Friends With Benefits


23. Chapter 23

"Okay, we need tents, air mattresses, lanterns, all that good stuff," Liam said as he looked down a list he had written. Oh, Liam. He acted so much like a dad. He grabbed a cart, that was extremely large, and Louis jumped in. "Weee, come on let's go!" Louis yelled. We all laughed and headed into the massive store.

"Wait, I need to go to the restroom first," I said to Harry.
"Alright, I'll walk you," he said as we headed over to restrooms.
"Erm...I'll wait out here," he said as I walked into the ladies room. I chuckled. "Yeah, that's probably best," I teased as he gave be a funny look and smiled.

When I was done, I walked out of the restroom and stopped instantly when I saw a girl flirting with Harry. I went and hid behind a rack of large canoes so he wouldn't see me.

"What are we looking at?" I heard Zayn whisper as he leaned in beside me, putting his hand on my shoulder. I started blushing for being caught spying on Harry. "There's a girl flirting with Harry," I whispered. "I-I just didn't want to ruin his game or anything," I said softly.
"You know, I don't think she's his type. His type is a girl more, really," he whispered. I bit my bottom lip, trying to hide the smile that was forming on my face. I saw him look at me through the corner of his eye and smile. "Les...I can tell you like him. You know he likes you too right?" he asked turning to face me. My heart skipped a beat. "Wh-what?" I said in disbelief. "He may not show it well but it's because he just doesn't know how to pursue things with you, seeing as you've been best friends for so long. Just give him time babe, but trust me, he likes you." I was silent for a moment, taking in what he just said. "I mean come on, do you really think I would have passed up riding the Zipper at the carnival?" he asked. I gave him a confused look. "He practically begged me to sit it out, just so he could ride with you," he said. "Really?" I asked looking back at him. "Really." he said with a sweet smile. "Don't tell him I told you though. Just maybe make it easier for him to try and get the courage to tell you he likes you himself, okay? Give him little signs that let him know you like him too," he said. I nodded and smiled at him. I couldn't believe it. I felt so happy knowing Harry liked me too. And the fact that he's trying to work up the courage to tell me is just too sweet. "So let's go get Harry and meet up with the other boys to get to shopping, shall we?" he said. I agreed and we headed over to Harry.

"So we should go out sometime?" I heard her say.
"Erm..." I heard Harry say hesitantly. "I don't think so..." he said. Wait, what? Did he just say no to HER? Wow. I mean I believed Zayn, but still. To witness him turn down a girl like her; perfect hair, body, face; it was just surprising.
"Seriously?" I heard her say in a catty voice.
He started to rub the back of his neck, looking towards the restroom to see if I'd come out yet. I knew when he rubbed the back of his neck it meant he was uncomfortable.
"Erm..." he noticed me walking up to him with Zayn, and a look of relief came over his face. "Les, finally!" he said as I came to his side. "Look, I've got to go," he told the girl. The look on her face was priceless. I don't think she'd ever been rejected before. Just to push her buttons even more, I linked my arm with his.
She looked me up and down. I could tell she was judging me. She gave me a dirty look and then walked off. I could't help but laugh as we made our way back to the boys.

We found the rest of the boys and they had a few things in the cart already.
"Okay, now let's go get some tents," Liam said as we walked down the next aisle.
"Hmm, which ones should we get? They all fit different amounts of people," Liam said as he was surveying the variety of tents.

"Well how about we get four of the two-person tents?" Zayn suggested. "That way you and Danielle can have your own tent, Louis and Eleanor can have their own, and-" he hugged Niall, pretending to be affectionate with him, "-me and Niall can have our own!" he said, pretending to be flirty. We all laughed. "Yeah, and then I'm fine sharing one with Harry," I said casually. Zayn gave me a quick glance and smiled, as he knew his plan to get Harry and I to share a tent had worked. I gave him a quick smile back to thank him.

"Alright, then it's settled!" Liam said as he placed four tents into the shopping cart.
The thought of me and Harry sharing a tent, being in such a tight space, and under the beautiful night sky, after I just found out he liked me back, sent butterflies through my stomach. I can't wait.

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