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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25. Chapter 25

Carmen's Point of View

My brain kind of shorted out. Girlfriend? I thought of last night, the way he kissed me. There was no way he could still be seeing Demi. But here she was, standing right in front of me.

“Oh, honey. He really didn't tell you?” she gave me a smug smirk. “Well, I mean, that's quite awful of him. I will talk to Niall about this, don't worry.”

“He would've said something. He wouldn't have lied to me, I know it,” I said quietly, mostly to calm myself.

“You weren't getting your hopes up, were you? Come on, Carmen! You? You're just a fangirl, and we all know he doesn't need another one of those.” Her words dripped with hate, burning me like acid. “He needs someone who knows him. Who gets it, what he's going through. You've been in this business how long? A month? Two?”

Two and a half, I thought to myself. Two and a half months since we started touring. Which was thanks to Niall.

“I've been doing this so much longer than you, Carmen! I know how he feels. You know what he did, after that night at Jules' house? He called me, first thing in the morning apologizing for what happened. He was begging-begging-for a second chance. If he really did like you, why would he have done that? Hm?”

“You're lying,” I said.

“I'm sorry?” she said, surprised.

“You're lying,” I repeated. “He's not still seeing you, I know he isn't. Why would he care if I let Liam flirt with me, if he only cared about you?”

She paused for a moment, unprepared for me to fight back. “Why else? It's fun. When you're stuck on a tour bus with the same people for months and months, you begin to get bored. Some people, they take to toying with other people's emotions.”

“He wouldn't. Niall wouldn't do that, not to me and certainly not to his bandmate. This is it, Demi. I know you’re lying.”

“Lying? Who's lying?” Niall's voice said from behind us, we spun around to see him. “What? They're resetting the stage for the next couple songs, I wanted to see what was going on.”

“Carmen's just jealous of us, Niall. I told her how we were still together, and she just refuses to believe it.”

“But we-” he started but he was dragged right back onstage before he could finish.

“Fine,” I said, steeling my nerves for what may come, “I'll just ask him. If he tells me you two are still together, I'll believe it. But until then, I refuse to think that he would stoop so low as to toy with other people's feelings.”

“Go ahead. Ask him. Just don't come crying to me when you realize that I'm telling the truth.”

*******

After the concert was over, I immediately went to find Niall. I couldn't get close enough to talk to him right away, as fans with backstage passes were here and were flocking around him as he and the rest of One Direction were answering questions and signing autographs. I turned towards Demi, only to find she wasn't there. I looked back at the boys to see her join them with a big smile. They all welcomed her happily. I crept closer, waiting for the fans to leave. When they finally did, leaving just the five boys with Demi, I went up to join them. Liam saw me first, and waved me over. He hugged me and congratulated me on my performance and I did the same to him. I noticed Niall's eyes on me as I did, but I was too confused to care.

“Um, Niall?” I asked, just wanting to get it over with. “Demi tells me you're... um, well...”

“I told her we're still together, Niall. I explained it all to her, but she still refuses to believe it,” Demi said, wrapping her arms possessively around him.

The world seemed to have stopped spinning. The boys quieted down as Niall looked between the two of us.

Finally, finally, he spoke.

“Well, this is awkward.”

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