Alex is and always will be a California girl. When her mom is relocated to London, it feels like her world is turned upside down. How is she supposed to start her senior year in a new school half way across the world? She’ll have to leave everything behind and start anew. Some things however, she is glad will be left behind. But when she meets a certain dark haired pop star, will things change for better or worse? Alex has been insecure ever since a wonderful relationship gone wrong. Will the mysterious Zayn from One Direction mend her broken heart, or will Alex forever be deemed BROKEN?


4. Secret Revealed

"Ready," I said, walking up to Zayn's side.

"Then let's go!"  He exclaimed.  He grabbed my hand and pulled me out the door.

"Excited are we?"  I giggled.

Zayn laughed, "I just want you to meet the boys!  I know they'll love you."

I purposely walked slower just to see what he'd do and he pouted dramatically.  "Why are you walking so slow?  Time is a wasting!  I'm not getting any younger here," Zayn complained.

"Carry me," I joked.  I didn't think he's actually listen, but he quickly turned around and hunched over.

"Hop on," he said, patting his back.

"Zayn, I was only kidding," I laughed.

"Well if it helps us get there faster then I'll gladly give you a piggy back ride," he responded.

As if sensing my hesitation Zayn said, "I won't drop you.  I promise.  Don't you trust me?"

And the weird part?  I did.  I trusted him so comppletely now that it took me by surprise.  Without further hesitation, I took a few steps back and jumped onto his back.  "Feel free to drop me if I get t oheavy," I whispered into his neck.

He shivered and turned his head to look me in the eyes, "Never."

I smiled, sure that he wouldn't drop me and pecked his lips quickly.  "Mush!"  I shouted, poitning in th direction I assumed we were going.  Zayn immediately started sprinting and barking away.

"Your crazy!"  I laughed over his barking.  His house was only four away from mine, so he didn't have to run very far, but we did get a weird looking from an old couple passing by.  We finally made it to Zayn's house and I could feel his rapidly beating heart.  My chin was resting in the crook of hus neck and if possible, his heart beat even faster when I rested me cheek agaisnt his.

"Thanks for the ride, but you can let me go now," I said, my voice slightly muffled because I nuzzled my face into his neck.

"That's okay," Zayn panted, "I kind of like this position."  He tightened his grip on my thighs, sliding his hands up a few inches, and pulled me even closer to his body.

He gave the door a few good kicks and yelled, "Oi! Open up, I've got a heavy load here." 

"Hey!"  I prptested.  He just grinned at me and waited for the door to open.  Harry opened the door and laughed at Zayn's tired face.  Zayn rushed passed Harry and was about to throw me on the couch.

"Wait," Harry said, "Niall is on..."

"Ahh!"  I screamed when I landed on a soft body.

"The couch," Harry finished with a wry smile.

"Well hello there," a thick Irish accent said.  My head had fallen next to his and his hands were placed on my waist tightly.  I lifted my eyes to look at the bluest eyes I have ever seen.

"Hi," I giggled.  I had to admit, he was very good looking, but Zayn was the only one I had eyes for.

"Alright, alright, don't get too cozy," Zayn ,u,bled.  He came around to help me up and I smiled at the jealous look on his face.

"Sorry mate," Niall blushed, as he released me from his grip.

I carefully stood up and took Zayn's offered hand.  He pulled me to his side possesively and I giggled at the fact that he got jealous so easily.  "Don't be jealous," I whispered into his ear.  I went on my tip toes and kissed his with enough passion to get MY head to spin.

Zayn smiled into the kiss and pulled away first.  He pecked me on the lips and finally turned to face the boys.  "Do you guys need a minute alone?"  Harry asked.

"I'm just going to give Alex a tour of the house," Zayn said, taking my hand and jogging me up the stairs.

"Zayn," I smacked his chest, "you're going to give them the wrong idea!"

"oh, I'm just kidding," Zayn chuckled, "I'm just bringing you to my room so you can leave your bag here."  He led me to the first door on the left and opened it with a grand flourish.  I giggled at his theatrics and entered the room first.  It was a typical guy room; the bed was unmade and there were a few articles of clothing lying around the room.

"You should also slip into your bathing suit," Zayn said with a mischievous glint in his eye, "we'll go in in a bit."

"Then you should probable leave so I can get dressed," I told him.

"Do I have to?" Zayn pouted.

"Yes," I said, pointing to the door.

"Fine," Zayn relented, "I'm going to get something to drink.  Do you want anything?"

"No I'm okay," I said.  He nodded and quietly shut the door behind him.  I waited a few seconds before slipping out of my clothes and into the black bikini.  As I was reaching for my top the door flew open and one of Zayn's friends that I never met came barging in.

"Zayn where..."  He abrubtly quieted down and his eyes widened at my naked torso.  I yelped in surprise and turned around, covering my front.

"I'm sor-"  He trailed off again, this time to take in a shocked breath.

"Your back," he whispered, "what happened?"

"Just get out please," I whispered, teard springing to my eyes.  I clutched my knees to my chest and cried quietly.

