No Matter How Hard I Try (One Direction Fan Fiction)

Taylor Bell, an ordinary 19 year old girl from Wolverhampton, has always tried to fit in... But it just never worked. She only has one real friend, Jessie, they met when she moved to the US to start her new life three years ago, she wanted to get away from everything. I forgot to mention...Taylor used to be Liam Payne's best friend, who she's always been unconditionally in love with. They were best friends their whole life until Liam got put in a band called One Direction. When Liam comes to the US for their tour, he runs into Taylor, but he doesn't recognize her at first. Taylor starts to fall for him again, and someone else... But is there someone in the way of them being together?

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7. Awkward Situations, Kings Island, and Telling the Truth

 

I wake up in the middle of the night to see Louis sleeping sweetly. He looked so cute when he was asleep.

I get up slowly and quietly, making sure not to wake up sleeping beauty, and walked down the hallway into the living room.

I was shocked to see what was there.

Liam and a girl, who was obviously Danielle, with no shirts on, making out on the couch.

"What the hell?" I yelled. I tried to sound hurt.

Liam realized I was there, and pushed Danielle off of him, causing her to fall on the ground. "H-hey, Taylor? What are you doing here at five in the morning?" So that's what time it was. I haven't been asleep for very long.

"Well I fell asleep watching a film with Louis."

He nodded slowly, and didn't reply.

Awkward silence filled the air as Danielle tried to find her shirt around the room.

I was hurt by Liam having a girlfriend still. Obviously. I'm just going to have to get used to this. I like Louis though, he's a great guy and really sweet. He makes me really happy and he's so cute. I still love Liam. Love doesn't fade in a day.

Danielle at last finds her shirt, and Liam remains topless, which I didn't really mind.

The three of us just stood around awkwardly. I didn't have the slightest clue on what to say, and I could tell they didn't either.

I decided that moment to make this situation less gawky, and to go to the kitchen to get some tea.

"Wait!" Danielle says, following me. "This is a weird situation to introduce myself, but I'm Danielle Peazer, Liam's girlfriend. He flew me out here to visit him. I'm from London. Are you and little Lou dating?" She said apprehensively.

"Taylor Bell, and no, we're not. We're just friends." I said kindly. She wasn't as bad as I thought.

"Hold up! You're not from America!"

I laugh. Could you not tell from my yelling of 'What the hell". "No, I'm from Wolverhampton."

"Oh! Did you and Liam know each other?" She says, trying to start a conversation.

Should I be honest with her and be like, "Oh yeah, we used to be best friends, and I'm kind of in love with him, and we snogged the night of the concert." Or just lie.

Well, it's five in the morning, and my brain is still not completely functioning, soo.. "Nope, we went to different schools."

"I see. Well, we can talk more later, it's too early. Nice to meet you, and sorry about um...Liam and I..." She said awkwardly.

"It's fine! Things happen!" Like me falling in love with Liam while he has a girlfriend, I thought.

"I have to meet my friend in an hour to discuss my job, I'm a dancer." She says proudly. "I'm going to shower, and I'll be back here around three in the afternoon, so I'll see you then!" She hugs me, and we say our good-byes.

I look at the clock. 5:24

Yeah. I'm just going to pass out on the couch for a couple more hours...

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"Taylor..." I feel someone shaking me. "Taylor...Wake up."

"Noooo." I mumble, annoyed.

"C'mon, I'm bored."

"Louis, I'm really tir--" I open my eyes, seeing familiar big brown eyes staring at me. It was Liam.

"That hurts, you know. Lou's not that gentle on waking people up." He teases.

"Sorry... Where is Louis anyways?"

"He's asleep and he will be for a while. Harry and Jessie are asleep. Zayn and Perrie are next door, they wanted a room alone, if you know what I mean." He winks."And who knows where Niall and Kayla are. Most likely at Kayla's flat, down the street."

I nod. This was awkward still. Not as awkward as me walking into the living room and finding him and his girlfriend basically having sex, but still. Awkward.

So I guess it's just me and you for a while." He says, sitting down beside me. "Wanna do something?"

My heart sped up. "Yeah! What do you have in mind?"

