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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23. Getting Somewhere

Grace's POV

"WHAT?!" I exclaimed at the news that I had just sold out my first show. Yeah, it was 250 people, but it was 250 people coming to see ME.

Leah was bent over her phone, literally shaking with excitement. "Yes! The ticket website nearly crashed from an overload of people trying to get on it!"

"That's great, G!" Liam congratulated me, scooting off the couch to sit next to me on the floor, pulling me into a hug. "I told you people love you and your music."

Everyone began chattering at once, discussing who would go to the show and what they would wear, and planning how to get into the venue without being seen. The fans would be too crazy, and it would be utter chaos, if people knew the boys were coming. Now that I thought it through, the fact that the BOYS were COMING TO THE SHOW was a big deal for just me. I mean, two years ago, they were the world's biggest boyband, and now they were actually coming to watch a singer-songwriter who was just starting out on her career journey perform in a little club.

At that point, I was literally shaking. I couldn't even speak, I was so overwhelmed with emotions.

"You okay, Grace?" Niall, who was behind me on the sofa, leaned down to pat me on the shoulder.

"I... just... can't..." I studdered, trying to actually formulate my thoughts into words. "I'M GONNA DO MY OWN SHOW!"

With a sudden burst of energy, I threw my arms around Li, squeezing him tight. He returned the hug, his strong arms wrapping around me. Liam really cared. 

"You are going to do so many amazing things, Grace. I just know it. One day you'll release an album, you'll go on a world tour, I'll watch you headline Madison Square Garden, and I'll be there to congratulate you when you walk off stage with a Grammy. Or two or three," Liam whispered into my ear, chuckling. "You have such an amazing talent, and the world is going to see it. Everyone better watch out for Grace, because she's going to take the music world by storm." We released each other from our embrace, and he looked me in the eyes, a wide smile on his face.

His words, for anyone else to say, would seem super far-fetched, but by the way Liam looked at me, I could tell that he really believed in my abilities and talent. Music was literally my life, and even if I had to spend my entire existence on Earth playing small underground shows, it was worth it. I had a fantastic support system of caring people who would always have my back, and that's what really mattered.

"I may never achieve any of those things, but that's not going to stop me from working my hardest," I replied, a silly grin on my face. I didn't want to seem to sure of anything in this risky business, but with Liam around, I felt like anything was possible.

"As I told you before, you never know," he said, leaning in to kiss me. His soft lips met mine, and I felt instantly calmed. He was right; I could never know what was coming. 

I turned my head back to Leah when she said my name. Poor Harry had his arm around her, desperate for some attention, but she was completely consumed by the show stuff, still on her phone.

"Should we add another show on Sunday? I think there's enough demand. If the show goes from 1 to 2ish, and then the meet and greet is like 2 hours, we could do a second show at like 5. It would only be like an hour break but..."

"A second show?" This night was already making me emotionally unstable. "Of course yes!"

"Yay! I'll just email the venue and confirm that it'll be alright. You should probably tweet about the added show."

"Okay, sounds great! Thank you Leah! And can you do me one favor?" I asked.

"What?" she replied, looking very manager-like.

"Show Harry that you still actually want to be with him," I laughed. "I think he's feeling a bit abandoned after all of these recent developments."

Harry, who was still sitting next to Leah, looked away shyly as Leah blushed. "Aw, babe, I'm sorry! I've just been excited, but I promise I'll make it up to you."

"Okay, sounds like a deal." Harry flashed his signature cheeky grin.

"Speaking of that, when are you moving across the hall, Le?" I asked her. This week was already busy with writing and Andrea coming home tomorrow; I needed to get a handle on my agenda.

"Friday I think. I just have to make sure everything's worked out with the landlord."

"Yay! We'll be neighbors!"

"Haha, yup." Leah replied as she snuggled into Harry's chest, and he put his arms around her.

I turned around, looking at the other guests of our impromptu "party" that I had accidentally abandoned. Zayn had finished the poster, and was now deep in conversation with Louis about who knows what. Perrie and Eleanor were discussing some new trend that they "did not think worked at all," and Niall had fallen asleep, sprawled out on the couch with his mouth wide open, like he was "catching flies."

