Picking Up the Pieces (Sequel to Broken)

Liam, Louis, Harry, Zayn, and Niall have had a painful passed two years since the suicide. They all turn to music as a way to cope with it all. When the X-Factor comes to te UK and they all audition to make a career of their talent, some unexpected things happen: such as forming a group. What will happen when they're all thrown together? Will they be able to pick up the pieces, or will they remain Broken?


25. Chapter Nineteen

Zayn's POV 

"Turn to the left," I heard the stylist say. We were on final looks for the first performance. Nerves surged through me, I was really anxious. We were good, but were we good enough? Things were tense between us, but we all still wanted to keep going. Tonight was sink or swim, we were getting on decently well, but that didn't mean we were gonna all let our nerves get to us. Maybe we can still leave...

"Alright, let me have a look at you," the stylist demanded. I turned to face her, forcing a smile. "Oh you look absolutely dapper," she fawned over me. I smiled a little, and waited for her to let me go. She stared admiring her work for a few more moments before she stepped aside, "Alright, you only have five more minutes get out there." I slowly walked over to the rest of the lot.

"Okay, guys remember, we have to put one hundred and ten percent into this. As far as the Simons concerned, we're gone this week. So, we have to perform better than perfect. We need to show him we deserve to stay," Liam said with a undertone of desperation. We all knew he wanted this the most. I knew it wasn't for him though. I knew it was for Libby, almost everything he did was for her. I don't blame him, he just trying to carry out her wish of moving on.

"The commercials almost over. Get out there boys," one of the stage helps commanded. We all walked out onto the stage and positioned ourselves. I took a deep breath. This was it. There was no going back now.  We had to go out there and give it out all. This was just like a second audition, we had to prove ourselves to everyone tonight. 

Harry's POV:

We made it onto the stage and I tried.  to swallow down my nerves. We had this down. We worked really hard and we sounded great. I knew it. We just had to not let our nerves get in the way. It would be hard, but I knew we could do it. I had faith in us.

Liam's POV:

As we got out onto the stage the lights were blinding and before we knew it the music started. There was no time to think, only time to do. Before I knew it it was my time to start. I took a deep breath, here went nothing.

"I used to rule, the world, seas would rise when I say the word."

Once we got started, the crowd went wild. I could feel the smile spread across my lips. Our confidences grew and we started to sing louder. It was an amazing feeling. The crowd was so loud and supportive. I forgot everything and just let the music take over. It had to be the best feeling in the world.

Louis's POV:

By the time we finished the song, we were on cloud nine. We all huddled together and clapped each other on the back. We were all smiling and congratulating each other. I think we did the best we could, and we certainly gave it our all. It was time to hear from the judges though..

"Absolutely smashing lads. I had my doubts about you, but you most certainly proved them wrong," Louie started smiling, "but.." Oh of course the bloke had something else to say, "you do need some work."

"Well, I really liked you. You showed a lot of potential. Good job boys," Cher say genuinely. Oh we were one of her favorites, I could just tell.

It was time to hear from Simon though..he was probably going to say something terrible. Something that makes it seem likely on why we got voted of he's going so sa- "Well done boys." 

I was in complete and utter shock. I looked around and shock registered on the others faces. Did he actually mean it? He seemed like he did, but that didn't mean he actually did..he could just be a good actor. But then again..we actually were good..I just hope he actually did mean it..

Nialls POV:

We got good remarks all across the board! Even Simon said we did well! He was not going to let us go on! But he's going to have to now! They just have too! I don't know about them, but that had to be the best feeling I've ever had.

They lead us off the stage and into the dressing room from earlier. The show had gone onto commercial break so we all got a break before interviews and such. We all sat down and got some water. "That was great!" Louis exclaimed jumping around just a bit. Harry nodded smiling and agreeing. Zayn just smiled like a prat obviously still speechless from it. "I think we've still got a chance, that is if we decide to work together," I chime in just speaking my mind.

Everyone stopped smiling and seemed to contemplate it. Liam started to shift a bit in he seat, looking kind of nervous. Louis was just smiling a bit to himself, he was in for it. Zayn had put his head down to avoid meeting my gaze. Liam nodded his head he wanted this too. I was just about to say it again when a knock came at the door.

"Hello boys," Simon said entering. We all looked over at him confused on what he was doing here. "I just wanted to say, you guys did great tonight," he continued when no one spoke. We all just nodded and mumbles 'thank yous'. "I can tell you guys really went out there to impress. Apparently a dramatic change from earlier this week." Louis nodded, "yeah we worked really hard to get there honestly." Simon nodded slowly, "then can I ask you a question? Why arid you work so hard if you were going home anyways?"

Zayn's POV: 

Well, I wanted to stay. I wanted to keep going. I still can feel the adrenaline coursing through me from the performance. It was and amazing feeling. I don't know if it was stupid of me..or smart of me..but I spoke up. "Because we want this...we want to keep performing..if you'd let us..we'd like another chance."

The lads seemed shocked that I had just said that...I mean, I didn't really ask them, but I could tell they anted too. If they didn't love that feeling even half as much as me..then I don't even know what to say. Being up on stage like that seemed to take it all away. Up there none of us were fighting or yelling, or crying, or feeling sorry for ourselves. We were working together. We actually agreed.

Simon looked around at the rest of the lads to see what they had to say. "Yeah, that's why. We just want to come back next week," Louis nodded smiling widely. I saw Niall give a small nod and smile my way. "Yep, I'm in," Liam nodded. It was all up to Harry now..

He sighed loudly and nodded. We all looked at Simon expectantly. Simon seemed to contemplate some things. "Well, alright. You're back in for real this time. I expect this sort of effort the whole competition. I really do like you guys, please don't make me regret this." With that he got up and walked out, only looking back to give us a small smile.

As soon as he left,Louis an Niall stood up as started to jump around screaming like idiots. I couldn't help but smile. I was excited too..but also nervous. We only made it through one week, there's still a long way to go, and things certainly weren't perfect between us yet.

"Guys, you're needed for some interviews backstage." We all got up and followed. All the questions seemed to blurr together, but we answered them nonetheless. After they were done, we all headed up the our room. Louis and Harry chatted away, but I just plopped into bed. I wasn't sure where all of this was going, but I couldn't help but feel the a tad bit excited. With that, I fell fast asleep.


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