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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.


26. Pinch Me

Niall's POV


I woke up and felt someone in my arms. I looked down and saw Carter, sleeping like a baby. I smiled to myself. I didn't move a inch, not wanting to wake her up. I watched her sleep for a few minutes when I felt her move a little. She turned around, so she was facing me, and buried her face into my chest a little. She was still asleep when I heard a knock on the door. I slowly slid myself away from her to make sure I didn't wake her. When I got out of the bed she groaned a little. I walked to the door and opened it to see Harry standing there. "Hey hope I didn't wake you." "Oh no you didn't bro. But Carter is still asleep." I whispered, trying not to be to loud. Harry then walked in and glanced at Carter. "I'll be right back." Harry said, then walked into the bathroom. I walked to the side of the bed and picked up my t-shirt from last night. I felt a hand on my arm that made quickly look up. I turned around to see Carter looking up at me, and she said "Hey, sorry I didn't think that would scare you." She  giggled, making me smile. I sat down on the bed beside her and looked down at her. "How did you sleep?" I asked her, folding my hands together. "Fantastically." She said, looking up at me with a big smile on her face. "How did you sleep?" She asked me while playing with her hair. "Amazingly." I said, smiling down at her. "Snuggle with me some more. I'm cold." She shivered voluntarily, giving me puppy eyes. "Fine." I said sarcastically. I crawled back under the covers and she moved closer to me. Harry walked back out of the bathroom and looked at us. "Hi Harry. When did you come?" Carter asked, looking at him. "I just came in a few minutes ago." He said  awkwardly, eyes shifting constantly from me to Niall. I moved a little farther away from Carter. She moved closer to me, and Harry looked at us. Carter then looked at him and said. "What? He's a good cuddlier!" She said to him, making me blush a little. She looked up at me then started giggling. "You guys will have to continue you're little snuggle fest on the bus, we need to get to the arena." He said, looking unsure whether he wanted to smile or not. "Okay..." Carter said, obviously  disappointed, which made me chuckle again. "I'll see you guys down in the lobby. I'm going to check on Louis." Harry said. "How's he doing?" Carter asked while sitting up. "He's good. Should be all right for the show tonight." She nodded her head. Harry walked out and she lied back down. I sat up and looked down at her. "Come on we need to get down there." I said, looking down at her. "But I don't wanna." She complained. "Come on, get off your butt." I said while pulling her up.


We got onto the bus and Carter dropped her duffle bag by her bed. "Can we cuddle some more now that we're down here on the bus." She asked while pulling my arm to the sofa. "It seems that I don't really have a choice." I shrugged and laughed. "No you don't." She said while laughing as well, making me smile even more. "Okay, okay." I said while sitting down and pulling her down on me. I wrapped my arms around her and held her tightly. "Oh now you suck at snuggling." She said while trying to get out of my grip. "You're not going anywhere. You wanted to cuddle!" I said to her, making her laugh. "HARRY! Help me! Niall won't let me go!" She yelled down the bus, flailing her body everywhere. Harry soon came through the door and looked at us. "I'm not sure if I even want to know what's going on here." He said, shaking his head. "Harry help me!" Carter said again. "You look like you got this in control. I'm just going to go and take a nap." He said with a cheeky smile and walking out of the room. Carter continued to squirm under my grip making it harder for me to keep my hold on her. She soon was able to get out of my grip and stand up. "Ha. Ha. I got away!" She said then suck her tongue out at me, making me laugh. "You know, you laugh a lot." She said. "I've heard." I replied back. Louis then walked in the room and glared at Carter. "If it will make you feel better, you can punch me in the stomach." Carter said, eyes shining with guilt. I just stared at Carter, shocked that she would suggest that. "Why would I do that! I would never punch a girl!" Louis said, shocked as well. "Yeah, plus if you punch me right-" she took his hand and directed it to a certain spot on her stomach. "-There, it will make me throw up. Easily." She let go of his hand. "Can I ask you a question? How do you know that?" Louis asked curiously. "I." Carter started to say then stopped. "You know I don't even know!" She continued, throwing her hands up into and enthusiastic shrug. "Well I'm not going to punch you." Louis concluded, folding his arms. "Then what will it take for you to not be mad at me?" "I don't know but punching you will not help." He smiled while shaking his head. "Grr, fine." She then took his hand again and put it on her neck/shoulder then said. "Pinch me." She demanded. "Why wou-" he started to say while moving his hand away. "Just do it." She said putting his hand back. "Fine." He then pinched her and she fainted. "What the?!" Louis and I yelled at the same time. "What do we do?!" I asked, starting to panic. "Uhhh, ummm. Water! Dump some water on her face! That's what they do in the movies!" I told Louis, talking quite fast. "Right!" He said pointing at me then ran to get some water. He came back a minute later with a bottle of water. Right before he could the other lads walked in. "Uh-oh." We said under our breath. "What's going on?" Liam asked, looking from one of us to the other, then looking down at Carter. I looked at Louis, and he looked at me. Louis was about to open his mouth. "Not much just messin' around." Carter said while sitting up from the floor. Louis and I looked at her then each other, then back to her. "Okay, well be ready we should be there soon." Harry said while walking out of the room. Once he was completely out of the room Carter started laughing and rolling around on the floor. "You could have told us what was going to happen!" Louis said. "But what fun would that be then? Not telling you was so much more fun!" She said to him. "Now, what really happened?" Zayn and Liam asked at the same time. After telling Zayn and Liam the whole story, they were laughing along with Carter who was now crying from laughing so hard. I looked at Louis and started laughing. It was actually pretty funny once you think about it.


