This Life I Live (1D FAN FIC)

Shanice is studying abroad in England where she is staying with the Malik family. Will she fall for her dreamy host brother Zayn? Or will the awkwardness of being host brother and sister force Shanice to choose one of Zayn's four best friends: Niall, Liam, Louis, and Harry?


4. Ups And Downs

Friday Evening

Chapter 4 - Ups And Downs

*Shanice's POV*

"What about this?" Evie shouted, pulling out a neon yellow mini skirt with a triumphant look on her face.

Evie was in my room, sorting through the few clothing options I had brought in my suitcase, trying to find something suitable for my date with Niall.

I shook my head at her. This date was important, I wanted everything to go perfectly. The last thing I needed was Niall to dislike me, too.

"Hold on, Evs," I said, before I padded down the hall to the bathroom, where I had left my hair spray, which Evie needed to do my hair. She had seen a fancy up-do in Seventeen and insisted on trying it out on me, which made me nervous to say the least.

I opened the door and shrieked as I saw a half naked Zayn.

I slammed the door shut as quickly as possible and started hyperventilating.

"I'm so sorry!" I cried, leaning against the door and breathing heavily. Through my shirt, I could feel my heart beating a hundred miles an hour, and my cheeks felt warm from the blush that was surely creeping up my neck.

I couldn't even process what I had just seen, but let me tell you it had been beautiful. Oh wow, get ahold of your freaking hormones, Shanice!

I heard a rustle of clothing and knocked timidly on the door.

"Zayn? You ok?" What a stupid question, Shanice, the boy was changing his clothes, not having a heart attack for Christ's sake!

Instead of answering, Zayn pulled open the door, and I stared slack jawed at his toned abs and muscular upper torso. Evie had been dead-on about the Abercrombie model part.

"Did you, uh, need something, Shanice?" Zayn asked, and managed to pull my eyes up to his face, blushing even more than before, if that was even possible. I mean, he had just caught me ogling him shirtless. After I just saw him with barely anything on... well this was awkward.

"I just um… never mind…." His being half-naked was making it hard to think straight. Too bad Evie wasn't here to witness the show, I thought bitterly.

*Zayn's POV*

"Shanice I actually wanted to…. Um…." Gah why was Shanice so cute when she was nervous?


God, Shanice was biting her lip and it was probably the sexiest thing I had ever seen…

"Well I was…. Look are you still going on your date with Niall?" I tried to keep all of the emotion I felt for her out of my voice.

Shanice nodded stiffly and I sighed in frustration.

"Well have fun," I said halfheartedly. Did Shanice even understand how much she was hurting me? The past few days had been hell, and every time I had decided to start up a conversation with her, I thought of Niall's arm snaking around her waist and lost all confidence. It was jealousy, pure and simple.

Shanice nodded again and went back to her room.

At least her checking me out was a small consolation, I thought to myself, chuckling at the memory of her eyes locked on my chest. For a brief second, I allowed myself to think about why Shanice might do that. Did she find me attractive?

With that, a new plan began to hatch in my mind, something that was sure to get Shanice to notice me.

*Shanice's POV*

I had just put the finishing touches on the outfit Evie had selected for me when the doorbell rang. Evie had convinced me to wear a simple black bodycon dress. I wondered vaguely if it was too… revealing.

"Hold on, Holmes, I'll get the door, you put your shoes on," Evie said, handing me a pair of simple gold sandals before scampering downstairs.

I put the shoes on and followed her.

"Hi Niall," I said, and I couldn't help but smile hugely up at him. It was instinctual: something about him just made me ridiculously happy.

Niall was dressed in dark jeans and a grey blazer. His hair was almost as perfect as his smile, and it took all my restraint not to touch him right then and there.

"Hi Shanice," Niall replied.

"Hold on, hold on," Tricia called, entering the hallway with a small silver camera clutched in her hand.

"Your first night out on the town Shanice, we have to get this on film!" she squealed in delight. Niall rolled his eyes at me: clearly he was used to Tricia's over exuberance. I mean, Niall was practically Zayn's brother, and almost Tricia's second son. I reminded myself for a final time to forget Zayn. At least for tonight.

We posed for a few pictures before Niall finally led me to his car.

"You look so beautiful," Niall said, helping me into my seat. I couldn't help but notice that like Zayn, he had a really expensive car: a brand new Range Rover, with black leather interior.

"You don't look half bad yourself. For being Irish," I teased.

"Hey, how did you know I was Irish?" he joked, laying his accent on really thick.

"Why don't you answer one of my questions for a change: where are we going?" I asked as Niall started driving. Even in the dark, he seemed to know the route well.

"Only the best place on the planet. Trust me, you'll love it."

