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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5. McDonalds

 

Niall's POV:  

"I'm going to bed" said Tegan, "Goodnight" 

"Night" The boys, El and I replied in unison. Tegan turned her back to us and walked out the room.  

Harry stood up, "I'm going to bed too". 

"Night" I said, yawning. The boys said goodnight to him and he walked out the door. 

"Anyone hungry" Lou asked. 

"Yeah" Zayn replied. 

"Maybe" Liam said. 

"Maybe?" I questioned. 

"Yeah, I'm thirsty, I'm gonna get a drink. I might eat something, I dunno." 

"Niall, what about you?" Lou asked. 

"Nah, not really", I was too busy thinking about Tegan and Harry to feel hungry. 

Zayn faked a shocked expression, "Not hungry?! Who are you and what have you done with Niall Horan?!" 

I forced a smile and replied as I stood up, 

"I'm just gonna go to bed. Night boys, night El" 

"Night Niall" they all replied, Liam looked worried. I turned, walked out the room and headed towards my room. I turned the corner and stopped when I saw Harry and Tegan. Harry had his lips pressed against her forehead; I saw her face as he pulled away, her eyes were red and full of panic. I backed away and stood out of sight, just around the corner.  

"Goodnight Harry" I heard Tegan say. 

"Goodnight Tegan" he replied; I heard a door shut and assumed it was Tegan's. I stepped round the corner and began walking to my room when I saw Harry open and close his door. I entered my room and lay on my bed with my hand behind my bed. I couldn't stop thinking about Tegan, her soft blonde hair, her warm smell, she was perfect; how Harry kissed her forehead. I wasn't good enough for her. I sat up, grabbed my phone and began to type,

Me: 

Hey, you ok? x

Tegan: 

Yeah x

Me: 

Are you sure? You looked upset earlier? x

Tegan: 

Yeah, I'm fine. Can I stay with you tonight, I can't sleep? x

Niall: 

Aawh, are you scared? ;) aha of course you can, my room is next to yours, on your right x

Me: 

Okay, thanks :) x

I picked up my guitar from its stand and began to play; Lego house. The song ended just as Tegan opened the door. I put my guitar back down on the stand and patted the bed next to me.  

"Sorry for disturbing you, I really freak out after scary films." She said as she sat down. 

"Don't worry, you didn't disturb me, I couldn't sleep." I reassured her. 

"Okay" Tegan replied as she pulled the duvet over herself. I pulled the duvet over myself as she came closer, resting her head in my neck. 

"Goodnight Tegan"I said, wrapping my arm around her. 

"Goodnight Niall" she replied, closing her eyes as she drifted into sleep. I looked down at her peaceful face, she was so pretty when she slept, I thought before drifting off to sleep.

Tegan's POV: 

"I'm here for something I never got. Scream and I will hurt you...." 

I sat bolt upright hyperventilating and screaming; I stopped quickly when I realised where I was. I jumped when I felt a hand on my back. 

"Hey, what's wrong?" Niall asked, you could hear the worry in his voice. I looked up at his concerned face and felt a tear roll down my cheek. "Was it the film?" 

I shook my head, "No." I said quietly, I couldn't hide it from him anymore; I told him about what happened at the cinema. "He was going to rape me." I managed to whisper. He pulled me close and embraced me in a gentle hug. 

"I'm so sorry, Tegan," he said as he cautiously cupped one side of my face in his hand and and his sparkling blue eyes met mine, "I promised I won't let anything like that happen to you ever again". He sounded sincere. I leaned my head agains his warm, bare chest and quickly drifted back off to sleep in his arms.

I slowly opened my eyes and scanned the room, remembering where I was. I looked up at Niall's face just as he began to open his eyes. He looked down at me and smiled, 

"Morning, beautiful"  

"Beautiful? I probably look like a sick panda." 

He laughed and I rested my head back on his chest and closed my eyes. 

