Lessons In Love (16+)

Tallulah Matthews is an innocent girl. It's senior year and she's finally ready to break out from her comfort zone and act like her age. With sexy, playboy, Harry Styles to help her along the way, there won't be anything 'innocent' about Tallulah for long.
*Warnings: Language and Sexual Content. Read at your own risk*


6. The Rooftop.


I went through my normal routine. You know, shower, brush teeth, get into bed and go into a semi-coma. Or is that just me? Never mind, that's not important. The important thing was the light tapping on my balcony doors. I turned toward the doors and waited to hear it again.


The tap came again, along with someone's face against the glass. I was about two seconds from running to my parents' room when I noticed that the face belonged to Harry. I did, however, continue to panic. He couldn't possibly want to start teaching me now…could he? I walked over to the door and unlocked it. Harry stepped in with a smirk on his face. What is he up to?


"Nice Pjs." He said, brushing past me to sit on my bed. Of all the times he could've snuck into my room, did it have to be when I was wearing a cookie monster tank-top with care bear boy shorts with "grumpy" written across my butt?


"Uh, thanks." I rushed over to the door and locked it. The last thing I needed was someone walking in. Harry kicked off his shoes and reclined on my bed. "You know, I'm really glad you're comfortable, but do you mind telling me why you're here?" Although I sounded completely nonchalant about the whole thing, I was freaking out. Harry grinned and sat up.


"I was on my way home when I realized, we hadn't really set any rules." Oh boy, here come complications.


"What do you mean by rules?"


"I mean, no one can know about this. Especially not Austin, you understand?"


"Not that I'm disagreeing with you on that, but why is it so important to you that he doesn't know?" I asked. Harry sighed and looked away.


"Zayn may be my best friend, but Austin is pretty much tied with him. If he knew we were doing this, he'd never forgive me."


In that moment, Harry was the guy I used to know. He was the sweet, caring person that I crashed into. I wanted to ask him why he would even bother if he knew Austin would be hurt, but I left it alone. It probably would've been some vulgar reason and my image of Harry would be blown to smithereens.


"I don't want him to be mad with me either. How about we only meet up Mondays and Thursdays? My parents are at PTA meetings, and Austin goes to my uncle's house on Mondays. On Thursdays, mom and dad go to dinner together and Austin goes out with some girls and guys from his grade. Do those days work for you?" A slow smile crept onto Harry's face as he stood. His eyes seemed to grow darker as he came closer to me. I sucked in a breath and held it. My heart pounded in my chest when Harry stopped. He raised a hand to my cheek, leaned in to my ear and said:


"Those days are perfect."


 He placed a kiss on my cheek and I immediately tensed up. Having him this close was nerve-wrecking. We were silent. When he finally stepped back from my ear, he did the rudest thing. He laughed right in my face. Yes, that's right. After an intense moment with him, he laughs in my face!


"Ugh! You are such an ass!" I hiss, shoving him back farther. It was pointless because he didn't budge, but it did make me feel a bit better.


"What did I do?" He asked, still laughing.


"Why are you laughing at me?" I huffed.


"Tally, if you're serious about this, you can't get stiff every time I come near you." Hmm, he may have a point. I sighed and sat on my bed.


"I don't mean to. It's just that this is all very new to me. I mean, I'd be fine if you were just going to hug me, but you aren't. I know you're going to try to kiss me. It freaks me out!" I exclaimed. I saw the smile on Harry's face. He tried to hide it, and I blushed.


"Alright, how about this, for the next few days, we'll get to know each other a bit. That way, you'll be ready for lesson one on Thursday." Oh great, something to look forward to.


"That sounds okay." I'm at a loss for words. This is beyond awkward. Harry Styles is in my bedroom, two feet away, staring at cookie monster's face. Or maybe he's staring at my chest…


"I should go. I'll see you tomorrow." Harry winked and headed for my balcony doors. I was frozen in my spot. This time, it was nothing that Harry did. It was my thinking about what we would be doing in 72 hours. Oh my gosh, my palms are sweating! Ugh. I can't think about this right now. I just need to get some sleep, and I'll be fine.


