Tonight's Cloudy Sky (Niall Horan Fan Fiction)

A very wise man once said that- when it came to life- you never knew what you were going to get. It's a sort of philosophy for Amelia, who's experienced her fair share of downs and is currently waiting for the ups. And when they finally do come to her... well, what goes up must come back down.
*WARNING- CURSING*

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2. Five Best Friends

As I woke up, I felt the sun shining on my face. I slowly opened my eyes and immediately shielded myself from the light. I groaned and moved to the side, shuffling the covers around me. I laid there for a few minutes more; I wasn't able to sleep, so I listened to everything around me.

Mom was in the other room shuffling around, as she does every morning. I hear cupboards opening and closing, so I presume that she's making breakfast. My mom is a very sweet and understanding person, so she knows that I am too lazy to make myself food. I could be hungry all day, but won't bother to cook something because I don't want to get up. We've come to an agreement that, when I'm hungry, she'll get me something, and in return I will do whatever is possible to help run the house.

You see, I live in a single-parent family. It's just me, my brother Ryan, and my mom. We live in the peaceful city of Portsmouth, which is about an hour southwest of London, and right on the coast. We live in a cozy apartment that has two bedrooms and one bath- it's not much, but it's what I call home.

I hear a crash coming from the other side of the wall, followed by the high pitch whine of Ryan. He probably broke something. Again.

Knowing that I would never be able to go back to sleep, I sat up. On the wall opposite my bed was a poster of One Direction. God, I love them. I sighed as I admired their beauty. I wished I could meet them and tell them how much they mean to me, but I had accepted long ago that I would never see them in person. Giving one last fleeting glance at them, I flung my covers back and I was struck by the coldness in the air. I had heard mom muttering about the bills yesterday, and I realize that the heating was probably cut off. I stuck my arms into my sleeves and ran to the closet for a pair of sweat pants. Once I was warmer, I walked out of the room I shared with Ryan and found myself in the dark. Great- the electricity was cut, also. I sighed and shuffled forward.

I only made it one step before the lights flashed on and I was ambushed by people. They all ran to hug me, cheering happily.

"Happy Birthday, Amelia!" I saw around me all of my school friends. I wasn't the most popular girl on campus, but I had managed to hang on to the few friends I've had for the past couple of years since I moved to England.

I smiled, still in shock, at everyone as they ushered me over to the couch. Ryan walked shyly over to me and handed me a blanket to keep me warm. He then snuggled next to me and whispered a happy birthday in my ear. I pulled an arm out from under the blanket and wrapped it around him, pulling him close. We may be seven years apart, but we were as close as anything.

I looked over to my mom, who was sitting at the dining room table. Her head was resting on her hand and she stealthily wiped away tears. I tilted my head, silently asking what was wrong, but she shook her head and smiled. I could tell that she was hiding something.

"Go cheer mom up," I whispered in Ryan's ear. He looked confused at first, but he quietly rushed over to her when he saw the state she was in. When he got to her, he gave her a big hug and she threw her had back, laughing. Ryan's hugs solved everything.

I looked over at my friends, who were all huddled on the carpet in front of me. They were gossiping and having a good time. I caught the eye of Meredith, my best friend. I motioned her over to me.

"How in the world did you plan this?" I exclaimed quietly. "You're horrible at keeping secrets!" I slapped her gently on the arm and she giggled.

"It was not without great difficulty, trust me Amelia." Her thick accent clung to every word and I struggled to understand her. She had a tendency to talk faster when she was excited. "Do you know how many times I wanted to tell you?! It was literally killing me!" She waved her arms around as she exaggerated wildly.

I gave her the 'Amelia Face' as my friends call it, as if to say 'really? You almost DIED?' I used it a lot around Meredith, because she exaggerated every few sentences.

She scoffs. "Oh, you know what I meant!" She turned to the other girls. "Okay, ladies! Time for prezzies!" They all cheered and reached behind them. They stood up in a line and were hopping around, hopefully from excitement.

I sat on the couch in anticipation. What were they doing? They continued to stand there, smiling goofily, as Meredith got up from the couch. She stood of the far right of the line. I gave her a confused look and she returned it with a wink. Knowing Meredith, this was going to be great. Meredith looked over to Ryan and nodded. He seemed to understand what that meant, because he got up from the table and walked to the CD player. He pushed play.

Suddenly, the voices of five angels filled the air. I smiled to myself as I listened to my favorite song, Moments.

I swayed slightly and that made my friends snicker. All my friends here were Directions, but Meredith and I were hardcore; actually, she is the one that introduced them to me.

Janessa, my friend on the far left, began to speak. "Amelia, we all know you love One Direction a bit more than others- but that's one of the reasons we love you! So here is something that you can wear that will show everyone your true passion." She moved her hands in front of herself and revealed a tee shirt.

It had their faces on it.

I jumped up and down on the couch, clapping and squealing. Janessa smiled and moved forward to hand me the shirt. I grabbed her by the wrist and yanked her down for a hug. She laughed out loud as she hugged me back.

"Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I'm going to wear it every single day of my life!" Now it was their turn to laugh and give me the Amelia Face.

Janessa sat down next to me and I wrapped my arm around her waist. I couldn't stop smiling. They didn't have to do this for me! I would have to repay them some day.

Ariel, who Janessa had been standing next to, spoke next. "It's hard to say nicely," she spoke softly, which wasn't like her usual self. "But we know you guys have financial problems." I looked down at my lap, embarrassed and ashamed. I tried to hide it from people at school, but my friends found out a while ago. I didn't want people's sympathy; I wanted them to treat me the same as everyone else. But when my friends found out, they didn't let it change the way they acted around me. We were still the same goofy, loud girls.

Ariel continued. "We all know how you hate charity, but we HAD to get this for you!" I tilted my head at her, confused at what she was insinuating. She laughed and winked, "You'll see." She pulled something small out of her pocket and walked forward. As she got closer, I caught glimpses of white and black flashing in the lamp light.

No, she did not!

She got me a phone?!

I stared at her in shock as she placed it on my lap and slowly backed away with her hands up. I gawked at it silently. I gently touched it to make sure that it was real. When I saw that I was able to pick it up and hold it, I placed it on the couch next to me and rushed towards Ariel. She looked terrified as I hurried forward, but when I hugged her, she calmed.

I clamped my arms around her and squeezed as hard as I could until she tapped me on the shoulder. I looked at her and saw that she was making dramatic faces as if I was hugging her to death. I let go of her and her sighed, smiling.

I looked her in the eye. "How did you afford this?!"

She shrugged. "Dad's business is doing really well at the moment and when I asked what I could get for you, he was all like 'go big or go home'. You know what he's like. So I got you an iPhone 4s." She stated nonchalantly. An iPhone 4s?! What?!

"But that's too expensive!” I paused. “How can I pay you back?" I shrugged and looked down at my empty hands. I had nothing to give back.

Noticing that I was worried, she wrapped me in another hug. "Just be the Amelia that I love, and that's payment enough." She always knew what to say.

I smiled genuinely at her. "Thank you. So much. Really. This means so much to me."

Ariel's smile widened and she led me back to the couch and sat me down. I laid the tee shirt and phone in my lap and stared at them. This was one of the birthday's I have ever had. How could it get any better?

I heard coughing and looked up. Mattie, a fellow Directioner and close friend, started her speech. "Amelia, you're amaZayn. You're phenomiNiall, extrodinHarry, brilLiam and fabuLouis. I don't know what I would do without you and we have the best times fan-girling over One Direction. I know everything about you- so I know that you will be super duper excited about my present. I know it won't be as awesome as Janessa's shirt," she teased, "but I think you will appreciate it none-the-less." She dramatically moved her hands from behind her back and revealed an envelope. She skipped towards me and waved it in my face, begging me to open it.

As gracefully as I could, I ripped it apart, careful not to damage the content. Once the seal was broken, I shook it upside down. What fell into my lap stopped my heart.

Keys.

And not just any keys. Keys to a hotel. And not just any hotel.

22 Jermyn Street.

It was on my bucket list to stay at this hotel. It was one of the best 5-star hotels in London, with only 22 rooms available!

After the initial shock wore off, I let out a loud scream. I let nothing back.

"OH MY GOD YOU GOT ME A ROOM AT THE JERMYN STREET I LOVE YOU FOREVER MATTIE YOU ARE THE BEST FRIEND THAT I WILL EVER HAVE AND I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU COULD AFFORD THESE...wait, how could you afford this?" I stared at them impatiently. "You guys are getting me such expensive gifts, how will I ever be able to pay you back?! I'm going to be indebted to you forever!"

They all smiled and Janessa spoke first. "Amelia, you do realize that you are best friends with four of the richest girls at school? Seriously, this is no big deal; you are in no way in debt to us!"

I exhaled and leaned my head on her shoulder. In all of the movies, the rich girls were mean, selfish, and rude and didn't even think about talking to the poor girl. How could my friends be so perfect?

I looked over at Meredith, who was the only one left standing in the line; Ariel and Mattie were setting me up a twitter and Janessa was sitting quietly by my side. "I presume you have a wildly expensive gift for me, also?" I joked at her. She was rocking back and forth on her heals and her eyes looked like they were about to fall out of her head. She nodded enthusiastically.

"I know you said that Mattie is your best friend ever, but I think that when you see my present, you will reconsider. My present needs little introduction." She slapped her hands on her thighs in a mock drum roll; the rest of the girls followed suit.

She pulled out something from her pocket and waved them around happily as she pranced around the room. I could barely hear what she say screaming. I stared ahead at the wall in shock. Had I just seen what I thought I saw?

I felt lightheaded. Is she serious? Please say she's serious. I swear, if this is a joke...

I jumped back startled when Meredith suddenly appeared in front of me. Her face with inches away from mine and she was screaming nonsense. She was grinning like a mad man as she tried to get a reaction out of me.

And through all of the screaming, I catch one thing Meredith said.

"AMELIA, WE ARE GOING TO GO SEE ONE DIRECTION IN CONCERT!"

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