Tough Love

April Parker's life is a mess... Then she meets a boy, and he helps her through life. Will she learn how to love again? Or will the one person she starts to love leave? April doesn't want to take chances. She doesn't want to be left behind again... Will she make thing better? Or end up pushing him away?

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5. Chapter five: Shopping


                          HARRY
       When we got home April set her purse down on the floor by the end of the couch and plopped down sighing loudly. 
"What's wrong with you?" I asked, walking over to the couch and sitting down next to her. 

"First off, I have algebra homework, I'm super exhausted, I left my science book at school... and it's only the first day." She sighed folding her arms across her chest. I grabbed my bag and pulled it closer to me. 

"Well," I said moving closer to her. "We can share science books and I can help you with your algebra." I smiled at her, then opened my bag. I grabbed the book out of it and flipped it open. I put part of the book on her thigh and the other one on mine. I scooted closer to her so that our shoulders were touching. 

''Thanks.'' She smiled sincerely and bumped lightly into me with her shoulder. It felt a little more warm being closer to her. A smile tugged on her lips and she looked down. It almost looked like she was nervous or being shy, but I don't know why she would feel either of those things around me. I turned my gaze from the book towards her face. I let my eyes drop down further towards the curve of her hips and over her legs towards her pink toe nails. I was staring at her shamelessly but I think she's used to it by now. I've been caught staring at her so many times, but I just admire her looks. She's beautiful and I'm always proud to say it... In my mind. 

''You're doing it again.'' April mumbled. She glanced at me, then back down. 

''Doing what?'' I asked while keeping my eyes on her face.

''You're…. you're looking at me like that again.'' She nervously pushed a strand of hair behind her ear. 

''Like what?'' I chuckled and scooted a little closer so our thighs were now resting against each others.

''Like… like you can't look at anything else but me.'' She mumbled barely audible and finally looked up to me.

''Just admiring the view.'' I smirked. April didn't react to it but by the smile that grew wider on her lips I knew that she had heard me. A blush spread across her cheeks and she looked down again. I laughed, then smirked. 

"Your nervous, aren't you? That's cute."

She blushed even more. "I-I'm not nervous," she argued. I could tell she was nervous by the way she couldn't look at me. She reached for her bag and pulled it up beside her on the couch. She still avoided my eyes as she pulled a notebook and a pencil out of her bag. 

I laughed even harder. "You know, you really suck at lying." She looked up at me and chuckled, her face was still pink from blushing. She looked down at the book and shifted nervously. I put two fingers under my chin and tilted her head back up. "Don't look away. It's cute when you blush." She smiled and blushed more. I took my hand off her chin and moved it to her cheek. I leaned in closer to her. 

                           APRIL 
        His lips were inches away from mine, my heart beat so loud I was afraid he might hear. I wasn't sure if I should kiss him,  I mean.. I really wanted to, but it seemed to soon. He knew I wasn't ready, still he keeps flirting with me and making me feel pretty and loved and... wanted. He knows he dives me crazy, and he knows I like him. So, what am I waiting for? I've never felt this way about anyone, and I liked it. I want to be with Harry for a long time, cause he makes me feel safe. There's no sense in torturing him because I can't make up my mind. 

       I was practically on Harry's lap as he leaned in and kissed my cheek. I was shocked, I thought he was going to kiss me..? Why didn't he kiss me?! He pulled me into a hug, then whispered in my ear. 
"I'll kiss you when your ready." His breath was warm as it trailed down my neck, making me shudder. I hugged him back, pressing my body against his. I was really happy he didn't kiss me, cause I told him I wanted to wait. But the truth is, I was ready and it took me this long to figure it out. 
          
"I am ready," I whispered back. And with that, he leaned closer to me, he put a hand on my cheek and pressed his lips gently against mine. We moved in sync. Just separating a little bit to get air, because we didn't want to let the other one go. My thoughts went off my brain again, I could only think that this is the best kiss ever! I place my hand on his chest and the other one on his shoulder, while he surrounded me with his arms and the other hand on my cheek. I didn't want this kiss to end! My thoughts were interrupted by the sound of feet walking through the hallway. Before I had time to react she was in the room. 
"Finally! You guys are back home, I-" She stopped short when she saw us. Her soft green eyes looked absolutely bewildered at the sight of us. Harry's mom! My blood ran cold, and I froze in my tracks, eyes wide.

