Picture Perfect

It all started with a job. Chloe Miller had a job. As a photographer. In London. For the hit t.v. show XFactor. She never new that the five boys she became best friends with would end up being the most popular boy band in the world. She never knew that they would would break their promise either. Or her heart.

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7. Confrontations

*Zayns POV*

I stood in the backyard of the house and lit up another cigarette. I inhaled deeply and closed my eyes trying to forget everything. I relaxed my body and took another puff. I was pulled out of my relaxing state by one of my band mates.

"You alright mate," came Louis' voice. I nodded slowly. "That's your third cigarette in one day. That's not like you Zayn." 

"I'm fine Lou," I said through gritted teeth. 

"Are you sure this whole Chloe thing isnt bothering you? You were fine before we were with her," Louis persisted. 

"I said I'm fine! I told you I didnt like her that much ok! I'm just stressed because of all this Xfactor crap alright," I shouted, throwing my cigarette down and storming off . 

I went up to my room where Niall and Harry were already passed out. Liam was changing into his pajamas. I climbed into my bed kicking off my clothes so i was just in my tank top and boxers. 

"Zayn? You ok?" Liam asked quietly. 

"Just tired," I said. 

"Ok well good night then." 

"Night." And then I fell asleep.

 

Three weeks passed before I actually had a legit conversation with her again. I tried to be a little more friendly towards her- smiling, saying hi, thanking her everytime she complimented us. I felt bad. I hated it but everytime I saw her or heard her name, I fell apart. I liked her so much and I hated the fact that one of my best mates got to have her and I had to pretend that I didnt care. Nobody knew how much i cared, how much it hurt. Nobody Knows. The song we sung the third week of the Xfactor live performances. That song had a lot of meaning for me. I sang to her that night but i dont think she noticed me looking at her. She seemed like she was trying to ignore me now. It hurt and now I knew how she felt. I never knew I could fall for a girl so quickly. It sucked. But I made a sacrifice for the band. I wouldnt let a girl get in the way of our careers. Singing meant too much to all of us. She would come out to eat with us every night after the show and every week she would get closer and closer with Harry and I knew she was starting to fall for him and it killed me.

On the third week of me turning a cold shoulder to her and the fourth week of the Xfactor live performances, we sang Total Eclipse of the Heart. That was a meaningful song for me too at the moment. I could relate. It didnt help that she had said it was her favorite performance so far. She caught me that night and confronted me. By now I had opened up to Louis about how I felt. It was no use hiding it from him anymore. He was too caring and persistent with me. He promised not to tell anybody though, not even Harry. I had asked him to try not to let Chloe get me alone but he failed that night. 

I went outside to smoke and five minutes later, Chloe came out.

"Zayn Jawaad Malik!" she shouted. I turned to see her frowning and storming towards me. 

"Erm, hey I was just about to go inside actually," I said nervously, putting my cigarette out. I quickly started to walk back inside but she grabbed my arm.

"What's your problem Zayn?" She yelled.

"What, I have no problem," I replied.

"Oh dont play that game with me! You havent talked to me in three weeks! You're ignoring all my calls and texts and I'm lucky if I even get a smile from you anymore!" She continued.

"So? I cant just have some space? I need to be talking to you every single moment? Im independent ok!" I retaliated back at her, trying not to raise my voice. I dont disrespect womem.

"Are you kidding me!?" She threw her hands up in the air. "Zayn, do you not remember what you said to me the first time we went out to lunch together? On the night before the first live show?" 

Yes. "No, what did I say Chloe?" I said instead.

"You said you liked me! Or were you just playing with me? Because I thought you were serious and I was really starting to like you too!" She screamed. I could see tears welling up in her eyes. And it hurt me to see her like this. I hated myself for doing this to her, especially now that I knew that she liked me back.

"Well I dont like you like that Chloe, and I never did! So get that out of your head, ok?" I replied, swallowing down the lump that had formed in my throat. 

I saw a tear fall from her eye and I turned away. I heard her run away from the restaurant and another voice call her name. It was Harry of course.

"What's wrong with you, asshole!" Harry yelled at me. He pushed me to the ground and ran after her. Louis showed up at my side and helped me up.

"You alright Zayn? He didnt mean that, he doesnt know," he said, trying to comfort me.

"I cant do this Lou. I didnt wanna hurt her but I dont know what else to do! Harry likes her a lot, I know. I'm just trying to do what's best for the band. I'm sorry," I whispered, holding back the tears.

"It's ok mate. If he knew, he would understand. Come inside, it's October, it's freezing out here," Louis said, herding me back inside.

"What's going on? Where's Harry?" Liam asked when we got back to the table.

"And what's wrong with you Zayn?" Niall added.

I didnt answer.

"Let's finish up and go home. There's a lot we have to tell you boys," Louis answered. He was right. It was time the whole group knew what was going on. But I would make sure Louis wouldnt tell them how I really felt. Nobody else had to know that.

 

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