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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10. My Life is Like a Movie

Rachel’s P.O.V

For the past month, since Niall and I began dating, (I still have trouble calling him my boyfriend. It all seems too good to be true) it’s been painfully boring. Hannah and I have done nothing but sit around and watch movies. From old movies like Where The Red Fern Grows; to cartoons like Fox and the Hound; to modern day “chick flicks” like Twilight and Homeward Bound; to all time classics like Remember The Titans, Radio, and Forest Gump. Which would be fine with me since I love all those movies, but there’s just one thing missing. It’s not the soda nor the popcorn or even a box of tissues in case it gets too emotional. It’s the most important thing in my life. Niall. And I’m sure Hannah feels the same about Harry. Ever since I talked Niall into auditioning for XFactor he and Harry have been practicing from early in the morning to late at night. I’m happy for him and exceptionally proud of him, but I miss more than I thought was possible. He always calls me on his break and apologizes for neglecting me so much, and I always say the same thing. “It’s okay, I miss you but I understand. Just hurry back.” I told him.   

We made a deal that since we don’t spend much time with each other during the day he and Harry stay at my house of the night, I have no idea what their parents think their doing and I don’t think I want to, and every morning Harry cooks us all breakfast. He has to make Niall his own stack of food so he won’t “starve” so he calls it. As I sit at the table beside Niall I compare our plates. I have 3 pieces of bacon, he has 6. I have 2 biscuits and he holds 3. Alongside that he also eats 2 eggs where I have none. I’ll never understand how he remains so skinny when he eats like that, let alone gets hungry 20 minutes later.

When we went through the normal routine and I had kissed Niall goodbye and Hannah and Harry did the same. But this time it was different than the other times, I don’t what it was but it was definitely a good something.  The way Harry looked into to her eyes after he pulled away gave me goose bumps and when I realized what it was my jaw dropped. How long had this been going on? Niall seemed to notice this and he looked at me with confused eyes while I quickly recovered. “I’ll tell you later” I whispered in his ear, but thought again. “Actually, Harry might beat me too it.” He still looked confused and I didn’t want to say anything until I was certain. I was still confused about one thing, where would this happen at? They stayed here every night? And I’m a pretty light sleeper.

“Ready to go mate?” Niall asked after he kissed the tip of my nose and stepped to the door.

“Er, yeah. See you later Hannah.” They looked into each other’s eyes for a short moment and Harry kissed her forehead, and then he was out the door. As soon as the door shut I looked at Hannah; my eye brows raised, arms crossed, a slight smile, and accusing eyes. She quickly realized I knew and her face got red. That’s when I knew I was correct, but I wanted to her make her say it.

“Have anything you’d like to share?” I asked slightly tapping my foot against the carpet.

“I think you already know.” she said as she walked over to the couch.

“But I might be wrong, so you should spill it.”

“Oh alright. I know you won’t leave me alone until I say it so I will. Harry and I are dating.” At first I believed that was all and a little disappointed in myself for over reading things a bit. But when her face got read and she got up and walked to the kitchen, I knew there was more. I sat for a few seconds a bit smug because I knew I was correct to begin with, and then I decided I should go talk to her. I still could be wrong.

I walked through the door and found her fixing a glass of soda. She poured it very slowly, taking her time. I sat on the counter next to her and just stared at her with knowing eyes. She knew what I was thinking, she always did. I guess it’s a best friend thing. She sighed in frustration “You’re right, there is more. Remember how Harry and I went on a date the other night?” I nodded and she continued. “Well, I wanted to go to his house for a while and see Anne and Gemma. We didn’t bother to call first; we were going to surprise them. When we got there the car was gone, but I insisted we go in incase Gemma was there.” She paused for a moment and attempted a nonchalant sip.

“You know, you’re not very good at that.” I added laughing a bit.

“What?” she asked keeping it cool, casually sipping her soda.

“Playing out the whole nonchalance thing.” I laughed.

She narrowed her eyes at me for a brief moment and then laughed. “It was worth a try.” She shrugged. “Anyway, when we got there, obviously, no one was home. And I’m sure you get the jest of what happened next.” She walked out of the room, and I gave up on making her go any further; I could live without the details.

 We spent the majority of the morning trying to find a good movie we haven’t watched recently. We couldn’t come to a compromise on what type of movie to watch. I was tired of balling my eyes out and wanted to watch an action movie; where she still had some tears to spare. After a while of debating we decided it’d be better to watch a happy movie after a gruesome one. So I made her endure an episode of my favorite TV show, The Walking Dead; and I had to watch a major tear jerker, A Walk to Remember.

