Teenage Casanova

Being an heir to a billion dollar company wasn't all that it was cracked up to be; just ask pompous troublemaker teen, Harry Styles. Sure, it had its ups, but when your CEO father threatens to cut you off and kick you out of the family unless you take over the company when he steps down next year, it ends up putting a little damper on all the fun of being a spoiled rich kid. Growing up definitely wasn't on the agenda at only nineteen years, but maybe with a little time away that would give him the time to think it all over and figure out what the hell he was going to do. And to cause reckless chaos. In enters Kennedy Ross, a good girl from Seattle, Washington, who was being forced into spending her summer with her older sister in Barcelona, Spain. The only thing she wanted to do was get through the next few months with nothing but a good tan and a few memorable stories to tell. She just didn't expect that those stories would include a spoiled brat and a painter.

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16. Kiss Me Slowly - PART II

(movellas cut me off at the end of last chapter so I had to put it in 2 different chapters. So this won't be long since it's a continuation from last chapter.)

 

The walk back to the hotel was filled with boring conversations about the weather and what each of them had planned for tomorrow. Kennedy knew that something was off with Zayn again and she knew that she had to talk about things with him now or she never would.

“Do you want to come in?” It was definitely the first time she had ever asked someone if they wanted to come in with her and she noticed the surprise in Zayn’s expression too. He just nodded in response as she swiped her card through the door and pushed it open.

No, no, no, no NO! The two of them paused and stopped when they saw Hannah and Harry cuddled up on the couch in the living room. Of course this had to happen. Of course he had to be there. Why couldn’t she just catch a break?

The two on the couch noticed their sudden company and Harry quickly shifted their positions and pushed Hannah off of him as he stared at Kennedy and Zayn. “What’s going on?”

“Hannah, I thought you two were going out.” Kennedy gave her a look as if to say ‘get-this-idiot-out-of-here’, but she only received a shrug from Hannah.

“We decided to just stay in and watch a movie. We can move to my room if you guys wanted us to?”

“No.” Both Kennedy and Harry responded to Hannah’s question quickly and they looked at each other. She glared at him before grabbing Zayn’s hand and pulling him along with her to her room and shutting the door behind them.

“Well, that wasn’t awkward.” Zayn laughed as he looked around the room, messing with a few knickknacks on her dresser before plopping down onto her bed and grabbing her stuffed bunny, placing it in his lap. “How cute.” 

She sighed and ran a hand through her hair, trying to calm her nerves. There was a bigger problem than Harry being here right now and that was the guy she had been avoiding was now sitting on her bed and they were alone. She knew that this was her chance to get everything out in the open with him, but she had no idea where even to start.

She crawled up onto the bed and laid down on her side next to him, glancing anywhere other than laying her eyes on Zayn. Say something! Anything! But what was she going to say? She had made a huge fuss all day about how she had to talk to Zayn and now she had him in a position where they could finally talk…and there was nothing but silence. 

“I’ve been trying to figure out what to say all day,” Zayn spoke up, breaking their silence as she stared at him. “I guess I’ve been kicking myself about the whole thing. I shouldn’t have kissed you last week or tried to kiss you, well, twice today.”

“Zayn–”

“No, look… I like you, okay? And I know that we don’t know each other that well, but I can’t help the way I feel. Every time I see you I get this huge, stupid smile on my face and it’s so bizarre to me.” He continued on, surprising Kennedy more and more as he talked.

She couldn’t honestly believe what she was hearing. It was everything she wanted to hear, of course, but it was so shocking at the same time…and yet it wasn’t? Zayn was opening up and getting everything that he felt out on the table and yet she was sitting there bottling it all up still. 

No… No, that had to stop. 

“I’m sorry if I made you feel like you did something wrong,” she finally interrupted him and he glanced in her direction. When he opened his mouth to respond she shook her head and stuck her finger up, wanting to continue. “I was really happy when you kissed me. It’s what I wanted. And it may not seem like it, but I really liked it.”

“So why did you run? Why have you been avoiding me?”

She sighed and rolled on her back, staring at the ceiling. “I’m scared, okay? I’m afraid of doing this with you. Of kissing you and being with you and anything to do with you, really. I’m not sure what I want. I went through a really bad relationship last year. Riley, that was his name, he meant a lot to me and I really thought I was in love with him, you know? And then he wanted something more with me…sex. And I wasn’t ready for that yet. So I said no and the next thing I knew I was at a party that weekend watching him sleep with Hannah.”

