Arms (Harry Styles Fanfiction)

I hope that you see right through my walls

I hope that you catch me 'cause I'm already falling

I'll never let a love get so close

You put your arms around me and I'm home

What if you started as a simple person with a simple life? Same boring routine everyday, same people to face day in and day out. Nothing exciting ever happened. That is until you took the leap and tried something out of your comfort zone.

Ashton Harrell is an eighteen year old girl with big plans. She's always loved singing and felt as though she belonged on a stage surrounded by people who love music as much as she. But things weren't always in her favor, that is until she tried out for a huge television show called the X Factor.

Throughout her experience she faces hurdles she must overcome. After all she didn't come here for nothing and she wasn't going to let anything, or anyone, distract her, even if the largest pop icon Harry Styles had his eye on her.

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2. Chapter 2

We walked backstage where I saw my mother smiling at me. She was stood in front of a fair sized screen displaying the stage. I knew that they would show her watching me while they were filming. She had a proud glint in her eyes making me feel like I could fly. I truly was thankful for her and everyone else who supported me. At that very moment I remembered that I was supposed to text Val. Crap I got distracted by Ray. 

To: Val <3 

Hey! Its been a hectic day. About to go on and sing. goodness I'm so nervous. Wish me luck!! xo

I was told to wait until they set up for the next performer which was me. They had a CD of everyone's songs and had to make sure everything was perfect before filming so I had a few spare minutes to chill out. I felt my phone vibrate in my back pocket and whip it out in a second. I felt as though I was about to explode and I just needed to see what Val said. 

From: Val <3

No worries Ash. Good luck I'll be watching from home. Love you ox 

I instantly calmed down at her encouraging words. The same lady who took me back here signaled for me to head out to the stage where Simon, Kelly, Paulina and Demi were sat conversing with each other. All their eyes were on me as I walked as confidently as I could out on center stage. 

Kelly and Demi were smiling warmly while Paulina kept a neutral expression. Simon always looked like he was grumpy so I didn't take it too much to heart. The audience started clapping and cheering, boosting my confidence even more. Simon waved his hand to quiet down and in no time it was silent. 

I noticed their were five empty chairs set up on the side of the judges panel and I wondered what they were for. Maybe just if any late audience VIP members showed up or something. I didn't have to worry about it because Kelly started to ask me questions. 

"Hello darling. What's your name?" she asked kindly not once looking away from me. I could tell she liked to make everyone more relaxed while on stage. 

"I'm Ashton Harrell" I say with as much energy I could muster. 

"And how old are you?" Demi asked

"Eighteen. i'm a senior in Daleworth High school in Connecticut" I reply 

"Oh you're quite young. So tell me, why do you think you have the X Factor" Simon inquired, his accented voice booming  throughout he room making me falter a bit but recovering as quickly as I can. 

"I've been singing since I was in diapers and I just genuinely enjoy it. It's just something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I didn't come to get publicity, just to share with you something I love to do" I say, trying not to sound like those cheesy people who come and audition and say things like "because I've got what it takes" or "because I'm amazing."

"Alright whenever you're ready darling" Kelly said still smiling.

I took one last shaky breath as I heard the accompaniment start. And then I let myself be engulfed in song world. I forgot about everything. The audition, the judges, Val, Ray, my mom and hometown. In that moment it was all about the music. It always was only about the music with me. I really didn't come to this audition to become rich or famous, only to share what I loved to do with others who appreciated it as much as I did. And then I opened my mouth and sung with as much passion as I could.

I never thought that you would be the one to hold my heart

But you came around and you knocked me off the ground from the start

I opened my eyes briefly and was surprised to see five teenage boys settle into the five seats beside the judges. I instantly knew who they were. The One Direction was in the room listening to me sing my heart out. I had the sudden urge to cough but kept steady and focused on the song once more. 

You put your arms around me 

And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go 

You put your arms around me and I'm home

I peeked once more, not containing my curiosity. I analyzed all of their faces. Simon did well on keeping his feelings neutral. His face showed hardly any emotion and the only thing I could detect was a hint of admiration.

Kelly and Demi were grinning at each other like two mischievous cheshire cats. The looked eager and I could tell they were touched with my performance level. I was really relieved to see them take such a liking towards me. 

