Change My Mind (a One Direction Fanfic)

Melanie Turner is newly 18, and recently graduated from High School. When she moves to London to study music (and hopefully make it as a music artist) she decides to room with someone that will change her life forever.

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7. The Boys

Harry's POV

 

The boys had arrived a little while ago, and we had all started watching football on the telly.  There was a lot of cheering, and a lot of noise coming from my flat all of a sudden...

"Go, go, go!!!" Niall yelled, pumping his fist and standing up. 

"Run, run!!" Zayn shouted. 

"GOAL!!" we all yelled simultaneously, high fiving each other and laughing.  

"Damn, I missed you guys," Liam sighed, slouching down into the couch.

"Yea, me too!" Louis nodded.  

Zayn and Liam couldn't take their eyes off the game.

"So, tell me about your new flatmate," Niall said, raising his eyebrows.

"Yea," Lou added while leaning in to hear what I had to say.  

"Well..." I mumbled, rubbing my hands together.

"Ooooo, tell me!" Lou said excitedly.

"Well, her name is Melanie, she's really nice, she's American, and a great cook..."

"I love her already," Niall chuckled.

"..She's grew up with Ed, and is brothers with that lad Josh I was telling you about... Um..." I pondered. 

"Is she pretty?" Lou asked, eyes widening. 

"...She's really pretty. And that's where I've made my huge mistake, because, well.. I..." I couldn't get the words to come out of my mouth. I had only known Melanie for 24 hours!!

"Yea, yea?" Niall said anxiously.

"I... promised myself that I wouldn't fall for my flatmate, but.. I think it's too late," I finished, looking at the floor, holding my head in my hands.  

On either side of me, Niall and Louis exchanged interested glances...

"Oh, poor Harry," Lou said, patting my back.

"He's just never gonna be able to be with Melanie, now is he," Niall said jokingly.

Meanwhile, Zayn and Liam were engaged in the telly, laughing and rooting for their favorite football team. 

I timidly looked up at Louis, then turned my head to Niall-- they were both wearing suspicious smirking smiles.

Just then, I heard the door open, and there in the doorway was Melanie.  She was smiling, and looking pretty as ever.  

"You must be Melanie!" Louis said cheekily.

"That's me," she replied, closing the door and putting down her purse.  

"So nice to meet you, love," Zayn added, his attention off the screen.   

She blushed slightly, and kicked off her shoes, still grinning.  Niall glanced at me with a little smirk.. I gave him a look of annoyance, and then then continued to peer up at Melanie.

"Where are you from, love?" Liam asked, turning the volume down on the telly.  

"Los Angeles," she said, sitting cross-legged in a chair next to Niall's side of the couch.  

"How old are you?" Niall wondered.

"18," she replied, smiling.  ..All of us were staring at her intently-- she blushed and looked down.  After a few awkward seconds, her gaze traveled to the television screen.

"You guys are watching soccer-- without me?" she shouted, hurt in her voice.

"Football," the boys and I said simultaneously, and we all broke out into laughter. 

"I absolutely love soc-- football," she corrected herself.  "Why aren't the drinks out?" 

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Melanie threw us all sodas from the kitchen, saving one for herself. Niall of course ordered pizza..  During half time, the pizza arrived, and Melanie settled down in between Niall and I.  The couch became quite squished, though, when Zayn and Liam joined on the small sofa.  I could tell they were all captivated by Melanie, and wanted to be as close to her as possible.  I felt a tinge of happiness that she chose to sit next to me, though.  All of our bodies were squished together-- Melanie practically on top of Niall and I.  

Yet she didn't complain.. she just watched the football game as if everything was normal.  Her eyes glistened with excitement every time her team got the ball, and she yelled and cheered whenever they scored a goal.  Why did I have to be in love with my flatmate.. out of all the girls in Los Angeles, I just had to room with the most amazing one.  

About two hours later, Melanie's team won. All of us had calm down, and the entire flat was trashed-- soda cans here, pizza bits there...  Oh well.

Melanie was still sitting in between Niall and I when Zayn turned the television off.

"I'm going to go change in to some sweats," she announced, wriggling free from the bodies that surrounded her.  As she was getting up, Niall and Liam held a grip on her fore arms, attempting to pull her back down to sit.  She laughed, blushed, and insisted she would be right back.  Eventually succeeding in prying herself out, she went into her room, closing the door behind her.  

Once she was out of sight, all the boys turned to look at me, their mouths all slightly agape.  

"..What?" I asked innocently.

"She's... amazing," Niall gasped.  

"..You're so lucky," Liam added.  

"I am going to have so much fun playing matchmaker with you two!" Lou said, rubbing his hands together in excitement.

"No. Please don't, lads," I nervously said.

"It's too late for that!" Niall said with a smirk.   

"So you like her, huh Harry?" Liam asked, raising his eyebrows.  

"No-- I mean, not really.  Ok yes..." I gave in, slumping into the couch, letting out a big sigh.  

"We'll help you, don't worry," Niall said, messing up my hair.  I laughed, and ruffled his hair as well.  

A few seconds later Melanie walked back in to the room, dressed in an oversized T shirt that covered her spandex shorts, with her hair in a messy bun.  All of her make up was stripped off of her face, and she looked just as gorgeous as she did with it on.  

"I'm back," she announced with a little grin.  Her long pale legs moved towards us, and Louis got up so she could sit down.  

"Aww, thanks Lou," she said gratefully.  She plopped down next to me, filling Louis' old spot.

 

At last, after a lot of voting, we all decided on a movie to watch -- 'The Notebook' (one of my personal favorites).  Only I wanted to watch it, but when Melanie spoke up and said she had never seen it before, we all agreed on watching it. 

We were half way through the movie when I felt Melanie lay her head against chest, and curl up into a little ball next to me. My stomach flipped with excitement.  Nervously, I put my arm around her body, and she looked up at me with a smile.  Her focus soon returned to the movie though.  Niall nudged me lightly and grinned, giving me a little thumbs up. I rolled my eyes at him, and continued watching the TV.

Once the movie ended, I tried to get up, but Melanie was in a deep slumber on top of me.  Trying not to wake her up, I picked up her sleeping body bridal style, and carried her to her room, gently placing her on her bed.  She groaned a little bit, and pulled the covers up to her chin half asleep.  She looked so peaceful.. I secretly planted a little kiss on her forehead, and quietly walked out of her room.  

The boys were waiting for me in the living room.

"Are you guys staying for the night?" I asked, shoving my hands in my pockets.  

"Yea, is that ok mate?" Liam asked politely.

I nodded, "Of course guys! As long as you need." 

 

They all hugged me, and I explained them the sleeping arrangements.. Keeping in mind that my flat wasn't the biggest one in the world.  In the end Niall and Zayn took the couch that folded into a bed in the living room, and Liam and Louis took the spare bedroom.  

Finally I was able to go to sleep... 

 

 

 

 

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