Love on the Run

Kendall was just a normal teenager going to a concert with her best friend. But when danger strikes and an unknown criminal arrives and starts shooting up the area, Kendall finds herself completely alone. Luckily, two brave boys are there to help her out, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles from One Direction. Kendall wasn't much of a fan, but the trio starts to bond while running from a killer. When both band members start to develop feelings for her along the way, Kendall finds herself trying to make the hardest decision of her life.


9. Just love me


"It's just," she started. "Where's Zayn?"

My heart stopped. 

Where was Zayn? I hadn't seen him since the night that he insisted we rest. I remember falling asleep with him safely by my side. Where had he gone?

I let my head droop to where I was staring at the ground. "To be honest, I don't know."

I didn't want to see her face when I told her... I knew she would be heartbroken. I just got her back, and now we were missing another. I know she likes him. It's no secret... I saw them on the field.

I sorta felt bad about liking her too. I mean I really did like her! After we kissed, I sorta got attached. There was just something about her... 

She wasn't one of those hot blonde cheerleaders that your average teenage boy would love... she was different. She was one of those shy and sneaky hot girls that guys would chase for ages, but would always get rejected by her.

She obviously hadn't rejected my kiss... twice... so I may have better luck than "the average teenage boy." I mean I was a famous singer... if that didn't turn her on, then I don't know what will.

But Zayn was a famous singer too...

"What do you mean you don't know...?" I saw the hurt in her eyes. 

When I didn't respond right away, her breath got shaky. "Harry. What do you mean you don't know?" she repeated.

"Honest, Kendall. I don't. We laid down to rest one night after spending the day looking for you. Once I woke up, he was gone."

She took a deep breath and turned her head away from me. I quickly spoke again.

"But Kendall..." I put two fingers under her chin and forced her to look me in the eyes. "We WILL find him. Okay? We're gonna make sure of that."

She nodded at me and I could tell she was holding back tears. Her eyes were shining in the moonlight... even thought it was dark out, her baby blues shone brightly. 


"To be honest, I don't know." 

My heart sank. What did he mean 'he didn't know'? He HAD to know. Zayn must have found Harry knocked out after McAllister took me... that means that they were together right? 


I tilted my head to the side a little bit but didn't take my eyes off of Harry, who was now staring at the ground. He couldn't even look at me...

"Harry. What do you mean you don't know...?" I asked again sternly. My voice was shaky... and I kind of hoped that Harry wouldn't notice. 

I was really worried about Zayn... but I didn't want Harry to know that. Maybe I didn't want him to get the wrong idea... that I felt something for him.

But I did...

It's not just that though... I think I was a damsel in distress for long enough. Harry doesn't need to keep saving me... I can take care of myself. I had shed enough tears to last a lifetime.

Harry finally looked up at me and took my chin in his hand. Forced to look into his beautiful green orbs, he promised me that we would find him.

I believed him.


I took my iphone out of my pocket. 1 bar... C'mon baby. PLEASE WORK, I thought. I took a couple steps... 2 bars... C'MON, I screamed at it. 

I held the phone up high. 3 bars... YES. I was now staring out into the face of the parking lot. I had made a full circle back to the concert stadium. 

It wasn't at all what I had expected to do... I was looking for Kendall. But once I came out the other end, I figured Harry could do more for her now. Now that I have service outside of the woods, I could call for help. 

911. I called.

"911, what is your emergency?" I heard a woman say on the other line.

"My name is Zayn Malik. There's been an abduction."

"Sir...where are you?"

"I uh- I don't know... I was at a concert a couple days ago and..."

"Sir? Are you there?"

"Yes I'm here. You have to come help! Her name is Kendall, she's seventeen years old. I'm also looking for my friend Harry-" I was cut off by the woman once again.


"Hello, can you hear me? I think we're breaking up..."

"I'm sorry I can't hear y-" her voice was crackling.

That was the last I heard from the police. "Dammit!" I cursed into the iphone. I started to pace, now panicking. I hope she heard enough information to come help.

My next step was to call the boys. Liam told us to call if we needed anything... and I need something.


I searched through my contacts list. Liam was alphabetically the first one of the boys on the list so I shakily pressed his name, and the green call button.

Riiiing.... Riiing... Riiiing...

"Come on Liam, pick up man." I whispered hopefully. 

Suddenly, the ringing stopped and a familiar deep and tired scratchy voice came on the line.


"LIAM. Thank god you answered... listen, Harry and me are in a lot of trouble..."

"It's like 2 in the morning... what's going on?" I could hear a girl's voice in the background... it sounded a lot like Danielle. I heard her ask him what was wrong.

"Sorry to interrupt you guys..." I chuckled to myself, but quickly came back to my panicking.  "Listen, you've gotta do something. Harry is gone."

"Zayn, what do you mean Harry is gone?" I could tell he was worried.

