Heart Racing - (Non-Famous One Direction Love Story)

Daisy Brooks has never stayed in one place long. Her father studies world history and writes critically aclaimed books, sending his family packing every year and flying over oceans to their new homes. L.A., Utah, Melbourne, Auckland, Moare, and now? Doncaster. Daisy's father promises this is their last move, and she's looking forward to only being the new girl one more time. Even though she's never been too happy with the friends she made, will it be different this time? And will there be a boy to get her heart racing again?


9. What About Me



For the rest of the week, Niall had been basically avoiding everyone. I avoided Harry as much as I could. Af much as I did want to go to the dance with him, I hadn't really had the time to process what we were going as: Friends? Or maybe more? I plopped down next to Eleanor and Louis at the lunch table, sliding my tray in.


"Hey, Daze!" Louis said, squeazing my shoulder.


"Hey, Lou. Hi, Ellie!" I said to Eleanor. She giggled and slapped my arm. I knew she hated that nickname, but I thought it was adorable. Harry sat next to Liam and Eddy at the other end of the table, shooting me a smile.


"Hey, Lou? I kinda need some brother-sister time. Wanna come over after school?" I asked. Louis wrinkled his brow in thought.


"What day is it, love?" Louis asked, leaning past Eleanor who was sitting a juice. I glanced at my iPhone and held the screen up to him.


"Thursday. Do you have practice?" Louis shook his head and I grinned. "So, you in?"


"Definitely. Any particular thing you want to talk about?" He raised his eyebrows and lowered his voice a little. I glanced up and spotted Harry not-so-casually listening in.


"Uh, you'll find out later."




"Wait, so you're going to the dance with Harry tomorrow, and Niall asked you and you told him and that's why he's avoiding everyone and being a grump?" Louis clarified. I shrugged.


"Yes to all of it, but I'm not sure if that's why he's avoiding everyone." I responded, turning the volume on Neighbours down a little more. Louis uncrossed his legs and put his face in his hands, and his elbows on his knees. He was clearly deep in thought.


"Well clearly you should be with Harry." Louis said finally, looking back up at me. "Niall messed up a lot, and you said you would go to the dance with Harry which clearly means something. Plus, how are you supposed to have feelings for Niall if he won't even speak to you?" This time I pressed my head in my hands.


"What about how I feel? People keep asking me on dates, but they don't actually ask how I feel about anyone!" I almost shouted. Louis looked a little shocked and sat back.


"How do you feel?" He asked finally, touching my hands and pulling them back from my face. I sighed.


"I feel like I want to be with Niall because I like him, a lot. I like how cute he is and sweet he is and the way he talks to my parents and teases my brother and hugs me when he's happy and the way he makes me feel. But he messed up so badly, he hurt Harry and he hurt you and he hurt me, and I don't know how I can overlook that, but I do. But Harry's nothing like he turned out to be, he's so nice and sweet but he doesn't make me feel different, and I hardly know him. But I don't know how to tell him that, how to tell him I don't want to go to the dance with him." Everything flooded out, everything I thought about and bottled up because nobody had given me the opportunity to say.


"Then tell Harry you don't want to go to the dance. And tell Niall how you feel." Louis replied simply. I threw my hands up in the air.


"It's not that easy, Louis! You can't go up to someone and say, 'oh by the way I don't want to go to the dance with you and I don't like you. Oh, hey Niall I had a massive crush on you, in case you're listening.' News flash, Louis, that's not how life works." I spat. Louis sighed and ran a hand through his hair.


"Just say you like him as a friend but you don't want to lead him on because you aren't sure how you feel for him. And Niall... do what guys do, just plant one on him and see what happens." Louis shrugged, like it was the simplist thing ever. I was about to object when I realised that it was... that simple.


"Damnit, you genius." I sighed, kicking him and pressing my head into a cushion.


"That's what they all say. Ring me if things don't go over well." Louis patted me on the back on his way out the door. "Love ya, sissy!" He called as the door slammed. I got my shit together before I got up and headed out to my car. I hopped in the front seat and prepared for the drive to Harry's. I was doing this, this was really happening.


The drive there was silent, all but the sound of my hitched breathing every time I thought about what I was going to do. I was about to shut Harry out, for real. This was the end of anything we could have, anything he wanted between us.


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