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?

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6. Stole My Heart

 

Zayn's P.O.V.

The rest of the day seemed to fly by. My body and mind felt numb, making detention a whole lot easier. I dropped Jared off at his house, which was, as usual, empty. He invited me inside, but I declined. Unlike Jared, there were more important things to do than get stoned.

As I was walking home, I thought about the day. What on Earth happened today? How is it that the most popular girl in school wanted to be my friend? And then she even stayed for the whole duration even though we never spoke one word. Our only form of communication was motioning, such as when I got tired of standing. I sat down beside the tree and then motioned for her to sit next to me. She did, without exchanging one word. As she sat beside me, I smelled her delicious scent, which I think was of lavender.

I then started laughing, because for some reason, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world. I even started to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe it actually happened.

I approached my house and immediately saw Mike’s Jeep Wrangler. Oh snap, I totally forgot he was going to come over today. I looked at my watch, which said it was 4:30. I was supposed to meet him over an hour ago. I quickly rushed into my house, where I saw Mike chatting up my mom while drinking tea and eating biscuits.

“Hey Zayn!” Mike yelled. He came over and gave me a quick hug while my mom came over to give me a hug as well.

“Zayn, where have you been?” she asked, worry etched all over her face.

“I…I, uhm…I was in detention,” I said.

She crinkled her nose. “What did you do?” she demanded.

“It was no…” I began.

“We’ll talk about this later,” she said, cutting me off. “Mike has been here waiting for you for well over an hour. I made some biscuits and there’s some tea on the table,” she said as she began to climb the stairs towards her room.

I sighed, grabbed a biscuit, and made myself some tea. Mike didn’t say anything while I settled into a seat next to him.

“What’d you do?” he asked me suddenly.

“Fell asleep during your sister’s presentation in history,” I said. I got a tingling feeling in my stomach when I mentioned his sister.

“What, did she snitch on you?” he teased. I chuckled.

“Remember that barbeque you invited me to?” I asked, taking a bite of my biscuit.

“Yeah, why?” he asked. My head whirled around with all the connections, and was kind of a bummer that Mike didn’t see it right away.

“Remember how you asked me about if I liked your sister…” I began.

“Oh God, I knew it!” he exclaimed, jumping up from his seat. “I told you, I told you, I told you!” he yelled, pointing a finger at me. I motioned him to sit down, and he did, but he was still extremely giddy.

“That’s not what I meant,” I said.

“Oh, then why else would you bring up the subject?” he asked, still beaming.

“Because of something else that you said that caught my attention.”

He frowned for a moment. “What?” he asked.

“You said she acted shy around guys she actually liked,” I said. Mike squinted his eyes at me. “What’s your definition of Lucy being shy?” I asked.

“What else does shy mean. She either doesn’t talk, or she fumbles around with her words way too many times,” he said, still fruitful. “Why?” he asked again.

“Nothing, I was just wondering,” I said, leaning back in the chair.

“So you mean, my sister was more than willing to tell me how she spent her lunch today, but my best friend is too scared to tell me the truth?” he teased.

“She told you!” I exclaimed. Mike nodded his head off, and I started laughing.

Then Mike’s face turned serious. “Just promise me something,” he said.

“Anything,” I said.

“Promise me you won’t hurt her,” he said, looking intently into my eyes. I nodded, even though I still didn’t believe I had a chance with Lucy.

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