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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5. Date for the Awards, Anyone?

Harry's POV

Harry sat laid back on the studio’s leather sofa, toying with the plastic bottle of depression pills he never gave back to Bess. His eyebrows were furrowed into a frown and he was pouting a little. He would never forget her face when she told him that her dad had died.

Niall was eating his fourth slice of pizza next to him, while Zayn was sitting on the armchair and was on the phone with Perrie. They hardly ever saw each other and yet they somehow made it work.

‘What do you have there, mate?’ Niall asked curiously and with his mouth full.

‘Nothing,’ Harry mumbled, putting the bottle away. Niall shrugged and went on eating. ‘Do you ever think,’ Harry began, ‘that it’s unfair that we have practically everything and some people have nothing?’

Zayn had hung up and was listening now, too. ‘We’ve worked really hard to get where we are, Haz,’ Zayn said, grabbing a slice of pizza and taking a big bite out of it.

‘I know,’ Harry said. ‘But that’s not what I meant …’

Liam and Louis walked in the studio, talking and laughing. When the two boys sat down, too, Harry leaned close to Liam and asked, ‘Hey, mate, can I talk to you for a moment?’

‘Sure. What’s up?’ Liam asked. His break up with Danielle had changed him and all the boys had noticed that.

‘It’s about Bess …’ Harry began.

‘What about her?’ Liam said, checking his twitter.

‘Do you like her?’ Harry asked. ‘I mean, like, really like her?’

‘Yeah. Sure. She’s easy on the eyes. Nice eyes. Nice smile,’ Liam replied, shrugged and twitted something. Bess was beautiful. She was one of the prettiest girls Harry had ever seen.

‘Okay. Where is this going though? Is it serious? Are you going to ask her out?’ Harry pretty much interrogated. Louis was observing this little scene. Harry had asked him not to tell Liam that they went back to the record company. Louis knew by now that something was way off.

‘Yeah. I’ll ask her to go to the awards with me on Sunday,’ Liam replied coolly.

Harry clenched his jaw, gnashing his teeth, before he told him, very calm, ‘No, you won’t.’

Niall and Zayn, who were listening, but weren’t really paying attention until that moment, turned their eyes at Harry and Liam. Niall stopped chewing his food for a few seconds before he swallowed it hard and Zayn had widened his eyes a little.

Liam finally looked up from his cell phone and at Harry. He chuckled and asked, ‘Why not?’

‘You shouldn’t throw her in the spotlight like that. It’s not fair to her,’ Harry replied, very serious.

At that, Liam snapped. ‘Is it fair to me then that fans broke me and Danielle up?’ he asked, raising his voice. ‘News flash, Hazza, life isn’t bloody fair!’ The other boys were silent and Liam calmed down. Liam loved all of his fans, everybody knew that, but some days were just hard. He said, ‘I really thought Danielle was the one.’

‘I know you’re hurting right now, mate,’ Harry said, putting his hand on Liam’s shoulder. ‘But Bess’ dad died. You shouldn’t do this to her.’

Liam fell silent for a moment before he asked, a little angry, ‘Did she tell you that when you went to see her at the record company this morning?’

Harry glared at Louis. Louis laughed awkwardly and lied, ‘He pulled it out of me, mate.’

Harry shook his head and looked at Liam. ‘I think I like her, mate,’ Harry confessed.

‘Back off from her, will you?’ Liam attacked. ‘You think you like almost every girl you see! Well, I saw this one first!’

‘Wow …’ Niall breathed and Zayn agreed, ‘Yeah …’

‘I’ll ask her to come with me whether you like it or not,’ Liam said, getting up. ‘In fact, I’ll call her right now,’ he said, going out on the balcony. There were always a group of fans outside the building and as soon as they saw Liam, they started screaming and shouting.

‘Well, he’s not dealing very well with this, is he?’ Zayn said, resting back on the armchair.

‘He’ll come around,’ Louis said, stretching on the pouffe. ‘He just needs time.’

Niall burped loudly and Louis complained, ‘Ah, really, Niall?’ Niall shrugged, slurping his coke. Harry sat skeptical with his head forward and his hands on his knees.

‘Stop moping,’ Louis told him. ‘Everything will turn out okay in the end, yeah?’

Liam came back inside. He looked at Harry and said, satisfied, ‘She said okay, so, I guess, I have a date for the awards now.’

Harry had the strongest urge to punch his friend right in the face. He got up and grabbed his jacket.

‘Where are you going, Haz?’ Zayn asked. ‘Rehearsal starts in ten minutes.’

‘I need to get some fresh air,’ Harry said over his shoulder and walked out of the studio.

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