Stole My Heart

Leah's dreams were coming true. She's made it onto the X-Factor, and she was going places. The last thing she imagined would happen was that Niall Horan from One Direction would ask her out. Suddenly, her life is turned upside down as love, heartbreak, ex-boyfriends, distance, and complications stress their relationship to the max. Can they overcome everything?



7. Last Encounters

“Hello Leah.” James said coolly, staring me down. I was too shocked to respond, or even move.Why did he actually have to show up?I thought glumly to myself. I was about to step out of the door and talk to him when Niall showed up behind me.

“What’s going on?” He asked, wrapping his arm around my waist. James’ face immediately turned red with anger.

“Who the fuck are you?!” He asked, fuming.

Niall raised his eyebrows and looked at me. “I’m Niall, who do you think you are?” He responded, returning James’ glare full force. James looked like he was ready to punch something. “Leah, go back inside..” Niall said, trying to push me back in the door, and slipped past me and out onto the porch. “Look, I don’t want to cause any problems..” Niall started as James threw a punch straight for Niall’s jaw, which Niall quickly avoided. When James went to throw another punch, Niall caught his fist in his hand and pushed him backwards, causing James to stumble and fall off of the porch. Niall glared down at him from the top step. “Leave.” He snarled at James, and turned on his heel and walked back into the house, locking the door and pulling me into a hug.

I relaxed into his embrace, my heart still racing. I didn’t think James would try to hit Niall. He’d never done anything like that before. Niall signed and pulled away, rubbing my upper arms. “You okay?” He asked, looking into my eyes. I smiled and nodded, leaning up to kiss him on the cheek. He smiled at me and said, “Hey, I know! Why don’t we get everyone together and go out tonight? We get VIP access to any club, being who we are. What do you say?”

My face broke out in a huge grin. “I’d love that!” I said enthusiastically.

Niall smiled and kissed me quickly on the lips. “I’ll give the guys a call in a bit and set it up then. In the meantime, let’s go eat.” He took my hand and led me into the kitchen, where he had all the food set out on the table, along with juice and coffee. This was going to be a good day.


Niall had just pulled up and was headed into the house as I was putting the finishing touches on my makeup. I’d decided on wearing a short black dress that went to about mid thigh and hugged my body perfectly. I had a pair of black heels sitting beside my door so I just had to grab them and go. I put on the last touches of my mascara just as Niall was coming up the stairs. He walked into my room and stood in the open bathroom doorway. “You rea-…wow.” He froze when he saw me. “You look beautiful.” He said, slowly walking up behind me and slipping his arms around me from behind, kissing me on the cheek.

I giggled and turned around in his arms, catching him off guard and kissing him on the mouth. He was surprised for a second, but quickly adapted, deepening the kiss. I was the one to pull away, and when he tried to continue, I stopped him, smiling and shaking my head. “We need to go sometime, everyone’s expecting us.” I said, laughing.

Niall became jokingly upset and started pouting, which was one of the most adorable thing’s I’d ever seen. I laughed and took his hand, grabbing my shoes and leading him downstairs. I stopped in the living room to put the heels on, then let Niall lead me out to the car so I would be less likely to fall on my face. We were at the club in less than 20 minutes, and the place was packed. We didn’t park in the front, but kept driving to the back, where the VIP section was. We got out at the door and Niall handed the car over to someone who worked at the place so they could park it. He offered me his arm, which I gladly took and he led me into the club.

The music was so loud you could feel it pulsating through the air. There were so many people, all crammed on the dance floor and moving at once that they seemed to meld together. Niall pulled me towards a table, bringing me back to reality as I saw who he was pulling me towards. Sitting at the table was Zayn, Perrie, Louis, Eleanor, and Harry.

“Hey!” Niall yelled, clapping Zayn on the back, and turning to do the same to the other guys. “No Liam yet?” Niall asked, looking around.

Zayn shook his head. “Not yet, mate. He’ll be here soon, though.” Just as we were all sitting down, a waitress came over to get us drinks. We put in our order and just sat there talking. Eventually, our drinks came, and Liam and Danielle showed up. I started to get antsy. I wanted to dance. El agreed with me, and so did Perrie and Danielle. We left the guys at the table and went out onto the dance floor.

We were having fun, doing our thing and just dancing the night away. Eventually, Perrie went back to the table to find Zayn, and Eleanor and Danielle left me as well. I didn’t care, I was just having fun. Suddenly, a pair of strong hands grabbed my hips from behind. I assumed it was Niall and I kept dancing until I heard a soft chuckle and froze. I whipped around saw James standing there, smiling. I got incredibly pissed off.

“Leave me alone, James!” I screamed, but only so he could actually hear me. The music was so loud though that it didn’t matter, my words were nearly lost in the music. He laughed again.

“Do you honestly think I’m going to give up that easily?” He asked me, moving closer towards me. I tried to back up but there were people everywhere and I had no where to go. He was suddenly right in front of me, his breath on my face. He reeked of alcohol. He put his mouth next to my ear and whispered, “Never.” and tried kissing me, but I shoved him away, hard. I caught him off guard and he stumbled, almost losing his balance. It gave me enough time to disappear into the throng of dancing people and make my way back to Niall.

When I got to the table, he knew something was up. I was shaking and scared. He stood up and walked over to me, giving me a hug. “What’s wrong?” He asked, rubbing my back. I just shook my head. I didn’t want Niall to go back there and start anything, James was drunk and didn’t know what he was doing.

“Can we just go?” I asked, still shaking a bit. Niall nodded, and told everyone we were heading out. I hugged everyone goodbye and Niall and I slipped out the back door and went to the car. When we were almost home, I told Niall why I’d wanted to leave. He was furious.

“Why didn’t you tell me?! I could’ve gotten him to go away!” He yelled, staring at me.

I started stuttering. I hadn’t expected him to get mad at me for not telling him right away. “Niall, he was drunk. I didn’t want to start anything, so I just ran off and found you. I didn’t think it was a big deal.” I mumbled.

He just gaped at me. “He tried to force himself on you. Of course it’s a big deal!”

I sighed. “Niall, it’s over and done. Let’s just let it go, okay?” I asked, placing my hand on his leg. He sighed and nodded, taking my hand in his. We drove in silence the rest of the car ride home.

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