Some Call It Destiny, I Call It a Coincidence

After leaving her North Caroline home, Zoe Meadows starts a new life in Ruislip, England. A surprise encounter with the boys causes her to have to make a decision. Who will she choose?

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11. Chapter 11

*Liam’s POV*

“Guy, this is not a typically store for most guys to just walk around in so please behave yourselves and don’t draw any attention towards ourselves.” It was pointless to even waste my breath saying a single word because before I was even able to finish Louis and Harry had bras on, helping each other hook them together, Niall was eating a piece of pizza that he somehow got, and Zayn was just walking around checking out all the models on the walls. “Really you guys?”

“Hey, Li, do you think this is my size or is it too small?” Louis asked, readjusting the bra.

“Why, just why?” I shook my head at how immature they were sometimes.

“Louis! You look good enough to be one of these models,” Zayn said from across the room while pointing at the mural of one model.

“I agree,” Harry said, nodding his head.

“You should model it for us,” Niall encouraged while licking the pizza sauce off his fingers.

The boys didn’t bother to hold their laughs in while Louis moved from his first pose of bending over to having his elbows touch, and others. After about the third pose I walked over to the real clothing and started to look for a top Zoe might like. “Catwalk time bitches,” Louis shouted. I turned around and saw him walking with one hand on his hip and the other to his side with his hand out, palm down. I shook my head and went back to searching the merchandise. I wasn’t  really sure what Zoe’s style was so I tried to stay with the most natural things that Victoria’s Secret had.

“Liam, what exactly are you doing?” Niall asked behind me.

“Um, I was thinking about getting Zoe something as a welcome and glad-you-got-the-job gift,” I mumbled, realizing how embarrassing it was when I said it out loud.

“Hey guys! Come here,” Niall yelled to the other three while Louis was still “modeling” and Zayn and Harry were laughing at him.

“What. Do. You. Want?” Harry asked in between laughs.

“Liam has a good idea, and it’s for Zoe.” He raised his voice a little when he said her name just to make sure he got the others attention. It was becoming obvious to all of us that we all liked her even though we didn’t know everything about her. I don’t think the others actually liked her in the terms of a long term relationship; more like it’s fun to try and get her in bed. I didn’t like to treat or think of girls that way.

Harry, Louis, and Zayn stopped what they were doing and walked over to us. “Go on tell us what it is, mate.” Louis said looking eager at the mention of something for Zoe.

“Well, um, I was thinking we could get her a gift. You know, to welcome her here and congratulate her for the job.” I looked at the floor expecting them to laugh at the stupidity of the idea but they all nodded and smiled as if it was the most genius idea they had ever heard in their lives.

“You four can get her a gift together but I’m going to give her one just from me.” Zayn said making his plans clear

“If Zayn is going to get her a separate one I want to too!” Louis yelled while Harry and Niall just nodded in agreement.

“If that is what you guys want to do I am fine with it.” I told them.

They all turned around and took a few steps in different directions before Louis stopped them. “How do we get her something when we don’t know her sizes, for anything.”

“Yeah,” Niall agreed, “that’s just gonna make her self conscious if we get the wrong sizes.”

“Um, guys, I have an idea!” Harry added into the conversation, flashing that cheeky, dimpled smile that so many girls have fallen in love with.

“What?” the rest of the lads and I asked.

“That lady over there,” he pointed to a tall woman with curly brown hair who was across the store. “She looks like she’d be the same size as Zoe!” the boys nodded in agreement, while I just stood there; I wasn’t too sure about that idea.

“I don’t know about that, Harry.” I said, soon realizing that Harry and the rest of the guys were running across the store to the women. I sighed and walked to catch up with them.

“...but you have the exact same body as her, so we were wondering if you could give your measurements to us, so, you know, we could buy our friend the right size.” The woman, whose name was Amber, as it was clearly displayed on her nametag, looked bewildered.

“Well,” she said hesitantly,” I guess you can have my sizes...” she seemed reluctant. Harry grinned and told her thanks. “Okay, well, in tops I’m a small.” I took note of this, as I planned on getting her a t-shirt. “In pants, I’m a 4.”

