Teenage Struggles - Chapter two
It wasn’t long at all before I reached the studio my dad works at. The receptionist knows me well since I visit often so she just opens the door and lets me inside without giving me a hard time. I walked into the cramped office and sat on his spinny chair. I logged onto Twitter and tweeted ‘How exciting, going to be meeting the boys!’ I got a few replies but I decided to ignore them and log onto Tumblr instead. Of course, I have a blog that’s dedicated to the five most beautiful boys in the world. The first picture I saw was of the boys dressed up all fancy in their suits. I looked up suddenly from the computer when I heard familiar voices outside. Five beautiful guys walked into my father’s office. They entered the small room in a single file line, Louis in the front followed by Niall, Harry, Liam, and then Zayn.
“You look pretty young to be working here” Louis said with a grin.
He sat down in one of the two chairs in front of the desk. Niall sat on the arm of Louis’ chair while both Liam and Harry shared the other one. Zayn was the only boy left without a seat so he stayed at the doorway and leaned against it.
“I… I… ya. I mean, I don’t work here, but um, my uh… Dad will interview you.” I said nervously.
I could feel myself shaking and I couldn’t look away from Zayn. He must’ve noticed me staring because he turned to me, did one of those hot half smiles and winked. I nearly passed out. Moments later my dad walked into the filled office.
“I was looking for you April. I see you’ve already met the boys” My dad said to me.
I nodded because I knew the words still wouldn’t come out right if I tried speaking again.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you boys.” My dad said to them as he shook each of their hands. “This is my daughter April, she’s a huge fan of yours and she’s been dying to meet you guys, she begged me to let her come today.”
“Nice to meeting you April” Zayn quickly replied as he walked over to give me a hug.
I nearly fainted when he said my name. As soon as he wrapped his arms around me I instantly smelt his string cologne. I normally don’t like a guy that smells so string but on Zayn it was perfect. He released me from our five second hug and looked over at the computer screen.
“You have a One Direction Blog?” Zayn asked me with a slight smirk on his face.
“Yeah I do.” I managed to say
Zayn sat on the spinny chair, looked up at me and patted his knee. (Indicating that he wanted me to sit down on it.) I sat down as he asked and I showed him a couple of the 1D blogs that I follow. Soon after, my dad noticed me sitting on Zayn and glared at me. I quickly stood up.
I love my dad and all but sometimes he’s just way over protective. I’m a 16 year old girl; he should know that I’m into guys by now.
Zayn and I continued to browse through One Direction blogs together.
“Alright boys, ready for your interview?” My dad asked them nicely.
The guys all nodded their heads and followed my dad out the door to the neighbouring room, except for Zayn.
“Aren’t you going to go too?” I asked him.
“Only if you come with me” He said with a smile
I giggled and looked down shyly. I then got up to lead Zayn to the next room. He asked me to sit beside him during the interview, of course I couldn’t say no to an offer like that.
“Leave the boys alone April. Come sit on this side of the table” My dad demanded.
“No no Dave, she’s fine here don’t worry.” Zayn told him
My dad seemed slightly annoyed. “Fine but do not say a word, this is a live interview April, we can’t edit you out.” He advised me.
“Anna, how much longer?”
“Half an hour!” she said excitedly
“You were asleep for hours” Anna told me, looking annoyed
“Yeah, what have you been doing? I asked
“Tumblr and I was skyping with Niall for a whi-”
“Was Zayn there? Did he see me?” I asked her immediately, cutting her off mid-sentence
“Yes and yes. Your head was on my shoulder the whole time”
I sighed and dug my face into the pillow that was resting on my lap.
“Don’t worry Lil, he said you look cute when you’re sleeping.” Anna smiled
“The plane will be landing in approximately 10 minutes. We kindly ask for all cell phones and laptops to be turned off at this time, and seat belts to be fastened” The flight attendant said through the intercom.
“By the way, I figured I had to tell Sam and Tyler that Zayn and Niall had a limo waiting for us. Oh and I told them that they weren’t our boyfriends but they were probably going to be taking us out quite a bit.” Anna explained to me
“Oh great, is he going to tell my mom?” I asked worriedly
“No no, he said he swore he wouldn’t tell as long as we were careful and didn’t get into any trouble.”
