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.

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16. Unapology

Chapter 16

Aspen’s P.O.V

I stood their frozen in place as I felt my hands clench on the bags I held. Immediately my heart rate went up as I sensed my forhead along with my hands, begin to sweat. My breath hitched in my throat as I began to hyperventilate. God I’m so going to regret this.

I feigned rolling my eyes back and fell on the floor. I calmed my breathing as I saw the boys rush to my side scared and nervous. Okay so maybe faking that I fainted was a little bit cliché but did it matter? I am not going to talk to them because well maybe I’m not exactly ready to deal with all of this right now. 

“Damn it, Aspen.” I heard Zayn exclaim as I felt him by my side at once. 

I could sense the worry in Liam’s voice as he placed a pillow under my head, “What do we do? Do we leave her here? I thought I read somewhere that if someone faints you’re not supposed to touch them.”

“Really? So we should leave her there then? God Liam why would you let her go out in the rain? She’s soaked to the bone, what took you guys so long anyways?” Zayn questioned and I could tell he knew more than he led on.

Liam cleared his throat, “She had erm, things to buy.” 

Harry scoffed, “I’m sure,” Then without hesitation, Harry’s Bleu de Chanel perfume engulfed my senses as I felt him pick me up as if I was only the very pillow that fell on the floor. 

“Hazza! Didn’t Liam just say-“

“And since when did I ever listen to Liam?” Harry’s voice reeked with sarcasm as he gently placed me on the bed. I felt Harry’s hand go to my collarbone and I felt myself shiver at his touch, then his lips grazed my ear, “If you’re going to faint sweetcheeks at least remember to stop panting, I could've heard you a mile away'''

My eyes almost shot open in shock but with much difficulty I managed to keep them closed. “Did you say something Harry?” Liam asked.

“Of course not Liam why would you say that?”

It was a good forty-five minutes (with nothing to do, all I could do was count), I “regained consciousness”. Trying to appear, er well dismayed and semi-sleepy was harder than it looked. First I had to ceaselessly flutter my eyelashes open and get up groaning like I had the worst headache ever. But what was worse was that right as I made my first sound the two of them almost crushed me as they ran to my side.

“Aspen are you okay? You scared all of us,” Liam said out of breath

Zayn placed his hand on the side of my face and looked into my eyes, “Don’t ever do something like that again, you scared the hell out of me.”

I gulped and nodded then saw Harry smirking in front of the bathroom door, “Yea don’t do something like that again Aspen.” His sarcastic tone was drenched with false concern and I nearly rolled my eyes at him but chose to look back at Zayn.

“I’m so sorry I scared all of you I guess the fact that um my clothes were you know drenched,” all my words just seemed to pile out of my mouth with no clue on how it was going to sound, “and I guess coming into the building with the heat so high caused me to er faint.”

“Yea I’m sure that was it,” Harry nodded his head eagerly as if agreeing going to the kitchen.

Zayn gave me his hand and helped me off the bed putting his arm around my waist as if to steady me, “We should really get you out of these clothes, we were actually going to but uh we didn’t want you to feel…uncomfortable.”

I blushed and opened my mouth to say something but Harry interrupted me, “Don’t worry Aspen I was on your side I actually volunteered to get you out of your clothes.” Harry sneered at me and I shot him a dirty look daring him to open his mouth again.

“Here why don’t I just take you to the bathroom and you just get yourself sorted out,” Zayn led me to the bathroom and before I could shut the door behind me he got in himself and closed the door.

I gave him a confused look and he shook his head, “Sorry but this really is the only privacy we’ll have,” I gave him a slow nod in agreement as I fiddled with the ends of my hair, “Look, I’m so sorry for what happened on that day we went for coffee,” 

“Zayn I-“

“It was stupid of me to kiss you especially in front of those paparazzi and then what almost happened at the door was my fault as well. I’d be lying if I said this never happens, but you should know…I’m not exactly as unexperienced as I’d like to admit.” He cleared his throat and put his hands in his front pocket, a nervous gesture he seemed to do, “But I do like you Aspen and by now you should know that Liam and Harry do as well. I’m not going to pull anything on you but just know I’d be okay with any decision you make.”

My eyes darted down to my hands and then I looked up into those honey eyes of his, “Thank you for telling me Zayn I really appreciate your honesty.” He nodded without looking up and left the bathroom closing the door behind him. 

I suppressed a groan and started peeling off my clothes one by one placing it all in the sink seeing that it was all still wet. I heard my phone ding and automatically recognized it as a new message alert. Unlocking it I saw a new message from Liam

From: Liam
To: Aspen
I’m rly sorry for what happened today with u getting sick and all and us well u know kissing. It’s entirely my fault but please give me another chance to explain myself Aspen because you know I care for u right? Don’t forget that.
Sent: 4:30 pm

I resisted the urge to throw my head back and scream in annoyance. I’m pretty sure these boys are trained to woo a girl till exhaustion I mean seriously Zayn and Liam apologize? Not their best moments, I’m not going to lie. 

After stepping out of my hot shower I had a towel wrapped around me and the fog that surrounded me was so thick I could barely see my reflection in the mirror. Trying to clear the air I bumped into a hard body. Nearly screaming his hand covered my mouth.

“What do you know? Déjà vu.”

“Harry get out of the bathroom I’m not even dressed yet!” I exclaimed through his hand.

He sneered, “Welcome to my world.”

Goosebumps arose on my arm and tried to hide the fact that my breathing rate had increased at the mere presence of one arrogant douche bag. “Please Harry I need to change.” I pleaded.

“Just know one thing Aspen,” he commenced. I rolled my eyes preparing for the speech I heard twice that day, “I’m not apologizing for anything.”

My eyes widened as I tried to pry my mouth open to say something but his grip only got stronger and his proximity closer, “We kissed. I liked it. And I know you liked it too. So there’s nothing to apologize for.”

And with that being said he opened the door and left leaving me in my towel with my hair clinging to the sides of my face and my mind clearly racing at the thought that Harry was really the one who owned up to our kiss.

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