Underneath

Athelia Queann is living the glamorous life in London as one of the richest people in England. She's a big sensation, and everything the fans thinks she's not. She's manipulative, spoiled, selfish and nothing is never good enough for a star like her. Behind all the glitter and the fake smile, a loneliness is slowly tearing her up inside. But one day a person enters her life and changes everything. Even though Athelia don't want anyone to come this close to her, that one person starts becoming really importnant whether she wants it or not. That person is someone she used to know as Niall Horan from One Direction. Nothing more.

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19. Family

Niall's P.O.V

Her hands were shaking. She kept biting her lip, while looking out on the streets that passed by. She pressed her hands hard against each other and breathed in and out a couple of times.

"You don't have to be so nervous", I just said looking at her. Athelia turned her head from the carwindow over on me.

"How would you feel if you were the one meeting my family?", she said a bit annoyed and swallowed.

I shrugged my shoulders a bit and could in someway undertsand her.

"I mean..... actually. How wierd is this?", she said a bit upset, not looking out on the streets anymore. Just directly at me who sat on the seat next to her glancing out of my window.

"What do you mean wierd?".

"We're not dating, at all. We only met like two months ago. How are you gonna indtroduce me? 'this is just a girl, I'm not dating her or anything. She's just with me tonight, even though I only met her two months ago'."

"I'm just going to say I brought a friend, I called to asked my mum if I could bring a friend and she was just okay with it", I smiled trying to calm her down a bit.

"Well...this is really wierd. You don't just bring someone you met small 8 weeks ago to such a big family reunion like christmas eve.. maybe this was a stupid idea?".

"Athelia!", I almost laughed. "Seriously relax, It's my fucking family. I promise you they are gonna like you. You're just a friend I brought with me, nothing more. Everything is going to go just fine. It's not wierd or a bad idea. Relax". I looked her in the eyes and smiled. She had her beautiful a little curly hair just hanging down her shoulders. She was wearing a black shirt, black tight trousers and some black heels. She looked good, as always.

She sighed and leaned back in the seat. "You're probably right. It's just... I'm meeting your family. Thats a big thing". Her voice sounded more calm and confident now. She smiled slightly at me.

"We're here! Just down that road and its the red house on the left!", I exclaimed with excitement in my voice.

 

Athelia's P.O.V

Niall happily looked out of his window pointing on a big red house covered in christmas lights and sprakling reindeer figures on the roof. It looked like they had spent a long time on decoration that house. It looked cheery.

In the windows a golden bright light were shining. You could see shadows moving around inside. And a low sound of christmas music sounded from inside. It made me in quite a christmas mood while on the same time making me nervous.

The driver slowed down and stopped outside the house. I grabbed my black jacket.

Niall opened up the door for me and I carefully stepped out. My stilettos hit the snow and with small carefull steps I walked by him up the entrance. Niall was carrying a big bag full of presents.

"Ready?", he said smiling at me while knocking three hard knocks on the wooden door. I nodded and straightened my back.

A brown haired guy maybe a few years older than Niall in a red christmas sweather opened up the door and smiled big at us.

"There we have the popstar!", he laughed smiling big and almost jumped on Niall. Niall began to laugh too and the guys hugged each other while slapping each others shoulders a bit.

"Athelia this is my cousin Collin and Collin this is my.. friend Athelia".

I smiled nervously at Collin who for a sec jus stood there and looked suprised at me. Then he smiled a big convincing smile and opened up his arms to hug me. Which he did.

"I'm Collin", he said and shaked my hand.

"Athelia", I laughed a bit shy.

"Come in!", he said and stepped back so we could step inside. The sound of 'rocking around the christmas three' surrounded us as we stepped inside together with the smell of christmas food. We stepped in to a big hall way with a creme colur on the walls, a big chandelier haning in the seeling and tons of coats and presents just lying there in piles. The place had a cozy and cheery athmosphere. It looked like everyone in here was in a good mood. You could hear laughing and talking from everywhere. I already liked being here.

"You're mum is dying to meet Athelia and she missed you a lot too!", Collin said. We followed him into the kitchen. In here it smelled even more of delicious christmas dinner. Three lady's were standing here with a glass of redwhine in their hands. Two of them cooking. One of them must be Niall's mummy.

