The A Team


"By Matinee I love you! Daddy will be here to pick you up at 3 ok?" I ask kissing my daughters forehead.
"Ok mommy" she says before she runs off to the middle of the field to start football practice. (Soccer)
"She looks so much like you" Niall says as I open the car door.

"Yeah I guess, but she has your eyes, and let's hope she doesn't play like me haha" I laugh as I put the car in reverse. Niall snorts really loud. "Ha yeah, lets pray, not hope Hahaahaha" He cackled.
"Do you remember my first practice annnnd the first time we met?" I ask looking at him out of the corner of my eye"How can I forget, it was the first time I ever saw my soul mate. And broke a bone." He whispered the last part.
"HAY it's not my fault your face was in the way" I laugh
"Oh yea blame it on that" He teased.


{ 9 years earlier }

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17. Chapter 16 - Part 1


http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=80909600 (For parts one, two, and 3) 

Niall’s Pov:

The next few weeks were going okay. Laramie and I still were in a bit of a rough patch over the drug thing but that didn’t stop us from touching each other all the time. She, along with Justin, Hannah, and my sister, helped me move into my new house. Well my sister and I’s new house. Casey said that she was tired of being alone with no one to talk to and since she was over my old apartment all the time anyways, buying a house for the two of us was just smarter.

Two weeks after the drug incident and one week from then when I moved into my new house, we were settled back in school, getting prepared for prom. I knew Laramie wanted to go with me and that wasn’t a problem, it’s just I went to prom twice and it was the most boring thing I had ever experienced in my entire life.

If it made her happy though it was definitely worth it and I was sure to ask her. Just how was the problem? All the other girls I went with in the past just sort of implied and I went along with it, getting as drunk as possible with Justin and still being bored. Maybe that’s what I’ll do, take Justin to the bathroom and have a hit before the dance started to ease the boredom.

I walked into class and sat down with a smile looking at Justin whose forehead was on the desk. I patted his back and he let out a small annoyed groan.

“Hey mate, tired?” I asked, shifting in my seat and pulling out a pencil and some paper. It gave off the allusion that I was doing something.

“Yes, tired of my girlfriend. ‘Justin you can’t possibly expect me to wear green to the dance, it will clash with my hair! We need pink!’ Pink Niall, she wants me to wear pink!?!” He said lifting his head and dropping it back with a thud.

I let out a laugh at my best friend and shook my head, “She’s so not your type man, but she definitely keeps you on your toes. I think she’s good for you.” I said.

“So what’s the deal with you and Laramie? Are you even going to prom?” He asked sitting up and running his hands through his hair.

“Of course, just have to think of a way to ask her. Maybe I’ll take her on a date tonight? She’s still pretty upset about the whole ‘drugs in my house’ thing. I don’t get why it bothers her but I guess I should apologize.” I shrugged.

The teacher walked in and Justin sort of fidgeted in his seat giving me a look, “What mate, something on my face?” I asked, running my hand over it.

“No it’s just I’m not supposed to say anything but since its bro’s before hoe’s I think you should know. Just don’t get mad at me, I just found out last night.” He said.

“What? What the hell is it, mate?” I said. He was making it sound like someone had died or maybe gotten hurt.

“Well I heard Hanna on the phone last night when I was painting her nails and-“ I cut him off with a laugh.

“You paint your girlfriends nails?” I laughed.

“Shut up! Anyways Hanna said Laramie was pissed you hadn’t asked her yet and so Hanna told her to make you jealous about it. Of course or girl’s are no longer best friends so I think Hanna was doing it to make you mad at Laramie.” He said.

“Make me jealous how?” I asked.

“By flirting with Malik.” He said.

“Zayn! Malik? Fucking Malik?” I said, standing up and slapping my hands on the desk.

“Mr. Horan can you please take your seat, class is about to begin.” Mr. Smith said.

“No I can’t. I’m sick and I need to leave unless you want me to dirty up this classroom.” I snapped and walked out the door.

What the hell was Hanna thinking? Zayn would hurt Laramie just for the sake of hurting me. Of course I know that Malik is going to be easy to deal with, I work with drug dealers for god sakes this guy is a fly in comparison, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hurt her. I walked down the hall and pulled my phone from my back pocket, dialing my sister’s number.

“What do you need? Class is about to start so make it quick.” She said her tone clipped.

“Just do me a favor and keep my girlfriend in check today, away from Zayn.” I said.

“In check? What is she your pet now?” Casey sneered.

“No she isn’t, but I just need you to watch her. Hanna decided to plant the idea in Laramie’s head I wasn’t taking her to prom and that she should flirt with Zayn to help piss me off.” I said.

