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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4. Chapter 4

Once all the contestants were settled into their hotel rooms and unpacked we were free to do whatever we pleased for the rest of the day. The show would continue tomorrow; That's when we would find out whose group we were in for the show. If I was being honest with myself I was hoping I was in One Direction's group. No not just because of Harry...well it's debatable...okay that was the majority of why I wanted to but no one else needs to know that. 

The more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it was was in the scheme of things. As if it were actually possible for someone like Harry Styles to show interest in someone like me. Sure he was flirting with me over tweets but from what Ava has mentioned he is the flirt of the group and probably just does it to everyone he meets. 

I felt my phone vibrate in my back pocket. I whipped it out to see who was texting me. Harry flashed my mind but then I remembered that we didn't have each other's numbers. Okay Ashton, you really need to get your head out of the gutter. I mean I really didn't show much interest in the boys back in my hometown so why was I boy crazed all of a sudden? I needed to get my mind off of Harry and do something exciting. I mean Vegas was a pretty crazy place or so it seemed, maybe I could find a nearby club or something. I looked at my phone to see a new message from Ray. 

From: Ray

Hey Ashy. Wanna meet up and do something fun while we have some free time? 

It was as if Ray could sense what I was thinking and texted me the right thing at the right time. I sighed in relief and replied saying I'd meet him outside the hotel in ten minutes. I looked tired and sloppy in a baggy sweatshirt and sweatpants that I figured I'd try to look somewhat presentable to go out in public. 

I changed into a simple but flattering outfit consisting of a high wasted faded denim shorts and a lavender sweater with a vintage looking leather jacket.  I slipped on my black vans and pulled my unruly hair back into a side braid. Once I was satisfied I made my way out to the front lobby of the hotel we were staying at to wait for Ray. I was early but I welcomed a few minutes of alone time to think. 

As I stepped off the elevator and into the lobby that was alive bustling with loads of people I noticed a large group of girls sat in the seats scattered around the spacious room. Once I grew nearer they started to smile and some made their way over to me. I was confused but saw that they all had  pictures and different things for me to sign. Wow, it's amazing that I had fans waiting for me after just one audition. 

"Oh wow. Hi" I awkwardly rubbed the back of me head. I was one of the most awkward people ever and I could see the girls behind the one girl in the front of the group were giggling at me. Oh well if I can't charm them might as well make them laugh right?

"Hi Ashton! We were waiting for you to come out. All of us are big fans and, well, could you sign this," she gestured to my head shot I had gotten taken from the first audition, " and take a picture with us" the girl asked, twirling her blonde hair around her index finger. 

I smiled at the small group of maybe four or five girls and gladly started signing whatever they handed me and posing for multiple pictures. I figured I would just make random funny faces in the fan pictures since it was less boring that a regular smile. Like seriously who wants a picture with a  celebrity just smiling? I'd rather have a picture with crossed eyes and tongues sticking out. 

Once the girls were satisfied and some giving me their twitter user names I walked out of the front lobby and waited for Ray outside. It had been well over ten minutes and it isn't like Ray to be late for anything. Maybe he had his own fans to deal with. My heart warmed to see those girls waiting for me, like I was something special. I could definitely get used to that. It made me soar to see loads of people from all over the world to tweet or meet me. I made a mental note to do s follow spree or twit cam or something later tonight to say thank you to the new fans. 

The cool spring-like air breezing across my bare skin made me shiver. I tugged my leather jacket tighter so that it clung  to my torso firmly. I tapped my foot while lightly whistling the tune of  "How to Save a Life" by The Fray. They were my absolute favorite band and I've always wanted to meet them. I might possibly have a celebrity crush on Joe King, their guitarist. He was just so ruggedly handsome and I could stare into his Hazel eyes forever. Okay...that sounded less creepy a minute ago. 

"Hey Ash! Over here" Ray said walking nonchalantly towards me. I put on a fake pout and stuck my lower lip out as far as I could. He gave me a confused look and I tried not to giggle. He was really gullible and I loved that about him; he was easy to mess with.

"What's wrong" he asked. 

I ignored him.

"Did I do something?" 

I ignored him again. 

