The House Next Door [One Direction]

COMPLETED: One Direction: Harry Styles/OC - Victoria lives next door to her best-friend Jeremy. Jeremy lives with his friends Dan and Gemma. Gemma's brother comes to visit with his friends. Having nine people crowded into two houses was never going to be easy, but it was always preferable to the alternative.


8. Private And Confidential

“I wish you didn’t have to go anywhere.”

Victoria was laying on Harry’s chest, drawing patterns with her finger on his t-shirt. After their little shopping stint, they had spent a relaxed afternoon in Victoria’s bed, watching movies. 

Harry had insisted on watching Titanic, stating that he was inspired to watch it by the sapphire pendant that was currently hanging from her neck on its thin, silver chain.

“I wish I didn’t have to go either considering it’s only the... hold on, do you have work this weekend?”

“No,” asked Victoria, a puzzled expression settling on her face as she angled her head to look at him in the face. “I’m a receptionist in a law firm, Harry. I never work on weekends. Why do you ask?”

“You can come with me if you like. The lads and I have only got the one radio interview on Saturday, then we’re free to do what we please after that.”

He looked down at her, a hopeful expression adorning his 

“Please say yes, you can come and see what it’s like behind the scenes.”

Victoria could not help by grin at his boyishness and general cheerful demeanour.

“I’d love to, when do we leave?”


“Coming up next, we have the lads from One Direction to regale us with a song, but first we have Marty with the weather report. Tell us, Marty, are we in for a white Christmas this year?”

Victoria watched each of the five boys creep their way into the studio, trying to make as little noise as possible. As soon as they had settled down, Harry gave her a thumbs-up, just in time for the radio announcer to start his introduction of them.

“You’re listening to Jay on LiveRadio-FM. Joining me here today are the five lads from boy-band, One Direction! Tell me guys, how’s everything going for you?”

There was a general chorus of ‘good, thanks’ before the announcer launched straight into his first question.

“Originally brought together by X-Factor, can you tell me what that moment was like when the judges told you that they would be willing to put you through, together as a group?”

Each of the boys looked at one another, silently deciding who would answer the question. Apparently Zayn was given the duty because he gave a brief, but standard answer about how lucky they were to be given a second chance, and how they aimed to get as far in the competition as they could.

They each took their turn answering a few questions from fans, and Victoria felt herself begin to tune out to the actual words. Instead, she began to focus on the sound of their voices, or rather, just Harry’s voice. Even his speaking voice had the ability to melt her insides to goo.
However, it was not long before one fan question had her 
snapping her attention back to the interview.

“Now, this is an interesting question from one of our listeners... we got quite a number of questions along these lines: Can you tell us who is in a relationship and who is still single?”

What were she and Harry? Were they together? Were they just a casual thing?

Victoria was so absorbed in her own thoughts she almost missed the look that Harry gave her. Staring back into his incandescent eyes, she nodded her head at his silent question.

“So lads... what’ll it be, who is single and who’s still up for sale?”

“Us three are still in our relationships,” said Liam. “So that’s myself, Zayn and Louis. Niall is still single, and -”

Liam was cut off by Harry.

“I’m in a relationship too.”

Every head in the room whipped around to face Harry, then at Victoria who was still on the other side of the soundproof glass, listening to the interview via a small monitor.

She felt her face heat up at the sudden attention she was receiving, but it was soon over-ridden by the feeling of joy she experienced when Harry had said that he was in a relationship with her.

She was the girlfriend of Harry Styles. Harry Styles was 
her boyfriend. Even in her own head it sounded good. She almost couldn’t wait for the opportunity to say it out loud, just so that she could hear how lucky she was.

“Well, well, did you hear that folks? Harry Styles is in a relationship, that’s an exclusive straight from LiveRadio-FM. Any word on who this lucky young lady is?”

Harry looked up just in time to see Victoria shaking her head, and waving her hands in front of her in what appeared to be a massive ‘no’.

Harry shook his head before answering.

“Sorry to disappoint you all, but that information is private and confidential for now. Although I think some of our more enthusiastic fans will have it figured out in no time.” 

He punctuated his words with a light-hearted chuckle, but Victoria could not help the feeling of dread that was coursing through her veins. She had forgotten about the fans. What would they think of her?

Not paying attention to the end of the interview, she whipped out her phone and logged onto twitter as quickly as she could.

Her eyes were immediately drawn to the small, black number which indicated how many people were following her. 

She breathed a sigh of relief when she saw that it had not increased, even though she was fully aware that Harry had not given out her name.

Victoria was happy to share Harry with the fans, but for the moment, when they were still sorting themselves out she would like to have a little bit of privacy. They didn’t need people delving into dustbins and knocking at her front door at goodness-knows what time.

The door to the studio opened, and the boys once again crept through it, trying to make as little noise as possible. However, as soon as the door had closed behind them they began to let out massive whoops of joy.

“I’m guessing that Toto is the lucky lady?” said Niall once everyone had calmed down a little.

“The one and only,” replied Victoria with a laugh as she put her phone back in her purse. She had long given up on trying to get them to use her full name.

“Who wants to put bets on how long we think it will take for the first death threats to come through on twitter?”
Harry’s eyes widened in fear, and he moved closer to Victoria as though he might be a physical shield from any harm that may come her way.

“They’ve already figured who you are? But I didn’t give your name.”

“Relax, babe. I was only kidding. I don’t even have any new twitter followers yet. Although, do me a favour guys? Please, don’t follow me on twitter yet. I’m pretty sure that having all five of you follow me would be a bit of a giveaway.”

They all murmured their assent before trooping down the hall to the back entrance of the building. With a bit of luck they would be out of there and in the car before the fans even realised.

They loved their fans and the enthusiasm they had for the band, but even Victoria knew that Harry’s recent radio revelations might make them a little too ‘enthusiastic’.

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