Playing with Fire

When Jackie Castiato returns to the States she doesn't know what to expect. She's been gone for about seven years! But when she reunites with her childhood menace she finds out that he's transformed into a member of a international heart throb British-Irish group One Direction.

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23. Inked

Chapter 23 

Candy's P.O.V.

"Tattoos? Really Bell?" Jackie asked.
"Have you gone bonkers?" I asked in my best English accent.
They both laughed. 
"Why is this so abrupt and random?" I asked Bell.
"I was bored as fuck and I remembered when we were younger, about twelve or eleven we all vowed that once we turned eighteen we would get matching tattoos." I reminded them. 
"Damn, Bell. I would not remember that." Jackie said. 
"It's not a horrible idea." I thought aloud. 
"Yeah. But I don't want a big piece, though." Jackie said sternly. 
"No! I actually have a design in mind." Bell said excitedly. 
"Alright, what parlor do you want to go to?" I asked. 
"The Ink Parlor on Orange Avenue." She told us. "I'll pick you up in ten minutes."
I got ready in five. I was nervous about this. I've heard so many stories about getting a tattoo. I heard its a burning sensation, or it feels like tiny stabs. Some said that people exaggerate the pain, after all of my wondering I heard a long, loud honk. I ran down the stairs and out of my house and jumped into Bell's car. 
"Hey girl!" She exclaimed super excited.
"Your chirpiness is reminding me of me." I said straightforward. 
"And your legitimate yet monotonous statements remind me of me." She replied. 
I laughed.
As she drove she kept a smile on her face, I was happy she was so excited but how was she not scared.
"Are you scared?" I asked her feeling like a wimp for being so anxious. 
"Nah, I'm a little nervous that it'll hurt but not all that scared."
We pulled up to Jackie's house and she came to the car with a smile on her face. 
Why weren't these girls scared?! 
"Hey." She said cooly I saw she was wearing a necklace that had a "J" gracefully engraved in a bulgy locket in the shape of a heart. 
I saw that she had been staring at my necklace, too.
"I love your necklace!" I told her. 
She blushed, "Zayn gave it to me for my birthday." As she took it off to show me something, she said,
"I love yours." 
"Niall gave it to me." I said with a warm smile. 
She opened up the locket and in it held an adorable picture of Zayn and Jackie when they were young. 
"Awwww!" I exclaimed. 
"That's too cute!!" Bell squealed. 
"I know right!" Jackie agreed. 
We started talking about the design of the tattoo. 
"So I was thing we should get three small butterflies." Bella explained. 
She reached for her purse and took out a picture with a drawing on it. The butterflies were so intricately designed and they were really pretty. 
"These are so nice Bell!"
"Thanks! I drew them last night."
"So where would we get them?" I asked. 
"Anywhere!" Bell said. "But they have to be the same design."
I really liked that idea.
"Where do you want it?" I asked Bell.
"I want mine to run up my neck." She replied. 
"I want mine to run on the front of my stomach." I said. 
Jackie and Bell exchanged looks. 
"In the middle of your stomach?" Bella asked.
"No! That would be so awkward. On the side, like near my hip bone!" I explained said.
"Oh, then that's hot." She said relieved. 
"What about you Jack?" I asked her. 
"I'm going to get on my right shoulder blade." I said pointing to it.
"Nice!" Bell exclaimed. 
"I'm not so nervous anymore." I admitted. 
"Good! Because we're here." Bella said.
Scratch that. I am nervous. 
We parked and walked into the parlor. 
We walked up to the front desk and saw a girl with a heavy punk, goth style writing in a book. She looked up.
"Yeah?" She mumbled. 
"Us three would like to get a tattoo." Bella told her. 
"Well, obviously." She said monotonously. 
Jackie scoffed in annoyance. 
"Do you have a tattoo in mind or do you need to consult with one of our artists?" She asked with a little less attitude this time. 
"We have one in mind." Bell said nastily.
"Well just give your design to him and he'll get started. Which one of you princesses is going first?"
"Me, bitch." Jackie said. 
The girl sucked her teeth and rolled her eyes. 
Bella handed Jackie the sketch and Jackie walked off to the room with the artist 

Jackie's P.O.V. 

