Friends With Benefits


12. Chapter 12

Harry P.O.V.

"I couldn't even charge my phone last night, and now it's dead," Leslie said with a frown as she plugged in her charger in the outlet right by where I was sitting.

She went back to Liam's side as they began to make breakfast for us since we were all hung over.

As soon as her phone was charged enough, her missed texts started coming in. I heard the first buzz and glanced down at her phone that was lying on the counter beside me. The message was from some guy named Jake. About a minute later it buzzed again and it was another missed text from him. And then a couple minutes later yet another text from him popped up on her phone.

"Who the hell is Jake?" I blurted out.
"Are we going to have to go through this again?" she said with an annoyed look on her face.
"Yeah, last night when he came by with the pizza he asked me to hangout and you were so rude to him for no reason," she said as she continued cooking the breakfast.
Oh, I bet I had a reason.
"Are you going to?"
"Erm...I don't know," she said, shooting a quick glance to me and then turning back to the food.
"You should," I said without thinking. What? No, why did I say that? You shouldn't. I don't want anyone else to have you but me. I'm so stupid.
"She looked at me a little wide-eyed and then her eyes dropped.
"I guess I should," she said softly.
What was that? It looked like she was disappointed. It seems like I upset her. Fuck, I'm so confused. It's like she wanted me to say she shouldn't.

Zayn walked in just then.
"Hey, sleepy head," Leslie said, teasing him. "Hey, babe, whatcha making?" Zayn said, casually putting his hand on the small of her back as he approached her.
"Bacon and eggs," she said with a smile. "Mmm," he said raising his eyebrows up and down.
It shouldn't have bugged me, because I know Zayn didn't mean anything by it, but the fact that another guy was touching her was driving me mad. Just like it must have bugged me last night when Jake asked her to hang out. I find myself getting really jealous lately.

Liam and Leslie started putting together the plates and serving them to us. Once they did, Leslie sat in the chair next to me. This made me happy.

We all finished rather quickly, but Leslie was a slow eater, so as to not be rude, we all sat around and chatted as she finished.
I wasn't really paying much attention to the conversation. I had leaned back and put my arm around her chair and started playing with a strand of her hair that was still curled from last night. She stiffened as I did so, but then relaxed a second later. I sat there admiring her. Her long brown hair, her light skin, her big brown eyes, the tiny bit of freckles above her cheeks, the way she looked down every time she laughed because she didn't like her smile, even though I thought it was beautiful.

It's weird how I'm just realizing this now. I only used to think of her as a best friend. I don't know what happened to make my feelings change about her, but they just keep growing stronger and stronger.

She reached over to grab her phone and read her texts from Jake. Ugh. Jake. I don't even remember what he looks like but I can't stand him. I casually glanced over her shoulder to see what they read as she read them.
The first one read, "Hey beautiful :)" The next read, "I know it was a bit awkward back there but just let me know if you still want to hang out sometime :)" Then finally the last one read, "This is Jake by the way lol" I scoffed.
She sat there twiddling her thumbs as if trying to figure out what to say. She finally texted, "Hey Jake! Sorry, my phone died last night. But I will def let you know :)"
At least she didn't give him a straight answer. This made me feel a bit better.

I have to win her over somehow. I think it's time to really work my charm.

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