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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5. Nandos

 

Rachel’s P.O.V.

It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve spoken to Niall. I keep telling myself it’s for the best, but I can’t stop thinking about him. Should I try to talk to him again? No. I can’t. Hannah will be here tomorrow so she can help keep my mind off things. I just have to get through today. “Rachel come give me a hug before I leave!” I heard my dad say while I was getting dressed. I think I’ll wear something cute today, since it’s the last day of school. i ran down the stairs to the smell of waffles and bacon.

“Mmm, waffles and bacon. My favorite.”

“I thought I’d cook something special since I’ll be gone all summer. When will Hannah be here?”

“She should be here around noon tomorrow. She’s been out of school for at least a week now.” I walked over and hugged my dad goodbye. I’m really going to miss him, but I’m also extremely excited that he’s leaving. This summer is going to be great. “Bye dad, love you.”

“Bye honey, see you soon.” Then he walked out the door. I watched the cab drive off then I sat down to enjoy my breakfast. I think I’ll Skype Hannah. I opened up my laptop and before I knew it Hannah was on my screen.

“Hey Rachel! What’s up?”

“Eating some waffles and bacon. I have some good news.”

“Really? What is it?”

“My dad just left for his business trip!” she was so happy I thought she was gonna fall out of her seat. Then I heard someone yell in the back ground. “Who was that?”

“Just my mom, we’re about to leave. Ill text you when I land” we said our goodbyes and I shut the laptop. I don’t feel like riding the bus today so I’ll just walk. I put my plate in the sink and headed out the door. Hopefully I won’t see Niall, but I need to talk to Harry. I was almost to school when I spotted Niall and Harry. But they weren’t alone; there was a girl with them. She had blonde hair and about the same height as me. Not only was she beautiful, she was stunning. Then I saw her hand. Her fingers were intertwined with Niall’s. I felt like crying. I know it’s my fault, I pushed him away. But it still hurt, it feels like I was just hit by a truck. I have to pull myself together, I need to talk to Harry.

“Hey Harry, can I talk to you for a minute?” I asked as soon as I was through the doors. He gave me confused look and then walked over to me.

“So now you speaking to me” he looked really upset about it. I hate myself for hurting him and Niall this way.

“Look I’m really sorry. I just had to.. figure some things out. But to make it up I have a surprise for you” his face lit up with excitement.

“No way! What is it?”

“If I told you it wouldn’t be much of a surprise now would it? But I promise you’ll like it. Just come to my house around 5 after school. Oh, and wear something nice.”

“Is Niall invited?” my smile immediately went away. I looked at Niall and saw how happy he was with that girl. Harry followed my stare and looked back at me. “Oh. Well I’ll be there”

“Awesome. I’ll see you later?”

“Yeah. See ya’”

Harry’s P.O.V

That was weird. I haven’t talked to Rachel for weeks now. And she’s inviting me to her house? She’s my friend, so I’ll go, but I hope Niall won’t get angry. “What was that about?” Niall asked as soon as Taylor, his new girlfriend, left.

“What was what about?” I tried to act nonchalant.

“Don’t play games. What did Rachel want?”

“Oh, that. Well, um.. she wants me to, er, come over later.” I rubbed the back of my neck while I talked, this is very awkward. His eyes got wide and his jaw dropped. It took him a few seconds to recover.

“What? Really? Why?”

“Yes, she really did. And I don’t know why, she said it was a surprise.” I shrugged my sholders.

“A surprise? She hasn’t talked to either one of us in weeks and now she wants us to go to her house?”

“Well, actually she, uh, she didn’t want you to go. I even asked.” This is top 5 of my most awkward conversations. He was in complete shock, which shocked me. He seemed hurt. I figured he didn’t want to have anything to do with her, since he had Taylor.

“Oh. Well, you have fun. I have plans with Taylor any way. I’ll see you later.” And he walked off.

 

Niall’s P.O.V.

