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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44. Club...Kaylie?

"So...you're...Kaylie..." Belle said slowly, emphasizing each word. She was stating the obvious basically to convince herself of the incredibly awkward situation happening right in front of her.

Kaylie grinned, shrugging her shoulders in a happy way. "Yep, sure am!" She said cheerfully, suddenly moving to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Belle and looping their arms together, walking them both towards the receptionist. Belle looked at her with a bewildered expression but Kaylie took no notice and just kept jabbering away. "I swear, those boys talk about you every single day, I feel like I already know you! You sound like such an amazing person and I mean, I've obviously read all about you on the internet and magazines and such, and you're all over YouTube and your voice is in-freaking-credible! Seriously. And I don't say that to just anyone. Oh hey, you are going this way aren't you?" 

Belle nodded slowly, her jaw still open in shock. 

"Okay good. I was going to see Louis, but eh, he can wait, you're much more important right now. I really do want us to be close, I don't have like, any girlfriends. It's just Louis and those boys, and my two younger brothers. I'm super close to them. Jamey is an actor and Danny does some male modeling. So I really only hang out with guys. Which is why me and you are going to become super good friends because I really feel like you're the key to me keeping my sanity." Kaylie giggled. "You know I really think that we're going to have so much fun, especially if--"

"Woah, woah, slow down." Belle finally interrupted, finding her voice. She came to a halt and turned to face Kaylie, who had a look of slight disappointment on her face. "Why do you want us to be friends?"

Kaylie chuckled. "Because silly, I've heard a catrillion good things about you. Why wouldn't I want us to be friends?"

Belle laughed humorlessly, her eyes wide with shock. "Maybe because you're supposed to, I don't know, hate me? Isn't that how this usually works?"

Kaylie looked dumbstruck for a moment before she burst into laughter. "Why would I ever hate you?! You've never done anything to me!"

Belle ran her fingers through her long hair in frustration. "Kaylie, you do realize that I'm...y'know...Louis' ex?"

Kaylie nodded. "Yeah. So?"

"But you guys are..." Belle's statement trailed off.

"We're...what?"

"You guys are like...together." Belle said, cringing at her own words.

Suddenly Kaylie rolled her eyes and huffed. "Louis and I are not 'together'." She said, putting air quotes around the word 'together'.

Belle scrunched up her face. "Say what?" She asked dumbly.

Kaylie giggled at Belle's reaction. "We're just friends, honestly. And not even friends with benefits or anything like that, just friends. I tweeted him once a few weeks ago saying that I liked his music, and he asked if I wanted to hang out one day. Before we knew it, the media blew everything up saying we were hooking up, dating, engaged, all kinds of crazy rumors. When we actually did meet up though, he specifically told me he wasn't looking for a relationship, and I completely agreed. After we talked for a little while, we found out that we grew up with similar lives - divorced parents, younger siblings, a love for entertainment. We connected instantly, but not in a romantic way."

Belle's jaw was slack as Kaylie finished her explanation. "But...Niall said that..."

Kaylie chuckled. "The other boys have been assuming for the past couple of weeks that we're hooking up, but we're definitely not."

"Wow." Belle said breathlessly. "I can't believe it."

Suddenly Kaylie wrapped Belle in a hug, shocking Belle once again with her forwardness. "Oh sweetie have you been thinking he was over you this whole time?" She asked sympathetically.

Belle tensed instantly and Kaylie pulled away. Seeing Belle's mixed expression, she said very seriously, "Belle honey, that boy is still more in love with you now than he was when you left."

Belle scoffed. "Yeah right. If you had heard the conversations we just had within the past hour then you wouldn't be--"

"Well if you had heard the conversations we have had over the past two weeks, you would believe me." Kaylie interrupted, her face totally composed.

A silence descended over the two girls, Belle not knowing quite how to handle this whole situation. After a moment though, she took in a deep breath and smiled at Kaylie, earning a surprised look. 

