Reality ruined my life

**Complete** They've been friends since they were tots. They've grown since they were younger, but there still the same kids at heart, that would do anything for their best friend. Falling in love is near impossible when its so hard to find people you can even trust with simple secrets when your famous.Trusting someone with your heart is a big deal.When every relationship you have, whether its platonic or more, is scrutinized and analysed by millions of people, can be very intimidating. Niall would do anything to protect Rachel and have her be happy even if that means he has to watch her date his band mate. Even if that means hiding his true feelings.

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6. Chapter 5 ღ Realization

Chapter Word Count: 2,738  Overall Word Count: 14,228

Rachel's P.O.V.

The 3 weeks of walking on crutches had flown by pretty fast. In 10 days, I would be able to get my boot off. The weeks had pretty much consisted of me and Liam lounging around his flat in sweats every day or lounging around Niall’s flat watching rom-coms, as he steadily got out of plans with his girlfriend to spend time with me.

10 days later and I was finally out of my boot. Thanksgiving had come and gone. Christmas was just around the corner, along with Louis’ birthday. I had gotten my boot off in the morning and was currently racing around my room packing. Simon had given the boys, their girlfriends and I a surprise Christmas present. We were going to stay in the Bahamas till the 29th when we would then fly out to New York to play after the ball dropped. I was so excited. We also had a few concerts to play while we were in the Bahamas but they were small gigs.

Nonetheless I was pumped. I was flying around my room throwing all the necessary clothing into my Suitcases. I had fit everything perfectly into my two suitcases. I then threw my phone, I pad, and any other necessities into my carry on.

I lugged my suitcases down the stairs one by one, till they were sitting next to my front door. I set my carry on down and jogged up the stairs to my room. I stripped out of my clothes and threw on a pair of Niall’s joggers, and Liam’s batman tee-shirt. I grabbed my ray bans and then headed back to the front door. Slipping on my toms, I swung the door open, tugging my luggage behind me. Blowing my hair out of my face, I tugged my suitcases to the front steps, and once I was about to carry them down the steps, the weight was taken out of my hand. I looked up quickly to see a smiling Niall in similar attire to mine; taking both my suitcases at once down the steps and dragging them to the boot of the car. There were 3 range rovers parked out front, to take us to the airport. Security was also coming to make sure we got there safely and Paul was coming to watch over us in case fans found out our locations.

I grabbed my carry on from inside the house, locked the door behind me and scurried down the pathway to Liam, who was moving things around in the boot of the car. I threw my carry on top of our suitcases, finally shutting the full boot. Liam, Niall and I climbed inside the rover, where it instantly purred to life and pulled off the curb, the other 2 falling right behind us. I lent my head against Liam’s shoulder, plugging my head phones in and letting the music overwhelm me. Niall Liam and I were in one rover because amber couldn’t come on the trip, Zayn and Perrie were in the second one, and Harry, Louis and Eleanor were in the last one.

***

A half hour later we were at the airport. Security loaded our luggage up fairly quickly, and we were through airport security in no time. Boarding the plane early to avoid any one recognizing us. Liam was sat in the window seat, me in the middle and Niall in the isle seat, Louis and Eleanor behind us, Zayn and perrie in front of us, and Harry in the row across from ours.

***

The flight felt like it flew by. No pun intended. We had landed and had already gone through border control, baggage claim and were piling into the 4 range rovers sent to pick us up and to take us to our resort.

When we reached the resort, we found out we had our own modern beach houses to stay in. There were 3 of them so we split up into groups, by who we rode with to the airport. We all trudged into our own houses. Right when I set my suitcase down I heard a scream come from Harry’s cabin. I ran out the door and headed towards the house next door. Upon reaching the open door, the boys and Perrie were all behind me. Standing in the entryway being attacked by Harry’s lips was Cher.

“CHER!” I screamed. Running over to the embracing couple and shoving Harry off of her to tackle her to the ground in a giant bear hug.

“Oh my god. I missed you so much. I have so much to tell you” I squealed into her shoulder. We giggled and squealed a little more till someone promptly lifted me off of Cher on the floor. I felt arms pull me into a firm chest and immediately I knew it was Liam.

“Babeee… Put me down” I whined making grabby hands at Cher who was being held back by a frowning Harry. She was making the same gestures as me and squirming around, whining to harry.

