Endlessly (A One Direction Love Story)

Anika has always been friends with Liam Payne. She forced him to play with her dolls when they were little, saw him in the front row at each of her dance recitals, forced him into the car for hours while she drove to auditions, and made him critique her every move at the studio. But two years ago, she sat backstage as her best friend sang his heart out for the second time. But this time, instead of coming home after two weeks, he was gone. For good. Liam and Ana still spend every waking hour together, but things are different. Niall and Ana are spending every waking hour together, and Liam's jealous. Will it be the classic story of the best friends who are meant to be, or are Liam and Ana destined to be... just friends?

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1. First Kiss

ANA

 

I rolled out of bed and stretched my hamstrings on the barre on the opposite wall. My neck popped six times and I sighed in relief as I hit play and my speakers began to play Call Me Maybe. I did my usual morning stretch circuit and ran through my rehearsal piece for the Nutcracker a few times before giving up and getting myself some Wheatabix.

 

"ANNNAAAAAA IT'S LIAM ANSWER THE PHONEEEEE!" My phone screamed at me. I jumped and spilled milk all over myself. I growled as I grabbed my phone off the table and pounded talk.

 

"Shit, Liam! I just spilled all over myself. What do you want?" I asked, ripping a few paper towels off the roll and attempting to dry my drenched shirt.

 

"Language, Anika! And I wanted to know if you'd like to join the lads and I for a bit of a holiday party at my flat in an hour or two?" Liam asked. I tossed the towels into the bin and thought. I missed Liam, but Danielle would probably be there, which meant he would totally ignore me. But on the other hand, I had yet to meet the rest of the lads, except for Zayn, and I really did want to meet the famous boys of One Direction.

 

"I guess so. Is this like a couples sort of thing? Should I hire myself a boyfriend for the day?" I asked. Liam laughed and I went back to my Wheatabix.

 

"No. I mean, the boys are all bringing their girlfriends except for Niall because he's single and Harry because Taylor's in the US and he kind of hates her anyway." Liam said. I stirred my spoon around in the bowl and laughed.

 

"Liam! That's terrible and totally accurate. He looks like he's in pain every time he's photographed with her." I said. Liam laughed and I felt tingles run down my spine. I wasn't interested in Liam at all, but I always sort of felt proud when I made him happy. "I supposed I'll come. Is it just the boys and their girlfriends or will anyone else be there?" I asked.

 

"Niall's friend Sean is here for a visit, and Harry's sister Gemma came up, and in some strange turn of events Jade and Leigh Anne will be there-"

 

"Jade!" I screamed, jumping up and knocking my chair over. When I had met Zayn, I'd also met Perrie and the rest of Little Mix. Jade and I had got on really well, and we'd been texting but hadn't actually hung out recently. Jade and I were kind of like awkward best friends.

 

"Yes, Jade. And you nearly just broke my eardrum, calm down. Jade practically begged me to invite you." Liam laughed. I squealed and jumped around my flat. I was definately going.

 

"I'm so there! I cannot wait to see you in an hour or two! I've got to shower and change and do my hair and makeup and ooohh Liam I'm so excited!" I squealed. Liam laughed and I flopped back onto my couch.

 

"I'll see you soon, Ana. I've got to go get ready for the party, though. See you!" Liam said.

 

"BYEEEE LEEEYUMMMM I wuv youuu." I sang. Liam laughed and I hit end before he could tease me for being so excited to see Jade.

 

I rolled my neck and then switched my playlist to blast some One Direction, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran, and Cher Lloyd while I hopped in the shower.

 

"I want you back, I want you back, I want you want you back, back!" I sang at the top of my lungs. I was totally tone deaf, but I made up for it in gracefullness (just kidding.) I was a dancer, and I was damn good, but I was such a clutz away from the studio. I sang into my shampoo while I turned my hair into a soapy mohawk. I scrubbed my body while I pretended I could rap, and when I was finished I belted out the words to DNA while I tried to put on eyeliner. After I poked myself in the eye a few times, I gave up and just put on extra mascara to make up for my lack of makeup skills.