I walked into the room and a big guy looked me up and down with a blank face. He took the paper from my hand and scoffed,
"Figures."
I rolled my eyes. 
"Where?"
"My right shoulder blade." 
"Alright. Sit facing this way." He gestured. 
I sat on the chair with my legs passing the back of the chair. 
He spread alcohol on the part where my tattoo was soon going to be. 
I then heard the needle start. 
I squeezed my eyes. 
"It doesn't hurt that much sweetheart." He told me. 
"Just a scaredy cat." I said jokingly. 
As he pressed the needle to my skin, I instantly squeezed on the cushion of the chair. As he moved it, I was getting used to the unusual sensation. It was when he reached my bone where it really hurt. Within twenty minutes, he was done. He cleaned up the blood and hewiped it with a thick ointment which seemed to soothe the pain a bit. 
I exhaled in exasperation. 
"That wasn't that bad." I told him with a forced smile. 
He laughed lightly. 
He gave me a very detailed sheet with good tips on how to take care of my tattoo. 
"I recommend you use A&D ointment it'll relieve the burning or itching feeling you're bound to feel."
"Thank you." I got up to leave but he lightly held my wrist.
"You don't want to see your tattoo?"
I laughed. 
He positioned it so I could see it. I absolutely adored it. It was so beautiful. 
"Oh my God I love it!" I squealed. 
He smiled.
"Cool, now you can go pay at the front desk." 
"Alright, thank you." I told him.
I walked back to the girls and they both were jumping excitedly,
"Show us!" Candy squealed. 
I turned around proudly. 
"Oh my God." Bell said.
I got nervous. 
"It's. Freaking. Amazing!" She said.
"Its gorgeous, Jack." Candy said. "Did it hurt?" She asked worriedly.
"It did only when he came close to the bone, it's more like a burning feeling." I explained. 
"Oh." She said sounding exasperated. 
"Who's next?" I asked. 
"Me." Candy said proudly with a wide smile.
I handed her the Bell's drawing with amazement. I didn't think she would be so bold as to go next so quickly. 
Bell stared at my tattoo in amazement. 
"I love it." She whispered. 
"Me too." I told her with a smile. 
"I'm so excited. I want to go next actually. I can't believe how eager Candy was to get her tattoo."
"Seriously, though!" I told her. 
"So have you been thinking about Zayn?" She asked. 
"Of course. He's my boyfriend that I adore." I told her. 
"No, I meant about the tour, him being away." She said. 
Of course I did. I thought about it all day.
"I try not to." I said truthfully. 
"I'm scared Harry's going to leave me for some gorgeous European sex goddess." She said truthfully.  
I laughed. 
"You should have more faith in him Bell."
"It's not him I don't trust."
"Bell." I said shooting her a look.
"I trust Zayn. You should-"
"Hey, that's a whole 'nother story, though. You guys knew each other your whole lives! And come on. Don't tell me that when the boys go, that there won't be ONE pretty girl that's capable of seducing them. Jack, Europe? They have some of the most gorgeous women there!"
I hadn't thought of all of that. But deep down, I knew Zayn wouldn't cheat on me. I knew it for a fact.
"Ma, you have to have confidence in yourself. Look at you! You're freaking gorgeous!"
She smiled and tousled her curls. 
She lay her hand on mine.
"This is why you're my best friend." 
I squeezed it.
"Anything, girl." I replied. 
I felt something in my pocket vibrate.
I took my phone out an saw I had a text from Zayn.

"Zayn: 11:07 A.M.
Hey babe."

"Me: 11:07 A.M.
Hi!(:"

"Zayn: 11:08 A.M.
I can't stop thinking about you."

"Me: 11:09 A.M. 
Me neither. I miss you, when are we going to meet up?"

