Love At First Sight

Rachel was a normal 16 year old girl, her life was perfect. She had everything she could have possibly asked for; a boyfriend, a best friend, and and awesome dad. Then everything changed with the blink of an eye when an incident that happened 2 years ago come back to haunt her.

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9. Didn't See This Coming

Rachel’s P.O.V

Once we got our ice cream we all decided to go to a nearby park to kill some time. The car ride was silent; I guess everyone was still thinking about my story. I know I was. They’re probably beginning to realize I’m actually crazy; I’m surprised they haven’t figured that out already. I’m damaged beyond repair. Sure people try to help me, like Hannah and my dad, but even they don’t know how afraid I am. I try to put on a good front, but sometimes I slip and bring others down with me. Like Jared.

My thoughts were interrupted when the rumbling of the car suddenly stopped. We all got out of the car one by one, followed by the sound of slamming car doors. Harry was the first to get out of the car and he ran straight over to the swings with Niall following right behind him. Hannah and I laughed at them as we slowly made our way to the nearest bench to enjoy our ice cream.

When I knew the boys were out of hearing distance I turned to Hannah. “So? Tell me all about you and Harry.” I prompted.

“Well I really like him.” She said licking her ice cream.

“Sure, Sure. He obviously likes you too. I knew that. I want to know the details though! Are you dating? Has he kissed you yet? What happened when you stayed at his house?” I encouraged her.

“I don’t really know if we’re dating yet or not. So I guess that’s a no? Yes to the second question. And nothing serious, it was only the first date. When we got to his house I met his mom, step dad, and sister. They’re all very nice and welcoming. And we went up to his room and just watched movies all night.” She boasted about every detail about her and Harry until someone sat down beside me. I figured it was Niall so I turned to him with a smile, and it quickly faded when I saw it wasn’t him. The man beside me had dark brown hair that was about the length of Harrys, but his wasn’t curly. His eyes were an ugly color green and he wore jeans with one too many holes with a sweatshirt that was obviously too big to fit his scrawny figure. I looked over at Hannah and there was someone sitting beside her too. He also had the same caramel colored hair, but his was wavy and very short. His long, basketball shorts were worn just below his butt, the classical thug-wanna-be. The two unfamiliar faces continued to stare at us with smiles plastered on their faces; while Hannah and I, unsuccessfully, tried to ignore them.

I finally got annoyed and turned to the boy beside me. “Excuse me, can I help you?” I asked nicely but with a hint of sarcasm.

“Why, yes. Yes you can.” He smiled at me and his eyes shifted between me and Hannah a few times.

“Actually I don’t think you boys can. We were just leaving.” Hannah said as she stood up, grabbing my arm just above the elbow, and trying to tow me along with her. I began to walk forward, Hannah still clutching to my arm, when a force from behind me tugged on my free wrist causing me to drop my ice cream.

“Oh, come one. Can’t you stay awhile?” the boy with green eyes asked with a twisted smile.

“No, our boyfriends are right over there.” I said the word ‘boyfriend’ hoping that they would back off, but it was a failed attempt. His grip on my wrist tightened, I tried to pull away but it was a futile effort.

“Dave do you care if they have boyfriends?” the one holding my wrist asked the other boy.

“No I don’t have a problem with it at all. Do you Conner?” Dave smile pleasantly at Hannah.

“Not at all.” He simply answered, taking another step towards me.

“Get Harry” I whispered to Hannah as I wiggled out of her grasp. She nodded and went to turn but was blocked by the thug-wanna-be. She tried to step around his but her grabbed her shoulder to stop her, making her drop her ice cream. “Let go of her!” I yelled and everyone in the park was looking at us. It took only a few second for Harry and Niall to reach us. Harry grabbed Hannah’s hand and pushed Dave’s hand off Hannah and gave him a back-the-hell-off sort of look.

Niall had a different strategy; he stepped between Conner and I, and instead of giving him a look Niall said what was on his mid. “Get the hell off, she obviously doesn’t want your company.” Harry turned around to look at Niall and Dave saw his chance. He blindsided Harry and he fell to the ground, letting go of Hannah’s hand. Hannah stood wide eyed as Dave began to walk where Harry was getting up.