In the middle of A Walk to Remember, Hannah suggested we get some food. I didn’t feel like cooking anything today so I just ordered some pizza. 30 minutes later the doorbell rang, and when I ordered the pizza I didn’t think of what I might look like when I answered to door. Ii looked into the camera on my phone and saw the monster that stared back at me. My eyes were red and puffy from crying, my hair was a tangled mess, and I was still in my pj’s. I hoped it’d be someone I’d never seen, and never would see again. But when I opened the door I muttered incoherently to myself. Of course it was someone I knew, I wasn’t lucky enough for it to be a stranger. And of all the people it could’ve been it had to be Aiden. I looked down to avoid him seeing my eyes, but I was too late. “Have you been crying?”

“No, my eyes are naturally this color. I can’t believe you haven’t noticed before.” He laughed at my sarcasm.

“Always the smart ass type aren’t you?” he said still laughing.

“Yep.” I laughed a little too. I forgot how much I enjoyed being around him, in a best friend sort of way.

“Do you want your pizza? If not I’d be glad to take it off your hands.” He slowly backed out the doorway smiling a bit.

“No!” I laughed and pulled him through the door, he laughed too. “Just wait here; I’ll go get the money.” His eyes drifted toward the TV and back to me.

“Now I know why you were crying; because chick flicks are so bad it makes you tear up.” He joked.

“Ha ha, very funny.”

When I came back into the room Aiden wasn’t where I expected him to be. The front door was closed, and he was sitting by Hannah on the couch. I walked over and handed him the money, he took the money and tried to hide his face but failed. I could see the red marks his cheeks from the tears. “Not so stupid now are they?”

“Okay, I’ll you give you some credit. They’re not absolutely terrible.”

“Well it’s a start.” I sighed. “Come on, I’ll walk you to the door.”

We said our goodbyes and just before I was about to close the door, something forced it to stay open. Then I realized Aiden’s fingers curled around the frame. The door pushed open only stopping when it hit the wall with a quiet thud. Aiden was looking at the floor at first but when he looked up I could tell he was having a mental debate, and he didn’t like the side that won. “Rachel?”

“Yeah?” I asked confused, isn’t he working?

“Well, err, I was wondering… If you wanted to hang out later.” my answer must have been in my expression because he quickly changed the direction of his question. “I mean just as friends, of course. You were fun to be around, and I’m not working tomorrow. We can do whatever you want to.”

“You know I’m dating Niall right?”

“Well, I didn’t know it was official but I should’ve known. Sorry if I made you feel awkward.”

“You didn’t I thought you were fun to be around too but If we did hang out it’d have to be as friends and friends only. I’d also have to ask Niall what he thinks about it first.” I said doubtfully. I’m kind of regretting going on a date with him now, he’s a great guy but I don’t have the slightest of feelings for him.

“Well, if you want to, will you ask him? And give me a call to let me know what you choose.” He smiled a shy smile. “I’ll see ya’ later… hopefully.”

“Bye.” I replied but he was already out the door.

Of course, Hannah asked me about mine and Aiden’s conversation; which I told her every detail. We spent the rest of the day talking about what it’ll be like when it’s time to go to the XFactor and how much we would see Niall and Harry. We talked about whether they will go individually or as a pair. And if they didn’t audition together, would it get between their friendship if one made it and the other one didn’t? There was so much to decide in such little time. The XFactor starts in about a month. We’re all super nervous but excited.

Around 8:15 Harry and Niall came in for dinner. I made them bacon sandwiches, 1 for Harry and 2 for Niall. That should hold them for about 30 minutes, maybe less. The boys both seemed a little off while they were eating their food. They were very jumpy and excited for some reason. I brushed it off my shoulder and told myself it was just their energy left over from earlier, which I don’t see how they were even awake; if it was me I’d be dead on my feet. When they were done I picked up their remains and threw them in the trash, then I went to wash their dishes; the normal everyday routine.

I felt someone come up behind me and rested their left hand on my waist and right hand on my arm. He bent down and kissed my neck and I knew it was Niall. “Let me take that love. You always do the dishes.” He took the plate out of my hand and began to dry it.

“Thanks” I smiled and kissed him on the cheek and turned to go dry my hands. He unexpectedly spun me around to face him. Our faces were so close I could feel his warm breath against my skin. I tried to calm my racing heart but I failed. Our bodies were pressed together and I struggled to keep my breathing even.