"Well, what is there to do in Columbus, Ohio?"

"To be honest, not much." I sigh, trying to think of something fun we could do. "LET'S GO TO KINGS ISLAND!!" I jump up from the couch bouncing up and down. I haven't been to Kings Island since Jessica and I went for her birthday last year.

"Oh yeah! Me and the boys were going to go there soon. Let's go. Just me and you. We'll have a Liam and Taylor day. I'm buying the tickets and everything." He insisted.

"No, Liam. It's no trouble, I'll pay." I argued.

"I'm buying. End of discussion."

"No."

"Yes."

"Nope."

"Yep."

"The answer is still no."

"Please?" He begged.

"Liam, I will shove a spoon up your ass. Don't test me."

He looked at me shocked. "Fine..." He sighed.

"Ha! I always win."

"Shut up Lor." He says, with a cheeky grin. Oh god, he used to call me that when we were young. "Wait! Don't you have work today?"

"Nah. One of my co-workers is taking my shift."

"Well c'mon then. Go get ready." He starts to get up. "Oh! And let's leave our phones here, so we can just have a fun Liam and Taylor day!" He says with a wide grin on his face.

I couldn't help but think that this was a date.

But I like Louis.

And he has Danielle.

 

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"OH MY GOD, LIAM! THAT RIDE WAS SO FREAKING SCARY!!" I scream, trying to recover from the crazy 80 mph rollercoaster we just went on.

"IT WAS SO FUN THOUGH!" He replies enthusiastically.

Somehow, Liam managed not to get noticed by any fans.

"I'm hungry. Let's go freaking get ice cream."

 

"Ice cream?"

"Don't question me, Payne."

He chuckles, "You haven't changed one bit Miss. Bell. Except your hair. I like it though, blonde suits you."

Did he just say he likes my hair?

 

Oh my god.

Calm down and be cool.

"Thanks." I mumbled, as we arrive to a ice cream stand.

"What can I get you gu-- OH MY GOD. YOU'RE LIAM PAYNE!!" The girl behind the stand screamed.

"SHHH!!! Sorry love. I'm just trying to have a normal day, today. Do you want a picture?" Liam says, flashing a sweet smile to the girl.

Her facial expression changed as soon as he said that. She tried to be calm as possible. "I'm sorry, and yes, I would love to have a picture." She pulled out her pink iPhone, getting to the camera.

"Taylor, do you mind taking it?" Liam asked, kindly.

"Yes, of course." Liam put his arm around the girl's waist, and they both flashed a smile. "1-2-3, here you go!" I say, handing back her iPhone.

"What's your name?" Liam asked.

"Marissa." She says, looking at the picture. "Do you mind if I tweet this?" She asked.

"Of course I don't care! As long as you mention me in it, so I can retweet it." He says, winking. "What is your twitter name? I'll follow you right now." He pulls out his iPhone, clicking on Twitter.

"It's...Um... @1Dgocrazycrazycrazy69." She divulges, embarrassed.

"Love the name." Liam says, laughing. "Andddd. Follow. It was great meeting you, Marissa."

"You too! So what flavor do you guys want?"

Liam looks at me and smiles. "We'll have two cookie doughs, in a bowl please."

I can't believe he actually remembered. We always used to cookie dough flavored ice cream out of a bowl. Then again, he's the one who got me hooked on it.

Marissa hands us the ice cream, smiling. "The spoons are over there. Enjoy!" She says, pointing to the jar on the side of the stand. Liam's eyes grow wide.

I laugh, "Um, can we actually get two forks, please?"

"Oh my gosh. Sorry Liam. I forgot. Here you go!" Marissa says, handing me two forks.

"Have a good day!" I call to her, as we walk off toward a picnic table.

"Remember when we always got cookie dough ice cream in a bowl, and ate it with a fork?" Liam asks, eating his ice cream.

"How could I forget?"

"Today was fun. I don't even know what time it is, but it's getting dark, so maybe we should go home. We've been here all day, and we've been on every ride. Even the ones in kids land."

"Okay, let's go home." I get up, and walk side by side with Liam, walking to the car.

Today was a great Liam and Taylor day.

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"WHERE HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN??" Louis yells as we walk into the hotel room.

