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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5. Secrets

I woke up the next morning to the sound of my phone ringing. I reached down and picked it up off the floor and answered it without checking the caller I.D.

"Hello," I croaked into the phone. 

"Morning beautiful," a familiar voice said. 

"Harry, what's up?" I asked, not knowing why he was calling me this early.

"We're still going for lunch right love? It's 12:45 you know that, right?" Harry asked. Then it hit me. I was so tired I forgot about going to lunch with the boys!

"Oh um yeah yeah I know, we're still going," I answered, frantically getting out of bed and going through my clothes to find something to wear. 

"Good, we'll be there at 1, see you soon," Harry said and hung up. I threw my phone onto my bed then took my clothes into the bathroom. Nobody was home and I wondered why Jade didnt wake me up. 

My outfit was a pair of white jeans with a tight puprle sweatshirt and gray toms. I didnt have time to do my hair so I just put it up in a tight ponytail. I did my make up and brushed my teeth then checked myself out in the full body mirror in the hall. I looked pretty good considering I got ready in 10 minutes. 

I texted Jade and told her where I was going then grabbed my phone and my bag with the usual things- my camera, money, the key to the flat, make up, I.D (just in case) and feminine products. I left the flat and went to wait oustide. Louis pulled up in a black truck five minutes later. Liam opened the backseat door and greeted me with a hug. 

"Hey babe. You look nice," he said. 

"Thanks Liam," I said smiling up at him. 

"Get in!" Harry shouted from the passenger seat. 

"Hope you dont mind you gotta sit in the back with Zayn," Louis said. 

The truck had three rows. Louis and Harry were in the front, Niall was in the second row with Liam and in the third row sat Zayn all alone. He gave me a big goofy smile and patted the seat beside him.

"Hey babe, come sit," he said. I plopped down next to him. "How did you sleep?" he asked. 

"Pretty well, how bout you?" I responded.

"It was great," he answered with a laugh. 

When we got to the restauraunt, there was already a table waiting for us. It was a booth and I slid in next to Zayn and Louis slid in next to me. There was room for three people in the booth and on the other side there were three chairs. Harry sat directly in front of me. 

"Do you come here a lot?" I asked them as we pick up our menues and started looking through them. 

"Well when we first came to London we wanted somewhere we could all go to eat and hangout after rehearsals and this place is right near the theatre so we picked here," Liam said. 

"Yeah we've been coming here for lunch almost everyday now, it's got great food," Niall added. "I mean, I prefer Nandos but there's none close enough." We all laughed. 

When it was time for us to order I decided to get fish and chips because I wanted to try something different. We sat there talking while we waited for the food to come. It seemed like no matter how much we talked, we could still find new things to talk about. We were at the restauraunt for 3 hours. Halfway through eating (my fish and chips was really good), Louis said something that took me by surprise. 

"So Chloe, what do you think of us?" Harry asked.

"You guys are sweet, I'm glad I met you five. You're the only friends I made here so far. I mean I am leaving to go back home in 2 months but you guys are making my time here enjoyable," I replied. When I mentioned the part about me leaving, I could feel Zayn tense up next to me. 

"Aw well we have a secret to tell you...," Louis whispered. I leaned in to hear the secret. The other boys had a confused look on their face, like they didnt know what their bandmate was going to say. "Somebody at this table has a little crush on you." I looked over at him and into his blue eyes. 

"Wh-what? Who?" I stammered. 

"Well I cant say who it is," Louis whispered. 

"We'll have the check please," Zayn said quickly, ending the conversation. 

The drive home was awkward for me, but the other boys seemed fine. Though Harry was unusually quiet. Zayn kept looking over at me and smiling. When we pulled up to Jade's building and it was time for me to leave them, I gave them all a kiss on the cheek, said goodbye and thanked them for the food. I was about to shut the door when Zayn stopped me. 

"Wait, you're coming to the show tomorrow right?" he asked. 

"Of course I am! Now go get some rest, and I'll see you tomorrow!" 

"Wait one more thing!" Zayn beckoned me closer to him. He leaned in and whispered in my ear, "It's me." I stood there staring at him, then he shut the door and they sped off as I waved goodbye slowly.

When I entered the flat, I was still thinking about what Zayn had said. Did he mean that he was the one that liked me? Mark was sitting at the table reading the paper and Jade was searching the fridge for something to eat. 

"Oh hi love, how was your date?" Mark asked, looking up from the paper with a smirk on his face.

"It wasnt a date, we just went out to get some food. Anyway, I was with 5 boys, not one," I corrected him. 

"Well did anything interesting happen?" Jade asked. 

"Not really," I said but signalled that I would tell her later when Mark wast looking. 

"Ok, well I gotta go. I have a late class today,  see you later," Jade said then ran out the door. 

"Want to go sightseeing?" Mark asked randomly as I was about to go watch t.v. "There's still a lot you havent seen."

"Alright then, I'm not doing anything else now. Let's go!" I grabbed my bag and headed back out the door followed by Mark. 

 

*Later that Night*

*Zayns POV*

I walked out of the bathroom at the big  house where all the contestants were staying. The day with the boys and Chloe was great. Spending time with her was a lot of fun and I couldnt even think about what was going to happen when she left. I still couldnt believe I had told her that I was the one who liked her. Did she even understand it when I told her? Maybe she didnt put it together yet.

I walked upstairs to the room I was staying in with the boys, the door was opening and I could see Harry and Louis wrestling inside. They didnt notice me standing in the doorway.

"Why did you tell her!?" I heard Harry shout.

"What are you talking about?" Louis mumbled as Harry locked his arm around his neck. 

"You told Chloe I like her!" Harry exclaimed. At this my heart skipped a beat. I didnt know Harry liked Chloe! Louis must have been the only one that knew- they were really close after all. I stepped into the room. 

"YOU like Chloe, Harry?" I asked.

The two boys jumped up and stopped what they were doing. 

"What erm, no Zayn, what are you doing here?" Harry stammered. 

"This is my room too, and I just heard you say you like Chloe!" I said, raising my voice a little and pointing a finger at him. 

"Well yeah... I do like her. But who do you think liked her? I've been hinting it to her this whole time!" Harry retaliated.

"I thought you were just being cheeky! And well, I thought it was me Louis was talking about! I like Chloe," I yelled, but lowered my voice when I said the last part. 

Louis and Harry looked at me dumbfounded. "Zayn, mate, I didnt know you liked her, I just knew Harry did. I wasnt talking about you," Louis told me.

"Me neither... I'm sorry Zayn, do you like her a lot?" Harry asked.

Yes, I wanted to say. Yes I liked her more than any other girl. "No, you can have her." I dont know why I said that.. I already told her I liked her. I shouldnt have said anything to her, it's just gonna ruin the band. Thats why I told Harry no. I dont want to ruin everything for us.

"Are you sure mate? I dont want this to affect our friendship or anything...," Harry said, walking over to me and putting a hand on my shoulder. 

"It's fine Harry," I said turning away from him. I needed to get some air. I started to leave the room.

"Where are you going?" Louis called after me.

"For a walk," I responded. And then turned back around to face them. "And I dont think we should tell Niall and Liam about this. Let's all just try and forget, ok?" And with that I was gone.

 

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