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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2. Hospital

 

Tegan's POV:

God my head was pounding. My forehead furrowed in pain. Automatically I began to open my eyes and blinked at the bright white light. I scanned the room and saw Niall standing against the wall next to a boy with brown hair and blue eyes, and sitting next to me was a girl with brown hair and dark brown eyes. They both seemed so familiar.  

"Hey" she said softly.

"What's going on?" I asked, confused, "why am I here?"

"You passed out when you heard your dad in the park, you've been sleeping for a while now."

I began to panic when she mentioned my dad and sat bolt upright. I winced as my head throbbed.

"W-w-where is he?" I stammered, my breathing getting faster.

"It's ok, he's gone now." She reassured me, wrapping her arm around me. I pulled my knees up to my chest and rested my head on her shoulder and a little bead of water escaped my eye.

"By the way, I'm Eleanor and that's Louis" she gestured towards the brown haired boy standing by Niall.

"Hey" I sounded Awkward. Niall chuckled under his breath and the corner of his mouth turned into a little smile.

The door swung open and a man walked in, who I assumed, was one of the doctors.

"Aah Tegan, glad to see your awake, my name is Dr. Byrne." I forced a small smile but didn't look up. "You'll be glad to hear you only have a little concussion, so you will feel very tired for the next 24 hours or so. Apart from this, you're free to leave when you like"

"Ok thank you"

The doctor turned and walked out the door.

"Tegan, do you have anywhere to stay?" Eleanor asked me.

"Erm-no" I mumbled, embarrassed.

"Lou, Niall and I were thinking, the boys have a spare room you could stay in if you want?" I thought about it for a moment; "it's ok, I don't want to cause you any trouble."

"No it's fine, you won't cause us any trouble." Reassured Louis.

"Okay", Niall smiled at my answer.

"I'll let the rest of the boys know", Louis said, pulling out his phone and leaving the room, Niall following behind.

Eleanor saw the confused look on my face and smiled.

"The rest of the boys?"

"Yeah, Harry Zayn and Liam." Eleanor smiled. My jaw dropped as I realise who I was staying with.

"Why on earth didn't I realise sooner!" I wasn't fangirling, just shocked that I was going to be staying with them. I liked their music but I wasn't an obsessed fan, "I can't stay with them, I'll get in the way!"

"Don't be silly!" She laughed, "you won't get in the way! Your staying with the kindest, most caring people I know"

I sighed. Louis walked back in to the room and announced,"The boys can't wait to meet you!"

I smiled up at him,"Thank you...for letting me stay"

"It's ok 'T'" he chuckled.

"T?"

"Yeah, your new nickname!". 'T', I thought about it for a moment. It wasn't really a nickname but I kinda liked it; it was cute.

"Right, boys..out! I'm going to help Tegan get her stuff together. We'll meet you back in the waiting room." Instructed Eleanor

Louis stood up straight and saluted, "Yes ma'am!". We all laughed and Lou winked at Eleanor as him and Niall left.

I swung my legs off the side of the bed and stood up...too quickly.

"Woah" I went dizzy for a second and moved my foot to regain balance. El held my arm and supported me until the dizziness went.

"Ok now?" She said with a smile.

"Yeah, thanks" I replied.

"Whats your number?" she asked, holding out her phone. I typed my number in and pressed save. "Thanks" she smiled.

There wasn't really much of my stuff to put away, I hadn't really brought much with me. I pulled out my brush and walked over to the bathroom.

'Oh my god' I thought, 'I look like a train wreck'. I examined the two small cuts on my face closely, although I couldn't see them well because of the single steri-strip holding the skin together. I brushed through my hair, being gentle around the cut, making sure there were no knots at all, them threw the brush back into my bag. I pulled out a loose, white t-shirt and changed into it. I walked out of the bathroom, zipped my duffle up and slung it over my shoulder.

"Ready?"

"Yeah" I replied, taking a deep breath. Eleanor smiled.

"Nervous?"

"Uh huh" I nodded.

"Don't be nervous! You'll be fine". We walked out of the room and met Louis and Niall back in the waiting room. When Louis saw Eleanor he stood up, walked over to her and put his arms around her, hugging her close and kissed her forehead. Aww. They turned to make sure Niall and I were following, and left the hospital and headed towards Louis' car.

"I'll sit with Tegan" Eleanor said.

"Ok" Lou replied ruffling her hair as he walked to the right side of the car.

"Hey!" She cried, Louis chuckled. I sat behind Niall and Eleanor sat in the middle. The drive to the boys' house was only about 15 minutes, but I was tired so rested my head on Eleanor's shoulder, I didn't fall asleep though.