Rachel invited Harry over but not me? I tried not to show it, but it hurt. I don’t even have plans with Taylor tonight. I just said that so I didn’t look like an idiot. I need to get my mind off things… off Rachel. “Hey Taylor”

“Hey babe”
“What are you doing tonight? We should hang out. We can go to Nandos and then watch some movies at my house.”

“Sure, that sounds fun. It’s a date.” I smiled and kissed her on the cheek as the bell rang. I sat in my seat, ignoring Rachel as usual, hoping this day will fly by. I wander if she hates me. Did I do something wrong? She never really did tell me what was wrong with her, maybe I should ask.

“Hey, uh, Rachel?” then she looked at me with a confused expression on her face.

“Um, yeah?”

“Can I ask you something? And you be completely honest?”

“Sure?” she still looks confused.

“I have 2 questions actually. First off, what happened between us? And why didn’t you invite me to go with you and Harry?” she seemed annoyed once I asked.

Rachel’s P.O.V.

Do we really have to do this again? But it was kind of rude to just invite Harry, but he’d just be a third, well fourth, wheel since Hannah will be here. She should already be here by now, this day better go by quickly. “Well, honestly. My life isn’t what it seems. Things happened to me in the past, things that still scare me. And they might always scare me. There’s nothing you or I, or even Harry can do about it. And I didn’t invite you because I didn’t think you would come. You were all lovey-dovey with blondie this morning.”

“I know things have happened to you, and I accept that. But I want you in my life. And Taylor and I-“ the bell rang before he could finish his sentence. I got up out of my seat and all but ran out the door. The rest of the day flew by and I got home as quickly as I could. I’m so ready to see Hannah. I walked through the door and found Hannah on the couch watching TV. I ran over to the couch a plopped down beside her.

“Hey!! I missed you so much!” she squeeled.

“I missed you too! You wouldn’t believe the day I’ve had. Niall decided to ask me why we stopped talking again.”

“Oh no way!” we gossiped for almost an hour, I decided it’s time for her to officially meet Harry.

“So I have some bad news for you.”

“Really, what is it?” she seemed worried.

“Well. Don’t get mad okay? I have a date tonight, with that Aiden guy I told you about. And he’ll be here at 5. I asked if Harry would hang out with you but he’s sick today. So Aiden is bringing one of his buddies so you can go with us. Is that okay?” I hope she doesn’t see through me.

“Oh. Yeah, sure. That’s fine. We have an hour to get ready, come on!” boy am I good at this. once we were ready the doorbell rang. I opened the door and Aiden was standing there with some flowers.

“Aw, how sweet, you got me flowers. Thank you.” I reached up and pecked his cheek. I saw his eyes drift behind me, probably looking at Hannah. “Aiden, this is my friend Hannah. Hannah this is Aiden.”

“Nice to meet you, Hannah.” He reached out shook her hand. He doesn’t know about the secret meeting, I just need to get away from Hannah before Harry arrives.

“Hannah we’ll be right back alright?” she looked confused.

“Um, okay? Sure.” I grabbed Aiden’s hand and ran up to my room and closed the door.

“What are we doing?” he asked once I turned to face him.

“You know how this is going to be a double date?”

“Yeah? What about it?”

“Well, the thing is, Hannah and Harry don’t know their going on a date. Hannah thinks I set her up with one of your friends. So just don’t say anything to her.”

“Alright, I won’t say anything. But what do we do when harry gets here?”

“Good point, how about you stall Hannah up here for a bit. Act like your nervous about tonight or something. And I’ll deal with Harry down stairs. I’ll call you when it’s time to bring Hannah down to meet him.”

“Sounds like a plan. We should go back down before Harry gets here.” We headed back sown stairs and i checked to see if Hannah had heard what we talked about. But she didn’t seem to know what’s going on.

“So, when’s your friend getting here Aiden?” Hannah asked.

