Smile

Grace Sims is a nobody. She doesn't have any friends unless you consider her family her friends. She is on her second year at High School. All year she's never had any friends. Not one. When a new student comes they're might be hope. A blonde named Niall offers Grace friendship. But Grace is a shy, lonely, lost, and broken girl, who could use some fixing. Niall spends a few days trying to figure out her. What's her story that's broken her to dust. Why can't she smile or be happy? What was so bad that it changed her life drastically. Niall's #1 goal now is to help her smile and be happy. He won't give up. That's not Niall Horan. Could he really make her smile?

*Niall NOT famous*

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37. Junior Choir Project

Niall and I got to school. Today was the day! I was finally going to Smile! I walked to my locker with Niall. He stood next to me. It's been two days since I fought with Brittany. Everything that Micheal and me talked about, I will never forget. I got out my books and continued my day. I went to our table and this time Nicole was already sitting there. I look confused as I sat down.

"Hey Grace." She says.

"What are you doing here?" I say calmly, trying to hold the anger. She never wanted to speak to me since the day after Micheal's passing.

"Well, I wanted to apologize for making your life miserable. I think she mislead me into thinking that you really did murder him." She said. I sat down and Niall say down too. He looked at me and I held my hand up for a few seconds.

"It's okay. Please just don't do it to anyone or again." I say. Here it comes! I smiled. Niall and Nicole looked shocked at my action.

"Grace, yo- you smiled!" Nicole says a but aloud. People looked at me. I kept my smile. Oh gosh, Micheal, thank you for the encouragement.

"I know. Someone special told me to." I say. I stopped and snacked on some Cheetos that Niall got me.

"Thanks for the Cheetos." I say. Niall nods and cracks some jokes. The bell rings and I hug Niall and Nicole goodbye. I feel good. My mood is happy and positive. I walk to Choir. I get my folder and sit in my spot. Nicole was in this class which made me happy. I totally forgot. She sits two rows behind me and a few seats over.

"Class today, we are starting a project. I will call it the Junior Choir project. I know in a couple of weeks you guys will start having your Junior Projects for all subjects except P.E. So I know this requires a lot. Here pass out the papers." She says handing out papers to one person on the end of each row. I get a stack of papers and pick one and pass it to the next person.

"I am collecting extras." She says going on the opposite end collecting.

"I will explain. I will pair all 24 of you into partners. I will give you guys a category of Pop or Country. Easy ones. Your partner and you will sing a song in that category. Yes your performing. This is 40% of your grade. " She says.

"Here's the groups:

Amy/Karen ~ Pop

Jack/Ryan ~ Country

Taylor/Nicole ~ Pop

Brandon/Jeremy ~ Country

Maddie/Mason ~ Pop

Lily/Sierra ~ Country

Abby/Abigail ~ Pop

Cassie/ Kayleigh ~ Country

Grace/Annabelle ~ Pop

Tyler/Max ~ Country

Ben/Jonathan ~ Pop

Joseph/Marcus ~ Country " she says while writing it on the board. She nods at us and we meet with partners. Annabelle comes and sits over by me.

"Alright Grace. Let's get a song picked out? Your choice?" She says. I smile and think.

"What about Burn by Ellie Goulding?" I ask. Her eyes like lit up.

"Yes! I can print off some lyrics at home. Let's spend tonight studying and memorizing them." She says nodding.

"Okay. I'll print mine and study them. I have the song to practice with, do you?" I ask. She nods and we talk about it.

"So I can bring my iHome from home and we can use that." She says. I nod.

"Let's get this sheet done." I say laughing. Annabelle laughs. We fill out the sheet and smile at all that we have finished. I go up to Ms. Meline. She puts her hand up and makes an announcement.

"Guys. People are finishing. When you are done, make sure everything is filled out on the sheet. Keep your sheet. Go ahead and write your name on this sheet that's on my piano. Fill in you and your partners name and the category. Also write your song once you have agreed. Okay. Thanks. Also, you can bring instruments that benefit your song." She announces. I nod and walk away. She answered my questions.

"We will work on this for 7 days. Gold days. This is Day 1. Not much time, this project is easy. Let's talk about grades. If you get a 80% or above, you passed this quarter. Under 79%, you failed this class. You will have to make it up by another project, one more hard than this." She says. People go through there usual round of questions. Annabelle and me discuss how we plan on doing it.