Harry nodded and said, “What about in, you know...” his voice trailed off as he motioned his hand in a circle around his chest, gesturing to the breasts.

Amber gasped. “You really want to know that?” Harry and the rest of the lads nodded.

“Um, well,” she began, awkwardly, “36B.” she said, under her breath.

Harry smiled. “Thank you so much! You’ve been a great help.” he shook her hand. I think I saw something thin and paper-y in her palm after his hand slipped out of hers. I shook my head, but didn’t say anything. Amber walked away, and then the lads returned to browsing the items.

I decided to go with a simple t-shirts, size small, with the words “love pink” in all caps across the front. It was pink in color. I glanced at the other boys and they all seemed to be finishing up as well. We all approached the register together, various items in hand. I saw some lace and a couple bras, which made me uncomfortable. So, I decided to just ignore it, and pretend there wasn’t lingerie on the counter as we paid the cashier for the items. She placed them all in a couple bags and handed them to me. I thanked her and we left.

I felt awkward, but the rest of the lads looked like they felt as if they were on top of the world. Harry told me he texted Zoe and told her to meet us at the van. A couple minutes later, I saw Zoe walking out of the store with a huge grin on her face. She looked beautiful. As soon as she opened the passenger’s side door, all 5 of us began sprouting with questions.

“Did you get the job?” Me.

“How did it go?” Louis.

“Was the woman nice?” Zayn.

“Do you wear a size 36B?” Harry. I shook my head at that one.

“I’m hungry.” Niall, obviously.

“Guys, I can’t answer all your questions at once!” she said, interrupting our interrogation. “Liam, they said they’ll let me know in a couple of days. I think it went well, Louis. Yeah, Zayn, she was pretty nice, kind of strict though. And Harry...what?” Harry snickered.

“I’m hungryyyyy,” moaned Niall. “Can we still get Nando’s?”

Zoe nodded. “Of course we can, Niall. Zayn, would you mind driving us to Nando’s?” Zayn agreed and everyone else, excluding me, murmured things like “yum” and “good, I’m starved.” My heart sunk a little bit; I was really looking forward to getting my alone time with Zoe. Maybe she just forgot about it; I’ll ask her when we get home.

It was a short drive from Victoria’s Secret to Nando’s, which was nice considering the fact that Niall was moaning as if we had been starving him for weeks. “Are we almost there?” asked Niall, obviously.

“We are pulling in right now! Do you not see the word ‘Nando’s’ written on the building?” Zayn yelled back at him.

“Do you guys know what you want?” Zoe asked in a sort of mothering way. We all started talking at once shouting out our orders. “Whoa, guys, slow down. I can only remember them if you say them one at a time. Niall, you’re going last. Um, Harry, you can go first.” After Harry and Louis told her their orders she looked up at me from the note she was taking on her phone. “Liam, what do you want?” My mind blanked. What did I want? I forgot whatever I was thinking of getting, why did Zoe have to look at me?

“He’ll just have his usual,” Zayn told her giving her my order and his. She looked up at Niall, fingers ready to type the insane amount of food he was about to say. He probably got half their menu out in one breath . Then, Zoe repeated what everyone wanted back. Surprisingly, she had gotten everyone's right, including Nialls.

"Okay, I'll be back in a minute." She owned her door and started to get out.

"Wait, I’ll come with you.” With that Zayn and Zoe headed towards the front entrance.

“She’s amazing,” I heard Louis mumble under his breath.

“So, I asked Zoe to hang out later today after Nando’s,” I told them.

“When?” asked Harry.

“When Niall called me this morning and she took his phone while he was eating.”

“That’s what she was laughing about,” Niall asked, since he was the only one who was there when she was on the phone.

“Yeah,” was all I had to say.

Louis spoke up, “well where are you taking her?”

“I’m not really sure about that yet, but I’ll ask her.”

A couple minutes later, Zoe and Zayn appeared, hands full of bags of food. I saw Niall’s face light up at the sight of the food. 30 seconds later, Zayn and Zoe hopped into the car, and the smell of fast food filled the car.