I didn't sleep at all last night. Not a single minute. I was up and dressed before everyone else. I fixed myself some cereal, but I can't bring myself to eat. I'm nervous and all Harry intends to do with me is talk. Can you say pathetic?


"Whoa, do my eyes deceive me?" Austin laughed as he came down the steps. "Is my sister actually up and eating by herself? No one had to wake her today?"


"Ha-ha," I say rolling my eyes. "I couldn't sleep last night." I muttered.


He yawned, grabbing a cereal bowl. "Me neither. Well, I got to sleep eventually, but there was some kind of animal in the yard or something." That couldn't have been Harry, could it?


"Really? Did you get a look at it?"


"Nah, dad doesn't like to keep the patio lights on when no one's out there. You know electric bill and all that." He explained. I have never been so thankful for having a frugal father.


"Oh, right. So, uh, what are you doing Thursday night?"


"The same thing I do every week." Austin answered shooting me a confused look. "Why... is something up?"


"No!" I exclaimed. He jumped in his seat. Stay calm Tallulah. "I mean, I was just making sure you weren't going to be home alone. You see, Rach and I are going shopping. We're making a second attempt at Shelby's present and I didn't want you to be home alone because-"


"No need to check up on me. I'm only a year younger than you; I can stay home by myself." He interrupted me, rolling his eyes. I'm really glad he couldn't tell that I was lying. "Besides, if I get back before you, I'll just call Harry up and we'll do something."


I tensed. That was the last thing I needed. I can picture the nightmare playing out in my head. Austin calling Harry, Harry's phone going off, Austin coming upstairs and finding us before anything even happens… "Earth to Tallulah!" He called, waving a hand in my face.


"Sorry, what?"


"I asked if you wanted to ride with us to school this morning."


"With who?" I asked, completely confused. My brother shot me a look like I was stupid.


"With Harry?" Hmm, I'm not sure if this is a good idea. Maybe I should just to keep things normal. Besides, we haven't done anything so things should be relatively normal.


"Oh yeah, that'd be great." I smiled. Austin chuckled lightly.


"You're strange when you don't get sleep." He said, shaking his head as he left the kitchen. When he was out of earshot, I sighed. Who knew this thing with Harry would give me a headache? I think I just need to stop thinking about it so much.


I'll think about what I'm going to get Shelby since I really should get on that. Shelby deserves a good present. Maybe I'll get her a charm bracelet. That way it'll be like an investment gift. I can get her a charm for her birthday and holidays.


- - -


This day has not been going like I thought. Harry and I haven't talked all day. I wasn’t expecting us to be best friends, but he was downright ignoring me. I didn't know that getting to know someone meant ignoring them, or maybe that's just Harry Styles’ definition.


Its lunch time and he hasn't said a word. Let me remind you that we have a class together before and after lunch. We sit next to each other in both. I silently walked to my locker and spun the dial. The minute I opened it, a small, folded piece of paper floated down. My eyebrows scrunched in confusion as I opened the note. It read:



Meet me on the rooftop of the school at lunch.

Don't worry, we're allowed to be up there.

Don't be late.



I couldn't help but smile even though I know I shouldn't. Harry is cocky and shameless. I should be completely uncaring about this stupid note. However, the pathetic, hopeless romantic side of me just couldn't help it. My heart raced as I sped walked to the stairwell leading to the roof.


I cautiously looked around to see if anyone was watching, and when I was sure no one was, I climbed the stairs. I opened the door and stood still. I didn't hear anyone, but that didn't mean he wasn't there. "That's a very nice bra you have on." My head snapped up, and I saw Harry standing over me. He winked at me and gave that stupid smirk of his. There goes the romance.


"You are a pig, Styles." I said, crossing my arms over my chest.


"You're not exactly helping yourself in this situation." Harry said, smirking above me.


"Ugh!" I groaned and marched up to get to his level. Harry laughed and turned around. "You know, you could've just told me during class that you wanted to meet me." Changing the subject right now is definitely in my favor.


"Yeah, but I didn't want to risk anyone telling Austin that I was chatting up his sister." He said coolly. I nodded in agreement, he was right about that. "Come sit with me." He said from the bench. I hesitated before taking a seat next to him. Harry held his hand out for me to hold. I could feel my palms starting to sweat. What the heck?


