The Boy Next Door

Aubrey Coles just moved to Holmes Chapel, England from NYC. Aubrey meets the boy next door, Harry Styles, who is going to audition for the X Factor. They become best friends, but who wants to be more than friends? Harry makes it through the auditions, and has to go to boot camp. His mom invites Aubrey along, and she accepts. But why does a phone call make Aubrey suddenly leave?

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9. Chapter 9.

*Aubrey’s POV*

*1 week later*

Harry has been working hard lately, and he’s been working a lot. I don’t see him often, so I usually spend my days either going downtown, reading, or talking to Miranda or Mom on the phone. Tonight it’s Harry’s first performance with the band, and I’m really looking forward to it. Those few times when I get to see Harry, he tells me how nervous and tired he is. I feel bad for him…

“One Direction on deck,” I hear the speakers announce. I see the boys make their way to the waiting spot, and I see Harry weakly smile at me from across the room. I give him a thumbs up to encourage him, and then they disappear out a door.

I turn my attention towards a little flat screen television, and see the judges sitting in the bright sunny area. The boys appear on the screen as they greet the judges, and then their version of “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. Liam starts to sing. “I thought I saw a girl brought to life…” his voice rings. Soon Harry joins, “There’s nothing left, I used to cry…” Then the chorus starts, and all the boys sing. “I’m all out of faith, and this is how I feel…” the song soon ends, and right as it does, my phone rings. I fish it out of my bag, and read the caller I.D. Mom.

“Hello?” I answer.

“Aubrey! You need to come home quickly! It’s urgent.” Mom’s voice is full of worry.

“What’s wrong?” I ask, starting to panic.

“It’s… it’s…” her voice catches with tears. “It’s your father. He’s been in an accident and… and he got hurt.”

My eyes water. Did I just hear what I thought I just heard? “Mom…”

“Aubrey, please just come home.” The line goes dead.

I stand there for a few seconds, my jaw wide open. I finally put my phone away, as a tear slowly streams down my cheek. I close my jaw, coming back to my surroundings. I turn towards the TV, and I see the boys group hug. The judges must’ve really liked them. I zone out again, thinking of the worst scenarios that could happen to my father. When I return to the world, Harry is standing next to me, with a huge smile on his face.

“Hey! Did you hear what the judges said?!” he yells with enthusiasm. I turn towards him, and another tear slips my eye. “Are those… tears of joy?” Harry asks.

I fall into him, give him a hug, and say, “I have to go,” before I quickly pull away and rush out the door.

“Aubrey!” I hear him yell from behind me. His pace picks up, and I feel he’s hot on my trail. I pick up the pace, letting more and more tears slide down my face. I don’t bother to wipe them away. “Aubrey, wait! What’s wrong?” He stops trying to catch me when he reaches the door. I wave for a cab, and I climb in. I look out the window, and see him leaning against the door frame, an outline of a tear halfway down his cheek.

“I’m sorry,” I mouth as the cab starts to drive away. He watches me from the frame until I can’t see him anymore. It feels like a scene in a romance movie where they break up, except for me, my heart is broken in a different way.     

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Short chapter, but I'm so happy to update!! I have some ideas for a new fanfic, which I will start writing soon. A new chapter hopefully up soon! What do you think happened to Aubrey's dad? Feedback please :) ~Melissa :)

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