Facing The Truth (A OneDirection Fanfiction)

Everyone I knew moved on with their lives.

Jake stayed with me through summer. Holding me when I needed to cry. Putting up with me when I needed to scream and yell. Helping me laugh for those small moments of forgotten joy I had left. And talking to me when I lost touch with reality.

But he had to leave too. No one was going to stay and wait for the lost girl with the broken smile.

Eventually, I sold our house. And left for England. I had too many broken memories and lost dreams in California.

I could lie and say that I was excited. Or I could tell the truth and say my cheeks weren't dry from the tears the whole flight. Bittersweet memories and nostalgia flooded my shattered heart.

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6. Broken

 

I yawned as pulled my converse on. I leaned my head against the foot of my bed. The exhaustion of last night overtook me. Driving was probably not a good idea, but what else am I supposed to do. My sweater engulfed me in warmth as I stepped out into the cold living room. It was 2 sizes bigger than my normal small. Yes, much warmer. Underneath I had a black tank top. Over my shorts I had my black and white soccer sweats. I looked at my face in the bathroom mirror and applied sunscreen. I don't wear makeup. I don't like makeup. My eyelashes were naturally curled on their own and my blush was uncontrollable, so blush wasn't needed. The house was quiet. I grabbed my bag of clothes for the day, the cupcake mix, my car keys, and my phone and headed out.

Just as I was about to open the front door, two hands came around and squeezed my waist. For a nanosecond, fear washed over me as I jumped and let out a small scream.

"Woah there. Quiet! The boys are still asleep." Louis grinned amusedly.

"Louis! What the hell was that for?!! You know I'm ticklish!" I scream whispered.

"And apparently jumpy."

I rolled my eyes as my phone began ringing. Drop It Low by Ester Dean blasted in my hand.

"Ahh!" I heard Liam from the living room yell. He fell off the couch. He groaned.

"Dev, what's crackin'?" I answered with a smile. Louis made a face at me.

"Wha...?" Liam was still half asleep.

"Where the flipcakes are you?!" she screamed through the phone.

"At home. I was just leaving." I said with a strain in my voice as I glared at Louis. He suppressed a smile.

"Where are the boys?" she questioned.

"Sleeping still. Well, 3/5 of them are."

"Ok well get here as soon as possible. The balloons...."

"Balloons...?" I asked frantically.

"They all deflated overnight. All 600 of them."

"Aw shit." I muttered under my breath. " Alright I'll be there in a few."

I shut the phone. Liam was now walking up to Louis and me with a cross look on his face. He punched Louis's arm and Louis let out a very loud, "HEY!"

Exactly 5 seconds later Harry opened the door from upstairs and I heard his footsteps, followed by Niall's, make their way down the stairs. Niall tripped, seeing that he was still half asleep. The thud must've made it's way to the room downstairs where Zayn and Paul were sleeping because Paul ran frantically towards us looking ready to attack the noise. Zayn was right behind him with a ticked off look on his face.

Niall was on the floor cussing under his breath, Louis was laughing like a maniac, Liam was chuckling, Harry was making fun of Niall, and Zayn looked very unamused. Paul was ready to strangle someone.

"Louis what on earth were you doing awake? And why did you find the need to scare me shitless?" I sent death glares his way.

"Don't blow a fuse Princess! I was going to drive you to school. We kept you up really late last night." He offered with a smile.

The anger in me bubbled down as I rolled my eyes.

"That's okay, I'll drive her." Harry countered.

"You're not dressed and Scar over here is going to be late." Louis said matter-of-factly.

"I can be ready in 5 minutes."

"Or you can both shut your traps. I don't need anyone to drive me. I'm a big girl and I'm fine." I sighed. "You guys just need to be there at 8 and don't be late."

Louis pouted and whined, "I woke up and got dressed for nothing."

"No, now you can make them breakfast. And don't forget to clean up after."

Zayn muttered something under his breath as they all headed towards the living room.

*Harry's POV*

Louis knew that I had a thing for Scar. So yesterday night he goes and pulls her into a hug. A very tight hug I must say. And now he wanted to drive her. He was getting on my nerves.

Last night on her roof she looked breathtaking. Her eyes were shining and her cheeks were red from the cold. The way her laugh lines framed her dimples around her smile. I couldn't shake the memory of her tiny hand wrapped in mine. Too bad she wasn't exactly a fan of me. Or the band.

