Four Years Later... (Sequel to 'Behind the Truth')

*Sequel to 'Behind the Truth'*

It's been 4 years. 4 years since I moved to New York. 4 years since I left my friends. It was difficult, but I planned to cope without them.

Ever wondered you could turn back the time and wished you were young again?


Carter Hanson hasn't seen her old friends in four years. She changed, they changed, everything changed.

Sometimes, Carter can't seem to take a break. Not even when she reunites with her old friends. And yes, her old friends are the world-famous boyband, One Direction.

Follow her journey to see how complicated her life is even when her friends are on her side. Secrets are meant to be hidden, but eventually will be revealed.

"Sometimes I have the luck that every girl wants, but not the life..."


9. Surprises.

Carter's POV:


My eyes fluttered open the next morning. I rolled over to the side to see that it was only 10am. I groaned and slipped out of the covers. I gazed at my phone for any new messages from Ed Sheeran. Nothing. It's been a week now, and no signs from my parents getting calls from his team. His voice about me finally getting away from my parents were still bringing back that feeling of hope, happiness, and warmth. Was he lying just to make me feel better about my life? That my life would finally turn upside down with me and Ed Sheeran getting married and having wonderful kids? That my life wasn't that bad after all?

I climbed out of bed, stretched, and yawned loudly. I glided over to the bathroom to get ready for my day of work today. I jogged towards the kitchen, finding a note taped on the fridge from my parents. Confusedly, I ripped it out the fridge and skimmed through it, reading that my parents had an important meeting to attend early in the morning and wouldn't be back for dinner.

Shrugging, I threw the note into the trash and heard my phone buzz against the kitchen counter. Reluctantly, I picked it up to see that it was a text.


'It's Ed Sheeran, here. I'm in New York right now. Sorry about the late reply. I just wanted to surprise you that I was here. If you want to come meet me, I'll be in the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan. Room 34b. Can't wait to meet you. x'


I squealed loudly and jumped around the house like a maniac. Ed Sheeran was excited to meet me?! ME?! I felt as if I fell in love again. I felt like my life was finally giving me a reward. Finally.


Once I left the house, I almost bumped into a strong build. I looked up to see Josh right in front of me. I gazed into his blue eyes and took a step back. "Oh, hey Josh. What's up?"

"You missed the cafe." He pointed to the small shop behind me. I looked behind and saw that I actually missed my stop to the cafe. I smacked my forehead and chuckled. "Right.." I followed him back into the shop to see Bella snickering at me as she wiped the counter. I stuck my tongue out at her and headed towards the Employee Lounge.




"Alright. Shift's done. I have to run." I exhaled sharply. I untied my apron from my waist and hung it on the hook. I took off my hairband and let my hair done, combing it thoroughly with my fingers. "Thanks Josh. Bye Bells." I waved happily.

"W-Wait! Carter!" Josh called after me as I left the shop. I turned around. "Do you need a ride home? I'm already bringing Bella home. It's no bother for me to bring you.."

I hummed and saw Bella looking at us. I knew she had a small crush on Josh and she probably wanted to be alone with him. "Thanks, but no thanks. I have someplace else to go before I go home. It's no problem. Thanks anyways. Um, I'll see you soon, alright?"

His face looked a little hurt, giving me a pang of guilt. He looked down and let out a smile. "Alright. I'll see you soon then.."

I gave him a small wave before I left to cross the street. Seconds later, he was out of sight.




Louis' POV:


"Louis! Did you text Carter?" Eleanor suddenly rushed into our hotel room curiously. I turned around and peck her cheek before I answered. "Yeah, she'll probably come tomorrow since it's getting late right now."

"Oh, that's good then." She yawned. "I'm getting a little jet lagged." She slumped on the couch, covering her mouth from the long yawn. I sat beside her and rubbed her back.

"Babe, go to sleep, alright? Everyone will be back soon." She just nodded as she closed her eyes for a few seconds before the door burst open.

