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?


26. Glad You Came


“What’s up,” asked Louis. He rubbed my hair even though he knew I didn’t like it.

“Not much, I’m just going to buy some groceries. Wanna come?” I asked.

“Nah, I’m going out with Eleanor for brunch. But Liam would like to go with you, won’t you Liam?” he asked Liam, who was watching TV.

“Yeah, sure,” he said, standing up.

“Good, and oh, bring me some raspberries please,” Louis said before he walked out the door.

“No problem,” I said, adding raspberries to the grocery list. “Let’s go then,” I told Liam. We drove to the closest grocery store, chatting the whole way. We parked outside of the store and went in.

“Ok, I’ll get the fruits and vegetables, and you get all the junk food,” I teased.

“Will do,” Liam grinned and went on his way.

I pushed the cart towards the produce section. I checked each item off of the list.

“Raspberries,” I said, reading the last item on the list.

And then I saw her.


“Hey there Delilah, what’s it like in New York City, I’m a thousand miles away, but girl tonight you look so pretty, yes you do

Times Square can’t shine as bright as you, I swear it’s true

Hey there Delilah, don’t you worry about the distance, I’m right there if you get lonely, give this song another listen, close your eyes

Listen to my words, they’re my disguise, I’m by your side

Oh, it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me…”

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

I smiled as I saw her wipe away a tear. “I’m sorry I didn’t change the name for yours, but I didn’t think it would flow as well as Delilah does,” I said, minimizing the space between us so that our lips nearly met.

She laughed, “Oh, Zayn, it was still beautiful.”

“No, you’re beautiful,” I said and kissed her right on the lips.


The memory repeated itself in my head as I spotted Lucy buying raspberries at the grocery store. It was hard to believe that it’s been years since I last saw her, but there she was.

I hesitated. I wasn’t sure if I should walk towards the first girl I completely fell in love with or if I should walk away from the first girl who completely broke my heart. I continued struggling and froze when she lifted her head, spotted me, and smiled that gorgeous smile of hers.

I couldn’t feel my legs as they walked closer and closer towards her. There she was. As she came closer, I remembered why I fell in love with her in the first place. The beautiful curls, the endearing smile, the bright eyes, and her impeccable sense of style brought painful memories as well.

“Zayn?” she asked cautiously, not completely sure if it was me. “Zayn?” she said louder and I could hear she was about to cry.

“Lucy,” I said and she jumped into my arms. She wrapped her arms around my neck and began crying while I held her around the waist. She smelled amazing. After her sobbing fell quiet, I set her down on her feet. She put her hands on my cheeks and smiled. It felt kind of surreal that I was looking back into those same brilliant green eyes.

I was at a loss for words. As much as I was thrilled to see her again, I was still angry for the way she dumped me. I was conflicted as to where I wanted to lead this conversation. But here was Lucy, in my arms, and I couldn’t even think about upsetting her.

“Hey,” I said, breathless.

“Hi,” she said cheerfully. “How have you been? When were you going to tell me that you’re in One freakin’ Direction?” she smiled.

I chuckled uneasily. “I would of, if I could’ve found you.”

She nodded and then pulled away. “It’s been a really long time. We should hang out one day and make sure fame hasn’t changed you,” she said.

“I’m available, right now,” I said, without thinking.

She laughed. “Are you sure? Aren’t you going to buy your groceries?”

“Oh,” I smiled, blushing. “I’ll be available after that.”

Lucy laughed. “It’s so good to see you Zayn,” she said sincerely.

I nodded. “Um, we can meet up again in say, half an hour?” I asked.

She nodded and smiled. “Until then,” she said and hugged me. I realized then how much I really missed her. She walked back towards the raspberries. I was about to head the opposite way until I remembered Louis wanted some raspberries. I sneaked up behind her and reached for some raspberries over her shoulder. She turned around to face me and laughed. “I didn’t know half an hour was up,” she teased.

“I’m sorry, it’s just that I was in the mood for raspberries,” I grinned.

She laughed again. “Oh Zayn,” she said, shaking her head.

“Ok, I’ll leave you alone for the next twenty nine minutes,” I teased, looking at my watch. Lucy waved goodbye and I walked back towards my cart. I searched around the store for Liam, but the whole while I was just thinking about Lucy. There was so much I wanted to talk to her about and so much that I wanted to ask her. It had been almost six years since I had last seen her and she had grown into a stunning woman. She seemed wiser yet still youthful. Her laugh still lifted my spirit and she still smelled like lavender.

But no matter how hard I tried to think about the positive, I couldn’t forget about how she left. I frowned as I thought about how she never called, texted, nothing. Then I thought about Mike. He was my best friend and he disappeared as well. I promised him I wouldn’t hurt Lucy, but instead, she was the one who completely broke my heart.

I finally found Liam and raced towards him. “What’s up,” he asked, putting some Oreos in his cart. I was going to tell him how I just talked to my first love that completely shattered my heart whose name is Lucy and…

“Nothing much,” I said instead.

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