4's A Crowd

Recently moved into a new flat, Aspen Langford can't wait to explore London after living behind the convent gates for a year. Since moving there from California she was excited for a new adventure. But what happens when she's forced to move in with three other guys who seem completely infatuated with her. Every girl would be lucky to be in her place...thing is, Aspen has no clue who they are.


12. May Mornings

Chapter 12

My internal alarm clock forced me up at nine am on a Saturday. I didn’t feel like getting up at all and settled on staring up at the ceiling looking at nothing. I didn’t want to go out of bed today to face the music that awaited me just a few feet into the living room. I could hear the shuffling of feet around the flat and I knew they were all awake. Resisting the urge to peek I pulled the covers closer to my chest and turned to my side attempting to fall asleep once again.

Sighing what I thought sounded natural I relaxed and felt myself beginning to drift back into sleep, at least until a pillow hit me on my shoulder causing me to shoot up ready to glare at the person who threw it.

“See I told you she was awake,” I heard Harry say. I whipped my head in his direction and was ready to tell him off when I realized I was in no position to be yelling at anyone. The boys were dressed casually in a pair of basketball shorts and loose tees with their expressions pensive and indifferent. “Speechless are we?” Harry directed his question to me leaning on the couch.

“I-I uh well I was um…” 

Liam was leaning on the back of the couch looking straight across from me, “There’s no need, we just wanted to talk to you and we were uh-sort of debating who it was that was going to wake you up.”

“I lost,” Harry stated plainly.

I rolled my eyes and adjusted the sweater I wore to sleep. Stretching and yawning pulling my arms over my head I sat up looking up at Harry who was still arrogantly smirking at me with his arms crossed in front of his chest. “Well I’m up what did you guys want to say?”

For a brief moment Harry appeared vulnerable his pompous expression wiped away and his arms suddenly relaxed to his sides as he took a deep breath and began, “What happened last night-“

“Was nothing,” I interrupted immediately, “It was part of the game and I- well now I know that it was a game and that I lost it.” I swallowed and fluttered up my eyelashes and looked up at them, but mostly at Harry.

“Aspen I-“ 

“Save it Zayn, it was nothing, like I said, and I was one actually stupid enough to even go to the party.” Zayn’s face glowed in apology as he awkwardly started dwindling his thumbs.

Liam peered down at me through his dark brown eyelashes and walked over to my bed sitting down. He cleared his throat and placed his hand on my shoulder comfortingly, “Are you going to be okay?”

I conjured up a reassuring smile, “I’m a big girl I can handle myself,” Then proceeded to get up and walk towards the bathroom. The three of them froze in their place not moving an inch as they stared at me walking away. “Well I’m going to take a shower…” As I looked back they stayed stationary and their eyes had not left my face as I shut the door behind me. 

Once I dressed myself in the bathroom in a white lacy top with light tan pants and black heels I towel dried my hair walking out and noticed that the boys had changed to more formal attire. Again they had managed to color coordinate. Liam was wearing a red and white plaid shirt with chinos, Harry a blue blazer black pants and a white vneck and Zayn his letterman jacket and chinos with a white crewneck. They were all focused on their Ipods and from what I saw Liam was twitcaming. But as soon as they heard my heels clicking on the tile floor in the kitchen they turned their heads towards me. Liam closed his laptop, Zayn put away his mirror and Harry placed his phone in his front pocket. I raised an eyebrow at them and put my hands on my hips, “Is that all you guys are gonna do now? Stare? If you guys didn’t seem to color coordinate every other day I’d be able to take you seriously.” 

Harry scoffed, “Someone has her knickers in a bunch, what did Urban Outfitters finally run out of white lace?” 

“The professors at Oxford called, they want their blazers back," I retorted.

Harry threw his head back and laughed, “Alright princess you win,” he then flipped his hair back out of his eyes and threw me a mischievous glance causing my cheeks to flame.

“So Aspen do you want to come with me I’m going to go out and buy some coffee,” Zayn stood up and walked towards the door as Liam and Harry threw us a sidelong glance suspiciously.

I watched as Zayn twirled the keys around his fingers making popping noises with his mouth. But when I looked back, Harry was back to being engrossed in his phone. I shrugged and tied my hair in a loose ponytail grabbing my teal bag behind me, “Sure why not?”

We walked out into a sunny May morning with the sky the color of robin eggs and the air as crisp as a morning in the mountains. I reveled in the warm feel of the sun on my face and sighed inhaling deeply. Zayn noticed my calm expression and tilted his head questioningly, “Do you really love this weather that much?”

“I love it,” then threw my head back closing my eyes. 

“C’mon then let’s go,” he started strolling towards the main street. 

I swiftly caught up with him, “The coffee shop is the other way remember?”

He placed his hands in his pockets his face cool and expressionless, “I thought we’d take the scenic route.”

“Oh,” I said taken aback blinking rapidly and placed my hair behind my ear, “don’t you think they would wonder what was taking us so long?”

Zayn ran his fingers through the side of his hair and took my hand in his taking a deep breath exasperatedly, “Well let’s let them wonder shall we?”

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