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.


4. Sound Check

On the second day of working for XFactor, it was Jades turn to take me. I had to go in 15 minutes before her first class started so she took me out for breakfast and the local diner and then dropped me off at the theatre where Xfactor took place. 

I walked in and showed my I.D. to the security guard then walked through the doors behind him. The stage was huge and so was the theatre. It looked like it could fit a lot of people and it must be so scary standing on the stage and singing in front of everybody. The judges panel was empty and instead I saw the four judges speaking to their groups in different corners of the theatre. 

I spotted Simon Cowell in the left hand corner closest to the stage with a bigger group of contestants so I figured he must be in charge of the groups. My suspicions were confirmed when I spotted Niall's distinctive blonde hair with his brown roots. I began walkin towards them when I felt a hand on my shoulder.

"Not so fast, newbie. You need to come backstage with me," said a familiar voice with a hint of amusement. 

"Hey Danny," I said facing the tall man and laughing. He was carrying a coffee in his hand and his bag was slung over his shoulder. He wore a gray peacoat with white pants and the same gray Toms. He dressed very fashionable.

"Come on let's get back there, you'll have time to speak with your lover later," he said as a grin stretched across his face. 

I shook my head. "I just wanted to say hi! And I wanted to meet Simon, I love that guy."

"Dont we all. How about I'll introduce him to you later?" Danny said. I nodded and we headed backstage. As we walked across the stage I couldnt help but look down at the boy and I noticed that both Zayn and Harry were looking back up at me. Harry winked and Zayn smiled.

When we were in the back, we put our things down on a table and I got my camera out and took off my peacoat to reveal my gray jeans, red converse and and a red crop top with a dream catcher design.  I expected Danny to do the same but instead he just sat down at a vanity, put his feet up, picked up a magazine and started sipping away at his coffee. When he noticed me staring at him he looked up and gave me a questioning look.

"Um, arent you going to be taking pictures too?" I asked, confused.

"Oh no love, I'm just here to help you out and watch you work," he replied. "I dont do things like this, I just do photo shoots but i'm in charge of the whole photography unit so I just oversee everything." 

"Oh alright then," I said. A second later I let out a huge scream as someone put their hands on my shoulders and yelled "boo" into my ear. I turned around to see Louis standing there laughing at me with the rest of the boys.

"Hey babe," Harry said coming over to give me a hug. 

"Hi Harry, and Louis was the really necessary?" I asked.

"Not at all, but it was funny," he answered. Niall laughed. He had the type of laugh that was funnier than the joke. 

"You here to take pictures of us singing?" Zayn said breaking his silence. 

"Yep, you better hope you dont embarass yourself or I'll get it all on camera," I responded, holding up my camera and winking. The boys laughed. 

"Well come on then, we're going out to rehearse now. The live show is 2 days away," Liam pointed out. I looked back at Danny and he gave me a thumbs up. I followed the boys out to the stage and Zayn pulled open the curtain for me. 

"After you," he said. I thanked him, feeling myself turn red.

When the boys were all set and I ha my camera ready, I went of stage to get pictures of them from a different angle. The boys were singing the song Viva La Vida by Coldplay. 

The music came on, and then they started singing. Liam started singing the opening. I was surprised when I heard it, and even more surprised when Zayn started singing. He had the voice of an angel. He looked really nervous and when he finished his part the rest of the boys gave him a thumbs up and nodded at him. As soon as Niall started singing, the whole room lit up. He was very cheerful as he sang and couldnt stop smiling and moving around. They all sang the chorus together and they sounded amazing. I couldnt believe that they were put together as a group because they sounded perfect together, like they were meant to be. 

After the bys were finished, I didnt have much time to talk to them because i had to continue taking pictures of everyone else but I told them they did amazing and that I would speak to them later. It was a long day and I didnt finish up until 1. The boys stayed for the lunch again and we hung out and talked. 

"You're off from work tomorrow right?" Louis asked as we sat at some seats right behind the judges panel. There was no lunch room so we had to sit on the theatre seats instead.

"Yeah, why?" I replied, unrapping my peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. 

"We wanted to know if you would come out to eat with us for lunch tomorrow," Harry asked.

I almost choked on my food after he sadi this. I took a quick sip of water then said, "Me? Go out to lunch with the five of you on the day before the big show?"

Harry shrugged. "Yeah, why not?" 

"Well ok... what time then? And where?" I asked.

"Well there's a place a few blocks away from here that's really nice," Liam said. "Louis drives so we can ask to borrow one of the trucks and he can pick you up." 

"Ok then, so why dont you give me your numbers, just in case," I responded. We all exchanged numbers and then I had to get back to Danny. I hugged them all good bye, Zayn was last. He kissed me on the cheek.

"I'll call you tonight," he whispered. I nodded then he winked at me and left. I went to go get my things together and find Danny. But he found me first. 

"Chloe! Chloe come here!" I turned around to see Danny standing with none other than Simon Cowell. He beckoned me over.

"Chloe, this is Simon Cowell, Mr. Cowell this is our new photographer, Chloe Miller," Danny introduced us. 

"It's a pleasure to meet you Mr. Cowell! I'm a huge fan," I said, shaking his hand. 

"Nice to meet you too Chloe. And thank you. I've seen some of your pictures, you're very good at what you do as well, it seems," he replied, smiling. 

"Oh- thank you very much!" I replied in shock. I couldnt believe he had seen my work AND thought they were good too. 

"Well I should get going now, Danny you're coming to the show Thursday right?" Simon asked the photographer.

"Yes sir, I'll be there," Danny replied. 

"You are welcome to come too of course," Simon added, turning to me. I nodded my head and then he turned and left. 

"So how was your second day?" Danny asked me as we walked out of the theatre. 

"Pretty good, I took some pretty good shots," I replied. "Here i'll show you." I took my camera out of my bag. I'll also grabbed my phone and texted Jade to come pick me up. 

"Oh good, I have to wait for my boyfriend to come get me anyway, we're going out to eat," Danny informed me. You know I kinda had a feeling he was gay. 

We flipped through my picture for about 15 minutes and Danny seemed to like them. Then a red sportscar pulled up and the window rolled down to reveal a man in his mid twenties with neat black hair. He waved. 

"Oh, that's Matt. I better get going Chloe but i'll see you on Thursday! Bye," Danny said and he ran over to the car and hopped in. 

Five minutes later, Jade pulled up. We did the normal routine- she asked me how my day was, I told her about it, she asked questions about One Direction and then we were home. I took a nap again and then woke up to eat dinner. I took a shower that night and when I got out I saw that I had a missed call from Zayn. I called him back an he picked up on the second ring.

"Hey babe," he said.

"Hey, sorry I was taking a shower," I said. 

"Oh good, I thought you were ignoring me," Zayn replied. 

I laughed. "Naah, I wouldnt ignore you Zayn. So are you nervous about the live show?" 

"Just a little. During rehearsels I was always out of sync with the music. I think I got it now but if I mess up I can ruin it for the whole group," Zayn replied. 

So that's why the boys made a big deal after he finished his part. "I'm sure you'll do fine. You have an amazing voice," I assured him. 

"Aw thanks Chloe," he said. That night we talked on the phone for almost 3 hours about everything. It turns out that he was actually really funny and not the shy, quiet kid I thought he was.

"You sound tired, how bout you go get some sleep?" Zayn suggested at a quarter to 12. 

"Yeah I'm a little sleepy so I'll see you tomorrow then," I said, holding back a yawn. 

"Alright, goodnight love. Sweet dreams," Zayn answered. 

I said goodnight and fell asleep immediately after I hung up.

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