"Oh my god!" Harry said surprised. He released me from his grasp instantly, then froze with horror. We were on opposite sides of the couch in seconds. His mom kept staring at us like we had just dropped from the moon. I think she was more caught off guard than shocked. There was an awkward pause. 
"Am I interrupting something?" She smiled at Harry leaving me totally confused. Her shocked expression was completely gone and was now replaced with an excited one. Harry looked worried and so so embarrassed. He blushed and looked down. 
"No mom we were just.." He trailed off not knowing how to finish that sentence. There was another moment of painfully awkward silence. "Is there something you wanted?" He asked sighing. 
His mom laughed, "There's nothing to be ashamed about Hazza, April is a very pretty girl and-" 

"Muuum!" He whined. I tried to stifle a laugh it wasn't really working though and I ended up laughing out loud. 

"Hazza?" I repeated cracking up. He shot me a glare. "What? I think it's cute," I giggled. I'm calling him that for now on. 

Harry's mom turns to him, smiling.  "To answer your last question, I do want something..." Harry stayed silent and she continued. She turned to me, "I wanted to take you shopping today, if that's okay." Sweet! I haven't been to an actual mall in years! 

"Actually mom we were doing-" Harry started, but I cut him off. 

"I'd love to!" I said excited. This is going to be so awesome! I can't wait until we- oh wait, this is selfish. It kinda felt wrong to go shopping with her money. "But, uh, is it okay with you? It is your money." I said politely. 

"Of course it's okay! If I didn't want to take you shopping I wouldn't ask." She said winking at me. I really like her, she reminds me of my mom. Yay! I'm going shopping! Whoa, haven't hear those words in a while...

"Am I coming to?" Harry said sadly. 

"Who else is going to carry all the clothes?" She smiled then laughed a little. Harry groaned and rolled his eyes, then muttered something under his breath. 

"You two put on something nice and meet me down here in 30 minutes." She told us, then walked out of the living room. I got up from the couch and walked over to Harry.

I ruffled his hair, "Cheer up Hazza." I laughed and he shot me another glare. He fixed his hair, then got up from the couch.  

"Don't call me that!" He said chasing me to the stairs. I laughed and ran up them as fast as I could. He caught up to me at the top of the stairs and grabbed my hand. I struggled to get loose, but his grip was strong. He lifted me onto his shoulder like I was weightless. It took me by surprise, I screamed.

"Oh my god, put me down!" I laughed and pounded on his back. He wasn't effected by the punches. I can't believe how strong he is, it's so sexy. 

"Not till you say my name," I could hear the smirk in his voice. 

"No!" I shouted, he chuckled carrying me to my room. 
"Put me down... Hazza!" I said while gigging all the way to the room. He laughed, opening the door and carrying me inside. I grabbed the back of his shirt to keep from falling. I was slipping farther down with each step. 

"Not until you say it," He laughed, wobbling purposely. I gripped onto his shirt tightly. Terrified at the thought of falling.

"Harry," I muttered. He wobbled more and I grabbed onto him harder. I screamed again. 

"Huh? I can't hear you." He said teasing me. 

"Harrryyy!" I said giggling again. He dropped me on my bed, I laid there sprawled on my back. He sat down then looked at me.  
"That's more like it," he smiled at me showing off his amazing dimples. I sat up to sit by him. It was silent for a moment, and everything that just happened finally sunk in. We just kissed! Like.. On the lips! Oh my gosh this soo awkward. What did I do?  Are me and Harry a couple now? I mean, that would be logical. We…kissed, but for some reason it didn't feel any different, things are the same between us as always. I mean that's how it feels.. Is this what it feels like to be in a relationship with someone? Or are we still just friends despite what happened? I should just ask him directly…ah, but I don't want to make things weird between us…I'm really enjoying what we have...

"April?" A deep voice screeched my train of thought to a halt, and I look over to see Harry looking at me. I must have been staring off into space like a weirdo.

"Huh? What?" then I looked at him. He was giving me a worried look, like a child that had just done something wrong. I felt my face heat up fast. Dammit, why can't I ever keep my cool around him?! I snapped back to reality, and realized that I must have been staring at him for who knows how long. I quickly turned away from him. I could feel him staring but I didn't want to look up. I finally got the nerve to look up, his smile flattened and he studied my face.
"Can I ask you a question?" He asked. 
"Uh, sure.." I said bracing myself. I didn't know what he going to say and I didn't want to. He turned to me looking me straight in the eyes. It took every muscle in my body not to turn away. 

