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...


6. Piggy Back!


I began to speak but I was cut short, "Wait, let me!" 

"How did-?" 

"You're with Niall." 

"Oh" I said, smiling. 

Louis picked up the pair of TOMS he liked and paid. 

After we had left Office, we walked back to the car and drove home. 

We pulled up into the drive, got out and walked up to the door. Louis pushed his keys into the lock and we all walked in. El, Harry, Zayn, Louis and Liam made their way through to the kitchen but I held Niall back, 

"Thank you Niall, for the dress, and today. I really enjoyed it." I smiled up at him. 

"Its ok, I really enjoyed it too, I'm glad you did." He said as he pulled me into a gentle hug. I leaned my head against him and he rested his lips on the top of my head. His hugs were so warm, I didn't want to pull away, but I had to. 

"I'll put this away," I held up the bag, "and I'll join you in a minute". 

"Okay" he replied, ruffling my hair. I smiled at him as I walked away and he began walking to the kitchen. 

I entered my room and pulled the dress out of the bag and held it up in front of me, it was so pretty. I remembered Niall's soft lips against mine. I smiled and sighed as I hung the dress up. I looked in the mirror and checked I looked ok before leaving my room and walking into the kitchen. El was sat on Lou's lap, Harry, Zayn and Liam were all sat next to each other and Niall was standing, making what looked like a chicken sandwich. I walked over to the fridge and pulled out a large bottle of chocolate milkshake and poured myself a glass.  

"Want some?" I asked Niall, holding up the bottle. He smiled and I took that as a yes. I poured an extra glass and sat down next to him, pushing the glass towards him. 

"What's for dinner?" I asked. 

"We were gonna go out to Nandos if you want?" Zayn replied. 

"I'm up for it!" I smiled.  

"Okay, we're gonna leave in about 25 minutes" 

"25 minutes?! I'll barely have time to get ready!" 

"Tegan," Harry said, "it's only Nandos! You'll live!" He ruffled my hair.  

"Fine" I said, slightly smug. I stood up and washed my glass out, "I'll be back in a minute." As I walked out the kitchen and down the hallway to my room. I changed out of my clothes, grabbed a clean top and jeans and jumped into the shower. I don't think I've ever showered so quickly in my life.  

After the shower I changed into my clean clothes and towel dried my hair before putting on a little mascara and lip gloss; I let my naturally wavy hair hang loose. I walked into the kitchen where El and the boys were still sitting at the island.  

"I'm ready when you are." I told them.  

"Let's go then!" Niall exclaimed, heading for the door. We had to take two cars again, Louis, El, Niall and Liam in one, Harry, Zayn and I in the other. 

We pulled up in the car park just behind Nandos and stood next to the car, waiting for Niall, El, Louis and Liam. I pulled out my phone and saw that I had a message from my best friend, Claire.  

I used to get bullied in school, I was called fat and ugly but Claire had been there for me, supported me and comforted me when I felt bad, but two months back, Claire had moved to somewhere in Ireland, and she hadn't spoken to me since she moved. I was slightly shocked when I saw that she had texted me.




Hey, I haven't spoken to you in ages, I tried calling you but you never answered? x


I've been busy, so what have you been up to?

Why was she being so blunt?


Nothing much, you? x


Right. As I said, busy. I've got to go


Bye? X


Yeah, bye.

Why was she acting up like this? So now my best friend was a cow. Great. I sighed and Harry put his arm around me, 

"What's wrong?" 

"Just my 'best friend' Claire, being a cow" 

"Just ignore her, focus on the better Nandos" he smiled. 

Louis' car pulled up seconds later and El and the boys got out as Harry took his arm away from my shoulders. We all walked round to the front of the building together. Niall saw the doors and ran towards them with his arms outstretched, 

"I'm coming baby!" He cried. We followed him to the doors and walked into the delicious smelling restaurant before we were guided to our seats, Niall on my left and Liam on my right. We all sat in silence for a moment, examining our menus before Liam spoke up,  

"If everyone's ready, I'll go up and order." 

