My Friend Marcel

Annie's dad has moved around a lot, and she has never been really able to make many friends. Finally her dad gets a steady job in a tiny town outside Cheshire, named Holmes Chapel. When Annie starts a new school year at Holmes Chapel Public High School, she meets a nerdy boy named Marcel Styles. As she gets to know him better, she realizes that he's not the geek everyone thinks he is. Annie gets Marcel to open up and become himself, and they become fast friends. But soon, Marcel finds himself falling for his friend...what will happen when her biggest secret is revealed? Will Marcel still like her? Or will this secret tear Annie and him apart...forever?

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10. Niall is awwwwwwwwwwkard!

Harry’s POV

“Have you told her yet?” Niall asked, as we waited  outside Starbucks.

“No,” I groaned, running a hand through my hair. “It’s hard, Niall…I can’t just waltz up to her and say, ‘Hey, Annie, I like you. Wanna go out sometime?’ It’s not that simple!”

“Well, you should tell her soon. I heard Jack Johnson has his eye on her.” My face tightened.

“But he was dating Eleanor Calder.”

“Not anymore. I heard they broke up.”

“Irish, you are such a gossip.” I jumped as Annie’s voice filled the air. I whirled around, and there she stood with the new girl, Hannah.

“Annie!” I squeaked. “How long have you been standing there?”

“Long enough.” She laughed, and flipped her ponytail. “Just kidding, all I heard was Eleanor broke up with Jack.”

“Well, we don’t know that, we just have Niall’s word, right, mate?” I nudged Niall, but he was too busy staring at Hannah. He jerked awake, his face pinking.

“Uh…yeah. Yeah. But I know that for a fact. I heard it and stuff, and you know I hear things…not like hear things, like in my head, but like when people talk, I hear them…” Niall blabbered, glancing at Hannah. She blushed and looked down. Annie noticed, and looked at me, winking. I smirked.

“Hey, Nialler, you gonna introduce yourself?” I teased.

“Um. Yeah.” Niall scratched the back of his neck awkwardly. “Hey, I’m Horan Niall…I mean, Hiall Noran … No, I’m Niall Horan. Yeah, that’s right, because Hiall Noran isn’t even a name; at least I don’t think so…” Poor chum’s face was all red as he stumbled all over his words. Hannah kindly ignored his rambling and held her hand out.

“I’m Hannah Schmidt. Nice to meet you, Niall.” She said nicely. Niall shook her hand. And kept shaking it. I tried to hold in my laughter. “Um…can I have my hand back, please?” Hannah laughed. Niall looked at her hand, which was still in his, and pulled away fast.

“Uh, yeah, right, so sorry, didn’t mean to shake your hand off. I don’t mean that literally, I mean figuratively, you know, like when someone says ‘You're cute as a button’, they don’t really think buttons are cute, they just think you’re cute, and I’m not saying that you're cute, but wait I guess I am, and I don’t think you're just cute, I think you're very attractive, but now you probably think I’m really weird…” Niall babbled. Annie was holding her breath, trying really hard not to laugh. Hannah just looked at Niall.

“I’m so sorry, I didn’t get a word of that. You were talking too fast. All I heard was figuratively, and button.”

“It was nothing, just Niall goofing around. He welcomed you to town, didn’t you, Nialler?” I patted Niall’s back and prayed for him not to say anything else stupid.

“I like Nando’s chicken.” Niall sprouted. Annie put a hand over her face, her shoulders shaking. I bit my lip to keep from laughing. Hannah nodded. I had to hand it to her, she was going with the flow exceptionally well for someone who had just thrown into Niall’s weirdness for the first time.

“I like chicken too. And candy.” Niall’s eyes widened, and he smiled.

“I love candy.” He said simply.

“God’s best gift to man.” Hannah said, giggling.

I cleared my throat. “Hey, Annie, do you want to get some coffee?” I asked. She looked over at me.

“Yeppers. I’ll be right back, Hannah.” She patted Niall’s shoulder. “Keep…bonding, Nialler.” He blushed, and Annie and I hurried into Starbucks. We looked at each other, and burst out laughing.

“I like chicken.” I gasped.

“I love candy.” Annie chortled, nearly crying.

“Noran Hiall!” I squeaked, barely able to breathe. She leaned on my arm.

“Aw, it’s kinda cute, actually.” She said, catching her breath. She shook her head and sighed. “Oh, my gosh…LET’S GET SOME COFFEE!” She threw her hands up and did a little dance, causing me to start laughing again.

“Oh, you are so getting decaf.” I said.

“Old fart.” She stuck her tongue out at me, and I made a face at her. The cashier cleared her throat.

“What can I get you guys?”

“Cappuccino for me, and an iced coffee for Niall.” I looked at Annie.

“Orange spiced ice coffee, with an extra shot of caffeine in it, please.” Annie looked at me, daring me to stop her. “Oh, and an iced capp for Hannah.” The cashier wrote the orders on four cups. We turned around and saw Niall and Hannah walking in.

“…And that’s why I’m scared of pigeons.” Niall finished. Hannah nodded.

“I would be, too. That sounds terrifying.”

“It was, actually.” I rolled my eyes.

“Let’s find a seat.” We quickly found a couch and a few chairs and grabbed them before anyone else could. I jumped on the couch and patted the seat next to me. Annie jumped on it and leaned up against me. I had the urge to put my arm around her and hold her close, but I didn’t.

“Nialler, are you going to LiLi’s on Sunday night?” Annie asked, leaning on my chest. I placed my arm across the back of the couch, and her head rested on my shoulder.

“I think so. If I don’t have something to do at home.” Niall’s gaze rested on Hannah.

“Are you going?” I asked Hannah.

“I don’t know…who is LiLi?”

“Oh, that’s Liam. He’s another friend of ours.” Annie waved a hand. “There’s Niall, Harry, me, Louis, Liam, and Zayn. We all get together at least once a week for a movie night.”

“You should come.” Niall said. Hannah blushed.

“Maybe I will.” She said, wrapping a tendril of hair around her finger.  Annie and I exchanged looks.

“That’s the first full sentence he’s said to Hannah that didn’t involve one of us dying of laughter.” I whispered into Annie’s ear. Annie snorted. Niall glared at me, and I held up my hands in surrender. We got our coffee, and made small talk about random things. Then Annie moved from under my arm.

“I need to get going. Hannah, do you need a ride?”

“Actually, yeah.” Hannah stood, but Niall stood as well.

“I can take you home. Well, not to my home, I mean to your home, like your house, where you like, live. I don’t take girls home, because you see that would be weird, and I’m not like that—“

“Niall.” Hannah interrupted gently. “I got it. That would be great.” Niall breathed a sigh of relief.

“C’mon, my car is outside. Well, duh, it’s outside—“

“Well, where else would it be?” Hannah giggled, stopping the rant before it started. Niall nodded.

“Right. Of course.” He walked to the door, and Hannah followed. She gave Annie an ‘I’m gonna freak out’ look. Annie made the ‘text me’ sign, and Hannah nodded quickly, then followed Niall out the door.

I looked at Annie. “Well, my ride has left me. Can I catch a ride with you?”

“Sure.”


 

 

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