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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8. Surprises and Goodbyes

*Chloes POV*

When Harry found me I was curled up on a park bench half a mile away, crying my eyes out and freezing. I was a sad sight. He took his jacket and draped it around my shoulders, than sat me up and held me tight. I dont know how long we sat there for; me crying into his chest and him not saying a word to me, just holding me. Eventually I decided I had to stop crying. I decided I would get over Zayn. There's no point crying over someone who doesnt care about you. When I had wiped the tears from my eyes and felt better, Harry looked down at me. I stared into his gorgeous green eyes. His nose was red from the cold.

"Feel better babe?" he asked, in a loving voice. I nodded. "Zayn's a jerk, you dont need him."

"Thanks Harry, but please dont let this affect your music. I'll never forgive myself if you guys lose and it's my fault. I can get over Zayn but this is a once and a life time chance for you guys," I said, sniffling.

"Alright I promise, but it's getting late, lets get you home," he whispered. He kissed my forehead than grabbed my hand. We walked to the street and he hailed a taxi. I sat in the back seat, cuddled in his arms. When we arrived at Jades flat, I didnt want to leave him. He walked me to the door.

"Night love, I'll call you tomorrow. Get some rest," he said. I gave him a big hug and walked inside. I collapsed on my bed and fell asleep before my head even hit the pillow.

 

Getting over Zayn was hard. I thought I liked him so much and I thought he liked me too. But it turns out it wasnt like that and there was somebody better right under my nose the whole time. Every day spent getting over Zayn, I could feel myself falling for Harry more and more. One Direction didnt falter, they were still going strong though Harry turned a cold shoulder to Zayn. I tried to convince him to loosen up and he tried, but it was hard for him.

I became closer with Louis, Liam and Niall too. One Direction soon became my best friends- well minus Zayn. I didnt see much of him anymore unless it was on stage or behind my camera lense. Deep down I knew I would always still have feelings for him though. I became good friends with the other contestants too, like Cher and Rebecca. Danny came over every Tuesday night for dinner with his boyfriend and they became good friends with Jade and Mark. I spoke to my family back home every day and won the bet against my brothers, winning me $25 from each of them. I wouldn't be home with them for Thanksgiving but I would celebrate it with Jade instead.

For the 6th live performance, the boys sang The Way You Look Tonight. Harry secretly dedicated it to me because by now we were boyfriend and girlfriend. But it was a secret. If we said something now, it would ruin the band. The only person that knew about us was Jade because I told her everyrhing. But i liked Harry. A lot. And he liked me too. So we decided after Xfactor was over, we would tell everybody and keep a long distance relationship and we could visit eachother every once in a while. 

Tragedy hit in the beginning of December that brought all 6 of us, One Direction and I, together again. During the week that they used to rehearse for the Semi-finals, Zayns grandfather passed away so he had to leave and go back home. The night I found out, i cried. He came back the day before they had to perform and when the show ended and we were all going out to eat, I stopped Zayn before he got a chance to leave us. He stopped coming out to eat with us since the incident and would go home right after the show. 

I hugged him that night and didnt let go for a good 2 minutes. At this moment I realized I still had strong feelings for Zayn, even though he didnt feel the same way and I was happy with Harry. We began talking a little more after that, though it wasnt a lot. Harry forgave him too.

One Direction came in third place in Xfactor UK 2010. They were so upset when they found out they lost. When they cried, so did I. Simon called them into his office after that and I didnt find out why until much later. I still had to stay in London until the season ended, so I got to spend a little more time with the boys. 

It was a few days after the boys lost and we all went out to eat that Harry and I decided to tell them about us. Things were just starting to get a lot better between Zayn and I too, he even started coming out with us again.  I shouldve know this wouldve ruined it though.

"We have an announcement to make!" Harry said over dessert. 

"We? Who's we?" Niall asked, a puzzled look on his face. 

"Chloe and I," Harry said, the smile on his face stretched from ear to ear. 

"Alright then what is it?" Liam asked.

"Chloe and I are dating- well we're boyfriend and girlfriend!" Harry exclaimed.

The table went quiet. I fidgeted nervously in my seat and looked over at Zayn who had begun to take a sip of water. Apparently nobody took this seriously because all the boys were making faces at eachother.

"It's true!" I added. "Harry and I are exclusive."

At this there was a loud crash and Zayn dropped his glass, spilling water all over the table and himself. He stood up and his facial expressions were a mix of shock, confusion and grief.

"Zayn, are you ok?" Louis asked standing up. 

"I-um... I- I," he stuttered. "Excuse me." Zayn gave me one last look and then ran off. The look in his eyes looked like pain. I didnt understand, wasnt this what he wanted? He didnt like me. 

