Dream Chaser

According to her family and friends, Maddie Groves has always been a helpless dreamer when it came to music. She wasn't thoroughly obsessed or anything, she didn't learn an instrument, but she did have a great voice though it had only met the ears of her closest friends and family.

However after just turning 16 Maddie's life went a whole 360 degree flip. Her parents moving her out of the states best Catholic Private College and directly into the local public school scheme, filled with cigarette smoke, underage rebels and a whole lot of unwanted drama. However, It's when Maddie thinks her life can't get any worse as she finally realizes may just be the biggest chance of her life when the biggest audition that could make her dreams come true pops up... Literally. An ad on TV with the face of her favorite boy band of all time... One Direction.

But where there comes opportunity there comes drama.
Will Maddie be able to handle the pressure?


6. Sudden Fall

After spending the evening before at Lina's house both returning the pigeon-prop and filling her and Janey in on the incident at school the day before I woke up on Thursday morning feeling like things were finally starting to pick up for me. I had school in the morning but afterwards I had my date with... Niall Horan! Yes, that's right, only the hottest Irish-man of all time and the cutest member in the world wide sensation boy-band One Direction! Kneeling up I turned around to kiss the poster on the wall behind my bed. Lame, I know. But so what!? He was the cutest, most kind, guy... Okay, well I could've gone on thinking about it all morning... noon, lunch time, evening and even dinner time if I wanted to. But, hey, I'd already scored a date so I thought 'why not leave the thinking for the actual date'?


Turning on the radio and humming along to the end of Payphone by Maroon 5, I pulled out my uniform and started changing before the music changed. Wrinkling my nose in dislike as the start of Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus started I quickly changed the system to CD-Player and put on, yes, One Directions new album 'More Than This'. I tried my best to dance around as I hopped on one foot pulling on one of my shoes and trying to tie the shoe laces dropped to the ground as a loud thwack erupted at the window. Looking up my mouth gaped open at the slimy egg that dripped down the window. Getting up I turned down the music so I could barely hear it before slowly walking to my window as two more eggs smashed against the window.

"MUM!" I called loudly my heart starting to race in panic as a few more landed on either side of the window, I could barely see past the dripping yolks and pushing the window open I quickly dodged as one headed for my face sticking out my hand and surprisingly catching it, looking out I saw the scarcely covered faces of Mary and a few of her minions who fled as the window pushed completely open my mum looking out at the damage a frown on her face.

"Your going to be sleeping over at Janey's tonight aren't you?" she asked her brow furrowing as she leaned as far out as she could without getting egg on her,

"I'LL BE CALLING THE POLICE ON YOU!" she called out furiously after them, I gave a sigh showing my mum the egg.

"Yeah, I am... About them, don't worry mum I know who they are..." I began slowly,

"Lina and Janey would never do a thing like this...!" she exclaimed as if shocked,

"Not them!" I hurriedly clarified her false assumption of what I'd been saying.

"They're from Redmonds. Their 'leader' is Mary Dow, that girl from the office remember?" I asked her as she shut the window flinching as if the sight of the dripping egg yolks hurt her.

"Well there's no need to assume it's her Maddie. Even if she was a little out-of-manners at the office I don't think she'd do anything like this..." my mum began, I looked at her in disbelief. Did she not trust me?

"No mum, listen, she's been picking on my ever since...!" I tried to hurriedly explain before she turned sighing in relief as she looked at the carpet glad none of it had gotten on it.

"Listen Maddie, honey I'll call the police and report this 'vandalism' they'll find whoever did this..." my mum said heading for the door,

"But mum, I told you! It's Mary...!" I explained pointing at the window, clearly frustrated that she didn't seem to be interested in listening to me or taking me seriously, she looked at me as if proving she was listening.

"I know, and I said I'll call the police. Okay?" she asked,

"Okay, so her name's Mary Dow..." I reminded her, to which she sighed exhaustively,

"Maddie, honestly..." my mum muttered before leaving closing the door behind her.


Throwing my other shoe off my bed in frustration I threw myself onto the bed and screamed into the soft duvet tears welling up in my eyes. It didn't make sense. Why would Mary egg my house? Why didn't my mum believe me when I told her it was Mary? Why on the day I had a date with Niall!? I groaned with frustration and getting up took a deep breath before calming myself pulling on my other shoe I looked at my reflection forcing a smile as I tossed my slightly wavy brown hair.

"Down or up...?" I thought aloud lifting it up into a pony tail to see before letting it fall back over my shoulders.

