Teenage Struggles - Chapter Seventeen
Though it was late when my dad and I finally arrived at London airport, the parking lot was extremely busy as per usual. My dad drove and stopped by the main entrance and told me to go inside without him. I quickly ran in and began wandering around the crowded hallways in search of Zayn or one the other boys.
I passed by a small McDonalds with a whole bunch of screaming teenage girls around it with their cameras out. Niall was sitting at one of the tables eating with Dana and of course they were surrounded by tons of security guards. These were the really protective security too; they wouldn’t let any fans even close to the couples table. I noticed one of the security guards was the same one from the signing a few weeks back and thankfully he recognised me and let me speak with Niall.
“Shit I haven’t seen you in a while April!” Niall said greeting me with one of his extremely comforting Horan hugs
“Hello to you too Niall” I said hugging back
“Hi Dana!” I said flashing a big smile at her. She mirrored my action
“Niall, do you happen to know where Zayn is?” I concernedly asked
“Yeah… Uh, he said earlier that he was going for a walk around the airport so he’s not with the others. Danielle or Liam might know more about where he is though; they should be over at the shops in section B 12” He said pointing to his right with a big mac in his other hand.
I looked over at the large column just to the right of the table; in bold blue letters it said B 8.
“Okay well hopefully I’ll see you two later then, yeah?” I said loudly to them as I hurried off to look for the shops.
Just down a few long hallways from the McDonalds was where the shop section was. I noticed Eleanor, Danielle and the cute cashier that Harry seemed to like together in a small woman’s clothing store.
I ran over to the group, I started to tear up.
“Hey guys!” I said giving each one of them a huge hug.
“I missed having you around so much” Eleanor confessed looking quite upset about it yet happy to see me again.
Danielle nodded along in agreement with Eleanor; both looked just as happy and excited as I was. The cashier introduced herself as Brenda, she seems like she’s a very sweet girl, someone that Harry defiantly deserves.
“Zayn is by himself in the store next to us if you’re wondering, he said he wanted to be by himself but I‘m sure he’d love to see you right now.” Danielle told me
I smiled when I heard Zayn’s name being said and it was a relief to know that he was nearby.
As I told the girls that I was going to go surprise Zayn, I heard 3 obnoxiously loud boys enter the store. Louis, Harry and Liam walked into the woman’s store; Louis spotted me from the entrance and immediately ran over. He suffocated me with one of his ginormous hugs and screamed in my ear
“WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!”
I tried answering Louis but the words couldn’t come out because he was squeezing my stomach so tightly.
Liam and Harry also joined the group hug and Harry gave me a slobbery kiss on the cheek like he normally did when we were goofing around together. Just by having us all back together in a group again I really realized how much I’ve missed them all, it felt like I was being reunited with my friends after being away for years when in reality it was just a few weeks.
After struggling to be let go from the hug I told everyone that I was going to find and talk to Zayn and hopefully make things work out between us.
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Teenage Struggles - Chapter Fourteen
I went out to see the boys a few times in the second half of the signing and I noticed that Harry seemed a lot happier than he was before lunch, probably because of the girl he met at McDonalds. Aww! The second half of the signing flew by and before I knew it, it was already time for Zayn and I to start heading home. I was sitting on a nearby couch with Danielle and Liam, listening to the two lovers sarcastically talk with one another.
“Do you want to head over to my place and order dinner?” Niall asked Zayn in the backroom after the signing
“I think I’m staying the night at Aprils tonight actually” Zayn told him
“Oh… are you planning on doing it tonight?” Niall whispered
Zayn nodded but looked a little uneasy.
I somehow managed to overhear that part of the conversation and I couldn’t help but freak out inside. What did he mean by it? I’m not ready for this, I’m only 16 and I just met Zayn like a week ago, but then again I really like him and he’s not like any other boyfriend I’ve ever had. We instantly clicked when we met and I just feel so comfortable around him now. Before I met him I always thought I would never turn down an opportunity like this. I guess now that I know him as a person it’s different, before I never thought I’d have the chance so I never thought twice about it.
Zayn approached me and asked if I was ready to go home. I anxiously said yes and we got security to lead us out to the car.
The drive home was really quiet, I was trying my best not to think about what was going to happen when we got to my house but the thought just kept haunting me. I looked down at my hand and started fiddling with my ring; I tend to do that a lot when I’m nervous.
When I was really young my mom gave me a promise ring and I’ve worn it every day ever since. Of course I didn’t know what it symbolized when I she had given it to me but a few months before she died she had told me that the purpose of it wasn’t to keep me from having sex until marriage, but it was to wait until I truly felt ready and knew it was with the right person. I’m not ready to break that promise I have with my mom even if it means saying no to Zayn.
“Why are you so quiet babe?” He asked me as we were nearing my house
“Um… no reason. I’m just tired that’s all.” I responded “I hope you don’t mind but I’ll probably be going to sleep early today.”