"Zayn: 11:09 A.M.
Soon sweetheart. I promise. Actually, I would love to take a walk in our place."

I was confused. What was our place? Where was our place? Then it hit me. The forest! Where we had our first kiss! 
I squealed. 
Bell look at me in confusion.
"The hell you squealing for?"
My broad smile wouldn't allow words to explain so I held out my phone to her to show her the reason for my excitement.
"Awwwww! Jack that is too freaking cute!"

"Me: 11:12 A.M.
Definitely. how about later today?"

"Zayn: 11:12 A.M.
Yes. Sounds perfect I'll pick you up at around twelve."

"Me: 11:12 A.M.
Okay.(:"

"Zayn: 11:13 A.M.
Love you."

I smiled remembering how he told me this before the other night. Before I could reply he wrote,

"Zayn: 11:13 A.M. 
Bet I made you smile."

"Me: 11:14 A.M.
Shut up!"

"Zayn: 11:14 A.M.
I won't stop until you tell me you love me!"

I ignored his text, biting my lip waiting for what he was going to do.

"Zayn: 11:15 A.M.
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"Me: 11:15 A.M.
Alright! Alright! I love you! Happy?"

"Zayn: 11:16 A.M.
I don't believe you."

"Zayn: 11:16 A.M.
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I laughed at his annoying cuteness. 

"Me: 11:17 A.M.
I did!"

"Zayn: 11:18 A.M.
But you didn't mean it."

"Me: 11:19 A.M.
Zayn Malik. I love you with all of my heart!"

"Zayn: 11:20 A.M.
That's more like it! "

I smiled.

"Hey Jack?" Bella said interrupting my thoughts.
"Yeah?"
"What's that on your neck?" She said with a growing smirk.
"What?"
"It looks like a hickey."
Oh shit.
"Oh! No! I burned myself with my curling iron the other night."
She laughed at me and patted my leg.
"I used that line before." 
I blushed and lightly laughed.
Candy came out with her tank top rolled up, to let the tattoo breathe. 
She smiled. 
"I love it!" She said.
"Same!" I told her.
Candy handed Bell the drawing and Bell began walking to the room.
"It looks so nice!" I told her. 
"It didn't hurt as much as I thought it would."
"They guy recommended that we buy some kind of ointment because sooner or later there'll be some sort of itchy or burning feeling."
"Alright. What's with the goofy smile?" She asked playfully. 
"What do you mean?" I asked dumbly. 
She just gave me a look.
I looked down and smiled.
"Zayn." I admitted. 
"I bet you've been thinking all day about him." She said with a genuine smile and holding the charm of her delicate necklace.
"I do. I guess you do too? About Niall?" I replied. 
"Ugh, guilty. Sometimes he's all I can think about!"
"Like you can't get him out of your head no matter what!" I finished.
"Exactly."
"Have you told your parents about him?"
"No, they're too busy with their own lives." She replied carelessly. "Have you told your dad?"
"No, not yet." 
She admired her tattoo.
"Before the guys leave," She said still staring at her tattoo, "we should go to the beach."
"Yeah!" I agreed. 
"I'm starving." She grumbled. 
"Candice! How the hell do you eat so damn much and still have this flat gorgeous stomach?!" I yelled. 
She giggled and shrugged. 
"Shut up, you have a flat stomach, too!". She yelled back at me.
"I know but I have to work my ass off to have it."
We both laughed. 
Bella walked out with her hair, now up in a ponytail. 
Her tanned neck was beautifully tattooed with our design but was bleeding. 
"My ass it doesn't hurt!"
"It was on your neck, where it was more sensitive." Candy explained. 
"I don't care, it still hurt like a bitch." She whined. 
Candy and I laughed quietly at our grumpy friend. 
"Let's go to McDonald's." Candy told Bell. 
"I could use a snack wrap right now." She muttered. 
I laughed. I loved my friends and now I had the symbol on my back to prove it. 
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