"Y'know, I don't really have any girl friends either so..."

Kaylie burst into a wide grin. "Ohmygosh I'm so glad, we are just going to be best friends I know it!" She cried, wrapping Belle in a massive hug.

Belle laughed and this time, she hugged Kaylie back.

***

Once Belle had gotten her advance pay and some papers from Psycho, Kaylie joined her to go apartment hunting in the city. They checked out some really good places, but Belle didn't find anywhere that really grabbed her attention. Belle was going to simply book a hotel room for the week, or until she found the right place, but Kaylie absolutely insisted that Belle crash at her flat. 

Belle was quickly learning that Kaylie was her complete polar opposite: Kaylie was loud, energetic all the time, spoke her mind without even thinking, and was incredibly spontaneous. Everything that Belle wasn't, but wished she was. All in all, despite their rocky start and misunderstandings between them, they were becoming fast friends. Belle loved Kaylie's bluntness and her new friend had an incredibly caring heart. She wasn't a stuck up model who thought herself high and mighty, she was just a regular girl who wanted to live her dream and be happy. Now that, the two girls did have in common.

So after catching dinner together and picking up some necessities Belle had left in America, the two girls made their way back to Kaylie's flat. Belle's earlier nerves were gone at this point, happy to have finally found a girl friend who she could be herself around. Back in America all the girls she found herself around were heiresses like her, but were ignorant and conceited, always wanting to take advantage of her wealth and rank in that society. Kaylie wasn't like that though; she was genuine.

"So here it is!" Kaylie announced once her driver dropped them off. Swinging the door open to her massive house, Kaylie threw her bags down and waltzed in, leaving Belle to gape at the amazing home. 

It was absolutely divine, just as nice as the mansion Belle had been raised in. It opened to a marble foyer, with a double staircase leading upstairs, a massive chandelier above her head. Paintings were scattered all over the walls, and to her left, Belle saw a huge dining room with a table that seated sixteen people at the least. To her right was a kitchen built for the world's greatest chef, and a deck leading to a massive in ground pool with scattered patio chairs, a fire pit, hot tub, and lazy river.

All in all, the place was impeccable. And Belle had only just walked in.

"Kaylie?" Belle called out, jumping as her voice echoed.

"In here!" She heard a voice call out from in the kitchen.

Dropping her bags with a clang, Belle walked to her right and into the huge kitchen. Bent over with her head in the refrigerator was Kaylie, who stood up quickly with two sodas in her hand. "Want one?" She asked cheerfully, Belle nodding. Kaylie slid the soda across the marble countertop, and Belle caught it with ease.

"Kaylie this place is..." Belle said, lost in thought. "It's absolutely incredible." She said breathlessly.

"Ya think?" Kaylie asked, scrunching her face and looking around. "I hate it." She added bluntly, casually drinking her soda. Belle almost spit up her drink.

"What?" Belle asked incredulously, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand. "You don't like this place? How?" She asked in shock.

Kaylie laughed. "Well I don't hate it I guess, but it's just too big. I guess if I lived with someone else it would be nice, but me all by myself in this huge house? It reminds me how lonely I am sometimes."

Belle's mouth turned down. She was starting to understand why Kaylie was so insistent on them being friends, and Belle staying the night with her.

"But it's no worries." Kaylie suddenly said cheerfully, smiling at Belle. "Because you're here tonight! Would you think I was lying if I said this was my very first girl sleepover?"

Belle laughed. "No, because in all honesty, this is my first too."

Kaylie jumped up and down and clapped her hands, squealing. "Ah! Well tonight we are going to lose our sleepover virginities!" She cried out, making Belle burst into hysteric laughter as Kaylie grabbed her hand and drug her out of the kitchen.

"Wait where are we going?" Belle asked as Kaylie drug her by the hand.

"I'm going to show you my favorite room in this whole big house!" Belle laughed but followed Kaylie nonetheless. 

