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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3. Look who's back

 

**June, Year 2006** (Zayn is 14 and Riley is 13)

.:~Riley’s PoV~:.

   It was two years today since Tyler died. Zayn and I would also graduate elementary school tonight. I was so excited because I hated my elementary school because it reminded me of Tyler. I put my dress on and fixed my hair and we drove to the school. The ceremony happened. Zayn and I both graduated on the honor roll. Next they were going to announce award winners. Zayn and I both wanted to win the music award, but I would rather have Zayn, my bestest friend in the world have it before me.

“The last but not the least award that we will be handing out tonight is the music award.” Mrs Masterson, our principal said, “This award is being shared and it goes to the two students who have excelled in all the aspects of music; singing, instruments and musical theory. So, it is with great honor to give this award to two people who are not only great in music, but are also the two closest friends I’ve ever seen, Zayn Malik and Riley Campbell!”

Everyone cheered. I couldn’t believe that BOTH Zayn and I won the award. I walked out into the aisle the same time Zayn did. He took my hand and we walked up onto the stage together and accepted our award.

 

   After the ceremony, I went to find Zayn,

“Hey Zayn! I can’t believe we both won the music award!”
“Neither can I!” he replied with a smile, “But we did both deserve it. Tyler knew you could do it.”

We hadn’t talked about Tyler in a long time. I felt tears in my eyes. Zayn’s smile left his face, “Oh I’m sorry Riley. I shouldn’t have brought him up.”
“No, it’s okay Zayn. I just wish he was here.” I said, biting my lip

“We all do. And he is. He is right here,” Zayn smiled and he seemed like he was going to put his finger on my heart, but right before he touched my chest, he moved his finger down and poked me in the stomach. I laughed because I’m really ticklish there. We laughed together and joked for about ten minutes, but then the happiness left when I saw Zayn’s expression drop to a mix of sadness and fear. I turned around and saw why.

 

.:~Zayn’s PoV~:.

Riley and I were having a good laugh. God, she looked so beautiful tonight. Lately I’ve been looking at Riley differently. I look at her now as if I, well, no Zayn. She is your best friend. You don’t think of your friends that way. We continued to joke around until I looked up and all of my happiness just left when he said,

“Well if it isn’t the Terrorist and the girl who can’t get friends of her own gender.”

Jake.

“What are you doing here?” Riley snapped.

“Oh come on… can’t I watch my two ‘buddies’ graduate?”

“Hahahaahahaha… buddies, sure.” Riley replied sarcastically. Jake rolled his eyes then nudged Riley out of the way and came up to me,

“So Zayn… are you excited to come to high school? When you are there you and I can hang out ALL the time.” He said evilly.

“Not that I’d want to. Excuse me I need to go to the washroom.” I said and walked away.

When I walked into the washroom, I felt bad that I had left Riley alone with Jake, because I knew Jake would bring up Tyler. I ran out quickly, but Riley and Jake were gone. I walked up to her parents,

“Did you see Riley?” I asked

“Yes. She was talking to Jake, they went, um, that way I think.” Mr. Campbell replied and pointed.

“Okay thanks.” I said and I walked down the hall to find her. As I was walking I heard voices and I stopped dead,

“Oh come on Riley. One date. I’m going to be in grade 11 when you are in grade nine, you will look pretty cool with me on your arm.” It was Jake.

“No Jake. I don’t want to go out with you. You bullied my best friend and you still do. I don’t want to go out with you!” Riley replied.

Then there was silence. I peaked around the corner to see what was going on and I saw Jake had Riley trapped between his arm against the wall and he was leaning in.

“Jake what the hell are you doing???” Riley yelled.

“Just kiss me.” He replied

“Get away from me!”

He didn’t listen and kept leaning in. Riley looked really scared. I ran up and pushed Jake out of the way and grabbed Riley and ran.

 

Once we were back in the lobby, I turned to Riley,

“Are you okay Ry?” I asked

“Yea. Thank you Zayn.” Riley smiled and pulled me in for a hug.

 

**The Next Day**

When I woke up on the morning I smiled, even though it was 5:30AM. It was finally summer and every summer my family and Riley’s family would rent a cottage together in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. We leave today and I was all packed. It will be fun to get to sit beside Riley for six hours on a plane and then another two to drive to the cottage. I grabbed all of my stuff then walked to the car and we drove to pick up Riley and her parents.

When we got to their house, they were all waiting outside for us and they were all half asleep. They jumped in our car and we drove off the airport. When we got on the plane, I sat beside Riley. She was sleeping already and she looked so cute when she slept, no Zayn, stop. She is your best friend. You don’t feel that way, right? I looked at my phone and remembered that today was June 30th, it was Riley’s birthday.

Her head leaned on my shoulder still asleep. I kissed her hair and whispered,

“Happy birthday love.”

She slightly shifted then in her sleep, she mumbled, “Zayn.”

Why did she say my name? Does she like me? Oh my goodness Zayn! Stop.

You.

Do.

Not.

Like.

Riley…

Or do I????

 

~Kenny Tomlinson <3

 

 

 

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