Always and Never

Ariel Tanner believed that love was nothing but an illusion, a sick prank your brain pulls on you. But when she meets Harry Styles she begins to question everything she has put together about love. This frustrating boy was the only truly genuine person she'd ever met. How someone like him could even exist blew her mind. Harry, on the other hand, was amazed at how closed off Ariel acted. He made it his mission to knock down the walls she'd built around herself, because behind the flirting and the sarcasm, he got a glimpse of a girl that he wanted to become as close as humanly possible to. But did he really want to know everything behind those walls?

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25. Football

Er, hi. I'm Ariel.” I said awkwardly.

“Hello. I'm Eleanor, and this is Perrie.” She let go of me with a huge smile on her face, but she didn't back away. She definitely was not one of those people who require personal space... Perrie waved at me, a shy smile on her face. The boys were surrounding us, Zayn migrating over to Perrie, and Lou waiting patiently for Eleanor.

“Are you ready to kick these idiot's arses?” Eleanor said quietly in my ear. Laughter burst from my mouth, shocked at her words. She was wearing a flowery dress, topped with curly brown hair, she didn't look like the type with an attitude. I was pleasantly surprised... Eleanor stepped back finally, grinning first at me, then at Perrie.

“So which one of you handsome lads wants to be on our team?” Perrie asked, now wearing the same expression as Eleanor. Perrie looked like she could be Kate's sister; blonde, blue eyed, pretty...

“I believe it's between Niall and Liam.” Zayn snickered.

“Rock, paper, scissors?” Liam suggested.

“Sure.” Niall grinned. They played best out of three. Liam lost, meaning he had to join our team. Now why would the loser have to join our team??

“Okay ladies, gentlemen, Liam.” Louis nodded toward everybody, holding the ball in his hands. There were various levels of laughter spread throughout the two teams, “You all know the rules, correct?” Various agreements came from each mouth, “Let's play nice lads. Ladies and Daddy Direction, you can kick off first.” He finished, a smirk lighting up his face as he set the ball down in front of Eleanor.

The way Louis said that made it sound like Liam was our pimp! XD

Everyone was amused on some level. Harry stared at me, wearing that beautiful smirk that could melt any girl's heart. I mirrored his expression, not showing how much he could fluster me just by one look. My focus was changed when Eleanor started the game.

Zayn soon got the ball from her, and began running toward our goal. Liam and I ran after him, Perrie and El waiting where we could pass it to them. Liam got it from Zayn before he could kick it into the unguarded net, then passed it to me. I ran it partway up the field, then passed to Perrie, and she scored! Our team celebrated, everyone heading back to the middle to let Lou's team kick off.

“The team who's behind gets to kick off.” Perrie snickered, positioning the ball in front of Zayn. I covered my mouth with my hand to muffle the laughter. To my surprise, I liked her, I liked both of them a lot... I wasn't a girl who got along with other girls often, but Perrie and Eleanor were cool, I could see myself friends with them. 

-Since when was I the picture perfect girlfriend who becomes BFFs with her boyfriend's-friends'-girlfriends???-

“Just you wait babe.” Zayn grinned, and then we were sprinting around the field again. We played for a long time, and I didn't really feel the need to show off any, until it came to Harry and I up next to each other. He had the ball.

“Why hello Love.” He grinned as he succeeded keeping in the ball away from me. “Are we a bit more experienced than you expected?” He laughed.

“Yeah, you're practically professionals.” I rolled my eyes.

“I gotta say, you were really confident in the car. What happened? I'm about to score with you right next to me.” He snickered.

“I wouldn't be so sure.” I smiled, seeing my chance. I used a quick but simple fake-out trick to get the ball from him. I only had a second to see the look of surprise on his face before I was sprinting back up the field, scoring a goal.

“I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is not your first time playing football.” Harry smirked as we all met in the middle once again.

“You'd be correct.” I grinned.

“And you neglected to tell me this before I went up against you because...?” He asked.

“Because I wanted to see the look on your face when I kicked your ass.” I answered. Harry and everybody who had heard our conversation snickered.

"Well, now that I know, no more Mr. Nice Harry." He grinned. 

"I'm still not scared." I grinned back, reaching up to peck his cheek before we continued. We all played for hours, stopping only when we could run no further. As Harry drove me home that night I knew that I'd sleep well.

“I'm gonna be sore tomorrow.” I chuckled.

“We all are, that's the most exercise I've gotten in a long time.” He laughed, “So I have to be in the studio from Sunday until next Friday all day. I'll probably be able to see you after work a few days, but I have tomorrow off. Would you like to do something?” He asked.

“Yes, for sure.” I answered quickly. Maybe too quickly...

“Any ideas then?” He continued. I thought for a moment.

“How about I plan a surprise date, like what you do all the time?” I smirked.

“I do like doing those... Are you sure you want to plan it?” He asked as we pulled into my apartment parking lot.

“Yes! I'll pick you up from your house, tell you what to wear and everything.” I laughed, grabbing my clothes and canvas, both covered in paint, from the backseat.

“Ha! Alright sweetheart. I'm looking forward to it.” He snickered.

“I'll pick you up in the morning around 10.” I grinned.

“Can't wait.” He laughed quietly. I hopped out of his car, running to my room to set my clothes carefully on my dresser, and hanging up my canvas where I'd see it every day.

Then I ran back out to my own car. I had to get the clothes for both of us tomorrow. It took me a few hours of shopping at second hand stores to find everything I needed. This was going to be funny....

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