Why Can't It Be You?

Zoe Grenson is now 17, her mother is about to lose the battle with brain cancer and her dad died fighting the war in Afghanistan. Zoe and her 9 month old brother Jack now have to move in with their cousin Niall Horan who is going on tour with his band One Direction. Now going on tour with the boys Zoe's past starts to haunt her, her ex-boyfriend won't stop calling her, and not one but two members of One Direction have fallen in love her. Will Zoe be able to face her past, get rid of her ex, and decide who to love? Only she will be able to decide.


2. Life Change

Life with Niall is defientely going to be different then life in Gig Harbor, Washington. I mean the town has a population of 7,2oo people and London has a population of at least 8.1 million people, I write in my diary. Plus he's in this band that I don't remember the name of, so there's going to be a lot more people then there would be if I didn't have a famous cousin. I glance out the window and see the the ground with all the tiny cars, then I look over at Jack who is still asleep from when we got on the plane about three hours ago.

"Passengers, this is your captain speaking, we will be landing in 10 minutes, please buckle-up, put your trays in the up-right position, and have a good flight." The captain said through the speaker, then the crackle came and the loud speaker came off. I quickly get up, put my diary away, sit back down, and buckle-up. 

We land in Chicago, it was a bit bumpy, at least Jack didn't wake up though.

"We have arrived in Chicago International Airport, please remain seated until the plane has come to a complete stop." As soon as the plane stopped and we were allowed to get up, I unbuckled and grabbed my purse, put it in my backpack, slung the back pack over my shoulders, when a guy bumped me really hard causing me to fall forward, almost landing on Jack.

"Hey watch it!" I say as I got up off the floor.

"Oh woops sorry." I turn around and see an old man looking at me with sad eyes.

"Oh, um it's ok." The man stared at me for a second then walked down the aisle to the door, so I grab Jack's diaper bag, unbuckle Jack stiring him from his sleep.

"Alright Jackey hold still while I put your backpack on." After slipping his backpack on, I pick him up with his monkey and head down the aisle, and out of the terminal into the cold Chicago Airport. Holding Jack I go down the escalator and to some food places to eat. I set our stuff down at a table in the middle of a Starbucks, McDonald's, DQ, and Arby's. Then I walk over to McDonald's order a salad and iced tea and wait for my meal at the table.

"Mind if I sit here? The tables are all filled up." A voice asks as I struggle to put Jack in a highchair.

"Yeah, go ahead." I say not looking at the person.

"Salad and iced tea?" The McDonald's person said. Holding up the receipt.

"Can you watch my brother for a sec?" Not waiting for a reply, I walk over, grab my salad and iced tea, and walk back over to my table. I see the person for the first time. It was a man in his 20's, light brown hair, soft green eyes, and he had on a blue t-shirt.

"You have a very cute brother." The man says as I sit down.

"Thank you. What's your name?" I ask as I pulled out Jack's baby food and start feeding him, making weird faces.

"My name is Kevin. What's yours?" Kevin says laughing.

"Um, Zoe and why are you laughing?" I cock my head towards him.

"Oh because you're making weird faces while feeding your brother." I glance away blood rushing to my face in embaressment. After I finish feeding Jack and eating my own food, I stand up and face Kevin.

"Well it was nice to meet you Kevin, but I have to get going now." I sling my bag over my shoulder, along with the diaper bag, pick up Jack, and push the highchair over to a corner.

"Do you need help with anything Zoe?" Kevin asks catching up to me. I shake my head no and he slunks away with his head down, disappointed. I walk into the bathrooms and check my reflection in the mirror. For being on a plane for almost four hours I looked pretty good. I changed Jack's diaper, and take the short journey to gate 114-G. I set down Jack on a the chair next to me, drop my stuff on the ground, and take out the phone Mr. Ture gave me.

To: Mr. Ture

Hi Mr. Ture will be waiting for another hour and fifteen minutes until my flight to London comes, nothing bad has happened, I'm fine, so is Jack. :)

The message sent, then I sent one to Niall.

To: Niall H. (Cousin)

Hey Niall what's up? A little over 8 hours until I arrive in London! :) That is if there isnt any delays. :/

Mr. Ture replied while I was in the middle of typing Niall's text, probably because he wanted to check up on me.

From: Mr. Ture

Hi Zoe, I'm glad to hear you're ok. Please be very careful and text me when I get to London.

I read his text and replied. Niall hadn't responded, so I take out my iPod Nano, put my earbuds in, turn the music to Phillip Phillips, Home, and start to draw in my sketchbook. I glance over at Jack, he was playing with his monkey, which he could do for hours so I kept on drawing.


"Plane Number 98 to London, will be arriving soon." A loud speaker announced fifteen minutes before the plane was supposed to leave for London. I pause my Nano on The Wind by Zac Brown Band, wrap the headphones around it and stuff it in the front pocket of my backpack. Pick up Jack and place him in my lap.