Paulina was smiling and bobbing her head up and down as I sang. I could also faintly see her lips moving, telling me she was quietly singing along with me. I also noticed many people in the audience were singing along as well, making my body fill with warm sensations. 

How many times will you let me change my mind and turn around? 

I can' t decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown

My gazed settled on the boy band now. I believe the one named Zayn and another called Liam were whispering excitedly towards each other nodding approvingly. I couldn't help but think about how Ava would react if she knew I was singing for One Direction. She told me she had the biggest crush on Niall and would do anything to meet him. Now I regretted not taking her with me and making her stay at school. 

I hope that you see right through my walls

I hope that you catch me 'cause I'm already falling

I'll never let a love get so close

You out your arms around me and I'm home


Niall and Louis sat together dancing in their seats. I wanted to laugh since the song wasn't an upbeat dancing song. Ava was always telling me how they were immature and loved to goof off which I could already tell just from watching them watch me sing. But deep down I saw that they genuinely loved listening to me sing. 

You put your arms around me and I'm home 

I saw Harry there. He didn't move, didn't blink and didn't make any sign of whether he was going to clap or boo. He just sat there, looking petrified. His green eyes here wide and he was biting his lip furiously.  I could tell he wasn't looking at what was going on around him, all he was interested in was me and my singing. His eyes locked with mine for a brief second and he sent me a small smirk that played on his lips, too small for anyone around him to notice. Everyone except me of course. I swear I could feel my cheeks start to burn and I just hoped it wasn't that noticeable. 

"Well that was... wow" Demi started off. I beamed

"I agree. You just have something about you that makes me want to hear more about you and your story. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment that you were on stage" Paulina said

"I can't put it into words but you had me in a trance with your voice. You're gorgeous and I really think you have a great chance of winning" Kelly added while everyone in the audience cheered. 

I was almost in tears hearing their gracious compliments. They were so flattering and I felt like nothing in this moment could bring me down.

"Ashton, you're very young and inexperienced" Simon began. My heart slowly started to sink.  "But if I hadn't known better I would have thought you were a professional who has been singing in front of people for years" he flashed a smile and I felt a warm single tear slide down my cheek. 

"Also, I forgot to mention that we had a special guest judge panel. Everyone, this is One Direction!" Simon announced and the five boys waved at the girls going crazy in the audience. They then directed their attention back on me. 

"Amazing, I was blown away Ashton" Liam said.

"I second that, you owned the stage" Zayn agreed. 

"When will your debut album be out? And can I get your autograph?" Louis smiled as everyone including Simon laughed. I chuckled but deep down that was such a huge compliment to be asked for my autograph from a superstar. 

"Three words" Niall said, "I love you" 

I turned to Harry and noticed how fidgeted nervously in his seat. So far everyone loved me and I was interested to hear what he had to say. He seemed distracted but never the less started talking. 

"I'm going to be honest with you. I don't know how to say it in words but I can get over the fact that you came from a small town in Connecticut and this was your first time performing on television and in front of millions of people. I mean holy shit I just am in shock. The boys and I always bet on who is going to win and I know who I'm placing my money on this year. You're beautiful, charismatic, charming and you've got gold vocal pipes. I can't get enough of you" Harry finished. 

I was taken aback from his words. He loved me. He called me beautiful and that I was going to win the X Factor. I was on cloud nine and didn't want to come down, not to mention I was gobsmacked that every single one of those important people up there enjoyed my performance. I felt as though my whole life was just turned upside down. 

"Alright I think it's a unanimous decision. Let's all say it together" Demi declared.

" One, Two, Three!" Kelly counted 

"YES!" All of them cried out and I started bursting in happy tears. I know I've said this before many times but I couldn't believe this was happening to me. I put the mic up to my mouth and tried to regain my cool before speaking. 

"Wow...I can't believe this. I'm literally shocked. Thank you so much. You're all inspirations to me and just hearing that from you guys makes me feel like I'm on top of the world" I smiled and everyone came up to the stage to hug me.  I was squished between Simon and Louis who were all excitedly congratulating me over and over. 

This was just the first chapter in my new life. And I was ready to make my dreams happen. 

 

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