 

"Does he tell you he loves you when you least expect it? Does he flutter your heart when he kisses your neck? No he doesn't cos I'm single and fucking lonneelllyyyy." I improved some words. I heard chuckling behind me and I spun around to see Liam leaning in the doorway.

 

"Liam! What are you doing here? Get out of my bathroom! I'm only in a towel!" I screamed at him, throwing my curling iron at him. Liam stepped back and laughed, his eyes crinkling like mine do.

 

"I was coming to get some movies and things." He said, picking up the iron and putting it on the iron.

 

"How the hell did you get inside?!" I said, angrily putting on my eyeshadow. Liam chuckled and held up a key.

 

"Uh, you gave me this?" He asked. I cursed myself for having such a bad memory.

 

"Right. Well you shouldn't come into the bathroom while I'm putting on a concert." I said, cocking my hip to the side and trying to keep a straight face. My iPod had chosen this moment to play Swagger Jagger.

 

"So you're the new Cher Lloyd? Don't think she's going to be too happy about that." Liam said, raising his eyebrows and holding in a laugh. I threw my mascara at him.

 

"OUT!" I shouted, ushering him out the front door and pausing before I closed the door in his face. "Next time, call." I said.

 

"I did, but I guess you were too busy entertaining your fans to answer." Liam joked. I slapped his arm.

 

"My vast array of eyeliner loves my voice!" I scolded, and slammed the door. I stared out of the peephole and saw Liam laughing as he walked off towards the lift. I waited a minute and then danced off to the bathroom where I tried to straighten my thick, crazy wavy hair. No luck. I turned the iron off and moonwalked across the hall to my room, where I pulled out a pair of dark jeans, a teal bandeau, flowy sheer white top, and grey cardigan. I stuck my legs into some warm fleece socks and then shoved my feet into a pair of grey ankle boots. I rolled the bottom of my jeans once and smiled at my bony ankles. It's weird, but I loved them.

 

"Readdddyyy to goooooo!" I sang, grabbing my grey purse and shoving my Blackberry, iPod, water bottle, and tea bags inside. I checked my reflection on the wall mirror before I left. My face was still covered in an enormous amount of freckles, my eyes were still boring and brown, my nose still turned up at the end, and my lips were still puffy like I'd been punched a billion times. I shook my hair back and locked the door behind me as I headed for the lift. I rode it down to the first floor, humming End Up Here.

 

"Please don't play that usual game, It's time to put out your flame. I-I-I don't want to shed a tear, and I-I-I didn't want to end up here." I sang as I got into my small yellow beemer and drove off to Liam's flat. I got there and pulled into a parking spot next to a sleek silver car. I got out and secretively glanced at the driver, but the windows were dark. I closed my car door and walked into the building where there was a security guard by the lift.

 

"Erm, hello. I'm Anika Lane?" I asked him when he blocked my way to the lift. He raised his eyebrows. "Oh, come on! I'm friends with Liam, can't you just let me up?" I asked. He shook his head. "Damnit!" I said, grabbing my phone out of my bag and dialing Liam's number. No answer. "Come onnnnnn, Liam!" I growled at my phone. I glared at hte security guard and he looked blankly back at me. Then the door behind me opened. I turned and saw the one and only Niall Horan pulling off his Raybans.

 

"Eh, Charlie! Who's giving you trouble today?" Niall asked, grinning at me. I gave him a fake smile and rolled my eyes. Not in the mood for this.

 

"I'm Ana, and this retard won't let me up to Liam's flat." I said, pointing my thumb over my shoulder at the security guard and making a face. I crossed my arms and tried not to smile when Niall laughed. His laugh was fucking adorable.

 

"Anika? Liam's told me about you. You can come on up with me." Niall said, smiling at me. I broke down and smiled at him, walking next to him into the lift. The security guard looked at me as I got in and I gave him a sassy I-won smile. Niall laughed and punched the four button as the doors closed. "I'm Niall, it's nice to meet ya." Niall said, sticking out his hand. I took his in mine and shook.