“Ay! Get off me mate!” was all Niall said, and he was on top of Dave before he could reach Harry.  Conner saw that his chances weren’t good, so he decided to sit this fight out. Smart boy.

Hannah and I backed up from the chaos so we wouldn’t get hit. As Dave tried to punch Niall one last time Harry stepped in and pulled them apart. Conner finally decided to intervene by assisting Harry, which was very strange. Harry had his arms locked around Niall, and Conner did the same with Dave. “Niall just stop” I pleaded. He looked back at me with rage filled eyes, which quickly melted as he walked over and hugged me.

“I’m sorry.” was all he said before he grabbed my hand and led me to the car. He made a habit of grabbing my hand, but this was the first time he did it in front of someone else. Was Harry right? As impossible as it may seem, I hope with everything I have, Niall might actually feel the same for me as I do him.

The car ride home was silent, an awkward silence too. Someone turned on the radio, probably uncomfortable with the silence, and I silently thanked whoever it was. Hannah and I both sat in the back gazing out our windows looking at nothing in particular, enjoying the music. No one spoke a word the whole ride. Once we were in my driveway, Harry turned the car off. But something wasn’t right; the radio was still playing that same unfamiliar tune. I looked at Hannah and she was already staring at me with the same confused expression. I looked forward and found Niall and Harry singing with each other. Neither Hannah nor I wanted to interrupt the sweet sound of their voices, so we just and listened.

We sat in the car for what seemed like a very long time before their duet ended. Hannah and I continued to stare at them in disbelief. I was scrambling for the right words in my brain, but couldn’t find any. I tried to speak anyway. “That was…”

“What? It sounded bad?” Niall copied Harry’s worried expression.

“No not at all. It was… it was fantastic!” Hannah beamed.

“You’re just saying that.” Niall said laughing a bit.

“No, she’s right. You guys are great! Have you ever thought of auditioning for XFactor?” surly they’ve thought of it. I mean, they’re amazing!

“We’ve thought about it, but never really gone through with it.” Niall shrugged. Harry got out of the car and opened the door for Hannah. Niall did the same for me.

“You guys are really good, you could win. I think you should try this year. It’s about to have auditions isn’t it?” I asked getting the key my dad hid underneath our door mat, how original. That’s probably the first place an intruder would look for a spare key.

“You really think so?” Harry asked as he plopped down on the couch.

“Yes!”  Hannah and I answered at the same time. We just looked at each other and giggled to ourselves.

“Niall, what do you think about auditioning?” Niall nearly choked on the sandwich he just made.

“I- I don’t know. I’d have to think about it.” He was trying to hide his expression, but it was obvious he was just nervous. I’ll have to talk about it with him later tonight along with everything else I need to know.

“Just think about it for a while then. There’s no need to make any rash decisions right now.” I commanded trying to take some of his stress away, it worked. His worrisome expression was turned down a bit, but not completely.   

“Yeah she’s right, both of you need to think about it. It’s going to take a lot of time and hard work.” Hannah added. They both nodded an understanding nod in unison.

The rest of the day consisted of playing games such as Truth or Dare, Would You Rather, and random card games. We shared funny stories like the time when Niall dared Harry to streak down his road and when he was done he walked back inside, in the nude, and his parents were waiting for him in the living room. We all laughed for the rest of the night about that. After the games we decided to pop some popcorn and watch a few movies.

When we finished our third movie I looked at the time and realized how late it was. It was so easy to lose track of time when I was with them. I could easily say they were my best friends, my only friends at that. I wish we could stay here all night, but I’m sure their parents want them home. “It’s getting late, your parents are probably worried.” I said as I took the movie out of the DVD player.

“Yeah, you’re right. I should probably be getting home.” Harry stood up and stretched, as if stalling so he didn’t have to leave.

“I can drive you home since I brought you here.” Hannah offered. Harry smiled and simply nodded as he grabbed her hand to lead her out the door.

“I’ll see you guys tomorrow.” Harry said before closing the front door behind him.

