Dirty Little Secret - A Niall Horan Story

Everybody has a dirty little secret. Want to know what mine is? My dirty little secret is that.. Well, I am someone elses dirty little secret. Niall Horan's dirty secret that is. A secret he isn't so keen on letting the whole wide world know about. But as everyone may know, is that the thing about secrets is that they often don't stay hidden for long...

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14. 'That was the most incredible thing I've ever done.'

It was time for the last concert and this time I was standing backstage watching it. It actually felt cool to be able to watch from the sidelines. Everybody had been running around like crazy and I felt misplaced most of the time, but now I had found the perfect spot. I was standing just where Ed entered the stage, so I had a clear view of him, and he of course had a clear view of me. When he started the show he even waved towards me and gave me a little wink.

As usual the crowd went more and more crazy the longer the concert went on, and the quieted down when the slower songs started playing. Since he was doing the exact same setup this time as the other day I knew it was the beginning of the end. As the last song played a applauded just like the others and waved happily towards Ed waiting for him to walk towards me.

But he just shook his head and motioned for me to come towards him, I just laughed and shook my head. Instead of getting up and walking over to me, he once more sat down at his chair and began strumming quietly on his guitar. After a while he quieted down and so did the crowd and he began talking.

‘As some of you may know my best friend Alexandra has been with me these past few days.’

The crowd erupted in a unison ‘Yes.’

‘Well, I’ve never actually heard her sing before, until two nights ago.’

This was starting to get weird. Why was Ed talking about me failing in singing the other day? His awkward face would refrain anyone to sing again. And of course he’d never heard me sing, not even my own boyfriend had heard me sing. I just did it when I was alone or in the shower, alone in the shower that is.

‘Alex, get out here and say hello to the crowd.’

I shook my head in a no but Ed continued to motion and I gave up, sighed and walked out on the stage overlooking the crowd, thousands were staring right at me. But it was no time to be nervous, they were just people and I wasn’t going to anything but stand and wave. So I said hello and waved.

‘So about two nights ago, I learnt that my best friend actually can sing, really well even!’

I just stared at him, was he kidding me? My best friend Ed Sheeran, thought that I sung well? I, the girl who only sang in her showers? This was starting to weird me out, but I just stood there with a smile on my face staring out into the huge crowd.

‘So, now I want you Alexandra.. To sing a song with me.’

He handed over a microphone towards me and I gently took it as I started to shake my head.

‘No way Ed Sheeran, these guys came here to hear you sing, not me.’

I laughed and motioned towards the crowd.

‘Come on, of course they want us to duet, right guys?’

He looked at the crowd and they erupted in cheers and started chanting ‘Sing, sing, sing!’

I blushed crimson and took a deep breath and nodded.

‘You win, but if your ears start to bleed, it’s not my fault!’

‘I think most of you have heard this song before, but with One Direction as the one performing it. This is the song I wrote called ‘Over Again.’

The music started playing and didn’t even have time to be nervous. This was it, I was going to sing in front of a crowd with thousands of people, just because my best friend was getting back at me for not letting him hear me sing before. This life was incredible!

‘Said I'd never leave her cause her hands fit like my T-shirt. Tongue tied over three words, cursed. Running over thoughts that made my feet hurt. Body's intertwined with her lips.’

Ed started and I took a deep breath, I guess it was my turn now. I started out shaky but my voice grew stronger and stronger for each word I pronounced. 

‘Now he's feeling so low since he went solo. Hole in the middle of my heart like a polo. And it's no joke to me, so can we do it all over again?’

I started out shaky but my voice grew stronger and stronger for each word I pronounced and when the crowd erupted into cheers and Ed smiled broadly towards me, I knew I had made it through the worst bit. The crowd was really starting to get into it, and we continued together.

‘If you're pretending from the start like this, with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart, I might miss everything you said to me. And I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this. And I will give you all my heart, so we can start it all over again.’

We looked at each other under the whole chorus and then Ed got up and walked towards the edge of the stage.

‘Can we take the same road two days in the same clothes, and I know just what she'll say if I make all this pain go. Can we stop this for a minute, you know, I can tell that your heart isn't in it or with it.’

He turned towards me and stretched out his hand for me to take; I walked up to him and grabbed his hand.

‘Tell me with your mind, body and spirit. I can make your tears fall down like the showers that are British. Whether we're together or apart, we can both remove the masks and admit we regret it from the start.’

We looked straight at each other and we let go of each other’s hands and once more we started singing the chorus together.

‘If you're pretending from the start like this, with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart, I might miss everything you said to me. And I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this. And I will give you all my heart, so we can start it all over again.’

‘You'll never know how to make it on your own and you'll never show weakness for letting go. I guess you're still hurt if this is over, but do you really want to be alone?’

Ed motioned for me to start the next part so I took a deep breath and focused at the audience and stood still just staring at it. The song slowed down and I opened my mouth and the words just poured out.

‘If you're pretending from the start like this, with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart, I might miss everything you said to me.’

It almost felt like I whispered the whole part, and after seeing Ed perform so many times with such emotion I tried to do the same. The whole crowd seemed to quiet down and it was like they were holding their breath as Ed joined in and we sung the last part together.

‘And I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this. And I will give you all my heart so we can start it all over again. If you're pretending from the start like this, with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart, I might miss everything you said to me. And I can lend you broken parts, that might fit like this. And I will give you all my heart’

Ed silenced and I finished the last sentence by myself.

‘So we can start it all over again.’

That part I actually whispered and the music stopped playing and the crowd went silent.

‘Thank you guys!’

We both bowed and the crowd erupted into cheers and applause and Ed hugged me tightly and we both laughed as we ran off the stage together.

’That was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done.’

I was breathless. Ed just laughed at me and hugged me once more.

‘I just thought that I would share this with you, and maybe you would love it so much that you would think about your own career in music, so you can stay with us in England. I know you haven’t said anything to anyone, but I know that you are leaving to go home in January.’

The smile I had disappeared from both of our faces.

‘You.. Knew about that?’

He nodded but before we could continue the conversation further Ed’s phone started ringing. He took it out and stared at the screen; he gulped and looked at me.

‘I’ve got 7 missed calls from Niall, is there anything you’ve forgotten to tell me?’

I started looking around in my pockets and I couldn’t find my phone anywhere. That was when it hit me, I hadn’t talked to Niall for days, and the reason for that was that I had no idea where my phone was.

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