Just a Coincidence

When 17 year old Maddi is told that she has to move back to her childhood town in Ireland, will her life be changed for better or for worse? Will she be willing to leave her Australian life behind? Or will something happen to make the move that little bit easier.

My first Movellas novel. Sorry if it's bad...


22. Stupid, Silly and Just Plain Stupid

"Thank you Sydney!" The five boys on stage concluded as the lights in the arena dimmed and they ran off stage, leaving 20,000 screaming girls in the darkness. The lights slowly turned back on and the crowds started pouring out of the arena. Maddi grabbed onto her friend's hands.

"Guys, don't get lost. Stay together." She suggested. Her friends weren't even listening to her. They were too excited and were just blabbering on about the concert. Maddi looked around the huge crowd and noticed so many girls crying and shaking. She rolled her eyes.

"This is so stupid." She mumbled to herself.

"And Louis winked at me! And Liam waved at me!!" Sammie shrieked.

"No it was at me!" Bella argued.

"That's becuase your left boob was poking out!"

"What! You didn't tell me?" Bella squeal, shuffling her top around.

"I'm pretty sure it was at me guys." Grace butted in, "And none of my babies were handing an flapping."

"Sorry to burst your bubbles, but it probably wasn't at any of you. They just wave at the crowd, not particular people." Maddi spoke causing all the girls to pause and glare at her. "Sorry," she threw her hands up in defence. "Just telling the truth." Her friends ignored her and went back to their deep conversation.

"She's just being stupid." Bella whispered to Gracie who was pouting.

Maddi followed her friends closely behind as they reached the exit, crowds of very excited girls rushing around everywhere.

"I have to pee." Grace stated, pulling her friends to another exit.

"I don't think this is the way to the bathrooms." Maddi pointed out, trying to pull out of the tight grip that Grace had on her forearm and turn back to the crowds. "They're back there."

"No, no they're not." Grace laughed, pushing swarming girls out of their way.

"Race you there!" Bella yelled, pulling Sammie along and running ahead. The two girls disappeared out of sight around a corner.

"Where the hell are they going?" Maddi asked, genuinely confused.

"To the bathroom." Grace answered, slightly smiling. "Just come on."

Maddi moaned in frustration and walked along with her friend. They turned around the corner to find Sammie and Bella standing at a doorway waiting for them.

"Hurry up!" Sammie yelled, motioning for Grace and Maddi to rush forward and follow them.

"Where the are we going!" Maddi exclaimed. Grace pushed her through the doorway and quickly shut it behind her.

"The bathroom! Where were you 30 seconds ago?" Bella smiled.

"Guys this is backstage. What are we doing here! We could get in serious trouble!" She whispered loudly.

The girls snickered under their breath casuing Maddi's eyes to widen with realisation.

"As much as I love being a rebel, I am getting the hell outta here." Maddi said, turning round quickly and fumbling for the door handle.

"Well you better get used to being back here. I'm hoping to see a lot more of you Maddi." A familiar Irish voice came out from the shadowed hallway.

Maddi huffed. "No. Why?!" She whined at her friends, trying to get out of Grace's and now Bella's grip.

Niall laughed. "Maddi chill. I'm not a mass murderer."

"You might as well be." She grumbled.

"That was a bit slack. Come one. Can we please just talk?"

Maddi thought for a moment about what she could possibly say to him. "Fine." she finally agreed, wrenching her arms from her friends hands. "Firstly, these are my friends, Bella, Grace and..."

"Sammie." She was cut off by Niall finishing her sentence.

"Yes." She said confused, changing her glances from the grinning Niall and her star-struck frozen friends. "How did you know...?"

"They organised this." Niall admitted.

Maddi's facial expression quickly turned to anger. "Of course they did." She snarled. "That's what you were doing this morning! This is silly guys! "

Her friends nodded. Maddi huffed.

"Do you wanna talk?" Niall asked, moving closer to Maddi and taking her hand.

"Not really." She grumbled and pulled away.