After going up the stairs and down a set of hallways, the two girls arrived outside a door that had splatter paint on it with tons of bumper stickers and concert tags.

Kaylie put her hand on the door handle and then turned to face Belle, taking on a serious tone. "Beyond this door, is one of my favorite places on this planet, and you should feel honored that I'm letting you in."

Belle tried to suppress a laugh. "Oh yes, completely honored." She said with mock seriousness.

Kaylie grinned. "Alright then. Welcome to," She opened the door, "Club Kaylie."

As the door opened all the way, Belle's mouth dropped. The room was huge, neon splatter paint all over the room. Beanbags and couches were scattered around the room, and there was even a pillow pit in the middle. A window that spanned half of the opposite wall had written messages of encouragement all over it, and the window couch was covered in pillows and books. There was a massive flat screen in front of the pillow pit, with an XBox, PS3, DVD player, and much more. There was a queen sized bed to her right, with a green canopy (also with splatter paint) hanging over top of it. 

"Holy--"

"I know." Kaylie interrupted with a smug grin. "It's pretty awesome."

Belle just nodded and walked in the room, her jaw dropped as she took in her surroundings. "Now this, is a room." She said.

Kaylie laughed, throwing herself in the pillow pit and making Belle laugh as well. "Of course it is, I designed it myself." 

"Why is it that I'm not surprised?" Belle said with a chuckle, walking over to the window couch and running her hands over the various books that Kaylie had, dog eared pages in all of them.

"The Great Gatsby? Heart of Darkness? The Awakening?" Belle read the titles in surprise, looking at Kaylie with a cocked eyebrow.

Kaylie shrugged, propping up on her elbows. "I love literature. And like I said, I get lonely." She laughed sadly. "How pathetic is it that my only friends are my books?"

"Hey don't say that." Belle said quickly, going to sit on the edge of the pillow pit and look at Kaylie sympathetically. Kaylie just rolled her eyes. "No seriously, you have other friends. You have Louis and the boys, and your brothers, and I'm sure you have other model friends."

Kaylie shook her head. "No, all the other girls that work in the same company as me hate my guts. They think that I used my brother's connections in the acting industry to get where I am today, even though I didn't. I used to try to invite them over, play nice, but then...I don't know. I just stopped wasting my time. I immersed myself in my modelling, read more, started taking university course online. That's why when Louis tweeted me back that time, I totally jumped on the opportunity. I don't want a relationship because I'm afraid it'll distract me from my work, but..." She took a long pause. "Some friends would be really nice."

Belle smiled at Kaylie, tears welling up in her eyes. This girl had such a good heart, and such good intentions, yet nobody saw it. Feeling bold, Belle reached out and grabbed Kaylie's hand. "Well you've got at least one friend now." She said softly. 

Kaylie looked up and smiled, a tear running down her cheek. "Thanks Belles."

Belles.

That's what Alan used to call her, and Belle's heart wrenched at the familiar nickname, coming from the wrong person. Kaylie didn't know about Alan.

"Is everything alright?" Kaylie asked worriedly, seeing Belle's pained expression. 

Belle nodded, holding her breath to try and control the aching in her chest. She had to find a way to let this go, let go of Alan. Maybe not only did Kaylie need her, she needed Kaylie too. 

Looking up at Kaylie once more, Belle nodded again. "Yeah, I'm fine. Just..." She took a deep breath. "It's just kind of hard to let go of things that hurt, you know?"

Kaylie scrunched up her face and chuckled a little bit. "Why would you ever want to hold on to something that hurts you? That doesn't make any sense."

Belle's face softened.

Kaylie was right, she was so right. Letting go of Alan didn't mean that Belle had to forget him; it just meant she was accepting the reality in front of her, and that she was done hurting over something that she couldn't change.

"You're right Kaylie." Belle said softly, looking at her new friend, who smiled in satisfaction. "That doesn't make any sense at all."

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