"Well they serve food so I'm pretty much guaranteed to love it," I replied, sticking my tongue out at him.

As Niall drove, he kept on looking over at me. "Can I just ask you something: I don't even know you're last name?"

"It's Johnson. Shanice Johnson. Boring, I know," I said.

Niall shook his head slowly.

"You don't seem to realize it, but nothing you do could ever be boring," Niall proclaimed. He's so sweet! my inner girly-girl gushed.

"Here we are," Niall said a few minutes later, as we pulled into the last open parking space in the parking lot. I got out of the car and inspected my surroundings. There was only one building in front of us.

"This is, drum roll please, the best restaurant in the entire world: Nandos!" Niall was so excited his face looked like a kid on Christmas morning. He took my hand and we speed walked inside.

It seemed Niall had called ahead or something because they led us right to a private room.

"How come we get a private room?"

"Its only cause I'm famous," he said, smirking at me. I rolled my eyes at him.

"Oh yeah, you're soooo famous…" I said, laughing to myself.

Just as Niall was about to say something about this boy band he was in, my phone rang.

"Oh its Evie," I said, glancing at the caller id.

"Do you mind if I answer it? I don't think she would call me unless it was something important…"

"The girl who's stalking Zayn?" Niall chuckled good-naturedly. "No go ahead."

"Hi Evie," I said, getting chills as Niall took my hand from across the table and started playing with my fingers idly.

"OH MY GOD!" Evie screamed, and I yanked the phone away from my ear. She was talking so fast it was hard to make out a single word.

"Slow down, Evie, you're giving me a migraine!"

On the other end of the phone, I heard what might have been hyperventilating, followed by a few deep breaths.

"Zayn asked me out to a movie on Tuesday night!" Even though I was staring at the most lovely eyes in the world (Niall Horan's, of course) I still felt the nauseating sensation of the first drop of a roller coaster upon hearing Evie's words.

"That's great, Evie, look I'm sorry but I have to go," I muttered quickly, before ending the call and and slamming the phone down on the table. I felt dislocated from my body and numb. Of course Zayn didn't like me! Of course he had asked Evie out...It was stupid to have even thought it a possibility…

"What's the matter?" Niall asked, rubbing soothing circles into my hand with his thumb.

"Nothing. Evie is just… going on a date with Zayn to the movies next Tuesday," I admitted. Even saying those words out loud had seemed physically painful.

Before Niall could reply, the waiter brought us our food: two chicken wrap sandwiches.

"Classy," I teased, before taking a bite.

"It's a Niall Horan specialty. Right up there with singing and playing the guitar," he replied.

"Too bad you're not as hot as Justin Bieber," I teased again.

"Oh shut up and eat your chicken wrap," Niall said, laughing.

The rest of the meal was lovely: Niall told me about the rest of his family, his first time to Nandos, and how he and the boys were going on a business trip for the next couple of days. I didn't want to think of any of them leaving, even for a short period of time. Who would I have to talk to at school? Well Evie, but I'm sure all she would want to talk about was Zayn.

"Do you really have to go?" I asked. I wasn't being serious, I was sure it was important to them, but I had to at least try and get them to cancel.

"Yeah, love, its kind of an important trip," he said, taking my hand and leading me from our table and out into the night air.

"What kind of business do you even have to do?" I wondered, getting in the car.

"Well, we're in the music business, if you must know," Niall said, fastening his seatbelt and flashing me a blinding smile.

When we reached my house, Niall walked me to my door.

"So about Tuesday… we all get in late Tuesday afternoon, so if you want, we could go to the movies with Zayn and Evie."

"Do you really want a second date?" I couldn't help but be surprised. Yes, things had gone well. But being with Niall was so comfortable it hadn't seemed like a date at all!

"If I'm honest," Niall said, putting his hand to my cheek and leaning in so close that I could feel the warmth of his breath, "I don't just want a second date. I want a third and a fourth and a fifth. Actually, Ms. Johnson, I kind of want to date you and never stop."

And with that he leaned in, erasing the distance between our faces.

His lips met mine and I felt the tingling he always caused in me but ten times more intense.

I pulled away a minute later only because I was gasping for breath.

"Don't miss me too much, Ms. Johnson," Niall smirked, before giving me a final kiss on the forehead. "And just remember, no matter what Zayn, Harry, or even Liam try to make you believe: you believe: you're mine."

I have a bunch more chapters already written, so it is just a matter of finding time to upload them! Also THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES to anyone that has even bothered to read it :) Please review more, you guys! It honestly means so much to me, and encourages me to continue posting what I have written! SO PLEASE REVIEW OR LIKE THE STORY! Thanks :)

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