"Fine. I'll just introduce you girls to the rest of the boys." He motioned for Grace, Bella and Sammie to follow. "THEN, we can talk." He instructed.

Maddi rolled her eyes and followed them al down the hall and to a dressing room that had 'Zayn Malik' on it. He knocked and Zayn opened the door.

Maddi heard the other girls gasp from behind her.

"Hey, are the other lads in there too?" Niall asked.

"Yeah they are." Zayn said in the amazing accent he had. He looked around Niall to the three grinning girls and the one un-interested one behind Niall. "Come in and introduce us to these lovely girls you have here." He smirked and opened the door wider.

Everyone filed into the room where the rest of the band were sitting and chilling out on the couches in there. Maddi could tell that her friends were pretty much hyperventilating as they hadn't spoken a word since they were outside. Niall pulled Maddi in front of him.

"This is my friend Maddi from back in Ireland. The one I was telling you about." Niall smiled. The boys waved at Maddi who had now relaxed a little and smiled and waved back.

"And these are her friends Bella, Grace and Sammie." He said pointing to each of the girls who smiled a little and waved.

"Well, sit down girls. Get comfortable." Louis offered, getting up from his seat on the couch, hitting Harry on the arm telling him to do the same thing. The girls shyly sat down on the couch. There was a moment of awkward silence which was broken by Niall.

"Maddi and I will be back." He said, pulling Maddi out of Harry's dressing room and a few doors down the hall to his. He opened the door and let Maddi go in before him.

"Wow. Surprisingly clean. I don't think I remember your bedroom ever being as tidy as this." Maddi joked.

"That's cause it never is. Stage hands come and clean it up for me. I try and keep it as tidy as possible anyway." Niall said.

Maddi laughed a little. "Good job."

Niall moved a pile of clothes off the couch. "You can sit down if you want. Mind if I change?" He asked. "These are still my clothes from the concert."

Maddi plonked herself down. "No problem. Go ahead."

Niall smiled at her and disappeared into a closet that was in the room.

"Good concert." Maddi called out from her spot on the couch.

"Thank you. See, it's not that bad." Niall called back before he emerged back out from the closet in a new set of clothes. He dumped his dirty clothes on a dressing table and sat down next to Maddi.

"No it was, I was just being kind. I don't know how you can hear yourself." Maddi fiddled with her hair.

"Yeah. You kinda get used to it."

"I bet." Maddi spoke very unenthusiastically. They sat there silent for a minute, not being able to think about what to say to each other.

"So how come no one says anything about you being in One Direction when you're back in Mullingar?" Maddi asked, finally looking over at Niall who now was staring at the wall in a sort of trance. He didn't answer. "Niall!" She yelled, kicking him slightly in the leg.

"Yeah?" He spoke, snapping out of his day-dream.

"Why doesn't anyone in Mullingar mention you being in the band?" Maddi asked again, pulling her legs up onto the couch.

"Because when I go home I just want to be Niall Horan. Not Niall Horan from One Direction." He admitted.

Maddi nodded slightly. "Fair enough. But why didn't you tell me?"

Niall looked at her. "That's something I actually can't answer."

Maddi felt herself getting frustrated. "That's the worst excuse I've ever heard." She mumbled.

"I don't know why I didn't tell you Maddi. I guess I was scared that it would change the relationship between us and you would use me for things." He blurted out.

"Things like...? And what relationship did we have? We only just saw each other again." She asked.

"I have no idea. Maybe getting new friends. Or wanting to be popular. I don't know you. I don't know what you're like anymore." He started yelling and getting frustrated.

"I haven't changed that much Niall. I'm not that sort of person. I would never do that to you or anyone. I've been used so many times and I know how it feels so I would NEVER want to inflict that problem on anyone!" Maddi stood up and yelled. Niall copied her and stood up as well.

"Well I didn't know that, did I? Maybe I wanted to trust you again before I told you that big of a secret."

"Secret? How is it a secret. The whole teenage population knows who you are!" Maddi stated.

