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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18. Knock, Knock

We rushed home as quickly as we could, panicking about the future events. I wasn’t as worried as the others because I knew that Niall was just a normal guy and we didn’t really have to try to impress him. But as the girls tidied up the already-clean flat, I saw how worried they were. It kind of reminded me of when I had been getting ready for my date with Niall. I had been fixated on the fact that he was in my favorite band and that I had to get everything perfect. But as soon as we spent some time with the boys, the girls would realize that they didn’t have to try.

“Okay, Amelia- give it to me straight. Do I look ugly?” Mattie stood in front of me, brushing her fingers through her long brown hair and fixing her shirt.

I jumped off of the stool where I had been lazing about and sighed. “Mattie you look perfect! You seriously don’t have to worry at all! They are just five normal lads and it’s nothing to freak out about- they’ll love you instantly.”

“Are you sure?” She asked hesitantly and stopped fidgeting with her outfit. “Are you really, properly sure?”

I laughed and gave her a hug. “Yeah, that’s me. Really, properly sure that you look beautiful.” I pulled away and turned to the others, who were swarming around the flat. “And that goes to you, too!”

They turned to me, their hands poised over shiny surfaces. It was so sad to see them so scared, and even sadder to know that they shouldn’t be scared. Soon, they would see from my point of view.

“You are all perfect and once you meet the guys you will understand. They don’t care if you have little quirks! What they really want is a breath of fresh air from the crazy fan girls; they just want to hang out with five normal girls that treat them like their five normal guys.” I explained to them and they straightened, their bodies loosening.

“Alright- I can do that. I can do normal chic.” Meredith sighed in relief and plopped down on the couch. “There we go! That’s so much better.”

“I dig it.” Ariel proclaimed and jumped onto the other couch. She frowned slightly at the state of the clean room. After a few seconds of deliberation, she leaned over and picked up all the pillows, throwing them on the floor. “Much better. More homey.”

“Alright. No more tidying.” Janessa exhaled loudly and sat down on the coffee table. She smiled softly, almost as if she was slowly coming to the realization that she was going to meet the love of her life in a few hours.

Oh, that reminded me- we still had about an hour and a half to set up for the scary movie marathon with the boys. I turned to Mattie, who had quietly migrated to the kitchen and was snacking on some strawberries.

“Okay, we need to get the necessities done before they get here- that means films ready, windows covered, food out and couches set up. Mattie, you’re good with this sort of thing. Could you be the boss lady?”

“Aye, aye, captain.” She saluted me goofily. “I am no longer Mattie Locke- refer to me as big boss lady from now on.”

“Okay big boss lady!” Meredith interrupted behind me and I heard Janessa laugh loudly. I didn’t turn around, but smiled at Mattie who nodded.

“Okay,” Mattie composed herself and began giving out instructions. “I’ll order the food. I want Meredith to pick out the films and Janessa and Ariel to rearrange the couches and put some duvets and pillows on the floor. And you, dear Amelia, will go pick up the food once I’ve ordered it!”

“I only have my provisional!” I protested. I hadn’t been bothered to get my full license because Mattie or Janessa were always there to drive me around.

“I’ll go pick up the food.” Janessa stepped forward and Mattie nodded.

“Alright, Janessa picks up the food and Amelia- you help Ariel move the stuff around. Oh, and when you’re all done I want you to cover the windows with blankets to make it dark.” We nodded and went our separate ways, Meredith to the film cupboard, Mattie and Janessa to the kitchen and Ariel and I to the couches.

“One, two, three- HEAVE! HO! HEAVE! HO!” Ariel yelled as she pushed against the opposite side of the couch. I was on the other side, pulling.

“You can do it!” Meredith added from where she was sitting on the floor in front of our large array of collected movies, mostly stolen from her own house.

“Spatula, what movies are you choosing?” I asked her, intent to get her to quiet down a bit.

“So far I have Insidious, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House at the End of the Street and Friday the 13th.” She laughed with glee at the four choices and I groaned.

“Dear lord, woman! Do we have anything less traumatizing?!” Was she choosing the scariest films we owned just to annoy me?!

“Maybe, but what would be the fun in that? This is a scary movie marathon! That implies loads of scary films!” She laughed again and stood up, moving over to the couch that we hadn’t moved yet. “And anyways, you shouldn’t really be worried. You’ll have Mr. Horan there to protect you.”

I didn’t answer that, just ignoring her and continuing to move the couches. Eventually we had arranged the couches to the way we wanted, but we hit a minor road block when we had to pull Meredith off of the couch she was laying on. She simply refused to move and kept moaning that she was so comfortable. In the end we had to pick her up, Ariel grabbing her legs and me holding her arms, and drop her on the floor out of the way.

We then went to our separate rooms and dragged our duvets and pillows down the hall to the living room, where we laid them on the floor. There was going to be ten of us, and two couches weren’t going to fit us all. Once we had finished with that task, we took a short rest from the hard labor- note sarcasm- and fell down on the floor.

