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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4. Movie Night

 

I woke up and checked the time on my phone; 9:10. The boys had an interview today so they wouldn't be home until later. I yawned and let my head fall back on the pillow; I really didn't want to get up. I eventually rose out of bed and got dressed before I went and got something to eat. I rummaged through the cupboards and pulled out a bowl and some coco pops. I opened the fridge door; no milk. I sighed; great. I didn't know if there were any newsagents nearby so I looked through my phone and dialled Eleanor's number. 

"Hello?" I said when she picked up the phone. 

"Hey Tegan, are you ok?" She sounded worried. 

"Yeah I'm fine" I replied and she relaxed, " Is there any newsagents close by?" 

"Yeah; if you turn left as you walk out the house, then take the second left and then an immediate right, you won't miss it." I memorised her instructions.. 

"Okay, thanks El." 

"Anytime, see you later"  

"Bye!" I said as she hung up. I grabbed some of my money and walked out the front door. 'Left, Left, Right' I thought as I began to walk. 

I walked into the little shop and looked round; the cover of a magazine caught my eye.  

'Niall Horan caught cozying up to girl, Leah'. On the cover was a picture of Niall hugging a skinny brunette. Oh. I turned away and walked over to the milk, searching for the cravendale. As I looked for the carton with the green lid I heard a familiar voice and saw the boys' daybreak interview on the little tv in the corner. 

"So which of you boys are in relationships then?" The interviewer asked. Louis, Liam and Zayn raised their hands, 

"I am!" They all chorused. 

"Okay, anyone else got any lucky ladies in their sight? Anyone fancy someone? Harry?" 

"Nope, no one." Harry replied simply. 

 The interviewer turned to Niall; he paused before he spoke. 

"Yes, I do like someone; but she already likes someone else." 'Oh, Leah' I thought.  

"Niall, Tell us more about this girl." 

"She's sweet, kind, funny. Everything a guy could want in a girl." He replied looking at the floor. 

"Well boys, thank you very much for joining us today and we hope to see you again soon." 

The boys all said their 'thank you's' and show cut to the adverts so I went and paid for the milk. As I walked home I thought about what Niall had said; why was I so bothered about it? I got to the door and realised I had no key. 'There must be a spare somewhere' I thought; I looked under the plant pot and saw the shiny silver key. I opened the door and placed the key back under the pot before walking into the kitchen and finally eating the bowl of cereal I had poured earlier. I finished the food and washed up my bowl before walking into the living room, turning the tv on and sitting down on the sofa. I soon got bored so I pulled out my phone and texted Eleanor.

Me: 

Hey, if your not doing anything, wanna come over? I'm bored x

Eleanor replied just minutes later.

Eleanor:  

Sure! Be there in 5 x

I got up and walked to the kitchen to make myself a coffee. As the kettle was boiling I heard a knock at the door, it was Eleanor. 

"Hey!" She said as she hugged me. 

"Hey!" 

"So what did you want to do?" She asked me. 

"I don't know" I though for a moment, "COOKIES!!" I cried as we both ran towards the kitchen. 

We rummaged through the cupboards and pulled the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. I didn't really remember how to bake cookies so I just had to wing it and hope for the best. We shoved the tray full of cookie batter into the oven, set the timer and wiped the surface clean before sitting down at the island. I remembered the interview in the shop and my smile faded. 

"What's bugging you?" Eleanor asked. 

"It's nothing" I shrugged. 

"Are you sure? It doesn't sound like nothing." 

I sighed. 

"Leah, Is Niall going out with her?" I asked. 

"No!" She laughed, smiling, "Leah is an old family friend, Niall hasn't seen her in years! Besides, Niall likes someone else..." 

"Oh ok" I replied simply. Before we could say anything else, we heard the front door open and the house sounded like it had been invaded with a herd of elephants.  

"I SMELL COOKIES!!" Niall's voice screeched through the hallway. Eleanor and I looked at each other and laughed as we saw Niall following his nose - and probably stomach. My face lit up when I saw him walk through the door, but his face turned into a frown when he saw the still baking cookies through the glass oven door. 

"El and I made them. Don't worry, they'll be done in...." I looked at the timer, "Four minutes!" 

"Four minutes?!" He whined as he came and sat next to me, "four minutes of pure hell!" 

