The Only Exception

It's Zayn Malik before One Direction. Zayn and Lucy develop a relationship despite their popularity statuses. They love each other, but is it worth losing friends and family? Will their struggle to cope with outside forces end up in vain or will they have the happily ever after?


22. Between the Raindrops


Zayn's P.O.V.

I walked back home with a huge smile on my face. I left the weed stashed in the desk because I no longer wanted it. Instead, I brought everything inside the shoebox with me. So many things had changed since we first met and now this is where we were. I couldn’t wait to tell Lucy all about it. I finally felt relaxed and just… happy.

Once I reached home, I saw my entire family sitting in the living room watching TV.

“Zayn,” my mum said as she came towards me to hug me. “Where have you been?”

“I’m sorry,” I smiled. “I was just grabbing some memoirs from Jared’s place.”

“It’s unfortunate what happened to him,” my dad said. I nodded my head. I didn’t want to think about that.

“Wow,” my mom said silently as she looked in the shoebox. “This is Jared’s?” she asked.

“Yeah,” I said.

“I didn't think he was the type of boy to do this,” she said, holding up an old piece of art. “To think you’re best friend had this all along and I didn't even know you made it in the first place.”

“I didn't really care,” I said.

My mom continued rummaging through the box while everyone else watched TV. I sat down on the couch and took out my phone. Seven missed calls from mum, 3 missed calls from dad, and 5 unanswered texts from mum…one unanswered text from Lucy. I opened it and nearly choked on air.

“Wha-?” I exclaimed. I felt everyone’s heads turn my way as I reread the same text several times.

I’m breaking up with you. –Lucy

“She’s…” I couldn’t continue. I couldn’t believe it. I stared at the screen for what seemed an eternity. She’s breaking up with me? She’s breaking up with me over text message?

“Zayn,” my dad asked.

“I’m breaking up with you,” Doniya read over my shoulder. “Lucy’s breaking up with you?” she said, surprised.

“Oh Zayn,” my mum said as she came over to read the text as well.

“Wow,” I whispered. I didn’t think her the type to break up with someone, especially over text. I thought that maybe it was because of how I behaved today. I thought she understood what I was going through, but apparently I was wrong. I stood up then and walked to my room, ignoring whatever my family was trying to say. I slammed the door behind and collapsed onto my bed. Before I realized it, the tears flowed from my eyes. I didn’t think I had any more tears from earlier today.

After a while, I forced myself to stop crying. I texted Lucy to ask her why, but for some reason the text didn't go through. I didn't think she would block me, but perhaps she did. I texted Mike too, but it didn't work either. I lost control and began crying again. Why? What did I do to deserve this? I wasn't trying to be rude or mean to her today, it’s just that I didn't feel like talking. I tried coming up with all sorts of excuses as to why Lucy would dump me. Maybe she was just mad and would come around tomorrow. Or maybe she typed the wrong words and still hadn't realized her mistake. Or maybe she just didn't like me in the first place. Yeah, perhaps that was it.

I looked through the pictures on my phone. Nearly all of them had her gorgeous face. I struggled to hold back the tears as I clicked through all of the pictures. I didn't want this to be over.

Then I thought about how I would get through school now. I no longer had Jared, and how could I talk to Mike if Lucy was his sister. The thought depressed me, so I moved on to something else. Maybe I should have kept the weed. I wrapped myself around the sheets to go to sleep. I decided I would just skip the next few days of school. What was the point now?

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