also for the anons who asked for the same prompt.
Things change when Harry’s grandfather dies, and Niall hates that he didn’t drop everything to be there at the funeral - that he didn’t know to ignore Harry’s protests and show up unannounced to support the family he has called his own since he was sixteen.
He doesn’t beat himself up for missing it, doesn’t loathe himself or anything exaggerated like that. No, he simply wishes he could have been there in person, that he could have had Harry in his line of sight at all times, Harry’s skin under his fingertips whenever additional warmth was needed to spread through Harry’s long limbs and keep his circulation going.
Harry is sad about what has happened, and Niall hasn’t expected anything else. He sits through hours of phone calls and skype sessions and tries not to fret too much when he sees pictures of Harry out and about a few days later, tries not to worry when Harry does what he does best and acts as if nothing ever gets to him to keep rumours from spreading. But messages keep coming in, short and concise in typical Harry Styles fashion, demanding answers to questions of the kind his mother would send if she was the worrying type.