Zayn looked over to me and smiled. “Me too”
As soon as we got to my house, I ran up to my room to change into my pj’s. Zayn followed close behind and came in to drop off his bag then jumped onto my bed and watched me as I was jumping around the room struggling to get my pants on.
“I’m going to take a shower, I’ll be down in a sec” Zayn said as he walked over to the bathroom.
“Okay, I’ll order us a pizza” I told him as I made my way downstairs
I called the pizza company and ordered us a medium cheese pizza and 2 pops. I then sat down on the couch and turned the TV on to watch the Much Music countdown at 6. Minutes later, I heard Zayn’s footsteps as he came down the stairs. I turned around to look at him; he was wearing only a white towel around his waist and his toned upper body was still dripping wet, I couldn’t help but stare. He also brought his bag of clothes down and laid close to the front door. He quickly ran to the bathroom and changed into his clothes. Zayn then sat next to me on the couch, wrapped one of his arms around my waist and kissed my cheek.
“Hey April… I really have to tell you something” He looked straight into my eyes as he said this and his facial expression was totally serious.
“What’s wrong?” I concernedly asked him
“Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten really attached to you, emotionally and physically. April, whenever you’re not around the boys tell me I look sad or upset and you know what? The truth is that I’m literally always thinking or talking about you no matter where I am or what I’m doing.”
I tried my best to hold them back but the tears just came streaming down my face as Zayn admitted everything to me.
“I honestly love you like I’ve loved nobody else, it’s funny how I fell for you so quickly too.”
Zayn loudly sighed.
Anyway I wanted to tell you that I really don’t know if we’ll be able to continue our relationship anymore. It’s going to soon be announced to the fans that we’re going on a huge worldwide tour and we’ll be away from home for a few months.”
My heart dropped suddenly when I heard those words that I wished and hoped would never be said, come out of his mouth.
It took a moment for me to get it to set into my head.
“So is this the end of us then?” I managed to ask without bursting into tears
Zayn got up and reached for his bag and coat and opened the front door.
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Teenage Struggles - Chapter Thirteen
“Oh it’s almost 1 o’clock!” I excitedly stated
“You are too cute April, you must really like Zayn huh?” Eleanor asked me
“Yeah, I really do.” I said. I could feel myself starting to blush
I think in the short few hours that Eleanor, Danielle, Dana and I were together, we really bonded well and I genuinely believe we will all become great friends in the near future. We all stepped out of the lunchroom to go see how boys were doing at the signing and we decided it would be cute to surprise them by waiting in line just like all the rest of the fans do. I had packed my One Direction t-shirt in my bag so I quickly slipped that on. A couple dedicated fans recognized Danielle and Eleanor and a few of them asked for pictures as well. Dana and I aren’t known by the fandom yet so we disguised ourselves well in the crowd of screaming fans around us. As we were nearing the front of the line I noticed that all of the boys seemed unusually tired, but they really were trying their best to please all the awaiting fans.
“Did you really wait in line to see your boyfriends, girls? You could’ve just told me you wanted to see them and I would have brought you right to the front” The nice looking security man said
“Oh no don’t worry! We want to surprise them anyways” Danielle said to him
The middle aged security guard smiled and nodded his head.
“We’ll you’re up next girls, go ahead!”
Each of us ran over to our boyfriend (Well not boyfriend yet but you know) and I couldn’t help but notice each of the boys’ faces instantly light up as we excitedly made our way over to them. Dana and I both pulled out a pen and paper and asked for autographs so no one would suspect anything. I reached over the table to give Zayn a hug.
“I love you” He whispered in my ear.
I pulled away slightly and looked into his eyes.
“I love you too Zayn” I said with a gigantic smile on my face.
I looked over to my left and saw Harry looking a bit sad; he’s the only one without a girlfriend here.
“Hey Haz! How’s Caroline doing?” I asked trying to make him feel included
Harry looked away; rubbing his forehead with one hand then looked over to me. “Were not together anymore, it’s been a couple weeks now actually. I should’ve known it wasn’t going to work out” He said looking sad and slightly frustrated. I glanced over at Zayn with a guilty look on my face. I think the boys were trying their best to avoid the subject with Harry… Crap.
“Oh… I’m so sorry. We should all go out together for lunch and maybe that will make you feel better”
Harry looked up and smiled at me. “Sure” He said, still sounding a little distraught
Finally the boys were able to leave the signing and come with us to lunch; we all agreed to eat at the McDonalds that is just a couple miles away. Louis drove Eleanor, Harry, Niall and Dana while Danielle offered to take Liam, Zayn and I. We had to sneak out of the area quickly so we wouldn’t be found and followed by any fans; of course we had a few security cars behind us though. Zayn gave me a quick kiss on the cheek when we settled into the backseat of Danielle’s car.
