Cocktails and Cigarettes

When Bethany has relationship problems, she finds comfort in going to clubs and drinking. So what happened when she begins to shadow Lou Teasdale? Will her and Harry hit it off, or will she push him away because the cocktails and cigarettes bring her more comfort? *Includes self harm references/actions, cursing, sex, smoking, and alcohol*

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23. Ch. 23

“Good morning.” I heard Harry whisper into my ear next morning as I felt soft kisses being placed all over my face.

“What are you doing?” I mumbled.

“Waking you up; is it working?”

“Sadly…”

“Why sadly?”

“I’m still tired.”

“It’s noon babe; we have to get ready for the press conference than you can come back to the hotel and sleep your life away…or the next two days at least.”

“Am I allowed to take that early?”

“No…come one baby.” I groaned as Harry pulled me out of bed. I got ready and went down to the lobby to wait for the rest of the boys with Simon in the car.

The press conference went well and as soon as it was over, I was back at the hotel sleeping while the boys went out again. I was tired of going out. I wanted to sleep and do nothing. This week had been all too eventful for me. Between Harry and I, and me getting a full taste of what I was going to school for really tired me out.

I didn’t wake up until three in the afternoon the next day. I heard voices from outside Harry’s bedroom and slowly made my way outside. It sounded like two people fighting.

“You can’t be seeing her, Harry; she works for you.” Simon.

“I like her though! What’s wrong with me seeing her?!”

“She works for you! It gives you guys a bad reputation!”

“But me dating a 30 year old doesn’t…is that how I’m seeing things here?”

“Harry, that’s different.”

“It is because I actually like Bethany!”

“I don’t think you seeing her is a good idea or she won’t be able to work for us.”

“How else do you suppose I see her?! Unlike me, she’s an actual student! It’s not like we misbehave on the job. We both get our stuff done. We don’t even look at each other half the time!”

“It’s just…”

“No Simon; I’m not breaking up with Bethany just because she works for me. I’m not letting management control my relationships.”

“Harry!”

“No…just…leave before she wakes up. I don’t want her to ever know we had this conversation since it means nothing. I’m staying with her and that’s final. Good-day Simon.” I heard a groan and a door closing. Harry had won but…knowing Simon didn’t want us to be together scared me. I quickly turned back to Harry’s bedroom and curled back under the blankets. “Bethany, are you up yet?” I faked a yawn, stretched, and rolled over.

“Yeah…”

“Good morning beautiful.”

“Morning.” I whispered, staying curled in the blankets, trying to keep tears pressed back. I felt the bed move and a pair of strong arms wrap around me, reminding me why I loved being in his arms so much- I felt safe.

“I could stay like this all day…” Harry mumbled into my hair.

“Simon wouldn’t like it.” I blurted out before I could process what I just said.

“You heard, didn’t you?” I stayed silent and felt Harry’s grip on me get tighter. “Don’t let it get to you.”

“How can I not?”

“You don’t officially work for us so he can’t fire you and his argument is invalid.” Harry did have a point.

“You have a point…”

“Exactly; and I like you so…don’t let it bother you. We’re together right now.” I smiled and closed my eyes again as Harry pulled me closer to him.

“Okay…” I mumbled before falling back asleep in Harry’s arms. 

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