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?


4. Even MORE in commun


**January, 2008**

.:~Riley’s PoV~:.


It was Zayn and I’s first day back of our second year of secondary school after Winter Break. While we were eating lunch, one guy who was in my history class came up to me,

“Hey, you’re Riley right?”
“Um… yea.” I replied, still trying to remember his name.

“I’m Sean.” He said as if he read my mind.

“Right, I knew that,” I giggled. God, he was really cute. And he was pretty popular too, why would he be talking to me? I looked over at Zayn, who was looking up at Sean angrily. What was wrong with him?

“Well,” Sean continued, “I was wondering if you, ugh, maybe wanted to go see a movie tonight?”

I smiled. A boy was finally asking me out, “Yea Sean, I’d love to.” I replied

“Cool.” He smiled, “I will meet you at the theater at 8?”

“Sure, see you there.” I smiled. He nodded then walked away. I turned to Zayn,

“OH MY GOD! Sean just asked me out! I cannot beli- Zayn? Are you okay?” He looked really sad.

“Yea. I’m fine,” he replied, “I, I just gotta, um, I’ll see you later.” He got up and walked inside the school. I just sat there, dumbstruck. What was with him? He looked almost, well, jealous. A sat there for a while but then I decided I should go find him.


.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

I can’t believe she agreed to go out with another guy. Especially a guy like Sean. He is good looking and smart and nice. Why did the perfect guy have to ask out my Riley? I walked into the exercise room, which is empty and plug in my iPod. I started playing ‘If Everyone Cared’ by Nickelback and went to lift some of the weights. I started to sing along. I loved to sing and wanted to be a singer when I’m older. That is the only thing I have never told Riley. I sang out loud because no one was there;

“If everyone cared and nobody cried If everyone loved and nobody lied If everyone shared and swallowed their pride Then we'd see the day when nobody died And I'm singing Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive.”

I continued to sing and lift weights until someone came and lifted the weight away from my arms and set it down. I turned around to see Riley looking at me oddly,

“Gosh Zayn. I didn’t know you sang, or that you were really good at it.” She smiled.

“Yea,” I replied, “That is the one thing I kept from you.”

“Well,” she laughed, “Who knew you and I had the same dream.”


“Yea. I want to be a singer when I’m older.”

I laughed, “Who knew we had even MORE in commun.”

“Yea… but that’s beside the point. Zayn, you looked really sad after Sean asked me out. Is everything okay?” she asked, genuinely concerned.

“Um, yea. It’s just that if you and Sean start dating, what if you forget about me?” I asked, partially being honest.

“Zayn, you are my best friend in the world. You are impossible to forget. Don’t worry, even if Sean and I start dating, which I’m not saying we will, you are my best friend and you come first.” She smiled and hugged me, “You will also be the first person I go see ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ with.”

I laughed. We had read ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ last year and hoped it would become a movie, so we promised we would go see it together when it did. Her and I just sat there quietly until she seemed to remember something,

“Oh and Zayn?” she asked

“Yes?” I asked and looked over at her. She reached into her backpack and pulled out a box with wrapping paper on it,

“Happy birthday.” She smiled and handed me the box. I had totally forgotten it was my birthday today. I opened it up and saw a nice black varsity jacket. I pulled it out and looked at it. I turned to Riley,

“Thank you Riley. I have wanted this exact jacket forever.” I said, remember how I had told her how much I liked it about a year ago when I saw it at the mall.

“This isn’t the one you wanted.” Riley said

“What?” I asked, confused, “It looks exactly like it.”

“I know.” She laughed, “Look at the back.”

I turned it around and written on the back was ‘Malik’ with a number 30 below it. 30 was my lucky number,

“You went through all this trouble… just for me?”

“Well duh!” she smiled, “You are my best friend, and I knew you wanted something like this. I wanted you to know how much you mean to me.”

“Thank you Riley. You are amaZAYN.” I laughed and gave her a big hug.



.:~Riley’s PoV~:.

I took one final glance at myself. I looked pretty good. I was wearing ripped jeans, my uggs and a purple long sleeve top. My hair was hanging loosely down my back with its natural curls and I applied a hint of makeup. Finally my doorbell rang.

“RILEY!!!” my mom called, “Sean is here!!!”

“COMING!!” I replied. I made sure I looked good then went downstairs. When I reached the bottom of my stairs, I saw Sean. He was in a leather jacket and a T-Shirt with jeans and converse. He looked killer hot.

“Wow. You look beautiful.” Sean smiled

“Thanks, you look pretty great yourself.” I replied

“Well let’s go.” He said and took my hand. He led me out to his car and opened the door for me. How sweet.


After the movie, he drove me back to my house and walked me to my door. Before I went in, he turned and faced me, well; he turned to me but looked at the ground nervously,

“I had a really good time tonight Riley. You are a really nice girl.”

“I had a fun time too.” I replied, “We should do this again.”

“Really? Yes! Of course.” His mood lifted, “Well, um, would it be okay if I kis-” I cut him off by crashing my lips against his. This was my first kiss and it was perfect. He wrapped his arms around my waist and I wrapped mine around his neck. When we finally pulled away, I looked at him and smiled,

“Goodnight Sean. Sweet dreams.”

“Oh I defiantly will have sweet dreams.” He winked. I laughed and walked in the house with the biggest smile on my face. My phone beeped, a text from Zayn.


.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

It was 11PM, Riley probably would’ve just gotten home from her date. She didn’t have any girlfriends to talk about it with her, so even though I wished I was Sean, I texted her to ask how it went,

To Ry Ry: Heyy how was your date with Sean.

From Ry Ry: It was amazing! He was such a gentleman. I think I’m in love.

She thinks she’s in love? with Sean? She can’t be. I loved her first. I started to text her, ‘Riley, I love you.’

I wanted to press send, but instead I deleted it and typed

To Ry Ry: I gotta go. Bye

From Ry Ry: Are we still going to hang out sometime this weekend?

To Ry Ry: I’m sorry, I can’t.

From Ry Ry: Okay bye then L


I felt bad for lying. I just wished I had told her how I felt before Sean did.


~Kenny Tomlinson <3

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