"Look Jack that's you!" I exclaim showing him my very acurate sketch of him playing with his monkey in the chair next to me. He smiled with his lop-sided grin and his two dimples made him look even cuter. I kiss him on the nose, set the sketchbook and pencils in my backpack, and start playing with Jack. I heard a vibrating noise coming from somewhere, so looked on the floor, on the seat, then I checked the pocket of my backpack. I flip open the phone and see that I have one text from someone.

From: Niall H. (Cousin)
Hey Zoe! Can't wait to see you again! I haven't seen you in 10 years, haha long time. I'm hungry, wait why'd I type that? Oh well. Could you send a pic of yourself, I haven't seen you in so long that I only remember you as a 7 year old.

To: Niall H. (Cousin)


Here I am, not that pretty and the little one next to me is Jack :)

I send a picture of me and Jack to Niall. I look over and watch our plane roll over to the terminal.

The people come off and we have to wait five minutes for the flight attendents to clean out the plane and for the captain and flight attendents to switch out with other people.

"Any handicap passengers, you may board now, also first class you may board at anytime." People got up and handed the tickets to the lady. After three minutes, Jack and I were able to get in line. We had our tickets scaned so we walked to the plane, found our seats, I put Jack in his seat, grabbed my Nano, The Last Song, put my backpack and Jack's diaper bag in the overhead compartment, and flopped down in my seat. The plane started down the runway after the terminal disconnected, we got in the air and started flying to London.


I wake up to the gentle flowing of the plane. I look around men, women, and childern were wrapped in blankets, I watch as their chests go steadily up and down with their breathing. Some woman was up staring intently at a movie screen then jumped back in fear, most likely it was a scary movie. Jack awoke then looking at me smiling, then contorting his face. I get grab his diaper bag grab Jack and get in line for the small bathroom.

Once we were seated I put Jack back in his seat and checked the time on the little t.v. screen infront of me. 3:46 am, yay only eight more hours until we land. I look out the window and see the outline of the country and some lights from cars that are going to work.

I grab my art sketchbook and start sketching a couple of designs for fun. I look up after what seemed only like an hour and the clock told me it was 5:08 am only six more hours until we land, surely I could last that long.


Niall's POV

I awoke this morning sweating hard, bad dream of course, I glance over at my clock 5:20 am great only six hours until my cousin comes and become my sister. Wow I haven't seen her in a long time, plus she has a 9 month old brother. I wonder what life will be like having Zoe and Jack live with me and my mum and dad. Wait a minute I leave for our next tour in a week and I'm supposed to be looking after them!

I throw myself out of bed grab my phone, go out onto the back patio and call Harry whose in the room next to me. The phone rings twice, three times, finally he picks up.

"Niall it's 5 something in the morning what the hell do you want?" Harry asked groggy from sleep and a long sleepless night.

"It's just, well my cousin is coming today and I don't know what to do, I haven't seen her in a long time."

"Don't worry it'll all be fine, just take life as it comes and put up with it as it-yawn- goes by. I'm really tired Ni, I'm just gonna fall asleep." Harry hung up, I set my phone on the bedstand, and walk into the bathroom.

"All I need is good splash in the face." I said to myself, so I walk into the hotel bathroom and turn on the faucet and splashed water on my face, and grabbed a quick snack from the hotels mini fridge in my room, and climb into bed and fall asleep.


"Niall, it's time to wake up. Niall, come on. NIALL!" Paul was shaking me trying to get me up, I glance at the time, 10:20 am.

"Oh shoot!" I shoot out of my bed and start to prepare for the arrival of my cousin.


Zoe's POV

I could not fall asleep at all last night, a man across the aisle was snoring really loudly, a baby kept on crying, and the flight attendents were gossiping all night. I get up and stand in the middle of the aisle doing a quick stretch, cracking my back. I walk over to the lavatory and wait for the person in to come out.

Just as I was flushing, the plane started to bounce really hard, so I quickly washed my hands and head to my seat.

"Passengers, we have encountered some turbulece, please place the trays in the upright position and buckle up." The captain crackled off and thats when it started to get really bumpy, like on a bus ride going over the HUGE bumps except bigger. I grab hold off the arm rests tight and pray that this will be over soon.

Finally around 11 am, the turbulance stopped.


I open my eyes, I sense a change in the air and look up there was a lot of luggage on the floor and the drink cart had tipped over. The flight attendants were cleaning up to puddles of pop and wine. I stand up and help put some of the luggage back in the overhead compartments.

"Sissy, whav appen?" Jack stared at me with those petty eyes.

"We got a little bumpy on the ride." I kiss Jack on his forehead and sit back down.

"I like to thank everyone that helped clean up the plane after that turbulence, now if everyone could sit down and buckle-up we will be landing in London in ten minutes." The speaker clicked off, and everyone adjusted their seatbelts and putting their trays in the upright position.

I look out the window and see the skyline of London, Big Ben standing in the middle of it all. We move closer down to the airport and I see a huge crowd of people outside of the airport, not once did I think it was for Niall.