“What was that for?” I asked him
“I missed you” He responded as he yanked me towards him to suffocate me with one of his hugs
“AWW!” Liam and Danielle said out loud in unison
I smiled and gave Zayn a proper kiss on the lips.
We arrived at McDonalds in a few short minutes and the 9 of us made our way inside. Niall seemed really excited to be here, as soon as Louis parked the car Niall jumped out and grabbed Dana’s hand and they both ran inside together. When we got inside we all walked over to stand in line. A few people recognized the boys and some asked for autographs and pictures. They’re really nice about it, the boys will never turn down a picture if someone asks for one. A little girl who looked to be about 10 years old asked for a group photo so all the boys happily stood beside her for the picture… except Harry, he was flirting with the cashier, typical Haz.
“Harry, get your bum over here” Louis called out.
“Okay I’m coming! Gimme a sec” He responded.
I watched Harry hand over his phone to the young brunette cashier. I could tell just by looking at her that she is a huge One Direction fan. The way she looked at Harry was adorable and I could tell that she was trying not to freak out in front of him. After Harry was handed back his phone, he happily walked over to the rest of the boys to take the group picture. Lou gave him a little nudge and Harry showed his gorgeous white smile.
After the photo, all of us sat down together to eat. Where Harry was sitting, he could still manage to see the cashier and I noticed him glancing over quite often. Zayn sat beside me and he kept on hand feeding me his fries, he did the ‘Here comes the train, open up’ thing to me, he found it funny… he really is a child inside.
After lunch Zayn pulled me aside from the rest of the group.
“So do you want to stay at my place tonight?” I asked him
Zayn smiled down at me and nodded his head. He then grabbed my hand and led me back over to the car where everyone else was already waiting, to make our way back to the signing
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Teenage Struggles - Chapter Twelve
I woke up early to the sound of What Makes You Beautiful at 845am (It’s my phone ringtone) The caller ID said Zayn Malik.
“Hey Zayn” I happily said
“Morning babe, sorry for calling so early but I just want to let you know that I’m going to need to pick you up in about an hour so there isn’t that many fans outside the building. Oh and for most of the time you and the other ladies will be in the backroom where there’s a kitchen and TV, but I don’t care what security says, I’m going to make sure that at one point or another, you’re sitting with me at the signing table.”
“Sound’s good Zayn, I can’t wait!”
I heard Zayn laugh quietly.
“Is there someone with you now?” I asked, hoping that the answer was no
“Yeah, just Niall. He came over at 6 o’clock this morning because he knew I had pistachios in the cupboard.” Zayn said laughing
“Aw he’s adorable! Anyways I better get ready, I’m still in bed” I told him
“Alright babe, love you” Zayn said, hanging up the phone
My heart started racing when I realized Zayn said he loves me. I looked over to the thousands of posters I have on my ‘wall of One Direction’ and couldn’t help but smile. I hurried into my closet to pick out something cute to wear, I decided on my favourite grey top, a pair of short shorts and my bright pink Nike’s. After I came out of the shower, I quickly straightened my hair and applied some makeup. I looked down at my pink watch; it read 9:57am. The doorbell rang, from upstairs I heard my dad go to answer it.
“Oh hello, nice to see you again” I heard my dad say “APRIL! Get down here!” He yelled
I ran down the stairs to see Zayn standing at the door. He and I both smiled when we saw each other. He was wearing a plain white t-shirt and a pair of ripped blue jeans with a pair of grey Nike’s.
“I texted you a few times and you didn’t answer so I thought I’d just come and get you” Zayn said to me “Were supposed to be there in 10 minutes” He said looking at the time on his phone
“I know I just saw the texts now, I’m so sorry. Let’s go” I said feeling guilty
“April, I will probably not be coming home tonight. I’ll be staying at a co-workers house because we have to go into work early tomorrow. Zayn you’re welcome to stay the night if you’d like.” My dad said smiling at the two of us.
I nodded “Alright, thanks Dad.” I said as Zayn and I ran out the door to his car.
I decided to do what my dad said and show Zayn the text message Laura had sent me the night before; I read it out to him as we were driving to the Cd signing. Zayn had a horrified look on his face when I had finished reading the text to him.
“That bitch better not treat you like that ever again or I will fire her. But April please don’t let her get to you, you’re going to get a lot of hate from a lot of people even from just being seen with me. If anyone ever says anything like that to you ever again I will personally speak with them. I never want to have to see you upset over any of this or over anything and that message just disgusts me.” Zayn said
I looked over to him and smiled “Thanks Zayn, I love you”
A small smile formed on his face when I said I loved him. I guess he was waiting to hear those words come out of my mouth like I was with him.
As we neared the building, Zayn handed me a pair of sunglasses and told me to put them on. I did as I was told, I then started hearing loud shrieks and screams and I figured we were there. He parked the car close to the door of the building then he pulled out his blackberry and texted Liam, letting him know to tell security that we were outside.
