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 }


3. Chapter 3


“Holy crap I’m sorry I must have fallen back asleep!” I said knowing exactly what happened. I went and brushed my hair out quickly fishtail braiding it to the side. I slipped on some capri’s and a blue and white polka dot sweater from forever 21 and some black converses. I grabbed my bag and proceeded down the stairs but I couldn’t find my glasses.

“MICHELE have you seen my glasses!?!” I screamed

“GET CONTACTS” she screamed back.
I didn’t have time to find them so I just ran out to the bus stop. I had about 6 minutes tell it got here so I set on the sidewalk and pulled my iPad out so I could listen to a song or two before it came. I was halfway through “All Too Well” by Taylor swift when I noticed a familiar black range rover pull up in front of the neighborhood druggie’s house. I wasn’t gonna pay any attention tell I heard the familiar Irish accent. I pushed pause on my iPad so I could hear better. And tried to look over but seeing as I couldn’t find my glasses all I saw were colors and outlines. But that’s all I really needed. I could make out Ed’s hair, who couldn’t? It’s just too bright, and Niall’s so I knew it was him. It looked like they… They hugged? Probably a man hug and then Ed handed him a bag of white and blue stuff. The bus pulled up right when things were getting interesting so I couldn’t see anymore. When we went back by the Ranger Rover was gone and so was Ed. This could not be good. 

When I got to school I Hanna instantly knew something was wrong. Best friend intuition I guess?
“Are you ok Laramie?” Hanna asked putting her arm around my shoulder. 

“Oh… Uh yea I’m just thinking.” I said not looking at her. Seeing Niall earlier has gotten me stressed out. 

“Well ok.” She said coldly “You still have to tell me about what happened last night!” She said with a huge smile.

“Um maybe later, I’m not feeling too good. And besides we have to get to the auditorium to find out how we did!” I said with a small smile. 
We sat down close to the front so if we got called up we would have to trip over people to get down. We watched people pile in trying to get seats and I couldn’t help but look for him and when he finally came in with the rest of the people who usually surround him I became relieved. I don’t know why I guess I was just expecting him to come in looking drunk or high. He took a seat on the highest bleacher with Justin right beside him and I stopped staring in case he happened to see me. I noticed Hanna turned around and I looked over and it looked like Justin was waving at her but I wasn’t sure so I turned back around and continued to wait.

“Hey what’s your problem?” Hanna asked all of a sudden.

“What do you mean?” I asked confused.

“You’ve been acting weird all morning and then when Niall smiles at you and waves you just turn around and ignore him? Oh m g….. LARAMIE” she screamed “Did you guys have sex?!?” She whispers with anger. 

“OH MY GOSH NO” I said back quickly.
”Hanna you know I’m not like that!” I said offended. “And I didn’t see him waving at me, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I don’t have my glasses and I don’t feel good!! So please just be nice to me today.” I said putting my face in my hands. I really didn’t feel good. I had a headache. 

“Ok I’m sorry” she said quietly. I could feel her turn around and look back up but I didn’t really care at that moment because coach was walking out to the center of the court. 

“Ok people I’m here to announce this year’s girls football team!” He said excitedly.
“Ok I’m gonna start with the regular players then the captain and co captain at the last” he said smiling.
“First up, Laramie.” I had to go stand in the middle of the court so I kept my head down. I heard Hanna screaming for me over the claps. I just stood there awkwardly while the other players were called and finally it was time for captain and co-captain. “Ok so here it is, the moment I know you’ve all been waiting for. Co-captain Hanna Payne.” She ran to me and gave me a bear hug wrapping her legs around me making me fall backwards. 

“LARAMIE I DID IT, I DID IT!” She screamed while still hugging me. I awkwardly got up and made shore my clothes were all still straight and hugged her properly, earning more cheers and laughter from everybody in the room. 

“Captain….. Casey Horan” I’m guessing it was Niall jumped up and started screaming for his sister after her name was announced.
After we were all handed our jerseys we were forced to stand in a line and take a picture together. I got my lucky number 13 so I was quite proud. After we took the picture and got to go set down I almost fell asleep with my head n Hanna’s shoulder. The assembly lasted all day so when it was over we got to go home. I didn’t see Niall for the rest of the day but he’s all I thought about. I couldn’t get the fuzzy image out of my head of Ed handing him the blue and white pills. I fell asleep thinking about it and ended up not sleeping well that night.
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The next day was game day. Yay! I was so stressed out. About the game….I think and also about my date with Niall afterwards. 
I got ready and Michele drove me to the field. We did some warm ups and finally it was time. I was put as the goalkeeper for about 20 minutes and did pretty good. I only missed 1 or 2, but I’m guessing coach wanted to see if I could do anything else so I had to go kick the ball around.
I don’t remember the term he used I just when I’m the direction his hand pointed. I got the ball at one point and kicked it over to Niall’s sister, number 15. She hadn’t smiled at me once, the only look I think she knows is mad. And the rank of her power on the team doesn’t help. We won by like 1 point and I know people are gonna be mad at me. I had messed up several times. 
I was getting ready to leave after I took a shower and got dressed. I wasn’t sure if Niall was picking me up from my house or from here so I just went ahead and brought my stuff with me, Michele just stayed in the locker room with me in case he didn’t. I left my hair natural letting my long curls fall around my shoulders, wearing skinny jeans and a cobalt blue button up blouse that I always get complements on and some gold bangles with my black converses. Casual but fancy. 
As Michele and I were walking out of the building I heard a cough behind me. I turned around to see Niall standing there not looking very happy. 
“Are you ready to go Laramie?” He asked not bothering to looking at Michele.
“Yea… Yea.” I said as I handed over my bag to Michele and leaned up to kiss her on the cheek. “I’ll be home later Michele love you” she just lightly smiled at me and walked away. She knew I wouldn’t do anything bad. I watched her walk away then I turned back to Niall. 

