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?


5. Finding the Courage


Lucy's P.O.V.

I watched as Zayn, as usual, hurried to get out the door, and then waited for his friend, Jared to get out as well. I was about to follow them when Sheila called me over.

“Lucy, you’ll never believe what I heard!” she exclaimed.

I wasn’t really interested in her gossip, mostly because it was usually petty stuff that was generally not true. “Hey, Sheila, could we talk later, I have something I really have to do,” I said. She looked at me confused.

“Which is…?” she asked.

“Something, just don’t worry about it, ok?” I said, rushing to get out of the room before Zayn and Jared escaped from view. I glanced back to see a stunned Sheila but quickly escaped the room. I had been preparing for this day for so long, and I couldn’t believe that I had found the guts to do this. Sure, I may have been the most sought after girl at my school, but life had a sadistic way of showing you just how terribly wrong you are.

Zayn and Jared were walking in no rush towards the door at the end of the hallway. I knew Jared was a junkie, but I wasn’t sure if Zayn was, and I began to question if I would give a junkie a chance. My friends obviously couldn’t possibly have a private life. Every single detail of their day was spilled. My friends have done all sorts of drugs, are nowhere near being virgins, and are the exact opposite of innocence. It would be a shocker if anyone knew that I was drug free, a virgin, and daddy’s little girl. My friends wanted to rush being adults, but I was more than happy living my life the way I am.

My brother knew all of this, but what he didn’t know was that I had a massive crush on one of his friend’s, Zayn. I didn’t know who he was or what he did; all I knew was that he was Mike’s friend. It was extremely annoying when my friends teased him about his ethnicity and his differences.

So I decided I would be his friend, which is why I am going on this suicide mission. I felt the butterflies in my tummy as I opened the door that Zayn and Jared had just exited by. I glanced around me to make sure no one was watching, and then I stepped outside when I thought the coast was clear. I saw Zayn walk up the steep hill toward a huge oak. The butterflies were still there, but I smiled because I knew this was totally worth it. It was also sunny, which was amazing.

Climbing the hill was easy because I decided to wear my Vans instead of my stilettos, although my mini skirt was a tiny problem. I tried not to make a sound as I neared the tree. I spotted Zayn starring off towards the cloud. He must have been really focused not to have noticed me.

“Zayn?” I called out. Zayn turned around, his face revealing the shock he was in. I smiled and waved, and Zayn smiled meekly in return.

Jared popped out from behind Zayn, looking completely stoned. I frowned for a moment when I saw him, but then felt better when I realized Zayn looked not high. “Hi, cutie,” Jared said.

I smiled and felt the heat rise on my cheeks.

“What are you doing here?” Zayn asked, finally finding his words.

I laughed. “I’m just going to say it. I want to be friends,” I said, looking hopefully up at him.

He quickly looked down towards and feet, and then looked back up. “Ok,” he whispered. We stood there in silence for a moment when, suddenly Jared came towards me. I had never talked to Jared before. “Want some?” he asked.

I shook my head. “I don’t do drugs,” I said. Jared shrugged and sat down near the tree. Zayn nodded once and then turned to look back at the sky. I looked up with him, but I didn’t know if I should say anything. I wasn’t sure if he was expecting anything from me. After a few minutes though, I relaxed. You know, is was ok, I thought. I hoped Zayn knew that and didn’t spoil the moment.

Zayn would be the first and only guy whom I could remain in silence without it feeling awkward.

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