Steal a Kiss

Charlotte has a past.

Hadley doesn't quite know what to do with her future.

But the two friends since middle school always seem to know how to get through everything.

Charlotte takes a leap and takes a job as One Direction's stylist that will bring her face-to-face with a past lover, while Hadley decides to leave college altogether and join her best friend on tour, despite the secret she's harboring that could ultimately ruin their friendship.

Will the girls be able survive the strain and struggle of broken trust and instant fame, or is all that will remain stolen kisses?

*Hadley written by Lexie Spencer (Official1DLuv), Charlotte written by Haley Randolph. Check out the story, here:*


8. Five- Charlotte


I pulled off my apron, jogging down the steps of the bakery and toward my car. I’d left my jacket at home this morning, but it seemed as if nothing could put a damper on my mood. My mood was its own ray of sunshine, as tacky as the thought seemed.

In exactly one hour, I would be picking up my best friend from the train station.

Until then, I had to pick up Evie from her daycare. The drive to the train station would take me the rest of the hour and then I would be reunited with Hadley. The time couldn’t come soon enough.

I pulled up to the curb of the community center. Evie waited just inside the door with her teacher, already bundled up in her too-big pink coat. Her face lit up when I pulled open the door.

“Evie!” I said, lifting her up into her arms.

“Hi, Mummy.” She kissed me on the cheek.

“Is your sister coming into town?” her teacher, Miss Jane, asked. “She was going on and on about her auntie coming to see her.”

“Oh,” I laughed, glancing at my smiling little girl. “One of my friends is coming to visit for a few days. They just adore one another.”

“I wouldn’t doubt it,” Miss Jane said, patting the top of Evie Grace’s head. “Well, I’ll see you both next week, all right?”

“Goodbye,” I waved, turning to walk out with Evie bouncing in my arms with each step.

“Ready to see Auntie Hattie soon?” I asked as I buckled her into the baby-seat.

Only a bit over a day ago, it was agreed that Hadley would come to stay with me. I needed her here - to relieve stress, take care of Evie while I packed, and just to keep me company.

We’d been best friends since sixth grade, when she was my tutor. My grades had never been that good before that. From there, we were best friends. The countless sleepovers. The long hours spent on the phone - whether we were joking around or sobbing to one another about whatever was happened. The arguments we had about the most minuscule things, though we were hugging only days after that. I don’t think Hadley and I had ever been in a fight that lasted longer.

The worst thing to ever happen was when we were in our second year of high school. Hadley and Harry suddenly decided they despised one another. She hadn’t given me a reason. Two days later, of course, we were apologizing.

“Here we are,” I murmured, pulling into the parking lot of the train station. I parked as close to the front doors as possible and grabbed Evie out of her seat. It seemed like I had a long-lost sister awaiting me inside the tall, brick building that was Cheshire Central Train Station.

* * *

It was well past midnight when we finally fell asleep. The main menu of the film we had watched was still dormant on the TV when Evie Grace came in to wake us, dragging her small yellow blanket behind her.

Her big green, and quite tired, eyes stared down at me. “Mummy,” she said, squatting down to tap my chest.

“Hi, sweetheart.” I sat up, glancing at the clock on the far wall. Seven o’clock on the hour. I lifted Evie onto my lap and kissed her forehead.

The sun had still barely risen over the apartments across the parking lot. The town of Holmes Chapel was just awakening outside. A new coat of snow covered parked cars.

I slid a tray of my mother’s homemade biscuits into the oven as Hadley settled Evie Grace into her highchair. Mum was still asleep. She had just gotten home a couple of hours ago from work.

“Are we going to be at home all day?” Hadley asked, fumbling with the knobs on the stove to heat up a pitcher of water. “I was thinking of going to look at flats here in town, but that just sounds boring and not fun at all, so…”

I smiled. I had plans, but they were more stressful adult things than what she wanted to do. “Alex wants to meet up at Sweetie’s before lunch. We have some things to talk about concerning Evie Grace.”

She perked up. “I haven’t met him yet. Can I come?”

“Why not,” I shrugged. “He’ll be happy to finally meet you.” The days were going by so quickly already. Now, I had only four days until I was leaving town - for the rest of the year. I would be without any family and friends for almost nine months. I would be coming home occasionally, but the idea of being away until December was nearly unfathomable.

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