"How do you.. um.. feel about me?" He asked, his piercing green eyes were staring right at me. The eye contact was intense and I couldn't understand why. An uncontrollable blush covered my face down to my breasts and all of a sudden, my heart leapt from my chest to my throat and began to beat wildly. I was shocked by his question. What do I say? The truth? Well, I suppose the truth is better than nothing. He looked at me waiting for my answer. 

"Well, I mean, I know that we've only known each other for a few days. But, I really like you." I was shocked at my own words, they came out before I could think. I felt the blood rush to my cheeks.

"Really? I like you too April," he smiled at the sight of my blush. I looked away, then got up. I was so afraid of what he would say next, would he ask me out? My palms were sweaty, my heart was racing, I stared at the ground shifting from one foot to the other. When he got up, I basically shoved him out of the door. 

“I should uh-get changed, I probably look awful.” I joked, laughing lightly, trying to remove some of the awkwardness. He nodded and I closed the door. I breathed a sigh of relief and flopped back down onto the bed. Everything was okay, everything will work itself out... I sat up again and this time got out of bed. I sorted through the closet to find something to wear. I settled on a black lace tank top and a pair of skinny jeans and then went back into the bathroom to get to work on lightly curling my hair. When I was finished I turned off the curling iron and slipped on my black converse, then walked down to the living room where Harry's mom is waiting for me. I went downstairs and she was sitting at the kitchen table waiting for me. 

"Ready to hit it?" I laughed.

"Yeah," I looked beside her and saw Harry. He was looking at me with those fricken gorgeous eyes! I stared into his eyes sparkling green eyes, I didn't know what it was about this guy, but my skin was getting goosebumps just looking at him.
 
"Oh and by the way I never really introduced myself," she stuck out her hand, "I'm Anne." I smiled and took her hand to shake it. "Okay now we can go!" We went out to the car and she drove us to the mall. I sat in the back and Harry sat up front with his mom. 

When we got there, I got out of the car. I casually stroll along behind Harry and Anne, enjoying the glamorous surroundings leading up to the entrance. When I approach the doors, I wait for them to automatically slide open for me. The doors glide open, and I take my first step into the mall. As I enter the first store of the mall, a familiar cool breeze strokes my face. I hear the theme song replaying the same few lines over and over again. I see teenagers walking around texting on their blackberries, overpriced T-shirts, people waiting in line. The mall distracts me from all of the disappointments in my life. The stressful day of school does not seem as stressful anymore

We tried another store, a dress store. When we entered I realized I needed to go to the bathroom, and there is none around here. 
"Uh, Anne. I'll be right back, I have to use the restroom." I said walking out of the store. She nodded, "Meet you back here!" I said lastly before leaving. I walked to the main restrooms and went inside the women bathroom. A few minutes later I came out, not looking where I was going. I bumped into someone from behind. I turned around to see a boy from school. What was his name again? Oh yeah, the guy who was flirting with me in class. Adam.

"Oh sorry, my fault-" He stopped dead in his tracks when he saw me. "Well.. if it isn't the new girl," I looked up into a pair of familiar blue eyes. He smiled and moved a little closer. I got a better look at him. He wore a white plaid shirt over a black shirt. He also wore a black necklace with a key holder attached to it. A watch on his  right hand, and a beaded bracelet on the left hand. He also wore shorts that went to his knees. He is so cute! I tried to keep my thoughts under control, but it wasn't working. 

"Hey, Adam," I smiled back, my heart skipping a beat. He put one hand on the wall next to where I stood and leaned against it. Don't freak out. Don't freak out. Don't freak out!!

"So, listen.. can I have your number beautiful?" He asked winking, pulling his phone from his pocket. I froze, I had a mental blank and forgot everything. Omg! I know this is wrong to give him my number but... Me and Adam are just friends. Only friends. 

“Er…” I stuttered a little before telling him. He typed the numbers into his phone and smiled at me with those dazzling teeth. Questions were running through my head. Is he going to call me!? Am I dreaming!? What do I do now!? I could feel the heat coming from my cheeks and my heart pounding out of my chest. He saw my expression and a cocky grin spread on his face. He looked back at his friends that were, smiling over at us. One was giving him a thumbs up and the other gesturing for him to come back over. 

"I gotta go, see you later goldilocks." He turned around and walked back over to his friends. A guy with brown shaggy hair high fived him and the rest followed. Adam turned back around, I waved and walked back over into the direction of the dress store. 

"Took you long enough," Harry said when I walked in. He was sitting on a bench looking up at me. 

"Sorry, I ran into somebody from school." I sat down beside him and glanced around the store. "Where's your mom?" I asked him curiously. 

