Maturity is a Choice

{Sequel to Age Is Just A Number}

It's been two and a half years since Ski became One Direction's photographer and Harry's new girlfriend. She's now seventeen, turning eighteen and she can now tell the press her and Harry are dating once eighteen. Also, the boys are going on tour in America and the boys and Ski are very excited but what happens when Ski gets jealous about all the girls Harry keeps hanging with, and Niall starts drinking to hide his feelings, and when Zayn finds a girlfriend that only wants his fame and money? Why don't you read to find out?

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7. Friends

Bzzzz Bzzzz

I slightly opened my eyes and looked over at my night table which held my buzzing phone.

"Grrr." I growled before grabbing my phone and unlocking it. It was a text message from Management.

"Good morning Lovelies. Please arrive on the top floor at exactly 10:00 am sharp! Tardiness is not necessary. Please come dressed and ready, leaving together for a small vacation at Standford Beach. Afterwards, we will be heading to our next destination which will be in Washington. Chop Chop!
-Management "

I looked at the time. It read 8:57 am. That means I have exactly one hour and three minutes. Asdfghjkl.

Growling, I yanked my warm sheets off of me. I headed to the bathroom for a nice relaxing shower. The warm water against my skin felt wonderful. I grabbed the bar of soap and started scrubbing my arms. It wasn't until I was rinsing off all the bubbles that I noticed all the cuts were healed except for a few that were on my wrists.

Excitedly, I shaved my legs and dried myself off with a towel. I grabbed my phone and quickly dialed Paul's number. He picked up in only a matter of rings.

"They're gone!" I squealed into the phone.

He was confused at first but catched on right after. I hanged up with him afterwards. I didn't tell him about the few cuts left on my wrists cause they were barely visible but oh well.

I shuffled through my drawers trying to find the perfect bathing suit when suddenly I heard a knock at my door. I skipped over to it and pulled it open.

"Autumn?" Well I really didn't expect her.

"Can I come in? I hope I wasn't interupting anything." she said worriedly.

I opened the door wider for her to come in. I was still a little shocked at her presence.

She was wearing a black and white zebra bikin and held a huge beach bag. "Are you ready?"

"No, I don't know what to wear!" I said running back into my room. She nonchalantly followed and  gasped at the mess.

I took out three bikinis and placed them nicely on my unmade bed. One was lavender purple and a darker shade of purple flower on the top part and the corner of the bottom. The second one was a solid peach color. The third one was a solid mint green color.

"Which one?" I looked at the clock and almost stumbled. It read 9:20.

She looks between me and the bikini for a few moments before finally saying, "Defintely the mint green one. It compliments your skin tone."

I quickly grab it and run into the bathroom. I changed in a matter of moments. Autumn was plugging in my curling iron. She motioned for me and I sat down on my bed. She examined my hair for a moment before grabbing a strand and curling it.

"Why are we curling my hair if were going to the beach?" I asked. I was planning on putting it up in a messy bun.

"I know the situation between you and Harry. I know you miss him and as all boys do, they are going to pretend they don't care but trust me once Harry sees you in this outfit and sees all the boys gauking at you, he'll most defintely want you back." Autumn says matter-of-factly.

Wow, she knows my whole life story and I recently met her a few days ago.

She finished curling my hair in 30 minutes. I examined myself in the mirror and smiled. Autumn was right. I looked sexy with my hair curled and this bikini on.

"Let's go Ski!" Autumn called from the front door. I snatched a purse and shoved a few things in it. Towel, sunscreen, chapstick, brush, beach romper, etc. I ran after Autumn and we made our way toward the top floor.

"Goodmorning ladies." a nice gentlemen led us from the elevators out. We walked into the sun and I noticed there was a pool up here. There were also a few couches that was full of people. Our people.

There was a couch with two men and one woman in business suits. Wow, they don't even change when it's 90 degrees outside. The other couch was where the boys were sitting. They all had a plain t-shirt on and some swimming shorts on.

"Miss Ski and Miss Autumn have arrived." the gentlemen said. Everyone's attention turned toward us and I felt uncomfortable. I heard someone whistle and I looked up to see Niall smiling at me. What a goofball. Harry was sitting next to him and he nudged him in the arm.

"What? It's not like you're dating her anymore."

I heard a chorus of "ooo's" and I immediatly felt uncomfortable. I watched as Harry stood up,

"Mate, shut up. It's not like you even have a chance with her." Harry spat.

It was Niall's turn to stand up now. His face started to turn a deep red and his fists were clenched.

"Boys! Sit down!" Paul snapped at them. When did Paul arrive? He was at the boys side glaring at Niall and Harry. They both slowly sat down not removing their gaze from each toher.

"Ski darling, come sit down." the lady in the business suit spoke. She gestured toward a single chair and I sat down.

"Now, we have a few things to discuss," she started.

"We all know Harry and Ski were dating and we were somewhat okay with that but now it is becoming out of hand. We also know you guys had a horrible argument which ended your relationship, correct?"

We all mumbled a quiet 'yes'.

"Now boys." she faced toward them, "you all don't know this but Ski had a little accident" She put quotation marks around the word 'accident'.

