Jolly Holiday

Shelbie was a fashion designer. Very low key, living in upper Manhattan with her junkie brother. Then she got her big break. And that big break, went by One Direction.


10. Chasing

I danced around like a lunatic backstage with Danielle and my assistant, Breanne. We sang out loud to the songs and tried to keep it goofy and relaxed when the boys ran back to change costumes. But the last act of the show came, and my jaw literally hit the floor.

"Now, we'd appreciate it," Louis called to the crowd, "If you would welcome our lovely ladies into the stage; Shelbs, Danielle, Katie."

The music began to play and for the first time that night the crowd went dead silent. As I filed onto the stage beside Danielle, I saw Zayn trying to pull a girl from the audience, whom I assumed to be Katie.

"We do it all, everything
On our own,
We don't need anything
Or anyone,"

Well, this would've been a lovely gesture, had I known what to do. Do I go to my fake boyfriend, or Niall?

"If I lay here,
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world,"

I decided to cut my losses, knowing that I looked particularly stupid, standing like a deer in headlights in the middle of the stage. I made my way over to Louis and looped my arms around his neck

"Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads,"

Just like that, Harry finished the song. I could see him standing in center stage with his arm looped around some random fan girl's waist.

And beyond Harry, I could see Niall glaring in our direction. He was seething.

Well, crap.

"Would you care to explain what happened out there?" Niall barked, as soon as he'd ran off the stage. I'd taken cover in my trailer; far, far away from the screams of fans and the catcalls from the photographers.

"I will explain it later. Right now you need to get read for your interview session." I insisted, trying to shrug it off as no big deal. Not working.

"No. I don't want to talk about this later. We're going to talk about it now. Is there something going on between you and Lou?" I could tell he wanted to talk about this just as much as I did. Which wasn't much, "Because I thought we had a thing."

"No, we do!" I insisted, "We do have a - thing." For lack of a better word. Words just seemed to escape me for some reason. Not helping my case.

"Well, then what was that on stage? You were all over Louis like white on rice." He was right. I was trying to lay it in thick.

"Lou and I have a deal." I admitted.

"What kind of a deal?" Niall asked, "Clearly something you couldn't discuss with me."

"We're fake together."

His face contorted into one of absolute confusion, "What?"

"He offered to be my fake boyfriend so that I could keep touring with you guys."

"Keep talking. I'm still confused." I knew he wasn't angry anymore. Now he just wanted to understand.

"Manager fired me. I knew that Danielle got to go on your with you guys because she's with Liam. So Louis suggested that we fake date so that I could stay on." I concluded.

"And it didn't occur to you to ask me?" Now the hurt. He was upset. Great, "After all, we do have a ... thing."

"Look, it was impulsive and stupid. I was a sobbing mess when Manager told me I was fired." and so begins the rambling, "I didn't know where we stood, but I knew I didn't want to leave. So, I just... I don't know. I said yes. But it's not like it means anything. I swear! He's my best friend, nothing else."

"See, I believe you, but I don't know how this can turn out to be anything but awkward for all of us."

"It won't be awkward. It's not like we have to be fake dating all the time, right? In public, I'll just stand a little closer to Louis and everyone will think we're together. The rest of the time, we can keep doing...whatever it is we're doing."

"So if I were to ask if we could hang out tonight, just the two of us-"

"Then you could come over to my trailer and we could cook. Well, I could cook and you could set the table." I said with a hopeful smile.

"Deal." I could tell Niall was still a little edgy about the whole thing. He wrapped an arm around my waist and pecked my cheek nevertheless. I turned to face him more fully before wrapping my arms around his neck and kissing him full on the lips. Darn him for being such a good kisser.

It probably would have gone further than just a really... really good kiss, had the trailer door not swung open, "Shelbs, we need to-" Louis' eyes grew huge as I furiously tried to disentangle myself from Niall, "Ooookay, not something I wanted to see."

"Well then learn to knock!" I squeaked in embarrassment. I had never really been one for public displays of affection, "What do you want, Lou?"

"I figured I could escort my fake girlfriend into the interview." he said, extending a hand for me to take.

I looked to Niall to make sure he was fine with it and sure enough he gave me a nod, "Yeah, yeah. I should probably get going as well."

I swear Niall has his eyes on the two of us the entire time. As reporter after reporter filed through, asking many of the same questions over and over again and I had to pretend to be attracted to Louis- Okay, it wasn't that difficult, but still...

Yeah, maybe this was going to be more awkward than I thought.
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