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?


21. I'm Sorry


Loved You First ~ Ch. XVII


**Dec 24 2010**

.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

The boys and I had gotten booted off the show the next night. We were all really sad, but soon after Simon had offered us a record deal. We spent two weeks planning things out, and then I finally got to go home. Riley is still all I think about. I have to go patch things up with her. When my train arrived at home, I quickly went to my house to say hi to my family. I had just seen them three days before, so it was pretty brief. As I was heading out the door to go talk to Riley, my mom stopped me,


“Yea mum?”

“Fight for her, okay? She is the only one I want to be my daughter in-law.”

“I’ll try my best mum.” I said and ran out the door.


When I got to Riley’s house, I jumped out of the car and ran to her door. I rang the doorbell and impatiently waited for someone to open it. Eventually, I heard the door unlock and saw Riley’s grandma open the door.

“Hello Ms. Campbell.”

“Oh hello Zayn… and you can call me Betty” she said a little sadly. She must’ve known what happened

“Is Riley here?” I asked

“Um, no actually she isn’t.”

“When will she be home?”

Betty was silent for a moment as she stared at her feet, then she looked up at me, “Riley won’t be coming home.”

“Why not?” I asked worriedly

“She’s over in New Jersey, and this time she isn’t coming back to England.”

“Why not?” I almost yelled

“Zayn, you were the only reason she wanted to stay here. Once she didn’t have you anymore, she had no reason to stay.”

“Dammit!” I said, banging my head against the doorframe, “I lost her.”

“No Zayn, you didn’t lose her, you are just giving up on her. She wants you to fight for her… so go fight for her. Zayn, for the nine years I have known you, I have known that you were the one for her. She currently thinks I’m just some batty old crazy lady for thinking that… go prove her wrong.”
“You’re right… what is the city she lives in called?”

“Little Egg Harbor.”

“Thank you Betty.”

“Merry Christmas Zayn.”


I quickly went home. I don’t care if tomorrow is Christmas. I had to get her back before John stole her from me. When I got home, I discussed it with my parents and they let me go. I would leave tomorrow morning.


The next day, I got up bright and early, spent Christmas morning with my parents and siblings. Then I was at the airport for 11AM and flew over to New Jersey.

As soon as I got there, I hopped into a cab and the driver took me to the center of Little Egg Harbor. I saw a girl who looked familiar coming out of the grocery store. I was surprised it was open on Christmas day. She might be one of Riley’s friends; I think I have seen her in a picture. I walked up to her when he had her back to me,

“Excuse me miss?”
She turned around, “Yes, how can I help-” when she saw who I was, a weird look of hate came across her face… yup, she was a friend of Riley’s, “-you?”

“Can you tell me where Riley Campbell lives?”
“I can… I don’t want to. Just leave her alone Zayn Malik.”

“Please, um…” I finally remembered her name, Alyssa. “Alyssa?”

“Zayn, she has barely left her room in two weeks. It’s Christmas day and I bet you she is either alone in her room or outside shoveling all by herself… because that is all she does since you cheated on her you moron.”

“Well I just flew six hours to fight for her, so please… just let me prove to her I still love her.”
Alyssa sighed, “Fine. Follow me.”

We started walking when I got a text from Louis,

<From Louis: Hey Zayn… the guys and I showed up to surprise you for Christmas but your parents said you were in America… why?>

<To Louis: Had to fight for her. I’m in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey>


.:~Louis’ PoV~:.

“Shit guys… he went to fix things with Alyssa.” I said to the guys

“Maybe one of us should go over there… for him and maybe for her too.” Harry pointed out.
“Yea… I guess you’re right,” I said

“Who is going to go?” Liam asked.

“I will.” I said and with that, I drove off to the airport as I already had a bag packed from coming to Bradford


.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

We came to an intersection where you could either turn onto a street called Tyler St or Markel St. Alyssa turned to me,

“Okay, well I live on Markel, so I have to turn here, but Ry lives on Tyler St, number 25.”

“Thank you Alyssa.”

“Whatever. You really messed up Zayn and I don’t mean to sound like a bitch, but you don’t deserve her and I sorta hope she doesn’t take you back.”

“I know.” I said a little agitated and turned down Tyler Street. I was walking down the side with all of the even numbers. Finally I was across from number 25. I watched the garage door open, so I went and hid behind a tree in the little forest that was across from Riley’s house. I watched a brunette walk out. She looked a lot like Riley, but Riley has blonde hair… then I remembered what she had said to me exactly a year ago today. It was officially over between us. She started to shovel her driveway. She looked so hurt… so depressed. I wanted to go wrap my arms around her and tell her how sorry I was, but I couldn’t bring myself to cross the street. Suddenly, she pulled out her phone, read whatever appeared on the screen and burst into tears. I looked down at my watch. Over in Bradford, it was 9:45PM on Christmas day. The little anniversary notice I had written is what made her cry. I watched her fall to her knees in tears. I was about to run up to her, when I saw someone else run across the street to her… John. Anger filled up inside of me. Continuing to hide, I listened to their conversation,

“Riley… what’s wrong?”

“Z-Zayn.” She sobbed

“What’d he do? Is he here? I am going to kill him.”

“He-he isn’t here. He just… looks.” Riley handed him her phone and he read my note.

“Oh Riles, I’m so sorry.” He said once he finished. He held her in a hug as she continued to cry.

“I hate him, but I miss him. I want him back.” When she said that I was heartbroken. I want her back too.

“I’m sorry he hurt you and is making you feel this way.” John said and gave her a little kiss. I felt like I had been shot. When he pulled away, she pulled him back in. I can’t do this anymore. He was making her feel better. They say if you love someone, let them go. Maybe I just had to let Riley go, John was protecting her, and from the way he’s been acting with her in the pictures, he was going to be better to her then I would be.

“I’m sorry I hurt you Riley.” I whispered so she couldn’t hear, “I know he will take better care of you than I ever did.”

I walked away towards the town center and called another cab. I missed my chance with her, so now I’m going home.


[A/N] sorry that this chapter sucks, but I needed a way to show that Riley has moved on and Zayn knows it lol. Spoiler Alert: Louis comes to Little Egg Harbor in the next chapter

~Kenny Tomlinson <3

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