"Ok, come on" You say, drapping his arm over your shoulder and supporting his weight. "You need to help me out here, ok?" you say, struggling to keep him on his feet.
"You’re so lovely" he slurred. You’ve never ever dealt with a drunk person before, especially someone who was so drunk they couldn’t walk or talk properly. "Yeah, ok. Can you just try to stand, Zayn"
With his free arm, he moves his hand to your face and pats your cheek. “The loveliestest” he mumbles before bringing his arm back to his side.
"Ok, buddy. Ok." You say. Both of you were moving at a glacial space. Zayn refusing to coorporate because he was unable to. His legs give out underneath him and both of you almost go falling to the floor but you somehow manage to keep him up.
"Did you drink a lot?" you ask, making sure he didn’t pass out.
"Mhmm" he nodded.
In the distance you could Liam standing by the car. You had had to go in and get Zayn because he refused to leave with anyone but you. It was at 1am when you got the call from Zayn, slurring down the phone. You couldn’t understand most of what he was saying before Liam finally grabbed the phone from him and told you that he needed your help.
"Im sorry" He blurted out suddenly, his body swaying forward.
"It’s ok. This is what friends are for" you respond.
He nods once again, it looked like he was moving in slow motion.
"I meant for…" His voice trailed off.
"Zayn, look there’s Liam" You say enthusiastically. You would not be able to keep him standing if this boy passed out right now.
Liam came darting toward the both of you. “Come on, bud” He said, shifting him off you and letting Zayn lean on him. “Thanks Y/N” Liam says, easily supporting Zayn’s bodyweight.
"No problem" you smile.
You pull the back door of the car open, helping Liam get Zayn into the car.
"So what exactly happened?" you ask him, once Zayn is securely locked away into the car.
"Um…" Liam scratches the back of his head awkwardly. "I think I’d better let him tell you himself" he says.
"Did you really get me all the way here to save Zayn and not tell me why the guy’s in this state?"
"Alright, fine. Look, I understand there was uh.. a fight between you and him"
You nod “But that was month’s ago”
"Yeah, months of you not talking to him and months of him feeling like the world’s biggest idiot" Liam explains. "Basically, he never forgave himself for it"
"Right so what you’re saying is Zayn has drank himself into oblivion over me?"
"Pretty much" He says.
"That’s not.. it-" You stop yourself for a while. "I know he was upset but I find it a bit hard to believe-"
"Y/N, this guy, this complete moron, is in love with you" He says cutting you off. The both of you look through the back window of the car to see that Zayn is now lying down with his knees tucked close to his body. "He told me what happened between the both of you and there hasn’t been a day where he hasn’t mentioned you. He texted you every single day, didn’t he?"
You nod once again.
"And every single day it killed him when you didn’t reply"
"That’s not my fault, Liam" you say.
"Im not saying it is. He was a dick. He put himself in that position, it’s in no way you’re fault. Anyway, since you disappeared from his life, he’s never been the same."
"What do you mean?" you ask.
Liam sighs, “Can we talk in the car. I’d better got both of you home”
You obediently walk over to the passenger side of the car and get in.
"Don’t go" Zayn mumbles from the backseat.
"Im not going anywhere, Zayn" you say, turning in your seat to soothingly stroke his arm.
Liam starts the car, and you knew he was hoping you’d forgotten what you guys were talking about earlier.
"So?" You ask.
"Christ. Ok." He turns the volume of the radio down, "This isn’t the first time our dear friend has been drunk off his face. He hasn’t had a sober weekend since.. well since you left. Lately, as Im sure you’ve seen, he’s been in the media for all the wrong reasons."
"Yeah" you say. "And you think all of this is over me?"
"I dont think it is, I know it is"
You turn to look out the window. “I shouldn’t have come tonight, then” you say
"No, you were a godsend tonight. I dont know how I would’ve got him out of there without you"
"But now what?" you look at Liam. "I walk back out of his life again?"
"Well that’s up to you. He’s my friend and I’d prefer if you didn’t, but he hurt you and you have every right to do whatever you see fit"
A few seconds of silence passes between the both of you. “He’s really not the same guy he was, Y/N” Liam says.
"Yeah, he’s better now right?" you ask sarcastically.
"I know the current state he’s in right now isn’t exactly helping his case , but he’s just hurting and this is his way of dealing with it. We’ve all been there right?"
"Looking for some sort of happiness at the bottom of a vodka bottle?" you say
"Yeah" Liam says.
"Thanks for coming tonight though." Liam says, a slight smile tugging at his lips.
"What are you smiling about?" you ask.
"Nothing. Just, you came cause you care about him"
"No, I came cause it was the right thing to do"
"Okay" he says.
The both of you were silent for the rest of the drive.
He turned into the lane that led to your place. “What am I supposed to tell him when he asks about you tomorrow?”
"Tell him I never came"
"I doubt he will remember a thing from tonight"
"So that’s your decision?" He asks.
"Tonight didn’t fix anything." you tell Liam. "Consider it a friendly favour"
He pulled up infront of your house. Just as you reached to open the door, “Can I just ask one more favour from you?” Liam asks.
You don’t say anything. You turn to face him, your gaze locking with his.
"Just, talk to him at least. We all make mistakes and hurt people we love. Give him a chance, talk it out. He needs you"
"Isn’t it my turn to be asking for favours?" You say jokingly.
Liam smiles, leaning in to let you kiss him on the cheek. “Goodnight” he says, when you step out of the car. You glance at Zayn in the backseat. He was still asleep, completely unaware of his surroundings and what was going on. You silently hoped he wouldn’t remember that you were with him tonight. “Goodnight” You say, shutting the passenger door.