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?


43. It's You and Me


.:~Riley’s PoV~:. “Riley, you’re up next.” Terry said as he came offstage, “And please, don’t do anything stupid.” “I won’t. And amazing job out there. You nailed that song.” “Thank you.” He said as he hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. The show went to commercial and then it was my turn. Tonight’s performance was for Tyler. I was singing this song for him. Blake was really happy I chose this song, because his wife, Miranda Lambert and he had written this song for Blake’s late brother and I was singing for my late brother, so I could relate. I walked on stage and everyone cheered as the music started to play and I sang, “Weatherman says it’s gonna snow. By now I should be used to the cold. Mid February shouldn’t be so scary. It was only December, I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me…” I looked at the judges as I began the chorus and they all had tears brimming their eyes, except for Blake, who was full out crying. Then I looked out into the crowd. Lou was giving me thumbs up, Liam was smiling, Niall was crying, Harry was tearing up and Zayn… wasn’t there. He was gone. For some reason, I really wanted him there, looking at me, supporting me, but he wasn’t. When this whole thing was over, him and I are going to figure things out. When I finished, the judges complemented me and Blake cried and then I walked off stage. The boys were performing next. They all walked on stage from the opposite side of the stage, so I couldn’t wish them luck. They all sat down on stools as the music to Little Things started. “Your hand fits in mine like it’s made just for me, but bear this in mind it was meant to be. And I’m joining up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks and it all makes sense to me…” I felt tears in the corner of my eyes as Zayn looked up at me to finish his solo. I turned away so he wouldn’t see me cry. Then they finished the song and the show ended. I quickly changed out of my dress and into a t-shirt and sweatpants and went back to my hotel room and cried myself to sleep. I was trying to be okay without Zayn, but I wasn’t. I love him and I need him.   **The Next Evening** .:~Zayn’s PoV~:.   “Zayn, can I talk to you for a sec?” Harry said, peeking his head into my dressing room. I took a deep sigh, “Fine.” I was still a little angry with him, but I felt I should probably give him a chance. Harry walked in and sat down. “Dude, you have to forgive Riley. This is my fault. I was upset and I kissed her. If you hadn’t walked in, I’m sure she would’ve pulled away at the exact same time and told me she loved you. That kiss was nothing. Please just go talk to her.” “I will talk to her later.” We sat awkwardly in silence until Paul knocked on the door and told us to be onstage in a minute. Harry stood up and before he left, he spoke, “Zayn, she still loves you. But if she goes home tonight, I swear Zayn, you’ve lost her for good.” And he walked out. Was he right? If Riley did go home tonight, will I lose her for good?   Tonight there were some performances. The lads and I performed Live While We’re Young, Riley and Trevor performed Everybody Talks, and the lads and I would be performing again before they kicked someone off. I hadn’t seen Riley once. When she was one place, I was another. Right before we are going to go on for a second time, Christina and Blake were going to sing their new duet on her new album. I stood just off stage and watched their performanceThey walked on stage and everyone cheered and Christina started to sing, “Another shot of whiskey please bartender, keep it coming until I don’t remember at all how bad it hurts when you’re gone. Turn the music up a little louder, just gotta get past the midnight hour. Maybe tomorrow it won’t be this hard… Who am I kidding? I know what I’m missing…” I looked up across the stage and saw Riley standing just off stage on the opposite side. She looked up at me and bit her lip, choking back tears. That’s it, I can’t do this anymore. I turned around and walked away.   .:~Riley’s PoV~:. I looked up and caught him looking at me from across the stage. I bit my lip, trying to hold back the tears, but I just couldn’t. We held our gaze for another second, but broke when Zayn turned around and walked away. I turned around too, I should go fix my makeup before I have to go onstage and possibly go back to New Jersey. When I turned around, I crashed into someone. I looked up to see Zayn staring down at me. “Oh hey Zayn. I need to go fix my makeup and stuff before I go onstage so have a good performance.” And I walked past him, but before I could walk away, he grabbed my wrist and spun me around to face him, “Riley I am so sorry. I should’ve let you explain. It’s just I had just gotten you back and my biggest fear was losing you to one of the guys, especially Harry and when I saw you with him I was scared I had lost you and-” I cut him off by pressing my lips against his. He wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me in so close he was almost crushing me. Then we heard a series of awes. We pulled away and turned to see Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis. We all burst into laughter then Louis, through laughs, attempted to speak, “Well, we are happy that you two have fixed things, but we have a performance to do.” Zayn gave me one last kiss and ran on stage and the music started, “Hello hello I know it’s been I while but baby, I’ve got something that I really want to let you know, yea, something that I wanna let you know-o-o-o-o.” They sang and then Zayn’s solo came up he looked straight at me from the stage, “Now I'm back at your door, you're looking at me unsure, I should've seen it before, you're all I think about, baby.” And he pointed at me   When the song ended, we were all called onstage. I had my fingers crossed I wasn’t going home. I tried my best last night and hopefully I was safe. “So tonight we are running a little late, so we are just going to announce who is going home.” Carson spoke. Emma and Harry held hands as well as Terry and Niall, Nicholas and Louis and Trevor and Liam, so I took Zayn’s hand too. He looked over at me and I looked up at him, he whispered, “We got this.” in my ear. “And so, the person who’s journey ends tonight is… Nicholas Taylor. You did an amazing job on the show man, but you end here.” Louis and Nick hugged, then I walked up and hugged Nick. He was really talented and I felt bad that he was going home, but at least I was still on the competition and I am going to win this.   When we got back to my room and walked in, Zayn and I shared a long kiss. Then when he pulled away he said,  “I should go. Goodnight Riley. I love you.” And he kissed my forehead. I didn’t want him to leave, “Zayn, can you please spend the night? I’ve really missed you.” He let out a happy sigh, “Fine…”  We walked into my bedroom and he took off all of his clothes except his track pants and I just threw on an old t-shirt and shorts. He wrapped his arms around me and pulled me close. We lay there in silence for a moment before Zayn spoke again, “I love you Riley and I am never letting you go again.” I looked up into his beautiful hazel eyes that were looking intensely down at me, “Good, because this is where I want to be. No more messing around, I don’t wanna mess this up again.” “Me neither.” “It’s you and me, alright?” “You and me.” He whispered and planted a kiss on my forehead then we fell asleep in each other’s arms.   [A/N] Okay, so the last few lines starting from “I love you Riley and I am never letting you go again.” All the way to the end of the chapter, these are lines I took from the series finally of my favorite show Friends. And this is not the end, don't worry :) Kenny Tomlinson
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