Our Complicated Harmony

Makenzie is dragged to a party in England by her rich best friend, Hailey. While she's there, she meets a certain British popstar of whom seems pretty interested in her. A few shots and an overnight stay later, and they wake up half nude in the same bed. Though they can't remember much of anything, he is convinced that they slept together. So what now? (Things may become graphic at certain points in the story.)

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12. Finding

 

When James left I decide to call up an old friend. An ex of mine named Ryan. Ryan had been friends with me since I was small and we had dated for awhile too. We lost touch after we dated and since then had only really ever talked when something was really bothering us. Like really bothering us. He often called about his abusive, alcoholic parents, and I often called about... well, anything that was bothering me at the present moment. What was bothering me at that particular moment was the fact that Harry and Hailey were going to stop at nothing to find me. I had texted Hailey many a time that she should stay away from me, but she wouldn’t listen. All she said was stuff like “You’re my best friend Makenzie...” and “Harry really misses you... he needs you Makenzie.” She told me how out of it Harry had been and how he never talked to anyone. She told me that I was the only one that could make him better.

If only they had any idea how much I wanted to go back to him. They just didn’t seem to understand that my leaving was for his own good. I wasn’t good for him. He was too good for me. They needed to take a step back and then they would see that.

They refused to step back. They refused to just give up on me and move on. Thats what hurt me the most. Knowing that they were coming for me and they wanted me back and I would never let that happen. Sometimes I questioned my judgement on the matter, sure, who wouldn’t, but they needed to stay away from me. With me it’s always a new battle, always a new argument, never the same never perfect. I didn’t mean to fall. I didn’t mean for him to fall for me... but it all happened. There was no disguising it. He was out there somewhere hoping to get me back somehow. But that couldn’t happen. I wouldn’t let it.

I told all of this to Ryan. He acted like he knew what I was talking about and he tried to comfort me and he asked if he could come over. Before I could even think, I said yes. I just felt so alone at that moment that I gave in. So he came.

“Hey Mak n Cheese! How are you today babe?” he said. I giggled a little and invited him in. We sat in the living room. It was really good. I felt almost better. The way I had when James was over. “How you holding in sweetheart?” he asked.

“Oh I’m okay... I guess. I don’t know, I guess the fact that he’s out there looking for me makes me a little uneasy,” I said. He chuckled.

“You make it sound like he’s coming to kill you and dump your body in a river Kenzie. He just wants your love. And you want his correct?”

“Ryan, I don’t want any of that. You know its much more complicated than that,” I said. He just laughed again.

“Makenzie, darling, you have to quit pushing people away like this. The same thing happened with us... we were best friends. Do you remember? And as soon as we start dating you got distant and you said you couldn’t handle it and you basically broke off all contact from me,” he said, “You have no idea how it hurt me.”

“I know this Ryan, but you left me alone after that. And I was completely grateful to you for that. I just... can’t allow myself to fall in love.”

“Thats where your downfall is Kenzie. Don’t you see? You need love. I have the feeling that you haven’t let yourself have the amount of love you had with this pop-star,” he chuckled, “In a long time. Makenzie, you need to open yourself up. You need love. Everyone does.”

“What about you? What have you been doing the past few years while I’ve been gone huh Ryan? I haven’t heard of any girlfriend, you haven’t said anything about your family? Who are you getting love from Ryan? Who?” he chuckled.

“Its not that easy Makenzie. You see, I’ve almost abandoned every string of a relationship I’ve ever had. I’ve stopped searching for the love normal people get.” he smirked, and looked up at me with lustful eyes, “You see Makenzie, since you’ve gone from me, I’ve settled for the kind of love you get in a smoke-filled whore house when a theres a pretty girl on top of you. I’ve settled for lust. For sex.” He chuckled. “Its an expensive thing to get into really. But I find ways of getting what I need... even without the money.”

It was then that I stood and took a step back. “Ryan... I don’t understand... what’s happening?” He stood and got really close to me and then backed me into a wall.

“Well darling,” he chuckled. “Let me make things a little clearer to you...” he began kissing my lips with a vicious hunger I had never seen in him. I slapped him.

“Get away from me!” I yelled, trying to squirm out of his grasp... but he was relentless.

“You’re gonna wish you hadn’t just done that you little bitch.” he chuckled.

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We weren’t yet in New York when we go a call from James. He seemed anxious. We stopped near Illinois and had to turn around. She was home. So we went back. Harry seemed anxious. Everyone did. Even Zayn and Liam looked a little excited, and they hardly knew Makenzie! I was laughing in my mind. I loved the feeling of getting close to a common goal. We all knew we would get her back. Everyone seemed a little cheered up. Even Harry who wouldn’t even talk to us before smiled a few times. I sat next to him.

“Hey Harry. How you holding up?” I asked him. He gave me a half smile, and his eyes almost had a hint of a sparkle in them.

“We’re so close Hailey. I can feel it. We’re getting her back.” He smiled more and I laughed, giving him a quick hug.

