Waiting for You

Amanda and Skyler get the chance of a lifetime when they are personally invited to go on tour with their favorite band, One Direction. As relationships develop, secrets are revealed, and it starts to become unclear what will unfold. But the only thing the girls know for sure is that with these boys, love is always an option.
Co-written by Heather Tomlinson and Emily M. Horan, author of More Than One Direction, and the sequel, Choosing One Direction.

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12. I Now Pronounce You

I must have fallen asleep on the couch, because I'm soon awakened by Skyler coming in the door with Harry.
I sit up.
"Hey Sky," I say before she sees me.
"Amanda, I thought you were out with Niall."
"I was."
Harry's phone rings, and he picks it up.
"Hello?" "Lou?" "What's wrong?" "What happened with Ananda?"
My eyes dart over to him. What is Louis saying about me?
Harry leaves for a minute or two, and while he's gone Skyler comes over to talk to me.
"What happened?"
"Just wait, Harry will tell you."
We wait for Harry's return, and when he does, his eyes are open in shock.
He appears to be speechless, so I help him out.
"Go ahead, just tell her."
"You and Louis are dating?"
"What?" Skyler yells.
"No!" I shout.
"That's what Louis says," Harry tells us.
I groan loudly, "Why?"
"He says to look at twitter."
"Yeah, well according to your whole fan base we're dating. But we aren't."
"I'm confused," Skyler says.
"Me too," I tell her.
"Did you guys," Harry looks really hesitant, "...kiss?"
I grab my face in my hands and let out a small scream.
"Mandy!" Skyler shouts.
Just then, we hear a knock at the door.
Harry, who's closest to it, opens it.
It's Louis, followed by none other than the man-in-charge himself, Paul.
They both walk in.
"So this is her?"
"Yeah," Louis says softly.
"Well, she's not bad-looking," Paul says, as if I'm not there.
"I know," Louis says, "But she doesn't want to date me."
I'm too in shock to think of what's going on.
Why does Louis care that I don't want to date him? How does he know? Does he know I like Niall?
"Sweetheart?" Paul says to me.
"Yeah?"
"You're going to have to go on pretending to date Lou."
"What?"
"He committed you. He didn't just say you're friends or casually dating- he said girlfriend. You're going to need to play it out for a little while, at least until I find out how to let the spark die softly. We cannot confuse or anger the fanbase."
"So we're just supposed to lie to everyone?"
"Not to the band. But to any friends or family, yes. As far as they're concerned, you're deeply infatuated with Louis. We can't risk it getting out that it's fake."
"Do we have to go out in public together?"
"Yes, for now at least."
"Do I have to kiss him?"
"No, but that would be ideal. It's just like a game of pretend. It's too late now to go back."
"Why can't we tell them it was just a joke?"
"They hate being lied to, especially about something like this."
"So we're gonna lie to them more? How am I supposed to hang out with Niall? He's my friend; we always hang out."
I could swear I hear Louis make a scoff at this, but I'm not sure.
"Listen, Amanda, this is only temporary. Now if you care about these boys and about their career, you'll do this. We just need a cover up for a little while, maybe until they go on tour. Then we can play it off like distance broke you apart."
"But I'm going on the tour."
"Yes, right, well then we will have to work something out. But for now, I need your 100% cooperation. Can you do this for them?"
I look at Harry, who has a hold of Skyler's waist and is looking at me with questioning eyes. I look at Louis, who looks like he's in pain, but at the same time, incredibly nervous. I look at Paul's face, which is about four inches from mine. I think of Niall, and how I won't be able to spend time with him alone for a while. But Paul said this will help all of them, and I care too much about Niall to not do this for him.
I nod my head.
"I'll do it."
Paul stands up straight, then looks around at everyone, stopping his eyes at Louis.
"I now pronounce you, man and fake girlfriend. You may kiss when I leave the room."
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