"Also, great question Amy. On Day 7, we are performing. We have an hour and 20 minutes of performing. Also, songs need to be shorter than six minutes. Sorry it that effects your group. Okay. Pack up folders and sit in spots." She says. I split from Annabelle, she is a cool girl. I am glad we are friends. Hey maybe she will sit with Niall and me! This is great. Making new friends is perfect. I set my folder on a row in spot 24 and go to my seat. The time is 11:00. People start to head back to their seats. We sit there reviewing our project. Annabelle looks at me and gives me a thumbs up. I smile and giggle. We are dismissed and I leave. I go through classes with more people talking to me and more smiling. I can't not be so thankful for Niall and Micheal. They are the reason that all this is happening. I don't even get any trouble. People occasionally stare at me as I walk through the hallways like old times, but in a jealous way. I have no more problems. I go on the bus and Niall sits next to me. Every now and then, kids interrupt my conversation with Niall to chat with me. He doesn't seem to mind. I get off and we walk home hand in hand.

"Niall, a couple of days ago, you asked me out. Today I am gladly accepting. I feel that we have been best friends since we were babies. You always come through and support me. You and I have a lot in common. I would love to be your girlfriend. " I say smiling at him. He looks surprised and smiles wide. He pulls me close to him. He looks in my eyes and hugs me. It wasn't just a normal hug, it was a 'I have been waiting for you all my life' type of hug. I hug back and make sure he feels the love I am giving him. We pull back and he walks me home.

" Such a gentleman." I say giggling. He smiles and laughs.

"For you my lady. Alright, goodbye Grace. See you tomorrow." He says pecking my cheek. I blush and pull out my keys. I open the door. No one is home. I go to my couch and plop down on it. I get the remote and turn the tv on. I change the channel to Sing-Off. I go to the office and go on the computer. I google Burn lyrics and print them off. I get the two sheets and skip to my living room. I study the lyrics. Lucky me, this is all my homework. I spend about 3 hours studying before my family comes home. I run to them and hug each of them.

"Grace honey. What's going on?" My mom ask.

"I am having no trouble at school. Niall asked me out and I said yes. I finally smiled today and my life is just perfect. Can we go out and celebrate?" I ask in excitement. My family looks at me in awe. I smile and nod.

"Uh, Congrats, well actually we will go out. I got a promotion, and Kylie has straight A's for her report card. Let's go to Red Lobster." My mom says. I agree.

"Everyone ready in 30 minutes, something warm and casual should do." My dad says. We all go upstairs and split into our rooms. I go in my room and change. I decided to wear a white tank top and a brown sweater and jeans and brown wedges. I curl my hair like Taylor Swift. I really actually look cute. I wonder if Niall can come? My parents can know him better. I walk out my room and go to my parents. I knock on their door since it's shut and my mom opens it.

"Can Niall come with us? You guys could finally meet him and really know him." I say. My mom looks back at what I think is my dad. She nods. I run to my room and search for my phone. I go downstairs and find it on the coffee table. I get it and text Niall.

To Niall :) :

Can you come over, I am going to Red Lobster and I want you to come meet my family? xx

From Niall :) :

Yeah. I will be over in 5.

I smile and go downstairs. I stand by the front door. My family has 3 minutes. I hear a Ding-Dong and open the door. It's Niall. He was wearing a red Polo shirt, and khaki pants and some converse. I smile and hug him.

"Hey." He says. I let him in and we wait. Soon my family comes downstairs and we leave in our car. We arrive and get a booth. My parents are on one side and Kylie is close to the wall, then me in the middle, then Niall on the outside. We chat and order drinks. Niall talks about his plans for the future and my dad seems to take a liking to him. I am happy now, my mom is still questioning. We order food once our drinks get here. We eat then go home. I fall asleep with my head on Niall's shoulder. I wake up and he walks me inside. My family goes in but we are on our porch.

"Thanks for tonight." He says with his hands in his pockets.

"Yeah, anytime." I say biting my lip. He chuckles.

"Goodnight." I say before kissing his cheek. He cheek immediately turns red. I laugh. He pulls me close to him and wraps his arms around my waist. We stand there looking at each other.

"Alright, you have to go, and I have to sleep. Goodnight babe." I say.

"Same. Goodnight babe. See ya tomorrow. I will pick you up tomorrow from your house. We can walk to the bus stop together. Bye." He says leaving. I smile dreamily and shut the door. I go upstairs and take a shower. I go open my balcony door and crack them before jumping into bed. I slumber away. Niall and I are a thing!

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