Stole My Heart

Cat is just your average American girl who decides to move to London with one of her best friends Mairead. While settling into her new home she runs into the five cheeky band members of One Direction. As Cat and Mairead start to become close friends with the boys will Cat start to change the way she feels about some of the boys? This could change her friendships with some of them forever.

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7. Sleepover

 

I glanced over at Niall, but he wouldn’t look at me. He just stared at the floor. I felt guilty for letting Harry kiss me and not trying to stop it. As much as I hated to admit it, I did really like Niall. It was easy for me to talk to him and it felt like I’ve known him my whole life, even if I only had known him a few days. I sat back down on the floor and Harry made his way back to his seat too. I took a sip of my drink, trying to forget what just happened.

Niall’s POV

The second I saw Harry and Catherine kiss I felt my heart drop. When I first met Catherine and started talking to her, I fell for her a little bit, but once the boys started mocking me for liking her I just tried to get the thought completely out of my head. I could tell Harry kind of liked her too. He has been talking about her nonstop for the past few days.

“I want to play hide and seek!” Zayn whined.

Everyone laughed at him and mocked him for wanting to play hide and seek. We all decided that if we were going to play a game as ridiculous as hide and seek we should at least try to make it more interesting so we split up into teams so it was almost like manhunt. The rules were one team hid while the other team counted to 100, and then you would try to find the team members that were hiding. Once you were found you had to sit in “jail” which was the couch in the living room that was guarded by someone on the other team. Too get out of jail you need someone from your team to tag you without getting caught. Once everyone was in jail the game was over.

“Ok so teams.” Louis stood up and started putting people in teams. “My team will be Zayn, Mairead, and Harry. Catherine, Niall and Liam you’re on a team together.”

I wasn’t sure if I was happy that Catherine was on my team or not because she could tell something was wrong with me and I didn’t feel like talking about it right now, especially not with her.

“Ok is everyone ready?” Zayn shouted. “Go!”

Zayn, Louis, Mairead and Harry all started counting and Catherine Liam and I all ran off in different directions.

I ran into the guest room where Catherine was staying tonight and hid under the bed. I heard a noise and tried to see who it was without being seen. It was Catherine. She was looking around not knowing where to go. I should’ve helped her since this was her first time in the house and she had no idea where she was going.

“100!” I heard everyone on the other team scream.

Catherine just ran into the closet real quick since it was better than nothing, but someone was bound to find her soon.

A few minutes had passed until I heard someone walk into the room. I could tell buy there smell it was Louis, and of course he looked in the closet first.

“Found you!” he shouted.

“Not fair!” Catherine protested.

“Yeah tell it to Harry when your in jail.” Louis laughed leaving the room with Catherine.

Just great. Harry was jail keeper so now he has a perfect opportunity to move in on Catherine. I had to think of a way to get to her without Harry seeing me, and fast.

Catherine’s POV

Louis brought me down to the couch where Harry was sitting and waiting.

“Well look what we have here.” Harry said with a cheeky smile.

Louis left as soon as Harry saw me. I sat down next to him.

“I’m surprised they caught you so fast. I thought you would be good at this game.” Harry said

“Yeah well I had no idea where I was going and I ran out of time.” I said explaining myself to him.

“Oh I see.” He said nodding his head. “So how did you like the kiss before?” He said while making a kissy face at me.

“Oh shut it Curly.” I said laughing. Harry was laughing along with me.

“You’re a good kisser though.” He said in a serious tone.

“Uh thanks. You’re not to bad yourself.” I said laughing again.

He just stared at me for a few seconds smiling. I got lost in his eyes. He started leaning in again, almost as if he was trying to kiss me.

Niall’s POV.

I snuck out from under the bed and into the living room without anyone seeing me. I could see Harry flirting with Catherine on the couch. He started moving in as if he was going to try and kiss her again. I got angry. All of a sudden I heard what sounded like pots falling in the kitchen. Harry quickly got up to see who made the pans fall. This was my chance to get Catherine away from Harry. I stood up, grabbed her wrist and we ran back upstairs before Harry got back from the kitchen.

“Niall!” Catherine half whispered with a giant smile on her face.

