In Perfect Harmony

Grace Masciale is a young waitress trying to get by on her meager salary in busy NYC. Her true passion is music, so she works hard playing open mics and doing whatever possible to "make it" as a musician. When Grace meets Liam Payne, she is thrown into a life in the spotlight. Can she manage a relationship with Liam, while attempting to follow her own dreams?

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17. Day Off (Part 3)

Grace's POV

"Ahh wait wait wait!" I called to Liam. He was about to turn on the twitcam and I was still in the kitchen. I had fixed my hair and makeup, tuned my guitar, and done my vocal warm-ups but at the last minute realized that I was going to need some water for my voice.

"Hurry up, babe, I'm getting a lot of tweets saying I'm a liar again," he replied.

"I'm sure they'll understand two extra minutes. Okay, ready!" I said as I plopped down on the opposite end of the couch than him, so the camera wouldn't see me just yet. Liam was going to start off alone, and then introduce me.

"Alrighty, and, we're on" he declared, hitting the 'go live' button.

"Hey guys!" He began. "I know I haven't done one of these in a really long time and I wanted to see how you all were." His eyes scanned the twitter comments on the screen.

"Wow! I still have 75,000 of you watching, even after all these years! Thanks everybody. Hello, Allie and Margaret from the UK... My current favorite food is probably pizza because I have it a lot. " He chuckled, reading on, "What am I doing in New York? Well, that's tough to answer just yet. But I'll let you guys know as soon as I can."

I couldn't help but smile. He was so patient and caring towards the fans.

Liam's eyes flicked towards me before returning to the screen. "Yes, I do have a girlfriend... her name is Grace... no she's American not Australian... do you guys want to meet her?"

He smiled as the twitter feed went even more crazy. "Yes, she's right here."

He motioned me next to him. "Everybody, meet Grace."

"Hi everybody!" I smiled and waved into Liam's Macbook Pro.

"It's a long story about how we met, but Grace and I recently got together. Any questions for her?" Liam asked the screen.

"Grace, what 's your favorite color?" He turned towards me. "@lizzyg123 wants to know."

"I love the color pink!"

After several minutes of fan questions, Liam started the discussion about my music.

"Grace is a singer/ songwriter. And if you guys want to, she's got some new tunes that I think you'll love. Tweet if you want to hear them!"

I leaned in to see the tweets. "Li, I think the general concensus is a yes!"

"Great! Is your guitar ready?" 

"Yup!" I hopped off the couch and grabbed my six-stringed instrument.

"Okay, so everybody, the first song I'm going to play you is called Boy Next Door. All of the lyrics and music are original, so don't beat me up if you don't like them. Please," I grinned nervously. 

Liam patted my shoulder. "Grace is one of the most talented lyricists I know."

"Oh heavens, Liam, that's definitely a stretch, but thank you." I couldn't help rolling my eyes jokingly as I felt my cheeks turn a little red.

"Alright! So here it is," I started playing and singing. I thought I would have been nervous to be in front of so many people I couldn't see, but it was easy to just relax and perform.

"With him I can talk about

my secret fears

he listens to my issues

with his big open ears

 

he reminds me that these years

are only as good as we make them

so what use are chances 

if they're never taken?..."

I finished the song and took a deep breath. "So whatcha guys think?"

Liam looked at the screen. "I think they like you, Grace," he joked.

"OMG GRACE THAT WAS PERFECT!"

"I WANT MORE"

"eww you suck at singing"

"I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT"

I blushed as I read the comments. "Thank you guys! It really means a lot to hear your feedback!"

I looked at Liam, who was smiling too. 

I performed another two handwritten songs, and then Liam and I answered questions. At 3:45, we decided to call it quits.

"I think that Grace and I have got to go now, but we'll do this again soon! Bye everybody!"

"Thanks for watching guys! Love you!" I waved at the screen before Liam went offline. He turned to me with a grin on his face.