I heard the front door open and sat up to see if someone was coming or going. It was one o’clock, so I knew it wasn’t the boys. I could see the Janessa say one last thing to Mattie before waving and leaving the flat.

“Alright, all that’s left to do is the windows now.” Mattie smiled and walked over to where we were sprawled on the floor. “Are you ready?”

“Yeah, sure,” Meredith replied and stood up, the rest of us following. “How are we going to do this? Closing the curtains?”

“No, even if we close the curtains it’ll still be relatively bright in here. I was thinking that we hang some blankets over the windows to make it really dark. Sound good to you?” Mattie didn’t wait for us to agree and walked over to the coat closet to grab some spare blankets.

“Okay and how are we going to hang them up?” Ariel asked as Mattie handed us each a blanket.

“We’re gonna lay them over the curtain rod and pock safety pins through it so they stay up. Understand?” Mattie answered and we agreed, turning to the windows. It took a while and we had to get chairs from the dining room to be able to reach up to the curtain rods. Mattie then handed us some safety pins and we were finished finally.

“That was… fun.” Meredith jumped onto a couch and sighed, closing her  eyes. “Now all that’s left to do is set out the food and wait for them to come.” She bolted up and looked at me. “What time is it, Amelia?!”

I gave myself a mental face-palm for not keeping track of time and quickly pulled out my mobile. I sighed in relief- we still had plenty of time. “It’s only 1:25. We’ve got thirty-five minutes.”

“I just got a text from Janessa! She’s outside and she needs our help bringing the food up!” Mattie called from the kitchen and we all got up, heading to the doors. We left the door unlocked and slightly ajar and headed down the hall to the lift.

“This feels so surreal!” Ariel squealed and started clapping. “I can’t wait to meet them!”

“I know! This doesn’t feel real! It’s like a dream!” Meredith agreed and we reached the lift. I was behind everyone, watching them as they laughed and discussed how this was going to go.

I could see that this was starting to really sink in, but they were also trying to cope with the fact that they were about to meet the boys that they had basically been drooling over for the past two years.

We reached the lobby and the girls were becoming slightly flustered, continuously asking each other if they looked good. I, on the other hand, was calmly walking behind them to where Janessa waited for us. Honestly, I was a bit nervous because the last time I saw the boys I ran out in a panic. But Niall reassured me that it was forgotten and that it didn’t matter.

I trusted Niall. I don’t know what it was- it wasn’t love. We hadn’t known each other long enough for love yet. I liked him, that’s for sure. I liked him a lot. Love would come, though. At the rate we were going, I knew I was going to be properly in love with him pretty soon.

I remember, back when I still lived in Portsmouth, thinking that I was in love with Niall. But now that I know him, I realize that it was just a crush- I didn’t even know him! But now… I could be falling for him already. And as much as I loved to listen to my negative side, I knew that Niall liked me as well.

“Took you long enough!” Janessa cheered as she leaned against the side of her car. The boot was open and I took a look inside to find a good amount of food. It wasn’t filled to the brim, but it was a bit much for ten people. Then again, half of those people where boys and the other half were girls who didn’t mind letting loose.

“Sorry! These silly girls are too busy with their head in the clouds!” I laughed and Janessa smiled, understanding. No doubt she was thinking about it too while she was out grabbing the food.

“Alright, big boss lady!” Meredith grinned as she used her new favorite nickname for Mattie. “Tell us what to do!”

“Well, there’s not really much to say- just grab as much as you can and take it upstairs to the flat! We’ve got thirty minutes till they arrive and we’ve got a lot of food to unpack! Let’s go, go, go!” Mattie cheered and was the first to step forward to grab an armful of boxes.

“You heard big boss lady! Let’s go!” Meredith added and grabbed some boxes of food, following Mattie into the lobby.

Ariel, Janessa and I got serious, grabbing boxes of food and taking them inside and out of the nipping air. We were able to finish the whole task in around twenty minutes, but I wasn’t really sure. I hadn’t been able to check the time the whole while we were unloading the food, so I was just guesstimating. We each made about four trips back to the car, each trip taking around roughly five minutes.

I was the second one done, and as I waited for the others I sprinted to my room and changed quickly into a pair of dark-wash skinny jeans that rolled up at the bottom and a baggy grey v-neck that I had stolen from mum. I kept my hair up and took my shoes off, not bothering to do anything else.

Janessa was the last one back to the flat as she had to drive her car to the designated parking garage specifically for Bentley residents. We were all now sitting on the couches in the dark, the array of food spread out before us on the coffee table.

We sat in silence, our ears trained for the slightest noise coming from the hall.

Nothing.

I pulled out my mobile from the pocket in my jeans to check the time- 1:58. Hopefully they were the kind of be on time for get-togethers, not the kind who thought it best to be fashionably late. After all this build up, I would hate for them to be ten minutes late.

I shoved my mobile back in my pocket and looked around at the girls. They were fidgeting with whatever was near as the suspension built.

I opened my mouth to reassure them that the boys would be here on time.

There was a knock on the door.

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