I just turned around and smiled at her. We were now standing in the middle of the hallway upstairs. I was trying to find a place to hide while I still help on to her wrist. I heard what sounded like someone coming up the stairs so I ran into the first room I saw dragging Catherine with me. Just my luck, it was a closet.

I quietly shut the door and covered her mouth so she couldn’t say anything and get us found. A few seconds later I heard the noise go away and removed my hand from her mouth.

“Thanks.” She said shyly.

“It was nothing.” I half whispered back.

I was really tempted right then to kiss her to get back at Harry, but I didn’t want to freak her out. It seemed like she might have liked Harry since they kissed. I could tell by the look on her face after that she liked it. But Harry always got the girl, and this time I wasn’t going to let him have Catherine. Even if me and her would only be just friends.

 

Catherine’s POV

Eventually everyone called it quits with the game so we all decided to attempt to cook some food. Of course we had to convince Liam that the game was actually over and no one was trying to trick him into losing the game, since he wouldn’t come out of the closet he was hiding in. We all invaded the cabinets and refrigerator to see what we could use. Eventually we all decided on hamburgers since we couldn’t possible screw that up. Harry, Zayn and Liam were all outside by the grill trying to figure out how to turn it on. Louis, Niall Mairead and I were all on the patio trying to light a fire in the fire pit.

“This is impossible!” Harry shouted.

“Why does turning on a grill have to be so complicated.” Zayn said irritated.

These boys are challenged I swear it. I walked over to the grill pushed them all aside, turned the dial and the grill turned on.

“There, it’s not rocket science.” I said looking at all of them.

“I- I knew how to do that.” Liam said trying to play it off.

“Yeah keep telling yourself that.” I said winking at them and walking back over to the patio.

Louis, Niall and Mairead had the fire going and were now all sitting in chairs around it talking. I decided to sit next to Niall and join them.

“Catherine!” Zayn shouted.

I turned at looked at the 3 boys now attempting to make hamburgers. They’re all lucky they’re attractive and can sing because clearly they don’t have any other talents. I walked over to see what they did now.

“What did you do?!” I said looking at two lumps of hamburger meat falling through the metal bars and into the fire.

“I honestly have no idea.” Harry sad looking at his feet.

“Oh my god. Let me do this.” I said taking the spatula and removing the burning meat from the grill and throwing them away. “I’ll cook the food, you all go inside and make drinks.” I said shooing them all inside.

I had to start completely over and clean the grill and make new hamburger patties. I was in the middle of cooking everything when Niall walked over next to me.

“So you know how to cook?” He said watching my every move.

“Yeah kind of. Back at home, in the summer, we used to barbeque every night.”

“Do you miss it?” He said. I now looked up from what I was doing making eye contact with him for a few seconds.

“Sometimes.” I said thinking for a second. “But I’d rather be here.”

He flashed a smile at me, and my heart melted. I finished cooking everything and we all sat around the fire and ate. I sat in between Niall and Mairead so I wouldn’t have another awkward encounter with Harry. And besides, I just wanted to be around Niall. We all finished eating and decided to roast marshmallows and make smores. Mairead and Zayn were flirting while Louis, Liam and Harry were all cracking jokes to one another.

“This is impossible.” I said trying to blow out the fire on my marshmallow.

“That’s the third one you’ve burned.” Niall said laughing at me.

“Oh quiet! I’m not good at this!” I said now laughing with him.

“Here, I’ll help you.” He said taking my stick and putting a new marshmallow on it. He gave it back to me and I started to put it by the fire. “Whoa, don’t put it into the fire.” He said putting his hand gently over mine, guiding my hand.

My heart skipped a beat. Everything was going perfect. We sat there and talked for a little while about random things. I felt so comfortable around him, like I’ve known him my whole life. An hour had pasted and it had to be around midnight by now, and I started to shiver a little bit since it was not cooler outside.

“Do you want to borrow a jacket or something?” Niall said noticing I was somewhat cold.

“Please?” I said laughing.

We both got up and went inside. I followed Niall to his room and sat on his bed while he looked through his closet for a sweatshirt for me.

“It’s probably going to be big on you. I hope you don’t mind” He said turning around giving me a green hoodie.

