One Way or Another

Jenkins Ocean is nothing but a trouble maker after her parent's death. She's at an orphanage since she's not 18 yet. Her dad's all-time best friend since high school -Simon- decides that he's interfering.

Taken in by Simon Cowell, she meets what seemed at first the pain in the ass called One Direction. They all seemed nice to her, everyone but bad boy Zayn, though Zayn's not really fond of her either.


24. Phone call and back in time


I almost bought a hair straightener as a revenge for Harry. It might be a little too much for his curls to take, but he sure didn't have to picture my panicking actions!

I locked myself in my room and didn't talk to anyone. Niall had tried to talk to me. Louis had tried to talk to me. Paul had tried to talk to me and Li was just missing. Maybe he had gone with Cupcake.

I was watching the Venetian streets from my terrace, when I heard the phone ringing.

"It's Simon and I want every single detail of what happened with my niece." He demanded.

"I thought she wasn't your niece."

"Well, to my closest attempt of a niece. Whatever. What happened?" He demanded again.

"Well, I said something really stupid but I didn't mean it, because I was drunk. And-"

"Why were you drunk? What did you do? Please tell me nothing happened to her." Simon said with a nervous voice.

"I was angry because a fan threw me into the water after a forced gondola ride and the water was really cold, and Cupcake wouldn't stop laughing and I got really mad and I said something stupid and I fell and broke my nose and then I woke up remembering nothing at all and she was acting really weird and avoiding me."

"Zayn, you want to know why I specifically asked Liam to keep you all away from alcohol? Because Jen had an older brother."

"Had?" I asked.

"Yes, she had an older brother who went to a bar and got into a fight and he died. That's why Li was supposed to keep you from getting drunk."

"I didn't know." I said with a shaky voice. How could she handle so much? How could she live having all that pain?

"Zayn, I sent her to you guys because I knew you'd take care of her, but I can't have her go through that again. She's got nobody else."

My throat was dry and I couldn't speak. "I didn’t know."

"You weren't supposed to know. Don't tell her I told you, she hates when people feel pity towards her."

"Yeah, I found out that already."



After having a coffee with Liam, we thought about going for a walk. Fans came and asked about me and Fruit loop, but we said we were planning a date. After the fans left, we agreed we'd actually have to make a good date.

"What are we going to do, genious?" I asked him.

"I don't know, I panicked."

"Why didn't you say something else?"

"Well, what did you want me to say? I'm brain washing her into not hating Harry because he twitted the picture of when Zayn kissed her?"

"How about we're planning on going home?"

"Do you not like Venice?"

"It's not that, it just I just want to go back to the way things were before."

"You mean your life in Washington?"

"No, I want to go some years before that. Back to the time he was here and-" I couldn't take it anymore, I needed my brother! I need Lex back!

Liam hugged me and we took a water cab back to my hotel. We hopped off it and went into my hotel. We took the elevator and I still couldn't pronounce a single word. It seemed like ages before I could stop my sobbing.

He just kept rubbing my back and patting my shoulder saying everything was fine. "But nothing's fine! I mean, I'm just a bother to you and you had to take me into your house and you were really nice. And you didn't have to."

"Jen, we regret nothing towards you. You're a really good friend and I'm glad we got you. You can't be a bother because you're the reason the house is not a mess and we're not living of take out. You actually take the time to make us a nice homemade meal and you cook really great!"

I rubbed my face with my hands and looked down. "I really like living with you guys. I guess I just need someone to look over me, like an older brother to look after me again."

"What do you mean with 'again'?"

"You know Fruit loop went to my room and he said he was sorry and that he was drunk, but I know that people who are drunk don't lie. They don't think about what they're saying, they just say it.

"Some years ago, maybe two, I had an older brother. His name was Lex. He liked drinking with his friends, so he always went to a bar. On one night, he got in a fight and he was killed. I made a promise of never drinking after that, and I've never done and I never will."

"That's awful! I'm really sorry, Jen. But, you know? You now have us, we are your new brothers." He said trying to cheer me up.

"Thanks, Liam. You're such a great older brother." I said as I hugged him.

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