Breaking Free

Ever felt smothered by everyone else's idea of what your life should be like? Have you ever just wanted to say "Stop! It's my life!" to those closest to you? We all have, haven't we? I bet you were too afraid to do it though. So you kept your mouth shut, and did exactly what you always told yourself you would never do: you followed the rules set by people who don't really know you, and let THEM control your life. But what could happen if you finally just said no? If you decided to follow your own dream? Would something amazing happen? Would you fall in love? Would you find what you've been looking for your whole life? What could happen if you just...broke free?

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34. Change in Plan

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Author's Note: Hey lovelies! So this chapter is dedicated to user "Middy89" because her comment made me smile :) Hope you like this chapter! Drama, drama, drama! Don't forget to like, fav, and comment! xx

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"You want me to what?!" Belle's voice shrieked across the backstage conference room at an empty LG Arena in Birmingham.

It had been four days since the mysterious call from Alan, and the "warning" he had issued to Louis had not been addressed since then. Not to Belle's knowledge anyhow; she didn't know that Louis had had a secret conversation with Paul and the rest of security, and they were all keeping an extra close watch on her lately.

At the moment though, it was nine o'clock in the morning and management had called Belle in extra early to talk to her. In the room was Belle, Olivia (the management head who had given Louis so much grief over dating Belle), Matt (the light and sound coordinator whom Belle had become close friends with over the past few months), and Jordan (the tour's public relations coordinator).

"Look Belle, I know it's late notice but you have to understand." Jordan said calmly, "Your acoustic openings are fantastic, truly. But fan videos of you performing are already on YouTube with almost a million hits at this point. The fans coming to the concerts have most likely already seen you perform those songs. So we need you to do something new. Something fresh." He tried to give Belle a comforting smile but she just looked at him like he was a complete idiot.

"Yeah Jordan, it is late notice! We have a concert tonight!" She shouted, standing up and pacing around the room, running her fingers through her hair in frustration. "How the hell am I supposed to learn two new songs with Josh, Sandy, and Dan in eleven hours?!"

"You also have to learn choreography." Olivia added simply.

Belle's jaw dropped. "Choreography?!"

"And we have to do light and sound too." Matt said with a chipper attitude, earning him a scowl from Belle. He quickly looked away and shrunk down in his seat.

Belle laughed drily. "You guys are crazy." She muttered under her breath.

"Oh quit bitching." Olivia said rudely with a roll of her eyes. Belle looked up at her incredulously and Olivia met her gaze evenly. "Oh don't scrunch up your face, you'll get wrinkles." Belle's jaw dropped and Olivia leaned forward and placed her palms face down on the table in front of her. "Look Miss Costa. You are an employee of ours. We don't work for you, you work for us. Therefore, I don't really give a damn if you're upset about this change of plan or not. You will do what we require of you, or you will be fired from this tour. Are we clear?"

The room went silent, all eyes on Belle. After what seemed like eternity, but was actually just a few seconds, Belle finally choked out the word, "Crystal."

Olivia's expression instantly turned to that of smug satisfaction. "Good, now I suggest you get out on stage and start working. I think we all know you need all the rehearsal time you can get." She said rudely.

Belle's jaw dropped yet again at her comment and she scoffed before turning around and walking out of the room. Right as she was going through the exit door, she muttered under her breath just loud enough for Olivia to hear, "Cold hearted bitch."

"I heard that!" Olivia shouted after Belle.

Belle barked out a laugh and turned around, continuing to walk backwards as she looked back at Olivia through the open door. "Yeah I know, that's why I said it." She said with a smug smirk.

Belle turned back around and continued to walk towards the stage with determination in her stride and a scowl on her face.

'So they want a new set?' She thought to herself. 'Well I'll give them a new set and it'll be damn near perfect if it's the last thing I do. That bitch thinks she can just--'

Belle's thoughts were interrupted as she ran into a familiar tall, curly headed boy coming out of the bathroom.

"Shit, sorry I didn't mean to-- Oh, hey Belle, it's you." Harry said with a grin as he stepped back and saw his friend.

Belle tried to muster a smile but failed epically. "Hey Harry. Uh, yeah, sorry about that, I'm just...distracted I guess. Well uh, I gotta head to the stage, I'll see ya." She said with a flat tone, walking around him and in the direction of the stage.

"Belle hold up!" Harry called after her and Belle stopped in her tracks. She looked up at the ceiling and took in a deep breath before turning back around to face Harry.

"What's up?" Belle asked with feigned nonchalance, eyebrows raised, and a tight smile.

"Everything okay?" Harry asked, taking a few slow steps toward her. "You seem upset. Everything good with Louis?"

Belle chuckled and looked down, rocking back and forth on her heels. "Yeah, I'm good, and everything's fine with me and Louis." Harry looked at her skeptically. She laughed yet again and held up two fingers. "Scout's honor." She said with a crooked grin.

Harry laughed and put his hands in his pockets. "Alright love, if you say so. But just remember, you can talk to any of us about anything. You know that right?"

Belle smiled with actual sincerity. "Thanks Harry. That means a lot." She said softly.

Harry beamed. "You're welcome! Hey did you say that you're going to the stage?" Belle nodded. "Oh okay, I'll walk with you."

Belle smiled and she and Harry began walking towards the stage. It was silent for a few seconds. "Hey you know the band is practicing right now don't you?" Harry asked, looking down at Belle as they walked.

