The Taj Mahal Hotel

The boys have just been united as one British Boy Band- One Direction by X Factor Judge. To take some time off for a bonding vacation, they decide to go somewhere where no one one has presumably heard of them yet- India. Will Amina's boring' apprenticeship vacation through Roedean Private Girls Boarding School along with her five room mates, turn into something different altogether, once One Direction appear at Amina's Dad's very own Hotel in Mumbai? Will the girls' friendships grow stronger or will it turn into something disastrous altogether? and what about the boys? Will they waste time fighting for their own girl or will they discover something more important? (Story told from POVs)


9. A Flawed Birthday


Amina's POV

"Amina, will you be my girlfriend?"

The words lingered in my head and I couldn't quite make sense of this whole situation. Zayn. Zayn Malik out of all people was asking me out. Could this mean that he returned the feelings that I felt towards him? Whatever the reason was, I wasn't prepared to reject my longtime celebrity crush for the sake of anything. What's more? I didn't even have to make the move. I should make the most of it I thought. I think I may have pondered on about his simple question for too long because the hope that showed on his face when he asked me the question was overcome by a sheepish smile and a look of resentment.

"Yes Zayn, I will be your girlfriend." I finally made out. It sounded so cheesy, but I needed to make out the right words in my head. Now his face was full of mixed emotions as he wrapped his arms around my waist and lifted me into the air, twirling me around once before putting me down. "Yay!" He shouted in glee, as he did so.

"Was that really necessary?" I asked, blushing furiously and looking down at the ground so as to avoid the glares and looks of disapproval by fellow Indians around us.

"Yes, it was" he replied cheekily, bending down to give me a peck on my lips. Oh wow, that was unexpected I thought. "Now let's get moving before the others start to get worried about us" Zayn finished. 

As if on cue, my phone beeped signaling I had a new text message. 'Amina! Where r u and Zayn? U guys alryt? We're waiting @ the entrance!" It read. I laughed and showed Zayn the text. "They already have gotten worried about us" I replied in amusement at the coincidence of his words and the text straight after.  

"C'mon babe" he said abruptly, placing an arm around my waist as we continued to walk for the entrance to the mall. Wow, someone's definitely taking things fast, I thought to myself smirking. That's when it hit me; I stopped walking abruptly and so did Zayn. "Zayn. Should we really show PDA when our friends don't even know what happened just then? I mean, we're here for the shopping and we probably shouldn't sidetrack them about us yet. Let's do this later when they all know, yeah?" He hesitated for a moment, looking as though about to say something, but then closed his mouth, nodding in agreement with me.

The first voice I heard was Kay's as she speed walked over to Zayn and me. "You didn't even bother replying to my text?! What were you guys doing? We were all so worried." She stated flailing her arms around as she did so. I only laughed, "Come on, we've got shopping to do. Explanations later." I said, waving it off with my hand. She didn't look convinced though as she pounded me with more and more questions. Zayn probably felt a tad awkward standing there, so he gave my hand a small squeeze before walking over to join his best mate Niall. Dammit, I thought. Why did he have to leave?!  

"What did you and Zayn do?" "Are you hurt?" "Why didn't you reply to my text?" I suddenly couldn't stand it any longer. I didn't know what was up with Kayla these past few days but it was definitely getting on my nerves. 

"For the love of Jesus, nothing happened, alright?! Jeez, why are you always hounding me with questions? Do you not trust me anymore? What's been with you lately?!" At the moment I didn't care if I spoke a lie by saying nothing happened, because all I wanted to know at the time was what was up with Kayla these days. I seriously required an explanation.  

"Do you really want to know what's wrong? It's you, Amina." I stopped at those words, unable to comprehend what she was getting at.  

"Me? What do you mean it's me?" I asked, awaiting further explanation.  

"Just lately our friendship hasn't been the same. We used to always find the time to talk to have our catch up sessions and now... I sometimes question if we're best friends anymo-" I cut her abruptly, before she could finish the sentence. "Don't say that! Of course we're still best friends! I always tell you everything when I think that the time is right! And you also know that you can count on me when things aren't going right for you! What are you on about?" I asked.  

"Oh yeah? Then how come you weren't there when I broke up with Tyler last week? You were too busy hanging out with your Zaynie boy to even care about me." She stated somberly, tears welling up in her eyes.  

