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?


7. Getting To Know Belle

"Oh come on Belle, let us in!"

"Please Belle, we just wanted to surprise you!"

"Dude did you see what she was wearing?"

"Of course I did, she looked fine as h--"

"Hey shut it you two! Belle, please open the door for us so we can properly apologize."

That last voice Belle heard through the door belonged to Zayn. As soon as she had slammed the door in the boys' faces, Belle had ran to her suitcase to thrown on some decent clothes. She didn't respond to any of their pleas as she threw on a pair of black Victoria's Secret yoga pants and put on a bra before pulling the tshirt back over her head. The boys were still shouting through the door as she walked back over to it, puttin her hand on the doorhandle.

"Belle we're really sorry, we--"

"Yeah Belle we didn't think that you'd--"

Niall cut himself short as the door opened. They all smiled in relief.

" here?" Belle asked menacingly slow, hissing at the boys. They all looked at her in shock, and Louis even moved behind Zayn a little bit to shield himself.

"Well, uh..." Zayn started to say, since the boys had shoved him forward to give an explanation. "Well we realized that we...we didn't really get to know that much about you today, and we all think you're really great and we, erm..." Zayn let his sentence trail off and he looked at the other boys for support. Liam rolled his eyes and pushed Zayn out of the way.

"We all decided that we want to get to know you better since we're going on tour together after all." He said simply. "So we thought we'd surprise you with a visit and hang out, and granted, we probably should have given you a fair warning. We didn't expect you to know."

Harry snickered from behind Liam but was quickly got quiet when he saw Belle's menacing glare. She looked back up at Liam and rolled her eyes, sighing in irritation. "Alright fine then, come inside I guess." She said finally, holding the door open and gesturing the boys inside. They all exhaled in relief and stepped into Belle's hotel room.

"Hey this place is pretty nice," Louis said as he flung himself on Belle's bed.

Belle muttered a sarcastic, "Gee thanks," under her breath as she closed the door behind them.

"Hey Belle you got any food?" Niall asked as he rummaged through the hotel's mini fridge. Before Belle could answer though she heard Zayn open the sliding glass doors to the balcony and shout, "Wow this is a really good view!"

"Your room is almost better than ours" Niall said as he popped a handful of peanuts into his mouth.

"Niall what are you doing, Belle is going to have to pay for that!" said Liam, snatching the bag of peanuts from a now very sad looking Niall.

Belle chuckled and took the peanuts from Liam and handed them back to Niall, making him grin. "It's fine," she said, "You can have them."

Niall smiled again and stuck his tongue out at Liam, who just rolled his eyes.

"Hey Belle," Louis said suddenly, moving up to a sitting position on the bed.

"Yeah?" Belle asked, turning to face him.

"You know, you didn't have to change clothes, I mean we wouldn't have minded if -- hey, ow stop it I was just kidding!"

Belle had crossed the room and picked up a pillow from the bedspread and started whacking Louis with it as hard as she could. The other boys dissolved into a fit of laughter, and she heard Zayn come back in from the terrace.

"What did I miss?" He asked.

Belle stopped hitting Louis and turned to Zayn. "Oh nothing, Louis was just being a pig!" She yelled, hitting him over the head one more time before throwing the pillow on the floor and flopping down on the bed next to him.

Zayn laughed meekly and said, "Oh, so nothing unusual for Lou," as he motioned for Louis to scoot over so he could get on the bed too.

Before long, Belle and all five boys were laying on the bed together. Belle was squished between Louis and Niall (who was still eating peanuts), Zayn was on the other side of Louis, Harry was on the other side of Niall, and Liam was laying perpindicular to them on his stomach at the end of the bed. It was a very tight squeeze and they were all touching.

"So tell me again why exactly you guys are here?" Belle asked.

"Because," Louis started, putting his arm around Belle's shoulders, "we're going to be spending the next three and a half to four months together, and we don't even know anything about you."

The other boys murmured in agreement and Belle looked around at them. "Well," she said, taking a deep breath. "My full name is Annabelle Lee Costa. I'm eighteen years old and I'm from California. My best friend's name is Alan, and he's back in Cali. I'm an only child. I sing and play three instuments, and...and I think that's it." She said with chipper finality, smiling at the boys. "I'm not that interesting, honestly" she added.

"What instruments do you play?" Niall asked through a mouthful of peanuts.

"The guitar, the piano, and the flute." she replied.

"How long have you wanted to be a singer?" Zayn asked.

Belle shrugged her shoulders. "I don't know, since forever I guess."

"Are you dating that Alan guy?" Harry asked slowly.

Belle laughed, "No, definitely not. We grew up together and our parents always said we would end up getting married, but it was never like that between us. We're honestly just friends and nothing more."

"But do you have a boyfriend?" Harry followed up.

"No, the last guy I dated treated me pretty bad so I've been pretty hesitant about dating lately."

The boys looked at her sadly and Louis rubbed her arm comfortingly. "Well any guy that's dumb enought to treat a girl like you wrong deserves to be slapped in the face...with a baseball bat."

It was quiet for a moment and then Belle and the other four boys burst out laughing at Louis' seriousness.

"What?" Louis asked incredulously over the laughter. "I was serious!"

That just got the hysterics going again and Belle started laughing so hard she squeaked. When she did though she quickly slapped a hand over her mouth.

Liam pointed at her with a goofy grin on his face. "Did you just squeak?" he asked.

Belle shook her head and removed her hand from her mouth. "No," she said with a defiant attitude, "Of course not, I don't know what you're talking about."

Before any of the boys could say anything else about Belle's laugh, she quickly said, "Well now you all know about me, but I don't know anything about you guys!"

The boys all looked at each other oddly. "You don't?" Zayn asked mysteriously.

Belle scrunched up her face in confusion. "No. Well I mean, I've heard of One Direction before, and I've listened to one or two of your songs, but that's all I've ever really heard of you guys."

The boys all looked at each other once again and Niall grinned mischievously. "Hey Belle do you have a computer?" he asked suddenly.

"Um, yeah. Why?" The other boys started smiling sneakily too, understanding Niall's intentions, and Belle looked at them all confused.

"Because," Niall said, "We are going to officially convert you into a Directioner..." he took a long, dramatic pause before saying his next words with mysterious emphasis.

"Via YouTube."

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