“I know. Its unreal right? It seems like its been forever really. Can you believe it hasn’t even been a week? I’m so glad we’re getting her back.” He smiled again. It was almost perfect. He was probably the happiest I had yet seen him. I hugged him again and then we got back out and searched for a cab to take us to Makenzie’s house. It was early in the morning. About 6 a.m.

We were still mobbed when we got out onto the streets. It was 6 a.m. And we were mobbed. The boy’s directioners were a little crazy, but they loved the hell out of them nonetheless. There were a couple of times when they got kind of freaked out by them, but they still loved them. I, however, couldn’t stand some of them. I stayed close to Niall and held his hand tight in my own. I was feeling some anxiety coming on. I knew he could tell. That was the thing about Niall. It didn’t matter what I did, he always knew how I was feeling. He squeezed my hand and whispered, “It’s alright princess.” In my ear reassuringly before looking up at fans and smiling his beautiful braces smile and waving at them. God did I love him. I smiled too. I knew his fans meant the world to him, and I wanted them to like me. I would learn to like them... or I hoped I would.

We got into a big van cab and gave the cabbie the address that James had given us. It was almost an hour away, but no one seemed to mind the wait. We were all anxious at what we would find. It started to sink in that maybe she wouldn’t except having us back anyway... we were hoping that wouldn’t be the case... but we were all extremely scared. When we got to a place that was full of gigantic condo-like living spaces. A lot of modern and classic design all thrown in. It was a nice place. I wondered why Makenzie hadn’t trusted me enough to bring me here. We all split the cab fare. Well most of us. Of course, against my wishes, Niall took care of my part. I pouted a bit, but he just chuckled and kissed my cheek before taking my hand and walking with the group up to the condo that was hers. It was less modern. More classic, almost victorian. We got to the her door and knocked on it, and a guy opened the door. He looked familiar. I almost recognized it. Then it came to me. “Ryan?” he looked at me.

“Hey Hailey. Who are these guys?” He seemed to kind of size up each of the guys before landing on Harry. “Well, well well,” he chuckled, leaning on the door frame. “Look who decided to come and rescue a damsel in distress,” he chuckled again, “How sweet. You still love her don’t you?”

Harry immediately went into defense mode “What did you do to her?” he asked, clenching his jaw and trying to stay calm. Ryan chuckled.

“Don’t worry don’t worry. She’s not hurt that bad. We just had a little fun last night is all.” He got really close to Harry’s face and said, “Shes over you pop-star. She’s with me now. She’ll never take you back.”

This I knew wasn’t true. She told me specifically that she would never date Ryan again simply because he wasn’t the one. I didn’t understand then, because I always thought Ryan was such a nice guy. I was obviously mistaken. I knew now who her one was. Harry Styles. Always would be. “Bullshit,” I said. Everyone looked at me and I walked up to Ryan, letting go of Niall’s hand. “Thats a load of bullshit Ryan. You and I both know that. Why the hell are you here?” I seethed. He laughed in my face.

“She called a friend in her time of need,” he shrugged, “It’s a wonder why that friend wasn’t you.” He got really close to me and I slapped him, making him rear back enough that I could walk inside.

“Makenzie?” I called, “Kenzie, where are you?” I yelled more loudly. It was then when I heard a low groan from behind a door. I opened it to reveal my best friend laying on the floor, naked, with bruises and things of the sort covering her skin. Her eyes were squeezed shut. She was in pain. “Oh my God...” I whispered, running over to her. “Makenzie are you okay?” She groaned and shook her head just barely. I could tell that the movement strained her neck. I placed a hand gently on her shoulder, before telling her that I’d be right back for her.

I went back out to see that they had Zayn and Harry beating the hell out of Ryan. I was glad. “Harry?” I asked. He looked over at me and I motioned toward the door that Makenzie was behind. He immediately ran to the door and I followed him. The pissed off Harry turned quickly into one that was shaking with the sobs that tore through him. He rushed over to her and started pushing her hair out of her eyes and telling her soothing things that I’m sure were more to ease his mind than hers. He picked her up as gently as he could and sat her on the bed. She stayed nearly limp while he did so, and his tears spilled over faster.

“Harry?” She quietly mumbled.

“Yes my beautiful?” He asked.

“I missed you.” she mumbled.

He began sobbing harder “I missed you too sweetheart.” Makenzie smiled as best as she could at him.

“Thanks for saving me.” She whispered. Harry nodded trying to stay strong for her and began singing to her and playing with her hair. “I love you Harry.” she mumbled.

“I love you too,” he said, continuing to sing through his tears.

I found some light pajamas to put on her that wouldn’t hurt her, and everyone but Ryan, who was unconscious on the living room floor came in. We all sat around her, comforting her until the police and the ambulances came.

“Who did this?” A nice policeman asked me.

I sobbed “Zayn knocked him out.. hes on the living room floor I think..” The police officer cocked an eyebrow at me.

“Miss... there’s no one in the living room.”

I ran out to the living room, shocked and still sobbing, and surely enough, he was gone.

Without a trace.

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