"Tell my why you're ignoring me for god's sake!" Ray impatiently hollered at me, making me burst into fits of laughter. His face was priceless. I looked at his dazed face again, sending me into another wave of laughter. 

"Okay I'm confused" he admitted chuckling a bit at himself. 

"Nothing, just felt like messing with ya!" I smiled at him devilishly. He rolled his eyes but he had a grin plastered onto his face so I could tell he wasn't upset or anything. I pulled his arm along with me, dragging him behind me into the busy streets of Vegas. He tugged his arm back and obediently followed me. 

We decided to go to a small cafe and eat something. I hadn't eaten at all the whole day and my stomach was making rabid animal sounds at the mention of any type of food related topic. We were seated and placed our orders withing minutes and started to engage in friendly conversation about the competition. Until he decided to bring up something else. 

"So I saw your little tweets to Harry Styles. Someone has a crush don't they" he winked. I felt my cheeks flush at his statement. Ray noticed ant smirked at me, earning himself a slap in the forearm, and not a soft one either. I full on slapped him with no regrets. 

"Ow. Hey I'm just saying! So, care to explain Ashy-poo?" he said, sending an exaggerate kissy face my way. I shrugged him off and considered spilling everything to him. I guess it could'ny hurt to get some things off my chest. And I knew Ray would keep a secret if I asked him. 

"Well I just could tell he was flirting with me and thought I'd...um...show some hospitality to him" I said.

"Hospitality my ass. More like lovey-dovey couple talk complete with winky face emojis and stuff " He pretended to gag, pointing to his open mouth. I rolled my eyes. 

"No nothing like that. I was just being friendly is all. But he did say something about getting together while we had free time in Vegas. I'm not sure if I should make plans with him or not. I mean I hardly met him anyway" I explained. 

"Well it's up to you but this could be just the thing you need to actually break the ice, ya know a nice coffee date will-" 

"It's not a date" I snap. Ray chortled and continued

"fine, a get together then. It will do you good in the long run Ash. Just give curly cue a try" he reasoned. 

"Curly cue?" I smirked. 

"Yep. Now you should DM him saying you want to get together soon. And soon as in right after we are done with lunch Missy" he playfully warned me. I giggled and brushed his comments out of my head. I still wasn't sure if I should. I mean I didn't want to lead Harry on but then again I really wanted to see where things led with him. Eh, I'll worry about it later.

 

~*~

 

After lunch with Ray I came straight back to the hotel and just hung out by myself. My mom was doing something with the show workers and getting things set up for tomorrow for something like that so I had the room all to myself. I decided to live a little and change into my footie pajamas and watch a Spongebob marathon for the rest of the night. I know, classy right? I even made some popcorn. 

I sat in front of the fairly sized flat screen television watching the yellow sponge known as Spongebob do crazy things with his pink starfish buddy Patrick. I laughed out loud way to many times for it to be healthy for an eighteen year old. Hey don't judge me, I can watch whatever I please that you very much. 

I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket and I checked who texted me. It was an unrecognized number, making me curious as to who it was. I hope fans didn't get a hold of my number, because I didn't want to go through the trouble of getting a new one. 

From: Unknown

Hey Ashton. It's Harry. I was wondering if you wanted to grab that coffee tomorrow morning before we have to go to X Factor stuff ;) xx

My jaw dropped. Harry just texted me. How is that even possible? I never gave him my number in the first place and now he wants to grab coffee with me tomorrow morning! I saved his number in my phone and replied back without hesitation. 

To: Curly Cue Styles

What the? How'd u get my #?? 

He replied back instantly. 

From: Curly Cue Styles 

U filled in ur # on ur form when u signed up ha ha. I did some vague snooping around for it if that's wat ur asking ;)x

I smirked at the screen for a minute before replying

To: Curly Cue Styles

okay fine haha. & coffee tomorrow sounds great. see u tomorrow at around 9? xx 

 

He replied saying that he'd meet me outside the hotel tomorrow at nine and that he couldn't wait with a winky face and five x's. Harry cracked me up with his constant flirty attitude. And truth be told I was actually looking forward to coffee tomorrow. With Harry Styles. Wow, not something I thought I'd ever say in my life. 

 

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