“No it’s fine, I love big sweatshirts.” I said standing up and putting it on.

He wasn’t kidding. The bottom of the hoodie went down almost past my shorts and the sleeves went a little past the tips of my fingers, but I didn’t care. The hoodie was cozy, and it’s Niall’s, which is a plus.

“You look adorable.” Niall said as a stood in front of him in the oversized hoodie.

I laughed and looked down at my feet. Niall grabbed my hand and I looked up at him, into his amazing blue eyes.

“Come on let’s go back downstairs.” He said still holding my hand and leading me back outside.

 

Niall’s POV

A few hours later everyone was sound asleep in bed but I couldn’t fall asleep. I decided to go walk down to the kitchen to get something to eat when I past Catherine’s room. The light was still on.

“Catherine?” I said quietly knocking on the door.

“Yeah?” she answered.

I opened up the door and walked into her room.

“Why are you still up?” I asked her

“Can’t sleep. Why are you up?”

“I can’t sleep either.” I said walking over to sit next to her on the bed. She was watching TV. “Mind if I join you?”

“Sure.” She said moving over so I had room to sit. She was watching the show Friends.

“Did you have fun tonight?” I said looking over at her.

“Yeah. I had a lot of fun. Did you?” She said breaking her gaze on the television.

“Yeah, you girls are a lot of fun.” I said laughing a little. I looked back over at Catherine and noticed she was still wearing my hoodie. “Still got my hoodie on?” I said nudging her.

“Yeah.” She looked at me smiling. “It’s so comfortable.”

“You can keep it if you want.” I told her

“Really? Won’t you want it back eventually?”

“Nah. Besides, it looks better on you anyway.” I said winking at her. She started to blush.  We both went back to watching the show.

 

Catherine’s POV

I woke up the next morning to my head on Niall’s chest. We must of feel asleep while watching tv. I tried to get up without waking him up but I failed. Two giant arms wrapped around my waist pulling me backwards.

“Good morning beautiful.” Niall said still holding me.

“Hey handsome.” I said smiling back to him. He let go of me and grabbed my hand pulling me out of the room.

“Let’s eat!” he shouted running downstairs still grabbing my hand and pulling me with him. That boy sure did love his food.

We made our way into the kitchen and everyone was sitting down talking and drinking tea.

“Sleep well?’ Louis said with a cheeky smile. He clearly knew Niall had fallen asleep in my room.

“Very.” Niall said searching the cabinets for food.

This. Was. Awkward.

Niall and I sat down and ate with everyone else. Once we were done Mairead and I packed up our things and got ready to leave. We both gave everyone a hug and said our goodbyes. Mairead gave Zayn an extra long hug. Zayn and Niall walked us out to our car and help us put our bags in the trunk, even though we told them we could manage putting two small bags in the car, they insisted.

“I’ll call you later ok? So we can hang out again.” Niall said closing the trunk of the car.

“Yeah, sounds good. Don’t miss me too much.” I said winking at him. He pulled me into a hug.

“Bye Catherine.”

“Bye Nialler.” I said getting into the car. We drove away as the boys walked back inside the house.

“So Mair.. did he kiss you?” I said teasing Mairead.

“Shut up Cathy!” Mairead said

“I’ll take that as a yes.”

“Nice sweatshirt.” She said trying to change the subject. I still had Niall’s hoodie on.

“He gave it to me because I was cold! Gosh.” I said

“Can you two just admit that you like each other and go out already. You’re killing everyone with this jut friends bullshit.” Mairead said laughing.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I said trying to act like I didn’t like Niall as more than a friend, which was hard considering I did.

“Yeah ok.” She said mocking me.

We pulled up to our flat, took our bags and walked inside. I went into the living room to watch some tv when I looked at my phone. It was now September first, which meant my birthday was is 12 days, and so was Niall’s.

“Mairead!” I said shouting.

“What Cathy.” Mairead said taking a seat on the couch and watching tv with me.

“What should I do for my birthday? I mean I want to have a party but it’s Niall’s birthday too, and I want him to be there.

“Don’t worry I have an idea.” She said with a smirk on her face. And with that she left the room and started texting someone on her phone.

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