to keep myself busy and stop thinking.
Next morning , I was coming out of a deep sleep when I felt the rays of the morning sun that were coming through the window, warming my face. When I fluttered my eyes and eventually opened them I thought that I was still asleep and I was dreaming myself waking up next to my best friend. She was looking at me with a big smile on her face and giggled. What a lively dream!
“Happy birthday sleepyhead!”
That’s when I realized that I wasn’t asleep. This wasn’t a dream... Jenn was actually here and I let a scream of joy!
“Oh my god! I can’t believe you are here! I scooted up a bit on the headboard of my bed. “How? When?” I was bombarding her with questions.
“Hahaha! Get your lazy ass from bed and I’ll tell you all about it.”
I got up, went to the bathroom to wash my face, brush my teeth and in less than 10 minutes I was back in my room. I changed into a pair of yoga pants and a spaghetti t-shirt.
“Okay... Now that you are dressed let’s go downstairs for breakfast.”
“Naaah I’ll say we skip it since it’s already late and you tell me how come you are here.
Jenn told me about my mom’s idea to invite her over for my birthday and stay the weekend with us. So, she drove early in the morning and here she was.
“This is the best birthday ever... Let’s change into our bathing suits and enjoy the sun by the pool it’s going to be a warm day.”
We got ready and went downstairs. Mom was in the kitchen. When I saw her I couldn’t contain my happiness and excitement so I rushed to her she was standing and hugged her hard.
“Mom... thank you! You are the best! Jenn told me everything.”
“Happy birthday honey! I am glad to see you happy sweetheart.”
“We are going to the pool outside.”
“Okay girls... have fun!”
We went outside put some sunscreen on and lied on the lounging chairs by the pool.
“So tell me everything...”
I did tell her everything because she is my best friend and I needed to talk to someone about Liam and his mood swings. I told her about the conversation he was having with Mark and what I’ve heard him say about me and also what happened that night in the kitchen... About the morning after when he whispered me ” it’s not what you think” and of course the bathroom incident.
Jenn looked at me curiously “And what do you think?”
“I am confused to be honest but I don’t think he likes it that much that we moved here and his father is getting married to my mom.”
“Is he rude to Zoe or your mom?”
“No. Zoe is super excited she gets to have a big brother and he’s always respectful towards my mom at least in front of me.” That’s when it hit me...
“Oh my god! He just doesn’t like me... but why?”
“I wouldn’t say that...” She stopped midsentence when she looked behind me.
“What? What is it?”
“Oh my god... Is that Liam?”
I turned my head and saw him approaching... He was wearing his bathing suit.
“Wow! He is hot!”
He walked to us. “Hey! You must be Jenn, Hannah’s friend? I’m Liam.”
“Hi Liam, nice to finally meet you.”
“What are you doing here Liam?”
He gave me a challenging look and that damned smirk made its appearance again on his face. “Isn’t it obvious?”
That smirk on his face seems to be permanent lately and I don’t know what to make of it. He left his towel on the chair next to mine and dived in the pool splashing water at me . Jenn was trying to prevent herself from laughing, Liam was smiling at me when I yelled and I wanted to kick him. I was pissed.
“What are you smiling for?” I asked Jenn clearly irritated.
“Oh! C’mon lighten up a little...”
I thought to myself that today is my birthday and I wouldn’t allow anyone to spoil my mood. I had to try and calm down. “Going to get us some drinks.”
I went inside to the kitchen to get some fresh lemonade and after a few minutes I returned outside. Liam was standing next to Jenn and they were talking. I placed the drinks on the small table between the two lounging chairs and took a sip from my drink.
I was deep in thought when Jenn brought me to now and I realized that Liam wasn’t around.
“Where were you travelling? Let’s get in the pool.” We dived in the pool and swam to the far left corner. Jenn looked at me a bit worried. “Okay, What’s up?”
“Nothing...” I shrugged.
“He seems nice!”
“Nice? Yeah....right!” I said ironically’
She looked at me in the eyes giving me a quizzical look.
“What!” I snapped. “What do you want me to say? He isn’t nice... He is rude and annoying with a stupid smirk on his face all the time. He...”
Jenn’s laugh interrupted me. “He’s managed to get under your skin...It’s the first time I see you being like that for a guy.”
“Like what? He can’t even be around me and behave... He didn’t even wish me happy birthday... See? Rude!”
“Okay... Okay girl... calm down! Let’s relax and have some fun. It’s your birthday after all!”
(A/N: I’ve decided to cut this in two parts cause it was getting lengthy. I hope you enjoy it so far. Don’t forget to comment , like and follow.)