A pang of guilt hit me as she said those words. I pulled her into a tight hug as she sobbed silently. "I'm so sorry babe. I didn't realize what a bed friend I've been to you. Forgive me?" I asked pulling away from the hug and searching her face for forgiveness.  

"Now you understand why I was paranoid. I didn't want to lose you as well, like I lost Tyler."  

"And I promise you that you won't" I reassured her, giving her a quick yet comforting hug.  

"Then, I forgive you Ami Bear" she stated and we both giggled. 

"So what did happen with you and Tyler?" I asked cautiously.  

"We'll save that for later. We don't need to talk about that jerk right now. Lets do some shopping gurl!"  

We both squealed as we entered the nearest shop- Espirit. This was one my favourite shops even back home in London. This one was a massive factory outlet with so many new clothes and dresses on display. Kay and I tried on a few dresses before I settled on a tight fitting sweater dress, with a brown buckle belt and a light blue and cream belted bubble dress. Kay chose out a silky black cocktail dress and in contrast a really pretty floral maxi dress. After that we tried on a few tops and were ready to pay for our items.The girl at the shop counter, Anagha judging by her name tag, was very kind and gave us discounts on the dresses and tops that Kay and I bought.  

We then walked out to the Calvin Klein store which was just opposite and it came as a surprise when I saw Zayn and Niall there, sorting through... underwear? 

"Hey guys! What's up?!" I half said, half yelled into Zayn's left ear, making him jump and stumble backwards. He fell onto me and I only had my left hand for support, since I had shopping bags in the right and considering I was right handed, I didn't really offer him the best support and so he toppled over onto Niall. "Wow Zayn! Get a grip with your balancing skills!" I mocked him, joining Kay in in laughing at what had just happened. 

A confused Niall just blinked at us, trying to comprehend what was happening. "Can we please go get some food?! I am STARVING!" He announced in disarray. 

"Aren't you always, Niall?" Zayn teased. Niall only pouted at Zayn. 

"Alright guys, I'm hungry too. Should we have Western or Indian food today?" I looked around for opinions.  

"Nando's" Niall said at once. 

"Mate, you always want Nando's! Can't we have something different for once?!" Zayn asked. 

"Fine... But it's been AGES since I've eaten at my favourite restaurant" Niall said, frowning. 

"Well, if you call the last time you ate Nando's as soon as we arrived at Mumbai airport 'ages'... Fine, I'll let you off this time" Zayn smirked, ruffling the blonde boy's hair.  

"Yay! Love you Zayn!" Niall pulled Zayn into a hug. 

"Love you too, Nialler" Zayn replied, ruffling Niall's hair once more. 

"Ok guys, food court's up on level 2. Text the boys for me Zayn. I'll text the girls. We'll all meet there for lunch." I stated texting away.  

"Speaking of, what's your number boys?" Kay asked slyly. I gave her a questioning look and she continued, "Well, you know.. If we ever need something or anything..." I smirked at her attempt in getting 1D's numbers. 

Zayn, Niall and Kay exchanged numbers and I got Niall's number before we all headed up the elevator to the second floor.  

It was 1pm and the others finally made their way to Nando's, where Niall had already ordered his burgers and fries and was eating away like a little kid. Zayn, Kay and I had finally given into Niall's constant stomach grumbling and complaining that he wanted food and so we let the Irish lad have his way this time.  

I ordered two extra extra hot veggie burgers and a bucket of fries for Kay and I, but when I went to pay, a large masculine hand stopped me. "I'm paying for you babe" Zayn winked up at me.  

"But Zayn, I wasn't sure what you wanted, so I only ordered the regular for Kay and me" I stated feeling guilty.  

"Yes I know you didn't order for me, I've already ordered at the other counter and I was just about to ask you what you wanted when I saw you already ordering over here, so that's why I insist, I'm paying for you." He was so stubborn, but then again we were technically an item and I shouldn't have to feel guilty about him paying for me, so I just gave in.  

"Fine, have it your way," I said, earning a victorious smirk from him.  

