More than this - Friendzone

He has always been my best friend, we had always made time for each other even though he goes on tour and doesn't live here anymore.
but some how something changed, I saw him differently now and I caught myself feeling something more than just friendship. Best friends don't fall in love with each other right?
but our friendship turned out to be more than that!


15. Graduation, The dinner

- Harry -

I was watching my best friend graduate. she looked so beautiful when she walked over the stage after accepting the diploma.

the second she saw me her face lit up. I couldn't believe that I was so lucky to have her in my life. I couldn't begin to explain how much she meant to me. I smirked and thought of the gift that I had bought her, I just had to wait till the perfect time to give it to her now. I saw her standing there with her mother and brother talking, them making an effort to make peace. 


baby steps.


that was the word that her mother just had used. I never thought that that word would stick to my head.


I was standing a few steps back knowing that if I got any closer all I would want to do was to have her in my arms and that wasn't really what we had decided. actually we hadn't decided anything about our relationship yet. 

yeah, we had been taking baby steps from just being friends to slowly being more than that these last couple of days but we still hadn't labeled us. 

I felt the little box I had in my pocket, the present that I had gotten her. it wasn't really that special to anyone else but to her it would mean so much. And it meant a lot to me too, I had gotten it a long time ago actually. 


Peyton looked at me and I gave her a smile. for some reason I got really really nervous. What if she didn't like the present?

I had a lot of 'what-if's' flying around in my head. but yet again this was Peyton, my best friend, my girl, my love. she wouldn't not like it, I knew that much. At least I thought so.



- Peyton -

We finally got home, all of us. Mom had invited Robin, Ann and Gemma to the dinner that she had planed to have at our house. Dad actually talked to Jamie again and Steven was actually accepted. I guess that my parents just were overwhelmed with James finding a person to spend his life with and the fact that it was a boy not a girl. 

mom had set a table in the back garden and fixed with a lot o food to barbeque. So now when she was making sure that we all could be seated and running around in the kitchen making everything as perfect as she thought everything had to be. 

Harry, Jamie, Steven and Gemma was standing just outside of the patio doors and my dad and Robin was at the grill talking about what ever they were talking about cooking the meat. Anne was helping my mother in the kitchen.


I took a deep breathe and walked over to Harry and the others. I had had enough of him practically ignoring me. I walked up next to him and snaked my arms around his waist. he nearly jumped in surprise when I hugged him but then he laid his arm over my shoulders and kissed my forehead. 

I liked the feeling of having him so close to me. what the hell would I do when he goes back to London or when the next tour starts? my heart dropped a bit and I felt my self become stiff. Harry must have felt that because he pulled me closer. 


"Dinner is ready!" my mother shouted and we all got seated by the table. 


we had awkward small talk and askings for the bread or potato salad as practically the only thing that was spoken by the table. I just wished that the hole dinner would come to an end. Harry squeezed my thigh lightly and gave me a smile when I caught me just pointing on the food on my plate. I smiled back at him. the dinner was finally coming to an end and my mother had already fetched the cake and the coffee when suddenly my dad started to clink his glass to get everyone's attention. 


"thank you everyone that has come to celebrate our daughters graduation." he said and held up his glass.

"we are so proud of you Peyton, you are so precious to us and I am so proud to say that you are my daughter. I know that we haven't really been that close these last couple of years but you will always be my little girl. You are so grown up and I feel like if I just blink my eyes I will probably next walk you down the isle." he laughed and I could see that he was tearing up. 

" We have one more gift to you." he said and gave me a little square box with a purple bow on.


I looked at my father and then to my mother. they nodded and I opened the bow and then the box. inside of it was a pair of keys, a set of car keys to be exact. I smiled and looked at my father again.


"you got me a car? A new car?" I asked.

"well, that's my car keys but it's a promise to go car shopping to get one that is only yours." he said.

"thank you so much!" I shouted and got up to hug both my mom and dad.

"we got you a gift too." James said as he left the table. 


