Red Flag

Carter Thompson is a 15 year old girl that has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since her parents got divorced. All she wants is to kick her feet up with her two best friends Jacob and Blake. But when her Dad remarries another woman, she is forced to leave her North Carolina life behind and join links with her new family. Dreading the move, she meets her oh-so familiar looking stepbrother, not having a clue he's adored by many young girls across the globe. Harry asks her to come on tour with him, and his band mates, and since then her life has chosen the path consisting of ups-and-downs. As she gets to know the boys as well as Harry, she finds herself falling for one of the boys without really knowing it, along this crazy new life. Throughout the story, she starts realizing that maybe it was worth the move after all.


29. Can I Talk To You For a Minute


Carter’s POV


The door opened and I saw Harry standing there, with my phone clutched in his hand. I looked at the screen to see it was still lighting up with new texts from, who else, Blake and Jacob. “Carter can I talk to you for a minute.” He said. I stood up quickly. Before I could take a step, Lux wrapped her small arms around my leg. “Don’t weev me!” She whined. I looked up at Harry with a questioning look on my face, he just nodded his head and I picked Lux up. We walked out of the room and down the hall a little ways. He soon turned so he was facing me. “You have a crush on Niall?” He just came out and said it. I just stared at him for a second then looked down at the floor. “Carter, do you have a crush on Niall?” He repeated himself. “I don’t know.” I said so quietly that I barley heard myself. “What? Listen if you do I wont be mad at you. Okay? I want you to feel like you can talk to me about anything. Do you have a crush on him?” “I’m not really sure.” I said a little louder, but looking down. I could feel my face starting to turn warm. “What do you mean ‘you’re not sure’?” There was a slight pause of silence. “I’ve never had a crush before. So I don’t know that what I’m feeling towards Niall.” I said to him, looking up again but biting my lip. “Wow.” He laughed. “What?” “You got it bad.” I just gave him a confused look. “You really like Niall.” He said clearing it up a little. “I guess I do, a little.” I shrugged shyly, my face as red as a tomato.  “Carter, you don’t like him a ‘little’ you like him a lot!” I just looked up at him, then looked back to the floor. Now my face might as well be the actual sun. Lux then started to squirm around in my arms. “I wan dow!” She struggled. I put her down on the floor and before anyone could blink she was running back to the dressing room yelling, “CAR LUVS NI!” over and over again. I looked up at Harry and we both took off running after her. Once we had gotten back to the dressing room Lux was in Niall’s arms whispering something to him. Niall looked at her then looked over at me. “Cart-“ Before he could even finish saying my name I run down the hall. I ran straight up to Paul and asked him if I could go on the bus because I was feeling ‘tired’. He said yes and walked me out to where the buses were parked. I climbed up the stairs and walked over to my bag. I grabbed my pjs and my bathroom stuff. I walked into the bathroom and got changed and all that, then I walked out and put my stuff back in my bag. I looked at my phone that Harry had given back to me before the whole Lux thing. The time was now 6:26pm. “The boys should be just about to walk out on stage.” I said to myself. I walked over to my bunk and laid down. After laying there for who knows how long, I heard the bus door open and close. “Carter? You on here?” I heard Lou asked. “Yeah, in here.” I said popping my head out from behind the curtain. “Do you want to talk about tomorrow?” “Yeah, sure.” I said climbing out of the warm bed. We went into the little kitchen and sat down at he little table.


We talked about what I was going to wear tomorrow at the award show and how she would do my hair and make up. “Okay, well I have to go. The show should be just about over. I’m glad we figured out everything for tomorrow. I can’t wait to see the look in real life!” She said with a smile on her face that made me smile back. She walked off the bus and I walked over to my bunk once again. I must say, I couldn’t wait to get to see the outfit I was going to wear tomorrow. I laid down on the bed and slowly started to doze off. I heard the bus doors open and close again, but this time a bunch more foot steps followed. I didn’t bother moving an inch. I heard someone whisper my name but I just fell into a deep sleep before I could reply.




I slowly opened my eyes and let them adjust to the light. I then slowly crawled out of the bed. I heard people laughing come from the kitchen so that’s where I headed. When I walked into the room I saw all the boys sitting there laughing, most likely about something that happened during the show last night. Or Harry told all the boys that I have a crush on Niall and they all find it funny... Let’s hope it’s the first one. Soon they all saw me and stopped laughing. Well, now I’m not so sure that it was the first one. “Hi.” I said a little awkwardly. My face started to get warm again. “Good morning!” Harry said over-enthusiastically and standing up and giving me a hug. “You hungry?” He asked once he let go of me. “Of course I am.” I said to him. “Okay, just give me a few minutes.” He said walking over to the little stove. I grabbed a water bottle from the fridge and sat down at the little table. I looked up at Niall then looked back down to my water. I took a drink of my water when Louis said, “You know, you and Niall would make such a cute couple!” which caused me to choke on the water. “Are you okay?” Liam asked me. I looked up at him and nodded my head. I could feel that I was also starting to sweat. Harry then walked over and handed me a plate of eggs and bacon! I got up and let Harry sit down then sat on his lap and started eating. Every so often I would catch Niall looking at me which made me a little uncomfortable. I soon cleaned my plate and stood up. I took my plate and placed it in the sink. “What time is the award show?” I asked the boys. “Six. So be ready before then.” “Okay.” I walked over to my bag and pulled out some sweats. I walked into the bathroom and did all my morning things. I walked back out and put my stuff into my bag. I hopped in my bunk and just laid there till we got to the hotel.


