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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17. Clear Green Eyes

Harry’s POV

Harry paced up and down the living room with his hands on his waist, cursing under his breath every now and then. It has been half an hour since Bess went into her room, shutting everyone out, even him. Especially him! He couldn’t accept that. He wouldn’t.

‘I’m going in,’ Harry said determined and Liam grabbed his arm, stopping him.

‘Give her time to calm down, mate,’ Liam said. ‘That photographer was brutal and I get why she doesn’t want to see either of us right now.’

Harry freed himself and looked at his friend with a frown on his face and with his lips pursed. Why would Liam think that Bess was upset with him?

Sophie was still sobbing on the sofa and Mina was sitting next to her. ‘Bess doesn’t deal well with people who care about her,’ Mina told the boys. ‘After her dad died, she broke up with her boyfriend, James, and has shied away from human affection ever since. ’

‘How long were Bess and James together?’ Harry asked, suddenly jealous of a guy he never saw in his life and he probably never would.

‘Two years,’ Mina replied and then turned to Sophie, complaining, ‘Oh will you stop crying already!?’

The front door was open and Niall walked in the flat.

‘What the hell, guys?’ Niall protested. ‘I’ve been waiting in the car for like half an hour! A text would have been nice.’

‘Sorry, mate,’ Harry and Liam said in unison.

When Sophie saw Niall, she sat up straight, wiped away her tears and turned all flirty. Her whole face was red from crying so it was a pretty comical try. Niall ignored her and walked straight in the kitchen. He opened the fridge and grabbed an apple.

‘Do you mind?’ Niall asked the girls and took a bite out of it before they replied.

Mina shook her head back and forth with wide eyes and her mouth hanging a little. ‘Half of the One Direction boys are in my flat,’ she then whispered to Sophie, as if she was in a paranormal activity film.

‘I know! And I look like shit!’ Sophie cried and ran in her room.

Mina laughed awkwardly and blabbed, ‘Don’t mind her. She has tantrums all the time. I once called her a drama queen and she threw a mug half full of tea at me.’

When Niall sat down next to her, eating his apple, she pressed her lips together and gaped at him.

‘That’s it, I’m going in,’ Harry said again and knocked on Bess’ door. He opened the door and went inside, closing it behind him. Bess was sitting on the floor with her back against the bed, hugging her knees. She must have taken a shower because her hair was wet. There was the blankest look on her face.

Harry walked to her and sat on the floor next to her. They were both silent for a while and were just looking at the door opposite them.

‘I think I’ve run out of tears,’ Bess finally said and Harry sighed.

‘I knew this would happen when you agreed to Liam’s plan,’ Harry said. ‘And I wanted to protect you from all this but then I got selfish and forgot all about it because I wanted you so badly for myself.’

‘This is really hard for me, Harry,’ Bess said with a trembling voice and avoiding looking at him. ‘Maybe we should take a break.’

Blood boiled in Harry’s veins and a few tears burned behind his eyes. ‘Don’t say that,’ he protested, getting up.

*

Bess’ POV

I hugged my knees tighter and thought I heard my heart break when I saw tears gathering in his eyes. The tears looked like diamond drops in those clear green eyes of his.

Harry’s lips quivered a little when he wiped a tear away from the corner of his eye. He pulled himself together and said, ‘I’ve lost too many people I loved because of this. All this fame is killing me. I won’t lose you too. I can’t lose you, Bess.’ He was kneeling in front of me now. ‘We can work this out. Just don’t push me away.’

‘Harry, I – ‘ I cried but shut my mouth. Why was he doing this to me!? He knew I couldn’t say no to him. I loved him too much to say no. ‘Okay,’ I finally said, nodding. Was it supposed to be this hard though?

Harry flashed a bright smile before he grabbed my face and kissed me, deepening the kiss almost at once. There was a knock on the door and he groaned a little. When Liam opened the door and came inside, Harry said under his breath, ‘Of course.’

What was that all about? I thought.

‘Feeling any better, love?’ Liam asked with his hands in his jeans’ pockets. Harry sat next to me again and took my hand. He held it against his stomach.

‘The whole world thinks I’m a whore who goes from one band member to another, but yeah, sure, I’m alright,’ I replied, just a tad ironically, shrugging.

‘They don’t hate you,’ Liam said. ‘There are actually a lot of fans who like you.’

‘Really?’ I asked surprised.

Liam nodded, smiling.

‘Lovely then,’ I said, still kind of shocked.

Mina came in the room, too. ‘Niall says he’s hungry, so, are you guys up for some dinner and maybe for a couple of drinks later?’ she asked, playing it all cool.

Harry and I hesitated but agreed and half an hour later we were ready to go.

*

Louis, Eleanor, Zayn and Perrie joined us for dinner at Nandos and then we all headed to a famous pub. There was a queue outside the pub, which meant that inside must be totally packed. When the people in the queue began recognizing the boys, they began asking for autographs, photographs, hugs and kisses. I stood aside with Mina and Sophie, as Eleanor and Perrie were asked for all those things too.

‘Liam please kiss Bess! Please!’ a fan asked in a loud voice and I jolted. ‘I want to take a picture of you two together!’ the fan went on. Liam smiled uneasily and looked at me.

‘Why would you ask that?’ another fan complained. ‘That’s intrusion of privacy!’

Oh thank God, I thought.

‘What’s the big deal?’ the first fan riposted. ‘It’s just a kiss.’

When other fans began asking for it, I was officially terrified.

Liam took my hand and pulled me close. ‘It’s not as if we haven’t done it before, right?’ he whispered in my ear and I nodded, really wanting to get myself out of this and not knowing how. All the fans were with their phones at the ready. Liam gave me a quick kiss on the lips and when he pulled back, he looked into my eyes for a few seconds before he kissed me again, longer this time. What was he doing!? I squealed in my head. I wanted to react but how could I? All these people were taking pictures of us, going crazy. And Harry was standing right there, watching us. I finally broke the kiss and walked back to Mina and Sophie.

‘That was harsh for Harry, Bess,’ Mina judged and I glared.

‘Don’t you think I know that?’ I cried in a low voice.

‘Harry doesn’t look happy,’ Sophie commented with a smirk on her face. Was she glad about this?

The boys were surrounded by people until the very moment we got inside the pub and once we sat at a table, I realized that Harry wasn’t talking to me.

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