Too Close ~ (One Direction Not Famous)

Sophie and Niall have been best friends for years. But at the start of year 11, Sophie sees something different in him. Not only must Sophie cope with her own runaway feelings but she also has to try to keep up with the crazy lives of her other friends. Will anything ever be simple?

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7. The Right Way

 

Ok – don’t judge me but the next day I totally skived. It’s not something I would usually do, I am far too much of a nerd, but I just wasn’t quite at the point where I could fake a smile and pretend nothing had changed. Pathetic, huh?

                So when my mum walked in at 7:30am to get me out of bed, I had my whole story planned out. Luckily, after the nightmare that was yesterday, I already looked like death. My skin was pasty and my eyes were all red and puffy. That meant all I had to do was feign a headache and a sore throat and hope she bought it. She did and the house was shortly empty. With that in mind, I strolled downstairs to get myself some cereal. The dark cloud of yesterday was still hanging above my head, but where it had been a raging, depressive storm it had become more of a grey, dull drizzle.

                I flicked on the TV but there was nothing on but crappy daytime shows, so I decided to whack on a film. I went with Mean Girls, one of my favourites and slipped it into the DVD player and watched the screen flicker into life as the film began. My eyes began to grow heavy and the last thing I heard before I finally drifted off was “If you’re from Africa, why are you white?”

                …..

                My eyes flew open as the clock in the hall chimed. I sat up, sending the TV remote crashing to the floor, batteries flying out. “Damn” I muttered .I got down on my knees and felt around underneath the sofa for the stray battery. Just then the phone rang, causing me to jump and withdraw my hand from under the sofa.

                Reluctantly I stood up, walked over to the phone, fully expecting some foreign voice to launch into a speech about double glazing. To my surprise, I was actually greeted by a very familiar voice and it completely threw me.

“Soph?” came Niall’s Irish accent. Oh god. What was I supposed to do? “Err… hi” I replied like I was completely incompetent. “Are you ok?” he asked. “Yeah I’m fine – no, I mean, no. I’m not feeling great” I said, remembering that I was supposed to be ill. Oh god I could not sound more stupid.

                “Oh no! What’s wrong? I missed you!” he said. A smile played on my lips when he said he missed me. It meant he had been thinking about me! But why was I getting excited? He has a girlfriend! I thought to myself. At least I thought it was to myself.

                “What was that?” Niall asked…. Oh god I had really done it now! “Ermmmm…. I just asked… how is your girlfriend?” I told him, hoping he would go with it. “She is great thanks. But she’s gutted she didn’t get to meet you today”. Somehow, I find that hard to believe. Last time we met wasn’t exactly a comfortable experience.

                “Wait” I said, realising something, “aren’t you in lessons?”, “School finished half an hour ago Soph…”. Crap! How had I managed to sleep through the whole day?

                “Ah look I really have to go. I was supposed to be at Gemma’s 5 minutes ago!”. My heart sank. Of course Niall had better places to be. I wouldn’t want to talk to me if I were him right now, I sounded like my brain had gone walkabouts. “Ok, bye!” I said, failing at my attempt to sound cheery. “Bye Soph! Get better soon”, “Will do” I said feebly as the line went dead.

                Why was I incapable of making sense when it came to Niall? He probably thought I had gone insane over the holidays or something. I continued my angry tirade at myself as I wandered through the house aimlessly. I really needed something to take my mind off this whole hopeless situation. Suddenly, I was struck with an answer. I ran upstairs and dug out my box of CD’s from back in the day. I found my S Club CD, the most harmless music I owned, and shoved it into the CD player, turning it right up. Yes! The loud cheery music was exactly what I needed. I danced badly around my room, loving the cheesy lyrics.

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                The rest of the evening passed in a dull blur and before I knew it, it was 10 pm and I was getting into bed. After all the sleep I had gotten today, it wasn’t easy to drift off. As I lay there, I made the decision to go to school the next day and face whatever I had to. I needed to stop running away from my problems and deal wit them the right way. With that in mind, I managed to drift into an uneasy sleep, my dreams full of Niall.

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