Up All Night

Cara's a Directioner. She's one of the minority that won't freak out when she meets One Direction. And that's what makes one of the boys fall for her. But their love story isn't going to always be perfect. That's what makes them real and ready to stay up all night for each other.


8. Save You Tonight~Cara

One Direction concerts are very loud.  Especially if you're in the front row.  But that's where I'm spending my Friday night, jamming out as the boys sing.  They've mostly been singing songs from their second album, Take Me Home, but they've done songs from Up All Night, too: "What Makes You Beautiful," "One Thing," "Gotta Be You," "Everything About You," and "I Wish," and right now they're singing "Save You Tonight."

The guys come to the edge of the stage, and all the girls around me go crazy.  As they sing the chorus for the first time around, each guy reaches down and grabs a different girl's phone.  Liam, who is right in front of me, takes mine.  Our hands brush, which sends tingles through my arms.  Then the five of them proceed to film the stage, the crowd, and each other.  There's also a twist-at Harry's part (where he sings "All that you want's under your nose, yeah/You should open your eyes but they stay closed"), Liam sings along.  My heart thuds a little louder (although I can't exactly hear it over all the noise).  Finally, when the song ends, I get my phone back.

I fumble with the buttons, saving the video and starting a new one.  The concert should be ending soon, and I'm a bit anxious to see the guys backstage.  I don't think any of them but Liam know why I left so suddenly that day we hung out.  And seeing Liam again...I can't help but smile at the thought.  Maybe now that I'm no longer with Jonathan, I can at least ponder the idea of Liam and me as a couple.

Backstage is very cool.  I'm one of ten girls who had a VIP pass.  Most of them are squealers and criers, except for one - Elaina.  She and I talk a bit and exchange numbers since she seems like such a nice girl.  We let the crazy Directioners go first so things will be calmer when we get to see the guys.

But once Elaina’s gone, Liam pulls me into a hug.

“I’m so glad you came,” he whispers. “I worried you wouldn’t.”

“I would never pass up front row seats at a One Direction concert and a VIP pass,” I tease.  Then I whisper in his ear, “We need to talk.  Can you get the boys to leave?”

Then I pull away and go to hug Niall.  I kept in contact with him—occasional texts and Twitter DMs.  We chat for a couple minutes, and when I look up again, Zayn, Louis, and Harry are gone.  Just like at the pool, Niall smiles slyly and then slips out of the room.

“What’s up?” Liam asks.

“Well, um, I just…I thought you should know that…I broke up with Jonathan earlier this week,” I say, not meeting Liam’s eyes. “I found out he was cheating on me.”

“Oh, Cara, I’m so sorry,” Liam says.  I can tell he means it, and he holds me close again. “You definitely didn’t deserve that.”

My lip trembles slightly.  I’ve been trying to be strong, but it’s hard.  “Thanks.  It’s just…every guy I’ve dated has dumped me or cheated on me or it just didn’t feel right.  And I’m tired of that happening.”

Liam pulls back so he can see my face.  “You do realize,” he murmurs. “that I would never do that to you, right?  What guy in his right mind would be a jerk and cheat on someone as beautiful and sweet as you?”

“You and I have known each other a month,” I reply. “And I just broke up with Jonathan.  I’m not sure if I’m ready for another relationship so soon, especially a high-profile one.”

“Please, Cara.  You know I care about you.  Truly, madly, deeply.”

Dang it, is all I can think.  How does Liam know my favorite One Direction song is “Truly, Madly, Deeply”?  It’s quite crafty of him to use it against me.

I take a deep breath and meet Liam’s deep brown eyes.  “Okay,” I say. “I’ll give us a chance.”

Then Liam kisses me.  And I feel like there can’t be any other guy for me.

“Let me be your superhero,” says Liam. “I’ll save you tonight and any other night.  I’ll always be there for you, even if I’m half a world away.”


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