It Started in London

London, 2010. Anna has finally decided to try out for the X Factor after lond discussing with her friends. She does really well until the accident. Anna is forced to quit X Factor and take care of her constantly drunk step-father instead. She thinks that nothing good will ever happen in her life anymore until he pops up out of the blue. The one and only, Niall James Horan, the sweet Irish boy from the X Factor with the angel-like voice. Was she wrong about nothing good happening again?

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11. Chapter 8

*Sophia POV*

"This wasn't an easy decision to make, at all in fact, but we are going for Anna. I think that you are much to talented to loose, and your voice, it's so unique, I've only rarely heard a voice like it before, and I want to keep you for the rest of the competition. You deserve to be in the final. Well done. Now, Sydney, we did not pick you over Anna because..."

I'm through.

I. Am. Through.

Me. Anna Tiptoli.

*Doing a ridiculous happy dance inside*

I just simply can't believe it. Simon Cowell just told me I was better than Christina Aguilera's clone. And there are so many talented and experienced singers in the competition and he wants me to be in the final. I can not even explain it to myself. I am now nominated the luckiest girl alive. 

I literally skip of the stage. I go backstage and unexpectedly get greeted by a big bear hug. First I am shocked and have no idea who the hell is hugging me. And then I recognise the blonde hair and the smell of cologne. Dang, this kid smells just fantastic. 

"Congratulations Anna! I'm so proud of you! You deserve it so much you know that right?" Niall looks at me and looks like he is even more exited than me. Wow, and how long have I actually know him? One hour or so? But you know what? I dont care, I like him. 

"Aw, thanks Niall, thats really sweet of you! When are you on?" I asked him, reluctantly pushing back. He's such a good hugger, its almost impossible to describe. 

He smiles his crooked smile at me, and for some reason what so ever, my heart does a little backflip. "I think I'm on in five. To be honest with you, I think I'm not going to make it. And I'm really scared. I dont know why I am telling you this instead of being all confident and tuff, but I guess I have my annoying little insecurities." And his smile vanishes, leaving only a frown on his face. 

I frown back at him and shake my head, "Niall, you are talented! I didn't see your audition, but I can feel it! You are defiantly going to pass, I believe in that." I smile as warm as possible at him, "And I have my insecurities as well you know? And I would have never, ever, signed up for this if my friend Sophia didn't for me. There is nothing I hate more than singing infront of people, let alone a crowd of them! I get big, serious stage fright." I blush and look down to the floor. Thats when I notice that he had taken my hand and rubbing his thumb over my palm. I didn't question him about it, because, well, it felt nice having some one comfort you. Even if you dont really know the person holding your hand. Well, this is awkward. 

I looked up at him again. I was still blushing i guessed because he started to grin like a little boy. 

"What?" I ask him, cocking one eyebrow.

"Oh, it's nothing!" I exclaimed as if he hadn't even realized the staring. Now it was his turn to blush. Ha! 

I shook my head at him and started laughing at him. 

 

*Niall's POV* 

Niall, you little irish idiot! Stop staring at her! I shook my head mentally and laughed along with her. Did I ever mention her absolutely, stunning, adorable laugh? Now I did. I looked back at her an her green eyes were sparkling of laughter. We continued staring at each other, and I honestly did not know what I was doing, but I slowly edged towards her. I was surprised that she didn't flinch back or just slap me across the face and tell me I was a idiot. She just stayed were she was, looking at me. I was around two inches away form her mouth, when the loudspeakers announced for all contestants to go to the stage, the judges have made their decision. She quickly stepped back and blushed furiously, and I could tell I was too. I scratched the back of my neck and I wanted to say something cool and easy, but all that came out was, "Um, I...". Very cool Niall.

 

*Anna's POV*

I was still blushing furiously when we got on stage, although I unsuccessfully tried to hied it, causing numerous girls to raise their eyebrows at me, which made the blushing much worse. The girls were up first, and Simon stood up. I gulped nervously,  even though the judges gave me so good feedback. 

"Hello everyone! I'll just get right to the point. We are happy to say that most of you did a fantastic job! But the others disappointed me. I will start off with the ones of you who are through to the next round. Alexa, Jennifer, Lisa, Marie, Anna and Jade are through to Cheryl's team. Perrie, Jessica, Cher, Sydney, Lily and Harriet, you are in Danii's team. Now, to the boys. Dan, Jacob, Alex, James, Will,  and Ben. You are in Louis team. I am mentoring groups this time."

Groups? Niall hasn't been called yet, so if he is going to be through, he is going to be in a group. But hey, I'm through! 

"The first group, Sophia, Geneva, Lane, Rebecca. The second group, Craig and Josef. The third group, Matthew, Kalvin, Alex, Ryan-Lee, and Jordan. To the fourth group. Harry, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Niall. Congratulation everyone! You may leave." 

At least all the girls started squealing and screaming, jumping around the stage, causing the judges to laugh. The boys well, Niall's boys, were jumping around to and hugging each other. They fit together almost perfectly, I thought to myself. I laughed to myself as one of the boys, with curly brown hair jumped on the guy with the straight brown hair and the cute smile. I shook my head and walked off stage, following a group of bawling girls, who didn't make it. 

 

*Niall's POV*

I made it! I was in a group, but I made it! 