As we pulled up the drive I looked up at the house; it wasn't big but it was so pretty! As we drew nearer the house I began to get butterflies in my stomach. We pulled up to a cute looking house, slightly set back than the other houses and pulled up into the drive.

Louis parked the car and we all clambered out. I grabbed my duffle bag from the boot and followed the others to the door. Louis reached out to put his keys in the door but before he could, the door swung open.

"BOOBEAR!!" Harry exclaimed, hugging Lou, "I missed you! Never leave me again!" Harry fake sobbed. Lou went along with it while Niall and Eleanor Laughed. I smiled but looked down.

"Haz, this is Tegan" Louis stepped to the side so Harry could see me and looked up.

"We'll hey there Tegan" Harry winked at me. I blushed and looked back down again.

A voice can from inside the house, "Niall! We have Nandos!!"

"NANDOS!!!" Niall cried, running through Louis and Eleanor then past Harry. We all laughed and walked in.

"I'll take Tegan to her room and we'll be in in a minute." Eleanor said to Louis after Harry had followed Niall to the kitchen. I followed Eleanor through the house and into a surprisingly large room. It was simple but homely. As you walked in the room, the king size bed was on the right - wait...king size!? Wow. Next to the bed was a little white table with an expensive looking CD player on top and a full length mirror in the corner. I placed my bag on the bed and walked over to some double doors set into the wall. The room was very small but I realised it was a walk-in wardrobe. I retreated and closed the doors.

"Like your room?"Eleanor asked, smiling.

"It's so nice!", El smiled as I said this. I followed her back down the hall, through what looked like the living room and into the kitchen. Three of the boys were sat at the island, Niall, Harry and Louis, while Liam and Zayn were dishing out the food. Zayn heard El and I walk in and turned his head.

"Hey, I'm Zayn and this is Liam" he said pointing to Liam, who looked round at the mention of his name. "Hey Tegan!" Liam said smiling.

"Hey" I said nervously.

"Come sit here Tegan!" Harry said, pointing to the stool next to him. I went and sat next to Harry with Niall opposite me, and Lou on Harry's right and Eleanor sat between Niall and Louis.

"Have you had Nandos before?" Harry asked.

"No" I replied, slightly embarrassed. Niall's eyes widened , "Never had Nandos?! Best.food.ever!" He exclaimed. Liam and Zayn quickly served the plates of hot food,

"Piri-piri chicken and chips" Liam said as set my plate down before I had to ask.

"Thanks" I said with a smile. He sat next to me and we all dug in. I carefully cut off a piece of chicken and tried it. My eyes widened as I savoured the taste. Niall saw my expression and laughed. Eleanor and the rest of the boys looked up to see what he was laughing at, and saw my face.

"This tastes so good!!" I said, smiling.

By the time we had all finished, Niall had managed to finish his second helping, and his portions had been pretty big.

"Liam, is there any more?" Niall asked. 'Really?!' I thought.

"No, Niall. You had the last of the food!", Niall looked disheartened.

I looked up at the clock on the wall, 11:34.

"Do you mind if I go to bed, I'm so tired!" I said.

"No, you have to stay up the whole night." Zayn said. I looked confused.

"Zayn don't mess her about, of course you can" Liam reassured me.

"Thanks" I replied. He smiled as I got up and went to wash up my plate. Harry joined me at the sink and took my plate.

"Don't worry I'll wash it" he said.

"Are you sure?" I asked.

"Yeah it's fine, you've had a long day"

"Thanks" I smiled.

"It's ok" he said wrapping one arm around my shoulders, I leaned into him slightly but tensed up a little; the only other 'contact' I'd had with men was with my dad and with my first, only, and ex-boyfriend, David.

One night I had been at the cinema with my friend Lauren on her birthday. It was they day after I had broken up with David. Half way through the film I went to the toilets and as I walked towards the door marked 'women', David walked out of the men's - drunk. I stopped in my tracks.

"Hey sweetcheeks" he said, smirking.

"Please don't call me that" I replied, backing up as he began to walk towards me. "What are you doing here?"

"I'm here for something I never got". I realised what he meant and tried to back away faster but he caught up with me, pinned me up against the wall and clasped one hand over my mouth.

"Scream and I will hurt you" he threatened. He went to press his mouth to mine but passed out before they did. I stood there in shock for a moment before Lauren came running up to me and embracing me in a tight hug.

"Are you ok?" She asked as she broke away,"what did he do to you?"