"....and don't be late." Scar had just finished saying something and they all walked towards the living room.

"Scar, come on. Let me drive you. You're obviously exhausted. Please?" I begged.

"I'm fine Harry. Trust me." She had a glint of amusement in her eyes. I used my puppy eyes on her. She looked unaffected.

"What?! How are you not falling at my feet?!" I was confused. Girls always fell for my puppy eyes.

"It's something called I'm not desperate." she giggled. God her laugh was so cute.

"Alright I'll see you guys in an hour! Bye!" she yelled to the boys before bouncing away to her car.

"Bye Princess!!" Louis called from the living room.

I watched as she pulled out of the driveway and sped off.

"Princess? Really?" I stormed into the kitchen.

"Yeah. Haha did you notice how she rolls her eyes every time I say that." he said with an amused look.

"God Louis, are you stupid?" Paul exclaimed. Louis's face look a bit lost.

"Harry has a thing for her. You're flirting. Making Harry mad." Liam explained expressionless as he drank the orange juice he poured for himself.

Louis let out a laugh. "Aw, Harry here has a crush." He pinched my cheeks and I slapped his hands away from me. I gave him a look.

"Don't worry Haz. I'm not getting at her. I just like her like a little sister. She's cute and small." Louis shrugged my anger away. A small smile pulled on my mouth.  

 

"She's very cute." I blushed and hopped upstairs to get ready for the day ahead of us.

After we all ate, showered, and got ready for the day, we got into the van and off we went.

**

Apparently our beloved fans saw us and figured out that it was us hiding in the van and followed us all the way to Scar's school. The screams were deafening.

"Fuck." Niall mumbled. Liam shot him a glance. "Sorry."

"We'll go through the back door to the ASB office. It's hidden." Paul told us.

We drove our way through the screaming girls, hoping not to hurt anyone. We sprinted through girls with Paul covering us and got in the ASB office. Paul stayed outside guarding the door. I was breathing heavily when I walked in. My breath hitched when I saw a girl with her shirt off making out heavily with a guy under her.

They immediately pulled away from each other and my temper shot up. Matt looked bewildered as he pushed the girl off of him.

The boys must've sensed what was going to happen next because a nanosecond before I was going to jump at the bastard they held me back.

"What the fuck do you think you're doing?!" I heard my self yell.

"None of your business boy band." He scoffed.

At that, I felt Louis tense up beside me. I looked over and saw his fists clench and unclench.

"Did you and Scar break up?" Liam asked calmly, with an extreme hint of disgust and anger in his voice.

"I said it was none of your business."

"You didn't did you?! You hurt her and don't even bother to call or text and ask if she was okay! And now you're kissing some other girl while she has no clue!" I didn't even recognize my voice.

"Who the hell is this bitch named Scar?" The girl spoke up in confusion. When he didn't answer she stood up and stormed out while placing her shirt back on.

"You fucking bastards!" Matt yelled as his hand flew towards Louis's face. Before I can react, it made contact and before I knew Matt ran off after the girl.

Paul walked in to see what all the screaming was about. One look at Louis's bruise and Paul ran after Matt.

"Shit. Louis are you okay?" Zayn and the boys were helping him up. I was about to go find Scar when she walked in with a smile on her beautiful face.

"Ah, you're here! Perfect!" She singsonged. It took her about 3 seconds to notice Louis muttering curse words under his breath, and his cheek, blue and purple.

"Oh my gosh! Louis?! What happened?!" She looked at me. Her eyes shined with worry and her eyebrows furrowed. Her lips pouted a little as she turned red. The room was silent, until Louis spoke up, "I fell."

"No you didn't. What really happened?" she insisted.

 

"Really I fell and my face landed the wrong way." he smiled a crooked, weak smile.

"Louis." she walked towards him and led him to the couch. Sat him down. Grabbed an ice pack from the freezer. And leaned over him as she gently placed it on his cheek.

We were all giving him strange looks as he pleaded with his eyes to go along with it.

"Can you still preform?" she quietly asked.

"Yeah. I'm fine. Nothing a little make up can't fix." He gave her a small smile. She looked at me and pulled me outside.