Once everyone had ordered and we were siting down at a massive table that seated 12 people, I was quick to notice that love was already in the air for a few friends,this afternoon. Mel and Harry were sitting a tad too close to each other and trust me when I say that there was enough space for everyone on the table. They were also sharing a massive burger. Hmm, something's definitely up there. Paige was also having a very intimate conversation with Liam, and I could just tell by the way that they were looking at one another deep in conversation, they both fancied each other. It was terribly adorable. Then there was Louis and Nat, who seemed to be having a love-hate thing going on. "Soph, give me back my serviette!" Yelled Louis, even though Soph was sitting right next to him. 

"Nope, not until you answer my question."  

"What question?!" 

"You know what I mean..." Soph breaks out in hysterics. 

I zone out of their conversation to notice that Zayn was staring intently at me, a smirk playing on his lips. I look away, blushing furiously. He is sitting opposite me and begins to play footsie with me under the table. I look around to see if anyone has noticed before glaring at him, mouthing "stop it" but that just makes him want to continue. I sigh heavily and shake my head, smiling as I do so. I continue to eat my burger, risking one or two glances up at Zayn, who has his eyes on me the entire time. Our eyes meet and our gazes lock. Zayn opens his mouth to say something, but he's interrupted by Niall. "Will you two cut it out?!" At this I jump in my seat, but am soon to notice that he is speaking to Louis and Soph. I sigh in relief a little too loudly as Niall continues, "Here I am, trying to enjoy my beautiful burger and you two are yelling your heads off at each other! If you don't want your food, I'm here!" The Irish boy says, clearly frustrated when anyone gets in the way of him and food.  

"Calm down mate, we won't disturb your eating again!" Mocks Louis.  

Nat, being the shy one, uses this as a chance to engage in conversation with Niall. "Wow, you have a large appetite" she states.  

He blushes in return, "I'll take that as a compliment then," he says in his thick Irish accent and blushes once more. Nat giggles and they engage in a conversation. I'm distracted by Zayn tugging at my shoes again.  

"What?" I mouth, unable to contain smiling at him. 

"Come with me" he mouths back. 

I look at him confused, and he stands up and states, "Guys, I'm just heading over to the toilet, will be back" he subtly looks down at me and I also imitate his actions, "uh, yeah.. Me too!" I make out. This earns some wolf whistling and laughter from the band members. I look away, blushing before following Zayn. Kay has her eyebrows scrunched up, obviously confused as to what had just happened.  

Zayn and I linger in the bathroom corridor before he asks me,"So should we break it to them now or not?" I wasn't really the type for others knowing about my relationships, and so was uncomfortable at this.  

"Well I guess we still have today evening, don't we? I mean, let's not hurry things..." I look around, avoiding his eyes, trying to find an explanation. 

"Amina, look up at me. Are you, or are you not happy with us?" He questions in all seriousness, a look of worry creeping onto his face. I look up at him, obeying his instructions and just nod briefly.  

"Look, it's not that I'm not happy or anything... It's just been a day, well not even... I don't know, I'm just not one to openly share my relationship status with others, you know? I know that sounds weird, but I also have this thing going on with my best friend... Look, it's hard to explain...let's just go back to the others, I promise to explain things later on, okay?" I finish with a reassuring smile.  

Zayn only nods before returning to the food table. He seems somewhat in deep thought. I hesitate before following him to the table a short while later, so as not to make things look too suspicious.  

After a while of talking and eating, and in Zayn and my case, looking at each other and turning away before either of us could speak, we all clear up the table and get going back to the hotel.  

"Can we have a swim once we're back?! It's so hot out today!" Louis complains.  

"Get used to it British Bad Boy, it's always like that here" replies Soph with a hmph. 

"Hey! Who're you calling a bad boy! Speak for yourself! Hiding away my serviettes while I'm eating!" He mocks hurt at Sofia. 

Before Soph can retort back at him, I interrupt them, "Guys! Cut it out! We can all go swimming at the hotel's pool and save the trip to Gateway of India for tomorrow?" I suggest.  

Everyone thinks for a moment before I receive some nods in my direction.  

"I'm out of this one!" Zayn jumps in. I look at him, confused as to why he wouldn't want to be out in the pool on a boiling hot day. That's when I remembered that Zaynie boy couldn't swim. I laughed at my remembering this fact and nudge him with my elbow. "C'mon, I can teach you to swim if you'd like," I say to him. He just shakes his head and says, "Nah, I think I'm better off resting in the hotel room with the air con on full blast," he winks. 