"Ohh, Niall!", one of them exclaimed happily and her arms got locked around Niall's neck while kissing him on the cheek. That must be his mother Maura. She was small, had short hair and looked really nice. She was in a fowered dress and small brown heels. Gold earings and a gold necklace made her look even nicer.

After huggin Niall she stepped back and turned to look at me with a big smile. I smiled back.

"This is Athelia my friend", Niall introduced me making it sound way more natural that I had expected. Maura smiled at me and shaked my hand.

"Well, hello", she said. "You're so pretty". She laugehd a bit at the last part. I felt my cheeks getting red.

"Thankyou, so good to meet you", I said. "You must be Maura?".

"I am! I've been really excited to meet you. It's so rare Niall brings a girl to our house. You must be special". I couldn't help but just smile.

"Mum! She's just a friend", Niall corrected her.

"Yes, I know I know..", she whispered while she kept smiling at me.

"This is my aunt Marin and thats my aunt Felicity". The lady's smiled at me. One of them were cutting vegstabels and the other was taking care of a big turkey.

"What can I give you? Wine?", Maura asked friendly and handed Niall a glass of wine.

"Ehmm.. yes please", I smiled and she handed me a glass of red wine too.

Niall's P.O.V

While Athelia got entertained by my mum and aunts in the kitchen I went to take a round in the house to say hello to the rest of the family. It actually looked like Athelia was having a good conversation with the ladys in the kitchen while sipping to her wine so I decided I could leave her alone with them already.

After saying hello to everyone I went upstairs to my old room. I slowly opened up the door and stepped inside. It was now just a room for all the stuff they didn't have space to downstairs or in their own bedroom. The only thing still standing there was my drawer and my small bed with the darkblue bedspread. I sat down at my bed and sighed. It was so quiet upstairs.

The door suddently went open and someone walked in. My cousin Kattie stepped in and smile at me. Kattie was high and skinny an had long almost black hair. She was my cousin and I spent a lot of time with her, but still I had never really liked her. She was the only one in my family, I actually didn't think was very goodhearted.

"Well hello", she smiled.

"Kattie", I smiled and got up from the bed. I gave her a quik hug.

"Shall we go downstais?", I said walking against the door.

"No, no... it's been so long since the last time we talked just the two of us". Kattie sad down on the bed and gave me a sign to sit down next to her.

"It's Athelia, she's downstairs I...".

"C'ome on, I don't bite", she laughed. Maybe I was just imagining it because I didn't like her, but it was like she had an evil laugh.

I hesitantly moved closer to the bed and sat down on it, but far away from her.

"So... I see you brought a girl?", she smiled like she had some evil plan in mind with Athelia.

"She's just a friend", was the only thing I responded.

Kattie moved closer to me smiling her seducing smile.

"It's Athelia Queann, the actor", she said.

I nodded, while feeelin very uncomfortable.

"She's very pretty, I must admit. But do you really thinks she will last?".

I wrinkled my eyebrows. Now the Kattie I knew was starting to appear.

"I mean yes sure she's pretty but.. Niall, she's an actor. In a month you will be trash to her".

"Kattie, first of all we're not dating or in a relationsship. We're friends. Second of all, Athelia and I are actually closer than you might think". God, I now understood why I had never liked her. She reminded me of a snake.

"Oh sweet little Niall... listen. I saw the magazines of you two olding hands. You're absouluteley dating her, don't lie to me".

"I'm not lying. We're just friends".

"Friends looking so much in love with each other?", she hissed like I was some sort of naive little child. "I just want you to stop it, before she hurts you. I know how the magazines describes her, she's a bitch. And she's nothing you would ever like".

I hated the way she thought she knew what was best for me and the way she sounded like she knew Athelia better than me. I actually believed I was the one person in the whole wold who knew her the best.

"Kattie, Athelia is not like that. She's amazing", I said in a hard tone getting up from the bed.

"Shes not good for you. Rather as a friend or as a girlfriend!".

"You're pathetic Kattie", I said and opened up the door to get the hell away from her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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