"Harry, what the hell happened?"

"Uh...he fell. Flat on his face. It was funny. You-" The look in her eyes stopped my rambling.

"I'm serious. A fall can't bruise his face like that."

"Really Scar. He fell. Nothing serious."

"Harry, I'm going to take your word for it. And if I find out it wasn't a fall, I'm going to be extremely hurt." She pushed past me and went back inside.

'I'm so screwed.' I thought.

 

**

After 3 hours of rehearsal and practice we ended with the last note of Marry You perfectly. Scar looked extremely happy and pleased.

"Dah! This is going to be great! Thank you guys! Alright now you have 30 mins to do whatever you'd like." She gleefully said before heading over to Dev.

"Louis, we have to tell her." I said with a stern look on my face.

"I know, but after tonight. She's too excited."

"Good idea."

I looked over at her. Her head was thrown back, her eyes were squinted, her mouth was open as she let out the cutest laugh I've ever heard. 'She's too fragile.'

We were siting on the bleachers with Scar, Dev, Jake, Lisa, Monique, and three more boys after 3 more hours of perfection. Scar got up and said she had to go get ready.

"Ready?" Zayn was curious.

"Yeah, you don't expect me to preform like this do you?" she made a gesture towards her body. "I'll be back, Dev come help me."

The two girls got up and scurried towards the gym doors.

"What is she performing?" Liam asked Jake. Jake let a smirk play his face.

"She's going to sing. Then tango with David. It's really actually amazing watching how the two of them move their bodies."

"Dance? And who is this David person?" I asked.

"That would be me." A guy spoke as he walked towards us. He was tall, had big muscles, and was very good looking. "Hey Jake. Hi I'm David." He smiled stupidly. "Me and Scar have been dance partners since freshman year. She knows how to move."

I decided then that I didn't like him.

"So why the tango?" Niall asked.

"Well, it's a perfect love dance. Especially for James when he proposes to Jess."

Love dance? I DEFINITELY didn't like this guy.  

 

I looked at the time, it was 5:00. Great, 45 minutes until seating.

"That's really cool." Liam commented.

Just as I was about to say something, Dev and Scar walked in the gym talking about something where Dev was waving her hands wildly.

My mouth slightly opened when I laid eyes on Scarlette. Her curly hair was now pinned up and looked like it came from the 20's. Her lips were coated with a bright red. Her eyelashes looked 10x curlier. I could see that from all the excitement, her eyes were a dark gray instead of black. Her cheeks, much pinker. A navy blue strapless dress was tightly wrapped around her small figure. The bottom of the dress came out in floaty wisps of glitter. The dress wasn't there until about half of her back. Breathtakingly gorgeous.

"Close your mouth." Zayn chuckled amusedly. I turned around and blushed madly.

"Ahh, there she is. La magnifica Scarlette Lindough." David said with a large grin on his face. Scar's cheeks reddened rapidly as she walked up to us.

"So, what do you think?" she asked David as he gave her an intense hug.

"I think you look mind blowing." I quickly said before David had a chance to answer.

"Aw thank you. I wonder what Matt will think." she smiled mischievously. "Of course after I grill his ass over yesterday." her smile was now a pout. I felt my heart twist.

"I'd rather you grill his ass then break up with him." Dev muttered under her breath which made me smile.

"What?" Scar asked.

"Oh nothing. Just talking to myself." she exclaimed.

"Shoot seating starts in 20 minutes. Alright one last rehearsal everybody!" she yelled.

**

The rally went great. Scar's face during the proposal was precious. After the proposal, Scar sang, then danced with David and as much as I hate to admit this but, they were amazing. They had the charisma that could entertain an audience on point.

After the rally was done and the last of the audience had left, it was time for cleanup, then the after party.

"That was just perfect! Ahh, Valentines Day is in two days." Scar was speaking rapidly as we finished popping the last of the balloons and putting them in the trash can. "Although I didn't see Matt." she looked hurt.

"I don't see how that's a bad thing." Dev was annoyed.

"We have a lot to talk about." Scar said quietly. She grabbed the trash bag and shuffled outside to throw it away. I followed her outside. "Scar wait!"