Everyone said what they wanted individually, Niall, El, Zayn, Louis and I had piri piri chicken and chips, while Liam and Harry had chicken burgers and chips. Liam remembering everything, walked up to the bar and ordered. 

"How does he manage to remember all that?" I asked. 

"No idea" Niall replied, shrugging his shoulders. 

Liam returned no long after with a small circle tray of seven empty glasses. 

"Bottomless drinks!" Louis exclaimed. 

"What?" I questioned. 

"You can keep refilling your drink as many times as you want!" 

"Oh okay" I smiled.  

Our food arrived in less than ten minutes, 

"I knew Nandos was fast, but not that fast!" I said, the boys laughed and I picked up my knife and fork. I didn't realised how quickly I ate my food until it was all gone. Niall of course, finished before me but shortly after I did, El and the boys finished too.  

"Tegan how do you stay so slim?! You have an appetite to rival Niall's!" El laughed. I laughed with her but looked down at the table. Skinny? No.  

"If everyone's finished, I think we should be heading home?" Liam suggested.  

"I second that!" Zayn said, yawning. We all stood up and walked towards the door thanking the waitress as we headed out. On the other side of the doors, a large group of girls greeted the boys with screams. We tried to make our way through the crowd as quickly as possible, but it didn't stop me from hearing what some of the girls were saying. 

"She's so ugly" someone said, 

"She's not good enough for any of them", came from another direction. Yeah, I was never good enough for anything or anyone. The boys heard what the fans were saying and tried to quicken the pace, but I felt my eyes begin to well up. Niall wrapped his warm arm around me as we began to walk faster towards the two cars. This time Liam got in the car with Harry and Zayn, and I was in the car with Niall, Louis and Eleanor. I sat next to Niall and managed to hold back my tears. I rested my head on his shoulder, his arm still round me. We drove off and I fell asleep against Niall to the motion of the car.

Niall's POV: 

"She's not good enough for any of them." I heard one girl say. I wish they didn't have to say things like that. I put my arm around her, trying to comfort her.  

"I'll go back with Harry" Liam said as we reached the cars. I nodded and helped Tegan into the car. As we drove off, Tegan rested her head against my shoulder and closed her eyes; she had fallen asleep. I pressed my lips gently against the top of her head and let my mind wander. I remembered back to when we pulled up at Nandos, how Harry had his arm round her. I knew she liked him. I sighed as we pulled up into the drive.  

"Tegan," I said softly, "we're here". She slowly opened her eyes and looked round.  

"What time is it?" 

"It's about 10:30. Come on sleeping beauty, you can go to bed soon." 

I got out of the car and stepped forward, giving Tegan space to get out. I turned round and saw Tegan standing behind me with her arms outstretched, 

"Piggy back?" She asked with a little grin. I laughed as she hopped onto my back and I began running around in circles. 

"Niall stop! I'm getting dizzy!" Tegan exclaimed between fits of laughter. I stopped just in front of the now open door and let her get down. She walked through the door and I followed, closing the door behind me. We both walked into the living room where everyone was sat either on the floor or on the sofa.  

"I'm gonna go straight to bed," Tegan declared, "Night El, night boys." She said as she gave each one of us a quick hug. She hugged me last, ours lasting a moment longer, "Goodnight Niall" she looked up at me. 

"Goodnight Tegan" I replied as she pulled away and began walking to her room.

Tegan's POV:  

I walked into my room, changed into my pyjamas and brushed my teeth before half heartedly clambering into bed. I lay there for a while, thinking about how girls were calling me fat and ugly again, how I wasn't good enough. I rolled over onto my other side and checked the time on my phone; 10:49. One hour and eleven minutes to go. One hour and eleven minutes until it was my birthday. With that thought, I drifted into sleep.

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