Just An Option - A Harry Styles Fanfic.

Being bestfriends with Harry Styles may seem like a dream come true for most girls, but for Annabelle Hastings, it might be like living a nightmare.

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10. Chapter 9.

*Anna's P.O.V.*

As everyone finished eating and left the dining table and started watching tv. It was just me and Liam at the table. I discovered that he eats just as slowly as me. At least I'm not alone. Harry always teased me about it.

"So, Anna. I know that this is a bit personal, and I hope you don't mind me asking you, but are you seeing someone?" he asked me.

Where was this coming from? Did Liam like me? I mean, I wouldn't mind, he's really nice, and I know that he won't hurt me, so that's not the problem. The problem is Harry. I don't blame him, I blame myself for liking my bestfriend. But I don't want Liam to be a rebound. But then again, we just met yesterday, I don't think he'll ask me out now.

I finally replied. "Nope, I'm not seeing anyone." But before I got the chance to say or think anything, he asked, "Do you like anyone, though?"

 

Now this question, is a question I'm not even sure how to answer. What do I tell him? If I lie to him, I'll probably die because of the guilt, and if I tell him the truth, it'll be like kicking an adorable little puppy.

"No. The past has taught me not to, multiple times." I replied. "Why is that?" he asked looking me in the eyes. "I don't know, bad experiences, I guess." I said, looking away. "I'm sorry, I really don't understand why someone as pretty as you would have to go through that much." he said, pulling me in for a hug.

Liam made me realize that Harry may not belong with me. He made me realize that there is someone out there, who will love you, for you are, and that you don't have to waste your time falling for someone who won't be there to catch you when you fall.

*Winnie's P.O.V.*

I was lying on the couch in Niall's arms, watching tv and thought to myself, that I'd been dreaming about meeting Niall, and now here I am, watching tv while he's holding me.

"So, you're going back to Mullingar in 3 days?" I asked sadly. "Yes, but school doesn't start for another 3 weeks, so I'll come visit you, and maybe you could come to my place sometime." he replied grinning adorably. "I'd like that." I said, resting my head on his shoulder.

Nial always made me feel comfortable, and safe. It felt like I'd known him for years, and whenever I'm with him, I don't think of him as the famous Niall Horan, but just Niall. Except for when I'm fangirling on the inside, of course.

But nonetheless, I know that I can trust him, he doesn't even need to prove to me that he's trustworthy.

Suddenly Louis started jumping up and down blocking the tv. "Guys, guys! Let's go to the beach, the weather's great!" he said excitedly. We all thought about it for a while before a chorus of "Yeah" "Alright" and "Sure" was heard.

Liam and Anna got comfortable on the couches and Liam asked, "So, what time are we going?" "In about an hour and a half." Louis chirped. "Alright then, let's start packing lunch, and getting ready, boys." Liam suggested.

~2 hours later~

*Harry's P.O.V.*

I felt so bad that I wouldn't be able to have lunch with Anna today, so I decided to go apologize.

"Hey, Anna! Can I speak to you for a moment?" I questioned. "Sure," she said walking over to me. "What's up?" she asked with her eyebrows slightly raised. "I just wanted to tell you that I'm so sorry that we couldn't have lunch together today like we planned, but I promise, we'll do it tomorrow." I said. "It's totally fine, Harry. I presume Louis likes spontaneous plans?" she smirked. "Yes, he's a big fan." I chuckled a little.

*Anna's P.O.V.*

"C'mon guys, let's go!" Louis yelled with excitement clear in his voice. "Right behind you!" Niall jumped up and down excitedly. Winnie giggled as everyone made their way out of the house. I swear, I saw her eyes shine every time she looked at Niall or talked about him. She was crazy about him, and she'd blush every time someone mentioned him, or said his name.

I wish I could feel that way about someone. But then the thought of Harry made its way into my mind.

"Ready to go, babe?" Liam asked, snapping me out of my thoughts. "Yeah, I replied slowly. I felt a pang of guilt as I looked right into those chocolate brown eyes. I felt so bad lying to him about liking Harry, but I guess deep down, I knew that Harry and I weren't meant to be.

