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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8. Hate To Break It To You, But...

Two and a half hours later, Belle, Liam, Harry, and Niall were all laying on the hotel floor laughing like maniacs while Louis sat with his head in his hands.

"Worst joke I ever made." He said seriously.

Belle clutched her stomach in laughter-induced pain. "Really Louis? Carrots?!" She finally managed to choke out, sending the boys into another round of hysterics.

"Oh shut it!" Louis yelled, "It's not as bad as 'Harry, Harry, gimme ya gravy!'" Harry stopped laughing instantly and sat up.

"Hey, you be quiet!" he said with a point of his finger, "If anyone's going to be made fun of here it needs to be Zayn."

Zayn stopped as well and put his hands behind his head to look up at Harry. "Why me?" he asked incredulously.

Harry grinned cheekily. "'DJ Malik! DJ Malik!'" He said, poorly imitating Zayn's Bradford accent and dancing like an idiot. Zayn sat up and shoved Harry jokingly.

"Oi be quiet!" he said over Harry's giggling. "Liam's the one who had a Twitcam just to show everyone his flashy toothbrush!"

"But-but--" Liam couldn't even come up with a good retort because he was laughing so hard.

After a minute or two, Belle was the first to catch her breath.

"Well you know what guys," she said finally, causing the boys to quiet down and look up at her. "I think that the one who takes the title for being the goofiest is actually..." she took a pause and the boys looked at her expectantly. "Niall."

"WHAT?" Niall asked loudly, and the other boys fist pumped and high fived each other for not being picked. "Why me?!" Niall asked incredulously.

Belle just grinned at him. "Oh I don't know, maybe because you were the one who ran and fell down while screaming 'I'm a big fat idiot!'? Or the time you hid in the corner of a room during an interview, joined the interview for a second, touched Liam's face, then got up and left?"

"She's got you there mate!" Liam said loudly, nudging Niall with his elbow. Niall just crossed his arms and pretended to pout.

"Aw Nialler, I'm just teasing." Belle said, sitting up and hooking an arm around Niall's neck and leaning over to kiss him on the cheek. Niall immediately turned bright red and gave Belle a goofy smile.

Belle just laughed and removed her arm, closing the computer and sitting all the way up again. "Well," she said, "I think it's safe to say that I officially know most of what there is to know about One Direction." The boys smiled at her.

"And?" Louis asked.

"And what?"

Louis rolled his eyes at Belle. "And what do you think?" he asked loudly, pushing her to say more.

"Oh!" Belle said, "Well I think you guys are amazingly talented."

"And?" Harry egged on.

Now Belle was the one who rolled her eyes. "And you're all really funny."

"And?" This time it was from Zayn, who was propped up on his elbows.

"And..." Belle struggled to think of something else to say.

"And you think we're all incredibly sexy and you can't believe you've been given the amazing opportunity to go on tour with us!" Niall suddenly shouted.

Belle looked at him and laughed. "Well...you got half of that right."

"Which half?" Zayn asked, looking at Belle mysteriously.

"I guess you'll never know" she replied huskily with a wink, standing up and going over to the bed where her phone was laying. She sat down on the edge of the bed and the other boys stood up as well. Harry sat in a chair, as did Liam. Zayn walked over to the sliding glass doors and leaned against the wall to look through them, Niall stayed on the floor and turned on the television, and Louis sat down next to Belle and looked down at her phone.

"Hey what are you doing?" Belle asked loudly, pulling her phone away and hiding it from Louis' vision.

"I was just looking!" Louis said, holding his hands up defensively.

"You were snooping, you mean?" Belle retorted, lowering her chin and looking at him from under her long eyelashes.

Louis' ears turned red and Belle just laughed. "I'm kidding Louis, it's fine." She said, nudging him with her shoulder and going back to her phone.

"Oh hey, you have a Twitter?" Louis asked, seeing that she was checking her interactions on her Twitter application.

"Yeah, of course I do." Belle replied matter-of-factly.

"You do?" Niall shouted, standing up and jumping on the bed behind Belle and resting his chin on her shoulder to look at her phone. Belle laughed and was about to say something when she heard Harry say, "What's your username?" as he pulled out his phone.

Belle turned her head to face Harry. "It's--"

"It's @SilverBelles22 Haz. No spaces, and there's two 'e's in Belles!"

Belle scoffed and muttered, "I could have told him that."

Louis just grinned and said, "Well I told him better!"

Belle chuckled.

"Hey," Niall suddenly said, making Belle jump. She had forgotten he was resting his chin on her shoulder and looking at her phone too. "Who's that guy in your icon with you?"

Belle looked back at her phone and clicked on her Twitter icon to make it full screen. "Oh that's Alan, my friend I was telling you about earlier."

The picture had been taken two months before, at Alan's nineteenth birthday bash. His parents had hosted a huge pool party at their mansion, and all the other snotty rich kids in their community had been invited, none of them whom Alan nor Belle paritcularly liked. In the picture, Belle was wearing a neon pink two piece bathing suit, leaving little to the imagination, and Alan was in green flower print swimming trunks. They had just gotten out of the pool, and Belle's brown hair looked like it was scrunched even though it was dripping wet. Alan's sandy blonde hair was pushed to the side out of his face, and was matted down from the water as well. He had an arm around Belle's waist and was kissing her cheek while Belle hugged him tightly with a huge goofy grin on her face.

Belle laughed. "That was at Alan's birthday party a couple months ago. He set it as my Twitter icon the day after it was taken as a joke and I guess I just never changed it back." She said, shrugging her shoulders nonchalantly.

Niall didn't say anything for a moment. "And you say this guy is not your boyfriend?" he finally asked.

Belle turned her whole torso around to face Niall with a serious expression on her face. "Of course he's not my boyfriend. We grew up together, we're best friends."

She noticed then that the whole room had gotten silent and all the boys were staring at her. Niall just shrugged his shoulders at her.

"Well it sounds to me as though this Alan guy likes you." Zayn suddenly said, leaning back against the wall.

Belle looked past Niall to Zayn. "What are you talking about?" Belle asked.

"He's right, love." Louis weighed in. Belle looked at him and he continued, "I mean, it's obvious in that picture. And I mean...how could he not like you? We already think you're great and we met you less than twelve hours ago. This guy has known you his whole life."

Belle relaxed her shoulders and looked down in her lap to think on it. Niall moved from behind her to sit on her free side and looked at her solemnly. "I bet he's always said that he would protect you, huh?" He asked sweetly. Belle looked up at him with wide eyes and he kept going, "He probably was really pissed when that boyfriend you were telling us about before broke your heart...wasn't he?"

Belle let out a short laugh out of shock. "Y-yeah, he was. He...he sort of beat the hell out of the guy."

Niall nodded. "I figured," he said, "And I'd bet money that he has always supported your dreams to become a singer, hasn't he?"

Belle dropped her jaw in surprise. "He's the one who told me to come out here...h-he's the only reason I left home to begin with..." she said softly, looking back down at the picture on her phone.

Niall pursed his lips and put his arm around Belle's shoulders.

"Hate to break it to you darling, but...your best friend is in love with you."

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