What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction)

Dani has been supporting her best friend's obsession with the latest guy trends since they were 7. From the Jonas Brothers to Justin Bieber, Dani had heard it all. Dani had never been much to follow the crowd, and never really paid much attention to the latest boy bands. All she knew were the names.
Well, Grace's newest obsession is a little band called One Direction. Dani is constantly hearing about tour dates, concerts, and interviews, but had never heard their music or seen their pictures. Just another boy band, right?
But when Dani unknowingly meets one of the famous band members, her life is changed forever. Especially when she finds out that her summer will also be effected. Will her lack of interest in the band continue, or will she open up to the new atmosphere?

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1. Meeting Him

Dani's POV


"OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!!!! DANIYOUWILLNEVERGUESSWHATIJUSTHEARD!!!!!" Grace screamed. I covered my ears, but it did no good. I swear, when Grace is excited, you can hear her from Beijing.

"What is it?! WHERE'S THE FIRE?!" I teased.

Grace smacked my arm repeatedly, and at about a mile a minute, "THEY'RE HERE!!! THEY ARE IN CALIFORNIA!!!!"

"You're not still talking about your newest hot famous guy, are you?" I asked hopefully. I knew that it was all about them even before she started jumping up and down. You see, Grace is probably the biggest die-hard fan girl in the world. Every time a new hot guy appears on the TV, she's instantly obsessed. I've had to deal with her screaming through the Jonas Brothers, Robert Pattinson, and of course, Justin Bieber. I never knew who she was going on about, mostly because I didn't read the stupid gossip magazines that she adored. All I ever knew was their name, and how they were apparently, and I quote, "Hotter than lava". Why do I hang out with her still, after all these years? You tell me.

"ONE DIRECTION IS IN CALIFORNIA!!!!" Grace screamed again. I rolled my eyes, only then noticing that the coffee shop was completely silent. Oh, Grace.

"That's great, Gracie." I said as I typed in the next customer's order into the cash register.

"Here's you change, your cappuccino should be ready soon." I said to the young girl. She smiled and took the bills before going over to the next counter.

"Grace, I really can't talk. I'm working." I stated, thankful that I had a valid excuse for her to leave me alone. I love her, but Grace can really talk your ear off.

"Actually, it's 6:00." Grace said happily.

Damn.

"Ugh. Fine!" I said as I grabbed my purse and signed out. I walked around the counter and headed out the door, knowing Grace was following me.

"OMG! Could you imagine if we met them?!" Grace continued, "One Direction is singing onstage, when suddenly they see me. Harry Styles jumped off the stage and runs to me, before sweeping me off my feet and professing his undying love for me! Then we walk into the sunset and live happily ever after!"

I snorted at my best friend's crazy dream, but mostly at her far away dreamland expression. Grace would do amazing in a Disney movie.

"Mhm. I'm sure that's exactly what the most famous guy from the latest boy band would do. Carry a random fan girl into the sunset."

"You are so negative! It could happen!" Grace said.

"That's exactly what you said about my love life." I pointed out as we crossed the street.

"I meant it then too! You are freaking sexy, Dani! If you stopped being negative, and actually went out with one of the many guys that ask you out, maybe you would have a date for Prom already!"

"One, Prom is in like, a month Gracie. Two, it's not called being negative when guys just want you for your ass. And three, Larry Giles is never going to ask you out." I stated blandly.

"It's Harry Styles." Grace corrected. I gave her a 'who gives a damn' look and she glared at me.

Grace and I shared a flat in Beverly Hills. Ya, ya, I know. Stuck up rich girl is usually the first thing that comes to people's minds when I say I'm from Beverly Hills. The truth was, it wasn't my money. Grace's parents were rich as hell, and had bought it for Grace and I to live in.

We walked into the lobby, with Grace still going on and on about how hot One Direction was. Jerry, the guy that had worked in the lobby for much longer than I had lived there, gave me a sad smile. He knew what I was going through. Whenever I wasn't available, Grace talked about her latest obsession with whoever was. Unfortunately for Jerry, he got her for that few minutes every morning that Grace waited for me in the lobby before we went to school together.

"How long?" Jerry mouthed.

"All day." I mouthed back. He gave me one last sad smile before the elevator doors closed in front of me.