“You really don’t want to spend time with your BOYFRIEND who you haven’t seen in 5 months?” harry pouted. Cher stopped squirming and sent me an apologetic look.

“We’ll hang out later, ok?” she said softly.

“Okay.” I smiled then let Liam walk us out the door along with the rest of the couples. We all went back to our respective cabins.

Liam and I unpacked our things in our room which was across from Niall’s and made sure we had everything. “Want to go for a swim?” I asked holding up our bathing suits. Liam smiled and nodded his head, reaching out and grabbing his swim trunks before walking into the bathroom to change.

“Why do guys clothes have to be so comfortable?” I questioned while pulling my bandeau top over my head and situating it so it sat perfectly, I pulled my bathing suit bottoms on then turned back to Liam who was exiting the bathroom with two towels in his hands, silently shaking his head.

Liam reached out his hand to lace his fingers with mine, but before he could I had walked out the door calling out over my shoulder, “I’m going to go see if Niall wants to go swimming to. I’ll meet you out there”.

Across the hall I began banging on Niall’s door as Liam scurried out of the room and out the front door. As soon as I heard the door swing shut behind Liam, I lent my head against Niall’s door letting out a frustrated sigh. Then began to continuously bang my head on Niall’s door. Things just weren’t the same with Liam anymore. I didn’t know if it was how I felt or we were just growing apart but I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t having these feelings that I should be feeling with Liam, with Liam anymore. There were no more butterflies. I had no idea what to do. When I was about to bang my head one more time, the door swung open and I tumbled into a sleepy Niall.

“Ouch. Sorry.” I mumbled rubbing the soon to be forming bump on my forehead. Niall didn’t really seem faced at all, yawning into his hand then stretching his arms over his head while asking ‘what I wanted’.

“Oh yeah, I wanted to know if you wanted to go for a swim with Liam and I?” I asked as Niall rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, nodding Niall let me into his room, where I simply flopped onto his unmade bed, as he searched through his suitcases that were strewn across the ground. His blankets smelt like his cologne. Taking a deep whiff I snuggled in the blankets that smelt like home and brought a smile to my face. I heard a door close and then the bed dip. A hand landed on my back, drawing my attention to Niall who was now sat next to me in his swim trunks.

“Ok, I’m ready to go.” He said. He was definitely wide awake now. Nodding I disentangled myself from the comforting blankets. Pulling my ray bans down over my eyes I walked out with Niall at my side. We silently walked across the sand to an umbrella with three loungers underneath it. I lied my towel down on the chair next to Liam’s towel and Niall sat his down on the other chair next to mine. The sun was setting in the background, the light reflecting off of the water.

Niall began moving towards the water calling over his shoulder asking, “You coming in?”

“Yeh in a minute,” I said before sitting down next to Liam.

“So…”

“We need to talk.” I said quietly, Liam simply nodded his head before letting out a small sigh.

“I knew this day would come. I can see it your eyes that I’m not who you want to be with. I’m not what you need right now. You need someone like Niall, and I… I can’t be that, no matter how much I try. And I guess I’m still not over Danielle. I thought I was, but I just miss her a lot.” I gave his hand a tight squeeze, letting him know to continue and that everything was going to be okay.

“We’re not what each other needs right now, and we know there are people close to us that could be those people we need.” He said quietly.

“I know… And I hope you can get Danielle back. I want you to be happy. You deserve it. Just promise me everything will be okay between us right?”

“Of course it will Rache. Good luck with Niall, he’s a lucky boy and he doesn’t know what he’s missing if he doesn’t realize what’s right in front of him.” He said giving my hand one final squeeze before standing up. “I’m going to go call Dani and try to talk to her.”

Nodding I let him gather his towel and book before heading towards the house, “Liam.” I called.

“Yeah?” He called turning around.

“Good luck and thank you… for everything.”

“No problem.” He smiled before continuing to the house. Sighing I turned back towards the water where Niall was standing watching the sunset, the tide lapping up at his ankles. I stood up from the chair before making my way over to Niall. Upon reaching him I lent my head against his shoulder, sighing. He wrapped his arm around my shoulder before letting out a long sigh.

“What’s wrong Ni?”

“Amber broke up with me yesterday.”

