The Rebound Girl ~ Book 1 ~ Completed!

Liam is having a hard time after his break up with Danielle and when he meets Bess Boone he sees her only as the rebound girl. When Harry begins to really fall for her though things are bound to get complicated. In the meantime, Bess is fighting depression.The story contains cigarette use, a little bit of bad language, and some possible mature content, so, be aware of that.

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14. Cheshire

When the boys came back to the UK, I agreed to go with Harry at his family wedding. I thought, fuck it, what’s the worst that can happen, right? The wedding was on a Sunday afternoon in November and I was running around the flat since morning, getting ready. At noon, Harry called to make sure I hadn’t changed my mind, as he knew by now that I was a bit of a coward, and to tell me he’d pick me up around two. When we hung up, I pressed my phone against my stomach, which was killing me from anxiety, and said to Mina and Sophie, ‘I can’t go.’

Mina sighed loudly and complained, ‘Here we go again.’ She was in the kitchen, making soup.

‘Oh, bugger off, Bess!’ Sophie shouted from the sofa and blew her nose. She had been crying her eyes out since the night Zayn didn’t talk to her on ooVoo. Zayn had stopped bothering with her ever since. ‘You’ll get to shag one of the boys of One Direction so what the hell are you complaining about?’ she went on spitefully.

‘I won’t shag Harry!’ I cried. ‘Will I?’ I asked, turning to Mina.

‘You probably will,’ Mina said, nodding frantically.

‘But he’s taking me to a family wedding,’ I argued, turning to Sophie.

Sophie explained, ‘He’ll pick you up in his expensive car and take you to his family home to meet his mother. Then, he’ll show you his bedroom and once you’re there, he’ll fuck your brains out. Then, he’ll take you to the wedding.’

‘Harry’s not like that,’ I said. ‘Is he?’ I asked, turning to Mina.

‘He probably is,’ Mina said, nodding again. ‘Don’t be naïve, Bess. He’s Harry Styles! He can do whatever he wants and if you say no to him, he’ll dump you and find another girl before you even get the train home.’

‘You’re delusional if you think he won’t make a move on you today,’ Sophie said. ‘You’ll spend the night at his house for fuck’s sake! If it doesn’t happen before the wedding, it’ll definitely happen after.’

Harry had convinced me to stay over at his house for the night. He had said that Liam and Niall would stay too.

‘Harry’s not like that,’ I insisted and went to my room. Was I in denial? I hope I weren’t.

‘She’s too innocent,’ I heard Mina say.

‘Argh, I’m so jealous of her!’ Sophie complained. ‘I can’t believe I lost a chance with Zayn bloody Malik!’

I sat on the end of the bed, sighing. The two of them came in my room, apparently determined to bug me some more.

‘Look,’ Mina began, ‘you’re like a sister to us and we don’t want you to get hurt.’

‘So, take this with you,’ Sophie said, presenting a pack of condoms.

‘Are you seriously giving me condoms right now?’ I asked, glaring.

Mina shrugged. ‘Harry Styles looks like the type of guy who doesn’t use them.’

‘You know, so he can enjoy it better,’ Sophie explained.

‘Oh my God!’ I snapped. ‘Get out! Both of you! NOW!’ I shouted, jumping up and kicking them out. I slammed the door and tried to calm down. The condoms were on the floor. I picked them up and put them in my bag.

*

It was nearly two and Harry should be here any minute now. I had on a purple knee length dress and black high heels and I had worn my hair half up half down. I look presentable, I thought, looking myself in the mirror. When there was a knock on the front door, I felt as if someone had punched me in the stomach. That’s how nervous I was.

‘Bess, your date’s here,’ Mina shouted from the living room. I grabbed my bag and coat and walked out of my room. Mina and Sophie were sitting on the sofa, eating popcorn, and instead of watching the movie on the telly, they were watching Harry, who was standing by the door.

When Harry saw me, he placed his hand over his stomach and sucked a big breath in. He slowly let it out, as he ran his eyes all over me. ‘Wow,’ he concluded, coming closer. I could feel my heart beating so hard. He was wearing the deep blue shirt after all and a grey suit. He kissed my cheek and his lips lingered for a moment. He then whispered in my ear, ‘You look beautiful. I want to kiss your neck so bad right now. I can’t wait to get you alone and have you all to myself.’ I swallowed with difficulty, as the knot in my stomach got bigger and bigger. Was today actually the day that I would sleep with Harry Styles? Harry flipped his hair like he only knew how and fixed it in that unique hot disarray. Then, he said, ‘Shall we? Liam and Niall are waiting in the car.’

I nodded and he put his arm around my waist. As we were leaving, Mina and Sophie shouted in unison, ‘Have fun you two!’

*

It was a three hour drive to Cheshire. I sat on the passenger’s seat, while Liam and Niall sat at the back. Louis and Zayn wanted to spend the day with their girlfriends, the boys told me. Harry was of course driving. He loved to drive. We listened to music, talked and laughed, and at one point, Harry turned off the radio and the three boys began singing whatever song came to their mind. I felt as if I was having the most perfect dream from which I would wake up crying when the time would come. Towards the end of the ride, we all got tired and fell silent.

Harry parked outside a beautiful hotel, which was entirely made of stone, and we all got out of the car. Harry took my hand, kissed it and then he intertwined our fingers together. He made me feel so safe. We walked into the hotel. Harry’s mom, sister and stepdad were waiting for the four of us in the lobby. Harry hugged them all but without letting go of my hand.

‘This is Bess,’ Harry introduced me and I unconsciously squeezed his hand. He playfully squeezed it back and told them, smiling, ‘She’s not nervous at all.’

‘Aw, but there’s no need to be,’ his mom assured me and gave me a warmhearted hug. ‘I’ve heard so much about you, Bess,’ she then said. ‘I’m Anne.’

‘Nice to meet you, Mrs. Cox,’ I replied, smiling and trying to make the best first impression ever.

‘Please, call me Anne,’ she said, touching my arm and then turned to Harry, ‘We have to find your aunt now sweetheart but your table is by the large windows. We’ll see you later or at home.’ And then they hurried inside the wedding reception room.

‘Let’s go find our table. I’m starving,’ Niall said, patting his stomach.

‘You ate two large packets of Doritos on the way here,’ Liam pointed out. ‘By yourself!’

‘That was just a snack, mate,’ Niall told him very serious.

‘This place is so beautiful,’ I commented, looking around and Harry hugged me from behind.

‘I can book a room and we can spend the night here instead of at my house if you want,’ he suggested and gently kissed my neck. I swallowed against the lump in my throat. Mina and Sophie were right after all.

‘Maybe another time,’ I said with a faltering voice.

‘Are you sure? My house will be packed with people. It would be lovely if we had a room all to ourselves, with no one to interrupt us, at any time,’ Harry said softly, so the other boys wouldn’t hear, pressing the matter. Liam knew though by the look on my face that something was wrong and he frowned.

‘I believe I said I’m starving,’ Niall repeated. He was such a baby when he was hungry.

Harry chuckled, letting me go. ‘Fine. Let’s go find our table,’ he said and we went inside.

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