Minor Complications (Part 1)

Instead of going to parties, 17 year old Emma would prefer to stay home and watch television, even though her best friend Tiffany begs her to leave the house once in a while. One night at a party, Tiffany meets the members of One Direction, and falls head over heels for Liam. Unfortunately, so does Emma. They become close friends with Zayn, Harrry, and Louis, who try to stay out of the drama. And then there is Niall, who constantly fights for Emma's attention. Complicated. This is part of my Complications trilogy.

This is a story for the One Direction contest. :)
It used to be called Little Complications, but when I decided to make it a trilogy I had to change the name.


8. My Past In The Present

*Niall's Point Of View*


My phone buzzes. It's Emma. I pick it up and read the text.

"What are you doing tonight?"

My heart starts to beat faster. Don't get your hopes up, Niall, I think. She is probably just asking a question. She likes Liam.

"Just staying at home, eating pizza, watching movies like a loner."

"Can I join? :)"

She wants to hangout? Just the two of us? She sent a smiley face? What does that mean? Is she over Liam? I don't know what to think.

"Liam!" I call out. 

"Yeah?" he says, walking out of the bathroom.

I read him the texts. "What does that mean?"

"It means exactly what she said. She wants to hang out with you tonight." he answers. 

"Why?" I felt nervous. What if it was really awkward? What if she doesn't like me like that and I screw things up? What will I do?

"Uh geez, I don't know." he says sarcastically. "Maybe because she likes you and wants to spend time with you?" he says, raising his eyebrows.

"So, what should I say?" I ask, my mind blank.

"Text her back! Tell her yes! Niall, it's not that hard!"

"Right... Err, right. I will."

I type on my phone, "Of course you can :)"

"Geez, you aren't thinking straight today, are you?" asks Liam.

"I don't know why. I'm nervous." I answer honestly.

"You shouldn't be. Just be yourself." I nod and he walks away.


It's 6:55 and Emma was coming over around seven. I already ordered the pizza. I had the Toy Story movies all on the table. They were the only good movies we had because they were Liam's favorite. Liam is out with Tiffany tonight and the others are all out.

At 6:56 I hear a knock on the door, expecting it to be Emma. I answer to see the pizza guy. I pay him and set the pizza down on the table. The smell made my mouth water.

At 6:58, there was another knock. It must be Emma. I open the door, and to my astonishment, it isn't her. The girl who was standing outside my apartment was someone I had thought I had gotten rid of a long time ago.

"Hi Niall. I've missed you." said the tall brunette.

"Jenny? What the-."

"I said I have missed you! I wanted to come find you and surprise you!"

"Jenny, I'm not doing this with you right now. I told you in London that we were over."

"Is that pizza I smell?"

"It doesn't matter what you think you smell, you need to leave." I say about to close the door.

Her eyes widen and she wedges her foot in the door so it won't close. She smiles. "You are on a date, aren't you?" 

"It's none of your business. I will call the police Jenny, unless you leave."

"I know you still love me Niall. Remember the night you told me you loved me?"

"Yes, that was before I found out you were crazy." I say quickly.

"I am not crazy! I hate it when people call me that!" 

"There's a reason more than one person has called you that." I reply. I need to get her out of here before Emma comes.

"I forgot how funny you were Niall."

"Yeah, and you know what? I am even more funny in the One Direction video diaries. Which you can watch at home on YouTube." I try to close the door once again but this time, Jenny grabs my face with both hands. She pulls me towards her and presses her lips against mine. I hear a loud noise behind her.

She lets go and we both look to see what made the noise. It's Emma, holding onto the stair railing leading up to my door. She looks shocked and confused.

"Sorry, it seems I am interrupting something." she says quietly. She shakes her head and runs back down the stairs.

"Emma, wait!" I call after her. But she's out of earshot. I run down the stairs and see her get in her car. I shout her name.

"Emma! Let me explain!" But she just drives away.

I run back up the stairs to yell at Jenny. She's not there. I walk into the apartment to find her sitting on the couch eating pizza. 

"Glad she's gone." she laughs, "Now we can enjoy our date."

"It's not 'our' date. It never was 'our' date. You're leaving this apartment right now or I will call the police, and as soon as you leave, I am filing a restraining order against you. I told you before, we are over. I don't feel anything for you." 

Her eyes start to water. "I'm sorry you feel that way, Niall." She gets up and slowly walks towards the door. She stops and turns around. "I'm taking this. It'll be the only thing I will have left to remember you by." she says and grabs the pizza box.

"Whatever." I say and push her out the door, locking it behind her.

Now I have to call Emma.

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