"Oh, she went to pick out some dresses for you," he answered pointing behind him. We both just kind of sat there and it was pretty awkward. I wanted to say something, but I couldn't find the words to say. Thankfully, right now he didn't seem too intent on speaking. 

After a few more minutes of just awkward silence, Anne finally decided to come back. It's about time!! She was holding a pile of clothes with both arms, there had to be like eight dresses there! 

"Here, try these on," She said tossing me a huge pile of clothes. I barely managed to catch them and stumbled back a bit. Anne walked back into direction she came from, leaving me and Harry alone again. I made my way toward the dressing room. After a minute or two, I came back out wearing the first dress. It was a strapless light blue gown that went down to about my knees. 

"Alright, how do I look?" I asked pulling back the curtain and stepping forward. Harry sat there staring at me with his eyes wide.

"You look gorgeous, love." He said, softly. His green eyes gazed at my face, smiling at the sight of her. My cheeks reddened as I felt his eyes on me. I was used to having people look at me, but there was something different about the attention I got from Harry. It made me feel more beautiful when he looked at me.
"Thanks," I smiled then turned to admire myself in a mirror. 

                         HARRY 
April looked amazing! She was wearing a blue dress that showed off her curves, slender figure and her sun kissed skin. The dress cut off at her knees. My eyes traveled down her long legs to her silver heels. She was honestly gorgeous. I watched as she looked around at all the other guys basically undressing her with their eyes, for some reason it made me want to beat their asses. I felt somewhat protective over her. Like I wouldn't let anybody touch her, mess with her, or hurt her. Nobody, not even Adam could get to her...at least I hoped not. I mean, who does he think he is? That guy went through more girls in a week then I have in... my whole life! I just don't get it, how could she not like me yet? I try everything to make her like me but its hopeless. Sometimes it seems like we're so close, then poof she doesn't even care anymore... How long do I have to wait?! It's driving me crazy!! 

I watched April as she studied herself in the mirror pulling her dress down then back up trying to get it to cover more of her body. April looked at the huge pile of clothes my mom had brought over here. She grabbed three more dresses and smiled at them before going to trying them on. 

                            ~Later~
        After two hours of shopping we exited the mall. We went to eight stores and April tried on at least forty outfits. My mum wasn't joking, I had to carry all the clothes. I am so tired, all I want right now is my bed... 

                            APRIL
        By the time we got home, I was so happy. Today was so fun! Anne is actually not that bad. She reminds me of my mom, I've never laughed so much in my life! The best part was watching Harry carry all of my clothes. I laughed and teased him while we piled more bags on him. Now I'm laying in bed, thinking about today.

My phone vibrates from the nightstand next to me. I sigh, reaching over to grab it. I slid the unlock arrow and felt my heart drop when I saw the text. 

From: 307-980- 5555. 
‘Hey, it's Adam’ 

I stared at the text for what seemed like forever. I had no idea what to do, or even reply with. I instantly saved his number into my phone under Adam.  

'Hey, couldn't wait to talk to me again?' I replied smiling at the phone. 

A few minutes later he replied saying, ‘Haha, actually I wanted to ask you something... Do you wanna hang out sometime?’ 

I froze, dropping my phone with a gasp. Did that really just happen? I read the text again. My eyes weren't playing tricks on me. Was this some cruel joke? Did... he really mean it? I can't believe he asked me out. I should've know though, why else would he want my number? What about Harry? He'd be crushed if he knew I was going out with Adam. So much for "just friends". Part of me wanted to just turn off my phone and be done with it, but that wouldn't solve anything. After a moment of confusion, I scrambled for my phone and quickly replied. 

‘Seriously?’ 

‘Well that's not the answer I was looking for, lol.’  

‘I'd really like to but, I can't...’ 

As if hearing my thoughts, Adam texts me back. ‘Is it because of Harry? There's a rumor going around school that you guys are dating...’  

Really? I am completely dazed. I really don't know where my mind has been all this time. That does explain all the pointing and whispering at school today. I just lay there motionless, mouth half open, eyes wide, but my sight is slightly blurry. 

‘It's not like that, We're just friends’ 

‘So why can't you go out with me?’ 

I paused, anxious and worried, letting the question hang there for a long moment before replying. 
‘I just can't... Sorry’  Then I turned off my phone before he could reply again. I put it back on the nightstand, and turned off the light. What was he going to say to tomorrow? Should I tell Jade? Ugh, I'm to tired to think. I let all the drama leave my mind and ignored all my thoughts. I slowly closed my eyes, and drifted to sleep.

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