“Wow, I don’t know how you deal with all these screaming girls every single day.” I said
Zayn laughed “At first I was a little frightened of it all to be honest; it can get pretty intimidating knowing that so many people know your name and are screaming it at the top of their lungs. Now I kind of enjoy it, I really like it now actually.” He admitted
Before I could respond, 4 tough looking security guards opened the car doors. I stayed as close as I could to Zayn as we walked inside. There were girls all around us; two security guards had to walk behind us while the other two walked on either side of us. When we got inside I saw Louis sitting crossed legged on the floor and Eleanor sitting in front on a chair; it was the only chair left so he must’ve given it to her. How sweet! Liam was sitting on the couch with Danielle on his lap and Harry was on the phone. (Probably with Caroline)
“Hi guys” I said smiling to everyone
Everyone said ‘hey’ back to me almost in unison
Zayn grabbed my hand and led me over to the couch to sit beside Liam and Danielle.
I looked over behind the couch to see Niall and Dana play wrestling. Knowing Niall, it was probably because he stole her food or something.
The boys’ manager walked over to the group of us.
“The doors are opening in 5 minutes guys, you should go sit at the signing table” He advised them “Oh and it’s nice to meet you April, Zayn has told me quite a bit about you.” He said smirking. I blushed and looked away. Zayn gave me a quick kiss on the cheek before getting up to head over to the signing table.
“I’ll come see you at 1 for lunch, alright?” He said giving me a wink before disappearing behind the big curtains that separated the back room from the front where the signing table was.
Danielle and Eleanor walked over to Dana and I and introduced themselves. “It’s nice to finally meet you girls!” Eleanor said to us. Danielle greeted us as well and began to speak “Let’s go to the kitchen together and make some coffee so we can all get to know each other personally, we’ll probably be spending a lot of time together now!”
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Teenage Struggles - Chapter eleven
“Hey Dad!” I shouted happily, trying to get my mind off of Laura’s text message.
He was sitting on the couch reading the newspaper just like he does every late Saturday afternoon.
“Hello nice to see you again, I almost forgot you lived here” He joked.
“Oh shut up dad” I said as I went to the fridge to grab a cookie and a glass of milk.
“What are reading?” I asked curiously, plunging next to him on the couch.
“The celebrity news for once actually, there’s two headlines that caught my attention” He told me. “I think you should read this yourself April. I’m going to take a shower” He said getting up and walking towards the washroom.
I shrugged my shoulders and took the newspaper to my room and sat down on my bed to read it.
‘ZAYN MALIK CAUGHT WITH GIRL!’ I read the first paragraph of the article even though I could already tell it was about Zayn and I walking into Liberty together. I noticed the same little picture of us in the bottom right corner that showed on the news the day of. Thankfully it was a small picture so no way my dad could’ve recognized me. I continued reading on.
‘ZAYN MALIK CAUGHT DANCING NAKED BY CLEANER’
“What the fuck.” I shouted. “Why didn’t he say anything? If it did happen by accident he’s stupid for trying to hide this.” I said angry to myself. I read the whole article with a fuming look on my face. After reading the last line ‘Maybe Zayn’s maid will become more than just a maid after this incident.’ I threw my phone at the wall and screamed.
I walked back into the kitchen and forcefully shoved the newspaper inside.
“It’s not the newspapers fault.” My dad said
I walked over to the couch and shoved my face into a pillow, ignoring my dad.
“April are you okay? He took you out once, that doesn’t mean you’re in a relationship or anything, Love” He said trying to comfort me.
I looked up at my dad, my face dripping with tears.
“No, you don’t understand. I didn’t tell you because I knew you’d be mad but we went out after that too… and last night I stayed at his house. I feel like you don’t trust me enough, I mean ever since mom died you’ve treated me like a baby.” I told him almost bursting into tears again.
My dad sighed loudly and looked away.
“It’s tough being a single dad you know; I’m a guy so I know how young teen boys act. I don’t have a partner anymore to tell me that you need your space; I try my best though I really do April.” My dad said to me.
“I know you do Dad, and I love you. It’s just I’m 16 and I feel I should be trusted being with guys now”
He passed me a box of tissues and hugged me.
“Alright enough with this sad stuff, what’s going on between you and Zayn?” He said grinning
I went on for about an hour and surprisingly told him everything, all about Claire and Laura and how I feel that they’re both trying to take Zayn away from me. I told him that he’s taking me to a signing tomorrow and how I really like Zayn and I truly do think he cares a lot about me.
“From what you’re saying, Zayn seems like a pretty nice guy. As for Claire and Laura though, just be nice to them okay? Tomorrow show Zayn the text message she sent you, everything will turn out alright don’t worry. Oh and like I said before, Zayn’s a celebrity and tons of rumours will start and spread about him. He may just be another one of those people who got too famous too quickly and now he’s acting like an ass not telling you everything ormaybe you’re just overthinking things here. Go hang out with him tomorrow like you’re supposed to and invite him over Friday, I’d like to get to know him more”
Hearing my Dad say such nice thing and really trying to help me out made me feel better about everything. I think maybe I am overthinking things, but what can you expect, I’m a teenage girl.