*Scarlette's POV*

What was I supposed to do? Matt was my boyfriend. My idiotic boyfriend that I'm having serious regrets about. I'm so tired of not knowing what to do. I grabbed the trash bag and made my way outside.

"Scar wait!" Harry's voice rang in my ears.

I looked up and before turning around, I saw a couple kissing out of the corner in my eye. They pulled away and Matt's eyes landed in mine. I felt my body freeze up as my breath hitched in my throat. Everything decided to slow down and become much more dramatic.

"Scar. Scar! Look at me. Ignore him." Harry looked frantic.

Matt walked up to us and began with his excuses.

"What was that?" I slowly asked him.

"Nothing important. Listen babe, I love you." Matt responded without a care in the world. He stepped towards me for a hug but retreated when I pushed him away.

"Get away from me."

"It's not how it looks."

"It's exactly how it looks." Harry spoke up.

"Really? And how's your friend? Is his face okay?" Matt said with a smirk.

Friend. Face. What was going on?

"What?" I turned towards Harry.

"Nothing. I'll explain later."

By then Dev came up behind me. "What's going on?" she asked curiously. When no one answered she called the rest of the boys and Jake.

"Harry what the hell aren't you telling me?!" I was screaming.

He looked at his feet and explained everything that happened. Louis, Niall, Zayn, Liam, and Paul appeared.

"You knew and you didn't tell me?" I choked on my words. "Even after I asked what happened to Louis, and you all lied?"

The silence was unbearable. No one said a word. Matt walked away by then and the tears didn't stop. I needed to go somewhere. Somewhere far. I ran inside, grabbed my cell phone and keys and sprinted to my car.

Dev tried running after me but I was too fast and I sped off with my music blasting through the roof.

One missed call. Then two. Then three. Seventeen texts from Dev. Five texts from Jake. Eight voicemails from David. I didn't even bother to answer any of them.

I pulled into my driveway, ran inside and grabbed two bottles of vodka from my dad's study and drove off to the pier.

I don't drink. I've never drank before except for once and wasn't planning on drinking in the near future. I was an extreme lightweight and an emotional bipolar drunk. I was a completely different person when I was drunk. So when I grabbed the vodka I was clearly not thinking.

My head rested against the wooden pole as my feet dangled above the water. The pier was calm at nighttime. I took another swig. I was no longer crying, but the tears just flowed out without permission.

I remembered my mom and imagined her sitting next to me. "Come back mom." I whispered. The image of her face wouldn't go away. Then I remembered Matt. My vision twisted and turned. I suddenly felt furious. I let out a sob. "I'm not good enough for anyone to stay with me forever!" I screamed at the half empty bottle. "Mom left me! Dad doesn't spend time with me! Matt is a fucking hoe!" I proceeded to chug down the rest of the bottle.

*Dev's POV*

Harry told me about what happened before Scar found out. I almost didn't believe him but after seeing Louis's face, I gave in. We agreed it was better that we told her after today. She never ran off. Ever. She always took things in and dealt with them. So seeing her run away filled me with worry. I had to find her.

"Why the hell isn't she answering?!" I screamed.

"Dev calm down! Screaming isn't helping anyone." Jake's expression was serious. Everyone in ASB was looking at me. The gym was still scattered with balloons, decorations, and posters.

"Guys, finish cleaning the gym and you're free to go. About the after party, wait for a text from either me or Scarlette."

They somberly continued cleaning. They were the best ASB crew in the past 3 years. We were a family. And especially to Scar. After she shared her story with us her freshman year, we all had an instant connection. One of us being hurt results in all of us being hurt. That's just the way it was.

"Lizzy, you're in charge until me and Jake come back." I told the blonde.  

 

"I'll come with you guys. She's especially mad at me." Harry spoke up. His eyes were flitting back and forth between me and Jake, like he was waiting for a response.

"Ok," Jake nodded.

"That means I'm coming too," Louis said.

"Me too," Zayn and Liam both chorused.

"And don't forget me." Niall was last to speak.

"Guys, I can only take three of you." I countered.

"We can take the van." Paul said.

"Ok well Dev, Liam, Harry, and Louis can come in my car. Zayn, Niall, and David can go with Paul." Jake was giving out orders.

*Harry's POV*

"Where are we going first?" I hesitantly asked.

"Her house." Jake answered.

"She's not going to be at home." Liam said bluntly.