The rest of the boys laughed at Niall's impatience as they joined us at the island. We sat there in silence for a moment before the timer went off. I went to stand up but Niall grabbed a pair of oven gloves and beat me to the oven. He pulled the tray out and set it on the side before grabbing a cookies and taking a bite out of it. 

"Cookies!!!" 

"Careful, they're hot" I said, raising one eyebrow, he seemed unfazed. 

"Nah, they're good cookies!" He said hugging me, still staring at the snack, Eleanor and I looked at each other before replying, 

"Thanks" we both said, smiling. The rest of the boys picked up cookies and agreed with Niall as they began to eat.  

The cookies were soon gone and I looked at the clock on the wall, 5:38.  

"Anyone know what they want for dinner?" Niall asked. I couldn't believe what I was hearing; he had just eaten half a plate of cookies and was now thinking about dinner! 

"I feel like Chinese?" I suggested; the rest of the boys agreed and Liam pulled out a menu from one of the draws so we picked out a selection of food; spare ribs, spring rolls, chips, chicken chow mein, prawn crackers, chicken curry and special fried rice.  

It didn't take long for our food to arrive, but when it did, we laid it out on the table and everyone tucked in. It was quiet as we ate, making the atmosphere slightly awkward, but I wasn't bothered much; the food tasted too good. We finished eating just and slumped back into our seats, 

"That was so good!" Zayn proclaimed. 

"MOVIE NIGHT!" Louis screamed.  

"Let me have a shower first though!" I replied, "it's only 7:30!" 

"Fine" he replied, looking smug; I knew he was only joking. He, Eleanor, Zayn and Liam got up all went and sat down on the sofa. I walked through the living room and into the hallway just outside my room. I went to open my door when I felt a hand on my shoulder; I spun round and saw Harry standing in front of me.  

"Harry, what's going on?" I asked. 

"Tegan, I really like you-" I could feel his face edging closer towards me. I began to panic as I remembered what happened at the cinema. 

"H-Harry, I can't-" he stopped moving closer,"please?" He nodded and began to back away.  

"I'm sorry" I said as I turned round and walked into my room, closing the door quickly behind me. I slumped down onto the bed and stared at the wall. What had just happened? I felt a little bead of water roll down my cheek. Moments later I heard a knock at the door. 

"Harry, I really don't want to talk-" I said quietly. 

"It's me, Niall. Can I come in?"  

I didn't know what to say after what had just happened. I sat up cross-legged and straightened myself out. 

"Erm, ok" I managed to say, wiping my eyes. He opened the door slightly and peeked his head round before stepping inside. When I saw his face, the butterflies in my stomach returned. He saw my red, puffy eyes and came and sat next to me on the bed, wrapping one arm around me. 

"Hey, what's wrong?" He asked; I couldn't tell him. 

"It's nothing." 

"Tegan, something's up." 

"I'm fine, honestly." I lied. He sighed and hugged me closer as I rested my head in the crook of his neck, 

"I'm here for you" he reassured.  

"I better have a shower" I sighed. 

"Okay" he said, before releasing me. We stood up and he walked towards the door; he smiled softly at me before closing the door behind him.  

I got out the shower, half towel dried my hair so it was only just damp and tied it in a bun on top of my head before getting changed into my pyjamas and blue stripy ankle socks. I brushed my teeth and shivered, so decided to put on my cable kitted jumper. I left my room and saw Zayn, Harry, Louis and Eleanor in the living room; they had all changed into comfier clothes.  

"Hey Tegan!" Lou said. 

"Hey!" I smiled.  

"What film are we watching?" I asked Louis as he was going through the DVDs before he picked one and held it up like a scene from the lion king.  

"The woman in black!" Louis exclaimed as he put the disk into the dvd player. I whimpered slightly, "Not scared are you?" He sniggered; I was terrified of horror films. 

"No!" I smirked. 

"Lou that film is sick!" Zayn cried in a slightly crazed, fake Indian accent; I laughed. 

"Wait! We're missing something.....POPCORN!!!!" I stood up and walked into the kitchen where I saw Niall and Liam sitting at the island looking slightly awkward.  

"You two okay?" I asked, opening the bag of popcorn and putting it in the microwave. 

"Yeah, fine" Liam replied. 

"You gonna watch the film?"  

"Yeah we were just about to go and sit down."  

The microwave pinged and I pulled out the large bag and separated into three medium sized bowls. I handed one of the bowls to Niall, one to Liam and I carried the other one into the living room to give to Louis and Eleanor. I sat down in the corner of the sofa and Niall came and sat next to me, placing the bowl on his lap.  

