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)


2. Unreal


Amina's POV

Yeah yeah whatever, I thought to myself, signing the gazzilionth cutsomer's hotel room request form, not bothering to check the details beofre doing so.

My head drooping from the humidity and tiredness of my long shift, I waited impatiently for the next customer in line.

"Hey! My mates and I have requested a room for five; here is the booking receipt." Came a seemingly nervous voice. Except this "nervous" person was definitely NOT Indian. In fact, it was a tauntingly familiar voice heard on all the 1D interviews that I had watched since my obssession... SAY WHAT?!

My head immediately swooped up and there he was- Zayn Malik! He had an anxious smile on his face. Was I dreaming?! I literally pinched myself in front of "Zayn Malik" , not caring if I made a fool of myself. The worst was confirmed- I wasn't dreaming! Omigod!

I must have stared at him for a good, long 20 minutes or so, because he then started to blush, and muttered something along the lines of " Oh, I'm sorry...I don't really know Hindi... Um, here- the receipt..." He pointed to the receipt as he handed it to me.

I tried to muster up courage to say something to him. Anything at all would have made this less awkward. Taking a big breath, internally, I asked him, "Are.. are you Zayn Malik?" God, I felt so stupid asking him that, but I just needed to be 100% sure.

Zayn's POV

Oh. My. God. She knew my name! And she spoke English in a perfect British accent. Could this even be happening?!

After an awkward silence, I managed the words, "Yes.. Um, you follow One Direction?" Urgh Zayn! What are you doing?! That's the worst question to ask someone you just met!

I could feel the customer behind me in line, shifting impatiently close behind. I had to make this conversation end soon, but in a memorable way, so she wouldn't just take me for granted.

"Well yes.. I mean no.. Well yeah, I guess.. You guys make some fine music, I must say. But really? Why India?"

"Bonding vacation. Listen, I think the queue's piling up now. Don't want to make this job harder for you than it already seems. Coffee later?"

Amina's POV

Say what?! Not only had I just met the one and only Zayn Malik face to face, but he was asking me out for coffee?! How did I respond without seeming desperate? Ah, the dilemma of it all.

"Um, yeah...sure! We could arrange that... How about the coffee shop opposite this very Hotel?" I asked, trying not to sound too enthusiastic.

"Sure thing! I'd like to rest for a bit... so does 8 in the evening sound good?"

"That should be fine. Here are the keys to your room. Where are the others?" I asked handing the room keys to him. My hands shook nervously as I did so. Stop this, Amina I thought to myself helplessly.

"Uh what? Mm yeah, the boys... they're just waiting over there." He replied, gesturing to the side entrance of the hotel. Was that an anxious smile I saw, flitter across his face?

"Um ok, I'll see you at 8 then!" I answered, mustering up a confident smile.

He nodded and smiled at me with those perfect, straight, white teeth of his. Why did he have to be so perfect?

Only when he left, did the reality of what had just happened, unveiled in my head: Zayn. Zayn Malik had asked me out for a coffee. Casually. Just like that. He was from the one and only One Direction. Did he even know what strength it took me not to fangirl over him as soon as I saw him?! What was he- no what was One Direction doing here in Mumbai, India?!

I had to phone my girlies and let them in on this dirt! Wait, what was I thinking? They would think that I had gone mental if I told them this. Not even Kayla, my bestie in the whole group would believe me, and that was definitely saying something. There was not one thing that Kayla and I hadn't told each other, and we always trusted each other for anything and everything- literally. I know! I wouldn't be the one to break this news to them, tempting as it was, but instead I'd find some way for the girls to meet the band themselves, and face the surprise and shock that went througn me, as well.

Zayn's POV

YEAHH BABY! I had done it- I'd asked her out! Ok, so not exactly asked her out, but I mean I needed to start somewhere right? What more- this beauty could speak English. English with an English accent. That's when it hit me- I didn't even catch her name! Not that she mentioned it or anything, but she knew my name and I didn't know hers and somehow that made me feel a teensy bit insecure inside. Oh well- I was going to find out more about this mysterious girl, anytime soon, so 'twas all good.

