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?

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39. I'm Not Over You

 

**The Next Day**

.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

My stupid flight was delayed. I had just landed. I was going to be late for the Voice. We all were. The show starts in 30 min and by the time I got there, we’d probably just be able to see the last performance. The minute I was off the plane, the guys, Dani and El were there to greet me, along with Paul,
“Hey guys I have some great news for you! But first let’s get my bag and I will tell you on the way.”
“No time.” Paul said, “Lou, take the car. I will wait for Zayn’s luggage, you guys need to go, and you are already late.”

Louis took Paul’s keys and we ran to the car. It was dark out, so the fans didn’t catch us. Once we started driving, El, who was sitting in the front seat with Lou, turned back to me,

“So Zayn… what did you want to tell us?”
“OH yea! I almost forgot. So I was in New Jersey to find Riley and one of her friends told me she was somewhere here in San Francico!”

“Oh really?” Danielle said, but she sounded weird.
“Yea!”

Everyone said how cool that was and asked if I was going to go find her. Finally, we all quieted down and rested until we got there. When we got backstage, the crew ran up to us, did our makeup and started to lead us towards our seats. As we walked towards our seats, I heard music playing. It was Not Over You by Gavin Degraw. Then someone started to sing. Her voice was beautiful and incredibly familiar, but I can’t exactly place my finger on it. She was really good. Fans didn’t even seem to notice us; they were too attracted to her voice. The guys, El and Dani were exchanging looks and when we finally got to our seats where we could see the stage as the singer finished, I looked up at that beautiful face as our eyes met,

“And finally I’m forced to face the truth, no matter what they say… I’m not over you.”

The whole crowd cheered, but our eyes just stayed connected. A huge smile appeared on her face, and I saw happy tears in the corner of her eyes.

 

.:~Riley’s PoV~:.

 

Just before I finished the song, I saw him. He, El, Dani and the other guys had just walked to their seats and sat down and our eyes met. I felt the smile creep upon my face, but I finished the song before I let it be a full-on-biggest-smile-ever. I even felt tears in the corners of my eyes. I was ready to take him back, but then I thought stopped me. Was he just going to say what he always says- “I love you, but if you don’t take me back I will just stay with Perrie.”

For now, I didn’t care. I just kept that smile on our face as our eyes stayed locked. Then Carson snapped me out of it.

“Okay, so can the top six please come out on stage, as well as our celebrity guests?”
I’m guessing he meant Zayn, Harry, Liam, Niall and Louis. And I was right; they all came onstage with the other contestants.

“So ladies and gentlemen, as you may have heard, tomorrow, after someone goes home, we will be pairing up the top five with five celebrity mentors, who as you now may have guessed, is One Direction! If you don’t want your favourite going home tomorrow, make sure you call in and vote. Plus, go on Twitter and tweet who you want to see your favorite paired up with; Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam or Niall! And that’s our show for tonight! See you all tomorrow!”

The guys walked off stage first, but the rest of us were called down to talk to our Team Captains.

 

.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

As we walked off stage, I was ready to walk off with Riley, but I noticed her, along with the other contestants, had gone to talk to their coaches. I waited at the door of the stage, just around the corner and waiting for Riley. A few minutes later, I heard a bunch of footsteps and I saw five people walk right past me, straight down the hall, but none of them were Riley.

Luckily, about two minutes later, I heard someone running off stage into the hall,

“Zayn? Zayn?” she called.

She ran right past me, because I was around the corner and she didn’t notice, but I quickly wrapped my arms around her waist and pulled her back. She let out a quick yelp, but smiled when she turned to me. Before she could say anything, I spoke,

“Riley, you were amazing.”

“Th-thank you Zayn… what are you doing here?”

“I’m one of the mentors smartass.”
“I know, but like, why are you right here with me, right now?”
“Because seven months of you figuring it out was too long.”

“Look, Zayn, I was ready to go back to you, but I don’t want you to tell me that if I say yes, you will break up with Perrie and if I say no, you will stay with her.”

“I’m not.”
“So no matter what my answer is, you will end it with her?”
“No.”
“What?” she said, confused with a little anger

“I won’t break up with her, because I already have.” I smirked

Her frown changed into a smile, “You already broke up with her? When?”

“Right before I flew from New Jersey to San Francisco.”
“What were you doing in New Jersey?”
“Finding out that karma was being good to me and putting me in the exact same place as you.”

She smiled and looked down at her feet. I tilted her chin up towards me and looked her dead in the eye,

“And I promise I am never letting you go again.” I said, then gently pressed my lips against hers.

“I love you Zayn.” She said when we pulled away

“I’ve always loved you Riley.” I smiled and pulled her in for another kiss.

 

[A/N] Don’t worry… NOT THE END. There are still a few more chapters, most of the drama is over with, but there will still be a few bumps in the road for Zayn and Riley. Hope you guys are enjoying <3

-Kenny <3

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