"Ready?" Louis asked; everyone nodded and I grabbed a handful of the salted popcorn as he hit the play button.

Niall's POV: 

I sat at the island in the kitchen and couldn't stop thinking about how upset Tegan looked. I heard footsteps and I looked up; it was Liam. 

"What's up mate?" He said as he sat down next to me. 

I thought about it for a moment and sighed, "If I tell you, please don't tell the boys?" 

"Of course I won't" be reassured me. 

"It's Tegan" 

"What about her?" 

"I think---I like her." 

"What's bad about that?" 

" Nothing. It's just - I think Harry likes her too. How can I compete with Harry? He's charming and flirty and pretty much every girl he meets wants to marry him, and then there's me." 

"Niall think about it, you're so much closer to Tegan than Harry is; did you see how happy she was when she saw you earlier?! Your sweet, funny, kind, caring and more. You know what Harry's interested in." 

"Exactly! I don't want her getting hurt." 

"She's a smart girl, she'll make the right decision, and I know you Niall, you're willing to fight for something you really care about, no matter what happens." 

"Thanks Liam" I said as I realised Tegan walked in. Had she heard what we were saying? I don't think she had.  

"You two okay?" she asked, opening a bag of popcorn and putting it in the microwave. 

"Yeah, fine" Liam replied. 

"You gonna watch the film?"  

"Yeah we were just about to go and sit down."  

The microwave pinged and she pulled out the large bag and separated into three medium sized bowls. She gave one to me, one to Liam and she carried the other one into the living room for Louis and Eleanor. Tegan sat down on the sofa and I sat beside her, laying the bowl of popcorn on my lap. 

"Ready?" Louis asked; everyone nodded and I grabbed a handful of the salted popcorn as he hit the play button.

Tegan's POV:  

By the end of the film I was terrified. I had curled up into Niall's side and had tucked my head against his chest whilst he had his arm wrapped around me and I breathed in his warm smell. 

"Tegan you can look up now, it's over" he laughed. 

"Are you sure?!"  

"Of course!". I looked up slowly and saw everyone staring at me smiling uncontrollably.  

"What?!"  

"Aww, did ickle Tegan get scared?" Zayn cooed, gently pinching me cheek. 

"No!" I replied defiantly, sitting up straight, closing my eyes, and folding my arms. I peeked one eye open and the boys laughed. I yawned and stood up, 

"I'm going to bed" I announced, "Goodnight" 

"Night" the boys and El replied. 

I walked down the hallway towards my room but stopped when I felt a hand on my shoulder.  

"Tegan", I turned round at the sound of my name and looked up at the person stood in front of me.  

"Harry?"  

"Tegan, I'm sorry for what happened earlier." 

"It's ok" I managed to say. 

"It's just-- I really like you Tegan, I didn't know how to say it to you." I flinched slightly as he lifted his hand to my face and carefully stroked my cheek; I began to feel sick as I remembered the cinema...and David. My eyes began to well up and I looked at the floor as Harry leaned forward and gently kissed my forehead; my heart was racing and I looked back up at him. 

"Goodnight Harry" I said as I pulled away from him. 

"Goodnight Tegan" 

I walked into my room and climbed into bed, trying to control my breathing. I could't sleep, partially from the film, but I couldn't stop thinking about what Harry said; I replayed it over and over again in my head, 

"...I really like you Tegan..." 

I jumped slightly when my phone lit up on the table. I picked it up and read: 1 New Message. I opened the message and saw who it was from.

Niall: 

Hey, you ok? x

Me:  

Yeah x

Niall: 

Are you sure? You looked upset earlier? x

I began to panic, did he see Harry and I? Had he got the wrong idea? After the film I didn't feel like being on my own.

Me:  

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 climbed out of bed and grabbed my phone. I walked out of my room and turned to the door I thought was Niall's; I opened the door slightly, poked my head round and saw Niall sitting on his double bed with his guitar across his knee. When he saw me he put his guitar back on its stand and patted the space next to him so I went and sat by him. 

"Sorry for disturbing you, I really freak out after scary films." I said. 

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

"Okay" I replied as I pulled his thick duvet over me. He did the same as I shuffled closer to him and tucked my head into his neck. 

"Goodnight Tegan" he said softly, wrapping his arm around me. 

"Goodnight Niall" I replied, just before drifting off to sleep.

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