"I know that. But I want to see of she stopped by there."

We pulled into the driveway and saw tire tracks across the cement. "She was obviously here. And was pretty mad." Jake mumbled. Dev ran to the front door and found it wide open.

"Really mad." She muttered angrily. We followed her into the house.

"Scar? You here?" Dev called out. "Her dad's study is open. Dev never goes in there unless her dad is home." Dev commented confusedly. She looked for anything that was misplaced or missing. Suddenly her eyes widened.

Jake's eyes followed to where Dev was staring. There was an open glass cupboard. "She-.....shit."

"What's going on?" I asked.

"Come on, I think I know where she is." Dev said as she ran outside to the car.

"Hey guys?! Uhm what's going on?" Louis yelled after them. We ran after them and jumped into the car.

*Dev's POV*

"Scar is somewhere out drinking vodka." I remembered her dad's study perfectly. We would sit there during summer with her dad and eat ice cream, helping him with his business papers. He always had vodka in his cupboard. It was his favorite drink. But Scar? She was 100% against drinking. She was a lightweight and quite funny and wild when she was drunk three summers ago at Cade's party. After that night, she swore to never have a drop of liquor again.

"Oh?" Harry looked confused. I explained the drunk Scar to him and he giggled.

"It's really not funny. Last time she got drunk, she jumped into a pool and wanted to see how long she could hold her breath. She can't swim when she's under the influence." Jake sternly said.

Harry's face changed and had a worried look in his eye. The car stopped and we jumped out. The lake was calm and peaceful. I looked across the lake and saw a figure on the pier. Scar. She must've noticed us because she yelled out, "Hey you! Haha let's go swimming!!" She sang and giggled before attempting to twirl like a ballerina.

*Harry's POV*

She lost her balance and almost fell before regaining it.

"Scar?!" Jake yelled.

"That's my name!" She giggled.

"Scar don't move!" I yelled.

"Yes misterrr....." she giggled uncontrollably. We all ran as fast as we could towards her as she giggled.

"Stop!!" she yelled. "Let's go swimming." Her eyes were bloodshot and her mouth was smiling. She a had a half empty bottle of vodka and took another drink. I noticed another bottle broken on the ground.

"No let's not." Dev said cautiously.

"Why not? Party pooperrrr."

"You don't have your swim suit." I quickly responded.

"Oh silly! Look." she giggle as she unzipped her dress and stepped out of it. She was now half naked. Down to her lace bra and underwear. "It's the same thing!!" I tried to look away. Liam turned around. Louis's mouth was agape. Dev was freaking out. And Jake stifled a giggle.

"Now come swim with mee!!" she jumped up and down, then abruptly stopped. "Wait lemme fineesh dis." She chugged down the whole bottle. Then threw it behind her into the lake.

"Scar, you're drunk. You can't swim." I said to her while walking up to her, slowly.

"Yes I ca- Ahh!!" she tripped and fell into the water. Without thinking, I ran and jumped in after her.

"Scar!" Jake and Dev both screamed.

It was too dark to see her so as soon as I felt her waist, I pulled her body to mine and swam to the surface. Her arms were wrapped tightly around my neck and her head was tucked in my chest. The boys helped me pull her out of the water and lay her down on the pier.

After coughing out all the water in her lungs, she took a deep breath. We were all sitting down next to her bare body. This was an interesting night. She began giggling. That made me furious.

"Scar! What is wrong with you?! You almost drowned!" I didn't mean to yell but I did.

"Why didn't youu let meee? Sir green eyes." she bursted out in laughter.

Her hair was wildly curled and flopped into her face.

"Come here cutie." she whispered. I looked at her curiously. "I want to tell you secret." she jabbed a finger at my chest. I lowered my ear to her. Before I knew what was happening she grabbed my neck and crashed her lips on mine. She tasted strongly of vodka, mint, and strawberry. I kissed back. As soon as it started, the kiss ended.

"Now I can go to sleeepppp. Jakeyyy carry me home." she pouted and closed her eyes. He rolled his eyes and chuckled.

The boys were laughing uncontrollably at what had just occurred. Jake went and got the car, grabbed a blanket from the trunk, and wrapped her fragile body in it. I was dripping with lake water. 'Interesting night.' I thought.

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