After everyone got into the boys' cars, we headed to the beach. Harry, Georgie, Zayn and Louis were in one car, and the rest of us were in another.

As we reached our destination, the boys immediately got out of the cars and ran for the waves taking their shirts off in the process. Winnie, Georgie and I giggled as we watched them and opened up the trunks of the cars to get out all the food, blankets and umbrellas. We were surprised to see that Zayn stayed behind and was helping Georgie unload the trunk.

The four of us were walking towards the beach with our hands full when Winnie questioned Zayn, "Why aren't you in the water, Zayn?" she looked at him. "I'm scared of water." he said sadly. "Aww, it's alright Zayn, I'm afraid of heights." Georgie said trying to make him feel better. "Yeah, Harry told me." he said. I felt like somebody had stabbed my heart. I don't know why I cared so much. Georgie's much closer to Harry than I am, the boys probably know everything.

"And Anna's afraid of spiders. She started crying when she saw a cockroach the other day." Winnie said. "You didn't have to mention the second part." I glared at her. "Those aren't weird phobias though. Liam's afraid of spoons." Zayn chuckled. "That's a little weird, but cute. Your phobia isn't weird though, Zayn." I smiled. "Says you. People have looked at me like I'm from another planet whenever I've told them that I'm scared of water." he sighed. "Whenever I've told people about my phobia, they've have told me that they're just insects! Well, they're not "just insects" to me."  I said, shivering. "I get it, people can be quite insensitive sometimes." Zayn said, "But it's okay, as long as you're with the boys and I, I assure you, we won't say things like that, or scare you." he smiled reassuringly. "Thanks, Zayn." I smiled back.

Liam being the sweetheart that he is, grabbed the blankets from us and spread them out on the sand. "Thanks, Liam." we spoke in unison. "No problem, girls." he smiled.

As I stripped down to my swimsuit and sat down on the blanket, I noticed Zayn sitting beside me, applying some sunblock.

"So, why'd you wanna come to the beach if you're scared of water?" I asked, looking at him. "I like the sand, and I try not to look at the sea. Plus, the boys being in the water distracts me, because they're fooling around." he smiled. "Brave." I said, smirking. "Thanks." he smirked back.

"Anna!" I heard my name being called from the water. "Get in here, the water's great! I swear, I won't pick you up and drop you into it, or push you in!" At that moment, I knew that it was Harry. Not just because of his husky British accent, or the fact that he talks so slowly, but that he remembered that incident, and swore not to do something that stupid again.

I smiled and made my way towards the waves. "There aren't any creepy crabs or prawns in there, right?" I questioned before I entered the water. "Nope, you can trust me." Harry smirked. "Are you sure?" I questioned again, this time, with my eyebrows raised. "Yes, and yes." Harry replied, still smirking. "Alright." I said walking towards him, splashing him with a little bit of water. He duplicated my actions, but caused a bigger splash. "SPLASH WAR!" Louis screamed. "Oh shit." Liam cursed.

After I heard Louis' voice, all I could hear and see was the splashing of water, and giggling, and then two big splashes. I think the girls were being dropped into the water. Thanks to all the disturbances in the water, I felt myself about to fall down. As I lost control suddenly, I quickly closed my eyes in reflex, but the funny thing was, I felt somebody catch me before I fell.

I slowly opened my eyes to find myself staring into a pair of chocolate brown eyes, really close to me, I might add. Liam's face was so close to mine, that for a second, I felt like he was going to kiss me.

"Good thing you're pretty, love. Or else I would've let you fall." Liam smirked and pulled me back onto my feet. He let go of me and turned around to go back to splashing everyone. Good thing nobody noticed that moment we just had.

Liam just called me pretty. He's the only boy who's complimented me the most in a time frame of almost 48 hours. I guess he's the boy that I could count on, the boy whom I could trust even if I was blindfolded, and the boy I wouldn't mind falling for, because I know that he'd catch me.

But just then, I realized, Zayn wasn't part of the splash war..

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