Friends With Benefits


31. Chapter 31

Later that night, back at the campsite...

Harry P.O.V.

She was talking to Niall and laughing, like nothing had happened, but I knew her feelings were hurt and it was all because of me. I needed to explain myself to her about what happened earlier. I hadn't had the chance because she'd been avoiding me. I also didn't want anyone else to over hear our conversation since nobody really knew what was going on between Leslie and me.


Everyone finally headed back to their tents to call it a night. I looked over at Leslie trying to think of what to say as we sat around the campfire.

Leslie P.O.V.

It was just me and Harry left sitting around the campfire. We sat in silence for a moment, lost in our own thoughts. I was staring aimlessly at the fire when I saw Harry get up and walk over to the stereo. He pulled out his iPod from his pocket and hooked it up. He chose a song and I heard Ed Sheeran's "Kiss Me" start to play as he walked over to me. (Do me a favor and play this in the kind of adds to the effect of the story :))
He stopped in front of me and held out his hand.
"May I have this dance?" he said with a sweet smile. I couldn't be mad at him. I smiled and grabbed his hand. He led me out onto a secluded spot where we could dance. He grabbed both of my hands and started dancing playfully with me, moving my arms back and forth one at a time trying to get me to laugh. I started giggling and smiled at the ground. "I'm sorry...." he said sincerely, looking at me with the moonlight reflecting off his eyes. How could someone be so perfect? "I know this sounds stupid but I thought something was going on between you and Zayn, and I kind of got jealous...I shouldn't have treated you the way I did. I'm truly sorry, Les." I took in everything he just said for a moment before answering.
"It's okay. It was just a misunderstanding," I said, forgiving him. He smiled, and just like that we were back to the way things used to be as we went back to dancing.

We slowly danced in circles, without a care in the world. He twirled me around effortlessly as we moved to the beat of the music. He pulled me in close and intertwined his fingers into mine with one hand and put his other on the small of my back as we spun around. He twirled me around once more and then brought me up against him. His hands went on my waist lifting me up gently as I supported myself by putting my hands on his shoulders. He spun around with me in the air as we smiled. He then slowly put me down as my body slid against him. We continued to sway to the music slowly, as he held me close. My head rested on his shoulder as we slow danced in a warm embrace. It got to the slower instrumental part of the song and I raised my head to look at him. He looked back at me and we just stared into each other's eyes as if nothing else in the world mattered.
"I love you," he said.
"I love you too," I said. He always told me he loved me; we were best friends after all, so it wasn't anything new.
"No," he said as we stopped swaying. "I know we're best friends and I always tell you I love you, but this is different. It's much more than that, Les. I haven't been able to find the courage to tell you before...but right now, right here, slow dancing in the moonlight...I've realized that I can't hide this any longer. I don't just love you...I'm IN love with you. If you don't feel the same way, I understand, I just needed to tell you this. I couldn't go another second without you knowing how I truly feel." He let out a breath and looked at me nervously. I was speechless. I honestly hadn't expected this. I knew he fancied me but I never knew he was in love with me. Was I in love with him? I had never thought about this until now and the more I kept thinking, the more I kept realizing...I was in love with him too. I always have been, I just hadn't known. Until now.

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