17 years ago.......
New York City
"Dad, where's mom?" Asked little Nickholas as he clutched tightly onto his elder brother's shirt's sleeve and pouted.
"Dad, we're gonna be late. If she's taking a lot of time to do her makeup, we won't make it on time, you know," said Niall with the dominant tone as the eldest child.
"I'll check what she's up to," said Howard as he knocked on the door and went in, closing it behind.
His wife sat on the corner of the bed placing her hand on the tip of the nightstand. One of her hands was on her lap holding onto something.
Howard moved closer to see that it was a phone.
"Olivia? Darling, are you okay?" He asked softly.
She started sniffing and wiping her face and suddenly he sensed that something was wrong.
"Liv? What happened?" He asked but she didn't reply.
He sat down beside her and placed a hand on her shoulder and said, "Calm down, Olivia. Tell me what is wrong."
She sniffed again and sobbed harder. "I'm a bad mom, Howard. A bad person. A bad example to our children."
He frowned and positioned himself facing her. "What are you talking about?"
She gulped hard and said, "They made me do it, Darling. They made me fool Sarah and trick her to misunderstand Alex just like he and Alessia wanted. I can't believe I did what they wanted."
Howard was horrified. He stared at his wife for a brief ten minutes and nodded. "I understand. He is doing this so that he can make it obvious to Sarah that he is cheating and wants to leave her."
Olivia looked up at him with bloodshot red eyes and broke into tears again. He hugged.and soothed her as she said, "If none of this had happened, they wouldn't have had been separated."
"Who?" He questioned, a little confused.
"Our children and the Knight girls. They are darlings, aren't they?" She cooed with a weak smile.
"Yeah, the pretty girls. My favorite is the eldest twin, Maddie."
"I don't think I have a favorite but I have something for Sky. Isn't her real name something like, Emma? Niall is so obsessed with her and I'm afraid that it'll break him to stay apart. He can't even sleep without seeing her."
"It's such a pain that the childhood sweethearts are getting separated because of their parents. Real bummer."
"Yeah." Mumbled Olivia softly and paused when she heard something moving.
She quickly turned around to find her eldest son standing in the doorway.
"Yes Niall?" Howard said gesturing him to come closer.
Niall sat down beside him and looked up with puppy eyes. "Can we say goodbye to Sky and Maddie before we go?"
Howard blew his cheeks and sighed. "Yeah sure."
He then turned to Olivia and kissed her cheek. "Dry your face, darling. We don't want the kids to know."
Olivia nodded slowly and wiped her face, walking over to the door and stopped in her tracks momentarily. "I'm not coming to their house with you."
"You don't have to."
Howard smiled at her as she walked out and called Nick to help her put the luggage in the trunk of the car.
"Can we go now, dad?"
He looked down at Niall and chuckled. "Yes, champ. Let's go."
On the way to the Knight's house, Howard rolled down the windows to let the fresh air in and tapped on Niall's shoulder.
"Did you take the gift you bought for Sky?"
Niall pulled the tiny box out of his coat's pocket and showed him. "Yeah dad, I brought it with me. Maddie said she didn't want anything so I brought chocolates for her."
"Mmhm good for you son. I'm sure baby Sky will love it. The work we've got done will be worth it."
Niall frowned. "She's not a baby, dad. She's a grown, little girl."
Howard laughed. He still couldn't believe that his 10-year-old son is so obsessed with a 4-year-old girl. Not that the kid will remember anything after he's gone.
The love between the two can't be denied. It's young and innocent love.
He wished that Sarah and Alex were more like Sky and Niall.
He pulled over in front of the Knight and opened the door.
Niall jumped as quickly as possible and ran. Howard called out to him to calm down but he ignored his dad and went in.
Howard called. "Sarah? Alex? You guys home?"
Howard turned around and saw Sarah coming out of the kitchen with a bright smile on her face.
His heart sank at her reaction. How could she pretend as nothing happened at all? It's obvious that Sarah and Olivia were friends and it would hurt to imagine your husband cheating on you with the friend.
But it's a piece of misleading information.
"Hey Sarah, how you doing?", Beamed Howard ignoring the guiltiness he was feeling.
"Yeah, we're doing good. You know it's heartbreaking that you guys are moving out, Sky couldn't believe it."
He smiled. "Well, Niall went up to make it up to her."
She was surprised. "Oh really? What had he planned?"
"We can see for ourselves."
They walked upstairs to the girls' room and peeked in.
Niall was sitting in between the kids and talking with them.
Maddie seemed pleased with the chocolate offering and Niall hugged her.
"It hurts, Sky", he said.
"Where does it hurt? Should I call mommy, Ny?"
He chuckled. "No Sky. I meant that it hurts me to leave you all back here."
Sky's eyes started to fill with tears. "Please don't go, Ny. I promise not to bite you again."
He shook his head. "I don't even remember you biting me, Sky. Oh, and I have something for you."
Maddie stood up and sat beside Sky hugging her from the back.
Howard and Sarah smiled to themselves. The girls are best friends.
"Here." He pulled out the box and placed the necklace in his hand.
Her eyes twinkled with surprise and joy.
"A necklace!", She squealed happily and he smiled.
"Hold your hair up", he said and she held it up.
Maddie smiled goofily and clapped. "You look good."
Sky blushed and said, "Thank you, Maddie."
Well, the girl's got manners.
The butterflies and stars dangled on the chain and she giggled.
He twisted the butterfly and showed her. "See, we'll always be together."
That's when she noticed it.
Sky & Ny
Written behind the butterfly's wings.
Sky started hopping and jumped on Niall sending him down crashing onto the floor.
"Sky!", Maddie said but stood watching them.
Niall laughed aloud pulling her up and kissed her either cheeks.
Maddie pouted. "Is there no kiss for me?"
Niall pulled her and kissed the top of her head and giggled. "Sure you do."
"Thank you, Ny."
"Your welcome, Sky."
He paused for a moment and said, "I love you, Sky."
She grinned toothily and hugged him wrapping her tiny arms around his waist.
"I loub you too, Ny. Will you come back?"
"I will come back for you." He smiled.
Howard smiled at Sarah.
They moved away from the door and he whispered, "That just happened."
Sarah giggled. "It did. They are in love."
He laughed softly. "I hope it stays like that."