More Than One Direction

When Emily gets the job of her dreams, a back up dancer for One Direction, she is less than thrilled to discover her dancing partner is Louis, not the guy she's desperately in love with, Niall. But things take a turn when Niall seems smitten with her as well, and what will happen when Liam seems to like her too? Will Louis's or Liam's feelings get in the way of a seemingly perfect couple? Or will Emily discover that perhaps what she's been looking for has been dancing by her side all along?

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7. Tell Me A Lie

Niall walks out of the room slowly, walking towards the pool outside.
I look at the boys, who all look sad and ashamed, especially Liam.
I chase after him and find him dipping his feet in the pool.
"What's the matter?" I ask him.
"When were you going to tell me?"
"Niall, you live with him, he's your best friend. I figured he would tell-"
He cuts me off, "You're supposed to be my best friend too."
"I am Niall but-"
He cuts me off again, "I just didn't think this would happen. I could barely even deal with the thought that you would fake date Louis. But now you're dating Liam?"
"We haven't even gone on the date yet. And what do you mean you can barely deal with it?"
"Never mind, I'm not allowed to tell you."
"Not allowed to tell me what?"
Just then, I hear Louis calling us from inside.
"Come on guys, we're gonna be late!"
"Hold on!" I yell, then to Niall, "Niall, tell me."
"I can't."
"Please Niall, tell me."
"I'm not supposed to tell you."
"Why? Niall, I don't get it."
"I just don't understand," he's saying to himself, "why it's fine for Liam but not for me."
"What do you mean?" I'm practically yelling.
"I really like you Emily."
I can feel my lungs slowly collapsing as I close my eyes and try to absorb my surroundings. What did I just hear?
"No you don't," I say breathlessly.
"Yes I do," he says, looking down.
"But...you told Louis...you...weren't sure."
"What are you talking about?" he says as he snaps his head up.
"The first day we met," I say, slowly regaining my breath, "you talked to Louis. He asked you. That's what you said."
"No I didn't. He told me I shouldn't bother with you."
"What?" my ears must be deceiving me.
"When he pulled me aside? He said I shouldn't bother with you. I figured he knew what he was talking about; he knew you better than I did."
"Niall..." I say slowly, "Are you lying to me?"
"I swear Emily," he says, "I've fallen for you."
I close my eyes and breathe deeply. How could Louis lie to me? I can't believe him. He knows that I like Niall. Why would he do this?
"Niall..." I talk as best as I can, "I've liked you since the first day we met."
When I open my eyes, I see the biggest smile spread across his face as he walks closer.
He grabs my hand with his one hand, and with the other he brushes a piece of hair out of my face and caresses my cheek. He gently grabs my face and moves his closer as he smiles and looks down at my lips. Our faces get closer, until they are centimeters apart.
Then, I hear Liam yell, "Come on guys!"
We both sigh walking away, as we realize we need to be on time and the moment is ruined. But as we walk, I can feel the happiness from Niall beaming, and it makes me happy too.
He tries his best to cover up his smile when we get inside, which I guess is to not give anything away to Liam.
We all file into 2 cabs, but I'm rushed into one with Harry and Zayn.
Apparently it's their turn to confront and question me.
"So why are you slutting around our boy band?" Harry asks, always the one with words.
"I'm not! Why do you keep saying that?" I whine.
"Well let's see," Zayn chimes in, "you're fake dating Louis, you're actually dating Liam, and you're in love with Niall."
"It's just fake and we haven't gone on the date yet." 
"And Niall?" Zayn asks.
"I think he likes me too," I say as I smile.
"Well, obviously More Than, but do you like him too?"
I nod, then bury my face in my hands at the thought of this situation.
"You know you can't just cancel your date with Liam, right?" Harry says.
"Why not?"
"He'll be crushed," Zayn says, "He may seem like a ladies man or whatever with the way he's been flirting, but he really likes you. Yeah, Niall likes you too, we've known that from the beginning, but he never told us outright. So in Liam's mind, you're fair game."
"But I can't hurt Niall," I say.
"But he was Liam's friend before he was your boy toy, so he needs to be fair," Harry says.
"You're right, but I can't tell him that."
"Let us then," Zayn says, being the helpful friend he is.
"Thanks," I say, "but what if this doesn't work out?"
"Then I'll be single," Harry says with a wink.
"We're here," Zayn says, and when I look out the window, I see Ryan standing waiting for us.