"I guess Ski got a little overwhelmed with all the drama that was going on and decided to smash glass objects which happened to cut her in many places on her legs and arms."

I looked down as I felt their gaze fall upon me. Even though the scars were healed,  tried to cover my legs and arms with my bag. The lady gently removed my bag and held out my arm. In the sunlight you could see a little bit of the closed up cuts except for the ones on my wrists that shown brightly.

I regreted it once I did it but I looked over at Harry. His face shown a look of hurt, sadness, and what mine face looked like, regret.

"Now, most of her cuts have healed but I'm afraid the ones that are left are on her wrists. Now, if you were a papz and saw that, what would be your top headline?" She looked around the room and continued without an answer, "One Direction's Photographer cuts herself?"

"People, we have to put this behind us. If press starts seeing the hate between Harry and Ski and then they see Ski's cuts, who knows what they're going to write about in the papers!"

I continued being silent. I didn't dare cast a glance to Harry again.

"We all need to become friends again and pretend nothing happened. Niall and Harry, you too just grow up and be brothers like you guys used to be, Ski and Harry, you both need to at least be friends and just have fun until this tour is over. Now I order you guys stay friends for awhile or at least till we get back to the UK. Agreed? Now you guys go have fun!" she stood up and left. The two men that were with her followed her lead.

An awkward silence fell upon on us before Autumn stood up with a big smile on her face. "Well let's get this party started!"

***

There wasn't as many people as I thought there would be. It's good though. The less people the less screaming fans.

"Hey babe." I turned around to found Zayn smiling at me. Without thinking I leaped into his arms.

"Zayn! I've missed you so much!"

He spun me around as I squealed. I miss my big brother/best friend.

"Come on let's go in the water." he said grabbing my hand. I retrieved it back and frowned.

"Can't, I promised Autumn I'll tan with her and play volleyball." I lied.

Honestly, I just don't know how to swim. I was never taught as a kid.

He frowned but ran over and tackled Liam into the water. I watched but frowned. Harry was standing next to Liam before he got tackled and my eyes went from Liam to him. He was already staring at me. We stood like this before Autumn came and pulled me away.

"Come on, let's play." I looekd over to see her pulling me to a volleyball net. Talk about being a psychic.

There were already a girl and a boy there. The girl had beautiful blonde hair and was wearing a red polka dot bikini. She could easily be mistaken for a lost Victoria Secret beach model. The boy was, how could I say this, hot! He was wearing red swim trunks and had no shirt on. He has an amazing six-pack. He had short brown hair and could easily be mistaken for Taylor Lautner.

"You can have Derick on your team. Harry would have a kick out of that." Autumn whispered in my ear.

Before I could protest, we reached the two other players. I'm guessing the hot boy's name is Derick.

"Hi, I'm Derick." he smiled. He held out his hand and I gladly took it. Instead of traditionally shaking it, he brought it up to his mouth, gently kissing it. I could feel my cheeks turn a deep scarlette.

"Harryyyyy." Autumn whispered into my ear.

I turned around to find Harry looking at me and Derick. Well actually my hand in Derick's hand. I quickly pulled away. I looked back at Harry and I could've swore I saw a smile tug at his lip. Dang it, Ski. You can't let Harry think you're miserable without him.

"Well I'm Amber." The blonde girl said. "And I'm ready to play."

We broke off into two teams. Me with Derick and Autumn with Amber. Amber was an amazing server. Good thing I took Volleyball all four years in high school. I quickly bounced it to Ryan and he pushed it up, giving me a chance to spike it. With all my strength I jumped and spiked the ball. Both Amber and Autumn dove for it, but neither got it.

"We win!" Derick yelled. He picked me up and spun me around making me laugh.

"You were awesome!" I exclaimed. He made a Are-You-Kidding-Me face and I laughed.

"It was all you and your awesome spikes!" he argued.

"You both cheated!" Amber jokes while walking over with Autumn. "Yeah!" Autumn agrees.

While both girls continue to laugh, Derick pulls me to the side, "Hey Ski, I was wondering. . ."

"Hey guys, got room for another player?"

Derick and I both turn to see Harry standing next to us. "Uhhh, sure bro." Derick says a little confused.

"Derick this is Harry my um. . . ex-boyfriend..." I said.

"Well, Harry. You defintely lost something special but that's okay. somebody could always take your place." Derick looks at me and smile. I blush while Harry frowns.

Harry goes over and gets the volleyball from Amber. They introduce themselves and make teams. Harry decides to be on Derick's and I's team. That's three against two. This should be interesting.

We end up playing for awhile. Constantly tying with each other. We finally gain the lead with 10-11 after Harry does amazing spike. I got to admit Harry was phenomenal was Volleyball. He did show off a bit but I don't think it was for the girls. I think it was for me and Derick.

"Derick and I have to leave soon 'cause it's getting dark so next one to score wins?" Amber says preparing the ball to serve.

"Sure." I said out of breath.

She lines up the ball and does a perfect serve, like always. I bump it over the net and Autumn lines it up. Oh no. Amber could easily spike us out. She goes to jump and spikes the ball but I guess Harry was faster than the ball. He quickly dives and bumps it up. I run and spike it over. Amber saves it before it could fall.