After a few minutes there was a knock at the door.  "Alex, are you okay?"  Zayn asked, sounding a bit concerned.

I quickly tied my top, put my coverup on, and put it into place just as Zayn opened the door.  "Hey, why are you crying?"  Zayn asked, immediately coming to my side and brushing my tears away.

"Oh, its nothing," I smiled, thinking of a quick excuse, "just embarrassed tears over your friend seeing me topless."

Zayn visibly relaxed, but it looked like he didn't quite believe me.  "I'm sorry about that, Louis didn't know you were in here."

"It's okay, don't worry about it," I stood up and put my clothes away, "Lets get in that jacuzzi already!  I'm freezing."

"Ok, let me put on some trunks.  Do me a favor and grab us some towels from the hallway closet," Zayn said, pointing across the hall.

"No problem," I said, closing the door behind me.  Once I was out in the hall, I took a few calming breaths before retrieving the towels.  I mentally went over how I was going to explain myself to Zayn.  I don't know how I was going to tell him and all the other boys without crying.  I know it wasn'y my fault, but I still felt disgusted with myself.  Why me, I thought to myself.

"You didn't have to wait for me," Zayn said, snapping me out of my thoughts with the sight of his bare chest.

I tore my eyes away from his chest and smiled at him.  "Zayn, how are you with secrets?"  I asked, completely throwing him off.

He interlaced out hands togther and contemplated his answer as we walked down the stairs.  "Well," he started, "I don't like them.  But I guess if you have a good enough reason to keep one, I wouldn't mind.  Why, is there something you want to tell me?"

I looked up at him and saw that he was teasing, but his eyes had a worried glint to them.  "Well, that;s what I wanted to talk to you about," I started, stopping at the bottom of the stairs, "I know you can tell how distant I am sometimes and its for good reason.  A few months ago-"

"Hey Alex, I'm really sorry about barging in on you.  Especially since we haven't properly met.  I'm Louis," he said, holding out his hand.

I shook his hand hesitantly, "It's nice to meet you."

"And I'm Liam," a boy with shortish brown hair said, "It's nice to finally meet you.  Zayn has been going on and on about you all morning."

"Really?"  I asked, looking at Zayn to find him blushing at the ground.

"So Zayn," Harry said, "how does it feel knowing Louis got to see your girlfriends breasts before you did?"  I looked up surprised and started giggling at the murderous expression on Zayn's face.

"You're so dead," Zayn said before chasing Harry throughout the house.  I heard a back door open and then a splash.

"Do they always act like this?"  I asked generally.

"Only when its about something important," Liam said, smiling slyly at me.  I blushed and looked away.

"Come one," Niall said,lets go wait for those two knuckl heads in the jacuzzi."

I followed them outside to what looked to be a smaller house.  The inside was well furnished and cozy.  The jacuzzi was in one corner while a bar and snack area lied in the other.  I hesitated in the doorway while the boys enthusiastically  splashed in.  "Come on Alex," Liam said, "the waters great!"  My lips automatically tilted up into a smile because they looked like such little boys, enjoying and splashing around in the water.

I took a small step forward, but then I was suddenly knocked over.  I groaned when I felt a warm body land on my back.  "Oh, I'm so sorry babe!  I was running from Harry," Zayn apologized.

"No worries," I said as he helped me up, "but now you totally owe me a message later."  The boys were laughing a t Zayn's clumsiness and now a chorus of oohh's errupted after I said that.

"Oh shut it," Zayn mumbled as we walked over to the boys.

Zayn and Harry started getting in the jacuzzi, but Zayn looked back when I didn't follow.  "Well aren't you coming?"  He chuckled.

"Oh y-yeah," I stuttered nerviously.  I looked over at Louis and saw that he was looking at me somewhat nerviously.

"Alex whats wrong?"  Zayn asked, getting out and taking my hands in his.  Oh great, now all the boys were staring at me curiously, making this even more awkward.

"I just..." I started, "See for yourself."  I turned my back to them and took off my coverup.  As soon as they could see my back, they all gasped.  Apart from Louis who merely winced and looked away.

I turned back around to stare into their shocked faces.  I felt Zayn youching one of the many scars on my back.  "What happened?"  He asked.

I sighed and sat down in a nearby chair.  "Would you like the long version or the short version?"  I asked.

"Just start from the beginning," Zayn said gently.

I closed my eyes, willing myself to stay composed.  I opened my eyes, but kept them trained on the floor.  "Well it all kind of started when I met this guy about 8 months ago.  He was what every girl wanted.  He was popular, handsome, smart, and SUPPOSEDLY a gentleman, but after about 5 months of us dating, I found out he was anything but.

Jason was getting really jealous and territorial.  The first time he hit me, he swore it was an accident, and the stupid part?  I believed him.  One day we went hiking and we found an abandoned cabin.  We decided to stay and have a 'romantic picnic'," I said, using air quotes.  I shook my head in disgust at how naive I was.


"I know what you did slut," Jason said.

I whipped around and looked at him with shock.  "What are you talking about?"  I asked.