“Can I eat it now?” Niall asked.

“No way,” I said. “I don’t want crumbs in my van.” Niall’s face fell. “And, we’ll be at Zoe’s place in a few minutes.”

“Ugh. Fine.” Niall said. Zayn turned on the radio, and for the rest of the few minutes that we were in the car, no one talked and we all just listened to the music. When we pulled up to the flat, I got out first and opened the passenger door for Zoe and took the food from her.

“Thank you, Liam.” she said with a bright smile. I told her it was my pleasure.

“I cannot wait to eat!” Niall shouted. We all laughed, walked up the stairs, and once we reached Zoe’s apartment, she unlocked the door and stepped inside.

Although Niall and Harry have been to her place before, the rest of us haven’t. Niall acted as if the place was his and kicked his sneakers off and laid down on the couch with his feet propped up on the coffee table. He grabbed a couple of the Nando’s bags and got his food out, and began to pig out. It was pretty disgusting to watch.

“Oh, I think we left something in the car, didn’t we Harry?” Louis said while pulling Harry back outside.

“Yeah, we did! We’ll be right back.” Harry yelled while trying to keep up with Louis. I figured that they were going back to get the gifts we got at Victoria’s Secret.

“Okay then. So the flat is pretty small. This is my living room, bedroom, and dining room.” Zoe gestured around the room, pointing to doors. “The bathroom is over there, and the kitchen is through just down the hall, and that is it.” Zayn walked over and sat down next to Niall with his bag of food.

I walked over to her dresser to look at the picture frames, she didn’t pay much attention to what I was doing and went over to the table and dug her food out of one of the bags that Harry set down before being pulled away by Louis. Niall moved over so there was room beside him, instead of in between him and Zayn. She noticed the way I was looking at the pictures of her and her family. They all looked so happy; I didn't know why she wanted to leave them, it was also unusual because there were only photos of her when she was younger, nothing current.

“That’s my dad and I when my family and I went up to a cabin, it was taken while we were making s’mores. She’s my sister, we used to be pretty close. And that’s my mom.” She seemed to rush through talking about her mom and sister and her mood changed to a little more upset. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it with everyone else here too. We all heard Louis and Harry coming back up the stairs; well, we heard Louis at least, because he was screaming.

“Zoe! Zoe! Zoe! Look what we have for you! Gifts!” He sounded like a little kid on Christmas morning. Harry walked in a few seconds after Louis carrying over half of the bags that Louis didn’t take.

“Oh! You guys didn’t have to get me anything, it’s not my birthday or anything.”  She was beginning to blush.

“Zoe! Sit down. Now. You have to open these,” exclaimed Louis. While pulling her over to the extra couch space created since Zayn decided to check his hair in the bathroom. After Louis passed out the bags of things we bought and sat down beside Zoe. “Okay, who’s do you wanna open first?”

She looked shocked that he didn’t have a plan for who would give theirs first. “Um, I guess I’ll start with Zayn.” He walked over and handed her the bag containing her gift and when he turned around to go back to leaning against the wall she grabbed his wrist and pulled him back. “Louis, can you move please? I want to sit by whoever is giving me the gift.” She added a charming smile at the end. He moved to the floor and once Zayn sat down she began to take the pink tissue paper out. She removed a perfume bottle and smelt it, she obviously liked it because she smiled after. “Thank you, it’s lovely.”

“Glad you like it.” They hugged and she placed the bottle back into the bag and looked back up at the other four of us.

“Harry? Can I open yours next, please?” He didn’t hesitate for a second, jumping up and taking a sit next to her, their legs completely touching. She went through the same process, removing all the tissue paper one by one, but instead of looking happy at what was inside of it she looked shocked, then embarrassed. “Um, Harry? What is this?”

“What does it look like? It’s a bra.” Louis, Niall, and Zayn all snickered and I shook my head. She began to push the bag aside before Louis stopped her.

“I wanna see what it looks like,” he pleaded. She pulled out a pink push up bra and immediately put it back in. She gave Harry a hug and then set the bag on the floor with Zayn’s.