 

"I'm Ana." I said, smiling my best smile at him. Freaking cutie. I blushed a little and realised our hands were still held together. I laughed nervously and let go of his hand, sticking my own back under my arm.

 

"You dance, right?" Niall asked. I nodded, holding up my phone. It had a huge London Ballet sticker on the back and my ID card to get into my rehearsals. "Woah, I didn't know you were in the London Ballet." He said, impressed. I blushed and nodded.

 

"Only after my fifth year auditioning, they finally let me in. And now I'm Clara in the Nutcracker. I bet they feel stupid now." I said. Niall threw his head back and laughed. The lift dinged and the doors opened. Niall and I got out on the fourth floor and I followed him down the hall to the second door. Niall whipped out a key and unlocked the door, letting us both in. "Thanks." I said, smiling at Niall. He smiled back and held the door open for me.

 

"Liammm! Ana and I are here!" Niall called out. There was the pounding of footsteps and Jade ran around the corner.

 

"ANA!" She screamed, and launched herself at me. I burst out laughing and squealed, hugging her back.

 

"JADE!" I squealed back, and we hugged and jumped around and yelled excited things at each other until Liam walked in and pulled Jade off of me. I pouted and held my arms out, chasing after Liam while he pulled her away from me.

 

"Niall, get her!" Liam shouted, and I felt arms wrap around my waist and lift my feet off the ground, pulling me away from Jade. I pouted and crossed my arms, going completely rigid.

 

"Come on, let's go watch the movie." Niall laughed. I shook my head and kept my face straight and indifferent.

 

"Nope. Not until you let me have Jade again." I said. Niall chuckled and crossed his arms, standing close enough to me that our crossed arms were touching.

 

"Nope." Niall said. I tried not to laugh or smile. I took in the room while we stood face to face. All of his Christmas decor was up, and there was Mistletoe hanging in all of the doorways, wreaths were on every door, and a tree was in the middle of the sitting room. Niall and I were in the doorway to the living room where everyone was assembled on the couches and Harry was holding Jade back. Wait. We were in a doorway. Oh, no. Giddy God no.

 

"Look what we have here!" Harry said as I lept back, trying to get out of the doorway. "Nope, you can't get out that easily!" Harry cooed. I felt my cheeks burning and I winced, looking at Jade to save me. She gave me a mischevious look and shrugged. I glared at her.

 

"Looks like we have our two little love birds caught under the mistletoe!" Liam chirped. Perrie giggled and grinned at me.

 

"Nice to see you Ana!" She called. I smiled weakly at her and she laughed, snuggling closer to Zayn.

 

"We've just met!" I said, crossing my arms and looking at Liam. He looked a little uncertain but shrugged.

 

"And now you are going to meet in a different way!" Jade said brightly. I looked at her with the stink eye.

 

"Thank you, Jade, for your input." I said flatly. Harry and Louis laughed, high fiving. "And I'm guessing  you two put all of this shit up?" I asked. Eleanor and Louis raised their hands.

 

"Guilty." She said. I laughed cos she genuinly did look a little guilty. I glanced at Niall, who had his hands stuffed in his pockets and was blushing at the ground. I felt my cheeks go pink.

 

"Let's set the mood!" Louis laughed, and he started singing Kiss You. I burst out laughing as everyone else joined in.

 

"Come on, do it!" Leigh Anne hooted. I winced and turned to Niall who was looking at Harry with a weird look on his face. Harry widened his eyes at Niall, who turned and saw me looking at me. He didn't look very apposed to the idea, and shrugged, before leaning over and putting his lips on mine. Niall's lips were soft and warm, and I closed my eyes, leaning into the kiss. We held for a few seconds before I pulled away and pressed my hands to my bright red cheeks. "Ow Ow!" Leigh shouted. I grabbed a candle off the table and threw it at her. She caught it and threw it back, and it hit me square in the head. And then everything went black.

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