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?


12. Time For Sharing


Zayn, Harry, Liam, Niall, and Louis all shouted simultaneously as soon as Belle walked into the conference room of the boys' hotel where they were having the meeting with management.

Belle had left her hotel just as soon as she had finished reading Louis' text to her. She'd decided to walk to the meeting since the boys' hotel was only four blocks away from hers, and she stopped to get some coffee while she was on the way since she was early as it was. Now as the five boys started charging towards her, Belle had to hold her coffee up above her head as they gathered her in a massive group hug.

"Oh hey guys, what's-- Hey don't make me spill my coffee!"

The boys paid her no mind though. Niall got to her first, wrapping her in a massive "Horan hug" as she had learned they called his signature embraces. She laughed as the other boys joined in. Finally, they let her go, but Niall put his hands on Belle's shoulders and looked at her seriously.

"Belle darlin', I am so sorry about that text I sent you last night, I was drunk and I didn't realize what I was doing and--" He had started to blush furiously and Belle cut him off with another hug, startling him.

"Don't apologize Niall! I completely understand, really. I was pretty drunk too." She said with a giggle, moving over to the table where management would be joining her and the boys in about ten minutes. The other boys followed suit. Niall and Harry sat on either side of Belle, and Zayn, Liam, and Louis sat across from them. She couldn't but notice that Louis kept looking at her oddly.

"Yeah where'd you go anyways?" Zayn asked in his thick Bradford accent.

Niall turned in his rotating leather chair to face Belle as well. "Yeah where did you go?"

Belle dipped her eyes down a bit. "I, uh, went back to my hotel when I started to feel a bit sick. I told you that in the text message I sent out!"

Harry chuckled and Belle swivelled her chair to face him. He put his hand on his chin and looked at her oddly. "We figured that was just a bullshit line so that we wouldn't ask questions." Belle cocked her head back at him in confusion, making him roll his eyes. "You we wouldn't ask questions about your hook up!"

Belle's jaw dropped and her face turned beet red. "I-I don't know what you're talking about, I d-didn't hook up with anyone." She stuttered out hastily, dipping her head down and letting her brown hair fall in front of her face so they wouldn't see her blushing.

"You did hook up with someone!" Harry yelled, making the boys chorus in "ooo"s and "get some!"s. All of them except for Louis that is, who was equally as red as Belle and pretending to look down at his phone.

Belle looked back up and bit her lip. There was no point in trying to deny that she slept with someone at this point, but she sure as hell wasn't going to tell them it had been with one of their best mates, who she was working with now, not to mention who she had just met.

Belle took in a deep breath and sat up straight in her chair, folding her hands in her lap and trying to seem mature. She pushed her hair back behind an ear and the boys looked at her expectantly. Except for Louis, who looked at her anxiously, worried about what she would say.

"Okay, so I had a hookup last night." She said bluntly, and the four boys started wolfwhistling and making vulgar comments. Louis looked like he couldn't breathe; he had paled and his blue eyes were huge as he stared at Belle. She risked a glance at him and gave him a look that said, 'Don't worry'. Then she turned back to the other four. "Shut it!" She yelled, and they got quiet. She smirked. "Yes, I did sleep with someone last night, but so what? I'm sure all of you did too!" The boys looked down in shame, turning red. Except for Liam, who smiled as if he had just won a marathon.

"I didn't!" He said cheerfully, raising his hand and smirking at the other boys, who rolled their eyes.

"Oh shut up Liam, you goody two shoes." Zayn muttered.

Liam pouted. "I'm not that much of a goody two shoes." He mumbled under his breath.

Belle had to bite back a laugh at Liam's cute little pouty puppy dog face. She swivelled her chair to Niall, whose pretty blue eyes widened. She crossed her arms over her chest and raised her eyebrows at him suspiciously. "Well Niall? Did you have a hookup last night?" Niall's ears immediately turned red and he opened his mouth but no words came out. Belle grinned evilly. "Do tell us, please. I'm sure we're all dying to know, aren't we boys?" She asked, feigning niceness and encouraging the other boys to harass their friend.

"Uh, maybe." Niall finally said, immediately pretending to text someone. The boys shouted at him, telling him to give details. Belle just smirked, glad that the attention was now off of her. "Alright fine!" Niall finally yelled, turning off his phone and leaning forward on his elbows. He smiled a bit to himself, "I woke up this morning with this redhead. Her name was Amber, or Ally, or something like that. She was very, uh...nice."

Belle chuckled and smiled at Niall, who was still blushing. "Thank you Niall, for sharing." Then Belle turned her chair to face Harry, who smiled and raised his eyebrows at her. "Alright Harry, it's your turn!" She said loudly, making his grin disappear. He put his head down on the table and everybody laughed.

"She was horrible Belle!" Harry said, his voice muffled. When he raised his head back up, he chuckled bitterly. "She seemed so hot at first when I know..." He shrugged his shoulders.

"When you were shitfaced drunk?" Louis suddenly asked rhetorically, and Belle jerked her head to the side to face him. It was the first time he'd spoken since she'd walked in. He glanced at her for a split second and she immediately turned red.

