Being in Love

Samantha Sparks was the luckiest girl in the world. She had everything she ever wanted...but she soon found out how life really works.

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2. The first dinner date.

 

 

I was blushing the whole time and thankfully I did not throw up in front of them. I cried out of joy in the bathroom later on, but a girl’s got to do what she’s got to do.  So coming back to me ‘escorting’ them to their dressing rooms…

“Here we are. Liam, your space is on the right corner, I’ve laid out your costumes. Jason or Maria will help you out. And Zayn, your space is right next to Liam’s. Harry you get the middle space, and Niall you get the next one. And Louis your corner is to the far left. Thank you, have a nice day. Oh and if you need anything, call me maybe?” I said in the most professional way ever possible. Even the boys were staring at me, I was actually proud of myself. But what they didn’t notice was my trembling hands, which I carefully hid in my pocket.

“Thank you” Liam said with a smile that could make any girl swoon. Danielle is so lucky, I thought to myself as I walked away with a smile. The boys went on to their assigned spaces laughing and fighting with each other like little kids. It was fun to watch and I literally just froze as Harry took off his shirt in front of everybody. Just then Lou Teasdale stepped in,

“What are you doing Harry? Put on your clothes quickly and come out for hair and make-up. We hardly have any time as it is. Go on now, get going.” She said, but unlike Dorothy she didn’t scream. In fact she was extremely polite and it reminded me of my mom.

She started to set up and I found a seat and just sat there. I didn’t know what else to do. Caroline came in and it looked like she was in a hurry. She was running around and she had a worried look on her face.

The boys were supposed to be here about half an hour ago. Apparently they have been rehearsing here for days now, but I had just started my job today.

“Honey, can you help me with something?” I realized Lou was talking to me and I immediately rushed to help.

“Yes of course. It would be my pleasure.” I said with a smile as she asked me what she wanted, “I don’t know how we always seem to miss a bag. It must be in the car. If you find Paul outside you can ask him and he’ll take you there. Thank you so much dear.”

 Apparently they forgot one of the bags which contained the hairsprays. And Zayn needed a lot of hairspray. I laughed at that thought and walked outside until I found Paul.

“Hello Mr. Higgins. Lou sent me here to pick up a bag from the car. Apparently they forgot to bring it and they asked me to get it?”

“Of course, just hold on a second. They always seem to forget something.” He said and walked away for a second. I saw Josh setting up the drums and I was staring at him. He caught my eye for a split second and smiled.

“This is Nate; he’ll take you to the car.” Paul said and walked away. I could understand why he was terribly busy.

“Hey Nate, I’m Sam.” I said with a smile. I didn’t really seem to suit the name ‘Sam’ though because I was a girl in a pink skirt and ruffled shirt.

“It’s nice to meet you. Come on, I’ll take you to the car.” There was a big crowd of people there and so he took my hand in his and almost dragged me out of there. ‘Are all British people nice?’ I wondered.

It seemed like forever when we finally reached the car. He opened the front door and there was a small bag. I opened it and found what I wanted. I closed it and thanked Nate and ran back as fast as I could.

Only Zayn was dressed and Liam was just walking out when I handed the bag to Lou.

“Oh thank god, you are such a life saver.” She said.

“It’s not a big deal.” I said politely with a smile.

“Zayn, I must say, you look very dashing. You should meet my best friend, she loves you.” I said.

“Thank you, babe. That’s quite a complement. Maybe I’ll get to meet her one day.” He replied with his lovely Bradford accent.

Harry walked out fiddling with his bow tie and me being the most daring girl in the world walked up and asked if I could fix it.

“Yeah, sure.” He said and I could feel his hot breath on my forehead as I was very short compared to him.

“I need to brush my teeth.” Zayn said and Niall came out laughing. He looked hot. And yes although I consider Harry to be my knight in shining armor, I have to point out that Niall looked extremely hot.

“Boys, you have fifteen minutes. The arena’s filling up fast.” Paul said walking into the dressing room. As if we needed assurance, we could hear the screams and chants loud and clear. Just then I realized that this was my very first One Direction concert. I was a bit overwhelmed when the reality of the situation hit me.

I excused myself to the bathroom and here comes my crying story, as mentioned earlier. I wiped my tears; I wasn’t wearing any make-up anyway, and went out just in time to see the boys head out for the stage. It all happened so fast, it was too much to take in. One day is all I get to spend with them. Not even one whole day, just a few hours and it was almost over already. After the concert, they would leave for their hotels immediately.

I could hear the chanting, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..more screams as the boys magically appeared on stage. I was standing in the corner with the rest of the crew, some of them were frantically speaking on a speaker phone to make sure all the lights and sounds were proper.

NA NA NA!! I sang along with the rest of the girls and I really missed my friend Mandy then. She would have loved this. I promised myself to try to get her to meet the boys.

They sang some more songs, answered some twitter questions and did some funny dancing. Overall, it was the best day of my life. If I get into the details of the concert I could rant on forever. But no, let’s get to what happened after the concert.