“Liam and I just broke up,” I said breaking the silence that had filled that air at Niall's little announcement.

“Oh my god Rache I’m so sorry, are you okay?”

“Ni, It’s fine trust me. It was a mutual agreement. And I should be the one asking if you were okay.”

“Yeah I’m fine… I guess we just… grew apart…I don’t really know what happened.”

“Ok.” I said quietly. “Come on I’ll race ya.” I said before giving his shoulder a light shove and racing into the water, letting laughter fall from my lips. I could hear Niall cackling behind me as he raced through the water after me. And before I knew it I was being tackled into the water from behind. When I came up for air wiping rogue hair out of my way, I saw a soaked Niall clutching at his sides in silent laughter.

I smirked before splashing water at him, and running through the water as quickly as I could, Niall chasing after me once again. Just as Niall was about to reach me a wave tumbled over his body, just making it before the wave could catch me I ran till I was in calf deep water where I sped up till I was flying out of the water. I turned my head quickly to see Niall just come up for air, he was still at thigh deep water. I threw my head back and let out a high cackle as I continued sprinting up the shore towards Zayn and Perrie’s beach house. I banged repeatedly on the door. Screaming my head off because Niall had finally got out of the water and he was now charging at me with a giant grin on his face.

Squealing louder and hitting the door harder, Perrie finally swung the door open with a panicked look on her face. “Wha-“I cut her off by racing in the door, and throwing it shut and locking it behind me. “Don’t let Niall in!” I screamed over my shoulder as I raced through the house towards the back door. Just as I slid the back door open I heard Niall pounding on the front door yelling at perrie to open the door, who was standing on the other side, smiling amusedly through the glass windows at Niall. I raced down the pathway that connected their beach house with Liam, Niall and I’s. I pulled our back door open and slammed and locked it shut behind me.

I immediately went into the bathroom and peeled my bathing suit off. I threw it on the floor making a note to hang it out to dry later. I hopped in the shower where my shampoo, conditioner and body wash already sat waiting for me. I closed the sliding door and turned the water up to the perfect temperature. I washed my hair out of all the salt, and sand. I then scrubbed my body down, letting the sand wash away. Once I was 100% sand free I pulled the shower door open, and climbed out. Wiping the condensation off of the mirror I grabbed my bathing suit off the floor and threw it in the sink, washing it out. I squeezed all the access water out of it before hanging it on the towel rack.

I grabbed a towel off the counter and wrapped it around me before exiting the bathroom, in time for a very sandy Niall to open the front door. I quickly scurried into my empty room while Niall walked past me to enter the bathroom I just exited.

I quickly changed into a pair of Niall’s joggers I had stolen from his bag earlier along with one of his tee-shirts. Picking up the wet towel I threw it into the laundry basket before I scurried past the bathroom and into Niall’s room. I didn’t think it would be a smart idea to be spending the night in the same bed as Liam, after everything that happened.

I continued over to the bed, climbing in on Niall’s side, letting the cloud like sheets engulf me and lull me into a peaceful nap as I waited for Niall to finish his shower.

***

I woke up to Niall nudging my shoulder, smiling down at me with a little smile on his face. “What are you doing Rache?” he asked quietly.

“I was waiting for you to get out of the shower, and I didn’t want to share a bed with Liam tonight, and the bed just looked so comfy. It was calling my name. I was only going to rest my eyes. I didn’t mean to fall asleep” I yawned rubbing my bleary eyes tiredly, curling in more to the warm sheets. “It’s so comfy Ni. Like a giant cloud” I added sleepily, snuggling my head deeper into the pillow that Niall had definitely brought from his flat and smelt like his cologne. Niall just laughed lightly before telling me to budge over, which I did, lying in the center of the bed with Niall’s pillow under my head. I was lulled to sleep once again but this time by the knowledge of Niall next to me, his breathing evening out and the whispered, “Night Rache” that was sent my way. I didn’t have a chance to reply because sleep had already overcome me and my breath was coming out at a steady pace.

Maybe Liam was right. Liam wasn’t who I needed. I need this, I need Niall. Someone that makes me feel safe and at home whenever their around. Someone who no matter what, as long as they’re around I’m happy and smiling. Someone who would drop everything just to take care of me. And Liam just couldn’t do that. Maybe Niall is that person.

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