“Should be anytime.” Just then a car pulled up in my drive way. Aiden notice and realized it was Harry. “Hannah, can I talk to you upstairs for a minute?”

“Yeah, sure.” She shot me a confused look again. She definitely had no clue. As soon as Hannah was up stairs I opened the door before Harry could knock.

“Hey Harry, come in.”

“Hey Rachel, You look great.”

“Thanks, you don’t look so bad either.”

“So what’s the big surprise?” he looked around the room hoping to find something.

“Well, tonight we’re going out. How does Nandos sound? I haven’t been there in a while.”

“Nandos sounds great. But I think Niall might be upset if we went together.”

“Oh we aren’t going together. It’s a double date, I’m going with Aiden. And your date is the big surprise.” He looked just confused as Hannah had. I couldn’t help but laugh, I’m enjoying myself. I got out my phone and called Aiden. “Aiden, you can bring her down now.” Aiden came down first and came to stand by me. Harry still looked confused, so I pointed my finger to Hannah, who was standing behind me. They were completely shocked. Harry kissed her on the cheek and then hugged her. They hugged for so long, I thought they were going to get stuck like that.

“Hannah, did you know about this?” Harry asked once the pulled apart.

“No, I had no idea. Rachel said I was going on a date with one of Aiden’s friends. She said she tried to get you to go but you were sick. Which obviously isn’t true.” They both laughed and just looked at me.

“Why didn’t you just tell me at school this morning?” Harry asked.

“Too boring, surprises are much more fun.” I shrugged. Once Hannah and Harry finally got settled down, we all got ready to leave. Hannah rode in Harry’s car, and I rode in Aiden’s. Aiden opened the car door for me so I could get in. No one’s done that for me in a very long time. Not since… No I can’t go there. Not tonight. Tonight is special.

After a little while of silence I finally asked the question that had been on my mind. “So what did you and Hannah talk about upstairs?”  He was silent for a little while then started to blush a bit, which was pretty cute.

“Oh, um. Nothing really” he said looking straight ahead. We pulled into the parking lot at Nandos and he got out of the car and opened my door. “You’ll find out what we were talking about later tonight.” He smiled a cheeky smile, showing off his dimples. His smile sort of reminded me of Niall’s, but then it didn’t. Aiden’s smile didn’t make me feel the same way Niall’s did.

 

Niall’s P.O.V

Taylor and I pulled up at Nandos and I walked around to her side of the car and opened her door. When we sat down at our table I heard something very familiar. It was Rachel laughing. I looked up only to find Rachel, Aiden, Harry, and Hannah all sitting at a table together. Probably on a double date, I frowned a bit.

“Don’t you think so?” I suddenly heard Taylor say. Say something Niall.

“Oh yeah.” I said, hopefully she doesn’t noticed I wasn’t listening. I spent the rest of the night staring at Rachel and Aiden, laughing with each other, while trying to hold conversation with Taylor. That’s when I realized something. I’d much rather be here with Rachel than Taylor. I know what I have to do, but I need to wait for the right moment. I sat for what seemed like forever, and then it happened. Rachel began to leave with Hannah, Harry, and Aiden. I looked at Taylor and I hated myself for doing this to her, but I have to, I need to. “Taylor listen, you’re a beautiful and an amazing girl. Any guy would be lucky to have you. But I think we’re better off as friends, we don’t have that much in common.” And with that, we got up and left. I dropped Taylor off and gave her a hug a apologized again.  Hopefully this plan will work.

Rachel’s P.OV.

As Aiden walked me to the car I could tell he was nervous about something, but what? The night was nearly over. When I went to open the door to his black Volvo he stopped me and turned me around, I looked at him confused. “What?” I asked.

“You wanted to know what Hannah and I were talking about earlier.”

