Liam and Delaney- A Valentine’s Story


Sydney McCabe and Molly Neuzil

Liam’s POV

    Walking into school for the first time, after being sick for a couple of days, I saw her. The sight of her with him makes my heart drop to my stomach. I don’t understand why she would choose to be with a guy like him, I’m not saying I would be any better for her. It’s just the fact that she didn’t choose me, the actual boy who has been with her through thick and thin. He, however, has only known her for 1 year and they’ve been dating for 2 months, officially since yesterday. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. I tried not to stare at them as they paraded their love around the hallway and just walked to class.

Delaney’s POV

    There he goes. God, I miss him. We used to hang out all the time, I don’t know even what happened. I should talk to him. Austin probably wouldn’t like that though, oh, what do I care? He’s kind of rude to me anyways. I  suppose I just won’t let him see me.

——————————————————Later that day————————————————

    There he is! Hopefully, he doesn’t walk away… “Liam! Hey, Liam!” I yelled after him as he turned towards his car.

    “Delaney?” He stood there for a second and waited on me to catch up. “What do you want?” His tone wasn’t necessarily mean, but there was an edge that almost made her stop what she was about to do.

Liam’s POV

    I heard her call my name, at first I wanted to ignore her and just walk away. But I didn’t, I couldn’t, Delaney is hard to walk away from so, I waited. I yelled back, maybe a little too harsh right off the bat. I just couldn’t help it! It’s hard not to be rude when your best friend/crush is dating a total jerk. She finally made her way over. “Hey,”

     “Hey, Liam, I’ve uh, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about something sort of serious.” She said through chattering teeth while pulling her jacket tighter, personally, I thought the wind felt great.

     “Wanna sit in my car? It’s kind of cold, I guess.” Delaney looked around nervously after I asked.

    “Yeah sure, that’s fine.” She nodded her head as she said it as if she needed reassurance. She’s acting weird. I wonder what’s up with her. “So, how’ve you been?”

    That’s a weird question. “Good, you?” Oh my lord, what am I doing?

    “I’m good, things are good I guess, it’s been different lately though. We haven’t been talking much. I miss it.”

    I have been waiting to hear her say that. “What about Austin?”

    “What about him? What does he have to do with this?”

    “I don’t know, I just figured you hung out with him.” I didn’t mean to spit out the word him as I did, even I could hear the disgust in my own voice. Wrong move.

    “Yeah, well, you figured wrong,” she huffed the words out as if there was something wrong with what was happening. “Austin doesn’t really like to hang out unless he’s dragging me to another stupid party with a bunch of people I don’t care about.”

    “Oh, sorry, that sucks.”

    “Yeah, it does, but that’s not the point. It’s just me beating around the bush.” She paused and fiddled with her jacket zipper, I could almost see the gears working in her brain, could feel the pain. “Liam,” she sighed. “I miss you, like really…”

    “‘Like really…’ What’s that supposed to mean? Do you want to get back to how it was? Cause I do too, it’s just hard when Austin hates me.”

    “He does not.”

    Why’s she defending him? “He definitely does.”

    “Whatever.” Delaney started to get out of the car. I grabbed her arm.

    “Please stay, I’m sorry.” I wasn’t really sorry.

    “I can’t, we’ll talk later.” She got out of the car anyways and headed to the bus stop.

Delaney’s POV

    I walked away from the car, fast and without stopping. I couldn’t let him see me cry. Not now, after whatever that might’ve been. Without thinking, as I walked to my bus stop, I pulled out my phone and dialed Austin’s number. I still hate that I have it memorized. Ring, ring, ring. Three times before he picked up. “Austin?”


    “I’m breaking up with you.” Then I hung up, just like that, no goodbye. I was scared and happy. Confused too, I have no idea what I just did. He tried to call me back a few times but I just ignored them. Once I reached my stop, got on the bus, and sat down, I called someone else. Liam, of course. He picked up after one ring. “Hey, Liam,”

    “What’s up?”

    “I broke up with Austin.”

    “You what?”

    “Ugh, don’t make me repeat it, Liam! I broke up with Austin.”


    “Like four seconds ago…”


    “What now?”

    “Are you being serious?”

    “You think I’m joking?”

    “No- I just don’t understand what’s going on, why’d you call me?”

    “Forget it, I thought you would’ve realized.” And then, I hung up on him too, with no regrets.

Liam’s POV

    That’s it, I’ve had enough, I’m gonna go see her. What’s her deal? I can’t keep doing this back and forth, one day of it is enough! I mumbled that all to myself as I dug through my backpack for the keys to start my car. She might not even be home yet, she did take the bus. Whatever, she’ll get there eventually.

    I drove there as fast as I could. Hoping she’d beat me. When I finally got to her house I could sort of see her through her bedroom window. Good, she’s home. I got out of my car and walked up to her front door, I rang the bell twice for safe measure. She was there in seconds.


    “That’s my name…” That’s so stupid.

    “Haha yeah, that’s why I said it. Why’re you here? Do you need something?”

    “Yeah, I uhm, need you…” That’s even more stupid.

Delaney’s POV

    I kissed him.

Liam’s POV

    Apparently, it’s not that stupid.