Niall and I stood in silence while I tried to gather my thoughts. I had so many things to ask Niall and so little time, I decided to text Hannah in hope of extending it.

To: Hannah!! :))

“Hey, will you do me a huge favor and stall for me? I have to talk to Niall about some things and I need to do it alone. I’ll tell you about it later, just go inside and talk to his family for a while.”

Before I could lock my phone I had a message. That was fast.

From Hannah!! :))

“Yeah sure! But I want to hear EVERY detail when I get back!!”

I slipped my phone back in my pocket and looked at Niall. “Can we talk?” I began, breaking the silence.

“Sure, about what?” I went down to sit on the couch and patted the spot beside me, indicating him to sit down, so we wouldn’t be awkwardly standing up.

“Well, I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, because I appreciate it. But, why do you care so much?” I hated the way that sounded.

“What do you mean?” he was confused

“About me. I mean, no one has really cared enough to listen and if they have they thought I was insane and left running in the other direction. But you listened to all of it, every part. Yet here you sit, and you even saved me at the park.” I rambled on, I forced myself to stop gushing over every little thing he’s done.

He looked as if he didn’t know what to say. That’s either a really bad thing, or a really good thing. “I care so much because…” He looked like he was having a mental argument with himself. He sighed knowing he lost the battle. “Because I like you Rachel.” He said in such a rushed tone I could barely make out the words he said. It’s as if I lost all words in that moment, I’m glad I was sitting or I would’ve fallen over. My face turned tomato red and I had to remind myself to breath. I was scrambling for the right words in my head but everything I knew about the English language had vanished. I just sat there staring at him, wide eyed, like an idiot. Breathe I reminded myself. Speak Rachel I commanded.

“Y- You like… me?” I managed to choke out. I imagined this perfect moment so many times in my head I thought it had already occurred. I had memorized exactly what I was going to say to him. But here I am, in this dream I’m sure to wake up from soon, saying the exact opposite. I’m such an idiot.

“Yeah. I always have, ever since I saw you.” He scooted closer to me.

I mentally face palmed myself at my stupidity. “You’ve got to be kidding me.” I whispered low enough so he couldn’t hear the words.

“Oh, you don’t like me?” embarrassment and sadness stained his flawless face. Shock registered my face, how does he think that I could never like him?

I quickly shook my head. “No, I do like you a lot actually. I was just thinking how stupid I was to not tell you.”

“Why didn’t you?”

“Because I thought someone like you would never like someone like me. I was afraid of what you might have said if I told you.” I hated talking about my feelings; I found it very embarrassing and uncomfortable.

He took my hand and looked deep into my eyes, as if searching for something. “You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen and any guy would be lucky to be with you. You could have anyone and you don’t even realize it. I can’t tell you how much I love being around you, I never want to leave. I-“

“Then why did you start dating Taylor?” I asked interrupting him.

“Only because I thought you hated me so I tried to move on. We see how well that worked out.” He chuckled. “Why did you go on a date with Aiden?”

“Well that really was for Hannah, but I was also trying to get over you. I didn’t want to involve you in my crazy life. It would’ve been too selfish.” Before I could continue, something that I only dreamed of happened. A familiar, but unfamiliar, pair of soft lips was suddenly pressed against mine. I was again thankful I was sitting down. My heart was beating out of my chest and I thought it was going to explode at some point. I couldn't believe this was happening, I have to be dreaming. Or I really have gone insane and I’m just imagining this and Hannah will walk through the door seeing me search for something, or someone, that wasn't really there.

When he pulled away he kept his hand around my face as he spoke. “I don’t care what you have gone through, or what you’re still going through. It doesn't change the fact that I’ve been in love with you since the minute I saw you. I haven’t stopped thinking about you since your first day at school. And nothing that you or anyone else does is going to change my mind. And I would love to go home tonight knowing your mine and only mine. What do you day?”

I was speechless; this was no doubt a dream. It had to be, it was too good to be true. This was by far the best day of my life so far. “On one condition.” I added.

“Anything” he promised.

“You and Harry have to audition for XFactor.” I said smiling, mentally high- fiving myself.

“I promise.” And then his lips were on mine. I definitely didn't see this coming. 

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