I put on a face of mock hurt, "Fine, if you say so. It's your loss," now it's my turn to wink at him. He just laughs it off and before I know it, we're in the two taxis heading back to the hotel.


I grab my swimsuit, a floral lace up bikini top and plain, blue board shorts, as I head into the bathroom for a quick shower upon entering the pool. Kay had also explained to me that it was "that time of the month" for her and that she couldn't come to the pools either. Hmm, so that left me with the other lads and the girls then, I thought. Well, it was still going to be massively fun!  

I came out of the bathroom to see the others, except for Kay of course, all dressed in their bikini swimsuits as well, towels in their hands. 

"Well, don't miss us too much Kay!" I wink at her and begin to exit the room.  

"Haha, I'll try not to babes, have fun y'all!" She yells back to all of us.

Kayla's POV

Urgh, this was going to be massively boring just sitting in this gigantic room all day, doing nothing. That's when I remembered that Ami said Zayn was also not heading over to the pools. He probably had no one for company as well, I thought. We may as well face the boredom together. 

I decided to text him before assuming anything though. 'Hey Zayn, how's it going? U all by urself as well? Wanna come ova? -Kay x'  

I instantly got a reply. Well I wasn't the only bored, I thought as I read the reply:'Hey Kay! Yep sure, I'll be over in a few with some food :) x'  

I went over to the mirror and combed my hair, making myself presentable. The room was a huge mess with the bed covers everywhere; hopefully Zayn wouldn't mind... 


Well there goes the door bell, I think to myself, as I scurry over to welcome Zayn.  

"Hey come in! What have you got there?" I ask, pointing to the bundle of food Zayn had with him.  

"Haha, not much, just some food, stole it from Niall's closet to be honest... He's gonna blow when he finds out," he says, laughing it off.  

I laugh at that and motion for him to take a seat on my bed.  

"So how are you finding India so far?"

Zayn's POV  

Wow! This room was massive! Probably even bigger than the boys' and my room! That was the first thought that entered my brain as I walked in.  

I sat down on the bed as Kay had told me to.  

Kay was Ami's best friend and was pretty fit and pretty as well, if I should say so myself, but I didn't really have feelings for anyone else than Ami. Besides, she was my girlfriend. I was broken out of my thoughts by Kay's question, "So how are you finding India so far?"  

"India.. Hmm,can't say it's the same as London but its pretty unique in its own way. I'm loving it actually. I quite like the difference!" I reply enthusiastically. She just smiles.  

"Do you have anything in mind that we could do?" I ask her, trying to think of things to do to kill time, myself.  

"Hmm, I dunno.. I never actually got to make it to any of your concerts, every time there being a different reason," she laughs before continuing, "maybe you could sing me your favourite song?" She suggests.  

"Alright, let me think of which song... I like them all..." I say, pondering over which one to sing. I finally decide on "Over Again". "But you're going to have to remember that the other boys are usually here to help me by singing their parts, so this might be a little tricky..." I chuckle softly, before I stand up, beginning to sing:

Said i'd never leave her cause her hands fit like my tshirt,Tongue tied over three words, cursed. 

Running over thoughts that make my feet hurt, 

Bodies intertwined with her lips

I felt Kay's eyes on me as I sang and so I closed my eyes, to avoid any distractions. The atmosphere felt alive as I continued to sing.

Now she's feeling so low since she went solo 

Hole in the middle of my heart like a polo 

And it's no joke to me 

So we can we do it all over again

If you're pretending from the start like this, 

With a tight grip, then my kiss 

Can mend your broken heart 

I might miss everything you said to me

And I can lend you broken parts 

That might fit like this 

And I will give you all my heart 

So we can start it all over again

Can we take the same road two days in the sa-

I was interrupted by someone's lips crashing onto mine. I opened my eyes in shock, to realize it was Kay.

I heard a distant laughter and before I could make out what was happening or stop anything, Ami walked in, towel wrapped around her body, and hair damp. Her laughter died down as she saw what was happening. I immediately pulled away from the kiss but Ami's face said it all. She ran back out of the room before I could stop her.

I ran after her, mixed emotions flooding my brain, "Ami, wait! I can explain!"

This was definitely not how I expected my birthday to turn out.

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