The Girl Next Door

Mia has just moved into a new apartment in London and her neighbor happens to be Liam Payne. She thinks she has fallen for his friend Niall, until Liam gets involved and things get complicated.
Niall or Liam? Niall or Liam?
Will she end up with one of them or none?
Will she be able to escape her past and have a chance at romance?
Or will she stay 'just The Girl Next Door...

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25. Reassurance and a laughing symphony

Zayn's P.O.V 

I was sitting at the bar ordering a drink when a really attractive girl comes and sits beside me. I start to talk to her and we end up getting along really well. We exchange phone numbers and then I excuse myself to go to the bathroom. 

I'm walking towards the bathrooms, about to go in when I see a small figure sitting against the wall. 

I approach the figure, and hear sobs. 

"Excuse me, are you okay?" I ask her and she lifts her head.

"Mia?" I ask her, surprise clearly showing in my voice.

"Zayn?" She says, equally surprised. 

"Are you ok?" I ask her.

"Yeah, I'm fine." She says, through tears.

"No, you're not." I tell her, extending my hand and helping her up. 

She takes it and I pull her into a hug. She buries her head on my shoulder and cries. 

"Do you want to talk about it?" I ask her.

She shakes her head and continues crying into my shoulder. She then pulls back, and that's when I notice a red bruise on her face that definitely wasn't there before. 

"Mia, what happened?" I ask, caressing the bruise.

She suddenly becomes self-conscious and tries to hide behind her hair. 

"Mia?" I ask again.

"It's nothing. " She tells me. 

"Did Niall..." I trail off. 

No. Niall would never hurt Mia. Not intentionally. 

"No, it's nothing." She says again. 

I look at her quizzically. 

"Please. Just let it go." She says. 

"Okay." I say. 

"Thanks Zayn," She says, hugging me again. 

"Anytime." I say.

"I'm gonna go to the bathroom, I'll see you back at the table." She tells me. 

"Yeah, same." I reply and leave her, entering the bathroom.

Mia's P.O.V 

After seeing Zayn, I escape into the bathroom.

I open my purse and pull out my emergency concealer. 

I cover the bruise as best as I can and then touch up my lip gloss. 

When I was satisfied with my appearance I put away my makeup and exit the bathroom, heading back to the table. 

I put a fake smile on my face and approach Alex and the lads, who are now all at the table. 

"Hey," Niall says, pulling me down in the seat next to him. 

"Hi" I say to him, kissing him softly before pulling away. 

Zayn appears a few minutes later, flashing me a generous smile, which I return with a warm one of my own. 

"So Zayn," Louis asks, "Who's the girl?"

"What girl?" he asks, confused. 

"The girl you were chatting up at the bar and then hugging by the bathrooms." Louis replys.

"What?" Zayn says.

"Yeah, I mean, that was the same girl right?" Louis says. 

I quickly look at Zayn, worry probably showing in my eyes, I shake my head.

"Yeah, right. Of course." He tells Louis.

I breathe a sigh of relief and Zayn flashes me a quick wink.

"Sooooo" Louis asks again, "Who was she?"

"Oh, just a girl." Zayn says, turning a shade of red. 

"Well that we assumed." Liam says.

"What's her name?" Alex asks.

Zayn mumbles inaudibly. 

"What was that?" Alex says.

"Perrie Edwards." He says, making me and Alex almost choke on our drinks.

"Perrie Edwards!?" I say between coughs. 

"As in Perrie Edwards from Little Mix?" Alex asks, also coughing. 

Zayn nods, now even redder.

"No way!" Liam and Niall exclaim.

"I KNEW IT!" Harry and Louis scream, synchronized.

 "Shut up, guys, it's no big deal." Zayn says. 

"Oh, yes, It's no big deal. That's why you look like you belong among a tomato plant." Alex says, causing me to giggle. I then take one look at the expression on Alex's face and I burst out laughing. 

And my laugh isn't exactly normal. (Imagine seal noises mixed with a laughing hyena.)

This Causes Alex and Niall to burst out laughing as well, like a laughing symphony. We couldn't stop and eventually Harry, Louis and Liam join us, making other people in the club stare at us.  

"And people wonder why I'm embarrassed by you lot.." Zayn says, hiding his head in his hands. 

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