Belle sighed and nodded. "Yeah, I know, that's why I'm going." She said simply. She took in another breath when she looked up and saw Harry's confused expression. She didn't ever rehearse with the band because she did her own music for her opening set. "Management changed my entire set list to open up for you guys. I won't be doing my acoustic songs anymore."

"What?" Harry asked incredulously. "Why?"

Belle shrugged in a detached fashion. "Apparently the fan videos of my acoustic set have been getting a ton of hits on YouTube and Jordan says they won't want to see me perform something they've already heard. So they gave me two new songs to do with the band, I have to learn choreography, and it has to be ready by tonight."

"Tonight?!" Harry shouted. Belle nodded yet again. "That's crazy." He muttered under his breath.

"Yeah I know." Belle said quietly as they approached the side entrance to the stage. They could hear Josh going crazy on the drums like always and Belle chuckled humorlessly. "But what can I do?" She asked, stopping and turning to face Harry. She had to look up at him because he was so much taller than her. "I have to perform what they tell me to. I guess I don't really get a say, y'know?"

Harry looked down at Belle and chewed his bottom lip. "I'm so sorry Belle, I know this is probably super stressful for you." Belle looked down sadly and Harry wrapped her up in a hug.

Belle was startled at first; she and Harry were friends, but not really close or anything. Regardless though, she relaxed and hugged him back. She'd needed a hug badly anyways.

"Hey don't tell Louis about the set change okay?" Belle suddenly asked, leaning back and looking up at Harry. He cocked his head to the side.

"Why not?"

Belle sighed. "Because he'll just worry like crazy about me being stressed out over this, and I don't want him to have any distractions from tonight's concert, he needs to focus on that right now."

Harry nodded in understanding. "Oh okay." He said. "I guess it can be our little secret." He added with a cheeky wink.

Belle laughed and shoved Harry playfully. "Oh shut up Styles."

Harry laughed and held his hands up, stepping back from Belle. "Okay, okay. But seriously, I won't say anything. Actually, I don't even know where Louis is right now."

Belle chuckled and said, "He's probably still asleep if I were to take a guess."

With that, Harry and Belle laughed and walked onto the stage together to say hey to the band.

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Meanwhile, in Louis' hotel room, he was laying on his stomach, his hair a mess, stubble on his chin, and snoring loudly into his pillow.

'As long as you love me, we could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke,'

Louis groaned and reached a hand out blindly to pick up his phone. If he were more awake he would have chuckled at the newest ringtone Belle had set on his phone. It had become a game between them, changing each other's ringtones. Belle was always doing the most random things to make Louis smile; just another reason he was in love with her.

'As long as you love me, I'll be your platinum, I'll be your silver, I'll be your--'

"Hello?" Louis cut off Justin Bieber's hit song with his husky morning voice, not even bothering to check the caller ID. It was probably just one of the boys telling him to hurry up and get to the arena for sound check and such.

"Louis I don't have much time to talk but they're coming today for Belle." Alan's voice hastily spit out, sounding as though he were terrifed and out of breath. "Did you hear me? They're coming today, Costa knows that she's in Birmingham and--"

"Wait Alan?" Louis interrupted sleepily, sitting up in his bed and trying to make sense of what was going on and why Alan was talking so fast about something. "What are you--"

"Just shut the fuck up and listen okay?!" Alan cut Louis off angrily. Louis' eyes shot open wide. He was for sure awake now. "Costa is sending five of his guys to your location, he's planning to take Belle right after she performs, when you're onstage and your security is-- shit, they're here I don't have much time."

"Wait who's there?" Louis asked. "Alan where are you and how do you know that--"

"Don't ask any questions just trust me dammit! They're going to take Belle at the south gate of the parking lot, outside your tour bus and-- Shit...hey get the fuck away from me you...No man I swear I didn't...No I was just...ah!"

Click.

Louis leaned back and looked at his phone with his jaw dropped, the call ending. Alan had been talking so fast about Belle's dad coming to take her and then he had started talking to someone else. Louis had heard the other voice, low and gruff, but he couldn't make out anything that was being said. He'd heard one thing for sure though, and the sound was still resonating in his ears.

Alan's scream.

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"Just trust me Costa, your precious daughter won't be seeing Tomlinson at all today, I made sure of it."

"Good. And you'll make sure she is at the south gate at precisely eight thirty tonight?"

"Yes. And this payday you're promising me sure as hell be worth it Costa, your daughter is a stubborn and disrespectful little--"

"I'd watch my tone if I were you." Belle's father interrupted in a menacing voice. "She may be confused at the moment but Anabelle is still my daughter."

"Yes Mr. Costa. I'm sorry, that won't happen again."

"Good. Now this better go smoothly or you won't be getting a single dollar from me. Understand?"

"Yes. I understand."

"Excellent."

"Goodbye Mr. Costa."

"Oh and Miss Copeland? Thank you again. This will be worthwhile in the end, I can promise you that."

"Oh please Mr. Costa...call me Olivia."

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Author's Note: Ooo, dramatic ending :) Hope you all liked it! And if you read all of last chapter you would have seen that I asked for you guys' opinion on my next story, and I've decided to go with the Harry fanfic (but don't worry you Janoskianators, as soon as Breaking Free finishes up I'll do my Janoskians fanfic).

So be on the lookout for my next story! One Direction will not be famous, but all the boys will be in the story :) And if you go to my profile and fan me, you'll be sure to know when I upload it (which will be very soon)!

I love you all, thanks for reading and please comment below, I reply to everyone!

Much love! xx

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