We pulled up to the arena and we all piled out of the bus. We were pulled into hair and make up, so Carter just followed behind us. When Lou started doing our hair I looked at Carter through the mirror and saw her playing with Lux. Lux was playing with one of Carter's hands when Paul walked in. "You guys have fifteen minutes before you boys are lifted up onto the stage." He said. We all nodded our heads and he walked out. Lou finished my hair and told me that I was done, so I got up and walked over to Lux. "Hey Lux! How are you doing?" I asked her in a higher-pitched voice. Lux just turned towards me and started playing with my hands. "Hey Carter can you help me for a second?" Lou asked her from across the room. Carter handed me Lux and went over to see what she needed. I continued playing with Lux till Carter came back over. "Here I can take her. You have a job to do." Carter said. I handed her Lux and just looked down at her. "NIALL! LET'S GO!" Louis yelled running out the door. I ran behind him till we got to the wings.


*After Show*


The lads and I walked off the stage back into the wings. "What did you think?" Harry asked Carter while panting and sweating. Carter put her hand on her chin like she it was a life or death question. "Well it wasn't to shabby." She said. "Shabby?" I asked her. "Yeah, shabby. Like, it wasn't too bad... Sorry, American slang." She said. "Ohhh." We all said at the same time. "So, now what do we do? And please say it involves food!" Carter grabbed her stomach and her eyes drooped. "Please say yes to the food!" I pleaded. "Well we need to get cleaned up, since we're all sweating like pigs, then we need to get back on the bus and get to the next place. But there is food on the bus." Harry said. "Good enough for me! Let's go! I'm starving!" She said running back to the dressing rooms. We all got cleaned up and headed back to the bus. When we all got on the bus Carter and I ran to the little kitchen. We started getting stuff out for sandwiches. Carter grabbed two plates and handed one to me. "Thanks." I said. I past her the bread after getting two slices out for myself. I finished making my sandwich and looked over at the one Carter had made. It was two times the size of mine! "How are you going to eat all that?" I asked her. "Well I'm hungry. Plus I'm a athlete so I eat a lot." She said while taking her plate to the little kitchen table. I grabbed my plate and sat across from her and started digging in. "Well you guys must have been hungry. You didn't even wait for us." Liam said while walking in with the other lads on his trail. "When I'm hungry I'm hungry." Carter said with a mouth full of food. "Try swallowing before talking." Harry said to her. "You sound just like my mother, father, and brother. But more so like my mother." She said back to Harry.

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