“You are so beautiful. No one in this world can compare to you.” He pulled me tight against his chest and kissed me. It wasn’t our normal kind of kiss that’s usually short, simple, and sweet. But this time it was full of love and lust. I tried to imagine what we looked like, to go beyond my body and watch this from a second hand source. But I couldn’t get passed the fact that I was standing here in my house, in Niall Horan’s arms. I could feel him smile against my lips and that made me smile. I didn’t think we were ever going to stop until Harry walked through the door.

“Sure come on in Harry.”

I looked up at Harry and he was just staring at us with a blank expression. “I was just err, getting some tea.” He said awkwardly. I couldn’t help but laugh and they both joined in.

“Did you tell her yet Niall?” Harry asked while recovering from the laughter.

“I was going to, until you so rudely interrupted.”

“Yeah, sorry about that.” Harry answered.

“Tell me what?” I interjected.

“My parents have this beach house out on Silver Strand Beach and said I could take a few friends out there before I had to go on XFactor. And of course I’m bringing you, Harry, and Hannah.” Niall shrugged.

“That sounds like a lot of fun!” I beamed. Niall laughed at my enthusiasm. “When do we leave?”

“2 days from now, me and Harry are going to practice one more time before we tomorrow. But we won’t be gone as long.”

“How long will we be gone?” I asked. I hadn’t even noticed Harry left the room until now.

“About 2 weeks. When we get back it’ll be time to go to XFactor.” He let out a sigh and looked at the ground.

“What is it?” I asked concerned.

“I’m excited to go and I’m glad you talked me into it. But I’m extremely nervous. If I feel this nervous now, I don’t want to know what it’s going to be like when I get there. What if I mess up?” I could tell by the look in his eyes this isn’t the first time he’s thought of this.

 I took his face in my hand and looked him in the eye “So you mess up. At least you can say you tried. That’s more than what a lot of people can say, and in the slight chance you don’t make it, I’ll love you no matter what.” I reached up on my tip toes and gave him a quick but meaningful kiss. “You’ll do amazing. I’ve heard you sing before and if the judges don’t like you then they’re probably tone deaf.” I laughed and so did he.

“Thank you.” He kissed the tip of my nose, and I knew this would be my only chance to ask about Aiden. But I didn’t want to ruin the moment. “What’s wrong?”

“Well you remember that night when I went on a double date with Hannah and Harry?”

“Yeah? What about it?”

“Do you remember who I went with?” I asked cautiously.

“Yeah, that Aiden guy from school. Where are you getting at Rachel?”

“Well he came by today an-“

“He came to your house!” he interrupted. I put my finger on his lips.

“Let me finish. He came by because he was delivering the pizza Hannah and I ordered. And before he left he asked me if I wanted to hang out with him.” I said so quickly I barley caught the words myself.

Niall’s face reddened in anger. “What did you say?” he asked trying to keep a level head.

“I told him you and I were dating and he said he figures we were an-“

“He knew we were dating but asked you anyway!” he was boiling with anger now, I knew this was a bad idea.

“Niall, calm down. If you would quit interrupting me you wouldn’t get so upset.” He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, but his fists were still clinched.

“You’re right, I’m sorry.”

“Thank you. Anyway he made it very clear that he just wanted to hang out as friends and he told me to call him with my answer. I told him I would have to talk to you about it first and see what you had to say about it. And I figured since you’ll be gone all day tomorrow, I would go see him for a little while.”

“I don’t know… he obviously still likes you. I trust you but I don’t trust him and what would you do about Hannah?”

“He might still like me but I have no feelings for him and he wouldn’t do anything without my permission. And Hannah could go with you guys for a while until I get back, I won’t stay very ling 2 hours at the most.”

“I still don’t want you hanging out with him.” He was calm now but still resisting, I don’t blame him honestly.

“One time will not kill you. We are spending 2 weeks on the beach in just 2 short days. And it wouldn’t be any different for you, we aren’t with each other during the day anyway.” He was debating with himself and when he sighed I knew I won.

“Fine, you can go for an hour and a half, but I have to drop you off and pick you up.” He negotiated.

“Fair enough. Would you like me to tell Aiden the new, or would you like to do it?”

“I’ll be happy to call him.” He smiled and took my phone.

“Be nice.” I warned him. I felt the strangest since of déjà vu, my boyfriend was calling my best guy friend, I guess you could say, to see if we can hang out. I stood there thinking of why this felt familiar when it hit me. I almost cried when I realized I felt like Bella Swan from Twilight. I’d always wanted my life to be like a movie, but did I have to be her? I couldn’t stand her; her idiocy and how ignorant she was killed me. Always going back and forth between Edward and Jacob, I do not want to be her, I will not be her. I can’t, she had feelings for Jacob and I have none for Aiden.   

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