"What the hell happened in here?!" Lou yelled, making me jump.  

"Nothing Lou! I got scared!" I said quietly. 

"Okay. You two, you need to get dressed. We're going shopping!" 

I groaned, "What have I done and who wants to torture me?!"  

Louis laughed as he walked out the door. I pulled the duvet up over my nose, "I hate shopping" I muttered. I lay there next to Niall for a moment before sighing and sitting up. 

"Thanks for letting me stay here last night" 

Niall sat up next to me, "Anytime" he said smiling, I loved that little crooked smile. I hugged him before getting up and walking to my room. I showered, washed my face, got dressed and put a little mascara on, leaving my hair loose. I looked in the mirror and sighed, thinking about how Niall had called me beautiful; I was never going to be pretty. 

I walked into the kitchen and saw the boys and El sitting at the island and sat at the empty seat next to Niall. I grabbed a slice of toast and buttered if before taking a bite out of it. I finished my first mouthful and asked, 

"So what are we going shopping for?" 

"Nothing much really, Lou want some new TOMS." Liam said. 

"Okay" I replied, finishing the rest of my toast. I washed up my plate before helping Liam put all the food away. 

"We're going to have to take Harry's car and my car," Louis explained, " El, Niall and Tegan you're with me, Liam, Zayn, your with Harry. All good?" The boys nodded. I grabbed my bag and phone before we locked up the house and got in the cars. Obviously, El sat in the passenger seat next to Louis, leaving Niall and I in the back seats. 

When Louis parked the car, we got out and stood in the sun, taking in its warmth while we waited for Harry, Liam and Zayn to arrive. They pulled up next to us just minutes after we did and got out.  

"Ready?" Lou asked taking hold of Eleanor's hand as we all walked towards the entrance.  

We wandered around for a while, going in and out of women's shops, before we reached somewhere the boys looked interested in.  

"Our turn!" Zayn cried as we entered the shop and looked round; it was dark and very hot. I sat down on a bench while the boys began to try on ridiculous things like Hawaiian shirts and hot pants. Hot pants...really?! I sat there for a while before Niall came and sat next to me.  

"You getting bored?" He asked. 

"A little I guess, but it's fair, the amount of shops El and I tortured you with!" 

He laughed, "Don't worry. Do you want to get out of here?" 

I looked at him for a second before nodding. He held out his hand for me to take, and we snuck past the boys out of the shop. 

"How about...Starbucks?" He asked. I grinned and we made out way to the cafe. I ordered a caramel creme frap and Niall ordered a coffee creme frap and we sat down.  

"What do you want to do after this?" Niall asked. 

I shrugged my shoulders as I took a sip of my drink, "no idea". Niall took a sip and finished his frap, just before I finished mine and we began walking. We found a shop filled with clothes, mostly dresses, and looked round. I absolutely loathed dresses, but one caught my eye; It was ivory chiffon and had a light gold plait around the waist. I looked like some kind of Greek goddesses dress. I walked over to it and picked it up, holding it against my body I turned to Niall. 

"What do you think?" I said, smiling.  

"Very Nice! Why don't you try it on if you like it?" 

"I suppose. It won't look right on me though." I said as I walked over to the empty changing rooms.  

"Don't be silly" Niall replied, sitting on the brown leather sofa outside the cubicles. I changed into the dress and looked at my reflection in the mirror, it came down to just below mid-calf. I sighed and stepped out from the cubicle. Niall's jaw dropped as he stood up and walked over to me; he took my hand and raised it above my head as he spun me in a little circle, admiring the dress. 

"I told you it wouldn't look right on me." I muttered as I looked down at the floor. I felt Niall's hand gently pull my chin up and my eyes met his, 

"Tegan, the dress looks perfect on you." He looked down at my lips, my stomach began to fill with butterflies and my heart began to race as his lips edged towards mine, but there were no flash backs, I wasn't afraid. His eyes looked back up at mine, making sure I felt ok; I nodded reassuring him. I closed my eyes and felt his soft lips press gently against mine. 