"Well obviously not, because you didn't know who I was." He snapped back.

"That's because I'm not a girl who gets involved with stupid boy bands who I will never meet and let them run my life even though they have no idea who I am!" She snarled.

"Stupid boy bands?" Niall clenched his jaw.

"Yeah. That's what I said. Stupid, silly boy bands" Maddi snickered.

Niall kept all his rage inside as he calmly spoke, "You're right Maddi. I don't know you anymore. This isn't the you I know. You were the sweet, kind, innocent girl who always put others feelings first. Now, you're the rude, stubborn teenager who blurts out whatever she thinks."

Maddi stopped, realising what she had said and what he was talking about. "Niall, I'm sorry. I didn't mean it like that." She said regretfully.

Niall walked over to the door and opened it for her. "Yes you did. This is my dream. Next time, keep your feelings to yourself."

Maddi looked down at the floor and walked out. She slowly turned around and looked up at him, tears forming in her eyes. "I'm sorry Niall."

He just looked at her and closed the door. Maddi stood there for a moment before she slid down against the door, put her heads in her hands and cried. Niall was right. Has she turned into a selfish teenager? Does she never put others first anymore? Maddi got herself up and walked back towards Zayn's dressing room, wiping the tears from her face. She was just about to get to Zayn's room when Harry walked out. She quickly looked down at the ground.

"Maddi!" He said cheerfully in his raspy voice.

Maddi looked up and quickly smiled at him. She tried to walk past but he stopped her.

"Are you alright love?" He asked, looking down at Maddi.

She tried to avoid eye contact with him. She really didn't want to tell anyone about what had happened, especially someone she hadn't even really met. If Niall wanted to tell his friends, that was up to him and she was fine with that.

"Yeah I'm right." She sniffed, again trying to push past him.

He stopped her. "You're clearly not Maddi. I know we only just met like ten minutes ago, but if you need anyone to talk to, I'm here."

Maddi stopped for a moment. Maybe it would do her good to get it out and tell someone instead of keeping it bottled up inside of her.

"Uhh..." She spoke, wiping her eyes as she felt a new set of tears forming. "You're right. I'm not okay."

"Wanna talk about it? We can go for a walk?" Harry asked sweetly.

"No, I can't talk behind boy band member's backs! That's like boy band law!" Maddi sniffled.

They turned around and started walking down the hall.

"Tell me." Harry sighed.

"Ok." Maddi sighed, linking her arm with Harry's.

"Niall's told us a lot about you." Harry mentioned as they walked around backstage.

"Yeah?" Maddi asked. "What has he said?"

"How much of a great person you are." Harry said, smiling kindly at her.

"Well whatever he told you is a complete lie. Because from what he said to me just then, I'm not a great person." Maddi sighed.

"I bet you are." Harry said, "He also was telling us about how much he missed you and why he didn't tell you about being in this band when he saw you back in Ireland. He used to tell us all these stories about when you two were younger and all the mischief you used to get up to. As soon as he saw you again, he texted all of us. I was staying with Liam so we called him as soon as he texted us. He was really happy to see you again."

"Really?" Maddi sniffed.

"Yeah. From all the stories I've heard, you're an amazing person. I would kill to be in Niall's shoes right now."

Maddi laughed a little. "I don't know if you'd want to after what I've done to him. I feel so bad about what I said." Maddi's eyes started watering again.

Harry stopped and turned face-on to Maddi. "What happened?" He asked kindly, holding onto her shoulders.

"I said that boy bands were stupid and that I blamed him for everything. I didn't mean it like that though. I was just angry and..." She was cut off by Harry's warm, embracing hug.

"It's ok Maddi. He'll get over it. Why don't you and your friends go home, and you can call over to the hotel tomorrow and talk to him again." He suggested.

Maddi pulled away from Harry's welcoming arms and nodded.

"So, tell me a bit about yourself." Harry insisted, giving Maddi a sweet smile as they started walking back to Zayn's dressing room to grab Maddi's friends.

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