“Oh and Lilly, I don’t know if you realized this, but we can’t be holding hands with the boys or anything in public just yet. It’s too early in their career to be with girls, and they’ll probably get into trouble.” She advised me
“Yeah I know” I said quietly, looking down at my pillow that had mascara smudges all over it.
Anna could tell I was upset with this. She hugged me tight and tried to cheer me up. “They’re probably at the airport waiting for us already” she said with a smile on her face.
The plane landed and it took us only half an hour to find all of our luggage’s. Samantha and Tyler were walking in front of us holding hands. They were so cute together, I’m really glad my brother found someone as nice as Sam to be with.
“Tyler, Anna and I are hungry. Wait for the guys. Do you want us to bring you guys back something to eat from the coffee shop over there?” I asked
“Sure thanks Lil just bring me back a medium coffee” Tyler told me
“I’ll have the same Lilly, we’ll keep an eye out for them” Sam said with a smile
Anna and I walked to the store and ordered.
“Hi, can I have four medium coffees and two blueberry muffins please?” I asked the cashier
I paid her and the lady handed us our food.
We were walking back to Sam and Tyler, when we saw them shaking hands and introducing themselves to Niall and Zayn.
I threw the coffee’s at Tyler and ran over to hug Zayn.
“Lilly!” he yelled, picking me up in his arms hugging me super tight
Niall ran over to Anna, gave her a great big bear hug and kissed her on the cheek. Then he reached into the bag with the muffins and started eating one.
Anna and I glanced at each other and instantly started laughing.
The six of us made our way to the awaiting black limo that was parked outside. Zayn took my luggage from me and threw in into the trunk. Niall did the same with Anna’s. The limo driver then put in Tyler and Sam’s luggage in the trunk while Zayn and Niall were both being gentlemen, opening the doors for us.
Sam told the driver the directions to the hotel her father owned. He was a really rich man; he owned a whole bunch of expensive hotels all across England. Lucky for us he had given us one the biggest rooms in his most famous hotel that was located in the center of London.
The whole car ride Sam and Ty were discussing what they would do and go see first while Anna and Niall were arguing about who missed the other more.
Zayn put his arm around my shoulder pulling me close. He looked at me with a smile and kissed my cheek. I laid my head on his shoulder and he started to play with my hair.
I felt as if I knew Zayn for years; we were already so comfortable around each other. I mean, if it were any other guy, I would NEVER have kissed him the same day I met him.
When we arrived at the hotel, Zayn jumped out of the car then reached out both his hands for me to grab. I took them and he quickly pulled me up onto my feet.
“Here Anna, let me take those” I heard Niall say as he took Anna’s suitcase handle with one hand and using his free arm to wrap around her waist.
We rode the elevator up to the 17th floor and opened the room 236’s door using one of those swipe card keys.
“Whoa… this is big” Zayn said to me as we walked through the door holding hands.
The suite was massive. The first thing you saw when you entered was the huge flat screen TV that was mounted on the wall. On the opposite side of the family room was a kitchen with quite a bit of cooking space. Just down the hall were three big bedrooms, and next door to each of them was its own washroom. I was loving London already.
As soon as Niall put the suitcase on Anna’s bed he rushed to the fridge to see if there was anything inside for him to eat.
“Niall, we’re going out soon. Don’t spoil your dinner” Anna said, sounding like his mother.
He looked up at her with his big blue puppy dog eyes and begged.
“That doesn’t work with me you know” Anna told him, grabbing his arm and leading him to her bedroom. Who knows what they were doing in there.
“Lilly I gotta go meet up with Louis now, see you at 8 Babe” Zayn said winking at me as he left the room
I ran into my room and excitedly opened my suitcase. I pulled out my new dress strapless black dress (x) and my matching heels (x) I rushed into the bathroom to do my makeup, just the regular silver Smokey eye.
As I was in the middle of doing my hair I heard my ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ ringtone go off.
I looked at the caller ID. It was Zayn.
“Hey Zayn, what’s up?”