The second I got into the flat, I grabbed the phone off the couch and handed it to Grace, "Call Emma. I'm going for a walk."

Emma was exactly like Grace. Pretty, rich, and obsessed with all things boy band. I had no idea why she always chose ME to scream to, but I guess she and I were closer. Still...

I gave Jerry a quick wave before heading back outside. I needed to go to the beach. It was always where I was happiest. Where I could be alone.

Well, sort of alone.

There were hundreds of people at the beach today, but a jogged past them and ducked into a small cave that was hidden in a large cliff. The cave lead to a part of the beach that nobody knew about. As soon as I took my shoes off, letting my feet sink into the warm California sand, I felt completely calm. What was I so stressed about today? Grace? Work? Normal Saturday drama? I couldn't remember.

I plugged my headphones into my iPhone and cranked the volume up to its max. I knew that it was extremely bad for your hearing, but I liked my music loud.

I closed my eyes, getting lost in the music as I walked along the sandy beach.

"And now, all I wanna see. Is a sky full of lighters." I sang softly. Suddenly, my foot got caught on something soft and I fell forward suddenly. My eyes shot open and I yanked my ear buds out of my ears. I had landed in some guy's lap!

"I'm so sorry!" I cried as I scrambled off the guy's legs. He just smiled as he helped me up to my feet.

I looked up into his bright blue eyes and smiled back. He was actually pretty cute, with short blonde hair and a toothy grin. He looked around my age too.

"No worries." he said. He had a strong accent. Was it Irish?

"I'm sorry," I repeated, "I didn't even know anybody knew about this beach."

"I just stumbled upon it today. It's well hidden isn't it?" Yep. Definitely Irish.

I nodded, "Very."

The guy smiled, staring into my eyes curiously, "I'm Niall." he said.

"Dani."

"Well, Dani, would you like to sit down with me?" Niall asked.

"Well, I-"

"Oh, come on. You did just trip over my face."

I laughed, "I thought I was forgiven for that!"

Niall smiled, "You are. But it's not every day that a pretty girl falls into my lap."

I blushed and sat down next to him. He was watching the sun set over the ocean, which was a beautiful sight.

"I barely ever get to just sit and enjoy the view. It's nice." Niall said.

"I'm guessing you're from out of town?"

"What gave me away?"

"The accent. And the fact that you are watching the sunset on the beach. Tourists usually are the only ones that do that here. Tourists and couples."

"Huh. I guess I expected California to be a bit more cliche." Nial said with a grin.

I laughed, "I wish."

We were silent for awhile, but it wasn't awkward. There was something about this Niall guy that struck me as different from all the rest. I mean, most guys stared at my chest for however long before asking me out. None of them cared to talk to me at all.

I let my chocolate brown hair out of its ponytail and pushed it over to one shoulder. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Niall watching me curiously. Why did he keep looking at me like that? It was as if he was expecting me to do a back flip or something.

I suddenly got up and brushed the sand off my shorts. Niall stood up too and I gave him a small smile, "I should probably go. My friend is going to be expecting me. I bet she's going to have a whole new speech planned about God knows what." I said sadly. I actually didn't want to leave, but I was getting tired.

"You have to go? Right now?" he asked sadly. Aw! Puppy dog eyes! Damn it, this guy was cute. And he had broken the impenetrable wall! The wall that separated me from guys altogether!

"Give me your arm." I said as I took a pen out of my bag. Niall held his arm out and I wrote my cell number on it.

"Text me sometime." I said, dropping the pen back into my purse and walking away. I think he said something as I left, but it didn't make it past my blaring headphones barrier.

***

The second I walked through the door, Grace pounced on me like a lion.

"I'm hungry! Dani i'm hungry! COOK ME FOOD!!" she cried, shaking my arm with every word.

"Gracie, I'm tried. Can't you just order in tonight? I'll cook you something tomorrow night." I promised. Grace nodded and scampered off to the phone.

I walked into my bedroom and flopped onto my bed. Suddenly, I heard a buzz from my phone. I checked it, and found an unknown number to me.

-Hey it's Niall. Did you survive your friend's speech?-

I smiled and saved the contact under 'Niall' before texting him back.

*No speech tonight. Just begging for food. How about you? Did you get home all right?*

-A little crazy, but ya eventually-

I smiled, but part of me wondered why?
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