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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8. Surprise

 

Niall turned the key and pushed the door open; the house was silent.  

"Why is it so quiet?" I asked. 

"No idea." Niall replied, a smile hiding in the corner of his mouth. El walked towards the living room door and I began to follow her. Before I reached the door, Niall grabbed my hand and turned me to face him; I looked up at him, confused.  

"Wha-?"  

"Go put your dress on."  

"Why?" I raised my eyebrow. 

"Just go put it on, you'll see." He smiled. 

I sighed and turned to walk towards my door. I put my hand on the door handle and looked at Niall who was still standing in the hallway, grinning. I walked into my room and closed the door behind me. I opened my wardrobe door and pulled out the dress Niall had bought me. I slipped the dress on and changed the TOMS I was wearing, to my white converse. I brushed my hair through and put some mascara on. I decided to wear the necklace Eleanor had bought me. I stood in front of the full length mirror and looked at the dress. I really hated wearing dresses. I sighed and picked up my phone from the bed and wandered out of the room before closing the door behind me. I barely took one step before my vision went dark. I tensed slightly but relaxed when I heard a familiar Irish voice, 

"It's only me!" Niall said gently.  

"Why so secretive?" I asked. 

"You'll see." I heard him shift his weight and he spoke again, much closer to me this time, "You look beautiful." The feeling of his warm breath against my ear sent shivers down my spine.  

"Tha- Thank you," I wasn't sure what to say. Niall chuckled and shuffled forward a little; that was my cue to begin walking. I carried on slowly down he hallway, Niall's hands still over my eyes. He guided me into what I guessed was the living room.  

"Ready?" 

I nodded and he lifted his hands. The room was dark but it was decorated with different coloured lights, in front of me stood a very large crowd of people. 

"SURPRISE!" They all cried. I clasped my hand over my mouth in shock. All the boys and Eleanor came over and hugged me individually. 

"Thank you all so much, I really don't know what else to say!" No one had ever done anything like this for me before. The music came on and the crowd separated into many smaller groups.  

"Come and meet the girls!" El said over the loud music, taking my hand and pulling me towards a small group of girls.  

"This is Perrie" Eleanor introduced, gesturing to a blonde haired girl, "Zayn's girlfriend". 

"Happy birthday! I'm really sorry I haven't been able to meet you sooner , I've been so busy with Little Mix." Perrie smiled at me, she was really sweet. 

"This is Danielle." El gestured towards a sweet-looking girl with brown hair. 

"Hey, happy birthday!" She exclaimed, smiling at me. 

"Thank you!" I replied smiling back at her.  

Eleanor introduced me to four other girls, Keira, Lucia, Ellen and Louise. We all chatted for a while but I couldn't help seeing Louise glaring at me. My mind began to drift, and so I jumped a little when I heard a voice right behind me.  

"Enjoying yourself?" I turned round to see who it was and saw Niall's face smiling down at me. Next to him stood a brown haired boy. 

"This is Josh, he's our drummer" Niall said, pointing to 'Josh'. 

"Hey, I'm Tegan" I replied, mentally facepalming myself. If course he knew who I was, it was my birthday party. 

"Yeah, I guessed. Niall's told me all about you." He continued, smirking. I raised my eyebrow and looked back at Niall who was blushing, 

"What's he said about me?!" 

"Don't worry, nothing bad." Josh reassured me. 

"Okay" that was good enough for me. 

"See you in a minute." Niall shot me that crooked smile that melted me. I turned back to the group of girls and noticed that someone was missing. 

"Where's Louise?" I asked. 

"Bathroom, I think" Lucia replied. 

"Okay." I began to feel slightly light-headed from the stuffy room and the noise of the crowds and the music. "I'm gonna get some air." I said to the girls. They all nodded and I walked away, heading towards the French doors leading into the garden. As I stepped out into the open air, I noticed two figures out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head to see who it was, and saw Niall and Louise sitting on one of the wooden benches, Louise pressed up against Niall's lips, his hands on her shoulders. My stomach felt like it had been punched repeatedly. Niall pushed her away and stood up. 

"Tegan-" 

In shock, I turned and walked slowly back into the house, heading over to the girls. I rejoined the group, not saying a word. Moments later, Louise came back over, smirking at me.  

"I'm off now ladies, I need an early night." She sighed, sounding very patronising.  

"Night Louise" everyone chorused, except me, "thanks for a great night Tegan" she sneered.  

"Night" I replied quietly as she walked off.  

"Are you ok?" Eleanor asked, sounding concerned. I forced a smile on my expressionless face,  

"I'm fine" I lied, a small tear rolling down my cheek.

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