Loved You First

Zayn Malik was new to his school and was bullied like crazy, but when he meets Riley, the sister of one of the bullies, they become the closest friends. But when they both realize what their dreams are, will it tear them apart? or will they do everything to keep their once in a lifetime friendship alive?


40. Back For You


Loved You First ~ Ch. XXXIV


.:~Riley’s PoV~:.

I had to leave Zayn right afterwards because I thought it would be best if for now, I just didn’t say anything to anyone about us. I went back to my room because I had to tell someone and thank god Terry was my roommate, because he is the only one on this show who knows all about Zayn and me.


**The next evening**

“Hello everyone and welcome to The Voice! I am your host, Carson Daly and tonight, one of our top six performers will be going home. But first, we have a great show lined up for you tonight including performances from the top six, our judges and the one and only, One Direction!” Carson introduced and the crowd went nuts.

“First up for the evening, let’s bring our top six on stage? Emma, Terry, Riley, Nicholas, Ross and Trevor?”

We all did as Carson asked and walked on stage.

“So, let’s see what our judges had to say about their team’s performances last night… let’s start with you, Adam.”
“Well,” Adam Levine started, “Trevor, you were amazing last night. You hit all those notes perfectly and I really felt the emotion in your performance. Ross, same thing. At first, I thought your song choice was a little too risky, but I’m glad you chose it. Even if you go home tonight, people will be after you knowing you are willing to take the risk.”

“Thank you.” Adam’s two team members, Trevor and Ross said in union.

“And Cee-Lo? What do you have to say about Emma’s performance last night?” Carson asked.

“Emma, you are amazing. You are my little diva. Last night, you nailed that song, but I think it’s not the song for you, you need to use more emotion, but don’t worry. I will help you with that. I’ve always got your back girl.” Cee-Lo said

“Thanks Cee-Lo.” Emma said smugly. Then she gave me a bitchy glare, which I gladly returned. I would love if she went home tonight. Next, Christina said some things about Nicholas and Blake did the same for Terry. Then he turned to me,

“Riley, you are the star of this show. You have an incredible amount of talent. Last week, I asked you to show some emotion and you did it perfectly. You always hide your feelings, but last night you let them out and so if you go home tonight, I will be incredibly shocked.”
“Thanks Blake.”

“And when we come back from the break, we will have a performance by ONE DIRECTION!” Carson yelled and we went to commercial. I haven’t seen Zayn since last night. Him and I had decided to just stay away until people got paired up. If Emma got Zayn, I would kill myself… seriously.

We were all called back on stage to sit at our little stand while the boys performed.

“And now, the moment you have all been waiting for, ladies, gentlemen, DIRECTIONERS, here they are OOONNNNEEE DIRECTIONNNNNNN!”

The crowd roared as they came out,

“Hello everyone! May I just say that your top six here is the most talented group of people I have ever met. Oh and by the way Riley,” Harry said looking at me, I had no idea what he would say… hopefully nothing embarrassing, “I loved your audition song choice.” He winked and the crowd laughed.
“Harry, stop flirting with the contestants.” Zayn said jokingly. That got a huge laugh too.

“Okay guys, stop fighting, let’s sing!” Niall cheered and Back For You started to play. When I got to the part where Zayn hit that high note, singing “For Youuuuu!” he pointed at me. The crowd cheered and I blushed. When they finished, Carson said words, Christina and Blake performed their new song, Just a Fool, Terry and I sang Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men and finally, it was time to see who would go home. We all lined up on stage. Out in the crowd, I saw the guys join El and Dani in their front row seats. They all looked at me and smiled. Zayn mouthed, “I love you. You got this.”

I just smiled, because I knew the camera was on me, and no one knew about Zayn and I.

“Okay. It’s the time we’ve been waiting for. Let’s find out the first person who is safe, and will continue on to the top five… and the first safe person, from team Adam, TREVOR HUNTER!!!”

The crowd roared as Trevor hugged Ross then Adam, and then went backstage.

“The next one who is moving on to next week’s top five is… EMMA MARCELS, FROM TEAM CEE-LO!”

Again, the crowd cheered. I was standing beside her, so I was the one she hugged and when she did, she whispered in my ear,

“Good luck, and have fun back in New Jersey… you are so going home.”

All of a sudden, I got really nervous… I was usually one of the first two off stage to be safe, what if I was actually going home. I guess Zayn noticed I was getting nervous, because when I looked at him, he gave me a sweet smile that reassured me.

“And, the third person who is safe for the evening is, from team Blake…”
Okay, it’s either Terry or me who is safe. As much as I want to move on, Terry really deserves this, and I hope it’s him who gets called right now.


I gave Terry a huge hug, “Congrats. You deserve to move on.” I whispered in his ear.

“Don’t worry love. You aren’t going home tonight.” He replied and walked off stage. The next person to be safe was Nicholas, from tea, Christina. The only two left were me and Ross, from team Adam. He took my hand.

“Well,” Carson said, “Either team Adam or team Blake are loosing a member tonight.”
It was team Blake. I was going home… I could feel it. Ross was so talented. I looked up at Zayn and the other lads. They all gave me reassuring smiles. I can’t knock myself out of the competition yet.

“Riley…” Carson began. I looked up at him and he continued, “Congratulations, you are moving on to the top five.”
The crowd cheered. Blake gave me a standing ovation. Zayn, the other guys, Dani and El all gave me thumbs up. I gave Ross a hug,

“Now that I am out, you have my vote.” He said

“And you keep trying to make out there, you have the skill.”

Ross and I both went down and hugged our coaches. Ross went off stage, and I was about to too, but then Carson stopped me by calling the top five on stage, as well as One Direction.

Emma, Terry, Trevor, Nicholas and I stood on one side of the stage, and Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall on the other.

“So…” Carson began, “The coaches have decided who would get paired up with who, depending on who went home. Ross went home tonight, so judges, let’s match up this top five with One Direction! Adam, you start with Trevor.”
“Okay, Trevor. First, congrats on making it. I have decided to pair you up with… Liam Payne.”

Both of them smiled at each other, walked up, introduced themselves, hugged and then walked to the back corner of the stage.

“Next up is Blake, choose who Terry will be paired up with.”

“Fantastic. Terry, I have decided, based on your personality and music style, you will be spending the rest of your days on the Voice with Niall Horan.”

The two did the exact same thing that Liam and Trevor did.

Nicholas got paired up with Louis, which meant the only four left were myself, Emma, Harry and Zayn. Please oh please can I be paired up with Zayn and not have Emma with him.

“Okay, so Blake, now tell Ms. Riley here who she is paired up with.” Carson smiled

“Well Riley. Based on your style and personality, you two are so opposite and so the same that I think you two will work perfectly together. I have paired you with Zayn Malik.”

I felt so relieved. I walked up to Zayn, gave him a hug and when we did, he whispered in my ear,

“We are going to kick this competition’s ass.”

I laughed. Then they said how Emma was paired with Harry, we said goodnight and walked off stage.


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