“Thanks dad, I feel a lot better now. Anyways I’m going to sleep I stayed up so late last night and I’m exhausted”
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Teenage Struggles - Chapter Ten
After about 20 minutes of trying to stay focused on the movie we finally gave up and ended up making out on the couch instead. I heard a light knock on the door.
“Oh that’s probably the maid” Zayn said lifting me up off of him so he could go answer the door.
“Hi Zayn! How are you?” I heard a familiar voice say from afar.
I looked up over the couch. Zayn and Laura (a girl from my grade at school) walked into the living room where I was sitting in a slutty little maid outfit, like the ones that people wear for Halloween. She looked at me and gave me a dirty look, I just smiled and greeted her.
“Hi Laura, so you’re Zayn’s maid huh?” I asked
“Yeah.” She responded in a bitchy voice as she turned around and walked into the bedroom, probably to make the bed.
Zayn grabbed a bowl from the kitchen and filled it with chips.
“You know her love?” Zayn asked me as he sat back down on the couch beside me
“Yeah… she’s a friend of Claire.” I told him looking down at my cell phone.
I had a message on my phone from my dad and one from my boss, Marc.
“Oh I see, well at least I know for sure that Laura has stuck to her contract and not told anyone that she works for me. I mean judging by the way Claire was when she saw me, she obviously doesn’t know.” He said giggling
“She’s not my friend.” I quickly responded in a serious tone.
Zayn shrugged his shoulders and stuffed a few chips into his mouth. Laura came over and threw my clothes I had left on Zayn’s dresser at me.
“These must be yours” She said glaring at me then walked over to wash the dishes.
“You busy tomorrow babe?” Zayn asked me, totally oblivious to the tension Laura and I had.
I looked down at my phone again and read my bosses text message before answering.
No need to come into work tonight or tomorrow, we’ve got plenty of staff in. Enjoy your days off April – Marc
“As of now I’m completely free, why what did you have in mind?” I asked.
“Oh good, the boys and I are doing a cd signing for Up All Night and It’d be cool if you came along and got to know the other boys better. Niall’s ‘friend’ Dana is going to be there along with Danielle and Eleanor.” Zayn happily told me.
“That sounds like fun, but won’t fans suspect something if I’m just sitting with you?” I asked
“Yeah but it’s better for them to get to personally know you now rather than keeping everything a secret. You’ll get way less hate this was trust me, just be yourself.” He said with a big grin
“Keep what a secret” I asked abruptly after he finished speaking. (I really just wanted him to say something about a relationship between us)
Zayn’s grin quickly disappeared and he began to look a bit tense.
“Uhm, you know…”
The room went silent. I could tell Laura was listening in now too.
“That our relationship may soon be more than way it is now.” He said blushing
I bit my lip to hold back the temptation I had to scream and fangirl, then gave him a kiss on the cheek. I find it really cute that Zayn is so shy about admitting that he likes me.
“I should be getting home now, thanks for letting me stay over”
“Oh I’ll drive you!” he said getting up from the couch to grab his car keys.
“NO. my dad can’t see you.” I shouted.
Laura turned around and gave me an evil smirk.
“Oh…” Zayn’s face dropped, he looked really disappointed.
“Does that mean he doesn’t like me or something?” He asked looking hurt
“No no, that’s not it. He’s just babying me, you know like he’s really protective over me” I said trying to make him feel better
“Oh I see, well alright then. Promise me you’ll call me when you get home so I know that you’re alright?” He asked
“Promise. Oh and tomorrow pick me up down the road from my house okay?” I said as I bent down to put on my shoes. He nodded and gave a cute smile. Zayn then gave me a gentle kiss on the cheek and waved to me as I left the house.
I was almost home when I felt a vibration in my pocket. I happily looked down to my phone suspecting that it was Zayn. It wasn’t.
End it with Zayn now April. Stop talking to him, do whatever the fuck it takes to get him completely out of your life or I will. I swear on your mother’s grave I will tell Zayn every lie I can think of to make him hate you, quit seeing him now and I’ll keep quiet. If not, the whole school will be told a shitload of dirty secrets. That’s not what you want is it April? -Laura
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Robert opened the door to his massive mansion. As soon as we stepped foot in the house we smelt the strong smell of alcohol and when I looked inside the first thing I saw was a room full of totally wasted people. Together, Zayn and I walked inside and immediately went over to the bar where Louis and Harry were standing.
“What would you like to drink babe?” Louis politely asked me, he was already looking a little buzzed.