In that one glance, the whole night with Louis came rushing back to the forefront of her brain. Every kiss, every moan, every whisper. At some point, the alchohol had gotten out of both of their systems, and the sex had become...different. It wasn't just physical contact anymore, it had been incredibly emotional. Like they had needed each other, desperately. It was almost as if they were healing one another in some strange yet amazing way. They had stared into each other's eyes, he had called her beautiful over and over again. And then, when they were done, they hadn't passed out right away. Louis had stayed on top of Belle, keeping his weight distributed to where he wasn't hurting her. He had kissed her slowly and sweetly just because he wanted to. She'd had sex three times before and it had never been like that. Never been so...intimate.

"...was great, and I'd honestly love to see her again, but she had already disappeared by the time I had woken up."

Zayn had started sharing his hookup story, and Belle blinked a few times and looked up at him, snapping back to reality. How long had she been daydreaming about her night with Louis? She glanced to her left and saw that Louis was staring at her intently, wondering what she had been thinking about. She paled and looked down at the table, letting her hair fall down in front of her face. So much for things not being awkward.

Liam slapped a hand on Zayn's back, and smiled encouragingly at him. "Don't worry mate, if she ditched you like that then it's obviously not meant to be."

Zayn shrugged and mumbled, "Yeah, I guess so."

"What about you mate?" Niall suddenly asked, nodding at Louis. Louis just looked back at him like he had no idea what he was talking about.

"What about me?" Louis asked pretty convincingly. Belle continued to stare down at her lap, fidgeting with her hands.

The boys chuckled. "We know you had a hookup Lou, tell us about it!" Harry yelled, reaching across the table and pushing Louis' arm playfully.

Louis just chuckled and nervously ran a hand through his messy hair, which he hadn't bothered to style. Belle couldn't help but look up at him from beneath her eyelashes. He was looking absolutely stunning today, wearing faded jeans and a dark gray tshirt with the Beatles on it, fitting his torso nicely. It was short sleeve, so she was able to get a good look at his defined biceps. He was gorgeous.

"My hookup was, uh, good." Louis said vaguely, pursing his lips and flashing a smile at the boys. It was quiet for a moment.

Harry scoffed, breaking the silence. "What, that's it? It was 'good'? Come on mate, don't give us any bullshit."

"Yeah Lou, come on, what was she like?" Niall weighed in.

Louis looked at Belle as he got ready to respond to the boys. Her bangs had fallen down in front of her face, covering her left eye. Her right eye though was wide and nervous as she waited to hear what he would say.

Louis made himself look away and chuckled. "She was...wonderful." He finally said, casting another glance in Belle's direction. Her mouth was parted and she had inhaled sharply. Fortunately though, the other boys didn't notice, they just sat up straighter in their chairs eager to hear what else Louis had to say.

"Well go on!" Liam said.

Louis grinned again, biting his lip and looking down. "It was... I don't know how to describe it lads, I've never had an experience like that before. It was like, we weren't just having sex, we were..." Louis smiled and stared off into space, recalling exactly what Belle was recalling earlier. He took in a deep breath. "I don't know what we were doing boys, but it was more than sex. It was amazing."

The whole table got silent and Belle bit down on her lip so hard it almost started to bleed. So he felt the same way as she did.

"Shit Louis." Harry finally said bluntly, snapping his friend out of his trance. "What have you done?"

Louis' expression changed to one of confusion. "What are you talking about mate?" He asked.

Harry scoffed and leaned back in his chair dramatically. "You've fallen for a girl that you had a one night stand with!"

"I have not!" Louis said defensively, and Belle looked back and forth at the two boys with her mouth open, looking like she was watching a tennis match.

"Yes you have Louis!" Harry shouted back. "Gosh I can't believe you let this happen. What's our golden rule Harry? Never get emotionally attached to the girl of the night. You've got time for all that crap later in life, but not now! You're only twenty years old, about to be twenty one!" Harry sighed dramatically and Louis just furrowed his brow. "Please Louis, just please tell me you don't have her name and her number, so you can just forget about this girl and never worry about seeing her again. At least tell me that." Harry looked at his friend seriously, as did the other boys.

Louis opened his mouth to say something, but no words came out. What was he going to say now?

"Uh, no. No of course not. You know what, you're right Haz, that was stupid of me. She was just a good time, nothing more. Thanks mate, I really appreciate that." He finally said hastily.

All the boys scrunched up their faces in confusion, looking around at each other. Niall looked at Belle with an expression that said, 'What the hell?' and she just shrugged back at him, acting as if she was utterly clueless.

"Wha--" Harry started to say, but was cut off as management busted into the conference room.

"Alright gentleman, oh and lady of course, let's talk about this tour!" One woman exclaimed, clapping her hands together and sitting at the head of the table. All the boys turned in their chairs to face the group of people who made up their management team, shaking their heads to focus. That is, all the boys except Louis.

Louis stared at Belle, and Belle stared back. That text conversation they had earlier? Yeah, it was all shit at this point. They both remembered last night loud and clear now, and it was absolutely undeniable that there was an energy between the two of them. It wasn't just sex though. It was...more. And they both felt it.

So what the hell were they going to do now?

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