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YOU KNOW HOW STEPH CURRY’S DAUGHTER INVADED HIS PRESS CONFERENCE AND STOLE THE SHOW?

YEAH WELL BOXER!LIAM AT HIS OWN PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER HIS FIRST WIN. UP AND COMING ROOKIE, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING OUT THERE AND EVERYONE’S EXPECTING A GOOD SEASON FROM HIM. A BIT COLD AND DISTANT, IT’S JUST A PERSONA HE’S PUT UP FOR THE PUBLIC TO MAKE HIM LOOK HARD AND UNCRUSHABLE (THANKS PADDY)

DURING ONE OF THE QUESTIONS, A LITTLE GIRL WALKS UP TO HIM WITH A RAGGEDY STUFFED RABBIT IN HER MOUTH, EYES WIDE AND CURIOUS AND SO HAPPY. AND LIAM JUST FORGETS ABOUT THE JOURNALISTS AND PICKS HER UP INTO HIS LAP AND MAKES HER GIGGLE. TICKLES HER SIDES UNTIL HE REMEMBERS OTHER PEOPLE AROUND WHO’VE STARTED TAKING MORE PICTURES AND “OH RIGHT AHA, UM WHO’S DAUGHTER IS THIS?”

AND A FLUSTERING ZAYN STUMBLES UP FRONT, PAPERPAD AND PEN IN HAND AND A BABY BAG OVER HIS SHOULDER. “SHE’S MINE, YEAH, NADIRA COME HERE.” BUT NOPE, NADIRA GRABS ONTO LIAM’S BIG FINGER AND HANDS HIM HER RABBIT. “WEEYUM,” SHE SAYS AND EVERYONE STARTS COOING

“SHE’S A CUTE ONE. CAN I CALL YOU NADIE?” LIAM SAYS, AND NADIRA NODS AT HIM HAPPILY. LIAM GIVES ZAYN A MUTUAL AGREEING LOOK. NADIE STAYS UP WITH LIAM THE REST OF THE TIME UNTIL EVERYONE LEAVES AND ZAYN’S COMING OVER WITH RED CHEEKS AND TAKING HER AWAY.

“SORRY ABOUT THAT SHE SORTA GOT AWAY,“ ZAYN FUMBLES WITH HIS WORDS CAUSE LIAM’S AN AMAZING BOXER AND VERY ATTRACTIVE AND ZAYN’S STANDING 3 FEET AWAY AND HIS DAUGHTER WAS JUST IN HIS ARMS WOW

“SHE WASN’T A BOTHER. KINDA LIKED HAVING SOMEONE UP THERE WITH ME. IT’S NOT AS LONELY,” LIAM JOKES AND HE LETS DOWN HIS FACADE (NEVER DOES FOR A JOURNALIST BUT SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SINGLE DAD AND HIS ADORABLE DAUGHTER SCREAMS AT HIM THAT HE’S DIFFERENT)

“I BEST BE GOING, GOTTA GET THIS ONE TO BED.” ZAYN’S NODDING AWKWARDLY, TELLS NADIRA TO WAVE GOODBYE AND HE LEAVES

OH BUT NADIE’S STUFFED RABBIT IS LEFT ON THE TABLE AND LIAM RUNS AFTER THEM TO GIVE IT BACK BUT THEY’RE GONE DAMMIT. DOESN’T EVEN KNOW THE GUY’S NAME!

LIAM SULKS FOR THE NEXT DAY, COMPLETELY DRAINED FOR NO REASON CAUSE HE BARELY KNOWS THOSE TWO YET HE FEELS SUCH A STRONG CONNECTION. HE SEARCHES HIMSELF UP AND IS BOMBARDED WITH THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. CUTE PICTURES OF NADIE AND HIM EVERYWHERE AND EVEN A FEW OF HER FATHER (ZAYN MALIK AND LIAM FEELS GIDDY FOR SOME REASON) 

HE CONTACTS THEM AND GOES TO THEIR HOUSE (DIDN’T MEAN TO BRING HIS NIECE BUT NICOLA JUST HAD TO DROP HER OFF AT HIS WITHOUT PRIOR KNOWLEDGE). AND IT TURNS INTO A PLAYDATE WITH ZIAM SKIRTING AROUND EACH OTHER WHEN THERE’S THIS GIANT ATTRACTION THEY BOTH FEEL BUT WONT DO ANYTHING ABOUT.

THEY DO EXCHANGE NUMBERS AND THIS PLAYDATE THING CONTINUES. JUST AN EXCUSE TO SEE EACH OTHER. WILL NEVER ADMIT IT. THIS GOES ON FOR 3 MONTHS AND NICOLA’S GETTING SUSPICIOUS AS TO WHY LIAM INSISTS ON PICKING UP HIS NIECE FROM PRESCHOOL AFTER HIS SWEATY PRACTICES.

LIAM INVITES ZAYN TO HIS NEXT MATCH (“I’M MEANT TO GO ANYWAY, JOURNALIST AND ALL” / “AS MY GUEST THIS TIME ZEE”). HE’S ALL NERVOUS BEFORE IT. HE NEVER IS BUT THERE’S JUST THESE 2 SPECIAL PEOPLE OUT THERE THIS TIME AROUND AND - NO, LIAM’S NOT ATTACHED.

WHEN HE STEPS INTO THE RING, HE SEARCHES FOR ZAYN, IMMEDIATELY SAD WHEN HE DOESN’T SEE THEM. HE BARELY WINS THAT NIGHT, A SLOPPY FIGHT WHICH IS UNLIKE HIM, AND GETS SCOLDED BY PADDY. HE CHECKS HIS PHONE AND SEES ZAYN’S LEFT ONE MESSAGE: “CANT COME TONITE. NADIE’S GOT A FLU

LIAM SKIPS THE CONFERENCE, HEADS OVER TO ZAYN’S WITH HIS WORRIED EYEBROWS. “SHE’S ALRIGHT, RIGHT?” ZAYN TRIES TO REASSURE HIM (WHILE A BIT HURT THAT LIAM DIDNT ASK ABOUT HIM WHEN HE’S GOT AN INJURED HAND)

“SHE’S FINE, DOC SAYS SHE’LL BE FINE IN THE NEXT 2 DAYS.” ZAYN GOES TO MAKE TEA, WINCING WHEN HE BANGS HIS INJURED HAND AGAINST THE COUNTER. LIAM NOTICES, RUSHES OVER AND CRADLES IT SO GENTLY.

“WHAT HAPPENED?”

“SLAMMED ME HAND AT THE OFFICE. IT’LL BE OK. YOU MISSED YOUR POST-MATCH INTERVIEW.”

“WOULD’VE BEEN TOO DISTRACTED TO FOCUS ANYWAY. WOULD’VE BEEN WORRIED SICK ABOUT YOU GUYS”

CUE BIG GIANT SWELLING IN ZAYN’S HEART AND HE KISSES LIAM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KITCHEN.

AT LIAM’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (HE WINS), THIS TIME HE’S GOT ZAYN ON ONE SIDE AND NADIE IN BETWEEN THEIR LAPS.

“HOW’S IT FEEL TO WIN PAYNO?”

 “I THINK I’VE BEEN WINNING EVER SINCE THIS LITTLE GIRL CAME UP TO ME AND BROUGHT HER FATHER ALONG TOO.”

I don’t want to fall in love
I don’t want to get attached
I don’t want to depend on someone
I don’t want to lose myself

I don’t want to fall in love
I don’t want to fall in love
I don’t want to fall in love

Don’t let me fall in love

Please don’t let me fall in love

—  Never again