Before I could answer, Robert stumbled his way over to us and handed us all a couple of shots. Everyone in the room chugged them down as the loud music playing in the background sang “SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS”
Yes I am underage, only 16 years old and normally I wouldn’t drink at all unless I was at home but I feel safe around Zayn, it’s like I know and trust that he’ll take care of me.
After a couple more shots each, both Zayn and I were already feeling tipsy. Oh and don’t even ask about Harry and Lou… they were putting on a show for the other guests by pole dancing in the living room. Let’s just say I am never going to let them forget this, I managed to get a short video of them doing it.
Zayn and I walked around the house to explore a little. Since Liam can’t drink too much we found him in the games room with Niall and his new friend. Her name is Dana, I haven’t spoken to her yet except for the time she was taking my order but she seems like a really sweet girl. She’s the waitress from Liberty that we ate at the day I met the boys, I knew I sensed a little tension between the two that day. Her blonde hair and blue eyes match Niall’s so perfectly, they are going to be so cute together!
Zayn and I continued to explore to large spacious house, it wasn’t long before we found the backyard. There was a huge circular swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the center of the enormous backyard. Zayn looked over at me in excitement after seeing the hot tub.
“What?.… Oh my God, no. Come on I don’t even have my swimsuit Zayn.” I said
“So what? Just go in your bra”
I looked at him and sighed loudly. The look on his face was too adorable to say no to. The way his eyes would get really big and that pouty face he was always making make him irresistible. I just couldn’t say no to a face like his.
“Alright fine…” I finally said rolling my eyes
I felt Zayn’s eyes on me as I pulled down my pants and lifted up my shit leaving me in only my highlighter pink bra and undies. Good thing I decided to wear my cute lace pair of pink underwear today. I thought to myself. Zayn wore a pair of grey Calvin Klein boxers that fitted and shaped his body perfectly. Damn, he looked even better than I had imagined him to look.
Zayn held out his hand for me to grab to get into the hot tub.
“Thanks” I said to him
He winked at me in return.
Zayn has done that to me a few times already since we met only two days ago, but still every time he does I fan girl big time inside. I find myself having to hold in my tears of joy and excitement so I don’t totally freak him out.
At first we sat directly across from each other but as time passed, we slowly started getting closer to one another. The two of us talked and continued to drink our beers for hours, I was on my forth beer already and Zayn was maybe on his second. I wasn’t totally drunk but I was really close to that by the end of my fifth.
“Zaaayyn.” I whined in tears
“What’s wrong babe?” He asked as he reached for my hand.
“I ha… have ta… to tell you somethinnng.”
Zayn’s eyes widened.
“Okay love, let’s just get you out of the hot tub, you’re too drunk to be in here.”
He grabbed my other hand and cautiously helped me out. Zayn handed me the towel that was lying on a nearby beach chair and wrapped me in it. He then sat down; I sat on his lap leaning on to his chest.
“Alright, what’s up Love?” He asked
I tried speaking but my lower lip started to twitch and I felt that block inside my throat, I knew I was about to start crying. I looked into Zayn’s eyes. I could tell by the expression on his face that he was a mixture of confused and worried. As much as I tried to speak the words just refused to come out. Finally, I just shoved my face in-between Zayn’s shoulder and upper chest and cried. I felt his arms wrap around my cold shoulders, he tried comforting me by rubbing my back like my mum used to do when I was little.
“April don’t be afraid to tell me anything even if it’s something that’s been bugging you or a big secret, I’ll keep it. Trust me love, you can tell me anything.” He assured me. I found his words very comforting and I felt so safe and protected being in his arms. I nodded my head but still couldn’t find the energy to speak. Zayn caught on to my silence.
“Let’s go home okay? I think you need your rest.” He told me.
“mhm” was all the managed to come out of me.
We both got up, Zayn grabbed me by the waist and led me inside so we could say our goodbyes before leaving the party.
Teenage Struggles - Chapter five *Like If you’ve read*
I saw the 1D bus enter the half empty parking lot in the corner of my eye. Louis rushed out of the bus first, jumping down from the last step like a small child. Harry, Niall and Liam followed behind. Haz came running over towards me.
“Hey April, Zayn’s still prettying himself for you” He said with a wink, nudging my shoulder with his muscular arm. I laughed and smiled at him.
Liam, Niall and Louis ran straight inside the restaurant, Niall in front of course. My Dad followed the guys inside.
Harry opened and held the busses door open for me and we both walked inside. Zayn was standing shirtless in front of the mirror with two different shirts in hand. He looked over at me and smiled.
“Typical Zayn.” Harry said shaking his head
“I’ll leave you two alone. Don’t do anything too wild.” He winked at me and exposed that smile that shows off his cute dimples then exited the bus and ran inside the restaurant. Zayn and I laughed when he left.
“Which one?” Zayn asked me with a pouty face as he held out the two shirts in front of him.