We land perfectly and pull up to the terminal and get attached to it. I put The Last Song away and grab my backpack and Jack's diaper bag and pick up Jack's car seat. I walk over to the passport check for international citizens and hand over my passport which, they stamp and then I handed him Jack's and they stamp it to. I walk out and go into the Ladie's restroom and use the toliet. All around me I hear British accents which make my heart flutter 'cause I'm a sucker for British accents. I change Jack's diaper and wash my hands, I set his car seat on the floor and take my brush out of my backpack to redo my fishtail. I make sure it looks perfect, put my beanie on, and walk out to find my luggage. 


Niall's POV

The boys and I were waiting anxiousely for my cousin Zoe and a whole bunch of fans were behind us screaming, I really hope she's prepared for all the screaming.

"Wait what does Zoe look like again?" Harry asks for the fifth time. I pull out my iPhone and show the lads the picture Zoe sent me. Zoe is holding her arm out to take the picture and sitting on her lap is Jack with his toy giraffe in his mouth, Zoe has her cheek pressed against Jack's and is smiling really big. She wore a red beanie, and had a side fishtail braid with hairs poking out.

"Wow she's pretty Niall." Liam gapped at the picture.

"Yeah I guess so, but the where is she? Her plane landed 30 minutes ago." I bite my tongue frusterated. "She should really hurry up." I start to tap my foot.

"Woah there fasty give the girl sometime." Zayn punches me softly in the arm, but I turn and face the doors Zoe's supposed to come out.


Zoe's POV

I grab my purple duffle bag and blue suitcase off the luggage belt and wait for Jack's black duffle bag. I takes a whole 5 minutes for it to come around, I drag it off the belt, and set on the floor.I put Jack and his car seat on the floor and pull out the flip phone.

To: Mr. Ture

Hi Mr. Ture, I landed in London and getting ready to see Niall.

I autoatically get a reply back.

From: Mr. Ture

Good, now the next and last time you text me is when you get to the hotel with Niall.

I close my phone and sling my arm through the other shoulder strap of the backpack, I sling Jack's black duffle bag over my one of my shoulders and my purple duffle bag over the other. I lean forward almost falling, but steady myself. I pull out the lever thing on the suitcase and hold it in my right hand, next I pick up Jack in his car seat and move slowly towards the door.

I take a deeo breath and walk through the doors. I instantly hear screaming and see girls jumping up and down seeming to shout the same name: "One Direction." I see Niall standing with four other boys. 

A guy that looks like a freaking Gucci model with his black hair in a quiff, a tan hat sits on the back of his head, he had on faded jeans, a white polo with a red and green plaid shirt unbuttoned over top, a dog tag necklace, a tattoo saying zap was evident on his arm, and red high-top converses stood next to Niall on his right.

Standing next to Mr. Gucci was a a guy with brown curly locks, a white t-shirt with sunglasses hanging on his shirt pulling it down showing two bird tattoos, he had on black guy skinny jeans, and white converses, smiled when he saw you even though you had absolutely no idea who he was.

On Niall's left was a sorta cute guy with brown hair in a quif two, woah these guys like quif's, he had on a gray shirt, dark colored jeans rolled up at the ankle, and white converses.

Next to cute guy was a guy with shaved hair military style. He had on a grey graphic t-shirt, jeans that were faded at the knees, and white converses, smiled at me two. And then there was a guy a lot taller than all of them, most likely the security guard.

I walked around the bars to get to Niall.

"Hey cuz." I smile greeting Niall.

"Hey, took you long enough." He laughed.

"Do need some help there?" Mr Gucci asked.

"Um yeah, sure." I hand over Jack's car seat to Niall, then hand over the black duffle to Mr Gucci, curly-haired boy grabs my purple duffle which I tell him to be careful with since it has fragiles in it, and military hair-cut guy grabs my suitcase which leaves me with my backpack. Niall hands me Jack in his car seat back.

"Alright let's go. Oh and Zoe," He turns to look at me, "Be prepared for our fans trying to touch you." We walk over to the doors and the girls go wild, they were quite grabby and held Jack close to me as we got to the car, Mr. Gucci, curly-hair, and military-hair put my stuff in the trunk of the car, while cute boy climbed into the front, and Niall climbed into the back. The secruity guy helped me into the backseat. The other boys pile in after me, and the secruity guard gets into the car and we pull out of the airport.

Jack was on my lap in his car seat and I turn around, surprised to see girls running after the car.

"Sheesh how famous are you?" I asked surpreised.

"Really famous." Mr. Gucci says.

"Time for introductions." Niall gestures to curly-hair.

"I'm Harry." Harry says in a gravely, British voice.

"Zayn." Mr. Gucci says smiling.

"I'm Liam." Military-hair said, his eyes twinkling.

"I'm Louis." Cute boy says.

"And we are One Direction." The boys say at the same time.

"Oh and thats Paul, our secruity guard." Niall says gesturing to the guy driving.

"Alright, I'm Zoe," I say gesturing to myself, "And this is Jack." Jack giggles in his seat.







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