I must have been grinning like an idiot as I walked back to the boys, because Liam was quick to notice my glee. "Someone seems over the moon right now!" He winked at me and I shrugged his comment off with a shake of my head.

"What took so long mate? I'm starving!" There goes Niall with his frequent starvation exclamations.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm sorry guys, just had some talking to do. Let's go to our hotel room, shall we boys?" I asked enthusiastically. The boys followed me as I took the elevator to the third floor.

Liam was at my heels some enough. "So.. care to explain what happened at the receptionist's, lad?"

"OMG LIAM. I asked her out to coffee! And she said YES! She speaks in a British accent as well ya know?! She's so mysterious and beautiful. I'm already falling for her, even though I haven't gotten to know her that well yet. Do you think I'm getting ahead of myself, or..?!" I asked, all my words coming out in a rush, and slowing down at the last question.

"Woah woah woah mate! Calm yo farm! I've never seen you get this giddy about a girl before... It's probably just some phase you're going through; don't think too much about it yeah? Get to know her today evening, and if you like her, then yeah, take things from there, but if you don't like her, don't worry pal, there's a tonne of girls who are willing to date you. T'sall gonna work out well mate." Liam reassured me with a compassionate smile. This is why I love him. He gives me the best advice and makes me feel better when I'm down.

Amina's POV

It was soo hard not to reveal to the girls, just who had newly arrived at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Nevertheless, I tried my hardest to steer away from any talk about music and boy bands or One Direction for that matter. This was quite tough, considering my friends were MAJOR fans of 1D. Well, the majority of them were anyway... I guess now's a good time to introduce my friends, eh?

So there was the simply bold and beautiful Melanie, or Mel as we liked to call her. She was OBSESSED with One Direction and in particular Harry Styles. She was half German, half Irish and had dirty blonde curly hair, which was mid-length. She was the female equivalent to a ladies' man. We liked to give each member of our group, one of the seven deadly sins' characters. Clearly enough, hers was Lust.

Then there was the bouncy, confident Sofia, aka Soph. How that girl had such high self esteem, I never knew, but her optimism was quite inspirational, if I should say so myself. She was the tallest of the group and had a soft spot for Louis Tomlinson from 1D. She was French-born, but moved to London when she was only four. Her deadly sin was Pride.

Aisha, was the girl who thought she knew what was best for everyone. When you got into an argument with her, which most of us tried our best to avoid, she would never let you win. Yes, her star sign was Taurus and yes, she was stubborn, however she was the girl you'd go to whenever you were down; she comforted you with valuable advice and you'd know that you could always count on her. Aish wasn't into any one boy of the band in particular, she just adored all of their beautiful voices when they sung. Aisha was wrath.

Then came Natalie- the calm and composed one, who was very skilled when it came to anything arts related. Nat was extremely gifted at acting, singing and playing the drums, yet anything physical activity related was just a no no for her. She found Niall Horan really adorable. Nat was Sloth in the Seven Deadly Sins.

Paige was the curious and inquisitive one of the group. She was fascinated in a majority of things and her obsessions with many of them didn't last very long, but it was otherwise when it came to 1D. Liam Payne was a star in her eyes. She was Gluttony.


Last but not least, was my best friend in the entire group. I mean, sure we were all really close and all, but Kayla and I were just like peas in a pod. The only thing that I disliked about Kay was her ability to get jealous for the simplest things, but other than this, we shared pretty much the same interests, ranging from Netball to reading and ofcourse to 1D. We both even fancied the same member of the boy band- Zayn Malik. Her deadly sin was Envy.

I guess that leaves me with the sin Greed then. I guess I did get infatuated about things pretty quickly, just lately not so much, and then Zayn appeared. Gah, that boy killed me with his looks.

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