“Hey Babe, I’m downstairs in the Lobby. You almost ready?” He asked
I checked the time on my phone 8:11
“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry Zayn, I’ll be downstairs in a sec” I said as I hung up the phone
I quickly finished my hair ending up just putting it into a messy bun. I grabbed my phone and ran out the door.
When I got downstairs Zayn was sitting on one of the leather couches that were in the lobby. He was wearing a grey tux. His hair was gelled up and he had his one black and one diamond earring on.
Zayn stood up as I walked towards him. He clearly checked me out. Though it didn’t seem like he was trying to hide it. He grabbed my waist with both hands pulling me close and kissed my lips softly.
His rich brown eyes looked deeply into mine
“You look beautiful Lilly”
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.
After a good half an hour searching for our seats, we finally found them. There was still about an hour and a half before the concert started so the place was still fairly empty. Anna and I sat down. She pulled out a few chocolate bars and two fruit punch juice boxes. Anna always comes prepared.
“So when are you planning on giving Niall a call?” I asked her
“I’m not” she said looking at the empty stage in front of us.
“WHAT?! Are you kidding me? Why the hell not? I screamed at her
“Lilly, think about it. Do you honestly believe he likes me? Common there’s a billion better looking girls out there.” She admitted
Anna was extremely self-conscious. Even worse than I was. I never understood it though. I’ve known her since grade 4 and she’d always have boyfriends, unlike me. I’ve only had two boyfriends before, and neither lasted very long. Anna was really pretty. She had beautiful straight, blond hair that reached her waist. She wasn’t as skinny as I was, but still she was very thin. Anna was about two inches taller than me, so about 5`6. Her skin was pale just like mine. I was always jealous of eyes. They were bright-bright green.
“Um hello, I’m sure Niall wouldn’t just give out his number to any random person, clearly he’s interested.” I told her, in a frustrated tone.
“Yeah I guess. I don’t know, I’ll just wait and see what happens tonight.”
We gossiped for another 45 minutes until FINALLY the concert was about to start. The place was now packed.
A few minutes later, Liam, Louis, Harry, Niall, and Zayn came out on stage singing their single na na na. I noticed both Niall and Zayn scanning the crowd around our area, clearly looking for us. The boys spotted us at the same time. They both smiled and looked relieved now that they knew where we were sitting. The concert was amazing or as any directioner would say, Amazayn. One Direction sang all their new songs from their newly released album Up All Night. Right after they finished singing Gotta Be You, it was time for their last song of the night. I had been keeping track of the songs so I knew that the last one would have to be What makes you beautiful. Liam started singing the beginning of the song: “You’re Insecure, duno what for…” As he was singing, both Niall and Zayn ran down into the screaming audience. Niall took Anna’s hand and Zayn grabbed mine. Before we got up, Zayn yelled at us.
“DANCE BEHIND US INTIL WE COME TO GET YOU” he screamed trying to make sure we heard him over the all loud girl shrieks around us.
Niall ran over to the right side of the stage with Anna while Zayn and I stayed on the left. We made it up just before the first chorus. As the boys were happily singing, Anna and I danced behind excitedly.
Just before Harry’s solo Niall grabbed Anna from behind him and pulled her close. Zayn did the same with me.
“Baby you light up my world like nobody else, the way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed…” Harry sang.
Just before the end of Harry’s solo, Zayn quickly kissed my cheek. He then grabbed my hand as he began to sing along. I saw in my peripheral vision that Niall was doing the same with Anna.
“YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR BEAUTIFUL” we all sang together.
After the last song was over, the boys thanked the audience for the wonderful time they had and then proceeded to walk backstage, Zayn and Niall still holding mine and Anna’s hand. As soon as we got behind the heavy black curtain Zayn pulled me close and hugged me tightly.
“Thank you. That was a lot of fun.” I said in Zayn’s ear
“Yeah, it was Babe.” He told me. Our faces only inches apart from each other’s.
“Will I ever be able to see you again?” he asked me worriedly
I stared into his eyes while thinking about his question. Will I ever be able to see you again? I thought to myself
“Sure… I mean if that’s what you want” I answered a few second later while looking away shyly
I saw Anna and Niall sitting on the couch flirting with each other, and occasionally kissing.
Zayn pulled my face to his and kissed me softly.
“Of course that’s what I want.”