“Your sister?”

“I forgave her eventually. We’re sisters so of course I forgave her. She was drunk and he manipulated her. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt though. I went months without saying anything. Not a single word.” She hated thinking about it more than anything. She felt so betrayed and alone back then that she really never thought she would ever be okay again.

“I’m sorry that happened to you, Kennedy.” Zayn placed his hand against her hair and stroked it slowly, sending a few cold chills down her spine. She didn’t pull away though and just smiled at the small gesture that made her feel so good.

“I’m sorry I ran away, but it wasn’t anything you did. I just wanted you to know that… because I really like you, Zayn,” she turned slightly and laid back on her side, facing him. “I think if I got to know you more I could really like you.”

He smiled sweetly, his hair still roaming through her hair. “I think I could really like you too,” he spoke softly, “blue eyes.”

Her stomach did flips and the smile never left her face. She felt so relieved to finally get all of that out in the open and it made her even more relieved that Zayn understood everything she was saying. But there was one matter that still needed to be discussed.

“So, where does this leave us…?” 

Zayn sat there, looking as if he were deep in thought, before grinning and looking back down at her. “Friends?”

“Friends.” She let out another relieved huff.

“For now.” She hardly got time to respond to his last comment before he leaned in a little closer, locking eyes with her. “Before we do this whole ‘just friends’ thing…can I kiss you again? Just as a goodbye kind of thing.”

“We’re not saying goodbye, Zayn.” She blushed, feeling a bit more embarrassed. Zayn never ceased to surprise her and she had a feeling that this feeling would be sticking around for a while. “But… of course. I’d like that.”

Zayn’s hand moved down from her hair to her cheek as he reached forward and let his other hand cup her other one. He pulled her in slowly, letting the tension build between them before pushing his lips gently against hers. 

And she was in bliss again. Pure bliss. She could taste the caramel from his ice cream on his breath as the two moved to their own rhythm, letting their lips smack against each other’s. Just like before, she didn’t want this moment to end. Kissing Zayn was absolutely amazing and she could do it forever if she wanted to.

She really wanted to.

But, as like every song and every fairytale, everything comes to an end and Zayn pulls away slowly as the two let out almost synchronized breaths. She didn’t know about Zayn, but her heart felt like it was about to beat right out of her own chest. It was the perfect moment for a bittersweet end to something that hadn’t even started. She hoped that one day, maybe even one day soon, they could try for real and do this more often. 

Who would have thought that in just one moment everything could change? She knew that it was so cliché to think of, but this was the perfect moment. There they were, sitting there and both of them were wanting more. They were craving each other. But she knew she needed time to figure all of this out. And he was such a gentleman that he understood completely why she was so apprehensive. 

And yet that didn’t stop him from wanting more. His hand moved to the small of her back while his free one was gentle and still on her cheek as he pulled her into a hug. When they pulled away from another long and great moment, Kennedy noticed something. Zayn’s eyes were full of something that she hadn’t seen in so long: hope. It was like he was telling her that it was okay to be afraid and that it was okay to not be sure. 

“I’m not giving up on you.”

The words seemed to paralyze her as she watched Zayn get up from the bed and walk towards the door. She tried to wrap her mind around everything that had just happened, going between absolutely needing him to being afraid of what might happen next.

“That’s a promise, just so you know.” He didn’t turn back and face her once as he left the room, pulling the door closed behind him and leaving her alone.

She let her hand fly up to her lips and she touched them softly, still feeling that leftover zing from Zayn. My God, she thought as a small smile crept upon her lips. He was something else, that she knew for sure. And he was someone that she was going to try really hard not to run from anymore. Nothing was going to hold her back; not Hannah or Harry, not Riley, and definitely not herself.

Harry, you, or anyone really, are not going to hold me back anymore. I think I’ve found someone I really want to know.

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Authors notes:

Hey guys! I just wanted to write something at the end of to let you know I really appreciate everyone who is reading and has favorited and everything! It means so much to me that you're liking it on here too! So who's your favorite character? Favorite part so far? Let me know what you think! Thanks again and enjoy reading! Lots more to come! <3

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