"Down" I decided, smiling to myself before turning to my wardrobe I pulled out the beautiful pink dress Janey had given me for the date only the day before as I'd left Lina's house. 'This dress is the perfect dress for your first date' she'd told me, and girl, was she right! Holding it up against me as I surveyed my appearance I smiled my mood picking up knowing it would fit me perfectly, not only that but it suited having my hair down. Carefully slipping it into it's travel bag I put it on the bed as I packed the rest of my school stuff before my mum called out,

"MADDIE WE'RE LEAVING IN 5 MINUTES!". Quickly pulling on my school backpack and grabbing the dress I quickly went and brushed my teeth ignoring the constant knocking on the bathroom door even as my brother made farting noises under his arm as I rushed past him down the stairs stealing a piece of toast before my dad could pick it up, I ran to the car just as mum opened up her door. Opening up the door, and getting in I gave an at-ease sigh as I put on my seat belt and took a bite of the peanut butter and jelly toast closing my eyes as I savored the taste and played with the zip of the travel bag, opening my eyes I looked down to make sure I hadn't forgotten the dress. A smile spread across my lips even as my mum pulled the car out of the driveway and chatted away as per usual about the terrible things her boss brings to eat for lunch, still certain that somehow this day would be the best day of my life (hopefully).

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After another day at school Janey picked me up in her dads Audi before stopped by her place to drop my bag off and go inside so I could quickly get changed,

"Your mum knows your going on a date right this afternoon?" she asked, I shrugged not really caring probably because I was rushing to pat down my hair which had frizzed up a bit during the day and quickly stepping out of my uniform I unzipped the travel bag and sighed slipping on the dress with ease.

"Maybe, maybe not. I would've told her if she asked, you know what my mums like" I said, leaving Janey only to nod - she knew exactly what my mum was like.

"Okay I'm ready, so after I'll meet you at Le Petite?" I asked Janey for confirmation as she grabbed the car keys and put her magazine under one arm as she nodded looking around before checking everything was ready for our small little sleep over. I smiled with excitement as we went back outside and got into the Audi.

"Lina will be here around 7pm so we have like 3 hours to kill. If he decided on a movie that's perfect" Janey said as we hopped back into the car and putting on our seat belts sat back as she drove back towards Redmonds.


In less than 15 minutes I had then been dropped off at the cafe beside the school and sitting outside I sat with a coffee sighing as I checked my watch wondering when Niall would arrive. He was late. Checking the time I felt a little sick as the time 4:25pm showed up. I'd arrived late but that was normal... right? I wondered to myself if I was getting paranoid when I'd started asking myself (in my mind of course) 'when is he coming?', 'what if he meant next Thursday?' and 'what if he doesn't come at all?'. I was so focused on worrying over Niall I hadn't heard the giggles and loud voices coming from along side me before I looked up to see Mary and her minions there, she lifted up her nose at me waiting at the table with a coffee that was going cold.

"All dressed up on a school day, are we Maddie?" she teased,

"Waiting for a date?" another inquired in the same tone. They paused waiting for some sort of response,

"... Yeah, I am" I replied. Obviously that had been the wrong thing to say because the next thing I knew Maddy had pulled something out of her bag and had turned smirking at me nastily,

"Try waiting for a date with this" she laughed hitting something on my head causing me to gasp as a sticky liquid began to be rubbed through my hair the yellow liquid dripping onto my dress. It was egg.

"No, no, no, no..." I began to repeated jumping up as Mary stepped back not caring that her hand was covered with egg, a laugh escaping her lips before the rest of the girls began to laugh along with her before taking off.

"Have a nice date!" she called out behind her as they walked off.


My heart had stopped, and tears welled up in my eyes as one of the waiters came up and handed me a few tissues his eyes not leaving my hair the only expression on his face one of pity. A sob throbbed in my throat starting to burn as I struggled to hold it down I sat down on the chair tears sliding down my cheeks as suddenly a limo pulled up and Niall got out of the back. Looking around he spotted me and headed over, but stopped in shock when he saw the state I was in. The sob escaped my lips as I uncontrollably began to bawl unable to do anything to get the egg out of my hair and off the dress both of which I'd spent so much time thinking about and getting ready especially for this date. Especially, for Niall. His face turned to one of concern as he quickly resumed his walk towards me this time faster, he brought a chair beside mine and put a hand on my arm not caring that it had egg yolk sliding down it.

"What happened...?" he asked worriedly, with one look at his face I began to cry a little harder. A knowing how ugly I looked when I cried only made things worse when I tried to explain helplessly,

"Th...This..g..girl ...Mary... egg..." I stuttered between sobs, instead of making me force it out Niall sighed putting his arms around me and bringing him close so my head rested on his chest as I cried, he shushed me smoothing a hand over the egg on my head. Feeling the egg rub off from me to him, it only hurt more when I realized we weren't going to be able to have a first real date together, but all my worries were swept away when he kissed my egg covered forehead and whispered gently,

"It's okay Maddie. Everything's going to be okay...", and I, Maddie Groves, being as smitten as I was with Niall Horan, believed him.



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