We get out of the car and approach him, just as Louis, Liam, and Niall arrive.  When I look at them, I see they all have angry looks on their faces. Their looks scare me, so I approach them just as the girls pull up in their own cab.
"Don't ask," Niall huffs as he walks to me, grabbing my hand in the process.
All ten of us gather around Ryan. When he notices my flirty look with Niall, he gives a look of disapproval.
"What is this?" he asks Niall.
"Who even knows?" Louis says sarcastically and angrily.
"I sure don't," Liam mumbles as he looks down.
"Interview time!" Harry yells to ease the tension.
"Whatever this is, either stop it or hide it well. We've already got her with Louis. We can't confuse them or make it obvious we're lying."
Everyone nods in unison, including Harry, Zayn, and the girls.
Martina rolls her eyes when I look in her direction.
"Okay, run through before we head inside," Ryan says, "Rehearsals are going well. Hope the best for the tour. Really excited to be working with such beautiful girls. Switch to relationships. Things are civil with Danielle and Eleanor. Emily is a great girl. Louis is really happy. Okay? Let's get in there."
"Don't act mad," Niall whispers as we walk inside, "deal with it later."
"You forget," I whisper back, "I'm an actress."
He squeezes my hand before releasing it.
"I hope you're a good one," he says,  "because you're about to be love birds."
After we are miked and get stage make up, we get ready to walk on the stage. Louis approaches from behind and grabs my hand, but I avoid looking at him. When we walk onstage, the audience screams when they see the boys, and I even hear some girls yell my name when I walk in holding Louis's hand, wearing the biggest fake smile I can.
The other girls follow us six, and the stage is set up with a row of 6 chairs in front of a row of 4, so of course I have to sit next to Louis. He keeps holding my hand as we sit.
The interviewer starts with asking questions about the tour, to which the boys give similar responses to what Ryan discussed with us. After the interviewer finishes the tour questions, even questioning some of the girls on their role in the tour, she decides to get personal. First she asks Liam about his breakup with Danielle, then Louis about his breakup with Eleanor. Harry even discusses his relationship with his girlfriend, Maddie. I think I'm not the only one grateful Zayn doesn't talk about Jillian. Then she turns to me.
"And what's it like dating one of the most popular guys in the world?"
I keep the big fake smile on my face.
"It's great," I say, "but I don't just see him as a popular or famous guy. I see him as my amazing boyfriend."
I turn to smile at Louis and see he's already smiling.
"Awh, that's sweet. So, how did you know he was the one you wanted to be with? I mean, all these guys are great."
With that, the crowd applauds and screams.
Harry speaks once the audience silences, "It wasn't easy for her to decide.  I mean, we're all adorable."
The crowd agrees with shouts and screams.
"We like to call her More Than," Zayn says, "because it's such a shame she can't have more than one of us."
"So she must be a pretty great gal, huh guys?"
She hands the mike to Harry, and expects them all to comment.
"Yeah, she really is," Harry says.
"We've hung out with her like every day this past week," Zayn says next.
"She's got a great personality, not just a pretty face. We're all happy for and jealous of Louis," Liam says.
He must be a good actor too, at least for the happy part.
When the mike is passed to Niall, I can tell it'll be hard for him to hide his feelings like Liam, so he keeps it simple. "She's great."
"What can I say?" Louis says last, "I've caught the love bug."
The audience 'awhs' this and the interviewer turns to me next, "So what do you think about all this attention?"
"Well, the boys are great. They're the best friends I've ever had," I say, finally not lying.
"Well, you've heard it here folks," the interviewer says at the camera, "One Direction makes for great friends and great boyfriends."
With that, the crowd goes crazy, it cuts to commercial, and we exit the stage.
"All right, great job everyone. See ya in 2 days, thanks," Ryan says before the girls get into their cab. Apparently, they've given up at trying to grab the attention of the boys. Not that trying would make a difference; Harry told me they all say I'm the only one they like, which is obviously flattering.
I approach Niall once the girls leave.
"So...now what?" I ask him.
"Let's get out of here," he replies.
Before we can walk away, Louis steps in from the side.
"Emily," he says, "you wanna hang out?"
I ignore him, grabbing Niall's hand and walking away.
"I thought everything was okay with us, why are you ignoring me?"
"I thought you were my friend. Why would you tell me a lie?"
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