“Well you haven’t given her any signs that you’re taking her, Niall. Are you?” Casey said.

“Yes I am I just needed to think of how to ask her. I got an idea this morning and it goes in motion this weekend. God why does it have to be Monday today? Why can’t it be like Thursday or something?” I groaned.

“What are you doing for her?” She asked.

“I’m taking her out to dinner and I’ll ask her there.” I said, walking out the school and going to my car.

“That’s all?” Casey laughed.

“Nope, I’m taking her somewhere special to me. She’ll love it more if it’s sentimental, just how she is. For now just keep an eye on her, you know how Zayn is.” I said, unlocking my car and getting in.

“Yeah yeah, sure.” She said.

“I’m going to make a Nando’s run for lunch I need a breather, want anything?” I asked, shutting the door and putting the key in. With a swift turn it was brought to life and my sister answered.

“Yeah the usual is fine. See you at lunch?” She asked.

“Yeah see you at lunch.” I said, hitting the end button on my phone and sitting on my thigh.

I took off from the school parking lot and put on my sunglasses. Now, for planning the most romantic thing I’ve ever done.

** ** * **

Laramie’s Pov:

Today was a bad day.

Last night on the phone Hanna had convinced me Niall wasn’t going to ask me to prom according to her lovely and loyal boyfriend and that’s when everything took a turn for the worse.

After our conversation on the phone I had gone to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea before my shower and I burned my hand on the pan before accidently dumping my cup on me on my way up the stairs. I gave up on the tea after tending to my burn wounds and decided I would take a quick shower instead to calm my nerves.

I turned on the water only to find it freezing cold. Thinking that the cold would wind me up instead of calming me down I switched it off and lay in my bed, dirty from practice and bothered by the thought of Niall not wanting to take me to prom.

After hours and hours of tossing my body finally shut down at around two in the morning. I woke up to Michel yelling at me from the doorway.

“Laramie! Why aren’t you in school?” She said.

“School? What time is it?” I asked, groggy. I sat up and let out a yawn as she looked at her watch.

“It’s nine thirty, school started an hour ago.” She said.

“Shit!” I said, jumping to my feet and running to my drawers.

I looked through my wardrobe only to come up empty with nothing but sweatpants and an old, embarrassing t-shirt.

“These will have to do.” I mumbled, stripping and putting on my clothes.

My hair was a hopeless case so I picked up my phone to ring Niall, maybe he wasn’t in class right now. To my luck the phone was dead and so I just threw it on my bed and grabbed my bag running out the door. Breakfast was the last thing on my mind and with the luck I was having it would just be a repeat of last night. With the thought of the burns they started to ache and it occurred to me I should have cleaned them before I left. Pushing that thought aside I ran to catch the bus and lucky for me I caught it at the last moment. Unlucky for me the closest stop to the school was a ten minute walk, but I was taking what I could get at this point.

When the bus finally came to a stop, I sighed and stood ready to get off because of the stares I was getting from the creepy old men and some younger ones. As soon as I was off I took off in the direction of the school, thankful that I was active and all of this running didn’t leave me winded. I finally made it into the school and the halls were being filled, people leaving class and hurriedly making their way to their next class of the day. It was around third period so that meant biology with Hanna. I walked into the classroom and adjusted my glasses on my face before sitting in my usual seat. The bell rang and sighed slumping in my seat. Another period after this and then lunch.

** ** **

Hanna didn’t show up for biology or for gym after and I ran into Casey twice in the hall. After Gym I was making my way down the stairs to the cafeteria and two up from the bottom I fell down and face planted at the bottom.

“Whoa, are you okay there?” I heard from behind me and there was an arm in front of my face.

I looked up to see Zayn Malik holding his hand out to me. I offered him a smile and took his hand; he wasn’t going to be hard to flirt with at all. It was still a shock to me that Hanna thought that flirting with another boy would work, but she was smarter about boy’s than I was so I trusted her advice.

“Yeah, I’m fine. Just hasn’t been a very good day for me, I seem to be having the worst luck.” I laughed, brushing off my hands.

“I’m sorry to hear that, love. Maybe you could eat lunch with me today, yeah? Might take your mind off of it for a while.” He smirked at me and I nodded.

“That actually sounds like a really nice idea-“ I was cut off.

“Sorry Laramie but I have strict orders from my brother, your boyfriend that we are eating with him. He bought us Nando’s.” Casey said, looping her arm through mine.

“Well maybe another time then Laramie. Call me?” He asked.