“Liam, if you don’t have a bra or something then I’d like to open yours next.” I didn’t say anything other than an “okay” and went to sit by her. Our knees touched and I moved mine almost instantly while mumbling sorry. None of it seemed to affect her though as she continued to open my gift. She obviously trusted that it was nothing like what Harry got her ‘cause she pulled it out while putting the unneeded tissue paper to the side. Once she looked back at what was in her hand a smile spread across her face. “I loved this style, I always wanted to get one but I never got around to it.” The others looked confused but I understood that she knew the top from working at the VS in North Carolina. She hugged me and what felt like electricity shot throughout my body. “Thank you.” She whispered in my ear before pulling away.

After I went back to my original seat Zoe asked to open Niall’s and he sat down with a huge grin on his face, Louis was also smiling which was strange. She obviously didn’t think Niall would get her a bra, like Harry, because her expression immediately turned to that of shock when she pulled out a bright green bra patterned with four leaf

clovers with matching underwear saying “kiss me”. Zoe’ face turn the brightest red I had ever seen until I looked at Niall. He was stunned, looking like a deer in headlights. Louis and Harry were literally rolling on the floor laughing and Zayn and I just chuckled.

“Zoe,” Niall began stammering, “ I swear. I did not buy that. I promise. I would never.” His face turned bright pink.

Suddenly all heads turn to face Louis as he starts cracking up; he was spitting and cackling so hard he was holding his stomach. Niall shot him a death glare and said, "Tomlinson...you did this?" His voice rising at the end. Louis didn't answer and just continues to practically pee himself with laughter. "Louis!!" He yelled and jumped across the living room and landed on top of him, and they began to wrestle. At first Zoe looked scared but when she realized they were only play fighting she laughed.

"Niall, get off of him, get off of him." She said, swatting her hand in their direction. Niall did as he was told and got off of Louis, returning to his original seat. "Now Louis, I'm assuming it was you who bought these for me?" She held up the bright green set of bra and panties. Louis just nodded with a smirk on his face. "Thank you, Louis." She said with a small smile.

“Louis,” Niall said, his voice full of annoyance.

“What’s up mate.” Louis knew Niall was beyond pissed yet he found it hilarious to mess with him.

“Where’s the real gift I bought Zoe?”

“Oh, is this it?” She pulled out a white top with a green clover on top that said “Gimme the Gold”. It was obviously a gift only Niall would chose to give to her out of the five of us.

“Yeah, it is!” He sounded normal again, like nothing had happened at all.

“It’s perfect! Thank you Niall.” She embraced him in a hug and when she pulled away Louis jumped out and pushed Niall off the couch and sat down.

“Here Zoe! You’re going to really like mine.” He said a bit too excited. We all knew it was probably a bra or something but Zoe was a bit naïve to our ways. Her excitement grew to match Louis as she tore the tissue paper out of the bag. Her smile was replaced by a straight line once she saw what the gift was. “Well! Show them,” Louis yelled.

“No, I think they are okay without knowing.”

“Show them!” He was shouting now and as I looked around at the others they all seemed excited to know what it was. After a minute more of protesting against showing Louis ripped the box out of her hand and pulled out black lace panties. Harry whistled, Zayn smirked, and Niall looked slightly disappointed. She grabbed them from his hands and put them in one of the other boxes.

“Thanks.” It was hard to make out what she said cause she said it so softly. Louis gave her a huge hug and didn’t let go for until she started yelling in his ear. Once he finally let go she turned around to the rest of us and said thank you again.

“Group hug!” Louis screamed at the top of his lungs and we all crowded around Zoe while she just stood in the center looking awkward, but in a cute way.

We all hung out for about forty more minutes after just talking and having a good time, also laughing at the weird things Louis would say and do. “I’m sorry to be rude but, I promised Liam that we could hang out after Nando’s. One-on-one.” She looked around at all of us making sure she made eye contact. The others moaned and whined but, eventually, they all left.

“Finally,” she said giggling. “Let me change and then I’m ready to go.”

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