"Jessica told me that you hooked up with Andrew.  I see the way you two look at each other.  How could you sleep around with one of my friends?"  Jason roared.

"I didn't I swear!"  I said, "Why would you listen to Jessica?  I'm with you and only uou."

He stalked towards me and I backed away in fear.  "Please don't hurt me ," I whimpered.

He lightly carressed my cheek and smiled down at me.  I looked up with hope in my eyes, but it vanished quickly when he roughly grabbed me by the throat.  "I'm going to make you regret every betraying me," Jason hissed in my ear.

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I let out a shaky breath and focused my eyes on Zayn.  "He trapped me there and tortured me all night.  All those scars are because of him.  And I couldn't exactly cry out for help.  We were high up in the mountains, nobody would have heard me scream.

And believe me, I screamed and screamed, but nobody ever came.  THe sick bastard took joy in my pain.  When I saw that me screams motivated him, I stopped.  I just gave up.  I didn't make a single noise and that pissed him off so much, but I didn't give in.  He finally let me sleep for a few hours, but I couldn't.  I stayed awake; scared that he might do something to me in my sleep.

When he woke up, he wasn't just hunry for my blood.  He tied me to the bed and h-he ripped off all my clothes and s-s-t-tarted touching me," I sobbed, unable to control it anymore.  Zayn was immediately by my side while the boys sat motionless in the tub.  He murmured soothing words into my ear and rubbed my back in soothing circles.

After a few minutes of blubbering on my part, I composed myself enough to complete my story.  "I struggled and screamed with all my might.  This time, just as Jason was going to scar me far more than an injury might, we heard loud knocks on the door.  Jason immediately stopped and started putting his clothes on to flee out the back door.

Just as he was ready to leave, the door flew open and a woman and two men came in.  The men quickly averted their eyes and chased after Jason while the woman came over to me and untied my arms and legs.  She covered me with a sheet and tried to talk to me, but my mind wasn't in it anymore.  I just didn't want to deal with any questions so my body shut down and I fainted.  The doctor also said it was because I hadnt eaten and the shock finally took over.  The last thing I remember seeing was the womans worried face."  I finished.

I gripped Zayn's hand as silent tears slid down my face.  He wiped them away before gently kissing my cheeks and lips.  "I;m so sorry about what that prick did to you.  You did nothing wrong and didn't deserve any of it," Zayn whispered, "What happened to him?"

I took a deep breath, "Well, the evidence was pretty damning, so he spent the last few months in juvie.  Unfortunately, they are letting him out soon, so that's partly why we moved here.  My mom didn't want me to be around him."

I sudden;y felt four extra sets of arms wrapo around me and looked up to find all the boys giving me a group hug.  I smiled through my tears and let myself feel cared for.  I pulled away and smiled hesitantly, "Sorry for unleashing this on you so soon.  What a lousy first impression huh?"

"Not at all," Liam said kindly, "you've beem through a lot, it shows that you're a fighter."

"And Zayn needs a girl like you in his life," Harry said, lightly slapping Zayn on the back.

I smiled at Harry and wiped the rest of the tears from my face.  "I think I might need him too," I smiled.

Zayn P.O.V

"I think I might need him to," Alex said.  When she said that, my heart started beating faster, and I got a warm feeling in my stomach.  I know I sound like a girl right now, but Alex makes me feel like no other and I'm glad she feels the same.  I'm glad she trust me enough to share her past with me.  I'm going to make her feel loved and cared for to try and make up for her horrible past.

"Come on babe, lets get you in the water.  You're freezing!"  I said.  I picked her up bridal style and carried her over to the jacuzzi.

"Wait me first!"  Louis exclaimed.

"Hey, let me!"  Harry yelled back.

"Louis that was my foot!"  Liam complained.

"Guys watch out," Niall exclaimed.

Alex tightened her hold on my neck because we got jostled a bit.  I sighed, the boys were already back to their silly ways.  "Watch out guys!  I've got a precious load here," I yelled over their theatrics.  They immediately stepped out of the way and were quiet as I stepped into the jacuzzi and set Alex in my lap.

"You may resume," I said with a smile.  Pushing and shooving once again resumed.

"Louis you're still on my foot!"  Liam yelled.

"Just get in the damn tub already!"  Alex finally yelled.  We both started laughing at their surprised faces and watched as they filed into the jacuzzi.  Everything went smoothly after that.  The boys loved Alex just as much as I predicted, even more so then I thought.  Alex was laughing at something one of the boys said when she froze under my touch.

I realized I was unconsciously running my fingers over one of her rough scars.  I stopped and kissed her below the ear.  "You.  Are.  Beautiful."  I said, making sure to ennunciate every word, so that she wouldn't doubt them.

She relaxed and leaned into my touch.  That's when it hit me.  I knew there were bad people out there, but the guy that did this to Alex must have been pretty fucked up in the head.  I tightened my arms around her, ready to protect her at a moments notice.  In that moment, I made a vow.

I would protect Alex and always be at her side when she needs me.  I have never beem so serious about something in my entire life.

A/N: Sorry it took so long guys! I apologize in advance for any typos.Hope you enjoyed it!




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