"Aww, Ni's asleep already," I chuckled. The whole room stopped talking, and everyone turned to look at the Irish boy.

"Oh, I've got him now!" Louis whisper-shouted, whipping out his phone and snapping a picture. "Twitter here we come!"

I laughed, and turned to Liam, slightly puzzled. "The two of them are having some sort of contest. Like who can get the most embarassing photos of the other when they're asleep," Li replied without me having to say a word.

"Ohhh," I nodded in understanding as I stood up. "So Zayn, how's the poster coming along?" I asked as I walked over to the table. "Oh my gosh, it's great!" I kind of answered my own question as I looked at his artwork. The banner said "Welcome Home Andrea" in big red bubble letters, surrounded by little drawings of different foods, like pasta, sandwiches and ice cream cones.

Zayn joined me by the table. "Thanks," he shrugged, looking at his work. "I think she mentioned that she was a culinary graduate when we visisted her in the hospital, so I figured I'd add the other stuff in."

"She'll absolutely love it! Thank you do much!"

"No problem. I like artsy stuff like this."

"Would it bother you if everyone signed around the drawings? So that she knows who helped decorate? Sort of at least?" I asked, chuckling.

"That works for me."

"Okay then. Everyone come sign your name and a message if you want for Andrea. And try to do it quietly so you don't wake Niall."

"Don't worry about him. He sleeps like a rock. But okay," Harry replied, getting up from the sofa and grabbing a marker. He scrawled a message and signed his name on the poster, and them turned to Leah.

"Babe, I hate to pull you away, but I'm honestly exhausted and we both have a busy schedule tomorrow."

"Ok Haz, that's fine, let me just sign the banner and we'll head out." Leah wrote a message and grabbed her bag and phone.

I guess sleepovers with Harry were turning into a regular thing.

"Bye guys! See you all soon. Oh and Grace," Leah turned back to face me, holding her phone, "The venue confirmed the second show so it's all good. The tickets will go on sale at 7:00 pm tomorrow to give people a little advance notice."

"Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!" I gave Leah a quick hug before saying goodbye to her and Harry. When they had gone, I shut the door and went back to the couch, where everyone except Niall was chatting. 

"It's fantastic that your first show is a sell-out, Grace!" Perrie said to me as I sat on the floor next to Liam.

"Yeah, it's so exciting!" Eleanor added. The ridiculous grin that had been plastered on my face all evening wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. It meant the world to have everyone supporting me.

"Aw thanks, guys, I don't even know what to say. This whole evening has been such a whirlwind and it wouldn't have been possible without all of your help," I replied. 

"Oh stop it, Grace, you're the reason why your show sold out. Not us," Louis spoke up.

"Well, the publicity probably helped..." I trailed off.

"So we tweeted about you! That was nothing," Louis grinned. "Now the performing, that's your area of expertise."

"Oh my gosh, yes! I'm gonna have to come up with a set list and everything. And what am I going to wear..." I was suddenly aware of the fact that this show was in less than a week and I had done little to no preparation.

"Relax, G, we'll work it all out... tomorrow." Liam put his hands on my shoulders and began massaging, and I was instantly calmed. "But tonight, you need some sleep. We've got a big week, with Andrea coming home, the beginning of recording, Leah moving in, and the show, so you've got to be well-rested."

Louis, Eleanor, Zayn and Perrie took the comment as a hint that it was time to go, so they signed the banner and headed out after saying goodbyes. Liam and I were alone; except of course, for sleeping Niall.

"Should we just let him stay on the couch?" I asked Li.

He shrugged. "Yeah, might as well, as long as it's okay with you."

"It doesn't bother me at all." I replied as I ran into Andrea's room and grabbed a pillow and blanket, and returning to the main room. I tucked the pillow under Niall's head gently, and Liam helped me spread the blanket on top of him. It was July, but summer nights could get a bit chilly every once in a while.

"Do you want to stay the night?" I asked Liam. I hoped he would say yes; being alone after the events of the night would be extremely anti-climatic, and I just really wanted him to stay.