"I LOVE NEW YORK." Niall yelled once everyone came in our suite. "I. LOVE. IT. NEW. YORK. ROCKS." He repeated slowly.

"We get it, Niall." I groaned. "But why? We've been to New York a few times now."

"It never gets old then." He shrugged when he leaped onto the couch. "Ah. I'm so tired. Jasmine, Louise, Liam, Harry, and I roamed around Manhattan without being seen. It was amazing."

"Nobody recognized you?" Eleanor questioned, raising her eyebrows.

Liam shook his head. "Nope. Well-- some fans. But we told them not to tell anyone we were here."

"Good fans." I stated, clicking my tongue at Liam.

"Right, we all had a long day. I'm going to take a shower." Harry excused himself as he went to his room.

"Yeah, Louise and I are pretty tired." Liam swung his arm around Louise, almost leaning on her tiredly. She giggled and pushed him playfully and went into their room.

"Come on, Niall. I'm jet lagged." Jasmine held out her hand to lead him towards their room. Niall grunted and didn't move from his spot. Jasmine rolled her eyes and pulled him up quickly, startling him. "Bye guys." She said before we heard the door slammed.

"I guess we're alone." I grinned. "Go to sleep, babe." I whispered soothingly. Eleanor just smiled and began to close her eyes when we heard my phone ring. "Sorry, love." I whispered, quickly going to a corner.




"Hello, Mr. Tomlinson. I have a guest here apparently here to see 'Ed Sheeran'? Was that the nickname you warned me about earlier, sir?" The doorman told me quietly.


My eyes widened. She came? I tensed up and cleared my throat. "Oh, yes. That's me. Um, you can send her up."


"Right away, sir."




"Li! Li! Nialler! Louise! Jasmine! Eleanor!" I called everyone up quietly, trying not to wake Harry. I hissed at them, telling them to wake up. They all groaned as they stepped out of their rooms. Few of them muttered, 'what?'

"Carter's coming up!" I hissed as I watched the door. "She's coming right now!"

They suddenly looked as if they weren't tired anymore. "What? Why this late?" Liam asked, rubbing his sleepy eyes.

I shrugged and checked the time. It was only 5:45pm. I guess it wasn't that late for New Yorkers. I gnnored his question, because there was no way to answer. "How can we meet her when Harry's here?"

"Just try not to let her or him notice. More importantly, what about us? She'll hate us when she finds out this was all a set up just to come and meet us." Louise queried. quietly.

"Meet who?" We all jumped when we heard the familiar husky voice.

"Whoa." I breathed heavily. "Harry... you frightened me." I held my chest, trying to save some more time to think of an excuse. He shouldn't be out here.

"Meet who?" He repeated more sternly. His hands were on his hips, patiently, yet sternly waiting for an answer from any of us. We all glanced at each other to figure out an excuse. Thankfully, Liam spoke.

"The fans... tomorrow." Liam lied hesitantly. Everyone started to mutter in agreement, leaving Harry looking a bit more confused and curious. It was scaring everyone, even me.

He just scratched his head and exhaled sharply. "Alright. I'll just pretend we didn't have this conversation, because I'm too tired to argue. Night." He mumbled. He stopped, realizing what he just said. "I mean...afternoon.." He said in a questionable tone.

I mentally sighed of relief when I heard the sound of his door slamming. Then, the door knocked lightly. I hurriedly made my way to the door, holding the doorknob. "Um, who is it?" I gulped. It was nice to ask first.

"Carter Hanson. The girl from the phone call." Her voice sounded a little more mature from the last time I remembered. I turned around to everyone. They all nodded in approval before I unlocked the door, shut my eyes, and got ready for what was going to happen next.






Please tell me what you think? xx It would mean a lot! Like? Favorite? Comment? ;D <3 Another Chapter for the day. (Had some free time)

P.S. Sorry for being so late. Been really busy with testing and stuff. But I promise I'll update as soon as I can. Thanks so much for your understanding and patience. I really do appreciate it. Love you guys <3 Byeee :)


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