The second the bus came to a stop, I jumped out of the bed and grabbed my bag. I walked to the front of the bus and waited until Paul came over. When he did I jumped out and found Lou. “Hey, you ready to start working on this mess?” I asked her. She laughed then said, “Lets get to work.” She clapped her hands together. I nodded my head and followed her. I looked over my shoulder and saw the boys just getting off the bus. I looked back in front of me so I wouldn’t trip over my own feet. We walked up to the floor and found her room. “Why don't you go hop into a shower while I get my things ready.” She suggested. I nodded my head and walked over to the bathroom. I turned the water on and undressed. I climbed in and started to wash my hair. I shaved my legs and washed my body then climbed out into the cool air. I wrapped a towel around my body and walked out. “Hey Lou, what do you want me to wear right now?” I asked her. “Here, you can wear this until you have to get dressed.” She said, handing me a robe. I walked back into the bathroom, unwrapped the towel, wrapped the robe around my body and tied the two strings together. I walked back out of the bathroom and saw Lou putting a few last things out on a little table. “Here, you can sit right here.” She said moving a little chair out for me. I sat down and looked at all the make up and hair items she had out. “Okay, lets start!” Lou said. She started playing music and walked over. She started off with brushing my hair out and letting it air dry. Lou painted my toe nails a black color along with my finger nails. After she painted my nails she started doing my make up, waiting for them to dry so she could put on a top coat. Lux came running over to me and put her hands up. She then started to climb up my legs onto my lap. Once she got onto my lap she sat down and started poking my cheek with her little finger and giggled. I put her back on the floor so Lou could continue. Lou soon finished my make up and put a quick clear top coat on my nails. After she finished my make-up she moved onto my hair that was now dry. She pulled half my hair up and tied it. She then plugged in the curling iron and waited for it to heat up to the temperature that she set it to. Soon it made a beeping sound letting her know that it was at the temperature. She then put loose curls in my hair with the curler. She walked over to the little closet. She pulled out a dress that was a red with a black band around the waist line and the sweetheart neckline, there was also a little black bow on the neckline. She laid the dress down on the bed and walked back over to the closet pulling out a pair of heels that were black. “What do you think?” She asked, looking pleased and picking Lux up. “I say lets get it on and see it all together!” Lou nodded her head and sat on the bed with Lux still in her arms. After she finished working on me, she asked me to watch Lux while she did the boys up which I, of course, said yes to. Lou walked out the door and Lux ran straight over to me. “Hey, want to help me pick out a case for my phone?” I asked her. She just nodded her head rapidly. I walked over to my bag and pulled out the cases I had out. She picked out a case that had one of my favorite ‘Lion King’ quotes on it. The quote was “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”

(Carter’s dress, make-up, hair, nail polish color, and phone case.)

After about half an hour, Lou came back into the room. “Okay, the lads are done!” She said walking over to Lux. “Lets get your shoes on and get you down to the lobby!” She said. I nodded my head and she handed me the heels. I put them on and followed Lou down to the lobby. When I walked out of the elevator I stayed behind Lou so no one could really see me. “Where’s Carter?” I heard Harry ask. “Right here.” I said stepping out from behind Lou. When I did, Niall gulped a little too much water from his bottle and choked for a second. “What do you think?” I asked doing a little spin. “You look amazing.” Harry said walking up to me and giving me a hug. "Yeah." Everyone else agreed. “Okay, lets get going!” Zayn and Louis yelled. We all walked out of the hotel to get to the limo that was waiting for us.


We pulled up to the award show and the second the doors opened I was blinded by flashing lights. It took a minute or two but my eyes did start to adjust. I followed behind the boys making sure that I wasn’t in anyones way. “Carter! Come here!” Harry yelled over to me. I walked over to him and the boys. “Lets take some pictures.” He said to me. He turned towards the cameras and smiled. I smiled at all the people not really sure where to look. The other boys came over and we all took some pictures together then started to make our way into the building. We found our seats and just chilled while the empty seats around us started to fill up.



Oh. My. Gosh. 628 READS!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Before I put this up I didn't think I was going to get 600 reads! Anywho, hope you guys are liking it so far. Happy Holidays!!! I just realized this will be the last update in 2013!!! So I guess SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!!!!

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