“Sorry but no time for number swapping, have to run. Wouldn’t want our food to get cold would we, L?” She said pulling me off. When we were a safe distance from Zayn I ripped my arm from here’s and spun on my heel.

“What the actual hell was that? You can’t just pull me away like you own me! Christ you’re as bad as him!” I said, tossing my hands in the air.

“Look, I know that Hanna told you flirting with someone else would make them take you to prom, but Zayn Malik is trouble. He’s done some things in the past to freshmen girls that have traumatized them and I don’t want you to be one of them. Besides I think that Niall will take you to prom and Hanna can shove it. Just give him some time, Laramie. Now can we please go to lunch, Nando’s is appealing and I am starved.” She said, grabbing my hand.

“Ow! Watch that arm, it’s burned.” I said, pulling it back.

“What happened?” She asked.

“Talk about it over lunch.” I grumbled and walked into the cafeteria.

At our usual table sat Justin, Hanna, and Niall. I smiled at Niall and then Hanna waved at me, making my jaw clench. I walked over to the table and dropped my bag down before laughing.

“When did you become such a back stabbing bitch Hanna?” I let out another laugh though it wasn’t a warm one. “Maybe it’s all the shit you’re taking or your new boyfriend, personally I don’t give a fuck what it is, but let me tell you something Hanna.” I pointed at her. “Mess with my relationship one more time and this friendship we have will be no more.” I said.

“Now if you were smart I suggest you get out of my sight before I personally remove you from it.” I said, sitting down.

Hanna’s eyes were wide and she stood up gasping, “You’re such a whore Laramie.” She spat.

I jumped from my chair and Niall stood grabbing my arm. I ignored the pain as I tried to reach Hanna. She backed away and I laughed at her.

“At least I’m not a coward Hanna.” I said.

She turned and walked away and out the door. “Sorry guys but I got to take care of her, sorry Niall and Laramie.” Justin said standing and grabbing his girlfriend’s things along with his.

I pulled my arm from Niall’s and sat down, laying my head on the table with a big sigh. I felt the all the tensions leave the air and Niall sat down beside me, rubbing my back.

“I’m sorry.” I said, though I was sure it was muffled into the table.

“No need to apologize, Cuddles. Want your food, I bought your favorite.” He sang in a persuasive voice and I let out a little smile lifting my head.

“There’s that smile.” He said, poking my cheek.

“I’m taking my food and leaving. No point in eating it if I’m going to barf it up.” Casey said and Niall muttered a ‘Sure’ his eyes never leaving mine.

He looked nice today. His hair was styled in a quiff and his eyes were bright, filled with love. His shirt was plain but it fit him so beautifully making it not so plain. He wore plain blue jeans and sneakers as usual and I smiled at the familiarity of it all.

“Hi.” I smiled.

“Hey.” He said, his hand grabbing mine. I winced and closed my eyes pulling my hand close to my body.

“What’s wrong with your hand, love?” He asked.

I opened my eyes and sighed, “It’s a long story would you like me to start at the beginning?” I asked.

“Yes please, but if you want to make it to next period you’ll work in some food.” He said, pushing over a carry out box and handing me a fork.

“Well last night Hanna convinced me that flirting with another boy would make you pissed and that maybe this other boy would ask me to prom. I, of course being an idiot believed it and decided to try it.” He tensed up and I shook my head.

“Before you get mad I didn’t try it, your sister swooped in. Back to the story after that I decided to make tea and burnt my hand after that whilst walking up the stairs I spilled it on my arm and so now that’s all burnt. I tried to take a shower last night but the water was cold so I gave up and tried sleeping but that took hours to accomplish. I slept in this morning and all of my clothes were being washed so this was all I could find. My phone was dead so I couldn’t call you to come get me, meaning I took the bus and ran a few blocks to get to school. I also fell down some stairs on the way to lunch, resulting in the help of Zayn Malik and your sister saving my ass from him.” I said, sipping my drink. Niall was a great listener through it all, nodding at me when needed.

“Well I’m glad Casey saved you and I’m sorry for all your problems. Don’t believe Hanna, Laramie. I do want to take you to prom and I’ve just been planning on asking you, so no more flirting with other guys.” He scolded.

“I’ll take you to my father’s after school to get your burns looked at.” He said, eating some of his own food.

“It’s fine Niall.” I said.

“No it’s not, you’re hurt. Besides he needs to check on your other hand so we can see how your broken fingers are. We can go to dinner after as well if you want?” He asked.

“You asking me out, Horan?” I teased.

“Yes I am Styles.” He said.

“It’s a date.” I said.

“It’s a date.” 

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