I walked behind Lou as the boys left the stage. I went back to the dressing room and helped her pack up when Harry came in splashing a bottle of water all over him. Some of it splashed on me as I found myself right next to him.

“Sorry” he said simultaneously laughing and dancing with Niall. I smiled and went on to help Liam with something.

“Thank you for your help tonight. Most girls just scream and try to rip my hair off.” Zayn said.

“Well, I don’t want to be kicked out. I just want to spend all the time I have with you guys. It was fun, thank you.” I said.

“Hey here’s an idea. We’re heading out to dinner, want to join us?” Louis said, gripping both my hands with a big grin on his face.

“Wow, okay. I mean of course. I would love that. But I have to ask for a favor.”

“Anything for you babe” Harry said. My heart was sinking but I didn’t let it show.

“Okay, um, I have a friend. Her name is Mandy.  She’s my best friend. Is it okay if she joins me, I mean us, tonight?”

“Yeah, of course! A friend of yours is a friend of ours” Liam said like a little kid.

“Thank you. I just have to check with my boss to see if my shifts over.” I said.

“Meet us back here soon. Otherwise you’ll never make it to the car alive.” Louis said with a smirk pointing his fingers at the TV screen which showed thousands of screaming fans right outside the arena.

I quickly walked out and I couldn’t believe my luck. I didn’t have much time to think and on my way I called my mom,

“Mommy, it was so amazing. Look I’ve been invited to dinner. Okay I’ll be home by eleven. I promise. Okay can you tell Mandy? Yeah they said she can join us…okay tell her to dress up. I have to go now-bye. Love you.” I said and immediately ran towards Dorothy.

“Good job tonight you. I got good reviews.” She said pointing at me.

“Thank you, it was my pleasure. I was wondering if I could take off now. I have to go out for dinner.” I said with a polite smile.

“What, no! You can’t leave just yet. I have work for you.” She said and looking at my expressions she could easily tell that I was going to burst into tears. “Okay, I’m just kidding with you. You’ve done way more than we could expect from you today. Good job. Now off you go.”

‘Thank god’ I thought as I rushed back to the dressing room. They were just about to leave and Harry actually held out his hand for me. I ran up to him and grabbed it and I never wanted to let go ever again.

Tears spilled down my face as I sat recalling that day. I remember making a quick stop at my house to pick up Mandy. She was my neighbor, which was why we were so close. We went to McDonalds which apparently, the boys loved. It was just the seven of us. I didn’t even know where the rest of the band was or the crew.

“Niall, are you going to eat those fries?” Harry asked picking it up before Niall could answer. I laughed as Niall slapped Harry’s hand.

“You can have mine Harry” I said as I offered mine.

“You know what I realized? I didn’t even ask you your name. And you even fixed my tie. I’m sorry.” Harry said with a sad look on his face. I felt so bad and I quickly replied, “I’m Sam. You don’t have to be sorry. You were clearly busy.” I said as I laughed sarcastically.

“And I’m Mandy; it’s nice to meet you.” She cut in. I loved Mandy, she’s the best. She always knew what to say and when to say it. Her comedic timing was always right on.

“I heard you have a thing for Zayn, don’t you?” Niall cut in. It made me wonder, was he always like this? I actually really loved that about Niall.

“Well, he is hot.” She replied and everyone laughed. Zayn was looking down playing with a straw. It looked like he was in deep thought about something.

“Sam, we have something to ask you.” Liam said. Only then did I realize that Liam and Louis were having a serious conversation all this while. Louis was on the phone when I replied to Liam,

“Yeah?”

“Well, the thing is, there was this girl, um, she was working with us. She was a part of the crew. Unfortunately she was quite rude and foul-mouthed. Paul lost his anger and fired her. Things have been kind of hard lately. So we were wondering…maybe you could join us? We have discussed this with Paul and we were lucky to have found you tonight.”

I just sat there frozen. What just happened? Did Liam Payne of One Direction just ask me to join the band? Did that really just happen? What did they see in me? Was there something special? I was really lost in thought at that moment. Someone was snapping their finger in front of my face, I realized that it was Mandy and I snapped back to reality.

“Yeah, um, well I have to talk to my mom. Does this mean I get to, um, tour with you guys?” I asked nervously biting my upper lip.

“Well, yeah.” Harry said.

“I know it sounds stupid but what about school? I graduate in a month. I don’t know if I can commit to this just yet. I’ll talk to my mom. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

“Yes this job is very well open for you. We like you. All of us do. I know it’s a very big thing to ask and you can take all the time you need. We don’t leave the USA just yet; you can join us after this tour. That’ll be great too.” Liam said, smiling sweetly.

I felt like I was in a business meeting. I didn’t have to go to college the minute after I graduate high school. I could actually do this. I felt like my heart was going to beat right out of my chest.

I didn’t even know what I was getting myself into.

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