"Hey Niall! Were going to Nandos to celebrate, come on!" One of my band members, Liam, called to me from across the room. I was day dreaming a little, and fell behind.

"ok, sure! Do you guys ming if I take a friend with me?" I called back, thinking of Anna. She did so well, and I'm so happy that we are still in the competition together.

"Sure, we'll meet you there!" Liam called back.

I nodded and turned around, walking towards the backstage area. 

I found her back in the corner, talking to someone of the phone. Could she have a boyfriend? I couldn't help wondering and walked closer, feeling bad about eavesdropping, but I somehow had to know. "Mum, listen, I have to do this! What am I gonna do with my life if I don't take this chance?!" She was silently yelling into the phone. She listened to the line a second before silently cursing, "You know what?! Screw you! Screw you and Dad! You never support me in anything I do! You don't talk to me, and if you do, it's to tell me to get Dad another one of his hundred beers he drinks a day! I have to earn the money, I pay the rent, and I am only sixteen! Can't you at least try to be normal, caring parents? Is it really that difficult to love me?!" She threw the phone against the wall, letting it shatter onto the floor, causing various heads to turn around in surprise, but then turn back around, finishing off with whatever they were doing.

Anna's shoulders were shaking violently, although I could see that she was trying to hide it. She quickly tried to wipe off the non-stop tears streaming down her beautiful face, making me want to kiss them off and make her pain mine. I hate seeing her in this state, so I slowly walked up to her, raising my hand and placing my hand on her shoulder. She spun around in shock. When she recognized me, she started crying even more, throwing her self against me, hugging me tight. I slowly rubbed calming circles into her back while she buried her head into the crook of my neck and sobbed quietly. I then realized that we were alone in the room. I slowly took a few steps back, still holding onto her. I found a chair and sat down on it, pulling her on my lap. We sat there a few minutes more, her sobbing, drenching my shoulder with tears. I still rubbed circles into her back and occasionally kissing her temple. She slowly released her arms from around and wiped the tear stains off her face.

She glanced at my shoulder and gave out a hiccup sounding laugh, "I ruined your shirt, I'm sorry." She continually wiped off the now not so violent and uncontrollable tears, taking deep breaths. 

I just stared into her glassy eyes, "Don't be. Are you alright?" I asked her. Frowning as fresh tears welled up in her green eyes.

She shook her head and leant her head against my shoulder. "Nobody loves me. Not even my own family. To my friends I'm just a friend, nothing more, nothing less. I don't even see the point of living anymore, I'm not wanted. I just don't know what do do anymore. my father is a serious alcoholic, I found drugs in my mother's night table drawer, she loses her job two days after she gets one, and I have to work on all my free time." 

I was completely shocked and stared at her with a slightly open mouth. How could somebody, anybody, ever treat her like that. Anger welled up in me at everyone who ever hurt Anna. She was so strong to make it this far. Now she doesn't want to live anymore. I didn't think that no one loved her. I knew that I had feelings for her, but I knew her too little about her to call it love, but I was almost on hundred percent sure that I would love her someday. "Don't say that, Anna. Of course the love you, you are their daughter! And your friends, what are they called, Sophia and Samira? They love you too! They wouldn't have signed you up here if they didn't! And what about me? I don't know you that well, but I care about you too! I'm here for you, ok? I will always be there for you. Don't doubt that. Ever." 

I looked down at our hands who somehow were entwined. I must have done that without realizing. I flicked my gaze up at her face. She looked at me with wide eyes and a slight smile on the pink lips. I looked deeply into those green orbs, taking in all her pain. Before I knew what I was doing, I leaned towards her, Anna mirroring my actions. Our lips brushed against each other. Then, after a few slight brushes, her lips crashed into mine. I was taken by surprise, but kissed her back with just as much passion, tangling my fingers in her brown soft hair. 

*Anna's POV*

Woah. I was kissing him. But it just felt so right! I had never kissed somebody for real before, except in truth or dare games, which was just a small peck on someones lips. But this, with our lips moving in complete sync, it felt perfect. After a while of tangling in each others hair and kissing, we pulled appart, both of us breathing heavily. He leaned his forehead against mine and we smiled at each other. We didn't say anything, just looked into each other. 

His ringing phone ruined the moment. He cleared his voice and blushed, "Sorry.." he mumbled taking his phone out of his pocket answering it. 

"Yeah? Oh, yes yes, I'm coming." He spoke quickly into the phone hanging up and shocking it back into his backpocket. "Are you better?" He asked me, caressing my cheek.

I smiled at him and nodded. 

"Well, you need some love. And food is technically the same thing as love. Just better. So, would you join me to a fine meal at the wonderful Nando's" Niall said, letting the last sentence come out as really proper sounding, which made me laugh. 

He gently pushed me off his lap and stood up infront of me, snaking his arms around my waste, once again leaning his forehead against mine.

"I enjoyed that" He smirked, pecking me on the lips.

I giggled, kissing him on the cheek in return. "i didn't mind it either" I playfully smirked at him.

He chuckled, "So, fine lady, care to join me?"

I accepted his out stretched hand, "Always with you, good sir" 

He laughed heartily, kissing my hand and intwined our fingers pulling me towards the door. 

 

 

 

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