Gotta Be You

What happens after Jules and Harry get engaged? And what happens when Jules introduces her best friend, Carmen, to Niall? Will he break up with Demi for her or will they keep pretending that they weren't attracted to each other since the moment they met?

*Author Note:* Hey guys! So, this is the sequel to Operation Haylor, which you can find on my profile if you haven't read it. Unfortunately, Josh, the awesome guy who co-wrote Operation Haylor with me, isn't going to be writing any of Gotta Be You (unless he wants to do a bonus chapter or something, which has been discussed, so look out for it possibly).

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23. Chapter 23

            When Carmen and Niall left, Harry, Liam and I just stood in the kitchen. The awkward silence was so great that it almost felt like it was a living thing itself, covering us for a moment, weighing on us like humidity in the hottest days of summer.

            “So should we wait for them to watch the movie?” I asked.

            “Yeah,” Liam said. “I’ll go tell Louis and Zayn.”

            “And what should you and I do?” I asked Harry as Liam headed to the living room.

            “What do you want to do?” he asked.

            “I have this song stuck in my head,” I told him, grabbing his hand. “Come to the room and listen to it with me.”

**Niall's Point of View**

            “So what are you going to do about it?” Carmen asked me defiantly, crossing one leg over the other. I could tell she was annoyed with me, and I was definitely annoyed with her, too, but at the same time I think it was the hottest thing I’d ever seen-her angry with me, crossing her legs and tossing her hair back on my bed…

            I'm picking up the pieces, music came faintly through the walls. It was so quiet it was barely audible. Unfortunately, though, the bus isn’t very sound proof. No matter how quiet you’re being there’s a good chance you’ll be heard. Plus it’s quite a small space. I'm trying out adhesives. I'm trying to fix a place that feels broken.

            “Carmen-“ I started. All my words have failed me. My voices don't avail me. I'm trying to say the hope that's unspoken.

            “Niall this jealousy thing is driving me crazy,” she said. I listened for the chorus as she spoke, waiting to see if I knew the song. “I thought you liked me. I thought the reason you broke up with Demi was because of me. But you haven’t done anything. I’ve just been waiting around for you to make a move, and you haven’t. Liam is single. Liam is a great guy. Liam is your bandmate and we all happen to be on tour together. If I let him flirt with me, so what?” Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You’re making it every day you're alive. Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You're making it.

            I didn’t know the song, I decided. It must have been Jules’ music. If it would have been the other lads’ music, I’d know it.

            “Can I remind you I’m the reason you’re on tour?” I asked her. The world feels so malicious with all our hits and misses. Feels like we're in the business of rust.

            “Sure, you can remind me,” she said sharply. “Can you also inform me of why you wanted me to come on tour with you in the first place?” she spat. It's when I stop to listen, all the moments I've been missing, I finally hear a voice I can trust.

            Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You're making it every day you're alive. Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You're making it every day you're alive. “I wanted you along because I wanted to be with you,” I told her. “I wanted to do something special for you. I wanted to make you happy and I wanted to be with you.” You change the world. You change the world. You change the world every day you're alive. You change the world. Honey, you change the world. You change my world.

            “You haven’t been showing it,” she told me, matter of fact. You start to look like what you believe. You float through time like a stream.

            “You’re right,” I agreed. I realized then that I’ve always wanted a princess. If I wanted a princess, I should be treating Carmen like one. I kneeled in front of her and took her hands in mine. “I’m sorry. After the way things ended with Demi, I didn’t want to go through anything like that again.”

            “She hurt you,” Carmen said softly, gently rubbing my hand with her thumb. “She said awful things to you. I wouldn’t do that Niall.”

            “I know. Forgive me?” I asked. She nodded. If the waters of time are made up by you and I, I could change the world for you, you change it for me.

            I placed a hand to her face and kissed her gently, trying to treat her like a princess. My princess. What you say is your religion. How you say it's your religion. Who you love is your religion. How you love is your religion. All your science, your religion. All your hatred, your religion. All your wars are your religion. Every breath is your religion.

Carmen kissed me back, then kissed me harder than I’d kissed her. Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You're making it every day you're alive. Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You're making it every day you're alive.

It hadn’t been the world I wanted just a minute ago. But as Carmen tugged on my collar and I sat next to her on my bed, not breaking our kiss, I knew that it was the world I wanted now. Sitting on my bed with her again reminded me of that night in London. That had been my favorite night, but this might pass it up now. Now it was my room. I vaguely had a thought about the song meaning more than just getting it right with your girl, but I decided to just keep kissing Carmen and forget about the song.

You change the world. You change the world. You change my world every day you're alive. You change my world. Honey, you change my world. You change my world.

 

*The song mixed in this chapter is The World You Want by Switchfoot. I think they’re an amazing band and the song has been stuck in my head! Comment and let me know what you thought of this!  I hope my story does more than just pass the time for you. I want to change your world. I hope you remember that you change mine.*

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