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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16. Telling Niall

The knife seems to stare at me menacingly, and I slowly pick it up and bring it to my arm.
I let it sit there motionless as tears slide down my cheeks.
Skyler continues to talk to me, but I've blocked her out.
Then I hear the door open, and turn to see Louis standing there alone.
"What are you doing?" Louis yells.
In shock, I move the knife swiftly, leaving a slice in my skin.
"Mandy!" Louis yells again, grabbing the knife from my hand and placing it on the sink.
He searches frantically for a bandage, and once he does, wraps my arm in it.
He holds it for a few seconds, looking down at it, then leads me to my bedroom.
He pulls back the covers of my bed and I slide into it, tears staining my pillow.
He slides in next to me and holds me in his arms.
I continue to cry, and he shushes me as he rocks me slowly in his arm, still holding onto my bandage.
He pulls away and stares deep into my eyes, with a painful and concerned look on his face.
Then he lets one word escape his lips- "Why?"
"I don't know," I say through choked sobs.
He kisses me on the forehead, and I hate myself for wishing it was Niall next to me.
I push that thought out of my mind and just lay there peacefully.
Before I know it, I'm asleep, and I wake up later to emptiness by my side.
Then I hear someone enter my room.
It's Niall, followed by Louis, who stands in the doorway.
"Nialler!" I yell excitedly.
He sits on the edge of the bed with a big smile on his face. I sit up and give him a hug. When we pull apart, I notice Louis is gone, leaving Niall and I alone.
"What happened?" he asks me.
I show him my bandaged arm, then realize I have a story to tell.
"Lou and I are dating," I say.
"What? And you didn't tell me?"
"It's fake Niall. For the public."
"Oh, because of what he said at the park?"
"Mhm, so now I have to date him publicly."
"But why-"
"We were out and some girls said some awful things about me. Then twitter..."
"Oh gosh, what's on twitter?"
"I don't wanna talk about it. Then-"
I stop myself, realizing that the last part of the story is Louis finding out I like Niall.
"Then what?"
"Then I, I, tried to cut myself. Louis tried to stop me, and the knife accidentally slipped."
"Well thank goodness Lou was there."
"Yeah," Lou has reappeared in the doorway, with a plate of cookies in hand.
"What are those Louis?" I ask.
"They're cookies love," Niall says, "all for me," he says grabbing a handful.
"They're for you," Louis says with a half smile, placing the plate down in front of me.
"I'll be right back," he says, leaving.
"So what now?" Niall asks.
"Now I have to keep seeing Lou I guess. And ignore everyone."
"I know Louis will take good care of you."
"And how do you know that? I don't even think Lou likes me as a friend! How is gonna take such good care of me?"
"Because," Louis says from the doorway, "because that's what I'm supposed to do. That's what I'm here for. That's what I've done so far."
He walks over to Niall, whispers something in his ear, then hands me a cup of milk for my cookies.
"I gotta go," Niall says, pushing a piece of hair behind my ear.
"Okay," I say, forcing a smile. I don't want to see him go.
After Niall leaves, Louis replaces his spot on my bed.
"What did you say to him Louis?"
"His ride was here, that's all," he says before eating a cookie.
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