Afraid of Falling - Niall Horan Fanfiction

'Just keep running' I kept telling myself, ' just keep running and don't look back'. As I ran, I thought about the events of the last hour and felt my eyes begin to fill with small droplets of water before I ended up on the floor.

When 16 year old Tegan hides from her fears, she runs. But what will she do when she experiences a feeling completely new to her, a feeling that she doesn't quite understand, a feeling that her past makes her afraid of...

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15. Choices

 

[A/N: Sorry, still haven't proof read! please can I try and get at least 10 more likes/votes on this or comments before I upload the next chapter, I love hearing what you think!!]   Harry's POV:  

"Harry?....Harry?....HARRY!" Someone yelled as they shook my shoulder violently. "What!?" I moaned, keeping my eyes shut. "We have to be at the studio for nine, its nearly half eight."  My eyes flew open and I sat bolt upright.

"How long have you been up for?"

"Five minutes, max." 

I looked round, scanning the room, and saw only Louis and El in the room with the two of us.  "Where's Niall, Tegan and Zayn?"

"Zayn's in the kitchen. I don't know where Tegan and Niall are, probably sleeping." As Liam mentioned his name, Zayn walked in from the kitchen carrying a piece of toast in one hand, and a hairbrush in the other.

"Tegan and Niall weren't here when I woke up earlier."

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Liam and El exchange a glance and a smile slowly appear on her face, before she jumped up and ran out the room, Liam following closely behind. I gave Louis a questioning look, to which he shrugged his shoulders, following me quickly out of the room, down the corridor to where Liam and El were stood outside Niall's room, her hand resting on the doorhandle. We stood behind the two of them and didn't move a muscle as El slowly opened the door, being careful to make as little noise as possible. Once the door was opened to its full extent, not one of us made a sound as we stared at the sight in front of us.      Tegan lay peacefully against Niall, both sleeping whilst his arms gently, yet protectively wrapped round her slender frame, their foreheads resting together.

    I was surprised at myself. I felt no jealousy or anger towards what I was witnessing. When I first met Tegan, I actually thought I had feelings growing for her, but now I think those feelings are more of a 'sisterly love'. I felt like an older brother to her. Seeing the two of them together like that, both of them content in each others arms; Tegan not having to worry about her dad for a few hours, Niall having found a girl who fit him perfectly, made me feel proud, in a strange way.

"They're so cute!" El half squealed, half whispered, acting just like a little girl who had just been given a jar of pink lollipops, "Has anyone got their phone on them?" Louis pulled his phone from his pocket, held it up, opened the camera app and snapped the picture as quickly as possible.

"Tweet it?" He asked, his thumb hovering over the 'send tweet' button.

 

"NO! As far as we know, no one really knows that Tegan is staying here. If it got out, her dad might be able to find her!" El's voice began to escalate.

"What's going on?" Zayn asked as he walked towards us, whilst combing his quiff. "Wow, okay. That's new." He sounded shocked.

"AHH ZAYN! YOU'RE ON MY FOOT!" Liam cried, breaking the silence and instinctively trying to take a step back but instead toppling into Louis, who's finger was no longer hovering, but pressed up against the phone screen.

"Oh shit" he whispered, tapping furiously on the phone.

"What the hell is going on?!" Niall groaned, propping himself on one arm whilst Tegan stirred next to him, still not awake yet. "Never mind, explain later. Please get out though?" It was more of an order than a question, as he lay back down on the bed, wrapping his arms back around Tegan and pulling the duvet cover over her and himself.

"Niall, we're meant to be at the studio at nine, its half eight now. Just lettting you know." Liam winced, the pain in his foot evidently still present. Once all of us were out of earshot of Niall's room, El turned to Louis.

"Lou, what happened?" "I tweeted the picture accidentally when Liam fell on me. I managed to delete it after though, but you know what those girls are like. We'll just have to wait and see." He replied as he scratched the back of his head, clearly worrying, "What have I done." 

 

Tegan's POV:   

My eyes fluttered open at the sound of a door closing, taking in where I was; wrapped in Niall's warm arms. I looked up and was met with his face smiling down at me.

"Morning beautiful." He said before pressing his lips lightly against my forehead.  I buried my face in the pillow and sighed, before Niall sat up and pulled me onto his lap, his chin resting on my shoulder. "Before you say anything, it is true." He took hold of my hands, intertwining our fingers and resting them on my thighs. "We're finishing off the last of the recording today, so if you want, can I take you out tonight?" He asked, sounding very nervous.

"Err..."

"You don't have to if you don't want to."

"No, I do. It's just, I've never been asked out properly before.

"I can't wait then!" He giggled as squeezed me slightly, "Oh, and we're doing a promo gig tomorrow, I want you to come and watch. We're performing some songs from our first album, and one special song from our new album." He told me, sounding a little over-enthusiastic. "Okay, but you need to go. Recording, remember?"

"Yeah, spose." He murmured, his lips momentarily on my shoulder, his warm breath gliding over my skin.

"Go!" I encouraged, rolling off him and tucking myself back under the duvet.   He smiled down at me softly before lifting himself from the bed and walking into the bathroom. As my eyes followed his movements, I felt them slowly droop, pulling me under.  

***  

As I woke up for the second time that morning, I reached over to my phone which lay on the bedside table, intending to check the time, which read 10:37. Wow, I needed that sleep. Below the time, showed two new messages, one from Eleanor, and one from Niall.   

 

Eleanor: Sorry I had to leave so soon, Dani had a mini wardrobe crisis. Do you want to meet up later? I'll be at Cafe Nero at 2? Xx

Me:  Don't worry. Yeah okay :) xx  

 

I sent the text and read the next one from Niall.  

 

Niall: I would have said goodbye but I didn't want to disturb you while you were sleeping :) I'll see you later xx  

Me: You sound like I'm never going to see you again! Okay :) xx  

 

Smiling after sending the second text, I decided it would be a good idea to have a shower and get dressed and kill some time before I met up with El.  

***

 After spending the past few hours watching re-runs of 'friends', I decided now it being 1:25, would be an appropriate time to get my stuff together to meet El. Wow time flies. Due to the fact I was dressed, I only needed to touch up my make up and make sure my hair wasn't a birds nest before setting off.    

  As I walked down the street, I occupied myself by studying each person closely, wondering where they were rushing off to. I noticed one person in particular reoccur frequently. I checked the time quickly on my phone and realised I was running late. So, I knew just enough about this area to know the shortcuts, and because of time, I cut across a secluded car park, it littered with rusty veichles and strewn with rubbish; although they say quickest isn't always safest. Following through with this statement, just before I reached the other side of the lot, I felt a firm hand clamp over my mouth, a soft material pressed up against my mouth emitting a sweet smelling odour, before my body went numb and all thoughts blacking out.

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