"We went to Kings Island because we were bored." Liam says, calm. "And we left our ph---. Oh hi Dani!" He walks over to her, and leans in for a kiss, but she pushes him away.

"Don't "Hey Dani" me. Louis and I have been wondering where you guys have been all day. We called and texted, until we figured out you guys left your phones here." Danielle says, clearly pissed off.

"Danielle and Louis. I'm sorry. We should have told you guys, we didn't think about it. We're fine." I defend.

"Sorry love for snapping at you. I was just worried." Louis says, walking up to me, kissing me on the cheek.

Reality hit me hard.

Louis likes me and I like him, but Liam has Danielle, and we're just friends. So why don't I be with Louis? Soon enough, it will. Hopefully.

"Please forgive me, babe." I mumble, pulling him in for a hug.

"Of course."

We pull away, and see Zayn, a blonde headed girl who must be Perrie, Harry and Jess, and Niall and Kayla.

"TAYLOR!!" Kayla and Jessie scream, running up to me and hugging me.

These girls are crazy. "Hey guys!" I say, hugging back.

Perrie walks up to me, smiling. "Hi, I'm Perrie! And you're Taylor, I've heard so much about you from Jessica and Kayla today."

"Oh, Taylor, by the way, we're all going shopping tomorrow. Me, you, Jessie, Perrie, and Dani." Kayla says, jumping onto Niall.

Greaaat. I don't think Danielle is too fond of me right now, since I basically told her I don't even know Liam this morning.

"By the way, since when have you and Liam been besties?" Kayla asks, confused.

FUCK.

"Oh yeah! Liam! You said you were going to tell us how you guys know each other." Zayn says, playing with Perrie's hair.

"Taylor, you lied to me! You said you and Liam didn't even know each other! And Liam, you never denied it!"

Now she really doesn't like me.

"I didn't feel like it was the right time to tell you, the only person who I told was Louis, and that's because he really likes Taylor." Liam explained.

I sit down on the love seat because that was the only free space, minus the floor. Louis plops down beside me, immediately entangling our fingers.

"Danielle, I'm sorry I lied to you, I just didn't want to explain on how we know each other, which I guess I have to now, anyways." I sigh.

"My guess was so right." Niall says, proudly.

"What guess?" I questioned, confused. All of the boys except Liam and Louis try to hold in their laughs, but all at once, they bust out laughing. Jessie, Perrie, and I exchange confused looks. Kayla rolls her eyes.

After the calmed down a bit, Niall spoke. "I predicted that you and Liam fucked, and now you're here to get some of Mr. Payne, again."

Danielle turns her head, and glares at me. "What." She says, gritting her teeth. It wasn't put into question form. It was put into a nice way of saying "Bitch, you better run."

"No, no, no! Calm down, Dani. Niall's just being Niall. There is nothing going on between me and Taylor, nothing ever has." I wish.

"Unless you count Tuesday night..." Niall mumbles.

"What?!" Danielle says, panicking.

"Nothing, I'm hungry." Niall runs to the kitchen, dragging Kayla with him.

"Please explain to everyone, now Liam." Louis says, getting angry. I rub my thumb gently against his, calming him down right away.

"Alright, alright. It's not a big deal. Taylor and I were best friends from ages four to sixteen, right before I left for X-Factor. We never have had romantic feelings for each other, and still don't. We're trying to get back to where we were. This was just blown out of proportion, really. I was trying to comprehend that I may have got my best friend back, that's why I wasn't ready to tell you guys."

Dani comes over to Liam and embraces him in a hug. "I'm sorry, Li, I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions. I love you."

"I love you too, babe."

Everyone aww'ed.

Louis kissed my hand, sweetly as all the couples kissed, as if on cue.

"Hey Harry, did you pop the question to Jessica yet?" Zayn questioned.

Harry's face turns a bright red. "Erm.. Yes. Jessica and I are officially together."

"I'VE BEEN REPLACED!!!!!!!" Louis screams, fake crying into the crook of my neck.

I go along with it, comforting him. "There, there my sweet angel. It's alright."

 

Tomorrow is going to be a shopping nightmare.

 

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