“Hi.” I said putting my hands behind my back looking down at the ground. 
“Come on” he said grabbing my hand and pulling me toward the parking lot. He opened my door for me and walked over to his side getting in and slamming the door. I noticed as he started the car he had bruising around his nose but I didn’t want to ask since he didn’t seem like he was in a good mood. 
“So…….um I don’t think your sister likes me” I said with a small giggle. I wasn’t sure what else to say, I was freaking out inside. He didn’t respond at first but finally he said something.

“Yea I know. She thinks it’s weird I like you and your in her grade, she doesn’t think anybody deserves me.” He said not looking at me only looking at the road.

“Oh. So um what are we doing tonight?” I asked 

“I’m taking you to dinner then were going to the park” He said with no emotion once again. 
I couldn’t help but stare at him, he was perfect. His hair was always in that perfect quiff and his jaw line. Oh my gosh His jaw line I had to look away before he caught me. 

“Are you ok?” I asked 

“Why did you ignore me this morning? I wanted you to come sit with me. And why did you ignore me this afternoon?” He asked finally looking over at me. 

“Ooohhhh well this morning I didn’t feel good and I didn’t have my glasses so I couldn’t see you. And I didn’t see you this afternoon either because I lost my glasses” I said reassuringly but all he did was grunt.
“You looked so pretty today” he whispered and closed his eyes for a second rolling his head back.

“Ummm thank you” I was slightly freaked out now.
I mean this was the first date I have ever been on. I’ve never kissed anybody either and definitely not that, if you’re getting my drift.
Niall seemed like a very sexual person. Seeing as he was always surrounded by girls and he was the star player of the senior boy’s football team. I wasn’t really paying attention to where we were but when I felt the car stop I looked around.
We were at a Mexican restaurant. I hate Mexican food. But I wasn’t gonna be mean and tell him. 
We went inside and got out table. Niall requested a corner booth. I tried to put some distance between us but he got right up next to me and out his arm around me leaning his head down on my shoulder. 
“You smell so good” he whispered in my ear making shivers rand down my spine. 

“Th..thanks” I stuttered.
“Hey how about we play 20 questions to get to know each other better!” I said pulling away a bit. His face was still too close to mine and his eyes were blood shot. I hope he’s not high.

“Ok” he said huskily staring at my lips

“Um let’s see….what’s your favorite color? Mine is orange!” I exclaimed.

“Blue” he said still staring at my lips but this time he out his finger up and traced them. I wasn’t sure what to do so I just stayed still. Praise the waiter for showing up right when I needed him to with our food.

“What’s your favorite type of food?” He finally spoke

“Italian probably.” I said taking a bite of my chicken. It was the only thing on the menu that wasn’t spicy or had beans on it. 

“Least favorite?” He asked looking over . 

“Um haha no offence but Mexican” I said shyly.

“Why didn’t you tell me?” He said dropping his fork and looking me intensely in the eyes.

“I didn’t want to be rude” I said “But its ok I like what I got” I said placing my hand on his forearm.
The rest of the meal was spent in silence. Every time I looked at Niall out of the corner of my eye I noticed him staring at me. 

After he payed the check we went back to his car and he drove us to the park. We got out of the car and I followed him over to small bench that was over a creek. We set down and Niall grabbed my hand and started massaging it.

“Niall I need to ask you something” I said 

“Ok, ask away” he said still playing with my fingers. 

“Um that friend of yours that lives down my road wouldn’t happen to be Ed would it? And I wouldn’t have happened to see you at his house this morning?” He surprised me by grabbing my face and kissing me. I was frozen I had no clue what to do. Finally I started moving my lips with his and it felt good but when he licked my bottom lip I pulled away. 

“Niall answer me” I said out of breath and slightly scared. I didn’t expect my first kiss to go that way. 

“I’ve been waitin-” He was cut off by me screaming


“Ok ok, yes I’m friends with Ed. Yes you saw me at his house this morning. We’re just old friends.” He said putting his hand on the back of my neck. 

“Ok.” I knew it was more than just friends but I decided up just drop it unless I saw something else. 

“Hey Niall I’m not feeling very good do you mind taking me home now?” I asked standing up. 

“Shore” he said clearly disappointed. The drive home was silent. When he pulled up in front of my house I told him by and was about to get out of the car until he grabbed my wrist and pulled me in for another kiss. This one was different that the one before. It felt sad in a weird way. We pulled apart and he gave me a big smile. 

“See you Monday” he said before I got out. 

“Ok, see you Monday Niall.” I didn’t have to look back to know he was watching me.

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