"Grace, that was amazing. I can tell you really work hard on your lyrics."

"Thanks, Li, I do. I want the 1D album to be just as deep! You boys are gonna get muuuushhhyyyy, hehehe," I grinned evily.

"We'll se about that!" Liam began tickling me, first under my chin and then my tummy.

"Stop, Liam, I, can't, breathe!" I managed to get out as I was giggling. I had always been super sensitive to tickling, and it didn't help that Liam was touching my stomach. I was definitely still insecure about that.

"Okay, you win... this time!" Liam stopped tickling me as I caught my breath.

"Wait a minute, Li, is it Sunday?" I asked him. I had lost track of time.

"Yeah... why?"

"Dang it!" I smacked my forehead with my hand. "I've got to go to church! I completely forgot!"

"Is there a later service you can go to somewhere?"

"Yeah, I think there's a 4:15 mass at the church near the hospital. Maybe I'll just go to that one and then pop over to see Andrea. I haven't talked to her in two days," I replied.

"Whatever you want to do," Liam shrugged, getting out his phone.

"Do you mind dropping me at the church in a few minutes?"

"Sure, babe. I can pick you up after."

"Thank you Liam!" I put my guitar in its case and went to get my bag.

"Ready whenever you are!" I called to him.

"Okey dokey, I'm ready too."

****

Liam pulled up in front of the church, and I unbuckled my seat belt.

"What time should I pick you up?"

"Hmm... mass is about an hour, and I'll stop by to see Andrea, so is like 5:45 ok?"

"Sounds great. I have no plans." Liam glanced around outside the car. "I think you're safe from the paps for now, but if they show up, you know what to do." 

I nodded. "See you later, Li."

I pecked him on the lips and hopped out of the car before he drove away.

****

After church, I stopped by Andrea's room.

"Hey, Grace!" She greeted me as I walked in. 

"Andrea! I'm so sorry I haven't been by more often!"

"I get it Grace, don't worry." She smiled as she raised her eyebrow at me. "Boyfriends can be distracting."

I blushed. "Yeah... but that's no excuse. Speaking of boyfriends, where's Michael?"

Andrea shrugged. "No clue. He stopped by for like five minutes yesterday and then said he had to go. Which I don't get because he's on vacation from work. But whatever."

That sounded a little fishy, but I didn't acknowledge it. "Well, I'm all yours for the next thirty minutes." I sat down in a chair next to her and we immediately began chatting away.

We spent the time catching up about everything Andrea had missed, and the news with Ella and Niall and Becca and Harry, which still wasn't an official thing, but I had a feeling they were together. It was really fun just being able to talk, so I was sad to have to leave.

"Andrea, I'm so sorry I've gotta go!" I said as I stood up from my chair. "When are you going to be able to be discharged, by the way?"

"The doctors are saying I should be fine by Tuesday, and it's really no big deal," she smiled.

"Well, get some rest so you're ready for the big day, and I'll be back tomorrow! I can't wait until you come home!" I blew her a kiss as I walked out the door. "Bye babe!"

"Bye, Grace!" she called in reply as she chuckled. 

I took the elevator down to the lobby, and made my way out the main doors to the street, where Liam's car was waiting. I stopped short. A gorgeous blonde girl, probably a couple years older than me, was sitting in the front seat. What?!

Liam probably noticed my confusion because he jumped out of the front seat and walked around the front of the car to meet me.

"Grace! There's someone I'd like you to meet."

The passenger door opened and out came the girl. She was kind of short, with blonde hair with brown highlights that reached about the middle of her back. Seeing her made me immediately self-concious; she was really pretty. What was she doing with Liam?

"Hi, I'm Avery."

****

A/N

Cliffhangerrrrrr... hehehe :) 

What do you think is going on with Michael? and this Avery girl? Comment your predictions!

Thank you all for reading and liking/favoriting :)

Love you all loads xx

-Katie

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