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.


4. Tell Me a Lie~Cara


“I have an idea!” Niall exclaims after he consumes his sixth slice of pizza. “Let’s play truth or dare.”

I’m a bit hesitant.  What if the guys try to get me to reveal something I’m not comfortable saying?  The boys are all game to play.  They can sense my reluctance, though.

“Please, Cara!” Louis pleads, getting down on his knees.  He clasps his hands to beg.  I can’t help but laugh.  Finally, I cave.

Harry is on the hot spot first.  He chooses truth.

Zayn asks, “How far have you gotten with Taylor?”

Good gravy, I think, not sure if I want to hear the answer.

Harry raises an eyebrow.  “Really, mate?”  Zayn looks dead serious, so Harry leans over me and whispers in his ear.  Whatever Hazza says makes Zayn smirk.

“What did you say, Harry?” Louis wants to know.

“I answered Zayn’s question.  Just not out loud,” Harry replies with a grin. “Okay, now it’s my turn.”

His eyes seem to zero in on me, and I hold my breath.  But then Harry’s gaze flips to Liam.

“Liam, truth or dare?”

Liam contemplates this for a minute.  “Dare, I suppose.”

Harry grins evilly.  “I dare you to kiss Cara for at least ten seconds.”

I’m sure I turn pale.  Liam doesn’t move; his tongue is frozen and no words come out.

“Hey, mate,” Niall starts to protest, but before he can finish, Liam is kissing me for the second time today.

I kiss him back and try to count the seconds in my head.  When I think the correct amount of time is up, I pull away.  Now my cheeks flame red.  Liam and I won’t meet each other’s eyes.  Technically, it’s his turn to ask someone truth or dare, but Niall speaks first.

“Cara, truth or dare?”

“Truth,” I say.  I’ve picked dare maybe twice in my entire nineteen years.

“Out of the five of us, who would you choose to date?  And pretend Lou, Zayn, and Harry are single in this scenario,” Niall replies.

I swallow hard.  I’m sure they all expect me to say Liam.  They’re definitely not expecting what I actually say.  “Well, um, I have a boyfriend, so none of you.”

I try to keep my eyes on my lap, but I peek up at Liam through the hair hanging in my face.  He looks stunned.

“Crap, I’m sorry I made Liam kiss you,” Harry apologizes.

“It’s okay,” I say. “You didn’t know.”

I quickly excuse myself to use the bathroom.  Once the door is closed behind me, I sit on the closed toilet and take deep breaths.  I can’t decide if I should tell Jonathan about the kiss with Liam.  I want him to know I’m completely loyal, but it was a result of truth or dare.  Plus Jonathan already doesn’t like One Direction; I don’t want to give him another reason to hate the guys.

Someone knocks on the door.

“Cara, it’s me.”  Liam. “Please, can I come in?”

I swallow the tears threatening to spill over and stand to open the door.  Liam runs a hand over his short brown hair.  He looks concerned.

“I am so, so sorry about what happened between us earlier,” he says. “I just assumed you were single, and I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

I don’t say anything.

“It’s just…” Liam continues. “Tell me I’m a screwed-up mess.”

A smile flickers across my face—I can see it in my reflection in the mirror.

“You’re a screwed-up mess,” I say.

“That I never listen.”

“You never listen.”

“Tell me you don’t want your kiss.”

“I don’t want your kiss.”

Liam frowns.  “Don’t tell me a lie.”  Then he steps closer and cups my face with his hands before he plants a kiss on my lips.

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