He got back after a few minutes with a package wrapped in a blue paper. I gave my brother a smile and started to open it. Inside the box there was a few things. It was a small iPod, the newest book of Nora Roberts, a folded pajamas and a pair of knitted socks and a small robe. 


"that is for when you come to see us in our new house, for the ride there and for the sleepover." James said and smiled brightly. 

"thank you!" I said and hugged him and Steven as well.

"we got you something too." Anne said and gave me a envelope. 

"it's not much but you can save it for a rainy day." Robin said and pulled Anne closer to him.

"thank you, you didn't need to do that." I gasped as I opened it and saw the amount that was in it. 

"we know, but we wanted to." Anne smiled and I hugged them too.

"here, open mine next. I hope you like it?" Gemma said and gave me hers.


inside of it was a pair of pilot sunglasses and a dark leather jacket.


"like it? I love it! it's the jacket you made me try on isn't it? that one that matches yours?" I thanked her and gave her a hug before I sat down on my chair again.

"yeah, I went back and bought it for you." she said and smiled.

"thank you Gemma!" I smiled back.


I looked at Harry that was sitting in is chair watching me. He got up and rounded the table and came up to me. everyone was quietly watching us.


"You are one of my best friends, probably the best one." he started and smirked. 

"the way that you know me better than I know me and how much you mean to me, I can't even begin to explain that." he said and sighed. 


he reached down his pocket and got out a little box. I felt my heart pound against my ribs and my eyes started to tear. my best friend, my love was standing in front of me telling me how much I mean to him. I smiled and tried to hold the tears back.


"I'm so happy that I met you and that I have you in my life. Thank you for bringing the best out of me and thank you for always being there for me like I am trying to be for you." he said and gave me the box.


I felt like I was about to cry. I opened the box and inside of it it was a pair of earrings  the most beautiful pair I had ever seen. they looked a bit like flowers with a big blue stone in the middle and diamonds around it. I gasped and looked at Harry.


It was the earrings that I had showed him a really long time ago, before One Direction, even before the X-Factor. we had been walking passed a store window and they had just been calling my name. I had stopped to look longingly at them, it had been love at first sight and Harry hadn't noticed that I had stopped first. but when he realized that I wasn't walking next to him he had turned and walked back to me. we had been standing there for a couple of minutes when he said :

"one day I am going to get you those." he smiled and took my hand.

he had to dragged me away from that window. 


this was years ago and he still remembered?  I smiled and a single tear ran down my cheek. Harry caught it with his thumb giving me a smile letting me know that he did indeed remember.


"You remembered?" I asked anyway and he nodded.

"no matter what, I will always come back to you. I love you." he whispered.


I couldn't help myself, I leaned in and gave him a kiss. just a simple one telling him how much I appreciated him, telling him how much he meant to me and how much I loved the gift.


"Thank you, Harry." I said and gave him a hug.

"Well isn't it about time you two get together?" Gemma chuckled and James joined in.

"what?" Harry asked looking at his sister still having his arms around me.

"we are not that stupid you know." she smiled.

"yeah, we have always known." James said.

"known what?" I asked and looked at my brother.

"that you two were meant to be. We have always seen how much you two love each other." James said. 

"it's been obvious to everyone else but you." Gemma said.

"I think we all knew." Anne said.

"yes, I believe so too." My mother said and smiled.


Did this mean that everyone knew about us even before we did? I looked at Harry and he looked just as surprised as I did.


"Don't hurt my little girl, Styles. That is all I'm saying about this." my father said and took a sip of his coffee. 

"I won't" Harry said and smiled.


they shook hands and just like that everyone knew about us. they didn't get angry and they didn't think it was weird or awkward. they were supporting us. I gave Harry a kiss and he kissed me back. and they didn't boo or threw things on us, no they cheered. 

this day had been so long and so eventful and I loved that I got to spend it with everyone that I loved and cared about. 

I didn't have to lie or hide my feelings for Harry anymore and that was the best gift of today.





so this took a while to write, and I'm still not that happy with it but here it is, a bit short but like Peyton says: eventful. 

// Sarah

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