"He didn't get to do anything" I replied weakly,"He was going to rape me". The police were called and they took him away. He was eventually sentenced to 11 months in prison. All this happened two months before I ran away. A week later Lauren moved away to Australia.

"Goodnight!" Harry said as we broke away from the hug, ruffling my hair.

"Hey!" I protested. I walked back over to the island and picked up my crappy little Nokia and put it in my pocket. Eleanor stood up and hugged me and said good night. The rest of the boys stood up and decided to hug me and say good night. Eleanor's hug was relaxed but as I hugged the boys I tensed again. I don't think I've ever been hugged so much in my life. Niall was the last one to say goodnight. I walked over and smiled. His hug was different to the others; it was warm and gentle, and I relaxed in his arms, I wasn't tense.

"I'm glad you feel better." He said softly to me,"sleep well". He released me from the hug. I smiled up at him again and my eyes met his. "Thanks". As I turned to walk out the room I saw Harry's face. He looked annoyed. "See you in the morning" I said to them all. They all smiled except for Harry who had a pained expression on his face. I walked back to my room and closed the door behind me. I put my phone on the beside table and noticed a door on the right side of the bed which I hadn't seen before. I walked over to it and opened it slightly. It was a small en suite bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower. My jaw dropped. The sink was set into a large slab of marble and the mirror covered the shorter side of the wall. By the sink was a basket filled with neatly rolled flannels and by the side of that was an even smaller basket with little toiletries like toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and soap - I made a mental note to buy these later. The cupboard under the sink had large soft white towels. I pulled out one of the towels and set it aside and went back to my bag. I pulled out a grey vest top, matching purple and grey pyjama shorts and my and walked back into the bathroom and locked the door. I undressed and got in the shower.

I got changed, tied my wet hair up and walked over to my phone:

'6 New messages' it read. I checked to see who they were from and saw that Harry, Zayn, Louis, Niall and Liam had all added their numbers onto my phone. I had a text from each of them and one from Eleanor too.

Liam:

Hey :) good night :) x

Tommo:

Don't let the bed bugs bite :p Night T x

Harry :

Night love xx

Zayn:

Night! x

Niall:

Sleep well, see you in the morning :) x

I replied to the boys' texts and said good night again then looked at El's message.

Eleanor:

Hey, i'm on my way home now. the boys are at the studio tomorrow so do you want to come shopping with me? :) x

Me:

Yeah sure :) x

Eleanor:

Ok, I'll be over about 10 x

Me:

Ok, see you tomorrow :) x

Eleanor:

Night! x

 

I normally hated shopping but really needed to buy some more clothes; I had left all my others back at my dad's. I climbed into bed and pulled the down duvet up over my shoulders. It was so cozy and warm! I slowly drifted off to sleep thinking about Niall. How his eyes sparkled in the light. How his cute, crooked smile gave me butterflies.

Niall's POV:

Tegan stood up and took her plate over to the sink. Zayn, Harry, Liam, Lou and I decided to add our numbers to her phone. After Harry added his number, I didn't realise he had taken his plate too. I looked over my shoulder and saw him with his arm around Tegan. I sighed and turned back round. I looked up at Liam and he mouthed "are you ok?". I nodded. He wasn't convinced but didn't say anything else. Zayn put Tegan's phone back on the table and began to talk to Liam whilst Eleanor had her head rested on Lou's shoulder and Lou was playing with her hair. They're so cute together. Tegan walked back over to the table and picked up her phone whilst Liam, Zayn, Louis and I grinned at each other. Eleanor stood up, said good night to her and gave her a hug. Liam, Zayn and Louis did the same. She walked over and smiled up at me. I embraced her gently and said quietly "I'm glad you feel better. Sleep well". I released her and her eyes met mine. "Thanks" she replied, she meant it. She turned to walk out so I sat back down and smiled to myself. After Tegan had gone I asked Eleanor for Tegan's number; she reluctantly gave it to me, but raised one eyebrow when the other boys asked for it too.

"Don't worry El, we won't go spreading it around" Liam reassured her.

"Ok, but make sure you don't!" She replied.

"Right. I'm going to bed." I said, yawning.

"Night Niall" the rest of the boys and El said.

I walked to my room, changed into just sweatpants, brushed my teeth and climbed into bed. I could hear Lou and Eleanor saying goodnight as El closed the front door. I pulled out my phone and looked through my contacts. I found the name I was looking for.

Me:

Sleep well, see you in the morning :) x

Tegan replied not long after.

Tegan:

You too, Night x

I smiled and set my phone down on the little bedside table and drifted off to sleep.

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