"I won't hurt you, Tally." I bit my lip and placed my hand in his. A small smile appeared on his gorgeous face. To my surprise, his palms seemed to be sweaty too. Then again it was pretty hot outside.


"So…" I wanted to ask how this was going to help me, but I didn't. Harry knows what he's doing. If I just sit back, I'll learn everything I need to know.


"So, the first rule is, don't do anything with anyone you aren't comfortable with." He stated. I made a mental note of that. "That's what we're working on this week. We're going to get to know each other until we feel comfortable enough to take the next step."


"Oh, cool." This actually sounded manageable. "So, um, what do you want to know?"


He shrugged. "I want to know whatever you want to tell me. Start from the beginning."


"Okay…my name is Tallulah Matthews; you'll never know my middle name. I was born in Seattle, Washington on November 4. I have a younger brother named Austin-"


"Whoa slow down, I know most of that stuff." He laughed and I blushed. "Tell me other stuff, one secret that no one knows."


"That's a pretty hard task, seeing as I haven't done anything." This would probably be my biggest secret. I didn't say that aloud though, I didn't want to chance him being offended.


"Well, how about something you really want to do?”


"Have sex." I blurted without thinking. "I mean, uhh…have text…ing, on my phone." There was no way to fix that one. Harry chuckled a bit. Okay, he full on laughed at that one.


"That was a nice attempt to save yourself." He smiled, and it wasn't the cocky smile that I would've expected. It was the smile of the Harry that hit me with a door seven days ago. We stared at each other for a few minutes. Harry's thumb caressed my knuckles as he held gazes. "I’ve always wanted to be a musician." His voice broke the silence, but not our stares.


"Really? I would've thought something more athletic." I murmured, still recovering from his hypnotic eyes.


He shook his head. "Yeah, that's what everyone says. I'm sick of soccer. I know what I want to do with my life, and it doesn't involve sports." I vaguely wonder if this is a technique he uses to get girls to open up to him.


"Don't let those people tell you what to do. It's your life." Though there is a huge chance Harry might be making all of this up, I was not. I decided that if I was completely honest with him, maybe he'd feel he could be honest with me. Harry seemed to ponder this whilst caressing my knuckles still. I wanted to say something more, but I was cut off by the bell signaling the end of lunch. Had we really been up there that long? It seemed like only ten minutes.


- - -


The next two days went by fairly quickly. Harry and I continued to ignore each other, and meet up at lunch. I was okay with it for the most part. The only time I second guessed things was when I ran into Austin on my way to the roof. He asked if I'd seen Harry, and instantly I felt guilty. That was, until my darling little brother informed me that there was no way Harry would ever be caught dead with me. I quickly got over feeling guilty.


Anyway, each day Harry revealed something new about himself to me. Tuesday, he told me that he drives over to the Borders in the next town and listens to the people play music in the cafes. Wednesday, he told me that sometimes he reads some of his short stories to the kids in the Boys and Girls club. I didn't even know Harry was involved in anything but parties and soccer!


Now, it's Thursday afternoon, and Harry will be on his way pretty soon. I brushed my teeth so hard that my gums started to bleed. Needless to say, I'm sort of nervous. I keep thinking that Austin or my mom will show up just as Harry is leaning in.


I shuddered as the thought returned. I'm not exactly sure how all of this is going to start either. I mean, will he just lean in as soon as he sees me? Maybe we'll talk a bit and then kiss? I’ve pretty much imagined all the possible scenarios.


As I was checking my breath...again, I heard a light tapping on the balcony doors. I saw Harry smirking on the other side of the door. Is it too late to back out? "What are you smiling at?" I asked, opening the door.


"Just going over my lesson plan in my head..." He chuckled, taking my hand. He led us over to my bed. Cue the sweaty palms...




I didn't get a chance to say anything. The second we sat down, Harry's warm hand grabbed my chin and pressed his lips to mine.


Oh. My. Gosh.





Authors Note:  Hope you guys liked the chapter, sorry for the cliffhanger! It seriously means so SO much for people to read/follow/fave/comment or like this story :) I appreciate it a lot! And yes, MIDNIGHT MEMORIES IS ON REPEAT. I AM IN LOVE <3


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