“Hmm… I’d go with the black one.” I told him
“Oh good. That’s what I was going to choose.” Zayn said to himself as he slipped on the shirt.
“I didn’t even say a proper hello to you, sorry babe.” He said as he went in for a hug and whispered into my ear.
“You look beautiful today April”
We walked inside the fancy restaurant together. It was really nice in there. I looked over at Zayn, he was wearing the black top I told him to wear with a pair of beige pants and his white high-tops and to top it off, his hair was looking taller than ever. We joined the rest of the group at the large circular dinner table. A young waitress was already serving our table when we sat down.
“I’ll have the plate of lobster with a bowl of shrimp, the pasta dish and a basket of garlic bread sticks” Niall told the waitress.
The young girl looked at him funny as she wrote down all he had ordered. The rest of the boys and I laughed at her reaction.
Dinner was great, I’d say my Dad was really taking a liking to the boys… but I’m not so sure about Zayn. When we were eating, I was mainly the only one he spoke to and occasionally he’d steal some food from my plate, of course I loved him flirting with me but I could tell my dad wasn’t happy with it.
“Thank you for dinner Dave” Zayn said, shaking my dad’s hand.
“No problem Zayn.” My dad responded smiling.
“We best be going April, It’s getting late.”
Everyone said their goodbyes, I saved Zayn till last. When I was sure my dad wasn’t paying attention I approached Zayn to give him a goodbye hug. Instead he grabbed my hand and took me into the empty lobby. Zayn wrapped his strong muscular arms around my waist picking me up and spinning me around in a circle. He placed me down and looked into my eyes. I reached for the neckline of his shirt and brought him closer to me slowly. When our lips finally touched I felt a tingly feeling inside me, like fireworks sparking.
“April?” My dad walked into the lobby and caught Zayn and I kissing one another.
I looked up suddenly to see my dad eyes and mouth wide open.
The car ride home was pretty silent; I think my dad was still kind of in shock. I bravely decided to break the silence.
“You know… It was just a kiss.” I told him.
He didn’t say a word.
“I have to grow up sooner or later” I said lowering my head looking down into my lap.
“You’re my only child April, I love you more than anything. It’s hard for me to see you with someone who could break your heart so easily in a second.” He responded. The look on his face seemed like he was trying to hold back tears.
“I want you to be happy but I just don’t want to lose you too” He said shedding a single tear.
It took me a while to respond. I too was trying to hold back all my tears that desperately wanted to come out.
“You’ll never lose my Dad. I’ll always be your little girl. I promise”
Teenage Struggles - Chapter four
Before the boys left the studio my dad, Louis and Liam had a little chat while Harry and Niall played on their Ds’s. Zayn stood with me outside my dad’s office.
“Are you going to wear a tux to dinner tonight?” I asked him
“It’s not that formal is it? I think I’ll go in something a little more causal.”
Before I could speak again, Zayn grabbed my cell phone that he was eyeing which was slightly sticking out of my jean pocket.
“It’ll be a long ride home from here with the boys, please save me from having to deal with these guys the whole way” Zayn joked. We both laughed, I nodded my head and smiled in agreement.
He gave me a goodbye hug, this one lasting longer than our previous.
“I put my number in your phone, text me” He said as he walked away.
“We’ll leave in 5 minutes April. We have to get ready for the dinner tonight” My Dad yelled from another room.
I sat on the white leather couch in the waiting room. My mind started racing. No way had this just happened, I must be dreaming. I thought to myself. I picked up my phone and scrolled through my contacts. Sure enough, Zayn’s name and number was at the very bottom of the list. OHMYGOD. This really did just happen.
We arrived home at a quarter to 6. Only 45 minutes to get ready, great.
I rushed up the stairs to my room so I could take a quick shower and straighten my mid length brown hair. I slipped on my black highwaisted skirt and a frilly light brown top. I didn’t have time to apply any special makeup so I stuck to my regular routine; Black eyeliner on top and bottom lid and some mascara. Lastly I put on a bit of foundation and a tiny bit of pink blush to the apples of my cheeks. I picked up my black ballet flats which have a really cute bow at the top and ran downstairs. I found my dad already waiting for me wearing his black suit and tie.
Thankfully we got to Liberty before the boys did – not exactly sure how we managed that. My dad parked his black Mercedes and we both got out.
“April… please don’t get involved with any of the boys. I saw you sitting on Zayn’s lap earlier and I’m sure you could tell I wasn’t happy about it.” He warned me.
“Are you kidding me right now?! One Direction is my favourite band and you know how much of a crush I have on Zayn. Why is it that when something good happens to me you take it away?” I yelled at him
“April stop it. Don’t overreact now, I’m just trying protect you. Zayn’s a celebrity and he has millions of girls chasing after him. I just don’t want you to end up getting hurt” He told me calmly
I stayed silent for a couple seconds. I just looked down at my flats and shuffled the pebbles around underneath them. “Nothing’s going to happen anyway…” I finally said
Anna and I had to take the train followed by two busses to get home, and when we finally got there it was almost 11pm. Since school just ended a week ago we didn’t have to worry about late nights out anymore. Anna would be staying at my house for the whole summer because her parents had to go on some important business trips.