"Nice Ski." Harry says sending a smile my way. He was breathing heavy which made him look so adorable with his hair constantly getting in his face.

"Thanks Haz."

"Aye! Think fast!" Derick yells at us.

I didn't even see the ball come swirling at us. I quickly bump it and we continue to play. Back and forth, the ball went.

Suddenly Autumn spikes it down but Derick saves it. The ball goes up in the air, a perfect spike moment.

I ran for it, not knowing the curly-haired boy did too. At the same time, we both jump into the air and clash against each other. We both fall unable to hit the ball.

"We won, we won!" I heard Autumn scream.

I tried to get up but I noticed when I fell, Harry fell on top of me.

We both stared into each others eyes while Derick exclaimed they cheated while Amber and Autumn do a happy dance.

"You know, that was my ball." Harry whispered in a husky voice almost making me want to grab his face and kiss him.

"Actually Mr. Styles I believe that was mine." I said smiling.

A smile appeared on his face making me laugh. He made a few silly faces making me almost choke in laughter.

"Oh you think that's funny don't you?" he asks. Before I could respond, his hands went to my sides and he started to tickle me. Oh gosh.

"Harry! Stop it!" I squealed. Of course, he didn't.

"Harry! Whatever happens to you is not my fault!" I tried to kick and push him off of me but he was much stronger.

"Admit that ball was mine." he said between laughs.

"Never!" I screamed.

He leans down where I could feel his lips brush my ear, "Wrong answer babe."

He gets off of me but then picks me up and swings me onto his shoulder. Still laughing, I punch his soft bare back, "Harry, let me go this instant!"

"Sorry babe. No can do."

I tried to look to way he was going but it was no use. It wasn't until I heard the splashing of water I knew.

"Harry! You know I can't swim!" I screamed. Now I was getting scared.

"Well you're going to learn sweetheart." he didn't stop. I could now see the water around his feet. It kept going higher. By now it was up to his knees and rising.

"Harry, I'm serious." I said firmly.

The water was up to his waist now. I looked up and saw the shore where all the boys including Autumn were watching and laughing.

I could feel a few tears forming and my nose burning. Wow, Ski you're such a baby. You have to face your fears sooner or later. . . Hopefully it would be later.

"Harry let me go!" I screamed loudly.

"Okie Dokie." he says. He starts grabbing me. "Wait! No Harry!--" Before I could yell, he throws me into the water.

The first thing I do is open my eyes. Never again. . . My eyes start burning from the salt. I get used to it after a few blinks but I almost gasp at my sight. I could see everything. The water was crystal clear. I saw a few fishes and a few shells from the sand. I then saw a bunch of curly hair. Harry.

He was smiling at me. I pointed up and started swimming toward the surface. I tried to copy him and started kicking my feet and moving my arms.

I reach the surface and push back my hair while inhaling a beautiful thing called oxygen.

"Dang it Harry! I'm going to kill you! You are the absolute worst! I hate you so freakin' much right now!" I scream while splashing him as much as I can.

"Ski." Harry interrupts.

"What?"

"Look." he points at me and smiles.

It took me awhile until I finally noticed I was floating. A.K.A swimming.

"OH MY GOSH HARRY I'M SWIMMING!" I scream with joy.

He starts laughing and a grin forms on his mouth from ear to ear. His dimple shows and his hair drops into his face. I smile while brushing it away.

"Thank you Harry."

"Anytime."

I stared into his beautiful sea green eyes while he stared into mine. Oh how I wish I could just kiss him. . .

"That was amazing!"

I pull away before my lips could make contact with Harry's.

"Thanks Niall." I said smiling at him.

"Man Harry, you are the bestest friend to Ski."

I froze.

Friend?

My mind instantly flashed back to the conversation with Managemant from earlier.

"Now I order you guys to stay friends for awhile or at least until we get back to the UK."

Those words kept repeating into my head for who knows how long. That means I can't date Harry for three months! Well that is if Harry still wants to get back with me.

"Hello? Ski?" Niall snaps his fingers infront of my face.

"Huh?" I asked snapping back to reality.

"Come on, we're going to head to the tour van now."

He starts swimming back to shore. I look over at Harry to see him frowning. He notices me staring and replaces the frown with a sly smile.

"Come on friend, let's head to Washington."

I smile back at him.

We swam back to shore smiling but we both knew on the inside we were frowning.

"Yeah," I mumbled,

"Friend. . ."

 

 

 

Author's Note: OMG I MISSED YOU GUYS SO MUCH! Sorry I haven't updated since like a week ago. This recent week was mid-terms >.< I failed my biology honors test :/ I got a 60. . .  Good news is I got a 98 on my Geometry Honors :) Yay me! Okay, so I'm probably going to only be able to update on the weekends now :( I'm getting back into dance and I'm trying out for Tennis so wish me luck! OKAY, enough about disgusting old me. How did you like this Skirry moment? I know I did! I tried to make this chapter really long just for you guys! Please continue to COMMENT, FAVOURITE, AND LIKE<3

xoxo
      Serenity

 

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