“Yeah?” I was still confused. He gently pushed against the car and that’s when I realized what he was doing. He’s going to kiss me, I would’ve backed up but I couldn’t go any further. No one has kissed me since.. since Jared. He was my one true love; the only one who could ever care about me more than my dad does. The only one who has tried to save my life, and succeeded. I’m alive because of him, and he’s dead because of me. I can’t do this to him.

Once mine and Aiden’s lips touched I pushed him away a little. “I- I- I’m sorry, I just, I’m not ready for another relationship. He looked a little hurt but then he smiled a bit.

“That’s alright, I can wait.” Then he opened my door and I got in.

Hannah’s P.O.V
 

Wow, tonight was one of the best nights of my life. I’m with my favorite people in the world right now. Nothing could ruin this, until I saw Aiden try to kiss Rachel. “Oh no” I said shaking my head.

“What’s wrong love?” Harry asked concerned. I just pointed to the window where Rachel and Aiden were. “What? Why did she reject him, I thought she liked him?”

“She does. But there’s a lot more to mine and Rachel’s story than you think there is. And I can’t, or won’t, tell you until she’s ready for you to know.” He nodded and I knew he understood I was just being a good friend. I smiled “Thank you.”

He looked at me. “For what?”

“Understanding.” I gave him a kiss on the cheek, even though that’s not all I wanted; I didn’t want to push it.  As if reading my mind he leaned over and when our lips touched, I could feel the sparks between us. I know that’s cheesy, but it’s the best feeling in the world. There’s something special about this boy.

Rachel’s P.O.V

The car ride home was silent and very awkward. I felt like crying, I just wanna hurry up and get home. This night reminded me so much of Jared…. And Emmet. Once we pulled in my drive way I gave Aiden a kiss on the cheek and got out. When I go to my room I just started crying uncontrollably. Then I heard a knock on the door. It’s probably just Hannah, but I don’t know why she didn’t just come in? I dried my tears and was thankful my face didn’t puff up and get red like everyone else’s, but my always get blood shot. That’s going to be difficult to hide. I ran down stairs and took a deep breath, calming myself, before opening the door. There stood a boy who a little taller than me, but not much, styled blonde hair, and gorgeous blue eyes. He was wearing a red polo shirt and a pair of jeans. It was Niall, what’s he doing here? I smiled a little more, showing his teeth. To me, he had the best smile in the world, even if his teeth weren’t perfect. But that’s what I like about him, perfect is too boring.

I had forgotten all about my eyes until he was suddenly in my house and the door was closed. “What’s wrong? Why have you been crying?” I don’t want to tell him the real reason so I just gave him a vague answer.

“Aiden, he uh.. he ki-“ before I could finish Niall interrupted me.

“He what? What did he do to you?!” He was furious, his mouth in a straight line and his hands in fists.

“Niall calm down, he didn’t do anything. Well, not bad. He just kissed me.” I said shrugging my sholders, trying to act nonchalant. But he could see right through me.

Niall’s P.O.V.

That bastard. He kissed her, he actually kissed her. I tried not to show it but that hit me, and hard. I didn’t like the idea of someone else touching her. “If he just kissed you then why are you crying?” I asked, a little confused.

“Because.. B- Bec-“ tears poured out of her eyes and she ran upstairs to her room. I followed her and sat next to her on the bed. “Please, just go away.”

“No, I’m not leaving you. Tell me what’s wrong. I can help you” she looked at me and laughed a fake laugh.

“That’s what they all say. My dad, Hannah, my therapist.” She shook her head.

“Wait, did you just say.. therapist?” I asked and she looked at me as she expected me get up and leave.

“Yeah. You can leave now if you want. No one want’s to talk to someone with ‘issues’”

I shook my head and turned her to face me “I don’t care what kind of ‘issues’ you have. I want to be here for you. Whatever it is, you can trust me.” She laughed again.

“Trust, ha. That’s what he told me to do, trust him and everything would okay. And I was an idiot to believe him.”

“Who?”

She sighed as if she didn’t want to tell me but did any way. “Emmet.”

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