I quietly opened the house door expecting everyone to be sleeping. But of course, my over-protective parents had been waiting up for us to get home.
“Hi mom, hi dad.” I said tiredly, making my way upstairs.
Anna smiled at them, and followed me up the stairs to my room.
My parents had me pretty young. My mom had just turned 22 when she gave birth to me and my dad was almost 23. They were still young so they‘re always going out to clubs and bars, leaving me at home with my older brother, Tyler. He’s four years older than me, 20.
I heard my parents leave the house. Tyler’s long-time girlfriend Samantha knocked on my bedroom door and came inside.
“Hey you two, how was the concert?” she asked us smiling.
“Amazing” Anna and I answered in perfect sync
“Aw that’s good! I’m glad you guys had fun.” She said
“Anyways I have to ask you both a question. Would you two like to come with Tyler and I to London England in 2 days?” She asked, even though our answer was obvious.
“Don’t worry I asked your parents, and yours too, Anna. They said as long as you promised to be good and to help out a little, you guys can come along.”
Anna and I looked at each other, speechless. “OF COURSE WE’LL COME WITH YOU!” I yelled
“Haha, thought so.” She laughed
“Get some sleep, tomorrow you two should start packing, we’ll be going for the whole summer so you’ll need a lot of clothes.” She told us as she left the room, closing the door.
I laid down on my bed. “We should tell Zayn and Niall the good news” I said, pulling out my phone to text Zayn.
Anna grabbed my phone out of my hands.
“Why don’t we let them sleep… We can tell them tomorrow” She said yawning
“Yeah, I guess your right” I admitted lying down
The next day came in no time. I awoke to the huge poster of One Direction I had put up right in front of my bed. I smiled as I got up. Anna was already awake making herself eggs when I came downstairs to the kitchen. She looked at me.
“Nice hair” Anna said sarcastically, nodding her head
“Oh shut up” I responded tiredly
To my surprise she brought me a plate with scrambled eggs on it.
“Wow, wasn’t expecting this” I admitted to her
Anna rolled her eyes as she sat down with her plate of food. She pulled out her phone.
“Want to call them?” She asked, smirking
“Yeah put them on speaker” I said laughing
Anna dialled the number. A few seconds later Niall answered.
“Hello?” he said in a voice that made him seem like he wasn’t fully awake yet.
“Oh sorry, did I wake you?” Anna asked, feeling a little guilty
“ANNA!” he screamed in the phone, in his absolutely adorable strong Irish accent
“NIALL” she mocked him. “I have the best news ever to tell you. Me and Lil are going down to London tomorrow!” she told him in the happiest voice ever
“NO WAY! That’s great! We’re going back in a few hours, so we can meet you at the airport tomorrow to pick you guys up. Text me the details, I gotta go tell Zayn. He’s gunna be so happy” Niall admitted.
“Alright Niall bye” she said hanging up the phone.
A bout a minute after she hung up the phone she got a text.
I told Zayn and he had the biggest smile on his face. Oh and he said that he’d text Lilly when we get to the airport.
Can’t wait to see you again Anna
Love You. xx
Anna read the text message to herself, and then handed the phone over to me so I could read it.
I put the phone on the table. I couldn’t help but smile. That was by-far the cutest text I have ever read.
Anna and I spent the rest of the day asking each other which clothes we should bring. At about 12pm I got a text from Zayn. I noticed Anna pick up her phone at the same.
Hey Babe. The boys and I are boarding the plane now. Miss you lots.
Niall and I are going to pick the four of you up in a limo.
Oh almost forgot, we’re going out for dinner at 8. You have no choice :)
Love you Lilly x
I looked up from my phone to find Anna smiling away. I laughed to myself. I wonder if her text was as cute as mine was. I thought to myself
We finished packing at about 6, but now that we were both going on dates the day we got to London, we were going to need to bring a dress. Samantha took a break from her own packing to drive us to the mall. We spent almost 3 hours looking for the perfect dresses to buy. Finally we got home at a quarter to 9. We were all exhausted. Our plane was leaving at 7am the next morning so we decided to go sleep early tonight. The next morning at 4:30 am the four of us were up and ready to go. My parents helped us put the bags into the car. Somehow they managed to fit. We said and kissed my parents goodbye as the four of us got into the car. It would take us about 20minutes to get to the airport from home.
We were on the road for about 5 minutes now when I felt my phone vibrate in my coat pocket. I reached inside and typed in my password.
Morning Babe ♥
So excited to see you tonight, have a good flight.
Love YouJ x
I quickly texted him back then shoved my cellphone back into my pocket.