Holding on to what I have

Layla looks like any other teenage girl, she's pretty with long brown hair and green eyes. She's smart and has plenty of friends. But that's just the outside, on the inside she's breaking. Her parents just got a divorce and she lives with her dad who abuses her. Her mom just moved to London, Layla has had enough and she runs away and goes to her mother's house. While she's there she runs into the one and only Zayn Malik. She becomes friends with hum, but it seems like there is a romance brewing between him and her. Will she be too scared to let him into her life? Or will she finally open up to someone and let them in, let them help her with everything that has happened.


9. Date

We walked into a cute little cafe and sat down, we were far out on the outskirts of London. I was looking at all the beautiful lights when I caught Zayn staring at me, "What?" I ask with a little giggle. "Nothing." He says. He picks a menu and starts looking at the food. I feel my phone buzz and I look at it,

Lay where were you today?? No one knows where you are! ~Jackie

Oh crap, I forgot to talk to Jackie. I hurried to reply to Jackie because I didn't want Zayn to see me texting and think I was rude. 

Srry! I got a call from an old friend and I'm visiting them. I prob wont be back for a while. ~Lay

:I checked the time and turned off my phone. It was only 7:30. I took my menu and started reading it, nothing on the menu was really expensive. When the waiter came over we ordered. He took our menu's and walked back into the kitchen.

"So, where are you from?" Zayn asks me. 

"Brighton, it's not too far from here." I say.

"Oh, when did you move here?" He asks. Great, I really didn't want to lie to him.

"Um, I recently came here to be with my mum. My parents divorced about a year ago and my mum moved here. I didn't really like being with my dad." I try to say it as casually as possible.

"I'm sorry. Do you have any siblings?" He asks.

I shake my head, "No, I wish." I give him a small smile. "What about you? Any siblings?" 

He looks at me with a puzzled expression, "You don't know?" He asks.

"Honestly, no. I'm not really a fan." I say.

"Huh, well I have three sisters." He says.

"So, um how long have you and Kelli been friends? You guys seem like you are really close." 

"Actually, we meet last night. I um, meet her at the bus station." I say and look away.

"Wait, did you just move here last night?" He asks bewildered. 

"Yeah," I say. I look at him. His eyes stare into mine, like he's looking into me. Like he can see my past in my eyes. I blink and look away.

"Is there something your not telling me?" He asks. Great, how does he do that?

"No, nothing important." I say. Ugh, now I just made it sound like it's none of his business, it isn't but they way I said it makes it sound like I was mad.

"Oh, okay." He say looking down.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean it like that. I just, I have a lot going through my mind right now." I say.

"Well, enlighten me." He says.

Not wanting to be rude I tell him parts that won't make him suspicious, "Well you know that my parents have been divorced for a year, well my mum left when they got a divorce and I hadn't seen her since then. Until last night, it's just awkward between us because she feels like she walked out on me and I feel like I don't know her and she doesn't know me."

He stares at me, "Why didn't you tell me that earlier! I wouldn't have made you go out with me if I knew you wanted to spend time with your mum!" He says. Now he felt bad.

"No, you didn't make me come here with you. And my mum had to work late anyway. And well, honestly, I don't know if I really wan tot talk about what happened with my mum." I say.

"Are you glad that you came here with me tonight?" He asks with a smile. I laugh.

"I think so, I think we should get to know each other. Become friends." I say. His face fell, I didn't want to be more than friends, not now. My life was so complicated and I knew that his probably was too. No matter what I felt for him, I knew I couldn't let him in, he would only get hurt.

"Okay," We were interrupted by the waiter bringing us our food. He placed them in front us us and asked us if there was anything we needed. We shook our heads no and he walked away.

"How come you ordered you salad with no meat?" He asked curiously.

"I'm a vegetarian." I say. He laughs. "What's funny about that?" I ask.

"Oh, I could never be a vegetarian. How long have you been one?" He asks.

I have to think about it, "I think three years." I finally say. We talk to rest of the night and he offers to pay the bill, I of course won't let him pay for me.

After we ate we walked across the street to a little pond, we sat on a bench and just looked at they sky and talked about random stuff.



"So did you have a good time tonight?" He asks as we get closer to my flat.

"Yeah, I did. Maybe we could do this again sometime." I say with a smile. I hope he wasn't getting the wrong idea.

"Yeah, maybe." I look over and again I see more paparazzi. "Great." I mutter to Zayn. He looks over and sees them.

"I won't let them hurt you." He says. I hold his arm again as we walk by, scared that they might start asking us a million questions again. 

They follow us this time keeping a little distance, we come up to my flay and Zayn looks at me with sad eyes. "So I guess this is good-bye." He says.

I giggle, "For now." I say. I see that they are getting closer and taking a bunch of pictures of us, "They are so annoying. I whisper. 

"Believe me, I know." He says. I can't help but laugh, "You know you have to cutest laugh." He says.

"Thanks." I say. I see them getting really close no, too close for my comfort. "Well, I guess I should be going." I say.

"Bye." He says.

"Bye." I give him a little hug and walk up to the building  I take one look behind me and see him wave to me. I wave back and go inside. A smile breaks across my face when I get inside the elevator. I lean back against the wall as it goes up, thinking about tonight. <3



**A/N** Thanks so much to everyone who has read this! I really hope you like this! A little more drama is soon to come. Only Harry is left single. Well good night people!!

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