"Well, it's king of a long story... but... " and I blurted out everything. I told Liam absolutely everything that happened starting at the concert, and ending with my blinded walk to the parking lot and my failed 911 call. Except that left out the part where I knowingly left Harry because I got angry at him...

"Oh god... Okay listen Zayn. Harry is a smart lad. I'm sure he's already found Kendall but just to be safe, I'm going to call 911 from here. Then I'm going to call Niall and Lou, and sort out arrangements for one of us to catch a plane down to california to pick you up." 

I loved Liam. He always knew just what to do. I breathed a sigh of relief.

"Thank god... thank you, Liam. I'll be waiting to hear from you." I replied, closing my eyes in relief.

"Alright, STAY PUT Zayn. I'll call when I know something. Bye!" 

I was just about to say bye and hang up when I remembered something...

"WAIT," I almost yelled into the phone.


"What about Kendall? Her parents are on vacation at an island... where will she go?" I said worrily. 

"Um... uh... well, does she have any friend's houses to go to?" I could tell he was conflicted.

"Well... there's Maya..."


"Well, she's her best friend..." I explained. "But we don't know what happened to her... Kendall lost her at the shooting."

'Okay well, we'll figure something out... Worst comes to worst, she comes back with us. But don't worry okay? Stay where you are!"

I liked the thought of her coming back with us. I just didn't know if she would...

"Alright thanks Liam. Bye!"

I hung up the phone, feeling so relieved. It would all be okay now. Just as long as Harry found Kendall...


Still sitting on the big rock, wearing Harry's hoodie and my undies... I felt extremely exposed. A part of me felt embaressed to be dressed like this in front of Harry, but another part of me felt comfortable... like it was normal.

Even though I knew it wasn't... I was half naked in front of a boy I could potentially be falling for... and we still didn't know each other that well.

"Hey, Harry?" 


"Do you think... that if Zayn made it out of here... that he called for help? You know... for us?" I asked shyly.

Harry gave me kind of a sad smile... "Yeah." he replied softly. "I think he would."

After a couple more seconds of eye lock, he stood up and grabbed my hand. 

"Tired?" he asked. I stood up alongside him. I was EXHAUSTED. But I'd say that I was doing relatively well for someone who had just gone through what I had. 

"Extremely..." I said with a chuckle. "But I don't think I'd actually be able to sleep."

"Sure you will." he said assuringly. "We just have to get you comfortable." I saw his eyes search through the forest around us. I watched as his eyes stopped at a big Oak tree that stood in front of a good bunch of leaves.

"Ah," he said. "That'll do just fine." He looked at me, and then the tree, and led me over to it. He let go of my hand and sat with his back up against the giant tree stump. I just stood there watching him... I felt kind of shy in that moment.

He widened his eyes at me and laughed. Not sure why though...

"Well come on then." He said waving me over to him. "Or did you want to just watch me sleep?" he joked.

I laughed at him. "No. That's your job," I joked back at him. I hit him playfully in the chest as I took a seat next to him against the tree. It was cold against my back, and the leaves below us were cold against my bare thighs and legs.

I started to shiver at the feeling. When Harry noticed, he quickly put his arms around me and rubbed both my legs and arms to try to get me warm. 

"I'm sorry that I don't have anymore clothes to give you..." his sentence trailed off but he raised his eyebrows as if he had just gotten an idea...

"No," I said smiling like an idiot. "I know what you're thinking... don't do it." I pointed right at him like I was training a dog. But I was laughing hard.

He laughed back at me with that flirtiness I love about him but I could tell that he was serious. 

"Why not?" he said laughing. "You're cold, Kendall! I don't mind!"

"Well I do!" I replied still giggling. "Im not gonna let you go naked for me." 

After I said that, there was kind of an awkward silence, but it was broken by Harry giggling.  "Okay that came out way wrong..." I said.

"Nah, it's cool. I get it." He replied. "But at least let me use my shirt as a blanket."

I looked at him innocently and nodded. He took his shirt off and placed it over both of us. It was so much warmer than before... and I like the way it smelled. It smelled like Harry. Like love and warmth.

We had a moment where we stared into each others eyes once again. I thought for a moment that he was going to kiss me. But I didn't want to... not in this moment. not right now.

I let my eyes wander to his body... abs... hot... woah.

I turned my head away, still smiling. Although I couldn't see his face anymore, I could feel that he was a bit disappointed that I didn't take him up on his silent offer.

"We should rest," I said quietly.

"Yeah, I guess so," he agreed. With his arm still around me, we laid back together so that our heads were right at the tip of the tree. I turned my body so that I was facing him, but I curled my head down. He did the same.

Before we drifted off, Harry put some handfuls of leaves around us.

"There," he said. "Just like a bed." I smiled at him. He was so caring...

The last thing I felt before I drifted off into oblivion... was Harry's hand on my hip, pulling me closer to him. I felt his soft lips touch my forehead, and I heard his deep voice...

"Goodnight, my love."

With that, I was out cold.


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