That was the last time I saw Zayn until the day I left. All of the other boys accepted Harry and I as a couple and were happy for us. 

The day before I was leaving, we through a big party at Jades flat. Danny and Matt came, the boys, some of the other contestants, even Simon Cowell himself showed up. The only person missing was Zayn and it hurt knowing I wouldnt get a chance to say goodbye to him. I tried to forget about him during the party and just enjoy myself. Especially with Harry. 

I had a late flight the next day and the boys accompanied me to the airport along with Jade, Mark and even Danny came. 

"It was a pleasure working with you Chloe," Danny said to me when inside the airport. 

"And you, Dan! Tell Matt I said bye, and good luck you two!" I responded.

He gave me a hug. "Will do! Keep in touch alright? Bye love!" 

Next were the boys. Harry had his arms open for me and I wrapped my arms around his waist, hugging him. He hugged me back and kissed the top of my head. 

"We're gonna miss you Chlo," Harry whispered. 

I took turns hugging each of the boys. Except Zayn. He wasnt there and I forced myself to hold back tears. Louis noticed. 

When I hugged him, he whispered in my ear, "Dont cry about Zayn love. He says goodbye." Leave it to Louis to know what's wrong and make it better.

"Guys, promise me you'll keep in touch ok? Im gonna miss you so much," I said.

"We promise dont worry!" Liam answered as he hugged me.

"Good, i'll hold you to it," I said.

The boys stepped aside and Jade and Mark came over to me. 

"It was nice seeing you little cuz," Jade said as she hugged me tight. 

"It was nice seeing you too Jade, you guys should visit America soon!" I said as Jade let go. 

"Maybe we'll come visit for your birthday," Mark replied as I hugged him too. I liked Mark, he was a nice guy.

"Oh yeah, I almost forgot about my birthday!" I laughed. It was on December 28th and I would be tuning 17. Having a late birthday was a pain in the ass to be honest. 

The boys wished me happy birthday too.  I also said Happy Birthday to Louis sense his birthday was in Christmas Eve. I went up to Harry to say my last goodbye. I stood on my tiptoes and reached up to give him a kiss on the lips. There was no spark, as usual. I had kissed him before and everytime I did, there was nothing there. Even though I really liked him. When the kiss ended he looked down at me and i looked back up into his eyes. What he said next took me by surprise.

"I love you." I didnt know what to say. I shouldve been able to say it back but I couldnt. I just stood there looking up at him with a dumb expression on my face. 

He frowned. "Im sorry, I-," he began, obviously realizing I couldnt say it back.

"No Harry it's fine," I said quickly. "Well I should get going then." 

I waved bye to everybody who had come to see me leave. And then I turned and headed towards my plane. After going through security and baggage and grabbing a bite to eat, I finally saw the gate I needed to go through to get to my plane. 

A short line was waiting in front of the woman who checked the passports and I got on the end. I searched my Louis Vuitton bag for my passport and finally found it when I was second on line. When it was my turn I handed the woman my passport. She smiled at me and she handed it back.

"Have a nice fl-," she began to say when she was cut off by someone shouting my name. The voice was familiar though I hadnt heard it in a while.

"Zayn!?" I said as the dark haired boy ran towards me. His hair was down and he wore a red flannel button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. His dark jeans sagged a little and his boots were dirty and scuffed. He came face to face with me and he was breathing heavily.

"What are you doing here? How did you get through security? What's going on?" I asked beginning to get mad. How could he just show up like this after everything.

"Chloe, I'm sorry. I couldnt let you go without telling how sorry i am and saying goodbye. And I know this isnt right because you're with Harry but I like you, a lot. And I'm sorry for everything I did to you and I know you wont give me another chance but I couldnt let you leave without telling you all this," he huffed, breathing heavily.

I looked at him, dumbfounded and not knowing what to say. I didnt even realize everyone staring.

"Zayn you cant just come here as im about to get on a plane to America and leave after everything you've done to me and-." I never got to finish what I was saying because then he grabbed my waist, pulled me close to him and kissed me. 

The kiss was nothing like mine and Harrys. There were sparks when I kissed Zayn and I felt like we were the only two in the room. All my feelings for him rushed back into this single kiss and i realized that even though Harry really liked me, I didnt like him in that way. I was just so mad about what Zayn did that I used Harry to help get over him without even realizing it and that made me feel guilty.

When the kiss ended, I kept my eyes closed for a few more seconds.

"Zayn...," I whispered when I opened them.

"I shouldnt have done that," Zayn said, shaking his head. "Go Chloe. Go home. Goodbye." 

He looked at me, gave a feeble smile and then walked away.

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