He pulled his lips away and said softly to me, 

"Please don't ever say that you're not pretty enough" 

I forced a smile and walked back into the cubicle before changing back into my clothes. Niall and I walked back to where I had picked up the dress and hung it up before looking at the price tag and sighing. No way was I going to be able to afford that.  

"Do you really like that dress?" Niall asked. 

"I did actually" I said as I began to walk over to a rack of tops. I pulled out a dark blue, again chiffon, shirt with a cream collar and cream buttons down the front. "What do you th-?" I began to say to Niall as I turned round; but saw him over at the till, paying for the ivory dress. I placed the shirt back on the rack and stormed over to him playfully. His mouth turned into a cheeky grin as he saw me speeding towards him, possibly breaking the national speed limit.  

"What do you think your doing?!" I questioned. 

"It looked too good on you to stay here" he replied, making me blush.  

"You know I hate people buying me things" 

"Which is exactly why I didn't tell you" he smirked, handing me the bag. We walked outside the shop but stopped when we heard a voice shouting. 

"THERE HE IS!!!!" A girl screamed. We looked to our left where the voice came from and saw a mob of frenzied girls running towards us. Niall grabbed my hand, 

"Run!" He said laughing under his breath. Eventually we lost the girls and ran into McDonalds panting.  

"Is that what all the fans are like?" I raised my eyebrow. 

"Most of them. We love our fans but sometimes it gets too much, like when we want time to ourselves." Niall replied. 

"I wanna say I know what you mean, but I can't," Niall smiled. "I'm gonna order, you?" I asked - stupid question. 

"Of course!" He laughed. 

We ordered and sat down at a table set close to the back. I had bought a cheeseburger and chips and Niall had a Big Mac, large chips and ten chicken nuggets. He really could eat for England. I finished he first bite of my burger and looked at Niall, he had already eaten half of his Big Mac,  

"Can't beat a good McDonalds!" I said before finishing my burger, Niall laughed at my comment. I started on my chips when I realised Niall was already half way through his nuggets. 

"Want some?" He asked, pointing to the chicken nuggets.  

"I might have just one" I smiled, picking one up and taking a bite.  

"How long have we been gone?" I asked. Niall pulled out his phone and looked at the time, 

"Just over an hour" 

"Won't the boys be wondering where we are?" 

"Nah, we each wander off a lot. I'll ask them where they are." He began typing on his phone, he paused for a moment before answering, "They're in Office". 

I nodded as we stood up to make our way out of McDonalds and saw the girls from earlier in the distance. We began to walk over to Office, 

"Quick" Niall said as he began to walk faster.  

NIALLL!!" They screamed. It was too late, the girls had reached us before we had walked much further. It was only a small group of them, about 6 or 7, less than earlier. 

"Niall is she your girlfriend?!" A brown haired girl asked, pointing to me with a disgusted look in her eyes. I looked at Niall and replied before as he began to sign autographs and take pictures, "No, I'm not" 

I heard one of the girls whisper to her friend, "Good, she's not even pretty" 

"I know, Niall could do so much better." 

I began to feel sick and felt my eyes begin to well up a little as I remembered how I used to get called ugly and fat - all the time, but I managed to hold the tears back. Niall heard her comment and finished signing autographs.  

"That's enough ladies, I gotta go. Nice meeting ya" he said with a little forced smile.  

"Bye Niall!" The girls said together, grimacing at me. We walked away and Niall edged closer to me, 

"Not true," 

"Wha-?" 

"What those girls said, it's not true" 

I didn't say anything but carried on walking as Niall sighed. 

When we reached Office we walked in and saw the rest of the boys and El standing over by the TOMS.  

"Waheyy!" Zayn cried. 

"What have you too been up to...?" Louis asked, a cheeky glint in his eye.

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