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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8. Shopping

Meredith ran out of the bedroom, followed closely by a wet Ariel.

“WHAT THE FUDGE- I’M GOING TO KILL YOU MEREDITH!” Ariel chased after Meredith, but kept slipping around on the wooden floors as the water dripped off of her.

Meredith leaped over the couch, where Janessa was waiting, and grabbed her by the shoulders. Janessa shrieked, trying to run away, but Meredith had a tight hold on her shield. Ariel was crouched, deciding which direction to go around the couch. I watched from the hallway, amused at the scene unfolding in front of me.

“I do not want to be a part of this!” Janessa begged.

Then, I heard Mattie move around in her room, and it sounded like she was coming out.

“Guys!” I whispered loudly, waving my hands and pointing towards Mattie’s room. “Mattie’s coming!”

They all froze, staring at Mattie’s door as I creaked open.

“You ready to party?!” Mattie cheered, completely oblivious of the situation. Ariel and Meredith had jumped on the couch, pretending that nothing happened, and we now talking casually. I walked over at Janessa, who continued to stand in the middle of the room, unsure of where to go.

Meredith turned to Mattie, who was venturing into the kitchen now. “So, where are we going?”

“Well, I’ve been to London a couple of times and I know of this really nice shopping outlet a few blocks away. And then for lunch- Ariel, why are you soaked?”

Meredith burst out laughing, and Ariel smiled. “I decided to take a shower.”

“Fully clothed?!” Mattie questioned, not completely believing the lie. She stared at them for a couple more seconds and sighed. “Meredith was assigned to wake you up, wasn’t she?”

Meredith, unable to talk, nodded her head vigorously while she laughed loudly. Mattie shook her head and grabbed a juice box from the fridge; I sat down beside her at the breakfast bar.

“Shopping, huh?” I asked her, slightly unsure.

She turned to me and raised her eyebrows, sucking noisily on the straw until the carton was empty. “Yup. Excited?”

“Yes.” I told her honestly. “I may be poor, but I’m a girl- and girls love shopping.”

Mattie smirked at me. “Amelia, you’re not so poor anymore. Remember mommy’s parting gift?”

I shoved my hand in the pocket of my dress, pulling out the small, rectangular piece of plastic. “How much do you think is on here?”

Mattie stood up and straightened up her clothes. “There’s only one way to find out- I saw an ATM just outside of the hotel.”

I got up with her and we walked out of the flat, telling the girls that we would be back in a few minutes. We got out of the lobby and Mattie pointed me to the right. I spotted the ATM and sucked in a deep breath; I wasn’t nervous that I didn’t have enough money- I was nervous that mom gave me too much.

I stood in front of the machine, looking from the card to the slot. I turned to Mattie.

“I don’t know the pin number.”

She looked at the ground, thinking, and then she grabbed the card from me. I moved to the side for her and she stood in front of the ATM, blocking my view. I heard her stick in the card and type in some numbers. She stepped to the side, gesturing for me to look at the screen with a huge grin on her face.

I looked at the screen, amazed to see that she had guessed the pin number correctly. And then I saw the amount attached to the card.

£96,583.47.

Ninety-six thousand, five hundred, eighty- three pounds and forty- seven pence.

There was so much mom could have done with all of that money. We could have been out of debt; we could have lived in a nice house. But instead, mom left it all for me.

I brushed away the tears that were welling up in my eyes and I pulled the card out of the ATM. I turned to Mattie and smiled.

She pulled me into a hug. “Hun,” she paused and pulled away to look in my eyes. “You’re loaded.”

I laughed and dried my eyes, putting it on my mental check list to call home and scold mom for giving me all this money.

We made it back into the flat to find Meredith, Janessa, and a dry Ariel waiting by the door for us. Meredith grabbed me by the arm and handed me my phone, while practically shoving us out the door.

“Shopping!” Meredith and Ariel yelled at the same time, and Mattie let out a cheer as well. I had a feeling that Mattie was going to let loose in the next couple of hours.

~*~

Shopping with the girls was… fun.

They were always pulling every which way, each of them begging my full attention. Ariel kept showing me some really funky and crazy clothes, convincing me that it would look fabulous on me. Meredith was always skipping around the store, yelling “I LIKE THAT, AND THAT, AND THAT, AND- oh, not that.” Mattie had let herself go, and she was grabbing almost every article of clothing in the shop. Janessa was the least demanding of the four, and when she found showed me something, it was a really good find.

It was 4:30 now, and we had blown through countless shops, only stopping for the occasional snack. We each had about ten bags of new clothes, and we decided that we couldn’t go any longer. I felt slightly guilty, having spent about £1,000 today. Well, I didn’t really know how much I spent- Mattie kept buying the clothes for me. I didn’t let her buy them with her money, I made her use my card, but she didn’t let me see the total price of my purchases. Maybe she was afraid that, if I knew the cost, I wouldn’t go through with it. And she was right. But I felt slightly less guilty when I realized that I had over £96, 000 left. Was this how the girls left whenever we used to go shopping?

One thing was for sure, though- I wasn’t going shopping again for a long, long time.

We hailed a taxi, having walked to the shops, and we drove home quietly, exhausted from the eventful day.

As soon as we stepped out of the taxi with our multiple bags, bellhops immediately stepped forward to take the load off. We silently followed the carts up to our flat, but we were smiling the whole way.

Meredith handed the bellhops their tip, and we lazily pushed the cargo inside. I grabbed my clothes and took them down the corridor to my room, leaving them on my bedroom floor. I’ll just hang them up later, I lied to myself.

I dragged my feet to my bed and threw myself on to it; I now realized why Ariel didn’t want to move. These beds were like clouds.

I lay on my back, memorizing the lines on the motionless ceiling fan directly above me. Before I knew it, it was getting dark outside, and I could hear Meredith and Ariel getting rowdy in the kitchen. I shifted to my side, about to get up, when there was a soft knock on my door.

“You can come in.”

“Hello.” Mattie sung, and I saw that she was still on a slight high from the shopping.

“What’s up?” I yawned, slowly leaning back down onto the bed.

Mattie sat down next to me and poked my cheek. I opened one eye and looked at her, raising my eyebrows.

“Yes?” I ask again.

“Just thought that you would like to know your pin number.”

“Mhm.” I had gotten so tired, I just made sounds to answer Mattie and let her know what I hadn’t fallen asleep on this ridiculously comfortable bed.

“It’s 102993.” She stated, sitting up and walking out the door.

October 29, 1993- my birthday.

~*~

The rest of the week went by so fast.

On Tuesday, we unpacked our stuff and hung up our new clothes.

On Wednesday, we watched films all day.

On Thursday, we decided to explore London for a little bit.

And yesterday, Friday, we obsessed over One Direction from dusk till dawn.

Today was the day.

 

 

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