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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10. Halloween

‘Oh my God oh my God oh my God,’ Sophie hyperventilated, ‘I’ll actually meet One fucking Direction!’

We were in the lift, heading up to the fifth floor, where Louis’ flat was. Sophie loved Halloween and had too many costumes in her closet, so, when I asked her to lend me one for Louis’ party, she said that she would only if I took her with me. I had dressed as cat woman and Sophie as wonder woman.

When the lift’s doors opened, I began panicking. Sophie noticed, calmed herself down and said, ‘Harry won’t know what hit him. You’re going to blow him away, babes.’

‘You think so?’ I asked.

‘I know so,’ she said, smiling and we walked into the corridor. The corridor was filled with people in costume, who were drinking and talking, and the door of Louis’ flat was wide open. The flat was totally packed. There was loud music and low lighting. I spotted Zayn talking with a bunch of girls but when he saw us, he walked to us.

Vas happenin?’ he shouted with his arms open. He was dressed as Aladdin.

‘I think I’ll faint,’ Sophie said and I elbowed her.

‘I’m glad you took my advice about the costume. You are hot,’ Zayn told me, kissing my cheek. He was a little drunk. ‘Who’s your friend?’ he asked, checking Sophie out.

Sophie extended her hand, introduced herself and began flirting with him right away. Liam and Niall came near too. Liam was dressed as a policeman and Niall as a leprechaun. Liam gave me a hug while Niall looked at me from head to toe.

‘Just a heads up,’ Liam said in my ear. The music was too loud. ‘Harry was mad at me at first for suggesting you should pretend to be my girlfriend but now he’s mad at you for accepting to do it.’

Well, that was just great … ‘Where is Harry?’ I asked eager to see him and go to him.

‘I wish I were Harry right now,’ Niall said, winking at me. I giggled awkwardly and turned to Liam.

‘He’s by the bar,’ Liam said, pointing at him. I followed his finger and gasped. Harry was talking with a girl in a bikini. How was I supposed to top that!?

‘Who’s that he’s with?’ I demanded, grabbing Liam by his shirt. My hand was into a fist. I would rip her head right off if she didn’t back off from Harry soon. I was just a tad jealous. Just a tad …

Liam chuckled nervously. ‘She’s a model. She’s dressed as … herself, apparently.’

‘Pfft, please!’ I said. ‘She? A model? I hardly think so.’ Then, I marched through the crowd towards them but Louis and Eleanor popped out of nowhere in front of me.

‘Hey, babe,’ Louis smiled. ‘This is Eleanor,’ he said.

‘Nice to meet you,’ I said, glaring at Harry and the model behind her.

‘You too,’ Eleanor replied, smiling. ‘I love your costume.’

It was only then I had noticed they were dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head from Toy Story. ‘Yours is lovely too,’ I smiled, adding, ‘Why not carrots though?’

‘Everyone would think that, yeah?’ Louis said. ‘But I’m a master of disguise.’

I laughed and said, ‘Yes, you are.’

The two of them moved along and I finally went to Harry. I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned round. When he looked at me, his eyebrows lifted and his mouth fell a little open. He stared at my face, breasts and hips, already having dirty thoughts. The look on his face told me that. It was a tight costume and I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it at first but Sophie insisted and wouldn’t give me another one. Harry was dressed as Prince Charming. He was wearing a deep blue jacket with gold buttons, white trousers and black boots. A fake sword hung from his black belt. He was perfect.

‘The boys told me you like cats,’ I said, nervously playing with my fingers. Harry cleared his throat, shaking the dirty thoughts away. He only nodded. Apparently, he wasn’t even talking to me now. ‘I need to talk to you,’ I told him seriously.

‘I’m talking with someone now,’ Harry replied coldly and put his arm around the model. ‘This is Dawn,’ he said as if I cared.

‘You said you told Liam what you felt about me,’ I said, as if the other girl wasn’t there. ‘What did you tell him?’

Harry shrugged. ‘Doesn’t really matter now, does it?’ he replied and went on talking with Dawn.

I grabbed his arm with both my hands, not letting him turn away from me. ‘What did you tell Liam?’ I asked again, shaking him a little. He didn’t answer. He was ignoring me. He acted as if he didn’t care and that bugged the life out of me. Irritated, I hit him on the arm.

Hey,’ Harry protested, finally looking at me again. Satisfied, I hit him again and again. ‘Stop it,’ he demanded, grabbing my shoulders.

‘You’re a wanker,’ I said in his face, looking straight into his eyes. They were glimmering in the semi darkness of the room.

‘Oh, really?’ Harry chuckled, lifting his eyebrows. He gripped my shoulders tighter, pulling me against him.

‘Let me go,’ I demanded.

‘You started it,’ Harry said amused.

Let-me-go!’ I repeated, struggling against him.

‘What if I don’t?’ Harry asked with a playful grin on his lips.

I stopped fighting and looked at him, sighing. He looked at me too and somehow I knew that he wasn’t mad at me anymore. He let me go, leaned close and said softly in my ear, ‘I want to dance with you.’ I nodded and he took my hand in his. I felt as if my hand had always belonged in his.

‘What about me?’ Dawn complained.

‘Sorry, I’m taken,’ Harry told her and I skipped a heartbeat.

Harry led me where people where dancing and we moved to the rhythm of Live While We’re Young. When Moments came up, Harry took my hands and put them around his neck. He put his own low on my waist and pulled me close. We danced with our bodies stuck together. I buried my face in his neck, smelling him, while he kissed my neck softly over and over. I felt as if we were the only people in the room.

‘Promise me you’ll quit smoking,’ Harry said, breathing into my ear.

I felt weak in the knees. ‘I can’t …’ I replied.

Harry chuckled. ‘You can’t or you won’t?’ he asked.

‘I can’t,’ I said again.

‘Let’s go to Louis’ room,’ Harry suggested and I told him okay.

In Louis’ room, Harry came up behind me, wrapping his arms around me.

‘I do like cats,’ he admitted, kissing my hair. He then turned me around and went serious. ‘Why can’t you quit smoking?’ he asked and I swallowed with difficulty because painful memories came rushing back to me.

‘It’s a bet I put with myself,’ I replied, looking at his chest and playing with one of his gold buttons.

‘What do you mean?’ he asked, lifting my head up.

‘Eighteen months ago, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. He had never smoked a cigarette in his life. He died eight months later,’ I said and hadn’t realized that a tear was rolling down my cheek. Harry wiped it away. I went on, ‘After he died, I started smoking. I wanted to see what would happen to me if I smoked every day. I think it’d be ironic if nothing does.’

Harry hugged me, his one hand was on the back of my head, and he let out a deep sigh. ‘I’m really sorry,’ he said and he truly meant it.

I shrugged and looked at him. ‘Are you still mad at me?’ I asked.

‘No,’ he replied. He was touching my face and rubbing his thumb on my cheek. ‘I actually think you’re amazing for doing this for Liam. I just got jealous and overreacted a little.’

A little!? That was an understatement. ‘Where does that leave us then?’ I asked.

‘I still want to be with you,’ Harry said. ‘It’s up to you now to decide if you want to be with me too.’

I opened my mouth but it was as if I had suddenly lost my voice. I was terrified of how this would end. I took a deep breath and blurted out, ‘Of course I want to be with you!’

Harry half smiled and his dimple was so cute it literally hurt. He kissed me, his mouth covering mine, and then said, ‘Let’s go have fun, yeah?’

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