"Sure, G," he smiled in reply.

"Okay, I'll go get ready for bed." I practically skipped off to my bedroom, grabbing a pair of pajama shorts and a t-shirt from a drawer, before heading to the bathroom. I shut the door, changed my clothes, brushed my teeth, and walked back out into the main room. Liam was not in sight.

"Babe?" I called, looking around the apartment.

"In here," I heard him reply from the direction of my bedroom. I walked through the door and stopped short. Liam was siting on the bed shirtless, in just his boxers, his tan arms and tattoos completely exposed. Oh. My. Heavens. I had seen him underdressed before, but every time he seemed to catch me off guard.

"Hey, G," Liam smiled. SO not helping me here.

"Hey Li," I replied, my cheeks turning red. 

"Nice arrangements you've got here," he joked, referring to my twin-size bed. Yeah, that was a bit of an issue.

I groaned. "Yeah, sorry... a bigger bed wouldn't fit in here. I understand if you'd rather just go home for the night." 

"Of course not! We'll make it work. Come here." Liam motioned me onto the bed with him.

I sat down, and he pulled me into his arms. He felt so cuddly and safe; there was no other place I wanted to be. We lay down together, and he switched off the lamp on the bedside table. Liam pulled me closer, holding me tight, and he whispered in my ear, "Goodnight, G." 

"Goodnight Li," I replied, trying to make myself fall asleep as I snuggled into his chest. I was just still so hyped for the concert, and my brain didn't want to turn itself off. After a few minutes I felt Liam's breathing become even; he was asleep, but I continued to lay there, trying my best to settle down. After what seemed like hours, I decided to get up and write for a while. I wouldn't be able to use my guitar unless I wanted to wake up Niall and Liam, but I could go in Andrea's room and work on lyrics with the hope that it would settle me down. I slowly inched out of Liam's embrace, trying not to disturb his sleep, but before I was free he woke up.

"You okay, Grace?" He asked me, half-asleep.

"Yeah I'm good. I just couldn't settle. Sorry I woke you."

"Oh... well maybe I could help." And before I could reply, Liam was sitting up and crawling out of the bed. "Stay here."

Well so much for writing. But hey, if Liam had some sort of trick for sleeping-after-extreme-adrenaline-rushes, I was willing to give it a try.

I heard some light banging noises in the kitchen that sounded like cabinets opening and closing. What could he be up to? I sat in bed, thinking about everything that had to be done before Sunday, when Liam returned, a mug in his hand.

"Try this," he said, handing me the mug. I tasted it; it was hot tea.

"It's sleepytime tea, Andrea had it in the kitchen. I drink it whenever we're on tour and I really need to relax. This life can have a lot of crazy moments, so it's something that calms me down."

"Aw, thanks Li." I continued sipping the tea until it was all gone. "I feel better already."

"I was hoping you'd say that. Ready to try to catch some shut-eye again?"

I nodded, handing him the mug to put on the bedside table before I lay down with my head on the pillow, my back to him. After he shut off the light, I felt his strong arm pull me towards him, and he stroked my hair with his hand. Within just a few minutes, we were both fast asleep.

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A/N

There you go! I know that this chapter was another filler... but I hope you like it anyway:)

I apologize if there are grammatical/spelling issues- I've got a crazy life right now so I'm posting this really fast before I start my homework... lol.

Please, all you lovely readers! I really want feedback! I have a couple of super dedicated fans of this book (which I can't even explain how much I appreciate them and their wonderful comments!) but I would really like to hear what other people think of the story too :D That way, I can continue writing a book that hopefully you'll enjoy! :)

Thank you for reading!

Love you lots,

Katie

P.S. OMG EMBARRASSING MOMENT RELATING TO THIS STORY: So I was working on a group project for school on Google Docs and I was on it at the same time as one of my partners, who happens to be one of the "popular" girls, you could say. Instead of copying and pasting a link into the presentation, I accidentally pasted a chapter of this book! AGGGHHHHH. I'm just praying I deleted it before she saw it... Oh man. Just thought I'd share that. :)

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