Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, my dad fell into a coma, Right after his surgeries. if I had any doubts about signing the contract before that, they were all gone by then. When I asked the doctors when he would wake up , they said there was no definite answer.
I tried to stay optimistic, I drowned myself into studying and the fact that I didn’t see Liam that much helped a lot. In fact this interview we had together was the fourth time we saw each other after signing the contract.
I couldn’t believe I had to endure his presence permanently in a matter of weeks. I didn’t think I could survive living with such a jerk. I needed to make the best of every minute of this week. I shouldn’t be stuck with Liam in a limo. That made me ask him bitterly: “where are we going?”
“Paul thought it was about time you met the boys. “ Liam replied absent-mindedly while texting to God knows who, “one of the boys” maybe.
I didn’t know what to think of meeting the boys. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t curious. They were the famous One Direction after all! My friends were obsessed over these kids and due to that fact, I knew a thing or two about them. God, if only Maria was here… She would give half her life to be in my place. Well I would willingly switch places with her… no wait, I wouldn’t do that to my friend. When the one that seemed the nicest is like this, how would the rest of them be like?
The curiosity soon faded away and gave its place to apprehension. What was going to happen to me? I usually stand my ground but the contract… the fucking contract prevented me from doing many things. ‘For God’s sake Alex, relax! Who said something bad is going to happen. For all you know they can be nice people’ I snickered at my own thoughts. ‘Yeah sure, nice people!’
“Alex, are you fucking deaf?”
“What?” I snapped back at him. He didn’t even bother to answer me he just got out of the car and that was when I realized that we have gotten there. I got out of the car hesitantly. I was so nervous that I couldn’t pay much attention to my surroundings and before I knew It, we were at the door of Louis’ flat. Liam was about to ring the bell again when the door burst open and revealed an extremely bubbly Louis with a wide grin on his face.
“Heeeeeeey Alex! I’ve been waiting to meet you for a long time. You’re nicer than…” He paused for a second.
“What Liam had described me?” I completed his sentence for him and smirked.
Louis laughed but he didn’t answer. He just got out of the way and let us in. Okay, so Louis seemed friendly. Maybe I could survive this after all.
“Guuuuuuys, they’re here!” Louis shouted.
‘He is just a little too loud ’ ,I noted mentally to myself.
“Jesus Lou, we heard the fucking bell ourselves!”
Even before they entered the living room I knew the one who said this sentence was Niall. His Irish accent gave him away easily.
“Niall, try to be polite for at least the first two minutes of meeting someone new.” Harry said and winked at me cheekily.
Niall laughed, came forward and shook my hand in a friendly manner.
Zany smiled at me and was about to say something when a feminine voice came from somewhere. “Dinner’s ready!”
“Oh thank God! I’m fu… I’m starved” Niall growled and I heard Liam laugh at this. This was the first time I was seeing Liam like this. He seemed more like the guy I once thought he was.
I felt a hand on my shoulder and looked up to see Harry grinning at me and leading me to the dining room. A familiar girl was standing at the table doing her last arrangements. She was a brunette and had brown eyes, just like me but unlike me was tanned and tall. I remembered who she was suddenly, when Louis walked over to her and pecked her on the lips and whispered something in her ear. She was Eleanor, Louis’ girlfriend.
Eleanor nodded to whatever Louis whispered to her and turned to me.
“Hey Alex, why don’t you grab a seat?” She greeted me enthusiastically. She treated me like she had known me for a long time. I could tell she was the female version of Louis.
As I chose a seat far from Liam which happened to be between Niall and harry, I was thinking they were all nice people, well except for Liam. He was just an ass.
When everyone was settled in their seats and started eating Zayn asked: “So, I’ve heard you go to the university here. what do you study?”
“English literature.” I replied happy to join into a conversation. Due to the fact that I couldn’t say anything about my relationship with Liam, I didn’t make any friends, I was afraid of saying something and revealing the whole thing to them. But I could be comfortable with these guys, they knew everything about our deal.
“These chicken wings are delicious, you’re a really good cook.” I said to Eleanor.
Niall made a sound which I think was meant to show his agreement with me. His mouth was so full I was surprised he managed to make that sound at all.
“Actually I cooked the chicken wings.” Harry stated proudly.
“You can cook?” I asked harry and thus began the story of cooking classes, and meeting Eleanor and setting her up with Louis. The only one who didn’t participate in the discussion was Niall who was busy eating in an incredible speed. Even Liam talked, and not in the sarcastic, hostile way he talked to me, like a genuinely nice guy. So that was what he was like when he was with his friends. I had to remind myself every once in a while, during the dinner, that I shouldn’t get used to this Liam, or start to like him. But it was kind of hard.
When the dinner was finished I offered to help Eleanor with the dishes in the kitchen and the boys went to the living room to watch tv.
“So…how are things between you and Liam?” Eleanor asked as she handed me a plate to dry.
“He hates me El, and I’m not exactly fond of him either.” Yeah, I know. It was too soon for calling her “El” but what could I say? The girl was so friendly.
“He’s an asshole!” I continued.
Eleanor chuckled. “He didn’t use to be like this. Not before…”
“Before Danielle left her.” El sighed.
“Why did she leave him? Did he cheat?”
El shook her head. “He was hopelessly in love with her, he wouldn’t do that. She said she didn’t feel the sparks anymore. He gradually became like a younger brother to her. She told me if she stayed they both would get hurt.”
I nodded understanding what Danielle meant. If she had stayed, they would have grown even more attached to each other and departing would have become so much harder. In fact, I admired Danielle for her brave decision.
“When she left, Liam was devastated. He wouldn’t understand because he was still in love with her. He tried to act like he didn’t care, but every problem he caused was a sign that he was deeply hurt and still is. He can’t trust anyone anymore, much less girls. So you can imagine how mad he became when management made him date someone.”
“Huh, no need to imagine anything. I was there for the whole process!”
“But you’re a really nice girl. I’m sure he’ll grow to like you eventually.”
I nodded even though I was not convinced. After the dishes were done we joined the boys in the living room. Zayn suggested we watch a movie.
“what do you guys wanna watch?” Louis asked as he was browsing through his archive.
“Toy st…” Liam started but was cut off by the boys growling.
“We’re not watching toy story again, Liam!” Zayn almost yelled at him.
Liam put his hands up in surrender and asked: “Okay, what do you want to watch then?”
“Anything without woody as the leading role would do for me.” Louis replied. He then took a DVD out and asked: “How about les miserables?”
“Great, just let me get some snack first.” And with that Niall was out of sight and a minute later was back with a bunch of snacks.
They all threw themselves on the sofa then, leaving me and Liam, having to sit on another sofa with each other. I knew they did this on purpose to mess with us. I saw Liam shooting each and every one of them a dirty look before sitting.
The movie was good but I had so much on my mind that I could barely pay any attention to it. So Liam was not always the same douche bag his was now. I might have acted like that if I were him. I couldn’t help but notice his behavior with his friends, how he forgot everything when he was with them, How he eagerly asked to watch toy story like a little kid. I wanted to see more of this side of Liam. Maybe I could even help him ease the pain he was feeling. I was so tired and my eyes were threatening to close. After fighting them for a while I decided to just give up and drifted into a sleep with strange yet not so unpleasant dreams.