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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23. The Moments after the Sun Sets

When Louis and I return to the restaurant, we see that everyone has left us.
I check my phone.
I have two texts.
Must've been too distracted by all the kissing that I didn't notice my phone go off.

Skyler: we went out for ice cream, Marie's treat. You joining us?

Marie: getting ice cream. Have fun with your BOYFRIEND

I roll my eyes and start to text Skyler back.
I start to type "yeah we'll meet you" but Louis stops me.
"No, I have something else in mind."
I look up at him. He has a mischievous grin on his face, and it makes me forget that he's just read over my shoulder.
"Like what?"
He doesn't answer me, but instead, grabs my hand and leads me outside, where he hails a cab.
Louis gives the driver directions to some place.
We drive for what feels like forever and end up in a dumpy part of town.
"Lou? Ya sure we're in the right place?"
"Just wait," he says.
We stop in front of an old abandoned warehouse, and scenes from scary movies flash across my mind as I question just how well I know Louis.
He notices the frightened expression on my face.
"Don't worry," he says as he hands money to the cab driver and starts to step out of the cab, "I'm harmless."
I give him a fake smile; I'm still not convinced.
We both get out of the cab and walk towards the entrance of the building.
I stop in front of the door.
"It's okay," he says, grabbing my hand and bringing me inside.
Once inside, he heads for the stairs, running, my hand still in his.
When he gets to the top floor, he cracks a spot in the ceiling open and props himself up through the opening to the roof.
He reaches down and grabs my hands.
There is no way he can pull me up.
I find a small box nearby and put my foot on it. I push off of it as Louis pulls me up, but I underestimate his strength and he hoists me up so far I land on top of him.
"I'm so sorry!" I shout as I stand up quickly and take a few hurried steps back.
"Sorry for what?"
"Crushing you!"
He chuckles softly, "You didn't crush me- I'm fine."
"Mmm," I mumble and roll my eyes.
"Why do you think you're fat?"
"Because I am."
He stands up and walks towards me. He takes my hands in his. I look up at him.
"You're not."
I feel my mouth try to twitch into a smile, but it falls quickly.
I don't believe him.
"Ooh, I almost forgot. Come on," he drops one of my hands and leads me to the edge of the roof.
I look over and up at him, where he stands next to me, looking out with a huge smile on his face.
His eyes are sparkling as if he's seeing the most beautiful sight of his life.
He's the most beautiful sight I've ever seen in my life.
His smile is so contagious.
I need to stop these thoughts before I get in too deep.
I need to.
I finally turn my attention to what he's gawking at, and my jaw nearly drops.
It's the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen.
The glow from the sun spreads itself out into the sky, where it blends with ten different shades or orange, red, and yellow. Hues of deep purple and hot pink touch the surface of the horizon, and all of the colors swirl together. It looks as if someone spilled sunshine on a watercolor painting.
I am amazed.
"It's beautiful," I say to break the silence.
"I know," Louis says, just as amazed as me.
"Thank you," I say.
"No problem."
We stand there silent until the horizon sucks in the sun and the colors fade into an intoxicatingly midnight blue sky.
I look up at him.
He's intoxicating.
I push those thoughts out of my head.
I need to pull myself together.
"So, uh, what now?"
He ignores my question.
"I've never shown anyone that before."
"You- you haven't?"
"Nope, not one. No one even knows where this place is."
The question burns in my mind. It mixes around in my head, crashing against my brain and trying to force its way out.
It spills.
"Why am I the first?"
He turns slowly and completely towards me.
He brings his hands up to my face and caresses it gently.
He strokes my cheek with his thumb and takes a deep breath, his smile now long gone.
"Because I-"
Just then, my phone goes off.
I pick it up, not letting my eyes drop from Louis's stare. His hands don't leave my face.
"Hello?"
"Hey it's me," Skyler says, "where are you?"
"Out with Lou."
"Where?"
"Never mind. I'll be home within the hour."
"Okay. Harry, Niall, and Marie are over- we're going to watch a movie."
"Okay. Bye."
I hang up the phone and put it in my pocket.
As soon as my hand releases the phone, Louis sweeps towards me, pulling my face closer to his.
He kisses me hard, not unenjoyably, but not gently. Like he needs to do it. Like if he doesn't the world will blow up or something.
Our lips move in perfect rhythm to each other's but there isn't tongue.
It's just a normal kiss.
And my mind is now filled with questions.
He releases as hard as he approached me, and his hands fall softly to his side.
He lets out a sigh.
"What was that?" I ask, apparently no filter on my brain.
He hesitates to answer.
"I don't know," he says, "Just felt like a sunset thing to do. I figured you'd expect it."
Wait, does he think that I'm such an ugly nobody that I would expect some sort of affectionate gesture just to boost my self-esteem?
Well I didn't.
"I didn't expect anything Louis," I nearly snap.
"Oh," he states simply, "then I'm sorry."
"Good."
I guess I'm all for questioning but not for complete sentences.
"Let's go," he says, walking over towards the whole in the roof.
We both climb through it and leave the building.
"It's not far from here," he says, "wanna walk?"
I nod my head. But inside I'm dying to say no.
I hate how much he pities me.
We walk in silence most of the way, but exchange some words.
"Thank you again," I say, about a block away from the coffee shop that Sky and I have been dying to try.
He just murmurs.
"Please don't tell anyone," he says when we're next to the big palm tree in the park.
"About the kiss or the sunset spot?"
"The sunset," he says.
"I won't tell anyone about the kiss either," I say when we pass by the homeless shelter with the rusted front doors.
"And why's that?"
"Because if I were you, I wouldn't want anyone to know you kissed me free willingly."
He murmurs again.
"We're almost here," he says when we turn the corner onto my street.
"Thanks."
Then we get to the front step.
He leans down ever so slightly and looks into my eyes.
He shakes his head as he opens the door and lets me inside first.
'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' is on, and Harry and Niall seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. The girls are on their phones and just smile at me.
From the way that the boys are laughing, I'm guessing they've never seen it before.
"What movie is this?" Louis asks.
"'Ferris Brueller's Day Out'," Niall replies.
I laugh, "It's 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Nialler."
"Oh," he laughs.
I love his laugh.
"Wanna watch it?" I ask Louis.
His eyes are glued on the tv and a look of amusement covers his entire face.
"Okay," I say, taking that as a yes, "but we have to restart it. You need to watch the whole thing."
I start the movie over, then go upstairs to change into my pajamas.
As I walk downstairs, I can hear Harry and Louis talking.
About me.
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